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PAST NEWS APRIL 24-30, 2000


(4-30-2000)
  • The Winston: #12-Jeremy Mayfield's win, knocks out #28-Ricky Rudd and #4-Bobby Hamilton from the 2000 The Winston. See my The Winston 2000 page for rules and who is eligible(4-30-2000)

  • New Yates Sponsor in 2001? UPDATE 3: Dale Jarrett will apparently have a new sponsor next season on the #88 Robert Yates owned Ford. UPS(United Parcel Service), supposedly a $15 million or $16 million sponsorship deal, sources said. Ford's Quality Care sponsorship would likely move to a Jack Roush team, according to PitNow sources(PitNow)(4-3-2000)
    UPDATE: I hear from a good source that Robert Yates Racing(RYR) is working with Ford to continue it's relationship/sponsorship with the #88 and are working with UPS on an associate sponsorship on the #28 Texaco Ford(4-4-2000)
    UPDATE 2: Rumors recently surfaced that Robert Yates was considering a switch from Ford Credit to UPS as primary sponsor for the Dale Jarrett #88 race team in 2001. The more likely scenario here is that UPS, who has been itching to get into Winston Cup racing with a strong team for about a year, will come on board as an associate sponsor on one or BOTH Yates Racing Fords(Inside Motorsports)(4-9-2000)
    UPDATE 3: This weeks Winston Cup Scene Magazine reports that UPS is talking to Yates and Roush Racing about sponsoring a car. #28 and #88 owner Robert Yates confirmed he is talking to UPS but wouldn't say if it was for an associate or primary deal for one or both cars. Yates deal with Ford Quality Care is done at the end of the 2000 season. Roush Racing said they had informal talks but that was it and that Roush Racing is working on renewals with Valvoline and John Deere for the #6 and #97 teams(4-14-2000)

    UPDATE 4: #88 owner, Robert Yates also used Saturday's press conference to address reports that Ford Quality Care may be leaving as the sponsor of Jarrett's team at the end of the 2000 season. Reports have linked United Parcel Service, which came on as an official NASCAR licensee this season, to Yates' #88 Fords next season, with Ford Quality Care moving on to back another team, possibly one of Jack Roush's teams. Yates says they have talked to a few sponsors, including one that has just joined NASCAR as well as talking to Ford to continue with the team and that no deals are done. See the story at goracing: Notebook: Parrott's Sticking With Jarrett, Yates and a story at SpeedVision
    UPDATE 5: in part from the Times-Dispatch - The UPS group is joining Yates, but at what level remains a question. The company is believed to be replacing the credit group on Jarrett’s car with a $16 million-a-year sponsorship(Times-Dispatch)(4-30-2000)

  • Spencer/Said UPDATE 2: Boris Said says he'll run five races in a Jimmy Spencer-owned ride - one in the Truck Series (Portland), two in Busch (Vegas and Fontana) and two in Winston Cup (Sears Point and Watkins Glen)(Speed Magazine)(2-5-2000) -- UPDATE: Jimmy Spencer has put together a five-race deal with Federated Auto Parts to field a car(Chevy) for Boris Said in a pair of Winston Cup races, a Craftsman Truck road race and two Busch races. Said is set for the two Cup road races at Sears Point and Watkins Glen, plus the Busch races at California and Las Vegas and the Truck race at Portland International Raceway(SpeedVision)(2-8-2000)
    UPDATE 2: Jimmy Spencer will play car owner for three Winston Cup races this season, and will have SCCA Trans Am veteran Boris Said behind the wheel. Boris will get behind the wheel of a Ford Taurus for Spencer at both road courses of Sears Point Raceway and Watkins Glen and at Homestead-Miami(Catchfence)(4-30-2000)


