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PAST NEWS FEBRUARY 21-27, 2000


(2-27-2000)
  • Wind Tunnel: TNN's Glenn Jarrett reported that speculation has it that NASCAR will take the #3 Chevy, #18 Pontiac and #88 Ford to the wind tunnel this coming week. Last week NASCAR took the #'s 88, 31 and 22 to the wind tunnel(2-27-2000)

  • #75 Sponsor: the #75 Galaxy Motorsports team and driver Wally Dallenbach have added a third primary sponsor for seven races, which started today at Rockingham. RotoZip Tool Corp. joins cable-broadcasting giant Turner Broadcast System (TBS) and Red Cell Batteries in a three-way primary sponsorship program on the #75(goRacing)(2-27-2000)

  • Provisional Finisher: #60-Ted Musgrave was the highest provisonal starter with a 16th place finish subbing for injured Geoffrey Bodine. Where did the provisional starters finish? See my Provisional Finishes Page(2-27-2000)

  • Engine Changes: the #94-Bill Elliott and #55-Kenny Wallace teams changed engines early Sunday morning. Elliott's team found metal pieces in theirs(TNN Preview Show) winner #18-Bobby Labonte also changed an engine Sunday morning(2-27-2000)

  • Spencer News: Jimmy Spencer has decided not to run in the BGN race at Las Vegas next week. Still recovering from two broken ribs he suffered in a crash last week in the Daytona 500, Spencer has put off his 2000 BGN debut until the Texas 300 at Fort Worth on April 1. He has opted not to have a relief driver for the CUP Rockingham race(Times-Dispatch)(2-27-2000)


    (2-26-2000)
  • Wind Tunnel Again? UPDATE: Bill Weber reported on Thursday's RPM2Nite that NASCAR may choose three cars to go to the wind tunnel after the Rockingham race(2-25-2000) -- UPDATE: NASCAR is expected to take one Ford, one Chevrolet and one Pontiac from Sunday's Dura-Lube/Kmart 400 to a wind tunnel in Marietta, Ga., to continue its evaluations of the models competing in the 2000 Winston Cup season. But Rick Hendrick, owner of three Chevrolet teams, isn't waiting on the results of that test or of those from a test on cars from Daytona held earlier this week. See full story at That's Racin'(2-26-2000)

  • Sad News: The teams of Dale Jarrett and Ricky Rudd were both reeling from the death this week of Dave Kriska, an engineer who had worked at Robert Yates Racing for eight years. Kriska took his own life Tuesday, just two days after Jarrett won the Daytona 500. Yates did not come to the track Friday. Kriska worked on Bill Elliott's team when it won the championship in 1988 before joining Yates(News and Observer)(2-26-2000)

  • Sad News but Better UPDATE: PRN-Performace Racing Network announcer, Chuck Carland, is ill and in the hospital in Charlotte, NC. Best wishes to him and his family(2-25-2000) -- UPDATE: hearing Carland is doing much better and will go home on Monday(2-26-2000)

  • Hot Wheels: The Hendrick Marrow Program collector's sets from Hot Wheels Racing are available for purchase online. Great drivers, great cars and a great cause have come together in two sets of fine NASCAR® replicas. The cars of Kyle Petty, Terry Labonte and Ernie Irvan, plus a special #24 car, are featured in these outstanding collections. These 1:64 scale die-cast vehicles boast team-approved paint schemes, authentic graphics and full-color logos. There is an added incentive for the discriminating collector. For every set sold, Mattel will make a contribution to the Hendrick Marrow Program(Hot Wheels PR)(2-26-2000)

