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PAST NEWS AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 6, 1998


(9-6-98)
  • Pepsi Southern 500 at Darlington: Results, Starting Lineup, Qualifying, Practice speeds at NASCAR Online, GoRacing(including 2nd round), and Speedworld. Dale Jarrett won the pole at 168.879mph.

  • #13 FirstPlus news: Ted Musgrave will drive the car at Dover and possible some of the other larger tracks.(NASCAR Online)(9-6-98)

  • Ted Musgrave said during an interview at Darlington after the #15 Ford fell out of the race, that he would help out Buz McCall next week at Richmond. So Musgrave will be driving the #96 Caterpillar Chevy at Richmond.(ESPN-race)(9-6-98)

  • Ernie Irvan, Bobby Hamilton, Brett Bodine and Rich Bickle have filed entries for the Richmond Truck race Thursday. Mark Martin, Dale Jarrett, Jeff Burton, Ken Schrader, Jimmy Spencer, Dick Trickle, Michael Waltrip and Kevin Lepage have signed up for Friday's Busch race at Richmond.(Times-Dispatch)(9-6-98)

  • BGNN driver Tom Bolles, injured in the BGNN race last week in Loudon was released from Concord Hospital at 1PM on Friday, September 4. He was transported by ambulance from Concord to his parents home in Ellington, CT. Tom walks with assistance and he is becoming more aware and alert every day. The Bolles family is deeply touched by all of the cards, gifts, and E-mails that Tom receives daily. For more info on Tom, his email or address for cards see the Tom Bolles Racing Homepage.(9-6-98)

  • During the Pepsi Southern 500 at Darlington, NASCAR took a tire from the #3, 24, 88 and 99 teams to inspect. No word on any results. Word from the broadcast was that NASCAR planned to do this for the remainder of the season.(ESPN during the race)(9-6-98)

  • Sad News: Fan collapses, dies at Darlington.(iRace/AP)(9-6-98)

  • Drivers eligible for the Winston "No Bull 5" $1 million bonus in October in the Winston 500 at Talladega: Jeff Gordon, Jeff Burton, Dale Jarrett, Dale Earnhardt and Jeremy Mayfield.(9-6-98)

  • With Mark Martin now down 199 points to Jeff Gordon, there is now a magic number for Jeff Gordon, 3. If he finishes 3rd in all 9 races left, there's no way that Mark Martin could catch him.(Nenry-StockCarFans Newsletter)(9-6-98)

  • Richard Petty was inducted Saturday night into the National Motorsports Press Association's Hall of Fame in a ceremony at Darlington Country Club. He is already in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega.(News and Record)(9-6-98)

  • Lake Speed did an interview on TNN's Inside NASCAR and said he has not retired. He was originally diagnosed as having bruised ribs after his Sears Point accident. A second checkup found that he had 4 broken ribs and a broken sternum then resigned from the #9 Cartoon Network/Melling Ford. He said he'd like to come back when healthy but only to a team that wants him and that has sponsorship. He had gotten a few calls to drive, but feels he is not healthy enough yet.(9-6-98)

  • UPDATE: One of five NASCAR Winston fans will win $1 million in Winston's No Bull 5 "They Win, You Win" sweepstakes. Each of the five fans will attend the Pepsi Southern 500 at Darlington 9-6, and one will walk away a millionaire. The five are: Jim Chorman, 54, Staten Island, NY; Patrick Fitzharris, 37, Huntington, NY; Nancy Green, 57, Silver Spring, MD.; Donald Kennay, 41, Ashton, IL; and Robert Tisdale, 45, Newport, NC.(NASCAR Online)(8-22-98) - Jeff Gordon pullout the name: Jim Chorman, 54, Staten Island, NY wins the million bucks, congrats Jim.(9-6-98)

  • Dale Jarrett has been the subject of a lot of behind-the-scenes negotiations the past few weeks, with a number of teams trying to figure out how to snare him. But he is signed with Robert Yates Racing thru 2000.(JournalNow)(9-6-98)

