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PAST NEWS JANUARY 3-9, 2000


(1-9-2000)
  • Stewart Staying(again): For the umpteenth time, Tony Stewart said speculation on his future with Joe Gibbs Racing greatly exaggerates the situation. Negotiations with Gibbs for a new contract have led to rumors that Stewart will move to another team, specifically Ray Evernham’s developing Dodge operation. In fact, said Stewart, his current contract obligates him to at least two more years with Gibbs, and he has agreed to extend that deal for three more years. Stewart also said the Gibbs operation will continue its relationship with Pontiac(Gaston Gazette)(1-9-2000)

  • Tyler Jet sponsor UPDATE2: hearing the #10(was #45) Tyler Jet Motorsports team will be sponsored by a delivery service of some sort: UPS or the USPS(United States Postal Service)(12-19-1999) -- UPDATE: am hearing it may be UPS but not the USPS(12-20-1999) -- UPDATE 2: It was reported on TNN's Raceday that the #10 Tyler Jet Motorsports team is close to signing the US Postal Service as their primary sponsor with Priority/Express Mail being featured(TNN's Raceday)(1-9-2000)

  • Earnhardt Signs Stolen: Saw this in the Saturday Press of Atlantic City and thought it was interesting: Father-and-son racing legends Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are held in such high esteem in Randolph County that signs along a road bearing their name disappear with maddening regularity. The funny part is that Earnhardt Road in this Randolph County hamlet isn't named for the racing Earnhardts, but for a local builder, Lawrence Earnhardt, who still lives on Earnhardt Road. The green and white signs along Earnhardt Road are the most frequently stolen road signs in the county. It is estimated that in 10 years, about 25 signs have been taken. It is estimated that it costs $100 to replace each sign, including labor. If sign-swipers also take the post, costs can run up to $150(also found it online at Total Sports)(1-9-2000)

  • Duel Kmart: during an interview on TNN's Raceday, Darrell Waltrip said he and teammate Jimmy Spencer would be sponsored by Kmart. It has been rumored for months, first time heard someone from the team say it. Looks like Spencer will change from #23 to #26 also(1-9-2000)


    (1-8-2000)
  • NASCAR Radio: was made aware of this story by www.race2win.net and found the PR: XM Satellite Radio and NASCAR), the #1 spectator sport in America, announced a strategic alliance to create the nation's first 24-hour, seven-day-a-week, all-NASCAR radio channel exclusively for XM RadioTM, making NASCAR the first sports property to announce a satellite radio partnership. The exclusive agreement also includes a strategic marketing relationship giving XM Radio an extensive sales/merchandising presence at each NASCAR event. The announcement was made by Hugh Panero, President and CEO of XM Satellite Radio Inc., and Brian France, Senior Vice President for NASCAR, at the outset of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada(XM Radio PR)(1-8-2000)


    (1-7-2000)
  • Wood Bros and 50th: To begin the celebration of the Wood Brothers "50 Years in Racing", the Lowe's Motor Speedway Media Tour will visit Stuart, VA on Thursday, January 13, 2000. The program will begin at 12:45pm/et. The program will begin with Master of Ceremonies Barney Hall. After explaining the purpose of the Wood Brothers "50 Years in Racing", Hall will have an open panel discussion with ten special guests including: Elliott Sadler - Current Wood Brothers Driver; David Pearson - Past Wood Brothers Driver; Glen Wood - Founder of Wood Brothers Racing - 1st Generation; Leonard Wood - Past Wood Brothers Crew Chief - 1st Generation; Eddie Wood - Team Owner - 2nd Generation; Len Wood - Team Owner - 2nd Generation; Mike Beam - Current Wood Brothers Crew Chief; Randy Tolsma - CITGO Craftsman Truck Series Driver; Nigel Hook - CITGO Offshore Racing Driver; Jon Wood - Hooters Pro Cup Driver - 3rd Generation. Each special guest will be introduced and interviewed by Hall. After the panel discussions have concluded, the panel will be open to questions from the audience. Following the panel discussion, the program will continue with: Unveiling of the Year 2000 CITGO Ford Taurus, One-on-One Interviews with all Special Guests, Displaying of the Five Historical Paint Schemes Which Will Appear Throughout the 2000 Season, Touring of the Old Wood Brothers Race Shop and Touring of the Current Wood Brothers Museum(Cox Marketing Group)(1-7-2000)

