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PAST NEWS OCTOBER 18-24, 1999


(10-24-1999)
  • Kenny Wallace, what happened? to #55-Kenny Wallace during first round qualifying? the starter in the engine of his Chevy lock up and prevent him from posting a first-round speed(Gaston Gazette)(10-24-1999)

  • Martin News: Mark Martin, all-time leading winner i Busch Series, took a rare few minutes of free time to reflect on his career in NASCAR racing and to reveal that he'll back away from Busch over the next year(Racer Magazine)(10-24-1999)

  • Mast News: Rick Mast still is considering his options for next season and hasn’t signed with a team yet(Times-Dispatch)(10-24-1999)


    (10-23-1999)
  • Pit Crews UPDATE 2 Winner and TV: haven't heard much about it but the Pit Crew Competition(the unsung heroes of the sport) is supposed to be held at North Carolina Speedway this Saturday after 2nd round qualifying is over, approximately 11am/et. TNN usually shows it a few weeks later(10-19-1999) -- UPDATE: The 1999 Union 76/Rockingham World Pit Crew Competition, which began in 1967, takes place Saturday, October 23 at 11:00am/et. This event is the only pit crew competition sanctioned by NASCAR. Entries are open to any NASCAR Winston Cup team. In 1998, the #31 Lowe's Chevrolet driven by Mike Skinner took home the championship trophy and the title of being 'the best in the world' with a timed pit stop of 20.322 seconds. Team manager David Smith coordinates the practice of the team pit stops and oversees the key team members that compete for this coveted honor(NCS Site) TNN will tape the NASCAR Winston Cup Pit Crew Competition this Saturday in Rockingham. The show will telecast at the following times: Sunday, Nov. 28 (5:00-6:00pm et/pt) and Sunday, Dec. 5 (5:00-6:00pm, et/pt)(10-20-1999) -- UPDATE 2: The #18 Joe Gibbs Team won the 33rd annual Union 76 Rockingham World Championship Pit Crew Competition Saturday. They broke the #24's record of 19.363 with a 19.166. The winning crew members, in addition to Makar (who no longer goes over the wall), were: Jeff Chandler, front changer; Todd Meredith, front carrier; Barry Cook, rear changer; Scott Hewitt, rear carrier; Jason Lee, jackman; Peter Jellen, gas man; and Derek Jones, catch can. See full story at the Racer Magazine site(10-23-1999)

  • Taurus OK'd: Ford's revised Taurus model, which differs in a few minor ways from the present Ford entry, has received approval from NASCAR, and teams can begin to construct cars for the 2000 season. Most of the changes will not be noticeable, with some flattening of the back glass and deck and a somewhat more streamlined nose(Racer Magazine)(10-23-1999)

  • Park to BGN? UPDATE 4: hearing Ted Christopher, driver of the Ted Marsh #13 Whelen Chevy will leave the team for a 2000 full time BGN ride in 2000. Supposedly Steve Park will drive the the #13 in some short track events next year(9-7-1999) -- UPDATE hearing Steve Park will drive the #13 Whelen Chevy at Homestead, replacing Ted Christopher. Park is also rumored to be driving the #13 in a limited schedule in 2000 -- UPDATE 2: I hear that Steve Park will announce Saturday a Busch deal with Whelen as the sponsor...about 15 races but schedule wont be known until NASCAR announces BGN schedule(10-20-1999) -- UPDATE 3: I hear the car will be #84 for Park(10-22-1999) -- UPDATE 4: In a press conference Saturday, Steve Park announced he will run 15 BGN races in 2000 for Ted Marsh in the Whelen Engineering Chevy. The team will run its first race in Nov in the hotwheels.com 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway(NOL)(10-23-1999)

  • Moore Gone: Stacy Compton, who has only one more race to run in the Craftsman Truck Series in 1999, will drive the #9 Cartoon Network/Mark Melling-owned Ford in the season's final four races. The team's crew chief, Newt Moore, left earlier this week, so Compton's truck crew chief, Kevin Cram, will move as well(SpeedNet)(10-23-1999)

