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PAST NEWS MAY 24-30, 1999


(5-30-1999)
  • Pardus Released UPDATE 1: Driver Dan Pardus was released by Midwest Transit Racing Friday. The 36-year-old driver, who hails from Daytona Beach, Fla., was running for NASCAR Winston Cup Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year honors, but has been unable to qualify for any of this seasons events. Pardus was given his unconditional release by team owners Hal Hicks and Mike Witters and will be free to pursue other racing opportunities this season. The team owners have offered Pardus the opportunity to stay on with the team in another position. Pardus also races a stock car on ARCA's Bondo Mar-Hyde Series for Jim and Judie Motorsports. According to team manager Lake Speed, the second-year team is currently looking for an experienced Winston Cup driver and interviewing for an experienced Winston Cup crew chief. Speed said Midwest Transit Racing is looking for the right combination of driver, personnel and equipment to qualify for Winston Cup races this season. Midwest Transit Racing is scheduled to make its next Winston Cup attempt for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona Beach International Speedway. Speed said the team will return to competition only after it has all the pieces to the puzzle firmly in place(Midwest PR)(5-28-1999) -- UPDATE 1: Among the drivers being considered for the team are Steve Grissom and Hut Stricklin(That's Racin')(5-30-1999)

  • Marlin sponsor: Tracfone, the new Felix Sabates sponsor on the #01 Chevy that missed the Coca-Cola 600 when Jeff Green failed to make the field, will move to Sterling Marlin's Coors Light car today(Times-Dispatch)(5-30-1999)

  • McLaughlin Spotter? During an interview on TBS with Dale Earnhardt Jr, Dale Jr mentioned that BGN driver, Mike McLaughlin, would spot for Earnhardt Jr in the Coca Cola 600. McLaughlin is also the stand by driver for Tony Stewart if Stewart doesn't make it back to Charlotte after running the Indy 500, wonder who spots for Earnhardt Jr if that happens(TBS Happy Hour show)(5-29-1999) -- UPDATE 1: I hear Mike Calinoff, of RaceComm and regular spotter for Ricky Craven and the #58 team will spot for Earnhardt Jr, and I have confirmed Calinoff will spot because of McLaughlin's uncertainty of what would happen if Stewart couldn't get back in time made DEI decide to go with Calinoff instead(5-30-1999)


    (5-29-1999)
  • Hendrick Crew News UPDATE 1: Dave Charpentier, one of the NASCAR tour's better known engineers, is leaving the Rick Hendrick-Wally Dallenbach camp and is expected to land a job quickly, either in the Dale Earnhardt camp, working with Steve Park and Dale Earnhardt Jr., or with Richard Childress' team, working with Earnhardt(PitNow) -- more info: Dave Charpentier, a shock specialist with the #25 Chevys driven by Wally Dallenbach, left the garage area at Lowe's Motor Speedway Thursday morning following an argument with crew chief Tony Furr. It was unclear whether Charpentier has quit. According to sources, Charpentier and Furr argued Wednesday night following first-round qualifying in which Dallenbach qualified 41st out of 52 drivers. The argument carried over to Thursday morning after which Charpentier stormed out of the garage(That's Racin')(5-28-1999) -- UPDATE 1: Crew Chief Tony Furr said that Hendrick Motorsports is close to signing a sponsor to the #25 car. And it could happen this week. The departure of shock specialist Dave Charpentier Thursday morning is expected to be just the first of possibly five members leaving Papa Joe’s team. Charpentier could end up at DEI(SpeedVision)(5-29-1999)


    (5-28-1999)
  • Sad News: Ralph Eury, father of Dale Earnhardt Jr. crew chief Tony Eury Sr., died Friday morning. He was 71. The elder Eury competed against the late Ralph Earnhardt, Dale Jr.'s grandfather, on North Carolina dirt tracks. The association between the Eurys and Earnhardts continued with Dale Earnhardt hiring Tony Eury in 1982 to be the crew chief for his Grand National car. It continues today with Dale Jr. and Tony Eury Sr. and Tony Eury Jr., who also helps prepare the defending Grand National champion's cars(GoCarolina's/AP)(5-28-1999)

