• NAPA 500 at Atlanta: Results, Lineup, Qualifying, Practice speeds at Speedworld, GoRacing and, NASCAR Online. Jayski's Provisional Page with unofficial owners points. 48 cars tried for 43 spots, including #08 Harris DeVane and #80 Andy Hillenburg who both missed.

  • Sad News: Former Winston Cup team owner, Dick Moroso passed away Saturday, thoughts and prayers go to the family. He was 59 and passed away due to Cancer. Small story on RaceWire: Dick Moroso Passes.(11-8-98)

  • Bahari Racing stuff: During the rain delay today at Atlanta, Derrike Cope was interviewed and said the team would make an announcement soon regarding sponsorship and a crew chief.(ESPN), I hear it will be Sara Lee in some capacity.(11-8-98)

  • DW and Falk? During Happy Hour practice on Saturday, Benny, Bob and Dave were discussing the #91 LJ Racing team and said that owner Joe Falk said that Darrell Waltrip was on his list of six possible drivers for 1999.(ESPN2)(11-8-98)

  • #96 Done? Steve Grissom's failure to qualify the #96 Caterpillar Chevy Saturday for Sunday's NAPA 500 at Atlanta may have marked the end of much more than the season for team owner Buz McCall. It may also bring to a close McCall's career as a Winston Cup team owner. See the rest of the story at McCall faces possibility of closing up shop.(11-8-98)

  • Selberg named to the #75: Troy Selberg returns to the Cup series as the crew chief of the #75 Butch Mock Remington Ford and new driver Ted Musgrave for the 1999 season.(TNN's Inside NASCAR)(11-8-98)

  • Bodine/BGN/CTS?? During the 2nd rain delay, ESPN talked to Geoff Bodine who said he has offers to drive in the BGN and Truck series but is looking for a Cup ride. He said the BGN did appeal to him some as his son Barry will drive the series in 1999.(ESPN2)(11-8-98)

  • Pressley's Engine: Robert Pressley lost a motor in Happy Hour practice.(11-8-98)

  • The race for 25th: Brett Bodine enters Atlanta ranked 26th in the Winston Cup points standings. With 25th being the last position that receives a share of the Winston Cup points fund, Bodine needs to make up 23 points on 25th-place Joe Nemechek to gain a share of the postseason money.(Speed Magazine)(11-8-98)

  • Junie #800: When Dick Trickle starts the #90 Heilig-Meyers Ford today, it'll mark Junie Donlavey's 800th start as a Cup car owner.(Times-Dispatch)(11-8-98)

  • Benson at Homestead? I hear Johnny Benson will run a third BACE car at Homstead.(11-8-98)

  • Bliss Back? Mentioned during the CTS race, Mike Bliss may return to the #2 truck in 1999. He had announced weeks ago that he would leave at the end of the season. I also hear he is a candidate for the #37 Brewco BGN ride. Other candidates for the #2 truck ride include Mike Wallace and Tony Raines(11-8-98)

  • Riddling Back? Skinner in UPDATE: Continue to hear David Riddling will return to the BGN series as an owner with Veryfine Juice or possibly Bilo or Harris Teeter. The plan is to do a full BGN run in 1999 and then move to Cup in 2000. No drivers rumored yet(11-1-98) -- Mike Skinner will drive up to 12 BGN races in 1999 with Riddling Motorsports.(TNN's Raceday) Sponsor will be Yellow Freight on the #19 Chevy, supposedly Skinners son Jamie will run a few races.(NSSN) The team will debut in Rockingham in February(NASCAR Online)(11-8-98) see above story

  • 2nd round Cup qualifying is over at Atlanta and the field is set: Seven drivers made attempts and fourteen stood on their 1st round time, only two moved into the top 36, Bradberry and Lepage. Gary Bradberry was the fastest 2nd round attempt at 189.922mph(would have been 22nd fastest) which moved him up to 26th. Five drivers missed the race including Steve Grissom in the #96 and Rick Mast in what would have been his final ride in the #75. Earnhardt and Terry Labonte as well as DW had to take provisionals, to see who missed the race and why and who took provisionals and why, see the Jayski's Provisional Page. Harris DeVane crashed in turn two during his 2nd round attempt(GoRacing) and failed to make the show. DeVane had to be cut out of the car and was transported to Georgia Baptist Medical Center for a precautionary CAT scan. DeVane was treated at the hospital and released later Saturday afternoon.(NASCAR Online)(11-7-98)

