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PAST NEWS AUGUST 3-9, 1998

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  • Getting questions on the Jeff Gordon BGN team, the story is on the July 17 past news page on 7-17-98 with the pregression of stories that have appeared here: Also see a story at That's Racin': Jeff Gordon has Busch in his future.


    (8-9-98)
  • Bud at the Glen: Race results, Starting Lineups, Qualifying results, Practice speeds are up at GoRacing, Speedworld and NASCAR Online.(8-9-98)

  • UPDATE: One rumor has Ted Musgrave doing some races in the #15 Moore-Robinson Rescue Engines Formula Ford.(8-6-98) - Confirmed on RPM2Nite, Musgrave will drive the #15 Ford at Michigan in a one race only deal.(8-7-98) - Was confirmed on TNN's Inside NASCAR, Sunday morning(8-9-98)

  • Jimmy Spencer says he has some very bad headaches from a hard hit last weekend at Indianapolis and says he'll take it easy these next few weeks, and may not be back in a car full-time until Bristol.(JournalNow), probably means Spencer will start the races and have relief at Michigan. Depends on what his Doctors have to say this coming week.(8-9-98)

  • UPDATE: Hearing part time BGN and BGNN driver Ted Christopher will pratice the #90 WC car Saturday morning at the Glen and that the team would decide after who would drive the car. Dick Trickle is the regular driver of the car but is known to dislike the road courses. I now hear Christopher will possibly relieve Trickle after he starts the race Sunday.(8-8-98) - Trickle will start the race and Christopher jump in at the first caution.(8-9-98)

  • Ted Christopher took over for Dick Trickle in the #90 Ford and Boris Said took over for Jimmy Spencer in the #23 Winston Ford on lap 9 of the Bud at the Glen.(8-9-98)


    (8-8-98)
  • 2nd round qualifying is over and the field is set for the Bud at the Glen. Fastest 2nd round qualifier was #42 Joe Nemechek with a speed of 119.252mph(17th fastest overall). DW used his 10th Champion Provisional of the year and 2nd in the row with the #35 Tabasco team. Steve Grissom used his 13th prov of the year. See Jayski's Provisional Page for who used provisionals, how many they have left, where the teams stand and who missed the race(3 teams, including Dave Marcis for the 13th time), Larry Gunselman only got up to 110.569mph and was the slowest car.(8-8-98)

  • Not much was mentioned of this and I noticed in Henry's StockCarFans Ramblings this morning: Seven years ago this weekend we lost independent driver JD McDuffie at Watkins Glen. He never won a Cup race but always made the field in his own car(#70 Pontiac not Chevy) with his own team with little sponsorship. I have an image of him on my Driver Tribute Page and I thought it'd be nice to mention him today. Thanks Henry and thanks JD.(8-8-98)

  • "One question this weekend is the whereabouts of Wally Dallenbach. Dallenbach, a star road racer who had two impressive runs in a Rick Hendrick Chevy in June, was expected to run here, for someone, perhaps Hendrick. But Dallenbach turned down an offer to run Travis Carter's Ford for unexplained reasons. Dallenbach did not return phone calls for comment."(JournalNow)(8-8-98)

  • Robbie Loomis(current crew chief of the #43 STP Pontiac) could be promoted to general manager at Petty Enterprises in a year or two, according to Petty team officials. But Loomis is also under consideration for a job with Felix Sabates, according to Detroit sources, and Richard Childress could be ready to make Loomis an offer too, according to men close to the situation. Kyle Petty is moving his team from Concord to Level Cross, doubling the business in the Petty family shops.(JournalNow)(8-8-98)

  • Wild rumor time: Dan Marino's NASCAR operation might be leaving the Bill Elliott fold at the end of the season and move elsewhere, perhaps to the Childress camp, according to sources close to the situation.(JournalNow)(8-8-98)

