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PAST NEWS NOVEMBER 15-21, 1999


(11-21-1999)
  • Provisional Finishes: In 231 provisional starts(33 races x 7, none at Calif), drivers have accumulated Two Wins, 10 Top 5's and 22 Top 10's. Jeff Burton was the first driver to win from a provisional starting spot EVER at New Hampshire(on July 11th 1999) and that is the farthest back any driver has won from since Kyle Petty won from 37th at Dover in June 1995(in 1995 37th was not a provisional starting spot). Bill Elliott also won from 38th spot in the 1988 Pepsi 400(7-11-1999) -- UPDATE: Add Bobby Labonte as the 2nd ever provisional winners by winning the 1999 NAPA 500 at Atlanta from the 37th starting and provisionals spot. See my Provisional Finishes Page(11-21-1999)

  • 1998 winners who didn't win in 1999: Bobby Hamilton, Jeremy Mayfield and Ricky Rudd are the drivers who earned victories in 1998 who did not win in 1999. Rudd failed to keep his 16 straight seasons with at least a win streak intact and was not able to extend it to 17 seasons. #2-Rusty Wallace is now the active leader with a win in 14 straight seasons(11-21-1999)

  • Mast and DNF's: Rick Mast was the only driver in 1999 who has made ALL the Cup races and did not record at least one DNF(Did not finish), for the DNF standings see my DNF page. 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(11-21-1999)

  • Championship and no poles? ever happen? With Dale Jarrett winning the Cup championship and not scoring any poles in 1999, I was asked, 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 Encyclopedia)(11-14/21-1999)

  • Lap Leader/Bonus Points: 44 drivers who have led at least one Winston Cup lap in 1999. To see who has led laps and who led the bonus points, see my Bonus Points Leaders Page(11-21-1999)

  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus was $140,000(only Dale Jarrett could have won it) at Atlanta for leading the points and winning the race.(Dale Jarrett last won the award, $20,000 at Indy) The $340,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if he is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finisher in the point standings(Jayski's 1999 Stats/Next Race Page)(11-21-1999)

  • 76 Challenge Award: The 76 Challenge Bonus for winning the race from the pole is $136,800 at the 2000 Daytona 500. (Jeff Gordon last won the bonus of $22,800 at Sears Point). The bonus starts at $7,600 and is increased by the same amount until won and carries over to the next season(as it did this year when Jeff Gordon won the Daytona 500 from the pole and a bonus of $60,800)(Jayski's 1999 Stats/Next Race Page)(11-21-1999)

  • Roush Auction: Roush Racing has fliers up in the Winston Cup garage area advertising an auction of some of its cars and equipment from the two teams it operates out of a shop in Liberty, N.C. Roush is building a new shop in the Charlotte area and will move its Liberty operation there. Kevin Lepage and Johnny Benson have had their teams housed at that shop. The auction, set for 10 a.m. on Nov. 29, is scheduled to include 18 Ford Taurus race cars along with other car parts and shop equipment(That's Racin')(11-21-1999)

  • Kersee Team: Bob Kersee, who co-owns a NASCAR Winston Cup team(#19) with wife, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and Kurt Roehrig, said the team will debut at the Daytona 500 regardless of its sponsorship situation. The team has not sighned a primary major sponsor. Kersee said he's close to announcing a group of investors that will put more than $1.5 million into the team. Kersee said he needs about $8 million to operate his team next year(Roanoke Times)(11-21-1999)

  • DW/Spencer Switch? UPDATE 2: Dr Jerry Punch interviewed Darrell Waltrip and he mentioned that Jimmy Spencer and he may switch cars for the race as they both practiced each others cars and like them better, now whether DW was joking around or not who knows, that is all I know on it(ESPN Qualifying)(11-19-1999) -- UPDATE: During practice yesterday morning at Atlanta, Darrell Waltrip was uncomfortable with the handling of his #66 car. He asked teammate Jimmy Spencer, who had tested the car at Atlanta, to take it out for a few laps. He went out for a few practice laps, posting a faster speed than Waltrip’s(Times-Dispatch)(11-20-1999) -- UPDATE 2: obviously this didn't happen as DW failed to make the race but the Times-Dispatch reports this: Waltrip did not plan to be the only driver practicing his car yesterday. Robby Gordon prepared to drive a few practice laps and possibly qualify Waltrip’s car. But according to Waltrip’s team, Gordon’s co-owners did not want to risk the driver crashing, and asked him not to attempt any laps AND In an effort to figure out what was wrong with his car, Waltrip asked teammate Jimmy Spencer to drive Waltrip's car during practice. According to one team member, Spencer's lap times were seven-tenths of a second faster than Waltrip's. That's the difference between the 41st-fastest qualifying spot -- where Waltrip ended up -- and the fifth-fastest(News and Observer)(11-21-1999)

