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PAST NEWS SEPTEMBER 6-12, 1999


(9-12-1999)
  • The Countdown Car: In a tribute to Ernie Irvan and the millennium, Jerry Nadeau will drive the M&M’s Countdown car in Charlotte on Oct. 10, 1999. See an image from the RCCA site on my Ernie Irvan Site(9-12-1999)

  • WOW! congrats to Tony Stewart on his first Winston Cup win of his career. He is the first rookie to win a race since Davey Allison won at Talladega (also won at Dover) in 1987, a span of 376 races. Also it's the sixth straight year there has been a first time winner in Cup(9-12-1999)

  • Irvan Visits: Ernie Irvan visited his former team this weekend, hanging out in the team's transporter and chatting with replacement driver Jerry Nadeau. In his first week of retirement it's been business as usual -- lots of interviews and media appearances(Times-Dispatch) He was also interviewed during qualifying on Friday by ESPN2 after helping push the car out to pit road(9-12-1999)

  • Spencer/Kmart: National Speed Sport News reports that it is expected that Kmart will sponsor a 2nd Travis Carter owned car (the other being #66-Darrell Waltrip). The car is also expected to change numbers from #23 to something ending in a six(6), #56 is mentioned(NSSN) #'s 46,76,86 and 96 are also available and #26 may be also(9-12-1999)

  • Short Track Wins UPDATE: Nine different drivers win the last nine short-track races: Dale Jarrett, John Andretti, Rusty Wallace, Ricky Rudd, Jeff Burton, Mark Martin, Terry Labonte, Bobby Hamilton and Jeff Gordon(8-25-1999) -- UPDATE Make it Ten drivers, add Dale Earnhardt to the mix(8-29-1999) -- UPDATE: Make it Eleven different drivers now as Tony Stewart won at Richmond(9-12-1999)

  • Little E: Dale Earnhardt had a 10th place finish at Richmond, the first top 10 of his four race Cup career and the 39th different driver to score a top ten this year(9-12-1999)

  • AJ's Driver and Cars? AJ Foyt is reported to be leaning toward Scott Sharp as his new NASCAR driver, according to sources(PitNow) and I am hearing AJ Foyt's Cup team will campaign #14 Chevy's(9-12-1999)

  • Mock/Yates Engines: Robert Yates has been doing a lot of outside engine work but says he'll be cutting down on that. He will have his engines in only one Winston Cup team(Wells?) other than his own two teams. That outside team, Yates said, would not be Butch Mock's(Darwin Oordt's). Mock, who is selling his team(sold), is looking for a new sponsor, and he may also be looking for a driver. Ted Musgrave, who drives for Mock, may be on Tim Beverly's(#45) list of potential drivers for his own team, now that he has released Rich Bickle(after Darlington)(PitNow)(9-12-1999)


    (9-11-1999)
  • Sad News: not NASCAR, but Penske CART driver, rookie Gonzalo Rodriguez was killed Saturday during a practice crash at Laguna Seca Raceway. Team owner Roger Penske(also a Cup team owner) immediately withdrew his team, including veteran driver Al Unser Jr., from the event(AP)(9-11-1999)

  • Schrader to the #36 UPDATE 2: Ken Schrader will take over the driving duties next season for the #36 Pontiacs owned by MBII Motorsports, The Charlotte Observer has learned. An official announcement of Schrader's move is expected at New Hampshire International Speedway next weekend, sources said. Schrader has driven for car owner Andy Petree since 1997. In two-plus seasons, he has five top-five and 20 top-10 finishes and five poles. Schrader and Petree announced an agreement with a new sponsor, Oakwood Homes, in May for Schrader's #33 Chevrolets. However, according to sources, the company's financial stability has declined recently and its future in the sport is in doubt(That's Racin')(9-10-1999) -- UPDATE: Schrader has two years remaining on his contract with Petree and incoming sponsor Oakwood Homes, but the company has suffered financial setbacks in recent weeks that could affect the deal. Sources say he has already signed to be Irvan's replacement(Times-Dispatch) -- UPDATE 2: Eight weeks after announcing that he had secured a primary sponsor for his #33 Chevrolet, Cup team owner Andy Petree announced that Ken Schrader will not be back in the car next season. Schrader declined comment on the situation earlier in the day. He also would not say whether recent negative financial news for Oakwood Homes affected his decision(NOL)(9-11-1999)

