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PAST NEWS FEBRUARY 22-28, 1999

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    (2-28-1999)
  • More drivers: Some more Winston West drivers will attempt the Winston Cup Las Vegas 400 - Ron Burns in the #68 or is it 05 Tropicana Ford; The list shows the #'s 15, 78 and 81 teams but not sure they will be there(2-28-1999)


    (2-27-1999)
  • Schrader tests: Kenny Schrader tested his #33 Skoal Chevy at Greenville-Pickens(SC) Speedway on Friday(2-27-1999)

  • Barrett News? I hear the #84 PBH Motorsports team of Stan Barrett, Beau Petty, and Wayne Huggins have split and that Petty will run the team at Texas and Talladega with another un-announced driver. I hear Stanton Barrett and his sponsor, Heritage Consumer Products will continue after Vegas for an undetermined time in the #90 Junie Donlavey Ford(2-27-1999)

  • Primestar News: well, not so fast - "Satellite television provider EchoStar Communications Corp. Friday said it made a $600 million offer to buy some of PrimeStar Inc.'s satellite assets, topping an earlier bid by Hughes Electronics Corp."(Yahoo). Looks like the Primestar sponsorship of the #16 Roush Ford is safe for now as it may take a while for this battle to be won(2-27-1999)


    (2-26-1999)
  • Big Daddy's returns? In a SpeedNet story about Big Daddy's BBQ signing on with the IRL this was mentioned: According to (David)Lloyd, his company's return to the Winston Cup series is just a matter of days away, with an announcement possibly coming at Las Vegas. Supposedly a very, very, very familiar Winston Cup team. The crew, the team, a top-10 driver are all very well known(SpeedNet), no idea who..(2-26-1999)

  • Darlington Testing UPDATE: Gibbs Racing teammates, Bobby Labonte and Tony Stewart will test at Darlington Thursday and Friday(NASCAR Online)(2-25-1999) -- Bobby Hamilton tested at Darlington too(WC Today Radio)(2-26-1999)

  • #91 Test at ATLANTA(not Darlington doh!), Tuesday and Wednesday Steve Grissom had a top speed of ~190.700mph(LJ Racing) -- other drivers and speed: Rick Mast had the fastest lap at Atlanta at 190.909 mph, followed by Steve Grissom (190.843), Ricky Craven (189.344), Kenny Wallace (189.150) and Robert Pressley (188.700).(icFlorida)(2-26-1999)

  • Little to Test UPDATE: Chad Little will test the #97 John Deere Ford at Greenville-Pickens Speedway on Thursday(RPM2Nite)(2-24-1999) -- Michael Waltrip joined Little in testing at Greenville-Pickens(SC) on Thursday(WC and NASCAR Today Radio)(2-26-1999)


    (2-25-1999)
  • Gordon and Paint: As rumored, I hear from a good source that Jeff Gordon is supposed to run the Stars Wars paint on the Busch Car at Charlotte and Superman is still on for the Winston. Not sure what the Superman tie in is. Hear this car will have a splash schem of some sort(2-25-1999)

  • #98 Sponsor UPDATE 2: I am hearing three possible sponsors for the team in 1999: Bell Helmets, Galaxy Phone Card or Sonic Drive In Restaurants(2-4-1999) -- Saw the #98 Yarborough-Burdette Motorsports Ford on RPM2Nite, it was red with no decals on it(2-20-1999) -- On the TNN pre-race race show: Galaxy Phone Card is on the #98 Ford at Rockingham and the team hopes to make an announcment Tuesday regarding 1999 sponsorship(2-21-1999) -- I now hear the Galaxy Phone Card deal is dead, but the team may be close to some other deals(2-25-1999)

  • NASCAR and TV UPDATE: NASCAR announced Wednesday it will retain broadcast rights to all Winston Cup and Grand National events, with the intention of ending the era of tracks negotiating their own rights fees. It is unclear whether Grand National events would be packaged separately or part of the same deal. According to the announcement, NASCAR will not change its current television rights fee distribution formula (65 percent to tracks, 25 percent to drivers and 10 percent to NASCAR). No significant changes to NASCAR programming prior to the 2002 season(That's Racin')(2-24-1999) -- Also a few story links about the TV $$: NASCAR plan may boost TV money from icFlorida and NASCAR to bypass tracks for future TV pacts from SpeedNet(2-25-1999)

