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PAST NEWS NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 5, 1999


(12-5-1999)
  • Not Cup but... Richie Evans Jr., 24, son of the late-great 9 time NASCAR Modified Champion, Richie Evans, Sr. has signed with Gary Hargett to drive in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series in 2000. Evan's Sr. was killed in a practice accident in Martinsville in 1985 and is consdiered by many to be one of the best stock car drivers ever. Since then Richie has continued to grow up around the sport from his home in Rome, NY where he raced Karts competitively, until his family moved to Charlotte, NC in the early 1990. For the past few years Richie as been working as a mechanic and a jackman on the #33 Busch Series Team, BACE Motorsports. Gary Hargett is a veteran crew chief and car owner in the short track stock car ranks in the southeast. He has worked with drivers in their early careers, such as Harry Gant, Dale Earnhardt Sr., and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Most recently Gary has worked with Chad Mullis with their campaign in the NASCAR late model stock division, at Concord, NC Speedway. At this time the team is seeking sponsorship for their USAR Hooters Pro Cup Program, and with enough sponsorship they may run a few NASCAR late model stock car races in the Carolinas and surrounding areas permitting from the Hooters Schedule(12-5-1999)


    (12-4-1999)
  • NASCAR and Books? UPDATE 2: hearing from a few sources that NASCAR is looking into buying Street & Smith's -- who publish many sports titles including the NASCAR Winston Cup Scene and Winston Cup Illustrated magazine?(12-3-1999) -- UPDATE: I hear what this is about is that Street and Smith's Productions may be the division of Street and Smith that NASCAR may purchase as the have much NASCAR racing films/video that NASCAR would like to use for it's NASCAR TV channel -- UPDATE 2: NASCAR is negotiating to buy Street and Smith's television division. It includes Inside Winston Cup Racing and a very extensive video library going back to the mid '80's when Bob Pearse founded the TV production company as Sunbelt Video. It is assumed this will provide an already up and running production arm for the future NASCAR cable TV channel. It is likely that Street And Smith will retain their core business, the book and magazine division, including Winston Cup Scene, Winston Cup Illustrated, Sports Business Weekly(anon source)(12-4-1999)

  • More Dodge Rumors: A chassis builder has told RMB orders have been placed for eleven cars to be fitted with Chrysler(Dodge) sheet metal for testing and racing in 2000. suspicions are that one of the teams fielding Intrepids will make limited appearances during the latter half of the 2000 season as part of the development program. Testing alone on a track is one thing, running in a pack is another deal altogether. This makes so much sense we suspect the team making the 2000 appearance just might be Ray Evernham's(Racin' My Butt-RMB)(12-4-1999)

  • Gordon Ice Cream? Whoops.. Edy's Grand Ice Cream, mindful that Jeff Gordon has been eating its product since he was a child, is attempting to come up with a new ice cream flavor in Gordon's honor and wants help from fans. For further information, see the Edy's Website(Country Cool)(12-3-1999) -- sorry folks this ended Noc 30th, I should have checked it out better(12-4-1999)

  • Jarrett Gives: Dale Jarrett also took some time for giving Friday. He and his wife, Kelley, have raised money for several years for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. On Friday, Jarrett handed Foundation officials a check for $220,000. That includes $110,000 from performance incentives -- for 15 top-three finishes in 1999 -- and a matching gift from team sponsor Ford Quality Care. Earlier this season, Jarrett and team owner Robert Yates gave the Komen Foundation $86,000 from racing merchandise sales(Infobeat NASCAR Newsletter/AP)(12-4-1999)


    (12-3-1999)
  • DJ's Top Ten: From the Home Office in Wahoo, Nebraska, it's the Top Ten List for December 2, 1999 as presented by Winston Cup Champion, Dale Jarrett on the Lateshow with David Letterman: Top Ten NASCAR Driver Pet Peeves(12-3-1999)

  • Most Popular Driver is... For the ninth straight year and 14th time overall, Bill Elliott, owner and driver of the #94 McDonald's Ford Taurus, was voted NASCAR's Most Popular Driver. The 1999 fan balloting was conducted by the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA). Except for 1989 and 1990, Elliott has won the award every year since 1984. The only driver close to Elliott with most popular wins is retired great, Richard Petty, with nine. The announcement was made Friday (Dec. 3) during the NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Breakfast here at the Waldorf-Astoria(McDonalds PR) No idea of the voting results or who 2nd...etc(12-3-1999)