  • Elliott Sadler's decision to go with the Woods next season may cost him his ride with Gary Bechtel's Busch team the rest of this season, according to sources close to Sadler.(JournalNow)(9-6-98)

  • Robbie Loomis says he'll back at Petty Enterprises again next season as crew chief for John Andretti.(JournalNow)(9-6-98)

  • Andy Petree made it official yesterday that Kenny Wallace will be his second driver next season, with Square D as sponsor. And Petree said that Larry McReynolds would not be joining the new team.(JournalNow)(9-6-98)


    (9-5-98)
  • See the Official Press Release about the Wood Brothers and Elliott Sadler at The Wood Brothers Racing Site.(9-5-98)

  • Richard Childress has built one of the new Chevy Monte Carlos and plans to test it soon. No other teams have built one yet. Plans are for the car to be used in 1999.(WC Scene)(9-5-98)

  • During Happy Hour Dick Trickle spun the #90 Heilig-Meyers Ford and backed into the outside wall doing extensive damage and forcing the team to unload the backup car. That means Trickle will have to give up his 19th stating spot and fall to the rear of the field.(GoRacing)(9-5-98)

  • NASCAR has told the Cup teams that will store all sticker tires with Goodyear overnight after Happy Hour.(9-5-98)

  • 2nd round qualifying is over: Only six drivers made attempts, Dennis Setzer was the fastest 2nd round attempt at 160.979mph. None of the six were able to break into the top 36. LJ Racing withdrew from the race prior to 2nd round qualifying. The team, which was out of provisionals coming into Darlington, earned one more provisional start by attempting to qualify for the field through first round. Car owner Joe Falk decided that he wanted to save that provisional for next week's event at Richmond and instructed his team to pack it up early this weekend. The #91 team has a sponsor lined up for that race. DW made the race once again on the past champions provisional(his 14th used). Dave Marcis missed the race for the 15th time, he didn't go out and make an attempt, knowing the speed was not there. Steve Grissom once used his 15th provisional, the team is also out until Rockingham. To see who used provisionals and missed the race, go to Jayski's Provisional Page.(9-5-98)

  • UPDATE: Ted Musgrave has talked to Bill Elliott about driving the #13 FirstPlus Ford in 1999. He had hoped to drive the Travis Carter 2nd team car in 1999, but that deal fell through when a potential sponsor decided not to sign.(WC Scene)(9-4-98) - Musgrave will drive the #13 FirstPlus Ford from the Dover race on 9-20 through the end of the year.(9-5-98)

  • UPDATE: I hear Newt Moore(from the #81 Filmar team) will be named the new crew chief for the #77 Jasper Engines Ford Team. Not sure what is up with the #81 or who will be the new crew chief there.(8-31-98) - A source close to the #81 Filmar team said crew chief Newt Moore told him he has resigned from the team, effective following Sunday's race at Darlington. Moore will take over as the crew chief for the #77 Jasper Engines team, beginning on Monday. David Ifft, who has served as crew chief for Gary Laton in the ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series recently, is at Darlington this weekend in an observatory capacity. He is expected to fill the position of crew chief for the #81 team.(NASCAR Online Notebook)(9-5-98)

  • Filmar Racing(#81) Team Manager Eddie D'Hondt has also resigned and has taken a position with the #13 FirstPlus Financial team owned by Bill Elliott and Dan Marino.(NASCAR Online Notebook)(9-5-98)

  • Four Pontiac teams are pushing hard to land Steve Hmiel, who was with Jack Roush for 11 years but was fired this week in a major surprise. Those most interested are the Kyle Petty-Richard Petty team, the Ernie Irvan-Robin Pemberton team, the Burton-Bill Davis team, and the Tony Stewart-Jimmy Makar-Joe Gibbs team. And Chevy's Richard Childress said he would also like to talk with Hmiel about a job.(JournalNow)(9-5-98)