  • Green in the Shootout UPDATE: JKR Motorsports and David Green have joined forces to compete in the Bud Shootout, February 13, 2000 at the Daytona. Green qualified for the Bud Shootout by winning the Bud Pole Award for the Pennzoil 400 at Homestead last season while driving the #45 Tyler Jet Motorsports Pontiac. Johnny Benson has since signed to drive for Tyler Jet in the renumbered #10 unsponsored Pontiac while Green has signed with Cicci Welliver Racing to drive the #34 AFG Chevy in the BGN series. JKR Motorsports owners, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Bob Kersee and Kurt Roehrig, are excited about this inaugural effort with David Green. Green has run in the CTS for Roehrig in the past, sitting on the pile at IRP in 1996. Joyner-Kersee Racing continues its sponsorship efforts seeking support for a ten to twelve race Winston Cup program in 2000 in preparation for a full season of competition in 2001(David Green Site) no idea if Green will run other Cup races with the team or not but Green's quote in the story is: "I look forward to being part of JKR’s efforts in 2000 and beyond”, so the possibility seems to be there. For who is eligible and the rules, see my Bud Shootout page(1-6-2000) -- UPDATE: Green will run a Chevy for Joyner Kersee Roehrig Motorsports in the Bud Shootout but Kurt Roehrig said JKR Motorsports would run Pontiac Grand Prixes at non-restrictor plate races in the NASCAR 2000 season. He said the team hoped to unveil its car number and sponsor for the Bud Shootout by next week(NOL)(1-7-2000)

  • Speedy Recovery? On Thursday's Winston Cup Today radio show, Mark Martin told host Mark Garrow that he could be back in car for the second Ford test at Daytona and may not have to wait until Speedweeks. Will go to the doctor again the Jan 20th and could be back in car by Jan 21st(1-7-2000)

  • Diversity: Former NFL star Joe Washington, co-owner of the #50 Dr Pepper BGN team with basketball hall-of-famer Julius Erving, will work in an advisory role with NASCAR on the sanctioning body's diversity initiatives. Washington will be part of a 2000 effort that will include the creation of a diversity council that will hold its first meeting in the spring, the development of internship programs at NASCAR's Daytona Beach, Charlotte and New York City offices and with teams, sponsors and tracks and the implementation of a diversity training program(That's Racin')(1-7-2000)

  • #90 at Daytona: Junie Donlavey has secured sponsorship money from Hills Brothers and Nestle to participate in January testing at Daytona and to participate in the Daytona 500 - Ed Barrier will be the driver. A decision will be made following the 500 as to further sponsorship and further races. If no further sponsorship agreement is made after the Daytona 500, Donlavey will likely sell the team, which would have been sold last year had a buyer been found who was willing to keep the team in Richmond, VA as opposed to moving it to the Charlotte, NC area. This is Donlavey's 51st year in NASCAR(Stockcarfans Newsletter)(1-7-2000)

  • Tri-Star Back? hearing Tri-Star Motorsports will return as the #51 Ford using equipment from the defunct #58 SBIII team. Hut Stricklin was the rumored driver but it looks like he'll be in the #98 if that sale goes through. Tri-Star Motorsports, owned by engine builder Mark Smith, ran the #19 Ford with Loy Allen and other drivers a few seasons ago(1-7-2000)

  • Stewart Award: Tony Stewart, driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing #20 Home Depot Pontiac will be given the Al Holbert Memorial/Eastern Motorsports Press Association Driver of the Year Award at the EMPA’s annual conference January 8th(SpeedVision)(1-7-2000)

