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(9-5-1999)
  • Martin Surgery: Mark Martin says he's scheduled to have back surgery the day after the season finale at Atlanta on Nov. 21. Martin was scheduled to have back surgery at the end of last season but canceled(News and Record)(9-5-1999)

  • Two Million Dollars: With Jeff Burton's Southern 500 win, he wins one million dollars in the No Bull 5 program. His 'partner' Phyllis Farmer from Hillsboro, MO also won one million dollars, congrats to both. See my No Bull Five Page for info on the program and the contest(9-5-1999)

  • No Bull 5 drivers: for the Winston 500 in Talladega are #99-Jeff Burton, #22-Ward Burton, #12-Jeremy Mayfield, #6-Mark Martin and #16-Kevin Lepage, see my No Bull Five Page for info on the program and the contest(9-5-1999)

  • Lepage Finish: #16-Kevin Lepage had a career day at Darlington with his first top FIVE(not ten) finish in his short Winston Cup career(54 starts), plus he is eligible for one million dollars in Talladega. It was Lepages first top 10 of 1999 and now every driver who has started all 24 races has recorded at least one top 10 finish(9-5-1999)

  • Best Provisional Finish: Steve Park had the best finish of a provisional starter at Darlington with a 10th place finish in the #1 Pennzoil Chevy. See my Provisional Finishers Page for a race to race breakdown in 1999(9-5-1999)

  • No Little Al? During coverage of the CART qualifying in Vancouver, Bobby Unser said, that Al Unser Jr. will not be in NASCAR next year. He expects Al Jr, his nephew to end up in IRL. The reason? Little Al has too many family concerns and the 34 race schedule would be too much for him at this time(9-5-1999)

  • Rudd/Yates: Ricky Rudd has another 10 days or so to get a sponsor lined up to keep his Cup team running. Rudd is one of the top two men in the running for Robert Yates' ride, along with Joe Nemechek, according to sources close to the situation(PitNow)(9-5-1999)

  • Foyt Cars: AJ Foyt has not decided on a car make for his 2000 Winston Cup team, but he met with Doug Duchardt from General Motors and Ford's Jay Novak this weekend. Foyt is also expected to talk to Dan Davis, Ford's Director of Motorsports, next week in Dearborn, MI(SpeedVision)(9-5-1999)

  • Jarrett: Dale Jarrett has been awarded the True Value Driver of the Year third-quarter award. Prevous winners this year were Jeff Gordon and CART FedEx Championship Series rookie phenom Juan Montoya(Racer Magazine)(9-5-1999)


    (9-4-1999)
  • Irvan Announcement UPDATE 3: Ernie Irvan and MB2 Motorsports will make an announcement Friday at 12:30pm/et at Darlington Raceway regarding Irvan's future plans in racing(NOL) I have heard rumors saying Irvan will return to driving and rumors that he is retiring, looks like we (an I) will have to wait it out, he may retire, may sit the rest of the year or be back in a few weeks -- UPDATE: From That's Racin' - Ernie Irvan, who has suffered injuries in numerous accidents recently in his career, has called a news conference for noon (EDT) Friday at Darlington Raceway to announce his retirement from Winston Cup racing. See the full story at: Irvan to announce retirement at That's Racin'. Irvan is also co-owner of Irvan-Simo Motorsports, which has fielded entries in NASCAR's Truck, Grand National and Winston Cup series this season. Irvan is expected to continue his role as a car owner(9-2-1999) -- could Johnny Benson be a candidate for this ride? Irvan gave him his BGN start -- UPDATE-ANNOUNCEMENT: NASCAR Winston Cup Series veteran Ernie Irvan, the 1991 Daytona 500 champion, announced his retirement from racing today. Irvan's career was marked by remarkable success and three major wrecks, including one that nearly took his life. See the full story at NOL: Ernie Irvan announces retirement. No word on a full time replacement for Irvan in the #36(9-3-1999) -- UPDATE: I have added a written transcript to Irvan's Retirement Press Conference at my Ernie Irvan Site, as many readers know, Ernie was 'my' driver and I have added a rarity to the site, my thoughts and opinion on Ernie and the retirement(9-4-1999)

