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PAST NEWS SEPTEMBER 13-19, 1999


(9-19-1999)
  • Nemechek Wins: Joe Nemechek's win at New Hampshire was his first ever career Winston win and it was the first time since 1970 that two first time winners(Tony Stewart won last week) have won in consecutive races when Pete Hamilton won at Daytona and James Hylton won at Richmond(TNN TV coverage)(9-19-1999)

  • Crew Member Fined: Shawn Parker, a crew member for Mark Martin, has been fined $5,000 for pulling an official out of the way while NASCAR was detaining the Ford on pit road on Sept. 11 in Richmond(Infobeat Newsletter/AP)(9-19-1999)

  • Roush to buy Track? UPDATE 3: Heard that Jack Roush(owner of the #'s 6,16,26,97,99 Cup teams) may buy the Concord (NC) Motorsport Park Speedway, close it down(for Sat. night racing), and use it for shops and a test track. Riush was recently turned down for zoning where he wanted to build mega race shops and a test track at some property he owns near Lowes Motor Speedway -- CORRECTION: I am told by the folks at the Concord Motorsport Park that the track is not being sold and to correct the info on the Roush Shops - from June 10th: Roush Racing's new headquarters may not be coming to Concord, after the company Tuesday withdrew a controversial rezoning request to build its new facility and test track there. The $75 million proj-ect drew opposition from hundreds of Concord residents who live near the proposed 106-acre facility on U.S. 29. The residents feared the test track would generate too much noise. See the rest of the Charlotte Observer article at: Roush Racing abandons rezoning effort, Concord site.(7-22-1999) -- UPDATE-MAYBE? Jack Roush is reported to be interested in buying Concord Speedway, according to sources close to the track. Roush had considered trying to build a test track near his new Charlotte-area race shop but was rebuffed by local officials(PitNow)(9-18-1999) -- UPDATE 3: Once again the folks at the Concord Motorsport Park are saying that the track is not being sold and they added that the track is being expanded(9-19-1999)

  • What Happend to the #79: Andy Belmont was the morning's only terminal casualty, as he withdrew the #79 AOL Ford after posting the slowest time of the cars that practiced, about 1.5 seconds off Rusty Wallace's practice pace(NOL Notes)(9-19-1999)


    (9-18-1999)
  • New Taurus: Ford has scheduled a wind-tunnel test for the end of the month to hammer out the details of its new Taurus race car. NASCAR officials will be on hand to review the data, with the intention of getting a body configuration approved for the 2000 season. Ford has had its race teams work on the proposal it will submit to the sportís governing body. Penske Racing South, Roush Racing and Robert Yates Racing have all made contributions(Gazette/Monte Button)(9-18-1999)

  • AJ's Driver and Cars? UPDATE Pontiacs? 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) -- UPDATE: A.J. Foyt will apparently be running Pontiacs next season, according to sources. Foyt (supposedly) has ordered 12 new Pontiacs from one of the tour's top outside chassis vendors(PitNow)(9-18-1999)

  • Petree Crewchief News: #33 Team owner, Andy Petree, was upset to learn last weekend that Ken Schrader would be leaving his team at the end of the season, so imagine what he must be saying now after learning that crew chief Sammy Johns is also leaving, apparently to follow current #33 driver Ken Schrader to the #36 M&M's team in 2000. Johns says he is exploring his options and that nothing is official yet. But, Jimmy Elledge, Petree's other crew chief on the #55 Square-D Chevy, confirmed that Johns has told Petree he'll be leaving at the end of the season. Elledge says Petree may return to the crew-chief ranks. Where would that leave Ryan Pemberton, the current #36 crew chief? And the word in the garage is that current #36 driver Jerry Nadeau and Rick Hendrick, who owns the #25 team Nadeau will drive for in 2000, may want Pemberton to follow Nadeau there(in part from PitNow) and Schrader is apparently taking crew chief Sammy Johns with him, leaving Ryan Pemberton open to make a move, with Nadeau, to the Hendrick Motorsports #25 Chevy(SpeedNet)(9-18-1999)