  • Highlites: Here are some "looking ahead" highlights from Mike Helton's address and video presentation at Thursday's NASCAR press conference: 1) The NASCAR Channel will be a reality... 24 hour NASCAR. No start-up date was given, but plans are being made now. 2) Every Winston Cup car will have in-car cameras for every race. 3) You'll see glowing race cars on TV... Yes, the technology exists to "highlight" cars in different colors to denote which cars are on the lead lap, which are not, etc. The demonstration video was a lot better looking than the Fox "glowing puck", and is light years ahead of the telestrator currently used by the TV nets. 4) Pay-per-view is coming... not for the basic Winston Cup race coverage, which will always be available on free over-the-air and cable nets. Pay per view will allow the viewer to select enhanced additional coverage... like choosing which of the 43 in-cars to watch and when. This may be accomplished through NASCAR's website, the NASCAR channel, or some future technology. Here, NASCAR is taking a page from Formula 1, which offers the same "tiers" of free and paid coverage in Europe(many sources, condensed)(12-3-1999)

  • #44 Crew Chief: Petty Enterprises has moved Greg Steadman into crew chief position for Kyle Petty's #44 Hot Wheels Pontiacs. Steadman, who has worked in recent years with Robbie Loomis, crew chief with John Andretti's #43 Pontiacs, replaces Doug Hewitt, who will take another position within Petty Enterprises(That's Racin')(12-3-1999)

  • Grissom/Petty? UPDATE: 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) -- UPDATE: Many Dodge teams tested Thursday at Lowes Motor Speedway, including Steve Grissom in a Petty Dodge, see full story at the TNN Motorsports Site(12-3-1999)

  • Paul Newman...the Daytona 500? UPDATE 2: not sure what to think of this and have not been able to find a way to listen on the Internet but a few readers and some trusted sources have heard this on Tuesday's Paul Harvey Radio show: "heard today on Paul Harvey's noon broadcast that Paul Newman will be entering the 2000 Daytona 500. He said that the actor would be celebrating his 70 something birthday by running in the race" don't know much else about this, he has to mean the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona which Newman has run before(12-1-1999) -- UPDATE: maybe true? a reader, David, scanned in the Newman story from the Orlando Sentinel, see the image of it here: Newman Plans to Race...(12-2-1999) -- UPDATE 2: sources tell me Newman will race in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, NOT the Daytona 500(12-3-1999)

  • Junie Honor: W.C. ‘Junie’ Donlavey owner of the #90 Ford team who just completed his 50th year as a stock-car owner was honored with the 40th annual TOSCO 76/NMPA Myers Brothers Award, which recognizes the individual or group that has made the greatest contribution to the sport during their career(Racer Magazine)(12-3-1999)

  • Yates Sick but... #88(and #28) car owner Robert Yates, who won his first championship as a car owner this year, missed Thursday's festivities with bronchitis but plans to be at the banquet Friday(News and Observer)(12-3-1999)

  • Earnhardt/Childress: #3(and #31) Car owner Richard Childress said he and driver Dale Earnhardt should be ready to announce a contract extension within the next month. The deal will keep Earnhardt with Childress through 2003(News and Observer)(12-3-1999)

  • Honored: Morris Metcalfe, the chief of scoring and timing who has been with NASCAR since 1955 and who will retire in February, was named Thursday as this year's recipient of the Buddy Shuman Award for service to NASCAR(That's Racin')(12-3-1999)

  • Biffle to test for Martin: #50 CTS Roush Racing driver, Greg Biffle, will test Mark Martin's cars(Cup?) in January, allowing Martin to recuperate from back surgery right into February(NOL)(12-3-1999)

  • Martin Charity: Mark Martin's on-track performance during the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Series, combined with contributions from Valvoline and NASCAR fans nationwide, raised a total of $202,740 for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Valvoline officials today announced the total donation from the first year of its "Caring Hands" program. Valvoline, primary sponsor of Martin's Valvoline Ford Taurus, said at the start of the 1999 season it would contribute $5,000 for each Martin Winston Cup win, $1,000 per pole position, and $20 for each lap led. In addition, Valvoline and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America hosted 15 trackside fundraisers where fans could participate in the effort(PR)(12-3-1999)

