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PAST NEWS NOVEMBER 1-7, 1999


(11-7-1999)
  • Reiser out? hearing the garage gossip has Robby Reiser not being the crew chief for the Roush Racing #17 DeWalt Tools Ford to be driven by Matt Kenseth in 2000(11-7-1999)

  • Zipadelli signs: Dick Berggren announced on the Phoenix race broadcast that #20-Tony Stewart's crew chief, Greg Zipadelli, signed a five year extension to stay with Joe Gibbs Racing(TNN Race broadcast) It is expected that Stewart will be doing the same in the next few weeks(11-7-1999)

  • Manufacturers Championship: Ford has clinched the Manufacturers Championship with Mark Martins 2nd place finish at Phoenix. For the standings, see my Manufacturer Champions Standings page(11-7-1999)

  • Petty Press Conference UPDATE: Petty Enterprises has scheduled a press conference for Nov 11th at the All Star Cafe on Miami's South Beach to discuss the future(Winston Cup Scene)(11-5-1999) -- UPDATE: There's an announcement scheduled for Thursday night in Miami's South Beach involving the Petty family, but sources say it will not have anything to do with any of the Petty Enterprises teams converting to Dodge. The announcement will concern Adam Petty's racing plans - perhaps a five-race Winston Cup deal in 2000 in preparation for a move to the top series in 2001(That's Racin')(11-7-1999)

  • Roush News: Kevin Lepage and the #16 team will remain in the organization next season regardless of what happens with the car's TV Guide sponsorship. The sponsor is waiting until the end of the year to make a decision on returning, but Lepage and crew chief Pat Tryson are staying put. If no sponsor is signed, Roush plans to take an unsponsored car to the Daytona 500. Smith is talking to other companies about sponsoring the team. If he signs a new sponsor and re-signs TV Guide for the #16, Roush Racing will be able to keep its #26 team on board. Johnny Benson, driver of the #26, is leaving Roush after the season, along with sponsor Cheerios. In two weeks, the Roush teams of Chad Little and 2000 rookie Matt Kenseth(#17) will move into a shop at the Concord Airport. Roush also will enter contract negotiations with #97 driver Chad Little and sponsor John Deere(Times-Dispatch)(11-7-1999)

  • Drivers Looking around: Pep Boys IRL drivers Billy Boat and Buddy Lazier were both seen in the NASCAR Busch Series garages Friday scoping out the fendered machines. Also on hand was an extremely low key NHRA Winston Funny Car champion and banquet speaking legend John Force, who meandered all over the lot(NOL). Force also is scouting the NASCAR circuit for a test driver next season. He is going to field a Funny Car team that will do only testing next year and said he's talking to a female candidate. "She's here (at PIR)," Force said. "She's not a (NASCAR) driver. Just say there's some NASCAR involvement."(Arizona Republic)(11-6-1999) -- UPDATE: hmm...some garage reports have Patty Moise, former BGN driver and wife of #98 BGN driver Elton Sawyer as being the new John Force test driver(Racin' My Butt Site)(11-7-1999)

  • Rudd to Auction: Ricky Rudd, who will shut down the team he owns at season's end to go drive the #28 Fords for Yates next season, has decided to auction off his equipment. Rudd said the auction will likely be held the week after Thanksgiving, just a day or two(Dec. 1-2) before the Winston Cup awards banquet in New York City. Rudd sold the shop and the land surrounding it to Yates. The #28 team will be headquartered there next season(That's Racin')(11-7-1999)

  • Gordon/Earnhardt Jr win: Jeff Gordon won the BGN event at Phoenix, his first win in the series since 1992(he left the series after the 1992 season). Dale Earnhardt, unofficially, clinched the BGN championship(11-7-1999)

  • Irwin signs with SABCO? UPDATE: 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: from Kenny Irwin in an NOL story - "It's really not much of a secret anymore that I'm going to be driving for the BellSouth team," Irwin said. "The deal will be officially announced at Atlanta."(NOL)(11-7-1999)

