• NAPA AutoCare 500 at Martinsville. Results, Starting Lineup, Qualifying Results and some Practice speeds at Speedworld, GoRacing(2nd round) and, NASCAR Online. Ernie Irvan won the pole with a speed of 93.608mph. See the updated Jayski's Provisional Page with Unofficial Owners Points and Jayski's MISC Stats. Incredible run by Ricky Rudd, winning a race for the 16th straight year and nice run by Rich Bickle who finished 4th.

  • No Martinsville Fall winner has gone on to win the Cup championship since DW did it in 1982.(RPM2Day), and that streak will continue until at least 1999(9-27-98)

  • Heat exhaustion took its toll on a few drivers at Martinsville. Kenny Irwin made it only 180 laps before being replaced in the #28 Texaco Ford by Kenny Wallace, whose #81 Square D Ford gave out on him after 150 laps. Ted Musgrave was replaced by Steve Grissom in the #77 Jasper Ford on lap 225. Hut Stricklin stood by in Ricky Rudd's pits throughout the afternoon as Rudd complained of heat exhaustion as well, but Rudd never relinquished his seat and won the race. Bill Elliott was treated by the AirCare medical personnel following the race as he suffered a heat blister on his left heel. The medical team administered oxygen to Elliott and gave him plenty of fluid to drink. After 30 minutes of treatment, Elliott walked out of his team's trailer. Butt blisters were a common term in most interviews I saw today. Even Mark Martin was overcome by the heat after the race.(many sources)(9-27-98)

  • Robert Pressley, who has been injured and has missed the past two Cup races, will return behind the wheel of the #77 Jasper Ford next week at Charlotte.(NASCAR Online)(9-27-98)

  • Kyle Petty's "Race to End Hunger" continues next weekend at the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Charlotte. Petty, Food Lion, WSOC-TV and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina have teamed up in an effort to help feed needy families. Fans can participate in the effort by taking four non-perishable food items to either of Petty's souvenir trailers, which will be parked at Charlotte Motor Speedway beginning next Wednesday, and continuing through race day on Sunday. In exchange for the food donations, fans will receive a "Race to End Hunger" T-shirt, while supplies last. Fans will have the opportunity to meet Petty when he signs autographs at his souvenir trailer following the final practice session on Thursday afternoon.(NASCAR Online)(9-27-98)

  • Rick Mast will have the logo of the Speedway Children's Charities on the #75 Remington Arms/Polaris Ford Taurus at Charlotte. Polaris has teamed with Mast to raise funds and awareness for Speedway Children's Charities by giving race fans the opportunity to win a limited-edition Polaris ATV.(NASCAR Online)(9-27-98)

  • Suddenly there is a third player in the picture for Cat sponsorship. The prospective buyer of the AER team is said to be Joe Gibbs Racing. They are just down the street and pretty local to each other. If this occurs then Caterpillar is considering the option to stay put with that team depending on what driver is had. Ward Burton could still play into the picture.(9-27-98)

  • UPDATE: In five short track races this season, there have been five different winners -- Martin (Bristol), Jeff Burton (Richmond), Gordon (Bristol), Hamilton (Martinsville) and Terry Labonte (Richmond).(That's Racin')(9-25-98) -- make that six different winners now, which is a record in the modern era, since Ricky Rudd won at Martinsville.(9-27-98)

  • Hendrick Motorsports is seeking a major sponsor of its third team since Budweiser announced it will sponsor Dale Earnhardt Jr's Cup car. Anheuser-Busch has another year on its contract with Hendrick and will honor its commitment, if necessary, but the brewery would like to be released from the contract. A source close to the situation says that Wally Dallenbach Jr. "needs a miracle" to hang on to his ride in the Hendrick car currently sponsored by Budweiser. The leading contender to replace Dallenbach appears to be Ward Burton, serving his third consecutive winless season with Bill Davis. Ted Musgrave is another contender, though at present his best offer is with the #13 Ford, which Musgrave will pilot at Charlotte, Talladega, Phoenix and perhaps Atlanta. Musgrave is committed to drive the #15 Ford, owned by Bud Moore, at Daytona in the Pepsi 400.(SpeedNet/Monte Dutton), sources tell me that Burton's contract is Ironclad and he plans to be back in the #22, also hear the Bill Davis Racing team will make an announcement at Charlotte that Caterpillar will come aboard as the sponsor.(9-27-98)