  • Tyler Jet Motorsports: Tim Beverley said his team definitely will run the 2000 Daytona 500, regardless of whether they have a sponsor. He has already signed Lycos as an associateTimes-Dispatch, have also heard that the team will have a meeting for all personnel on Monday to discuss organization changes within the team(11-21-1999)

  • Another Martin: His car is painted just like his dad's and his uniform would remind one of a pint-sized Mark Martin, but he was shy about wearing it to the track for a family news conference. Matt Martin, 7, won the Mid-Florida Quarter Midget Association Junior Novice championship Friday night in Apopka, FL(Atlanta Journal-Constitution/That's Racin')(11-21-1999)

  • Buckshot News" #00-Buckshot Jones hired Ronnie Silver to be his crew chief for today's race(Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Silver is Michael Waltrips BGN crewchief(11-21-1999)

  • Labonte blows engine in practice: #18-Bobby Labonte blew an engine in Happy Hour practice but the team says it was not his race engine(The State)(11-21-1999)


    (11-20-1999)
  • Mast to the #41? UPDATE 3: Rick Mast is set to become Larry Hedrick's new driver of the #41 Chevy. Mast, who has been driving Fords for Cale Yarborough and a new partner from Orlando, has signed a letter of intent with Hedrick. Universal, which is sponsoring the #98 for which Mast currently drives, may come over to Hedrick's next season(PitNow) What? no Exxon? AND If owner Cale Yarborough really is closing his shop after this season, his team doesn’t know it. Driver Rick Mast continues to weigh his options, which could include Yarborough Motorsports. The team’s sale to Bob Lane hasn’t failed yet, but Mast isn’t counting on that. He plans to make a decision about where to drive next season sometime this week(Times-Dispatch)(11-16-1999) -- UPDATE: Rick Mast tested Larry Hedrick's #41 at Homestead-Miami Speedway Monday, and it appears likely Mast, and possibly the Woody Woodpecker sponsorship, will migrate from Cale Yarborough's team to Hedrick's for 2000. Team sources say Hedrick and Mast had met and that Mast had refused to participate in the test without a commitment. The fact that Mast was at the test indicates that a deal has been made. Mast also likely will drive the car in the season-ending race this week at Atlanta. Mast was in Atlanta and could not be reached(Racer Magazine)(11-17-1999) -- UPDATE 2: From what I hear and what this weeks Winston Cup Scene reports, Mast tested the #41 chevy as a favor to team owner Larry Hedrick and engine builder David Evans. Also hear that Universal Studios is signed with the #98 team and is not moving even if Mast were to leave(11-19-1999) -- UPDATE 3: Rick Mast, driver this season of Cale Yarborough's #98 Fords, will know by Saturday morning whether he has a deal to drive Larry Hedrick's #41 Chevrolets next season, Hedrick team members confirmed Friday(Racer Magazine)(11-20-1999)

  • Petty and Dodge: Richard Petty said Friday he still has not decided whether he will switch his two-car operation from Pontiac to Dodge once the new make comes to Winston Cup in the 2001 season. "Right now, it's in limbo," Petty said. "We're just letting it lay. When we decide what we want to do and they decide what they want to do, we'll make an announcement. But, right now, we're just waiting around."(News and Observer)(11-20-1999)

  • Both Graves gone? UPDATE 3 DeHart back to the #5?: hearing that #5 Crew Chief Andy Graves and his father Fred will leave Hendrick Motorsports at the end of the season?(anon source)(11-16-1999) -- UPDATE: After a dismal second half of the season Hendrick Motorsports' #5 team, with driver Terry Labonte, is under evaluation and significant changes in personnel could come as soon as next week, team sources revealed Friday. Reports in the past week have indicated that crew chief Andy Graves and co-chief Fred Graves (Andy's father), could be headed elsewhere after the season. Kellogg's spokesman John Singler said last week at Homestead that such rumors were news to him(Racer Magazine: NASCAR: Hendrick's Labonte Team Under Evaluation)(11-19-1999) -- UPDATE 2: Hendrick Motorsports will undergo several more personnel changes before the end of the year, The Charlotte Observer has learned. Andy Graves, who has served as Hendrick driver Terry Labonte's crew chief since October 1997, will likely leave the team before the start of the new season. His departure is related, at least in part, to the lackluster performance of the #5 Chevrolets team this season, sources said. Graves has already emerged as a top candidate for the crew chief duties for the new Winston Cup team starting next season by open-wheel star Robby Gordon(in part from That's Racin') -- UPDATE 3: Hendrick Motorsports is expected to hire Gary DeHart as the new crew chief for former Winston Cup champion Terry Labonte, The Charlotte Observer has learned. DeHart was Labonte's crew chief during Labonte's 1996 championship season and the announcement of his move will likely take place during the annual Charlotte media tour in January. Andy Graves, is expected to leave the team at the end of next month.(That's Racin'/Jim Utter)(11-20-1999)