  • Hollywood back...for now: The #58 SBIII Motorsports team is still focusing on securing sponsorship. Hollywood Video, who sponsored the #58 Ford Taurus during Speedweeks 1999 and Rockingham, has signed on again for Las Vegas, but has not signed for the full year. Hollywood Video, owned by parent company Hollywood Entertainment Corp., is the world's second largest chain of home video superstores and is one of the fastest growing retail chains of any genre. On the average, Hollywood Video opens one store per day and employs approximately 22,000 people across the nation. Check out the Hollywood Video Site and show your support.(www.rickycraven.com)(2-25-1999)

  • oh yeah...More Big Daddy's UPDATE ?: From the StockCarFans Newsletter: An anonymous source is quoted - "The "hand-shake" agreement is a lie! There was a contract, lawyers from both parties were involved in the drafting of the contract. The first check was supposed to be delivered on Jan. 1st, then it was delayed until Jan. 15th, then it was forward dated Jan. 27th. Dan Lloyd, the C.E.O. of Big Daddy's ... came down (to Daytona) making out to be the big-shot sponsor, while all the while not having made good one cent.... He went so far as to offer to buy some tires for the team, which was declined ..... the team just wanted its sponsorship contract honored. Mike (Harmon) did come along with the deal, set up by Jason Hedlesky, but Jason was never named team manager by Donlavey Racing, he assumed that title on his own. (Harmon) was fired Tuesday prior to the twin 125s at Daytona for getting upset at the notion of letting Morgan (Shepherd) shake the car down and try to get some more speed out of it, which the team needed badly. Since Big Daddy's had not come through with the money and after checking with Donlavey Racing's lawyer, it was decided to fire (Harmon) and put Mike Wallace in the car." As Mike says and I agree: "I don't want to get in the middle of a great debate here, but I did feel it was necessary to present both sides of the story as given to me." See Big Daddy's Press Release here Big Daddy's BBQ Responds (2-24-1999) -- Two Updates: 1) I hear from a very good source that Jason Hedlesky was asked by Donlavey to be the Team Manager in December 1998 and check this out: 2) Galles Racing has signed Big Daddy's BBQ as a primary sponsor for their 1999 IRL program. Davey Hamilton, the runner up in the 1998 IRL Championship, will pilot the Big Daddy's Galles Racing G-Force Aurora. hmmm(2-25-1999)

  • Where is Gary? UPDATE 3 on the #78: Gary Bradberry and the #78 team are also missing at Rockingham. The driver reportedly is awaiting payment from sponsor Pilot before running more races(Times-Dispatch), not sure what happened with the Pharb deal(2-20-1999) -- I hear Pharb, has pulled a Big Daddy's and not paid, Pilot needs a co-sponsor or the team doesn't have enough $$ to run every race. Pharb was also on the #57 Jason Keller IGA Chevy in the BGN as an Assoc(2-21-1999) -- I hear that since Pharb pulled out, Pilot decided not to sponsor the team either and that the team is looking to sell it's cars and equipment(2-22-1999) -- I now hear the team is NOT selling equipment, but looking for a sponsor so it can keep running in 1999, but won't run until it finds a sponsor, and it looks like Pilot is out(2-23-1999) -- The #78 Triad Motorsports team, with driver Gary Bradberry, has lost one of its primary co-sponsors and the status of the other is currently in limbo, team owner Jim Wilson said Wednesday. Wilson said Pilot Travel Centers, which had sponsored the #78 Ford last season, has not officially informed him of its sponsorship plans for 1999, but he is still hopeful that Pilot will be on the car this season. Wilson said PHARBCO, a pharmaceutical company, announced its intentions to be the co-primary sponsor of the car at the Winston Cup Preview in Winston-Salem, NC, in January, but did not come through with its financial commitment and has dropped out of the picture. The team will skip Vegas but plans to run Atlanta(NASCAR Online)(2-25-1999)

  • Sadler in for Santerre: Country.com Motorsports has learned that Elliott Sadler will substitute for recuperating BGN racer Andy Santerre in the #47 BGN Chevy, effective immediately. Sadler will pilot the car until Santerre is fully recovered from leg injuries he sustained in a grinding crash in the BGN season opener at Daytona. Santerre, the 1998 Raybestos Rookie of the Year in the BGN, is expecting to return to the series in June. To see a TV interview with Andy Santerre and get an update of his recovery and racing plans, tune into TNN's RaceDay this Sunday, February 28th, at 11:00am/et(TNN Motorsports)(2-25-1999)


    (2-24-1999)
  • Kodiak Out? UPDATE - Nope: Kodiak, sponsor of the Larry Hedrick owned #41 Chevy, reportedly will not return after its contract is up at the end of the season.(Times-Dispatch)(2-23-1999) -- Sources tell me Kodiak is happy with the team and has no plans to leave. Also see the story on the team at NASCAR Online: Hedrick finds way to combat multi-car dominance(2-24-1999)