  • Crew Chief Larry McReynolds will let Richard Childress know by Sept. 15 if he'll be back(with the #31) next season or if he'll be moving on. According to one source close to the situation, McReynolds has turned down an offer to head Stewart's team for Gibbs and Makar . . . but Gibbs and Makar promptly came back with another offer.(JournalNow)(9-5-98)

  • I-55 Raceway in Pevely, MO has been sold to Ken Schrader. Schrader had been leasing the track for the past two seasons.(St Louis Area Racing Info)(9-5-98)

  • It was officially announced yesterday, by ARCA driver Bill Baird, that Winston Cup Veteran Ken Schrader will drive in a substitute roll for Bill Baird at the upcoming Eddie Gilstrap Motors ARCA 200, September 13, at Salem Speedway. Bill is still hurting from an injury he received at the Atlanta ARCA race last week.(www.hotlaps.com)(9-5-98)

  • A new book has been released, a race in the life of ernie irvan, photography by Jay Weinmiller. The book will be available through the Ernie Irvan Fan Club and at Skittles Souvenir Trailers at the Race Tracks. I have six images of pictures in the book and the book itself. See some of images at Ernie Irvan Book.

  • A transformer went down Friday, knocking out power in half of the Darlington Raceway infield. Crewmen were pumping gas by hand at the Winston Cup garage gas pumps, and media members were, appropriately, in the dark in the new media center.(SpeedNet)(9-5-98)

  • Rockwell Automation/Dodge, normally an associate sponsor on Mike Dillon's #72 BGN Chevrolet, will be the team's primary sponsor in Saturday's Dura Lube 200 Presented by Bi-Lo. This is a one-race deal with the South Carolina-based company.(SpeedNet)(9-5-98)

  • Practice speeds in the Saturday AM session at Darlington are slow, the fastest speed of 163.082mph by Jeff Burton would not make the top 43. Expect many teams to stand on their times/speeds they ran in 1st round.(9-5-98)


    (9-4-98)
  • It's official: The Wood Brothers have signed Elliott Sadler to a multi-year contract to drive the #21 CITGO Ford next year. "This is a tremendous opportunity for me," said Sadler. "I think that I am ready to compete in Winston Cup, particularly with the experience of the Wood Brothers behind me." Sadler and the Wood Brothers will be together for the first time in the NASCAR exhibition race at Motegi, Japan, in November.(GoRacing and NASCAR Online)(9-4-98)

  • The plans for a second Wood Brothers team have been scrapped as no sponsor was secured for the car. This means that Matt Kenseth will stay in the Busch series for 1999.(GoRacing)(9-4-98)

  • Joe Fink, resident trivia guru of the StockCarFans Newsletter is also running his own survey: "What are the Best looking cars and the WORST looking cars on the WC circuit?", check it out at Joe's Survey.(9-4-98)

  • Teams that failed to make the field in first round qualifying and are 26th or worse but are guaranteed to make the Pepsi Southern 500 based on owners points: #12-Jeremy Mayfield(6 in owners points); #5-Terry Labonte(9); #23-Jimmy Spencer(12); #36-Ernie Irvan(15); #11-Brett Bodine(24); #42-Joe Nemechek(25) and #35-Darrell Waltrip(champ). Three teams got the last three front stretch pit stalls: #36-Ernie Irvan(26th); #12-Jeremy Mayfield(27) and #44-Kyle Petty(26), but they can be knocked off those spots in Saturday's 2nd round qualifying. The three teams that would miss the race if things stayed the same: #13-Dennis Setzer(41); #96-Hut Stricklin(42) and #71-Dave Marcis(44)-(FYI-this is not bashing any of these drivers, just stating a fact). To see where the drivers and teams stack up in the provisional standings check Jayski's Provisional Page.(9-4-98)

  • Brett Bodine hit the wall in practice and had to qualify a backup car. Kenny Irwin hit the wall and spun out during his qualifying lap. Kenny Wallace got out of shape but kept it off the wall. Terry Labonte had engine problems that resulted in a slow lap.(ESPN2 Qualifying)(9-4-98)

