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PAST NEWS MAY 31-JUNE 6, 1999


(6-6-1999)
  • More #98 News UPDATE 1: Cale Yarborough might be shaking up his race team, according to driver Rick Mast. Team manager Waddell Wilson didn't make the trip to Delaware, and Mast said that Wilson's status is unclear. Yarborough had been in the process of selling his team to another South Carolina businessman this season, but Yarborough is now back in command of the operation(PitNow)(6-5-1999) -- UPDATE 1: Sources at Dover tell me Wadddell Wilson was in the garage area on Saturday(6-6-1999)

  • Happy Hour News: Ernie Irvan crashed the #36 M&M's Pontiac hard but fortunately wasn't injured. The team did have to unload the back up car so he will be starting 43rd, Irvan was able to run around 12 laps in the backup(6-5-1999) -- UPDATE 1: Also see the That's Racin' story - Crash in practice moves Irvan to back of field(That's Racin')(6-6-1999)


    (6-5-1999)
  • No Michigan: the #91 LJ Racing team has canceled its entry for next weekend's Kmart 400 at Michigan(NOL)(6-5-1999)

  • Dyno Back UPDATE 1: Following the Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR announced they were taking the top six cars to the chassis dyno. The dyno measures the horsepower over the RPM range to give NASCAR a comparison of the GM motors to Ford(SpeedVision)(5-31-1999) -- UPDATE 1: The PitNow site has some dyno numbers from the dyno testing last week in Charlotte: Tony Stewart had the most power: #20-Tony Stewart 674 horsepower, finished 4th; #88-Dale Jarrett 665, 5th; #3-Dale Earnhardt 664, 6th; #18-Bobby Labonte 663, 2nd; #99-Jeff Burton 658, Won; #6-Mark Martin 648, 3rd. See the story at PitNow. Remember these numbers are unofficial and sort of proves horsepower dosesn't always win. The #99 and #6 had the least and were 1st and 3rd, the story goes on to explain the results in more detail, the numbers are always the complete story(6-5-1999)

  • Roush News UPDATE 1: I hear some sort of major announcement from True Value Hardware, NASCAR, Roush Racing and Exide will happen soon(6-3-1999) -- UPDATE 1: I hear an announcement will take place at Michigan on Friday of next week. Check out the Toolbox that Rocks at the TrueValue Site(6-4-1999)

  • What team is Remington going to? According to PitNow and sources close to the situation, Remington Arms has signed with Dale Earnhardt Inc.(DEI)(PitNow), probably as a major associate(6-5-1999)

  • Noticed: The MBNA logo is featured on the hood of the #18 Interstate Batteriess Pontiac this week at Dover. MBNA is the title sponsor and is based in Delaware(6-5-1999)

  • Penalties: NASCAR officials announced today James Ince, crew chief of the #45 Tyler Jet Motorsports Pontiac and Jeff Buice, crew chief of the #9 Melling Racing Ford have both been fined $2,500 for rules violations prior to last Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at the Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C. Both crew chiefs were penalized under Section 12 Rule 4 Article Q in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series rule book: "...parts and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform to NASCAR rules," and a violation of Section 20A Rule 11.2: "Holes drilled in frames, frame supports, and cross members with the intent of making the metal lighter are not permitted(NASCAR PR)(6-5-1999)

  • From Goodyear: An escalation in speed, evidenced by the 32 cars that broke the track record -- set just last September -- in qualifying for the MBNA 400 on Friday, has led Goodyear to recommend and NASCAR to grant a 30-minute extension to today's final Winston Cup practice. The purpose of the extra time is to allow teams preparing for tomorrow's MBNA 400 to scuff their tires. "Our engineers have notified every crew chief this morning that we recommend scuffing their race tires," said Wayne Torrence, product manager for Goodyear Racing Division. "You can't tell much from the short-run practices before qualifying, but none of the longer-run pre-race practices in either Winston Cup or Busch have produced any evidence of a problem. "However, increased speed means increased tire heat and scuffing, which reduces tire temperatures by 10 to 15 degrees, is a proven way to offset that increase," said Torrence. A second round of grinding Dover Downs International Speedway's concrete surface during the off-season has made the track smoother and faster, according to two of Friday's top qualifiers. Third-quickest Mark Martin said, "They've made significant progress. See all the white spots on the track? Everywhere it's white, they've ground bumps off." Outside pole-sitter Dale Jarrett said, "The people here at Dover have done a really good job of smoothing it (the track) out and Goodyear has a good tire here for us. It makes not only for fast speeds here today (in qualifying), but for good racing on Sunday."(Goodyear PR)(6-5-1999)