  • Winston Cup Multi-Car rumors news: Per the Winston Cup Scene - Ricky Ridd will not start a 2nd team; Chuck Rider, owner of the #30 Gumout team will not start a second team; Richard Childress, owner of the #3 GM Goodwrencg and #31 Lowes teams will not start a third team; #23 Winston Team owner, Travis Carter is still looking into adding a 2nd team to his stable.(WC Scene)(8-8-98)


    (8-7-98)
  • After 1st round qualifying the following seven teams are guaranteed to make the Bud at the Glen based on owners points are: #12-Jeremy Mayfield(5th in owner points); #18-Bobby Labonte(6); #94-Bill Elliott(13); #21-Michael Waltrip(16); #97-Chad Little(19); #11-Brett Bodine(22); and #35-Darrell Waltrip(champ prov). Teams in trouble who are deep in owners points and 37th or worse: #59-Brian Cunningham(no prov); #71 Dave Marcis(44th); #46-Tom Kendall(42nd); With 46 cars making an attempt, 3 will go home(including the #58). Curious about where you driver/team stands in the provisional process? See Jayski's Provisional Page.(8-7-98)

  • Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr., Indy car racing's biggest-name driver, is hinting that he could wind up behind the wheel of NASCAR stock cars if CART and Indianapolis Motor Speedway don't settle their differences. See the rest of the story at CNN/SI by Ed Hinton: Unser Jr. Eyes NASCAR. Jayski Note: During an interview on RPM2Nite last week when Unser was there to run IROC, he said that he would be with the Penske CART team in 1999.(8-7-98)

  • A little work found some info on Brian Cunningham, who is attempting to make the Bud at the Glen Cup race. Story at He just keeps truckin' on - Cunningham gets kicks in NASCAR, he has driven in the truck series(not in 1998), currently drives in the the #15 in the PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship series and is now from Kentucky.(Lexington Hearld-Leader), He is driving a #59 Taurus owned by Ed Sscherer, Mark Gibson attempted to make the Daytona 500 with this team.(ESPN2 Qualifying) - Brian is the grandson of Briggs Swift Cunningham Jr, the noted yachtsman and auto racer. Brian's mom and dad, Briggs III and Patsy, used to sponsor Art Barry's NASCAR Tour modified before moving from CT to KY.(8-7-98)

  • UPDATE: 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) - From a story on today's JournalNow page in part: Mattei said. "But it's not up for sale now. We're looking to acquire a second team right now, for additional test dates and to expand our base to be more competitive. We're working on that right now. I don't anticipate the second team right now, but I do by the year 2000."(JournalNow)(8-7-98)

  • UPDATE: Hearing rumors that former crew chief of the #41 Larry Hedrick car, Charlie Pressley, will be named crew chief of the #4 Kodak Morgan-McClure car.(8-5-98) - Charley Pressley, one of the more experienced crew chiefs in NASCAR Winston Cup racing, has been named crew chief for Morgan-McClure Motorsports and the Kodak MAX Film Chevrolet team of driver Bobby Hamilton. Team manager Larry McClure made the announcement Friday morning at Watkins Glen, NY, where Pressley was already at work preparing for Sunday's Bud At The Glen. Pressley, 43, comes to the team from Larry Hedrick Motorsports where he worked with such drivers as Harry Gant, Rick Craven, Steve Grissom and Robert Pressley. He fills the position that had been held by interim crew chief Robert Larkins.(Williams Company of America)(8-7-98)

  • Kyle Petty's pe2 team is moving to Level Cross, NC and the #43 STP and #44 Hot Wheels Pontiacs will run from the shop.(WC Scene)(8-7-98)

  • Kyle Petty blew an engine during practice for the Bud at the Glen and had to change engines for qualifying; Bobby Labonte got in that oil and wrecked his primary #18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac and had to go out late in qualifying in his back-up car; Bill Elliott got out of shape during 1st round qualifying and didn't complete the lap, will have to try 2nd round qualifying.(ESPN2 Qualifying)(8-7-98)

