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PAST NEWS SEPTEMBER 20-26, 1999


(9-26-1999)
  • More Evernham: here is the basic rundown of what happened this past week with Hendrick Motorsports and #24 crew chief Ray Evernham(most of this has been reported some not) - on Monday, Ray Evernham asked for a meeting with Rick and John Hendrick. Supposedly he then proceeded to ask Rick to choose between he and his brother John. Supposedly Rick asked Jeff Gordon what to do and Gordon chose John Hendrick. In turn, Rick Hendrick chose his brother and acted upon Gordon's request. At that point Evernham tore his 2006 contract up and threw it in the air and followed by cleaning his office on Tuesday. Also hearing that Gordon is selling the Pepsi team as to disassociate himself from Evernham and buying into the Hendrick Motorsports operation. As we pretty much know, Brian Whitesell has been named crew chief (not to the press yet)(9-26-1999)

  • Sad News: World of Outlaws driver Kevin Gobrecht, 29, was killed Friday night in a race in Nebraska while driving the sprint car co-owned by #93 BGN driver Dave Blaney, see the story at: GoRacing. Also TNN has a story up before the accident about Gobrecht: Gobrecht Seeks Return To WoO Success. Also Keith Cowherd, 49, of Phoenix, died of head injuries after a Saturday night collision in a race at Irwindale Speedway(AP)(9-26-1999)

  • Sad News: Tommy Morgan's father, Thomas F. Morgan, passed away Friday afternoon after a short illness at St. Joseph's Hospital in Baltimore. Morgan was at Dover for the race after heading home to be with family. Morgan is the crew chief of the #26 Cheerios Ford(9-26-1999)

  • Martin's win: Mark Martin's win at Dover was his third MBNA Gold 400(9-26-1999)

  • Kenseth: #17-Matt Kenseth scored his first ever top-5 Winston Cup finish at Dover with a 4th place finish. That means there have been 27 different Cup drivers score a top-5 this year....last year's total number was 27. Also was Kenseth's first top 10 of the 1999 season, so there have been 40 different Cup drivers score a top-10 this year.....last year's total number was 41(Stock Cars Fans Newsletter/Rumblings)(9-26-1999)

  • More Evernham and Chrysler: The latest news on Ray Evernham, according to some of his closest friends, is that he won't be taking any Chrysler deal and that he definitely won't be taking a Cal Wells' Ford deal. But Evernham still isn't talking, and some say that the legal situation over Evernham's contract is keeping all the principals quiet. Jeff Gordon indicates that his new crew chief probably will be promoted from within the team. Brian Whitsell is expected to make the pit-road calls today. What Evernham will do is not clear. Also, the latest on the Chrysler front is that Ernie Elliott, Bill Elliott's engine-building brother, is in the running to head up a Dodge research and development program(PitNow)(9-26-1999)

  • The Evernham Saga: Jeff Gordon will have Ray Evernham as his crew chief for the rest of the year, but other crew members will take on added responsibility and work with the driver, Hendrick Motorsports sources say. Evernham is tied to the team by a contract that owner Rick Hendrick has refused to relinquish. In fact, sources say that if Evernham can make his move to owning a 2001 Chrysler team, some sort of contract buyout would be required. Evernham has been open about his desire to work in a different capacity and spend more time with his family. Without the management move in Hendrick, he would have no career change without leaving the company. While he is exploring a variety of options, he does have a contract through 2006. The decision concerning his future may not be Evernham’s. Reportedly it has been made by Rick Hendrick. Mechanic Brian Whitesell, the heir apparent to Gordon’s team, is set to work with the driver for the rest of the season. Evernham remains the official crew chief, but Whitesell is said to be more actively involved in qualifying and race decisions. Yesterday at track, Whitesell and Evernham were on the radio with Gordon(Times-Dispatch)(9-26-1999)

  • Benson: Johnny Benson does not seem concerned about his future and believes he will have more to say in a week or two. He admits he has talked with owner Andy Petree about his vacancy (apparently open for Joe Nemechek). Also on the horizon are possible driving jobs for Cal Wells, A.J. Foyt, and several lower-rung teams currently active. Benson also said he had heard from an Indy Racing League owner, whom he would not name, “the same one who called Musgrave,” he said. But Benson says he intends to remain in NASCAR(Racer Magazine Notes)(9-26-1999)