  • NASCAR TV UPDATE: NASCAR's television negotiators will meet Monday and Tuesday, according to NASCAR sources, when the four network bidders, NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox, are scheduled to make their final presentations in major two-hour sessions in New York City. The winners and losers are expected to learn their fates ''within a week,'' according to one source, though NASCAR officials are expected to try to keep the package as secret as possible until the New York awards banquet in early December(PitNow)(11-6-1999) -- UPDATE: another story at That's Racin': Big week for NASCAR's future on TV(11-7-1999)


    (11-6-1999)
  • 2nd Galaxy Motorsports team: hearing Pizza Hut will be the sponsor of the 2nd Darwin Oordt/Galaxy Motorsports team with Johnny Benson rumored as the driver. Oordt's first team is the #75 Ford team with Wally Dallenbach as the driver and the Cartoon Network as the rumored sponsor(11-6-1999)

  • Speedway Motorsports Stock falls UPDATE: Speedway Motorsports Inc(28-3/4, down 17-3/16 @ 11:10 am ET) announced that net earnings for the quarter ended September 30, 1999 will be approximately $6 mln below expectations. The results are attributable to Indy Racing League and National Hot Rod Association events, continued carrying costs of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Industrial Park, and start-up expenses of Oil-Chem Research Corp. The Company estimates that these shortfalls will result in a loss for the quarter, although a record profit will be generated for the nine months ended September 30, 1999(Infobeat Stock Alert) and this story: Speedway shrs drop after earnings warning mentions The remainder of the $6 million shortfall is evenly balanced between a ``rain plagued'' National Hot Rod Association event, expenses from its Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which is for sale, and marketing costs for its Oil-Chem Research Corp. start-up(Yahoo) and a Racer Magazine story(11-5-1999) -- UPDATE: LVMS dources tell me that the business park has beenfor sale ever since Bruton bought the place and that LVMS is not for sale(11-6-1999)

  • Stewart Extension: Expect news shortly of a contract extension among driver Tony Stewart, crew chief Greg Zipadelli and owner Joe Gibbs. Zipadelli said Friday he had not actually signed his contract but that he planned to do so shortly. His decision was related to a similar decision by Stewart. Some observers had read into the absence of new contracts with Gibbs an indication or suspicion that the two might be headed elsewhere. Undoubtedly such reports fueled rumors that Dodge might be wooing Stewart and Zipadelli(SpeedNet/Monte Dutton)(11-6-1999)

  • SBIII/Hut News: Hut Stricklin, left out on the street by the abrupt collapse of SBIII Motorsports, said rumors of a resurrection were premature(SpeedNet/Monte Dutton)(11-6-1999)

  • Brett Bodine sale close UPDATE 2: Brett Bodine is close to selling his #11 Cup team, all terms are agreed upon, just the paper work to do(RPM2Nite). Rumor has it that the new owner is Winston West owner Richard Hylton and will bring along Ralphs/Kroger as a sponsor(10-15-1999) -- UPDATE: should be announced at Phoenix(NASCAR2Day)(10-17-1999) -- UPDATE 2 Brett Bodine had tentatively scheduled to announce the sale of his Winston Cup team to Richard Hylton, a Winston West team owner, this weekend, but that announcement has been postponed until Friday, Nov. 19, at Atlanta(That's Racin')(11-6-1999)

  • #7 News UPDATE 2: Mattei Motorsports is still hoping that sponsor Philips 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) -- UPDATE: I hear Mattei Motorsports will announce that Nations Rent will be their 2000 primary sponsor at Homestead(11-2-1999) -- UPDATE 2 Look for Mattei Motorsports to announce a new primary sponsor next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The team, which fields the #7 Chevrolets for Michael Waltrip, is expected to announce that NationsRent will replace Philips as its top backer(That's Racin')(11-6-1999)

