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PAST NEWS AUGUST 16-22, 1999


(8-22-1999)
  • Petty/Andretti/Loomis/Hamilton: PitNow has a story up that talks about how Petty Enterprises is faring in 1999. Amoung some of highlights: the rumor that John Andretti may end up in the #28 Yates Ford, while Andretti says he wants to say and the Petty's hope he does, Andretti was told by the Petty's he has to do what he thinks is best for him and his family. It discusses Team Manager Robbie Loomis and rumors he may go to another team (Yates?). And if Andretti leaves, the possibilty that Bobby Hamilton would return to the #43 next year. See the full story at: TRYING TO REGROUP: Petty Enterprises hoping for better results by Mike Mulhern(8-22-1999)

  • 2000 Chevy Test: NASCAR officials will be at St. Louis' Gateway track next week to observe Chevrolet's open test of its new 2000 Monte Carlo, a test GM officials say will be closed to media(PitNow)(8-22-1999)

  • DW Moves: Darrell Waltrip's team(#66 BigKmart Travis Carter owns) moves into its new shop Tuesday. The shop will be next to teammate Jimmy Spencer's shop in Statesville, NC(News and Record)(8-22-1999)

  • Cale Staying, but: Car owner Cale Yarborough will remain in the sport but has a deal to add Florida businessman Ed Lane as a partner. Yarborough said Friday that Lane has signed a letter of intent to purchase part of the team but he wouldn't say how much of the team Lane would own(News and Record)(8-22-1999)

  • Best Finish: Rookie Tony Stewart got his best finish of his short career at Michigan, a 3rd (8-22-1999)

  • SBIII Best: Hut Stricklin finished 9th at Michigan which is the best ever finish for the SBIII team. There now have been 37 different Cup drivers score a Top-10 this season, last year's total number was 41(8-22-1999)

  • Little E vs Matt: In the first Cup showdown of #8-Dale Earnhardt and #17-Matt Kenseth, Kenseth finished 14th on the lead lap while Earnhardt Jr finished a lap down in 24th(8-22-1999)

  • Irvan UPDATE 3: During ESPN2's Cup qualifying, Dr Jerry Punch gave a report on Ernie Irvan, said he has a bruised lung, mild head injury(cut lip and a cut above an eye) and will require no surgery. He is in fair condition at St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital in nearby Ypsilanti, MI. Hard to believe the accident happened at the same track, five years to the day(8-20-1999) -- UPDATE: An updated report on Ernie Irvan's condition was issued Saturday morning. Irvan was flown to hospital in Ann Arbor after crashing during a practice session Friday morning. As of Saturday his condition had been upgraded from "fair" to "good." He will remain in hospital over Saturday night for more scheduled tests(goRacing)(8-21-1999) -- UPDATE 2: mentioned during Happy Hour practice that Irvan is alert and doing well, will probably be released Sunday, but will NOT race in the Pepsi 400 at Michigan. MRO's Max Helton spent the day with Irvan and said Irvan "was doing just fine"(ESPN2) -- UPDATE 3: before the race Dr Jerry Punch said he talked to Irvan, who thanked the fans for their support. Also Irvan will be held one more day at the hospital until Monday. No word on Irvan's status for Bristol(8-22-1999)

  • Rudd Update: during Happy Hour, Rudd said he was still hoping to get a sponsor to keep his own team going with him driving. He mentioned he is having contractual talks with a sponsor at present. A That's Racin' article addresses the Rudd to the #28 rumor and the AJ Foyt rumor, Rudd's name also comes up in discussions about A.J. Foyt's anticipated entry into the Winston Cup circuit. "The deals with A.J. are strictly rumors," Rudd said, but he'd like to talk to Foyt if his deal falls thru. See the full story at: Speculation about Rudd thrives in garage by David Poole(8-22-1999)