  • and again...NO Yates 3rd team: #28 and #88 team owner Robert Yates says he will not add a third team, despite offers from potential sponsors. Yates wants to get the #28 program of driver Kenny Irwin on track before he even considers adding a third team(Winston Cup Scene)(5-28-1999)

  • RAD: The aerodynamic alliance of Richard Childress Racing(#'s 3 and 31), Andy Petree Racing(#'s 33 and 55) and Dale Earnhardt Inc.(#'s 1 and 8) - (RAD) placed all six of its Winston Cup teams in the top 15 in qualifying at Charlotte on Wednesday. Four cars occupied the top eight spots. Since its inception in December, RAD has concentrated on the 1999 Monte Carlo, but when its introduction was delayed until 2000, RAD turned its attention to the current Monte Carlos seeking improvement at high downforce tracks like Charlotte. RAD Aero Engineer Louis Duncan said Charlotte is the first test of the technology developed through computer simulations, wind tunnel work, track testing and a great deal of tweaking. Duncan has a long history in racing. His most recent assignment was providing aerodynamic support to the Ford Motor Company stock car programs. Duncan and his son Brad now work exclusively with RAD(Pennzoil PR)(5-28-1999)

  • Stewart to start 43rd anyway UPDATE 1: Because Tony Stewart will be racing in the Indy 500, he will miss the mandatory drivers meeting on Sunday and will have to drop to the back of the field just before the start of the Coca Cola 600(TBS Qualifying)(5-26-1999) -- UPDATE 1: Sunday's meeting is scheduled to start two hours(4pm/et approx) before the race, and it's unlikely Stewart will have arrived by then(That's Racin')(5-28-1999)

  • TNN Buzz: rumor has it that Hendrick Motorsports will move Jack Sprague into a fourth Winston Cup car in 2000 with current NCTS crewchief Dennis Conner coming along as well. This deal is supposedly signed and ready to go. Also look for a sponsorship announcement for the Hendrick Motorsports Winston Cup #25, as Budweiser has moved on(to Earnhardt Jr and the #8). The status of the #24 Truck is variable(TNN Motorsports)(5-27-1999)

  • Carter Crew/Shop News: Travis Carter, co-owner of the #66 Fords of Darrell Waltrip(an owner of the #23), said Thursday veteran NASCAR mechanic Mark Tudor has left Waltrip's team to pursue another job in the Winston Cup series. Derrick Finley has joined the team as team engineer and will work with new crew chief Philippe Lopez. Work continues on the team's new headquarters in Statesville. It's a 28,115-square-foot building located next to the shop of Travis Carter Enterprises, which fields the No. 23 Fords of Jimmy Spencer(That's Racin'/Jim Utter)(5-28-1999)

  • The Pits: The #28 Texaco/Havoline Ford pit crew earned a $10,000 paycheck and an additional unexpected $5,000 bonus from driver Kenny Irwin last night at Speed Street. During the Second Annual Coca-Cola Racing Family Pit Crew Challenge, NASCAR's unsung heroes, pit crews, received their chance to shine in front of the more than 15,000 fans, and the 11 competing teams provided plenty of excitement for the crowd gathered to watch. One of Speed Street's most popular events during Coca-Cola 600 race week, the Pit Crew Challenge invites the pit crews from each of The Coca-Cola Racing Family teams to compete for $10,000 awarded for the fastest pit stop on Speed Street. Each participating seven-member crew completed one stationary, four-tire stop, then raced across the finish line to stop the clock. The #28 team's winning time of 19.81 seconds was 2.31 seconds faster than the second-place #44 Hot Wheels team. Dale Jarrett's #88 Quality Care Ford team placed third. Caught up in the excitement of the event, Kenny Irwin sweetened the prize for his pit crew by pledging an additional $5,000 if they won. In addition to Irwin, Dale Jarrett, Steve Park and Kyle Petty were on hand to support their pit teams. The competitors included crew chiefs and pit members from the Coca-Cola Racing Family race teams, including: defending champion Steve Park's #1 Pennzoil crew; Dale Earnhardt's #3 GM Goodwrench crew; Ricky Rudd's #10 Tide crew; Jeremy Mayfield's #12 Mobil crew; Bobby Labonte's #18 Interstate Batteries crew; Jeff Burton's #99 Exide Batteries crew; Kyle Petty's #44 Hot Wheels crew; Kenny Irwin's #28 Texaco Havoline crew; Bill Elliott's #94 McDonald's crew; Dale Jarrett's #88 Quality Care crew; and Tony Stewart's #20 Home Depot crew(Coca Cola PR)(5-28-1999)