  • AJ Announcement UPDATE 3: I hear AJ Foyt will make the announcement on his Cup team Friday at 10:30am/et in Darlington -- UPDATE: NOL reports - Conseco set to make announcement at 10:30am/et, hmm...AJ's rumored sponsor....(9-2-1999) -- UPDATE 2 ANNOUCEMENT: happened early, per NOL - United States auto racing legend A.J. Foyt announced Friday morning prior to the opening of practice for NASCAR's oldest superspeedway race at Darlington Raceway that he would return to the sanctioning body in 2000 as the owner of a fulltime NASCAR Winston Cup Series team. No plans to race in 1999, Foyt's nephew Tommy LaMance, is the VP of the team, Waddell Wilson is already serving as general manager. Story also mentions no driver has been talked to, no crew chief chose(Wilson will do that) and no car manufacturer has been chosen. See full story at NOL. There is an image of a car, but it's an old tbird, has a #14 on it which was supposedly assigned to the 2nd Morgan-McClure team(if it happens) and the Irvan-Simo team have ran in 1999(of course we know the #14 was made famous by AJ in his Indy Car days and he still uses it in the IRL on Bracls car). Also there is a Press Release on the Conseco Site(9-3-1999) -- UPDATE 3: Foyt said he had not picked a driver as yet, but had spoken to "one or two" in the past week. He has also purchased a 30,000 square-foot building to house his team in a new industrial park north of Charlotte. Veteran NASCAR crew chief Waddell Wilson will head up Foyt's Winston Cup operation and has begun to hire employees and set up the shop. No car make has been selected as yet, Foyt said, though he has asked NASCAR to use the #14(That's Racin')(9-4-1999)

  • Stewart Cars UPDATE: I hear the special paint scheme for Habitat for Humanity diecast car will be sold at Home Depots within the next few weeks with all proceeds will go to the Habitat for Humanity(9-2-1999) -- UPDATE: The car will be run at Charlotte in Oct, see an image of the car in Jayski's Paint Schemes Gallery(9-4-1999)

  • The Decision: NASCAR's top official said Friday the decision not to penalize Dale Earnhardt for his bump of Terry Labonte on the final lap of last week's race at Bristol was a judgment call based on a desire to see door-to-door racing. See full That's Racin' story: Helton defends NASCAR's ruling at Bristol by David Poole(9-4-1999)

  • AJ/Irwin/Rudd: AJ Foyt's car will be green with the #14, the number Foyt made famous as an Indy-car. Foyt said he's talked to a couple of drivers. Kenny Irwin, who leaves Robert Yates Racing after this season, said he has talked with Foyt. The car owner is looking for a particular type of driver. Foyt said he was interested in purchasing Ricky Rudd's team but couldn't wait for Rudd to decide what to do. Rudd has set a Sept. 15 deadline on finding a sponsor. If he doesn't find a sponsor by that date, he will allow his employees to look elsewhere for other jobs. Rudd is looking for a sponsor after Tide announced in June it would not stay with the team after this season(News and Record) Jayski Note: Looks like Rudd is close to sponsorship, see earlier story(9-4-1999)

  • Nadeau news: Jerry Nadeau will continue to drive the #36 M&M's Pontiac on a race-by-race basis. Nadeau had filled in the last two races for injured Ernie Irvan, who yesterday announced his retirement(Tennessean)(9-4-1999)

  • No Bull Five Drivers at Darlington: where did they qualify? #18-Bobby Labonte starts 7th, #99(not #24)-Jeff Burton 15th, #6-Mark Martin 16th, #20-Tony Stewart 19th and #88-Dale Jarrett still to qualify(9-4-1999)

  • Irwin: Kenny Irwin said his future is far from a done deal. Irwin says he has talked to Felix Sabates about the #42 car, but nothing is done yet. Irwin also says he has not talked to anyone outside of Winston Cup about a ride(SpeedNet/Monte Dutton)(9-4-1999)