  • No Bull Qualifiers: #24 Jeff Gordon(starts 5th); #6-Mark Martin(10th); #31-Mike Skinner(13th); #3-Dale Earnhadrt(18th) and #18-Bobby Labonte(24th). All five teams have red numbers on the roof, red spoliers and red air dams.(ESPN2 Qualifying)(9-4-98)

  • Steve Grissom is in the #41 Kodiak Ice Chevy, it's a blue color with white numbers, looks nice.(ESPN2 Qualifying)(9-4-98)

  • Another reason to get the StockCarFans Newsletter, Check this out - Here's some unconfirmed "rumblings" of a sort from an anonymous source:..."lots of turmoil going on at Diamond Ridge Racing right now. Elliott is real upset about the quality of cars provided to both himself and Hermie. His contract is suppose to be iron tight keeping him at Diamond Ridge through next season but there is a stipulation that he gets five WC dates this year and the cars must be competitive, which they haven't been. The rumor of his pending move to the Woods Brothers WC car is on hold pending legal advice on his contract status. His lawyers say he can void his contract but Bechtel is threatening to fire both Elliott and Hermie if and when he goes through and signs, which would leave both of them out of rides to finish the Busch series. There has been to my knowledge some discussion of an offer from Hendrick MotorSports but I haven't heard from my source how that will affect the Woods offer. I know Herman and Bell would like to see Elliott with the Woods ride but they want what is best for Elliott. Keep an eye out for them to maybe buy back some Busch equipment to finish out the year if calmer heads don't prevail."(StockCarFans)(9-4-98)

  • Sources tell me that Budweiser will be back with #25/50 Hendrick Motorsports team in 1999 and expect to announce their fulltime 1999 driver at Charlotte in October.(9-4-98)

  • Joe Gibbs Racing is also expanding their race shop facilities with a new building in Huntersville, North Caroilina. Designed to house both Winston Cup efforts and two NHRA teams the 124,000 sq. ft. facility is scheduled for completion in November of this year.(Stock Car Racing Magazine Website)(9-4-98)

  • BGN Champ Randy LaJoie and BACE Motorsports owner Bill Baumgardner announced Friday that they are ending their partnership following the conclusion of the 1998 season. LaJoie leave the #74 FINA team. He has turned down any WInston Cup offers and plans to return to the BGN series in 1999. No replacement has been named for LaJoie. BACE Motorsports still plans to field three BGN teams in 1999.(NASCAR Online), rumors I have heard are that LaJoie will join the James Finch team as a teammate of Jeff Purvis who drives the #4 Lance Snacks Chevy.(9-4-98)

  • From the JournalNow: Elliott Sadler has agreed to run for the Wood Brothers next season. The move is a major coup for Ford Motor Company, snaring one of Chevrolet's most promising newcomers. Neither Sadler nor the Wood brothers would make the signing official, but sources close to the situation confirmed they have come to terms, agreeing to the deal in Winston-Salem on Tuesday.(JournalNow)(9-4-98)

  • More news about the #21 CITGO team and it is sad: The CITGO Motorsports Coordinator passed away on August 29th. Ed Mattie died of heart compliactions, he was 39/ Mattie worked closely with the Wood Brothers and driver Michael Waltrip since 1995. He is survived by wife, Valerie and children, Ryan and Sara. A college benefit account is being setup, call Nancy Werhane at (918) 495-4460 if you wish to contribute.(WC Scene)(9-4-98)

  • The Winston Cup Scene reports that Travis Carter owner of the #23 Winston/No Bull Ford will not start a 2nd team. Carter met with a potential sponsor on 8-28, but the sponsor decided not to sign the deal. So forget the Ted Musgrave rumor to this team. Carter is in negotiations to re-sign Jimmy Spencer for the #23, Spencer's contract is up at the end of this season.(9-4-98)