  • Chrysler/Wood Bros? On the Chrysler front? That's a possibility for the Wood Brothers(#21 CITGO Ford), according to sources close to the Jack Roush operation, which would provide Dodge engines for such an effort(PitNow)(10-23-1999)

  • Martin Surgery: Mark Martin said Friday that the back surgery he has scheduled for Nov. 22, the day after the Winston Cup season ends at Atlanta Motor Speedway, will likely keep him from testing before the 2000 season. Martin said his doctors have told him to expect an 8- to 10-week recovery period(That's Racin')(10-23-1999)

  • Shock Rules: Chevy drivers were nearly 10 mph slower in qualifying setup during this week's NASCAR shock tests, according to Chevy crew chiefs. NASCAR may go to a slightly larger restrictor plate for the Daytona 500 if its planned shock rules go through. Current plate holes are 29/32nds of an inch in diameter. If the plans don't go through, then NASCAR could go to an even smaller plate. NASCAR officials told teams at Talladega they will probably order the same "stock" shocks for the Daytona 500 as for Daytona qualifying(PitNow)(10-23-1999)


    (10-22-1999)
  • #58 news UPDATE: SBIII Motorsports has scheduled a press conference for Friday, 12:30pm/et at the Media Center at the North Carolina Speedway(Rockingham)(SBIII PR). I am hearing it'll be a sponsorship announcement(no idea who) and even possibly a 2nd car to run at one or more of the remaining Cup races with Rich Bickle as the driver(10-20-1999) -- UPDATE: Hut Stricklin has agreed to a three-year contract to dive the #58 Fords owned by SBIII Motorsports. The team has also picked up a primary sponsor, Motorsports Safety Technologies, through the 2003 season(That's Racin')(10-22-1999)

  • Musgrave News: Ted Musgrave has been exploring his options since discovering he would not be returning to the #75 Butch Mock Motorsports team next season. One possible scenario has Musgrave working as a driver/consultant for Cal Wells' new operation. A part time driving deal with testing. Musgrave said he had also been approached by Robert Yates, who "asked me about my situation last week," Musgrave said. "It seems a lot of the bigger teams are going to R&D situations, especially with Dodge coming in. There will be a number of opportunities for test drivers."(SpeedVision)(10-22-1999)

  • #2 Associate: The Lawman Armor Corporation announced a partnership with Rusty Wallace to endorse Unbrakeable Autolock, the company's latest breakthrough anti-theft device. The Lawman Armor Corporation and Wallace will officially announce their partnership at a news conference during the APAA '99 Show at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas. The conference is slated for Wednesday, Nov. 3, from 1 - 1:30pm/pt in room 103 of the Sands Expo Center. Lunch will be provided. In addition, Wallace will be signing autographs from 2:30 - 5:00pm/pm at the Lawman Armor Corporation booth located in the Sands Convention Center, booth #8949(NOL)(10-22-1999)

  • Letter of apology from Todd Parrott(SpeedNet)(10-22-1999)

  • ISM Returns? ISM Holding Corporation announced that it has entered into an agreement with Lycos, Inc., an Internet portal and online community. The agreement gives Lycos co-title sponsorships of two of ISM's Indy Racing teams and an associate sponsorship of a NASCAR Winston Cup entry for the next three seasons beginning in 2000. The sponsorship agreement represents a major brand building and promotional opportunity for Lycos in the motor sports arena and provides online and offline exposure for both ISM Racing and Lycos through significant promotional and cross-marketing opportunities. Lycos will also receive television commercials during the broadcasts of each race as well as in-car camera exposure(PRNewswire/AutoChannel) NOTE: ISM ran the #35 Tabasco Team in Cup during the first half of the 1998 season(10-22-1999)

  • Gerhart 2000 plans: Bobby Gerhart, who attempted to make the Cup race at Talladega last week in the #89 Chevy, plans to attempt seven to eight Cup races in 2000(Philadelphia Daily News)(10-22-1999)


    (10-21-1999)
  • Rudd/Yates/Engine: Ricky Rudd won't have a Robert Yates-built engine in his #10 Tide Ford this weekend at Rockingham. He may have a Yates engine at Phoenix(That's Racin')(10-21-1999)

