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PAST NEWS JANUARY 18-24, 1999


(1-23-1999)
  • Bud Moore returns: Bud Moore Racing will return for the Daytona 500 with Jeff Green driving the #15 unsponsored Ford. The team is looking for a sponsor at least for the Daytona 500(NASCAR Online)(1-23-1999)

  • Winner of the 1999 Daytona 500 - is guaranteed $1.1 million of the over $8 million purse million(NASCAR Online)(1-23-1999)


    (1-22-1999)
  • The Buckshot/UPS Rumor....um, no: I hear a Wilkes-Barre, PA TV station reported a RUMOR that Buckshot Jones had a sponsorship deal all wrapped up with UPS (United Parcel Service), and they sent the contract to him to be signed, and it was shipped back to UPS, using Federal Express, so they pulled the $4 million dollar deal. So I made a few inquiries and - Response from team owner Billy Jones: "We have also heard these rumors. If Buckshot Racing Team had been given a contract from UPS, we would not have UPS'd it or Fedex'ed it - we would have put on our jogging suits and ran it over to UPS personally. As much as we would like to have received a contract offer from UPS, we have not. However with Daytona right around the corner, we would of course love to have one." Enough said, bad rumor ended(1-22-1999)

  • Gibson Sponsor: Veteran ARCA driver Mark Gibson has announced a deal with Hollywood Video to sponsor his bid to make the Daytona 500 in 1999. He will pilot the #59 Hollywood Video Ford Taurus. Gibson has started two previous Winston Cup races. As well as attempting to make the Daytona 500, Mark Gibson will also launch his 1999 bid to claim the ARCA BONDO-MARHYDE driving title in the #59 JANI- KING FORD beginning with the ARCA 200 at Daytona.(Mark Gibson Site PR)(1-22-1999)

  • No Bull 5: Five NASCAR Winston Cup Series drivers each have a new No. 1 fan, thanks to the million-dollar Winston No Bull 5 "They Win, You Win" sweepstakes. Contest finalists Charles Fodor, Ritchie Gregory, Ray Grimm, Jennifer McCann and Kevin Settle took part in a ceremony on Saturday (1/16) at the 1999 T. Wayne Robertson NASCAR Winston Cup Preview that paired each with one of the five drivers eligible to win the Winston No Bull 5 million-dollar bonus at the season-opening Daytona 500. See complete story at: Winston No Bull 5 Pairings Set for Daytona 500(GoRacing)(1-20-1999) -- Who are the No-Bull drivers? What are the tracks? Rules? See Jayski's Misc Stats Page for info(1-22-1999)

  • 75 Years of Wheaties Champions: Over the past 75 years, Wheaties has honored champion athletes on its cereal packages. The www.wheaties.com web site gives you the opportunity to see 75 of these packages. You can also find out how to vote for your favorite Wheaties Champion of all time(got to buy some Wheaties). Auto Racing Drivers up for the vote are: Wilbur Shaw(Indy); Dale Earnhardt(NASCAR); Richard Petty(NASCAR). Why no Jeff Gordon? He is sponsored by Kelloggs(1-22-1999)

  • #81 Team: Have heard nothing concreate on the Pinnacle Motorsports team or Morgan Shepherd. One rumor has the sponsorship falling thru and the team is not ready to go racing(1-22-1999)


    (1-21-1999)
  • Hendrick returns to the track: Rick Hendrick made his first appearance at Daytona in a couple of years as he attended testing Wednesday in a show of support for his three Cup teams(#'s 5,24,25)(WC Today Radio)(1-21-1999)

  • Hoover Motorsports: Hover Motersports is testing at Talladaga on Thursday. Andy Hillenburg will test the #80 Ford and drive both the ARCA and Cup races at Daytona. The addition on the shop is finally under way (bad weather) and will be appox. 13000 sq ft,and sits on 23 acers 1.5 miles south of High Rock Lake, south Salisbury NC(1-21-1999)