  • A reader of the StockCarFans Newsletter heard the following on the Gerry V radio talk show from WBT radio out of Charlotte today(9/3): During an interview with Ray Evernham, Ray said that during the tire testing at Atlanta Motor Speedway this week, Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin drove each others cars. The purpose of the "trade" was to show the other driver what they had and that no one was cheating. Ray also said, "I would like to see Jack's reaction when he hears about this."(StockCarFans Newsletter)(9-4-98)


    (9-3-98)
  • It's OFFICIAL: Kenny Wallace will drive the #55 Square-D Chevy for Andy Petree in 1999 as a teammate to Kenny Schrader with Wallace signing a three year deal. Still interviewing crew chiefs. Story on NASCAR Online.(RPM2Nite)(9-3-98)

  • It's OFFICIAL: Tony Stewart will drive the #20 Home Depot Pontiac for Joe Gibbs in 1999 as a teammate to Bobby Labonte. Still Interviewing crew chiefs. Story on GoRacing, NASCAR Online and Stock Car Racing Magazine Website(has 2 images).(RPM2Nite)(9-3-98)

  • I hear Elliott Sadler has signed with the #21 CITGO Ford team owned by the Wood Brothers. Great story on the Wood Brothers in last weeks Winston Cup Scene.(9-3-98)

  • UPDATE: I hear that Heilig-Meyers announced that they will not sponsor a car in 1999. That means the #90 Ford team will be looking for a sponsor for 1999. - Sadly this rumor has been confirmed. The #90 Junie Dunlavey Ford team will lose it's sponsor after the 1998 season. Heilig Meyers has no plans to stay in Motorsports. Guess I should sell my Heilig-Meyers stock. Story at GoRacing: Donlavey Racing Needs Sponsor For 1999(9-2-98) - Feel free to email Heilig-Meyers from their website at Heilig Meyers - Contact Us.(9-3-98)


    (9-2-98)
  • UPDATE: Hearing that if Caterpillar leaves the #96 team that they may end up with the #22 Bill Davis team. Ward Burton has a history with Caterpillar in the BGN series.(8-30-98) - I hear that the #22 Bill Davis team will have an announcement this week on Thursday, that is all I know for sure at the moment.(8-31-98) - This rumored has gotten stronger, may be an announcement soon.(9-1-98) - I now hear there will be no announcement this week, not sure when now(9-2-98)

  • The Southern 500 is the fourth of the five Winston No Bull 5 races this season, so the top-five finishers will qualify for a shot to win $1 million in the Winston 500 on Oct. 10 at Talladega. The five-race bonus program was originated to help recognize NASCAR's 50th anniversary season, but look for it to return next year. Do not, however, look for the same five races to be the ones where the bonus is up for grabs. The Daytona 500 and the Winston 500 will be among next year's five, but beyond that things could change.(Darlington facts and random thoughts at That's Racin')(9-2-98)

  • NASCAR Has announced 28 drivers who will go to Japan: See the list and the story at NASCAR teams set for Coca-Cola 500K.(NASCAR Online)(9-2-98)

  • Testing news for Wednesday: Goodyear Tire tests at Atlanta, fast times: #18-Bobby Labonte 185.728mph, #6-Mark Martin 183.820mph and #24-Jeff Gordon 182.009mph.(RPM2Nite) - Rusty Wallace, Ken Schrader, Buckshot Jones (Stavola Bros. Chevy) and Barry Bodine(#7 NCTS) all tested at the Greenville-Pickens Speedway(SC)(MRM)(9-2-98)

  • Tony Raines will drive the #19 Yellow Freight Kurt Roehrig owned Ford at Charlotte in the Cup race. Roehrig said that his team will run in the Truck, BGN and Cup series in 1999 with an announcement coming in a few weeks.(RPM2Nite)(9-2-98)

  • I hear Todd Bodine will run for the BGN Championship in the #30 car in 1999 and has no plans to go to the #81 Filmar Cup team(9-2-98)

