1998 WINSTON CUP
TEAM/DRIVER CHART
(the silly season chart)

Last Update 10/12/98

NOTE: This is a total unofficial page compiled by me from many different sources. I try to make it as complete as possible and update it often. But the Silly Season page is the priority, other other pages get updated when I get time.


Drivers looking for WC rides in 1998:

Loy Allen, Jr
Bobby Hillin(will run BGN series)
Robby Gordon?(back in CART)
David Green
Steve Grissom
Tommy Kendall(drove in the 2 road races)
Randy MacDonald
Morgan Shepherd
Lake Speed(injured, probably not returning to the #9 in 1999
Rick Wilson(part time BGN)

1998 Rookie of the Year Candidates

Kenny Irwin, Jr #28
Kevin Lepage #16
Jerry Nadeau #9
Steve Park #1

Red Type means new for the 1998 season

1998 WC DRIVER/TEAM/SPONSOR CHART
Car# Driver Manu Sponsor Listed Owner Crew Chief
00 Roy 'Buckshot' Jones Pontiac Aquafresh Billy Jones Ricky Pearson
Jones will run up to 9 races with the Stavola Brothers, part of the deal is to run Aquafresh at a few of them. Ran the #8 Circuit City car for one race(2 attempts).
05 Morgan Shepherd Pontiac ? Morgan Shepherd JT Townsend
Shepherd released from the #91 and is filling in for different teams, plans to go full time with his own team in 1999 with a banking sponsor. Shepherd took the #91 ride for the rest of 1998. Shepherd may be close to signing a sponsor for his own team(this was back in June, nothing since).
07 Danny Pardus Chevy Midwest Transit Inc Hal Hicks
Mike Witters
John McQueen
Plans on running as many races as possible in WC and 12 in ARCA, was the #03, NASCAR changed it to 07, so far the races attempted have not resulted in any starts, Daytona 500, Talladega Diehard 500, Charlotte and Indy
1 Steve Park Chevy Pennzoil,
Wrangler
Teresa Earnhardt Phillipe Lopez
Steve Park will return at the Brickyard 400. Darrel Waltrip ran the car from Bristol to Pocono(July) while Park was injured(at Atlanta). Hornaday attempted Darlington and didn't make the race. Park moves up from BGN Switches numbers with Richard Jackson's Pontiac, was the #14 in 1996 and 1997
2 Rusty Wallace Ford Miller Lite
Mobil 1, Mead, Kmart
Roger Penske/Don Miller Robin Pemberton
Slight change in the paint scheme to match the new Lite logo. Fleetwood left as an assoc. Ran the Elvis Paint Scheme at Las Vegas. Engine builder Mike Egge and Penske split, Egge is now with Pro Mototrs
3 Dale Earnhardt Chevy GM Goodwrench
Food City, Burger King
Richard Childress Kevin Hamlin
Larry McReynolds and Kevin Hamlin switch crew chief jobs, with Hamlin coming over for the #31 Lowes chevy(6-98). Will run Bass Pro Shop paint scheme in the Winston.
4 Bobby Hamilton Chevy Kodak Max Larry McClure Charley Pressley
Team still talking about a 2nd team for 1999. Charley Pressley named crew chief just before Watkins Glen. Bob Larkins will continue to work with the team. Looks like they will stay a one car team in 1999. Morgan-McClure may start a second team in 1999. Hamilton comes over from the #43.
