PAST NEWS JULY 20-26, 1998

  • Five drivers go for the No Bull 5 One Million Bonus at Indy: Jeff Gordon, Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte, Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin. For the rules and see the history see Jayski's Stats Page. To see the rules on how you can win a Million bucks in the No Bull 5, see Jayski's Racing Contests Page.(7-26-98)

  • Steve Park returns to the #1 Pennzoil Chevy and to the Rookie of the Year chase. Because only the 15 best finishes count, he still has a chance.(7-26-98)

  • Larry Hedrick Motorsports team manager Mike Hill confirmed that the team would not run a second car sponsored Kodiak Ice for driver David Green at Indy. The team may do four or five races with the blue-schemed Kodiak Ice car.(NASCAR Online)(7-26-98)

  • While listening to the MRN Broadcast of the race (don't get TBS) it was mentioned that Paychex has signed on with Brett Bodines #11 team for 1999.(MRN)(7-26-98)

  • From NASCAR Online: Kenny Wallace is in the third year of a five-year contract with Filmar and Square D rep Mike Arning said the company is evaluating its future direction in the sport, in which it plans to remain involved.(7-26-98)

  • Race Results, Starting Lineups, Happy Hour speeds, 1st and 2nd round qualifying results, Practice #1 and #2 speeds are up at GoRacing, NASCAR Online, Speedworld and That's Racin'.(7-26-98)

  • Goodyear has its racing rain tire ready to go and NASCAR has decided the Bud at the Glen on Watkins Glen's road course Aug. 9 will be run rain or shine.(Times-Dispatch)(7-26-98)

  • Remember this story: A WILD rumor is making rounds: There is supposed to be an announcement during the IRL race weekend at Charlotte on July 25th pertaining to a new stock car series owned by Bruton Smith and Tony George(Indianapolis). Supposedly they have a title sponsor and TV Network close to finalized. Check the story out that I put on a separate page from Mike Snow of GoRacing( and Performance Racing News( The Future of Winston Cup at Homestead.(4-14-98)(looks like it didn't happen)(7-26-98)

  • Tim Steele won the Pocono ARCA race Saturday. Steele fractured three ribs and separated the cartilage from one of them in the Indy accident last week said he will not be in the #15 Moore-Robinson Motorsports #15 Rescue Formula Ford next weekend at Indy. He felt he could handle the shorter ARCA Pocono race (250 miles) but that he is not ready for the longer races. He told Bud Moore to put someone else in the car for Indy.(NASCAR Online)(7-26-98)

  • The #47 Fans Can Race team and driver/owner Billy Standridge, will not be attempting to make the Brickyard 400 as planned because of lack of funds and no sponsorship. Next race planned is the Pepsi Southern 500 in September. Team FCR will roll out a new program starting next week to give something back to their members and anyone else that enters. The details are still being worked out but the basic plan is for racing items to be giving away through a drawing every couple of weeks or so. Details will be posted Monday once the official rules are completed but some included items are T-shirts, hats, and much more. For more info see the Fans Can Race Site. More items being auctioned off this week too.(7-26-98)

  • David Blair Motorsports(#27 Ford) has a fleet of eight NASCAR Winston Cup race cars ready to roll and that the crew was building new Tauruses, anticipating a return to action.(NASCAR Online)(7-26-98)

  • The first NASCAR SpeedPark will host a grand opening celebration Tuesday at its location off N.C. 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach, SC. The SpeedPark is the first NASCAR entertainment facility built especially for fan entertainment, featuring go-kart racing among other attractions. Several Winston Cup drivers including Jeff Gordon, Rusty Wallace, Dale Jarrett and Ernie Irvan are scheduled to participate in racing activities, competing against fans and members of the media. The grand opening is slated to start at 6pm/et. The SpeedPark is at 1820 21st Ave. North Ext., Myrtle Beach.(That's Racin)(7-26-98)

  • The Money Store will take over primary sponsorship of the #46 SABCO Chevy as reported here, but not until the Brickyard 400.(7-25-98)

  • Jim Mattei, majority owner of the #7 Philips team Geoff Bodine drives for, might be in the market to sell his part of the operation, according to sources close to the team.(JournalNow-Mike Mulhern)(7-25-98)