    (4-29-2000)
  • Parrott free to look? UPDATE 5: word out that Todd Parrott, championship crew chief with Dale Jarrett, has been told he's welcome to look for another job. No comment from the horse, but many consider that very unlikely(SpeedVision)(4-17-2000)
    UPDATE: Winston Cup Today Radio(RA) interviewed Dale Jarrett, driver of the #88 Quality Care/Ford Credit Ford, and Jarrett says Parrott is not going anywhere and both are happy with Robert Yates Racing(4-19-2000)
    UPDATE 2: Robert Yates and the #88 team will hold a Press Conference on Saturday morning to 'clear up' the rumors about the #88 team. Some reports have Parrott going to Petty Enterprises, others have him staying with Yates as he is under contract there. Also it could be the UPS sponsorship involvement with the team(see the #88 Team News and Links page for the UPS rumor)(4-27-2000)
    UPDATE 3: from the Dale Jarrett Online site: Question: Is Todd Parrott leaving the Robert Yates Team? Answer: No, Todd is not leaving the Yates team. There will be a press conference held on Saturday in California, in which Todd will make the announcement that he has re-signed(renewed) with the Yates team and he has no plans to go anywhere(4-28-2000)
  • UPDATE 4 More Yates: RPM2Night reported that the #88 Robert Yates team will have a Press Conference to discuss the Todd Parrott rumors, but that the sponsorship situation will not be addressed at this time. Quality Care/Ford Credit sponsorship runs out at the end of the 2000 season on the #88. Supposedly the team is negotiating with Ford to continue the sponsorship. Other rumors have UPS signing up as the primary sponsor of the #88 and Quality Care/Ford Credit moving to a Roush car, possibly the #6 where Valvoline's sponsorship runs out at the end of the season and Valvoline has been downsizing it's Motorsports sponsorships in other series such as CART and IRL. UPS has also been rumored to be a major associate with the #28 Texaco Ford Yates team but indications are that UPS is looking for a primary sponsorship deal(4-28-2000)
    UPDATE 5: Parrott Stays - Todd Parrott will remain with Robert Yates Racing and the #88 Quality Care/Ford Credit Taurus team, after agreeing to a "lifetime contract" with Robert Yates Racing. Driver, Dale Jarrett has formally agreed to a contract with Yates through the 2004 season. See full story at NOL: Parrott announces lifetime deal with Yates(4-29-2000)

  • A CUP Dodge at Gateway? hearing that #43 CTS Dodge driver Steve Grissom will drive the #19 Dodge Intrepid Nascar Winston Cup car for several exhibition hot laps during the Ram Tough 200 Craftsman Truck Race Weekend May 6-7, 2000 at Gateway International Raceway. The car will be on public display in the Missouri Illinois Dodge Dealers Association tent behind the main grandstand when not on the track. Ray Evernham will be the grand Marshall of the Ram Tough 200 Presented by Pepsi(4-29-2000)

  • Dodge Templates: NASCAR still hasn't approved templates for the Dodge Intrepid that will join the Winston Cup series in 2001. Ray Evernham is leading the Dodge effort and has built some cars for testing, due to start in May. NASCAR got together with Evernham and essentially gave him a preliminary set of templates(Total Sports)(4-29-2000)

  • #41 News: Speedway Scene is reporting: "The now plucked Larry Hedrick team may be taking the California and Richmond races off but don't count them among the deceased just yet. Hope looms large for the struggling team after primary sponsorship with Big Daddy's BBQ Sauce apparently didn't yield much more than 11 million shares of worthless paper posing as shares of stock in the mysterious company that's left a trail of wake of worthless motorsports sponsorships over the past few years. The hopeful news for Hedrick's #41 comes from a large sponsorship that will push the nearly defunct team into the class of "well funded" on the Winston Cup tour. Expect the team to return to action at Charlotte after the lofty sponsorship news is released in the next couple of weeks."(Speedway Scene). NOTE: one rumor a few weeks ago has New Holland as the sponsor, but it is probably part of the sponsorship package(4-29-2000)

  • Earnhardt Inspection Troubles: For the second straight race, Dale Earnhardt and the Richard Childress Racing team had problems going through the inspection line Friday morning at California Speedway. NASCAR officials made Earnhardt's crew redo the rear quarter panels and rear end of his #3 Chevrolet, much like they did two weeks ago at Talladega Superspeedway(goracing)(4-29-2000)

  • Some Stats: Highest in points without a Top 5: Ricky Rudd, 11th place (highest, 6th place at Rockingham). Highest in points without a Top 10: John Andretti, 21st place (highest, 11th place at Talladega). Highest in points having missed one or more races: Johnny Benson, 18th (8 races). Highest in points with no races led: Tony Stewart, 13th place. Lowest in points having run all races: Darrell Waltrip, 36th place(NAPA Auto Parts 500 Race Stats from TNN)(4-29-2000)

