• NASCAR Rules for 1999: Per last weeks Winston Cup Scene - It appears the larger size spoliers used at Atlanta and Japan will be used in 1999. The exact size of the spoliers has not been determined yetThe proposed rule that would limit the number of crew a team can take to the track has been shelved until 2000 but NASCAR still favors imposing some sort of limit in the future, enforcing it will be the problem(12-20-98)

  • Heavenly Bodies Tim Weaver, owner of Heavenly Bodies, has broken ground on a new 3,200-sq. ft. facility in Statesville, N.C., which will house his racing sheetmetal hanging and fabrication business. The new shop will allow Heavenly Bodies to better accommodate its customers, including Butch Mock Motorsports and Elliott Racing. Prior to opening Heavenly Bodies, Weaver worked for Geoff Bodine Racing, Doug Taylor Motorsports and J&J Racing. Weaver relocated from western N.Y. to North Carolina in 1994 following a successful NASCAR Winston Racing Series career in the Late Model Stock division at Holland (N.Y.) Speedway.(Tim Weaver/John Bisci PR)(12-20-98)

  • ESPY's: Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt and, Mark Martin, have been nominated to receive 1999 ESPY Awards. The winners of the 1999 ESPY Awards -- given by ESPN for a variety of sports-related categories -- will be announced at 8pm/et Feb. 15 on ESPN. Gordon, has been nominated for three separate awards: Male Athlete of the Year, Showstopper of the Year and Auto Racing Performer of the Year. In the first category, Gordon will go up against baseball sluggers Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa and NBA star Michael Jordan. Gordon and Martin, both received nominations for Auto Racing Performer of the Year. Earnhardt received an ESPY nomination for Dramatic Individual Performance of the Year by winning his first Daytona 500 in February. Earnhardt will go up against baseball stars David Wells and Kerry Wood and college running back Ricky Williams, this year's Heisman Trophy winner(That's Racin')(12-19-98)

  • Slugger back: Richard 'Slugger' Labbe has returned to Hendrick Motorsports. Last Monday Labbe was hired as chief mechanic for the #25 Budweiser team and driver Wally Dallenbach(Marty's Two Cents-MRN)(12-18-98)

  • #28 Team Moves: The RYR #28 Texaco team will be moving closer to the Charlotte Motor Speedway. After considering several places team owner Robert Yates has settled on buying Stacey Compton's old NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series shop. The shop has a total of 12,000 square feet, which will provide room for about eight cars one team member estimates. The shop does not have a paint booth so the team will have to send cars down I-85 to the main Yates shop to have any repair work or painting done(Marty's Two Cents-MRN)(12-18-98)

  • Irvan/Simo to Cup/BGN? YEP UPDATE 2: I am hearing that in a unique marketing move, Federated Auto Parts will campaign in three NASCAR venues in 1999. The Staunton, Va based sponsor announced today that they will enter 8 Cup, 3 BGN and 6 Craftsman Truck races for next year in addition to sponsoring the truck race at Nashville for the fourth year. Truck driver Boris Said will compete in 3 truck races and 2 Cup races, all road course venues. Ernie Irvan will handle the driving chores in 3 BGN and 3 CTS. The rest of the oval Cup race driver duties will be decided shortly. The big picture here is to get set up for a possible full-time Cup effort in perhaps...2000(Racin' with Russ), this means they will not race a full truck schedule in 1999 and I am not looking to speculate what Irvan's plans are for 2000.(12-16-98) -- Complete story at NASCAR Online: Irvan-Simo Racing branches out. Ok folks, keep this straight -- Ernie Irvan will run three BGN races in a Chevy: Michigan, Dover and Richmond(spring events). Irvan will also run truck races at Martinsville, Richmond and possibly Fontana. Irvan-Simo will run eight Cup events, with Boris Said driving a Ford at Sears Point and Watlins Glen and possibly Texas. The driver for the other five events at Fontana, Indy, NHIS, Charlotte and Homestead is not known at present. Said would also drive the Ford truck at Portland, Heartland Park(KS), Nashville and Fontana. Jerry Baxter will be the crew cheif for the Cup and Truck events, no crew chief named for the BGN effort. Have heard no car or truck #'s mentioned. I assume the #28 or #44 will be used in the trucks. All teams sponsored by Federated Auto Parts(no news on the site about this yet)(12-17-98) -- Irvan will run the three BGN events in a Pontiac supplied by Hensley Motorsports(WC Today)(12-18-98)

  • Irvan/Simo Rolex 24: I hear the entry list for the Daytona Rolex 24 Hour Race has Ernie Irvan listed as a driver along with Boris Said, Mark and Brian Simo in one of the GT3 BMWs campaigned by Prototype Technology Group and Yokohama. Car #6.(12-18-98)

  • More Mike Harmon info: In a Birmingham News story - Birmingport's Harmon will drive Donlavey's Ford(12-17-98)

