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PAST NEWS MAY 1-7, 2000


(5-7-2000)
  • Earnhardt Jr the fastest Correction: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr has won his first two Winston Cup races faster then anyone in Winston Cup modern era. Earnhardt Jr won his 2nd race in his 16th start. Tony Stewart did it in his 32nd race, Dale Earnhardt in his 41st, Jeff Gordon 50th, Darrell Waltrip 65th and Bobby Labonte 77th. Not sure what the all time record is but Red Byron won his 2nd race in his 5th start during the first NASCAR Grand National(Before Winston Cup) season in 1949
    Correction: Davey Allison also won his 2nd race in his 16th start(5-7-2000)

  • #41 News: The #41 Chevrolet owned by Larry Hedrick skipped the Richmond weekend, the second-straight weekend the team has stayed home. The team is expected to test at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Monday and Tuesday in preparation to return to action for the two weekends of racing later this month at the Charlotte track(That's Racin')(5-7-2000)

  • #91 to skip Charlotte? The car Todd Bodine drove for the #91 LJ Racing team at Richmond was going to be used at Charlotte in a few weeks. It was a brand new car, but wrecked after blowing a tire. Team owner Joe Falk says he doubts the team will ran Charlotte unless they can get a sponsor(Total Sports)(5-7-2000)

  • Gordon to run Indy 500 UPDATE: Robin Miller reported on ESPN2's RPM2 Night Friday that Robby Gordon has been added to the Indy 500 entry list and would probably drive the #32 Menard car. During Richmond first round qualifying, Gordon said he and his Cup owners (John Menard and Mike Held) had not decided if Gordon would attempt running the Indy 500 as they are committed to Winston Cup. Have seen no official announcement. If Gordon does run the Indy 500, he hopes to be the 3rd driver to run the Indy 500 and Coca Cola 600 on the same day (John Andretti did it in 1994 and Tony Stewart did it last year)(5-6-2000)
    UPDATE: Robby Gordon has officially decided to take another shot at the coveted Indy 500 crown, once again driving one of John Menard's Dallara/Oldsmobiles. The announcement of Robby coming to Indy again comes on the heels of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announcement that Gordon's name was recently put on the entry list as driver of the #32 John Menard Indy Car. Gordon attempted the same feat in 1997 with Sabco Racing, but due to a rain delay at Indianapolis Gordon was only able to run the Cup race as scheduled. He then finished the Indy 500 later in the week(Team Gordon)(5-7-2000)

  • #7 Team UPDATE 2 Smith/Wallace news: Talk continues about Jim Mattei selling or taking on a partner for his race team, which fields #7 Chevy for driver Michael Waltrip. The discussion centers on Jim Smith, who owns the #2 CTS team(Mike Wallace). One source(That's Racin' source) said Sunday that Smith may be in Richmond next weekend to make an announcement about becoming involved in the team(That's Racin')(5-1-2000)
    UPDATE: Jim Smith, is interested in owning a Cup team, but says his talks about buying Mattei Motorsports or becoming a partner has not been that serious. Anyhow he will field a car for his CTS driver, Mike Wallace at Lowes Motor Speedway for the Coca Cola 600, the Brickyard 400, Richmond in September and Phoenix(Winston Cup Scene) AND Jim Mattei and his entourage are in Richmond this weekend. In an unusual appearance, all three owners involved with Mattei Motorsports are going to be on hand. Mattei is expected to sell the controlling interest in his team to Truck team owner Jimmy Smith, possibly as soon as this weekend(Times-Dispatch)(5-5-2000)
    UPDATE: hearing reports that something could be announced Monday(May 8th) concerning the future of the team(5-7-2000)

  • Marcis bags a Turkey: Dave Marcis didn't bag a qualifying spot in Saturday night's Pontiac Excitement 400 but he got the next best thing: a near-record 21-pound, 2-ounce turkey, among the largest ever bagged in the state(of Virgina). Marcis, who went turkey hunting at 4:30 a.m. Friday near Richmond, hasn't qualified in eight of 11 races this season. He decided to pack up and go home rather than try to requalify Saturday(AJC)(5-7-2000)