5 Terry Labonte Chevy Kelloggs
Quaker State, SDRC
Rick Hendrick Andy Graves
Ran a Fruit Loops scheme at Michiagn in June. Running a few paint schemes in 1998 starting at Texas. Structural Dynamics Research Corp(SDRC) comes abaord as an assoc. Dehart gone as crew chief, Graves comes over from the #25(#50)
6 Mark Martin Ford Valvoline
Cummins, Bugels
Jack Roush Jimmy Fennig
Will run SynPower Paint at Indy, Talladega and Daytona. Ran a special Eagle 1 paint scheme at The Winston, will run a special gold/white SynPower paint scheme for the Pepsi 400(now in October). Radical color scheme change on the car, more modern with a simliar front end(can be seen on my Paint Schemes page). Team moves in with Jeff Burton shop from one shared with Musgrave Buddy Parrott becomes the GM of the #6 and #99
7 Geoff Bodine Ford Philips,
Lucent
Whelen
Worldcom/MCI
Jim Mattei
John Porter
Bodine
Pete Peterson
Geoff rumored on the way out? Craven or M Waltrip to replace him? Merger with SABCO? Waddell Wilson was hired as Vice President of Racing Operations by Mattei Motorsports. Tim Brewer left the team just before Talladega(4/26) and Pete Peterson takes over. Philips Consumer Communications signes on as the new primary sponsor for three years. Worldcom and MCI come on as Assoc. sponsors.
00/8 Buckshot Jones Chevy ?
Kendall Oil
Stavola Bros Jim Long
Buckshot will seven/nine races in this car, re-numbered to #00(his Dad, Billy will get the owners points). Aquafresh will be on for 4 races, Realtree at Indy and unknown for the remaining races. Team will take a few races off. Circuit City left the team as sponsor after the Michigan Miller Lite 400, no other primary sponsor named. Morgan Shepherd ran the car at Michigan in June. Buckshot Jones in the car for Dover and Richmond while team looks for a full time replacement. Hut Stricklin has been released after missing the Coca Cola 600. Jim Long named full-time crew chief just before Texas after working the Bristol race. Ingle released from cc job Ross Friesinger takes over in the interm, Bill Ingle is the new crew chief, switches from Ford to Chevy and a different paint scheme
9 Jerry Nadeau Ford Cartoon Network Harry Melling Jeff Buice
Nadeau takes over at least at Pocono on a race to race deal. Lake Speed resigned from the GM/Drivers job. Team looking for a new driver. May hold off on the 2nd team now. Looking to start a 2nd team in 1999 if sponsorship can be found. Will run a few different paint schemes in 1998. Cartoon Network comes aboard as a major sponsor so team can run a full year
10 Ricky Rudd Ford Tide,
Whirlpool, Exxon
Ricky Rudd Bill Ingle
Hear a rumor that a 2nd team is still a possibilty. Has decided not to start a second team for 1999 and will remain the same. Will share info with the #90 team.
11 Brett Bodine Ford Paychex
Textilease
Team Scandia Gere Kennon
Paychex just re-upped with Bodine for 1999. Ran a Gold paint scheme at The Winston Open. Gere Kennon named crew chief on 3/24. Donnie Richeson has been let go as crew chief before the spring Atlanta race. Paychex signed on the primary sponsor. Andy Evan's became a part owner late in 1997 with Team Scandia.
12 Jeremy Mayfield Ford Mobil 1 Penske-Kranefuss Paul Andrews
Switched from #37 to #12. Mobil One is new primary sponsor, KMart stays on as an associate on the #2 and #12. Team is partnered with Penske and the #2.
13 Dennis Setzer
Ted Musgrave
Ford First Plus Dan Marino/Bill Elliott Jerry Pitts
Ted Musgrave will drive at Dover and some other big tracks. Dennis Setzer drove the car at Michigan, Bristol, Loudon, Darlington, Richmond and Martinsville. Tom Hubert raced at Watkins Glen, one race deal. Dallenbach to run a few races, then the team and Dallenbach will evaluate how it is going. Jerry Nadeau was released 7-14-98. Announced in Atlanta, Miami Dolphins QB, Dan Marino part owner hence the #13, Jerry Pitts is the rumored cc. Teammate with Bill Elliott and the #94, will also share information with the #81 team
14 Lance Hooper Pontiac WCW Richard Jackson ?
Attempted Indy with Lance Hooper(their BGN driver) and WCW as the sponsor but failed. Hear this team has shut down to concentrate on their BGN team with Lance Hooper. Loy Allen attempted Daytona with Delco-Remy America as a one race deal but missed. Switched numbers with Dale Earnhardt Inc Chevy which was the #14 and will run Jackson's old #1. I hear Jackson got $200.000 to switch numbers. R&L Carriers will not return as sponsor.