  • Roehrig Cup Team: CTS Owner Kurt Roehrig has a four-race NASCAR Winston Cup Series program ready to go backed by water heater manufacturer Bradford White Corp. of Ambler, Pa. Tom Hubert, who was employed by Roehrig as a shop foreman before the California native set out to establish a driving career, is set to drive no less than two of the four races, at Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., and Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the #19 Ford(NASCAR Online)(1-21-1999)

  • RaceCar College: Freddie Query is back in school, this time as a chassis instructor, for RaceCar College. And that's good news for those who want to learn, as Professor Query tells all, this weekend ( January 23, 24 ) during RaceCar College's second session of the month at the Durham Marriott in Raleigh-Durham North Carolina. Dick Anderson, Florida's all time winningest driver, joined Query January 9 -10 in Orlando. Teamed with other notable racing professionals this awesome dual shared their speed secrets and wealth of winning experience with an enrollment of enthusiastic racecar mechanics, crew chiefs, drivers, and car owners. " It's great being able to share with these racers, they're hungry to learn." commented Query during a break in the session. The popularity of motorsports is exploding in this country and around the globe. There is an abundance of driving schools but what avenues exist for the newcomer or the up-and-comer to learn how to avoid costly mistakes, race safe, enjoy the sport, or make their dreams come true. "RaceCar College is here to provide a vehicle for meeting this great need." Explains Pete Orr, Dean of the College. "Just think about how many professional stock car racing teams will compete full time in 1999. Where is all the talent coming from? It takes experience to work on these teams. And experience takes time and opportunity." Orr continues, " RaceCar College brings together some of the best experience in the business at one time to provide opportunity for its students to get an edge through learning. We're proud to have Freddie on our team." Query dominated the NASCAR Slim Jim series with 9 wins, 4 poles, and the 1998 Championship Title to land a NASCAR Busch Series ride for '99. RaceCar College winter courses are scheduled for Raleigh-Durham, Atlanta, Chicago, and Orlando. For more information, call the school at 800 882-7231.(RaceCar College PR)(1-21-1999)


    (1-20-1999)
  • GM Test Speeds final day: Wednesday speeds are in for the GM testing at Daytona: fastest was #24-Jeff Gordon 192.452mph, 2nd was Kyle Petty(wow!), followed by #25-Wally Dallenbach; #22-Ward Burton and #5-Terry Labonte. See the speeds at That's Racin': GM Testing at Daytona - Wednesday Results(1-20-1999)

  • Tim Flock Honored: Tim Flock, won championships in NASCAR's top division in 1952 and 1955, was remembered Wednesday night as the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame held its annual induction. Flock was actually inducted into the hall in an informal ceremony at his Charlotte home early last year, a few days before he died after being diagnosed with cancer.(That's Racin')(1-20-1999)


    (1-19-1999)
  • Hussey new gig UPDATE: Chris Hussey, the former crew chief of the #22 Pontiac has replaced Dale Inman as the team manager at Petty Enterprises(NASCAR Online)(1-17-1999) -- CORRECTION on this story, It was reported incorrectly here that Chris Hussey had been hired to replace Dale Inman. Hussey is working for the STP team and Dale Inman has retired but Hussey has not taken over Dale's position, he will be taking over Inmans's job as spotter for the #43(1-19-1999)

  • Vegas Testing: Bobby Labonte(#18), Tony Stewart(#20), Sterling Marlin(#40), Joe Nemechek(#40) and Kenny Wallace(#55) tested at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last week. Nemechek posted the fastest unofficial lap speed of 166.02 mph in his BellSouth Chevrolet while Stewart was second fastest at 165.73 mph in The Home Depot Pontiac. The top qualifying speed for last year's inaugural Las Vegas 400 was 168.224 mph, set by pole sitter Dale Jarrett(Concord Monitor)(1-19-1999)

  • Gordon Driver of the Year: On Sunday, Jeff Gordon’s dash to the 1998 NASCAR Winston Cup title was rewarded with the Richard Petty Driver of the Year Award. A 13-win, $9 million season earned Gordon the honor, which is given by the National Motorsports Press Association(Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer-Times)(1-19-1999)