  • Update on Stewart's crewman: Michael Lingerfelt was released from Halifax Medical Center in Daytona, FL and flew home in Joe Gibbs' private jet. He was up and walking with a walker within fifteen hours after his surgery, the better to get things jump started. The Tire Changer for the #20 Home Depot Pontiac and Tony Stewart is also a mechanic on the car, and could find his way back to the shop as early as next week, because he can't stay away. No doubt he would be on 'light duty.' Lingerfelt was hit by Stewart in the pit lane last Sunday during the NASCAR Winston Cup Daytona 500 race. With the new shock rules, all the Cup cars are sitting higher and Lingerfelt was in a blind spot, unseen by Stewart(Racing Angels Newsletter) -- UPDATE: Gordy Arbitter, who has worked with Dale Earnhardt Inc. and most recently with the #12 Fords of Jeremy Mayfield, will take over right-front tire changing duties on Tony Stewart's #20 Pontiacs beginning this Sunday(That's Racin')(2-26-2000)

  • Goodyear Employee Honored: Charlotte, N.C., resident Wayne Torrence was honored last week by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. for his 55 years of service to the company, which has included his work in marketing at numerous Winston Cup and NASCAR Grand National races(That's Racin')(2-26-2000)

  • Book: A new book, The Driving Force, explores the aspect of faith and religious belief among some top NASCAR drivers. Written by veteran motorsports journalist Mike Hembree of Spartanburg, S.C., the book includes chapters on such high-profile drivers as Jeff Gordon, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Jarrett, Kyle Petty and Dale Earnhardt. The forward is written by Joe Gibbs, former NFL coaching great who now fields two of the top teams in NASCAR. Gibbs says his personal faith and convictions help guide his every decision(Tennessean). For more info on the book and many other NASCAR related books, see Jayski's Racing Bookstore. Heard from a reader who commented that the book was more of a "young adult" level book that uses true-life NASCAR incidents as similes to Bible lessons. While there are a few fleeting visions of the spiritual lives of people like Jeff Gordon, DW, Kyle Petty, etc.(2-26-2000)


    (2-25-2000)
  • Lepage to see the Light, again: The #16 Ford and driver Kevin Lepage will be sponsored again by Nothern Light.com, an Internet search engine. Northern Light also sponsored the team in the Daytona 500 and will sponsor Roush teammate Jeff Burtin in a limited schedule of events in the BGN(RPM2Nite/ESPN2) Got an image of the car sent in by a reader, see the Paint Schemes Gallery for the image(2-25-2000)

  • Trouble at the #50? UPDATE 4: hearing that crew chief John Monsam and some crew members have left the #50 Midwest Transit Team(2-21-2000) -- UPDATE: #50 Midwest Transit Racing crew chief John Monsam tendered his resignation on the Friday before the Daytona 500. Crewman Bob Hayden, responsible for pre-race setups at the team's shop, was reportedly offered the interim crew chief position. Also near the end of last season, co-owners Mike Witters sold his share of the team to the other co-owner Hal Hicks(NOL)(2-22-2000) -- UPDATE 2: Also, in Lawrence County, Ill., a three-count complaint was filed last month against Midwest Transit Inc. and Hal D. Hicks, alleging the race team Hicks operates in addition to the business is "a possible recipient of misapplied funds." A brief story on the matter ran on Jan. 27 in the Sumner, Ill., Press.(Gaston Gazette) -- UPDATE 3: Hal Hicks, owner of Midwest Transit Racing Inc., today issued the following statement in response to a widely circulated e-mail involving a lawsuit by his former partner, Michael Witters: "The lawsuit involves only Midwest Transit, Inc. The race team, Midwest Transit Racing, Inc., is not a party to the lawsuit. "I am the founder, operator and controlling shareholder in Midwest Transit, Inc., the sponsor of the race team, and – just for the record – we intend to run a full 34-race schedule, just as we intended when Mr. Witters was involved."(Racin' Network)(2-24-2000) -- UPDATE 4: also hearing that leaving the team were: Chassis builder Ray Kilgore(formerly with Gary Dehart's Turnkey Performance), who had been hired to head up a new chassis program and Glenn Coe, suspension specialist and Dee Chapman, PR(2-25-2000)