  • Morgan-McClure 2nd Team: Was wondering was was up with this - Car owner Larry McClure says he'll run a second car at Talladega in October and possibly at Homestead in November. No driver has been selected. Asked if he has a sponsor for those races, McClure said, "We think so." McClure said he continues to look for a sponsor to run a second car part time next year(News and Record)(9-11-1999)

  • #41 Sponsor: Car owner Larry Hedrick, whose team loses its Kodiak sponsorship, said he hopes to have a sponsor deal by mid October(News and Record) no word on if David Green will return as the driver(9-11-1999)

  • TV Money: It’s been the buzz this week: TNN and corporate partner CBS Sports (both now owned by Viacom) have put anywhere from $1.2b to $5b on the table for the NASCAR unified television rights deal. What's the real story? See the story at Racer Magazine: Big Money On Table from TNN for NASCAR TV Deal? by Bill King(9-11-1999)

  • Bickle in the #10? UPDATEs Rudd Better: I hear Rich Bickle will drive the #10 Tide Ford in place of ill Ricky Rudd. Not sure why it's not Trickle who qualified the car. Also if Rudd can't make the race, his streak of 564 consecutive races which is 3rd longest, would come to an end -- UPDATE: Ricky Rudd was feeling better and back at the track Saturday morning after spending the night in a Richmond hospital. While Rudd plans to drive his #10 Ford in Saturday night's Exide 400, a relief driver will be standing by in case Rudd is unable to complete the race. Rudd did not qualify his car in Friday night's time trials at Richmond International Raceway after taking ill overnight. Rudd visited the track's infield care center Friday morning and received treatment for a possible case of food poisoning. Just after noon, he left to the track to go the hospital(That's Racin') -- UPDATE 2: Ricky Rudd is doing much better, practiced the car in the early Saturday test and the team does not intend to have a relief driver standing by on Saturday night. The #10 did not run in Happy Hour(NOL)(9-11-1999)


    (9-10-1999)
  • Compton and Dodge? Truck Series driver Stacy Compton has his own tough decision to make. Chrysler officials have hinted strongly to the Hurt, Va., driver they plan to bring Compton and Dennis Setzer to the Winston Cup Series in 2001, when Dodge is likely to debut a team of Intrepids. Compton and Setzer currently drive Dodge Ram trucks in the NASCAR touring series. Meanwhile, Compton is weighing offers from a existing Winston Cup teams. The choice is between waiting for Dodge to make its plans public or taking a ride with a Ford or GM team that might not have as much long-term potential as the eventual DaimlerChrysler team(Gaston Gazette/Monte Dutton)(9-10-1999)

  • Gettin' Sillier:(maybe I should call it Jayski's Sillier Season Site) check this out - From Racer Mag Site: .....with the sudden revelation that Ken Schrader, now with Andy Petree’s #33 (Skoal Chevy) team, will take over the seat in the #36 M&Ms car. Petree revealed that Schrader had informed him Thursday morning of his decision to leave, although it is not known whether he will stay the season or move sooner. A #36 team official, who preferred not to be named, refused to confirm the Schrader reports but indicated something was afoot. Skoal spokesman Brian Buchauer said Schrader’s intended move was sudden and very disappointing to Petree, who hired Schrader three years ago. Skoal, Petree’s long-time sponsor, will leave after this season, although Buchauer said Petree had told him the team has "an iron-clad deal" with new sponsor Oakwood Homes(Racer.com/Ben Blake) Note: Oakwood is having some finacial problems(see yahoo biz)(9-10-1999)

  • #11 Sold?? Hearing that Brett Bodine is looking to sell his #11 Winston Cup team. Sponsor Paychex leaves at the end of the 1999 season. One rumor has Richard Hilton, who owns Butch Gilliland Winston West team buying it(9-10-1999)

  • and More: there were rumors that Ted Musgrave, facing an uncertain future with Butch Mock’s recently-sold #75, had made a deal with the Tyler Jet #45 for next year(Racer.com/Ben Blake) Rumors have #45 Crew Chief testing Musgrave in the #45 sometime early last week(9-10-1999)

