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PAST NEWS APRIL 17-23, 2000


  • Conseco Troubles? a few readers have voiced concern over the sponsor of AJ Foyt's #14 Cup team, Conseco. Since the company announced in April 1998 that it was buying Green Tree Financial Corp., the stock has lost 88 percent of its value, closing this week at $6.62 a share. How this effects the sponsorship of the team, I don't have a clue. Have heard absolutely nothing concerning any problems with the sponsorship. See the full story at SpeedNet: Area takes stock of Conseco, execs' gifts, basically talks about charity gifts and such(4-22-2000)

  • Other Paint Schemes: Also noticed that there will be two #36 M&M's schemes, a peanut butter M&M's scheme(red?) and a green M&M's scheme(??). The #42 Chevy will have a special scheme not named directly, the #24-Jeff Gordon as we all know will be something at the Winston, not Pokemon, I hear it will be announced three days before the Winston and they are doing their best to keep it quiet, but I hear it will a sort of reverse DuPont scheme with different stripes of some sort(4-22-2000)

  • #8 Scheme? UPDATE: see a few diecast sites are listing a #8 Michelob diecast for sale, this may be the rumored Winston scheme. Michelob is of course owned by Anheuser-Busch, who make Budweiser
    UPDATE: have been told by a Budweiser rep, that the will be no special paint scheme for the #8 Bud Cehvy and they don't know what the Michelob deal is all about and are looking into it(4-22-2000)

  • Pearson honor: The city fathers of Spartanburg, SC decided awhile back that they wanted to honor one of their own, racing legend David Pearson, with his own day. Then they thought, why don't we honor a lot of them? So they're building a racing museum, too. See full story at The State: Pearson Day is in May; museum set and another at the Greenville News(4-21-2000)

  • California Testing UPDATE 2: #75-Wally Dallenbach is at the California Speedway testing this week(Wally Dallenbach Site)(4-19-2000)
    UPDATE: #32-Scott Pruett and BGN driver #97-Anthony Lazarro are also testing. Heard that Dallenbach ran a fast lap of 183.908mph(4-20-2000)
    UPDATE 2: #4-Bobby Hamilton and #32-Scott Pruett both tested above the track record of 183.753mph held by Greg Sacks in 1997. Hamilton and Pruett both ran laps of 184.143mph(39.1 sec) on Thursday. #11-Brett Bodine ran a lap of 182.973mph and #13-Robby Gordon was at 183.720mph. #9-Stacy Compton also tested during the two day test. #75-Wally Dallenbach and #10-Johnny Benson tested on Wednesday(SpeedVision)(4-21-2000)

  • Racing for Relief: With a second place finish and 188 laps completed this week in Talladega, Mike Skinner raised $5,828 for the American Red Cross' disaster relief fund as part of the "Racing for Relief" program. To date, Skinner has raised a total of $42,620. With one race remaining, Skinner has already made a significant contribution that we hope you will consider using in your post-race coverage. Again, as part of the "Racing for Relief" program, Lowe's donates $31 (Skinner's number) to the Red Cross disaster relief fund for every lap Skinner completes and $1,031 for every lap lead during April, the beginning of severe weather season(PR)(4-21-2000)

  • Musgrave to Test Dodges: Ted Musgrave will help out with testing for Ray Evernham and his Cup Dodge team that will enter the series in 2001. Musgrave will also test with the #32 PPI Motorsports team. Musgrave ran the #15 Fenley-Moore Motorsports Ford at Talladega as a favor to owner Bud Moore(Winston Cup Scene)(4-21-2000)

  • #13 Engines? UPDATE 2 hearing #13 Team Gordon will use Yates Engines at Talladega and California(4-12-2000)
    UPDATE: have confirmed this, so far it is just for these two races(4-16-2000)
    UPDATE 2: This weeks Winston Cup Scene reports that Team Gordon has switched to Yates Engines for the rest of the season(4-20-2000)

  • #16 Paint Scheme UPDATE and CORRECTION: hearing the #16 car will have a Clemson University paint scheme at Charlotte/Lowes for the Coca-Cola 600.
    UPDATE: On May 20, Roush Racing will run its #16 Kevin Lepage car decked out in one-day-only Clemson colors and insignia in the Winston Open in Charlotte. Part of the proceeds from the sale of related merchandise will be used to create the Jack Roush Motorsports Scholarship Fund. The car will not run in the Coca-Cola 600 as reported(4-20-2000)

