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PAST NEWS NOVEMBER 8-14, 1999


(11-14-1999)
  • Congrats to DJ: Dale Jarrett has clinched his first Winston Cup Championship with a 5th place finish at Homestead. Dale and Ned Jarrett become the 2nd father-son tandem to win the Championship. Lee(3) and Richard(7) Petty were the first(11-14-1999)

  • Championship and no poles? ever happen? got that question: If Dale Jarrett wins the championship and ends up with no poles, has it ever happened before? Yep, five times, most recently, in 1991 when Dale Earnhardt won the Winston Cup Championship with four wins and NO poles. It also happened in 1983-Bobby Allison; 1980-Earnhardt; 1973-Benny Parsons; and 1950-Bill Rexford(The Stock Car Racing Encyclodepia)(11-14-1999)

  • DNF's: Rick Mast is closing in on a feat managed only twice since 1977. So far, Mast, who drives for the #98 Yarborough Motorsports Ford, has been running at the finish of all 33 Winston Cup races this season. Team co-owner Cale Yarborough won the 1977 championship while running at the end of all 30 races. Dale Earnhardt finished all 32 races in 1997 while finishing fifth in the standings. Mast, who has only two top-10 finishes and no top-fives this season, is 31st in the points. see who has DNF's on my DNF(Did Not Finish) Page(11-14-1999)

  • Tire Testing at Texas: Three drivers - one from each car make - will take part in a Goodyear tire test Nov. 29 and 30 at Texas Motor Speedway. Mike Skinner, in the No. 31 Chevrolet, Ward Burton in the No. 22 Pontiac and Jeremy Mayfield, in the No. 12 Ford, will participate in the test. At the Texas race this season, Skinner, Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin all blew right-front tires, prompting Goodyear to take another look at how its tire performs on the track(That's Racin')(11-14-1999)

  • #7 Sponsor Deal UPDATE 3: I hear the #7 Mattei Motorsports deal will be structured like this: Philips Lighting goes on rear quarter panels (where Klaussner is now), the decklid(trunk) and TV Panel(rear), NationsRent will be the hood, and Klaussner stays as an associate in from of the rear wheels. At Dover, Richmond and The Winston, I hear they will run an all-Philips Lighting scheme. NationsRent supposedly signs on for a three year deal(anon source)(11-10-1999) -- UPDATE: Will be announced Saturday at Homestead(NOL)(11-11-1999) -- UPDATE 3: NationsRent, a leading construction equipment rental company, confirmed Saturday that it would become sponsor of Mattei Motorsports' #7 and driver Michael Waltrip, replacing Philips Electronics, Mattei's partner this season. The deal was announced as being for three years. Waltrip is contracted to Mattei through 2000(Racer Magazine). Cool looking car, see image and story at NOL. Omniquip-Textron, New Holland, JLG, Philips Lighting Company, Klaussner Furniture Industries and Bostrom Seating will serve as associate sponsors(11-14-1999)

  • Warriors or Nomads? Catchfence.com is reporting that the five pit crew members from the #24 team that will be joining the #88 team in 2000 will only stay one year as Catchfence hears that they will be joining Ray Evernham in 2001(Catchfence)(11-14-1999)

  • Pemberton to the #77? UPDATE 2: Ryan Pemberton, crew chief for the #36 M&M's MBII team, has made his decision about where to work next season, but he’s not commenting until next weekend. Pemberton is expected to join the Doug Bawel-owned #77 team with driver Robert Pressley(Times-Dispatch) BUT on Sunday's Raceday(TNN) Bob Dillner reported that Pemberton will be announcing soon that he will be crew chief for Robby Gordon's Cup team in 2000. Supposedly a sponsor announcement as well. It was reported that Pemberton was at the CART finale last week with Gordon(TNN's Raceday)(11-8-1999) -- UPDATE 2: Jasper Motorsports announced today that Ryan Pemberton will take over the Crew Chief duties next year for the #77 Jasper Engines Fords driven by Robert Pressley. The team made the announcement from Homestead Motorsports Complex. Ryan Pemberton, a member of the prestigious Crew Chief Club, comes to the Jasper Motorsports team after three years at the helm of the MB2 Motorsports M&M’s Pontiac with driver Ernie Irvan, and more recently, Jerry Nadeau(Jasper Engines Team PR)(11-14-1999)