  • AMS Testing: Four CUP driver and one BGN driver tested at Atlanta on Thursday. Fastest was #27-Jeff Fuller at 191.471mph. 2nd was #77-Robert Pressley at 190.487, 3rd was #11-Brett Bodine at 189.901 and th was #13-Robby Gordon at 187.847. #15-Derrick Gilchrist tested his Andy Petree owned Chevy with a fast lap of 178.727mph(goRacing)(2-25-2000)

  • #36 Assoc: parts.com, Inc. (formerly Miracom Corporation), announced it has become an associate sponsor of the #36 M&M's Pontiac and the MB2 Motorsports team. As an Associate National Sponsor, the parts.com logo will appear prominently on the "M&M's"® Racing Team's #36 Pontiac and on the uniforms of the driver and pit crew. This will help position the parts.com exchange as the leading provider of online business-to-business and consumer auto parts products to an important segment of the automotive marketplace(IMG Motorsports PR)(2-25-2000)

  • Graves back to Cup..for a race UPDATE 2 delayed: NASCAR Winston West regular Brendan Gaughan will try his hand at NASCAR Winston Cup racing with former Hendrick Motorsports crew chief Andy Graves in the CarsDirect.com 400 NASCAR Winston Cup race on March 5 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Gaughan, a 24-year old Las Vegas native, is the full-time driver for Orleans Racing, which is located in LVMS's Research and Development Center. The state-of-the art race shop is home to a full-time NASCAR Winston West team, part-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck team and the future home of a cutting-edge engine building complex. Graves, who joined Chip Ganassi's CART team this year after a 10-year history with Hendrick Motorsports, will assist the team with building its 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, advise them on race and qualifying setups and act as crew chief on race day. The car will be the #62 NAPA Auto Parts/The Orleans Casino Chevrolet(LVMS PR)(2-8-2000) -- UPDATE: hearing Gaughan's Cup debut will not happen at Vegas and will be delayed -- UPDATE 2: Orleans Racing has made a last-minute decision not to enter next weekend's CUP race at Las Vegas, delaying the debut of Brendan Gaughan. The reason: rain. The team was not able to secure a testing date as rain left only a few open test dates which were booked by the IRL. Gaughan was able to sneak onto the track for a brief shakedown session Thursday morning with one of the team's Winston West engines in the new car and chassis, but some minor bugs were discovered. The team will focus on qualifying for the April 30 Cup race at California(Las Vegas Review)(2-25-2000)

  • No #15: the #15 Fenley-Moore team and driver Derrike Cope decided to skip the Rockingham race, taking a week off as they look for a sponsor and plan to attempt the CUP race at Las Vegas next week(2-25-2000)

  • What are the Odds? Johnnie Bowser is one of the No Bull 5 Contestants for next weeks race at Las Vegas. Guess what? This is his second shot at the No Bull 5 contest prize. He was a No Bull 5 contestant at last years Southern 500 at Darlington. He was then paired with Mark Martin. Jeff Burton and another contestant won the million. This is the third year for the No Bull 5 contest, and the Las Vegas race will be the 12th event in which the $1 million prize was offered to a fan. Bowser is the first fan to have his name selected twice(That's Racin')(2-25-2000)

  • No Bull 5 Contestants at Vegas are: Johnnie Bowser, Charlotte; Richard Cartwright, Wetumpka, AL; Rosemarie Lechleidner, Moorestown, NJ; Harry Hamner, Rumford, ME; and Joyce Williams, Port Isabel, TX(That's Racin')(2-25-2000)


    (2-24-2000)
  • DW Road: North Carolina Speedway will name a road on the property for Darrell Waltrip in ceremonies on Saturday(Gaston Gazette)(2-24-2000)