  • Cravens new deal UPDATE 2 OFFICIAL: On Saturday morning it Atlanta, I hear it is likely that Ricky Craven will announce his new association with SBIII Motorsports to compete on the full 1999 Winston Cup schedule in a Ford(#58 Black and Gold). This is a new team owned by Scott Barbour; Mike Hillman will be the crew chief. Also, see a story that appeared yesterday in the Portland, ME newspaper: Portland Press Herald. Also a big story in the Winston Cup Scene about the team and owner, no sponsor is lined up yet.(11-5-98) -- The official annoucement will take place in Atlanta at 8:30am Saturday with a sponsor supposedly to be announced. Also another story about the new owner at Florida man is owner of Craven's team.(Bangor Daily News)(11-6-98) -- This was made official this morning and Craven, not Rich Bickle, will drive the #58 Ford in Japan in the team's debut. No sponsorship was announced see GoRacing for the details: Ricky Craven and SBIII Motorsports Team Up for 1999.(11-7-98)

  • Elliott Sponsor? UPDATE2 DW in the mix?? Winston Cup Today reports that Firstplus will not return to the #13 Elliott/Marino team but that Elliott has supposedly found a new sponsor to keep the team going in 1999.(11-5-98) -- hearing Tabasco may be Elliotts sponsor and if the 2nd Travis Carter team falls thru, Mast may end up in the #13. -- Now I am hearing DW-Darrell Waltrip may end up in the #13 with Tabasco, wow!(11-7-98)

  • #91 LJ Racing News: Joe Falk, owner of the #91 LJ Racing team says the team will be back in 1999. If they wind up without a sponsor again next year, they may run a limited schedule but the plan os to definitely be at Daytona in February. Falk has three potential sponsor's that will be watching them this week and feels pretty confident that something will turn up. Falk's car has out performed several fully sponsored teams throughout the year, and have done so consistently. As for the driver, Todd Bodine has a full BGN schedule, and is not expected back next year, but there are a host of driver's that want to drive the car. Falk has begun an addition to his race shop in Charlotte, that will double it's current size.(Victory Lane Online)(11-7-98)

  • Hardee's with Roush: As rumored here a few weeks ago: Hardee's Food Systems, Inc. is ready to add another chapter to its storied association with the popular sport of stock car racing. The restaurant company announced today that it had teamed with Roush Racing to promote nine NASCAR race vehicles and seven drivers, beginning with the 1999 season. The partnership gives Hardee's the opportunity to feature the drivers in a variety of marketing programs; including advertising, promotion, merchandising and packaging, see the Yahoo story at: Hardee's Gets On Track With Roush Racing.(11-7-98)

  • Facts: Bobby Labonte was the last pole sitter to win this race(1996). The pole sitter has won this race four times. Bobby Labonte holds the record for the farthest back a race winner has started, 21st in the 1997 NAPA 500.(Gordon starts 21st this year)(11-7-98)

  • Bradberry ok: Gary Bradberry had the only accident during the Cup qualifying on Friday. Bradberry spun coming out of turn four and barely hit the wall with the #78 Pilot Travel Centers Ford. He was taken to the infield care center, but was quickly treated and released.(NASCAR Online)(11-7-98)

  • 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 500 at Atlanta based on owners points: #99-Jeff Burton(5th in owners points); #3-Dale Earnhardt(8); #5-Terry Labonte(9); #43-John Andretti(11); #36-Ricky Craven(15); #94-Bill Elliott(16); and yes #35-Darrell Waltrip(champ prov). If there are two past champions, they place the first six by owners points then if there are any remaining past champs, he gets the 43rd spot, otherwise it goes to the next in line. The five teams that would miss the race if things stayed the same: #98-Rich Bickle(38); #96-Steve Grissom(43); #78-Gary Bradberry(45); #80-Andy Hillenburg(61) and #08-Harris DeVane(--). Rookie Kenny Irwin, Jr won the pole. See Jayski's Provisional Page for the Provisional and Owners Standings.(11-6-98)

