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PAST NEWS FEBRUARY 14-20, 2000


(2-20-2000)
  • Interesting: When Derrike Cope won the 1990 Daytona 500, he started from the 12th position. In today's Daytona 500, Cope also will start 12th in the #15 Fenely-Moore Motorsports Ford(Speed Magazine)(2-20-2000)

  • Team Gordon News: #13 Robby Gordon associate sponsors Turtle Wax and Johns Manville have decided to further support owner/driver Robby Gordon's run at the Daytona 500 by taking over the hood of his #13 Ford Taurus for the Daytona 500(NOL)(2-20-2000)

  • No Bull Five for Las Vegas: #88-Dale Jarrett, #99-Jeff Burton, #94-Bill Elliott, #2-Rusty Wallace, and #6-Mark Martin(2-20-2000)

  • No Bull Five Finishers at Daytona were: #88-Dale Jarrett(started 1st, finished 1st), #28-Ricky Rudd(2nd, 15th), #22-Ward Burton(6th, 8th), #3-Dale Earnhardt(21st, 21st), and #55-Kenny Wallace(39th,29th)(2-18/20-2000)


    (2-19-2000)
  • THE DODGE ANNOUNEMENT at DAYTONA: In an announcement made in Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday morning(2-19-2000), Bill Davis Racing and Petty Enterprises joined Ray Evernham's previously-announced NASCAR Winston Cup operation in bringing back the Dodge nameplate to stock car racing's premier division for the 2001 season. See full Press Release: Dodge/Petty/Davis Announcement(PR)(2-19-2000)

  • #90 News: Henk de Back, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sara Lee Coffee & Tea Company of North America, Retail, announced that HILLS BROS coffee will be the primary sponsor of the #90 Cup team owned by Junie Donlavey beginning with the 2000 Daytona 500 and continuing through the entire 2001 season. Junie Donlavey first fielded a team in a NASCAR sanctioned event in 1950. He is the recent recipient of the Myers Brothers Award from the National Motorsports Press Association, and the Spirit of Ford Award, the most prestigious motorsports honor Ford bestows. He is in his 51st consecutive season as a team owner, the longest such streak in NASCAR. Donlavey, who entered nine races in 1999 with Hills Bros as a sponsor, said starting his second half-century in NASCAR with support from Hills Bros is a tremendous opportunity. Second generation driver Ed Berrier was named to drive the Hills Bros Coffee Ford Taurus. The son of former NASCAR driver Max Berrier, Ed has raced in the NASCAR Busch Series and scored his first win in 1998. In 2000 he will be competing for rookie-of-the-year honors against some great young drivers. He has made nine NASCAR Winston Cup Series starts, including four last season in Donlavey’s cars. In the past he has served as a test driver for Donlavey in Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) events since in 1995(Keystome PR condensed)(2-19-2000)

  • NASCAR Telecomm sponsor UPDATE: hearing MCI will not be renewing their official status for the 2000 season with NASCAR and that AT&T is seriously considering taking MCI's place as the Official Telecommunications Company of NASCAR(8-11-1999) -- UPDATE: AT&T Broadband and Motorola, two leaders in the telecommunications industry, have joined forces for the first time In a unique sports marketing collaboration through which the companies have jointly been designated the "Official Telecommunications Companies of NASCAR." The collaborative marketing program will allow AT&T Broadband and Motorola to capitalize on marketing opportunities both on and off the race track, offering a variety of information, entertainment and communications delivery sources for NASCAR fans. Being named the “Official Communications Companies of NASCAR” allows AT&T Broadband and Motorola to develop trade and consumer advertising, promotions and public relations highlighting their NASCAR involvement. Officials from both companies are jointly developing marketing programs with details expected to be announced en the coming months(Racin' Network)(2-19-2000)


    (2-18-2000)
  • #91 Sponsor: When Joe Falk’s #91 Chevrolet Monte Carlo sponsored by KMC Telecom came up three spots short of making the Daytona 500 starting grid, his first concern was finding another team to carry the KMC Telecom decals. "The people at KMC Telecom have been absolutely great to us, and they have a lot of people coming in for this race. We wanted to make sure they had a car to cheer for and a Team who would appreciate their involvement," said Falk. "Since their slogan is ‘Creative Solutions With a Hometown Touch,’ my first thought was to talk to Junie Donlavey. Junie and I go back a long way in NASCAR racing, we are both single car team owners, and we both call Virginia home." The KMC Telecom decals will share space on the #90 Ford Taurus with Hills Brothers Coffee, primary sponsor of Donlavey Racing(LJ Racing Site)(2-18-2000)