  • Parrott Fined: NASCAR announced #88 RYR Ford crew chief, Todd Parrott, has been fined $5,000 for use of improper language. The fine is the result of comments made during the broadcast of the Winston 500 at Talladega last week(Infobeat/AP)(10-21-1999)

  • Irvan to present award: On October 22,1999 Ernie Irvan will be given the honor of presenting the ARETA Award to Cancer Survivor and Tour de France cycling champion Lance Armstrong. In a Gala ceremony to be held at Navy Pier Grand Ballroom in Chicago, Ernie and his wife Kim will participated in the star studded night. Ernie was the recipient of the award several years ago. The ARETE awards are recognized as the most inspirational night in sports. Arete (Ah-ree-tee) is what the ancient Greeks termed as the embodiment of excellence and valor. The noble virtues of dedication and perseverance. It honors men and women who know no limits, because they refuse to accept limitations and who will let no obstacle stand dreams. The evening will also centered around Hall of Fame Chicago bears running back Walter Payton who's Career will be honored with ARETE life Award. The Ceremony will be aired on ESPN on Wednesday Nov 10th at 8:00-9:30pm/et(Irvanfan Club Site)(10-21-1999)

  • Oordt buys Track: #75 Cup and #40 BGN owner, Darwin Oordt purchased Highland Rim Speedway to its racing holdings, which include Twin Fountains Raceway Park in Shelbyville, NC (Tennessean)(10-21-1999)

  • SpeedVision News: Speedvision and RACER Magazine have entered into a long-term agreement in which RACER will be the provider of auto racing news for speedvision.com. See full story at the Racer Magazine Site(10-21-1999)

  • Homestead Testing: #1 Pennzoil Chevy driver Steve Park teamed up with a new BGN team, while former CTS regular Boris Said tested the #14 Irvan-Simo Ford at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Wednesday. Said plans to run in the Pennzoil 400 presented by Kmart. Park joined Ron Hornaday and Steve Grissom in testing for the Nov. 13 HotWheels.com 300 at Miami, the 1999 NASCAR Busch Series finale. Park plans to do double-duty in Miami, and will also drive a Chevrolet owned by Ted Marsh. Steve Grissom concluded his first test in the #11 Rayovac Ford, which is co-owned by Winston Cup Series points leader Dale Jarrett and Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre(Homestead-Miami Speedway)(10-21-1999)


    (10-20-1999)
  • #41 Sponsor? hearing Exxon may be the sponsor for the #41 Larry Hedrick Chevy in 2000, no word on a driver(10-20-1999)

  • Petty Dodge? Gibbs No UPDATE: Insiders say that Richard Petty will return to Chrysler, and he spent a lot of time talking with Dodge executives Saturday in Talladega. Pontiac's Fred Simmons says he's not sure just what Petty may do for the 2001 season, but Petty Enterprises will run Pontiacs again in 2000. Simmons says Joe Gibbs' two-car team is firmly in the GM camp, despite overtures from Chrysler but Gibbs' is committed to General Motors products(PitNow)(10-19-1999) -- UPDATE: but
  • Petty to Dodge? rumor has it that a three car Petty Cup effort with Dodge will be announced at the SEMA show in Las Vegas(not Phoenix)(10-20-1999)

  • Schrader and Truck: Ken Schrader will take over driving duties of the #52 Ken Schrader Racing/Oakwood Homes Chevy the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series makes their final stop of the season at the California Speedway for the NAPA Auto Parts 200 on October 30, 1999(Racin' Network)(10-20-1999)

  • Not NASCAR but TMS UPDATE: Eleven people were injured yesterday in a pit-road accident minutes before the end of the final practice session for the Mall.com 500 Pep Boys Indy Racing League race at Texas Motor Speedway. The accident occurred when a car driven by Swedish rookie Niclas Jonsson spun into the pitted car of driver Tyce Carlson as Carlson's crew was working on it. Jonsson withdrew from the race, Carlson said he would like to be ready to race Sunday(full story at the Star-Telegram)(10-17-1999) -- UPDATE: IRL crew member Tracy NASH underwent surgery today to begin reconstructing his left leg. During the accident his left calf muscle was removed and he ended up under the car. He is at Methodist Hospital, I-65 at 21st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46206, the same hospital driver Sam Schmidt is(10-20-1999)

