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PAST NEWS JANUARY 11-17, 1999


(1-17-1999)
  • LaJoie part-time for Irvan UPDATE: I hear a Connecticut newspaper reported that Randy LaJoie will drive the #14 Irvan-Simo Federated Auto Parts Ford in six Cup races - I also hear LaJoie wrecked on or the Cup cars in the recent Texas test(1-17-1999)

  • DW's Crew Chief: Donnie Disharoon will be Darrell Waltrip's crew chief in the #66 Big Kmart Ford(NASCAR Online)(1-17-1999)

  • New Associate for the #78? UPDATE: Am hearing that PHARB Hangover Relief will be an associate sponsor for the #78 Pilot Travel Centers Ford and driver Gary Bradberry. They have a pretty cool website at www.pharbworld.com but no mention yet of this.(1-12-1999) -- Hut Stricklin comes on board for the time being as crew chief for the #78 Pilot Travel Centers Triad Motorsports Ford and driver Gary Bradberry until he is able to find a ride(Gary Bradberry Site)(1-14-1999) -- The #78 Triad Motorsports team and driver Gary Bradberry will have PHARB Hangover Relief as a co-sponsor with Pilot. And as reported a while back, Hut Stricklin will serve as Team Manager and Crew Chief, and the team will use Yates engines(NASCAR Online)(1-17-1999)

  • The 1st four IROC drivers: True Value Press Release - for Immediate Release: "NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Jeff Gordon, Indy Racing League Champion Kenny Brack, IROC Champion/Winston Cup driver Mark Martin, and CART's Championship Series driver Greg Moore are the first four drivers to accept invitations to compete in the 1999 True Value International Race of Champions." IROC President Jay Signore said more drivers will be announced within a week(Nancy-StockCarFans Correspondent)(1-15-1999)


    (1-15-1999)
  • Hendrick Returns: AP story at the WRAL site - Rick Hendrick Back in Charge of Race Team and Rick Hendrick made his first public appearance today since Dec. 31, 1997 when he was sentenced to house arrest. Hendrick is still fighting leukemia and continues to get chemotherapy treatments. Nice to have ya back Mr Hendrick(1-15-1999)

  • Sad News: Thomas W. Binford, Former USAC President, Dead at 74 (WRAL)(1-15-1999)

  • Pro Motors PR: Pro-Motor Engineering Powers Nadeau to "Lead Draft" At Daytona International Speedway. Wrapping up two days of testing (1/12-13/1999) in preparation for the Feb. 14, NASCAR Winston Cup season-opening Daytona 500, Pro-Motor Engineering (PME) engines powered Jerry Nadeau to post the second and third quickest lap times of the test sessions. The Daytona test sessions helped PME owner Peter Guild get a baseline on his engine's performances. Beyond powering Melling Racing machines on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit, PME also builds engines for Travis Carter Racing. Teammates on Carter's team, three-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Darrell Waltrip and Jimmy Spencer, posted consistent lap times in the 24-car testing field. PME has been building engines for NASCAR teams since 1986. Extending beyond the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, PME also crafts engines for teams on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Guild's engines have had several significant accomplishments on the track, including Ricky Rudd's 1997 Brickyard 400 win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He is hoping for even greater achievements this season(1-15-1999)

  • Tyler Jet sponsor signed? Hearing that Tyler Jet Motorsports has signed with Lucky Dog Phone card(AT&T) and will be promoting "10-10-345". The driver is Rich Bickle and the rumored number is #45(1-15-1999)

  • LJ Racing Stuff for sale: No not the team, but LJ Racing T-shirts and hats. Check it out at the LJ Racing site(1-15-1999)

  • Bessey in Cup: A full-time driver in the BGN, Joe Bessey said that he will run a second team car to the #60 Power Team and Geoffrey Bodine in the first Cup race, at Loudin, NH(NASCAR Online)(1-15-1999)


    (1-14-1999)
  • New Associates for Childress: Dale Earnhardt announced two associate sponsors for the #3 Richard Childress Winston Cup car -- camouflage maker Realtree and chicken products producer Perdue Farms. Earnhardt is a chicken farmer, raising over 4.5 million chickens a year, exclusively for Perdue Farms(GoRacing)(1-14-1999)

