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PAST NEWS JANUARY 17-23, 2000


(1-23-2000)
  • DW and BP sign? On the NASCAR television front, Darrell Waltrip has signed a contract with Fox for 2001 and Benny Parsons has signed a contract with NBC for that season too, according to NASCAR sources. ESPN's Mike Wells, the network's star Winston Cup director, is expected to move to NBC(PitNow/Mike Mulhern)(1-23-2000)

  • Kenseth at AMS UPDATE: Matt Kenseth will test most of next week at Atlanta. Monday and Tuesday in his #17 Visine BGN Chevy and Wednesday and Thursday in his #17 DeWalt Tools Cup Ford(goRacing)(1-22-2000) -- UPDATE: hearing Kenseth will not test at AMS on Monday but on Tuesday thru Thursday(1-23-2000)

  • #98 Sold? UPDATE: Cale Yarborough has another new buyer for his #98 team, Greg Connor(also the crew chief?), who has two business partners. Hut Stricklin tested the car at Daytona. Team Mgr Mark Collins says the team was bought Jan 1st and that they are in the process of getting Universal (Yarborough's sponsor) to transfer the contract to the new owners. The plan is for Stricklin to drive for the entire 2000 season.(PitNow/Mike Mulhern) -- UPDATE: a source with the team tell's me Greg Connor is in no way part of the new ownership and is the crew chief of the #98 only(1-23-2000)


    (1-22-2000)
  • Rookies: Beginning with the 2001 Winston Cup season, rookies will be able to compete for the rookie of the year title after running up to seven Winston Cup races the previous season. Currently NASCAR allows drivers to run up to five races the previous season and still maintain rookie status. The new rule is laid out in NASCAR's 2000 rookie candidate application(That's Racin'). See my ROTY page for the way it is set up at present(1-22-2000)

  • Hillenburg Hitches: #91 LJ Racing driver Andy Hillenburg's 1993 truck broke down in South Carolina as he headed to Daytona to test the unsponsored Chevy of owner Joe Falk. Determined to make it to the track, Hillenburg hitched a ride with two vacationers who were returning to Florida(Times-Dispatch) NOL reported he hitched a ride back home on the #91 Hauler(1-22-2000)


    (1-21-2000)
  • Ford Test at DIS UPDATE: DW was the fastest in a drafting session held Friday with a speed of 190.050mph in the #66 Ford,see the speeds at That's Racin' -- UPDATE: #9-Stacy Compton was the fastest in non drafting testing with a fast lap of 187.911mph on the final day of Ford testing at Daytona. See the speeds at my Testing News Page with links to combined speeds for all testing, single lap, not drafting speeds(1-21-2000)

  • Marcis/Realtree Renew: Realtree signed up to sponsor Dave Marcis and his #71 Chevy for the 2000 Cup season. Marcis plans to attempt all 34 Cup races(NOL)(1-21-2000)

  • DW Correction: I stated a while back that Darrell Waltrip would run a special paint scheme at both the Bud Shootout Qualifier and the Daytona 500. Actually DW will run the #66 NASCAR 500/BIG Kmart Ford in the blue, purple and black trim at the Qualifier and the special paint scheme "Flame Car" will be run at the Daytona 500 and the following races during the 2000 season: Las Vegas, Bristol March race, California, Michigan June race, New Hampshire July race, Indianapolis, Darlington September race, Charlotte October race, Phoenix, and Atlanta November race(1-21-2000)

  • Pruett to run BGN: #32 Tide Cup and #97 McDonald's BGN Team owner Cal Wells III announced that Scott Pruett will be the substitute driver for the McDonald's/PPI Motorsports entry at Daytona in the 2000 BGN season opening race. Pruett, whose main ride is with the Cal Wells-owned #32 Tide Ford on the Winston Cup circuit, is substituting for Anthony Lazzaro, a PPI Motorsports teammate and the primary driver of the #97 McDonald's Ford Taurus. Lazzaro is required to sit out the Daytona opener due to a racing injury and a six-week recovery period that prevented him from meeting NASCAR's eligibility requirements for rookie entry in a superspeedway race. He is fully recovered from the injury and will make his Busch Series debut, Feb. 26, at Rockingham. Pruett and Lazzaro will both drive the McDonald's car in the upcoming Busch test session, Jan. 24 and 25 in Daytona(PPI PR)(1-21-2000)