  • Trickle/Spencer team up: It was just announced that Jimmy Spencer's BGN team, Spencer Motor Ventures, will field a full time effort next year with Dick Trickle as the driver and Schneider National's trucking division. Trickle currently drives the #64 Schneider National Chevrolet in the BGN.(SpencerFan Website)(11-6-98)

  • DW in Japan UPDATE Hearing Darrell Waltrip will drive in Japan, no idea what team or sponsor. -- Just saw this(in part thanks to a few readers): Kenny "Irwin won't replace teammate Dale Jarrett in the NASCAR exhibition race in Motegi, Japan, on Nov. 22, as planned. Earlier this week, he learned three-time Winston Cup champion Darrell Waltrip will drive the #88 Ford for Jarrett, who is having gallbladder surgery." See the complete story: Yates bypasses Irwin, sends Waltrip to Japan, from the Orlando Sentinel. Also the DW site has the news at:

  • Sadler in Japan: Elliott Sadler will make his #21 Wood Brothers debut(doh, not Winston Cup debut) at Japan in the #21 CITGO Ford.(RPM2Nite)(11-5-98)

  • Monte Carlo at 'dega: Jeff Gordon tested the new Chevy Monte Carlo at Talladega Wednesday with some other Chevy teams observing the test. No speeds released or comments on the new car.(WC Today Radio)(11-5-98)

  • Butch is back: Ralph's Grocery Company is announcing the formation of their 1999 NASCAR Team, for the NASCAR Winston West Racing Series. Butch Gilliland and his #1 Ford Taurus will be the Ralphs/Food 4 Less Race Team driver. Gilliland and Ralphs have agreed that in addition to racing in the NASCAR Winston West Series, they will also participate in a number of NASCAR Winston Cup Races. The new team plans to run a full season in the 1999 NASCAR Winston West Series, including 5 Winston Cup Races. They will enter the races in Las Vegas, Fontana, Sears Point, Phoenix and Indianapolis. All are local markets for the Ralphs Grocery Company and their parent company Fred Meyer with the exception of Indianapolis. Ralphs will be teaming up with Mission Foods and a number of associate sponsors for the 1999 race season in their quest for the championship.(Butch Gilliland Online and Unofficial Winston West Site.(11-5-98)

  • Kenny Bouchard will drive the Washington Erving Motorsports Dr Pepper #50 at Atlanta this Weekend. The brother of Ron Bouchard, former winner of the Talladaga 500, has found much success. In 1988 he was the Winston Cup Series "ROOKIE OF THE YEAR". Ken has over 2000 Career Victories and has over 100 Career Winston Cup, Busch Grand National and Craftsman Truck Series starts. Kenny will drive the Dr Pepper #50 for Washington Erving Motorsports at Atlanta this week for the Stihl Power Tools 300. Crew Chief Darrell Bryant and the Crew are getting everything ready for Kenny Bouchard for a good qualifying effort. It's been quoted that Ken Bouchard is "NASCAR's best kept secret".(

  • Stavola's Sponsor: As reported a week or so ago, Morgan Shepherd will drive the #8 Stavola Bros Chevy at Atlanta. The sponsor will be Nokia, a telecommunications company.(11-5-98)

  • David Green's departure from Team 34 will create some interesting scenarios in the NASCAR Busch Series, leaving one of the best rides open without a driver. One possibility has Randy Lajoie taking over the seat in the Stanley car. Lajoie was supposed to drive for James Finch in a second team to Jeff Purvis in 1999. But the deal was contingent upon finding a sponsor and Finch reportedly told Lajoie last week that a sponsor has not come through for that team yet. That leaves Lajoie open to pursue other options and the best option out there is with Team 34.(MRN's Marty Snider)(11-5-98)