  • Craven? Ricky Craven faces a difficult decision. He has performed admirably for a team that is near the bottom of the Winston Cup Series in terms of resources. Having pulled off a virtual miracle at Midwest Transit Racing(#50 Chevy), does he now try to rise up through the ranks with this team or try to use his limited success to secure a more prestigious ride?(SpeedNet/Monte Dutton)(9-18-1999)

  • Unser to the IRL: A meeting this week in Indianapolis between Tony George, Al Unser Jr. and Rick Galles left Galles feeling "very carefully excited" about the prospect of Unser returning to his Pep Boys Indy Racing League team. At Unser's request, the three men met Monday to discuss the future ó Unser's and the IRLís. Galles indicated Friday that Unser is ready to sign with his team, and expected something to happen within the next three weeks. Unser, who could not be reached Friday, apparently is weighing his options. Galles said Unser has received significant offers, particularly in NASCAR. The rumors have been across the board ó CART, NASCAR and the IRL. Among the most intriguing were whispers about Unser drivng Cal Wells' Winston Cup car (or CART car, depending upon the source), and another about Unser joining Ron Hemelgarn's IRL team to rejoin crew chief Owen Snyder and cousin Robby Unser(see rest of story at Racer Mag Site)(9-18-1999)


    (9-17-1999)
  • Rudd?Yates UPDATE: Team owner Robert Yates has signed Ricky Rudd of Chesapeake, Virginia, to drive the #28 Texaco/Havoline Ford, starting in the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season(In part from a Texaco in house release) no term or other details just comments from all involved but I do hear Yates has purchased Rudd's building, so it looks like Rudd's #10 team will cease to exist. Also hear Rudd's crew chief, Mike McSwain is part of the deal and will be the #28 crew chief -- IT's OFFICIAL: Ricky Rudd Signs Contract to Drive #28 Texaco/Havoline Ford for Robert Yates Racing(Texaco PR)(9-13-1999) -- UPDATE: Michael McSwain, who has served as Ricky Rudd's crew chief since May, will move with Rudd to the #28 Fords at Robert Yates Racing next season(That's Racin')(9-17-1999)

  • From NOL: Just three days after driving his #20 Home Depot Pontiac to Victory Lane at Richmond, Tony Stewart joined volunteers from Home Depot in Charlotte, NC, to drive nails for Habitat for Humanity. Stewart was at the construction site Wednesday morning along with team owner Joe Gibbs to help build the first of more than 100 Habitat for Humanity houses that Home Depot plans to build over the next two years with the help of its NASCAR partners. See full story: Stewart pitches in for Habitat for Humanity. Stewartm will also drive a special Habitat for Humanity paint scheme at Charlotte in Oct(9-17-1999)

  • Rookie Stuff: Rookie Tony Stewart can set a Winston Cup record if he can win at NHIS on Sunday. No first-year driver has won races consecutively in Cup(That's Racin'/AP)(9-17-1999)

  • Irvan story: talks about his plans as a Cup owner including - "Right now what we're looking for next year is to put things together to run a 12-race Winston Cup schedule. We're not trying to do a lot of races, because it's so late in the year". See full story at: Retirement Plan by Mike Mulhern(9-17-1999)

  • Benson UPDATE: hearing that Johnny Benson has turned down the #45 and #9 teams as well as the possible BACE ride. Supposedly Benson will talk to Andy Petree about the vacant #33 Oakwood Homes ride -- UPDATE: Looks like I heard wrong on a few of these points, sources tell me Benson has not talked to the #9 Melling team and that BACE will not race in Cup in 2000(9-17-1999)


    (9-16-1999)
  • Schrader Official UPDATE: MB2 Motorsports confirmed Thursday that Ken Schrader is leaving Andy Petree Motorsports at the end of the season and will drive its #36 M&M's Pontiacs in 2000. The news follows Ernie Irvan's recent retirement announcement after a crash at Michigan Speedway last month. There exists the possibility Schrader will leave Petree's team prior to the end of the season to get a jump on next season. Jerry Nadeau, already committed elsewhere for 2000, is driving the car this weekend at New Hampshire(TNN Site) AND NOL has a similar story: Schrader deal with M&M's car announced -- UPDATE: Bill Weber mentioned on RPM2Nite that present #33 crew chief Sammy Johns will go with Schrader to the #36 MB2 team. No word on current crew chief Ryan Pemberton's plans(9-16-1999)