  • Texaco and Yates: Texaco, Roberts Yates Racing and NASCAR Winston Cup driver Ricky Rudd today unveiled a fully equipped #28 Texaco/Havoline Ford to North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Presented at a luncheon held in honor of the installation of Chancellor James C. Renick, the car will be used as a unique "laboratory" by engineering students. It also marks the beginning of a new partnership between Texaco and N.C. A&T's College of Engineering, which includes the title sponsorship of the University's Intercollegiate Auto Racing Association (ICAR) Racing Team. Texaco, in conjunction with Robert Yates Racing, also established the Texaco/Havoline Racing Team Scholarship and Internship Program. Students associated with the University's ICAR program will be eligible to apply for a scholarship and summer internship with Robert Yates Racing(Business Wire)(4-20-2000)

  • RIR Testing UPDATE: Testing at RIR - Richmond International Raceway was rained out today. Some team supposedly there were #36-Kenny Schrader, #90-Ed Berrier, #91-Todd Bodine, #16-Kevin Lepage, #22-Ward Burton and #93-Dave Blaney. Teams are expected to return Wednesday. No new on if #60-Geoffrey Bodine was there or not as reported before. Also a few BGN teams were there to test: #24-David Green(yes, helping out), #18-Jason Leffler, #21-Mike Dillon, #2-Kevin Harvick, #45-Adam Petty and #98-Elton Sawyer(4-18-2000)
    UPDATE: Twentysome teams tested Wednesday at RIR including #'s 91, 22, 36, 16, 90, 93, 60, 55 from CUP and BGN cars #'s 98, 21, 2, 18, 45, 20, 24, 82, 19, 44, 11, 63, 50, 74, 83, 92, 33 and a 2nd #18 team(what will be the #29 car with Curtis Maekham). The #50 Dr Pepper and #63 Superflo cars crashed. #50 driver Tony Roper was taken by ambulance to local hospital. No word on his condition or injuries. Only unofficial speed I heard was #91-Todd Bodine at 123mph, last years pole was is 126.499mph by Jeff Gordon. Testing continues on Thursday, is open to the public, and there is no charge for admission. Update on Roper on the BGN site(4-20-2000)

  • DW Tests at Lowes: Darrell Waltrip tested his #66 Big Kmart/Rt 66 Ford at Lowes Motor Speedway on Wednesday and will again on Thursday(NOL) AND Darrell Waltrip found himself with a little time to kill Wednesday at Lowe's Motor Speedway, so he wound up being part of a news conference to announce the $6,262,701 total purse for the track's May events(That's Racin')(4-20-2000)

  • Sears Point Testing: Budweiser and Sears Point Raceway will host a Media Luncheon on Wednesday, April 26, to introduce NASCAR Winston Cup rookie driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. to the Northern California media. This will mark the first-ever Northern California appearance for Earnhardt Jr., who will be participating in a two-day test session on the 10-turn, 1.94-mile road course in preparation for the Save Mart/Kragen 350, June 22-25. Other drivers participating in the test session include #18-Bobby Labonte, #43-John Andretti and #17-Matt Kenseth(Sears Point PR)(4-20-2000)

  • Talladega Testing UPDATE: NASCAR’s testing session at Talladega ended Monday without any concrete decisions. Some of the things NASCAR tried during the test was to increase downforce with a 65-degree spoiler on the car, raising the valence from 3 1/2 inches up to six inches and adding a one-inch wicker to the rook of the car near the windshield. See full story at the Anniston Star(4-19-2000)
    UPDATE: Full story on some of things tried and comments at SpeedVision: NASCAR Tinkers At Talladega(4-20-2000)

  • Bodine test moved up UPDATE 2: The Geoffrey Bodine fanclub is reporting that #60 Power Team driver, Geoffrey Bodine, injured in a Daytona CTS race wreck, will move up his test at Richmond from the 25-26th of April to this week, the 18-19th, owner Joe Bessey is scheduled to test a 2nd car at Richmond(4-16-2000)
    UPDATE: Tuesday test was rained out but Winston Cup Today Radio(RealAudio) reports Bodine will test at RIR on Wednesday and Thursday(4-19-2000)
    UPDATE 2: Bodine tested on Wednesday and says he is ready for Califrnia. See the full story at NASCAR Online and another at the Times Dispatch. Bodine ran a hand-timed 121.185mph in race trim(4-20-2000)

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr and Rolling Stone: The latest edition of Rolling Stone Magazine hits the streets Friday, April 21 with a major feature story focusing on Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. The story, which covers seven pages, chronicles Earnhardt's climb to the Winston Cup series and examines his love of music, his life away from the race track and growing up as the son of seven-time Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt. See the full Press Release at: Rolling Stone Magazine Features Earnhardt Jr. (

  • 2nd Morgan McClure car? #4 Kodak Chevy owner Larry McClure says he hopes to have a second car in place by the July Daytona race. McClure feels they are close to putting it together but it has to be all the way before it happens. As for a driver, McClure -- who owns the team for Bobby Hamilton -- said, "Who knows, Bobby (Hamilton) Jr. ran real good (in Saturday's BGN race at Talladega), I might put him in the car."(Roanoke Times) Also Loy Aleen has recently tested for the team(4-19-2000)

