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PAST NEWS DECEMBER 27, 1999-JANUARY 2, 2000




(1-2-2000)
  • Testing: hearing that Scott Pruett in the #32 Tide Ford and Anthony Lazarro in the BGN #97 McDonalds Ford will be testing at Lakeland, FL on Monday Jan 3rd and Tuesday Jan 4th(1-2-2000)


    (1-1-2000)
  • Racer Mag Note: Racer Magazine site has joined forces with SpeedVision and is pretty much up and running, nice new snazzy site(1-1-2000)


    (12-31-1999)
  • #41 Images: The Exxon deal is still a rumor, but a reader saw this car at a show and Rick Mast and Larry Hedrick were supposedly there, see the two images at the Paint Schemes Gallery(12-31-1999)

  • Bodine in Cup, Todd? Todd Bodine is tentatively scheduled to run seven Winston Cup races in 2000 and although he Bodine doesn't have a primary sponsor yet for his Winston Cup venture, Donnie Richeson will be his crew chief(Country Cool) doesn't say if it is with his BGN team, Cicci-Welliver or someone else(maybe a.....dodge?)(12-31-1999)

  • NASCAR and Film Update: NASCAR is expected to acquire Street & Smith's Productions within several weeks and launch an in-house film production company next year modeled after NFL Films, according to people familiar with the negotiations(Tennessean/SportsBusiness Journal(12-31-1999)

  • Stewart Races: Cup rookie of the year(ROTY) Tony Stewart raced Wednesday night in the Rumble in the Expo, an indoor midget race at Fort Wayne's Expo Center(Indiana), and made a charge from 17th to first in the feature before striking a tire, then flipping into the wall. Stewart was unhurt. Stewart also acted the part of a hands-on, wrench-wielding team owner, as he fielded two cars for the preliminary event, a United Midget Racing Association three-quarter midget race that saw Stewart's two drivers, John Heydenreich and Jason Setser, finish first and second in the TQ semi-feature(Racer Magazine/SpeedVision) also more info can be found at: www.autoracingindoors.com(12-31-1999)

  • RACER Mag/SpeedVision: chooses Juan Montoya as it's Racer of the Year and Jeff Gordon as their Racer of the Year Emeritus(12-31-1999)

  • Race Car of the Year: Reynard 99I/Honda by RACER Magazine/SpeedVision(12-31-1999)


    (12-30-1999)
  • #41 News UPDATE: hearing that #41 Hedrick Motorsports team has hired Philippe Lopez as the crew chief of the #41 Chevy and that Rick Mast will be announced as the driver of the team in the next few weeks. Former crew chief Donnie Disharoon may be the crew chief of a 2nd Hedrick Motorsports part-time team or part ways with the team. Hearing the sponsor for the #41 may be Universal Studios, Exxon or a combo of both, also mentioned on todays Winston Cup Radio program(12-29-1999) -- UPDATE: Former Darrell Waltrip crew chief Phillipe Lopez was confirmed Thursday by #41 team owner Larry Hedrick as one of a number of candidates for the job on the yet-unsponsored car, and Hedrick said that he hopes to make a decision by Saturday. The announcement on the driver and sponsor will take a bit longer according to the team owner. Speculation has Rick Mast coming over from the floundering Cale Yarborough team and possibly bringing a sponsor with him, but nothing is confirmed(Racer Magazine/SpeedVision)(12-30-1999)

  • #9 Crew Chief: Melling Racing hired Jerry Pitts, Jr. to serve as Stacy Compton's Crew Chief for the #9 Kodiak Ford in 2000, team owner Mark Melling announced today. Pitts, who led the #13 Elliott-Marino Motorsports entry in 1998, will be responsible for chassis setups and race day pit strategy(Melling PR and RACER Magazine/SpeedVision)(12-30-1999)

