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  • Tyler Jet Sponsor: As rumored here, Tyler Jet Motorsports announced that 10-10-345 Lucky Dog Phone Company would sponsor its Pontiacs and driver Rich Bickle(NASCAR Online)(1-30-1999)

  • Trickle/Elliott Sponsor for Daytona: NationsRent, an equipment rental company based in South Florida, will sponsor Dick Trickle in Bill Elliotts #13 Ford for the Cup Daytona events(Bud Shootout Qualifier, Twin 125's and the 500)(NASCAR Online)(1-30-1999)

  • Junie says he's safe UPDATE: Junie Donlavey said his Richmond-based Winston Cup team isn't worried about receiving funding from Big Daddy's BBQ, the team's new sponsor. Big Daddy's reportedly still owes money from sponsorships in the Slim Jim All-Pro Series last season. Donlavey said the company has a deadline of Wednesday to make its first payment to Donlavey Racing(Times-Dispatch)(1-25-1999) -- Junie Donlavey and sponsor Big Daddy’s BBQ remain intact. Big Daddy’s made its first payment to Donlavey as scheduled this week(Times-Dispatch)(1-30-1999)

  • Loomis promoted UPDATE: Robbie Loomis has been selected to replace retiring General Manager Dale Inman at Petty Enterprises. Loomis, crew chief for John Andretti, will take on the added responsibility of general manager for the teams of Andretti and Kyle Petty. Inman has been with Petty Enterprises almost since its inception. Inman decided to retire at the end of the 1998 season(Times-Dispatch)(1-25-1999) -- hear that Greg Steadman will be the #43 Crew Chief next year(2000) and maybe by the end of this year(Petty Page)(1-29-1999)

  • Carter and Melling to share: Melling Racing and Travis Carter Enterprises have partnered to share technical information and develop performance assistance during the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup season. The two racing operations combined forces to improve research and development for their three teams. Travis Carter Enterprises and crew chief Donnie Wingo field the #23 Ford for Jimmy Spencer and the #66 Ford for three-time NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Darrell Waltrip. Melling Racing fields the #9 Cartoon Network Wacky Racing Ford for Jerry Nadeau(Cotter Group PR)(1-29-1999)

  • Part-Time Driver To Change Tires On #1 Pennzoil Car: Tom Hubert & Steve Park Cooperate To Help Dreams Come True. Steve Park dreams of driving the winning race car at the Daytona 500. Tom Hubert dreams of driving a race car. Both men will work together at Daytona this month to make their dreams come true. When Park pits the Pennzoil Monte Carlo during the race, the first man over the wall will be Hubert, a tire changing specialist who drives part time on the Winston Cup and Craftsman Truck Series. For the first few races of the season as Park's Dale Earnhardt Inc. team trains a permanent tire changer, Hubert will man an airgun during pitstops as interim tire changer. Hubert, 34, changed tires at Bahari' Racing for two years even having to ask off one weekend in 1997 so he could drive the #78 Diamond Rio car at Sears Point where he posted the 11th fastest qualifying time and finished 28th after racing on the lead lap most of the race. Hubert drove in two Winston Cup races last year. At Sears Point he drove the Roehrig Motorsports car qualifying 10th and was running 4th with 35 laps to go before breaking a rear gear. In August, the Cottonwood, California native qualified 10th at Watkins Glen in the #13 Elliott-Marino Motorsports car. Hubert was running as high as tenth before he was eliminated in another car's accident(Pennzoil PR)(1-29-1999)

  • NASCAR Shock Rules: NASCAR has scrapped plans to change rules governing shock absorbers in the Daytona 500. Teams tested under the proposed rules at Daytona International Speedway. During those sessions, several crew chiefs complained the rules would be difficult to police. So NASCAR will instead opt to use the ones in place for races last October at Daytona and Talladega. NASCAR used the January tests to experiment with rules for Winston Cup cars that were similar to ones instituted last year for Grand National cars. The rules are designed to hold cars lower as they make laps around Daytona and Talladega, racing's two fastest ovals. Complete story at That's Racin' and Plans to implement new shock rules for the Daytona 500 have been scraped by NASCAR. It appears the major reason was the difficulty in enforcing the new specifications that would dictate what kind of components could be used in making the shocks. NASCAR was trying to prevent teams from using "one-way" shocks that essentially held the rear of the car down at speed to get the rear spoiler out of the airstream. Besides increasing speed the drivers were subjected to extremely hard jolts and the cars were very unstable. The rules covering shocks for last years events at Daytona will be enforced for the 1999 500.(StockCarRacing Magazine)(1-28-1999)

  • #13 Info UPDATE?: Bill Elliott won't say what will happen to the No. 13 car beyond Daytona, but he will say it will be entered in that race with Dick Trickle as driver. The No. 13, which Elliott had co-owned with NFL quarterback Dan Marino, ran a full 1998 schedule but lost FirstPlus Financial as primary sponsor at the end of the season.(That's Racin')(1-28-1999)

  • Monte Carlo News: On 1/26, Winston Cup officials will announce whether they've approved the 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, which is scheduled to debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May(Times-Dispatch)(1-18-1999) - haven't heard an update on this(1-28-1999)

  • Barrett Sponsor: Stanton Barrett will run a schedule of approximately 16 NASCAR Winston Cup races beginning with the Feb. 14 Daytona 500. The announcement of Barrett as the driver and Heritage Consumer Products Company as the sponsor for Petty-Barrett-Huggins Racing was made this week. The team, owned by Barrett, Beau Petty and Wayne Huggins, has secured season-long primary sponsorship from Heritage Consumer Products Company, which delivers high quality healthcare products to consumers which fulfill specific needs. Heritage Consumer Products markets and distributes such well-known products as Acutrim, Allerest, Sinarest, Fiberall, Eucalyptamint, Privine, Ting, Konodremul, Calesene and Americaino. The schedule for the #84 Heritage Consumer Products Chevrolet gets heavier and heavier as the season progresses, giving the brand new team a chance to gel and to be in a strong position for a full-season run in 2000. After Daytona, the team plans to run next at Texas Motor Speedway, followed by the event at California Speedway(The Williams Co)(1-27-1999)

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