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PAST NEWS MAY 15-21, 2000

  • Schrader to Ganassi/Sabco? from today's St Louis Post-Dispatch - One hot rumor flying around the Speedway(Indy) is that Chip Ganassi, who runs the highly successful Target team featuring Juan Montoya and Jimmy Vasser, will form a NASCAR Winston Cup operation and hire former St. Louisan Ken Schrader as his driver. The story reports that Gannassi had lunch with Schrader 'the other day'. Schrader drives the #36 M&M's Pontiac(St Louis Post Dispatch) AND Driver Sterling Marlin is meeting with owner Felix Sabates and CART owner Chip Ganassi on Monday and Tuesday. The deal hasn't been finalized, but Ganassi could buy 80 percent of Sabates' team, which includes the cars driven by Marlin and Kenny Irwin(Times-Dispatch)(5-21-2000)

  • Martin News: Mark Martin will compete in the BGN race at Charlotte on May 27. Martin will be racing the #60 Ford with a special Winn-Dixie paint scheme for the second time this year. This paint scheme will be a tribute for the Memorial Day weekend(J-Mar Newsletter)(5-20-2000)

  • Two Monte Carlos? NASCAR officials have raised the option of allowing General Motors teams to use two different Monte Carlo body styles next season, one the current Monte Carlo, or a new NASCAR template-model Monte Carlo. But Chevrolet officials have made it clear they've completely rejected NASCAR's common-template project. See full story at PitNow(5-20-2000)

  • Martin's Engine Builder Wins: Roush Racing's Randy Hewitt claimed the top prize in the Clevite Engine Builder Showdown 2000. The Showdown 2000 pitted the top engine builders in NASCAR Winston Cup racing in a timed competition. Hewitt and his assistant Mike Kasch assembled a bare block Ford 5.8L engine in 21 minutes and 41 seconds to edge the team from Larry Hedrick Motorsports in the finals. Hewitt won an expense-paid trip for two to Hawaii and a one-year lease on a Mustang GT convertible or Camaro SS convertible. Highlights of the event will be seen on TNN's "NASCAR Garage" this fall(J-Mar Newsletter)(5-20-2000)

  • Shepherd to drive ARCA: Morgan Shepherd will drive the #80 car owned by Stan Hoover in the ARCA race at Lowes Motor Speedway on Saturday(Morgan Shepherd Site). Shepherd will start 22nd. Also, some BGN(and former) drivers will run the ARCA race: Lyndon Amick will start 12th, Matt Hutter - 16th, Justin Labonte - 24th, and Damon Lusk - 25th. The ARCA Easy Care Vehicle Service Contracts 100 is at 6:00pm/et on Saturday. It will televised live on FOX Sports Net(5-20-2000)