  • Richmond Winner: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr won the Pontiac Excitement 400 and becomes the first repeat winner in the 2000 season and only the third rookies to win more then one race in a Cup season (Davey Allison 1987 and Tony Stewart - 3 wins in 1999). Oops, he jumped on the car roof too. #60-Geoffrey Bodine couldn't run the complete race and enlisted the services of little brother Todd, who went out early in the race with the #91 car. Todd made up 2 laps lost on the driver exchange and finished 13th for his brother. #20-Tony Stewart led his first lap in the 2000 season. See results at NASCAR Online, Racin' Network, Total Sports and That's Racin'(5-7-2000)


    (5-6-2000)
  • #12 Crew Chiefs: Buddy Cisco and Steve Lane will be the co-crew chiefs for Jeremy Mayfield and the #12 Mobil One team during the suspension of Pete Sospenzo(from ESPN2 Qualifying)(5-6-2000)

  • New Marketing Firm: While not necessarily motorsports related Speedway Scene has learned that Brian France (senior VP marketing NASCAR), George Pyne (VP marketing NASCAR) and a "number of people from NASCAR" have recently formed a new marketing company. The company, called Brand Sense, is located in New York City and is being managed by Mark Johnson. Speaking on the new endeavor Brian France said , "It's a licensing company that handles various licensing rights for customers. It's not a motorsports company. An agency's been formed to work with potential companies for their licensing rights. How to exploit them - manage them." As France said, this is not a motorsports marketing company --- "for the most part." The names of some of the prospective clients Brand Sense is working to sign are head turners with France mentioning the name of Trump as a likely candidate, though France said, "We're not announcing anything right now."(Richmond Notes on Speedwayscene.com)(5-6-2000)

  • TV Stuff: Fox officials are reportingly talking with ABC's Neil Goldberg, who does both ABC and ESPN telecasts of Cup and BGN events. And insiders say that Bill Weber, one of the sport's top TV reporters, may be close to signing a deal with Fox(PitNow)(5-6-2000)


    (5-5-2000)
  • #12 Won't Appeal: No. 12 team won't appeal NASCAR penalties and Q&A: with Winston Cup owner Michael Kranefus. These two column's explain the penalties and situation more(That's Racin')(5-5-2000)

  • Yates Honored: Robert Yates, owner of the #28 and #88 Cup teams, has been chosen to receive this year's Bill France Award of Excellence from Pocono Raceway. The award is given annually for outstanding contributions to Winston Cup racing and will be presented on June 17, the night before the Pocono 500(That's Racin')(5-5-2000)

  • Penske to Indy...as a sponsor: Joe Gibbs BGN driver, Jason Leffler, will be sponsored by Roger Penske under the UnitedAuto Group banner for his 2000 Indy 500 attempt in the #55 Treadway Racing owned GForce/Aurora(SpeedVision)(5-5-2000)

