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PAST NEWS MARCH 27-APRIL 2, 2000


(4-2-2000)
  • TV and Texas: from my understanding the BGN race will not be shown on TNN or CBS. Also I have found nothing to indicate that the DirecTV 500 Cup race will be re-aired(4-2-2000)

  • The Winston and the Winners Circle: With Dale Earnhardt Jr's win at Texas, he is now in The Winston All Star Race at Charlotte on May 20th. The win also puts the #8 DEI team in final wild card spot in the 2000 Winners Circle Program(4-2-2000)

  • Sadler OK: As reported on CBS during the race, #21-Elliott Sadler, who wrecked early in the race, was ok after hurting his shoulder. The left shoulder is bruised and x-rays were negative. Kyle Petty who failed to qualify for the race, subbed in the car for a while, and finished 39th. Petty drove for the Wood Brothers back in the mid 1980's(4-2-2000)

  • Gibbs to Ford? UPDATE no: Pontiac driver Tony Stewart may be in a Ford or Chevrolet by the time the Winston Cup tour hits California in three weeks, crew chief Greg Zipadelli said yesterday, unless NASCAR gives Joe Gibbs' two teams some aerodynamic relief. See the full story by Mike Mulhern at PitNow(3-27-2000)
    UPDATE: TNN's Raceday reports that the team has purchased a few Ford bodies in case NASCAR goes to common templates based on Ford as is rumored, but has NO intention of running Fords this year(4-2-2000)

  • Lap Leaders: #32-Scott Pruett led his first Winston Cup laps at Texas. #5-Terry Labonte, #26-Jimmy Spencer, #33-Joe Nemechek and #42-Kenny Irwin all led their first laps in 2000. #4 drivers now have led a lap in 2000. To see who has led laps and who leads in the bonus points, see my Bonus Points Leaders Page(4-2-2000)

  • Gordon Streak continues: Jeff Gordon has gone 12 races without a Top-Five finish. This is the longest that Gordon has gone without a Top-Five in his 230-race NASCAR Winston Cup Series career(4-2-2000)

  • Adam does ok: #45-Adam Petty, making his CUP debut, was running in the mid 20's when he lost an engine and ended up finishing 40th(4-2-20000

  • Andretti milestone: #43-John Andretti made his 200th Winston Cup start at Texas in the DirecTV 500(4-2-2000)

  • BGN TV: For the third year in a row, rain delays at Texas Motor Speedway forced CBS into a backup plan for its coverage of the Busch race Saturday. The network showed a condensed version of this year's February Busch race from Daytona won by Matt Kenseth. Because CBS was under contract to carry the NCAA Final Four from Indianapolis, it was forced to switch from Texas Motor Speedway at 4pm. Plans to carry the race on CBS-owned cable network TNN were also scrapped when the rain delay lasted longer than four hours. "We're disappointed," said CBS technical manager Steve Stum. "You don't like to set all this up for nothing. Anytime you do an outdoor sport, though, you have to have a plan for rain."(Dallas Morning News) - folks who wish to complain, don't email me, go to my TV/Media page and contact CBS and or TNN via email, phone, fax or regular mail(sorry postal workers, no insult intended calling it snail mail)(4-2-2000)

  • Stats: Only five times in NASCAR's modern era(1972-present) has the eventual champion not won by the sixth race of the season. Those champions were Benny Parsons in 1973, Terry Labonte in 1984 and 1996, Darrell Waltrip in 1985 and Dale Jarrett in 1999. Winners after the first six 2000 races were Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte, Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt, Ward Burton and Rusty Wallace(4-2-2000)

  • Ingle Returns to the CTS. Former Winston Cup crew chief, Bill Ingle, has been named to the crew chief job with the #46 truck and driver Rob Morgan. Ingle replaces Tim Murphy who had been the crew chief since the beginning of the 1999 season. Ingle has worked with many Cup teams in the past including: Junior Johnson, Alan Kulwicki, Hendrick Motorsports, Rixky Rudd(twice) and Diamond Ridge Motorsports(NASCAR Online)(4-2-2000)

