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PAST NEWS FEBRUARY 1-7, 1999


(2-7-1999)
  • Shootout Notes: Rusty Wallace missed drivers intorductions(not the meeting) for the Shootout and had to start from the back of the pack; Schraders #33 was blue; for the qualifying race, Dave Marcis had the Rainbow Warrior crew(#24) do his mandatory pitstop during the qualifying race(2-7-1999)

  • Monte Carlo Story: One of the best kept secrets in the Winston Cup series, a project as shrouded as the F-117 Stealth fighter, is about to be revealed. Both the new Chevrolet Monte Carlo production car and racer will make their debut at the Chicago Automobile Show in the second week of February. The secrecy is markedly different from the fanfare accompanying Ford's introduction of its Taurus racer in August 1997, six months before its Daytona 500 debut. See the complete article at: Monte Carlo ready for controversy by Lewis Franck(2-7-1999)(SpeedNet)

  • Craven/#58 tryout: Scott Barbour and driver Ricky Craven are sponsored by Hollywood Video for the Speedweeks events. If everything goes well, the sponsor might sign on for the full season(Times Dispatch)(2-7-1999)

  • Hendrick Sponsors: The Hendrick teams all have Kelloggs either as a primary or associate sponsor. Viewers might have noticed the 'K-SENTIALS' logo on Jeff Gordon's car and driving uniform yesterday. Starting in March, Kelloggs will use the 'K-SENTIALS' logo to identify cereals that contain nutrients it believes are essential for growth and development. Also, on Dallenbach and Labonte's cars, the Advance Auto Parts logo is on the rear decklid. However, on Gordon's car the AAP logo is on the B pillar just behind the side window. In the Daytona 500 event, DuPont Dow Elastomers will be on the rear decklid of the #24.(Jeff Gordon Online)(2-7-1999)

  • Barrett Sched: rookie Stanton Barrett as we know is planning a 16-race Cup schedule in 1999. He recently announced what races he will attempt: of course the Daytona 500, followed by Texas, California, The Winston Open, Charlotte, Michigan, Daytona(July), Pocono(July), Indianapolis, Michigan(Aug), Darlington(Sept), Charlotte(Oct), Talladega(Oct), Rockingham(Oct), Phoenix, Homestead and the season finale at Atlanta(That's Racin')(2-7-1999)

  • Roush Appears as a Team: Roush Racing owner Jack Roush and his NASCAR drivers - Mark Martin, Jeff Burton, Johnny Benson, Chad Little, Kevin Lepage, Mike Bliss and Greg Biffle - will make an appearance at 8:15am Monday at South Daytona Beach Elementary School(That's Racin' Trackside Report)(2-7-1999)


    (2-6-1999)
  • UNBELIEVABLE: 1st round Qualifying for the Daytona 500 almost resulted in a huge upset. Tony Stewart ran 194.599mph, but Jeff Gordon got the pole with a speed of 195.067mph. This sets up a front row of Jeff Gordon and rookie Tony Stewart. Results from 1st round at NASCAR Online or Speedworld. Shame CBS couldn't finish out qualifying and have an interview with Gordon, but they did go back during golf to talk to Gordon. See my TV/Media page for an email address to CBS, they had the qualfying show slotted until 3pm and did stay with it until 3:15pm/et(2-6-1999)

  • Sat AM Practice: Jeff Gordon was the fastest at 194.208mph. 57 cars practiced. See results at NASCAR Online or Speedworld. 15 of the 29 possible cars practice, Rusty Wallace was fastest at 189.326(2-6-1999)

  • Rules Change? That's Racin' is reporting that NASCAR is ``days away'' for making a decision on whether to implement new air dam and spoiler size rule modifications beginning with the Rockingham race Feb. 21. The rule changes, which give all three car makes the same air dam clearance and change the spoiler size on all three car makes in non-restrictor-plate races, were used in November's race at Atlanta as a test. Nelson said most teams gave NASCAR positive feedback from the test. NASCAR told teams testing at Rockingham last week to test under both sets of rules. Nelson said NASCAR would evaluate the teams' test results in making its final decision(That's Racin')(2-6-1999)

  • Lobster: I hear the two Richard Petty teams, the #43 STP Pontiac with John Andretti and tyhe #44 Hot Wheels Pontiac with Kyle Petty has picked up sponsorship from Red Lobster Restaurants, which will be on the decklid of each car(2-6-1999)