  • Marcis and the Bodines: Dave Marcis finished 17th in the second qualifier Thursday. Two spots higher, and he would have qualified for his 33rd consecutive Daytona 500. As it was, he was heading home. Marcis wasn't the only significant name to miss the field. Former Daytona 500 winner(1986) Geoffrey Bodine, who had been in 19 consecutive Daytona 500s, finished just 19th in the first race and couldn't qualify on time. His brother, Brett, missed for the first time in 13 years(News and Observer)(2-18-2000)

  • Fans at Daytona: In the past 72 hours 3 Daytona Beach Police officers, and several race fans have been hit by motorists on International Speedway Blvd. just in front of DIS. The officers, directing traffic per instructions from their superiors. The race fans, just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Yesterday, an officer was intentionally hit by a motorist because he wouldn't let her proceed. The motorist has now been arrested and her children temporarily placed in foster care. No injuries were life threatening, but there were reported broken bones, bruises and contusions(Stock Car Fans Newsletter/Speed Racer)(2-18-2000)

  • New CTS Team: Bobby Norfleet, an African-American driver from Augusta, GA, has scheduled a news conference at Daytona International Speedway today to reveal his plans to join the Craftsman Truck Series. Norfleet, 41, hopes to make his debut in the Dodge California 250 on March 26. He plans to drive the #34 Chevy in five to seven truck races and is contemplating making a few appearances in the Busch Grand National Series, according to his agent, John Christmas of Decatur. Norfleet's team will be unique in that it will be sponsored almost exclusively by African-American businesses. When Norfleet cranks his truck for the first time, it will give the series two minority teams. California Speedway in October, plans to run the full truck schedule this year. He starts his #12- Hot Wheels Dodge from the 30th position in today's 250-mile race(AJC)(2-8-2000)

  • Sad News: Gary Swan, a sportswriter for the San Francisco Chronicle, died yesterday in Daytona Beach, Fla., where he was covering the Daytona 500, the Chronicle reported in today's editions. Swan was 51. The medical examiner's office in Daytona Beach was investigating the cause of death. Swan was found dead in his hotel room. (Tennessean/AP)(2-18-2000)


    (2-17-2000)
  • No Changes: NASCAR officials will not make any changes to the shock absorber and spring rules put in place for the Daytona 500, nor will they introduce a restrictor plate for Friday's inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Daytona(TNN)(2-17-2000)

  • UPS and NASCAR? hearing that United Parcel Service will be the official package delivery company of NASCAR, a reader even sent an image of the truck at Daytona, delivering a package, check out the flames: UPS Truck Image. Found a story on Yahoo: UPS delivers the green flag to start this Sunday's Daytona 500 in recognition of its new, five-year agreement to become the official express delivery company of NASCAR. UPS's NASCAR partnership includes customer promotions, trade hospitality and NASCAR souvenir program and publication ads featuring a specially designed UPS package delivery car. During the 2000 NASCAR season, UPS will have on-site presence during races at Daytona International Speedway -- Feb. 20, Texas Motor Speedway -- April 2, California Speedway -- April 30, Michigan Speedway -- June 11, Talladega Superspeedway -- Oct. 15, and Atlanta Motor Speedway -- Nov. 19. UPS intends to develop a fully integrated national marketing program featuring drivers, teams and tracks during the 2001 NASCAR season(Yahoo Biz) and a story at the UPS site, which is where the image I have posted came from(2-17-2000)

  • Irvan at Fox: Ernie Irvan made his FoxSports debut as their Racing Analyst, Wednesday night he discussed the Gordon/Stewart incident, the Yates powerful engines. See more at FoxSports: Twin 125 is last line of hope for some drivers by Irvan(2-17-2000)

  • Rules: No rules changes are expected at least until after the Feb 27th race at Rockingham. Winston Cup director Gary Nelson said NASCAR is willing to live with cars that are "equivalent" rather than "equal."(Gaston Gazette)(2-17-2000)