    (5-27-1999)
  • More Tethers/Wheel Restraint News: I hear NASCAR officials have issued wheel restraints and required all BGN teams to put them on for the race this Saturday. How do they work? From what I hear one loop will go around the jackbolt between the frame and spring, the other will go around the spindle just below the upper ball joint and only be run on the front wheels. See an image of the 'tethers': from the Sugar Free Racing Site - Tether Image. Also from That's Racin' - Front-wheel tethers will be required on NASCAR Grand National series cars for Saturday's CarQuest 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, but the equipment will remain optional for Winston Cup cars, and from SpeedNet/AP - The tether is merely a section of braided steel cable about a foot long and fastened into a loop at each end. NASCAR officials paid $7 for each unit, and because the sanctioning body feels that only the front wheels need to be secured, the cost would be $14 per car(5-27-1999)

  • Short Lived:FAIN Motorsports is no longer involved with Shepherd racing. The Fan based team(who claims to be the first but of course is not, Fans Can Race, Mark III actually made Cup races in the past) brought Wendy's aboard a sponsor of the #05. All the details are sketchy and I do not have all the facts, but supposedly, FAIN is looking at two other teams(one a BGN team, the other a Ford Cup team)(5-27-1999)

  • Stewart stand in: Mike McLaughlin practiced the #20 Home Depot Pontiac Thursday as Tony Stewart was at Indy for the final practice/carburetion day. McLaughlin will also be available to run the car if Stewart cannot make it back to Charlotte in time for the Coca-Cola 600 start(RPM2Nite)(5-27-1999)

  • Wheaties Returns? UPDATE 1: I hear that the #26 Cheerios Ford and Johnny Benson, will run a Wheaties scheme, possibly in the Pepsi 400 at Daytona(5-20-1999) -- UPDATE: I hear that Johnny Benson will drive a Solid Gold Cheerios #26 Ford in a one race deal sometime this summer, not sure when(5-27-1999)

  • Petty Announcement: A celebration of the first 50 years — and the next 50 years — of stock car racing’s most famous entity will continue with unique 50th Anniversary cars in August. Four Petty Enterprises’ teams will race in Indianapolis, Indiana featuring special paint schemes that highlight the beginning of the second 50 years of a winning tradition. The #43 STP Pontiac driven by John Andretti and the #44 Hot Wheels Pontiac driven by Kyle Petty will carry special colors in the Brickyard 400, Saturday, August 7, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Adam Petty’s #45 Spree Prepaid Foncard Chevrolet will compete in the Kroger NASCAR 200 Busch race Friday night, August 6, and Jimmy Hensley’s #43 Dodge by Petty will compete in the IRP 200 Truck series race Thursday night, August 5, both of those at Indianapolis Raceway Park. It is the only time all four teams race in the same major market in front of a “Big Three” network television audience (ABC for the Brickyard 400; ESPN for both IRP events). This marks the first time in NASCAR history that four identically-designed vehicles race in the same city on the same race weekend. The vehicles will be dominated by Petty blue, the color that has won more NASCAR Winston Cup events than any other, with gold trim and gold wheels. The unique design will no be seen again, except on the collectible die-cast vehicles manufactured by Mattel’s Hot Wheels brand. A four-vehicle set that includes the Dodge by Petty truck in 1/64 scale will be sold exclusively at Wal-Mart retailers nationwide. In addition, the Winston Cup and Busch cars will be sold in various scales through online sales, direct mail, hobby shops and trackside sales. In further celebration of the 50th Anniversary, Petty Enterprises is planning a September event to honor all of the 41 former drivers of Petty Enterprises’ cars. Additional details regarding the event will be revealed in the next few months.(The Williams Company), see images of the cars at the Lowes Motor Speedway Site(5-27-1999)