  • Roush-Dodge? Word among Dodge's dealer advertising and marketing community is that Jack Roush will field an Intrepid for Jeff Burton(Autoweek Magazine), also mentions it in a PitNow story(10-20-1999)

  • #58 news: SBIII Motorsports has scheduled a press conference for Friday, 12:30pm/et at the Media Center at the North Carolina Speedway(Rockingham)(SBIII PR). I am hearing it'll be a sponsorship announcement(no idea who) and even possibly a 2nd car to run at one or more of the remaining Cup races with Rich Bickle as the driver(10-20-1999)

  • Evernhman Address: been getting many questions from folks wanting to send resumes to Ray Evernham's new Dodge team. I do not have an address for hiss team, from my understanding is that he is still working out of the GEM BGN shop. The address can be found on mt Team Addresses page(10-20-1999)

  • #90 Car: Junie Donlavey will have Ed Berrier in his #90 Ford for the Rockingham weekend. Donlavey also plans to run with Nestle sponsorship at Miami and Atlanta. No driver has been named for those races(Inside Motorsports)(10-20-1999)

  • 1999 Sweeps: Dale Earnhardt becomes the third driver of 1999 to sweep both races at a track with his dual wins at Talladega. Bobby Labonte did it at Pocono, Jeff Burton at Darlington(10-20-1999)

  • 91 Info: #91 team owner, Joe Falk was also interviewed on a radio show (Race Talk, WGH/1310am). Falk mentioned that they were trying to put together a BGN team with Tim Fedewa as the driver. Like the Cup team, sponsorship would be a key issue as to whether or not the Busch deal goes anywhere. Falk also mentioned the possibility of switching over to Dodge for 2001 but said he hasn't spoken with Dodge officials yet, but indicated the "door was open"(Victory Lane Online)(10-20-1999)

  • Benson News? UPDATE: I hear Johnny Benson will announce his plans for 2000 at the Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400 this weekend at Rockingham -- UPDATE: Sources tell me that Benson has no announcement planned for this weekend and he continues to explore every possible option(10-19-1999)

  • Manufacturers: Ford leads the manufacturer standings with 12 victories and 204 points. Chevrolet also has 12 victories but trails Ford in the standings with 194 points. Pontiac remains in third place with six wins and 172 points. See the rules and race by race recaps and standings at my Manufacturers Championship Standings Page(10-19-1999)

  • Martinsville Track Worker News: Randy Hall, who was injured at Martinsville two weeks ago when he fell off a safety truck is doing much better, but he is still in the Paul Sticht Rehabilitation Center in the Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem where he was moved last week. Hall is expected to remain there two more weeks and Doctors believe he will eventually fully recover(Martinsville Speedway Newsletter)(10-19-1999)


    (10-19-1999)
  • Gordon Book: A new racing book titled, Jeff Gordon: An Unauthorized Biography of the Three-Time Winston Cup Champion is supposed to hit the bookstores sometime in the next few weeks. Written by Gary L. Thomas, the book promises to "uncover the story behind this seemingly humble man and his incredible racing talent. It also looks at the key races that have formed his amazing career, his successful racing strategies, and the behind-the-scenes workings of the sport of racing." The book will also contain "rare photos" and "firsthand interviews with Jeff's mother and stepfather, as well as many other friends and relatives."(Tennessean) Looks like it's out, have it listed on my Racing Bookstore page(10-19-1999)

