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PAST NEWS FEBRUARY 8-14, 1999


(2-14-1999)
  • Petty Blue: The #43 STP Pontiac and John Andretti will sport an all blue car with STP only on the hood as he will be in a backup car since the primary was wrecked in the Twin 125's(Happy Hour)(2-14-1999)

  • Burton New Engine: Jeff Burton had engine problems during Happy Hour and the team changed engines(ESPN2 Happy Hour Coverage)(2-14-1999)

  • HAPPY HOUR: Chad Little was the fastest in the #97 John Deere Ford with a speed of 192.352mph(2-14-1999)


    (2-14-1999)
  • Results of the Daytona 500: At NASCAR Online, That's Racin' and Speedworld(2-14-1999)

  • Long Time: Today's 5th place finish by Michael Waltrip was his first top 5 in 86 races, Rick Mast and the #98 team posted a nice 10th place finish, Jerry Nadeau posted his best career finish ever with an 11th and how about Dave Marcis, he pulled off a 16th place finish(2-14-1999)

  • New Team for 2000? UPDATE 2 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) -- By this time next year, Willie Lanier and fellow Hall of Famer Jim Brown hope to be part of an ownership group of a competing team. Brown and Lanier have joined with Bill Futterer of Berea, Ohio, to form Celebrity Motorsports. The group hopes to become involved with an existing team and help with sponsorship and marketing. They have some teams in mind, but are not saying which ones. Lanier said he and his partners hope to have something lined up soon so they can be ready by Daytona 2000(Times-Dispatch)(2-11-1999) -- Jim Brown, a football legend, and Willie Lanier, another NFL star from the past, have been looking at a Winston Cup effort next season, and Felix Sabates appears to be their NASCAR link. Lanier is an executive with First Union, a company that has sponsored a Sabates team. And Sabates says he's looking at Mario Hernandez, 23, a young Cuban college graduate, as a possible NASCAR driver, probably starting with a Dash series car(PitNow/JournalNow)(2-14-1999)


    (2-13-1999)
  • Big Daddy's Release: Big Daddy's BBQ Racing Co. reached a mutual release of its sponsorship with Donlavey Racing, announced CEO Dan Lloyd. Big Daddy's wishes the best for the Donlavey team this season. Meanwhile, Big Daddy's BBQ Racing Co. continues to go forward with its sponsorship efforts. Big Daddy's BBQ Sauce and Spices products are now available in the Big Daddy's Fans'S mart portable convenience shop now on location inside the track for the Daytona 500 race this weekend. The transport will be traveling to many of the major tracks this 1999 season following the Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series races(www.bigdaddysbbq.com(2-13-1999)

  • Auto Racing Magazines Sold: Stock Car Racing, Open Wheel, and other auto related magazines have been sold by General Media (Penthouse) to Petersen Publishing (Motor Trend). SCR sells 220,000 copies per month, more than any other monthly devoted to the sport. Staff and readers are concerned that 33 year-old SCR and OW not be folded into Petersen's Circle Track magazine(Peterson Co - News)(2-13-1999)

  • Hmmm....UPDATE 2 on #90 and Kodiak: Representatives of Kodiak have approached Richmond, Va.-based owner Junie Donlavey about a possible sponsorship agreement with his car. The group currently funds the Larry Hedrick car driven by David Green(Times-Dispatch). Jayski note: not sure if this means just for Daytona since the #41 failed to make the 500 or for Kodiak to sponsor a 2nd team or move -- well John Kernan let us know on RPM2Nite, it's a one race deal with Kodiak on the #90 Ford with Mike Wallace driving(2-12-1999) -- Actually, I hear that the #41 team approached Junie to put the Kodiak decals on the #90 and even lent their firesuits to the team, nice gesture(2-13-1999)

  • Wallace to Backup: Kenny Wallace will drive a backup #55 Square-D Chevy in the Daytona 500(NASCAR Online)(2-13-1999)