  • Sabco/Ganassi? UPDATE 5: hearing SABCO owner Felix Sabates(#'s 40 and 42) and CART championship team owner, Chip Ganassi are getting close to forming some sort of partnership that would bring a Ganassi team (an Andy Graves) to the Cup series for 2001(5-9-2000)
    UPDATE: Chip Ganassi, who has won four consecutive championships as a team owner in CART, may be on the verge of entering NASCAR. Ganassi is negotiating with Felix Sabates to become a part-owner of Team Sabco. If there's a partnership with Ganassi, it wouldn't begin until next year(Dallas Morning News)
    UPDATE 2: On Thursday's ESPN2 RPM2 Night, Robin Miller reported that the Ganassi-Sabates is a done deal with Ganassi owning 80% and Sabates owning 20% with Ganassi talking to Jeremy Mayfield and Bobby Hamilton as part of a two car team to run in 2001. Target is the rumored sponsor(RPM2 Night). Note: Mayfield is signed with Penske-Kranefuss thru 2002 and Hamilton with Morgan-McClure thru 2001(5-11-2000)
    UPDATE 3: See the story at SpeedNet: Ganassi to join NASCAR, source says, no drivers mentioned like on RPM2 Night but the story adds: "According to a source in Charlotte, who requested anonymity, Ganassi will become a majority owner of Felix Sabates' operation and run a two-car effort starting in 2001 with Dodges." No mention of what would happen with the current drivers, Sterling Marlin or Kenny Irwin, on RPM2 Night it sounded like a deal in addition to Sabates current teams, but the story sounds more like a partnership. Three of the drivers have contracts at least thru the 2001 season, Marlin has the option to leave at the end of the 2000 season(5-12-2000)
    UPDATE 4: Felix Sabates says he and Chip Ganassi have "agreed to agree" on a transaction that could bring Ganassi aboard as majority partner in Sabates' NASCAR racing organization(SABCO). Such a deal, Sabates said, would likely happen in the next 30 days. SABCO, fields the #40 Coors cars(Chevys) for Sterling Marlin and the #42 BellSouth car for Kenny Irwin. Sabastes says they have not discussed drivers and that any deal must be done in the next two or three weeks. Reports last fall had said Ganassi would link with Pontiac, which may be in need of teams with the defections to Dodge of Petty Enterprises and Bill Davis Racing. More recent rumors, however, pointed Ganassi in Dodge's direction(in part from SpeedVision)(5-17-2000)
    UPDATE 5: According to motorsports insider Marty Snider, Felix Sabates has agreed in priniciple to the sale of 80% of SABCO to Chip Ganassi, who will take over day-to-day operation of Team SABCO on July 1. Sabates will continue to own 20 percent of the team. The three SABCO BGN teams will be disbanded at the end of the 2000 season. Target will join both the #40-Marlin and and #42-Irwin teams as an associate sponsor after July 1.(CNN/SI)(5-19-2000)

  • Alan Kulwicki Scholarship: UNC Charlotte has awarded its Alan Kulwicki Memorial Scholarship to Ron Janney, a high school student and champion race car driver from Estell Manor, NJ(near Atlantic City and Jayski). Officials with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. will make the formal presentation of the scholarship at 5:15 p.m. Saturday on the prerace stage near the start/finish line of Lowe's Motor Speedway. With the financial support of R.J. Reynolds, UNCC established the Kulwicki Scholarship in 1994 to commemorate the dedication to education of the late Winston Cup champion and engineer Alan Kulwicki. UNCC's William States Lee College of Engineering awards the four-year scholarship to a high-school senior who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement and has an affiliation with auto racing. Janney is ranked fourth in his class at St. Augustine Preparatory School in Richland, N.J., and the 18-year-old began racing sprint cars in the Super Sportsman class last season(That's Racin')(5-19-2000)

  • Time Capsule: Cars racing through space? Tracks with tunnels and loops? Amusement parks in the infields? What does the future hold for NASCAR? NASCAR 2000 is giving NASCAR fans a chance to predict the future of racing during Speed Weeks at Lowe's Motor Speedway at Charlotte, with the NASCAR 2000 Time Capsule. Fans can visit the NASCAR 2000 merchandise trailer Wednesday, May 24 between 10am and 6pm, fill out the prediction form and drop it in a time capsule that, once sealed, will not be opened for 50 years. NASCAR 2000 is a campaign exploring the future of stock car racing, examining new-millennium developments in technology, the evolution of facilities and the plans for increased fan interaction at the tracks and through television coverage. Driving the campaign is the vision of those closest to the action -- drivers, crew chiefs, owners, manufacturers, engineers, television personalities and artists. Copies of all NASCAR 2000 media releases and graphic support, including the NASCAR 2000 logo, are available for editorial use(That's Racin'/Cotter Group)(5-19-2000)

  • Strait OK: Bob Strait, ARCA driver who has attempted some Cup races, broke his right scapula (shoulder blade) after making contact with the turn 4 wall during his qualifying attempt Thursday at Lowe's Motor Speedway for the ARCA race. Strait, returned to the track with his right arm in a sling, is planning to qualify in 2nd round Friday morning at 10:00am/et(ARCA Racing Site)(5-19-2000)