  • But.....Team Hendrick is on the verge of nabbing Caterpillar as sponsor of its third team, making up for the recent loss of Budweiser. The car will carry No. 25 once again next year (it is #50 this year in honor of NASCAR's 50th anniversary), and John Hendrick's first choice as driver is Ward Burton, who has not as of yet accepted the offer. Caterpillar is currently sponsor of the #96 Chevrolet of Buz McCall, who has one more year on his contract. Caterpillar may be able to exercise an escape clause, according to an industry source.(SpeedNet/Monte Dutton)(9-27-98)

  • Although Jimmy Spencer still has not signed a contract for 1999, his car owner said Saturday that the issue is settled. Travis Carter said he and Spencer, together since 1995, had recently come to terms on a new agreement. Scuttlebutt in the garage area had Carter turning to Ted Musgrave if Spencer continued with his holdout.(SpeedNet/Monte Dutton)(9-27-98)

  • Get many questions about Scanners which I don't own or know about, GoRacing has a review of one at: Product Review --- RE2000 Scanner.(9-27-98)

  • 2nd round Cup qualifying is over at Martinsville: Eleven drivers made attempts, Kenny Wallace was the fastest 2nd round attempt at 92.655mph(would have been 23rd fastest 1st round). Of the Eleven who stood on their 1st round time, two had to use a provisional, #9-Jerry Nadeau and #75-Rick Mast. DW made the race once on time and will start 30th. The #41 Kodiak team missed the race again with David Green driving as the team is out of provisionals even though the team is 34th in OWNERS points. Cope and Nadeau had to use provisional's and now have no more left to use until Rockingham. Dave Marcis made the race via a Provisional.(9-26-98)

  • The FirstPlus Financial team has announced that Ted Musgrave will assume the driving duties for the #13 Taurus at Charlotte, Talladega and Daytona in the upcoming weeks. A driver for the three remaining races -- at Phoenix, Rockingham and Atlanta -- will be determined at a later date.(NASCAR Online)(9-26-98)

  • The Wood Brothers have put their plans to field a second team on hold for 1999. The team expects to field the team in 2000. Rumors had Matt Kenseth in the car. Kenseth will now stay in BGN for 1999 and may make a few starts with rhe Robby Reiser team he drives for in BGN.(WC Scene)(9-26-98)
  • From this weeks Winston Cup Scene: Sponsor May Leave Hendrick Early - With DEI signing Bud to a long-term sponsorship deal for Dale Earnhardt, Jr and their 2nd team Cup operation, sources say Bud could leave the Hendrick #25/50 team as soon as the beginning of the 1999 season. It goes on to say that the relationship between Hendrick and Bud has been seriously strained. Hendrick is actively looking for a new sponsor for the #50 team. Sources say, according to the article, that Hendrick has talked to Caterpillar(a Jayski source confirms this), who presently sponsors the #96 Buz McCall team and is rumored to be leaving. The #50 team is still talking to drivers for the 1999 season, current driver Wally Dallenbach is one of them, and expects to make a decision in the next few weeks.(WC Scene Mag)(9-26-98)

  • How does Ricky Rudd know he's running out of chances this season to extend his streak of 15 consecutive seasons with at least one Winston Cup victory? The fans tell him so. See the story at That's Racin' - Rudd well aware of his situation.(9-26-98)

  • Ricky Craven has announced plans for the 2nd annual "snowmobile ride for charity" at Moosehead Lake in Greenville, Maine, where he has a home. The ride will take place on January 30, 1999, with all proceeds going to charities. For more info see North East Racing.(9-26-98)

  • Morning practice at Martinsville has 32 cars faster then the 36th fastest in 1st round qualifying, so we could see a hetic 2nd round qualifying and much bumping. #41 is fast enough to get up there in practice so far, the #'s 79 and 85 are still very slow. Eight teams ran 100 or more laps in practice: #'s 6,10,24,31,42,50,94 and 99. With Jeff Burton fastest in the #99 at 92.764mph.(9-26-98)

  • STREAKIN'...Jeff Gordon has 20 Top-10 starts in a row. Dale Jarrett has 9 Top-10 starts in a row, and 16 Top-10 starts in the last 17 races. John Andretti has 5 Top-10 starts in a row.(StockCarFans Newsletter-see link below)(9-26-98)