  • Ut-oh Trouble with the #90? NOPE UPDATE 2: There appears to be some trouble with the Big Daddy's BBQ sponsorship announced last month for the No. 90 Fords owned by Junie Donlavey. A NASCAR source said Donlavey gave the sponsor this weekend as a deadline to make the first payment on the deal. Rookie driver Mike Harmon was scheduled to appear at a luncheon at the NMPA convention on Sunday, but he was a no-show.(That's Racin') -- Contract was signed Friday, final details were worked out; both parties signed Friday, all parties and everything going forward; Mark Harmon's no show had no bearing on the contract details; also it is noted that other rookies did not show up either. Confirm CONTRACT WAS SIGNED FRIDAY. Source talked to Junie at 11:55 CDT and he said "Contract signed with Big Daddys Friday!" Everything is a go.(1-18-1999)(1-18-1999) -- Talk last weekend about possible problems with the sponsorship for Junie Donlavey's Winston Cup team was apparently unfounded. Big Daddy's BBQ and Donlavey, the veteran Cup team owner based in Richmond, finalized details of their 1999 deal on Friday and everything appears to be set for the year ahead. Mike Harmon will drive the #90 Fords beginning with the Daytona 500 on Feb. 14.(That's Racin')(1-19-1999)

  • GM Test Speeds: The last Daytona 500 testing session will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday and the Tuesday speeds are in - fastest was #24-Jeff Gordon 191.832mph, 2nd was Kyle Petty(wow!), followed by #31-Mike Skinner; #3-Dale Earnhardt and #40-Sterling Marlin. See the speeds at NASCAR Online: GM Testing at Daytona - Tuesday Results. 31 teams with 51 cars were on hand for the first day of testing. Some other drivers we don't usually see, #54-Glen Morgan and #68-Randal Ritter. Rich Bickle is running the #45 on the TylerJet Motorsports Pontiac as rumored(1-19-1999)

  • Martin wins Spirit UPDATE: The 1998 NMPA/Pocono Spirit Award was presented to Mark Martin by Dr. Joe Mattioli, CEO of Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, during the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) banquet Sunday in Winston-Salem, NC(Cotter PR)(1-18-1999) -- see an image of Martin getting the award at Racin' with Russ(1-19-1999)


    (1-18-1999)
  • Barkdoll/Bouchard Return: Panther Brewing, makers of Three Stooges Beer, will sponsor the #73 Phil Barkdoll owned chevy witk Ken Bouchard driving the car in the Daytona 500. Engines will be supplied by Andy Petree Racing(Winston Cup Scene)(1-18-1999)

  • Gumout to Gibbs: Pennzoil-Quaker State Company -- maker of Gumout® brand automotive chemicals -- announced today that Gumout has struck a significant associate sponsorship agreement with Joe Gibbs Racing. In a move that will broaden Gumout's reach to a variety of motorsports audiences, the brand will adorn all of Gibbs' NASCAR and NHRA race cars beginning in 1999(Pennzoil PR)(1-18-1999)

  • Falk Crew Chief: During an interview on TNN's Inside NASCAR, #91 LJ Racing owner Joe Falk said he and Clyde Booth would share the crew chief responsibilites for the team and driver Steve Grissom for Daytona. Falk is continuing his search for a crew chief for the season(1-18-1999)

  • Food City to Spencer: Food City will not be back on Dale Earnhardt's #3 Chevy or Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s #3 BGN chevy in 1999. However, Food City will be on a car in both the Winston Cup and Busch Series. Food City will be on the rear deck lid, the b-post, and just in front of the rear tires on the quarter panel of the #23 Winston No-Bull Ford driven by Jimmy Spencer. And for the 12 BGN events that Jimmy Spencer will run in 1999, Food City will share space on the #12 Chevy with Zippo Lighters. Also, Spencer has added a 13th race to his season (Moore's Snacks 250 at Bristol) and in that event he will drive an all-Food City car(1-18-1999)


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