  • NASCAR School: NASCAR plans to develop a $7 million NASCAR Training Institute somewhere in the Charlotte region to train automotive technicians. The institute, to open in 2001, is one of as many as a half-dozen planned nationwide over the next few years by NASCAR and Phoenix, Ariz.-based Universal Technical Institute. See full story at That's Racin':NASCAR to open technician training facility with UTI(5-27-1999)

  • Jarrett/Farve: Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre was on hand at the speedway Wednesday to announce his partnership with Dale Jarrett. The two are forming the Jarrett-Favre Driving Adventure, a business that will allow people to ride in or drive Winston Cup cars at North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, N.C. Packages start at $75 for a three-lap passenger ride and go to $1,450 for four sessions as a driver. The venture is to open in July(Infobeat)(5-27-1999)

  • Fund: There was an unusual contribution Wednesday to a fund set up by Lowe's Motor Speedway at Charlotte for victims of a fatal spectator accident at the track earlier this month. Trab Crews, a driver in NASCAR's Goody's Dash Series, collected $750 during an open house held at his race team's shop in his hometown of Leoma, Tenn. More than $35,000 has been donated to the fund, set up after three spectators were killed and eight injured when hit by flying debris from a wreck at an Indy Racing League event on May 1. Most of the donations have come from other spectators who asked that their ticket refunds from the race be targeted for the fund(Speed Magazine) for info on the fund see Jayski's Racing Charity Page(5-27-1999)

  • Stewart Double: Reports say John Paul Jr. has been fitted for a seat in Stewart's Indy car. If the Indianapolis 500 should run long or have weather delays, Stewart has a drop dead time that he would turn over the car to Paul to finish the event and leave for Charlotte. His main committment this weekend is to his Gibbs Racing team. No word if there is a backup driver on stand by for Stewart at Charlotte(Inside Motorsports)(5-27-1999)

  • Suspension: NASCAR on Wednesday suspended Rick Burgdoff III, a crew member for Jeff Green's BGN team(#32) who works for Penske South and Progressive Motorsports, for fighting in the garage area following last Sunday's race at Nazareth. Burgdoff was involved in an altercation with a track photographer at the speedway. He is suspended from NASCAR events until June 14 and must pay a $2,500 fine. Burgdoff also serves backup tire changer for Winston Cup driver Rusty Wallace(That's Racin')(5-27-1999)

  • Hornaday to BGN with DEI: It was announced this morning that RON HORNADAY and sponsor NAPA Auto Parts will be moving from the NASCAR Truck Series to the NASCAR Busch Series in the year 2000. He will drive the #3 Chevrolet that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be vacating. The team has a three-year contract with NAPA and the colors will remain the same as the truck. No decision on what will be done with the #16 truck team.(image and story at the Lowes Motor Speedway, thanks Scott)(5-27-1999)

  • Buckshot Paint UPDATE 1: Buckshot Jones and the #00 Pontiac will be running a special paint scheme for the Coca Cola 600 at Lowes this weekend. The car will feature BSR's associate sponsor: Brunswick Corp on the hood, quarter panels and TV panel. The #00 will be painted black(5-26-1999) -- UPDATE 1: The Buckshot Racing Site has images up of the new look for the Coke 600(5-27-1999)


    (5-26-1999)
  • Star Wars and Gordon: Pepsi-Cola and Lucasfilm unveiled a new, one-race-only paint job on the Gordon-Evernham Motorsports BGN #24 on Wednesday. See the TNN story and an image at: Racing The Phantom Menace #24(5-26-1999)

  • Beer Can: In connection with Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Winston Cup debut in the Coca Cola 600, his sponsor Budwesier is releasing a 16-ounce can featuring the driver's #8 Budweiser Chevrolet(SpeedNet)(5-26-1999)

  • Nadeau BGN: Jerry Nadeau will serve double duty this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway at Charlotte. In addition to his regular driving responsibilities for the #Melling Racing Ford, Nadeau will also substitute for injured driver Brad Loney in the May 29 BGN race. Nadeau, 28, will drive the #90 Coyne Textile Services Chevy for GTS Motorsports in the Carquest Auto Parts 300. Loney suffered a concussion during an accident in the First Union 200 at Nazareth last week, and was advised by doctors not to enter this weekend's race as a precaution(Cotter Group)(5-26-1999)