  • Gordon, Robby that is: John Menard, who hinted early in the summer he was interested in NASCAR racing, may be for real – and in concert with mercurial open-wheel star Robby Gordon. More than one top crewman in the garage here said Saturday that they have heard from representatives for a Menard-Gordon combo, apparently attempting to assemble a Winston Cup group. Menard’s IRL ace Greg Ray has also been mentioned as a possible stock car driver for the new team(Racer Magazine Notes), Menard will be starting a CTS team with driver Bryan Reffner(9-26-1999)

  • Musgrave to the...IRL? UPDATE: On RPM2Nite, Ted Musgrave says he has an oppurtunity to race in the IRL with a good team in 2000 and has tested. He stopped short saying that it was for sure but...(9-24-1999) -- UPDATE: an NOL story mentions that #75 team owner Darwin Oordt is looking at starting a 2nd Cup team and Musgrave may drive that car. Also it is mentioned the sponsor for the #75 is an existing Cup sponsor that wanted Dallenbach as their driver BUT a That's Racin' article has this: A team spokesperson said Ted Musgrave, who is driving the #75 Fords this season, was told Thursday night team owner Darwin Oordt would not retain him beyond this season(9-25-1999) -- UPDATE: no IRL for Ted....Owner Darwin Oordt, who is replacing driver Ted Musgrave with Wally Dallenbach for the 2000 season, said the decision was sponsor-driven. The owner said he was in a hurry when he told Musgrave he was being replaced and that it wasn’t until Friday afternoon that he had time to sit down and explain that Musgrave might still have an opportunity to work with the team. Oordt says he is about 30 days from having a sponsor for a second Winston Cup team and that he would definitely be interested in Musgrave driving for that group. He did admit, however, that he would be interested in other drivers as well(Times-Dispatch)(9-26-1999)


    (9-25-1999)
  • New Cup Team..eventually? UPDATE: Doc Watson, a Pennsylvania racer who has driven in the ARCA series, is combining with Minnesota Vikings coach Dennis Green to start a new racing team. Known as Watson Green Motorsports, the team plans to enter five or six ARCA races this year, according to Watson. Next year, they'll run a full ARCA schedule. Eventually, they hope to move into NASCAR's BGN or Cup series(That's Racin')(8-6-1999) -- UPDATE: Doc Watson plans to open a team shop in Richmond, Va., this fall. Watson, who co-owns a team with a group that includes Minnesota Vikings coach Dennis Green, said he is looking for a site near Junie Donlavey’s 26,000 square-foot facility off Midlothian Turnpike. Watson plans to run two ARCA teams and eventually a Winston Cup team. Sprint car driver Rebecca Anderson, who has won three 360 Sprint races this season, is testing an ARCA car for Watson this week. The owner says he is not buying into or competing with Donlavey’s current operation. If he can have his Winston Cup effort ready in time, he plans to run the races that run concurrently with ARCA events next season. The two series are paired at the Daytona, Talladega, Charlotte, Pocono and Michigan tracks(Times-Dispatch)(9-25-1999)

  • Retraints: NASCAR mailed bulletins to each Cup team stating that cable restraints for each car's trunk will be required by Oct. 6 when the series arrives at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte(The Depot)(9-25-1999)

  • Buckshot and Irvan: Buckshot Jones, who started the 1999 season running for the Winston Cup rookie of the year title, will return to the series next month to run a one-race deal with Irvan-Simo Motorsports and the #14 Ford in the Oct. 10 UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway(That's Racin') NOTE: Federated Auto Parts remains Irvan-Simo's sponsor for the 1999 races the team will run in(9-25-1999)

  • Yates Power: Ricky Rudd won't have a Robert Yates engine for his final #10 runs for another few weeks or so(SpeedVision)(9-25-1999)

  • Nemechek UPDATE...whoops: hearing Joe Nemechek turned down the #33 Andy Petree ride over concerns with Oakwood Homes financial woes(9-23-1999) -- UPDATE - incorrect: #33 car owner Andy Petree, looking to replace departing Ken Schrader, says he is close to a deal with Joe Nemechek, first-time winner last week at New Hampshire. Petree met with Nemechek for more than an hour Thursday night and hopes to make it official in a few days. Nemechek admitted he had talked to Petree and is interested, but he hinted he’s also talking to others and that “it’s nice to have choices.”(Racer Magazine Site)(9-25-1999)