    (11-19-1999)
  • Toy Story 2: As reported before, the #26-Johnny Benson, #44-Kyle Petty and #94-Bill Elliott are running Toy Story 2 paint schemes (got the #26 and 44 at the Paint Schemes page). Also the Toy Story 2 Website: www.toystory2.com will have in-car cams and audio feeds during the race on Sunday(11-19-1999)

  • Gordon and Irvan? here is a new one: Sources indicate that (Robby) Gordon is maneuvering to acquire the building and assets of Irvan-Simo Racing, which has produced part-time efforts in Craftsman Trucks, Busch Series and Winston Cup this season. Irvan said Friday that "there's a lot of details to work out. We're looking at maybe leasing our building and people and maybe selling our cars, and I'd stay around as a consultant." Irvan stressed, however, that no deal has been done yet. See the full story at the Racer Magazine site(11-19-1999)

  • Brett Bodine sale close UPDATE 3: 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 Hilton 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 Hilton, 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) -- UPDATE 3: It's official, Bodine has sold his team to Hilton and Ralphs Food 4 Less will be the sponsor(RPM2Nite) also see the story at: Racer Magazine(11-19-1999)

  • Foyt and Bliss...finally: A.J. Foyt and Conseco announced Friday that Team Conseco has selected CTS driver Mike Bliss to drive its #14 Conseco Pontiac for the 2000 season, he'll run for ROTY honors(NOL)(11-19-1999)

  • Polaris Switch? UPDATE: Hearing that Polaris will leave the #75 Cup Butch Mock(?) owned Ford and driver Ted Musgrave at the end of the year. Supposedly Polaris is forming some kind of co-operative marketing deal with DeWalt Tools and will be moving to the #17 Ford sponsored by DeWalt and the #22 Caterpillar Pontiac of Ward Burton(6-23-1999) -- UPDATE: Polaris all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) will be increasing its involvement in NASCAR next year by joining Bill Davis Racing as an associate sponsor of the #22 Caterpillar Pontiac driven by Ward Burton for the 2000 season. Polaris also will become a primary sponsor of Burton's BGN car. During the 2000 season, Polaris ATVs will be the primary sponsor for five BGN races. Ward Burton will be the newest member of "PRO Team" Polaris, an organization of top motorsports stars that represent Polaris products in the marketplace. Other "PRO Team" members include Richard Petty, Al Unser, Jr., and Rusty Wallace(Polaris PR)(11-19-1999)

  • New Associate? UPDATE: hearing that Cooper Lighting will become an associate sponsor for APR Racing and the #55 Square D car with driver Kenny Wallace, not sure when(10-15-1999) -- UPDATE: Cooper Lighting, one of the world's largest lighting fixture manufacturers, has teamed-up with Square D to become a major associate sponsor on the #55 Chevrolet of Andy Petree Racing and driver Kenny Wallace beginning with the 2000 Winston Cup season. Cooper Lighting’s logos being implemented into the design of the car(quarterpanels and upper TV panel only), uniforms and equipment of the #55 team(PR)(11-19-1999)

  • No Surprise: As rumored for months, Kenny Irwin will drive #42 BellSouth Chevys for Team SABCO in 2000 after agreeing to multi-year agreement. Tony Glover will serve as the crew chief and Irwin will also drive 16-18 BGN races in the #42 BellSouth Mobility Chevy for SABCO. The Cup car is bright green(NOL)(11-19-1999)

  • #75 Crew Chief: the new crew chief for the #75 Turner Broadcasting Galaxy Motorsports Ford for 2000 driver Wally Dallenbach is expected to be Richard 'Slugger' Labbe who currently works on the #25 Hendrick Motorsports team with Dallenbach. Labbe was the crew chief on the #28 RYR Ford in 1998(Winston Cup Scene)(11-19-1999)

  • #94 Crew Chief? UPDATE 2: hearing that #94 crew chief Wayne Orme and the #94 McDonalds team with driver/owner Bill Elliott has parted ways, and that Elliott plans to move his team back to Georgia(11-17-1999) -- UPDATE: Have confirmed Orme is out and Elliott Racing reports that the team IS NOT moving to Georgia(11-18-1999) -- UPDATE 2: The crew-chief duties for Sunday will be a "team effort" between the driver, team engine-builder Ernie Elliott and general manager Eddie D'Hondt(Atlanta Constitution-Journal)(11-19-1999)

