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  • Donlavey News UPDATE 3: #90 Ford Owner Junie Donlavey is made an appearance in Richmond VA before heading to Daytona. Donlavey is brought his show car to the Suburban Lodge(his assoc sponsor) grand opening on Saturday, Feb 5th. Donlavey still is working on sponsorship for 2000 but has signed Ed Berrier to drive the first two races of the season(Daytona and Rockingham)(Times-Dispatch) -- UPDATE: NASCAR Winston Cup Series team owner Junie Donlavey has added one more name to the list of Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidates. Donlavey has chosen second-generation driver Ed Berrier to drive his #90 Ford Tauruses. Donlavey Racing, based in Richmond, Va., will enter each of the 34 races on the 2000 Winston Cup schedule. In addition, Suburban Lodges of America, Inc., the nation's largest economy extended stay hotel company, announced today that they are an associate sponsor of the #90 Ford Taurus(Keystone Marketing) before I get any questions, Berrier only ran in four Cup races in 1999(2-4-2000) -- UPDATE: But look for Hills Brothers as the primary sponsor on the #90 at Daytona and Rockingham, Donlavey told Motorsports, and the team is working to secure them for the full season(TNN Motorsports)(2-5-2000) -- UPDATE 4: Donlavey, with long-time ties to engine builder Larry Wallace, will receive engines this season from Penske Racing, which bought out Wallace's operation a year ago(SpeedVision)(2-6-2000)

  • Marcis Robbed: On January 26th, a break-in occurred in Dave Marcis Racing shop. Someone broke into his personal motor home, the race team trailer and the show car trailer. Taken was many clothing articles and some tools. Police have recovered some of the effects and made one arrest but are still looking for who actually did the break in. All the tools have Marcis Auto Racing #71 on them. The clothing includes: pit crew shirts, Marcis' personal hunting overalls and boot with 'Dave' written on the inside, an insulated jacket, Exide Battery Charger and Battery, torque wrench, air rifle, Coleman lantern. Any info regarding the breakin can be directed to the Buncombe County sheriff's detective John Elkins at (828) 250-4458(Winston Cup Scene)(2-5-2000)

  • Sad News: John Moose, a racing pioneer in the Carolinas, has died. The former driver, promoter and NASCAR official was 73. In 1949, Moose organized the Carolina Racing Team, a rival to NASCAR, and staged events at dirt tracks and fairgrounds throughout the Carolinas. Moose had worked for Humpy Wheeler,president of Lowe's Motor Speedway, since 1975(SpeedNet/AP)(2-5-2000)

  • #98 Closed, for now BUT: Cale Yarborough Motorsports has closed its doors, but still has a valid potential buyer, a team source said Monday. For weeks now, we have heard that the #98 team was out of commission, but team spokespeople would never confirm. Now, it appears they have(in part from NOL)(2-2-2000) -- UPDATE: no driver or sponsor named but a team spokesperson says the #98 could still show up in Daytona to attempt the 500(Times-Dispatch)(2-4-2000)

  • Engineer Moves: hearing that Scott Perman, senior design engineer at Roehrig Engineering(Joyner-Kersee Roehrig Motorsports), will be leaving to join Rex Stump and the engineering department at Hendrick Motorsports(2-4-2000)

  • More Article 4 stuff UPDATE: NASCAR whispered to us (media) Wednesday that new credential application forms were going out by FedEx and were due in our hands today (Thursday), seven days before many leave to tackle Speedweeks at Daytona. NASCAR's top two communications managers, John Griffin and Kelly Malone, were said to be traveling and could not be reached for comment. The NASCAR people we talked to said only that new forms were on the way; they would not say what changes the new forms contained. At issue, of course, is notorious Article 4, in which NASCAR claims propriety over just about anything produced by any medium – print, photo, internet, video, audio. The language is indefinite enough to include what NASCAR wants it to include, but it is very specific on one point: NASCAR owns it all(SpeedVision)(2-3-2000) -- UPDATE: from SpeedVision: The latest version of NASCAR's form for credential and license applications issued Wednesday appears to offer room for negotiation and dialogue, which NASCAR has promised all along. The revised Article 4: "4. USAGE: The use, distribution or exhibition of photographs, film, tape, recordings, or other likenesses of the drivers and/or other NASCAR members and/or other Event activities taken or made by me shall be limited to news coverage of the Event by the news organization or organizations which I represent unless otherwise authorized in writing by NASCAR. These materials shall not be used for any non-editorial use or any commercial use such as advertising, promotion or merchandise sale without written permission from NASCAR." See the full SpeedVision/Ben Blake story at: The End, or the Beginning?(2-4-2000)