  • For more than 20 years the only battles John Linville had to fight were on the race track. In 1985, he prepared to fight for his life. Linville, a Kernersville, N.C. native, and a BGN regular was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Linville's prognosis was unknown because there were few documented cases in the world. The chemotherapy and radiation treatments took their toll on Linville. He wasn't strong enough to get out of bed, much less compete regularly on the rigorous Busch circuit. Eventually the treatments began to produce favorable results for Linville,55, allowing him to once again do periodic battle on the race track and also act as crew chief for Berrier who drives the #90 Mean Green Ford in select ARCA races. Berrier, still a regular competitor in the BGN and the regular driver of the Mean Green Ford, found it difficult to compete in both series due to the demands on his time. This left the #90 team without a full-time driver. Will Spencer, team manager and co-owner of Three Star Motorsports, the team that fields ARCA cars for Berrier, approached Linville about the vacancy. So linville will drive the car on Sept 30th at the Charlotte ARCA race. Along with the September event at Charlotte, Linville hopes to run the #90 Mean Green Ford at the season finale in Atlanta.(PR)(9-26-98)

  • Heard during Winston Cup qualifying that Steve Grissom is slated to drive the Buz McCall #96 Caterpillar Chevy at Charlotte next week(thanks Russ), also rumor has Robby Gordon running a few races for the team the rest of the season(RPM2Nite)(9-25-98)

  • On Sept. 26, 1909, William Henry Getty ``Big Bill'' France, the man who would create, organize and lead NASCAR from infancy into adulthood, is born in Washington.(That's Racin')(9-25-98)

  • 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 NAPA AutoCare 500 at Martinsville based on owners points: #12-Jeremy Mayfield(6th in owners points); #3-Dale Earnhardt(8); #5-Terry Labonte(10); #23-Jimmy Spencer(15); #97-Chad Little(16); #21-Michael Waltrip(17); and #35-Darrell Waltrip(champ prov). DW is sitting at 29th now and looks like a good bet not to use a prov this week, using their cars now, not the inherited Pontiacs from ISM. The four teams that would miss the race if things stayed the same: #41-David Green(34 but no prov's left); #78-Gary Bradberry(45); #79-Ken Bouchard(58) and #85-Randy MacDonald(60).(9-25-98)

  • Lake Speed might be signing on with #8 (no sponsor currently) Stavola Brothers Chevy, from Sue's ADNASCAR Daily Newsletter.(9-25-98)

  • Since there is only 22 front stretch pit stalls at Martinsville, anyone from 22nd on back will pit on the back stretch, the three who made the top 25 but will pit on the back stretch are: #31-Mike Skinner; #26-Johnny Benson and #96-Mike Bliss. #42-Joe Nemechek got the 22nd and last front stretch pit stall. Congrats to Mike Bliss on his first Winston Cup start.(9-25-98)

  • UPDATE: Since Rich Bickle is leaving the #98 team at the end of the season, the team is looking for drivers: A few in the mix include: Ted Musgrave; Jeff Green and possibly Geoff Bodine(9-24-98) -- Looks like the news I posted that Rich Bickle was definitely out of the #98 at the end of the season may not be quite true, on NASCAR Online Rich Bickle said Friday he's not exactly sure if he'll be back for another year with Cale Yarborough Motorsports in the #98 Thorn Apple Valley Ford. If he doesn't have a Cup ride, he'll run some BGN and Truck races next season out of his own race shop, with his own team.(NASCAR Online)(9-25-98)

  • Joe Whitley, a 15-year veteran of the motorsports industry, has formed The Premiere Group, a multi-faceted, full-service agency specializing in motorsports consulting, sponsor procurement, program management, marketing, public relations and licensing. Whitley, a 48-year-old native of Wilson, NC has worked with such industry notables as Richard Petty, Hendrick Sportswear, NASCAR Winston Cup driver, Dick Trickle and The Upper Deck Co. The Premiere Group, a subsidiary of The Premiere Corporation, is located in the Speedway Centre, directly across from Charlotte Motor Speedway in Harrisburg, NC(PR)(9-25-98)

  • The #4 Kodak Morgan McClure Motorsports team and Bobby Hamilton ran the spring Martinsville race, which they won, with the 18-degree motor. They qualified today with the SB-2, and are probably going to race with the 18-degree on Sunday.(ESPN Qualifying)(9-25-98)

  • Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton will hold its annual open house on Monday, Oct. 5, from 9am - 6pm/et. Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ron Hornaday and Steve Park are scheduled to be there from 2 to 5pm/et to sign autographs.(That's Racin')(9-25-98)