  • Spencer 300th: This weekend's race will mark Jimmy Spencer's 300th career NASCAR Winston Cup Series start. Spencer's first start came on June 4, 1989 in the Budweiser 500 at Dover(NOL)(11-19-1999)

  • Gordon Update: Robby that is. Hearing from sources that Team Gordon/Menard has NOT bought any part of the #98 Cale Yarborough team and the Racin' My Butt Site and some other sources reports that Burger King will not be Gordon's sponsor, but I hear they may come aboard with another Cup team(11-19-1999)

  • Hasbro Signs Drivers: Hasbro Sports announced today that it has reached agreements with 29 NASCAR drivers enabling the leading publisher to develop interactive games featuring the drivers, their vehicles and teams. Hasbro Sports plans to release several NASCAR titles for a range of gaming platforms and audiences beginning in 2000 as a result of these agreements and a previously announced licensing deal with NASCAR. Hasbro Sports has multi-year contracts with the following drivers: John Andretti, Johnny Benson, Jeff Burton, Ward Burton, Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Bill Elliott, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Hamilton, Ernie Irvan, Kenny Irwin, Dale Jarrett, Chad Little, Bobby Labonte, Terry Labonte, Kevin Lepage, Sterling Marlin, Mark Martin, Jeremy Mayfield, Joe Nemechek, Steve Park, Adam Petty, Kenny Schrader, Mike Skinner, Tony Stewart, Kenny Wallace, Rusty Wallace, and Michael Waltrip. In addition, Hasbro Sports has signed Richard Petty, the undisputed “king” of NASCAR, to be featured in its NASCAR games(Hasbro PR)(11-19-1999)

  • #15 at Atlanta UPDATE: Derrike Cope will return to the #15 Fenley-Moore Motorsports Ford for Atlanta, I hear the team will be sponsored at Atlanta by Harrah's Las Vegas. Cope has signed to drive the #15 for a full 2000 season(11-15-1999) -- UPDATE: sources tell me they have seen the car and Harrah's will be the sponsor at Atlanta(11-19-1999)

  • Rules UPDATE repost: Winston Cup director Gary Nelson said Sunday changes are likely in store for the Pontiac Grand Prix before the start of the 2000 season. Nelson said, however, NASCAR would wait to evaluate Sunday's race results before deciding what changes needed to be made(That's Racin')(11-14-1999) -- UPDATE: NASCAR's spoiler rules will not change for the Pontiacs, at least not until after the spring Atlanta race in 2000, according to sources. NASCAR officials are expected to take the top finishers at the season finale to the Lockheed wind tunnel for testing, as they did this year, before deciding on any rules changes(PitNow)(11-15/19-1999)


    (11-18-1999)
  • Valvoline Colors: On RPM2Nite Mark Martin showed off his 2000 colors, very similar to this year, more red, sort of shark like red teeth/fins around the front(RPM2Nite) haven't seen any images of it yet online(11-18-1999)

  • Pruett Testing and a kids Book UPDATE: hearing Scott Pruett will continue his testing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Wednesday, testing the PPI Racing/Cal Wells Winston Cup Ford(anon source), yes look for Musgrave to be there helping out in preparation for the CarsDirect.com 400 next season(11-15-1999) -- BOOK: Pruett and his wife Judy have written a childrens book: Twelve Little Race Cars by World Weaver books, looks cute(thanks Mark for the heads up)(11-16-1999) -- UPDATE: Pruett and Musgrave tested a 1999 Ford Taurus and a 2000 Taurus with a 99 nosepeice. Musgrave was a tad faster then Pruett with speeds in the 163-164mph range. Luckily no wrecks and the team had a slew of computers and people there at the test. Pruett left early as he had the flu, but Misgrave finished up the testing. The LVMS site(11-17-1999) -- UPDATE: Full report on the test at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Site - PPI Test(11-18-1999)

  • #50 Sponsor Hunting: Ricky Craven and the #50 MidWest Transit Racing team hope to have a solid finish in the season-ending NAPA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday to provide a springboard for the 2000 season and to help lure a primary sponsor. MidWest Transit Racing, with Craven as their driver, has qualified for each of the 12 races entered together without the luxury of a provisional or a primary sponsor(SpeedNet)(11-18-1999)