    (8-21-1999)
  • Dallenbach/Wells/Yates: Wally Dallenbach says that car owner Cal Wells is getting a bum rap from some quarters of the garage. Dallenbach said that he's been quite impressed with what he's seen during his negotiations with Wells for a ride next season. Dallenbach has a meeting this week with Tide executives and if he passes that test, he could be offered the ride. He also has a meeting next week with another Winston Cup team owner, whom he declined to name, but who is reported to be Robert Yates(PitNow) There is apparently a meeting set for early next week between (Wally) Dallenbach and representatives from Procter & Gamble, the company that makes Tide detergent. Dallenbach is one of the drivers whose name has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Kenny Irwin in the #28 Fords owned by Robert Yates. Dallenbach said he has talked with Yates, but also said that Yates and Wells have agreed not to go after the same driver for next season. Wells' Winston Cup team will apparently be using Yates-built engines next season(8-21-1999)

  • Carter/Spencer/Irwin: Travis Carter said that he still hasn't decided who will drive his #23 next season -- current driver Jimmy Spencer or another current tour driver that he says he's talking with but won't name. That driver, according to one source, is Kenny Irwin, who may be getting some help in the negotiations from Carl Haas, Carter's business partner(PitNow)(8-21-1999)

  • Nemechek/SABCO will split: It was announced on ESPN2's Qualifying that Joe Nemechek and Felix Sabates/SABCO will part ways after the 1999 season. That leaves the #42 ride open and adds Nemechek to the 'Silly Season' mix. From the official PR: Joe Nemechek, driver of the #42 BellSouth Chevrolet, and Team SABCO will be parting at the end of the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Racing season, it was announced today. Both parties mutually agreed upon the decision. (8-20-1999) -- UPDATE: It is unclear if sponsor BellSouth would stay with Sabates or with Nemechek(PitNow)(8-21-1999)

  • Compton: #86 CTS driver Stacy Compton said on Friday evening at Gateway "there's been no offers and no rejections" when he was asked his plans for the 2000 season, and in response to rumors he was weighing offers to move to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series(NOL) in the #9 car, for one rumor(8-21-1999)

  • #36 - Blaney/Grissom/Trickle: The #36 car approached Bill Davis about putting BGN Pole Sitter Dave Blaney in the #36 M&M Pontiac but doing so would have jeopardized his rookies status for 2000 and the team is contracted to run five Cup races in the #93 Amoco Pontiac, so Davis declined(RPM2Nite). Also the #26 team asked Steve Grissom about driving this weekend but Grissom's height kept him from doing it. They were going to have to change the seat and only had a couple of hours to get someone in to practice. To do that and change the seat too was going to take too much time, so they went to Dick Trickle, who practiced well and qualified the car 15th. The crowd delivered a huge roar when Trickle qualified 15th after just eight laps of practice(8-21-1999)

  • #90 Sponsor News: Junie Donlavey's team is carrying sponsorship from Nestle this weekend for the third race of a five-race contract. Working without full financial support, Donlavey has been forced to skip several races. The longtime team owner would like to have Nestle aboard for the tradition-rich Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Sept. 5. Donlavey's #90 Ford will be sporting Nestle sponsorship for the Exide 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Sept. 11 and the Winston 500 on Oct. 17 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. Mark Rossi, who structured the sponsorship for Donlavey, has pitched Nestle on becoming a full-time sponsor in NASCAR next year, either in Winston Cup or Busch Grand National. The company could make a decision on sponsorship next month(Times-Dispatch)(8-21-1999)

  • #19, what happened UPDATE: Tom Hubert, driving the #19 Joyner-Kersee Racing Pontiac, crashed hard in practice after completing 2 laps and they were unable to prepare the backup in time to make first round qualifying(MRN Radio during qualifying)(8-20-1999) -- UPDATE: see a That's Racin' story(8-21-1999)


    (8-20-1999)
  • Roush Renews drivers: Mark Martin(#6) and Jeff Burton(#99) have agreed on contracts that will keep them with car owner Jack Roush through 2005, Roush Racing president Geoff Smith said Thursday(USA Today)(8-20-1999)