  • Friday Practice: There was Cup practice on Friday, but saw nothing about it on NASCAR Online, but Speedworld has the speeds at www.speedworld.net. Sterling Marlin was fastest at 191.099mph. 39 of the 43 cars went out. Teams not on the practice sheet: #'s 3,16,24 and 31.(2-13-1999)


    (2-12-1999)
  • Labonte Magic Motor: Bobby Labonte's team changed an engine just before he won the Twin 125 race(RPM2Nite)(2-12-1999)

  • Rookies: Tough week for the six Cup ROTY candidates, Tony Stewart and Elliott Sadler mad the 500, but Dan Pardus, Stanton Barrett and Buckshot Jones all will miss the race and Mike Harmon was released from his ride before it ever got started(he may end up back in the car depending on what Big Daddy's does)(2-12-1999)

  • Rules at the Rock: NASCAR senior vice president and chief operating officer Mike Helton said a rule change involving air dam clearances and spoiler sizes for all three car makes will go into affect at the Feb. 21 race at Rockingham. The change was implemented at the season finale in Atlanta last season as a test. NASCAR issued three changes at Atlanta: The height of rear spoilers were increased 1 1/2 inches on all car makes; all cars had to have a minimum rear spoiler angle of 65 degrees; and the front end air dam ground clearance for all cars was mandated to be 3 1/2 inches(That's Racin')(2-12-1999)

  • Barrett to the #90? Rookie Stanton Barrett, who is sponsoring and running his own car, also has talked to Donlavey about joining up for the rest of the season. Barrett's father, Stan, drove for Donlavey in 1989. Mike Wallace will drive Donlavey's #90 Ford in the Daytona 500(Times-Dispatch) I had heard from a source that Barrett would switch to Ford's after Daytona, not sure if this was the deal or not(2-12-1999)

  • Martin/Big Brothers: The Valvoline Co. and Winston Cup driver Mark Martin have launched the "Caring Hands" program, which aims to raise $1 million for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Valvoline, Martin's sponsor for 10 years, will make a cash donation for every lap he leads, and every pole and victory he has this season(SpeedNet)(2-12-1999)

  • Rusty/Miller: Rusty Wallace has signed another contract renewal with Miller, this time through 2003. Wallace has been sponsored by Miller since starting his own team with car owner Roger Penske in 1991(JournalNow)(2-12-1999)

  • ARCA Team: Jeremy Mayfield and his team owner Michael Kranefuss are fielding an ARAC team to run a limited schedule for driver David Keith. The car will be sponsored by Kmart Kids Race Against Drugs (WC Scene)(2-12-1999)

  • Martin Special Paint: Some readers saw Mark Martin on a QVC Special Thursday night and said he mentioned that he thinks Eagle One will be the paint scheme for the Winston again this year(2-12-1999)

  • Monte Carlo Spotted: You can watch a media clip of Dale Earnhardt, Jr bringing the #3 GM Goodwrench Chevy out at the Chicago Auto Show and read info about the event at GM Site - Chicago Auto Show. Also Autoweek has some images of it in a recent issue(2-12-1999)


    (2-11-1999)
  • Illegal Parts: by no ways official, but I hear the following teams had the following problems during inspection: #'s 3,5,31 and 55 had to modify their rear deck lids; An aluminum driveshaft was found on the #90 Ford; The #'s 13 and 94 had illegal headers; The #28 had illegal baffles in the airbox; The #77 had alloy front rotors(we saw this on CBS Saturday); #'s 43 and 44 had aluminum alloy brake pedals; and there was a device fitted to the rear end housing of the #1 intended to make the undercarriage more aerodynamic(2-11-1999)

  • IROC/Unser UPDATE 2: Al Unser Jr had to leave Daytona to attend to family matters and Bobby Labonte will take his place in the IROC for the rest of the week. I hear it was reported on ESPN that Unser's 12 year old daughter has taken seriously ill(2-9-1999) -- Update on Cody Unser: Many readers have reported this - New reports in Albuquerque(where Unser lives) reported last night that Al Unser Jr.'s daughter has a rare spinal infection. As of last night, she was unable to move her legs but still has feeling in her arms and hands. Apparently she was playing basketball and started complaining of headaches and numbness in her legs. Best wishes to the Unser Family(2-10-1999) -- Article on Cody's condition at SpeedNet: Little Al's daughter hit by rare disease(2-11-1999)