  • 22nd: is the farthest a driver has started and still won the Coca-Cola 600(TBS Qual)(5-26-1999)

  • Schrader Gold: Kenny Schrader's #33 Skoal Chevy is painted gold with green and white trim(TBS Qualifying)(5-26-1999)

  • Hills Brothers? Didn't see the Hills Brothers decals on the #90 during qualifying(TBS Qual)(5-26-1999)

  • Moore to Melling: Newt Moore(former #77 and #81 crew chief) has joined Melling Racing as car chief of the #9 Cartton Network Ford and driver Jerry Nadeau, beginning with the May 30 Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway at Charlotte. Moore's responsibilities will include car setup, shocks and chassis. He will work closely with crew chief Jeff Buice to prepare the cars and will serve as driver Jerry Nadeau's spotter on race day(Cotter Group)(5-26-1999)

  • Wheel Restraints/Tethers UPDATE 3: Several Winston Cup teams tested the tire tethers at Charlotte(no idea which ones). The heavy steel cable connects from the jackbolt to the spindle on the front tires, meaning it does not rotate with the tire but will hold the wheel on the car in an accident. If it works, the tethers could become standard by the end of the season(Times-Dispatch)(5-23-1999) -- UPDATE 1: "NASCAR officials were handing out steel-cable wheel tethers this weekend, which could become mandatory on Winston Cup cars beginning with the Coca-Cola 600, according to NASCAR sources. The move is seen by some in the NASCAR garage as more of a public-relations move than anything, in reaction to several Indy-car problems over the past year"(PitNow) -- UPDATE 2: I hear NASCAR may use tethers in the BGN race at Lowes this weekend(5-24-1999) -- UPDATE 3: NASCAR had several teams try the devices in the Winston Open and The Winston Saturday night. Various versions of tethers, which are designed to help keep wheels from coming off cars during crashes, have been put into use for Formula One, Championship Auto Racing Teams and Indy Racing League competition. CART and IRL announced they would require tethers after three fans were killed by debris flying into the stands at a CART event at Michigan Speedway last year and at the IRL's VisionAire 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway outside Charlotte on May 1. Gary Nelson, NASCAR's Winston Cup series director, said Tuesday that NASCAR had been looking into the use of tethers before the IRL incident at the Charlotte track. NASCAR spokesman Tim Sullivan said teams were not required to use the wheel restraints in Saturday night's special events. Some who were asked if they would be willing to try the devices declined. The tethers were connected from the car's frame to the wheel assembly, but Nelson was reluctant to provide many details about how they were designed to work. Nelson said NASCAR is looking at comments from the teams that used tethers Saturday. He characterized the response as positive. "We will continue to move forward on the project," Nelson said when asked if the tethers would be used this weekend for the Coca-Cola 600 and if they would eventually become required equipment(in part from That's Racin') and a few teams used wheel tethers during The Winston last weekend. Among those were the team owned by Bill Davis with driver Ward Burton and the Wood Brothers with driver Elliott Sadler. Neither team reported problems. NASCAR officials are expected to talk to teams this week about the device's performance(News and Record) -- Check out an image of the wheel restraints at Sugar Free Racing(5-26-1999)

  • No 2nd Team: During Derrike Copes NOL chat on Tuesday, he was asked about a 2nd Bahari race team, which had been rumored in the past. Cope said no plans for Bahari Racing to go to a two car team(NOL Chat)(5-26-1999)

  • Gibbs/BGN?? UPDATE 3: On RPM2Nite, John Kernan interviewed Sprint Car star Jason Leffler. It was mentioned that Leffler has an offer from Joe Gibbs, it wasn't really announced but more implied that it would be a BGN ride(5-20-1999) -- UPDATE 1: I hear that WRTV Channel 13 in Indy reported that Jason Leffler will be named to drive a Busch Series car owned by Joe Gibbs(5-21-1999) -- UPDATE 2: Jason Lefler, a promising young open-wheel racing star, is under consideration by car owner Joe Gibbs to run the Busch tour next season, according to sources close to the situation(PitNow)(5-24-1999) -- UPDATE 3: Current USAC sprint car driver Jason Leffler will be given his chance to prove his stock car abilities by car owner Joe Gibbs. Gibbs has told Speedway Scene that Leffler will be put behind the wheel of the #18 MBNA BGN Pontiac this season to replace Bobby Labonte, who announced last month that he would not be entering any more BGN events in 1999. If Leffler finds the stock cars to his liking, Gibbs plan is to have the youngster in the car for the full schedule in 2000 and take it from there(Phil Furr/Speedway Scene)(5-26-1999)