  • Roush News: Jack Roush likely will have five Winston Cup teams next season, one way or another. Team officials say the outlook has brightened for the #16 car, driven by Kevin Lepage, but more serious questions now hover over Johnny Benson’s #26. Benson will leave the team after the season, and sponsor Cheerios will a) transfer its primary sponsorship to Richard Petty’s No. 43, and b) scatter among the Roush teams as an associate, leaving the #26 with no primary sponsor and no driver. Roush representative Stephanie Marquez said it appears very possible there will be no #26(Roush team) next season, although “anything can happen,” she added. Meanwhile, TV Guide appears enthusiastic about stepping up its efforts around Lepage and the No. 16, Marquez said. In addition, Roush will add the #17 team of Matt Kenseth, with Roush superstar Mark Martin at some level of ownership. Roush’s other three teams – those of Martin, Jeff Burton and Chad Little – will continue unchanged at least for one more year, Marquez said(From Racer Magazine Site by Ben Blake)(9-10-1999)

  • Bliss to Stay? I hear that NASCAR Live 9/8/99, Mike Bliss said he has a truck deal through 2000 that he will honor. So maybe he won't go to the #30 Cup ride?(9-10-1999)

  • Rudd Sick UPDATE and YATES no?: I hear Ricky Rudd has food poisioning and may miss out on practicing the #10, unsure if he'll qualify the car -- UPDATE: Ricky Rudd, whom everyone hoped to question Friday about his pending deal to drive Robert Yates’ #28 next year, took sick overnight and did not participate in Winston Cup practice Friday. Elton Sawyer practiced Rudd’s #10 in the morning session. Team spokesman Kirby Boone said Rudd had food poisoning and had visited the infield care center, but that he planned to practice in the second session and qualify in the evening. Rudd later was seen being loaded into a car as if to leave the track. Later, however, team manager Jeff Kirk said Rudd would not return the rest of the day and said the team’s situation for the rest of practice and qualifying had not been determined(Racer.com/Ben Blake) ALSO That's Racin' reports, Rudd has been approached by a sponsor that could keep his team viable and complicate any deal with Robert Yates, see the story at: Rudd in hospital; Yates deal in doubt. Dick Trickle will qualify the #10 Ford this evening, Sawyer had a sponsor conflict and cannot do it(9-10-1999)

  • Scorer: Morris Metcalf, the chief NASCAR scorer for most of its 50-year history, plans to retire at the mid-point of next year's Daytona 500 and turn the job over to Tim Hudson(Daily Press)(9-10-1999)

  • Burtons wreck in BGN practice: Ward and Jeff Burton had an incident in BGN practice with Ward having to go to a backup #47 Monro Chevy, Jeff's #9 car was undamaged(Racer Mag)(9-10-1999)


    (9-9-1999)
  • Rudd to Yates? BIG UPDATE: Now comes word that Robert Yates might be interested in hiring Ricky Rudd. Rudd said Yates hasn't talked to him, but he finds the idea intriguing. Yates has moved the Texaco team out of Charlotte up to a shop leased near the speedway, but he has looked at putting a shop in the Mooresville sports complex where Rudd has his own shop and another six acres of prime undeveloped land. Rudd talked with Yates last year about doing an engine program(PitNow)(7-12-1999) -- Rudd signs with....YATES: surprise! RPM2Nite reported at the end of the Thursday show that word out of Richmond has Ricky Rudd signing with Robert Yates to drive the #28 Texaco Ford in 2000, also see the story at NOL(9-9-1999)

  • Cope Returns: Derrike Cope has a new ride and has been signed to drive the #15 Ford Taurus being prepared by the new Bud Moore/Fenley Motorsports team in its Winston Cup debut at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Oct. 10th. Cope tested with the team at Lowes this week and ran at 180mph. According to owner Randy Fenley "there is no commitment" beyond the UAW-GM Quality 500 event for either Cope - or the team. Fenley, 39, brother Robert, 43, and their father, Ron, are Fenley Motorsports - a California-based company that built its fame and fortune in the dynamic Southern California construction market. They own a Winston West team and acquired the majority ownership of the venerable Bud Moore Engineering team in August. Fenley says the new team - to be officially called Fenley-Moore Motorsports - is focusing on fielding a competitive team for the 2000 season, beginning at Daytona in February. Moore is working with the team as a consultant(Country Cool) Note: the team attempted to make the Brickyard 400 in the #62 Ford with Big Daddy's as the sponsor(9-9-1999)