  • New Title Sponsor? PitNow reports that NASCAR has been negotiating with AT&T to possibly replace R.J. Reynolds(Winston) as the sponsor for NASCAR's premier stock-car racing series, according to sources. Coca-Cola is also said to be in the running for a major sponsorship role in what has been called the Winston Cup series since 1972(PitNow)(11-14-1999)

  • Petty Announcement Update: RPM2Nite reported that Adam Petty will run five Cup races in 2000 starting at Texas. NASCAR Online shows the #45 Sprint Chevy, not sure what the deal is with #45 which Tyler Jet Motorsports presently uses, also would think he'd run a Pontiac since Petty Enterprises uses Pontiac for Cup and Chevy for BGN. The car shown in the pictures at NOL and the Adam Petty site is a BGN car(note, the BGN sticker on the front 1/4 panel). See stories at NASCAR Online: Adam Petty to make Winston Cup debut in 2000 and the Adam Petty Site which also says that Petty will run the Cup races at Charlotte in the Coke 600, Bristol in August, the fall Martinsville race and Homestead. Nothing mentioned about Dodge(11-11-1999) -- UPDATE: Joe who runs the Petty Page was able to ask Kyle Petty two questions in reference to Adam Pettys Winston Cup plans in 2000. Kyle Petty answered lots of questions at a short Hot Wheels promotional autograph session. 1) What make of car will Adam run the 5 Winston Cup races in 2000? Kyle's answer was that they would most likely be Pontiacs since they already have Pontiac cup cars in their shops. 2) What number will Adam run in Cup since the 45 is on another car this year? Kyle said Adam would run the #45. The Petty Page also has a batch of images from the weekend at the Homestead-Miami Speedway so far at the Petty Page(11-14-1999)

  • Reiser out? UPDATE: 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) -- UPDATE: Robbie Reiser is is working to leave his current #17 Busch team intact when he and Kenseth move into their new Roush Racing shop. Reiser has acted as owner and crew chief on Kenseth’s Busch team. But when he becomes Kenseth’s Winston Cup crew chief, he’ll need a replacement on the Busch team(Times-Dispatch), doesn't sound like a guy looking to leave the Cup team(11-14-1999)

  • Grissom/Petty? Steve Grissom, who is expected to announce a double Dodge deal in the near future. According to sources close to the situation, Grissom, who has competed fairly regularly on the Winston Cup circuit, will move to the Petty Enterprises truck next season and will become a test driver for the new Intrepids. Kyle Petty says he has made Grissom an offer to drive the #43 CTS entry, but he has yet to sign the deal(SpeedVision)(11-14-1999)

  • Hut back? Tri-Star back? UPDATE: 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) -- UPDATE: Mark Smith, a co-owner in Tri-Star who has never fully closed his shop or his dream of being a Winston Cup owner, is looking into restarting his team with Barbour’s assets. If he does, Allison plans to join him. Motorsports Safety Technology could be the sponsor. The company signed a four-year contract with Barbour, but miscommunication between the two led to the deal failing and Barbour’s shop closing six days later. Stricklin had signed on to be the driver for the team. Smith’s former crew members spoke highly of the owner yesterday and said they had spoken with him about a return to the sport(Times-Dispatch)(11-14-1999)

  • Craven Engine: In 2nd round qualifying Ricky Craven ran at lap at 152.096mph to get the 33rd starting spot after his #50 team struck a deal with Tyler Jet Motorsports to use the engine on Saturday that David Green had used in Friday's first-round qualifying(That's Racin')(11-14-1999)