  • Little to the BGN UPDATE 2: Hermie Sadler has been released from his #30 Innovative Motorsports BGN ride, Chad Little will run the #30 Little Trees Chevy at Texas and probably for the rest of the 2000 BGN season when there are no conflicts with the CUP schedule and the team will run an un-named rookie the remaining races
    UPDATE: also see the story on NOL, along with another BGN driver getting released, Shame Hall from the #00 Alumni Motorsports car. The team will skip Texas and return at Nashville with an un-named driver(NOL: Sadler/Hall Lose Rides)(3-28-2000)
    UPDATE 2: RJR Enterprises, Inc., an established race team owner of 5 years, announced a five race deal with Winston Cup driver Chad Little for the 2000 season. Races will include both Winston West and Featherlite Southwest Tour dates throughout the season. The #9 car of RJR Enterprises will make its debut in the Winston West Series on Friday, April 21, 2000 at Las Vegas with CUP driver Chad Little behind the wheel. The remainder of the dates will be on the Featherlite Southwest Tour, and include Sears Point on June 24, the Los Angeles Street Race on July 16, and the season ender at Phoenix on November 3. Little will also be driving in the Copper Classic at Phoenix in 2001(RacingWest)(4-2-2000)


    (4-1-2000)
  • Petty Ill UPDATE: Richard Petty is not at the track this weekend as his father Lee has taken a turn for the worse. Lee Petty had an operation for a stomach aneurism back in early February(PRN Qualifying Coverage). Get well Lee(3-31-2000)
    UPDATE: The elder Petty, 86, had surgery on a stomach aneurysm on Feb. 9 and has not fully recovered. Richard Petty, Lee's son and Adam's grandfather, has stayed back home in North Carolina this weekend while Adam and Kyle are in Texas trying to make Sunday's field(That's Racin')(4-1-2000)


    (3-31-2000)
  • #41 Sponsor? UPDATE 2 Big Daddy's Responds: have seen in a few published reports that the #41 Hedrick Motorsports team is looking for a sponsor. Been asked: 'What About Big Daddy's?' Rumor has it that financial backing has not be received by the team from Big Daddy's. That is why Rick Mast was allowed to leave and take the #14 AJ Foyt gig(3-29-2000)
    UPDATE: a source tells me this: "(#41 owner) Larry Hedrick accepted 15 million shares of Big Daddy's stock worth $11,250,000 on a five million dollar deal. This is documented as all stock transactions by the Securities Exchange Commission. Hedrick now has a new deal with New Holland on a primary sponsorship and has requested cash (which was not in the deal) by Friday or the stickers will be pulled. Since Big Daddy's has a promotion in Texas this weekend with potential buyers of there products, they will accept a return of the stock after the Texas race but will not pay the cash. Big Daddy's has accepted the fact that a cash deal from New Holland is better for Hedrick than a stock deal. All Big Daddy's wants is the sponsorship on the car at Texas and their stock returned." Interesting. Check out Big Daddy's stock at: freealtime and a story at Big Daddy's site concerning a lawsuit: Big Daddy's Files Lawsuit
    UPDATE 2: See the story at the Racin' Network: Big Daddy's BBQ Responds to the Racefans Concerns, a response from Dan Lloyd, who is the President and CEO of Big Daddy’s BBQ(3-31-2000)

  • Sad News: Kentucky State Police found the body of popular dirt late model driver Jack Boggs, age 50, in a parked vehicle on Wednesday. State police said he died from multiple gunshot wounds. Police have made an arrest and are holding a 42 year old man at the Carter County Detention Center. Police declined comment on a possible motive, but in a press release indicated Boggs was killed sometime Monday. Thoughts are with family and friends(Speedway Illustrated and story at the Daily Independent)(3-31-2000)

  • Nadeau Pitches: Jerry Nadeau, driver of the #25 MichaelHoligan.com Chevy, threw out the first pitch Friday night before the Texas Rangers' exhibition game with the St. Louis Cardinals at The Ballpark in Arlington, TX(Total Sports)(4-1-2000)