  • Irvan wrecks, Good and Bad news: Ernie Irvan crashed during BGN practice this morning, hit the drivers side pretty hard from what sources at the track tell me. Took the EMS almost 30 minutes to extract him. No word on any injuries, let's hope he is OK.....just in, Irvan was airlifted to the hospital, is conscious now and has all of his feeling, etc. - but they aren't taking any chances -- UPDATE: from the AP - Ernie Irvan crashed this morning during practice for the BGN NAPA 200 at Michigan Speedway in his #84 Federated Auto Parts Pontiac. He was airlifted to a hospital, but Jay Frye, the general manager of Irvan's Winston Cup team, said that trip was more a precaution than a necessity. "We believe he's going to be just fine," Frye said. Rescuers had to cut off the top of his car to get Irvan out after the vehicle slammed into the wall near turn 4. No idea whether another car hit Irvan's or if he simply lost control of it. As he was removed from the car, Irvan picked his arm up in what looked like a wave. He was reportedly conscious and talking. Irvan was nearly killed in a crash at the same speedway exactly five years ago to the day. Frye said Irvan would not race this weekend. He said that because of the seriousness of his earlier acident, the team does not want to take chances this time.(WRAL/AP also a story on NOL) Dick Trickle is running the #36 in practice which is scheduled to go out 10th in qualifying. Irvan was airlifted to St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital in nearby Ypsilanti, Mich., where he's been listed in fair condition. Irvan is alert, orientated and able to move his arms and legs. The hospital is prepared to admit him for further testing.(8-20-1999)

  • Testing: Team SABCO is scheduled to test at Martinsville Speedway on Sept. 14-15 in preparation for the Oct. 3. NAPA AutoCare 500(News and Record)(8-20-1999)

  • Sad News: Dave Marcis' mother, Lucille, passed away at age 78 on Thursday in Wausau, Wis. She is also survived by Marcis' brothers, Donald and Tony(SpeedNet)(8-20-1999)

  • Noticed: Noticed: #10-Ricky Rudd has the Tide Peroxide Scheme, #40-Sterling Marlin has the Brooks and Dunn scheme going, #58-Hut Stricklin's car is all black with very little decals. The #19-Tom Hubert Pontiac didn't make a qualifying run, this is the first attempt by the team with the new owner Kersee-Joyner Racing, no idea what the problem was(8-20-1999)

  • Sacks returns? UPDATE3: I see on the Michigan NOL BGN Entry list that Greg Sacks is listed in the #90 Coyne Textile Services Chevy that Brad Loney usually drives(8-17-1999) -- UPDATE: not only that, he is now listed in the #90 Junie Donlavey Ford, not sure what happened with Stanton Barrett's deal with the #90 -- CORRECTION: NOL fixed the CUP list and Stanton Barrett is now listed in the #90 Junie Donlavey Ford for the Cup race. Looks like Sacks will make his comeback in the BGN event, good to see him back. Also info on the team: Greg Sacks has joined GTS Motorsport, #90 Coyne Textile Services as a team adviser. Sacks will run five races (not sure what races) and current driver Brad Loney will also drive five races. I do hear Sacks has a full time ride in 2000, but have no idea if it is Cup or BGN(8-18-1999) -- UPDATE2: see a Press Release on the Sacks and the team at: CTS Racing #90 Website(8-19-1999) -- UPDATE3: From NOL - "Part of (Brad)Loney's comfort level comes from the fact that (Greg) Sacks plans to form his own team for next season. Providing his sponsor falls into place, Sacks expects to compete on the full NASCAR Busch Series as well as five NASCAR Winston Cup Series races in 2000(NOL)(8-20-1999)

  • The Marlin Bump UPDATE: Sterling Marlin and his crew chief, Scott Eggleston, were called into the NASCAR hauler after Sunday's race to discuss an incident between Marlin and Chad Little. Marlin was involved in an incident on pit road after the cool down lap during which he ran into the right side of Little's car. Little had stalled on pit road after coming off the course and created a backup at the entrance to the garage area. Marlin wanted to get around Little and into the garage, and instead of waiting, hit Little's car and then turned into the garage(That's Racin')(8-16-1999) -- UPDATE - FINE: NASCAR announced that they have fined Sterling Marlin for an incident following the Frontier @ The Glen at Watkins Glen. Marlin, who drives the #40 Coors Light Chevy, and Chad Little, who drives the #97 John Deere Ford, got into a confrontation on pit road after the race in which Marlin drove into the side of Little's car to get into the garage area. The two had made contact late in the race. Marlin was fined $5,000 for intentionally hitting another car. Marlin's fine resulted from a violation of Rules 12-4 A: Actions detrimental to auto racing(NOL)(8-20-1999)