  • Sad News UPDATE 2: Thomas "T.L." Stiles of Charlotte, N.C., 45, a fabricator with Team Sabco for the past eight years, was killed Thursday afternoon in an automobile accident on Interstate 77 north of Charlotte. Also injured in the accident was Team Sabco fabricator Len Sherrill of Kannapolis, N.C., who is listed in critical condition at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Sherrill, 37, has worked with Team Sabco for 11 years. Team Sabco owner Felix Sabates closed his race shop Thursday and will keep it closed Friday. Sabates is making plans to fly his race teams back to Charlotte for the funeral, expected to be held Saturday(That's Racin')(11-11-1999) -- UPDATE: The funeral for Team Sabco fabricator Thomas "T.L." Stiles, who was killed in an automobile accident north of Charlotte Thursday, is 1 p.m. Monday at Blair Road Methodist Church in Mint Hill, NC. The visitation is 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at McEwen Funeral Home in Mint Hill. Len Sherrill, also a Team Sabco fabricator and injured in the accident, was upgraded to good condition Friday at Carolinas Medical Center and released from the intensive car unit. He remains in the hospital. A college fund for Stiles' children has been established. Donations can be made to the Thomas Stiles Children College Fund, care of BB&T, 7716 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd., Charlotte, NC 28227 Both Sabco teams, that of Joe Nemechek and Sterling Marlin, were scheduled to test their 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlos at Homestead-Miami Speedway Monday and Tuesday, but the team has canceled those plans(That's Racin')(11-13-1999) -- UPDATE: Team Sabco fabricator Len Sherrill of Kannapolis, who was injured Thursday in an automobile accident that killed fellow Team Sabco fabricator Thomas "T.L." Stiles, was released from Carolinas Medical Center on Saturday and returned home. Sherrill suffered shoulder, neck and head injuries in the accident, which took place on Interstate 77 north of Charlotte(That's Racin')(11-14-1999)


    (11-13-1999)
  • Gordon-Evernham Split UPDATE: The Pepsi-sponsored NASCAR Busch series team co-owned by driver Jeff Gordon and his ex-crew chief, Ray Evernham, will not continue as planned into 2000 with Evernham as a co-owner, despite the team's first victory last Saturday in Phoenix. See full story at Racer Magazine(11-12-1999) -- UPDATE: After the win at Phoenix,while the car was being torn down in post-race inspection, Gordon told Evernham that it would be best to end the partnership. "He just told me that he didn't feel comfortable working with me anymore," Evernham said Friday from his shop in Harrisburg, N.C. "He told me he wanted to offer to buy me out, and I have not spoken to him since. "But whatever he wants to do is fine. I'm not upset." Gordon, at Homestead-Miami Speedway for Sunday's Pennzoil 400, said that "nothing is set in stone." But with Evernham entrusted with developing the Dodge Intrepid for Winston Cup racing in 2001, and the Gordon-Evernham Busch team running Chevrolets, it wasn't difficult to see that there could be problems(News and Observer)(11-13-1999)

  • A Campers Dream: Coleman, the outdoors equipment company, announced a three-year partnership with NASCAR in which it will repair appliances and deliver water to fans who camp out at NASCAR events(St Petersburg Times)(11-13-1999)

  • Ned to retire: Ned Jarrett plans to retire from the booth once his current contracts run out. He's signed with CBS through next season. His ESPN deal ends after this season, but he has talked with them about being back again for one more year and expects that to happen(That's Racin')(11-13-1999)

  • No Bull Five Change: Richmond International Raceway's Paul Sawyer has confirmed that his track will replace Darlington next year in Winston's No Bull Five program. Under the latest realignment, the program will consist of the Daytona 500, Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, Las Vegas 400, Exide 400(fall race) at Richmond and Winston 500 at Talladega. Richmond's selection is based on a desire by Winston to have a short track in the five-race series, which offers $1 million payoffs to designated drivers and fans. The reason Richmond was selected over Bristol was apparently NASCAR's unwillingness to have Speedway Motorsports represented with three races in the program. Richmond is outside the control of either SMI or International Speedway Corporation, which owns Daytona and Talladega(SpeedNet)(11-13-1999)