  • Parrott free to look? UPDATE 5: word out that Todd Parrott, championship crew chief with Dale Jarrett, has been told he's welcome to look for another job. No comment from the horse, but many consider that very unlikely(SpeedVision)(4-17-2000)
    UPDATE: Winston Cup Today Radio(RA) interviewed Dale Jarrett, driver of the #88 Quality Care/Ford Credit Ford, and Jarrett says Parrott is not going anywhere and both are happy with Robert Yates Racing(4-19-2000)
    UPDATE 2: Robert Yates and the #88 team will hold a Press Conference on Saturday morning to 'clear up' the rumors about the #88 team. Some reports have Parrott going to Petty Enterprises, others have him staying with Yates as he is under contract there. Also it could be the UPS sponsorship involvement with the team(see the #88 Team News and Links page for the UPS rumor)(4-27-2000)
    UPDATE 3: from the Dale Jarrett Online site: Question: Is Todd Parrott leaving the Robert Yates Team? Answer: No, Todd is not leaving the Yates team. There will be a press conference held on Saturday in California, in which Todd will make the announcement that he has re-signed(renewed) with the Yates team and he has no plans to go anywhere(4-28-2000)
  • UPDATE 4 More Yates: RPM2Night reported that the #88 Robert Yates team will have a Press Conference to discuss the Todd Parrott rumors, but that the sponsorship situation will not be addressed at this time. Quality Care/Ford Credit sponsorship runs out at the end of the 2000 season on the #88. Supposedly the team is negotiating with Ford to continue the sponsorship. Other rumors have UPS signing up as the primary sponsor of the #88 and Quality Care/Ford Credit moving to a Roush car, possibly the #6 where Valvoline's sponsorship runs out at the end of the season and Valvoline has been downsizing it's Motorsports sponsorships in other series such as CART and IRL. UPS has also been rumored to be a major associate with the #28 Texaco Ford Yates team but indications are that UPS is looking for a primary sponsorship deal(4-28-2000)
    UPDATE 5: Parrott Stays - Todd Parrott will remain with Robert Yates Racing and the #88 Quality Care/Ford Credit Taurus team, after agreeing to a "lifetime contract" with Robert Yates Racing. Driver, Dale Jarrett has formally agreed to a contract with Yates through the 2004 season. See full story at NOL: Parrott announces lifetime deal with Yates(4-29-2000)


    (4-28-2000)
  • NASCAR Comments: on the 2001 Schedule, Restrictor Plates, Dodge Templates - see the stories at That's Racin' - NASCAR's Helton addresses tracks, templates, more by David Poole; AND from SpeedVision: Larger Plate a Possibility This Season and 2001 Schedule Expected by Summer by Ben Blake with comments by Mike Helton and Gary Nelson(4-28-2000)

  • Rudd/Andretti on the hotseat? SpeedFX is reporting "rumor is that both John Andretti and Ricky Rudd are on thin ice with their respective owners, although no one will confirm anything. According to (SpeedFX) sources, team owner Robert Yates is very disappointed with Rudd's efforts in 2000." "Andretti and Petty Enterprises have had a cooling relationship for some time. With support from General Motors dwindling, and the team focused on making a fresh start with Dodge in 2001, Andretti will probably find himself moved aside in favor of a new driver before year's end."(SpeedFX). Jayski Note: Robert Yates was on RPM2 Night recently and seemed happy with the #28 and thinks they will come around. Rudd is signed to a 2 year deal, and the season is only a little over a 1/4 done. As for John Andretti, he has said he is happy at Petty Enterprises and Kyle Petty has gone out of his way to praise Andretti, who is signed thru 2001 and hasn't even started the full Cheerio's sponsorship in the #43 yet. Guess time will tell(4-28-2000)

  • #12 Fuel?? UPDATE 4: RPM2Nite reports that NASCAR found something added to the fuel of the #12 Mobil One Ford. A fuel sample was taken and it was reported that the fuel is not up to specification. NASCAR will take no further action until all test result are in(ESPN2 RPM2Nite)(4-18-2000)
    UPDATE: hearing some fines will be announced and handed out soon, no dollar amounts know, but rumor has it that they are substantial(4-20-2000)
    UPDATE 2: from SpeedVision - NASCAR is keeping a tight lip on allegations that the #12 Penske-Kranefuss team was found to have questionable fuel during the race at Talladega. NASCAR communications director John Griffin said Thursday that NASCAR officials were investigating the matter but that no official word on the subject was expected this week. Reports surfaced early this week that the fuel in the #12 car was found to be not according to standard. The variance was discovered, reports say, in a random sampling of fuel in the team's catch can during the race. See full story at SpeedVision: NASCAR Mum on 12 Car's Fuel by Ben Blake(4-21-2000)
    NOTHING: have heard nothing new on this and know nothing more then what is posted here, when something is reported, it will be posted(4-24-2000)
    UPDATE 3: hear the team met with NASCAR today and some sort of announcement is forthcoming in the next few days(4-25-2000)
    UPDATE 4: On Thursday NASCAR will announce it's findings on the fuel sample tested after Talladega(RPM2Nite) AND see the story at That's Racin'(4-26-2000)
    NOTHING: RPM2Night reported that nothing has been announced yet concerning the situation and the Winston Cup Today Radio show says their will probably not be any announcement this weekend either(4-27-2000)
    hearing NASCAR has scheduled some sort of Press Conference at the California Speedway sometime today, not sure if it is about the #12 Fuel situation or something else
    UPDATE 5: In a press conference at California Speedway on Friday, NASCAR Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Helton made a statement urging patience on the Mayfield decision. It is hoped that the situation can be "wrapped up early next week", see the full stories at NASCAR Online and at SpeedVision(4-28-2000)