  • #58 Sponsor: Federated Auto Parts will sponsor the #58 SBIII Motorsports Ford and driver Hut Stricklin at Richmond, New Hampshire, Dover and Martinsville(SBIII Motorsports' PR). Federated Auto Parts sponsors Boris Said's #44 Craftsman Truck owned by Irvan-Simo Racing and have been involved in other Winston Cup races as recently as Watkins Glen, where Boris was on the outside pole. Irvan-Simo's next Cup race scheduled is NHIS, no idea if Federated Auto Parts will still be aboard or not, the PR didn't say(9-9-1999)

  • Irwin signs with SABCO? UPDATE and Gordon: Kenny Irwin has signed with Team Sabco to take over the driving duties of the #42 Chevys beginning next season. An official announcement with car owner Felix Sabates and Irwin is not expected until the weekend of the Nov. 21 NAPA 500 at Atlanta, the headquarters of the car's sponsor, BellSouth, according to sources close to the driver(That's Racin')(9-7-1999) -- UPDATE: RPM2Nite also reports they hear the deal is done, just need Irwin to sign. Supposedly, Irwin will also run selected BGN events for SABCO. Also mentioned was that CART driver and former SABCO #40 driver Robby Gordon could be a third Cup driver for SABCO if he can bring a sponsor with him(9-9-1999)

  • Nemechek: From Wednesday's NOL chat with Joe Nemechek - The Question: In your search for a new team, how much does a manufacturer make in your decision? The Answer: "I think it does factor in. But mainly, it's trying to find a good Cup ride. Our Busch program will most likely remain Chevrolet. We're putting new 2000 sheet metal on them, and we're skinning them that way. Chevrolet has been good to me, and my plan is to continue on with Chevrolet." Makes you wonder about the Nemechek to the #28(Ford) rumors(9-9-1999)

  • Rudd News UPDATE 2 no press conference: Ricky Rudd has meetings planned for Monday and Tuesday with two potential sponsors, at least one of which he hopes will provide him a good enough deal to continue running his own team for the next several years, according to sources. Rudd has tentatively scheduled a news conference Friday at Richmond International Raceway to announce his future plans. Sources say should Rudd's effort fail, he will likely move into the #28 Fords owned by Robert Yates Racing(That's Racin')(9-6-1999) -- UPDATE: I hear the announcement will be Rudd going to the #28. Had heard that he was talking to a few sponsors: Dell, Georgia-Pacific and UPS but they must have fell through. I guess we'll find out on Friday for sure(9-8-1999) -- UPDATE 2: hearing that Rudd will announce he will drive the #28 BUT is also looking for a 'good' driver to drive his #10 Ford in 2000, maybe found a sponsor? AND from the Times-Dispatch today - Ricky Rudd will not make an announcement this weekend concerning his team. The owner-driver has spent the week meeting with team owners and potential sponsors. Rudd has said that if he does not find a sponsor this month, he will sell the team. Rudd reportedly is the leading candidate to replace Kenny Irwin on Robert Yates’ team(9-9-1999)

  • #7 News: Mattei Motorsports is still hoping that sponsor Phillips will stay on board for 2000, but it looks like they have already firmed up a relationship with NationsRent for next season(Inside Motorsports)(9-9-1999)

  • #16 News UPDATE?? Kevin Lepage has a September 7, deadline to secure sponsorship for the #16 TV Guide Ford Taurus(TNN Motorsports Site)(8-31-1999) -- ?? The 7th has came and passed, no word either way.....(9-9-1999)

  • Letterman UPDATE Tonight: Louise Smith, one of the newest members of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame will be a guest on the Late Show With David Letterman on September 8 at 11:30pm/et. Smith, who lives in Greenville, SC was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega AL on April 22, 1999. Smith won dozens of Modified races while competing in the Pioneer years of stock car racing in the 1940-50's including competition on the beach/road course in Daytona. She retired from driving in 1956(a few readers) -- UPDATE: I hear Smith has been moved to Thursday night, September 9th, yes it'll be Thursday(CBS Letterman/Pantsnews page)(9-7/9-1999)

  • Sad News: #90 Ford Cup owner, Junie Donlavey's mother, Esther Mary Donlavey, 93, died Sunday. Her funeral is today(Times-Dispatch)(9-9-1999)