  • Elliott, Dodge? Ford? UPDATE 3: hearing that Bill Elliott may make his Dodge announcement at Atlanta(2-17-2000) --UPDATE: As for the ongoing speculation that he'll be driving a Dodge for Ray Evernham, Elliott finally had a substantive comment. "I'm in a Ford, man," he said firmly. See full story at the Dallas Morning News(2-18-2000) -- UPDATE 2: TNN's Raceday reports that Ray Evernham will probably name Bill Elliott as his veteran driver for one of his Dodge teams at Atlanta in March and may introduce the 'young' driver there as well. So far the rumored driver have been Casey Atwood(but published stories say no) another rumor has Jay Sauter as the driver(2-20-2000) -- UPDATE 3: This weeks NASCAR Winston Cup Scene has a story that says "Elliott Will Drive For Evernham in 2001" and it likely will be announced at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March. Evernham will buy Elliott's team and keep some of the crew and employees. In the story neither party confirm or deny it and sources close to Ford says Elliott is close to signing(WCS pg 86)(2-24-2000)

  • Rusty Scheme: from the goRacing Rusty Wallace chat transript: Q) Is there a small chance in heck that you will be back in a black car in the future? A) I loved the black car...but there's not a chance. I've been trying to get a black car out of the Miller Brewing company...but I'm sticking with The Blue and White Miller Lite Car. We're announcing a new paint scheme on March 6th(goRacing)(2-24-2000)

  • Testing: Martinsville Speedway will have various CUP drivers testing there in March: the 14th: #17-Matt Kenseth and #16-Kevin Lepage; 15th: #17-Matt Kenseth; 20th: #24-Jeff Gordon, #25-Jerry Nadeau and #21-Elliott Sadler; 21st: Gordon, Nadeau, Salder and #2-Rusty Wallace; 22nd: Wallace; 28th and 29th: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr(Martinsville Speedway)(2-24-2000)

  • Ratings Down UPDATE story: was sent this by a reader: Overnight ratings for the Daytona 500 fell five percent, as CBS bowed out of broadcasting Nascar's biggest race. Dale Jarrett's victory on Sunday generated a 7.5 preliminary, or overnight, rating and 18 share, the television network said. Last year's race, won by Jeff Gordon, drew a 7.9 overnight and 20 share(2-23-2000) -- UPDATE: see a full story on the ratings and TV at SpeedVision: TV - Who Watched What Last Weekend(2-24-2000)


    (2-23-2000)

    (2-22-2000)
  • Chassis Dyno UPDATE:: the #'s 2,5,8,18,22,31,88 and 94 where tested by NASCAR on the Chassis Dyno after the Daytona 500(TNN Motorsports Site)(2-21-2000) -- UPDATE: The readings ranged from the 380's to 405 hp. According to one insider, Joe Gibbs Racing had the best numbers among the General Motors' products amid the 390's while the Penske Ford was the class of the field. The three Taurus of Roush Racing, which finished second, fifth and tenth, were curiously absent from the test. The same source revealed that NASCAR impounded the #22 Pontiac, the #31 Chevrolet and the #88 Ford and has reserved testing time on Wednesday at Lockheed's wind tunnel in Marietta, GA(Lee Spencer)(2-22-2000)

  • Bill Elliott 25th: In effort to lighten up the amount of text posted on the main page, I will start posting the Press Releases I get on their own page. The first one even has an image, of Bill Elliott in front of his Ford Torino before his first Winston Cup start at Rockingham. This Sunday will mark Elliott's 25 year Winston Cup Anniversary. See the full story and image at PR - Bill Elliott's 25th. Still working on the logistics of the PR section, may be a few days(2-22-2000)

  • Spencer? UPDATE 2: have gotten no reports on Jimmy Spencer's condition after his hit the wall late in the Daytona 500 -- UPDATE: Jimmy Spencer was shaken up in a crash with two laps to go. Spencer was taken to the infield care center, checked and released(Tennessean)(2-21-2000) -- UPDATE 2: Dr Jerry Punch reported on RPM2Nite that Spencer has two broken ribs and will wear a flak jacket at Rockingham(ESPN2)(2-22-2000)