  • Petty Logo: One of the most familiar logos in motorsports has undergone a change. The familiar Petty Enterprises logo will change as the most successful organization in motorsports begins its second 50 years. Petty Enterprises fields the #43 STP/Cheerios Pontiac and #44 Hot Wheels Racing Pontiac in CUP; the #45 Sprint Chevy in the BGN Series; and the #43 Dodge by Petty in the CTS. "This year at the beginning of our second 50 years, we have brought all four teams - five, if you include Adam's (Petty) Winston Cup cars for some races this season - under one banner, "said Kyle Petty, who heads day-to-day operations of Petty Enterprises as well as driving the Hot Wheels Racing Pontiac. "Last year the Busch team ran as pe2, and the truck team as Richard Petty Motorsports. Now all of our teams and drivers are part of Petty Enterprises. This new logo incorporates four teams and three NASCAR divisions, and is representative of how Petty Enterprises has grown," Petty continued. "People can look at our new logo and realize we are more than just one team in one division. Petty Enterprises is an organization with a wealth of talented drivers, crew members and staff. With our new research and development team and our new sponsorship partnerships, we are looking to move to the forefront in our next 50 years as we did in the first 50. This is the kind of logo any of our sponsors and teams can display with pride on their products and in their marketing programs." The new logo is a striking red and blue design which incorporates the Petty Enterprises name in blue with a red-and-blue swoosh. The modern design will quickly become one of the most recognizable logos in motorsports. To see the logo click here(Williams Comapny)(1-21-2000)

  • Partnership: RacingDiva, Inc. (www.racingdiva.com) is pleased to announce a new partnership with George deBidart and TSI, Inc. TSI is a sports marketing company owned by George deBidart who owns two BGN teams, the #30 Little Trees Chevy driven by Hermie Sadler and the #48 Gould's Pump Chevy driven by Mike McLaughlin. RacingDiva, Inc. was founded at the end of 1999 by Sheri Horton and Mona Singleton to represent women's perspectives on motor sports with an emphasis on NASCAR(1-21-2000)

  • Magazine News: EMAP purchased Stock Car Racing magazine from General Media in March of 1999. Effective with the August issue, EMAP replaced the familiar Stock Car Racing logo with a larger, all type logo intended to increase newsstand visibility. While people may have seen the new logo, they didn't recognize the magazine as the same title that's been around for over 30 years. So beginning with the March 2000 issue, which goes on sale the first week of February, SCR permanently returns the classic Stock Car Racing logo(1-21-2000)


    (1-20-2000)
  • Credentials Firestorm UPDATE 3: Been getting much email on this, don't know much about it, the jist: "Journalists covering NASCAR are fuming after the sanctioning body for stock car racing included a provision in its credential application that appears to give it sole rights to information and pictures produced by reporters and photographers", two stories found online so far explain it a bit, from SpeedVision: NASCAR Tries To Put Clamps On Media by Eric Mauk and the Indianapolis Business Journal: Battle erupts over NASCAR credentials by Anthony Schoettle. No idea how this would effect the Internet or NASCAR/Racing websites, too early to tell. I have not seen the exact content of the provision to comment. But my understanding is that NASCAR is taking note of the criticism and looking into the situation -- UPDATE: on top of all this SpeedVision is reporting that Tim Sullivan, manager of communications for NASCAR's Winston Cup series, left the company Tuesday evening. NASCAR officials declined to give reasons for Sullivan's departure. Sullivan could not be reached for comment Wednesday(SpeedVision)(1-19-2000) -- UPDATE 2: John Griffin, NASCAR's director of communications worldwide, said Wednesday that legitimate, news-gathering media members can expect "business as usual" in covering the sport. Despite new language inserted in annual credential applications (called Hardcards) and other NASCAR license forms, Griffin said actual reporting of news, whether by print, broadcast or Internet, would continue as it always has, without overt interference or censorship. See the full story and 'the clause' known as Article 4 at: SpeedVision: NASCAR Tells Media “Fear Not”, plus a story at goRacing(1-20-2000)

