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PAST NEWS MARCH 8-14, 1999

  • The Wind Tunnel: NASCAR is taking the cars from Sunday's top six finishers - #24-Jeff Gordon, #18-Bobby Labonte, #6-Mark Martin, #88-Dale Jarrett, #22-Ward Burton and #31-Mike Skinner - to the wind tunnel in Marietta, Ga., for testing(That's Racin') JAYSKI NOTE: Ward Burton finished 8th. They took the two top Chevy's(#24 and #31), the top Ford(#6) and a Yates Ford(#88)(instead of the #99) and the top Pontiac(#18) and Burton(#22), even though the #36-Irvan Pontiac finished ahead of Burton.(3-14-1999)

  • Skinner/Childress: Mike Skinner is in the process of working out a new three-year deal with owner Richard Childress. But he's torn because his crew chief, Larry McReynolds with whom he has a productive relationship, is looking to create his own Winston Cup team next season(That's Racin') -- Update from the StockCarFans Newsletter: Mike Skinner, current Winston Cup points leader, Lowe's Companies, Inc. and Richard Childress agreed today to work together for the next three years. This will end all speculation about Mike Skinner leaving the team to join Larry McReynold's when he leaves the team . McReynolds, Crew Chief on the #31 Lowe's Chevrolet, is attempting to put together his own team and the rumor was, that Skinner may leave with him(3-14-1999)

  • #98: The #98 Burdette Motorsports Ford had no decals on the hood or quarter panels for the Cracker Barrel 500 at Atlanta(3-14-1999)

  • Burton Homes: A fan will have the opportunity to win a new home built by Nanticoke Homes if Jeff Burton is able to win two of three selected races this season. A fan will be selected from a drawing and win the home should Burton win at least two races among the following three - July 11 at New Hampshire, Oct. 3 at Martinsville and Nov. 21 at Atlanta(That's Racin') Also Burton is a spokesperson for Nanticoke Homes and will carry a Nanticoke Homes decal on the #99(NOL)(3-14-1999)

  • DeVane: After Saturday morning's practice session, Harris DeVane and the No. 08 Georgia Peanut Chevrolet decided to withdraw from the Cracker Barrel 500(NOL)(3-14-1999)

  • Davy Jones Returns: well not to Cup but to Racing. Davy Jones, who drove the #77 Jasper Engines Ford for seven races 1995 and was seriously injured during IRL practice at Disney in 1997 will drive at the 12 hours of Sebring for Panos in a Porche 911. He hopes to run in the Indy 500 this year.(TNN's Raceday)(3-14-1999)

  • Roush/IRL? UPDATE Reports have NASCAR teams owner Jack Roush talking about possibly having an IRL team in the near future(WC Today Radio)(3-11-1999) -- Roush Racing may expand into the Pep Boys Indy Racing League. Geoff Smith, president of Roush Racing, confirmed he is exploring opportunities in the IRL with driver Jeff Ward and crew chief Mitch Davis. See iRACE article iRACE: Roush may start IRL Team(3-13-1999)

  • Atlanta Qualifying Notes: The #98 Burdette Motorsports Ford has no decals/sponsor; Derrike Cope is in the #30 Bryan Foods Pontiac this week; The rookies did pretty good, Tony Stewart qualified 3rd, Buckshot Jones was 7th and Elliott Sadler was 15th(3-12-1999)

  • Tracy to BGN? Check this story out from the Speedway Scene - Paul Tracy To Busch?, possible in the #19 Team Yellow Chevy when Mike Skinner has Cup conflicts(3-12-1999)

  • Craven still Hollywood: Hollywood Video has signed on with the #58 SBIII Motorsports Ford and Ricky Craven for the Cracker Barrel 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and the TranSouth Financial at Darlington Raceway.(Ricky Craven Site, stop by and email Hollywood Video)(3-12-1999)

  • Pardus Skipping? UPDATE I hear that Danny Pardus and the #50 Midwest Transit team are going to skip Atlanta this weekend, while they are moving into their shop in Mooresville, NC. The shop is Lonnie Rushes old CTS shop at the Mooresville Motorsports Park(3-11-1999) -- speaking of Pardus, his official site is up at:, didn't mention skipping Atlanta on the page, but a story at Speed Magazine does, see it at Pardus' team out of race in Atlanta. Their next race will be either Darlington or Texas (3-12-1999)

  • Peanut Car UPDATE: Mr. Peanut from Planters Company, Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte, Ricky Rudd and team-owner Robert Yates will unveil his Mr. Peanut's Hot Rod and anxiously wait as it is goes through NASCAR Winston Cup inspection. The press conference begins at 8:30am/pm, Friday, March 12, in the Infield Media Center Conference Room of Atlanta Motor Speedway. Mr. Peanut, his Pals and the Hot Rod will be available for pictures.(PR) Jarrett's assoc sponsor is Planters, but I hear this will NOT be an unvieling of a Winston Cup special paint scheme for the #88(3-11-1999) -- See an image and story at NOL - Mr. Peanut's 'Hot Rod Tour' takes to NASCAR (3-12-1999)