  • DW Notes: #66-Darrell Waltrip wrecked his primary car in the AM practice Friday and had to go to the back-up car. The back-up had been raced at Martinsville earlier in the season but it didn't have enough speed to make the field in the first round(DW Site)(11-13-1999)


    (11-12-1999)
  • Kyle Petty Honored: Kyle Petty, the driver of the #44 Hot Wheels Pontiac out of Petty Enterprises on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, has bee named the NASCAR Winston Cup Illustrated Person of the Year. The award, given annually by NASCAR Winston Cup Illustrated, is given in recognition of acheivement, sportsmanship and contributions to charity and community. Petty, an eight(not five)-time winner on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, has conducted his Charity Ride Across America for five consecutive years. The ride is a group motorcycle trip across the country that raises money for various charities, among them the NASCAR Winston Cup Racing Wives Auxiliary. The WCRWA, among its other functions, establishes a fund that assists NASCAR competitors and their families in cases of deblitating injury. Over the years, the ride has earned thousands of dollars for selected charities. Additionally, the charity ride visits children’s hospitals and other sites across the country, promoting good will. Over the past few seasons, Petty has established a food bank drive to assist in feeding the hungry. Donation stations have been established a selected speedways, among them Lowe’s Motor Speedway, North Carolina Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway, at which fans can donate unpershiable foods and goods in return for discounts at Petty’s Hot Wheels souvenir trailers. Petty was presented a handsome NWCI Person of the Year trophy and an enlarged copy of the December cover of NWCI, in which he is featured. The NWCI Person of the Year Award is determined by a vote of NASCAR fans, a special panel of competitors and members of the NWCI staff. The first award, in 1997, was presented to Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip. Last year’s winner was Ray Evernham(Winston Cup Illustrated)(11-12-1999)


    (11-11-1999)
  • NOL and TV: NASCAR Online has the teleconference link that fans can listen to: NASCAR's television deal news conference(need Real Audio) and a story about the deal: NASCAR announces multi-year TV deals, NASCAR agreed to a six-year television contract with NBC Sports and Turner Sports, with the two media companies combining to develop a joint venture, and an eight-year agreement with FOX, and its FX cable network, effective with the 2001 season(11-11-1999)

  • TV News? CORRECTION/UPDATE: I hear he Winston Cup/Busch TV deal will likely be split into three packages: spring, summer and fall. The spring package is likely to be kept by CBS, given their long association with the Daytona 500. The fall package probably goes to either ABC or NBC, because the other networks have Sunday NFL football. That leaves the summer package, which could go to NBC or Fox. The big losers will be the cable networks (ESPN, TNN) as NASCAR has supposedly told the networks that it wants at least 80% of the Cup races on network TV, and only 20% on cable(anon source) -- UPDATE: on tonights RPM2Nite, John Kernan reported that Fox had won the rights to televise the first 1/2 of the 2001 season including the Daytona 500 and NBC would televise the 2nd half of the 2001 schedule, ESPN/ESPN2 will still televise the CTS(trucks) and RPM2Nite(11-10-1999) and the AP Story link, The Fox network, NBC, and cable channels FX and TBS will televise the races, expected to be a 6-year deal worth $2.4 billion($400 million a year)(11-11-1999)

  • #75 Sponsor: TBS has decided to return to the Winston Cup series as a sponsor in the 2000 season. TBS decided earlier this season it would not renew its sponsorship agreement with the #9 Fords owned by Melling Racing. But Tuesday, the company announced it will sponsor the #75 Fords owned by Galaxy Motorsports and driven by Wally Dallenbach next season. TBS will continue with the rotating sponsor program next season with Galaxy Motorsports. The initial agreement is for one season(That's Racin')(11-11-1999)

  • Gibbs BGN: Joe Gibbs Racing will have a press conference to announce a new sponsor in NASCAR Busch Grand National Division. The announcement is scheduled to be held at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, November 13, 1999 9:15am/et(Stock Car Fans BGN Newsletter)(11-11-1999)