  • Steele Returns: Tim Steele, who tried going from ARCA to three of NASCAR's top divisions, returns Sunday to the ARCA series for the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 at Salem (Ind.) Speedway. Personal and team finance concerns kept Steele from ARCA's season-opening event at Daytona in February. Since taking his third ARCA title in 1997, Steele and his quest to become a NASCAR regular have been beset by injuries and sponsor snafus. Steele also shaved off his mustache(Detroit Free Press)(4-28-2000)


    (4-27-2000)
  • #21 News: Chris Rice has joined Wood Brothers Racing as shock specialist for the #21 CITGO Ford. Rice formerly served as shock specialist for Buckshot Jones in the BGN series(Cox Marketing)(4-27-2000)

  • On This Date in Wood Brothers History: The year was 1972 when the Wood Brothers Racing Team won the Miller High Life 500 from the pole with driver A.J. Foyt at Ontario, California. The win marked the 25th superspeedway win for the Wood Brothers and Foyt's fourth and final win with the team. Foyt and the Wood Brothers won a purse of $25,595(Cox Marketing)(4-27-2000)

  • #75 Sponsors: TBS Superstation Dinner and a Movie along with Pepcid AC will be the sponsor on the #75 Ford with Wally Dallenbach driving at California(PR)(4-27-2000)

  • Bill Davis Notes: Bill Davis Racing hopes to move into their new facility within the next three weeks. The new facility will house both NASCAR Winston Cup operations and the existing facility will become the new NASCAR Busch Series operation. Ward Burton will compete in the NASCAR Busch Series event at California Speedway in the No. 22 Polaris Pontiac. He will utilize the same car that competed at Texas Motor Speedway(BDR PR)(4-27-2000)

  • Jarrett/PowerBar: PowerBar Inc. announced the launch of limited edition Dale Jarrett PowerBars® in honor of the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion. Jarrett's name, likeness and signature, along with the Robert Yates Racing #88, will appear on PowerBar energy bar wrappers beginning in May. This marks the first time PowerBar has placed an athlete on the packaging of its energy bars. See the full PR along with info on a contest at: Dale Jarrett Becomes First Athlete To Be Featured On A Powerbar Wrapper(4-27-2000)

  • Wells 2000 Plans? UPDATE: Cal Wells, who is a rookie owner in the NASCAR ranks, is not ready to commit to a pair of Winston Cup teams for 2001 and plans to have it all sorted out by October. Wells fields a Cup(#32 Tide team with Scott Pruett) and Busch team(#97 McDonald's with Anthony Lazarro). The original plan was to run one Cup team and elevate the Busch team after the 2000 season(Daily Bulletin)(4-26-2000)
    UPDATE: Clarification From PPI Motorsports. To eliminate any confusion resulting from Tuesday's (April 25) NASCAR Winston Cup Series weekly teleconference, Cal Wells III and PPI Motorsports will field two Winston Cup teams in 2001 with primary sponsorships from Tide and McDonald's. When asked about the status and timetable of his McDonald's-sponsored Busch team, Wells said, "It's in its infancy. We'll have it all sorted out by October." Wells was referring to the team and driver being sorted out by October to complete his implementation of elevating the McDonald's Busch team to a Winston Cup program in 2001(PPI Motorsports)(4-27-2000)