  • Chip Ganassi, the most successful owner in CART the last two-plus seasons, is mulling a plunge into the world of NASCAR's Winston Cup circuit. He says he has had exploratory talks with a couple of NASCAR owners but stresses that he won't join the stock-car crowd unless everything - read sponsor and driver - is in place. He wants no part of the drip-drip scenario some would-be Winston Cup owners find themselves in after announcing their intention to field a team. He says he could see it happening for the 2000 season.(USA Today)(thanks Scott for the heads up)(9-2-98)

  • UPDATE 2: Rumor of another Winston Cup team forming - no crew chief or driver has been announced as yet. There are three owners involved with this team - all which are from Florida and have been nicked named "The Sunshine Boys". The name of the Team is RDJ Motorsports. They are hoping to announce the team at Daytona in October.(8-30-98)The team plans to run Fords(9-1-98) - More news on this: The team is called RDJ Motorsports. The R in RDJ is for Reggie Crumbton, the D is for David McComb and J is for Jim McComb, the owners of RDJ Motorsports and William Archabald has been retained as Team Manager. All owners and current retained employees have a sunshine state (Florida) connection. They hope to be running with the number 34 and Ford. Talks continue for position of crew chief and driver.(9-2-98)

  • UPDATE 2: The release is official - Kenny Wallace announced on Monday that he will be leaving the FILMAR Racing #81 team at the end of this season. He also announced that he would be joining a 2nd team that will be formed by a current NASCAR Winston Cup Series operation in 1999. He would not disclose the identity of that operation(psst.....Andy Petree), but said an announcement with the details will be coming shortly. Wallace got his release Sunday morning and says he and Filmar owner Filbert Martocci will remain friends.(NASCAR Online)(8-31-98) - Kenny Wallace will make an announcement on RPM2Nite Wednesday, Sept 2nd. He will also have two guests with him.(RPM2Nite)(9-1-98) - The announcement has been postponsed due to leaglities, RPM2Nite hopes to have him on Thursday night for the announcement.(9-2-98)

  • UPDATE: I hear once again that Home Depot will be Stewart's Winston Sponsor and the car will be the #20 Pontiac. Expect an announcement soon.(8-15/27-98) - I hear it is a three year deal and will be announced Thursday(Tony Stewart also mentioned this during a race on ESPN2 Thursday night)(9-2-98)


    (9-1-98)
  • Roush General Manager and Crew Chief of the #26 Cheerios Ford, Steve Hmiel, has been released from Roush Racing. Hmiel says he has nothing in the works and that Jack Roush has taken care of him for the rest of 1998.(RPM2Nite) Harry McMullen will replace Hmiel as General Mgr, Ben Leslie will act as the interim crewchief on the #26 car. See the story at TNN's website: Roush Racing Management Shakeup.(9-1-98)

  • UPDATE: Tim Beverley and McIlhenny Co. officials have had several meetings so far regarding the status of the TABASCO sponsorship and the #35/17 Tyler Jet Motorsports Team. Each meeting has been very positive and there has been every indication that this new relationship will continue. The posted rumors of a Tabasco and Bill Davis Racing union have been flatly denied by McIlhenny Co. officials.(9-1-98)

  • Ted Musgrave will be in the #15 Bud Moore-David Robinson Rescue Engines Formula Ford at Darlington. Musgrave ran well at Michigan a few weeks ago.(9-1-98)

  • Hut Stricklin will drive the #96 Caterpillar Chevy at Darlington this weekend in the Pepsi Southern 500.(The Williams Company)(9-1-98)

  • UPDATE: The #13 Elliott-Marino FirstPlus team is expected to name a different driver for Darlington this week. It won't be Dennis Setzer.(TNN's Raceday)(8-30-98) - Setzer WILL be in the #13 Ford for Darlington and Richmond it was announced today.(WC Today/NASCAR Today Radio)(9-1-98)

  • Marty has a lot of stuff this week at MRN Notes - Marty Snyder's Two Cents including: "Ricky Rudd came real close to having a two-car operation two weeks ago. Rudd was on the verge of buying Junie Donlavey Racing but at the last minute Junie turned down the offer. The buyout would have meant that the number 90 team would have moved from Richmond, VA. to Mooresville, NC. Helig Myers (Donlavey's sponsor) really wanted the sale to go through so now the question is how will that affect the sponsor/owner relationship for the 90 team? That will have to remain to be seen." I picked a few other tidbits from Marty.(9-1-98)