    (11-17-1999)
  • Irvans Lap: Ernie Irvan is one of NASCAR's 50 all-time greatest drivers. But Irvan never got a farewell tour or retirement party, after suffering career-ending injuries during a practice session wreck at Michigan Speedway three months ago. But Atlanta Motor Speedway will pay a final tribute to him Sunday, just before the start of the NAPA 500. Irvan and his wife, Kim, will circle the track for a farewell lap in a specially designed M&M's ``Millennium'' Pontiac. Irvan's career ended after he wrecked during a practice session Aug. 20. Irvan, 40, who had to be cut out of his car by safety workers, was diagnosed later with a bruised lung and a concussion. Because of his health problems, Irvan said it was undecided whether he or his wife will drive the car for Sunday's farewell lap(Palm Beach Post) BUT I got an M&M's Press Release that says: Retired "M&M's"® Racing Team driver Ernie Irvan will make his final lap around a Winston Cup race track on Sunday, November 21, prior to the start of this weekend's event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Irvan, driving a Pontiac Grand Prix pace car painted with a matching Millenium paint scheme, will use the time to salute his legions of fans and fellow competitors for their support since his retirement on September 3, 1999(Ernie Irvan Site)(11-17-1999)

  • Morgan Shepherd returns: to Cup as he will attempt to make the NAPA 500 at Atlanta in the #05 Delco Remy Pontiac with engines from Richard Jackson(former Cup owner). Shepherd will be crew chiefed by Bruce Saunders. Shepherd is looking for additional sponsorship help. Atlanta has been a good track for him, winning three of his four Cup wins at Atlanta(Morgan Shepherd Site)(11-17-1999)

  • Robby Gordon Announcement UPDATEs(#98?): on Friday, CART and past Winston Cup driver, Robby Gordon will make an announcement at Atlanta on Friday. Gordon will be on ESPN's RPM2Nite Wednesday (note: at 6:00pm/et) to give a sneak preview, see the story below for some various rumors...(11-16-1999) -- UPDATE: Country.com Motorsports has learned that these potential sponsors are ready to help bankroll Gordon into a full-time Cup program in 2000: Hot Wheels, Menards and Energizer. The lead candidate for major sponsorship of Gordon's effort continues to be Burger King -- but while pens are poised, no signatures are drying yet. Gordon is also investigating ownership options/linkages with existing Winston Cup teams. Time is basically out to begin a Cup team start-up. Don't be surprised if Gordon representatives show up at the auction of Ricky Rudd's Cup hardware. On the other hand, don't be astounded if/when Gordon and a current Winston Cup team form a two-car alliance for the 2000 season -- all these options are being examined. Gordon plans to sell his CART team to devote his full attention to Cup in 2000, if he can put a competitive package together(TNN Motorsports Site) AND Robby Gordon has announced his return to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series full-time beginning in the 2000 season. Team Gordon, headed by the 30-year-old driving veteran and co-owners Mike Held and John Menard, is currently moving its Southern California-based operation to the Charlotte, NC area. Current Team Gordon sponsors Menards, Turtle Wax and Hot Wheels remain on board as it prepares for the 2000 Winston Cup season. Speculation has Burger King joining the team as its primary sponsor(goRacing) AND a Robin Miller story at SpeedNet AND from SpeedVision: Robby Gordon to jump from CART to NASCAR, seems like all the reports are close to the same and most mention that Gordon will participate in next year's Indianapolis 500, also. Sources tell me the team could very well be the #98 Cale Yarborough team in a partnership or complete buyout -- UPDATE: On RPM2Nite Gordon said he would drive Fords and his CART sponsors would follow him to Cup as associates(11-17-1999)

  • More Engines? hearing something is amiss in the Hendrick Motorsports department, more to follow as I hear it(11-17-1999)

  • Earnhardt and Food: Famous Fixins, Inc., a leading producer of athlete and celebrity-licensed food, candy and promotional products, today announced that it has reached an agreement with all-time NASCAR racing great Dale Earnhardt and The Henry Licensing Group, to produce a new beef jerky product bearing his name(Business Wire/Catchfence)(11-17-1999)

  • David Green Chat: NOL had #45 driver David Green in NOL Chat yesterday, didn't see or hear about it until it was already taking place, anyhow NOL has the Transcript up now. In it Green says he hopes to be in the #45 Tyler Jet Motorsports Cup car full time in 2000 and didn't bring up a BGN ride in the chat(11-17-1999)

