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PAST NEWS SEPTEMBER 14-20, 1998


(9-20-98)
  • MBNA Gold 400 at Dover: Starting Lineups, Qualifying Results, Practice speeds at NASCAR Online, GoRacing(has 2nd round) and, Speedworld. Pole winner with a new track record is Mark Martin, #6 Valvoline Ford, 155.966mph. Rusty Wallace was fastest during Happy Hour practice at 151.381mph. Jayski's Provisional Page with Owners Points updated along with Jayski's MISC Stats.

  • As reported here: Dale Earnhardt Jr., the son of one of stock car racing’s biggest names, will make his official debut on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series next season with backing from the Anheuser-Busch's Budweiser beer brand. Sources have told iRACE that the DEI-Budweiser combination is a prelude to a full-season Winston Cup run with Earnhardt Jr. in 2000, with a second full-time DEI team. Reportedly, Budweiser’s current contract with Hendrick Motorsports runs through the 1999 Winston Cup season. While officials of the St. Louis-based brewing company have been looking to make a change for the past several months, sources told iRACE that they intend to honor their commitment with Hendrick next year.(iRace)(9-20-98)

  • UPDATE 2: Budweiser will stay with Rick Hendrick's No. 50/25, at least through next season, although it is not known yet who will drive the car.(SpeedNet)(9-14-98) -- I hear that Hendrick Motorsports may announce their 1999 driver at Dover this weekend(9-15-98) -- so much for that RUMOR, nothing was announced at Dover.(9-20-98)

  • Kenny Irwin Jr. hit the wall pretty hard in the #28 Texaco Ford at Dover and was taken to Kent County General Hospital(DE) to get checked out. He was alert and conscious, but had his 'bell rung'.(TNN during the race), Raceday reported Irwin is ok. An update on Irwin shortly after the race said he had been released, in a "real sore" state, after all tests were negative.(9-20-98)

  • Dale Jarrett and Kenny Irwin are the scheduled guests on QVC's "For Race Fans Only" TUES SEPT 29th at 9pm/et. It is scheduled to be a 3hr show and no doubt will feature a lot of Batman and Joker merchandise since the Charlotte race is the following weekend!(Unofficial Yates Page)(9-20-98)

  • Dick Trickle is starting to look around and check his options, now that Heilig-Meyers has decided not to renew its sponsorship with car owner Junie Donlavey(#90 Ford). Crew chief Tommy Baldwin has already moved on, to Bill Davis' team(#22). And team manager Jeff Kirk will be leaving Donlavey, too.(JournalNow)(9-20-98)

  • Geoff Bodine is looking for a ride, Filbert Martocci is looking for a driver, and they have been talking about 1999. Bodine has sold his share of the old Alan Kulwicki team to Jim Mattei, freeing both up to change directions. Mattei has been trying to sign Michael Waltrip.(JournalNow)(9-20-98)

  • Here's a wild one!! -- Bored with watching second-round qualifying, where the fastest guy gets only the 26th spot in the field? R.J. Reynolds execs are mulling over an interesting twist: The fastest guy in second round earns the outside front-row pole.(JournalNow/Mike Mulhern)(9-20-98)

  • Driver injuries this season have become a major cause for concern in the NASCAR garage, and now NASCAR officials are being asked to rethink the location of the driver inside the cars and the location of some rollbars, which some crew chiefs worry are too close to the driver's head.(JournalNow)(9-20-98)

  • Ted Musgrave wrecked the #13 FirstPlus Ford in practice whem Musgrave apparently cut a rear tire heading into Turn 4 and slammed the wall with the left front. Musgrave was no hurt, but the team had to bring out a backup car and will go to the back of the field when the race starts. Also, Kenny Wallace caused caution during Happy Hour when an oil line came loose on his #81 Square-D Ford.(NASCAR Online)(9-20-98)

  • Steve Park banged and bruised in an accident during testing in Homestead earlier this week, will have David Green standing by in case he cannot go the distance at Dover.(NASCAR Today)(9-20-98)

  • Brian, a race fan from New Jersey, was recently paralyzed and is unable to attend the Dover race. His friend Dawn contacted Hendrick, DuPont, Quaker State, and Pepsi hoping that Jeff could sign a banner for Brian's hospital room. See the rest of the story at: Gordonline - For Brian. There is a follow-up on this story at DaytonaMikes(9-20-98)