    (9-8-1999)
  • More Tyler Jet News UPDATE 2: hearing that AT&T/10-10-345 Lucky Dog will not return to Tyler Jet Motorsports in 2000, so it looks like the team is looking for a driver and a sponsor. Jeff Purvis, rumored to be in the car at Richmond, supposedly has turned down the team as did Randy LaJoie and Robby Gordon. Hearing CTS driver Jack Sprague may be in the car at Richmond(9-7-1999) -- UPDATE: Tyler Jet Motorsports announced Jack Sprague will handle the team's driving chores in this weekend's Cup race at Richmond. Sprague replaces Rich Bickle in the 10-10-345 mount, the latter parting ways with the team after the Pepsi Southern 500 at Darlington. Sprague will continue his NCTS Hendrick Motorsports duties throughout this season. TJM is currently negotiating with other drivers for remaining events on the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup tour(Tyler Jet Motorsports PR) -- UPDATE 2: Despite speculation that 10-10-345 would not be back with TJM in 2000, team sources said negotiations are currently under way with the company to return next season. The three-year sponsorship package, signed last year, called for a one-year contract with two option years. A proposal from the team is currently in the sponsor's hands, and an answer is forthcoming within a month. Sprague may also drive the car at NHIS next week(TNN Motorsports)(9-8-1999)

  • Hornaday: CTS Champ Ron Hornaday will fill the driver’s seat of Team SABCO’s #01 Cup TRACFONE Chevy for this weeks race at Richmond and at Martinsville(BellSouth PR). Not only will he race against his boss, Dale Earnhardt, his teammates at DEI, Dale Earnhardt Jr and Steve Park but his CTS nemesis, Jack Sprague will attempt to get the #45 10-10-345 Pontiac in the RRI event(9-8-1999)

  • Dallenbach: Despite reports that Wally Dallenbach has spoke with the management at MB2 Motorsports(#36 M&M's Pontiac), he insists that simply isn't the case. He spoke to crew chief Ryan Pemberton to let them know he was interested, but not the owners. He says if he had the choice, he'd be leaning towards the #36 ride, if offered to him. Dallenbach, as reported in the past, has been speculated as the lead candidate for the Cal Wells Cup ride. Although Dallenbach was expecting to hear from Wells on Monday, their signals were crossed and never touched base. Hopes to speak on Tuesday or Wednesday. Wells said personal committments in California and this week's CART race in Monterrey, would keep him from making a final decision until next week, but he has pared down the applicants to Dallenbach, Al Unser Jr., Scott Pruett, and an unnamed Winston Cup driver with contractual considerations. Dallenbach plans to have his mind made up by the time he leaves for Richmond(in part from SpeedVision)(9-8-1999)

  • Wood Bros/Donlavey Honored UPDATE: In honor of the Wood Brothers longevity with Ford Racing, Edsel B. Ford II will present the Wood Brothers with the Spirit of Ford Award in honor of their accomplishments in Racing. The reception and ceremony is scheduled for 6:00pm/et on Thursday, September 9, 1999 in the Virginia World Building at the Richmond International Raceway. Ford representatives will be in attendance, along with NASCAR drivers, members of the media, Winston Cup and Richmond track officials. The Wood Brothers Racing Team is one of the most successful and historical teams in NASCAR. The Wood Brothers have made their mark on NASCAR by setting many records that still stand today. Records such as 80 superspeedway wins, 53 500-mile wins, 87 superspeedway poles and 26 superspeedway races won from the pole. The Wood Brothers have accumulated a total of 96 wins and 112 pole positions. When NASCAR named the 50 greatest drivers from 1948-1998, seventeen of those 50 drivers had piloted a Wood Brothers racecar. The team is headquartered in Stuart, Virginia and is owned by Glen Wood, Kim Wood Hall, Len Wood and Eddie Wood(Cox Marketing PR)(9-7-1999) -- UPDATE: Ford will also honor Junie Donlavey, owner of the #90 Ford, who is celebrating his 50th year in NASCAR and has been in a Ford for most of them(9-8-1999)