  • Dover Downs responds to Felix: Winston Cup team owner Felix Sabates, expressing his opinion of Dover Downs, said this week that he'd "rather drink a bottle of laxative than go to Dover. I don't like that place. You go out and wear out tires and have a lot of wrecks and the purse pays nothing." Dover Downs chairman Denis McGlynn posted this response in the press room Friday: "Dear Felix: Hope the laxative helped. Thank you for staying home and not stinking up our garage area. Your teams seem to do better in your absence anyway. Get well soon. Denis."(Racer Magazine Site) meow...(9-25-1999)

  • Micro Racing: Members of the #31 Lowe's Chevy team for driver Mike Skinner will compete in a special Micro Sprint Car race Saturday night in New Castle, DE. RCR's #31 team manager David Smith and catch-can man Gary Gafgen will battle four Cup in the 10-lap race at Airport Speedway. The event is scheduled in conjunction with the MBNA Gold 400. Also scheduled to participate are RCR's #3 crew chief Kevin Hamlin, head engine builder Danny Lawrence and two members of Rusty Wallace's team. The men will be available to sign autographs and chat with fans. The crewmembers will drive Micro Sprint Cars owned by teams who regularly race at the one-eighth-mile Airport Speedway. The Cup feature race will take place between Micro Sprint qualifying and race time. Qualifying begins at 6pm/et. Airport Speedway is located in New Castle, Del., on Speedway Drive in New Castle Corporate Commons. For more information, call (302) 328-8302(NOL Friday Notes)(9-25-1999)

  • #71: from NOL - Dave Marcis closed the second practice of the day by spinning off Turn 4 and impacting the wall with his Realtree Chevrolet. The car was damaged badly enough that Marcis declined to present the car for Bud Pole Qualifying. He will be forced to qualify the car in Bud Second-Round Qualifying on Saturday morning. It was the only accident in two series practices and Bud Pole Qualifying(NOL Friday Notes)(9-25-1999)


    (9-24-1999)
  • Evernham AP report: Ray Evernham is quitting as crew chief for Jeff Gordon after helping him win three Winston Cup championships in the last four seasons, CNN-SI reported Friday. Evernham was asked about the report Friday at the site of this weekend's MBNA Gold 400 but would not respond to questions. Hendrick Motorsports plans an announcement next month concerning Gordon's team. CNN-SI, citing no sources, said Evernham will act as Gordon's crew chief at Dover Downs International Speedway but mechanic Brian Whitesell will make the race-day calls. Whitesell then will replace Evernham when he leaves, perhaps before the end of this season. CNN-SI said Gordon is expected to sign a long-term contract with Hendrick, which would include partial ownership of all three Hendrick teams(AP/Infobeat)(9-24-1999)

  • Dallenbach Announcement? UPDATE 5, to the #75: hearing Wally Dallenbach will announce his 2000 Cup plans on Tuesday, Sept 21st -- UPDATE: Wally Dallenbach said that he expects to have next year's negotiations wrapped up this week. He indicates he won't be running for Cal Wells, and he says that he's not taking a ride with either Jim Mattei or AJ Foyt. Dallenbach has inquired about a ride with the #30 Barry Dodson-Jack Birmingham team(PitNow)(9-20-1999) -- UPDATE 2: On NASCAR Today radio it was mentioed that Wally Dallenbach hopes to know by the end of this week his 2000 plans, one would not be the Cal Wells Tide team(9-21-1999) -- UPDATE 3: no announcement made on Tuesday(9-23-1999) -- UPDATE: Winston Cup Today Radio reports that Wally Dallenbach has signed a three-year deal with a yet to be named car owner, Dallenbach expects to make an annoucnement sometime this weekend at Dover -- UPDATE 5: Wally Dallenbach is going to the #75 car - Galaxy Motorsports owned by Darwin Oortt. The General Manager is Jimmy Johnson. The car will have the Yates motor program and all new exciting major sponsors which will all be announced later in the year. It is a three year contract(Official Wally Dallenbach Site) Note: no word on Ted Musgrave but the #45 and #33 teams could be involved there(9-24-1999)