  • Track Record gone: Eleven drivers broke the old track record at Texas for the DirecTV 500: #5-Labonte, #16-Lepage, #32-Pruett, #8-Earnhardt Jr, #88-Jarrett, #1-Park, #27-Fuller, #25-Nadeau, #22-Burton, #6-Martin and #31-Skinner. Three of them are rookies(#'s 32,8,27)(3-31-2000)

  • Island Oasis out? UPDATE: hearing that Island Oasis is no longer the primary sponsor of the #96 Perry-Huggins Chevy BGN/CUP teams. The BGN team and driver Gus Wasson withdrew from Texas, no word on the part time Greg Sacks Cup ride with the team. Supposedly team employees were told earlier in the week to seek other employment
    UPDATE: Osland Oasis has left the team as the primary sponosr but will stay on as an associate, but it's not enough and the team will skip the next few BGN events until a few associate or a new primary sponsors can be found. Gus Wasson is still the driver. No word on the Cup operation(Winston Cup Scene Magazine)(3-31-2000)

  • #36 Associate news: ILD Telecommunications, Inc. announced that it is proud to introduce its newest phone card design, featuring the #36 NASCAR Winston Cup Pontiac and driver Kenny Schrader. The cards, which are sold in $5, $10 and $20 denominations feature 3 different images of Schrader and the M&Ms®/Call-N-Carry™ Pontiac(ILD Telecommunications)(3-31-2000)

  • Lake Speed at TMS: BGN driver Bobby Hillin is getting some help from veteran driver Lake Speed, who joined the team this week as a consultant(Dallas Morning News)(3-31-2000)

  • Talladega Testing UPDATE 2: hearing Jeff Gordon is testing the #24 Chevy at Talladega today and Wednesday(3-28-2000)
    UPDATE: hearing Gordon rans speeds in the 184mph range which would be much slower then last October(3-30-2000)
    UPDATE 2: Jeff Gordon wrapped up a rain-shortened two-day test session at Talladega on Wednesday. Gordon’s #24 team spent a majority of the time testing a new Monte Carlo that it will apparently use in the April 16 DieHard 500. The team spent most of their first day taking numerous baseline measurements, and had intended to begin testing their new superspeedway setup. Weather conditions have posed a significant challenge to Gordon’s team, as the start of their second test day was delayed until 1pm due to inclement conditions.(Talladega Superspeedway Site)(3-31-2000)

  • A Little History: On This Date In Wood Brothers History: The date was April 2, 1967 when Cale Yarborough qualified the Wood Brothers Ford on the pole and went on to win the Atlanta 500. The win marked the 10th superspeedway win for the Wood Brothers and the 1st for Cale Yarborough(Cox Marketing Group-see PR's)(3-31-2000)


    (3-30-2000)
  • Mike Wallace to Cup? CTS driver and last weeks winner at Bakersfield, Mike Wallace may attempt to run at Charlotte in May with his Ultra Wheels team, only if they test well(RPM2Nite)(3-30-2000)

  • Bodines Truck: The #15 truck driven by Geoffrey Bodine at Daytona this year won't go to the museum at Talladega Superspeedway. Instead, Bodine will keep the remains and put them on display at a Bodine family museum planned for the Charlotte, NC, area(Total Sports)(3-30-2000)

  • #15 takes off: hearing the #15 Fenley-Moore team and Derrike Cope have withdrawn from the DirecTV 500, the team has been removed from the NOL Entry list(3-30-2000)

  • Cowboy's Schemes? a month or so ago it was reported here that one or two cars may be painted in a Dallas Cowboy's(NFL) paint scheme. Have heard or seen nothing on it since. Rumored drivers included #18-Labonte and #2-Wallace. See the past news on it at the Paint Scheme's Gallery - Current News link(3-30-2000)

  • #31 and Lowes news: This Friday at the Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, Mike Skinner and Lowe's are announcing the "Racing for Relief" program to raise money for the American Red Cross' disaster relief efforts and awareness about disaster preparation during April, the beginning of severe storm weather season. As part of "Racing for Relief": Lowe's will donate $31 (Mike's car number) for every lap Skinner completes and $1,031 for every lap he leads during April Winston Cup races. The public can give to their local disaster relief fund by visiting their local Lowe's store in April or to the national fund by calling 1-800-HELP-NOW.(Insider Racing)(3-30-2000)