  • #12 Paint Scheme UPDATE: hearing that Jeremy Mayfield will run a special paint scheme on the #12 Mobil One Ford, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Mobil One, the synthetic oil. I hear the car will be red and blue, not sure what race it will be run at(9-16-1999)

  • Petty 2000 Paint: For the first half of 2000, the #43 Petty Pontiac will look much like it does now with General Mills as an associate sponsor with stickers on the car using Cheerios, Popsecret, and Betty Crocker. Beginning with the Pepsi 400 at Daytona, the car switch to the Cheerios/Betty Crocker #43 Pontiac, with STP moving to an associate sponsor. I hear the car is designed and Richard Petty is considering several options right now. The car will be Cheerios yellow, Petty blue, Betty Crocker red, and Popsecret blue in the final paint scheme. The car will be veiled at Charlotte on October 10(9-16-1999)

  • Rensi buyout of Elliott? No: Today's Winston Cup Scene mentions a rumor about #25 BGN and #83 ARCA Owner Ed Rensi buying the #94 Bill Elliott Team. Hadn't heard this before, but it says Rensi, a retired president of McDonald's, insisted that the rumors are just speculation. Rensi said he'd like to be a Cup owner at some time but feels he has a lot to learn and has to pay his dues first. Bill Elliott's wife, Cindy also denied the rumor. Elliott will lose the McDonald's sponsorship AFTER the 2000 season(9-16-1999)

  • #33 Driver UPDATE: Andy Petree said he's determined to find the best driver possible for the #33 Oakwood Homes Chevy and he's even willing to hire a driver from the open wheel series -- CART and the IRL. Petree is most concerned with getting a driver that will help the team to achieve to a level to satisfy the team's sponsor, Oakwood Homes(SpeedNet)(9-15-1999) -- UPDATE: Petree has reportedly has narrowed the list of prospective candidates down to three to pilot his Oakwood Homes Chevy. Petree is planning to meet with the brass of Oakwood Homes so they can decide together which driver will be behind the wheel next year. An announcement is expected soon(CountryCool)(9-16-1999)

  • Cope signs new deal UPDATE: The #15 Fenley-Moore Motorsports announced that Derrike Cope has been hired to drive for the team in at least two races this season, and will run a full season in 2000. Cope will drive the #15 at Lowes Motor Speedway and Atlanta. 2001 and 2002 will be option years in the contract(NOL)(9-15-1999) -- UPDATE: Shortly after Fenley acquired Moore's team, the car was entered with Winston West Series driver Jeff Davis in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis, but did not qualify for the race. The car carried #62, but Fenley said he has received permission from NASCAR to resume using the #15 Moore's cars carried the past two decades. Fenley said he is involved in negotiations with several potential primary and associate sponsors for the team, and hoped to be able to make an announcement during the Charlotte race weekend or soon after. Joey Knuckles is the crew chief(SpeedVision)(9-16-1999)

  • Willie T: it's not NASCAR news, but Willie T Ribbs, who was in the NASCAR news earlier in the year trying to secure a Cup ride will drive an IRL car at Las Vegas in the #30 Dennis McCormack owned GForce/Aurora sponsored by Cole Bros. Water(Racer Mag Site)(9-16-1999)


    (9-15-1999)
  • Bessey Leaves Power Team UPDATE: from the Power Team site - President of Power Team Nancy Bessey announced she would be leaving the company. It doesn't mention how it would effect the sponsorship of the #60 Winston Cup team, owned by her husband Joe and driven by Geoffrey Bodine. It has been rumored earlier that Power Team may not sponsor their IRL or BGN teams in 2000 -- UPDATE: I am told that Nancy Bessey's departure from Power Team will have no effect on the sponsorship of the #60 car and that it is business as usual for the rest of 1999 and beyond(9-15-1999)