  • Ricky Rudd said that it's 70-30 that he will not start a second team. He set a July 31 deadline for lining up the necessary sponsorship and plans to stick to that deadline. That could change if Rudd purchases or merges with an existing team. There has been some conversation about that, but nothing is close.(Times-Dispatch/Mike Harris)(7-25-98)

  • Richard Childress said he's shying away from adding another team to his Winston Cup roster(#3 Goodwrench and #31 Lowes chevy's, even though he's getting offers from potential sponsors.(JournalNow-Mike Mulhern)(7-25-98)

  • Reported Friday: Lake Speed is pondering retirement from Winston Cup. He resigned his driving and general manager duties with the #9 Cartoon Network Ford last Friday(7-17), citing poor health from a recent accident.(MRN Radio/RPM2Nite)(7-25-98)

  • A rumor floating around last week that Phillips 66 was leaving the #66 Diamond Ridge team after the season is untrue. What is unknown is what division(BGN or Cup) or capacity in 1999.(7-25-98)

  • UPDATE: Noticed during qualifying for the Pennsylvania 500: 1) Morgan Shepherd who is driving the #91 LJ Racing Chevy was dressed up in a Rescue Engine Formula, who will sponsor the #15 Moore-Robinson Ford with Tim Steele driving and they also sponsor Blaise Alexander on the BGN tour. 2) The #46 SABCO chevy still has First Union on as a sponsor not the Money Store as reported here this week.(7-24-98) - The Money Store will take over primary sponsorship of the #46 SABCO Chevy as reported here, but not until the Brickyard 400.(7-25-98)

  • Crew chief Larry McReynolds(of the #31) says he hasn't talked with car owner Joe Gibbs(#18 Interstate Batteries Pontic) about moving to the Jimmy Makar-Bobby Labonte team next season to work with rookie Tony Stewart(Who will move up to Cup).(JournalNow-Mike Mulhern)(7-25-98)

  • Joe Falk and Morgan Shepherd may bring their programs together, although that is one of a number of options he is considering. Falk said he is also considering joining forces with another one-car team.(News & Record Online - Bob Zeller)(7-25-98)

  • Butch Mock said he hasn't sold his race team(#75 Remington Ford) and said he missed the race at Loudon(see past news), because he was entertaining friends at the annual Shelby-Cobra meet in Charlotte. Mock said he's been looking at adding a second team, because he has some good sponsorship offers.(JournalNow-Mike Mulhern)(7-25-98)

  • Ted Musgrave has no intention of jumping in the first available ride after Watkins Glen when his ride with Roush is up. Musgrave has a contract with Jack Roush through 12-31-97 that pays him a considerable salary. It's not worth it to him to jump into the first ride offered and thereby void his Roush contract. He's willing to consider taking over another car this year, but is reluctant to look at anything serious unless it also includes the 1999 season.(News & Record Online - Bob Zeller)(7-25-98)

  • Some interesting AP notes by Dick Brinster at SpeedNet: Craven's team adjusting to change.(7-25-98)

  • Story about two of the smaller teams, LJ Racing with Morgan Shepherd and Dave Marcis Racing at: SpeedNet - and other notes.(7-25-98)

  • Qualifying is over, Dick Trickle was fastest 2nd round with a speed of 166.546mph. 10 of the 21 cars stood on their 1st round time, all made the race. 11 cars made 2nd round attempts and only 5 were faster than their 1st round efforts. #35 Tabasco Pontiac failed to make the race again( ain't the driver). To see who else missed the Pennsylvania 500 and who had to use provisionals and to see the provisional rules, owners point and breakdown see Jayski's Provisional Page.(7-25-98)

  • The RACENET/pdm Logo will appear on the lower rear 1/4 panel of the #79 NASCAR Winston Cup team T.R.I.X. Racing (Randy MacDonald-Driver) this weekend at Pocono. It will be an uphill battle to make the show but they hope to gain national exposure on Sunday via TBS.(Racenet)(7-25-98)

  • Even though Elliott Sadler turned in impressive times during testing this week at Indy in his #92 Diamond Ridge Motorsports Chevy, the team has decided NOT to try and qualify there. The reason being that it would conflict too much with their BGN program.(7-24-98)

  • There have been reports on the web that Morgan Shepherd has the #91 LJ Racing ride for the remainder of the season. According to my sources that is not a done deal, not yet anyway. That explain's why we have not seen an official release from the #91 team, they are still negotiating the deal.(Victory Lane Online)(7-24-98)