  • He is playing it close to the vest. He doesn't want to jump the gun. He wants to be 100 percent sure he is making the right decision. However, a cautious and tight-lipped Ricky Craven said he is negotiating with a Winston Cup team that could provide him with the perfect fit he is looking for. Newburgh's Craven was pressured to resign his Winston Cup ride in the Budweiser #50 car by Hendrick Motorsports on Aug. 11. "I have a particular team I would like to race for. They have interest in hiring me. It's a matter of us agreeing to agree" said Craven. Craven denied rumors that have linked him to the No. 7 Phillips car driven by Geoff Bodine and the Jack Roush team. - see the rest of Larry Mahoney's story at Craven cautiously seeks new Winston Cup deal from The Bangor Daily News.(9-25-98)

  • UPDATE: I hear Casey Atwood and Brewco Motorsports has signed a sponsor for his BGN deal next year and will announce it at Charlotte next weekend(MRM)(9-23-98) -- I hear now that Brewco Motorsports don't have anything signed or any planned announcements for next week(9-25-98)

  • Tom Carey, who has won two BGNN races this year, will be attempting the race in a #42 truck (unrelated to his #42 BGNN team). That's about the extent of my knowledge of this deal.(BGNN/StockCarFans Newsletter)(9-25-98)

  • Mike Olsen will be running a truck out of his own shop, with "Little Trees" air fresheners as the sponsor and his BGNN crew chief Steve Hibbard acting in a similar capacity for this effort.(BGNN/StockCarFans Newsletter)(9-25-98)

  • UPDATE: Another rumor that won't seem to die(but now has) -- Terry Labonte leaving Hendrick Motorsports and going to Robert Yates Racing, possibly in the RUMORED third team with the #27 team and David Blair/Doug Yates listed as owners. I hear Kelloggs may even come along. Not really sure what to think and it seems unlikely to me. Doesn't make sense, Labonte is a Chevy man, and I have heard that he and the team are signed thru 2000??? -- NOW THAT DIDN'T TAKE LONG!! Check this out!! - Rumors began circulating today that Terry Labonte was leaving Hendrick Motorsports. SCR spoke with John Hendrick from the Hendrick Motorsports complex in Harrisburg, NC at noon today. Hendrick states, "We have a signed contract with Terry through the year 2000 and we have a signed contract with Kellogg's through 2000. In talking with Kellogg's this week they are very pleased with everything that is going on with Hendrick Motorsports, with Terry. I spoke with Terry last night and everything is fine. Terry wants to end his career with Hendrick Motorsports. Things like this always come up at the end of the season but there is no truth to that." Thanks to Tom Hintz of the Stock Car Racing Magazine(SCR) Site for the updated news. This rumor was put out of it's misery quick.(9-24-98)

  • So far the results from the unleaded fuel test that 76 conducted in the NASCAR Busch Series race at Richmond have been good. Most teams did not have a problem with the fuel and the horsepower difference was negligible. The next unleaded fuel test will more than likely come at Charlotte for the NASCAR Busch Series. If all goes well we may see a test for the NASCAR Winston Cup teams at Atlanta BUT don't count on it. Most engine builders want more time before the switch happens.(Marty Snyder's MRN Notes)(9-23-98) -- iRACE had the story posted a few days ago and I missed it, check it out at Busch cars making switch to unleaded by Bill Kiser.(9-24-98)

  • Check out this story from Ron Levanduski’s racing column in the Star-Gazette(NY) - With all of its ducks nearly in a row for 1999, Cicci-Welliver Team 34 is looking to the millennium — and a possible entry into NASCAR’s Winston Cup Series. The locally-owned Busch Grand National team just needs to dot the I’s and cross the T’s of a new sponsorship deal for Todd Bodine’s No. 30 Chevrolet. An announcement is scheduled for Wednesday in Charlotte. The new sponsor, which would replace Slim Jim, is already an established name in the Busch Grand National Series. See the rest of the story at With new sponsorship deal in works, Team 34 looks at ’99, beyond.(thanks to a reader for the heads up), the rumor I hear is Phillips 66 as the sponsor. This pretty much kills the #91 LJ Racing and Todd Bodine in 1999 rumor.(9-24-98)

  • INCORRECT: Continue to hear rumors that Steve Hmiel will return to Petty Enterprises -- Dale Earnhardt Inc announced Thursday the hiring of Steve Hmiel as a consultant for its Winston Cup and Busch racing operations. Hmiel will work on the #1 Pennzoil Monte Carlo with crew chief Philippe Lopez and the #3 AC Delco Chevrolet with Tony Eury Sr. Hmiel will concentrate on car preparation at the team's race shop in Mooresville, NC. as well as assist in pit strategy and car setups at the track for the remainder of the 1998 season.(Pennzoil Press Release)(9-24-98)

  • Lake Speed tested the Stovola Brother's Winston Cup Chevy at Talladega today(WC Today Radio)(9-24-98)