  • Nemechek and Fellows: Road-racing veteran Ron Fellows will race in three NASCAR events at Watkins Glen for Joe Nemechek this season. Fellows, who has driven equipment prepared by Nemechek's NEMCO Motorsports team in the past, will drive a Nemechek-owned entry in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at the 2.45-mile road course June 24, the NASCAR Busch Series event June 25, and the Winston Cup race there Aug. 13. The sponsor will be the same as 1999, Bully Hill Vineyards.(goracing and RPM2Nite) Fellows almost won the Cup race at Watkins Glen last year, finishing 2nd to Jeff Gordon. Fellows did win the CTS event there in 1999(3-30-2000)

  • Earnhardt to give Tickets: Dale Earnhardt will join Alabama State Troopers in issuing tickets to law-abiding drivers during a Thursday freeway patrol. Earnhardt will not be handing out speeding citations, but rather tickets to the April 16 DieHard 500 NASCAR Winston Cup series race at Talladega Superspeedway. In addition to promoting the upcoming races at Talladega Superspeedway, the freeway ticket giveaway is also designed to help the Alabama State Troopers bring awareness to highway safety. By rewarding responsible drivers, the Troopers hope motorists will see the benefits that come with obeying traffic regulations(Talladega Super Speedway Site)(3-30-2000)


    (3-29-2000)
  • Falk and Bodine return: the #91 LJ Racing team will return to the track at Texas with Todd Bodine driving. It's their first race since finishing 7th at Atlanta(LJ Racing Site)(3-29-2000)

  • Bliss has a ride: Mike Bliss will get behind the wheel of the #19 Yellow/Kobalt Mechanics Tools/Pameco Chevy at the mile and a half Texas Motor Speedway for this weekend's BGN Albertson's 300 race. It's a one race deal at present. This weekend's primary sponsor for the #19 entry is Yellow Freight System, Inc.(Grandstand Communications PR)(3-29-2000)


    (3-28-2000)
  • Jarrett? UPDATE 2: getting asked what happened to Dale Jarrett at Bristol?? Dale Jarrett was running in the top five until the late going when a tire started going down on his #88 Ford(That's Racin') on the hood was two hands shaking and with the saying "A Promise Kept" above them, no idea what it was for(3-27-2000)
    UPDATE: heard from a few Ford employee's who were nice enough to explain the hood: Our brand(Ford) is Quality Care at your Service. One of our new slogans and images is the two hands shaking with the slogan: "Quality Care.........A Promise Kept." Thanks. See an excellent image of the hood in the Paint Scheme Gallery(3-28-2000)
  • Mast to the #14? UPDATE confirmed: the Dick Trickle Fanclub Site is reporting that the #14 team has signed Rick Mast to compete for the remainder of the 2000 season(3-27-2000)
    UPDATE: As rumored for a week or two, Rick Mast will go from Larry Hedrick's #41 Chevy to A.J. Foyt's #14. Mast will take the wheel of Foyt's Conseco Pontiac at Texas, presumably for the rest of the season(SpeedVision)(3-28-2000)

  • Craven to skip Texas UPDATE: hearing Ricky Craven and the #50 Midwest Transit team will skip Texas but return to Martinsville
    UPDATE - Crew Chief: The #50 Midwest Transit Chevy team named Greg Connor as their crew chief. Connor has been a crew chief with the Junie Donlavey and Cale Yarborough teams in the past. Driver Ricky Craven and Connor plan to test at Greenville Pickens or Martinsville to get familiar with each other(RPM2Nite)(3-28-2000)