  • #94 and the Wind Tunnel: Bill Elliott's plans to bring a new #94 McDonalds Ford to Darlington this weekend came close to falling apart on the car's trip to the track. Elliott's team took the new car to the wind tunnel in Marietta, Ga., earlier this week before leaving for Darlington. Once the car was inside the tunnel, a switch that controls the power malfunctioned and caused a fire. There was no major damage to the facility, but the team canceled the test without gaining any new information on the car(That's Racin')(9-4-1999)

  • Jarrett and the BGN: During the BGN race, after Dale Jarrett fell out of the race at Darlington, it was mentioned that DJ said that it was his final BGN race as a driver, ever(9-4-1999)

  • Buckshot's Plans: Buckshot Jones, who started the 1999 season running for the Winston Cup rookie of the year title, will return to a full-time schedule next season in the BGN series with the #00 Pontiacs. Jones started the season with intentions of running a full Winston Cup schedule but his team began scaling back its efforts after Jones failed to make several races. He is still planning to run in this season's Winston 500 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and the season finale at Atlanta. Buckshot Racing, owned by Jones' father, Billy Jones, is considering fielding two Grand National teams next season and may enter Jones in some Winston Cup events in 2000(That's Racin')(9-4-1999)

  • Bodine a Legend: the 1999 Legends of The Glen fan voting and track Marketing Director, Roger Curtis, announced Geoffrey Bodine as the fans choice for 1999. Geoffrey Bodine, winner of the ‘96 Bud at The Glen NASCAR Winston Cup Series race, pulled another stunning upset at The Glen by edging front runner and three-time winner at Watkins Glen, Jeff Gordon, to carry the majority of votes in the 1999 Legends of The Glen program. Geoffrey Bodine will be inducted as a Legend of The Glen on Sunday, September 12th at the Zippo U.S. Vintage Grand Prix. See more info at The Glen's official Website at www.theglen.com(9-4-1999)

  • Bodine and the bird: It took the life of a bird, but Geoffrey Bodine has earned another top fifteen start for the #60 Power Team racing team. Bodine ran a quick enough lap in first round qualifying for the Southern 500 at the Darlington Raceway to take the 14th starting position for Sunday’s event. On his qualifying lap, the Bodine’s Chevrolet struck a bird with predictably dire results. By the time that the car returned to the pits, there were only a few stray feathers left in the front end of the car(Power Team Site)(9-4-1999)

  • Irony: #3-Dale Earnhardt is parked right next to....#5-Terry Labonte in the Darlington garage area(9-4-1999)

  • Some Cup in ASA: I hear Tony Raines will drive Rick Scelzo's (Motorsports of Rice Lake) Toby Nuttleman prepared Miller Lite Ford Thunderbird at an ASA Labor Day event at the Minnesota State Fair, in St. Paul, MN on September 6th which will be on TNN television 1:30p,/ct(8-24-1999) -- UPDATE: Clean Burn, Inc., Leola-based manufacturer of used-oil furnaces and burner, will again be an associate sponsor on driver Tony Raines car at the Labor Day Miller 300 on September 6, at the Minnesota State Fairground in Minneapolis, MN. Clean Burn's logo with the words, "The smart use for used oil," will appear on the hood of the blue and white #74 Ford Thunderbird. Other drivers that I hear will race there include: 1986 ASA Rookie of the Year Kenny Wallace, Scott Hansen, Ted Musgrave and Ted Musgrave, Jr(9-2/4-1999)


    (9-3-1999)
  • Petty Announcement UPDATE: Richard Petty and #43 driver John Andretti will have an announcement on Friday in Darlington at 9:40am/et. I hear it will be a sponsorship announcement with Cheerios and STP(9-1-1999) -- UPDATE: hear they may run STP half the season and Cheerios the other half, with the other acting as an associate when not the primary sponsor, anyhow should be interesting(9-2-1999) -- UPDATE-ANNOUNCEMENT: Petty Enterprises owner Richard Petty announced today that STP would continue to serve as the team’s sponsor until next year’s Pepsi 400 at Daytona. From Petty paraphrased: That’s when General Mills will step on board as the team’s primary sponsor. The basic deal for the next two or three years, STP is going to be the primary sponsor for the first part of the season up until Daytona. Then General Mills will come on as a sponsor for the next two or three years after that with General Mills and Cheerios. There will be a lot of promotions going on on all fronts and they are working on the paint schemes. The car is still going to have 43 on the side of it and it’s still going to be blue. It used to be a blue car when I went with STP and then it went half and half. I figure we’ll wind up the same way with... blue and yellow. General Mills will also have a little sticker on our other vehicles, too, Kyle’s car and Adam’s(Hoagland Communications PR)(9-3-1999)