  • Pressley to the CTS UPDATE: Robert Pressley, who drives the #77 Jasper Engines Ford in Cup, will also race 4-6 Truck races in 1999, no team or sponsor mentioned(WC Today Radio)(1-4-1999) -- Robert Pressley said he has nothing solid going in terms of a part-time ride in the Truck Series or the Busch Series for 1999(1-14-1999)

  • Ford Daytona Test Session 2, Day 2 Speeds: Much faster today. Rusty Wallace was fastest again at 193.129mph. Dale Jarrett was 2nd at 192.139 and Jerry Nadeau still fast was 3rd at 192.082. See the speeds from the 2nd and final Ford Daytona test at That's Racin' - Testing Speeds(1-13-1999) -- NASCAR had their chassis dyno there for the teams to use. Jack Roush brought his own dyno(StockCarFans Newsletter)(1-14-1999)

  • Roush Moving UPDATE: Geoff Smith, President of Roush Racing, announced Monday at the Motorsports Business Symposium that all of the Roush Racing operations will be moved to a new 100-acre site 1 1/2 miles north of the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The team plans to consolidate all of their WCS/BGN/CTS teams and operations. Plans are for approx 14 buildings, each able to house two teams. No idea about the current motor program which is based in Livonia, Michigan and if it will be moved to Charlotte. No date mentioned for the move(a few sources)(1-12-1999) -- Jack Roush has announced (confirmed actually, SCR had a story on this months ago) that he will consolidate his racing operations on a tract of land he purchased in Concord, NC, just up HWY. 29 from the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Initially the complex will house at least 15 facilities each capable of housing two Winston Cup teams. An interesting feature of the development is an oval track (they call it slightly banked, like Michigan maybe?) will surround the facility to be used for what is described as "shakedown runs". Plans are to have at least some of the Roush teams in the new facility at the end of 1999(StockCarRacing Magazine)(1-14-1999)

  • Ut-oh Two Division talk again by Bruton UPDATE 2: TWO DIVISIONS? Charlotte Motor Speedway owner Bruton Smith continues to champion the idea of dividing Winston Cup racing into two divisions as the answer to increasing pressure to expand the circuit's schedule. Smith would have one circuit in the eastern part of the United States and the other in the west on any given Sunday. Both divisions would have their events televised, one right after the other, similar to an NFL doubleheader. Such a plan would allow 60-70 events per season, Smith said. Sponsors could be found because more teams would have the opportunity for good finishes, and the increased number of teams would create more opportunities for drivers to develop into stars. Smith admits there would be obstacles, most notably the absence of half of the sport's best drivers at any one event. See the complete story, notes and Smith quotes at That's Racin' - Top rookie from '98 glad it's '99(1-12-1999) -- Story and notes at the Times-Dispatch on this : Is there split on the horizon for NASCAR? / Smith suggests using two divisions by Rea McLeroy and a story at The Tennessean(1-13-1999) -- ...France also ruled out the widely rumored notion that NASCAR would split its popular Winston Cup Series into two divisions to hold more races at more tracks. See the complete Las Vegas Sun article at - NASCAR won't add 2nd race at LVMS(link fixed, thanks Matt)(1-14-1999)


    (1-13-1999)
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr Cup Schedule: Little E will make his Winston Cup debut at the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte in May. The other FOUR races he will run are Loudon on July 11th; Michigan on Aug 22nd; Talladega on Oct 17th; and Atlanta on Nov 21st(AP story at WRAL site - Earnhardt Jr. to Make Winston Cup Debut in May), ALSO, NASCAR Online has a great image of the #8 Bud car on their front page, the TNN Motorsports site has some great images too(1-13-1999)

  • Matt was close: Another member of the Martin family came close to victory this week, as Matt Martin, the seven-year-old son of Winston Cup star Mark Martin, finished second in a quarter-midget race held near Orlando, FL recently(That'sRacin')(1-13-1999)