  • UPDATE: Could Cale Yarborough's team be for sale? Rumors circulate that three men will buy out the legendary driver turned owner. Sponsor Thorne Apple Valley is speculated to be leaving at season's end. Financial matters inside the company could see the Michigan based sponsor leave the sport after only one season.(ICFlorida) -- here is what I hear: Yarborough is selling the majority interest of his team to three people involved in Arena Football. The sponsor, Thorn Apple Valley, supposedly is coming back for 1999.(9-24-98)

  • NASCAR Garage Notes from via Cox - Buz McCall is expected to sell his team and close up shop at seasons end. Speculation is that Catapillar will leave the #96 team at season's end and join the #22 Bill Davis Racing team. At least one prospective buyer has toured the new state-of-the-art shop.(ICFlorida)(9-24-98)

  • Micheal Waltrip is the lone team today testing at the Greenville-Pickens Speedway(MRM)(9-24-98)

  • UPDATE 2: Daytona 500 champions Dale Earnhardt and Dale Jarrett will participate in a two-day test session conducted by the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. starting tomorrow(9-22) at Daytona in preparation for next year's Daytona 500. A section of the Oldfield Grandstand is open daily from 9am - 5pm/et for the test sessions at no charge with access through DAYTONA USA. The next scheduled event at the Speedway is the Oct 17 Pepsi 400. The Pepsi 400 will be preceded by two nights of practice and qualifying on Oct 15-16. Although all tickets for the Pepsi 400 have been sold, tickets for Bud Pole Qualifying are still available.(DaytonaUSA Site)(9-21-98) -- Daytona 500 champion Dale Jarrett and Dave Marcis, substituting for Dale Earnhardt, are at Daytona International Speedway today and tomorrow for a two-day tire test. Earnhardt had other commitments.(DaytonaUSA) track time was severely limited by scattered day-long rain showers. The pair may be joined on Wednesday by Dale Earnhardt(NASCAR Online)(9-22-98) -- Dale Jarrett and Dave Marcis, substituting for Dale Earnhardt in the #3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevy, concluded a two-day tire test conducted by the Goodyear Wednesday at Daytona. The test was in preparation for next February's Daytona 500(NASCAR Online)(9-24-98)

  • Brian Refner, will be driving in a one race deal with the #22 Ford truck team owned by Mike Thompson of Crimora, Virginia at this weekends race at Martinsville. You can see the entry list for the truck race at: NAPA AutoCare 250 entry list, Derrike Cope, Bobby Hamilton and Rich Bickle are the only Cup regulars entered.(9-24-98)

  • A Busch Series team for Richard Childress? It could happen by next season. Mike Dillon, Chidress' son-in-law, could be joining RCR with Carolina Boot as one of two sponsors being mentioned. It would be seen by everyone as RCR grabbing ahold of a future Winston Cup star.(ICFlorida)(9-24-98)

  • Ricky Hendrick, son of Winston Cup team owner Rick Hendrick, scored his third late-model stock victory of the season in a race at Concord Motorsport Park. Hendrick won the race after starting from the outside pole.(That's Racin'), Hendrick is rumored to be one of the drivers being considered for the Jeff Gordon/Ray Evernham BGN team that will run a limited schedule in 1999.(9-24-98)

  • I hear crew chief Kenneth Campbell of the #37 Brewco team will be leaving the team for the crew chief job at the Buckshot Racing BGN #00 Pontiac team, driver yet to be announced(MRM)(9-23/24-98)

  • Sources tell me that Mike Dillon will drive for the #59 BGN team next year, currently driven by Robert Pressley(9-24-98)

  • After losing out on Glenn Allen(to Akins-Sutton) the Diamond Ridge team is turning their attention to Tim Fedewa among others(9-24-98)

  • UPDATE: another rumor crushed into oblivian: Not sure what to make of this, but I have heard from two sources that Ted Musgrave would drive for Butch Mock, owner of the #75 Remington Ford team, in 1999. NO IDEA if this means Mock will go to a two car team or if Rick Mast is leaving.(9-22-98) -- In part form GoRacing: The rumor mill, a little short on fodder, stopped by the #75 Remington Arms Ford for a little game of lets see if there's any weakness. Car owner Butch Mock, who sits 35th in car owner points, admits to having had a serious talk with Mast while at Richmond. But as Mock is ready to point out he's got commitments. Mock, when asked about the possibility of letting Mast go in favor of another driver said he has another year on his contract with Rick Mast, is fairly happy with Mast and has a commitment and can't sign another driver for another year for the #75. But was willing to let him out of his contract if a big team like Hendrick or Yates offered him a ride. See the complete story with quotes at GoRacing - NASCAR Racing News: Homestead - Musgrave and Mock.(9-23-98)