  • UPDATE 2: Jimmy Spencer will not drive at Watkins Glen as he feels he is not 100%. He will probably start the race to get the driver points. The team will name a sub on Wednesday.(RPM2Nite), one rumor has Todd Bodine as a possible sub.(8-4-98) - Boris Said, driver of the #44 Truck owned by Ernie Irvan will drive for Jimmy Spencer at Watkins Glen. Said drove Spencers BGN car there in June. Spencer is scheduled to start the #23 Winston Ford and Said will take over at the first opportunity(caution).(GoRacing)(8-5-98) - Said will practice in and qualify Spencer's Ford at Watkins Glen Friday before catching a plane to Flemington for Saturday's truck race. After that race is over, he will catch a return flight back to Watkins Glen for the Winston Cup race the following day.(SpeedNet)(8-7-98)

  • Of the 22 road course races for Winston Cup cars on current road courses, Chevrolets have won just six times.(That's Racin')(8-7-98)

  • Winston West driver Larry Gunselman plans to make an attempt for the Bud at the Glen in 2nd round qualifying on Saturday. His #58 Lawrence Johnson Ford Tbird arrived late Friday. The transporter broke down three times on its way.(NASCAR Online)(8-7-98)


    (8-6-98)
  • UPDATE: "Paul McIlhenny, CEO of the company that owns Tabasco's sponsorship of the car now driven by Darrell Waltrip, spiked a few rumors Tuesday. The McIlhenny Co. isn't necessarily on the verge of severing its sponsorship ties to the No. 35 car, which was a Pontiac owned by Bob Hancher before being absorbed last week by the Chevrolet operation owned by Tim Beverley. All McIlhenny wants is information, and he hopes to get it from Beverley, a man he never has met, before Sunday's race at Watkins Glen, N.Y. Beverley bought out Waltrip's unsponsored team last spring and started Tyler Jet Motorsports. McIlhenny wants to know what percentage of the team is owned by Hancher, with whom his company has the contract, and whether Pontiac is completely out of the picture. "We currently have a very valid contract," McIlhenny said. "We're currently committed to NASCAR and car No. 35." There is more to the story at Tabasco wants answers on mergers by Skip Wood. Link is now correct.(The USA Today)(8-5/6-98)

  • UPDATE: Tom Hubert who drove the #19 Ford at Sears Point will drive the #13 FirstPlus Ford owned by Bill Elliott and Dan Marino at Waltkins Glen.(RPM2Nite)(8-5-98) - also on NASCAR Online(8-6-98)

  • Las Vegas odds for the Bud at the Glen: WRAL - Vegas Odds.(8-6-98)


    (8-5-98)
  • CORRECTION: H.B. Bailey, who spent 32 years as a driver in NASCAR's Winston Cup Series, is resting in Methodist Hospital following a stroke late Friday. Bailey, 61, is in stable condition and was scheduled to undergo tests early this week. Bailey began his Winston Cup career after buying a Pontiac from Bud Moore in 1962, and raced Pontiacs virtually his entire career. His last race gained him a bit of notoriety: he drove the first car to attempt pole qualifying in the inaugural Brickyard 400 in 1994. Bailey's son, Joe Dan Bailey, serves as car chief for Penske-Kranefuss Racing in Mooresville, NC, a career he began with his father. Flowers may be sent to Methodist Hospital in Houston, with cards going to 10911 Paulwood Drive, Houston, TX 77071.(Williams Company), Get well HB!(8-3-98) - Bailey also attempted to qualify the #66 Pontiac owned by Michelle Bailey last year at Texas and ran a Winston West race last year as well at Pikes Peak and finished 17th.(8-4-98) - Bailey ran three Winston West races in 1997: Las Vegas, July 7, finished 15th; Pikes Peak, July 27,finished 17th and Las Vegas, November 26, finished 26th. Also Bailey was to attempt the Texas Cup race but all qualifying got rained out and the field was set on Owners Points, which he of course had none.(Winston West Page), no further word on Bailey's condition.(8-5-98)