  • Boesel to NASCAR: Former IRL and CART driver Raul Boesel was interviewed during BGN qualifying on ESPN2 and said he was looking to run in NASCAR this year, didn't say what division(ESPN2)(2-17-2000)

  • Stewart/Gordon UPDATE 3 Fine: #13-Robby Gordon and #20-Tony Stewart got together with Gordon getting tapped in the rear and spinning, the roof flaps saved Gordon from getting airbourne, no major damage to either car. Gordon and Stewart had quite a shoving match with Stewart in Stewart garage, no punchs thrown. Also, see the full story at: That's Racin': Tempers flare in the garage. Bottom line is, they both cooled off later and will meet with NASCAR Officials Thursday in the AM before the Twins. See the slideshow of the incident at That's Racin'. Also see the story at: SpeedVision(2-16-2000) -- UPDATE: a good story to explain the incident: Practice Accident Spurs Garage Tussle by Glen Grissom from Ford and Pontiac Racing text --UPDATE 2: Jason Shapiro, a mechanic with the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing team, was nailed with a $2,000 fine and placed on probation for the next four months after he hit Gordon while trying to break up a confrontation between the two drivers. Shapiro's probation ends June 30(goRacing) -- UPDATE 3: Tony Stewart was on ESPN2's RPM2Nite and said he and Robby Gordon has met and talked for 15 minutes and everything is fine between them and that he would help pay Shapiro's fine(2-17-2000)

  • Gordon's Spoiler? UPDATE: Favorable treatment for Jeff Gordon at the NASCAR inspection station? That was the complaint among some rivals in the garage after NASCAR made a "no-call" on a rear spoiler violation in Friday's pole runs. NASCAR requires cars to run a 45-degree rear spoiler here, but the left side of Gordon's rear spoiler measured 42 1/2 degrees after his run. NASCAR said it didn't see any performance gain(PitNow) AND Although his rear spoiler violated NASCAR rules when it was measured after he ran, officials took no action against Jeff Gordon after his qualifying run Saturday(The Ledger)(2-14-2000) -- UPDATE: not sure what to make from this but hearing that Gordon's car supposedly had "an illegal part related to the fuel system", during qualifying, have not found any further info on it, not sure what the part is, and it didn't seem to help at all(25th fastest)(2-17-2000)


    (2-16-2000)
  • Musgrave: Per the Ted Musgrave Official Site: "Ted is in Daytona working with Scott Pruett in both CUP and BGN. They have not finalized their CUP deal but have meetings with the sponsor this weekend at Daytona. When the deal is done it will be around for at LEAST three more years. Musgrave will be back but at exactly what race has not been determined."(2-16-2000)

  • #16 Sponsor? UPDATE: Roush Racing has scheduled an 8:30am/et Wednesday press conference at its hospitality motorhome with driver Kevin Lepage to discuss the #16 Ford's participation in the "Great American Race(NOL) -- UPDATE: Internet search engine Northern Light announced it would sponsor the Ford Taurus for the Gatorade Twin 125s and Sunday's Daytona 500(TNN Motorsports Site)(2-16-2000)

  • Yates Engines: According to a knowledgeable source in the paddock, the #88's restrictor-plate engine registered a whopping 430 to 435 rear-wheel horsepower on a chassis dyno. That's around 20-25 more horsepower than anyone else in the garage area. But when we talked to another Daytona veteran engine builder, he dispelled any major Robert Yates Racing engine horsepower advantage with this logic -- Yates has too many engines in the field for only one of them to be so dominant(TNN)(2-16-2000)

  • Teachers: Michael Holigan, sponsor of #25-Jerry Nadeau, bought 250 tickets to the NAPA 300 Busch race at Daytona and donated 130 of them to send teachers of the year from area school districts to the race Saturday. The remainder will be used to send members of boys/girls clubs and big brothers/big sisters programs to the event(Cotter PR)(2-16-2000)