    (9-19-98)
  • 2nd round Cup qualifying is over at Dover: Only seven drivers made attempts, Todd Bodine was the fastest 2nd round attempt at 154.209mph(would have been 19th fastest 1st round). For some reason, Sterling Marlin made a 2nd round attempt and dropped three spots to 35th. DW made the race once on time and will start 33rd. Steve Grissom missed the race as he is out of provisionals even though the team is 34th in OWNERS points. Earnhardt used the past champ prov. To see who used provisionals and missed the race, go to Jayski's Provisional Page.(9-19-98)

  • George Elliott, father to Winston Cup driver Bill Elliott, passed away last night at his Dawsonville, Ga. Home. Elliott, who had been treated and operated on earlier in the year for a brain tumor, was 74 at the time of his passing. Elliott will be staying home to spend time with his family. Matt Kenseth will drive the #94 for Elliott this weekend. George Elliot is survived by three sons - Bill, Ernie and Dan.(GoRacing). Funeral services will be at 2pm Sunday at Bethel United Methodist Church in Dawsonville, my thoughts and prayers go out to the Elliott family.(9-18-98) -- In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be sent to the following charities: The Casey Elliott Memorial Fund, c/o M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Facility, 1515 Holcomb Blvd.-135, Houston, Texas, 77030; Lumpkin Campground, c/o Bethel United Methodist Church, 100 Lumpkin Campground Rd., Dawsonville, Ga. 30534 or Wesley Chapel Church Building Fund, 1751 Wesley Chapel Road, Dahlonega, Ga. 30533.(Times-Dispatch)(9-19-98)

  • From Monte Dutton and SpeedNet: Amazingly, a rumor dismissed as wishful thinking six months ago has risen again. Dale Earnhardt will announce a five-race Winston Cup schedule Monday that will let son -- and apparent Busch Series champion -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. wet his feet in the Winston Cup waters. However, with the Tabasco deal in jeopardy, Earnhardt is considering adding a second team for, yes, Darrell Waltrip next year. That way Waltrip, the three-time champion, could warm a seat for Earnhardt Jr., while at the same time Waltrip's farewell tour would be handled under the marketing direction of the Earnhardt braintrust. Makes too much sense not to happen.(SpeedNet) -- Jayski Note: Sources tell me this will not happen.(9-19-98)

  • Morning practice is over, speeds are much slower. Chad Little was fastest in his #97 John Deere Ford at 152.963mph, which would have been 37th fastes during 1st round qualifying. I think we'll see many teams stay with their 1st round times, esp from 26th thru 36th.(9-19-98)

  • UPDATE: Under NASCAR rules, rookie drivers are not eligible to act as substitutes in the Winston Cup series, so Matt Kenseth had to receive special permission from Winston Cup director Gary Nelson and Mike Helton, vice president for competition, to substitute for Bill Elliott.(who's Father passed away)(That's Racin')(9-18-98) -- From the WC Rulebook: Any qualified car may be driven in any Event by an eligible driver. A Rookie driver must qualify the car he or she competes in. Rookie drivers may not be relief drivers UNLESS authorized by NASCAR.(9-19-98)


    (9-18-98)
  • Teams that failed to make the field in first round qualifying and are 26th or worse but are guaranteed(by this I mean whatever happens in 2nd round, not where things stand now) to make the MBNA Gold 400 at Dover based on owners points: #99-Jeff Burton(5th in owners points); #12-Jeremy Mayfield(6); #3-Dale Earnhardt(8); #33-Kenny Schrader(9); #23-Jimmy Spencer(12); #40-Sterling Marlin(13); and #35-Darrell Waltrip(champ prov). The three teams that would miss the race if things stayed the same: #41-Steve Grissom(34 but no prov's left); #96-Morgan Shepherd(43); and #71-Dave Marcis(44). Derrike Cope had a great lap and qualified 3rd and Matt Kenseth will get his first Cup start in the #94 qualifying 16th(nice job for the Elliott family) To see where the teams stack up in the provisonals, see Jayski's Provisional Status Page.(9-18-98)