  • Yates Engines: Besides building Ford engines for his #28 and #88 teams, Robert Yates Racing will build engines in 2000 for the two Travis Carter teams(#66 and #23?), the #75 Butch Mock-Galaxy Motorsports team and the new Cal Wells Tide team(Winston Cup Today Radio) Yates is looking into leasing Butch Mock's engine shop(Winston Cup Scene)(9-24-1999)

  • Chrysler Buzz: from the Car and Truck news site: ..... most of it has been dubious at best. For example, one reader wrote in asking about whether the item they had read about Jeff Gordon signing up to drive for DC was true. It's not. Another reader had seen an item somewhere that DC would definitely be returning to the Winston Cup for the 2000 season. They're not. See the full story at: NASCAR Update - Mega Buzz 2000(9-24-1999)

  • RPM2Nite/Evernham: Tonight on RPM 2Night, John Kernan had this to say about the Ray Evernham leaving the #24 RUMOR: "Ray Everham says there are no plans for his immediate departure from Hendrick Motorsports. Evernham also says there are no plans for any immediate changes within the #24 team. I spoke with Ray a couple of hours before he left for Dover on Thursday afternoon and he says there is no friction at all between him, Rick Hendrick, and Jeff Gordon. He says they are giving each other their full and 100% support. Evernham says, 'we don't have a direction yet as far as my future is concerned with Hendrick Motorsports, we are still discussing that.' He also says that the truth is not nearly as good as what the media is making up. Ray says the team is going to Dover this weekend to try to win another race for Jeff Gordon and Rick Hendrick."(Tina's Gordon Newsletter and RPM2Nite) AND The rumors flying around concerning Evernham’s departure include a decision by Dupont to keep him in his successful spot as crew chief and not let the veteran leader move into upper management(Racin' with Russ)(9-24-1999)

  • 2nd Half Leaders: It’s not an official category, but the top 10 in points accumulated in the Winston Cup season’s second half (since the Pepsi 400 at Daytona) makes an interesting conversation topic. Rookie Tony Stewart leads with 1,422 points, followed in order by Dale Jarrett (1,298), Jeff Gordon (1,274), Mark Martin (1,260), Dale Earnhardt (1,233), Bobby Labonte (1,221), Jeff Burton (1,157), Rusty Wallace (1,110), Steve Park (1,064) and Wally Dallenbach Jr. (1,027).(Gaston Gazette/Monte Dutton)(9-24-1999)

  • Richest Americans: Not really racing but thought this was interesting. Forbes recently released it's list of the 400 richest people in America(USA). Race track owner(Atlanta, Bristol, Charlotte/Lowes, Las Vegas and Sears Point), Bruton Smith was in a tie at 199th with $1.2 billion. Bill France and his brother Jim have a net worth of $1 billion and rate #243. See the list at Charlotte.com or at Forbes(9-24-1999)

  • NASCAR News: NASCAR tops the chart in 18 of 20 categories rating sports sponsorship, according to a survey published by Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal(NOL)(9-24-1999)


    (9-23-1999)
  • More Evernham UPDATE: Readers tell me that a Charlotte television station WCNC-TV (Channel 36) cited a source saying that Ray Evernham could wind up with Cal Wells' new team, but I have not seen it so....AND a story on Racer Magazine says: A return call from the PR department of Hendrick Motorsports resulted in the statement, “Ray Evernham has a contract with us through the year 2006.” No mention of what capacity that contract calls for Evernham to serve in was made, nor was any answer given to the question of whether or not anyone at Hendrick expected him to honor that contract -- UPDATE: from the ESPN site/John Kernan - Ray Evernham will be Jeff Gordon's crew chief this weekend at Dover Downs International Raceway. But the partnership that produced three Winston Cup championships may be in its final days. In an interview Thursday with ESPN's John Kernan, Evernham did not deny reports that he could be leaving Gordon and the Hendrick Motorsports Team. But when asked about reports he could leave as early as this week, Evernham said he would be in Gordon's pits for Sunday's MBNA Gold 400. See the full ESPN story at: Evernham isn't leaving Gordon just yet(9-23-1999)