    (4-26-2000)
  • Sears Point Testing: Dale Earnhardt Jr. made his first trip to Sears Point Raceway this week for a NASCAR Winston Cup Test Session, and he won't soon forget it. Earnhardt Jr., who was joined in the Tuesday-Wednesday session by #18-Bobby Labonte, #43-John Andretti and 31-Steve Park, survived several spins on the twisting 10-turn, 1.94-mile road course and came away with much-needed experience. NASCAR comes to Sears Point Raceway June 22-25 for the Save Mart/Kragen 350. Earnhardt Jr. turned one of his best laps in the Wednesday morning session at 1 minute, 13.4 seconds(95.150mph). Park reported the fastest time of the session at 1:12.12(96.839mph), followed by Andretti (1:12.55 - 96.265mph) and Labonte (1:13.1 - 95.540mph). Andretti has placed third the last two years at Sears Point, while Labonte was 27th a year ago. Earnhardt Jr. prepared for the test session by using a simulator, but still found the terrain tough. He twice suffered spins exiting Turn 7, both times landing in the gravel trap. Boris Said, who won the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Sears Point in 1998, served as a personal coach to both Earnhardt Jr. and Park during the session(Sears Point PR)(4-26-2000)

  • Evernham says...: Ray Evernham said in an interview broadcast on a Charlotte, NC, radio station that he has a second driver to join his two-car Dodge entry for next season. Evernham didn't say who his driver will be, but he has said that he wanted to sign BGN driver Casey Atwood to join Bill Elliott(who signed weeks ago). Evernham said in the interview that an announcement would be made next month when the series is at Lowe's Motor Speedway(Roankoe Times)(4-26-2000)

  • AJ Crew Chief UPDATE 4 Engines: Crew chief Terry Wooten was released from the #14 A.J. Foyt/Conseco team after the team failed to qualify at Martinsville. Foyt and general manager Waddell Wilson will serve in the crew chief's role this weekend at Talladega. The team is looking to hire a crew chief next week(Roanoke Times)(4-12-2000)
    UPDATE: a new crew chief is expected to be hired soon, possibly as early as Monday(Times-Dispatch)(4-16-2000)
    UPDATE 2 - New #14 Crew Chief: Philippe Lopez has been named the crew chief for the #14 AJ Foyt Conseco team. Lopez was the crew chief for the #41 Hedrick Motorsports team and follows Mast over from there. Other changes in the team are expected to be announced within the next week(RPM2Nite). Hearing the changes may include team manager Waddell Wilson leaving the team and changing to an engine supplier such as Hendrick(4-18-2000)
    UPDATE 3 - Engines: Crew chief Phillipe Lopez and engine builder David Evans followed driver Rick Mast to A.J. Foyt’s operation(Times-Dispatch), well it's not Hendrick engines, but a new head engine builder for the team(4-25-2000)
    UPDATE 4: Foyt finished his housecleaning by releasing Waddell Wilson as general manager of the #14 team and bringing nephew Tommy LaMance on board. LaMance has been with Foyt since 1994 when he served as team manager with A.J. Foyt Enterprises. Foyt also hired engine builder David Evans away from Hedrick Motorsports(#41), along with much of his engine crew(SpeedVision) AND current engine builder Greg Wilson(Waddell's son) remains to work with Evans and several of Evans' other co-workers have joined him at Foyt's, from NASCAR Online and another story at TNN(4-26-2000)

  • No #50? UPDATE: even though on the NOL Entry list, I hear that the #50 Midwest Transit Chevy and driver Ricky Craven will not be going to California for the NAPA Auto Parts 500
    UPDATE: the team will skip California and test at Greenville Pickens Speedway in preparation for the race at Richmond(Midwest Transit Racing Site)(4-26-2000)


    (4-25-2000)
  • No #41 at California UPDATE: Larry Hedrick’s #41 Chevy team is not planning to make the trip to California Speedway this weekend. Gary Bradberry has been driving for the team since Rick Mast left after the race at Bristol on March 26. Crew chief Phillipe Lopez and engine builder David Evans followed Mast to A.J. Foyt’s operation. The former crew chief, Donnie Disharoon has been named crew chief for Hedrick. The team is taking the weekend off to regroup(Times-Dispatch)
    UPDATE: hearing that the team may have closed up shop due to lack of sponsorship. Supposedly many of the crew has gone with Lopez to the #14 team(4-25-2000)

  • Testing? hearing that #94-Bill Elliott, #12-Jeremy Mayfield and #4-Bobby Hamilton were testing at Pocono today(4-25-2000)