  • LJ Racing Driver: Derrike Cope will drive the #91 LJ Racing Chevy at NHIS with Mike Hillman serving as crew chief. It's a race-to-race deal at this point(LJ Racing) also hear Invinca-Shield will NOT be on the car this weekend at NHIS(9-15-1999)

  • #79 T.R.I.X. Racing Returns UPDATE: New Jersey based T.R.I.X. Racing and America Online Racing ARCA Bondo/ Mar-Hyde Supercar Series driver Andy Belmont announced the formation of a NASCAR Winston Cup Series partnership. Belmont and T.R.I.X. Racing, Inc. owners Ted Walters and George Pywowariw are combining their resources for three Winston Cup races beginning this weekend at New Hampshire. Belmont will drive a Ford Taurus carrying the T.R.I.X. Racing #79 and the familiar America Online Racing blue and yellow paint scheme. T.R.I.X. Racing, headquartered in Toms River, N.J., plans to participate with Belmont in the MBNA Gold 400 at Dover Downs (DE) International Speedway on September 26th and the Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400 at the North Carolina Speedway(The Rock) on October 24th. Belmont has ten previous Winston Cup starts and was runner-up to Jimmy Hensley in the 1992 Rookie of the Year standings. He is currently seventh in championship points in ARCA. Ted Walters of T.R.I.X . Racing will assume crew chief duties for the three planned events(TRIX PR)(9-13-1999) -- UPDATE: Also, a Jayski advertiser, www.TheHutt.Com logo will be on the #79 America Online Ford as an associate sponsor -- UPDATE 2: I was mistaken, TheHutt.com will NOT be on the car(9-15-1999)

  • Press Release: see the David Green/Tyler Jet Motorsports PR at the TJM Website or at the David Green Site(9-15-1999)

  • TNN Announcers: TNN has contracted Mike Joy to anchor their national telecast of the NASCAR Featherlite Modified and Busch North races this weekend at Loudon, NH. Buddy Baker and Brett Bodine(not Dick Berggren) will partner Joy for the Saturday afternoon telecast(NE Racing). Eli Gold takes over the Winston Cup duties on Sunday as he will be in Alabama doing the Crimson Tide's football game(9-15-1999)


    (9-14-1999)
  • Green Out? AND IN UPDATE Trickle: Hearing the #41 Larry Hedrick team and driver David Green have parted ways, Dick Trickle is supposed to take the wheel at NHIS this weekend. Have not been able to confirm this -- UPDATE: TNN's motorsports site reports that David Green has signed with Tyler Jet Motorsports to pilot the #45 for the rest of the 1999 season starting at NHIS in the Dura Lube/Kmart 300 at Loudon. Green will continue an association with his former Cup boss Larry Hedrick by driving the #41 AFG BGN car for the rest of 1999. No word on who will drive the the #41 at NHIS, but rumor has Trickle in the car -- UPDATE: Larry Hedrick Motorsports announced today that long time NASCAR Winston Cup veteran Dick Trickle will take over the wheel as driver of the #41 Kodiak/Larry Hedrick Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo for the remainder of the 1999 season. Trickle, 57, and a native of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, will begin his driving duties in this week's Dura Lube/Kmart 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway at Loudon, NH(TNN Motorsports/Muhleman Marketing)(9-14-1999)

  • #10 Yates Power CORRECTION: Ricky Rudd will use Robert Yates engines for the rest of the 1999 season in the #10 Tide Ford, CORRECTION this was reported on WC Today Radio, not RPM2Nite(9-14-1999)