  • MBNA donation: James Brady, Chairman of the National Brain Association and former White House Press Secretary to Ronald Reagan, was at Dover Downs to receive a check for $53,000 from MBNA, this weekends title sponsor. Since MBNA’s full-time involvement in NASCAR on the #22 Pontiac five years ago, they have allowed the participating drivers in their credit card program to select a favorite charity to donate a percentage of the company’s profits. Total contributions have reached nearly $800,000(SpeedVision)(6-5-1999)

  • Interesting Comparison/Stewart-Blaney Press Conference: In 36 Busch Series races (1996-98) prior to his full-time Winston Cup debut at Daytona this February, Tony Stewart posted seven top-ten finishes, earned six top-five and 12 top-ten starting spots (including two pole positions at Rockingham in 1998) and won $364,585. In 34 Busch starts entering Dover, Dave Blaney has registered seven top-ten finishes, eight top-five and 18 top-ten starting positions (including track-record pole efforts at Charlotte, Atlanta and Texas) and has won $390,657. Dave Blaney and Tony Stewart will participate in a press conference at the Adam's Mark in Philadelphia, PA on Thursday, June 3rd at 12noon/et(in part from a Bill Davis Racing PR) No idea what it's about(6-2-1999) -- UPDATE 1: never found out what this was about, possibly just to promote the race in the Philly area(6-5-1999)


    (6-4-1999)
  • Tide Paint: At the Sears Point race on June 27th, the #10 Tide Taurus paint scheme will showcase the introduction of New Tide with Activated Hydrogen Peroxide. New Tide takes a quantum leap forward in removing tough stain and dingy buildup and helps keep colors bright(6-4-1999)

  • Christopher at the Glen? I hear NASCAR Modified, BGN and BGNN Driver Ted Christopher has purchased a Winston Cup Chevy and will attempt to qualify for the Bud at The Glen. I hear this was announced at the Stafford Motor Speedway last weekend(6-4-1999)

  • More Yates: Robert Yates says he's putting the finishing touches on a contract renewal with sponsor Texaco and Irwin. While Yates has put the pressure on Irwin and his crew, there are persistent rumblings of trouble in that part of the Yates camp. Texaco officials were the driving force in Yates' hiring of Irwin fresh out of the NASCAR truck ranks, and Texaco is still satisfied with Irwin as standard bearer. According to one report, if Yates wants to renew with Texaco he will also have to re-sign Irwin. Along with all this are reports, which Yates confirms, that he has had offers to buy the team(PitNow) but....accodrding at a Winston Cup Scene article in this weeks issue: concerning a recent team meeting...."but team owner Yates said he did not intend to imply that Irwin's job is on the line. He was merely trying to fire his team up..", Irwins's take was "win or else". Yates said he did not tell Irwin that his job is on the line, but stressed the team must improve(6-4-1999)

  • TV Ratings CLARIFICATION: An estimated 3,770,000 households watched the Coca-Cola 600 on TBS, according to Nielsen Media Research, with an estimated 9,734,140 viewers tuning in to see the Coca-Cola 600. It earned a national cable rating of 4.9 according to Nielsen Media Research(NOL). In contrast the Indy 500 on ABC drew a rating of 5.3(SpeedNet)(6-3-1999) -- CLARIFICATION: didn't quite understand the ratings deal - note that the ratings are NOT directly comparable. TBS' 4.9 is 4.9% of folks who get TBS. That's 4.9% of 75 million homes, or 3,770,000 homes. Indy's 5.0 rating on ABC, is 5.3% of about 95 million homes, or 5,035,000 homes tuned in. sorry about that(6-4-1999)

  • Earnhardt/Childress: as reported a few times in recent weeks: Dale Earnhardt appears to be close to agreement on a new contract with and Richard Childress Racing that would keep him driving for the team(#3) through 2003 see story at SpeedNet and another story at The Tennessean(6-4-1999)