  • #81 and confusion? When the Pinnacle Group bought the FILMAR Racing No. 81 team a few weeks ago, it planned to run driver Morgan Shepherd and an unidentified insurance group sponsor for the full schedule. However, the group reportedly learned that it had only bought 55 percent of the team -- Filbert Martocci's share -- and the sponsorship was in question. Yesterday, co-owner Gil Martin said he had never spoken with Martocci or any of the principles involved, but that he had reluctantly agreed to sell his share(Times-Dispatch)(1-13-1999)

  • Bahari Sponsor Announcement UPDATE 3 it's official: The #30 Bahari Racing Team will make a formal announcement that Sara Lee will sponsor the #30 Pontiac and Derrike Cope on January 12th at a press conference in Charlotte(NSSN)(1-9-1999) -- actually it will be at the Adams Mark Hotel in Charlotte(1-10-1999) -- see the iRACE story at Bahari to announce Sara Lee sponsorship --Jimmy Dean, Bryan, State Fair and Rudy's Farm will be the Sara Lee products promoted on the #30 Pontiac in 1999. Jimmy Dean for 19 races(including the Daytona 400); Bryan for 8 races(first at the Rock in Feb); State Fair Corn Dogs for 6 races and the Winston Open(1st at Vegas); and Rudy's Farm will appear once, in the season-ending NAPA 500. Each paint scheme was revealed and is on the Day Two of the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour section.(NASCAR Online)(1-12-1999) Also check out the images at the Official Derrike Cope site(1-13-1999)

  • Ford Daytona Test Session 2 Day 1 Speeds: The top speed of the day was #2-Rusty Wallace at 191.984mph with Jerry Nadeau in the #9 Melling Ford, right behind him at 191.144mph, see the rest of the speeds at NASCAR Online - Tuesday Testing Speeds(1-13-1999)

  • In case anyone was wondering: Dan Pardus(who will drive the #50 Chevy in 1999) tested Mark Gibson's #59 Ford at Daytona on Tuesday as Gibson stayed home in bed Tuesday battling a case of kidney stones. Pardus and Gibson are friends.(Speed Magazine), Gibson returned to the track Wednesday and tested the #59 Ford(1-13-1999)

  • Philly Auto Show, Gordon: Holding the rapt attention of more than 1,100 zealots packed into a conference suite, the speaker could have been an ordained minister preaching to his flock or a polished politician reaching out to his constituents. Instead, it was Jeff Gordon, a three-time Winston Cup champion, who mesmerized a crowd of racing fans during an appearance yesterday at the Convention Center for the Philadelphia International Auto Show(he was there despite just having 4 wisdom teeth removed last week). See the story at the Philadelphia Inquirer site - When it's good to be tireless(StockCarFans Newsletter Heads Up)(1-13-1999)

  • Jones Sponsor: The #00 cars Buckshot Jones will drive will have Crown Fiber Corp. across the hood -- the company owned by his father(That's Racin'/David Poole)(1-13-1999)

  • Forget Gordon, Robbie that is: see the CNN/SI story Robby Gordon forms own CART team and will attempt the Indy 500(1-13-1999)


    (1-12-1999)
  • Buckshot New Crewchief: The #00 Buckshot Racing team has promoted former crew chief Ricky Pearson to General Manager of their Cup and BGN teams and named Tony Barclay it's Cup crew chief. Barclay has been with the team since 1994, serving as a fabricator and spotter(NASCAR Online)(1-12-1999)

  • LJ Racing loses crew chief, again: John Birosh, hired last week to be the crew chief of the #91 LJ Racing Chevy and driver Steve Grissom, has left the team. Birosh want to move back home to New York and be close to his family. Owner, Joe Falk now needs to find a crew chief as well as a primary sponsor(MRN's Marty's two cents)(1-12-1999)

  • #98 Update 2: Team owner Cale Yarborough has a new investor for the team which will have Rick Mast as the driver and Michael McSwain as the crew chief. The investor is South Carolina car dealer Wayne Burdett(sp). Also the #98 Ford will carry the Budweiser colors for the Bud Shootout. Why? Because the #25 Budweiser Chevy will not be in the race and Rick Mast won a pole in 1998 and is eligible to run the race(TNN's Raceday)(1-10-1999) -- but sources at Hendrick Motorsports are looking to possible put an eligible driver in the #25 Bud Chevy for the race(WC Today Radio)(1-12-1999)