  • The Glen: Historic stock cars will be competing on the 3.77 mile Grand Prix course at Watkins Glen in the US Vintage Grand Prix Friday through Sunday. Driver Brian Redman will be among the competitors. Several significant stock cars are scheduled to compete including the 1993 Kodak Chevy Lumina originally driven in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series by recently retired driver Ernie Irvan and the 1993 Quaker State Ford Thunderbird driven Brett Bodine(Watkins Glen Newsletter)(9-8-1999)


    (9-7-1999)
  • Nadeau OK: Jerry Nadeau is ready to get back on the track after a hard hit at Darlington last weekend in the #36 M&M's Pontiac. Nadeau was airlifted to Carolinas Hospital System in Florence, S.C., after an accident early in Sunday's Pepsi Southern 500. Nadeau sustained a mild concussion and a laceration to his tongue when he blew a right-front tire and hit the turn-two wall. He was kept overnight for observation. He was released from the hospital Monday afternoon and returned to his home on Lake Norman(Cox PR)(9-7-1999)

  • #50 Changes? UPDATE 2: 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 vacation to spend time with the family(8-19-1999) -- UPDATE 2: Sources close to Lake Speed acknowledged today that he indeed has resigned as General Manager of the Midwest Transit Racing team. This occurred nearly two weeks but has not been made public. Lake has been on vacation with his family since he resigned nearly two weeks ago. Lake has spent the last several months revamping the #50 Chevrolet team and driver Ricky Craven to the level they are now competing. In only their second outing with the team Craven scored the teams first top performance after spending most of the afternoon in the top ten. "Lake still wants and has a very big determination to drive again on the Winston Cup circuit," our source explained. "We will just have to wait and see what doors might open." As of today, no offers have been made to Speed(www.lakespeed.net)(9-7-1999)

  • #77 Sponsor News: Jasper Motorsports #77 Cup team announced today that they have signed a new associate sponsor for the Jasper Engines Fords driven by Robert Pressley. Fit America is an all-natural weight loss program headquartered in Deerfield Beach, FL. The new sponsorship agreement includes a four race deal(Charlotte, Pheonix, Homestead and an unknown race at this point)for the remainder of 1999 and a full season in the year 2000. Debi Davis, Founder of FIT AMERICA made the announcement from the company¹s headquarters. Fit America¹s all-natural weight loss and wellness products are sold at retails locations in 17 states nationwide. There are currently 74 franchise stores in operation with additional stores in Arizona, North Carolina, New York, Texas, Connecticut, Florida and New Jersey scheduled to open before year¹s end(Jasper Team PR)(9-7-1999)

  • Hall of Fame: Sam Ard, who in only three seasons became one of the greatest competitors in the NASCAR Busch Series, and the late Alan Kulwicki, a Wisconsin-born driver whose tenacity led him to the pinnacle of NASCAR Winston Cup racing, have been elected to the National Motorsports Press Association’s Hall of Fame. Both drivers received the required majority of votes cast by the Press Membership of the NMPA. They will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame at a special banquet and ceremonies at Darlington Country Club on Sept. 4, the night before the running of the 50th Pepsi Southern 500 Winston Cup race at Darlington Raceway. For the first time, TOSCO 76 will serve as the host of the banquet and ceremonies. TOSCO Corp. owns the 76 brand, which has been the Official Fuel of NASCAR for 49 years(WC Scene)(7-20-1999) -- CONGRATS: the ceromonies took place and Ard and Kulwicki were inducted on Firday night(9-7-1999)


    (9-6-1999)
  • Bickle Out? UPDATE 2 yes: hearing from many sources that Rich Bickle and Tyler Jet Motorsports have decided to part ways after the Darlington Southern 500. I hear BGN driver, Jeff Purvis will drive the #45 10-10-345 Pontiac for the rest of the year. Rumored replacements for 2000 are Johnny Benson or Ted Musgrave(9-5-1999) -- UPDATE: Rich Bickle may be the next driver working the job market. Less a month after agreeing to a new driving contract with car owner Tim Beverly, Bickle will apparently be out of the ride this week, according to sources. If Beverly opts for a driver change, Johnny Benson could be his pick, according to sources. Might such a change be made before the end of the season? Roush, who owns the cars Benson drives, did make a driver change during the middle of last season, putting Kevin Lepage in Ted Musgrave's car. James Ince, Beverly's crew chief, came over from the Roush team earlier this season(PitNow). Jayski Note: Source tells me Bickle has left the team, mutual decision and lack of chemistry - UPDATE 2: it is official, Rich Bickle will no longer drive the #45 car, no driver named yet(Tyler Jet Site/PR). May be more changes on the way, stay tuned(9-6-1999)