  • The Banquet: The NASCAR Winston Cup Awards Banquet will be held on Friday, Dec. 3rd, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, it will be televised on ESPN LIVE at 8:30pm/et and by Radio on MRN at 8pm/et. The BGN and CTS series banquet info is on my BGN/Truck page. (NOL) The Cup banquet is private and closed to the public(10-1-1999) -- Also NASCAR Online has a special section: NASCAR Winston Cup Series Banquet Page(11-29-1999) -- from NOL: Following the Champion: Day 2 (12-1-1999) -- Day three: Following the champion: Day 3(NOL) -- Day Four: Following the champion: Day 4 Also: GoRacing Radio at the NASCAR Winston Cup Banquet(12-3-1999)


    (12-2-1999)
  • #81 Returns: Michael Ritch, who plans to run for Raybestos Rookie of the Year in the 2000 BGN series, will also attempt up to five NASCAR Winston Cup Series events next season. Ritch drivers the #55 BGN car and will run the #81 Ford in the Cup races, fielded by Davis & Weight Motorsports. Davis & Weight this season purchased the assets of the former FILMAR Racing team(NOL)(12-2-1999)

  • Slugger Update: hearing Richard Labbe has joined Mattei Motorsports #7 team -- UPDATE: Richard “Slugger” Labbe, who elected not to follow driver Wally Dallenbach to the Galaxy Motorsports team as crew chief for the #75 Fords next year, will instead go to Mattei Motorsports and be car chief for the #7 Chevy driven by Michael Waltrip. He will assist crew chief Bobby Kennedy with that team(That's Racin')(12-2-1999)

  • #60 Engines UPDATE: hearing that the #60 Power Team Joe Bessey owned team will run Hendrick Motorsports engines in 2000(11-29-1999) -- UPDATE: Power Team racing should be at peak power next season, as they will get Hendrick Motorsports power plants for the #60 Geoffrey Bodine team in 2000(Inside Motorsports)(12-2-1999)

  • Rudd Auction UPDATE TODAY and a story: 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(11-17/12-1-1999) -- AND Rudd Auction Attracts Hundreds first item sold: reinforced air hose..(Racer Magazine)(12-1-1999) -- AUCTION NEWS: the list of items for sale can be seen at: CSA Auctions - RPM(12-2-1999)

  • Ford and Pi: a week old but: Ford Motor Company announced today that it will purchase the Pi Group, a leading supplier of high-technology electronics to the automotive industry. Pi is one of the world’s top designers and manufacturers of “leading edge” electronic equipment and software. It supplies many of the world’s best-known automotive names and is particularly strong in motor sport. Ford will purchase all of the company, which employs about 300 people(Pi PR)(12-2-1999)

  • DJ and Imus: "Dale Jarrett and (radio talkshow host, Don)Imus talk about how NASCAR has become such a huge event! Imus also finds out what Dale is up to these days and how he trains for races. Note: Imus supported Dale Jarrett from the start..even before he was a winner. Now that’s a miracle!" Listen/watch the clip at MSNBC - The Real Deal(12-2-1999)


    (12-1-1999)
  • #30 now #27 UPDATE: Mike Bliss(of course this didn't happen, he went to AJ Foyt's team) is the odds-on favorite to be the driver of the #30 Eel Racing Pontiac next year. When Jack Birmingham bought the team from Chuck Rider, one of his first moves was to hire Barry Dodson to run the operation. The team is expected to change its car number from 30 to 27 in deference to the number used by Rusty Wallace when he won the 1989 Winston Cup championship with Dodson as crew chief(SpeedNet/Monte Dutton)(8-29-1999) -- UPDATE: Eel River Racing crew chief Barry Dodson will be reunited with the number 27 Pontiac he guided to a NASCAR Winston Cup Series Championship with Rusty Wallace in 1989, and he will not have to change his business card to do it. Team owner Jack Birmingham announced today that Eel River Racing, which had fielded the number 30 Pontiac in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series since mid-summer, will dust off the number 27 decals and put them on its Pontiacs next season instead of the number 30 decals. Eel River acquired the number 30 Pontiac after Birmingham orchestrated the acquisition of Bahari Racing. Dodson called the shots from the pits during Wallace's 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Championship, which included six wins and four pole positions. Wallace drove the number 27 Pontiac for five years, but he is not the only NASCAR legend to sit behind the wheel of a car with the number 27 decals on its side(Keystone Marketing PR)(12-1-1999)