  • BACE Motorsports may be without a driver for #74 car next year. Andy Michner may not be filling the seat he planned to next year. So with a new sponsor in Bayer, car owner Bill Bumgarner has decided to look elsewhere for driving help. Last week at Rockingham, Bumgarner talked to former NASCAR Busch Series champion Steve Grissom about taking over the 74 car duties for next year. Grissom has been in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series for the last three years but does not have a ride for next year. The move would make sense for both considering Grissom doesn't have any solid plans for 1999 and he would get one of the best rides in the NASCAR Busch Series. For Bumgarner he gets a proven NASCAR Busch Series driver and that former champion's provisional for his new high buck sponsor Bayer.(MRN's Marty Snider)(11-5-98)

  • It's Official: Ted Musgrave will drive the #75 Ford Taurus for Butch Mock Motorsports beginning with the 1999 season. Mock's team will run with Robert Yates Engines in '99 as a result of an alliance between Mock and Yates.(GoRacing)(11-4-98)

  • Home Depot: NASCAR has reached an agreement with The Home Depot, resulting in the retailer being named "The Official Home Improvement Warehouse of NASCAR." starting in 1999.(SpeedNet)(11-4-98)

  • Wind Tunnel? Hendrick Motorsports is considering building a wind tunnel at its complex in Harrisburg, NC. According to John Hendrick, the 30,000-square foot aerodynamic wind tunnel is still in the planning stage. If the tunnel is built, Hendrick -- which owns the Chevrolets of Jeff Gordon, Terry Labonte and Wally Dallenbach -- would be the only company with an in-house facility for testing.(Times Dispatch)(11-4-98)

  • Cutis Markham will be driving the Northstar Motorsports #89 Ford at Atlanta. Both Ashton Lewis and Crew Chief, Jamie Jones have parted ways with Northstar Motorsports, Brian Murphy will be interm Crew Chief. John Preston will attempt to qualify the #89 in Homestead, John is also the transport driver for Northstar.(11-4-98)

  • Craven back in for Irvan UPDATE Ricky Craven will sub for Ernie Irvan once again this weekend at Atlanta in the #36 Skittles Pontiac.(11-3-98) -- Also on the Skittles Page - latest, there is a Real Audio message from crew chief Ryan Pemberton saying that Ricky Craven will drive the car at Atlanta and they will come back in 1999 with Ernie.(11-4-98)

  • No Buckshot: BGN regular Buckshot Jones has decided not to enter this weekend's NAPA 500 to keep his rookie status intact for next season. Jones has run in five Winston Cup races this season -- one more and he would be ineligible for the rookie of the year title in 1999 when he moves full-time to the series. Jones had entered this weekend's race but withdrew Tuesday. He will run in Saturday's Stihl 300 Grand National race at Atlanta.(That's Racin')(11-4-98)

  • Green to the #41 - OFFICIAL: I hear David Grren has decided to take the #41 Kodiak Chevy ride and leave the #36 Stanley Tools BGN ride.(11-1-98) -- Larry Hedrick Motorsports announced Tuesday that David Green has been signed as the driver of the #41 Kodiak Chevrolet Monte Carlo for the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season.(NASCAR Online)(11-3-98)

  • Dana to the #4: Dana will be an associate sponsor on the #4 Morgan-McClure Kodak Chevy in 1999. Dana will be the primary sponsor of Bobby Hamilton's truck team in 1999.(NASCAR Today Radio) Also tire specialist Jay Cole is doing fine after spraining his ankle during the Rockingham race and will heal in the next three to four weeks. Cole is back to work and in the shop.(11-3-98)

  • More Monte Carlo News: "Richard Childress' Chevrolet team will be testing its final version of the new Monte Carlo this week at Talladega before presenting it to NASCAR officials. General Motors engineers are upset over some NASCAR template rules covering the new car's rear deck. The rear decks of both the current Monte Carlo and Taurus were the subject of considerable debate at Talladega and Daytona last month; that part of the car is very important in determining how much or how little air reaches the rear spoiler. By altering the rear deck -- or designing ''wiggle room'' into the specs -- a team can create either a high downforce rear deck that works well in traffic during the race or a low downforce rear deck that is faster but looser for qualifying."(JournalNow)(11-3-98)

  • Who is Greg Zipadelli? 'Zippy' -- as they call him in the garage -- is facing a daunting challenge over the next year as Tony Stewart's new crew chief. See the rest of the story to find out about 'Zippy' at the JournalNow: Zipadelli says he is prepared for job as Stewart's crew chief by Mike Mulhern.(11-3-98)