  • #36 Rumors UPDATE 2: already...Johnny Benson and Todd Bodine are being rumored around the garage area as possible drivers for the #36 M&M's Pontiac in 2000(9-4-1999) -- UPDATE: Drivers under consideration for the #36 include Todd Bodine and Johnny Benson. Wally Dallenbach met with MBII Motorsports over the weekend to discuss the job, sources said(That's Racin')(9-6-1999)

  • Bodine, Todd that is: Todd Bodine continues to chart his future in racing. The ten time winner in the Busch Series would like to get a another shot at Winston Cup and has discussed a move with a couple of Winston Cup owners. His owner, Frank Cicci, has plans, eventually, to move the #66 team, en masse, to Cup, but it is probably too late for that move to happen for the 2000 season. There is no sponsor currently in place for a run in Winston Cup and it is probably too late in the season to get one lined up now for next season. Bodine stated that he would not move to Cup, just to be IN Winston Cup and would feel very comfortable running the Busch Series for the Cicci-Welliver team again in 2000. Bodine's name had been linked with Yates Racing and with the new Cal Wells Winston Cup (Tide) team as a potential driver, but now it appears he may get a shot in Felix Sabates' #01 Chevy(Inside Motorsports) Note: Sabates has said he doubt's he'll run a third team in 2000, Bodine may get considered for the #42 ride if Irwin goes elsehwere(9-6-1999)

  • FirstPlus sued: Elliott-Marino Motorsports L.L.C. -- the Atlanta-based team put together by Nascar driver Bill Elliott and NFL quarterback Dan Marino -- filed the lawsuit in Dallas district court on Aug. 26. The suit claims that FirstPlus has failed to make $1.7 million in payments on its 1997 contract with Elliot-Marino, plus $200,000 on a separate contract to promote a FirstPlus subsidiary, Vanstar Corp. Full story and background at: Dallas Business Journal. Note: Jerry Nadeau ran the #13 FirstPlus Ford for most of the year, he was released, took over the #9 and the #13 was driven by various drivers. The team attempted the 1999 Daytona 500 with Dick Trickle, failed to make the race and disbanded(9-6-1999)

  • Cooking: General Mills and its Betty Crocker brand have created the ``Betty Crocker Racing Family'' - a group of women who are involved in racing who will work to recognize the female fan base in the sport. Nancy Andretti, Debbie Benson, Kim Burton, Flossie Johnson, Andrea Nemechek, Pattie and Lynda Petty and Stevie Waltrip are the founding members. The Betty Crocker Racing Family and their recipes will show up on packaging and in TV and magazine advertising for several Betty Crocker products(That's Racin')(9-6-1999)

  • Wells Driver: Cal Wells and his Precision Performance Inc. are close to signing a driver for their Tide-sponsored car for next season. Wally Dallenbach remains at the top of Wells' list and is expected to hear from Wells Monday, sources say. Dallenbach is also under consideration for the #36 M&M's Pontiacs. Driver Ernie Irvan announced Friday he was retiring from the Winston Cup series effective immediately. Jerry Nadeau is driving the car for the remainder of the 1999 season. Dallenbach met with MBII Motorsports over the weekend to discuss the job, sources said(That's Racin') -- AND Wally Dallenbach said that he's going to wait another week before making a decision on next year's team. Dallenbach, according to sources, is looking at the Wells team and the Ryan Pemberton-Jay Frye team. Wells is debating between Dallenbach and Al Unser Jr. for his Cup team, but Unser has taken himself out of consideration, according to sources. Dallenbach is to meet this week with Wells(PitNow)(9-6-1999)

  • Nadeau UPDATE: per Bob Jenkins on the ESPN race coverage, Jerry Nadeau was airlifted to Carolina Medical Center in Florence, SC, said their was nothing serious but that they will keep Nadeau overnight for observation(9-5-1999) -- UPDATE: RPM2Nite reported that Nadeau was released from the hospital early Monday, is ok, only bit his tongue, and is ready to go race at Richmond this coming weekend(9-6-1999)