  • The 1999 ½ Monte Carlo: Some notes from MRN's page, see link at end of story - Chevrolet teams have been waiting and waiting for their 1999 Monte Carlo to get approved and it finally appears as though it might happen as early as this week. Monday, Chevrolet and NASCAR officials met in Daytona to apparently make the final revisions and approvals for the new Monte Carlo templates. One NASCAR official said that teams may get templates as early as Friday of this week. Teams will then finally be able to start producing their own Monte Carlos. Then they have wind tunnel tests, track testing and changes to the spoliers and air dams once data is secured. One person said the car looks similar to the Licoln Continental Tim Brewer built for John Andretti a few years because there is a hump in the middle of the rear deck lid(MRN's Marty's two cents), have heard the car will debut in the Coca-Cola 600 in May(1-12-1999)


    (1-11-1999)
  • Bodine Sponsor? UPDATE No idea what this means, but I thought Geoff Bodine and Power Team were set - "Geoff Bodine -- well, he wants to be called Geoffrey now -- also returns, this time with the new Joe Bessey team. Also searching for a sponsor, the team makes its first appearance at the Daytona 500."(Times-Dispatch) -- Heard from PowerTeam, as follows: "There is absolutely no basis to the report that the #60 team of Bessey Motorsports and Geoffrey Bodine is looking for a sponsor. There is a three year deal in place, starting with the Daytona race for the FULL 34 Cup race schedule(not limited as reported on Inside NASCAR Sunday), for Geoffrey to drive the #60 Power Team-sponsored car in Winston Cup competition. Power Team also has a contract to sponsor Joe Bessey in a full schedule of Busch Series racing for 1999. Any reports to the contrary are false and totally incorrect."(PowerTeam PR) - so that solves that!(1-11-1999)

  • Hendrick Sponsor: Advance Auto Parts has signed on as an associate sponsor for 1999 for Jeff Gordon and the #24 DuPont team. In addition, another new paint scheme will likely be unveiled on the #24 car at Charlotte in May (most likely for 'The Winston'). Hear that it will be called "Splash"(Gordonline), in addition Advance will be on the #5 Kelloggs Chevy and #25 Bud Chevy(1-11-1999)

  • Big Daddy's BBQ News UPDATE: Echo Resources Inc. Changes Name To Big Daddy's BBQ Racing Co, Promotes BBQ Sauce Products and Racing Souvenirs Through Sponsorship Of NASCAR Winston Cup Race Team, see the company release at - Yahoo - Big Daddy's(1-9-1999) -- Big Daddy's BBQ and Enerjetix Motorsports have agreed to merge their resources to form Big Daddy's BBQ Racing Co (OTC BB: ECOX). It was also announced that Richard J. Balestrieri will become the new President of the Big Daddy's BBQ Racing program(Big Daddy's BBQ PR), see my BGN/CTS Page for more news!(1-11-1999)

  • T.R.I.X. Racing news: Plans have been finalized for T.R.I.X. Racing to joint venture with Norm Benning and Benning Racing for Daytona Speedweeks 1999. Driver Norm Benning has joined forces with T.R.I.X. Racing to put the #79 Winston Cup Chevrolet Monte Carlo on the starting grid for this years Daytona 500 on February 14, 1999. The team is looking for sponsorship. Norm and the Benning Racing ARCA Series #84 will return to Daytona for the running of the 36th annual Daytona ARCA FirstPlus Financial 200 on Sunday, February 7, 1999. Norm Benning is coming off a successful 8th place finish in the 1998 ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series Championship points standings. Norm hopes to continue the momentum with a solid finish in Daytona and into his 1999 Championship run(T.R.I.X. Racing Site)(1-11-1999)

  • Pardus Tests: ROTY Candidate Dan Pardus tested his #50 Midwest Transit Chevy at Lakeland(FL) recently trying to get his short-track program prepared for the upcoming season(Speed Magazine)(1-11-1999)


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