  • 200th: Bobby Labonte will make 200th consecutive Cup start at the Coca-Cola 600(NOL)(5-26-1999)

  • Petree Degree: Andy Petree will receive an honorary degree from the Nashville Auto Diesel College during driver introductions for the Coca-Cola 600. It is the first time anyone has received such an honor in the 88 year history of the college. Petree earned a 98 percent average in the automotive phase but left before completing the diesel portion to join the NASCAR Winston Cup series(TNN Motorsports Site)(5-26-199)


    (5-25-1999)
  • DEI Info: Dale Earnhardt Inc has opened their souvenir and showroom area at their shop(see Team Address link to the left for the address and phone numbers)(5-25-1999)

  • Craven News: Ricky Craven's #58 Ford Taurus will carry the colors of Turbines Solutions, Inc.(TSI) this weekend(Black and Gold). TSI is a privately held aircraft engine parts supplier, owned and operated by CEO and Team Owner, Scott Barbour. Founded in 1992, TSI has established itself as a quality oriented supplier of JT8D engine parts and components. Hollywood Video and StockCar Stocks are both on board for the Coca-Cola 600 as associates sponsors. Hollywood Video will be carried on the television panel, and StockCar Stocks will be displayed on the "B" post(SBII PR)(5-25-1999)

  • Team Jasper(Panther Pit) News: The #77 Jasper Motorsports team has named Charley Pressley as interim crew chief for the Jasper Engines Ford Taurus. Pete Rondeau has been named car chief. Both will work together while the team is in the transition of naming a permanent crew chief. Bob Gulbranson, shop foreman, will continue his duties in order to focus on the preparation of the race cars and interviewing new crew chief candidates. Charley Pressley is Jasper Motorsport¹s driver Robert Pressley¹s brother and this is not the first time they have worked together. Charley was Robert's crew chief during his 1995 rookie season in the #33 Leo Jackson Skoal Bandit cars. During that tenure, they had four top-fives and sat on the front row twice. For the Coca-Cola 600, the Jasper Motorsports car will sport a much different look. Making use of the black panther mascot of Jasper Performance Products (and the Carolina Panthers), the car includes reflective decals, a mostly yellow paint job, see an image at Paint Scheme Gallery(Jasper PR)(5-25-1999)

  • Mock/Remington News: Remington Arms Company announced today it would not renew its primary sponsorship with Butch Mock Motorsports into the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup season. Tommy Millner, president and CEO of Remington Arms Company, said Remington anticipates an announcement within the next few weeks regarding its future NASCAR marketing strategy. Remington has been the primary sponsor on the #75 Ford Taurus since 1996, and has enjoyed its association with top-notch drivers Morgan Shepherd, Rick Mast, and Ted Musgrave. Since entering the sport, Remington has undertaken several unique promotional efforts, including a sporting clays competition among the drivers; distribution of rifles and shotguns to Bud Shootout participants; promotion of outdoor television shows featuring members of the NASCAR community; and a heavy radio advertising campaign marrying outdoor interests with auto racing. Remington Arms Company, headquartered in Madison, North Carolina, is one of the leading manufacturers of sporting firearms, ammunition and accessories including knives, gun safes and firearm care products. It also markets Stren fishing line, baits and accessories to fishermen worldwide(Remington PR) Jayski Note: I hear Polaris will take over primary sponsorship in 2000 of the #75(5-25-1999)

  • #77 Paint for Indy: The #77 Jasper Motorsports Ford will sport a platinum stripes scheme for Federal-Mogul their biggest associate sponsor at Indy for the Brickyard 400. The scheme will involve one of Federal Mogul's brand named products. They own several well-known automotive product brands and the car will also revolve around Federal Mogul's new themed ad campaign. Have no image on that or any idea what it'll look like(5-25-1999)