  • Sad News: Tim Beverley's father, Donald Beverley, passed away Tuesday evening following a battle with cancer. Tim is the owner of the 10-10-345 Pontiac driven by Rich Bickle in the Cup series. The family wishes, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to either the American Cancer Society or to the Hospice of East Texas, 3800 Paluxy Drive, Suite 560, Tyler, Texas 75703. With your gift, please include a note indicating that your memoriam is in memory of Mr. Donald Beverley.(3-11-1999)

  • BellSouth Internet Game: I am not much into games but thought this may interest the readers: Race fans will have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of Joe Nemechek's No. 42 BellSouth/Team SABCO Chevrolet Via the internet, The BellSouth Shockwave Stock Car Race puts computer wizards in control of the familiar blue and neon-striped NASCAR Winston Cup Series car. The BellSouth Shockwave Stock Car Race is one of only a handful of internet games which offers competition to one or two players on the same keyboard, for exciting side-by-side racing. To see more info on the game or play, the game is located on the BellSouth Racing web site at PR)(3-11-1999)

  • Sad News: Some of you may remember Stock Car Fans Site campaign of last year to help raise funds to offset some of Shanda Padgett's medical expenses. They regret to announce that Shanda passed away after losing her fight against cancer. Shanda leaves behind her husband and one child. Shanda was the daughter of former NASCAR flagman Doyle Ford's friend. Her funeral is today, but no details are available. However, cards and expressions of sympathy may be directed to: Attn: Doyle Ford, 17 Lewis Street, Nashville, TN. 37201(StockCarFans Newsletter) Jayski Note: I posted info on Shanda last year and in the past on the Racing Charities Page and wanted to follow up, was hoping for a much different result. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends(3-11-1999)

  • Franchises? in NASCAR? The prospect of a considerable increase in television revenue has NASCAR executives seriously considering the issue of Winston Cup team franchises. That would be a major change in thinking at stock-car racing's headquarters in Daytona Beach, Fla. See the complete article at PitNow: NASCAR is considering issue of team franchises by Mike Mulhern(3-11-1999)

  • Mayfield/Kranfuss team flies: Jeremy Mayfield's brother in law and driver of his and co-owner Michael Kranefuss' ARCA team, rookie David Keith, set a new track record for the Atlanta ARCA race, the speed was 186.591mph the #8-Kmart Ford Taurus. Over 3mph faster then 1998 series champ and the 2nd fastest Frank Kimmel(ARCA Racing Site) BTW: the race will be shown on TV-ESPN2 tape delay Tues, March 16 Midnight(Mon Night)(3-11-1999)

  • The #90 at AMS: Morgan Shepherd will be in the #90 Junie Donlavey Ford for Atlanta. No sponsor on car. Both Shepherd and Stanton Barrett are trying to put together a sponsorship package for Darlington, but nothing has materialized as yet. Junie is taking it race to race(Inside Motorsports)(3-10-1999) -- Donlavey said the car would carry sponsorship from Accu-turn Industries, a Richmond company that has supported him previously, including the season-opening Daytona 500(3-11-1999)

  • Disharoon leaving UPDATE 3: Donnie Disharoon, crew chief of the #66 Haas-Carter Big Kmart Ford and driver Darrell Waltrip, is leaving the team to take the crew chief position with the #41 Larry Hedrick Racing Kodiak Chevy(WC Today Radio)(3-8-1999) -- I hear a possible replacement at the #66 is Tim Brewer. -- Brewer will not be joining the team, owner Travis Carter will serve as crew chief in the interim(3-9-1999) -- Disharoon named the crew chief of the #41 and Joe Snyder will be the interim crew chief of the #66.(NOL)(3-10-1999)

  • Bradberry Free? UPDATE 2: I hear Gary Bradberry has been released from his contract with the #78 Triad Motorsports, so he can pursue other opportunities. Looks like sponsorship has not been found with the team...and I hear the team may have a sponsor for Atlanta and Bradberry may run the car. Bradberry will also be one of approx 80 BGN cars making an attempt(3-9-1999) -- Triad Motorsports' owners have given Gary Bradberry permission to seek other racing opportunities, team co-owner Steve Lane said Tuesday afternoon and has cancelled entries for Rockingham, Las Vegas and now Atlanta(NOL)(3-10-1999)