  • T.R.I.X. Racing(link fixed) has entered the #79 Monte Carlo in the NAPA Auto Care 500 at Martinsville Speedway this weekend. Ken Bouchard, 1988 Winston Cup Rookie of The Year, is the driver of the #79. T.R.I.X. also announces the return of Big Daddy’s BBQ Sauce, Spices and Meats and Aphelion Technologies, Inc. (APTEX ) as sponsors of the #79 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. T.R.I.X. is proud to represent their sponsors in their advertising efforts. The support helps the team build momentum for next year. The team plans to compete in selected races for remainder of the ‘98 season and in '99 T.R.I.X. plans to run an expanded schedule if they can secure the necessary sponsorship.(T.R.I.X. PR)(9-23-98)

  • Starting at Charlotte, Dale Earnhardt and the #3 GM Goodwrench Serivice Plus Chevy team will no longer carry just the word PLUS across the hood. Instead, it will have the entire GM Goodwrench Service Plus logo, the same logo that is seen on the Truck and NHRA teams.(NASCAR Online)(9-23-98)

  • Randy Renfrow, 40, a veteran short track campaigner from Fuquay-Varina, NC, will drive the #61 IWX Motor Freight Chevy truck at Martinsville this week in a one-race deal. Xpress Motorsports initially planned on Derrike Cope driving in Saturday's race. Cope will be the team's driver next season in a limited BGN campaign. Commitments with Cope's #30 Gumout Cup team resulted in him not being available for the truck series event. IWX Motor Freight is a Springfield, Mo. based trucking firm having a fleet of 400 trucks. IWX serves 48 states and annually the trucks will log more than 98 million miles.(Xpress Motorsports PR)(9-23-98)

  • Don't assume that Bill Davis has locked up Caterpillar for next year. There is another team already in the garage area that Caterpillar has interest in as well. Plus, Buz McCall has another year on his deal with Cat. So the residence of the Cat sponsorship is still undetermined as of yet.(Marty Snyder's MRN Notes)(9-23-98)

  • Joining Jack Sprague and Mike Skinner today in testing at Greenville-Pickens Speedway was Jeremy Mayfield, Kenny Irwin, Bobby Hamilton and Darrell Waltrip.(MRM)(9-23-98)

  • Two Petty Racing Notes: At Charlotte, they will be unveiling a special car for John Andretti to drive in the Pepsi 400 that will salute one of America's icons. Also Adam Petty will be making his ARCA debut next Wednesday at Charlotte. He will be driving a car prepared by the crew at PE2.(9-23-98)

  • As reported before in case it was missed: Robbie Loomis will be John's Crew Chief For the 1999 WC Season. This was confirmed by John Andretti on his weekly appearance on Dave "the king" Wilson's Show on WIBC-1070-AM.(The Petty Page)(9-23-98)

  • Ten drivers tested Tuesday at Talladega Superspeedway, but not all will be back for next month's Winston 500 in the same equipment. Only Wally Dallenbach, Rick Mast and Buckshot Jones tested with the same team they'll race with on Sunday, Oct. 11. Dallenbach tested the No. 50 Chevy for Hendrick Motorsports, while Mast was behind the wheel of the Remington Arms Ford he normally drives on the Winston Cup circuit. Jones tested the Stavola Brothers Chevrolet that he will make his Talladega Winston Cup debut in next month. Drivers Ted Musgrave, Hut Stricklin, Lake Speed, Krik Shelmerdine and Mike Dillon all were testing Winston Cup cars Tuesday, but not the cars they'll be racing at Talladega on Oct. 11. Only Musgrave is a certain entry in the Winston 500, as he is scheduled to drive the First Plus Financial Ford for car owners Bill Elliott and Dan Marino. Shelmerdine is expected to run the Winn Dixie 300 ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series event Saturday, Oct. 10.(SpeedNet)(9-23-98)