  • Tyler Jet Plans UPDATE Benson rumors: TNN's Raceday reports that Tyler Jet Motorsports, currently running David Green in the #45 10-10-345 Pontiac, expects to run two teams in 2000. One full time with Johnny Benson the rumored driver and David Green in a part time situation(TNN Raceday)(11-14-1999) -- UPDATE: from what I hear and what has been reported on TNN's Raceday as well as Channel 8 WOOD-NBC in Grand Rapids, MI, Johnny Benson is rumored to be either going to Tyler Jet Motorsports OR the second Galaxy Motorsports team(currently run the #75) with Pizza Hut as the sponsor(11-17-1999)

  • #9 Engines: Ernie Elliott, brother of driver Bill Elliott, agreed to provide engines for the #9 Ford of Melling Racing for Sunday's NAPA 500 and the entire 2000 season. It will be a reunion for owner Mark Melling and Elliott, who worked together for seven years before parting ways in 1992(Tennessean/Cox News Service)(11-17-1999)

  • Rudd Auction UPDATE: Ricky Rudd is putting one of the most consistently successful racing teams in motorsports history on the auction block beginning Wednesday, December 1, and continuing until every part and piece is gone. That will definitely include Thursday, December 2, and probably part of Friday, December 3 as well. Rudd's team has won every year of its existence but the loss of sponsorship for next season, which Rudd found out late in the fiscal year for most corporations, cost the team a chance to compete next season. Rudd and some team members are moving to Robert Yates Racing, the NASCAR Winston Cup championship team, beginning next year. The auction will begin at Rudd Performance Motorsports at 8 a.m., Wednesday, December 1, and will continue until everything is sold. A preview day is scheduled Tuesday, November 30, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. The shop is located in Lakeside Park, just off of Exit 36 on I-77 in Mooresville. The address is 292 Rolling Hills Road, which is the main thoroughfare through Lakeside Park(Williams Company)(11-16-1999) -- UPDATE: while the Ricky Rudd website, www.rickyrudd.com is under construction, they do have a list available for download(in Excel) of the items up for Auction(11-17-1999)

  • IROC Tests: The International Race of Champions tested at Daytona International Speedway on Monday. Four Pontiac Firebirds(really IROC cars) were turning laps on the 2.5-mile tri-oval with test drivers Andy Hillenberg, Dave Marcis, Jim Sauter and Dick Trickle(Speed Magazine)(11-17-1999)

  • Sabates Honor: Felix and Carolyn Sabates became members of the philanthropic Dream Makers Society of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, Florida recognizing their 11-year commitment, personal contributions, and development and support of special fund-raising events through the years. In their honor, the naming of the Felix and Carolyn Sabates Athletic Center will be dedicated in a formal ceremony at the NFL YET Center/Lester White Boys & Girls Club in Fort Lauderdale. The formal installation of the Felix and Carolyn Sabates Athletic Center will be held in early 2000. In addition to the naming, the Sabates will be recognized on a Dream Makers Society sculpture to be placed in a public location in the community. The Dream Makers Society ceremony took place on November 13 at the Power & Motoryacht Rendezvous at Fisher Island, Florida, an event attended by the Sabates since 1988. The award was presented by business tycoon and philanthropists, Wayne and Marti Huizenga, in a surprise ceremony attended by 300 guests including NASCAR owners Bill and Betty Jane France, NASCAR Team Owner Jim Mattei, actor Burt Reynolds, television’s “Just Shoot Me” star Enrico Colantino, and 30 mega-yacht owners and their guests. After the ceremony 14 year old protege’ Ashley Ballard sang in the Sabates’ honor a heart-warming rendition of My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion(SABCO PR)(11-17-1999)

  • TV Rating Poor UPDATE but: NBC's first NASCAR broadcast didn't do so well, rating wise, as the Pennzoil 400 drew the lowest preliminary ratings of any Winston Cup race in at least four years. The broadcast drew a 3.0 overnight rating (approximately 2.8 million households) and a 7 share(Tennessean)(11-16-1999) -- UPDATE: While the NBC telecast of the inaugural Winston Cup race from Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday did not make up in ratings what it lacked in production values, it did draw a fair sized audience. See story at Racer Magazine with Racing rating sand info(11-17-1999)


    (11-16-1999)
  • Both Graves gone? hearing that #5 Crew Chief Andy Graves and his father Fred will leave Hendrick Motorsports at the end of the season?(anon source)(11-16-1999)

  • Sad News: A NASCAR racing pioneer and legend has passed away. H. Clay Earles died this morning after a yearlong illness. Earles spent 53 years making Martinsville Speedway one of the nicest facilities in racing. Earles and friends Sam Race and Henry Lawrence opened the speedway in 1947 on a 30-acre site just south of Martinsville, VA. Racing, at that time, was done mostly on fairgrounds and a facility specifically for racing was unusual. The H. Clay Earles family will receive guests at Collins McKee-Stone Funeral Home at 109 Broad St. in Martinsville on Wednesday, November 17 from 7-9 p.m. The funeral, also at Collins McKee-Stone Funeral Home, will be Thursday, November 18 at 11:00am. The Martinsville Speedway Site has a nice photo gallery about Mr Earle at: H. Clay Earles Photo Gallery(11-16-1999)