  • Earnhardt News: NASCAR Online mentions in their notebook that Dale Earnhardt and #3 owner are looking to extent their contract and that Earnhardt does not not plan to ever race his own cars in the future(2-6-1999)

  • Yarborough Sponsor UPDATE 3: It's not UPS as was rumored here, but I hear the #98 team has signed a sponsor for 1999 and will be announcing it very soon(2-3-1999) -- I am hearing three possible sponsors for the team in 1999: Bell Helmets, Galaxy Phone Card or Sonic Drive In Restaurants(2-4-1999) -- From NASCAR Online: Sonic restaurants, will sponsor Rick Mast in the #98 Yarborough/Burdette Motorsports Ford in the Twin 125's and the Daytona 500. Sonic will also be an associate sponsor of driver Ricky Craven's SBIII Ford in the Bud Shootout as well as the Twin 125s and Daytona 500. Mast's team had previously picked up sponsorship from Budweiser for the Bud Shootout.(2-5-1999) -- Yarborough has sold the majority of the #98 team to Wayne Burdette, a deal which allows Burdett to buy the team outright by the end of 1999(Times-Dispatch)(2-6-1999)

  • Ut-oh again: As many readers pointed out, Big Daddy's BBQ was not on the #90 Junie Donlavey Ford during Friday's practice, why? As the Times-Dispatch reports - "The car ran with a solid red hood after the payment from sponsor Big Daddy's BBQ failed to clear the bank. Donlavey had received the partial payment late last week after giving the company a Jan. 26 deadline. Donlavey plans to remain in Daytona and run the Daytona 500 on Feb. 14 whether he receives payment or not. Yesterday, he said that Dan Lloyd, chief executive officer of Big Daddy's, was meeting with bank officials in New York. Big Daddy's logos have never been placed on Donlavey's car, and the transporter is not painted in the team's colors. Donlavey wasn't the only team waiting for payment from Lloyd(Times-Dispatch)(2-6-1999)

  • Kimmel Hurt UPDATE 2: Defending ARCA Champ Frank Kimmel, who also drove the #23 Winston Ford in a 1998 Cup race, was injured during qualifying for the ARCA race at Daytona. Kimmel was knocked unconscious by the impact, but was awake and alert when he was taken from the car, according to reports. He was transported to Halifax Regional Medical Center.(iRACE) Donna Kimmel said the hospital medical staff has confirmed that Frank has no broken bones. He has some short-term memory loss which is normal for someone who has been unconscious. He will be kept overnight for observation. It appears that Frank is OK. Donna did not know if he would be cleared to race or not. We will post any information we have on the web-site! www.frankkimmel.com(2-4-1999) -- Kimmel was released from Halifax Medical Center Friday morning after spending a night under observation. Bob Hill(mechanic on the Team Sabco #40) has been tapped to attempt to qualify the car today if Kimmel can't drive. Per the Kimmel site, he is currently planning to start the race on Sunday but may seek the help of a relief driver(2-6-1999)

  • New Team for 2000? Pro football Hall of Famers Jim Brown and Willie Lanier are part of a joint venture dubbed Celebrity Motorsports that is pursuing ownership of a Winston Cup team for the 2000 season(USA Today/Skip Wood - had to search for the story)(2-6-1999)

  • Technical Committee? NASCAR officials are considering a proposal from some car owners for a technical advisory committee composed of key Winston Cup mechanics, who would offer some direction in potential rules changes(JournalNow/Mike Mulhern)(2-6-1999)


    (2-5-1999)
  • Grand Marshall: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will give the starting command for the Daytona 500(AP) Brett Favre will throw the green flag(2-5-1999)

  • Practice #2 and Bud Shootout Practice: Second Practice is over, Sterling Marlin was fastest at 193.994mph. 54 cars practiced. See results at NASCAR Online or Speedworld. Rusty Wallace was fastest in the Shootout practice at 190.126mph(2-5-1999)

  • Practice #1: First Practice is over, Rusty Wallace was fastest at 193.877mph followed by Ernie Irvan in the #36 at 192.736mph. 55 cars practiced. See results at NASCAR Online or Speedworld(2-5-1999)

  • Mattei Sponsor: Michael Waltrip had Klaussner Furniture signage on the quarter panels of his #7 Mattei/Philips Chevrolet(NASCAR Online) Something I noticed in some images I have but forgot to mention(2-5-1999)