  • Burdette Back? UPDATE: sources tell me that former #98 team part owner, Wayne Burdette is looking to come back into the Cup Series with...get this...Baywatch (yep the show) as a sponsor in some way(11-23-1999) -- UPDATE: I now hear that Baywatch will be an associate sponsor on the #2 Miller Lite Ford driven by Rusty Wallace in an associate sponsorship role(12-1-1999)

  • Jarrett Tops: NASCAR Winston Cup champion Dale Jarrett has been selected Driver of the Year by a 15-member panel of motorsports journalists(Arizona Republic/AP)(12-1-1999)

  • Action Performance News: Milberg Weiss Files Class Action Suit Against Action Performance Companies, Inc. and Its Officers and Directors Alleging Misrepresentations (Yahoo Finance)(12-1-1999)

  • Evernham Notes UPDATE transcript: Ray Evernham was a featured guest on Speedvision's Inside Winston Cup on Monday night(11-29), discussing his progress with the new Dodge entries for the 2001 season. Evernham stated that he hoped to have cars ready for on track testing by May 1st, and that they would use the engine currently used in the Craftsman Truck Series for preliminary testing. A new motor is being developed to compete with the Ford and Chevy engines in the Winston Cup Series but is not expected to be completed until July or August. Dodge will sponsor Evernham's race team, and it will carry #19 on the door panels. Evernham also stated that the cars will be referred to as Dodge, not Chrysler, as Dodge Dealers are sponsoring the manufacturers involvement in NASCAR(Catchfence)(11-30-1999) -- UPDATE: see the transcript of Evernhams interview at: Inside Winston Cup - Desiree's Ray Evernham Page(12-1-1999)

  • Green Signs UPDATE: hearing David Green has signed with the #34 Cicci-Welliver Racing Team and AFG Glass will be the sponsor for the BGN team(11-29-1999) -- UPDATE: It's official, see the PR at the Cicci-Welliver Racing Site or Racer Magazine(12-1-1999)

  • #23 Sponsor UPDATE: still hearing Kmart will be the new sponsor along with an associate sponsorship from Rayovac(11-30-1999) -- UPDATE: and still hearing the car number will change to a number ending in 6, like 26. 56, 76 etc(12-1-1999)

  • Craven News: Ricky Craven, driver of the #50 MidWest Transit Chevy in the Cup Series, will drive three BGN races and two Busch North(BGNN) Series events in 2000 with sponsorship from Agree Shampoo and Conditioner. The cars, 2000 Monte Carlos, are owned by Ricky Craven Motorsports and will be maintained at the team's shop in Concord. The three BGN races scheduled are those on Saturdays before the May and October Cup events at Lowe's Motor Speedway and a stand-alone event at New Hampshire in May. Craven also will run the two Busch North races on the Saturdays prior to the July and September Winston Cup races at New Hampshire(North East Racing)(12-1-1999)


    (11-30-1999)
  • No Martin at Banquet: Due to his strict orders of bed rest, #6 Valvoline Ford driver Mark Martin will not be able to attend Friday's NASCAR Winston Cup Awards Banquet in New York, but will tape his speech in advance to be shown during the banquet. Martin finished 3rd in the Drivers Standings(JMar Express Newsletter)(11-30-1999)

  • #9 and Skoal? UPDATE, NOPE: the CTS StockCarFans newsletter reports that Stacy Compton will have Skoal and US Tobacco as his sponsor on the #9 Melling Ford in the Winston Cup Series. And along with Compton leaving Impact Motorsports(#86 RC Cola Dodge truck team), it reports that crew chief Kevin Cram will be joining the #31 team(Cup?) but not sure in what capacity(StockCarFans CTS Newsletter). I have heard it was Kodiak who is made by Conwood Brands. Plus Skoal said when they announced they were leaving the #33 that they were probably be out of the sport and would probably stay in the Rodeo(That's Racin'), so we'll see which it is if either(11-29-1999) -- UPDATE Compton Signs: NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series star Stacy Compton became the sixth NASCAR Winston Cup Series 2000 "Rookie of the year" candidate today when he announced he will drive Mark Melling's #9 Fords in the 2000 Winston Cup season sponsored by Conwood Company of Memphis, TN, a marketer of smokeless tobacco products. Earlier this year, the Melling team moved into a new facility, and started building their own chassis in-house. They also reunited with Ernie Elliott, and the team will once again have Elliott engines under the hood of the #9. Team Manager Jeff Buice said other off-season changes include adding a few experienced employees and a chassis dyno at the team's Concord, NC shop. Conwood Company officials said they will meet in December to determine some of the promotional aspects of their 20th anniversary in NASCAR Winston Cup competition(Melling PR) Note: Conwood makes Kodiak smokeless tobacco products among others....not Skoal(US Tobacco)(11-30-1999)