  • Petty Re-news with Pontiac: Dodge may be in Petty Enterprises’ future, but Kyle Petty said that for the upcoming 2000 season, the Randleman, N.C., team will continue to enjoy its relationship with Pontiac. While Petty neve denies talking to Dodge, he says they are a GM team for 2000 and just recently renewed with Pontiac for 2000. He said the future was wide open(seen on the StockCarFans Newsletter from the Kingsport Times-News)(1-20-2000)

  • PE hanging Dodge Sheet Metal? "(Ray) Evernham might be leading development along with Chrysler engineers, but Petty Enterprises is doing the actual work. While (Lou) Patane says additional teams will be announced around the time of this February's Daytona race (and drivers after that), sources in Charlotte say the Pettys are reporting to Evernham on the Intrepid's development and that they're over there hanging sheetmetal on frames[at Petty Enterprises]"(Autoweek)(1-20-2000)

  • #98 News UPDATE 2: this weeks Winston Cup Scene reports that is negotiating to sell the #98 team with a group that includes #58 car owner Scott Barbour, NASCAR great Donnie Allison and South Carolina businessman Bill Hammond. Yarborough hopes to have the deal completed by Jan 16th(this Sunday). For the progression of this story see my #98 Team News and Links page -- UPDATE: Barbour is not part of the group buying the #98 but is talking with the group about buying the #58 team, which is not defunct but idle, the idea is for the #98 and #58 to be a two car team(1-14-2000) -- UPDATE 2: Hut Stricklin will test the #98 Ford at Daytona in the mandatory test session on Thursday and Friday. No announcement or decision has been made about a new buyer or if thr team will attempt the Daytona 500(NOL)(1-20-2000)

  • No Rules Changes..yet: Winston Cup director Gary Nelson said Thursday NASCAR will hold off making any changes to the Pontiac Grand Prix it has had the chance to see how the car compares in a race to the 2000 versions of the Chevrolet Monte Carlo and Ford Taurus(That's Racin')(1-20-2000)

  • Ford DIS Testing: #99-Jeff Burton was the fastest with a speed of 187.169mph. #94-Bill Elliott didn't run Thursday as he has a bad case of the flu and is planning to participate in Friday's final day of the test(That's Racin' Flu story). 21 drivers in 35 cars took times on Thursday. See the speeds and links at my Testing News Page(1-20-2000)

  • Little E/Kenseth: The new edition of ESPN the Magazine hit the newstands on Jan 20th with a cover story on the friendship and rivalry between Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth(Bud PR)(1-20-2000)

  • Earnhardt, miss the 500? the Ledger from Lakeland, FL reports: "Although he believes his driver "should be OK," Richard Childress said Tuesday he isn't absolutely certain Dale Earnhardt will be able to compete in the Daytona 500. And that Childress said Earnhardt is improving and is about 80%(The Ledger). My bet is that DE Sr will run the Daytona 500. And a PitNow story says Earnhardt expects to test at Las Vegas on Feb 1st(1-20-2000)

  • NASCAR Popularity Down? A pollster, Dr. Richard Luker, says his numbers indicate that auto racing's interest is in decline with the public. During a speech at the International Sport Summit in New York, Luker, founder of the ESPN-CHILTON Sports Poll, reported a continuing slide for the industry in general. The poll measures the popularity of 12 major sports. Luker said the general decline in sports interest began after the Atlanta Olympics and that, despite the popular opinion that NASCAR is booming, it is not. Luker says their figures showed 36.5% interest in 1998 and 32.1 percent in 1999. George Pyne, VP/marketing for NASCAR, said he had not seen Luker's data but that his sport is flourishing, wondered about the methodology of Luker's poll and said NASCAR would be doing its own research this year(Infobeat/AP)(1-20-2000)

  • Tyler Jet Sponsor? Johnny Benson mentioned during Wednesdays airing of the WC Today Radio show, that the team is close to signing a sponsor and hopes to be able to announce something in a week or two(WC Today Radio). Speculation still is that the sponsor would be the USPS(with priority or Express Mail featured) and still hearing UPS could be involved(1-20-2000)