    (5-24-1999)
  • Petty/Players Inc UPDATE 1: Players Inc/Petty Enterprises will be unveiling their 1999 special schemes for the 1999 Cup and truck events this coming Monday(May 24th) at a special television taping with the 1999 NFL first round rookies, Jimmy Hensley, John Andretti, and Kyle Petty. The shoot will be at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. The truck will be run at Texas on June 11 and the Cup cars(#'s 43 and 44) will run at Richmond on September 11th, which is the night before the opening day for the NFL. All three drivers will have some wild suits and helmets. All the vehicles will be available as limited edition diecast from Hot Wheels and some pretty wild merchandise is being made, too. Some notable NFL players, present and past, will be in the teams' pits to help(Pole Position Productions)(5-20-1999) -- UPDATE 1 Postponed? New date: Please Join Petty Enterprises! A significant announcement in celebration of 50 years. 10:30am/et on Thursday, May 27, Infield Media Center, Lowe's Motor Speedway. Kyle Petty, Richard Petty, Adam Petty John Andretti, Jimmy Hensley Robbie Loomis and Doug Hewitt will be there. Announcement followed by interviews, photo opportunities(Williams Company)(5-24-1999)

  • Spencer Unhappy UPDATE 1: After finishing second to Tony Stewart in the Winston Open by a margin of nearly five seconds, a dejected Jimmy Spencer admitted to being a sore loser. His comments: "....They (the #20 Home Depot Pontiac) had a lot of horsepower in that car. A lot of them have a lot of horsepower, unfortunately, the 23 doesn’t. Oh yeah, we had a good motor. It wouldn’t pull my skiboat on Sunday."(SpeedVision/NOL) by the way, Spencer uses Pro Motors(5-23-1999) -- UPDATE 1: Pro Motor Responds: Pro-Motor Engineering's Peter Guild discussed the engine combination for NASCAR Winston Cup driver Jimmy Spencer’s second-place finish in Saturday's The Winston Open. "We have had continuing difficulty finding the right engine for Jimmy Spencer at the 1.5-mile Lowe’s Motor Speedway and at other high-speed tracks. Jimmy drives very aggressively and wants the car to have a certain feel when he gets back in the gas, coming off of the corners. However, that style of engine greatly diminishes the higher rpm horsepower, hurting high straightaway speed. In The Winston Open, we gave him the style of engine that he wanted, and all through practice and the 25-lap qualifying race, he was pleased with that combination. Watching the races from above the grandstands confirmed my observation that the engine style that we would like to give him is the one that he needs. The other factor is that the Chevrolet engine, with the new SB2 cylinder head, now produces as much horsepower, if not more, than the best Ford engines. Combine that with the aerodynamic drag advantage that the Pontiac and the Monte Carlo have over the Taurus, and it is hard to keep up with a good GM car on the straightaway."(Cotter PR)(5-24-1999)

  • Marlin's Son: Steadman Marlin, eighteen year old son of NASCAR Winston Cup star Sterling Marlin, led all 50 laps en-route to his first ever NASCAR Winston Racing Series Late Model Stock Car main event Saturday night at Nashville Speedway USA. Young Steadman became the third Marlin in the tracks 41 year history to etch his name in the speedway's record books and the first - third generation driver to win a premiere division feature at the fairgrounds ovalNashville Speedway Site. Jayski Note: I met Steadman in the Talladega infield in Oct 1997 and he was a very polite, respectful teenager, was nice to see, congrats(5-24-1999)

  • Gibbs/BGN?? UPDATE 2: On RPM2Nite, John Kernan interviewed Sprint Car star Jason Leffler. It was mentioned that Leffler has an offer from Joe Gibbs, it wasn't really announced but more implied that it would be a BGN ride(5-20-1999) -- UPDATE 1: I hear that WRTV Channel 13 in Indy reported that Jason Leffler will be named to drive a Busch Series car owned by Joe Gibbs(5-21-1999) -- UPDATE 2: Jason Lefler, a promising young open-wheel racing star, is under consideration by car owner Joe Gibbs to run the Busch tour next season, according to sources close to the situation(PitNow)(5-24-1999)


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