  • Gordon Awarded: Jeff Gordon received an award Friday from for his contributions to boating safety. Bombardier Recreational Products, maker of SEA-DOO watercraft and sport boats, presented Gordon with a special edition SEA-DOO GSX model watercraft custom painted in the familiar rainbow colors of his 24 car and autographed by Gordon. Over the past five years, Gordon teamed up with Bombardier to film public service announcements for the SEA-DOO. The rainbow-colored SEA-DOO will be on display in Demo Day markets to help raise awareness for boating safety. Gordon's watercraft will be auctioned on eBay starting July 21, with all proceeds going to the "Jeff Gordon Foundation."(NBC 6 Charlotte Site)(5-19-2000)

  • DEI News: Fans who visit the Dale Earnhardt Inc. shops between May 22 and May 24 can enter a drawing to win a behind-the-scenes tour and lunch at the facility. Fans have never been allowed into the garage area at the shops, some of the most elaborate in NASCAR racing(News and Observer)(5-19-2000)

  • Petty Statement and News: The Petty family released the following statement: "On behalf of Kyle, Pattie, Austin, Montgomery Lee, and everyone in the Petty family, we are truly grateful for the outpouring of support, prayers and love we have received over the past few days. This is a very difficult time for all of us but we so appreciate the way our friends and fans from all over the world have expressed their love for Adam. We thank each and every one of you."(Williams Company) ....AND....
    From NASCAR Online: Steve Grissom will replace Kyle Petty in the #44 Hot Wheels Pontiac for the Coca Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The naming of Grissom, who drives for Petty Enterprises in the CTS, was a follow-up to the withdrawal of the #44 entry from this weekend's running of The Winston Open(NOL)(5-18-2000)

  • #91 Done? UPDATE 2 Nope: hearing that the #91 LJ Racing team has closed up and will not continue operations
    UPDATE: actually hearing that the team has temporarily shut down operations, not closed(5-17-2000)
    UPDATE 2: LJ Racing Still Alive and Kicking: ..."We're ready to race... we have 9 cars ready, and have a new car for Charlotte," said Joe Falk car owner of the LJ Racing #91 Winston Cup race team. "But," Joe continues, "we just don't have the funds, and we need that primary sponsor." "I have just gotten back in town from having to let go our crew that is on the pay-roll, and have dropped down to just working in the shop on Tuesday's & Wednesday's. Even with being let go," Falk adds, "some of the crew have stayed, while the rest have gone eleswhere, but stated that they would return as soon as they were notified that we were back to full pace. As it stands now, we are going to shoot for the fall race at Richmond and the fall race at Charlotte (Lowes Motor Speedway) with Todd behind the wheel, but then sponsorship is still the key." See full story at Catchfence(5-18-2000)

  • Irwin Special Scheme UPDATE Image: To commemorate BellSouth’s initial trip to The Winston with Kenny Irwin as driver, Team SABCO will unveil a special paint scheme on the #42 BellSouth Chevrolet at a press conference on Thursday, May 18, in Charlotte, N.C. Irwin and BellSouth are announcing an extended Lifeline partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) initiative Project Impact: Building Disaster Resistant Communities, educating NASCAR fans that fast action can and should be taken to protect their homes and businesses from disasters and disruptions. Irwin will Unveil Bold New Car Paint Scheme Promoting Disaster Prevention(BellSouth PR)(5-17-2000)
    UPDATE: NASCAR Winston Cup driver Kenny Irwin and BellSouth announced today their extended partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) initiative Project Impact: Building Disaster Resistant Communities. To focus attention on disaster prevention, Irwin is introducing a new paint scheme highlighting the Lifeline initiatives and FEMA Project Impact on the car he will drive in NASCAR's all-star race, The Winston. The race takes place at Lowe's Motor Speedway. See an image of the car and the PR at BellSouth - Project Imapct PR or the Paint Schemes Gallery(5-18-2000)