    (8-19-1999)
  • Incident UPDATE-Transcript: One of the motorcoach drivers accused in the Racial Incident, Ray Labbe, was on RPm2Nite Wednesday and was interviewed. He mentioned that he was not involved but witnessed the incident but was assumed to be involved. According to several sources and motorcoach drivers, Labbe was not involved in the NHIS Racial Incident. Labbe had a lot to say and I didn't jot down notes and do not wish to misquote him. But he is trying to get his job and life back. If I find an official story on the 'net I will post it. For the initial stories on the incident see this AP report: NASCAR Team Members Fired for Racial Prank and on my #12 Team Past News Page -- UPDATE2 here is the transcript of what was said in the Ray Labbe interview on RPN2Nite Wednesday: "That's correct, that's correct John..basically I'm just doing this deal here to try to clear my name on this situation. And what happened at New Hampshire is, number one I was a victim of circumstances, I'm not denying the fact that I was there, but I was an innocent bystander, the people involved told me about what they were doing, and everything and I watched them do that, and I watched it go down, and it wasn't seconds after it was all done that I just, continued on and went on to the motorhome and did my deal. And thought nothing of it. Well, unfortunately, what happened after this deal went down, is, brings up the incident that I've been suspended for. Ok, which none of you guys know about. A year ago, at Watkins Glen Speedway, was my 55th birthday. And I had over 75 get together, and chip in and buy birthday cake and give me a birthday party after the race Sunday night. And it included a lot of people, trust me. We all had fun and everything, and I ain't afraid to tell you that there was a lot of people into the liquor. And I called someone a name. You know, under the influence, I called somebody a name. And good friends of mine told me I did that, I still didn't know that I had because of the situation I was in, because I was celebrating. Ok, but they also told me that it wasn't three seconds after I called that particular person a name, that I turned around, even in the situation that I was in, and apologized to him. And the whole year went by, and both me and that person, were friends, I helped him, he helped me, every week he gave me stuff, I gave him stuff, everything was fine. And when the situation in New Hampshire happened, I was brought down for that deal, of a year ago. Which at this point I think was unfair, but, all I'm basically after, all Ray Labbe wants, at this time, is to get his life back together, and to go on." Also, the whole interview will be on RPM radio, NASCAR NOW this weekend on the ESPN radio network. The show is broadcast on 157 stations nationwide and is also available on the internet by visiting espn.com's autoracing page(8-19-1999)

  • #16 Hood: Kevin Lepage, who drives the No. 16 TV-Guide sponsored entry, will have NFL stars Jake Plummer and Terrell Davis painted on his hood for the Pepsi 400. The hood will replicate the national cover of the Aug. 28 TV Guide -- the NFL preview issue(www.countrycool.com), TV Guide uses it's sponsorship to promote different issues(8-19-1999)

  • #50 Changes? UPDATE: nothing confirmed on this but I hear that Lake Speed has left his position as Team Manager at the #50 Midwest Transit Racing Chevy team -- UPDATE: The team informs me that Speed is still with the team, just took a vavction to spend time with the family(8-19-1999)

  • Compton to Cup? UPDATE2: Heard it was reported on the LTN Hour, a Wisconsin NASCAR radio show, that Stacy Compton is under consideration to take the #9 Melling Ford. Present driver, Jerry Nadeau, is leaving to go to the #25 Hendrick team(8-11-1999) -- UPDATE: TNN's Raceday reports that Compton turned down the offer(8-18-1999) -- UPDATE2: I hear that no offers have been made and the Steve Grissom and Compton are the two drivers the team likes at the moment. The team is getting the sponsorship side taken care of first then will hire a 2000 driver(8-19-1999)