  • Melling Gets A Dyno: Melling Racing, who field's the #9 Cougar/Kodiak Ford, new chassis dyno arrived last week. The team built an addition to the shop since the start of the season to accommodate the dyno. The dyno should be operational within a few weeks(Melling PR)(4-19-2000)

  • Atwood and Dodge? hearing from a few sources that Casey Atwood's signing with Ray Evernham and Dodge for the 2001 Winston Cup season is almost if not already, a done deal. Pretty much a given anyway(4-18-2000)

  • #75 Crew Chief? UPDATE 2: another name rumored as a possible crew chief for the #75 Galaxy Motorsports team and driver Wally Dallenbach -- Newt Moore, former crew chief for Kenny Wallace when the #81 Filmar team was still around and also the #77 Jasper Engines team(4-15-2000)
    UPDATE: Wally Dallenbach was asked Sunday morning about his team's crew chief situation and told SpeedVision that good reporters with their eyes open could figure it out. SpeedVison saw Newt Moore and Walter Ballard atop the team's pit box, running the show(SpeedVision)(4-17-2000)
    UPDATE 2: After nearly four weeks without a crew chief, the #75 Galaxy Motorsports team permanently hired Newt Moore as the new crew chief. Moore, who last year served as crew chief for several organizations, is the team's first crew chief since Wayne Orme stepped down in March. Wally Dallenbach is the driver of the mult-sponsored Ford with RedCell Batteries, Rotozip, Cartoon Network/WCW/Dinner and a Movie as sponsors(RMI/Atlanta PR)(4-18-2000)

  • Sad Story - Two Die at Talladega Superspeedway: Two NASCARS fans died during this past weekend's racing at the Talladega Speedway. The sheriff of Talladega County says a 69-year old man from Bismark, Arkansas was found in his tent on Sunday. A 26-year old man from Tennessee was also found dead, when his friends tried to wake him up for a race. Investigators say both men apparently died from heart-related natural causes(WSFA channel 12)(4-18-2000)

  • Schrader in Vegas: This weekend's major-league event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway got a boost by the entry of NASCAR Winston Cup regular Ken Schrader in the Winston West stock car race(Las Vegas Review Journal)(4-18-2000)

  • Slow Down at 'Dega UPDATE 2: Richard Childress and Jack Roush have prepared cars for a special test here Monday in an effort to slow Winston Cup cars down enough so they won't need a carburetor restrictor plate. Nelson said teams came to him with some ideas, and he decided to try them out on the race track. One of the ideas is a bigger "greenhouse," the size and shape of the rear window area(Total Sports). Ned Jarrett's idea is to stand the windshield up, like the trucks, that'll slow them down(4-15-2000)
    UPDATE: NASCAR has closed the test to the media except for long-distance photography, and there are indications that NASCAR officials aren't very enthusiastic about the test. See full story by Mike Mulern at PitNow
    UPDATE 2: On RPM2Nite the two cars being tested were shown. The #6 Ford was driven by Matt Kanseth and had some sheet metal modifications done around the nose and hood. The #3 Chevy was driven by Dave Marcis and supposedly had a raised roof(by one inch) and widened by 2 inches. Also it was speculated on the show the the windshield was being tested at different angles. The cars with present restrictor plates and modifications were slowed down by 3 seconds. Using a larger restrictor plate (unknown size) the 3 seconds were regained. More testing will be done on Tuesday(RPM2Nite)(4-17-2000)

  • Cope Talks: Saying he was misled by the Fenley/Moore Motorsports owners, Winston Cup driver Derrike Cope left the Spartanburg race team to make himself available for any empty seats which may lead to a full-time ride. "I don't feel like they lived up to what they promised," Cope said Sunday. "They said we would run a full schedule. That didn't happen. Team Owner Fenley said the team is still looking at a limited schedule for the rest of the season, but would not say whether Musgrave is in those plans. See full story at GoUpstate/Herald Journal(SC): Cope: I was misled by Fenley/Moore by Todd Shanesy(4-17-2000)

  • Marathon UPDATE: Michael Waltrip participated in Monday's Boston Marathon
    UPDATE: Michael Waltrip completed the Boston Marathon in four hours, forty-two minutes and 20 seconds and finished 14,315 out of 17,813 entrants(Williams Company PR)(4-17-2000)

  • Gordon the Youngest Cup driver to reach 50 career wins. #24-Jeff Gordon is the youngest driver to reach the 50 career win mark at 28 years 8 months old. Richard Petty was a year older when he won his 50th in 1967. Lee Petty was the oldest at 46. And the fastest too, Gordon won his 50th in only 232 races, Dale Earnhardt did it in 369(not 278) races, Richard Petty did in 332 races(4-17-2000)