15 ? Ford ? Bud Moore Joey Knuckles
David Robinson and Rescue left just before Darlington, not sure what the plans are. May race in Rockingham if sponsorship can be found. Ted Musgrave ran at Michigan and will again at Darlington. Tim Steele is gone from this deal. Loy Allen attempted to run at Indy for a one-race deal but missed. Hear Steele may be out of this ride now. Blaise Alexander may run 3 races. Joey Knucles named crew chief on July 10th. Morgan Shepherd was to run 8-10 races in the car, things changed as Steele proved he is ready to go. Tim Steele may run this car later in the season and will run it full time in 1999. The team is now know as Moore-Robinson Motorsports. The partnership between Moore and Steele did not happen. The team is looking to run a few races before Steele recovers, but still hopes to get him in the car mid season. I hear Harold Steele, Tim's father has sold his interest in the team back to Moore.
16 Kevin Lepage Ford Primestar Geoff Smith/
Roush Racing
James Ince
Lepage takes over. Ted Musgrave is out of the car after Watkins Glen, Lepage to take over at Michigan in August. Primestar re-signs for 1998, Family Channel gone, new colors for the car. Smith is president of Roush Racing,
17/35 Darrell Waltrip Pontiac ?Tabasco Tim Beverley Phil Hammer
Forced to go to a Pontiac, Tabasco suing former owner ISM and Bob Hancher. Beverly trying to smooth things over. Team merges with the #35 Tabasco team, starts at Indy, will be in a chevy and be #35. DW will be back in the car at the Brickyard 400. Ron Hornaday ran a one race deal in the car at Sears Point with NAPA as the sponsor. Phil Hammer named crew chief on 6-5-98. No idea what happens to Dave McCarty who was the crew chief(and the former crew chief of the truck team). DW returned to the car at the Brickyard 400. Will be called Tyler Jet Motorsports. Texas businessman Tim Beverley bought the team from DW on 3-25 and will put the team on the sidelines while he reorganizes the team and gains sponsorship. Waltrip will drive the #1 Pennzoil Chevy in place of Steve Park until he returns from his injuries at Indy. Builder's Square/ Speedblock contract terminated as they did not pay the bills. Jeff Hammond released as crew chief.
18 Bobby Labonte Pontiac Interstate Batteries
Food Lion, Wix, Shell,
Cintas, Ditch Witch
Joe Gibbs Jimmy Makar
Will run the Small Soliders paint scheme at Talladega in October. Mark Cronquist comes on from Hendrick Motorsports as engine builder replacing John Wilson. Hot Rod magazine as an assoc sponsor at Daytona and California so far. Will start 2nd team in 1999 with Tony Stewart in the Home Depot Pontiac.
19 Tony Raines
Robby Gordon
Tom Hubert
Ford Yellow Freight
Pennzoil
Kurt Roehrig Mike Bodick
Robby Gordon attempted to make the Brickyard 400 and failed. Tom Hubert ran the car at Sears Point and did well. Will attempt to run up to 5 races,(Las Vegas(missed), California(missed), Michigan(missed), Indy and Charlotte(fall)), Pennzoil as an assoc.
20 Tony Stewart Pontiac Home Depot Joe Gibbs ?
Did not run at Charlotte, no idea if Daytona will be attempted. Officially announced on 9-3. Plans to run five Winston Cup races this fall, probably the events at Charlotte, Daytona, Phoenix, Rockingham and Atlanta. Will move up full time to Cup in 1999.
21 ?Michael Waltrip Ford CITGO Glenn Wood Wood Brothers
Elliott Sadler in this ride for 1999. Waltrip will be out at the end of the year, no word on a replacement yet. Ran a Woody-Woodpecker paint scheme at Indy and Michigan. The Wood Bros have formed an alliance with Roush Racing to field a 2nd team in 1999. Rumors have Matt Kenseth in the new car/team. Using Roush Engines in 1998, Waltrip signed for 1998. Sharing info with the #23 team.