  • UPDATE 2: Dale Earnhardt Inc., will have a major announcement regarding future plans in NASCAR Winston Cup Racing. The press conference will begin at 3pm/et on Monday, September 21 at the new DEI Winston Cup race shop. -- I hear the announcement will be that Anhueser-Busch will sponsor Dale Earnhardt, Jr in five Winston Cup races next year. No idea which beer brand or car number.(9-17-98) -- Dale Earnhardt Inc. officials are expected to announce Monday that Budweiser will sponsor the car of Dale Earnhardt Jr. in five Winston Cup races next season. Two sources told The Observer on Thursday that Budweiser might move to DEI and become Earnhardt's sponsor in 2000 as well, though final details have not been worked out. See the story at That's Racin' by Jim Utter: Limited Winston Cup run expected next year. Here are satellite coordinates to the Earnhardt Announcement Monday(9-21), They are SBS 6 Transponder 7. This is KU satellite. The feed of the press conference is from 5:15-5:30pm/et(thanks Robert)(9-18-98)

  • The partnership between Geoff Bodine and Jim Mattei as car owners came to an end this week after Jim Mattei bought out Geoff Bodine's interest in the team. The deal closes the chapter in Geoff Bodine's life as the car owner of the #7 Ford. Bodine, who's shown some good runs the last few weeks, is rumored to be in play for another ride in 1999. The sale of the team could make it easier for either car owner - Mattei or driver - Bodine to make a decision if there is going to be a change in driver for the #7 Ford next year. See the rest of the story at GoRacing: Jim Mattei Now Sole Owner of Mattei Motorsports.(GoRacing)(9-18-98)

  • UPDATE: When Dale Earnhardt and the GM Goodwrench Service Plus team start this Sunday's NASCAR Winston Cup race. It will mark a milestone for the man behind the wheel. Earnhardt will be starting his 600th NASCAR Winston Cup race this Sunday at Dover Downs International Speedway.(Stock Car Racing Magazine)(9-16-98) -- Also, Terry Labonte will make his 600th start at Dover. In November, Labonte will make his 600th consecutive start.(many sources), also see the TNN story Dale Earnhardt Laps The World(9-18-98)

  • For 150 to 180 members of NASCAR Winston Cup pit crews, spotters, official scorers and family members of drivers, the Race Day Express concept is a reality. A chartered plane carries crews from Charlotte, where most of the teams are based, to the race and back on race day, efficiently and economically. But sometimes that reality can be more than even the most veteran crew member can handle. see Jim Utter's story at That's Racin':Chartered air travel not so enjoyable on Winston Cup circuit(9-18-98)

  • From the JournalNow: One of the men to watch the next few weeks is Robin Pemberton, who might be getting burned out on the Rusty Wallace operation and who might be on the list of a number of rival car owners looking to add a top-notch crew chief. Steve Hmiel, who left Jack Roush two weeks ago in one of the season's biggest surprises, and Pemberton used to be one of the sport's top one-two punches.(JournalNow)(9-18-98)

  • Two teams/drivers not listed on my Entry list are attempting to make the MBNA 400 at Dover: #78-Gary Bradberry and #00-Buckshot Jones. So that is 46 drivers going for 43 spots.(9-18-98)

  • Bobby Labonte will drive the Shell Pontiac in the upcoming MBNA Gold 200 at Dover Downs International Speedway. The race will mark the Winston Cup regular’s fifth 1998 appearance in NASCAR Busch Grand National Competition. Labonte is subbing for Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Tony Stewart at Dover Downs due to the contractual commitment Stewart has with Menard Racing to compete in the Indy Racing League event in Texas. (RaceWire/Loney's BGN Page)(9-18-98)

  • Airport Speedway in New Castle, DE., will play host to a challenge race for crew members from Richard Childress Racing (Nos. 3 and 31 Chevrolet teams) on Saturday night, starting at 6pm/et. The event will take place during the evening's regularly scheduled program, featuring four classes for Micro-Sprint racing. The speedway is located on Speedway Drive in New Castle Corporate Commons (Delaware 37), off Delaware 141 (302-328-8302 or 302-654-9155).(NASCAR Online)(9-18-98)


    (9-17-98)
  • UPDATE: It was announced today that Larry McReynolds would be staying put with Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and the #31 Lowes Team for at least one more year. See the rest of the story at GoRacing: McReynolds to Stay with the RCR Gang another story also at TNN's Motorsports site: Larry Mac Not Forming New Team, Yet.(9-16-98) -- Larry McReynolds will be back with Richard Childress and Mike Skinner next season as crew chief, Childress said yesterday after finally meeting with McReynolds to discuss their future. "Larry is staying, for the next two years," Childress said. "That's our four-year commitment."(JournalNow)(9-17-98)