  • "The second Andy Petree team is not only busy trying to sign their driver but they are also courting potential crew chiefs. Petree's outfit is one of the main teams after Larry McReynolds who was mum this weekend about his future plans. Word has it that Petree has offered McReynolds part ownership in the team which could be the key in luring him away from Richard Childress Racing(#31 Lowes Chevy). McReynolds has always been interested in owning his own team and this could be the first step in that process."(MRN Notes - Marty Snyder's Two Cents).(9-1-98)

  • Pat Tryson, former crew chief for ISM racing(#35 Tabasco Pontiac), has been hired by Jack Roush Racing as the chief mechanic for Chad Little's team.(MRN Notes - Marty Snyder's Two Cents).(9-1-98)

  • UPDATE: Team sources indicated, and NASCAR officials confirmed Sunday, that NASCAR will begin trying to phase in unleaded fuel, starting with the Busch race at Richmond Sept. 11. For environmental and other reasons, NASCAR has looked seriously for at least a year at developing unleaded gasoline suitable for NASCAR's engine specs.(SpeedNet/Ben Blake)(8-31-98) - Good probability that NASCAR will go to unleaded fuel in all divisions in 1999.(NASCAR Today Radio)(9-1-98)

  • Jim Bown will be back in his own #51 Chevy at Darlington and also plans to run Charlotte, Rockingham and Atlanta. He is still hunting sponsorship.(9-1-98)

  • Testing News: #16-Kevin Lepage at Richmond; #1-Steve Park at Dover; #6-Mark Martin, #24-Jeff Gordon and #18-Bobby Labonte were at a Goodyear tire test in Atlanta.(WC Today/NASCAR Today Radio)(9-1-98)


    (8-31-98)
  • Pepsi Southern 500 is a No Bull 5 event. The 5 drivers eligible for the $1M Bonus from RJ Reynolds are: Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Bobby Labonte, Mike Skinner, and Dale Earnhardt. They're eligible by virtue of being the Top-5 finishers at the Brickyard 400. Jeff Gordon won the No Bull 5 Million at that race. Rules and explanations can be found at Jayski's Stats Page.(8-31-98)

  • UPDATE III: RCR(Richard Childress Racing) will load up and go to Homestead next week to test the facility. You may ask 'why'? It's rather simple - Homestead will have a date in 1999 --- the 14th of November as a matter of fact.(GoRacing), Looks like Larry McReynolds and the #31 team will be going, I also hear SABCO will test 2 cars there this week. The teams will not be charged with a test as the track is not yet a Winston Cup track.(8-28/29-98) - Sterling Marlin and Jeff Green will be the SABCO drivers testing at Homestead, it seems Joe Nemechek has a handle on the place. SABCO will test there next week, not this week.(8-31-98)

  • I hear BGN driver Kat Teasdale will have an announcement coming up soon regarding her racing plans, keep track of her at her homepage: Kat Teasdale and Katco Racing.(8-31-98)

  • The Winston Cup points leader after the 20th race of the season has gone on to win the championship in each of the past five seasons. Jeff Gordon led after this season's 20th race (Watkins Glen).(That's Racin')(8-31-98)

  • Michael Waltrip is rumored to be the next driver of Jim Mattei's #7. Mattei, who bought out Geoff Bodine's ownership share of the team, also is considering a merger with Felix Sabates' operation(SABCO), but Sabates sources say that is unlikely.(SpeedNet/Ben Blake)(8-31-98)