22 Ward Burton Pontiac ?MBNA
Amoco
Bill Davis Tommy Baldwin, Jr
Chris Hussey released, Baldwin came aboard at Dover(fall). Caterpillar is rumored as the new sponsor for 1999. Burton is signed thru 1999 and is expected to stay. MBNA will leave as primary sponsor after the 1998 season. No rumors on a replacement yet. Rumors have MBNA considering going elsewhere in 1999 and Hussey leaving the team if Burton stays. Terry Elledge joins Davis' team as director of engine development
23 Jimmy Spencer Ford Winston/No Bull Travis Carter Donnie Wingo
Musgrave drove at Bristol. Carter has decided not to start a 2nd team in 1999. Spencer hurt and missed Michigan and Bristol. Carter is looking to expand into a two car team and is looking for sponsors. Winston No-Bull replaces Camel, new colors, red, white and chrome. Will run a Winston scheme and a No Bull scheme. Sharing info with the #21 team.
24 Jeff Gordon Chevy DuPont Finishes
Pepsi, Quaker State, SDRC
Rick Hendrick Ray Evernham
Some rumors have DuPont leaving as the primary and Pepsi taking over but this is highly doubtful. Ran a special Winston paint scheme in Charlotte. SDRC comes aboard as an assoc to all Hendrick cars
26 Johnny Benson Ford Cheerios Evan Lyall/
Roush Racing
Ben Leslie
Steve Hmiel released after 2nd NHIS race, Ben Leslie will act as Interm Crew chief. Will run a kids cereal scheme at Bristol. Ran the Betty Crocker paint scheme at New Hampshire. Steve Hmiel is also the crew chief as rumored. NEW Roush Team. Lyall is the chief financial officer of Roush Industries.
27 ? Ford ? David Blair ?
Team gearing up for a full run at 1999. Mike Wallace has tested the car at Darlington. The team has a full shop of Tauruses ready to go, need a sponsor. I hear the team has 8 cars and may attempt some races in late 1998. Looking for a sponsor, Tommy Kendall had been named to run in 1998.
28 Kenny Irwin, Jr Ford Texaco
Raybesto's, Plasti-Kote, Mac Tools
Robert Yates Richard "Slugger" Labbe
Will run a Joker(of Batman) paint scheme at Charlotte in October. Labbe takes over full time as of Darlington. Marc Reno released as crew chief just before Atlanta. I hear Yates will fill the slot from within with Labbe. Irwin takes over for Irvan in 1998, runs for ROTY, Reno stays as the crew chief
29 inactive Chevy ? Gary Bechtel ?
Team may now only run BGN. Hermie Sadler may run this car in five races in 1999. Team has shut down for 1998 and will concentrate on running Elliott Sadler in the #92 in 5 races. Taking a few weeks off to regroup. Names former General maager of Hendrick Motorsports, Jimmy Johnson as the teams General Manager as of 3/31/98. Lost Cartoon Network, have heard no rumors about this team, Green took over for Pressley midseason in 1997, Bill Ingle let go mid-season also
30 Derrike Cope Pontiac Gumout
Jimmy Dean, Bryan,
Rudy's Farm, Pennzoil
Chuck Rider Doug Hewitt
Gumout gone after the 1998 season. Rider will not start a two car team in 1999. Johnny Benson off to the #26, Cope replaces him, Pennzoil to the #1. Pennzoil product, Gumout replaces them as primary
31 Mike Skinner Chevy Lowes
Valspar
Richard Childress Larry McReynolds
McReynolds stays for 1999. Skinner will be in the car thru 1998 and will probably be re-signed for 1999 per team. Forget the rumors. McReynolds comes over from the #3 in a crew chief switch. Skinner was hurt and Morgan Shepherd and Mike Dillon filled in.
32 inactive Ford ? Washington-Erving ?