  • Million Dollar Bill: Bill Elliott is positioned to become the second driver to reach the $1 million mark in career earnings at Atlanta Motor Speedway(AMS) in this weekend's Cracker Barrel 500. Elliott, driver of the McDonald's Ford Taurus, has accumulated $977,405 at the 1.522-mile speedway since 1976, when he won $950 in the Atlanta 500. The first driver to exceed the $1 million mark at Atlanta was Dale Earnhardt in 1995. Elliott, who is third in all-time Winston Cup Series' earnings with $19,704,284, has already surpassed the $1 million mark at three tracks, Daytona International Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Michigan Speedway. Elliott is a five-time winner at Atlanta Motor Speedway -- twice in 1992, 1987 (race #2) and twice in 1985.(PR)(3-10-1999)

  • RJR Sells UPDATE: RJR Nabisco said Tuesday it will sell its international tobacco business to Japan Tobacco Inc. for $8 billion, including the assumption of $200 million in debt, and separate its domestic tobacco operations from its food operations. See the complete story at CNN - RJR sells int'l tobacco line. Not sure what this means for Winston Cup and not looking to speculate on it, I'm sure we'll hear all about it. Also see the story at the Charlotte Observer: RJR to split tobacco and food, sell international unit -- RPM2Nite reported that RJR said the move would NOT effect their motorsports involvement(3-9-1999)

  • Well, Well UPDATE: Not a NASCAR story but thought readers would be interested - Add Davey Hamilton to the list of racers who have been basted by Big Daddy's BBQ Sauces and Spices. Big Daddy's has failed to deliver its payment for sponsorship of Hamilton's Indy Racing League car, which is owned by Rick Galles of Albuquerque, N.M. The team is expected to announce today that it is disbanding for the remainder of the season. See the complete story at: Hamilton's sponsorship deal collapses(SpeedNet) Unbelievable!!(3-6-1999) -- Got a Press Release from Big Daddy's, almost didn't post it but decided it was not fair to the readers, anyhow here it is: "Big Daddy's BBQ had previously announced its sponsorship of Galles Racing's IRL team, however now is suffering another casualty in its sponsorship efforts due to its inability to recover from its major loss of funds stemming from a deal with investment banking firm, J.B. Marc & Associates of New York City. Big Daddy's had previously released a similar statement of explanation why it lost its deal with Junie Donlavey Racing and now announces that their IRL sponsorship with Galles Racing has suffered the same fate. When the "BIGD" stock was trading at $4.50 per share plus, Davey Hamilton and Dan Lloyd met with J.B. Marc and Associates executives Joe Blumenthal and Karlton Zamost, and left that meeting feeling all was well and the future was bright, but obviously the rest is history. Although all parties involved knew it was an uphill battle, Galles Racing, Davey Hamilton and Big Daddy's have been working to get past the loss and continue the sponsorship deal, but with the adverse publicity directed towards Big Daddy's, Galles Racing and Davey Hamilton have undergone a great deal of undeserved criticism, therefore Galles Racing and Big Daddy's have decided to step back for now and work towards the future for a strong, first class team. Big Daddy's BBQ wishes the very best for Galles Racing in its efforts for the 1999 season and will assist in any way possible to secure sponsorship for the fine organization Rick Galles has put together." Don't email me on this, go to to make comments(looks like the email is getting kicked back or refused now)(3-9-1999)

  • DW and Yellow Freight: Darrell Waltrip has signed on with Yellow Freight System to be the chief strategist and official spokesman for the company's NASCAR racing team. Waltrip will make public appearances for Yellow Freight many BGN races in 1999, starting with the Yellow Freight 300 in Atlanta. Driver Mike Skinner will attempt to make the Yellow Freight 300 in the #19 Team Yellow Racing Chevy(Team Yellow PR)(3-9-1999)

  • Ford Change? UPDATE 2 PitNow reports that the Ford Taurus is due for a 'face lift' for the 2000 season(PitNow) -- found this story Ford pops Taurus’ bubble look, with two images of the 2000 Taurus(Detriot News)(3-6-1999) -- More images of the 2000 Taurus at CarConnection(3-8-1999)

  • New Monte Carlo: After the top Ford, Pontiac and Chevrolet from the Atlanta race are tested in the wind tunnel next week, NASCAR officials will compare test results with those of the new Monte Carlo. They will take those numbers and see where they are at. Originally set for a May debut, the new car should appear at the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis on Aug. 7. Because there’s only one superspeedway race on the schedule after August, Chevrolet is expected to allow the old model to run at the Oct. 17 race at Talladega(Times-Dispatch) and Don Parkinson, brand manager for Chevrolet's Team Monte Carlo, said here(Vegas) this weekend that he expects the new Monte Carlo race car to be approved and ready to go in time for the Brickyard 400 on Aug. 7. See complete story at That's Racin' - Chevrolet expects approval in time for Brickyard(3-8-1999)

  • Atwood? Childress? Casey Atwood in a Richard Childress Chevy? That's a distinct possibility, according to GM sources. Atwood, though just 18, has impressed a lot of veterans in his few Busch tour runs. Both Childress drivers on the Cup tour this season are in their 40s. Childress just said that they are exploring several options(PitNow)(3-8-1999)

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