  • Cup debut: Austin Cameron, the 1998 Winston West Series Rookie of the Year, will attempt to make his Winston Cup debut at the Las Vegas 400. The car is owned by his father, Southern California construction contractor Terry Cameron. Other Cup attempts planned will be at California, Sears Point, and Phoenix.(NASCAR Online) Info on Cameron can be found at the RacingWest - Austin Cameron, he'll be in a Chevy, unknown number.(2-24-1999)

  • McReynolds Cup Team: Mike Skinners crew chief, Larry McReynolds is steaming full-ahead with his plans to own his own racing operation in the year 2000. McReynolds is keeping Skinner's owner, Richard Childress abreast of his situation. The new team, Motorsports Performance Headquarters, with his partner in the new venture, marketing and public relations professional John Dangler. The two are still trying to get that major sponsor and have approx 50 proposals out. They hope to get a deal in place by May.(in part from NASCAR Online) - McReynolds has talked with Chevrolet about running a Monte Carlo next year(News and Record)(2-24-1999)

  • Rules UPDATE: The rule change for front air dam clearances, rear spoiler angle and rear spoiler size implemented for Sunday's DuraLube 400 will be evaluated this week by NASCAR officials(That's Racin' Notes)(2-22-1999) -- NASCAR is not expected to change the rear spoiler size after last week's race at Rockingham despite Ford's dominance. The spoiler sizes were the same as used at the season-ending race at Atlanta last year. The spoiler heights are 6 1/4 inches for Fords, 6 1/2 inches for Chevrolets and 6 7/8 inches for Pontiacs. The higher spoiler sizes are meant to make the rear end of cars more stable and allow for more side-by-side racing(News and Record)(2-24-1999)

  • Benson/Kenseth? Check this out from Sparky Plug at iRACE - "Could Johnny Benson's part-time Busch Series deal with BACE Motorsports lead Johnny B. away from the Roush empire and into a Bill Baumgardner-owned Winston Cup ride? Would that be the opening for Matt Kenseth, who we hear has a long-term contract with Roush? ..."(2-24-1999)

  • Auto Racing Magazines Sold UPDATE: 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 may not be folded into Petersen's Circle Track magazine(Peterson Co - News)(2-13-1999) -- As reported Petersen Publishing(Motor Trend, Circle Track) has purchased General Media's Automotive Group(Stock Car Racing, Open Wheel, etc). I hear SCR/OW's editorial headquarters is moving from Mass. to Fla. One of the staff, Tom Hintz, who maintained the Stock Car Racing Magazine website(until the 14th of Feb), has started his own website: Speedwords - www.speedwords.com in which Tom explains: Speedwords is dedicated to providing accurate technical and feature articles complete with supporting photography for all sectors of the racing community. Check it out(2-24-1999)


    (2-23-1999)
  • Junie, driver, Vegas: Junie Donlavey, owner of the #90 Ford has named rookie Stanton Barrett to drive at Las Vegas. In a one race deal that may expand deeper into the season, Barrett brings Heritage Consumer Products aboard for the Las Vegas 400. Some of Heritage's products include: Acutrim, Allerest, Nice, Sinarest, Fiberall, Eucalyptamint, Privine, Ting, Konodremul, Caldesene and Americaino. Stan Barrett, Stanton's father, drove for Donlavey for four races in 1989(Williams Company)(2-23-1999)

  • Atlanta Test UPDATE: The #91 Joe Falk-LJ Racing Chevy and the #77 Jasper Engines Ford with Robert Pressley driving is testing today and Wednesday at Atlanta(NASCAR Online and LJ Racing) -- Add #55-Kenny Wallace, #58-Ricky Craven and #98-Rick Mast to those testing at Atlanta. Wallace was the fastest at 189.210mph(WC Today Radio)(2-23-1999)

  • Darlington Test: Dan Pardus(#50) and Buckshot Jones(#00) tested Monday at Darlington(WC Today Radio) Jones led testing with a top lap of 163.647mph, followed by Pardus at 163.484 mph(SpeedNet) -- Add Mark Martin to those testing at Darlington on Tuesday. Speeds: Martin 169.689mph; Jones 165.743 and Pardus 165.020(RPM2Nite)(2-23-1999)

  • Vegas Testing: Jeff Gordon, Brett Bodine, Mike Skinner, Joe Nemechek, Lyndon Amick and Jeff Finley will test next week at Las Vegas. Dale Jarrett is scheduled to test next Wednesday(News and Record)(2-17-1999) -- Joe Nemechek and Richard Childress Racing tested Cup cars at Vegas while Gordon, Lyndon Amick(#35), Eric Jones(#70) tested BGN cars(NASCAR Today Radio), Tom Hubert also tested the #19 Kurt Roehrig Bradford White Ford(WC Today Radio)(2-23-1999)