Phil Hammer left to take the crew chief job with Tyler Jet Motorsports(#17) on 6-6-98. I hear the team may wait until 1999 to run in Cup. Bickle is no longer with the team, hard to say what they may do. The team has decided to back off ot a full 1998 run and will take some time to get sponsorshp and build up the team. Plans to run around 10 races later in the year. Rich Bickle still plans to drive the car and has signed a letter of intent to do so, but no contract. The rumor was 7up as a sponsor but that seems to have died down.
33 Kenny Schrader Chevy Skoal Andy Petree Andy Petree
Kenny Wallace will be Schraders new teammate in 1999. Was to field a 2nd car in the Pepsi 400 at Daytona(#55). Will field a 2nd team in 1999. US Tabacco/Skoal extended their sponsorship thru 1999. Mike Wallace as the possible 2nd team driver.
35 See the #17     Bob Hancher
IMS Racing
 
Team bought in part by Tim Beverley owner of the #17 car. DW will be the driver, the car will be a chevy and Tabasco the sponsor. See the #17 for more details. Dallenbach is the hottest rumor right now in a limited role. Todd Bodine released, Gary Bradberry runs a one race deal at Loudon. Loy Allen was to drive at Daytona in the Pepsi 400 until it was postponed, no idea what is going on with this team. Bodine rumored to be out soon. This team may get some shakeup's now that they have missed nine races. New team and sponsor for WC in 1998, Bodine returns to WC full-time in 1998, will run special paint schemes at the Bud Shootout and at Atlanta and Vegas
36 Ernie Irvan Pontiac Skittles
Starburst, Valvoline
Nelson Bowers Ryan Pemberton
No plans for a second team in 1999. Will change from Skittles to M&M's in 1999. Marc Reno will not replace Pemberton as was rumored. Irvan replaces Cope as he was not re-signed in the #28, Pemberton stays as cc. Will run M&M's paint scheme in Vegas and a Wildberry Skittles in Talladega and Daytona in Oct.
40 Sterling Marlin Chevy Coor's Light
Prolong, PPG
Matco Tools
Felix Sabates Corrie Stott
Corrie Stott is named crew chief, Glover goes back to Team Manager of the SABCO teams. Buddy Barnes left the team as crew chief just before Las Vegas, Glover takes over for now. Robby Gordon let go after a horrible 1997. Marlin left the #4 to reunite with Glover who will be team manager of all 3 SABCO cars
41 Rick Wilson
David Green
Chevy Kodiak Larry Hedrick Tim Brewer
Green and Wilson will run the rest of the season. Green and Frank Kimmel are rumored for the 1999 season. Steve Grissom released, no replacement yet. Hear Grissom may leave at the end of 98. Tim Brewer comes aboard as crew chief starting at Watkins Glen. Charley Pressley resigned the crew chief job just before Watkins Glen. Possibly a second team in 1999, no more info on that.
42 Joe Nemechek Chevy BellSouth
Lucent Technologies
Felix Sabates Scott Eggleston
Glover to Team Manager(#40, 42 and 46), Eggleston promoted to crew chief
43 John Andretti Pontiac STP
NFL Players
Richard Petty Robbie Loomis
Andretti officially announced as the driver, NFL Players comes on as an Assoc. Has another new fan designed paint scheme in 1998. Andretti ran the Bud Shootout in the #50 Bud Chevy owned by Hendrick.
44 Kyle Petty Pontiac Hot Wheels
NFL Players
PE2 Bobby Kennedy
Will replace all of the crew including Kennedy. Hot Wheels will be back in 1999. Team moves in with Petty Enterprises in Level Cross, NC. David Evans left when Petty Enterprises took over the engines and went to the #75, Otherwise team remains the same, NFL Players comes on as an Assoc, ran a Blues Bros 2000 paint scheme at the Daytona 500
45? Jimmy Kite Ford ?Royal Purple Team Scandia ?
Looks like a dead deal. First attempt was to be at the Brickyard 400 but is on hold now, may run some late season races if any with an eye towards running for rookie of the year in 1999.