  • UPDATE 2: Testing at Daytona International Speedway opened today(tuesday) for a two day Winston Cup test session in preparation for the Pepsi 400 in October. Testing today were #36-Ernie Irvan; #99-Jeff Burton; #21-Michael Waltrip; #16-Kevin Lepage; #26-Johnny Benson and #75-Rick Mast. No speeds reported(Winston Cup Today and NASCAR Today Radio)(9-15-98) -- see the story on the Daytona testing at: Mast feels the need for speed. Some speeds from the test: #75-188.640; #99-188.600 mph; #26-187.891; #16-187.852 mph; and #21-187.774.(no speed for the #36)(SpeedMagazine and NASCAR Online)(9-16-98) -- Final Speeds from testing: #16-188.996mph; #75-188.640; #'s 21, 26 and 99 188.600. I assume Ernie Irvan did not test as I reported in the past.(NASCAR Online)(9-17-98)

  • Sam Ard, one of NASCAR's drivers of the 1980s, has hit hard times, according to Ernie Irvan. ''He needed an operation on his neck, because he has a herniated disc, so he was raffling off his race car,'' said Irvan, who bought 50 tickets.(JournalNow), I have no further info on this, if anyone does, I will post it.(9-17-98)

  • NASCAR officials continue to toss up possible changes for next season's pre-race testing sessions. The latest: each manufacturer will get five tests, with those five to be determined by NASCAR.(JournalNow)(9-17-98)

  • Wayne Anderson was released from the #84 Liberty Racing Truck Team Tuesday. Anderson will run the remainder of the 1998 Slim Jim All Pro Series schedule with sponsorship from Porter Cable Power Tools, same sponsor that he had in the Truck Series. Bryan Reffner will drive the Porter Cable Power Tools truck this weekend at Gateway. Other drivers will fill the seat during the remainder of the season, including some Winston Cup drivers on weekends when the trucks share the track with Winston Cup.(9-17-98)


    (9-16-98)
  • The Tabasco #35 team and Darrell Waltrip will have their own cars at Martinsville, reskinned from Chevy's to Pontiacs. Expect to see an improvement in qualifying(9-16-98)

  • I hear the Nashville radio show "Racenight" reported last night that the Tabasco decals will NOT be on DW's #35 Pontiac car this weekend at Dover. -- sources tell me that is not true and that the Tabasco Decals are on for the rest of the year. Judge denied their motion two times last week. Court date set for January 1999. Also the team will start using their own cars start at Martinsville.(9-16-98)

  • UPDATE 2: Next season, Gumout will leave the #30 Bahari Pontiac of Derrike Cope. Associate sponsor Sara Lee is expected to step up to the main role.(Times-Dispatch)(9-13-98) -- I am hearing Derrike Cope will not return to the team in 1999 and may leave before the 1998 season is over(9-16-98) -- FALSE: Have heard from good sources that this rumor concerning Derrike Cope leaving the #30 team before the season ends or during the offseason are untrue. All indications are Derrike will be back with Chuck Rider's Pontiac team next season. Derrike plans to be back with Bahari' Racing in 1999, also hearing Sara Lee is close to a done deal as a sponsor for the team in 99.(9-16-98)

  • Richard Childress Racing, one of the leading NASCAR teams that competes in both the Winston Cup Series and the Craftsman Truck Series, will use PTC's Solutions for the design-through-manufacturing development process of their three NASCAR racing teams. PTC will provide the team with software tools for mechanical design, reverse engineering, industrial design, surface modeling, and functional optimization. Richard Childress Racing will use Pro/ENGINEER Manufacturing Solutions to generate and optimize NC toolpaths for 5-axis machining of their engine blocks and race-car components. See the complete Press Release at: Parametric Technology Partners with Richard Childress Racing.(9-16-98)

  • Geoff Bodine is in a three-day test session in preparation for Martinsville Speedway's NAPA AutoCare 500 on Sunday, September 27. He will finish testing today of his #7 Philips Consumer Communications Ford.(SpeedNet)(9-16-98)

  • Boston Reid has a mentor in racing mega-star Jeff Gordon. Gordon was 20 years old and driving a championship dirt car in Springfield, IL, when he was introduced to a blond-haired youngster with inviting eyes. Boston Reid asked Gordon to watch him race a quarter-midget in Indianapolis the next day. Read the rest of the story at SpeedNet: Following in his hero's footsteps.(9-16-98)