  • California Notes: All three Winston Cup Series races at California have been won from a top-five starting position. Darrell Waltrip posted his most recent top-five finish in the 1998 California 500 when finished fifth. Jeff Gordon and Terry Labonte have both posted three top-10 finishes at California, the only drivers to do so. Brett Bodine and Kyle Petty have finished 26th or worse in all three races at California(Speed Magazine)(4-25-2000)

  • Little SW Sponsor: RacingOne.com, an online community of Web sites that caters to auto racing fans by providing them with unfiltered motorsports news and information, has announced that it will be the primary sponsor of Chad Little’s car in upcoming NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series races(RacingOne)(4-25-2000)


    (4-24-2000)
  • #33 Special Paint Scheme: Akzo Nobel Coatings has been the official paint supplier to Andy Petree Racing since Andy purchased the team from Leo Jackson. The paint on the #33 Chevy that Joe Nemechek will drive in the NAPA Auto Parts 500 at the California Speedway is a special effects version of Sikkens Autobase basecoat. Manufactured by Akzo Nobel Coatings, it was developed in conjunction with Flex Products, Inc. and utilizes their ChromaFlair Light Interference Pigments. The paint appears to change color depending on the angle from which it is viewed. This new Sikkens Autobase basecoat will be available in the Fall of 2000. The scheme will also be used at Sears Point in June(Andy Petree PR) See images of the car on the Paint Schemes page(4-24-2000)

  • Guess Melling Racing's new #: A fan with the right guess will win a trip to a driving school from racingschools.com, and another good guesser will be an honorary member of the Melling Racing pit crew at the August Winston Cup race at Michigan Speedway. Here's the deal... In the next few weeks, NASCAR will assign the Melling Team a new number for the 2001 season (remember that Mark Melling gave the #9 to Bill Elliott for Ray Evernham's new Dodge team). If you can correctly guess the number NASCAR assigns to the team, you could be one of the two lucky winners. We will draw two entries from a pool of all the correct entries, and we will announce who the winners are Friday, June 9th at Michigan Speedway. Complete contest rules are online at Mellingracing.com. You can also find lots of information about Stacy Compton and the Melling team on the site(Melling Racing PR in part)(4-24-2000)

  • Trickle to drive #60? UPDATE yep: hearing Dick Trickle will drive the #60 Power Team Chevy, giving Geoffrey Bodine another week to heal from the injuries he incurred at Daytona in February in the CTS crash
    UPDATE: Bessey Motorsports has announced that Dick Trickle will drive the #60 Power Team Chevrolet in the NAPA 500 at the California Speedway on Sunday. The #60 team’s regular driver, Geoffrey Bodine, is continuing his successful recovery from injuries sustained in a February NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series wreck. Bodine is scheduled to return to the Power Team Chevrolet next weekend at Richmond. The team tested at the 3/4-mile track on Wednesday and Thursday with positive results. The #60 team decided that it would be best to give Geoffrey one more week to recover from his injuries. See full story at the Power Team Site(4-24-2000)

  • California Testing Correction: Tyler Jet Motorsports did not test the #10 Winston Cup car at the California Speedway in Fontana, CA as I previosuly reported but tested the #50 Winston West car Johnny Benson will be driving there on Saturday. The car will be fielded by us at Tyler Jet, with the normal crew, including crew chief James Ince, with a sponsor to be announced later this week. The #50 was assigned to the team by NASCAR for the Winston West races they run in 2000(4-24-2000)

  • Martin Honored: #6 Valvoline Ford driver, Mark Martin earned first-quarter honors in 2000 Driver of the Year voting at ESPN. Martin combined his Winston Cup success and domination of the Busch Series edge Formula One driver Michael Schumacher in the first-quarter voting by a 16-member panel of national motorsports media representatives and ESPN.com users. Martin received seven first-place votes and 101 points to Schumacher's seven first-place nods and 90 points(ESPN)(4-24-2000)

  • More Martin: 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 $291,938. 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. The next trackside fundraiser, where fans can put their handprints on a canvas wall, receive a commemorative button, and make donations, will be April 29, 8 a.m.-noon, at the California Speedway(Valvoline PR)(4-24-2000)

  • Sad News from NOL - Dorothy Beech, who became one of NASCAR's first employees in 1951 and rose to become the sanctioning body's assistant treasurer, died Saturday. She was 87. See full story at NASCAR Online(4-24-2000)

  • Winston West: Ken Schrader ran the Winston West race at Las Vegas this past weekend. He started 2nd and finished 23rd in the Orleans 150 won by part time BGN/CTS driver David Starr. See story and results at RacingWest, a site dedicated to the Winston West series(4-24-2000)


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