46 Jeff Green Chevy The Money Store
First Union
Carolyn Sabates Gary Grossenbacher
Green is in the car for the rest of 1998. Money Store takes over sponsorship at Indy for the rest of 1998. Shepherd released after Dover(1st), Waddell Wilson was aboard as a consultant for a few races, left to take a job on the #7. Wally Dallenbach and SABCO decided to part ways. Mike Hillman was named as the cc, but left to go to the #98, Shirley was the crew chief after a late season switch in 1997. Team will run a full season in 1998
47 Billy Standridge Ford ?
Fans Can Race,
Diabetes Home Care,
Allwood Machinery,
My Bad Sportswear,
Jayski
Billy Standridge Dave Smith
Next race is the Winston 500 and Pepsi 400 at Daytona as the team didn't have the $$ to run at Indy. Piedmont Travel Network and Allwood Machinery have signed on as assoc. Has a plan for the fans to help sponsor the the team, plans on running 10 races. Still looking for a primary sponsor
50 Wally Dallenbach Chevy Budweiser
Quaker State, SDRC
Pedigree
Joseph Hendrick Tony Furr
Ricky Craven resigned from the ride before Michigan(Aug). Dallenbach takes over. Craven returned at NHIS with a pole. Wally Dallenbach ran the Winston Open and took over the ride from Randy Lajoie after Richmond until Craven returns at New Hampshire. Randy LaJoie subbed until the spring Richmond race. Craven was out at 3 months with post-concussion syndrome. Did not run a Pontiac at Atlanta, no idea if the team will try elsewhere. May run a Pontiac in the Atlanta spring race. Was #25, changed for NASCAR's 50th year anniversary, Graves moves to the #5 as cc, Tony Furr comes over from the #98 to be the new crew chief, I hear Graves let many of the #5 crew go. SDRC is a new assoc. Will go back to #25 in 1999.
51 Jerry Glanville Ford HBO/Unifirst Jerry Glanville ?
Looks like nothing will happen here. Was to attempt the June 6th Richmond race in his own Ford but it never happened, no idea what the plans are for Glanville.
52? Jack Sprague Pontiac ?Pedigree Rick Hendrick Dennis Conner
This situation seems to be up in the air. May run a limited sched(up to 5 races) in 1998 with the plan being full-time in 1999
55 Hut Stricklin Chevy Oakwood Homes Andy Petree ?
Will run the one race deal at Dayton in the Pepsi 400. Was a one race deal for Stricklin in the Pepsi 400 until it got postponed, not sure what the plans are. This team may make the move to full time status in 1999 and may attempt more races later in the 1998 season.
59 Mark Gibson Ford ? Ed Scherer Tony Gibson
Brian Cunningham ran the car at Watkins Glen but failed to make the race. Plans on attempting 5 WC races in 1998, Talladega(2), Daytona(2) and possibly Charlotte
60 Matt Kenseth Ford Peterbuilt Truck Centers Jack Roush Robby Reiser
One race deal at Talladega for the April 26th race which he did not make.
62 ? Chevy Team Paradigm Steve Boller Ron Miller
Equipment and cars being sold, team has been disbanded as of May 1998. Trying to get the program together for 1998 with a sponsor and be semi-supported by the fans
63 ? Ford ? Brittan Schnell ?
I hear this team may do a one race deal, unsure when.
64 ? ?Ford/Chevy ?Fans Team Dick Bahre ?
Team disbanded, no further info, Dick Bahre running the part-time #85 team. Looks like this team has been suspended. Another fan sponsored car, we'll see if it works this time, they have a car built and painted, didn't meet the 25000 shares bought by fans by 12/31/97 to make it work, not sure if it will continue, I hear from sources that Arby's has pulled out. Website has not been updated in a while
71 Dave Marcis Chevy Realtree Helen Marcis Bob Marcis
I hear Realtree will re-up for 1999. Leslie left after Sears Point, Bob Marcis takes over on the interm. Lee Leslie signed on as crew chief on 1/2/98, Realtree signs on for another year, no other changes