  • Truck Accident/Geoffrey Bodine UPDATE 4: There was a multi truck accident at Daytona on Friday in which Geoffrey Bodine got hit and launched into the catchfence in the tri-oval(2-18-2000) -- UPDATED: added additional info on Bodine and a bunch of story/column links for more info and images(2-19-2000) -- UPDATE 2 Bodine is likely to miss up to eight weeks of the Winston Cup season, a team spokesman said. His wrist injury is the one that is most likely to delay his return to the series. Bodine drives the #60 Power Team Chevrolets for Bessey Motorsports. He did not qualify for Sunday's Daytona 500 but no driver has yet been selected for next Sunday's Dura Lube 400 at Rockingham. Details and info at my CTS Site(2-20-2000) -- UPDATE 3: Geoffrey Bodine’s condition was upgraded from serious-but-stable to satisfactory today at Halifax Medical Center, and this afternoon Bodine was released from the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit. He will remain hospitalized for an unspecified amount of time, as he continues to recover from a concussion, a right broken wrist, and multiple bruises and lacerations(SpeedVision) -- UPDATE 4: hearing that Bodine will leave Daytona early today and have surgery on his broken wrist in Charlotte Tuesday evening.....yes, Bodine has been released, see full stories at SpeedVision and That's Racin', Bodine will have surgery on Sunday, Feb 27th. He will have a plate put in the wrist as the wrist is broken at the joint. The reason for the wait? Bodine also has 2nd degree burns on the wrist, so Doctors need to wait for the burn to heal(RPM2Nite/Dr Jerry Punch)(2-22-2000)

  • Gordon's Spoiler? UPDATE 2: 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) -- UPDATE 2: from what I hear the NASCAR inspectors had a question about the fuel filter. They team made it themselves which raise suspicion but there was nothing wrong with it though, just a plain in line screen filter and NASCAR had no problems with it after examining it(2-22-2000)

  • Cowboys and NASCAR UPDATE 2: The NFL Dallas Cowboys are negotiating to have two cars bearing their colors and logo race in next April's Direct TV 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway, owner Jerry Jones said Thursday. The two Winston Cup cars - one predominantly silver and the other predominantly blue - would compete in the April 2 race. The Cowboys also want a car with their colors to compete in the Texas 300, a Busch Series race, on April 1. Jones would not divulge the names of the drivers the Cowboys have targeted, but spokesmen for Bobby Labonte and Rusty Wallace's primary sponsor say they have had preliminary discussions with the Cowboys. For example, the Cowboys wouldn't use Earnhardt because he has an endorsement deal with Coke. Jones has ties with Pepsi(Dallas Morning News) NOTE: that should rule out Labonte also as he has an endorsement deal with Coke also(10-1-1999) -- UPDATE: readers tell me that the latest issue of Beckett has this on pg 84: "And in the spring, at least one driver from the Winston Cup, Busch and NHRA circuits will drive in the blue-and-silver scheme of the Dallas Cowboys, one of the most popular NFL teams among collectors. The paint jobs will be used at races in Texas, with some big time names such as Bobby Labonte and nine-time NHRA champion John Force involved"(Beckett Magazine)(1-9-2000) -- UPDATE 2: NFL Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' plan of having two Cup cars with the Cowboys' colors and logos driven in April's Direct TV 500 is on hold while NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue reviews the situation. Tagliabue wants the league to make sure the cross-sport association is well thought out. Jones said he thinks any reservations by Tagliabue will be eased before the race. If the idea is approved, the two Winston Cup cars - one predominantly silver and the other predominantly blue - would compete in the race April 2. The Cowboys also want a car with their colors to compete in the Texas 300, a BGN race, on April 1. The schmes would only be used once. The Cowboys are negotiating with Action Performance, Co., which has licensing agreements with more than 300 drivers, owners and sponsors. Action Performance specializes in selling, distributing and licensing goods such as caps, T-shirts and car replicas. Negotiations are serious enough that the Cowboys already have mock drawings of the cars and their paint schemes(Condensed from the Dallas Morning News)(2-22-2000)


    (2-21-2000)
  • Bodine Sub UPDATE: TNN's Raceday reports that garage talk has either Todd Bodine or Buckshot Jones subbing for Geoffrey Bodine in the #60 Power Team Chevy at Rockingham next week. Team over Joe Bessey will make his decision on Monday(TNN)(2-20-2000) -- UPDATE: Ted Musgrave will drive the #60 Chevy at Rockingham this coming weekend(RPM2Nite) NOL reports it is on a "race-to-race basis"(NOL)(2-21-2000)