  • NASCAR Hire: NASCAR announced that it had hired Arny Schreer as director of corporate marketing, and had promoted Andrew Feit to senior manager of the same program. Schreer joins NASCAR after serving with the New Jersey Nets of the NBA(SpeedVision)(2-4-2000)

  • more Talladega Testing: testing Winston Cup cars at Talladega on Thursday were #26-Jimmy Spencer, #2-Rusty Wallace, #11-Brett Bodine, #41-Rick Mast and #96-Greg Sacks. Busch Series drivers #10-Jeff Green, #4-Jeff Purvis, #1-Randy LaJoie, #5-Dick Trickle, #57-Jason Keller, #17-Jason Schuler, #92-Jimmy Johnson and ??-Kevin Schwantz along with ARCA driver Matt Hutter also were testing for the upcoming 2000 season. Spencer and his team plan to test again at Talladega Friday(TSS PR)(2-4-2000)

  • Earnhardt's Up Close Interview UPDATE 2: ESPN'S UpClose interview with the Dale Earnhardt and Dale Jr was aired on Wednesday, Feb 2nd, if you missed it, you can see it via Real Audio online at The ESPN NASCAR section(2-3-2000)

  • CAT car UPDATE 2: I hear Ward Burton will have a special #22 Caterpillar Paint Scheme for the Bud Shootout, and it will be all white with one yellow stripe running the length of the car right under the doors. The paint scheme is being run to thank the Caterpillar dealer network(1-11-2000) -- UPDATE: the #22 Bill Davis Racing Caterpillar Pontiac, driven by Ward Burton, will unveil a special paint scheme for the 2000 Bud Shootout at Daytona on Feb. 13 at Daytona International Speedway. -- UPDATE 2: got two images of the car in the Paint Schemes Gallery(2-3-2000)

  • Atwood, Dodge? No? UPDATE: TNN's Raceday reported today that Casey Atwood, driver of the #27 Castol Oil Chevy in the BGN, would probably NOT be a driver for the Ray Evernham Dodge team as rumored the last few months, but it was reported that it is looking like Bill Elliott will be the driver for one of Evernhams two Dodge cars(TNN Raceday)(1-30-2000) -- UPDATE: now hearing the 'rookie' driver for Evernham may be Jay Sauter(2-3-2000)

  • Fans Picked: for the No Bull Five at Daytona: Betty Blackman of Dillon, SC, Melissa Brown of Pittsburgh, John Williams of Las Vegas, Lorraine Scheurle of Cliffside Park, N.J., and Marcus Pohlmann of West Jefferson, Ohio., see my No Bull 5 page for more info(2-3-2000)

  • #21 NC Shop Update: In addition to serving as the team’s shock engineer during the 2000 season, Winston Cup veteran Newt Moore will also oversee the Wood Brothers aerodynamic and sheet metal program. Moore will command the bodies of the CITGO Ford driven by Elliott Sadler and the bodies of third generation Hooters Pro Cup driver Jon Wood. The Wood Brothers will move into their new shop located just off Interstate 85 on Saturday, February 5, 2000 in Kannapolis, NC(Cox Marketing)(2-3-2000)

