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  • #99 Changes: Jeff Burton's crew chief, Frank Stoddard is giving up his role as an active part of Jeff Burton’s pit crew, relinquishing the duties of front tire changer on the crew in order to focus on the crew-chief role(Gaston Gazette/AP)(1-30-2000)

  • #41 Sponsor? Rick Mast and his #41 Chevy were at the Roanoke(VA) Civic Center for the Roanoke Express Hockey Game on Saturday, the car had three different 'sponsor' decals on it. The car was white and green, had long time associate sponsor Manheim Auctions(parent of AutoTrader) was on the hood, on the rear quarter panels and Universal Studios on the lower rear quarter panel(Mast Fans BB)(1-30-2000)

  • Junie close? #90 Ford owner, Junie Donlavey remains optimistic about finding a sponsor for the 2000 season. The Richmond-based owner is close to signing at least a partial sponsorship agreement(Times-Dispatch), hearing that Hill Bros Coffee is close to signing up for half the season(1-30-2000)

  • RACECARNUTS.COM is an innovative and new project to raise money to fund efforts by nonprofit organizations that help distressed families in Appalachia through the auctioning of actual lug nuts used on race cars. Race Teams will be donating the lug nuts each week from their cars. The lug nut displays will be auctioned on an internet website. The lug nuts displays are 16 x 20 inches in size and mounted in clear plastic cases. A photo will be available shortly of an actual display. So far Andy Petree Racing has agreed to help. For more info see

  • Talladega Testing: Nine CUP, BGN and CTS teams tested at cold Talladega on Wednesday, Jan 26th and Thursday, Jan 27th. No speeds were posted. Testing were Cup drivers ??-Loy Allen, #93-Dave Blaney, #27-Jeff Fuller, #40-Sterling Marlin, #55-Kenny Wallace and #7-Michael Waltrip. #25-Kenny Wallace and #7 Michael Waltrip tested for their BGN teams also. Randy Renfrow and the #41 Farris Concrete Dodge Truck Series team tested Thurday and was hoping to test Friday as well(Talladega Superspeedway Newletter)(1-30-2000)

  • 2nd Eel River car? Rodney Rogers of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns is planning to enter NASCAR next year as an owner. Rogers has aligned himself with Winston Cup crew chief Barry Dodson, who heads the #27 Eel River Racing Pontiac team for driver Jeff Fuller. Contacted Friday at the team’s Mooresville shop, Dodson confirmed his discussions with Rogers and said he hoped the alliance might enable the two of them to add a second car to the existing operation, which is owned by Massachusetts businessman Jack Birmingham, in 2001. However, Dodson and Rogers would likely wholly own the second car. Rogers know Dodson through his late son, Trey(Gaston Gazette)(1-29-2000)

  • Tyler Jet News: The #10 Tyler Jet Motorsports team has hired former Pennzoil Motorsports PR rep Drew Brown(1-29-2000)

  • Barkdoll not at Daytona: Looks like Phil Barkdoll, who has driven or owned the #73 Chevy that ran in the Daytona 500 for years will not make an attempt this year. But #91 driver Andy Hillenburg and Barkdoll might hook up for an effort late in the year(NOL)(1-28-2000)

  • Bill Elliott News: the Bill Elliott-driven McDonald's Ford Taurus team will be managed by a "communication triangle," replacing the conventional crew chief role. The trio of Kevin Cram (performance enhancement director), Mike Ford (car chief), and Troy Raker (engineer) will jointly make decisions regarding the setup, chassis, tuning and overall performance of the #94 McDonald's Ford. The three Drive-Thru Crew members are new to Bill Elliott Racing and were hired since the end of the 1999 season. In his role as performance enhancement director for Bill Elliott Racing, Cram will oversee the production of the #94 Fords and will direct communication - both within the Statesville, N.C. shop and at the race track with Elliott. Cram, 32, joined Bill Elliott Racing from the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series where he was the crew chief of Stacy Compton's Impact Motorsports truck. He also served as the assistant crew chief in 1996 and 1997 of Ron Hornaday, Jr.'s truck, owned by Dale Earnhardt, Inc. As car chief, Ford will oversee the overall construction and performance of the No. 94 Ford. Ford, 29, has been working on the NASCAR circuit for 11 years. Last year, he worked for Robert Yates Racing as the suspension/brake specialist and jackman for Dale Jarrett's Winston Cup championship team. Raker, 35, will apply his technological expertise as engineer for Bill Elliott Racing. In addition, he will oversee fuel strategies on race day. Raker previously worked with Bud Moore Engineering, Ford Motor Company and most recently Rudd Performance Motorsports. Ernie Elliott, Inc. will continue to provide the powerplants for Bill Elliott Racing. Tony Satanicola, a respected engine builder who spent many years with Cale Yarborough, will work with Ernie Elliott on engine building techniques and will act as the on-site engine tuner for the #94 team(DMF Communications)(1-28-2000)