  • new Monte Carlo at Charlotte? Nope UPDATE 2: It's looking more and more like the new Chevy Monte Carlo will not debut at the CMS(to be LMS) as it has not been approved by NASCAR and no further tests or evaluation of the car would take place until after Sunday's Daytona 500. The 1999 Cup car, along with the street version, are to make their public debut at the Chicago Auto Show on Thursday(2-9-1999) -- Chevrolet officials still hope to debut the 1999 Monte Carlo during the Winston Cup season and are altering their plans on its debut date. Sources said Tuesday Chevrolet has targeted a new date -- the Aug. 7 Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis -- for the car's debut in Winston Cup(That's Racin')(2-10-1999) -- See another article on the Monte Carlo at SpeedNet - New Monte Carlo's debut pushed back(2-11-1999)

  • Helton promoted UPDATE: Mike Helton was named senior vice president and chief operating officer for NASCAR, it was announced today by Bill France, president of NASCAR(NASCAR Online) -- Also NASCAR president Bill France announced Wednesday he has given up day-to-day control of NASCAR operations but will remain president of the organization(That's Racin')(2-10-1999) -- Interesting story at the Fayetteville Observer-Times site by Tom Pope - France hands NASCAR reins over to Helton - Gone Fishin'(2-11-1999)

  • TWIN 125's: Totally missed them myself but Bobby Labonte won the 1st Twin and Dale Earnhardt won the 2nd twin. Results can be found at NASCAR Online, Speedworld, That's Racin' and Racin' with Russ. For a list of who will use provisionals and who missed the race see Jayski's Provisional Status Page. Of the new teams, #58-Ricky Craven and #60-Geoffrey Bodine made it by racing in per the Twins. Darrell Waltrip took a champs Prov in the #66. Drivers who made it on speed(31-36): #36-Ernie Irvan; #42-Joe Nemechek; #55-Kenny Wallace; #25-Wally Dallenbach; #71-Dave Marcis; and #43-John Andretti(who was 27th fastest in qualifying). Steve Grissom, David Green, Buckshot Jones and Billy Standridge all missed out(2-11-1999)

  • Twin 125 Lineup's: Twin 125 #1 and Twin 125 #2 (NASCAR Online), the first one starts at 12:30pm/et(not 10:30am sorry)(no live TV)(2-11-1999)

  • Final Practice for the 125's: Rich Bickle was the fastest of the 58 cars that went out Wednesday afternoon with a speed of 191.550. See the speeds at That's Racin' - practice or Billy Standridge was 9th fastest at 190.613. Ricky Rudd did not practice.(2-11-1999)