  • Budweiser, the Official Beer of NASCAR, today announced it has signed Dale Earnhardt Jr. to drive for the brand on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit through 2004. Earnhardt Jr., the current NASCAR Busch Series points leader, will drive a Budweiser-sponsored car in five select Winston Cup races in 1999 while racing a full Busch Series schedule. He will move to Winston Cup full time in the year 2000. His 1999 Winston Cup schedule and the number of the car will be announced at a later date. As part of his deal with Budweiser, Earnhardt Jr. will be featured in an extensive line of point-of-sale materials and licensed merchandise for the "King of Beers." He also will appear in a variety of advertising and promotional campaigns for Budweiser and the brand's status as the Official Beer of NASCAR.(Press Release), Earnhardt Jr's BGN crew will move up with him.(RPM2Nite)(9-21-98), just about every NASCAR site has a story about this deal, a few: Stock Car Racing Magazine Site and iRace. Also, no number has been announced for the car. According to several sources in the sport, the total value of the package makes it worth more than $10 million per year.(9-22-98)

  • UPDATE 2: Steve Grissom has been released(actually a "mutual" decision), from the #41 Hedrick Kodiak Chevy. No driver has been named for Martinsville as of yet.(RPM2Nite)(9-21-98) -- I hear David Green is a possible driver for Martinsville.(9-22-98) - it's official, David Green will drive the #41 Kodiak Chevy at Martinsville, it's on a trial basis for now and only for Martinsville.(NASCAR Online)(9-22-98)

  • Todd Bodine returns to the #91 LJ Racing Chevy at Martinsville with Larry's Homes once again as the sponsor. Stop by the Larry's Homes website and say thanks.(LJ Racing Website).(9-22-98)

  • From the Stock Car Racing Magazine Website: May be hard to believe, but during his '89 championship season Rusty Wallace was leading in the standings at this point (after 26 races) with 3,758 points. That same number of points this year would have him exactly where he stands right the fourth spot in the standings. He had 6 wins at this time that year, but he had the exact same number of top-5s & top-10s. He had 4 DNFs then compared to only 2 this year. (Tom Roberts PR)(9-22-98)

  • I hear Loy Allen may get a one(or two) race deal to drive for the #91 LJ Racing Chevy team at Talladega and/or Daytona.(9-22-98)

  • NASCAR Online chat Tuesday: Jeff Green chatted from Greenville-Pickens(SC) Speedway where the team was testing. A few highlights: Green mentioned he and the team were discussing him returning in 1999 but that they are working on a sponsor first, and hope to have that done this week(no word on The Money Store/FirstUnion if they are the sponsor or if they are leaving). The special Tampa Bay Devil Rays paint scheme that the #46 team was going to run at the Pepsi 400 in Daytona on July 4th will not be run in October, no other paint schemes are in the works for the rest of 1998. (NASCAR Online Chat)(9-22-98)

  • Other drivers/teams testing at Greenville-Pickens Speedway today: NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers Jack Sprague, Ron Hornaday & Jimmy Hensley along with NASCAR Winston Cup drivers Joe Nemechek, Johnny Benson, Chad Little, and Mike Skinner.(MRM)(9-22-98)

  • Lake Speed is helping the Stavola Bros test their #8 Chevy at Talladega this week. Not sure where this is leading yet.(9-22-98)

  • Hut Stricklin was in Talladega at Monday's testing session, and he tested THREE cars: Once the track dried from late morning rain, Stricklin tested the #55 Chevrolet of Andy Petree Racing(which he will probably drive at Daytona); the #96 Caterpillar Chevy of American Equipment Racing; and the #1 Pennzoil Chevrolet of Dale Earnhart Inc. The #50 Bud Chevy of Hendrick Motorsports was at the track, but driver Wally Dallenbach was still en route when testing began. Stricklin said he was down there to test the #55 car, but rain messed things up. Drivers for the other cars are supposed to be in Talladega, Tuesday. Steve Park, the normal driver of the No. 1, is still suffering from the effects of a practice crash last week at Homestead, so he will be replaced by Ted Musgrave during testing Tuesday. Kirk Shelmerdine is expected to test the Caterpillar Chevrolet for American Equipment Racing this week as well.(SpeedNet)(9-22-98)

  • The Most Caring Athlete awards honor three pros who go the extra mile in helping others. The honorees were selected by USA WEEKEND Contributing Editors Stephen Covey, Mia Hamm and George Foreman. Each athlete receives $1,000 for charity. The winners: Jamila Wideman, L.A. Sparks; Jeff Gordon, NASCAR racer; Avery Johnson, San Antonio Spurs. See the story at: USA Weekend - Most Caring Athlete.(thanks Kelbe)(9-22-98)