  • Goodyear NASCAR Tire: Goodyear announced that its "officially licensed by NASCAR" tire will feature a bright gold NASCAR logo on the sidewall to emphasize their "long and mutually beneficial relationship." Goodyear's Eagle #1 NASCAR tire is intended to fortify its exclusive tire supplier agreement with NASCAR. Last August, Goodyear and NASCAR previewed a tire concept with a decidedly subdued black NASCAR logo, but has since decided to make the NASCAR "glow" in bright gold. The tire made its debut at Goodyear's annual dealer conference. Retailers will begin selling the tire in their stores in the spring. For those who prefer a more understated look, the reverse sidewall features the Goodyear Eagle #1 name and NASCAR logo in a stylish black design. The new Eagle #1 NASCAR street tire supports a 1997 agreement that made Goodyear the exclusive tire supplier for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, the NASCAR Busch Series and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. The tire, to be manufactured at Goodyear's tire facility in Union City, Tenn., will be available in sizes P205/65R15, P205/55R16, P235/55R16 and P225/60R16. Four additional sizes will be announced later(Goodyear PR) no mention of that Kelly Springfield to BGN rumor(1-20-2000)

  • Letterman UPDATE: not NASCAR but I thought since he always hosts the Cup Champion on his show and owns a CART team, readers may wish to hear about this: CBS Latenight Talk Show host, David Letterman is recovering comfortably at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City after successful quintuple heart bypass surgery. Letterman, 52, had gone in for a routine angiogram(SpeedVision)(1-15-2000) -- UPDATE: David Letterman left the hospital Wednesday, five days after undergoing quintuple bypass surgery. Letterman, 52, was continuing to recuperate at an undisclosed location(SpeedNet)(1-20-2000)

  • Martin at Daytona: Mark Martin visited the NASCAR garage area today at Daytona International Speedway, just two months after back surgery. Martin plans to get in the #6 Valvoline Ford on Friday to get fitted for his seat, but won't be officially testing for the team(Racin' Network)(1-20-2000)

  • Martin to get checked: Mark Martin, driver of the #6 Valvoline Ford, will be checked out by his Doctor on Thursday and if given clearance, will run a few test laps on Friday at Daytona(WC Today Radio)(1-20-2000)


    (1-19-2000)
  • New Shop: The Jack Roush #16 unsponsored Ford team will be moving into a 60,000-square-foot facility near the entrance of Concord Regional Airport as soon as March. The #97 with driver Chad Little and the #17 with rookie Matt Kenseth moved into adjacent facilities in November(Gaston Gazette)(1-19-2000)


    (1-18-2000)
  • Vegas Testing: Seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt will return to the driver's seat for the first time since December back surgery by heading a list of 36 drivers from the CUP and BGN series who have scheduled testing times Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Eighteen Cup teams are scheduled to test and 18 BGN Series teams are scheduled to test. Each team will test for two of the three days. The following teams are scheduled to test for the CarsDirect.com 400: Earnhardt(#3), Terry Labonte(#5), Stacy Compton(#9), Jeremy Mayfield(#12), Robby Gordon(#13), Derrike Cope(#15), Matt Kenseth(#17), Jeff Gordon(#24), Jeff Fuller(#27), Ricky Carven(#50), Wally Dallenbach Jr.(#75), Chad Little(#97), Bobby Hamilton(#4), Michael Waltrip(#7), Dale Earnhardt Jr.(#8), Scott Pruett(#32), Sterling Marlin(#40), Kenny Irwin(#42) and Robert Pressley(#77). BGN drivers scheduled to test are Kevin Harvick(#2), Mike Dillon(#21), Casey Atwood(#27), Kevin Grubb(#37), Jay Sauter(#43), Gus Wasson(#96), Jason Jarrett(#11), Bobby Hillin Jr.(#8), Jason Leffler(#18), Mike McLaughlin(#48), David Green(#34), Tim Fedewa(#36), Hermie Sadler(#30), Todd Bodine(#66), Anthony Lazzaro(#97) and two cars from SABCO Racing, which has not announced drivers. The testing will be open to the public for a $5 donation to Speedway Children's Charities(LVMS PR)(1-18-2000)