  • Martinsville Testing: Testing today, Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at Martinsville Speedway for the Goody’s Body Pain 500 on Sunday, April 9. Testing are: #8-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #17-Matt Kenseth; #10-Johnny Benson; #32-Scott Pruett; #93-Dave Blaney. Earnhardt, Jr., Kenseth, Pruett and Blaney are all rookies in the NASCAR Winston Cup Circuit. Of the drivers testing today, only Earnhardt has raced at Martinsville before and that was in the NASCAR Late Model Stock Division. All of those testing Tuesday will be back on Wednesday with the addition of #9-Stacy Compton. See driver quotes at the Martinsville Speedway site. Test Speeds Today At Martinsville Speedway: #8-Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 20.16 seconds, 93.928mph; #17-Matt Kenseth 20.35 seconds, 93.051mph; #32-Scott Pruett 20.35, 93.051mph; #10-Johnny Benson never made a qualifying run but ran 20.40 seconds, 92.823 in race setup and on old tires(3-28-2000)

  • and the #41? UPDATE: rumor has Ricky Craven returning to the #41 Hedrick Motorsports team, another rumor has Gary Bradberry in the car at Texas(3-27-2000)
    UPDATE: The #41, in negotiations with a full-time primary sponsor, will have Gary Bradberry in the car at Texas(SpeedVision) guess Big Daddy's is leaving?? haven't heard(3-28-2000)

  • Trickle to drive for Power Team UPDATE confirmed: Dick Trickle was contacted by Joe Bessey owner of the #60 Power Team to take over the driver's seat at Texas. The #60 Power Team hopes Dick can help them in their qualifying efforts. They've had to use all but one of their remaining provisionals thus far this season. The team has worked well with Ted Musgrave since he took over the driving duties for Geoff Bodine during his recovery, but they continue to struggle each week. They hope that Dick can help them possibly with set-ups and input as he did for the #14 Conseco team(Dick Trickle Fanclub Site) no word on Musgrave's plans(3-27-2000)
    UPDATE: just in from Power Team - Bessey Motorsports has announced that Dick Trickle will substitute for the injured Geoffrey Bodine in the #60 Power Team Chevrolet this weekend. This arrangement is a one-race deal for the DIRECTV 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway. Trickle replaces Ted Musgrave in the #60 car. Musgrave drove for the team on a race-by-race basis for five races. His best finish with the team came in February’s Kmart/Dura Lube 400 at the North Carolina Speedway, where he finished sixteenth. Bodine suffered multiple injuries, including a fractured twelfth vertebrae and broken right wrist, in February’s Daytona 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Daytona International Speedway. He is currently undergoing physical therapy and plans a return to racing in early May. He will attend this weekend’s race at Texas as an advisor to the #60 team and plans to meet with the media at 10:30am on Friday at the Texas Motor Speedway media center(Power Team Site) and see the NOL Column(3-28-2000)


    (3-27-2000)
  • Petty Debut: Adam Petty is scheduled to make his Winston Cup debut at Texas this coming weekend in the #45 Sprint Chevy. Petty tested there a few weeks ago. See story at the TMS site: Adam Petty Bids for First Winston Cup Race in Texas. See an image of the car on the Paint Scheme Gallery(3-27-2000)

  • Six Different UPDATE: Rusty Wallace was the sixth different winner in the first six races in 2000. The last time that happened was 1991(News and Observer) and it's only the fifth time it has happened in the history of NASCAR
    UPDATE: The most different winners to start off a season in the modern era is 7 in 1991 (Ernie Irvan, Dale Earnhardt, Kyle Petty, Ken Schrader, Ricky Rudd, Rusty Wallace and Darrell Waltrip) That also happened in 1964(Ned Jarrett, Fireball Roberts, Wendell Scott, Richard Petty, Dan Gurney, Junior Johnson, Bobby Isaac.)(thanks Matt)(3-27-2000)

  • Wallace Money: another question being asked, why did Rusty Wallace only win $50 more then 2nd place Johnny Benson? from the Florida Times-Union: Rusty Wallace's take for winning yesterday's race was $87,585. Johnny Benson, who finished second, made $87,535. Wallace doesn't carry a sticker promoting NASCAR's "official" spray paint, so that cost him $4,300 in bonus money. Not carrying the Gatorade sticker cost him another $10,000. Benson won several bonuses, including one from Gatorade and one for making the best move of the race. Those bonuses added up to $21,800(3-27-2000)