  • Nemechek Accident UPDATE: #42 Cup driver Joe Nemechek was involved in a single vehicle accident just after leaving Concord Regional Airport on Sunday. Nemechek was not injured, his wife Andrea was hospitalized at Northeast Regional Medical Center with minor injuries and but is expected to be released Tuesday. Andrea is 8 months pregnant with their 2nd child, but none of the injuries, described as bruises and possible broken ribs, affecting the pregnancy. Nemechek's mother and and father were also in the car as well was Nemechek's son John Hunter. Nemechek's mother was treated and released at the hospital, his father and son were not injured. According to the Nemco spokesperson, Nemechek was leaving the airport on Poplar Tent Road and, unaware that the street had been reconfigured to include a new abrupt turn, drove the vehicle into a ditch(NOL/AP)(11-15-1999) -- UPDATE: Joe Nemechek will not be testing the #33 in Talladega on Tuesday to be with his wife, I hear Bobby Hillin is testing the #33 car for Petree Racing(11-16-1999)

  • #75 Driver: Hut Stricklin will drive the #75 Galaxy Motorsports Ford at Atlanta in place of Ted Musgrave who left the team at Homestead(many sources, story on NOL)(11-16-1999)

  • TV News: Speedvision's Inside Winston Cup TV program featured NASCAR's vice president of broadcasting and technology(Bray Cary) on their program on Monday night to answer questions about the new television package for 2001. Some key points were covered: Approximately 75% of the races will be on NBC or FOX. The remaining 25% will be on either TBS or the FX channel. A brand new NASCAR channel is in the works for the near future. There are no plans to shorten any of the races to stay within typical sports time constraints of 3 hours. FOX will do a one hour pre-race show before each of the races they broadcast. NBC will do one 30 minute pre-race show and one 30 minute post-race show on each of the races they broadcast. NASCAR has put a limit on the number of commercials that NBC and FOX will be allowed to run, which will be "slightly" less than what we currently see on network television broadcasts(Catchfence)(11-16-1999)

  • The Nomads Salary? the five crewmen formally to be known as the Rainbow warriors who are going to the #88 RYR team in 2000, Barry Muse, jack man; Mike Trower, front tire changer; Kevin Gilman, rear tire changer; AND Jeff Knight and Darren Jolly, tire carriers -- will continue in the same roles for Robert Yates Racing. A source close to the crew said their base salaries on race day were bumped from $200 at Hendrick's to $550 at RYR(SpeedVision) thought that was interesting(11-16-1999)

  • Female Driver PR: Tina Gordon, a top 20 driver in the NASCAR Slim Jim All-Pro Series and rising female star, recently announced her association with Slingshot Motorsports, LTD. of Providence, RI. Slingshot Motorsports, LTD. will provide marketing, sponsorship development and publicity/public relations services to Tina Gordon and Tina Gordon Racing beginning immediately. Gary Gordon, Tina’s husband and General Manager of Tina Gordon Racing, had this to say about the relationship, “With the recent hiring of Jody Ridley as Crew Chief, we have come to realize that Tina and this team will have all the necessary elements to be a formidable force on the track. In order for Tina to realize her dream of becoming a successful female NASCAR Winston Cup driver, we also realized that marketing, publicity and sponsorship development will be an integral part of her career growth. Tina Gordon added, “NASCAR is big business. Sponsorship and publicity are two very important elements to any successful racing team. Working with Slingshot Motorsports will provide this team and me the ability to focus on continued successes at the track. My dream is to be in Winston Cup. Every stock car driver has that dream. What makes my dream different is that I am a female in a sport where the overall majority of the stars are male. Therefore, I have to be a little bit better in all areas - from my driving, to the equipment and the way we present ourselves to sponsors and the public. With the help of Slingshot Motorsports, we feel that this team has covered all the bases.”(Slingshot Motorsports PR)(11-16-1999)

  • Chevy Test UPDATE 2: Several Chevrolet drivers will run the 2000 Chevy Monte Carlo in a test session Monday at Miami-Homestead Speedway, following the Cup race(That's Racin')(11-11-1999) -- UPDATE: Not all Chevy teams will be testing at Homestead. Andy Petree's team will be testing its 2000 Monte Carlo at Talladega(PitNow)(11-15-1999) -- UPDATE 2: Chevy drivers testing at Homestead were: #31-Mike Skinner, #24-Jeff Gordon, #60-Geoffrey Bodine, #1-Steve Park, #4-Bobby Hamilton, #5-Terry Labonte, #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., ?-Rick Mast(#41? he sure wasn't in the #98 FORD) and #25-Jerry Nadeau(Times-Disptach)(11-16-1999)