  • Irwin/Nemechek Swap: For several weeks, it has been speculated that Felix Sabates and Robert Yates would simply trade drivers, much like Cale Yarborough and Michael Kranefuss did with Jeremy Mayfield and John Andretti in 1996. But according to Yates, his selection of drivers is not conclusive. Yates has participated in ongoing discussions with Ricky Rudd, but the veteran's ability to find a sponsor has delayed a final decision. Sabates is not interested in a mid-season swap whatsoever, unless his sponsor BellSouth or Nemechek requests a driver change. Although he has spoke with Robby Gordon, Sabates says that Irwin is on top of his list(SpeedVision)(9-6-1999)

  • Dallenbach UPDATE 3 Nadeau swap? Wally Dallenbach met again with owner Cal Wells last week. Wells and sponsor Procter & Gamble(Tide) are meeting Monday to decide whether to hire Dallenbach or Al Unser Jr. to drive for the team next season. Meanwhile, Dallenbach has been approached by representatives of Robert Yates and by the Read Morton team left without a driver by Ernie Irvan’s sudden retirement(Times-Dispatch) and More and more, it looks as though Cal Wells plans to place Al Unser Jr. in the Tide-sponsored Ford he will debut on the Winston Cup Series next year. Jerry Nadeau, currently in the #36 M&M's ride, will drive at Hendrick Motorsports(#25) next year, replacing Wally Dallenbach Jr. Dallenbach is also looking for a ride, and he could immediately fill the Irvan vacancy with Nadeau finishing up the year in the #25. Such a move is being considered, according to sources at both teams(SpeedNet/Monte Dutton)(9-4-1999) -- UPDATE: Jerry Nadeau tested in Tony Furr's #25 Bud Chevy in St. Louis(Gateway) last week, and Furr was impressed. Enough so, apparently, that a Nadeau-for-Wally Dallenbach swap may be under consideration, with Nadeau taking the ride with Furr in the next couple of weeks and Dallenbach moving to Ryan Pemberton's #36 M&M's Pontiac. Both teams are Hendrick Motorsports operations(PitNow) -- UPDATE 2: sources tell me that the Budweiser contract would probably not allow for a driver swap, so look for Dallenbach to say in the #25 through the end of the season(9-5-1999) -- UPDATE 3: Might a Dallenbach-for-Jerry Nadeau swap be in the cards? Dallenbach says he doubts that would happen as he doesn't think Budweiser(sponsor of the #25) would allow it(PitNow)(9-6-1999)

  • Bliss to Cup? UPDATE 4: I am hearing Mike Bliss may move up to a Cup ride on 2000 and this would be a logical choice since he worked with Barry Dodson in the CTS and BGN series(8-25-1999) -- UPDATE: CTS series driver Mike Bliss is the leading candidate to take over the driving duties with the #30 Pontiacs of Eel River Racing, according to team sources. The move may not become full-time until the 2000 season, but Bliss would likely run some events before the conclusion of the 1999 season, sources said. Eel River Racing owner Jack Birmingham parted ways with former driver Derrike Cope last week and had Todd Bodine fill in on a one-race basis for Saturday night's Goody's 500(That's Racin') -- UPDATE 2: Mike Bliss is the odds-on favorite to be the driver of the #30 Eel Racing Pontiac next year. When Jack Birmingham bought the team from Chuck Rider, one of his first moves was to hire Barry Dodson to run the operation. In the Craftsman Truck Series, Dodson worked with Bliss for three years, and Bliss is Dodson's choice for the Cup operation. The team is expected to change its car number from 30 to 27 in deference to the number used by Rusty Wallace when he won the 1989 Winston Cup championship with Dodson as crew chief(SpeedNet/Monte Dutton)(8-29-1999) -- UPDATE 3: Per the 9/2 edition of the Winston Cup Scene, Mike Bliss has asked for his and was granted his release from his contract at Roush Racing, supposed to move up to the #27/30 Cup team. Bliss will likely finish out the season with the #99 Roush CTS team(9-3-1999) -- UPDATE 4: Hmm...Todd Bodine, who has ran the #30 Pontiac the last two Cup races, is expected to stay with Eel River Racing next year. Bodine missed the Southern 500 because the distributor broke during 1st round qualifying and the track slowed down for 2nd round(SpeedVision)(9-6-1999)


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