  • Yaborough partner/2nd Team? UPDATE 2: Cale Yarborough is working to sell part of his team this season. Earlier this year, Yarborough paired with Darlington, S.C., auto dealer Wayne Burdette. But the deal failed, and Yarborough regained control. He signed Universal Studios(Team Woody Woodpecker) as a sponsor in June for his #98 Ford, which is driven by Rick Mast. Yarborough is working with Orlando, Fla., businessman Bob Lane and a host of investors and partnering in ownership. The team plans to make an announcement in September, but Lane and his associates already are working with Yarborough on future plans. Team spokesman Ed Maull said Yarborough's role with the group would remain crucial. Lane and Yarborough plan to add a second Winston Cup team with ARCA driver Mike Ciochetti, hopefully prior to the end of this season(Times-Dispatch). Also from this weeks Winston Cup Scene - Lane owns Winners Circle, which is not involved with the deal. If this happens, Ciochetti will run up to five races in 1999 and run for ROTY on 2000(8-6-1999) -- UPDATE: Winston Cup Today Radio reports that Florida businessman, Bob Lane has signed a letter of intent to buy Cale Yarborough Motorsports(8-18-1999) -- UPDATE 2: I hear this is no partnership deal but an outright purchase of the team as Yarborough just wants out as an owner. Supposedly Universal sponsorship will continue and I hear no payments have been made yet but the first will be sometime in November(8-19-1999)

  • NASCAR Road Series UPDATE 2: in Ron Fellows NOL Chat, he mentions that there "should be an announcement in the next 6-7 weeks of a France family-owned and promoted road race series"(8-17-1999) -- UPDATE: The Frances will announce a nine-race series for World Sports Car-type racers during the annual Pepsi Southern 500 weekend at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, and it will be completely separate from NASCAR, the family owned Stock car racing organization. The series is looked upon as a response to the zooming popularity of Road Atlanta impresario Don Panoz's American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and to the relative inadequacy of the Sports Car Club of America' United States Road Racing Championship. See the rest of the TNN article: Frances To Start Road-Racing Series.(8-18-1999) -- UPDATE 2: SpeedVision had a story up on this a little over a month ago: New NASCAR-backed road racing series? by Steve Smith(8-19-1999)


    (8-18-1999)
  • AJ Foyt in Cup UPDATE 4: I had heard this rumor, but didn't think it would happen, so.....From TNN's Motorsports site: Will A.J. Foyt return to Stock car racing in 2000? Apparently not, at least according to A.J. Foyt Enterprises team manager Tommy Lamance. Informed speculation reached country.com Motorsports at the Amoco Knoxville Nationals saying the four-time Indianapolis 500 winner and all-around racing legend was considering a NASCAR Winston Cup team next year. According to the track buzz, the 64-year-old Texan reportedly had put a money deal together with Conseco as the sponsor, a well-known former Winston Cup team manager had been contacted to spearhead the effort, and several drivers were under consideration for the ride. That's just the sort of information to flare the nostrils of any motorsports journalist, so we went right to the source. "Nah, it's just rumors," Lamance said when contacted by us Monday from the team's Houston, Texas shop. "We have no plans to do that." Remember this statement. Earlier in the season, Foyt was reportedly interested in a deal to buy into Ricky Rudd's team before Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc. car owner Chip Ganassi stepped in. Rudd and Ganassi are talking about a pact in which Ganassi would focus on the business side of the operation and Rudd the technical aspects, but all indications are the two are nowhere near a deal as yet(TNN), I hear Foyt seriously considered getting into Cup, but decided he didn't need 'the headache'(8-17-1999) -- UPDATE: hmmm....sources tell me that Foyt has signed Conseco as a sponsor and is supposedly talking to Ricky Rudd with Foyt hiring all RPM employees(Conseco used to sponsor his IRL cars but left after last season) -- UPDATE: Just saw this: Indianapolis 500-winning car owner A.J. Foyt will apparently move into the Winston Cup Series next year with a four-year agreement to race Ford Tauruses. Formation of the team will likely be announced at Darlington on Labor Day weekend. Sources said that Foyt’s team will have its engines provided by Robert Yates Racing. Foyt, perhaps the greatest driver in the history of American motorsports, is one of three men to win the Indy 500 four times. He is also the only driver ever to win the Indy 500, Daytona 500 and 24 Hours of LeMans. Kenny Brack drove a Foyt-owned car to victory in this year’s 500. No driver has been hired, but Foyt will likely announce a sponsor at Darlington(Gaston Gazette/Monte Dutton/AJ Foyt plans Winston Cup team starting in 2000) -- UPDATE 4: On the TV news in the Charlotte area, on Channel 9 WSOC(ABC affiliate) was a story that AJ Foyt was in the process of working out a deal to partner Rudd Performance(8-18-1999)