  • Donlavey/#90 News UPDATE 2 Pepboys and drivers: During the race, TNN broadcasters Mike Joy and Dick Berggren were discussing the #90 and Big Daddys' mess and mentioned the sponsors on the car today, Accu-turn and Pep Boys and Berggren said Pep Boys was looking hard at sponsoring the team for the full season. Feel free to go to the Pep Boys site and show your support: Customer Relations: Comment Form or send email to: CustomerRelations@PepBoys.com(2-21-1999). Car owner Junie Donlavey, who had Morgan Shepherd in his #90 Ford at Rockingham says his team can continue without a primary sponsor through Atlanta. He had Morgan Shepherd in the car at the Rock and Stanton Barrett is supposed to be in the car at Las Vegas. Mike Harmon, who came along with the ill-fated Big Daddy's BBQ sponsorship, has been released and will not drive for the team, Donlavey felt Harmon would not work out for the team and "felt it was better to settle it now." Donlavey says Harmon might try to drive the #81 Ford of owner Filbert Martocci, who had Shepherd behind the wheel in Daytona 500 qualifying(In part from IcFlordia)(2-22-1999) -- At this point, Donlavey is uncertain who will be his driver for the Vegas race. Donlavey is talking to Morgan Shepherd and Stanton Barrett, who could become the second rookie to drive for Donlavey this season, the other was of course Mike Harmon. Rumors ran rampant after he put Pep Boys on the quarterpanel at Rockingham last weekend. Reports that the company is making a deal for a full season are greatly exaggerated -- Donlavey didn't even charge Pep Boys for the quarterpanel logo Sunday. (Times-Dispatch)(2-23-1999)

  • Gordon Notes from the QVC Special CORRECTION: Gordon, when asked about the upcoming paint scheme for the Winston (I hear it's called 'Splash'), didn't want to give too much away because he wants to help keep the unveiling a surprise, but said the scheme would be exciting and a lot of fun and will look wild. Gordon said that different DuPont products would appear on the #24's decklid during the 1999 season, including Nomex, Agricultural Products, Corian, Stainmaster Carpet. Gordon also said they'll run a special scheme on the BGN car at the Charlotte BGN race and it will be involved with one of the hottest movies of the summer(actually I haer it's the new Star Wars movie, not the new Superman movie which looks dead in the water now). Gordon mentioned that Ricky Hendrick would run five races but it WILL NOT be in a Pepsi sponsored car. Unknown sponsor if any at this time.(Tina's Gordon Newsletter)(2-23-1999)


    (2-22-1999)
  • Monte Carlo Tests: The new Monte Carlo will be wind tunnel tested today by Richard Childress Racing, then return to the tunnel with NASCAR officials on hand this Friday. Engineers working on the program say they have no doubts the car will be approved and ready to race in time for the Brickyard 400 on Aug. 7.(Times-Dispatch)(2-22-1999)

  • Yates and Chevy? #28/88 team owner Robert Yates has been a longtime Ford man. Supposedly GM officials are wooing Yates to switch to Chevrolets and may finally have his ear with the promise of the new Monte Carlo(JournalNow/PitNow) - Jayski Note: A few readers have emailed me on this, wondering how I could post it, once again, I am just letting you know what I see and hear out there. This rumor makes no sense to me either, what about Quality Care Service/Ford Credit(on a Chevy??)(2-22-1999)

  • Buckshot and Hendrick? Winston Cup rookie Buckshot Jones, who failed to make the field for last week's Daytona 500(and the DuraLube/BigKmart 400), is negotiating a consulting deal with Hendrick Motorsports. Jones, the most popular driver in the BGN last season, posted some of the slowest qualifying and testing times last week at Daytona International Speedway. Jones already gets his engines from Hendrick and now his team is seeking help with suspension from NASCAR's reigning juggernaut(icFlorida)(2-22-1999)

  • Gordon's Secret? Interesting article - NASCAR Winston Cup phenom Jeff Gordon doesn't want anyone else to discover Rev-Er-Up. Jeff Waugh is hoping they will. Waugh, a Tulsa native, is a distributor for Rev-Er-Up, a revolutionary microplating engine product. According to company officials, several racers are using it, including Gordon. But for competitive reasons, few are willing to share their secret. There is also a question whether it is legal. See the rest of the article at: The racer's edge one of the sports best kept secrets by Steve Rogers(Arkansas Democrat-Gazette). I had never heard of this product, for more info check their website - www.reverup.com(2-22-1999)


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