  • Childress: in part from PitNow, in a story linked below - Richard Childress is trying to decide what to do with his Truck team. It may a Busch or Cup team. The travel of the Truck series is making it very expensive to run a CTS team. The sponsorship for a possible third Winston Cup team isn't an issue and has offers on the table(6-4-1999)

  • Taurus Testing: Ford is still about a month away from track testing the new 2000Taurus. Roush Racing and Yates Racing are currently working on the short and mid-size track model, while Penske Racing is developing the Super Speedway version. Reports from Penske say the modifications will be minor, with just some adjustments to the front and rear to make it look more like the new street model(Inside Motorsports)(6-4-1999)

  • FAIN Announcement: Fain MotorSports announced today that it has signed Bobby Davis, Jr., World of Outlaw Champion, to a contract through the year 2002. F.M.S. will run in a limited number of Busch races the remainder of the season and will run a full season in Busch next year with a limited appearance in Winston Cup events. In 2001 they will run a full Busch season and in 2002 will move to Winston Cup. F.M.S. will operate from their shop in Lexington while looking for a location in North Carolina to relocate to next season. More information can be obtained about F.M.S. and Bobby Davis at their web site www.fainmotorsports.com (6-4-1999)

  • DEI Open: Dale Earnhardt Inc. announced the opening of its spacious 8,700 square foot Showroom and Retail Store to the public today. Exhibits in the Showroom include trophies from Dale Jr.'s, Steve Park and Ron Hornaday's career wins and an impressive exhibit of Dale Earnhardt's 7 Winston Cup Championship Trophies. This marks the first time any of Dale's trophies or memorabilia from his amazing racing career have been on display for the general public. Also exhibited in the Showroom is a photographic look at "Dale Earnhardt Inc.- Behind the Scenes" along with vintage trophies from Ralph Dale Earnhardt's successful racing career. Fans will also have the opportunity to view the interior showroom where a wide variety of show cars, concept cars and car's from Dale's personal collection can be seen. Through a large,glass wall, fans can also gain a glimpse of a working Engine Room or the Pennzoil Hauler when it is not on the road or at the track. One area of the showroom is dedicated to Sponsor and Product Endorsements and a video wall highlighting commercials of DEI's team of drivers will soon be an exciting addition. Fans can call 1-877-DEI-Zone for opening hours that are updated on a weekly basis. There is no admission fee(Pennzoil PR)(6-4-1999)


    (6-3-1999)
  • Underbird for sale: To launch its new online auction service and redesigned website, SoldUSA.com will offer the late Alan Kulwicki's "Underbird," one of the most famous cars in NASCAR history. The online auction begins July 1 and closes Aug. 3. A decided "underdog" in the battle for the 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship with the late Davey Allison and Bill Elliott, Kulwicki renamed his Ford Thunderbird the "Underbird" for the season finale at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kulwicki drove the car to a second-place finish, led the most laps and edged Elliott and Allison for the title(PR)(6-27-1999), the owners of the car have a website: www.underbird.com, doesn't mention the auction(6-28-1999)

  • Spencer to stay: Rumors saying Jimmy Spencer's recent verbal outbursts signaled the end of his association with the Travis Carter owned #23 team are said to be flat wrong. Speedwords is being told that the sound bites with an attitude are simply Spencer's frustration at not performing as well as he wants and do not signal his departure from the organization(Speedwords)(6-3-1999)

  • McReynolds and SABCO? Speedwords has heard that in his search for a team to buy Larry McReynolds has been approached by Felix Sabates about a relationship that would include McReynolds being named at least partial owner of a new team with full ownership coming in a specified amount of time. This of course is not the first time Sabates has tried to lure McReynolds to a different job. We also hear that this attempt is likely to be turned down as it was in the past. All indications are that McReynolds wants his own deal and will pass on a partnership, especially in light of a proposed sponsorship that is said to be very near signing. UPDATE: SPEEDWORDS hears there may be another owner with a similar offer for McReynolds, partial ownership for the first two years, it's his team after that. this one would take Larry back to the Ford camp, something Ford would be very happy about and may be helping behind the scenes(Speedwords)(6-3-1999)