  • Foyt Driver? IRL driver native Scott Sharp had been rumored to be the leading candidate to drive for Foyt, who makes his return as a Winston Cup owner in 2000, but a source close to Foyt confirmed that Ted Christopher (BGNN/BGN/Modified) is under consideration. Foyt could not be reached for comment. Sharp, who is under contract with his current IRL team through 2000 and would not be able to run full time for Foyt. Christopher, who has is looking for a full-time BGN ride, said he hasn't been contacted by Foyt. Sharp said there is very little, if any, chance he will be in a Winston Cup car next season for Foyt. Foyt's first choice for his Cup team was reportedly Kenny Irwin, who will be released from the #28 Yates Ford after this season. But Irwin reportedly will sign a deal with Felix Sabates. Sharp did confirm he may do some testing for Foyt's Winston Cup operation(The Hartford Courant)(9-14-1999)

  • More Rudd: Ricky Rudd has not decided exactly what heíll do with his existing team, and is considering everything from selling it outright to auctioning it off. ďI donít think I could do my team justice and do the #28 team justice if I continued to own a team on the side,Ē Rudd confessed. ďI donít see how Dale Earnhardt drives for the 3 and owns the 1. Itís just too much going on.Ē See the full story at Racer Mag Site. Also, it is a three-year deal to drive the #28 Fords(That's Racin') also Victory Lane Online is reporting that Yates has also purchased Rudd's RPM operation for $10 Million(9-14-1999)

  • Hamilton to Wells? UPDATE 2: A new name has risen to the forefront in Cal Wells III's search for a Winston Cup driver -- Bobby Hamilton. Hamilton, winner of three Winston Cup races, is suffering through a woeful season driving Larry McClure's #4 Chevrolet. This year he has only one top-five finish and is 15th in the point standings. With Al Unser Jr.'s decision not to pursue the ride, Hamilton has apparently replaced Wally Dallenbach Jr. as the frontrunner to drive Wells' Tide-sponsored Ford in 2000(SpeedNet/Monte Dutton)(9-11-1999) -- UPDATE: Hamilton hasnít commented on his status with Morgan-McClure Racing, but the veteran is in a contract-signing year with the Virginia-based team(Times-Dispatch)(9-13-1999) -- UPDATE 2: Hearing Morgan-McClure has spoken with Steve Grissom about driving for the team, not sure if this in case Hamilton leaves or for the 'rumored' 2nd team(9-14-1999)

  • #30 News: Eel River Racing is benefiting from a rotating sponsorship from four Sara Lee Corp. brands -- Jimmy Dean, Bryan, State Fair Brand Corn Dogs and Rudy's Farm. The four brands will not return as primary sponsors next year. One or more, however, could return as associates. Team owner Jack Birmingham hopes to retain them in an associate capacity for next season, but is also aggressively pursuing a primary sponsor for next year. Todd Bodine will once again drive the car at NHIS(Eel River Racing PR)(9-14-1999)

  • Waltrip honored UPDATE: Darrell Waltrip on Monday Sept 13th will become the first race driver inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, joining such legends as Muhammad Ali, Pee Wee Reese and Paul Hornung. The induction will take place at the Galt House in Louisville. The Hall of Fame is located in Freedom Hall at the Kentucky State Fair and Exposition Center. Waltrip was a high school track star who set some state records before launching his NASCAR career(Tennessean)(9-12-1999) -- UPDATE: see story at the Kentucky Herald-Leader/Hall crowd greets `The Greatest'(9-14-1999)

  • Lanier/Brown team UPDATE: Willie Lanier says his plans to get a Winston Cup team up and running for next season aren't going quite as fast as he'd hoped when he and Jim Brown, another NFL legend, announced their NASCAR goals back in February. But Lanier, now an investment banker here for First Union, says his dreams are just as bright as ever. See the rest of the PitNow story at: Lanier's NASCAR plans stalled, but he says he's still optimistic(9-12-1999) -- UPDATE: Willie Lanier remains enthusiastic about getting involved in the sport. But as a businessman, he realizes the window is closing for getting involved in Winston Cup next season. At the Daytona 500 in February, Lanier announced the formation of Celebrity Motorsports with Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown and Bill Futterer of Berea, Ohio. The group wants to become involved in ownership of a Winston Cup team through an alliance with an existing team. Lanier reportedly has spoken with NASCAR owner Felix Sabates, and heís had several meetings with potential sponsors. By getting involved with an established owner such as Sabates, the group hopes to cut down on start-up costs. Lanier and Brown are part of a new wave of minority ownership in NASCAR. Former Redskins running back Joe Washington formed a Busch Grand National team with Julius Erving in 1997, and track star Jackie Joyner-Kersee has formed a Winston Cup team with her husband. Minnesota Vikings coach Dennis Green is part of a group that will run Cup races next season Lanier isnít necessarily seeking a minority-themed sponsor, however. Lanier has been in the investment banking business for nearly 20 years, and he still sees potential for an influx of more sponsorship money(in part - Times-Dispatch)(9-14-1999)