  • Hamilton in Late Model race: Bobby Hamilton will race in the Alabama 300 Late Model race at Montgomery Motor Speedway in Montgomery, AL. The race is set for Saturday, Nov 27th(WLWI 92.3FM via a reader)(11-6-1999)

  • Sad News: Ruby Parrott, the mother of Roush Racing’s Buddy Parrott and grandmother of Todd Parrott, Dale Jarrett‘s crew chief, died on Thursday(Times-Dispatch)(11-6-1999)

  • Inspections at Phoenix: At least half the cars entered in the Checker 500 Winston Cup race had to do a little work on their cars after their first pass through NASCAR's inspection line Friday morning. Most of the problems stemmed from the placement of the rear spoilers on the cars. Several other cars, most of them Pontiacs, had to do some minor tweaking on the noses of their cars(That's Racin')(11-6-1999)


    (11-5-1999)
  • #16 Hood: At many races throughout the season, driver Kevin Lepage has raced with a celebrity emblazoned on the hood of his #16 TV Guide Ford Taurus. This weekend it's Gina Gershon, who appears on the ABC series Snoops(Arizona Republic)(11-5-1999)

  • Rent-A-Wreck Debut: Rent-A-Wreck of America will be joining forces with driver Bob Strait and the #61 Mark Thompson's Phoenix Air Racing team Ford, out of Cartersville, GA for the Cup race at Homestead on Nov 14(PRN Newswire/Yahoo/Catchfence)(11-5-1999)

  • Martin BGN News UPDATE: Mark Martin, all-time leading winner in the BGN 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) -- UPDATE: Mark Martin is leaning toward withdrawing from competition in the Busch Series after the 2000 season. However, Martin, the all-time leader in victories on the junior circuit, prefers not to use the "R" word(retire)(Tennessean/Cox)(11-5-1999)

  • #30 Sponsor at Atlanta: Rudy's Farm will sponsor the #30 Eel River Pontiac with a yet un-announced driver at Atlanta. Rudy's Farm is one of four Sara Lee companies serving as rotating sponsors of the car this season, joining Jimmy Dean, Bryan and State Fair Corn Dogs(Tennessean). Todd Bodine will drive the #30 at Phoenix and Homestead but is committed to the #41 Kodiak Chevy at Atlanta. Andy Hillenburg recently tested the #30 at Atlanta(11-5-1999)


    (11-4-1999)
  • Elder Andretti Passes: Alvise Andretti, the 90-year-old father of Mario and Aldo Andretti and grandfather to Michael, Jeff and John Andretti, died of cancer at his home in Nazareth on Nov. 2.(Racer Mag)(11-4-1999)

  • Penske to buy out Kranefuss? UPDATE 2 Nope: according to reports, Roger Penske is ready to buy out Michael Kranefuss, half owner of the #12 Mobil One team and driver Jeremy Mayfield. Supposedly Penske wants complete control so he can switch both teams to Dodge at the end of the 2000 season. Dodge would then have six Cup teams, two with Evernham, two with Petty and two with Penske(Speedway Scene Mag/Jack Flowers)(11-3-1999) -- UPDATE: I hear that Roger Penske, Michael Kranefuss and Walter Czarnecki recently denied any desire on anyone's part to buy anyone out and that they recently said it was completely and totally untrue and they planned on continuing together and planned on winning together -- UPDATE 2/REPOST: Rumors of tension between NASCAR team owner Roger Penske and partner Michael Kranefuss are greatly exaggerated, both sides said over the weekend at North Carolina Speedway. Kranefuss, half-owner (with Penske) of the #12 team with driver Jeremy Mayfield, said Sunday morning at Rockingham that he and Penske intend to keep to course as co-proprietors of one of NASCAR's better racing organizations. Walt Czarnecki, vice president of Penske Racing, strongly reinforced the point(Racer Mag)(11-4-1999)