  • Top NASCAR Winston Cup teams are turning to Cooper Automotive and its ANCO wiper blade division for help in coping with potential rain at Watkins Glen International for the 1998 Bud at The Glen. The NASCAR Winston Cup competitors will be running from green to checkered flag regardless of weather.(Wiper blade maker solves visibility problems for NASCAR's first rain race)(8-5-98)

  • Kevin Lepage tested the #16 Roush Racing Primestar Ford at Greenville-Pickens Speedway(SC) today(MRM)(8-5-98)

  • Gary Cogswell, crew chief for Mike McLaughlin and the #34 Goulds Pump BGN Chevy, and Team 34 Racing have split. Team Manager, Clyde McLeod will serve as interim crew chief until a replacement is named.(NASCAR Online/RPM2Nite)(8-5-98)

  • From MRN's Notebook by Marty: It appears as though Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will drive in a couple of NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events towards the end of this year. Junior currently is considering entering the races at Martinsville and Phoenix. The plan would be for Junior to drive a NAPA Chevrolet and be a teammate to Ron Hornaday. The NASCAR Busch Series is off both of those weekends. See the column with lots of info at MRNnet.(8-5-98)

  • Elliott Sadler has verbally committed to team owner Gary H. Bechtel that he WILL return to Diamond Ridge Motorsports for the 1999 season. He will compete for the 1999 BGN championship and also run 5 WC races, keeping his rookie status intact.(8-5-98)

  • UPDATE: Steve Park tested the #1 Pennzoil Chevy at Darlington today with a top speed of 165.020 mph (pole last year around 170mph)(NASCAR Online)(8-3-98) - Park tested again Tuesday at Darlington and ran a fast lap of 168.123mph.(WRAL.(8-5-98)

  • NorthStar Motorsports, #89 BGN, and Jeff Fuller have decided to go in different directions effective as of August 3, 1998. Meredith Ruark, owner of the #89, wishes Jeff the best of luck in the future. Ashton Lewis has been named as replacement driver as of Michigan race. This will be Ashton's first race at a 2 mile track within NASCAR. Also John Preston, Northstar crew member, transport driver and driver, will race the Busch North race in Watkins Glen this weekend in the #89.(8-5-98)


    (8-4-98)
  • Road-racing ace, Tom Kendall, replaces Jeff Green in the Felix Sabates-owned #46 Money Store Chevy for Watkins Glen only in a deal that was arranged before Jeff Green signed on for the rest of 1998.(8-4-98)

  • During the rain/qualifying coverage(for Indy last Thursday), Ricky Rudd joined Benny Parsons and Bob Jenkins on their set and told Benny that he would not be forming another team and that he would be a single car team in 1999.(ESPN2 Qualifying)(8-4-98)

  • Tim Brewer has been named as the crew chief of the #41 Kodiak Larry Hedrick Team. Brewer was most recently the crew chief at Mattei Motorsports.(RPM2Nite)(8-4-98)


    (8-3-98)
  • The winningest stock car racer at Watkins Glen International in the past year will drive the Caterpillar Chevrolet in the Bud At The Glen Sunday. Ron Fellows has been tapped to take the wheel of the #96 car owned by Buz McCall at the famed road course.(Williams Company)(8-3-98)

  • UPDATE: Jimmy Spencer spent the night in the hospital with a mild concussuion as a result of his accident on lap 156.(NASCAR Online/News and Record Online)(8-2-98) - Spencer has been released from the hospital, the team will decide after talking to Spencer this week if he will drive at Watkins Glen.(RPM2Nite)(8-3-98)

  • Something I just stumbled upon on the NASCAR Online site: Kodiak Chevrolet crew chief Charley Pressley today announced his resignation from Larry Hedrick Motorsports(#41 Kodiak Chevy). No replacement has been named and Pressley will take a few weeks to weigh out his options.(8-3-98)


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