  • Richard Petty, the Winston Cup's all-time champion with seven driver titles and 200 victories, has been elected to the National Motorsports Press Association's Hall of Fame.(That'sRacin')(7-24-98)

  • Tim Steele won the pole for the ARCA event at Pocono. What?? It was reported here that he had kidney stones and hurt ribs and would not race this week at Pocono. John Kernan of RPM2Nite mentioned this and said he had heard that the team didn't have a car ready for Pocono because of the wreck at Indy last week. I would imagine the team didn't wish to chance wrecking another car and miss Indy.(7-24-98)

  • Hearing that Ted Musgrave will drive the #13 FirstPlus Ford after the Watkins Glen race in a few weeks.(7-24-98)

  • "Hot Stuff on Casey Atwood - It seems the young phenomenon from Nashville has a fistful of sponsorship cash from RC Cola and is actively looking for a ride in a Winston Cup car for 1998. I have it on good authority that he has spoken to the Melling team about a second car for at least some of the remaining races this year and it is a definite possibility. If Melling doesn't pick him up count on someone stepping forward. Sponsorship dollars buy more tests when they are attached to a new car and driver." See the story at Bart's Stock Car Place.(7-24-98)

  • 46 cars will attempt to make the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono, 43 get in. Randy MacDonald is listed in the Big Daddy's BBQ Sauce Chevy owned by Trix Racing. After 1st round qualifying teams ran 26th or worse but are guaranteed to make the race because of provisionals include: #12-Mayfield(4th in owners points); #94-Elliott(12); #4-Hamilton(13); #26-Benson(17); #40-Marlin(19); #11-B Bodine(21);#1 D Waltrip(champ). Teams who need to pick up some speed saturday morning #79-MacDonald(no provs); #78-Bradberry(46th in owners points); #35-Horton(43); #98-Bickle(41); #13-Dallenbach(40); #96-Stricklin(39). Surprises have to be - Dave Marcis qualifying 25th and in the show; #91 Morgan Shepherd ran 7th and Steve Grissom was 20th in the #41 and will not have to take a provisional this week. To see the provisional rules, owners point and breakdown see Jayski's Provisional Page.(7-24-98)

  • I hear from a good source that Eddie Cheever will NOT drive in the Brickyard 400 on August 1st.(7-23-98)

  • Kenny Schrader and Bobby Labonte answered many fans questions, to read them answers go to RaceComm.(7-23-98)

  • Starting to hear from many sources that Jerry Nadeau may end up in the #35 Tabasco Pontiac as the full time driver when all these driver changes shake out.(7-23-98)

  • I didn't get a chance to hear the show but a reader reports: That on Joe Moore's(MRN) weekly local radio show on WGH-AM1310 THE SCORE (Tuesday July 21st) it was reported that "a very reliable source at the Truck race in California over the weekend told him that D.W. was considering taking a full-time ride with The Elliott-Marino First Plus Financial car". The source told Joe "a lot depends upon how well the 17 Team does, and IF they can line-up a primary sponsor for next season". The source said that D.W. is intrigued with 1) Elliott as a co-owner; 2) Marino's big-time football star status; 3) First Plus Financial's HUGE sponsorship commitment; and 4) Possibility of driving a Ford. The Radio show mentioned here is called Racetalk. Moore also has a TV show called Raceline with Joe Moore and can be SEEN via the web, go the Raceline site for details.(7-23-98)
  • During an interview on RPM2Nite with Team Scandia driver Jimmy Kite, he sounded like a driver who was going to race Stock Cars and some IRL in 1999, he seemed to imply that the Stock Car deal would be with Team Scandia(Andy Evans)(7-23-98)

  • I was not able to get any of the final Indy practice speeds for the GM testing but NASCAR Online has a story with the speeds at: Schrader ends Indy test as quickest. There's a hint.(7-23-98)

  • UPDATE: I hear Ashton Lewis may run the #9 BGN Ford again at South Boston this weekend, he drove the car to a 3rd place finish at Watkins Glen a few weeks ago.(7-22-98) - I now hear that Lewis will be in the #89 Chevy instead of Jeff Fuller, who will run the car in the remaining BGN races of 1998.(7-23-98)