  • Skinner, BGN? Mike Skinner may start a BGN team in 1999 with RCR support.(JournalNow)(11-3-98)

  • 3M Announces NASCAR Busch Series Title-Sponsor Agreement With Ed Whitaker Racing. Diversified Manufacturing Company Will Use Vehicle For Product Testing During 300 Mile Race – 3M announced today that it has signed a single-race agreement to serve as the title sponsor on Randy MacDonald’s #7 Chevy for the BGN STIHL 300, scheduled for November 7, 1998 at Atlanta. MacDonald’s car is owned by Bristol, Virginia-based Ed Whitaker Racing and will carry decals for 3M products such as Thinsulate, Scotchprint Graphics, 3M Fuel System Cleaner and Filtrete Air Filtration Systems. 3M also will serve as a corporate sponsor for the Speedway Children’s Charities Dinner and Silent Auction on Friday, November 6, 1998 at the Renaissance Atlanta Hotel-Concourse.(3M PR)(11-3-98)

  • CORRECTION: Hearing Randy Renfro will drive the #84 Porter Cable Truck at Las Vegas. Doug George will return as crew chief.(11-1-98) -- Doug George will NOT be Crew Chief on the #84 truck at LVMS this weekend but will be driving a 2nd team truck #98. No sponsor as of yet.(11-3-98)

  • BGN teams will be testing NASCAR's newest proposed Daytona-Talladega shock-and-springs rules at Talladega sometime in the next two weeks. Among the keys: a limit on the size of springs (no more than 11 inches tall or 5 inches wide, to limit the ride height) and a required 40-thousandths bleed hole to keep teams from using lock-down shocks that lock the car down lower to the track and make for a harsh ride. To make the crucial 40-thousandths bleed work, however, NASCAR might have to specify the shock fluid used, to keep teams from skirting the bleed by filling the shock with sawdust.(JournalNow)(11-3-98)

  • DW resigns from Tyler Jet/Tabasco gone soon UPDATE: It was announced on TNN's Raceday that Darrell Waltrip had resigned from Tyler Jet Motorsports effective the end of the 1998 season.(Raceday) Tabasco will not return as the sponsor of the #35 Tyler Jet Motorsports Pontiac in 1999, and driver Darrell Waltrip has been given the go-ahead to pursue other opportunities for 1999, team owner Tim Beverley announced Sunday. Beverley has spoken with the heads of a few companies about sponsorship for next season for his team, and said he's optimistic about landing a sponsor soon. Should that happen, Beverley said, Waltrip is more than welcome to stay on board for next season.(NASCAR Online)(11-1-98) -- Tabasco, settled its suit with ISM Racing Corporation(Tyler Jet Motorsports) earlier this week, putting aside a dispute that put the #35 Pontiac in jeopardy earlier this season. After ISM Racing owner Tim Beverley bought the team in July, McIlhenny ceased to make its sponsor payments and sought a court injunction to have its logos stripped from the car. The lawsuit was to be heard in Federal Court in January. Under the terms of the settlement, McIlhenny will pay its share this season and Beverley will let the company out of the final two years of its contract. Beverley expects Tabasco to remain as an associate sponsor next year on the #35 car, which lacks a primary sponsor for 1999. Rich Bickle, driver of the #98 Ford, has spoken with Beverley about driving the #35 car next year.(Rea McLeroy/Times Dispatch), no word on if the team will switch back to the #17 or Chevy's in 1999.(11-2-98)

  • #4 Crew Member hurt: During an early-race pit stop, Jay Cole of Bobby Hamilton's pit crew twisted and sprained his ankle. The ankle was swelling and Cole was taken to a local hospital for precautionary X-rays to determine whether he had suffered a fracture. His condition was not known late Sunday.(That's Racin')(11-2-98)