  • Pardus Returns: hearing that Dan Pardus is planning to attempt four Cup races in 2000 starting with the Daytona 500 with Jim & Judie Motorsports, Pardus Racing and D&M Motorsports. Pardus will be driving the #65 Chevy and will test today. The team is looking for a sponsor(Dan Pardus Site)Pardus ran the #50 Chevy part time in 1998 and started full time in 1999 until Ricky Craven took over(1-18-2000)

  • GM Testing Speeds Day 2: #40-Sterling Marlin the fastest at 187.153mph. Winston Cup Today reported that the only incident at testing was in the garage area when #96-Greg Sacks and #71-Dave Marcis got together but no magor damage occurred and no one was hurt. Thirty drivers took times in 52 cars. Also the speeds were broken down into drafting sessions and regular runs, #24-Jeff Gordon at 190.933mph, see the speeds at 2000 Testing News/Speeds Page(1-18-2000)

  • Sad News: Ed Dykes, a popular and well-respected electronic journalist whose FastNews Network covered the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series for NHRA Online, Summit's Drag Race Central, and other web sites, passed away on Monday. Dykes, 45, of Marietta, Ga., was at the controls of and the only person aboard his private plane when it crashed in a mountainous area of Hawkins County, Tenn. Dykes was en route from Louisville, Ky., to visit his parents in Kingsport, Tenn., when his plane crashed on Clinch Mountain, about 10 miles northeast of Rogersville, near midnight. A search began Monday morning and the wreckage was discovered around noon(NHRA Online and SpeedVision)(1-18-2000)

  • Hedrick/Mast Sponsor? UPDATE: Looks like the rumor of Universal Studio's and/or Exxon sponsoring the #41 Chevy will not happen. Owner Larry Hedrick had talked to Universal Studios and Exxon but said that those companies no longer are involved. Hedrick was to meet with potential sponsors last week, but I have heard nothing. SpeedVision also reports that Hedrick actually signed Mast during the Atlanta weekend in November and that any announcement was put off until certain issues were resolved between Mast and his previous employer, Cale Yarborough Motorsports(SpeedVision) So the #41 Paint Scheme in my Paint Scheme Gallery looks like it'll never see the track. Also hearing Mast may become part owner of the team and have heard from a few readers that Mast was introduced at the Winston Preview as the driver of the '#41 Universal Studios Chevrolet Monte Carlo'(1-17-2000) -- UPDATE: Rick Mast said on today's Winston Cup Today Radio show that the team is close to signing(99.9% sure) and hopes to make an announcement in a week or so. The show said speculation is that Universal Studios will be the sponsor(1-18-2000)

  • McDonald's Being Sued: The former management company of NASCAR driver Bill Elliott is suing Elliott's multi-million-dollar racing sponsor, McDonald's Corp. Advantage Management Inc. (AMI) is suing Oak Brook, Ill.-based McDonald's in U.S. District Court. Nashville-based AMI is alleging breach of contract regarding its administration of a joint licensing agreement between Elliott's racing team and the fast-food chain(Nashville Business Journal)(1-18-2000)

  • New Tire in BGN? am hearing that Goodyear, who is NASCAR's official tire of the Cup and BGN Series, wants to switch the BGN brand from Goodyear to Kelly Springfield(who they own)(1-18-2000)


    (1-17-2000)
  • Speed: hearing Lake Speed is back from an extended vacation and is looking for a CUP ride. Speed last drove the #9 Cartoon Network Ford in 1998(1-17-2000)

  • Jarrett Wins: Dale Jarrett was named Driver of the Year by the National Motorsports Press Association. The presentation of the Richard Petty Award marked the second time in three years that Jarrett received the award. Jarrett first received the trophy in 1997, even though he was the runner-up in the Cup points to Jeff Gordon(Fayetteville Observer)(1-17-2000)

  • Sacks Returns: Greg Sacks was at DIS last week for the General Motors testing session, driving the #96 Chevy for Petty-Huggins Motorsports. He'll return to DIS again Monday and Tuesday for another GM testing session. With sponsor Island Oasis, Sacks and the team will attempt to qualify for the Daytona 500 and at least three other races. If more financial resources can be secured, owner Beau Petty would like to run more races(Speed Magazine)(1-17-2000)


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