  • Bliss Signs Up: Eel River Racing owner Jack Birmingham announced today that he has hired NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Mike Bliss to pilot the team’s Pontiacs beginning with the 2000 season. Bliss, who ranks in the top-five in virtually every career statistical category in the truck series, will also attempt to qualify the State Fair Brand Corn Dogs Pontiac for Sunday’s Pop Secret 400 at North Carolina Speedway. He’s also scheduled to compete for the team at Phoenix and Homestead. Bliss is reuniting with Barry Dodson, who served as his crew chief for six of his seven career victories on the truck circuit. Dodson is crew chief and a part owner of the Eel River Racing team. Birmingham purchased the team on July 28. His hiring of Bliss is yet another step in the development of his plans to forge a competitive team in NASCAR’s top series. Birmingham believes the hiring of Bliss will make his team even more attractive in his quest to find a new primary sponsor(Hoagland Communications)(10-19-1999)

  • #91 Driver: Team owner Joe Falk announced today Rich Bickle will drive the #91 LJ Racing Chevy for the Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400 at North Carolina Speedway. Veteran Mike Hillman will continue to serve as the crew chief. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the Rockingham event and 2000. Contact Toni Neal at 704-663-0091 for more information(LJ Racing)(10-19-1999)

  • Compton to Cup? UPDATE 3: Heard it was reported on the LTN Hour, a Wisconsin NASCAR radio show, that Stacy Compton is under consideration to take the #9 Melling Ford. Present driver, Jerry Nadeau, is leaving to go to the #25 Hendrick team(8-11-1999) -- UPDATE: TNN's Raceday reports that Compton turned down the offer(8-18-1999) -- UPDATE2: I hear that no offers have been made and the Steve Grissom and Compton are the two drivers the team likes at the moment. The team is getting the sponsorship side taken care of first then will hire a 2000 driver(8-19-1999) -- UPDATE 3: #86 CTS driver Stacy Compton will drive the #9 Cartoon Network Ford Taurus for the rest of the Cup season. According to sources close to the situation, Compton has the ride for this week's Pop-Secret Microwave Popcorn 400 at North Carolina Speedway as well as the races at Phoenix, Homestead and Atlanta. And, should sponsorship be found to replace the Cartoon Network, Compton has an excellent chance of remaining in the car for the 2000 season. Compton replaces Rich Bickle, who had driven the car for the past several races(TNN Motorsports Site). Compton has also been rumored to be part of a the Dodge teams when they go to Cup in 2001(10-19-1999)

  • Sharp Renews with the IRL: Kelley Racing extended the contract of driver Scott Sharp through the 2001 Pep Boys Indy Racing League season, team officials announced today. Delphi Automotive Systems has extended its primary sponsorship of Kelley Racing driver Scott Sharp and his #8 Dallara/Aurora/Goodyear entry through the 2001 Pep Boys Indy Racing League season, Delphi and Kelley Racing officials announced today. Delphi has been the primary sponsor of Sharp and Kelley Racing since 1998(IRL Site) So Sharp will NOT be driving for AJ Foyt as rumored(10-19-1999)

  • 2000 Chevy Test UPDATE: Most Chevy teams are expected to test the 2000 Monte Carlo on Monday and Tuesday at Talladega. Sterling Marlin will drive for Team Sabco. Hendrick Motorsports will use Jeff Gordon, Terry Labonte and Jerry Nadeau. Kenny Wallace will drive for Andy Petree. Dale Earnhardt and Dave Marcis also will test, among others(Roanoke Times)(10-17-1999) -- UPDATE: The new 2000 Chevy Monte Carlo was tested at Talladega on Monday. Driver/Teams on hand were Sterling Marlin, who represented Team SABCO. Gordon, Labonte and 2000 teammate Jerry Nadeau for Hendrick Motorsports. Earnhardt was joined by Richard Childress Racing teammate Mike Skinner, while Earnhardt's own driver Steve Park was also on hand along with his 2000 teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. Among others who took part were Bobby Hamilton for Morgan-McClure, Kenny Wallace for Andy Petree, Geoffrey Bodine for Joe Bessey/PowerTeam and Andy Hillenburg, who drove Larry Hedrick's Chevrolet. The test continues on Tuesday. No speeds were released(NOL) hearing Dale Earnhardt Jr went just above 194mph(10-19-1999)