  • Triple Digits for BGN? UPDATE 3(and final?): For the first time since the early days of NASCAR, three-digit number will be assigned to some Busch Series teams this year, as over 145 entries have been received for the NAPA 300 Busch Series race at Daytona in February(SpeedFX via TNN's Inside NASCAR)(1-3-2000) -- UPDATE: On Sunday's TNN's Inside NASCAR, Randy Pemberton said that from what he understands, NASCAR has had to award triple digit numbers at Daytona for the BGN race and that there would probably be over 100 entries for the BGN race -- UPDATE 2: a source tells me that the BGN teams have not even recieved the entry blanks to send in to Daytona for the race yet, so....(1-4-2000) -- UPDATE 3: My understanding is that entries for the Daytona BGN race are "around 70." The 145 number is incorrect and BGN team owners have been issued triple-digit numbers for years. The reason is every BGN team, no matter how many races they run or qualify for, is required to have a separate identification number. For instance, if you total every BGN team that attempted a race in 1999, including Cup drivers, it is over 100. This is seen in the BGN and CUP OWNERS points standings quite often(1-7-2000)


    (1-6-2000)
  • Madden and Summerall??? this would be interesting, 'BOOM, BAP' when a wreck occurs.....from the USA Today - Fox Sports head David Hill called (Pat) Summerall(NFL announcer with partner John Madden) about the pair working Fox's NASCAR coverage. Summerall last saw the Daytona 500, then run on beaches, as a high schooler, but he's ready "if somebody says so. And there could be an order."(USA Today)(1-6-2000)

  • Rusty News UPDATE: hearing #2 Miller Lite driver Rusty Wallace cracked his shoulder blade in a ski accident. Buddy Baker will be testing the #2 car next week(12th and 13th) at Talladega, unsure who will test the car at Daytona on Jan 20th-21st -- UPDATE: Wallace said he won't be at the Talladega test due to previously scheduled sessions he must take in Arizona to maintain his private pilot's license, not due to a broken shoulder he suffered in a snow skiing accident last month. Baker will test at Taladega, Wallace will test at Daytona(NOL)(1-6-2000)

  • #91 News: The #91 LJ Racing Chevrolet will be testing in Daytona for both manufacturer testing sessions this month. Andy Hillenburg will be driving both a 1999 model Chevy Monte Carlo and testing a 2000 year Monte Carlo. The team will determine which is performing better, and return to the second test session to tweak that car. Owner Joe Falk has said the team will prepare for the season, but will not be able to participate in the full season unless a primary sponsor is found. The team has several 2000 Monte Carlo's ready and is prepared for a full season, funding permitting. Also, the team has a number of limited edition, 1:24 die casts of the Invinca-Shield car that Dick Trickle drove at several tracks, including Indianapolis. The cars, along with t-shirts and hats are available for $20 each at the shop in Mooresville, or, if you are in the Tidewater area of Virginia at Little Joes Autos, or Nathans Deli, right across the street see the link at the LJ Racing site(1-6-2000)

  • Talladega Testing: Ten NASCAR Winston Cup and BGN teams began a two-day test session at Talladega Superspeedway in preparation for the upcoming racing season. Three Cup and seven BGN teams were on the track at Talladega Wednesday for the first day of two day testing. Mike Dillon tested the #3 Chevy, Jeff Fuller ran the #27 Viagra Pontiac and Steve Park was in the #1 Pennzoil Chevy for the Cup teams. Cup drivers Terry Labonte, Joe Nemechek and Kenny Wallace tested their BGN cars as did BGN regulars #10-Jeff Green, #2-Kevin Harvick, #1-Randy LaJoie and #59-Phil Parsons(Talladega PR)(1-6-2000)


    (1-5-2000)
  • Testing? hearing that the #2 & #12 cars are involved in some testing at the Ford Proving Grounds outside of Lake Havasu City in Yucca, AZ. The shakedowns are on the 2000 Taurus on the highspeed track with Shawna Robinson & Buddy Baker doing the driving and Robin Pemberton overseeing the test(1-5-2000)

  • Earnhardt Surgery: Dale Earnhardt's back surgery apparently was not as serious as Mark Martin's and Associates say Earnhardt is up and about and was on his way to the BGN banquet in Hollywood as of Wednesday morning. See full story at:(SpeedVision)(1-5-2000)

  • Action/goRacing: The expected withdrawal of the initial public offering(IPO) for the Goracing.com, Inc., subsidiary of Action Performance Companies, Inc. was executed Tuesday. The formal request to the Securities and Exchange Commission simply said that the company had decided “not to proceed with the offering at this time.”(SpeedVision)(1-5-2000)