  • Crew Chief Swap: Pat Tryson will take over crew chief responsibilities on the 16 car and Tommy Morgan will move over to the 26. Expect an official announcement sometime this weekend(Team Roush Fans Site)(9-3-1999)

  • Gordon Streak: Jeff Gordon has won the last four Southern 500s. He is the only driver to win four straight. No other driver has even won three straight(TNN Motorsports Site)(9-3-1999)

  • More AJ Updates: With financial backing from Conseco, an Indiana-based insurance and investment firm, Foyt will launch a one-car team at Daytona in February. No driver has been hired. The team will be based in Charlotte while Foyt continues to run his Indy Racing League operation out of Houston. Foyt plans to continue on the IRL circuit with current drivers Kenny Brack and Billy Boat(Tennessean/Garnett) Also a few readers tell me there is a full page advertisement in todays New York Times (Back of Sports Section ) that has a picture of the #14 Conseco car. Caption reads Why would AJ Foyt Want to Work with a financial services company? You should see the company car. The ad also says that after years of following NASCAR, they are introducing Team Conseco with team leader AJ Foyt. Conseco is now the Official Financial Sevices Provider of NASCAR and is running a sweepstakes, see www.conseco.com(9-3-1999)


    (9-2-1999)
  • BACE to Cup? this weeks Winston Cup Scene reports that BGN #33 and #74 team owner Bill Baumgardner is considering fielding a Cup team in 2000 and that it is a 50-50 possibility. His first choice for driver is Johnny Benson who is available. If not Benson someone like him. Sponsorship would be the hold up but Baumgardner is meeting with potential sponsors next week(9-2-1999)

  • Power Team News: this weeks Winston Cup Scene reports that Power Team will withdraw it's sponsorship from it's IRL and BGN teams and concemtrate it's efforts on Winston Cup and the #60 team driven by Geoffrey Bodine(9-2-1999)

  • Ironic: Hut Stricklin replaced Loy Allen Jr in the #58 Cup car and replaced Glenn Allen Jr(no relation) in the #38 BGN car(9-2-1999)

  • No Bull Five UPDATE2: The Pepsi Southern 500 is the fourth of five Winston No Bull 5 events during the 1999 season. The top-5 finishers from the Coca-Cola 600 will compete for the million-dollar bonus at Darlington. Jeff Burton, Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin, Tony Stewart and Dale Jarrett are the eligible drivers. The drivers and fans will be paired at NASCAR Speedpark in Myrtle Beach, SC on Sept. 2. The drivers will compete in a go-kart race to determine which driver will be paired with which fan. The five fans are Johnny Bowser from Charlotte, NC, Phyllis Farmer from Hillsboro, MD., Glen Keck from Knoxville, TN., Gerard Walsh from Coral Springs, FL., and Amy Bourdonnay from Knoxville, TN. If their driver wins they win a million dollars(NOL)(8-29-1999) -- UPDATE: The Winston No Bull 5 fan/driver pairing at NASCAR Speedpark in Myrtle Beach Thursday is open to the public. The NASCAR Winston Cup drivers will compete in a 30 lap go-kart race. Doors open at 1pm. The actual race begins at 7pm(8-30-1999) -- UPDATE 2: Tony Stewart won the race and will be paired up with Amy. The other pairings: Jeff Burton with Phyllis, Mark Martin with Johnny, Bobby Labonte with Gerard and Dale Jarrett with Glen(RPM2Nite)(9-2-1999)