  • Earnhardt/Childress: Dale Earnhardt and Richard Childress said once again after Sunday's victory in the Winston 500 that they are close to signing an extension of their contract that now runs through the end of the 2000 season. Childress said he and Earnhardt want to retire together. Earnhardt said he wishes that Childress wouldn't even talk about retirement. Nor, for that matter, does he want to hear it from anybody else(That's Racin')(10-19-1999)


    (10-18-1999)
  • Parrott Apologizes: #88 crew chief, Todd Parrott, who was on a live microphone during ESPN's spotlight segments, issued an apology for a bad word he said while talking to his crew(RPM2Nite)(10-18-1999)

  • Jarretts Magic Number: If Dale Jarrett can finish thirteenth or better in the last four Cup races, he clinches the Winston Cup championship. Jarrett would score enough points that no one could catch him(Henry/StockcarFans Newsletter)(10-18-1999)

  • No Bull Five returns: Cliff Pennell, president of R.J. Reynolds' Sports Marketing Enterprises(SME) announced during Sunday's driver/crew chief meeting that SME would continue its No Bull 5 driver bonus program next season. The program allows five eligible drivers - each matched with a fan - to win a $1 million bonus should they win at five different tracks during the season. This season, those races were the Daytona 500, Las Vegas 400, Coca-Cola 600, Southern 500 and Sunday's Winston 500. There will likely be at least one change to the five races used in the program next season, sources said. Those likely to stay are the races at Daytona, Las Vegas, Charlotte and Talladega. The race at Darlington is the most likely to be swapped out. If it is, look for a track a mile in length or less to be added in its place. An official announcement of the new program is expected at the season finale at Atlanta(That's Racin') Whatever the new program will be, the top five finishers in Sunday's race will be eligible for it. The five drivers are: Dale Earnhardt, Dale Jarrett, Ricky Rudd, Ward Burton and Kenny Wallace(10-18-1999)

  • Still no DNFs: #98-Rick Mast is still the only Winston Cup driver to make all the races and no have a single DNF(Did not finish), see my DNF page for the season rundown(10-18-1999)

  • Security Problems? Security was breached by someone who cut a hole in the chain-link fence surrounding the Cup haulers at Talladega and who broke into several trailers, including those of Felix Sabates, Robert Yates and Cale Yarborough. Other rigs were tampered with but not broken into. Garage security is usually provided by police dogs. There was no immediate explanation from NASCAR for the security breach or what damage might have been done(PitNow)(10-18-1999)

  • Richert Gone: Doug Richert, crew chief most of this season for Kenny Irwin in Robert Yates’ #28 Texaco/Havoline Ford, left the team after Sunday’s race at Talladega to take up his new duties as crew chief for Cal Wells’ start-up Winston Cup operation(#32 Tide Ford). Raymond Fox, Yates’ long-time right-hand man, will run the show for the rest of the season. The Cup team plans to begin testing with Pruett in three weeks at Darlington. Meanwhile, National Speed Sport News reports that Wells has been sued by long-time CART partner Frank Arciero over ownership of Cristiano da Matta’s contract(Racer Magazine)(10-18-1999)

  • 2000 Taurus: Winston Cup director Gary Nelson said Sunday NASCAR was ``very close'' to approving the templates for the 2000 Ford Taurus. NASCAR met with Ford officials at Charlotte last weekend to go over the latest modifications. Ford first presented the changes, deemed by the manufacturer as simply ``style changes,'' in August when it unveiled the car at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. Once the templates are approved, teams can begin building cars for next season(That's Racin')(10-18-1999)

  • Restrictor Plate Points: the top ten drivers for the four race restrictor plate season are: 1) #3-Earnhardt,710; 2) #88-Jarrett Dale,587; 3) #18-Labonte Bobby,569; 4) #20-Stewart Tony,544; 5) #31-Skinner Mike,519; 6) #33-Schrader Ken,501; 7) #99-Burton Jeff,495; 8) #28-Irwin Kenny,478; 9) #10-Rudd Ricky,478; 10) #6-Martin Mark,470(Henry/StockcarFans Newsletter)(10-18-1999)