  • SABCO Crew Chief CORRECTION, UPDATE 2: Jay Smith has been named as the crew chief for the #40 Coors Light SABCO Chevy and driver Sterling Marlin(NASCAR Today Radio) Smith was most recently the crew chief of the #34 Goulds Pumps BGN Chevy. Also worked for Bobby Hillin's BGN team and Irvan-Simo in the past few years -- CORRECTION: hmmm....I hear this incorrect, folks from SABCO tell me that Smith is not the new #40 crew chief but has been hired by SABCO to work on the #42 shocks. An announcement should be coming in the next day or two concerning the #40 crew chief(6-2-1999) -- UPDATE 1: Hearing that Scott Eggleston will switch over from the #42 to be the #40 crew chief -- UPDATE 2: it's official - Scott Eggleston has been named crew chief for Team SABCO's #40 Coors Light Chevrolet and driver Sterling Marlin. He moves the 20 feet or so from where he was crew chief for Team SABCO's #42 BellSouth Chevrolet and driver Joe Nemechek. Team manager Tony Glover will serve as interim crew chief for the BellSouth team and Nemechek(The William Co/SABCO)(6-3-1999)

  • Monte Carlo UPDATE 1: I hear the new Chevy Monte Carlo design has been approved by NASCAR and an announcement will happen in the next week or so(6-1-1999) -- UPDATE 1: that was quick -- From SpeedVision: So far, there have been no plans for a public showing of a 2000 NASCAR Monte Carlo, but the new Chevrolet race car has been given approval and teams can begin building cars for next year. GM engineer Terry Laise said Wednesday that the race-version Monte Carlo built by Richard Childress Racing has been given thumbs-up by NASCAR, and templates will be ready soon for fabricators to use in constructing new bodies. See the rest of the story at - NASCAR approves body for 2000 Monte Carlo. Also see some images I have from an Autoshow of the new car decked out in the #3 paint at my Paint Scheme Gallery(6-3-1999)

  • Best Driver Vote UPDATE: It's the finals of a Best Driver vote on the CNNSI site. It pits Richard Petty vs Ayrton Senna. Senna is winng by an almost 2 to 1 margin with Thursday being the last day of voting. See the poll at: Century's Best(6-2-1999) -- I hear the vote isa much closer now, today is the last day! -- UPDATE - final vote: Petty Lost by only 500 or so votes, we came close. Senna won the best driver of the century, he was a good one(6-3-1999)

  • Gibbs Testing: Tony Stewart and Jason Leffler tested the #18 MBNA BGN Pontiac at Greenville Pickens on Wednesday(MRM), also a article at SpeedVision/iRace: Stewart protege Leffler tests Gibbs BGN car, Looks like Leffler will drive 5 races in 1999, full seasons in 2000-2001 and then to Cup(6-3-1999)

  • FAIN Motorsports UPDATE 1: From their site - They are currently negotiating with another Winston Cup driver. They feel that this will be a much better fit for F.M.S. if they can work it out and should know in about 48 hrs. F.M.S. is looking for a driver that is looking long term, one that will promote the interest of the entire operation. FAIN Motorsports obtained their license from NASCAR at Charlotte. If everything works out in the next 48 hours watch for an announcement(FAIN Motorsports site) NOTE: this is not an endorsement, but an FYI on the this new fan team(6-2-1999) -- UPDATE 1: I hear that Fain Motorsports have applied for a team owners license, but they do not have a car number assigned as of yet(6-3-1999)

  • NASCAR on the tube - UPDATE 1: "Fox Files, the Fox Network's top-rated newsmagazine, sent crews to Darlington, Charlotte, Bristol, Atlanta and Level Cross, N.C. to meet two of NASCAR's living legends for an insider's look at the fastest growing sport in America. Chris Cuomo, son of former New York state Governor, Mario Cuomo, interviews NASCAR Winston Cup Series champions Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon and 1998 Raybestos Rookie of the Year Kenny Irwin. Their cameras are there for Petty Enterprises' "50 Year Celebration" and get a rare look at four generations of racing royalty together on one stage. Cuomo gets behind the wheel of a NASCAR Winston Cup Series car at the Richard Petty Driving Experience and using vintage footage mixed with modern racing action, the segment traces the extraordinary changes driving NASCAR into the next millenium"(copied from NOL) didn't say when it would air -- UPDATE 1 I hear this show will air TONIGHT at 8pm/et on FOX(6-3-1999)