  • Irvan: During the Ricky Craven chat at the Ricky Craven Fans Site the question was asked: Has anyone from MWT talked to Ernie Irvan? How is he doing? Craven's response: "I saw Ernie when I dropped my daughter off at school yesterday morning, he was looking good. That's a big relief for all of us"(9-2-1999)

  • Crispy Returns: I hear that it was announced on QVC that Irvan/Nadeau would drive the #36 Crispy Pontiac at Talladega in October(9-2-1999)

  • AJ visits? I hear AJ Foyt along with Waddell Wilson visited Joe Nemechek's shop on Wednesday. Supposedly just taking a look at Nemechek's operation(9-2-1999)

  • TV Deal: All Cup and BGN television rights holders (ABC, CBS, NBC, ESPN, TBS and TNN) have released their contractual rights for all events beginning with the 2001 season. The announcement allows NASCAR to begin the process of securing a consolidated television package immediately with negotiations expected to begin later this year(NOL)(9-2-1999)

  • The Pit Tour Road Show UPDATE takes race fans behind pit wall and makes them part of the racing action. Cotter Promotions, a mobile marketing agency which specializes in motor sports, has created The Pit Tour Road Show -- a live, interactive racing exhibit and show that takes fans over the pit wall and educates them about NASCAR's past and present. Throughout the 30-minute show, a professional announcer recruits fans from the audience, puts them 'through the paces' of a live pit stop and mixes in little-known NASCAR facts and trivia. The Pit Tour Road Show features an authentic NASCAR Winston Cup show car, race-ready air guns, racing tires, authentic race flags, tool boxes, technical inspection equipment, starter's flag stand as well as eye-catching displays. The Pit Tour Road Show is one of more than 20 mobile marketing and racing simulators that Cotter Promotions manages for Fortune 500 companies. More than 600,000 people attend Cotter Promotions' events each year. The next scheduled stop for the show will be in Pickerington, Ohio(Cottor Group PR)(8-31-1999) -- UPDATE: no idea of dates or times(9-2-1999)

  • Rusty News: Tom Knox has joined Rusty Wallace, Inc., in the newly created position of Director of Marketing. Knox comes to RWI after a two-year stint as an account executive with NASCAR. Based out of NASCAR’s New York corporate offices, Knox was responsible for sales and renewals in working with the sanctioning body’s official status and partner status sponsors. Knox’s new spot at RWI will see him dealing primarily with new business development and personal endorsements(PR)(9-2-1999)


    (9-1-1999)
  • Petty Paint: In celebration of the start of pro football's 1999 season, PLAYERS INC and Petty Enterprises will showcase special NFL player paint schemes on John Andretti's #43 STP Pontiac and Kyle Petty's #44 Hot Wheels Pontiac during the Exide NASCAR Select Batteries 400 to be held on September 11, 1999, at Richmond International Raceway. Some of the greatest NFL stars of all time will visit the Richmond facility to root the offensive ("Playmakers") and defensive ("Gamebreakers") teams to victory. Linebackers Dick Butkus (Hall of Fame, Chicago), Willie Lanier (Hall of Fame, Kansas City) and defensive end L.C. Greenwood (Pittsburgh) will help out in the Petty pit. In the Andretti pit will be running back Tony Dorsett (Hall of Fame, Dallas) and wide receiver Charley Taylor (Hall of Fame, Washington), along with running back Craig "Ironhead" Heyward (Indianapolis). In addition to the Petty's "Gamebreakers" scheme and Andretti's "Playmakers" scheme, Petty and Andretti will wear custom drivers suits and helmets which represent a distinct NFL player flavor. To further celebrate the season kickoff and this special event, PLAYERS INC has developed a unique PLAYERS INC/Team Petty Charity Challenge in which favorite charities of Petty and Andretti will be the benefactors of PLAYERS INC contributions, based on Andretti's and Petty's finishing order in the Richmond race. PLAYERS INC will donate $500,000 to charities nominated by Petty and Andretti if they finish first and second in the Richmond race ($400,000 to 1st place, $100,000 to 2nd place). If John and Kyle do not finish first and second, but one wins the race, his charity will receive $100,000. If neither of the drivers win the racing event, the highest finishing driver's charity will receive $10,000. Andretti has established the Riley's Children's Hospital and Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis as his charity and Petty has named Samaritan's Purse as his charity(Williams Co PR)(9-1-1999)