  • #98 Done? UPDATE 5 No?: hearing reports that Cale Yarborough's efforts to sell the #98 team had failed and the team has closed down(1-24-2000) -- UPDATE: hearing today is D-Day for something to happen, either a buyer or the team shuts down(1-25-2000) -- UPDATE 2: Looks like the team has closed it's doors from all reports I have heard, no idea what the plans are(1-26-2000) -- UPDATE 3: Motorsport legend Cale Yarborough, in business as a car owner since 1987, has shut down his race team, Cale Yarborough Motorsports, apparently unwilling to continue under current conditions. There has been no official announcement, and Yarborough could not be reached for comment(SpeedVision)(1-27-2000) -- UPDATE 4: hearing Cale Yarborough says the shutdown of his #98 Winston Cup team is not necessarily permanent, but that he is unwilling to go on until a sponsor or investors make it financially viable to go on -- UPDATE 5: from NOL....Contrary to recent reports that he has shut the doors on his race team, Cale Yarborough isn't ready to give up just yet, a team spokesperson said Friday. "A sale is still in order at this time," said Marlene Emery, the team's general manager. The team owner was unavailable Friday but was expected to have some news on the situation Monday. The 1999 sponsor, Universal Studios, failed to re-up after the season(NOL)(1-28-2000)

  • Remember... Big Daddy's? Check out this story: Team Owner gets into Bar-B-Que Sauce in a Big Way for the Cahill Racing Page(IRL). What happened with Big Daddy's just about a year ago? Check the #90 Team News and Links Page(1-28-2000)

  • Action/Elliott: Action Performance Companies announced that it has signed a licensing and endorsement agreement with former NASCAR champion Bill Elliott, who is celebrating his 25th anniversary of driving in the Winston Cup series. Under the terms of the contract, Action Performance obtains the rights to license and distribute a complete line of licensed merchandise including die-cast collectible cars, apparel items and other memorabilia for Elliott, driver and owner of the #94 McDonald's Winston Cup Ford through 2000(Yahoo Biz)(1-24-2000)

  • New CUP team? Hearing that a new CUP team is being started, supposedly will be the #39 R&D Motorports/J-Mac racing team that would run out of the old Tri-Star Motorsports shop. Hut Stricklin is the possible driver. Engine Builder Mark Smith would supply engines and hearing a sponsor for the team is close to signing(1-27-2000)

  • Wind Tunnel Testing: hearing a few CUP teams will be testing at the Langley Full Scale Wind Tunnel, Hampton, VA. The #2 Penske Ford is scheduled to test there on Jan 26-28th(weather permitting I imagine); the #75 Galaxy Motorsports Ford that Wally Dallenbach will drive in 2000 in on Feb 3rd and Bill Elliott's #94 on Feb 7th. The #41 Larry Hedrick Chevy braved the snow and did test the car in the wind tunnel on the 25th(1-26-2000)

  • NASCAR Cartoon: NASCAR Racers debuts Feb. 5 on Fox, a program blending all of the elements of today's hottest form of racing with the most realistic computer animation available. The series premiere of NASCAR RACERS is Saturday, February 5, on Fox Kids Network at 9:30am(NOL)(1-26-2000)

  • Tyler Jet Sponsor? UPDATE: 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) -- UPDATE: hearing the USPS deal fell through(1-26-2000)

  • T.R.I.X. Racing: TRIX Racing of Toms River, NJ announces plans for the 2000 season. Kevin Ray of Eastaboga, AL, will drive the TRIX #79 Chevy for the ARCA race at Daytona and other selected ARCA events in 2000. Ray, 22, will be driving the same car that Mike Skinner sat on the pole with at Daytona in 1997. Last July Ray qualified 4th and finished a strong 11th at Pocono in the TRIX Chevy. Ray is an instructor for the Richard Petty's Petty Driving Experience at Lowes Motor Speedway. The team also plans to run five CUP races with a current IRL driver in the seat. So far the Pocono 500 and both New Hampshire races are tenativly scheduled. As soon as sponsorship is secured the team will release the full schedule and driver info. Andy Belmont, who made a few attempts in the car in 1999 will not drive for them in 2000. Sponsorship opportunities are available for TRIX #79 Chevy, please call George Pywowariw at 1-732-968-7881 or e-mail Steve at PR)(1-26-2000)

  • Kenseth at AMS UPDATE 2: 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) -- UPDATE 2: Matt Kenseth tested the #17 Visine BGN Chevy at AMS on Tuesday and ran a fast lap of 183.600mph. Kenseth will test the #17 DeWalt Tools CUP Ford on Wednesday and Thurday. Joining Kenseth for testing on Wednesday are Richard Childress Racing Busch drivers #21-Mike Dillon and #2-Kevin Harvick for a one day BGN test(AMS Site)(1-26-2000)