  • Knuckles: Akins Motorsports has hired veteran NASCAR crew member Joey Knuckles as a chassis specialist for the #38 Barbasol Ford Taurus driven by Glenn Allen in the NASCAR Busch Series, team owner Brad Akins announced today. Prior to his appointment at Akins Motorsports, Knuckles began the 1998 season with Ted Musgrave at the #15 Bud Moore Winston Cup operation. In 1997 Knuckles worked for Akins Motorsports on the Barbasol Ford, then driven by Elton Sawyer. Knuckles has worked as crew chief for NASCAR legends Davey Allison, Cale Yarborough and Buddy Baker(Keystone PR)(6-3-1999)


    (6-2-1999)
  • DW Engine dies early: Darrell Waltrip lost an engine very early in the Coca-Cola 600. Crew Chief Phillipe Lopez wanted to change the engine before the race but was vetoed(TBS Telecast)(5-31-1999) -- UPDATE 2: I hear DW also mentioned during Happy Hour that the engine wasn't performing well(6-2-1999)

  • Nothing but a rumor, but....UPDATE 1: hearing that Johnny Benson may end up in the #28 Ford....(see Roush story below, which mentions JB)(6-1-1999) -- UPDATE 1: Hearing conflicts on this rumor, and that Benson won't go to the #28 and that General Mills is very happy with him as their driver(6-2-1999)

  • #98 Sponsor: The three-race sponsorship the Rick Mast team had ended with Sunday's Coca-Cola 600. Car owner Wayne Burdette said he's talking with Hobas Pipes, which did the sponsorship, about extending the deal(News and Record)(6-2-1999)

  • Sprague: CTS driver Jack Sprague was interviewed on RPM2Nite on Tuesday and John Kernan asked about the Winston Cup rumors and Sprague said he hopes to move up but nothing is set(6-2-1999)

  • #30 Crew: Corrie Stott, former crew chief of the #40 SABCO car, has been named as the Team Manager of the #30 Bahari Pontiac team and Derrike Cope(RPM2Nite) former Team Manager Dayne Pierantoni has been given a new title on the team -- general manager(NOL)(6-2-1999)


    (6-1-1999)
  • Yates UPDATE 1: Robert Yates said that his contract with Texaco for future years of sponsorship of the #28 Ford and Kenny Irwin, is practically a done deal. All it needs is a little fine-tuning(Times-Dispatch)(5-31-1999) -- UPDATE 1: The fine tuning may be Texaco's insistence that Irwin stay as the driver(6-1-1999)

  • Roush and TV Guide UPDATE 2: Jack Roush announced that he is still working with TV Guide about sponsoring the #16 car next year. If he cannot find a sponsor for the team, he may run with only five drivers in 2000. That does not mean that driver Kevin Lepage would be out of a job(Times-Dispatch) the story didn't speculate on this, but mentioned six teams for 2000. Also: Roush was asked how many more teams he would add, but he said he might have to drop the team Lepage drives for unless a sponsor is found. The sponsor, Primestar, was purchased by TV Guide earlier this season and its future with the team is uncertain(News and Record) -- UPDATE 1 NOTE: Primestar was not bought by TV Guide but by DirecTV who is owned by Hughes Electronics which is a subsidiary of General Motors. Roush runs Ford's, that may be the reason Primestar is leaving(see the Jan 99 press release - Hughes to Acquire PRIMESTAR(5-31-1999) -- UPDATE 2: Good story at the Times-Dispatch site on this deal: Fueled by Faith / Sponsorship looks shaky, but confident Lepage believes in Roush. In another Roush matter, I hear Johnny Benson may not be with the #26 in 2000, this could be where Lepage ends up. No idea what Benson would do(6-1-1999)