  • Blaney to run a few BGN events: Bill Davis Racing today announced a driver change for the #20 AT&T sponsored Busch Series car previously driven by Mike Borkowski. Their 1999 BGN driver and current Winston Cup regular, Dave Blaney will handle the driving chores at Charlotte, May 28, and Dover on June 3. A permanent replacement will be announced prior to the June 10th race in South Boston, VA. Blaney drives the #93 Amoco Pontiac in Cup for Davis(Bill Davis PR)(5-18-2000)

  • #2 Questions UPDATE: been getting many questions concerning the comments made by Buddy Baker during the BGN race at NHIS. Baker said that he had tested the #2 Ford for Penske and Rusty Wallace along with a young driver, but didn't say who. I hear it was Ryan Newman and it may had been an ARCA car. That is all I hear at present(5-16-2000)
    UPDATE: hearing that Penske will start an ARCA team for Newman to run some races in 2000-2001(5-18-2000)

  • #75 Tests: Wally Dallenbach tested the #75 Galaxy Motorsports Ford at Lakeland, FL Monday and Tuesday(5-18-2000)

  • Stewart Drives at Indy UPDATE: Tony Stewart drove 12 practice laps at Indy in the IRL car he owns, helping his driver, Jaret Schroeder(from NJ) shake down the car and help get it up to speed. Stewart said he has no plans to get back in the car the rest of the month(ESPN2 Indy Practice) also see the story at SpeedNet: Stewart can't hide identity as he works with Schroeder, Stewart ran 218.200mph in which Stewart says that it was probably the only time you'll see him in the car. Stewart has an agreement with his Cup owner, Joe Gibbs, not to run the Indy 500 and concentrate on the Coca-Cola 600. Stewart ran both races on the same day last year(5-17-2000)
    UPDATE: see a Detroit Free Press story on this: Stewart's Indy spin is mainly for fun by Steve Crowe(5-18-2000)

  • Kyle to skip The Winston: Kyle Petty will not the Winston Open this weekend and no driver will run the #44 Hot Wheels Pontiac there. Petty Enterprises will make an announcement in the next few days on if Kyle will run the Coca-Cola 600 or have another driver run the car there(RPM 2Night)(5-17-2000)

  • Labonte and Lowes History: In 1999, #18-Bobby Labonte made Lowe’s Motor Speedway history by completing a pole "triple crown" at the 1.5-mile superspeedway. It began in May when Labonte claimed the pole for The Winston, NASCAR Winston Cup’s all-star race. Five days later, during pole qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600, Labonte proved his success in The Winston qualifying was no fluke by once again finishing on top, turning in a lap of 185.230 mph, and setting an event record in the process. Winning back-to-back poles for The Winston and Coca-Cola 600 was impressive in itself. Only two drivers had accomplished that feat in the 15-year history of The Winston – Bill Elliott in 1987 and Jeff Gordon in 1996. But Labonte went one better and accomplished what no driver had ever done at Lowe’s Motor Speedway winning the pole for the UAW-GM Quality 500 in October earning a place in the Lowe’s Motor Speedway history books. The Texas native has become the only driver to earn the pole for all three NASCAR events at the superspeedway in one year(Lowes Motor Speedway PR)(5-17-2000)

  • #18 Yankees Car? The Beckett Racing Guide has a #18 NY Yankees/Interstate Batteries scheme listed, supposedly to be run in the Pepsi 400 in Daytona, see the image on the Paint Schemes Gallery(5-11-2000)
    UPDATE: The Yankees scheme for Bobby Labonte for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona has fallen through but supposedly a different baseball themed special paint job may be in the works(5-17-2000)

  • Labonte helps out: Last Wednesday night's ARCA test at Lowe's Motor Speedway Bobby Labonte helped out his nephew Justin, Terry's son, test their ARCA car for the May 20th race. Justin hopes to make his super speedway debut at Lowes. After Bobby did an eight-lap shakedown run, Justin Labonte ran 15 laps at speed, posting a best lap of 174.193mph, which easily put him in the top-10 of the more than 40 teams participating. ARCA veteran Bob Strait posted the quickest lap of the evening at 180.310mph(Lowes Motor Speedway PR)(5-17-2000)