  • Roof Problems with the #12? The Dent, the Fine, UPDATE 2: hearing #12-Jeremy Mayfield's NAPA Auto Parts 500 winning car has been impounded for "illegal roof height" found in post race inspection. The problem came when Mayfield jumped on the roof and dented it and took the car out of spec. NASCAR is hauling the car back to NC for the dent the size of a fist where the roof height is measured. The win will stand but hearing there maybe a fine. Also see stories about this at: Gaston Gazette, SpeedVision, Total Sports and That's Racin'
    THE DENT: Speedway Illustrated explains 'the dent' pretty well: "The problem is the dent is on the centerline of the car, 10" back from the windshield--right where NASCAR measures roof height. 51 inches is legal on all brands at this point. The dent apparently measures lower than the specification so NASCAR impounded the car and will bring it back to Charlotte where supposedly the dent will be removed and the car measured again(Speedway Illustrated)(5-1-2000)
    UPDATE #12 Fined: NASCAR officials announced they have penalized #12 crew chief Peter Sospenzo for rules violations found in post-race inspection following Sunday's NAPA Auto Parts 500 at California. Sospenzo, crew chief for the #12 NASCAR Winston Cup Series team, was fined $25,000 and penalized under Section 12-4-T in the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series rule book: "... any car found to be under the specified height requirement after the completion of time trials or the race ..."(TNN Motorsports and That's Racin' and SpeedVision)(5-4-2000)
    UPDATE 2: Getting asked much about this action from NASCAR, what you see posted is all I know, seems many fans are up in arms over this. Many stories I see say this: the violation was for the #12 Ford failing to pass post-race inspection after Mayfield won the NAPA Auto Parts 500 on Sunday at California. The car's roof was measured below the minimum height of 51 inches. The team tried to explain it was a result of Mayfield jumping on the roof in victory lane. Nevertheless, NASCAR fined crew chief Peter Sospenzo $25,000 for the rules infraction(from a stoy today in the AJC. I am also hearing from some sources close to the team that: NASCAR told the Penske-Kranefuss team they knew the problem with the roof stemmed from Jeremy Mayfield being on top of the car after the race, and they did not believe the car ran that way during the race. There was a foot-sized dent where the roof height is measured. But they said it didn't make any difference and issued the fine. I have not seen any explanations from NASCAR besides what is seen on the above sites and their stories. (and NO, I won't run a poll on this nor will I start any campaigns on this, I do not know of any appeal processes NASCAR has) AND from Speedway Illustrated(great first issue by the way): Fans are asking us(Speedway Illustrated) if NASCAR is on some sort of mission with all the recent fines being handed out. Yesterday it was announced that Jeremy Mayfield's crew chief Peter Sospenzo had another $25,000 added to his fines for a roofline that was under the minimum. Kevin Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt's crew chief was also fined for an unapproved rear bumper. So, is NASCAR on the warpath? Speedway Illustrated sources say this is simply a "correction" of sorts. One crewmember told us, "NASCAR lays off the fines for a little while and we start crowding the rule limits, then they get on us for a while, fine a few people and we back off. Then it all starts over again. This happens every once in a while. The trick is to not be the guy who is made an example of."(Speedway Illustrated) AND see the story at NASCAR Online: Mayfield's team aims to bounce back, part of a quote: "saw footprints in the area where they were measuring and NASCAR did assure us that there was nothing illegal with the car"(5-5-2000)

  • Jarrett #400: Dale Jarrett, driver of the #88 Quality Care/Ford Credit Ford will start his 400th career Cup race at Richmond(5-5-2000)

  • Little 200: Chad Little, driver of the #97 John Deere Ford, will be making the 200th CUP start this weekend at Richmond as is his teammate #99-Jeff Burton(5-5-2000)

  • Wendell Scott News and an Honor: Former motorcycle photo journalist and vintage NASCAR enthusiast Joe Jordan will be the guest for a special interview on AM 1170's Morning Drive program on May 5th at 9 AM, to discuss what may be the last surviving example of an authentic race car that was driven by the late Wendell Scott, the only African-American driver to win in NASCAR Winston Cup competition. See the full story in the Radio Section of my TV/Media Page(5-3-2000)
    UPDATE - an Honor: see story at the Daily Press - VSHF(Virginia Sports Hall of Fame) finally will recognize black driver on Friday, May 5th, 2000(5-5-2000)

  • Driver Double Dip: Nine Winston Cup drivers will attempt to make the BGN race at Richmond: #9-Jeff Burton; #17-Matt Kenseth; #20-Dave Blaney; #25-Kenny Wallace; #30-Chad Little; #31-Steve Park; #42-Kenny Irwin, #60-Mark Martin; #71-Kevin Lepage. Interesting ... all five Roush Racing Cup drivers are making the attempt. Note: Six of the nine qualified, the three that failed were Wallace, Little and Irwin(5-5-2000)

  • Blaney BGN: Bill Davis Racing announced a temporary driver change for their #20 AT&T BGN Pontiac. Dave Blaney, their former BGN driver and current Winston Cup regular(#93 Amoco Pontiac) will step in for rookie Mike Borkowski in three of the next four races starting at Richmond this Friday night May 5. Blaney will also handle the driving chores at Charlotte, May 28, and Dover on June 3. Borkowski will return for the May 13 Busch Series stand-alone date at New Hampshire and will resume his full-time duties at South Boston, VA June 10(Bill Davis Racing PR)(5-5-2000)


    (5-4-2000)
  • Burton 200: Jeff Burton, driver of the #99 Exide Batteries Taurus, will be making the 200th start of his NASCAR Winston Cup career this weekend at Richmond(Ford Racing/Campbell and Co)(5-4-2000)