  • Lowes Bomber Caught: remember the Lowes bombings just before the Cup race at Charlotte in October? Well they caught the bomber and it had nothing to do with the IRL tragedy in which three spectators were killed in May, even though the suspect supposedly wrote that they were. From the AP: A Greensboro man was charged with bombing two Lowe's Home Improvement stores and an attempted bombing at a third store, apparently in retaliation for his arrest in 1998 for relabeling Lowe's merchandise. Full story at: Man charged in Lowe's store bombings(Charlotte Observer)(11-16-1999)

  • Compton and the #9: TNN's Raceday reported on Sunday that Stacy Compton would likely get the #9 Melling Ford Cup ride in 2000 with Kodiak as the rumored sponsor(11-16-1999)


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  • #45 Paint: The #45's sponsor 10-10-345 isn't renewing its sponsorship for next season, but the Tyler Jet Motorsports team is running a send-off paint scheme for the last race at Atlanta to thank the sponsor for it's one year of sponsorship. The TNN Motorsports site has images of the car at: Going Out In Style(11-15-1999)

  • Gordon's sponsor? UPDATE 5: hearing it was reported on Benny Parsons Fast Talk radio show that Burger King would be Robby Gordon's sponsor of his new Cup team for 2000(11-9-1999) -- UPDATE: Although nothing official has been announced, country.com Motorsports has learned that ace wheelman Robby Gordon is very, very close to signing Burger King as a primary Winston Cup sponsor for his own team next season. He could return in a Ford Taurus co-owned by one of his Indy car partners, Mike Held. Ryan Pemberton is rumored to be the new crewchief(TNN Motorsports)(11-10-1999) -- UPDATE 2: Pemberton is supposed to announce his 2000 plans sometime Saturday at Homestead -- UPDATE 3: It won't be Pemberton as he will go to the #77 Jasper Engines team(11-13-1999) -- UPDATE 4: Ryan Pemberton said Gordon is close to a sponsor deal, and that it is not Burger King, as widely rumored. Gordon was supposed to be at Homestead on Saturday but did not arrive, Pemberton said he would be in the Charlotte area Monday. One option would be for Gordon to buy into an existing Winston Cup team and become driver, with an option for total ownership in 2001. Another option would be to buy Ricky Rudd's equipment (to be auctioned in two weeks), which would give Gordon a head start. Also, Jack Roush indicated his #26 team may be available for a cooperative venture with someone. Rudd said he expected no bid from Gordon. He said he had talked to Gordon a month ago, but that Gordon at the time did not have the money he was said to have(Racer Magazine)(11-14-1999) -- UPDATE 5: back to the old rumor of Gordon teaming up with Fenley-Moore Motorsports as a partner, hearing the sponsor may be Pioneer Auto Systems(anon source)(11-15-1999)

  • Stewart sets record UPDATE: Tony Stewart becomes the first rookie in Winston Cup history to win three races in their rookie season with his win today at Homestead(he also won at Richmond and Phoenix). He and the late Davey Allison had both held the record at two(11-14-1999) -- UPDATE: and yes, since Stewart and Allison are the only rookies to win at least two races in their rookie season and Allison did not to it in a row, Tony Stewart is the first Cup rookie driver to win two and a row. Stewart is also the first driver besides Jeff Gordon to win consecutive races in a Cup season since Mark Martin in 1997(11-15-1999)

  • Musgrave Quits? UPDATE: Ted Musgrave, driver of Darwin Oordt's #75, abruptly quit the team just past halfway in Sunday's Pennzoil 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Musgrave was due out of the car after the season, with only the race at Atlanta to go. Musgrave said he will take time off to evaluate matters and, he hopes, "come back next year with something competitive." He said he would spend this week "testing some cars at Las Vegas(for the CarsDirect.com 400)," but would not give details(Racer Magazine)(11-14-1999) -- UPDATE: From the TNN site: "Most Ridiculous Season"(11-15-1999)

  • 10th Clinched: Both #22-Ward Burton and #31-Mike Skinner clinched their first career top 10 finish in the Winston Cup points. Burton is ninth in the points and Skinner is 10th. #12-Jeremy Mayfield, who is 11th in the standings, is 288 points behind Skinner which can't be made up with only one remaining race(Roanoke Times)(11-15-1999)


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