    (9-15-98)
  • #1 Pennzoil Monte Carlo driver Steve Park will drive in Sunday's NASCAR Winston Cup race in Dover, DE. Results from a late Monday evening CAT scan showed Park sustained no head injury after an afternoon testing accident at the Metro-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex in Homestead, FL. Park was released from the hospital Monday night after the CAT scan as well as X-rays on his neck and back.(Pennzoil PR)(9-15-98)

  • Fans have voted Bill Elliott into the Talladega/Texaco Walk of Fame, along with legends Junior Johnson and David Pearson. Elliott will be inducted Oct. 10 -- the night before the Winston 500 -- at Davey Allison Memorial Park in downtown Talladega, AL. The evening will conclude with a laser show in a park. All activities are open and free to the public. Past inductees include Dale Earnhardt, Benny Parsons, Richard Petty, Ernie Irvan, Cale Yarborough, Alan Kulwicki, Dale Jarrett, Ned Jarrett and Buddy Baker.(SpeedNet)(9-15-98)

  • I hear Ricky Craven is setting his sights on a full Cup ride for 1999 and will accept one of many offers within the next few weeks -- he may run some Cup races this year as well. He will also run a limited BGN schedule with his own team.(9-15-98)

  • Well, today was supposedly the day #31 Lowes Chevy crew chief Larry McReynolds announced his 1999 plans, as either a crew chief or team owner. Didn't happen. McReynolds now says the decision will come in the next few days. Sponsorship for his possible Cup team is the holdup at this point.(NASCAR Today Radio)(9-15-98) note, see above story

  • I hear Truck drivers Jimmy Hensley and Mike Wallace will be throwing out the first pitch at Wednesday night's Cardinals vs. Pirates game in St Louis. Hensley and Wallace will also get a chance to meet Mark McGwire before the game.(9-15-98)

  • Testing at Talladega Tuesday were #78-Gary Bradberry; #12-Jeremy Mayfield; and #4-Bobby Hamilton.(WC Today Radio)(9-15-98)

  • Jeff Gordon is the third quarter nominee for the True Value Man of the Year Award. Sterling Marlin and Kyle Petty were the nominees for the first two quarters. The year-end winner will receive a prize of $50,000, which will be divided evenly between the driver and the charity of his choice. (WC Today Radio)(9-15-98)

  • The #90 Donlavey Racing and #22 Bill Davis Racing teams expect to make announcements concerning sponsorship in the next 3-4 weeks.(NASCAR Today Radio)(9-15-98)

  • Rich Bickle will drive the #59 Kingsford Charcoal Chevy at Dover in the BGN race this weekend in place of injured Robert Pressley(NASCAR Today Radio)(9-15-98)

  • Nathan Buttke will drive the Dr Pepper #50 Ford for Washington Erving Motorsports at Dover Downs for the MBNA GOLD 200. Darrell Bryant and the Crew are getting everything ready for Nathan Buttke for a good qualifying effort.(www.WashingtonErving.com)(9-15-98)

  • Casey Atwood will have a full-time ride for the rest of the 1999 BGN Season. He will replace Tracy Leslie in the #63 Lysol Chevy starting at Dover. No word why Leslie will not drive the car for the rest of the year. It had been announced earlier that Leslie would leave at the end of the season and that the team would be losing primary sponsor Lysol.(NASCAR Online)(9-15-98)


    (9-14-98)
  • Ted Musgrave will drive the #77 Jasper Engines Ford at Martinsville on September 26th as Robert Pressley is still injured from his Richmond wreck.(9-14-98)

  • Todd Bodine returns to the #91 LJ Racing Chevy at Dover with Larry's Homes as the sponsor.(WC Today Radio), stop by the Larry's Homes website and say thanks. Check out the PR up on the LJ Racing Website.(9-14-98)

  • UPDATE: After blowing a tire and hitting the wall at Richmond, Robert Pressley was taken to a local hospital. X-Rays showed that Pressley has a broken right scapula (shoulder blade). He also has bruised right shoulder. His status with the #77 Jasper Engines Ford team and his BGN ride are up in the air for Dover.(NASCAR Online)(9-13-98) -- Pressley will not be able to drive at Dover this weekend, Hut Stricklin has been named to sub in the #77 Jasper Ford.(RPM2Nite)(9-14-98)