  • Petree Sponsor, UPDATE on Petty: Albertson's Inc., one of the largest food-drug chains in the United States, announced today they will join Andy Petree Racing as the primary sponsor of driver Jack Sprague and the #15 Chevy for a limited BGN. In addition, Albertson's will serve as an associate sponsor on Andy Petree Racing's CUP teams, #55 Square-D/Cooper Lighting Chevy with driver Kenny Wallace and the #33 Oakwood Homes Chevy with driver Joe Nemechek for the 2000 season. #The #15 Albertson's Chevy is scheduled to compete at 10 events on the 2000 BGN schedule, with the debut taking place at Daytona. Sprague will also compete in nine other events in the Albertson's Chevrolet including, Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 4, Texas Motor Speedway on April 1, Talladega Superspeedway on April 15, California Speedway on April 29, The Milwaukee Mile on July 2, Nazareth Speedway on July 16, Dover Downs International Speedway on July 16, Lowe's Motor Speedway on October 7 and Phoenix International Raceway on November 4. Sprague will still run the full NASCAR Craftsman truck schedule. While Albertson's sponsorship in the NASCAR Busch Series is limited to 10 races in 2000, their associate sponsorship of the #33 and #55 Winston Cup teams is scheduled for the entire 2000 season. Albertson's will also be an associate sponsor of the #43 Petty Enterprises Pontiac for select Winston Cup events in 2000(IMG Motorsports PR) -- also see the other part of the Petree sponsor deal on my BGN Site(2-2-2000) -- UPDATE/Petty: Albertson's will also be an associate sponsor of the #43 Petty Enterprises Pontiac and driver John Andretti for select Winston Cup events in 2000 with the first event being at Las Vegas. Then Texas, California, Dover in the fall, Phoenix and Homestead-Miami(Albertson's Website)(2-3-2000)

  • Burton Wing: Jeff Burton, a member of the board of directors at Duke Children's Hospital(NC), came to the Durham area on February 1 to have a wing of the hospital dedicated in his name. The new wing at the Children’s Health Center will provide an interactive learning display that helps ease a child’s health concerns through a fun and educational NASCAR experience to be known as “The Jeff Burton Speedzone Wing.”(Racing Milestones)(2-3-2000)

  • Exide Trouble? UPDATE 3: saw this on TNN's Motorsports site and getting many questions on how it'll effect Jeff Burton and the #99: Exide Pulling Top Fuel Program?: According to sources, Exide Batteries has apparently pulled out as sponsor of the Top Fuel team owned by Tony Schumacher's father Don for 2000. The elder Schumacher reportedly will not field his championship-winning team without a major sponsor, leaving his title-winning son without a ride to defend it(TNN) I have not heard any problems with Exide and Roush for either the CUP or CTS deal. The CUP team even has a new Paint Scheme for 2000, but then again, so did Schumacher -- UPDATE: a source tells me that the Schumachers are looking into the legalities of Exide leaving but that the move by Exide should not effect the CUP or CTS sponsorships(1-8-2000) -- UPDATE 2: Exide restructured its motorsports sponsorship after suffering third-quarter financial losses, which reportedly caused them to get out of drag racing. Exide is staying with Jack Roush’s NASCAR Winston Cup and Craftsman Truck teams – both of which get more television exposure than the National Hot Rod Association – despite the fact that Schumacher is the NHRA defending champion, while Roush’s truck is driven by a series rookie(Kurt Busch)(SpeedVision)(1-10-2000) -- UPDATE 3: Exide has decided not to leave NHRA and had re-joined Schumacher as his sponsor for 2000(SpeedVision)(2-3-2000)

  • Tires Returned: heard about this on Tuesday but could not track the story down anyplace: Authorities on Wednesday recovered a stolen tractor trailer truck loaded with 400 (Goodyear) racing tires worth about $500,000 that had been snatched at a central (Gainsville) Florida truck stop. The tires, destined for the Rolex 24-Hour Race at Daytona International Speedway, were found outside a food center on Interstate 75 in Columbia County, about an hour's drive north of where the semi rig was stolen from a Marion County truck stop. Strange enough, it appears none of the tires are missing(AP/SpeedNet)(2-3-2000)