  • On Wednesday, 9-23-98, at the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC, the inaugural Ken Schrader/Andy Petree Gala will be held. This sold-out event is expected to raise $50,000 for the Hendrick Marrow Program. Rusty Wallace, Bobby Labonte and Terry Labonte, along with several other drivers and team owners, will join Schrader and Petree for the evening's festivities. The program agenda includes a reception, sit-down dinner, auction and a candlelight tour of Biltmore House, an enormous private residence and tourist attraction. Legendary driver and racing analyst Benny Parsons will serve as auctioneer during the event's benefit auction. For more info see the NASCAR Online: MBNA 400 Notebook and the Racing Connection Website.(9-21-98)

  • The Wood Brothers had This Week In NASCAR filmed at their shop today(Tuesday)! It will be broadcast on Fox Sportsouth on Wednesday, September 23 at 9pm/et. Alan Bestwick had guests Elliott Sadler, Eddie Wood, Len Wood, Glen Wood, and Leonard Wood.(9-22-98)

  • UPDATE: I hear Kenny Irwin, Jr. was to drive the #84(his old team in 1997 when it was #98) truck at Martinsville, no idea if he still will because of the Dover wreck(9-21-98) -- Randy Tolsma was announced as driver of the #84 Porter-Cable Power Tools Ford for the Martinsville Truck race.(RacingPR)(9-22-98)

  • Other drivers/teams testing at Greenville-Pickens Speedway today: NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers Jack Sprague, Ron Hornaday & Jimmy Hensley along with NASCAR Winston Cup drivers Joe Nemechek, Johnny Benson, Chad Little, and Mike Skinner.(MRM)(9-22-98)

  • Hermie Sadler announced today he has been given permission by Diamond Ridge Motorsports owner Gary Bechtel to look into other opportunities for the 1999 racing season. Sadler, who has another year remaining on his contract with Diamond Ridge, says he asked for permission to seek other options due to the unsettled sponsorship with his team.(NASCAR Online), rumor has DeWalt tools going to the #17 Matt Kenseth ride and Phillips 66 leaving the #66 team. DeWalt already announced they were leaving the #29 Diamond Ridge Team and H Sadler(9-22-98)

  • The #43 Cummings Dodge Richard Petty truck driven by Jimmy Hensley will carry the Players Inc. colors this weekend. The truck will have a green football field on the bed cover and the #43 number on a football. Other truck news: Todd Myers will no longer be the crew chief of the 78 MCI Dodge truck team.(9-22-98)

  • 1998 Busch North series champion Mike Stefanik clinched his second straight series championship over the weekend. He was able to clinch the championship in part due to his Busch south races. He should also wrap up his second Modified series championship soon, making him the only NASCAR driver to win two touring series titles in one season, two years in a row. For more info see North East Racing.(9-22-98)

  • UPDATE 2: RPM2Nite reported that Glenn Allen, Jr would be the driver of the 2nd Akins-Sutton BGN Ford team in 1999, sponsored by Barbasol, Elton Sawyer will drive the #38 Ford sponsored by Lysol.(9-18-98) -- Been told that Allen is rumored to this ride and has not signed any deals yet for 1999.(9-21-98) -- Akins-Sutton Motorsports will operate a two-car team in 1999 with Glenn Allen Jr partnering with Elton Sawyer. Allen will drive the #38 Barbasol Ford in 1999 with an entirely new crew. Sawyer and his crew will run a Ford of unknown # with a sponsor that is currently finishing its final season with another BGN team.(NASCAR Online), psst it's Lysol.(9-22-98)

  • Mike Bliss will attempt to make the Winston Cup race at Martinsville in the #96 Caterpillar Chevy, he will be the eighth driver to drive the car if he makes the race.(NASCAR Online)(9-21-98)

  • I hear Morgan Shepherd plans to go full time with his #05 Pontiac Cup team in 1999. J.T. Townsend is going to be the crew chief and Shepherd plans to announce the sponsor by the last race of the year. I hear it's a banking company of somesort.(9-21-98)

  • Todd Bodine said he would finish the season in Joe Falk's #91 Chevy, except for the races at Talladega and Daytona.(NASCAR Online)(9-21-98)

  • UPDATE: Quite a run(6th) Matt Kennseth had in his first Winston Cup race driving the #94 McDonald's Ford. Chat with Matt on Lyco's Monday night at 7pm/et, -- Kenseth's finish was the best debut performance by a driver in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series since Rusty Wallace finished second at Atlanta on March 3, 1980(NASCAR Online)(9-21-98)

  • Some Truck series news: I hear ARCA points Leader, Frank Kimmel is under consideration for Kenny Schraders #52 Purolator ride, not sure what is up with Mike Wallace. And I hear Dave Madar will drive the #84 Liberty Racing Truck for the rest of the year after Martinsville.(9-21-98)

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