  • UPDATE 2: Connecticut racer Tom Bolles was critically injured in a wreck during the Busch North Series CMT race at NHIS on Saturday. Bolles, 37, is an eight-year veteran of the circuit. He ran back-to-back races yesterday afternoon, finishing 38th in the opening Featherlite Modified race. He immediately climbed into the Busch car owned by his father, Edward J. Bolles, to run the afternoon's 100-lapper. He was listed in stable condition in the intensive care unit with a fractured second vertebra in his neck. Bolles was showing no signs of paralysis.(Times Dispatch)(8-30-98) - Busch North series driver Tom Bolles remained hospitalized. Bolles sustained a fractured vertebra and a concussion after hitting the wall in Saturday's Busch North race. Doctors are debating whether to use a halo treatment or a bone fuse. The 37-year-old has full movement in his limbs and can breathe unassisted. He has no memory of the accident. The neurosurgical staff treating Bolles commended the NHIS for their handling of the accident.(Times Dispatch) - You can see updates on Bolles condition at his website Tom Bolles Racing Homepage, see the news and notes section. Bolles will be fitted with a halo today.(8-31-98)

  • Bill Davis, owner of the #22 MBNA Pontiac driven by South Boston, VA, native Ward Burton, could be the new Tabasco man. The rumor is that NASCAR is working to help the two become a team. Davis is keeping quiet about his plans.(Times Dispatch), and Burton hasn't ruled out a move from Bill Davis's No. 22 (perhaps to Hendrick's 50) but is expected to stay put, with a new sponsor (possibly Tabasco) replacing MBNA on Davis's cars.(SpeedNet/Ben Blake)(8-31-98)

  • Last week it was reported that Greg Sacks was making appearances for his sponsor, Thorn Apple Valley. I have been told that he is not making any appearances at present and is concentrating on therapy for his injuries occurred at Texas.(8-31-98)

  • Andy Petree(owner of the #33 Skoal Chevy) says he has signed the sponsorship for his second Cup team next season, with the official announcement expected in the next week. That sponsorship is expected to be Square D, with Kenny Wallace as driver. Petree still has no crew chief lined up yet, but says that Robbie Loomis would be at the top of his list. Loomis currently runs the John Andretti-Richard Petty team(#43 STP).(JournalNow/Mike Mulhern)(8-31-98)

  • R.J. Reynolds, which sponsors Travis Carter's #23 Winston/No Bull 5 team, might be planning a second Cup team sponsorship next season, according to sources close to the situation.(JournalNow/Mike Mulhern)(8-31-98)

  • Ted Musgrave may also be a player in the #50 situation, Randy LaJoie and Wally Dallenbach, who substituted in the car this spring and summer, also are considered candidates, with LaJoie possibly the front-runner.(SpeedNet/Ben Blake)(8-31-98)

  • "If the Wood brothers team lands Elliott Sadler as its driver for 1999, it doesn't plan to launch a second team with Matt Kenseth, because running one rookie, much less two, would be enough of a headache. The Woods say they're close to a deal with Sadler, which would be a coup for Ford Motor Company. However, the Woods might not get Sadler, who is also in the running for a ride with Rick Hendrick. Sources close to Sadler say he might be leaning toward the Hendrick option, which would keep him in General Motors' Chevrolet camp. That option might be a fourth Hendrick team. The prospect of a fourth team has been raised, with the possibility of that team running out of shops next to Jeff Gordon's. Earlier in the season, there had been talk of a Quaker State-sponsored Winston Cup car for Jack Sprague, the Truck racer, but it seems that those plans have fallen through."(JournalNow/Mike Mulhern)(8-31-98)

  • "Officials at Budweiser are mulling over what to do next season, and there is still speculation that the company might leave the Hendrick family. Among the drivers on Budweiser's wish list are: Dale Jarrett, Jeff Burton, Ward Burton, John Andretti and Bobby Labonte. Wally Dallenbach is in Hendrick's Bud car for the rest of this year and still hopes to get that ride full-time next season. Insiders say that Richard Childress is Bud's top option, and that if a change doesn't come in 1999, it will probably come for 2000 season. All Childress will say is that he has a major sponsor interested in backing a third RCR team, but that he doesn't think it will happen next year."(JournalNow/Mike Mulhern)(8-31-98)


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