  • #3 Fined: #3 RCR crew chief Kevin Hamlin was fined $2,000 by NASCAR officials Thursday for rules violations discovered in inspection prior to last Sunday's Cup race at the California Speedway. Hamlin was penalized under Section 12-4-Q in the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series rule book: "Any determination by NASCAR Officials that parts and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform ... or have not been approved by NASCAR ..." Apparently, for the second straight race, the #3 Chevy's rear bodywork around the bumper area was not dimensionally correct according to NASCAR's body templates(SpeedVision and (NOL and That's Racin')(5-4-2000)

  • Dodge Team Rumors: There could also be at least two more one-car Dodge teams announced(at Charlotte/Lowes), possibly the Melling team with driver Stacy Compton, and maybe Robby Gordon's team -- both drive Fords at present. There could also be a fourth Petty car for Steve Grissom to drive at Daytona(in the 500)(Racing One/Steve Smith)(5-4-2000)

  • NASCAR beats the NHL: NASCAR's explosive growth has the sport poised to become the fourth most profitable pro league by 2001, overtaking the National Hockey League, according to a study by a sports research firm. See the full story at the Fox Sports site: Taking the lead - Study: NASCAR to overtake NHL as fourth in league revenues by Allison Romano; also see a small story about this at: Skyreport.com(5-4-2000)

  • Schrader and ARCA: Ken Schrader will race at the quarter mile Anderson Speedway Indiana oval Sunday, May 14th for the Anderson ARCA 300. Schrader, the defending race winner, has entered a Federated Auto Parts sponsored Chevrolet Monte Carlo for the 300 lap short-track war(AutoChannel)(5-4-2000)

  • #7/#88 Crew Change: Hearing #7 crew member(and former #28 crew chief) Robert "Slugger" Labbe has left Mattei Motorsports and has returned to Robert Yates Racing, going to the #88 Ford to head up testing. Travis Block takes over Labbe's duties on the #7(5-4-2000)

  • Morgan Shepherd truck news: Morgan Shepherd will be driving the #23 CTS entry for Phil Bonifield at St.Louis. An agreement will have Shepherd in the Red Line Oil Chevy for other selected races this season(Team PR)(5-4-2000)


    (5-3-2000)
  • Valvoline/Roush: Valvoline, the Lexington, KY motor oil company, which reportedly pays $8 million a year to be the lead sponsor on the #6 Jack Roush owned Ford, is in contract negotiations with Roush Racing, the company behind driver Mark Martin's Winston Cup car. The price tag for lead sponsors on a Top 10 Winston Cup car is said to run $8 million to $11 million annually. Though the cost is high, NASCAR observers say Valvoline can't afford to put the brakes on now. The company has sponsored the car for 11 years, eight as lead sponsor and this year Martin is positioned to win his first Winston Cup title. Valvoline and Roush won't comment on their talks, which have been in progress since December. Both have said they want to renew their three-year contract, which expires this year, for three to five more years, see full story at the Herald-Leader. Rumor Alert: if Valvoline leaves, Ford(Quality Care) or UPS could end up being the #6 sponsor as mentioned in past stories here and elsewhere(5-3-2000)

  • Dallenbach Tests: Wally Dallenbach and the #75 Galaxy Motorsports team tested at Lakeland USA short track on Tuesday in preparation for Saturday night's Pontiac Excitement 400 at Richmond International Raceway. The team will run the RedCell Batteries scheme at Richmond(Galaxy PR)(5-3-2000)

  • Will the Talladega Finishing Order Change? been asked this many times today, so let's cover it here: NOPE. See the results at NASCAR Online - Diehard 500 Results - Talladega - April 23, 2000. He stays at 14th, gets no points and loses 25 more. What changes is the Drivers Points and the Owners Points(5-3-2000)

  • Gordon Walks: On Friday, April 28, Jeff Gordon was inducted into California Speedway's "Walk of Fame" for the second time in his career. The speedway commemorates each Winston Cup winner at the track with a plaque in the Walk Of Fame the following year. Gordon, also won at California in 1997(Gordonline)(5-3-2000)

  • Sadler to test: Elliott Sadler and the #21 Wood Brothers Racing Team will test the #21 CITGO Ford at New River Valley Speedway located in Radford, VA on Wednesday in preparation for this weeks race in Richmond(Cox Marketing)(5-3-2000)

  • DW Grand Marshal: Three time, NASCAR Winston Cup champ, Darrell Waltrip will serve as Grand Marshal at the Kentucky Speedway's inaugural race, "The Kroger 225". The Craftsman Truck Series event, scheduled for June 17th will have a 7:30pm/et green flag and broadcast live, nationally on ESPN(Kentucky Speedway PR)(5-3-2000)