73 Mike Wallace Chevy X-R1 Phil Barkdoll ?
This was a Daytona 500 deal only. Not sure if the team will attempt the Pepsi 400 or either Talladega race. Looks like Phil will attempt to make Daytona again this year after making it in 1997 and selling the ride to SABCO
75 Rick Mast Ford Remington
Mossy Oak
Polaris
Butch Mock Dave Charpentier
Ted Musgrave in the car in 1999. Paint scheme change for 1998, David Evans comes aboard to start an in-house engine program
77 Robert Pressley Ford Jasper Engines Doug Bawel Newt Moore
McSwain has resigned, Moore comes over from the #81 car. Ran a see thru paint scheme on the hood. Head engine builder, Bob Dell, left and is now with Pro Motors. Pressley returns for 1998
78 Gary Bradberry Ford Pilot Travel Centers Jim Wilson
Billy Hagen
Steven Lane
Fred Turner
Dennis Adcock
Adcock takes over at Talladega. Walter Giles takes over as crew chief. Bradberry ran a one-race deal in the #35 at Loudon, the team took some time off to regroup. Richard Broome has left the crew chief position after the spring Talladega race. Pilot will sponsor the car for the entire 1998 season. Bradberry has signed on for another year. Hanes will not return as the sponsor.
79 Kenny Bouchard Chevy ? Ted Walters Ted Walters
Ken Bouchard attempted New Hampshire but failed, will attempt Richmond. Randy MacDonald attempted to make Pocono in July but did not make it. Plans on running a limited schedule(5-6 races) in 1998. Ran a few races with Randy MacDonald in 1997. Not sure what # they may use.
81 ?Kenny Wallace Ford ?Square-D
Trane
Filbert Martocci ?
Team may switch to Chevy's in 1999. Wallce officially gets his release at the end of 1998. Newt Moore leaves as crew chief to take same job at the #77 after Darlington. Rumor had Todd Bodine in the car for 1999 but has been disspelled. Square-D will leave as sponsor after 1998 season. Wallace wants out and is talking to the owner to get out of his contract. Wallace lloks to go to the 2nd Andy Petree team. Added Trane as an assoc, will share information and testing results with the #13 and #94 teams, Moore became CC midseason 1997
84 Norm Benning Chevy NU/HART CLINICS INC Norm Benning ?
Not sure what this team is now up to. NU/HART CLINICS INC signs on for Daytona, no idea if it will extend longer. Plans on attempting a few WC races in 1998, looking for sponsorship
85 Randy MacDonald
Bob Strait
Ford ?Sherwin Willimas Fran Dixon ?
Looks like MacDonald in the car for now in limited runs. Bouchard attempted Bristol(Aug). Not sure what the plans are here. Bob Strait attempted Texas, MacDonald attempted the Coke 600 and ran the Winston Open. Dick Bahre, who attempted to start up the ill-fated #64 Fans Team owns this team.
86? Stacey Compton Ford Royal Crown Cola(RC) David Hodson Kevin Cram?
Heard Compton was going to attempt to make the fall Martinsville, VA Fall race but he did not.
88 Dale Jarrett Ford Quality Care Service/
Ford Credit,
Coca Cola, Fleetwood
Robert Yates Todd Parrott
Fleetwood and Coca-Cola come aboard as assoc
89 Dennis Setzer Ford McRib Sandwich Bill Elliott Mike Brandt
Setzer is full time in the Truck series and supposedly turned down the #13 job when offered when Nadeau was released. One race deal at Talladega(4/26) with a possibility of running a few more races in 1998.
90 Dick Trickle Ford ?Heilig Meyers
Simmons
Junie Donlavey Junie Donlavey
Mike Hillman lasted a few weeks and left. Tommy Baldwin left as crew chief after Richmond for the #22 team. Hillman takes over. Heilig Meyers will leave after the 98 season. Rumor has crew chief Tommy Baldwin and team mgr Jeff Kirl leaving at the end of the season. New color scheme for 1998. Will share info with the #10 team.
91 Todd Bodine
Andy Hillenburg
Chevy ?