  • NASCAR sponsors UPDATE: hearing MCI will not be renewing their official status for the 2000 season with NASCAR and that AT&T is seriously considering taking MCI's place as the Official Telecommunications Company of NASCAR. Also I hear that Circuit City will not renew their status as the Official Electroics Store of NASCAR and DaytonaUSA(8-11-1999) -- UPDATE: Hearing that Burger King is negotiating to become the official fast food of NASCAR, that AT & T and Nokia are both negotiating with NASCAR for official status and Allstate is negotiating with teams and tracks as a sponsor(an insurance war with the Foyt Canseco team?)(8-18-1999)

  • Ever wonder UPDATE: what happened to the Filmar #81 Cup team? Answer: Davis & Weight motorsports acquires assets of Filmar Racing, Winston Cup Team 81 and Team Jones, Busch team 55. Forming Davis & Weight Motorsports, Inc. that will run a limited Busch schedule for the remainder of the 1999 will be co-founders of Computer Management Sciences, Inc., Jerry W. Davis and Anthony V. Weight. Having sold their company to Computer Associates, Davis & Weight are structuring Davis & Weight Motorsports, Inc. The new team, with the combines asset acquisitions of Team Jones Racing, Inc.(#55 BGN) of Amelia Island, FL and Filmar Racing(#81 Cup), Inc. of Concord, NC will debut the new #81 Winston Cup car in 2000 and is currently running a limited Busch schedule with the #55 Busch car. During this formation, the Davis & Weight Motorsports is currently seeking sponsorship for their young multi-car team. In team member hiring, Davis & Weight Motorsports has been able to accumulate a collection of talented personnel(Davis & Weight Motorsports PR)(8-17-1999) -- UPDATE: The BGN #55 team will debut at Bristol on August 27th with driver Brandon Sperling who runs the ASA #40 McDonalds car for Crookston Motorsports out Kalamazoo Michigan in a one race deal(8-18-1999)

  • Dallenbach: TNN's Raceday(on Sunday, just got a chance to watch it) reports that Wally Dallenbach as the probable driver for the new Cal Wells Ride Ford ride in 2000(8-18-1999)

  • No #91 at Michigan: Dick Trickle, who drives for car owner Joe Falk in the #91 LJ Racing Chevy, says the team will skip this weekend's race at Michigan and return to the circuit next week at Bristol(News and Record)(8-18-1999)

  • Monday Night Football: On Monday, Rich Bickle who drives the #45 10-10-345 Tyler Jet Motorsports Pontiac, will live out a lifelong dream when he will watch the Monday Night Football game between the Packers and the Denver Broncos from the Packers sidelines. A chance meeting with the Packers General Manager, Ron Wolf, produced the restricted area pass to the contest, which will be held at Camp Randall Stadium on the campus of the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Bickle has been a regular at Packers games whenever his racing schedule permits, attending the 1997 Super Bowl in New Orleans when Green Bay defeated the New England Patriots, 35-21. Last year, Bickle took time out from his Winston Cup duties to travel to a number of games. Bickle will, of course, be at Michigan Speedway this weekend for the Cup race on Sunday(Tyler Jet PR)(8-18-1999)