  • Sad News: Retired North Carolina Speedway public relations director Herman Hickman passed away Monday night following a long illness(SpeedVision)(5-3-2000)

  • Promo: What are the odds of seeing Jeremy Mayfield, Kyle Petty and Sterling Marlin at the World Series in September? About as good as those of seeing Kenny Irwin, Michael Waltrip and John Andretti during NFL games in October. Those six drivers are leading the NASCAR Winston Cup promotional efforts by FOX Sports as it begins looking towards its new television contract and the 2001 season. The six filmed promotional spots and station "tag lines" for FOX this past weekend during the activities at California Speedway, and several also met with FOX Sports President Ed Goren. See full story at: Six NASCAR Drivers Lead FOX Sports Promotions(Williams Co)(5-3-2000)


    (5-2-2000)
  • Drivers Points: Updated my Drivers Points page to show Mayfield's new total, he drops 7 spots, from 7th after the California win to 14th currently. These are of course, Unofficial. See the standings at Drivers Points page(5-2-2000)

  • #12 Penalties Explained: a Q&A at SpeedVision: Helton-Nelson Explain 12 Car Penalties by Ben Blake. Some of the Q&A's: Q) What specifically was found in the fuel? A) The additive was an oxygenate, which is a performance enhancer in a racing fuel. Q) Q: Anything on last week's issue on the roof measurement? A) That will come tomorrow or Thursday. Check it out for more info(5-2-2000)

  • Another Crew Chief Change? UPDATE yep: hearing Doug Richert and the #32 Tide team have parted ways
    UPDATE: PPI Motorsports and Doug Richert, crew chief for the #32 Tide Ford driven by Scott Pruett, have mutually agreed to part ways. Richert has opted to pursue other opportunities while PPI Motorsports focuses on restructuring the current management team for the Tide Winston Cup crew. Joe Garone, current program director for PPI Motorsports' NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch teams and former crew chief for the #94 McDonald's Ford, will temporarily fulfill crew chief duties on the #32 Tide Ford and ultimately take a more active role in the actual competition management of PPIM's Tide Winston Cup team. Additional overall management support comes in the form of increased leadership roles for Roy McCauley, engineer for the #32 Tide Ford, and Pat Smith, crew chief for PPI Motorsports' #97 McDonald's Ford Busch car(PPI Motorsports PR)(5-2-2000)

  • New #90 Crew Chief: Hills Bros Coffee Racing Team owner Junie Donlavey named Dean Johnson as crew chief for the #90 Fords driven by Ed Berrier in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Johnson's first event will be the Pontiac Excitement 400 at Richmond this Saturday. Donlavey has been calling the shots on race day for the first third of the season(Keystone Marketing/Hills Bros Racing)(5-2-2000)

  • Wal-Mart to Cup? Wal-mart might be the next new sponsor on the Winston Cup tour and could have a logo on Mark Martin's quarter-panel next season, according to NASCAR sources. That could be the trigger that Target needs to make the jump into Winston Cup racing, too.(PitNow) UPS and Wal-Mart?(5-2-2000)

  • not NASCAR but F1 driver ok: Formula One driver David Coulthard received minor injuries, but the pilot and co-pilot were killed today when their small plane crashed while landing at Lyon's(France) airport(See AP story at the Star-Telegram)(5-2-2000)

  • Winston West UPDATE 3: #55-Ken Schrader took the pole and #50-Johnny Benson the outside pole for Saturday's NASCAR Winston West Series event at California Speedway(RacingWest)(4-28-2000)
    UPDATE: flip-flop the drivers and you have the first two finishers, Johnny Benson won the Pontiac Grand Prix 200 at California Speedway Saturday with Ken Schrader finishing 2nd. Coming in third was the first of the Winston West regulars, Brendan Gaughan, followed by Eric Norris and Kevin Richards(Racing West)(4-30-2000)
    UPDATE 2: Johnny Benson's Winston West winning car was found to have an unapproved intake manifold and crew chief James Ince expects a fine(Times-Dispatch) UPDATE 3: NASCAR officials announced that James Ince, crew chief for the #50 Tyler Jet Motorsports Pontiac driven by Johnny Benson in the California Winston West race, has been fined $10,440 for rules violations and the team will lose 108 Winston West points(NOL)(5-2-2000)