    (2-10-1999)
  • Harmon out/Shepherd In? UPDATE 5 YEP um...no Wallace: The sponsor's decals have, for the moment, been removed from the #90 Ford of driver Mike Harmon, pending arrival of the funds. Junie Donlavey said he would give his new sponsor another week. Don't be surprised to find Morgan Shepherd in Donlavey's car by Thursday's Daytona 500 qualifying races(SpeedNet/Monte Dutton)(2-6-1999) -- sources tell me the check has cleared and Big Daddy's will be on the car as the sponsor, hope to have more details on Tuesday(2-8-1999) -- Also Harmon was interviewed on a Richmond TV News station and showed no indication he was out of the ride - ANOTHER UPDATE: hope to get some answers on this situation, no later then Wednesday morning(2-9-1999) -- After waiting patiently for a $1.5 million installment on a Big Daddy's BBQ Racing sponsorship, Junie Donlavey has found a different sponsor to fund his car for the Daytona 500. AcuTurn, a brake-and-tire company in Hanover County, Va., will be featured on the car in the season-opener. Big Daddy's had given Donlavey a partial payment on the yearlong sponsorship in January but the check failed to clear. Therefore, Donlavey did not place the company's decals on the car for practice and qualifying runs at Daytona. Daniel Lloyd, president of Big Daddy's, said as late as yesterday morning that the company was waiting on money from the sale of stock to fund the Winston Cup effort(Times-Dispatch). Sources tell me that Mike Harmon is out and Morgan Shepherd will assume driving duties at least for Daytona - add more to this saga, Mike Wallace practiced the car today and I hear he will replace Harmon, not Shepherd, who is still running the #81. -- announced on NASCAR Online: Junie Donlavey announced on Wednesday that Mike Wallace has replaced Raybestos Rookie candidate Mike Harmon as his driver for the Daytona 500; and that he has signed a primary sponsor for his blank-sided #90 Ford. Wallace will drive in the Twin 125's and the 500 if he qualifies, but who will drive the car after that is still uncertain. AcuTurn Industries out of Richmond, VA will sponsor the #90 Ford for the rest of Speedweeks in Daytona. Donlavey did not rule out the possibility of Harmon coming back to the team after Daytona, but said a lot depends on the status of proposed sponsor Big Daddy's BBQ Sauce & Spices(2-10-1999)

  • Simpson/DuPont: SIMPSON, the leading supplier of motorsports safety products for 41 years, and DuPont, the world's foremost research and technology company, have formed an exclusive long-term agreement to develop and manufacture performance apparel products for motorsports(Cotter PR)(2-10-1999)

  • Third Round UPDATE: No Cup drivers went out for 3rd round qualifying Tuesday. I see Norm Benning listed in the Twin 125's but I didn't think he qualified as he was too slow.(2-9-1999) -- my understanding now is that since Benning reached the required speed in practice, NASCAR will allow the team to run in the Twin 125's(2-10-1999)

  • Wednesday AM Practice: Jerry Nadeau was fastest at 192.102mph, see the results at NASCAR Online or at Speedworld. Interesting, Mike Wallace was listed in the #90 Ford and Morgan Shepherd was practicing the #81, so it looks like Wallace will replace Harmon, not Shepherd as I earlier reported. 57 of the 59 cars practiced, missing? #3-Dale Earnhardt and #10-Ricky Rudd. #47 FCR fans? Billy was 15th at 191.094mph.(2-10-1999)


    (2-9-1999)
  • Cup split? No: In part from an Article at That's Racin' - Bill France said splitting the Cup series into two divisions isn't likely to be considered. Brian France, NASCAR's senior vice president who has worked with the focus groups, said fans became irritated when the idea of splitting the series was raised. Another topic France touched on was Winston Cup expansion. France said Kansas City, KS., likely would be the next addition to the schedule but wouldn't say whether a race would be dropped in return. Chicago would also be a prime area to move into, France said. France indicated a new track being built in the Baltimore area likely would not receive a date because NASCAR has a presence in the area with events in Pocono, Pa., and Dover, Del., and a Grand National race in Nazareth, Pa. See the complete story and other notes at That's Racin' - France dismisses split of top series(2-9-1999)

  • Interesting.... UPDATE: Per the Richmond Times-Dispatch - "Tabasco may not be done as a NASCAR Winston Cup sponsor. The sponsor left the sport after a turbulent '98 season with ISM Racing. The sponsor and team were involved in a legal dispute after the team was sold and a new driver was hired. Owner Tim Beverley, who got entangled in the dispute by having bought the team, reached a settlement with Tabasco's parent company. Part of the settlement, which runs through the end of this season, reportedly benefits Beverley and ISM owner Bob Hancher if Tabasco chooses to sponsor any other Winston Cup car. Beverley said he and Hancher must be paid if Tabasco wants to return to Winston Cup racing. Beverley said the company contacted him about bringing a car to Daytona, but it could not afford the one-race sponsorship price."(Times-Dispatch) wonder what that price was?(2-7-1999) -- Source from Tabasco say the company has no interest in returning to NASCAR or Motorsports at this time(2-9-1999)