  • #91 and Larry: Larry’s Homes, who most recently appeared on LJ Racing’s Chevrolet Monte Carlo at Martinsville Speedway on April 18, 1999, is back for two more races: the MBNA Platinum 400 at Dover on June 6, 1999, and the Pocono 500 on June 20, 1999. Larry’s Homes’ 32nd Annual Open House campaign is currently underway in all of their 49 sales centers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina, including North Carolina’s four brand new locations in Asheville. Brian McKinley, Vice President of Marketing for Larry’s Homes, is excited about using the #91 Larry’s Homes Chevy show car at existing and new sales centers. Larry McKinley founded Larry’s Homes in 1967, with one Retail Sales Center in Bear, Delaware. Focusing on providing quality homes at reasonable prices, as well as a Customer Satisfaction driven referral system, has provided Larry’s Homes the resources and stature in the Manufactured Housing Industry to expand from the original Sales Center to now operating 49 sales centers. Customers can choose from one of many turn key home packages with numerous floor plans. For more information about Larry’s Homes, visit their site on the world wide web at www.larrys-homes.com(LJ Racing Website/PR and see show car locations there)(6-1-1999)

  • Johnson returns UPDATE 1: Jimmy Johnson, once general manager of Hendrick Motorsports, has agreed to come out of retirement to manage Galaxy Motorsports, a Busch Grand National team headquartered in Murfreesboro, TN(#40 ChannelLock Chevy). Galaxy, whose BGN driver is currently Stanton Barrett, plans to upgrade to Winston Cup next year. According to team sources, a sponsor will be announced in the near future. The team may compete in both Cup and BGN next year(SpeedNet/Monte Dutton)(5-31-1999) -- UPDATE 1: I hear the team has a deal for Cup in the works, supposedly a good one. Not sure if Barrett moves up with the team, but they are happy with his performance so far in the #40(6-1-1999)

  • Hut News: Junie Donlavey says he plans to have Hut Stricklin in his #90 Ford for the rest of the 1999 season. Suburban Lodge and Lucas Oil Products sponsored the car at Charlotte/Lowes(Times-Dispatch). No idea who may sponsor the car at Dover(6-1-1999)


    (5-31-1999)
  • Sad and Unexpected News: Harry Melling 54, owner of Melling Racing(#9 Cartoon Network Ford), died Saturday after suffering a fatal heart attack. More info at NASCAR Online(5-29-1999) -- UPDATE 1: "Melling Racing has been a second family to me," #9 driver Jerry Nadeau said Saturday. "It is with heavy hearts that the crew and I will start Sunday's race (the Coca-Cola 600) as a tribute to Harry."(That's Racin')(5-30-1999) -- The Melling Racing team members wore wear black armbands in honor of Melling. The #9 Melling Racing Cartoon Network Ford carried special decals honoring Melling. Additionally, decals were also made available to all NASCAR Winston Cup Series teams, no idea what teams used them. The Melling family will receive friends at Nelson Funeral Home in Gaylord from 4 - 8 p.m. Monday, May 31. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 1, at Hole 6 of the Treetops Resort golf course. The family will also receive friends June 2 at Braun Funeral Home in Brooklyn, Mich., from 2 - 8 p.m. Melling's funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on June 3 at First United Methodist Church of Jackson, Mich. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to three memorial funds: the Harry Melling Memorial Fund, Reece Endeavors and the Otsego Memorial Hospital Foundation. Donations should be sent to Jerry Alert at Treetops Resort, 3962 Wilkinson Road, Gaylord, Mich., 49735(NOL)(5-31-1999)

  • #25 Sponsor? UPDATE 2: hearing rumors that Food Lion may be the primary sponsor for the #25 Hendrick Chevy(5-29-1999) -- UPDATE 1: Expect an announcement sometime this coming week on a sponsor -- UPDATE 2: Wally Dallenbach chose not to discuss the rumor of Tony Furr’s future status or how soon the #25 car would announce its’ new sponsor(SpeedVision). I now hear the sponsor is NOT Food Lion and that Sprague will stay in the Truck series next year AND that Dallenbach may not be back with the #25 in 2000(5-31-1999)

  • Nemechek/McReynolds? Saw on PitNow this AM that Larry McReynolds is interested in Joe Nemechek who drives the #42 BellSouth Chevy for Felix Sabates. Also heard from a few sources the same thing. One problem is that Nemechek is signed through 2001(see my #42 Past News page 11-30-98), could get interesting(5-31-1999)