  • Rudd's sponsor UPDATE: hearing one of Ricky Rudd's possible sponsors is Georgia-Pacific, the other rumored is Dell Computers and it looks like Nations Rent who was rumored will go to the #7 Mattei Motorsports team(8-31-1999) -- UPDATE: hearing Georgia-Pacific is the front runner(9-1-1999)

  • Bickle more BGN: besides running a few races in his own #91 BGN car, HVP Motorsports today announced Bickle will take over the team's #63 Exxon Chevys at Darlington and Richmond. Bickle replaces rookie Bobby Hamilton, Jr. who earlier this season assumed the driving chores in the Exxon Superflo Motor Oils racer from Chuck Bown(Tyler Jet Motorsports PR)(9-1-1999)

  • SABCO Test: Cuban car owner Felix Sabates(#'s 01,40 and 42) will have Mexican driver Jimmy Morales test for Team Sabco at Martinsville Speedway Sept. 14-15. Also testing for Team Sabco will be Ron Hornaday, who will attempt to qualify for races at Richmond and Martinsville this season(in the #01)(News and Record/The Depot)(9-1-1999)

  • TV Stuff: The ESPN telecast of the Goody’s 500 from Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday night pulled a 3.7 rating with a modest seven share and 2.8m households viewing according to Nielsen Media Research. The controversy surrounding the Bristol finish should prove a huge ratings boost for the Pepsi Southern 500 to be carried on ESPN this coming Sunday. See the ratings for the Racing events at Racer Magazine(9-1-1999)


    (8-31-1999)
  • The 2000 Chevy UPDATE and an IMAGE: The 2000 Chevy Monte Carlo will have its first extensive test run Monday and Tuesday at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, IL. Bobby Hamilton, Sterling Marlin, Ken Schrader, David Green, Jerry Nadeau, Geoffrey Bodine, Dale Earnhardt and Mike Skinner are scheduled to drive the NASCAR-approved cars at the 1.25-mile track. Chevy will have the cars tested again in late OctoberPitNow(8-29-1999) -- UPDATE: Opinions were divided over the 2000 Monte Carlo among the nine Winston Cup drivers who began two days of shakedown test runs for the new car at Gateway International Raceway on Monday. It's not that anybody voiced disappointment in the new car, although some in the Chevrolet camp are less than optimistic about what to expect from it; rather, the drivers' opinions varied regarding what was to be gained from the tests on the 1.25-mile oval. See the rest of the story and an image at: Cup drivers test new Monte Carlo at Gateway by David Green(SpeedVision) -- IMAGE: got an image from the test of the #60 car at the - Paint Schemes Gallery(8-31-1999)

  • Philips Out? UPDATE: hearing NationsRent is talking to Rudd, the #41 Larry Hedrick team and the #7 Mattei Motorsports team(didn't know Philips/Klaussner was leaving)(8-9-1999) -- UPDATE: Reportedly, NationsRent plans to sign with the Jim Mattei team and driver Michael Waltrip(Times-Dispatch) also thought this was interesting: Jim Mattei knows how to ride in style. In addition to his work with NASCAR teams and other ventures, Mattei has commissioned a 177-foot yacht that his employees say is the largest aluminum American-built and -owned yacht in 70 years(Business Journal of Charlotte)(8-31-1999)

  • Results Note UPDATE: The results of the Goody's 500 are a little jumbled up on NOL, should read: 24) #28, 91 points; 25) #41, 88 points; 26) #18, 85 points; and 27) #58, 82 points. UPDATE: NOL Goody's Results all fixed(except they still have Stricklin listed in the #96, not #58)(8-31-1999)