  • Simulation Game: A new deal between the Indy Racing League and Huntsville's(AL) AniVision Inc. will let anyone on the Internet drive in the Indianapolis 500. AniVision has created computer-game technology that places people in simulations of actual Indy-car races. AniVision is talking with NASCAR officials about potentially using Net Race Live to let Internet users re-enact actual NASCAR races. AniVision now needs five to 10 Huntsville racing fans willing to work in racing pits during races throughout the year. Those people will help collect data used in the game. See the full story at: AniVision sets pace with Indy videogame on the Alabama Online site. I saw the ad during the Disney IRL race many times, the site is at Sounds pretty wild(2-3-2000)

  • #18 News? UPDATE 2: hearing that former NASCAR Tim Sullivan has been hired to serve as PR rep for Bobby Labonte's #18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac team(1-28-2000) -- UPDATE: sources tell me that Camp & Associates, Inc. have hired Tim Sullivan to handle the public relations for Bobby Labonte and the #18 Interstate Batteries Racing Team. The former public relations representative for the #18 car, Jimmy White, is still with Camp & Associates, Inc. and has been promoted(1-29-2000) -- UPDATE 2: Tim Sullivan, former manager of communications for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, will be joining Camp & Associates, Inc., it was announced. Sullivan will serve as manager of communications/media relations for Camp and will maintain direct supervision of the Interstate Batteries Racing/Bobby Labonte/ Joe Gibbs Racing accounts. In addition, Camp also announced the hiring of Meredith Busby, formerly a member of the public relations staff of Talladega Superspeedway. A graduate of Jacksonville State University, Busby will be directly involved in account work for the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind(RaceWire)(2-2-2000)

  • from SpeedFX UPDATE: "First they sought to control the media. Then they tried to usurp team and driver's trademark rights. Now, gentle readers, NASCAR is after you, the fans. The rules apply to anyone "purchasing, bearing or using a ticket". Basically you agree that any photo or video you take, anything you see at the track, or anything you hear while there related to the race is NASCAR's property under copyright law." -- see the full story at SpeedFX: NASCAR Wants Fans to Surrender Rights by Matt McLaughlin(2-1-2000) -- UPDATE: I am getting many question how this will effect the Jayski answer? I don't know and I am not gonna worry about it, thanks(2-2-2000)

  • Tyler Jet? UDPATE: starting to hear the USPS rumor as the #10 Tyler Jet Motorsports sponsor again -- UPDATE: or UPS(2-1-2000)

  • Irvan/Gordon: Ernie Irvan has nothing to do with Team Gordon as a spokesman, Mentor, or as a owner, Irvan is just leasing his building to Team Gordon for 2000. Irvan is looking to put his own WC team together this year for 2001 season(Ernie Irvan Site)(2-1-2000)

  • Evernham Grand Marshal: former #24 NASCAR crew chief Ray Evernham will be responsible for starting everyone’s engines for the February 25-26 Florida Dodge Dealers 400, in his role as Grand Marshal for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Evernham is beginning a new career as a NASCAR Winston Cup Series team owner after earning the distinction as one of the most successful crew chiefs in the history of the sport. He will be making his first public appearance for Dodge at the 400-kilometer event on the 1.5-mile Speedway. Before leaving Hendrick Motorsports in September, Evernham helped lead driver Jeff Gordon to 47 victories and three of the past four NASCAR Winston Cup championships. During the first 27 events in 1999, the Gordon-Evernham duo captured five victories, led 22 races, and won seven Bud Poles(Homestead-Miami Speedway Newsletter)(2-1-2000)

  • Waltrip's BGN Schedule: Michael Waltrip will return to NASCAR's Busch Series for 2000 with BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages in the #7 Chevy. Waltrip will compete at eleven BGN events including: Daytona, Las Vegas, Bristol, Texas, California, Lowe's Motor Speedway(both), Dover, Michigan, Richmond, and Phoenix(Cox Marketing)(2-1-2000)