  • Melling and Elliott? UPDATE 2: I hear Bill Elliott Racing(#94 McDonald's Ford) and Melling Racing(#9 Kodiak Ford) will work together sharing information in 2000 and in 2001 merge into a two car team owned by Melling. Elliott Racing will supply engines to the #9 team in 2001(12-27-1999) -- UPDATE: Many rumors starting to float around on Elliott and Evernham, but most my sources say while Elliott won't be the driver, he could be helping Evernham out with try outs for crew members, engine technology and.....hearing that Melling may even switch to Dodge in 2001 with Compton as the driver, so while Elliott probably won't drive for Evernham, maybe he'll actually be in a Dodge??(12-28-1999) -- UPDATE 2: a source tells me that Bill Elliott has not made any deal with Melling Racing to share information or merge the teams and has no deal with Ray Evernham at all(seems some Elliott fans do not like all the rumors floating around, just trying to let ya know what sources are telling me, that's all, anyhow it looks like most of the rumors are unfounded anyhow) but NOL reports: The team previously announced a strategic alliance to exchange information with Elliott Racing's No. 94 team, which will supply engines to Melling's operation in the NASCAR 2000 season(12-30-1999)

  • Sad News: Three time ARCA champ Tim Steele, who competed in the Truck Series in 1999, and his wife, Dawn, are grieving the loss of their infant son, Joshua Allen, who died Monday, just 14 days after his birth. Services will be held Thursday in Grand Rapids, Mich. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to the Devos Childrens Hospital Foundation, 100 Michigan Street N.E., Grand Rapids, MI, 49503(SpeedNet). Condolences to the Steele family(12-30-1999)

  • NASCAR Sponsor: USG Corp., a NASCAR promotional partner this year, will become the Official Building Products Supplier of NASCAR in 2000. It was announced earlier this month that two have signed a multi-year partnership(Rockford Register Star)(12-30-1999)


    (12-29-1999)
  • Yarborough to Sell/Fold? UPDATE: hearing Cale Yarborough may have found another buyer for his team(not Bob Brant as rumored last week). If the sale doesn't go through the team may fold(12-28-1999) -- UPDATE: The team is maintaining a minimal crew and owner Cale Yarborough is looking for a buyer or/and sponsor to keep the team running. Also driver Rick Msst has not announced his 2000 plans yet(WC Today Radio)(12-29-1999)

  • Paul Newman...the Daytona 500? UPDATE 3 NOPE, the 24 hours: 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) -- UPDATE 3: Veteran racer and academy award winning actor Paul Newman has officially entered the February 5-6 Rolex 24 At Daytona. Newman, who turns 75 in January, leads a team that will include both the oldest and youngest drivers for the 24-hour sports car race at Daytona International Speedway. Newman will race for the Champion Gunner No. 75 Porsche 996 GT3R team along with 17-year-old Gunner Jeannette, Michael Lauer, 44, and Michael Brockman,52(DIS PR)(12-29-1999)

  • Racer of the Year: from RACER magazine - Oval Racer of the Year: Dale Jarrett; Road Racer of the Year: Dario Franchitti; and Drag Racer of the Year: John Force(12-29-1999)

  • Business News: Online sports media company SportsLine.com Inc. said on Wednesday that CBS Corp. had exercised warrants to purchase 380,000 shares of SportsLine.com common stock at $20 a share. The purchase brings CBS's ownership in SportsLine.com to about 16.1 percent, giving SportsLine.com net proceeds of $7.6 million(Reuters)(12-29-1999)


    (12-28-1999)
  • BP Sick UPDATE: ESPN's NASCAR analyst, former Winston Cup driver and 1973 Cup Champ, Benny Parsons, is in a Florida hospital with pneumonia. He is expected to be released in time to be home for Christmas. Been told cards can be sent to: PRN Fast Talk (BP's radio show) at: PO Box 600, Concord, NC 28026. Get well BP(12-23-1999) -- UPDATE: BP went home on Christmas and will continue to recuperate there(12-28-1999)

  • Crew Chief of the Year: RACER names Todd Parrott Crew Chief of the Year as part of RACER magazine’s Racers of the Year awards, more awards to be announced this week(Racer Mag)(12-28-1999)

  • Most Promising Drivers of the Year: RACER Names Kenseth, da Matta, T. Schumacher ‘Most Promising’ as part of RACER magazine’s Racers of the Year awards, more awards to be announced this week. Matt Kenseth: Most Promising Oval Racer of the Year; Cristiano da Matta(CART): Most Promising Road Racer of the Year; and Tony Schumacher(NHRA): Most Promising Drag Racer of the Year(Racer Mag)(12-28-1999)


    (12-27-1999)
  • New #21 Assoc: hearing that Pepperidge Farm has signed on as an associate sponsor with the #21 CITGO/Wood Brothers Ford driven by Elliott Sadler for the 2000 season featuring the Goldfish Crackers(12-27-1999)


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