    (11-3-1999)
  • Pruett Testing Day II: Before Tuesday, Lake Tahoe, Nevada native Scott Pruett didn’t even know where Darlington, SC was on a map. But he met the infamous wall of Darlington Raceway face-to-face after coming to town for the first time. Pruett, a long-time racer, is making his debut in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series next year, and he chose Darlington Raceway to be the place of initiation for his 2000 Winston Cup ride with PPI Motorsports. On Tuesday and Wednesday he tested at the track “Too Tough To Tame,” (which is not known for a friendly welcome to rookies), and actually, other than a brief encounter with the Turn 4 wall, he faired pretty well. At the end of the day Wednesday he was running a 29.40, which converts to 167.265 mph, and would have been barely quick enough to enter him into the field of 1999 Pepsi Southern 500 competitors. Not bad when you consider he wasn’t even running on a qualifying set-up. The performance is not all that surprising when you consider Pruett’s racing background. He has been involved in motorsports for more than 18 years, and has excelled in the CART series in the last decade. He is a two-time SCCA Trans-Am champion, and has experience in virtually every type of race car. On top of that, he has some of the best in the business by his side with Cal Wells of PPI Motorsports as team owner, Doug Richert as crew chief, and long-time Winston Cup sponsor Tide backing him up. But even so, why start out at Darlington, the toughest track on the NASCAR circuit? Well, Pruett just figured that if he could drive at Darlington he could drive anywhere. Team Manager Joe Garone said that the crew was pleased at the end of testing Wednesday, and that Pruett has a natural feel for driving Darlington Raceway and a Winston Cup car. “It’s amazing how quickly he has adapted to the differences of open-wheeled driving to that of Winston Cup,” he said. “We feel like he’s just a natural. We were just hoping to leave here with the cars in tact,” he laughed. Veteran Winston Cup driver Ted Musgrave was on hand both days to give Pruett some pointers on driving the track(Darlington PR)(11-3-1999)

  • Morgan-McClure 2nd Team? from the Morgan-McClure Website Pit Boeard: when asked about a 2nd team....."at this point it doesn't look like a second team will be put together for next year. Not that we haven't been trying, but we will only do a second team if we have a first-class, multi-year sponsor. Unfortunately there just aren't an abundance of those companies lining up with checks right now. We are talking to several companies still, and have had offers for second team sponsorship which we determined were unsatisfactory"(11-3-1999)

  • Kodiak to the #9? reportedly Kodiak has met with Melling Racing about sponsoring the #9 Ford with driver Stacy Compton being the driver. Kodiak currently sponsors the #41 Hedrick Racing Chevy but is leaving at the end of the year(Speedway Scene Mag/Jack Flowers)(11-3-1999)

  • Hendrick Honored: Rick and Linda Hendrick received the Leadership for Life Award from The Marrow Foundation for their work on behalf of the National Marrow Donor Program. After Hendrick, founder of Hendrick Motorsports, was diagnosed with leukemia in 1996, he began the Hendrick Marrow Program to encourage volunteers to have their names added to the national donor program's registry. More than 20,000 have done just that, with money raised by the Hendrick program paying for the cost of tissue typing many of those(That's Racin')(11-3-1999)

  • Hut back? Tri-Star back? hearing rumors that Tri-Star Motorsports in some form will be resurrected with #58 SBIII engine builder and former #19 Tri-Star Motorsports owner, Mark Smith as at least a part owner. Hut Stricklin will supposedly be the driver with Donnie Allison as the Team Manager. And get this.....Motorsports Safety Technologies is the rumored sponsor. The #58 Motorsports team was housed in the old Tri-Star building, this whole thing could get interesting, if true(11-3-1999)