  • Evernham Done? UPDATE 3: Ray Evernham's stint as Jeff Gordon's crew chief may be drawing to an end. Evernham met with members of Gordon's team Sunday morning and informed them he would be discontinuing his role as Gordon's crew chief in the near future, according to sources. It was not clear whether Evernham would continue to work with Hendrick Motorsports in another role or leave the organization altogether. See the complete That's Racin' article at Evernham appears ready to move on by Jim Utter(9-19-1999) -- UPDATE: Hendrick Motorsports has contacted Lowe’s Motor Speedway about scheduling a news conference at Evernham and Gordon’s BGN shop during the October race weekend at Concord, NC. Following yesterday’s team meeting, Hendrick Motorsports representatives said that it was not “out of the realm of possibility” to suggest that Evernham soon would be changing his role. They would not speculate on whether Evernham would remain in a management role with Hendrick Motorsports or leave the organization. The crew chief has a contract with Hendrick Motorsports through the 2006 season(Times-Dispatch)(9-20-1999) -- UPDATE 2: Ray Evernham's future with Jeff Gordon seems cloudy today. Evernham told his crew Sunday he wouldn't be back as crew chief, according to members of the team. John Hendrick, however, insisted that Evernham isn't leaving, at least not until the end of the year. Evernham has been searching for a crew chief for Gordon for next year. His first two choices turned down the offer. It's unclear now whether Evernham is turning that job search over to Hendrick(PitNow) AND from GoRacing(an arm of Action Performance): Speculation centers on Evernham and Gordon forming their own Winston Cup team in the near future, under the umbrella of the Hendrick organization. Sources out of Charlotte say they already have their eye on a young open-wheel driver who is already being groomed to become a teammate to Gordon(GoRacing) AND Evernham appears to be working toward a logical move for this stage of his career. He has two very sound options: a move up in management at Hendrick Motorsports or a move to full-time car ownership at Gordon-Evernham Motorsports. Some combination of those two seems the most likely. Hendrick Motorsports is reportedly planning a press conference – subject unknown – during the Oct. 8-10 Lowe’s Motor Speedway race weekend(Racer Magazine)..well, I think that covers it.....for now(9-21-1999) -- UPDATE 3: RPM2Nite reported that a Charlotte TV station reported that Evernham had cleaned out his office at Hendrick Motorsports and would serve his last race as the #24 crew chief at Dover, but RPM2Nite said a crew member told host John Kernan that Evernham had not cleaned out his desk/office and would be at Dover. I am hearing that Dover could be Evernham's last race as crew chief of the #24, also a story on the subject at TNN: Rumors, Strong Rumors, And Reality(9-23-1999)

  • Rules: Last fall a proposal to limit the number of crew members a race team could bring to the track each weekend caused quite a stir in the garage area. But after a couple of weekends the talk died down and the topic has not been broached since AND Another idea that has been discussed in the garage area is changing rules governing qualifying. Some feel that allowing teams to stand on first-round speeds makes it unfairly difficult for anyone to make a race during second-round time trials, which are often held in conditions that make the track slower than it had been in the first round. Gary Nelson doesn't make it sound like any changes are imminent, however, see the rest of the story and quotes at That's Racin'(9-23-1999)

  • Baldwin/#91: Although Tom Baldwin's Winston Cup debut didn't go quite as he hoped(at Richmond), several high-profile insiders in the Richmond garage area did think Baldwin did one heck of a job with the #91 LJ Racing Monte Carlo. The Modified Tour regular did make some very impressive strides with the Joe Falk team and is currently looking to continue driving either with Falk or another Cup organization providing a marketing partner/sponsor can be found(Ash Motorsports PR via the Stock Car Fans Newsletter)(9-23-1999)

  • PECO merges: not sure how this will effect PowerTeam(a division of PECO) or it's sponsorship of the #60: Unicom Corp. and PECO Energy Co. said Thursday they agreed to merge into a holding company that will be the nation's No. 1 electric utility based on roughly five million customers and the industry's No. 3 firm with a market capitalization of $15.2 billion(Yahoo Biz)(9-23-1999)

  • Andretti and Kids: John Andretti met with 22 Albert Harris Elementary School fourth and fifth graders Wednesday at Martinsville Speedway who won the "Why I want to meet John Andretti" contest. The approximately 400 students who attend Albert Harris in Martinsville wrote a story of why they wanted to meet Andretti and the 22 winners got their chance in Martinsville’s Victory Lane. Andretti was at Martinsville for Media Day for the NAPA AutoCare 500 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race on Sunday, October 3. Andretti read some of the stories written by the students. The students presented Andretti with a school shirt and a book containing all of the more than 350 stories written, and pictures drawn by the children(Martinsville Speedway)(9-23-1999)