  • To the Wind Tunnel: NASCAR has heard the complaints and will head to the wind tunnel to test its cars. The decision comes with General Motors teams griping and the Daytona 500 producing only four on-track passes for the lead in 200 laps. Even before Dale Jarrett led a top-five sweep by Ford on Sunday, the Chevrolet and Pontiac teams contended that the aerodynamics leave them at a disadvantage. Kevin Triplett, NASCAR's operations director, said Monday the sanctioning body is trying to reserve testing time at Lockheed's wind tunnel in Marietta, Ga. NASCAR measured horsepower on six cars after the race, then impounded three of them. Jarrett's #88 Ford, the #22 Pontiac of Ward Burton and the #31 Chevy of Mike Skinner will go to the wind tunnel. The #88 car was put into Daytona USA as the team must give up the winning car for a year in exchange for $100,000, but NASCAR said the #88 car still will be taken to the wind tunnel. The car will be returned to the display in the exact condition as it won the race(Infobeat Newsletter/AP)(2-21-2000)

  • Tyler Jet News UPDATE: Tyler Jet Motorsports and Lycos, a leading Web media company and the owner of the Lycos Network, unveiled Lycos will become the title sponsor of Johnny Benson's #10 Pontiac for NASCAR's 2000 Winston Cup Series starting at the Daytona 500. Tyler Jet Motorsports Owner Tim Beverley said several sponsors approached the team about a single event agreement. However, Beverley said he was only interested in an agreement that would allow the James Ince-led team to focus solely on racing in 2000 and not worry about sponsorship details(Tyler Jet Motorsports PR)(2-20-2000) -- UPDATE: Lycos Inc. announced an estimated $6 million sponsorship of the Tim Beverley-owned #10 Tyler Jet Motorsports Pontiac(Times-Dispatch)(2-21-2000)

  • Some Daytona 500 Notes UPDATE: #88-Jarrett led the most laps, #6-Mark Martin led at the halfway point, #20-Tony Stewarts right tire changer, Mike Lingerfelt, got hit by Stewart and has a possible broken leg, was alert and ok after the incident and was going for x-rays(2-20-2000) -- UPDATE: Lingerfelt suffered a fractured left femur (the thigh bone) and was scheduled to undergo surgery at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach Sunday night(NOL)(2-21-2000)

  • Tidbits: from NOL - Only four drivers(7 times) has the driver who won the Daytona 500 also won the Winston Cup Champihinship. Lee Petty in 1959, Richard Petty in 1964-71-74-79, Cale Yarborough in 1977 and Jeff Gordon in 1997. Also every Daytona 500 winner in the last 10 years (1991-2000) has started seventh or better and only eight times in the 42-year history of the Daytona 500 has a driver won from a starting position outside the top-10(NOL Notes)(2-21-2000)

  • Jarrett and the garage UPDATE: been getting this question: Why was Jarrett's team allowed in the garage late/early to work on the #88, isn't that unfair? Speed Magazine answers: Although there were questions about Jarrett's crew staying late in the NASCAR garage Saturday and getting in the NASCAR garage early Sunday, it is considered normal practice. NASCAR director of operations Kevin Triplett said Jarrett's team was not given any extra benefits that other NASCAR teams wouldn't have received if they had wrecked in practice the day before a race -- UPDATE: Bill Elliott's team also stayed late and came in early as they had to fix the #94 Ford due to damage from the same incident(2-21-2000)

  • Richard Petty Kudos: pretty neat, 'The King' Richard Petty came into victory lane and shook Dale Jarrett's hand and said 'Great Job'(many sources) also more on Petty: Richard Petty is a gentleman. In a crowded elevator at Daytona International Speedway Sunday morning, he stepped aside and let a woman behind him exit first(That's Racin')(2-21-2000)


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