  • Reported a few times before and it never happened, we'll see: Sterling Marlin will run the # 40 SABCO Chevy with its special gold and black paint scheme, which will feature Coors Non-Alcoholic beverage. The special color scheme will make a return appearance in September when the Winston Cup tour makes its second stop at Richmond under the lights. It's all part of a public-awareness campaign by Coors focusing attention on the need for a designated driver when people head out to party. Marlin and the Coors Non-Alcoholic Pocono effort has received the support from the National Commission Against Drunk Driving (NCADD). The NCADD logo will be displayed on the TV Panel (rear bumper) and in full view of the in-car camera as well.(SpeedNet), NASCAR Online has an image on their site at Marlin to run special scheme at Pocono.(7-23-98)

  • I hear that FINA and Shell are both leaving NASCAR as a primary sponsor on their respective teams/cars.(7-23-98)
  • Interesting Stat from That's Racin': Mark Martin has won at 16 of the 20 tracks which make up the Winston Cup series. The four tracks at which he is still looking for a victory are Pocono, Indianapolis, New Hampshire and Daytona, all of which still have races this season.(7-23-98)

  • It's Official or is it?: TNN to broadcast Pepsi 400 on October, 17th - although the network is unable to officially announce it due to additional programming decisions.(NASCAR Online)(7-23-98)

  • UPDATE: Am hearing that Jimmy Horton, local NJ race star will drive the #35 Tabasco Pontiac at Pocono this weekend. From South Jersey Dirt Racing.(7-22-98) - According to the official NASCAR entry list for Pocono, Jimmy Horton, a regular on the ARCA series, will drive the #35.(That's Racin' Note)(7-23-98)

  • UPDATE: Rumors are floating around that the #17 Tyler Jet Motorosports Chevy will be somehow sponsored by Universal Studios.(7-21-98) - hear it may be something with America's Most Wanted OR/AND?? also hearing somrthing with American Graffiti??, remember this is all a rumor, the team is expected to make the REAL announcement at Indy on the 29th.(7-22-98) - see the image at my Paint Schemes page(link below)

  • After a solid four-year business relationship with FILMAR Racing, Square D Company has announced that it will not return as the primary sponsor for the Concord, N.C.-based NASCAR Winston Cup team for the 1999 season. See the rest of the story and PR at: Kenny Wallace/Filmar Racing Page.(7-22-98)

    Maybe something to do with this past story:
  • Kenny Wallace is expected to bring his Square D sponsorship with him if he, as appears likely, becomes the second driver for Andy Petree, and a teammate with Ken Schrader.(JournalNow)(7-12-98)

  • UPDATE: At a press conference Wednesday at Texas Motor Speedway, Roush Racing will introduce Kevin Lepage as the driver of the #16 PRIMESTAR Ford, and PRIMESTAR is expected to announce its sponsorship of the 1999 Cup race at TMS, according to a Roush Racing spokesperson.(NASCAR Online)(7-22-98) - It's done and official.

  • 1994 Busch North series Champion Dale Shaw will be returning to the BGN series this weekend in the 300 in South Boston. Shaw nearly won this event last year, driving James Finches #4 Busch Car. He will be driving his own car, sponsored by Fisher Snowplows.(North East Racing)(7-22-98)

  • Notes from the Tuesday GM tests at Indy, no speeds yet: Morgan Shepherd crashed in the #91 car, not serious, minor rear-end damage, but they immediately packed up and went home. Morgan even helped tote stuff to the hauler. The #41 team tested 4 cars, so don't count out the two car deal for Indy. They were talking about it today. Elliott Sadler was impressive in the #92, held the fast time til the very end.(7-22-98)

  • UPDATE: I hear that Tim Steele, who was to make his first attempt in the #15 Moore-Robinson Rescue Ford at Pocono this weekend, will not make an attempt as he is still having trouble with kidney stones(7-21-98) plus I hear he cracked some ribs in his Indy test accident. Plans are now for the team and Steele to debut at Indy on August 1st.(7-22-98)

  • Not Official but...I hear rumors that the Pepsi 400 will be televised live on TNN, October 17, and then replayed a week later on CBS. Supposedly if CBS does not eventually air the race, they would lose the rights, which would then go up for bid. CBS of course owns TNN. No idea when CBS's decision will be officially announced.(7-21-98)