    (8-17-1999)
  • Mayfield Set: Despite rumors(Jayski note: what rumors??) that a driver change is on the horizon for Roger Penske's NASCAR Winston Cup team, Jeremy Mayfield is confident during the silly season. Mayfield says: "I'm just glad I'm not part of the 'silly season' deal. It's easy for teams and drivers to get distracted this time of the year."(SpeedNet)(8-17-1999)

  • TV Guide Renews? Sources are saying that the #16 Roush Racing Ford sponsorship is almost a done deal with TV Guide thru the 2002 season, watch for an announcement soon(Team Roush Fans)(8-17-1999)

  • #41 News: Former #31 CTS Truck crew chief Joe Shear, Jr has taken a job with the #41 Larry Hedrick Motorsports Chevy as their shock specialist(8-17-1999)

  • Irwin: Kenny Irwin's future may be on the line in these next few races, now that Robert Yates has made it official that a new driver will be at the wheel of #28 next year. The rap on Irwin is that if he couldn't do it in one of the best cars on the tour, then what could he do in a lesser car. But at least one Chevrolet team is already looking at him(PitNow)(8-17-1999)

  • Fellows: Road Course specialist Ron Fellows, who finished 2nd at Watkins Glen in the Cup race, mentioned on RPM2Nite Monday that he and his sponsor at Watkins Glen, Bully Hill Vineyards, may do some more races together in the future, probably in the NorthEast and could be Cup, BGN or CTS(8-17-1999)

  • Announcement: I hear Corrie Stott, the former Crew Chief for SABCO and former Team Manager for Bahari Racing(#30), is supposed to make an announcement on his future plans later this week(8-17-1999)


    (8-16-1999)
  • Texaco/Yates: Texaco is close to signing a three- to five-year extension with Robert Yates Racing. The company's current contract ends next season(Times-Dispatch)(8-16-1999)

  • Elliott Story: Bill Elliott has been mentioned as a candidate for Robert Yates'#28 ride. Would he be interested? Could he perhaps lease his team, or hire a driver for his own team and take the #28? ''Right now I've got another year with McDonald's, and I don't know how that (a 28 option) would work out,'' Elliott said. ''Yes, I'd be interested, but no I couldn't, from the standpoint of where I am in my deal." See the rest of the Mike Mulhern article at: Elliott fears fate of single-car teams, hopes he can revive struggling operation(PitNow)(8-16-1999)

  • Rudd/Ganassi: Ricky Rudd said that he's talked with Chip Ganassi, the CART Indy-car team owner, about becoming a business partner in his Winston Cup operation. Rudd would like to keep running the technical side of the team, and let Ganassi run the business side. Ganassi, however, apparently wants more control than Rudd is willing to give up(PitNow)(8-16-1999)

  • #7 News: Michael Waltrip is waiting to see if sponsor Philips will return next season to the Jim Mattei team. It's "up in the air," according to one source(PitNow)(8-16-1999)

  • Marlin/Sabates/Coors: Sterling Marlin will be in the option year of his contract with Felix Sabates next season, and it's not necessarily firm that Marlin will be back, according to sources. Coors, Marlin's sponsor, has an offer on the table that may be too low for Sabates to accept, an offer that is reported to be a 'take it or leave it' offer(PitNow)(8-16-1999)

  • The Marlin Bump: Sterling Marlin and his crew chief, Scott Eggleston, were called into the NASCAR hauler after Sunday's race to discuss an incident between Marlin and Chad Little. Marlin was involved in an incident on pit road after the cool down lap during which he ran into the right side of Little's car. Little had stalled on pit road after coming off the course and created a backup at the entrance to the garage area. Marlin wanted to get around Little and into the garage, and instead of waiting, hit Little's car and then turned into the garage(That's Racin')(8-16-1999)

  • Benny not there, but OK: Benny Parsons, normally on the Cup ESPN broadcast's was home recovering from eye surgery. He even called in a gave some of his expert commentary(ESPN Race)(8-15-1999) -- Also Benny chatted with fans on NOL after the race, see the NOL Chat Transcript(8-16-1999)


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