    (11-10-1999)
  • Pruett Tests at Talladega UPDATE: hearing that Scott Pruett is testing the #32 Tide PPI/Cal Wells Ford at Talladega on Monday and Tuesday(Nov 8-9th)(11-8-1999) -- UPDATE: Scott Pruett and the PPI Motorsports team wrapped up a two-day test session Wednesday at Talladega Superspeedway. Pruett is making the jump from CART to Winston Cup in 2000, and this week's testing at Talladega marked only the second time Pruett's team has been together to prepare the Cal Wells-owned Ford Tauruses for their rookie season. No Speed listed(Talladega Superspeedway Site)(11-10-1999)

  • #50/Craven News: #50 MidWest Transit Racing has signed Charley Pressley as their team manager, effective immediately. Pressley and MidWest Transit Racing driver Ricky Craven previously worked together at Larry Hedrick Motorsports during the 1996 Winston Cup season(Ricky Craven Online)(11-10-1999)

  • Petty Press Conference UPDATE 2: 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) -- UPDATE 2: "there is a Petty press conference scheduled for this Thursday in Florida, but it's more likely about plans for Kyle's son, Adam, to run five Cup races in 2000. Kyle said that Adam's Busch sponsors – Sprint, Nike and Coca-Cola – are expected to ante up enough money to let Adam get a taste of Winston Cup next year, then run for rookie of the year in 2001(Steve Smith/Racer Magazine)(11-10-1999)


    (11-9-1999)
  • Petty's to Switch? UPDATE 2: Pontiac officials have been notified that Petty Enterprises will switch its Winston Cup teams to Dodge beginning with the 2001 season, according to a source within the General Motors camp. Another source in the NASCAR garage said Sunday that the Ray Evernham-owned cars are likely to carry the numbers 01 and 19. The 01 car would signify the year of Dodge's return. The 19 is a number Evernham used in his days as a modified driver in New England.(That's Racin')(11-8-1999) -- UPDATE: now an Associated Press(AP) story: Report: Petty Enterprises switching to Dodge in 2001(SpeedNet) -- UPDATE 2: At the top, General Motors and Pontiac say they have heard nothing official from Petty. Pontiac program manager Fred Simmonds and GM Raceshop spokesman Dave Hederich said Monday they had heard nothing official from any of the Pettys. Petty, or others in the Petty group, could not be reached Monday or Tuesday. Dodge officials and spokesmen all were said to be out of their offices. See full story at:(Racer Magazine(11-9-1999)

  • Mast and the #98 Close: #98 driver Rick Mast says he's close to finalizing a deal with his current team, Cale Yarborough Motorsports(Roanoke Times)(11-10-1999)

  • Irvan Honor: To honor Ernie Irvan's retirement and career after suffering a career-ending injury at Michigan almost three months ago Irvan will cruise one lap around the Atlanta Motor Speedway in a specially designed #36 M&M's car after driver introductions are completed on Nov 21st in the Cup season finale. It will be a final and fitting tribute to Irvan, who won 15 races during his 13-year career. Irvan, who is looking into a career in TV broadcasting at racing events, reportedly is still feeling the lingering effects from a concussion(Atlanta Constitution/Mike Carvell)(11-9-1999)

  • Another Gordon Rumor?: CART driver Robby Gordon made the rounds in the garage area on Sunday at Phoenix and is looking for a Winston Cup ride next season, has been mentioned as a candidate for the #30 Pontiac of Eel River Racing. Gordon is also considering starting his own team(Atlanta Constitution/Mike Carvell)(11-9-1999)

  • Club NASCAR? NASCAR has broken new sponsorship ground by signing time-share giant Club Sunterra as the "Official Vacation Clubs/Destination of NASCAR." The four-year deal involves an annual rights fee of approximately $1.5 million, according to a Club Sunterra official who said the company will probably spend at least an additional $3 million each year on NASCAR-related marketing. See full story at the SportsBusiness Journal(thanks Ryan for the heads up)(11-9-1999)