  • Musgrave News? hearing Ted Musgrave should be making his announcement for his new 2000 ride this week and I hear it will not be a Cal Wells R&D deal(11-30-1999)

  • WoO and Cup UPDATE: Three Pennzoil World of Outlaws(WoO) Series races will be run in conjunction with the Cup Series events in 2000. They will run twice at Lowe's Motor Speedway(Charlotte) and once at Texas Motor Speedway in conjunction with Winston Cup events. Ground was broken in August for dirt tracks at TMS and LMS, both owned by Speedway Motorsports Inc(SpeedNet) -- UPDATE: oops on the WoO...they will also run at Las Vegas the same weekend as the Cup cars(11-30-1999)

  • #75 Sponsor: Redmond Capital Corporation has entered into an agreement with Galaxy Motorsports to co-sponsor the #75 Galaxy Motorsports Ford with Turner Broadcasting for the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup series. Turner Broadcasting, via Cartoon Network, has been a primary Winston Cup sponsor for the past four seasons(#'s 29 and 9). During the 1999 season, Turner Broadcasting introduced other assets to the race team, including TBS Superstation and its popular franchise Dinner & A Movie, the Atlanta Braves and WCW. Of the 34 races in the Winston Cup series, Redmond Capital's subsidiary, Redcell Batteries, will appear as cosponsor with Cartoon Network at the Daytona 500 on February 20, 2000 and at Darlington on September 5, 2000. Redcell will appear as the primary sponsor at six major races and will be an associate sponsor for a further 19 races. Redmond Capital expects this association to provide a multitude of opportunities to generate brand recognition for Redcell Batteries as well as corporate recognition for Redmond Capital as it forges a presence in the NASCAR Winston Cup community. Redmond Capital finances and develops companies in the family entertainment multimedia sector. Subsidiaries of the company include Sirius Animation, Shoozoo.com, Cybergarden.com and Redcell Batteries(PRN Newswire/Yahoo/PR)(11-30-1999)

  • #75 News: hearing Team Manager, Troy Selberg has left the #75 Galaxy Motorsports to pursue other opportunities including returning as a crew chief(11-30-1999)

  • Hut gets a Gig: Xpress Motorsports, the team that fielded the #61 IWX Motor Freight Pontiac in the BGN series in 1999. Veteran driver Hut Stricklin will drive the #61 Pontiac in a complete BGN schedule in 2000. Along with making the announcement about Stricklin as the driver, the team is also making a change in the crew chief position. Craig Huartson will assume the crew chief position with the team effective immediately. Dave Fuge will continue as the team manager for Xpress Motorsports. Huartson, 41, has been the car chief for Xpress Motorsports since July. Prior to coming to Xpress, Huartson was the Technical Support Group Manager for Diamond Ridge Motorsports since 1997. The team is actively seeking sponsorship programs for next season and beyond. While that search is ongoing, the crew is busy rebuilding the fleet of eight Pontiac cars that Stricklin will have at his disposal next season(Xpress PR)(11-30-1999)

  • Not NASCAR but.. Alex Zanardi is expected to be dropped by the Williams team after a disastrous return to Formula 1 this season which saw the 33-year-old two-time CART champion fail to score a single point(Racer Magazine) just thought this was shocking, have heard NO rumors on Zanardi going to Cup by the way(11-30-1999)

  • Branch Closing? UPDATE hearing that Mirachem Corporation which competes with Safety Kleen in the parts washer business has closed the Mooresville, NC branch office, checked their website but saw nothing pertaining to this -- UPDATE: Just heard from the Mirachem folks who say the Mooresville office is being relocated to a new Service Center in Concord, NC, whicch is one of several Service centers that are opening in the region(11-30-1999)


    (11-29-1999)

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