  • 1999 Monte Carlo News: "The 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, designed and fabricated at Hendrick Motorsports, may have to undergo key changes to meet NASCAR's deck lid specifications. Hendrick Motorsports engineers and NASCAR officials have not met to discuss the final specifications. But the rear template for the Chevrolet could be the same as the template for the Ford Taurus next season. The cars wouldn't appear identical. Engineers working on the Monte Carlo said there are lots of ways to give the car unique characteristics that would make it easily identifiable. The new Monte Carlo, which is scheduled to roll out for the first Charlotte race next season, has been tested in the wind tunnel. The car will be tested today through Wednesday at Talladega Superspeedway. After those tests are completed, engineers will be ready to present their final car to NASCAR. There still are a few major alterations needed. The model is 4 inches too low, and research and development specialists are trying to find where to add the height. The problem should be resolved during testing this week."(Rea McLeroy/Times Dispatch)(11-2-98)

  • Unleaded Fuel, NOT? I am hearing that the BGN series will not use unleaded fuel in 1999 and that the Cup series will not switch.(11-2-98)

  • Irwin ROTY? Kevin Lepage's problems in yesterday's AC Delco 400 all but assured Kenny Irwin of NASCAR's 1998 rookie-of-the-year award. The NASCAR rookie committee will meet next weekend at Atlanta and be prepared to make an announcement immediately after Sunday's race.(JournalNow) See Jayski's Misc Stats for the unofficial standings race-by-race and the rules.(11-2-98)

  • Provisional Changes: NASCAR officials are considering more changes in the guidelines for race provisionals next season, including limiting the number of times a driver can use the past champion provisional.(JournalNow)(11-2-98)

  • Cup to go Unleaded? NASCAR's plans to go with unleaded gas at Daytona next season is drawing mixed comment among engine builders. NASCAR is pushing for the unleaded gas as part of a proposed media marketing program with Unocal that will let the gas company advertise some of its pump gas as 'the same stuff NASCAR drivers use.'(JournalNow)(11-2-98)

  • Rules changes? Cup teams should know today or Tuesday if NASCAR will change aerodynamic rules for Sunday's race at Atlanta. Rumor has the NASCAR raising the rear spoilers 1 1/2 inches and lowering the front air dam 1 1/2 inches, to make the cars handle better in the corners.(JournalNow), and Two sources close to the situation said Sunday it was high unlikely NASCAR would institute any change in the spoiler size on Winston Cup cars before next Sunday's NAPA 500 at Atlanta. There had been much speculation in recent weeks NASCAR would make a rule change to allow teams to add spoiler size to all three makes of cars before season's end.(That's Racin')(11-2-98)

  • Jason Keller and the #57 Progressive Motorsports team will be sponsored in Atlanta by Stihl.(MRM)(11-2-98)

  • Grissom to finish in #96: Steve Grissom will close out the 1998 season driving the #96 Chevrolet in next Sunday's NAPA 500 at Atlanta.(That's Racin' and The Williams Co)(11-2-98)

  • Rules Changes for Atlanta: NASCAR officials are informing the Winston Cup teams of a rules change that will take effect with Sunday's race at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway. The rules change effectively eliminates the "five-and-five" rule from earlier this season, giving the cars more rear spoiler. All three car makes will have higher rear spoilers and longer front air dams. The Ford Taurus will have a rear spoiler size of 6.25 inches (front air dam of 3.5 inches); Chevrolet Monte Carlo 6.5 inches (3.5 inches); and Pontiac Grand Prix 6.875 inches (3.5 inches). In addition, all models will be required to maintain a minimum rear spoiler angle of 65 degrees throughout the Atlanta weekend.The Williams Co)(11-2-98)

  • Manufacturers Championship: It's pretty simple: If a Ford wins at Atlanta the Ford wins the Manufacturer Championship, if Chevy wins at Atlanta they win it. Ok What happens if Pontiac wins, Ford is second and Chevy is third? Ford and Chevy would be in a tie with 235 points and 15 wins, which is the first tiebreaker. The next tiebreaker is the number of second-place finishes. Ford has 20 and Chevy has eight, so the tie and the championship would go to Ford.(11-2-98)

  • Look for Mike Stefanik to make an announcment, in mid October, about coming to the BGN with a full time ride in 1999(9-23-98) -- didn't happen(11-2-98)

  • I am hearing that the BGN series will not use unleaded fuel in 1999 and that the Cup series will not switch.(11-2-98)

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