    (1-4-2000)
  • #16 sponsor UPDATE: Hearing rumors that the TV Guide will not return to the #16 Roush Ford and driver Kevin Lepage. The car will supposedly go to Daytona all white, unless another deal can be found UPDATE: TV Guide will not return as primary sponsor for the No. 16 Fords driven by Kevin Lepage for the 2000 Winston Cup season, but team owner Jack Roush says the team will compete even if it starts the season without a sponsor(That's Racin')(also, yes there is a sponsor banner on the Roush page, it's been there for months)(1-4-2000)

  • Gordon's BGN Team news: Jeff Gordon will be competing in the #24 Pepsi Chevy at Las Vegas (March 4), Texas (April 1), Charlotte (May 27), Michigan(August 19) and Homestead-Miami (November 11). Ricky Hendrick will race in 15 Busch Series races as well as 5 Busch North events in the 2000 season. No sponsorship has been announced. Jeff Gordon and BGN teammate Ricky Hendrick now are working from a new 15,000 sq-ft shop in the Denver Industrial Park. The #24 BGN team was previously housed in the former Gordon-Evernham Motorsports shop in Concord; that facility will become the primary engine shop for Evernham's new Dodge Motorsports Winston Cup effort. The #24 BGN team currently is busy building cars and staffing up for an expanded racing schedule in 2000. They competed in 10 races last year and are planning a 20-race schedule in 2000. The shop is located just off of U.S. Route 16 in the Denver Industrial Park, and fans and visitors are encouraged to stop by and take a tour. Six team members are currently working at the shop with plans to hire two more in the near future.(Tina's Jeff Gordon Newsletter and That's Racin')(1-4-2000)

  • Fenley-Moore hires Lusk: Fenley/Moore Motorsports has hired Southwest Tour driver Damon Lusk to a five year deal. The plan is for Lusk to run in 16 of the 20 ARCA events in 2000 and a few BGN events then run a full BGN season in 2001 and eventually take over the Winston Cup ride from Cope who played a part in hand-picking his successor. Former NASCAR driver James Hylton will serve as general manager of the newly created Fenley/Hylton Motorsports, a division that will be owned by the Fenleys and run by Hylton. Hylton competed in the ARCA series himself last year at age 63 and had two top-10 finishes and has two Winston Cup wins to his credit(full story at GoUpstate)(1-4-2000)


    (1-3-2000)
  • #13 Crew Chief: Team Gordon announced three key elements to their 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup program. Fred Graves, previously technical director of Hendrick Motorsports, will lead as crew chief; Doug Louth, former Ford Racing & Vehicle Dynamics engineer, anchors the engineering department; and Peter Guild(was Pro Motors), in a newly-created partnership with Team Gordon, will build engines exclusively for the #13 Team Gordon Ford(Team Gordon PR)(1-3-2000)

  • Testing: Team Gordon #13 Ford and driver Robby Gordon will do a shakedown test Tuesday 4th at Lakeland, FL.(Team Gordon)(1-3-2000)

  • Mark Martin News: Mark Martin received good news from his doctor last week. After nearly six weeks of laying flat on his back for 22 hours a day, Martin's fusion surgery has healed and he is ready to resume many of his daily activities. During a follow-up exam last Thursday, the latest x-rays showed the bone in Martin's back was completely fused together. Martin will still have Roush Racing teammate Greg Biffle testing his #6 Valvoline/Cummins Taurus in Daytona and Talladega this month. Martin will attend the Daytona test, but does not plan on getting in the car at this time. He will be able to sign autographs at the Winston Preview in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Jan. 15.(JMar Express Newsletter)(1-3-2000)

  • Petty Donation: Seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Richard Petty and No. 44 Hot Wheels Pontiac driver Kyle Petty donated $10,000 to the Boggy Creek Gang at the camp's annual holiday party. The money represents proceeds from the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Daytona USA. For 90 days, every lap driven at the attraction produced 50 cents for the Boggy Creek Gang and the Betty Jane France Speediatrics Center at Halifax Medical Center(Orlando Business Journal)(1-3-2000)

  • Racer of the Year on TNN's Raceday for 1999 is Dale Jarrett as chosen by the viewers(1-3-2000)


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