  • Atlanta Testing: Stacy Compton had the fastest car Tuesday in the second of two days of testing at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Compton, a regular on the Craftsman Truck Series who will drive the #9 Ford of Melling Racing Enterprises in the final three Winston Cup races, was clocked at 189.600mph. Other Winston Cup drivers practicing at the track for the season-ending NAPA 500 on Nov. 21 were #94-Bill Elliott(186.666mph), #12-Jeremy Mayfield(186.666) and #50-Ricky Craven(182.970)(Atlanta Journal-Constitution) also #31-Mike Skinner had a speed of 186.666mph and #30-Andy Hillenburg was at 184.800mph(SpeedNet)(11-3-1999)

  • Tires: Goodyear is providing its new generation Eagle racing tire for the Checker Auto Parts/Dura Lube 500. The left-side tires haven't been raced at any previous stops on the circuit, but the right-side tires have been raced previously at Richmond and NHIS(Arizona Republic)(11-3-1999)


    (11-2-1999)
  • DEI Grand Opening: A daylong celebration is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, November 9th at Dale Earnhardt Inc. starting with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony scheduled for 9:30 AM. Dale Earnhardt, his wife and business partner, Teresa Earnhardt, along with Dale Earnhardt Jr., Steve Park and Ron Hornaday will all be in attendance and fans are invited to witness this historic ceremony. For more info see my Driver Appearances page(Pennzoil PR)(11-2-1999)

  • 2nd Dodge Team Announcement TODAY? NOPE will be announced at the SEMA Automotive Industry Show on Nov 2nd in Las Vegas OR no later then the Homestead Cup/BGN weekend(Nov 13-14th). The teams mentioned in the article: Petty Enterprises, Joe Gibbs Racing and Roush Racing. But on the same page of the Winston Cup Scene, there is a story the mentions "Gibbs Says He's Staying With GM." On the Roush Racing site classifieds there is an add seeking a Chrysler mechanic, but that could mean anything. Sources tell me the team will be Petty's(10-30/11-2-1999) -- UPDATE: just heard from a source that Dodge now does not expect to make an announcement for a new team today, and probably not will not at Homestead as planned, guess we wait(11-2-1999)

  • Mast News: Rick Mast has been offered a 3-yr contract by the Woody Woodpecker team(#98 Cale Yarborough), but he has also been offered deals by a couple of other owners. He admitted he would like to stay put. The obstacle in signing is ownership uncertainty as a group has offered to buy out Cale Yarborough. Also: Since Mark Tudor was released as the crew chief they have been going without a leader. Several candidates interviewed but no decision has been made(The News-Gazette(Lexington VA) story not online)(11-2-1999)

  • Wells Testing UPDATE: hearing that the #32 Cal Wells' Winston Cup team is testing at Darlington today and tomorrow(Tuesday and Wednesday) -- UPDATE: Scott Pruett's first day of testing got off to a late start because of rain, but overall the team was pleased with the apparent results. Pruett did not get a Darlington stripe on his debut day, and seemed to be catching on to driving a Winston Cup car by the end of the day. Pruett plans to test all day on Wednesday, November 3rd. Ted Musgrave is at Darlington helping the team test(11-2-1999)

  • Rudd Engines: hearing that Ricky Rudd will have Yates power (engines) in his #10 Tide Ford for the final Cup races of 1999(11-2-1999)

  • #7 News UPDATE: Mattei Motorsports is still hoping that sponsor Philips 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) -- UPDATE: I hear Mattei Motorsports will announce that Nations Rent will be their 2000 primary sponsor at Homestead(11-2-1999)

  • more Sad News: NFL great and CART team owner, Walter Payton passed away in a Chicago-area hospital Monday afternoon. The NFL Hall of Famer, who joined Dale Coyne to run Payton/Coyne Racing in December of 1994, died due to a rare liver disorder that had affected him over the last 18 months. Payton also drove in the SCCA Sports 2000 and Trans-Am(Racer Magazine)(11-2-1999)

  • Sad News: John Sears, who raced on the NASCAR circuit during the 1960s and 1970s, died Monday in Hamlet, N.C. of an apparent heart attack. He was 63(SpeedNet/Mike Snow)(11-2-1999)