  • Craven Snowmobile Ride: Ricky Craven's last weekend before the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup season kicks off was a busy one. On January 30, 1999, Craven sat on the pole for the 2nd Annual Charity Ride and led a field of 350 snowmobiles around the scenic Moosehead Lake snow course. The single digit temperature did not effect horsepower or enthusiasm and the event raised in excess of $63,000. See the Press Release at Craven rides to success in 2nd Annual Charity Snowmobile Ride(2-5-1999)


    (2-4-1999)
  • Wallace on the pole for the shootout UPDATE: Rusty Wallace drew the pole this morning in Daytona, see the lineup for the Bud Shootout at NASCAR Online -- Geoffrey Bodine drew the pole for the qualifier, see the starting lineup of 15 drivers at NASCAR Online, missing from the qualifier lineup are Todd Bodine and Dennis Setzer, so I guess the rumored rides for them didn't pan out, Bodine in the #11 and Setzer in the #89.(2-4-1999)

  • LJ Racing Crew Chief: Skip Eyler has been hired as the crew chief for the #91 LJ Racing Chevy and driver Steve Grissom(NASCAR Online). I had heard that Eyler would crew chief the #81 and Morgan Shepherd, but that deal is shakey right now(2-4-1999)

  • Hughes buys Primestar: As many readers have informed me, Hughes Electronics has bought Primestar. How this will affect the sponsorship of the #16 Roush Racing team, I have not heard. GM owns Hughes and readers point out that the #16 is a Ford. Like I said, have not heard a thing and not looking to speculate(2-4-1999)

  • The Hardee's Rumor - LAST UPDATE: It grew into it's own story, it all started innocently enough - Pop Secret will not be back on the #26 Cheerios Ford in 1999 and will have Hardee's as an associate as all the Roush cars will, the #16 Primestar Ford of Kevin Lepage will have a different look to make it more identifiable to Lepage(no idea what) UPDATE 1: CORRECTION I now hear Pop Secret WILL return to the #26 Ford (the General Mills products have been rotated, Hamburger Helper is on the trunk, Betty Crocker spoon is on the side, and Pop Secret is lower on the rear fender) and Hardee's will not come aboard as an associate sponsor on the Roush cars.(1-7-1999) -- and now I hear Johnny Benson filming a TV commercial for Hardees yesterday in Charlotte's Freedom Park and that Hardees is shooting a commercial using all Roush cars at Concord Motorsport Park, Jan 6 thru Jan 10, the shoot is being done by Dektor Films out of Hollywood(1-9-1999) more to come?.....Have got many reports that readers have seen the Roush drivers in Hardee's commercial's, so this leads me to believe me the Hardee's rumor of them not coming aboard as an assoc sponsor is not true, so we can put this rumor to rest(2-3-1999) -- Closing the book on this rumor - many reader have seen commercials featuring the Roush driver, so it looks like Hardee's will be an associate sponsor on the Roush cars, no need to email anymore info on this(2-4-1999)


    (2-3-1999)
  • Craven's new sponsor? UPDATE The Bangor, ME newspaper site, The Bangor News, has a story up - NASCAR: Craven's team gains main sponsor. All it mentions is that the team is close to signing but cannot announce the sponsor name yet -- just heard, Craven's sponsor will be Hollywood Video. Right now just for Speedweeks in Daytona, but the deal may get extended. NOTE: I had heard that Hollywood Video was sponsoring Mark Gibson's #59 for Daytona, no idea if the sponsorship stays. Also check out info and an image of the #59 car at the Hollywood Video Site - NASCAR(2-3-1999)

  • Talladega Testing:Elliott Sadler tested the #21 CITGO Ford at Talladega. Three BGN teams, #'s 6, 23 and 78 tested also(WC Today Radio)(2-3-1999)

  • #22 Additions: Besides Caterpillar and Tommy Baldwin other additions to the #22 Bill Davis Racing include - Trip Bruce - shop job-suspension/raceday-tire carrier; Tracey Christiansen - Tire Specialist; Jimmy Rollins - Suspension/pit support); Trooper Turner - shop only fabricator; and Steve Donelson added to the engine shop(2-3-1999)

  • Monte Carlo: According to the latest Winston Cup Scene, The 1999 Monteo Carlo Cup car will be debuted at the Chicago Auto Show, black tie charity event on Thursday. The Show opens on Friday(2-3-1999)