  • #25 Trouble? UPDATE: the Jan 21st issue of Speedway Scene Magazine reports in the Snowballs section: "Oh yes, keep an eye on that 25 car --- we're hearing that all is not so well between sponsor and owner" -- UPDATE: There is no truth to the statement reported in Mike Snow's Speedway Scene column concerning the #25 Michael Holigan Racing team. All parties are working together extremely well and Holigan is very pleased with the testing results of the #25 car(Team Source)(1-25-2000)

  • #'s 41 and 91? hearing the #41 Larry Hedrick team and the #91 LJ Racing team could be merging or that Hedrick may buy the team. Supposedly former #41 crew chief, Donnie Disharoon would assume crew chief duties on the car(1-25-2000)

  • Bodines on Oprah: Geoffrey and Brett Bodine were on the Oprah Winfrey show Tuesday(actually a few weeks ago and it aired today), a bit from the story: "It all came to a head on at the biggest race of year. They took their aggressions out on the track, resulting in Geoff crashing his car - costing him the win and hurting him financially. Venting his anger, Geoff mentioned their family problems on television. It was devastating to Brett that Geoff would take this to the public. It was all over the headlines." See the full story at: Back on Track(1-25-2000)

  • Crew Chief Club: After two successful years, the Crew Chief Club welcomes four new additions to double its membership. Tommy Baldwin, crew chief on the #22 Caterpillar Pontiac; Jimmy Elledge, crew chief on the #55 Square D Chevrolet; Ryan Pemberton, crew chief on the #77 Jasper Engines Ford; and Greg Zipadelli, crew chief on #20 The Home Depot Pontiac, represent the younger generation of NASCAR Winston Cup Series crew chiefs in the garage area and the future of motorsports. Together with founding members Jimmy Makar(#18), Larry McReynolds(#31), Todd Parrott(#88) and Robin Pemberton(#2), these new members will continue to build on the foundation set forth in the Crew Chief Club principles: performance, reliability, leadership, teamwork and vision(Crew Chief Club Site)(1-25-2000)

  • Davis and Dodge? UPDATE 5: heard from a few sources that Bill Davis Racing(#22 and #93) will switch from Pontiac to Dodge in 2001?(1-11-2000) -- UPDATE: The latest Dodge team buzz has Bill Davis Racing as a candidate. He didn't "dodge" the question. And has had discussions with Dodge(TNN Media Tour Coverage)(1-15-2000) -- UPDATE 3: in what is becoming the second worse kept secret in CUP (just behind Petty going to Dodge rumor), many reports coming in that the Bill Davis Racing team(#22 and #93) will switch for the 2001 season. Supposedly the announcement will come during Speedweeks at Daytona(1-22-2000) -- UPDATE 4: Davis said there has not been an announcement, but his team is considering a move when the manufacturer returns to Winston Cup racing(Times-Dispatch)(1-23-2000) -- UPDATE: Been hearing from many readers that AutoWeek quotes Bill Davis as saying his Winston Cup team (Ward Burton and Dave Blaney) will switch from Pontiac to Dodge in 2001 to run the Intrepid along with Evernham Motorsports and Petty Enterprises (Kyle and Adam Petty, John Andretti). The story also says speculation is focusing on veteran Bill Elliott and Casey Atwood as Evernham drivers(1-25-2000)

  • WCW Scheme: Wally Dallenbach will run the WCW(World Championship Wrestling) paint scheme on the #75 Cartoon Network/Red Cell Batteries/Turner Broadcasting Ford for the following races: Las Vegas on March 5th, Atlanta March 12th, The Pepsi 400 at Daytona on July 1st, Bristol on August 26th and Talladega on October 15th(1-25-2000)

  • Buckshot News: while Buckshot Jones plans to run a Cup race or two in 2000 with his own team, he is looking for an opportunity to join an established multi-car team in 2001. He will run the full 2000 BGN season(Speed Magazine)(1-25-2000)

  • Elliott Buys Cales Engine Shop: Ernie Elliott, Bill's brother, has purchased the Cale Yarborough engine shop, which includes the shop, equipment and the people who worked there are now employed by Elliott. Elliott will supply engines to the #94-Bill Elliott, #11-Brett Bodine, #9-Stacy Compton, #15-Derrike Cope teams as well as the #98 team if it stays a float(many sources including the Winston Cup Scene and NSSN print papers)(1-24-2000)

  • Computers and PPI: #32 Tide Ford owner, Cal Wells, sent his team to Daytona with a half-dozen computers to help record real-time measurements as rookie Scott Pruett tested at Daytona last Thursday and Friday. The data acquisition systems were collecting information such as water and oil temperatures, engine RPM, maximum speed, speed changes, transmission shifts and weather conditions(Speed Magazine)(1-24-2000)

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