  • Tires: Goodyear is accelerating the introduction of a new-generation Eagle racing tire into NASCAR’s radial series, following the tire ’s success at Michigan Speedway in August. Its second appearance is this weekend at Darlington Raceway. Goodyear originally had scheduled the new tire for use at Darlington’s Southern 500 Labor Day weekend and at Richmond, Va., the following weekend, Holmer noted. Now, the company is adding Loudon, N.H., Charlotte, N.C., and Homestead, Fla., into the mix. This new-generation Goodyear tire had been tested for 18 months, and it first competed in a Winston West event this spring at Fontana, Calif. Goodyear is the exclusive tire supplier to NASCAR for its Winston Cup Series, Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series … reason enough for the world’s number one racing tire manufacturer to lead the tire technology charge into the new millennium(GoodYear PR)(8-31-999)

  • Rudd Sponsor: Ricky Rudd says there are two sponsors left in his hunt. One has been talking with the driver for quite some time, and the other just expressed interest in the team. But the owner did learn late last week that NationsRent had opted to go with another team. The owner/driver is trying to work out a sponsor deal for his team, Rudd Performance Motorsports, before mid-September. If he cannot find a sponsor, the owner plans to allow his team members the opportunity to find work elsewhere. At that point, Rudd would have several options. Even if the popular driver was forced to sell his team, Rudd’s proven ability to win would lead to a number of driving offers in the Winston Cup garage. Still, he is staying focused on finding a sponsor and working out a deal to remain as an owner next season(Times-Dispatch)(8-31-1999)

  • Labonte Moves Up...a little: NASCAR officials reviewed Saturday night’s Goody’s 500 at Bristol and agreed that Bobby Labonte had been slighted two laps in the final standings. Labonte and owner Joe Gibbs had complained the team’s laps were miscalculated after Labonte suffered transmission problems on Lap 490, but managed to stay out on the race track. Originally, his run was officially ended on Lap 491 but now he is listed as completing 493. Labonte improved one position to 26th and picked up $10 in winnings and three points in the championship race(Times-Dispatch)(8-31-1999)

  • #16 News: Kevin Lepage has a September 7, deadline to secure sponsorship for the #16 TV Guide Ford Taurus(TNN Motorsports Site)(8-31-1999)


    (8-30-1999)
  • Benson Released UPDATE: Roush Racing announced today that it has entered into a new sponsorship agreement beginning next year under which General Mills has been granted sponsorship rights for all Roush Racing teams in NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch Grand National, and Craftsman Truck competition. In addition, Roush also announced that Johnny Benson, driver of the #26 Cheerios Ford Taurus, has been released from his contract. These changes in sponsorship status are the result of a process initiated several weeks ago by Roush Racing and Johnny Benson, and ultimately endorsed by all parties. In addition, Benson will continue his role as a spokesman for General Mills products. Roush Racing does not have a primary sponsor under contract to operate the #26 program in 2000, but will continue its search for sponsorship to keep the team in place. Roush Racing has, however, agreed to release Benson from his contract to allow him to find another ride for next season(Johnny Benson Fan Club PR) -- UPDATE: The announcement put to rest months of speculation concerning Benson's future with the team. The Michigan driver is expected to be a leading candidate to take over the #28 Texaco-Havoline Ford Taurus currently driven by Kenny Irwin(TNN Motorsports Site)(8-30-1999)

  • Bud Moore Back: Legendary team owner Bud Moore has sold a majority of his NASCAR racing team to West Coast businessmen Randy and Robert Fenley, and the newly christened Fenley-Moore Motorsports team will attempt to qualify for "two or three races" yet this season before taking on the entire 2000 schedule. Moore, at Bristol Motor Speedway last weekend for the Goody's Headache Powder 500, said he had sold the majority of the team to the Fenleys, who bought into Jeff Davis' NASCAR Winston West team and took it to Indianapolis in an attempt to qualify for the Brickyard 400. Moore said veteran crew chief Joey Knuckles signed a contract with the team. As for drivers, Fenley said the selection is an ongoing process. He also said the driver choice does not hinge on sponsorship and they hope to sign a sponsor soon(TNN Motorsports Site)(8-30-1999)

  • No #91: at Darlington. The team will skip Darlington to work on future sponsorship and return at Richmond with Invinca Shield as the sponsor as part of their five race deal(8-30-1999)