  • Craven/Snowmobile: The Third Annual Ricky Craven Snowmobile Ride for Charity was the most successful ride to date, raising more than $73,000 for the charities the ride benefits. Thanks to all the efforts of everyone involved, including a total of 368 riders, the event topped the 1999 edition by more than $10,000. For full coverage, including ride sponsors, ride giveaways, and photos from the ride, see the Ricky Craven Site(2-1-2000)

  • Cravens BGN/BGNN Schedule: Ricky Crave will drive in three BGN and two BGNN events in 2000, driving the #23 Agree Chevy in the BGN. The BGN races are Bristol on March 25th; NHIS on May 13th and Lowes on Oct 7th. Craven will run both New Hampshire(NHIS) BGNN events, July 8th and Sept 16th(Ricky Craven Site)(2-1-2000)

  • Sad News: on Thursday, January 27th George Fedor, of Safety=Kleen, passed away at his winter home in Daytona Beach, Florida. George was 64 years old and is survived by his wife Barbara and two daughters, Maria and Sharon. George was born and raised in Shelton, Connecticut and retired from the Echlin Corporation's - Raybestos Brake division. Since his retirement in the mid 90's. George worked with the Stavola Brothers - Raybestos Brakes Winston Cup team and most recently coordinated the Safety-Kleen Motorsports environmental recycling services at all the NASCAR Winston Cup races. Known as "Mr. Safety-Kleen", George will be missed by the entire Safety-Kleen and NASCAR family. Services for George will be held on Wednesday, February 2nd at the Adzima Funeral Home located at 50 Paradise Green Place in Stratford, CT. (203-375-2200). Church services will be held at the St. Lawrence Church in Huntington, CT. on Thursday, February 3rd. Per the family's request, donations can be sent to the Huntington Fire Company #3 located in Shelton, CT 06844(Safety-Kleen)(1-31-2000)

  • #42 Hauler Accident: Team SABCO transporter driver David Walker suffered minor injuries in a traffic accident with a pickup truck on I-40 outside Waverly, Arkansas, early Sunday morning. The pickup truck driver was killed when he crossed the I-40 median and collided with the Team SABCO transporter. Walker was en route to Las Vegas on I-40 westbound when the accident occurred. The tractor and transporter jackknifed and fell down an embankment. Walker suffered only minor cuts and bruises. The tractor sustained irreparable damage but the race car hauler suffered only minor exterior damage(Williams Co)(1-31-2000)

  • Bodine to run CTS: Billy Ballew Motorsports announced that they have secured the services of Geoffrey Bodine, who drives the #60 Power Team Chevy in CUP, for the season opening Truck Series race at Daytona and that his son Barry Bodine will compete in the following three races(Homestead, Phoenix and Bakersfield) for the team. The Bodines will drive the #15 Linex/Miccosukee Indian Gaming Ford F-150. For more info see the Jayski CTS Silly Season Site(Team PR)(1-31-2000)

  • Petree BGN UPDATE 2: on TNN's Raceday, CUP owner(#33 and #55), Andy Petree said his BGN team(#15) would run Derrick Gilchrist in up to 20 BGN races and CTS Champ, Jack Sprague in up to 10 races. Petree is close to announcing a sponsor for the team(1-17-2000) -- UPDATE: Sprague is scheduled to race the car at: Daytona, Las Vegas, Texas, California, Talladega, Milwaukee, Nazareth, Dover Downs, Lowe's and Phoenix. Gilchrist will run at Atlanta, California, New Hampshire, Nazareth, Pikes Peak, Indianapolis Raceway Park, Michigan, Richmond, Rockingham and Phoenix. The drivers will have two different sponsors and will run two cars/teams at California, Nazareth and Phoenix(NOL) Looks like (1-29-2000) -- UPDATE 2: hearing Gilchrist's sponsor will be Just Born Candies/Hot Tamales(1-31-2000)

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