  • Bad Parts: Several Cup teams had unapproved parts confiscated by NASCAR in recent days. The most common parts taken were springs, which were taken from the cars of #55-Kenny Wallace, #31-Mike Skinner, #41-Rick Mast (two), #4-Bobby Hamilton (two), #27-Jeff Fuller, #42-Kenny Irwin and #32-Scott Pruett. Unapproved tethers were taken from the car of #7-Michael Waltrip and an unapproved jacking bolt from the car of #48-Stanton Barrett. Also, unapproved parts were taken from the airboxes of the #60-Geoffrey Bodine and #65-Dan Pardus(That's Racin'), no fines mentioned(2-16-2000)

  • Team Gordon: Lee Morse, former chief of Ford's North American racing operations, who had been Robby Gordon's team manager, left recently to join an engine parts company(SpeedVision)(2-16-2000)

  • Lance Hooper at Daytona: Lance Hooper 1996 Winston West champion has been working with Richard Jackson Motorsports for over 2 1/2 years, driving Winston Cup, Busch, and ARCA races. They have been looking for a sponsor in any of these series for Lance to drive. While hanging out at Daytona, the driver of the #9 truck, Tracy Leslie was called home for an emergency and Hooper has asked to qualify and run the Daytona CTS race. Jackson is assisting the team to prepare for qualifying. Hooper was 19th in practice. Hooper is also acting as lead mechanic for the team, working with shocks and chassis set up. Hooper has won the NASCAR southwest tour, and two series championships(2-16-2000)

  • #17 Assoc: The #17 DeWalt Tools/Roush Racing team and driver Matt Kenseth have signed up Emazing.com as an associate sponsor for the #17 Ford(PR)(2-16-2000)


    (2-15-2000)
  • Gentilozzi and Cup: Trans-Am series champ, Paul Gentilozzi to return to defend his Trans-Am championship, plans to enter the two NASCAR Winston Cup road races this year at Sears Point and Watkins Glen(SpeedVision/Steve Smith)(2-15-2000)

  • Sad News: Don Schroeder, 35, the senior technical editor for Car and Driver, was killed in a high-speed crash at Bridgestone’s 7.5-mile testing facility at Fort Stockton, TX., on Friday, Feb. 11.(SpeedVision) Thoughts go out to family and friends(2-15-2000)

  • ESPY's: Dale Earnhardt won the ESPY decade award for Auto Racing and Dale Jarrett won the ESPY for best performance in the 1999 Auto Racing season(2-15-2000)

  • Gibbs driver to do double duty: Not Tony Stewart this year but Jason Leffler, Joe Gibbs rookie BGN driver, is making plans to drive in the Indianapolis 500. Leffler will drive car owner Joe Gibbs' #18 Pontiac in the CarQuest Auto Parts 300 BGN race at Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 27, then hop a jet to race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway the next day. Leffler is talking to Indy team owner Fred Treadway about the one-off Indy 500 effort. Tony Stewart did the double on the same day last year, but has opted this year to focus exclusively on his Winston Cup program(goRacing)(2-15-2000)

  • Sad News: CART owner and former NASCAR/Indycar driver, Tony Bettenhausen his wife Shirley, business partner Russ Roberts and Indianapolis businessman Larry Rangel were killed in a private plane crash today in Kentucky, condolences to family and friends(SpeedVision)(2-14-2000) -- See the SpeedVision column: Tony Bettenhausen An Appreciation by David Phillips(2-15-2000)


    (2-14-2000)
  • #34 and David Green UPDATE: been getting this question: Why is #34-David Green not listed on NOL's Twin 125 lineup's? Do not know, I have heard nothing about him dropping out of the Daytona 500 -- UPDATE: David Green's showing in the Bud Shootout on Sunday wasn't good enough to keep the team owned by Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Bob Kersee and Kurt Roehrig around for an attempt to make the Daytona 500. The team withdrew its entry(That's Racin')(2-14-2000)

  • Rudd: the car #28-Ricky Rudd flipped in the Bud Shootout was NOT the car Rudd qualified in and will not have go to the back of the field for the Twin 125 or the 500, but it was his backup car, so he doesn't want to wreck in practice or the Twin 125(2-14-2000)