    (5-1-2000)
  • New Points System? Mike Helton, NASCAR's chief operating officer, says NASCAR officials are looking at ways to revise the points system for next season. Some issues being looked at is leading laps and being in the top 10 but would not include qualifying or any bonus points for being the fastest(Roanoke Times) What would the standing look lie if F1 or CART systems were used? See RPM Designs(5-1-2000)

  • Mayfield turns down Benny: NAPA Auto Parts 500 winner, Jeremy Mayfield has declined to appear on PRN's "Fast Talk with Benny Parsons" radio program on Monday May 1. The show traditionally interviews the winner of the weekends Winston Cup race. It is one of the few times in the seven year history of the show that the winner was "unavailable." Penske officials are aware of NASCAR's decision regarding the #12 car, but asked for the decision NOT be announced at California. The show can be listened via Real Audio at www.goprn.com(5-1-2000)

  • Radio News: Hearing that Capitol Sports who produces the daily five minute radio show, Winston Cup Today, has decided to discontinue the daily radio show as well as the weekend magazine show effect May 31st 2000. There was a dispute between NASCAR and Captiol Sports concerning trademark, copyright and track credential issues in which an agreement could not be reached. The show can still be heard on the radio and via the Internet at Raceshop.com(5-1-2000)

  • Race Tidbits from California. If #17-Matt Kenseth had won, he and fellow rookie, #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. would had been the first two rookies to win a CUP race in the same since since 1981, when Morgan Shepherd won at Martinsville, VA and Ron Bouchard at Talladega. #6-Mark Martin lost his power steering halfway through the race(Crosswalk)(5-1-2000)

  • #7 Team: Talk continues about Jim Mattei selling or taking on a partner for his race team, which fields #7 Chevy for driver Michael Waltrip. The discussion centers on Jim Smith, who owns the #2 CTS team(Mike Wallace). One source(That's Racin' source) said Sunday that Smith may be in Richmond next weekend to make an announcement about becoming involved in the team(That's Racin')(5-1-2000)

  • Stewart Moonlights: Tony Stewart drove a super late model at Irwindale Speedway(CA) on Saturday night. He started 17th and finished seventh(Roanoke Times) also see story at RacingWest(5-1-2000)

  • Mo Money: 2nd place Bobby Labonte takes home over $9,000 more than winner Jeremy Mayfield. Think those Winners Circle and other contingency plans don't add up?(Rumblings-Henry Dubert)(5-1-2000)

  • Helton Steps Down: Motor Racing Outreach senior chaplain and founder Max Helton has served his final race as the lead chaplain for the touring ministry. Helton, who founded MRO 12 years ago, told the Sunday morning chapel service he would be like a crewman "back at the shop," working more from the ministry's base in the Charlotte, NC, area. Dale Beaver will take over Helton's duties on the road, but Helton said he would still come to some races(Total Sports)(5-1-2000)

  • Glick Award: Before Sunday's CUP race, Dan Gurney, a former Indy car, Formula One and NASCAR driver, won the first Shav Glick Award, presented to the person who is judged the "Distinguished Achiever in Motorsports in Southern California" by a blue-ribbon panel(LA Times)(5-1-2000)

  • Skinner/Lowes/Red Cross: Topping off a second place finish at Talladega, Ala., and a strong performance during the month of April, Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse NASCAR driver Mike Skinner was also a winner for the American Red Cross and victims of natural disasters. At the NAPA Auto Parts 500 race in Fontana, Calif., Skinner crossed the finish line for the Racing for Relief program, having raised $114,370 for American Red Cross disaster relief during the month of April. During the month long program, Skinner raised the $114,370 donation by leading 75 laps and completing a total of 1,270 laps. Under the program, Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse pledged $31 (Skinner's car number) to the American Red Cross disaster relief fund for every lap Skinner completed and $1,031 for every lap he led during April, the beginning of severe weather season(PR)(5-1-2000)

  • Talladega Purse: In the DieHard 500 at Talladega, where the purse was listed as $2,904,027, the actual amount paid to the teams after the race added up to $2,354,541, or 81.1 percent of the advertised amount(Gaston Gazette)(5-1-2000)


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