  • Roush, good day: Not only did his #99 team win the Coca Cola 600, the engine in the #14 A.J. Foyt-owned IRL car driven by Kenny Brack to victory in the Indy 500, was built by Roush Racing(many sources, AP/NOL)(5-31-1999)

  • Tethers: NASCAR did not make it mandatory for its teams to use steel cables Sunday to insure that the front wheels did not come off the car. A majority of the 43-car field used the steel cables. Among those who used the steel cables were: Rusty Wallace, Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon, Jeff Burton, Ricky Rudd, Chad Little, Hut Stricklin, Ted Musgrave, Kyle Petty, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Wally Dallenbach and John Andretti. Among those who didn't use the cables were: Mike Skinner, Ward Burton, Sterling Marlin, Joe Nemechek, Ken Schrader, Dale Earnhardt, Kenny Wallace and Jimmy Spencer. Kevin Hamlin, crew chief for Earnhardt, said that team didn't use the steel cables because they didn't fit well on the car. Tony Glover, team manager for Sabco Racing with Marlin and Nemechek, said the team hadn't had time to install the devices. Sammy Johns, crew chief for Schrader, said the team didn't install the devices because they aren't mandatory. NASCAR officials considered making the devices mandatory but decided more input from teams was needed(News and Record)(5-31-1999)

  • Tony Stewart: Amazing - finishes 9th in the Indy 500 and makes it to Charlotte in time to run the Coca Cola 600 and finish a career best 4th in his 12th Cup race. Stewart was taken out of his car and put on a stretcher, taken to the infield care center for exhaustion, he refused intravenous fluids, drinking water and Gatorade instead. He was released about 15 minutes later(AP)(5-31-1999)

  • #1 Crew Update: Dave Charpentier, who left the #25 Bud team on Thursday, is now with the #1 Pennzoil DEI team and driver Steve Park. Charpentier working in the #1 pits during the Coca Cola 600(TBS Telecast)(5-31-1999)

  • #90 Sponsor: Suburban Lodge and Lucas Oil Products were the sponsors on the #90 Junie Donlavey Ford and driver Hut Stricklin in the Coca Cola 600(5-31-1999)

  • DW Retirement UPDATE 1: This weeks Winston Cup Scene reports that Darrell Waltrip wants to make the 2000 season his last as a driver and expects to make an announcement in June/July of 1999 on his plans(5-29-1999) - UPDATE 1: Dick Berggren also mentioned that DW has 57 races left to run and will retire after the 2000 season(TBS Telecast)(5-31-1999)

  • Kenseth/Roush Announcement UPDATE 2: Jack Roush will officially announce his plans for Matt Kenseth at a 1:00pm/et press conference before the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway this Sunday. Roush is in the process of locating a temporary shop for both Kenseth and fellow teammate Chad Little. In order not to jeopardize his rookie status when he runs the full season in 2000, Kenseth will run only five Winston Cup races this year in the Dewalt Ford Taurus. His current owner and former driver Robbie Reiser will remain in the position as Kenseth's crew chief.(SpeedVision)(5-25-1999) -- UPDATE 1: Rumor in the garage area is that Matt Kenseth will announce a three-year Winston Cup deal with Jack Roush in a LMS press conference Sunday. Kenseth's current sponsor, Dewalt, is also on-board to the Cup Series. The car will switch to a Ford and will retain the same paint scheme as on Kenseth's current BGN ride. The team would like to keep the current #17(TNN Motorsports)(5-27-1999) -- UPDATE 2, Finally Official: It was announced Sunday that Kenseth would move up to the Cup series in 2000 with his current BGN team. The only switch would be going from Chevy to Ford. The #17 DeWalt Tools Ford will be co-owned by Jack Roush and Mark Martin. Robbie Reiser will be the crew chief and plans to keep his BGN team operating with a different sponsor and driver. Kenseth will run five Cup races in 1999 with the Pepsi 400 at Michigan the first race for the team(against Earnhardt, Jr)(NOL) Other attempts will be at Darlington(9/5), Dover(9/26), Lowes(10/10) and Rockingham(10/24)(5-30-1999) -- UPDATE 2: Darrell Waltrip had the #17 reserved, but wanted Kenseth/Martin to have that number because he felt that Matt and Robbie could represent that number well(goRacing), see image at NOL(5-31-1999)


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