  • Jayski Speed Chart UPDATE: As I followed qualifying, I made up a speed chart which has both the first and second lap, the difference of those laps, when the driver was scheduled to go out and when they actually did, along with some notes. Just thought it was interesting, see it at Jayski's 1999 Daytona Qualifying Chart(2-6-1999) -- added 2nd round(2-9-1999)

  • Qualifying: Minimum speed in to qualify for the Twin 125's is 179mph (The min speed is calculated by subtracting 15% from the pole speed, thanks Mark). Only the eight teams that made 2nd round qualifying attempts can make an attempt in the 3rd round. Look for maybe Norm Benning to be the only car to make an attempt as he is at 172mph, too slow to make the Twin 125(2-9-1999)

  • Tuesday AM Practice: Tony Stewart was fastest of the 58 cars practicing today with a speed of 191.734mph. See the results at NASCAR Online. Harmon is listed in the #90, Benning is up to speed in the #79. The only car/driver missing was #81 Morgan Shepherd.(2-9-1999)


    (2-8-1999)
  • Rookies: How did the six ROTY candidates do in First Round Qualifying? Let's see - #20-Tony Stewart 2nd fastest; #50-Dan Pardus 30th; #21-Elliott Sadler 38th; #00-Buckshot Jones 44th; #84-Stanton Barrett 48th; and #90-Mike Harmon 52nd(2-8-1999)

  • Cope's Engine: Bahari Racing leased an engine from SABCO for Derrike Cope's 2nd round qualifing attempt, the same one that Sterling Marlin used in 1st round qualifying(ESPN Qualifying Show)(2-8-1999)

  • 2nd Marcis Car: Jim Sauter is attempting to make the Daytona 500 in a 2nd Dave Marics Chevy, #72. Marcis himself has Mike Skinner's qualifying engine under the hood, and Steve Park has the engine out of Earnhardt's car. Only eight cars went out to re-qualify in second round. No idea about 3rd round on Tuesday. Dave Marcis was fastest with a lap of 192.794mph or 23rd fastest overall, he should now be safely in the 500(last year the 20th fastest got the last spot)(2-8-1999)

  • Monday AM practice: Steve Park in the #1 Pennzoil Chevy was fastest at 193.456mph. See NASCAR Online and Speedworld for the speed charts(2-8-1999)

  • NASCAR to Answer Questions UPDATE: On ESPN2's practice show, it was mentioned that starting next week Bill France, Mike Helton, Gary Nelson etc. will hold a weekly press conference with reporters to answer questions on any subject(2-6-1999). From what I hear is that they may hold occasional meetings but not on a weekly basis(2-18-1999)

  • More Monte Carlo News: The new Monte Carlo may not be approved in time for the Coca-Cola 600 in May. Even as Chevrolet makes plans to use the Monte Carlo as the pace car for the Charlotte race on May 30 and plans to debut it in Chicago next week, the racing model is in jeopardy. The car was wind-tunnel tested as recently as last Monday, with another test expected soon(Times-Dispatch)(2-8-1999)

  • IROC Cars: General Motors pulled its funding out of the International Race of Champions, meaning that the four-race all-star series no longer advertises its affiliation with Pontiac. The first IROC event is Friday in Daytona. The similarly prepared IROC cars are the same Firebirds that raced here last year, but there is no mention of the make anywhere on either the cars themselves or on any of the media materials(SpeedNet/Monte Dutton)(2-8-1999)

  • TV and NASCAR: There was an interesting article in Sunday's Virginian Pilot (sorry, the story was not on their website) about NASCAR considering packaging the Television rights to Winston Cup events sometime in the near future. By combining all the races into one package deal, NASCAR could extract much more money from the lucky network that takes on the highest bid! The way it is currently handled, each track negotiates it's own deal with whatever network they can work the best price out of. Some of the smaller tracks like Martinsville, which gets about $1 million for each of it's two seasonal events, could get a much larger piece of the pie. The Craftsman Truck Series is currently operating under this fashion. See the rest of the story at Victory Lane Online(2-8-1999)


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