  • Stewart to WoO UPDATE: Tony Stewart is close to making a deal that would enable him to own his own, but not drive for, World of Outlaws sprint-car team next year. Stewart is also going to make a rare appearance in an open-wheel car when he races in a USAC-sanctioned event at the Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, CA., on Thanksgiving weekend(Gaston Gazette)(11-7-1999) -- UPDATE: hearing Kenny Irwin, Jr will also run the race in Irwindale, if so, that could be quite a show(11-9-1999)

  • Racing Champions diecast: NASCAR die cast vehicle replicas are huge among the giants of holiday toy sales. But, this holiday season, Racing Champions is encouraging consumers to think small as it introduces its Radio Control NASCAR Die Cast Set, the smallest toy of its kind ever produced. The first release include: the Mobil 1, McDonald's and Valvoline teams(Catchfence/PR Newswire) I have seen these cars first hand, very cool(11-9-1999)


    (11-8-1999)
  • More TV: NASCAR could have at least a handshake agreement by Tuesday on the blockbuster television package it is negotiating this week at an undisclosed location in New York. NASCAR representative John Griffin did confirm that negotiations have come down the the bid stage, and that the meetings Monday and Tuesday were to evaluate money offers from four major broadcast entities. The figure most widely quoted for the taking bid is $400m, possibly over three years, bringing to NASCAR a $1.2b jackpot. High-level network sources, however, indicated that the money numbers now have "gone north of $500m", perhaps even as high as $600m per year. See the rest of the story at Racer Magazine(11-8-1999)

  • Cope to the #41? UPDATE: not sure what is up, but am hearing reports that Derrike Cope will drive the #41 in 2000(and the final two races in 1999). A few weeks ago there was an announcement that Cope would drive the #15 Fenley-Moore Motorsports Ford, but have heard little about it since. Cope did test the #15 at Atlanta a few weeks ago. That's Racin' also reports that Todd Bodine will drive the #30 Pontiac at the final two Cup races in Homestead and Atlanta but Bodine was to drive the #41 at Atlanta, so it looks like something has changed...maybe the #15 has not found that sponsor yet -- UPDATE: I hear Cope is still signed to drive the #15 and supposedly sponsorship is close to be announced for the #15 Fenley-Moore team and Cope will still drive the #15 at Atlanta. If the #15 deal were to fall through then the #41 could be an option for Cope. Also Todd Bodine has decided not to drive the #41 at Atlanta and will drive the #30 instead. No driver named yet for the #41. Oh yeah, another catch to the #15 deal, Robbie Gordon may be part of the deal as a 2nd team(11-8-1999)

  • MST Racing UPDATE: Motorsports Safety Technology, the one race sponsor of the defunct #58 SBIII Motorsports race team has this on their website: "Who is MST RACING ? When will they arrive ? What will they bring to the NASCAR table ? All these questions will soon be answered as the newest and most diverse team is ready to be released for the 2000 race season. What car will MST run - Chevy, Ford, Pontiac, or Chrysler ? Stay tuned for more details to soon unfold...!" Interesting, what does it mean? unknown...see the site at www.mstsafetyzone.com -- UPDATE a source tells me that the deal SBIII/Motorsports Safety Technologies deal was not broken due to a bad check but due to issues about SBIII that the new sponsor did not feel was in their best interest to continue a relationship with SBIII and peruse other potential teams for sponsorship(anon source), those issues? don't know(11-8-1999)

  • Martin and BBBSA: Mark Martin's on-track performance in the Valvoline Ford, combined with contributions from Valvoline and NASCAR fans, has brought the current total raised for Big Brothers Big Sisters to $172,630. Valvoline is donating $5,000 for every Winston Cup race Martin wins this season, $2,500 for each pole, and $20 for every lap he leads in this "Caring Hands" program. The 14th of 15 planned trackside fund-raisers, where fans can put their handprints on a canvas wall, receive a commemorative button, and make donations, will be Saturday at Homestead(Valvoline PR)(11-8-1999)