  • Mike Hillman, former crew chief for the #98 Cale Yarborough team has joined the #90 Donlavey Racing team as the new crew chief, replacing Tommy Baldwin, Jr, who left to take the crew chief job at Bill Davis Racing and the #22 Team.(NASCAR Online)(9-14-98)

  • Hearing the #81 Filmar team may switch from Fords to Chevy's in 1999.(9-14-98)

  • Morgan Shepherd will drive the #96 Caterpillar Chevy at Dover in the MBNA Gold 400 this weekend.(Williams Company), this will be the seventh driver for the team in 1998.(9-14-98)

  • #1 Pennzoil Monte Carlo driver Steve Park was groggy, but unhurt after a Monday afternoon testing accident at the Metro-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex in Homestead, FL. Park crashed in turn three of the 1.5-mile oval and walked to the ambulance under his own power. Track medical crews transported Park to Homestead General Hospital for observation late Monday afternoon. Team officials were awaiting the results of a CAT scan Monday evening. Team members reported Park was a bit groggy and said he felt, "as if I had been beaten up." Park was at the track assisting the Dale Earnhardt Inc. Busch team in its preparation for the season ending Jiffy Lube 300 on Nov. 15 and the Nov. 28 Winston Cup exhibition race at the similarly configured Twin Ring Motegi track in Japan. While Dale Earnhardt Jr. tested the team's Busch car, Park was shaking down the Winston Cup car. Plans called for Dale Jr. to test the car the Winston Cup car on Tuesday. The Japanese race marks Dale Jr.'s first appearance in a Winston Cup car.(Pennzoil Press Release)(9-14-98)

  • On Tuesday, 9-15-98, Daytona International Speedway will be open for a two day Winston Cup test session in preperation for the Pepsi 400 in October. Approximately a half a dozen Cup teams are scheduled to be in Daytona Tuesday and Wednesday. Among those listed as scheduled to test are Jeff Burton and Kenny Wallace.(Nancy-StockCarFans)(9-14-98)

  • I hear the #27 David Blair Motorsports Ford team will be a third Yates team in 1999 with Doug Yates listed as the owner.(9-14-98)

  • Hearing that Progressive Motorsports who fields the #57 Jason Keller BGN Chevy will have an announcement soon on sponsorship and possibly a second team.(9-14-98)

  • In post-race inspections after Jeff Burton's victory Saturday night in Roush's Ford, NASCAR officials carefully cut large chunks out of Burton's tires and Jeff Gordon's tires. What might eventually happen to those samples isn't clear. NASCAR officials say only that they'll take them back to Daytona for storage, in case any questions arise down the road. The samples won't be tested as the tires at Loudon, N.H. were, NASCAR executives said, because those test results backed up the validity of NASCAR's own field testing.(JournalNow)(9-14-98)

  • UPDATE: Caterpillar appears even closer to a deal with the #22 Bill Davis Pontiac team.(Times-Dispatch)(9-13-98) -- Caterpillar is high on the list of potential sponsors for the Bill Davis/Ward Burton team, although at least two others are ready to bite, sources say (one of which may be K mart). Caterpillar at present is allied with the troubled Buz McCall team, and McCall says he has a contract through 1999. McCall says he will be in business in NASCAR next year.(SpeedNet)(9-14-98)

  • UPDATE: Junie Donlavey is confident that he will find a sponsor for the #90 Ford for next season. Immediately following notification that Heilig-Meyers would not renew its option, Donlavey's phone began to ring with leads on sponsors. He also received an offer to sell the team, but turned it down. He has been adamant about staying in Richmond. Donlavey could have a new deal within the next two weeks. Aside from sponsor concerns, Donlavey decides this week who will handle crew chief responsibilities. He has several members on staff who are capable, or he could reunite driver Dick Trickle with Mike Hillman. The two worked together in 1994.(Times-Dispatch)(9-13-98) -- With Heilig-Meyers confirmed gone as sponsor of Junie Donlavey's #90, the 74-year-old car owner insists he'll continue to do business as usual, and the outlook apparently is bright. Word is that Donlavey has at least two big Virginia-based companies trying to work a deal with him (Circuit City is not one of them, sources say).(SpeedNet)(9-14-98)


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