  • Bad Parts: The NASCAR Winston Cup hauler has a table that holds all of the items that are confiscated each week-end. Normally it's big enough to hold all the illegal items taken from the various teams. This week, at Talladega, the table is overflowing. The following is a partial list of the items. #32-Scott Pruett, oversized throttle plate, carburetor was pulled; #16-Kevin LePage, irregular rear spoiler; #44-Kyle Petty, rear spoiler too thick; #43-John Andretti, rear spoiler too thick; #17-Matt Kenseth, spoiler made of unapproved material; #97-Chad Little, spoiler made of unapproved material; #6-Mark Martin, non-approved rear hubs; #21-Elliott Sadler, non-approved rear hubs; #40-Sterling Marlin, unapproved spring. Plus dozens of teams had to cut away area's of their cars and reshape using Bondo or similar type material(Insider Racing)(4-17-2000)

  • Did ya Know? The last three winners at Talladega have started 17th or worse. In the previous 50 races here, only two winners started further back than 15th and Not only have nine different drivers won the nine races this year, but nine different drivers have led the most laps each race(News and Observer)(4-17-2000)

  • One More Lap: #22 Car owner Bill Davis said the reason Ward Burton dropped from second to 10th on the final lap was that Burton thought the race ended when one lap actually remained(Roanoke Times)(4-17-2000)

  • More #7 Sale Stories UPDATE once again, no sale: For the last couple of weeks, Michael Waltrip has heard the rumors that the team he drives for is about to be sold or has been sold by car owner Jim Mattei(rumored to #2 CTS owner Jim Smith). See the stories at the Roanoke Times and Total Sports and Speed Magazine and Alabama Live. I keep hearing both rumors, some say the team has been sold, others say no, so....???(4-16-2000)
    UPDATE: Jim Mattei, owner of the #7 team, said Sunday that contrary to rumors he has no plans to sell the team. He is interested, however, in allying or merging with another team, saying single-car teams have no real chance in the present environment. Mattei said he had talked with Tim Beverley, owner of the #10 Lycos team, and Nelson Bowers, co-owner of the #36 M&M's Pontiac, among others. He also said he has received calls from other people interested in buying the team or becoming a partner in it. Mattei insists, however, that an alliance with another team is a more likely alternative. He also said he has had talks with Jim Smith, owner of the#2 CTS team, with Smith showing interest in fielding a Cup team, but probably no time soon(SpeedVision)(4-17-2000)

  • Dodge Templates OK'd UPDATE um...nope: Dodge has received NASCAR approval for its Intrepid model, due for debut in 2001 at the Daytona 500, and templates have been made, Dodge program director Ray Evernham said Friday at Talladega. How about the engine program? Evernham did not say whether all parts have been approved, but he indicated Dodge's engine has been cleared at least for development(SpeedVision)(4-15-2000)
    UPDATE: NASCAR officials denied a report that appeared that said NASCAR had approved body templates for the 2001 Dodge Intrepid. The report said those templates have been used to build the cars Dodge car owner Ray Evernham will use in upcoming testing sessions(That's Racin')(4-17-2000)

  • Yates OK: #28 and #88 owner Robert Yates was uninjured in a pit-road incident. Dave Blaney entered the pits too fast and lost control of his #93 Amoco Pontiac, spinning almost the entire length of pit road and bouncing off the wall. A startled Yates fell from his pit wall, (hitting his head) and an ambulance was called over by the team. He shooed away emergency workers and returned to work(Times-Dispatch)(4-17-2000)

  • Interesting Money Stuff: At the Goody’s 500 in Martinsville a week ago, the alleged purse was $2,288,867. The actual payout was $1,748,540, meaning that the percentage of the "posted awards" that were paid, as opposed to "posted," was 76.4 percent(Gaston Gazette)(4-17-2000)

  • Ganassi/Sabates? No: Felix Sabates denied rumors that he might sell his Cup operation, possibly to CART owner Chip Ganassi, who appears poised to join Winston Cup next season. He admitted he had talked to Ganassi last year and had advised Ganassi on such a move, but had no interest in selling(SpeedVision)(4-17-2000)

  • Trickle and LaJoie OK: Dick Trickle will drive the #60 Power Team Chevy in the Cup race at Talladega after a hard wreck in Saturday's BGN race there. Trickle suffered a bruised foot when he was hit on the driver's side by Randy LaJoie. LaJoie was temporarily knocked unconscious, regained alertness and was taken to Caraway Methodist Medical Center for a CAT scan. No other serious injuries were reported in the race(Speed Magazine)(4-16-200)
    UPDATE: Randy LaJoie was scheduled to be released Sunday night from Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham, AL. LaJoie suffered a mild concussion in a crash during the BGN race at Talladega. Results from a CAT scan didn't turn up any problems, so LaJoie will be sent home(Total Sports)(4-17-2000)

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