Pionite
Joe Falk/LJ Racing Doug Richert
Todd Bodine in the rest of the year, Jillenburg will run at Talladega and Daytona. Shepherd released after missing Darlington. Morgan Shepherd to take over for the rest of 1998. Andy Hillenburg will run the car at Loudon, NH. Kevin Lepage released after he signed on with Roush. Tommy Kendall drove the car at Seasr Point. Dare County Tourism Board was on the car in a one-race deal at Talladega. Needs a primary sponsor, plans to compete in 1998, looks like they plan on running LePage for rookie of the year. Pionite will stay aboard as an assoc
92 Elliott Sadler Chevy Ocean Pacific
Tower
Gary Bechtel Sandy Jones
Not sure what is up with this team as Sadler will leave and go to the #21 CITGO Ford. Plans to attempt the Brickyard 400 and Southern 500 were scrapped, not sure what next Cup race will be. Crew chief Butch Hylton left the team back in June. Ocean Pacific comes aboard for a one race deal at Charlotte and may sponsor the team for the other races also. Will attempt to run 5 WC races in 1998, part time in 1999 and looking to go fulltime in 2000
94 Bill Elliott Ford McDonald's
Super 8, Coca Cola
Service Merchandise
Bill Elliott Joe Garone
Will share information with the #81 team. Joe Garone named crew chief, Mike Beam was promoted to chief operating officer of the organization. McDonald's re-signed with Elliott for three years, starts 2nd team(#13). Service Merchandise to come aboard as an assoc sponsor
95 ? Chevy ?
Shoney's Inn
Sadler Racing ?
Team concentrating on BGN series with Bobby Hamilton, Jr as driver. Not sure what is up with the team, Hillenburg ran Loudon in the #91. Has signed Andy Hillenburg to run 1998. Expect to announce a primary sponsor and crew chief soon. Ed Berrier left and will run full BGN with the #77, Lee Leslie left as crew chief to the #71
96 Steve Grissom Chevy Caterpillar
Siemens
Buz McCall Sam Johns
Looks like Steve Grissom will run the car the rest of the year and the team may cease operations at the end of 1998. Mike Bliss drives at Martinsville, team is using driver of the week approach. Morgan Shepherd drives at Dover. Ted Musgrave drove at Richmond(fall). Looks like Stricklin is out. Ron Fellows drove at Watkins Glen. Stricklin will be in the car for the rest of 1998 otherwise. Morgan Shepherd was to drive at Daytona in the Pepsi 400 until it got postponed. Robby Gordon drove the car at Sears Point will not at Indy as rumored. David Green was released after the Richmond race. Hut Stricklin is on a race-to-race basis for now. Caterpillar may leave at the end of 1998. Siemens aboard as a major assoc
97 Chad Little Ford John Deere Georgetta Roush
Roush Racing
Jeff Hammond
Jeff Hammond joins the team as CC just before the Vegas race. No idea what Skip Eyler will do. Eyler replaced Harold Holly as crew chief around September 97's Richmond race. Roush bought this team mid 1997 and will switch it to Ford's for 1998, Georgetta Roush is Jack's Mom.
98 Rich Bickle Ford Thorn Apple Valley Cale Yarborough Michael McSwain
Skip Eyler was replaced by Michael McSwain after missing Talladega. Crew Chief Mike Hillman released after Bristol(Aug). Skip Eyler comes over from Roush as the crew chief. Sacks will be out the remainder of the 1998 season, may be too hurt to return to driving. Rich Bickle took over after Sacks was hurt at Texas. Greg Sacks and Mike Hillman named 11-27, Thorn Apple Valley is the new sponsor, cc Tony Furr have left to go to the #50(was #25) for 1998 and John Andretti returned to the #43
99 Jeff Burton Ford Exide Batteries
NAPA
Robert Corn/
Roush Racing
Frank Stoddard
Exide extended it's primary sponsorship thru 2000. New crew chief as Stoddard is promoted Buddy Parrott becomes the GM of the #6 and #99. Corn is Roush's business partner in Roush Industries


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