    (9-22-1999)
  • AJ's Driver and Cars? UPDATE 2: 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: Foyt was turned down by Ford in his bid for a major Cup factory sponsorship package because of his IRL ties, according to sources. (PitNow)(9-20-1999) -- UPDATE: AJ Foyt's Conseco-sponsored NASCAR Winston Cup team is taking shape for the 2000 season, and a key piece of the puzzle -- which car the team will compete with -- will likely be announced this week. But don't expect a driver announcement just yet, according to A.J. Foyt Enterprises Vice President Tommy Lamance. Asked if a driver had been selected, Lamance said no, and that it probably would be a while before that step is taken(TNN)(9-22-1999)

  • Tobacco Suit: The Justice Department plans to file a mammoth civil lawsuit against the major tobacco companies as early as today, alleging that cigarette smoking costs the federal government billions of dollars annually, see full story at U.S. plans massive tobacco civil suit from Charlotte.com. No idea how or if this will effect RJR's sponsorship of NASCAR, too early to tell(9-22-1999)

  • Schrader Tests UPDATE: Testing for October's Winston 500 at Talladega continued Tuesday as Ken Schrader tested his #33 Andy Petree-owned Chevys. Schrader has won the pole for the last two Winston Cup Series races at Talladega, and has two top-10 finishes in his four starts at the 2.66-mile track. Schrader tied his best performance this season when he finished sixth at the DieHard 500 at Talladega in April(Talladega PR)(9-21-1999) -- UPDATE: Schrader's testing at Talladega concludes Wednesday(SpeedNet)(9-22-1999)

  • McSwain to the #28? Current #10 crew chief, Michael 'Fatback' McSwain has not signed with Robert Yates to follow driver Ricky Rudd over to the #28 Texaco ride, sourcres tell me this will happen, but nothing is official at this point(9-22-1999)

  • New Series UPDATE: Plans for a new sports-car racing series will be unveiled today at a news conference in New York attended by Roger Edmondson, president of the new sanctioning body, and Jim France, president of International Speedway Corp(USA Today)(9-21-1999) -- UPDATE: A press conference held at Sardi’s restaurant in New York City this morning formally announced the creation of International Speedway Corporation’s Grand American Road Racing Association, a new sanctioning body whose primary focus will be the organization of professional road racing throughout North America. More info and the schedule at: Racer Magazine(9-22-1999)


    (9-21-1999)
  • Irvan Announcement UPDATE: There is an Ernie Irvan Press Conference Set for Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 3pm/et. With Irvan and Lowe’s Motor Speedway President H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler. An announcement regarding Ernie Irvan and other news-related items for the upcoming UAW-GM Quality 500 Week activities. Maybe the Millenium car??(9-20-1999) -- UPDATE: Irvan was named to the Lowes Motor Speedway's Court of Legends, the track's Hall of Fame. With his induction, Irvan becomes just the 17th driver to be honored in the Court of Legends in the track's 40-year history. The ceromony will take place on Oct 6th(NOL)(9-21-1999)

  • Sabates Chat: #01, 40 and 42 SABCO team owner, Felix Sabates was in NOL Chat Tuesday. A few of the highlights were "No" to Joe Nemechek staying with SABCO, and when asked about the third team(currently the #01 Chevy), he said "probably going to run 5-8 races in 2000 with a third car" and about #40 driver, Sterling Marlin: "We've signed a new three-year deal with Coors and Sterling will be back with us for the next three years", so forget the earlier rumor of Marlin leaving. As for Tony Glover: "Tony will be team manager, but on Sunday he will be crew chief of the 42 car"(9-21-1999)

  • #30 Driver News UPDATE: Todd Bodine, currently driving the #30 Jimmy Dean Pontiac, would like to stay with the #30 next year, if it finds a sponsor for 2000. And, crew chief/part owner would like to keep Bodine in the car but would also like to try Mike Bliss, a driver with whom he worked in the Truck Series -- but that Bliss is tied up in a contractual dispute with team owner Jack Roush(#99 Exide Ford)(NOL)(9-20-1999) -- UPDATE: Sources close to team tell me the candidates for the Eel River Racing #30(#27?) ride for next season are Mike Bliss(if he can get out of his Roush contract), Wally Dallenbach and Todd Bodine(9-21-1999)