  • Beer can and Jarrett: Someone threw a beer can onto the front straight at Phoenix International Raceway Sunday. Race leader and Winston Cup points leader Dale Jarrett ran over it, puncturing his right-front tire. Jarrett made up a lost lap and finished sixth despite the incident(Racer Magazine Thumbs Down/PitNow)(11-8-1999)

  • Career Finish: David Green finished 12th at Phoenix and got his career-best finish. Green's previous best was 16th twice (Charlotte 5/97 and Talladega 10/97)(StockCarFans/Rumblings)(11-8-1999)

  • Stewart again UPDATE: Tony Stewart by winning at Phoenix, is the first driver since Davey Allison(in 1987) and it's only the second time a rookie has won two Winston Cup races in a season(11-7-1999) -- UPDATE: Stewart is also fourth in Winston Cup drivers points with two races to go, the highest finishing rookie in the modern era was Jody Ridley, who was seventh in 1981. When Davey Allison won two races in 1987, he ran only 22-of-31 races and finished out of the top 20 in points(Infobeat Newsletter) AND if he holds his spot, it will be the best finish for a rookie since James Hylton was second in 1966(Times-Dispatch) AND Stewart started 11th, meaning eight of the 12 race winners at Phoenix have come from outside the top 10(News and Observer)(11-8-1999)

  • Race Record: Tony Stewart's winning speed of 118.132 mph at Phoenix, which was slowed by just two caution flags for a total of 10 laps, broke the race record of 110.825, set by Dale Jarrett in 1997(Infobeat Newsletter)(11-8-1999)

  • Ford Complains: Ford officials are wondering why NASCAR has rejected a proposed new cylinder head. The head, offered five weeks ago, would have had beefier port heights to match what Chevrolet has had with its SB2-plus-2 engine for the last two seasons. Ford's Robert Yates has been key in the push for taller ports, and, of course, his team is running away with this season's championship. So Yates says he understands, but, he adds, NASCAR's new templates for the 2000 Monte Carlo will actually provide an engine edge for Chevrolet(PitNow)(11-8-1999)

  • Chevy Complains: Chevy teams howl about lack of downforce on their cars. see the complaints at: Chevy teams disgusted with results by David Poole(That's Racin')(11-8-1999)

  • Ill Drivers: at Phoenix, Geoffrey Bodine and Elliott Sadler both has the flu all weekend and Johnny Benson had food poisoning. But all toughed it out and ran the complete race(many sources)(11-8-1999)

  • Cale a Honored Guest: During the recent Vanderbilt-South Carolina football game the University of South Carolina paid a nice tribute to NASCAR. Part of the halftime homecoming ceremony was dedicated to NASCAR, and former champion Cale Yarborough -- a South Carolina native -- was the game's special guest(Tennessean)(11-8-1999)

  • Pit Road Incident: Defending Phoenix race winner #2-Rusty Wallace lost any chance of repeating in an incident with #1-Steve Park and #60-Geoffrey Bodine as they left pit road during a caution-flag pit stop on lap 121. All three cars made contact and suffered sheet metal damage. Wallace's car also was damaged in the front. Wallace took the blame, saying he didn't see Park(Roanoke Times)(11-8-1999)

  • New NASCAR Apparel Company: AMPRO Racing a division of AMPRO Sports of Philadelphia, PA has entered into the NASCAR arena, and has big plans for 2000. They have a private line of apparel for motorsports called "IN THE PITS" (R) TM (amproracing@alltel.net) and is working on driver lines and team lines for 2000. AMPRO Racing was issued a apparel license by NASCAR back in June and with its other licensing from Ford and GM, it will combine special new designs and printing processes not seen in motorsports. AMPRO Racing is a division of AMPRO Sports which is the nations third largest provider of printed apparel. They have extensive distribution working with Kmart, Wal-Mart and other mass retailers and have plans on going trackside for 2000 with several drivers. AMPRO Racing division is headed by Alan Winninger who has worked in NASCAR racing for over 12 years and brings extensive experience in apparel. Watch for their website to be up soon (www.amproracing.com) and other information online and in Winston Cup Scene on their products and services(PR)(11-8-99)


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