  • McDonald's PR: The McDonald's NASCAR Racing Team and owner/driver Bill Elliott will pack a new item when filling their suitcases for the 1999 season-opening Daytona 500, Feb. 14, at Daytona. As a result of an off-season facelift, the McDonald's team brings a very important intangible teammate as it packs for Daytona a new attitude. Not only did the McDonald's #94 Ford Taurus obtain a stylish new appearance, the team roster also underwent major changes during the winter months. Heading the list of personnel changes is Eddie D'Hondt, who was promoted to general manager after just two months as team manager of Elliott's #13 team. He oversees the daily business operations of the Bill Elliott Racing organization and will also serve as tire specialist on race weekends. In addition to administrative restructuring, the Drive-Thru Crew sports a new foundation. Of the seven over-the-wall crew members, four are new to the McDonald's Drive-Thru Crew since last season. Of the seven members who began the 1998 Winston Cup season, only crew chief/front tire changer Joe Garone remains on the 1999 Drive-Thru Crew(2-3-1999)

  • Favre to throw green flag: Green Bay Packers QB, Brett Favre will serve as the honorary starter for the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 14(NASCAR Online)(2-3-1999)

  • Planters and Moon Pie: Been up for a few days, Planters, a division of RJR Nabisco, has signed on as the "Official Snack of NASCAR" for the next three seasons. They will also be an associate sponsor of the #88 Quality Care Ford, #10 Tide Ford and #18 Interstates Battery Pontiac. Also MoonPie, the Official Snack Cake of NASCAR, will kick off its second year with NASCAR with the "MoonPie Rookie Dash for Cash", where both rookie drivers and consumers can be awarded $5,000 if a Cup, BGN or CTS rookie driver wins a race(SpeedNet)(2-3-1999)


    (2-2-1999)
  • Part time team: Mark Thompson's Phoenix Air ARCA looks like they will do as many as five Cup races in 1999. Two road courses with David Murray and Talladega(both), Pepsi 400 with Bob Stait and at Indy with an unknown driver(Midway Phoenix Race Car(2-2-1999)

  • NASCAR Getting Tough! The United States District Court for the middle district of Florida has granted NASCAR a preliminary injunction against an individual who had registered the domain names "nascarfanclub.com" and "nascarpitcrew.com." This is the third time in the last two years that NASCAR has successfully protected its trademarks through court action.(iRACE) This is why I do not post NASCAR Images or copy their stories(or other sites, without permission) word for word(2-2-1999)

  • Morgan Shepherd news: I hear that Shepherd will be in Daytona driving the #81 Ford and the #07 High Tech Motorsports Chevy for the BGN race in a car owned by Bruce Hanusosy is the owner and creww chiefed by Dale Francis(Morgan Shepherd Site)(2-2-1999)

  • Lake Speed News: Lake Speed will be in Daytona helping Bobby Hillin in his Busch effort. Speed has not giving up on the idea of driving. Some reports of Speed retiring last year after he was hurt at Sonoma are not truewww.lakespeed.net(2-2-1999)


    (2-1-1999)
  • Bodine's together? Hear that on Benny Parsons Fasttalk radio show that Brett Bodine mentioned that he might put Todd Bodine in the #11 Paychex Ford for the Bud Shootout Qualifying race if Todd's deal for the race with another team does not happen(2-1-1999)

  • UPS rumor again UPDATE 3: Hearing that UPS may surface with the #98 Cale Yarborough team(1-26-1999) -- a reader emailed UPS and was told that UPS will sponsor a team in 1999 and have signed but they didn't say with whom(1-29-1999) -- but....a reader of the Stock Car Fans Newsletter reports - that the rumors flying that UPS is going to sponsor a Winston Cup car, is a little far fetched, I work for UPS in the Rocky Mountain Region, and I know quite a few of the Marketing people. To their knowledge there is no plan anywhere in the continental US to sponsor any type of racing.....hmmmm(1-30-1999) -- and today I get an email from some possible UPS employee demanding I remove this post, that UPS has no intentions to sponsor racing and then I get email from UPS employees saying an announcement is soon, so I guess we'll wait a few days and see what happens(2-1-1999)

  • Mayfield Testing: Jeremy Mayfield tested Goodyear tires with the #12 Mobil One Ford at Darlington last Tuesday(TNN's Raceday)(2-1-1999)

  • Testing at the Rock: Tony Stewart(#20), John Andretti(#43) and Buckshot Jones(#00) tested at the North Caroloina Speedway early last week. No speeds given(TNN's Raceday)(2-1-1999)


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