  • Larry/Derrike/Mike and Little Joe: The #91 LJ Racing/Little Joe's Autos Chevy will be at Dover with Derrike Cope behind the wheel, Mike Hillman as thew crew chief and Larry's Homes as the primary sponsor(LJ Racing Site)(9-21-1999)

  • Crew Chief Shuffle: "With the late-season swaps under way, it’s not just drivers changing teams. Sammy Johns is moving with Ken Schrader to the Tom Beard-owned Pontiac, and Michael McSwain is reportedly heading to Robert Yates team with Ricky Rudd for the 2000 season. With Ray Evernham likely leaving as Jeff Gordon‘s crew chief, another opening will be created. Unlike the current trend of drivers changing cars in midseason, these changes should not happen until after this season is completed"(Times-Dispatch)(9-21-1999)

  • More Unser: Al Unser Jr. is concentrating on the immediate future — his final three CART races of the season — and holding off on any decisions about the more distant future. Unser said Monday that Rick Galles is one of several car owners with whom he's negotiating for the 2000 season. Unser, who has been linked to Galles' IRL team and Cal Wells' new NASCAR Winston Cup team, also has been negotiating with other teams. Galles said Unser has received significant offers from teams in Winston Cup, CART and the IRL. Asked for specifics, Unser declined to name names(Racer Magazine)(9-21-1999)


    (9-20-1999)
  • Hamilton to Stay? UPDATE YEP: Bobby Hamilton said Friday team owner Larry McClure has presented him with an option for a third year on his contract to keep him in the #4 Kodak Chevy next season. Hamilton said if he and McClure agree, he hopes to have the deal finalized by next weekend's race at Dover(That's Racin')(9-17-1999) -- UPDATE: Bobby Hamilton finalized a two-year contract extension with Morgan-McClure Motorsports over the weekend that will keep Hamilton in the #4 Chevys through the 2001 season(That's Racin')(9-20-1999)

  • Nemechek and... It may have taken 180 races, but Joe Nemechek broke his maiden today with a convincing win at New Hampshire International Speedway. His previous best finish ever was only a 4th(on two occasions), the last coming at Texas Motor Speedway in April of 1998....51 races ago. The win is the first for SABCO Racing since Kyle Petty won at Dover in June of 1995. Nemechek's victory gives us 7 different race winners in a row. He also became our 11th different winner this year, making 5 years in a row we've had 11 different drivers to win races. You've got to go back to 1994 (12) to find more(Henry's Ramblings, Stock Car Fans Newsletter)(9-20-1999)

  • Irvan-Simo Team: Ernie Irvan, who announced earlier this month his retirement from the Winston Cup series, said Sunday he hopes to run a 14-race Winston Cup schedule next season with Irvan-Simo Motorsports. Irvan said he hopes to put driver Boris Said behind the wheel of what have been the #14 Fords. Motorsports legend A.J. Foyt announced his plans earlier this month to field a Winston Cup team next season and asked NASCAR for permission to use the #14, which Foyt used in his driving days. Foyt would get preference because he plans to run a full schedule(That's Racin')(9-20-1999)

  • #12 crew? Car owner Michael Kranefuss may be interested in adding Ryan Pemberton(present #36 crew chief, rumored to be out there) to his crew. Pemberton is younger brother of Robin Pemberton, veteran crew chief for Rusty Wallace(teammate to the #12)(PitNow)(9-20-1999)

  • Marlin Looking? Sterling Marlin, who drives for Felix Sabates(#40 Coors Light Chevy), has been calling car owners about possible openings for next season, according to car owners who have talked with him(PitNow)(9-20-1999)

    (9-20-1999)

  • What Happened to Stewart? Tony Stewart, who was trying to become the first rookie in 29 years of Winston Cup racing to win consecutive races, had something break in the motor with 25 laps in the race. While not terminal, it caused problems on the many restarts towards the end of the race. Stewart felt that if it stayed green the final 20 laps, he probably would have been able to catch Nemechek, but the restarts hurt him(Infobeat)(9-20-1999)

  • Pontiac Notes: After 26 races, Pontiac Grand Prix teams have combined to post 32 top-five and 69 top-10 finishes. At the same point last season, Pontiac had 12 top-five and 36 top-10 finishes(Pontiac PR)(9-20-1999)


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