  • Some very interesting images of the #98 Ford that will appear at Indy and future night races at Stock Car Racing Magazine Site. Also some images of Jerry Nadeau checking out the #9 Cartoon Network Ford he will drive at Pocono this weekend. Both Melling and Nadeau are currently involved in negotiations aimed at keeping Nadeau in the #9 Ford for the rest of 1998.(Stock Car Racing Magazine Site) also a story and another image at TNN's Motorsports site about Nadeau -, I also have some images of the #98 on the Paint Schemes Page.(7-21-98)

  • This weekend will reunite Dave Rezendes and crew chief Darrell Bryant again. They worked together earlier this year at Watkins Glen and had a good finish. With Washington Erving Motorsport, Dr Pepper #50 team coming off a good finish at California Speedway with Mike Wallace driving, Dave Rezendes is looking for a good finish again at South Boston in the #50.(Washington Erving Motorsports)(7-21-98)

  • Brad Akins, co-owner of Elton Sawyer's #38 BGN Barbasol Taurus received 18 stitches, a broken foot, a severed muscle and tendon damage when he was struck by another car on pit road during the Kenwood 300 at California Speedway Sunday. A true hands-on owner, Akins also serves as a tire carrier for the team.(Keystone Marketing via Stock Car Racing Mag Site)(7-21-98)

  • Monday Indy speeds as promised: #18 - B Labonte 175.309mph; #00 - M. Shepherd(subbing for Buckshot who was delayed on the West Coast due to weather) 174.632; #91 - Shepherd 174.239; #96 - Stricklin 174.206; #71 - Marcis 173.210; #33 - Schrader 172.867; #17 - Waltrip 172.844; #30 - Cope 172.844; #3 - Earnhardt 172.715. Also the #75 Ford was there but wasn't up to speed.(not official times)(7-21-98)

  • Many readers want to start a email campaign to CBS about the Pepsi 400 at Daytona which now be October 17th, I have email addresses to CBS on my Media Addresses and TV/Radio News Page, feel free to email CBS. Not looking top start something here.

  • UPDATE: Jerry Nadeau has been named to drive the #9 Cartoon Network Ford at Pocono on Sunday. - Jerry Nadeau signed today with Melling Racing and the Cartoon Network to drive the #9 Cartoon Network Ford at Pocono this Sunday. Although the current agreement is for this one race, Nadeau could stay in the seat if he and the team can work together. The #9 Ford's seat became open when veteran Lake Speed decided to resign rather than not be able to contribute 100% to the team's effort. See the rest of the story at The TNN Motorsports Website.(7-20-98)

  • This weekend's Pennsylvania 500 marks the end of Darrell Waltrip's tenure in the #1 Pennzoil Chevy owned by Dale Earnhardt. DW will return to the Tyler Jet Motorsports #17 Chevy at the Brickyard 400 on August 1st.(7-20-98)

  • Travis Carter, Jimmy Spencer's car owner, has been trying to line up a sponsor for a second team in 1999, but a report coming out of the New Hampshire Speedway last weekend said a second team may come some time this year. The Providence Journal-Bulletin reported that Ted Musgrave will join the Carter team, but didn't say when that will happen. No word yet on Jimmy re-signing with Carter for 1999. (His contract is up this year as well and he's being talked to by a number of different teams) Also, the results of the Super Star Shootout at Columbus Motor Speedway on Saturday July 18th: 1st - Sterling Marlin; 2nd - Jimmy Spencer; 3rd - Steve Grissom; 4th - Hut Stricklin.(Spencerfans Website)(7-20-98)

  • #35 Tabasco Pontiac team owner, Bob Hancher says they hope to announce a driver for Pocono on Wednesday, July 22nd.(NASCAR Today Radio)(7-20-98)

  • UPDATE: I hear the 2nd Larry Hedrick team deal with David Green for the Brickyard 400 has been called off and the car will not be run.(7-19-98) - Hedrick Motorsports has scrapped the 2nd car deal at Indy because of David Greens commitment to run the #36 Stanley Tools BGN Pontiac at IRP.(WC Today Radio)(7-20-98)

  • The closed GM Test at Indy continues today under intense heat. Drivers there: #3-Dale Earnhardt; #31-Mike Skinner; #00-Buckshot Jones; #33-Kenny Schrader; #30-Derrike Cope; #17-Darrell Waltrip; #18-Bobby Labonte; #96-Hut Stricklin; #4-Bobby Hamilton; #07-Dan Pardus and #41-Steve Grissom.(WC Today Radio)(7-20-98)

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