  • Junie announcement UPDATE 3 Big Daddy's! and driver: Long-time car Cup owner Junie Donlavey(#90 Ford) has a press conference scheduled for noon Wednesday in Richmond to announce his plans for the 1999 Winston Cup season(That's Racin') -- Donlavey said Dick Trickle would not return as his driver. Should the sponsorship deal go through Tuesday night, Donlavey said it would be a different driver, one that hasn't participated in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series on a regular basis previously. It would be a full-year deal with a rookie driver. Donlavey said he has not named a crew chief for the team as of yet. If and when the sponsorship deal is finalized, he said, he'll concentrate on that(NASCAR Online) -- Veteran NASCAR Winston Cup car owner Junie Donlavey is expected to announce a new primary sponsor -- Big Daddy's -- at a press conference to be held Wednesday in Richmond, VA. Big Daddy's is a major producer of Bar-B-Que(and an advertiser of this site) sauce, spices and meat products. Motorsports has also learned the team will make a surprise driver announcement naming short-track veteran Mike Harmon as the pilot of the #90 Ford Taurus(TNN's Motorsports Site)(12-15-98) -- It's official, see NASCAR Online at Big Daddy's backing Donlavey in 50th year, by the way Harmon is Junie's 68th driver in the Cup series.(12-16-98) -- see an update on this story at the Times-Dispatch: Big Daddy's signs on with Donlavey's team(12-17-98)

  • Who is Mike Harmon? Mike Harmon will drive the Winston Cup car in 1999 for Richmond-based NASCAR owner Junie Donlavey. OK, that's great but....who is he and what has he done? From the Times-Dispatch story today - Harmon, who turns 41 in January, spent the past seven seasons competing in NASCAR All Pro Series, BGN and short-track races. He ran 11 All Pro races in 1998 and a full schedule in 1997. He will be a candidate for 1999 Winston Cup rookie of the year. Harmon approached Donlavey in July and hammered out his deal with a sponsor earlier this month. Harmon learned the sport at the Fairgrounds Raceway in Birmingham, AL, the track that produced NASCAR standouts Bobby Allison, Davey Allison, Neil Bonnett and Red Farmer. He won a pair of track championships there and one at the Heart of Dixie track, also in Alabama. The Birmingport native has always run cars out of his hometown shop. Harmon posted one top-five and two top-10 finishes on the All-Pro circuit last season. In 1997, he closed the season fifth in points with nine top five finishes. He ran seven BGN races in a row in 1996 before his sponsor bailed out of the deal and ended his season prematurely.(Times-Dispatch/TNN), also found a page about Harmon at the Unofficial Birmingham International Raceway Site: Mike Harmon, no stats, but an images and a story.(12-16-98)

  • #75 Crew Chief: Jon Wolfe has been named the crew chief of the #75 Remington Ford owned by Butch Mock. Troy Selberg was named the Team Mgr a few months ago. Wolfe comes from the Joe Gibbs Racing team where he was the assistant crew chief to Jimmy Makar(WC Today Radio)(12-15-98)

  • Bessey/Bodine/PowerTeam UPDATE 4: I hear that Joe Bessey is going to operate a Cup team and Geoff Bodine will drive for him in the # 60 Powerteam WC Chevy for the 1999 season. Joe Bessey will continue to drive the #6 Powerteam Chevy in the BGN in 1999. I also hear they signed the deal on Wednesday(12-12-98) -- The team has bought the #96 Buzz McCall equipment and will work out of the old #96 shop, I also hear their will be an announcement on TNN's Raceday today(11am/et) -- It's official, Geoffrey Bodine(not Geoff) will drive the #60 Power Team Chevy in 1999 and will test at Daytona in January. Jim Long, who was with the Stavola's #8 team will be the crew chief for the team(TNN's Raceday), good report on North East Racing(12-13-98) -- In addition to Bodine's 34-event 1999 Winston Cup campaign, the team will field a car for Bessey in five Winston Cup events next season(TNN's Motorsports Page), no images yet but the Cup car looks the same as the BGN car but it's #60.(12-14-98) -- Check out the RPM2Nite chat with Bodine at Bodine has new name, new ride(thanks Jim)(12-15-98)

  • #33 Crew Chief UPDATE: Sammy Johns will be crew chief of the #33 Andy Petree owned Skoal Chevy and driver Kenny Schrader in 1999. Petree feels he cannot handle all the duties of being an owner and a crew chief, plus will have to watch over his new 2nd team with Kenny Wallace. Johns comes from the #96 Caterpillar team which has been widely rumored to be selling out or closing shop after the 1999 season.(in part from the JournalNow)(10-18-98) -- Officially announced today, Sam Johns will bw the crew chief on the #33 Skoal Chevy driven by Ken Schrader and owned by Andy Petree(NASCAR Online)(12-14-98)

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