  • Hut to drive BGN: Brad Akins announced today that Hut Stricklin will drive the #38 Barbasol Fords for the remaining eight races on the BGN schedule. Stricklin replaces driver Glenn Allen Jr. beginning at the Dura Lube 200 at Darlington Raceway on September 4. Currently, Stricklin competes in the Cup Series for Scott Barbour in the #58 Turbine Solutions Fords(Keystone PR)(8-30-1999)

  • Benson to Yates? UPDATE: announcement soon? Hearing once/if Johnny Benson gets his Roush release he could end up in the #28 -- UPDATE: also hearing General Mills has asked to be released from their commitments to Roush Racing(8-30-1999)

  • First DNF for #18? #18-Bobby Labonte is listed on the Goody's 500 results as having an DNF(Did Not Finish) with transmission problems, this would be his first DNF of the season, leaving just #98-Rick Mast as the only driver/team who does not have a DNF and has made all 23 races. But from the Times-Dispatch: NASCAR was reviewing Bobby Labonte’s final position in the Goody’s 500. After the race, official scorers turned over Labonte’s card to be reviewed. Labonte lost his transmission on Lap 490 but did not pit. As he stayed on the track apron, his car blowing smoke and his view obscured, the race’s final caution came out. Labonte was black-flagged, but he did not enter the pits immediately. He was listed as finishing 27th, with 491 laps completed. His team was arguing whether the driver should have been penalized that number of laps(8-30-1999)

  • SpeedVision Article: Drivers, owners proceed with Silly Season ritual by Lee Spencer. In this story it mentions that Felix Sabates has had a driver in the top 10 call him in the last couple of days asking Sabates to buy them out of their contract. He said he is willing to talk but not buy out their contracts. Also mentioned that Jeremy Mayfield and Robin Pemberton were under consideration for the Yates ride, but that won't happen now since Mayfield just signed a two year extension and Pemberton isn't looking to go elsewhere(8-30-1999)

  • Benson: Johnny Benson said that he doesn't have anything lined up yet for next season, but he has been talking with Bill Baumgardner(BACE #33 and #74 BGN), the Busch team owner who is considering a move up to the Cup tour next season. Benson is expected to announce officially this week that he'll be leaving the Jack Roush Ford operation(#26) after two seasons. The future of the team's General Mills sponsorship is unclear. The food company may continue as an associate sponsor on all five Roush cars(PitNow), Plus I have heard from many fans who attended the Bristol race who said the Cheerios Trailer had most Cheerios items at half price(8-30-1999)

  • What happens to Cheerios? (from a Benson story I have posted on the 28th) I have heard they may stay with Roush, I have heard they may go to another team, one rumor has them with...get this....the #43 Petty team, cannot fathom a yellow #43(8-28-1999) -- UPDATE: I am hearing this is not as far fetched as it seems, but the car wouldn't be yellow. Supposedly STP/First Brands/Clorax is looking to scale down it's sponsorship dollars(8-30-1999)

  • Yates and Carter: Travis Carter is debating between a Peter Guild engine-lease operation or a Yates lease program. Yates is expanding his customer engine program and hiring new engine builders to handle the new business(PitNow)(8-30-1999)

  • No 2nd Morgan-McClure team? One other possibility for Johnny Benson, according to Chevy sources, is the Morgan-McClure team. Larry McClure has been considering a second Cup team next season, though McClure has now all but ruled out a second team(PitNow)(8-30-1999)

  • Rudd Scheme: Hearing Ricky Rudd will have a special Give Kids the World paint scheme on the #10 Tide Ford at Martinsville(8-30-1999)

  • The Finish UPDATE: NASCAR officials reviewed the tape of the pass and decided to let the final order stand for the Goody's Headache Powders 500 at Bristol(WRAL/AP) -- UPDATE: As far as NASCAR is concerned, Saturday's night's victory by Dale Earnhardt will stand as is. Earnhardt hit race leader Terry Labonte from behind on the final lap of Saturday's Goody's 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway to claim his second win of the 1999 season. Several protests were filed over the incident, but Mike Helton, NASCAR's chief operating officer, made a statement late Saturday that the race results would stand(That's Racin')(8-29-1999)


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