  • Sauter to Cup? Jay Sauter has signed a multi-year agreement with Curb-Agajanian Motorsports to drive the #43 Quality Farm & Country Chevrolet in the BGN series for the 2000 season. Current driver Shane Hall was given notice of his release last month and is himself very close to signing a 2000 contract. Co-owner Cary Agajanian is hopeful of lining up a five-race sponsorship deal to test the Winston Cup waters with Sauter late next season(Racer Magazine)(11-2-1999)

  • #91 Rumor: two different sources say that unless a sponsor comes forward, Joe Falk's #91 LJ Racing team is done for the season. There is still no word on what will happen next year with the Winston Cup team. Falk supposedly does have something in the wings for a possible Busch team effort with Tim Fedewa for 2000(Victory Lane Online)(11-2-1999)

  • #58 Closed?? UPDATE 3 Yes: not sure what to make of this, but am hearing from many sources that the #58 SBIII team has closed up shop??? and only a week after signing a new sponsor. Nothing on their website about the closure: www.sbiiimotorsports.com(10-29-1999) -- UPDATE: Nothing official but.... I hear from more sources that the #58 team shut down Friday at 2pm. The business manager had a team meeting, owner Scott Barbour was supposedly not there but would meet with the team on Monday to explain things, that's all I hear. The SBIII Website is now nothing but a gray screen(10-30-1999) -- UPDATE 2: from NOL - the sponsorship check wasn't any good and owner Scott Barbour says he isn't in a position to run the team any more out of his own pocket(10-31-1999) -- UPDATE 3: More story links at: SpeedNet: SBIII shuts down operations and an AP Link: Stricklin out of Winston Cup ride(11-2-1999)

  • Rainbow Warriors, gone? UPDATE 2 yep(some of them): not sure what to think of this rumor, it's from a few very good sources but seems a bit odd, anyhow, here it is: Hearing that Robert Yates Racing has hired the entire "Rainbow Warrior" crew to do pit stops for the #88 team and Dale Jarrett in 2000, so that his mechanics can stay home on weekends -- UPDATE: just got this - Robert Yates Racing has acquired the services of five new team members for the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup season, team owner Robert Yates announced today. Barry Muse, Mike Trower, Kevin Gilman, Jeff Knight and Darren Jolly will primarily serve as the pit crew for Dale Jarrett's #88 Quality Care Service/Ford Credit Taurus. "This opportunity was presented to us earlier this year and after much thought between myself, Todd (Parrott, crew chief ) and Dale (Jarrett), we elected to take advantage of it," Yates said. "This sport has been driven to the point where every situation tends to get more specialized. We compared notes and felt this would be a positive move. When a job is performance driven, it's only smart to have specialized people in those positions. "Not only will this allow our guys that have been in these positions each and every weekend to concentrate on doing what they are assigned better, but more efficiently. This was just the next step to take." The five new members will continue their same responsibilities for the #88 team, as they have carried out in the past with Hendrick Motorsports, pitting the #24 car, driven by Jeff Gordon. Muse - jackman, Trower - front tire changer, Gilman - rear tire changer, while Knight and Jolly are tire carriers. Rob Cappetta, Robert McInnis and Jason Burdett will remain as the gas man, second gas man and catch can, respectively(TNN Motorsports)(11-1-1999) and see the Racer Magazine Column: Over the Rainbow(11-2-1999)


    (11-1-1999)
  • SAD NEWS: CART driver, Greg Moore, 24, who had been rumored earlier this year to be looking at some NASCAR rides before signing on to drive with Roger Penske's CART team, passed away today after sustaining head injuries during the California 500 in Fontana, CA(ESPN Race Coverage), condolences to the Moore family(10-31-1999). The CART website has an area to send condolences as does the Players Racing Site(11-1-1999)


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