  • Evernham Team: Ray Evernham has already picked out his first engine builder for his new Dodge Cup team, but there is no indication yet who it might be. Randy Dorton, head engine builder at Hendrick Motorsports, made clear it would not be him. Chrysler has no U.S. wind tunnel, but Gary Romberg, Chrysler's head of aerodynamics, is heading an effort to build a wind tunnel by 2001 or 2002. That will be too late to help in the development of new NASCAR Intrepid, so Evernham will have to use the Lockheed tunnel in Marietta, Ga., and a 40-percent scale model wind tunnel run by Reynard in Indianapolis(PitNow)(10-18-1999)

  • NASCAR Jackets: As NASCAR tries to dispel its image as an all-white sport limited to rural areas, an ironic twist has seen racing team jackets become a hot fashion item in -- of all places -- inner-city neighborhoods of major urban markets. The trend is not only a boon for NASCAR and its race teams but also for sponsors who typically collect one-third of the royalties generated by the sale of licensed products tied to their race teams(Atlanta Business Chronicle)(10-18-1999)

  • Not NASCAR but....UPDATE: there are many NASCAR ties: Seven drivers were transported to Carraway Methodist Medical Center and a total of 15 were treated at the Infield Care Center following crashes in the ARCA race at Talladega on Saturday. Tim Steele was kept overnight for observation after suffering a mild concussion(not something he needs with his history). Cal Wells BGN driver Anthony Lazarro was transported by helicopter with a possible spine fracture. Mark Stahl was transported with a possible fractured shoulder blade, a mild concussion and bruised ankle; Norm Benning with a badly bruised ankle; Mike Ciochetti with a possible shoulder fracture; Doug Reid with a right shoulder injury; and Ed Kennedy with a possible right shoulder fracture. Lazarro was trying to earn experience on the superspeedway before entering the BGN full time in the Cal Wells car next season. He had never run on a track of that size in a stock car, but crew chief Joe Garone was impressed with Lazarro’s run. He was in the top 10 when the crash occurred(Times-Dispatch)(10-17-1999) -- UPDATE: One driver injured in Saturday's Winn-Dixie 300 Automobile Racing Club of America series race remained in the Carraway Methodist Hospital in Birmingham, Ala., late Sunday. Five other drivers hurt were treated and released Saturday. Tim Steele, who suffered a mild concussion in an early-race accident, was released Sunday morning. Anthony Lazzaro, who will drive in the BGN next season for Cal Wells' Precision Preparation Inc., suffered a fractured vertabrae. Lazzaro was fitted with a back brace and should be discharged Monday morning. He plans to go to Indianapolis on Tuesday to visit an orthopedic surgeon for further evaluation(That's Racin'), The injury will keep Lazzaro out of this week's Busch race at Rockingham(PitNow)(10-18-1999)

  • HRT: Along with his Dallas-based entrepreneurial cousin, Rudy Rodriguez, the Miami developer builds more than bricks and mortar. Vasquez, Rodriguez and established NASCAR(#41 Cup and BGN) team owner North Carolina's Larry Hedrick, formed Miami-based HRT Motorsports. The HRT stands for Hispanic Racing Team. The group plans to spend $100,000 to enter a car, driven by veteran driver David Green, in the BGN race at Homestead Nov. 13. The plan is to sign on sponsors with brands familiar to Hispanics and fly their decals on the team cars. But the team, several dozen drivers and mechanics, also wants to attract mainstream sponsors, looking to reach burgeoning Hispanic markets. Miami coffee maker Cafe Bustelo -- a company with strong ties to the Cuban-American community -- has already signed on as an HRT sponsor. It will create a concession to sell Cuban coffee at the November race. Royal Caribbean International Cruises in Miami also has signed on for HRT's first race(South Florida Business Journal)(10-18-1999)

  • Tough Day for the crew: Jimmy Spencer ran over the foot of Bill Elliott's front tire changer, Gordy Arbitter, while making a pit stop. In a separate incident, Jeff Burton had brake problems and hit his front tire carrier, Mike Brill, sending the crewman flying. Despite the setback, Brill was able to get back on his feet, grab the tire, then rush to the car to complete the stop. Neither pit crew member was seriously hurt(Orlando Sentinel(10-18-1999)


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