  • Martinsville Testing: Test Schedule for the NAPA AutoCare 500 on Sunday, October 3 at Martinsville Speedway. (There are normally additional teams on each test date, but they don't know who else will test on each date. The team listed is the team which has rented the track.) September 14-15: Sabco Racing, Ron Hornaday and September 21-22: Larry Hedrick Motorsports, David Green(Martinsville Newsletter)(9-14-1999)

  • Stewart vs Gordon: While Tony Stewart is oft times compared to three-time champion Jeff Gordon, Stewart's rookie statistics are actually far better. After 25 races, Stewart has one win, eight top-five and 16 top-10 finishes with only one DNF. At the same point in his rookie year, Gordon had six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes with eight DNFs(SpeedNet)(9-14-1999)


    (9-13-1999)
  • Yates Press Conference TODAY UPDATE 2: #28 Texaco Ford owner, Robert Yates has scheduled a Monday, Sept 13th, 1:30pm/et news conference for the Speedway Club at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte to make "a major announcement." Notification of that announcement came through Performance PR Plus, the company that handles public relations for the Texaco account, the sponsor of the 28 car(That's Racin') presumably to announce his new driver, Ricky Rudd(many sources)(9-10-1999) -- UPDATE: Team owner Robert Yates has signed Ricky Rudd of Chesapeake, Virginia, to drive the #28 Texaco/Havoline Ford, starting in the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season(In part from a Texaco in house release) no term or other details just comments from all involved but I do hear Yates has purchased Rudd's building, so it looks like Rudd's #10 team will cease to exist. Also hear Rudd's crew chief, Mike McSwain is part of the deal and will be the #28 crew chief -- IT's OFFICIAL: Ricky Rudd Signs Contract to Drive #28 Texaco/Havoline Ford for Robert Yates Racing(Texaco PR)(9-13-1999)

  • Texaco and #28 renew: Texaco/Havoline today announced it will remain the primary sponsor of the Robert Yates Racing Team and its famed #28 Texaco/Havoline Ford Taurus through the 2004 NASCAR season(Texaco PR)(9-13-1999)

  • Melling News: Mark Melling, owner of the #9 Cartoon Network Ford, announced today(9-13) that driver Rich Bickle has been hired on an interim basis to replace Steve Grissom. "We're simply evaluating drivers in an effort to find the right combination," explained Melling. "Steve's got a lot of talent, but at this point, we need to test another driver. We certainly wish Steve all the best in his future endeavors."(Melling PR)(9-13-1999)

  • SBIII Crew Chief Resigns UPDATE: Effective Sept 13th, Mike Hillman has resigned as Crew Chief of the #58 SBIII Motorsports team. He feels that he has brought this team to a competitive level in Winston Cup racing and he would like to explore other opportunities at this time. He wishes the best to the team and would like to thank everyone at SBIII Motorsports for the opportunity that he has experienced during this season(SBIII PR) -- UPDATE: Jerry Pitts has been promoted to Crew Chief of the #58 Federated Auto Parts Ford Taurus and driver Hut Stricklin. Jerry's experience in Winston Cup racing will greatly benefit SBIII Motorsports. In addition, Greg Conner and Robert "Banzai" Hewitt have been promoted to Car Chief and Team Manager, respectively. Scott Barbour, owner of SBIII Motorsports, feels that these changes will move the team to a more competitive level of Winston Cup racing and is confident that these individuals have the necessary background and abilities to accomplish the goals necessary for each week at the track(SBIII PR)(9-13-1999)