  • Martin-BBBS: Mark Martin and Valvoline will expand their association with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America this season. Starting with Sunday's Daytona 500, Valvoline will again donate $5,000 for each race win, $2,500 per pole position, and $20 for every lap Martin leads in Winston Cup competition in the Valvoline Ford Taurus. New in Y2K is a $1,000 contribution for a top-five finish and a special fundraising activity will be announced soon. At least 11 trackside fundraisers are scheduled -- opening at Daytona -- where fans can participate in this "Caring Hands" program. A total of $247,315 was raised by Martin's performance in 1999 plus off-season events(Valvoline Newsletter)(2-14-2000)

  • Martin's Jackman: When Mark Martin pitted for the mandatory pitstop during the Bud Shootout, he realized his brakes weren't working well. Trapped in front of the car was jackman Mike Ehret, who didn't have enough time to get out of the way. Ehret, trying to get around to the front right wheel, was knocked down but not seriously hurt. He immediately regained his feet and hopped back to the wall. He was treated for a bruise to the right leg and released from the infield care center(CBS/AP), Ehert may skip Thursday's 125-mile qualifiers, but says he'll be back on pit road for the 500(PitNow)(2-14-2000)

  • #41 Sponsor? UPDATE 2: hearing from very good sources that a new sponsor of the #41 Larry Hedrick Motorsports Chevy will be.......Big Daddy's BBQ(2-9-2000) -- UPDATE: on NOL's Daytona 500 entry list, the #41 is listed as the Big Daddy's Chevy(2-10-2000) -- UPDATE 2: #41 Larry Hedrick Motorsports and Rick Mast has picked up a primary sponsor for the season, Big Daddy's BBQ Sauce and Spices. This will be Big Daddy's first venture in Winston Cup racing. The company was planning to sponsor the #90 Junie Donlavey Fords last season, but the deal came apart before last season's Daytona 500. Also joining the #41 team as an associate sponsor is Universal Studios, which served as Mast's primary sponsor last season when he was with Cale Yarborough Motorsports(That's Racin') and However, Big Daddy's involvement in motorsports has been problematic, at best. They had signed a sponsorship agreement with Junie Donlavey's Winston Cup team for the 1999 season, only to break the contract when scheduled payments were not made. Those problems also plagued Big Daddy's planned sponsorship programs in other forms of motorsports last year, but company officials appear to have turned things around with Sunday's announcement about their 2000 plans with Hedrick and Mast(goRacing) AND Team members said they believe the deal is good. Big Daddy's will join associates Universal Studios and Mannheim Auctions. Team spokesman Jimmy White said the team also has another potential sponsor in line and will know more at Las Vegas. If the second deal goes through, that company would be co-primary with Big Daddy's, White said(SpeedVision/Ben Blake)(2-14-2000)

  • Yates is HOT: no only did his drivers take 1-2 in Daytona 500 qualifying, win the Bud Shootout qualifier and race, but a Yates Racing engine won the ARCA race with the #95 Sadler Bros and driver David Keith(ESPN ARCA coverage)(2-14-2000)

  • Gordon's Spoiler? Favorable treatment for Jeff Gordon at the NASCAR inspection station? That was the complaint among some rivals in the garage after NASCAR made a "no-call" on a rear spoiler violation in Friday's pole runs. NASCAR requires cars to run a 45-degree rear spoiler here, but the left side of Gordon's rear spoiler measured 42 1/2 degrees after his run. NASCAR said it didn't see any performance gain(PitNow) AND Although his rear spoiler violated NASCAR rules when it was measured after he ran, officials took no action against Jeff Gordon after his qualifying run Saturday(The Ledger)(2-14-2000)

  • Evernham/ABC: It was mentioned on the ESPN broadcast of the Bud Shootout Qualifier that Ray Evernham, who was part of the broadcast team for the race would be in the booth for the ABC Cup races and the IROC races on ESPN(2-14-2000)

  • DW and BP sign? UPDATE: 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) -- UPDATE: Darrell Waltrip became the first person hired by Fox as the network prepares to tackle NASCAR in 2001(Times-Union)(2-14-2000)

  • Shootout and Shotgun: Remington Arms announced it gave each of the starters in Sunday's Bud Shootout a limited-edition shotgun. "Only 15 drivers will start today's Bud Shootout," Phil Murdock, Remington's manager of sports marketing, said in a release. "And there are only 15 guns of this kind in the world."(St Petersburg Times)(2-14-2000)


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