  • Smithsonian and NASCAR: Richard Petty's stock car has been in the Smithsonian for years, but now NASCAR is getting serious about its history. NASCAR has reached an agreement with the Atlanta History Center and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History to create a 6,000-foot traveling exhibit called Speed and Spirit: NASCAR in America. It will visit the Smithsonian as well as sites in Atlanta and other cities. Plans are being sketched out, and the exhibit will debut in Atlanta sometime in 2002(Business Journal of Charlotte)(3-27-2000)

  • Talladega Rules UPDATE: NASCAR Saturday amended its rules revision for Talladega next month, informing teams that it would allow them to use frame bumpers on the front ends of their cars. Even smart crew chiefs seemed puzzled as to what this means. See Ben Blakes story at SpeedVision for the explanation: Blake's Bristol Notebook: Saturday(3-26-2000)
    UPDATE: The bumpers are small rubber pieces attached to the frame, which cushion body-frame contact when the car body drops closer to the ground(That's Racin'), to see an image of a 'bumper', see the story at Speedway Illustrated(3-27-2000)

  • Foyt Driver: SpeedVision reports that Dick Trickle apparently will drive AJ Foyt's #14 Conseco Pontiac at Texas. The team is looking at candidates for the ride. Looks like Mike Bliss, who started the year in the Foyt cars, will not return. Meanwhile, talk bubbled that Bliss could end up in the #27 Eel River Racing Viagra Pontiac if rookie Jeff Fuller's fortunes do not improve. Bliss and team manager Barry Dodson worked well together in CTS and Bliss drove the car late in 1999 and was to be their 2000 driver when he opted for the Foyt ride before Ell River found a sponsor AND Trickle may get called upon again at Texas next weekend should the team not sign a full-time replacement for Bliss this week. But an announcement is expected by the middle of the week and veteran Rick Mast(#41) is considered the top candidate(That's Racin')(3-27-2000)

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of America/Martin Update: Mark Martin's on-track performance in the #6 Valvoline Ford, combined with contributions from Valvoline and NASCAR fans, has brought the current total raised for Big Brothers Big Sisters since 1999 to $276,683. Valvoline is donating $5,000 for every Winston Cup race Martin wins, $2,500 for each pole, $1,000 for a top-five finish, and $20 per lap Martin leads in this "Caring Hands" program(Valvoline Newsletter)(3-27-2000)

  • #50 for Rusty: #2-Rusty Wallace wins at Bristol for the 2nd spring race in a row and hos 50th career Winston Cup win, tying him with Ned Jarrett and Junior Johnson for 8th on the all time list and putting him one in front of Jeff Gordon. Lee Petty is next in line with 55. For results of the Food City 500 see NASCAR Online, That's Racin' or the Racin' Network(3-26-2000)
    UPDATE: the win also extends Wallace's streak of having a win in each of the last 15 seasons(3-27-2000)

  • Parker and Eel River Crew CORRECTION: In an agreement that is designed to help both racing teams, five pit-crew members from the #27 Eel River Racing Team help on Saturday pit stops in the Busch Series for the #53 Team Marines Busch Series car driven by Hank Parker, Jr. Eel River Racing crew chief Barry Dodson assisted the #53 team last year, and he was willing to offer them assistance this year with some pit crew members on race weekends when the Busch Series competes at the same track on the same weekend as the Winston Cup Series. In addition, Dodson continues to work as a consultant for the #53 team on Saturdays, aiding them with pit strategy and giving advice on chassis adjustments. Dodson lends the #53 team two tire changers, two tire carriers and the jack man for the Busch races(Keystone Marketing)(3-24-2000)
    CORRECTION: The #27 Eel River Racing pit crew (Jeff Fuller/Viagra on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series) performs the over-the-wall race day duties on Hank Parker Jr.'s #53 Rick Rathbun's Team Marines Racing NASCAR Busch Series Chevrolet. Eel River Racing crew chief Barry Dodson is a close friend of the Parker family. Veteran crew chief Dave McCarty and general manager/spotter Freddie Query "call the shots" on raceday chassis setups and strategy. More on the BGN Site(3-27-2000)


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