  • Pontiacs: Tony Stewart and Bobby Labonte, finished 1 and 2, giving Pontiac its first 1-2 sweep since Rusty Wallace finished first and Kyle Petty second at North Wilkesboro in April 1993(SpeedNet)(9-13-1999)

  • Points: Rookie Tony Stewart moved up to fourth in the point standings. No rookie has finished in the top five in drivers points since James Hylton was second in 1966(SpeedNet)(9-13-1999)

  • Tide dyed UPDATE: Hearing Ricky Rudd will have a special Give Kids the World paint scheme on the #10 Tide Ford at Martinsville(8-30-1999) -- YEP: the car was shown on Sunday's RPM2Nite show and it's pretty cool looking. The car was designed by 9-year old Tiffany Rich during her vacation at the Give The Kids The World Village in Orlando, FL. Give The Kids The World is a non-profit organization that creates colorful memories for terminally ill children. See the car at: SpeedMall(fixed)(9-13-1999)

  • Rookie Wins: Stewart's first career win came in the 25th start of his rookie season. Other modern-era drivers who won in their rookie season and the number of races it took to post their first victory: Davey Allison, 1987, 14 starts; Ron Bouchard, 1981, 11; Morgan Shepherd, 1981, 15; Dale Earnhardt, 1979, 16; and Earl Ross, 1974, 21.(NOL)(9-13-1999)

  • #16/TV Guide UPDATE: Roush Racing driver Kevin Lepage said Saturday he and car owner Jack Roush have agreed to work together through the 2000 season, provided a sponsor is secured for the #16 Fords. TV Guide is still debating whether to continue its sponsorship of the team beyond this season(That's Racin')(9-12-1999) -- UPDATE: Unofficially, the Team Roush Fans Site has learned that TV GUIDE has signed with Jack Roush and the #16 team at least for 2000 season...The deal is estimated to be worth about $7 million to the team. TV GUIDE was initially going to sign a 3-year deal but wanted to see what the status of the #26 Car was going to be before committing to the 16 car. Could have an official announcement sometime before the NHIS race(Team Roush Fans Site)(9-13-1999)

  • Musgrave sick too: Ted Musgrave and the #75 Butch Mock Motorsports team had their second best finish thus far this season at Richmond Saturday night. Musgrave, while suffering from a possible case of food poisoning, drove the #75 Polaris ATVs/Remington Arms Ford from the 12th starting spot to an 8th place finish(Off Ted Musgrave Site) winder if he ate at the same place as Rudd(9-13-1999)

  • Musgrave status: Ted Musgrave says he has a contract through the end of this season with Butch Mock but is waiting on word from new co-owner Darwin Oordt about next season. He says that he would like to stay with his current team(#75 Ford team)(Times-Dispatch)(9-11-1999) -- UPDATE: At RIR this weekend, Ted Musgrave said he has a contract with Butch Mock through the end of the season. Mock sold part of the team to Darwin Oordt earlier this year, and the co-owners havenít sat down with Musgrave to discuss next season. Despite reports that he has tested cars for other teams, Musgrave wants to stay if he is given the opportunity(Times-Dispatch)(9-13-1999)

  • More Schrader: Kenny Schrader is leaving the #33 Andy Petree Racing Team, supposedly at the end of the season, but possibly as soon as next weekend at New Hampshire. The Missouri native will move to the #36 MB2 Motorsports, M&M's Pontiac, Team for the 2000 season replacing Ernie Irvan(who retired). The move was a big surprise to garage onlookers and to Petree himself, who, to say the least, was not pleased with Schrader's decision. Rumors had been circulating that Petree's 2000 sponsor, Oakwood Homes, has been experiencing financial problems, putting the backing in jeopardy(Inside Motorsports) Petree has said that the backing of Oakwood Homes is not in trouble and Schrader went out and won the ARCA race in Salem, IN on Sunday(9-13-1999)


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