  • Dodge Engines: Arrington Manufacturing, which builds Dodge engines for the NASCAR truck series and does research and development work for Dodge's Cup entry for next season, will expand its Henry County (Va.) site. It will create a new 50,000 square-foot facility west of Martinsville and add 50 jobs. Joey Arrington, the president of Arrington Manufacturing, is the son of Buddy Arrington, a former Cup car owner and driver(Roanoke Times). Also see stories at NASCAR Online and the Martinsville Speedway site on this(5-17-2000)

  • Lycos Bought: Terra Networks, S.A., the leading provider of Internet access and interactive content and services to the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking world, and Lycos, Inc. the Internet's leading multi-brand network, today announced a definitive merger agreement under which Terra will acquire Lycos in a stock-for-stock transaction(Yahoo Biz) No idea how this will effect the #10 Lyco's Team(5-17-2000)

  • Petty's Throttle: story at SpeedVision: How Can a Throttle Stick? by Bill King, Mark Martin talks about how a throttle hangs open and what can and cannot be done by a driver in that situation. Also noted is: According to the #45 Petty Enterprises crew, the throttle was not stuck on the racecar after the accident. Benny Parson's noted this on Monday's RPM 2Night show on EPSN2 and showed on the Cup car they have in a studio how a throttle can hang open(5-17-2000)

  • #48 Team News: America's Team Motorsports Inc. is coming to Winston Cup. The team is combining with Mark Smith and TriStar Motorsports and plans to run five Cup events this season., an Internet-based fan club created by the America's Team group, is sponsoring the car. Darrell Lanigan is expected to compete for the team in the second races at Michigan, Richmond, Charlotte, Talladega and Rockingham. A show car for the team is scheduled to be at Southside Speedway on Saturday night(Times-Dispatch) for past news see the #48 Team News and Links page(5-17-2000)

  • NASCAR Lottery: A group of top NASCAR race drivers have agreed to join industry leader MDI Entertainment Inc. for lottery games and promotions, the company announced today. The drivers have awarded exclusive licensing rights for government-sponsored lottery games and promotions to MDI Entertainment, Inc. The Company will offer games and promotions featuring these famous drivers to lotteries in North America and elsewhere. The Wisconsin Lottery will be the first to launch an instant game featuring the drivers. RACE FOR CASH, a $2 ticket with a top cash prize of $25,000, goes on sale in late June. The game will include a second chance bonus in which lottery players will be able to enter non-winning tickets for the chance to win a trip to the NASCAR(R) race of their choice and prize packages of driver-related merchandise. The following are the six MDI licensed drivers: Dale Earnhardt; Dale Earnhardt, Jr.; Bill Elliott; Matt Kenseth; Jeff Burton; and Mark Martin(Business Wire)(5-17-2000)

  • Petree Races: #33 and #55 Cup owner, Andy Petree drove to victory in a 50-lap race at Tri-County Speedway in Hudson, N.C., starting from the pole and leading all the way despite a challenge from runner-up Rock Harris(That's Racin')(5-17-2000)

  • Humpy's Picks: for the last twelve years, H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler of Lowes Motor Speedway, predicts the winner of the Winston. His record? eight winners in the last dozen Winstons. This year he picks #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr, with #31-Mike Skinner winning the Open and either #28-Ricky Rudd or #26-Jimmy Spencer winning the No Bull Sprint. Rudd has a streak going, running all 15 of the previous Winstons. See full story at SpeedVision: The Winston Humpy Picks Junior (5-16-2000)

  • Gordon Skips the Winston: Robby Gordon, who will attempt to run the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on the same day(May 28th), has decided to skip the Winston this weekend and concentrate on getting a good starting for the Indy 500. Gordon will receive the added benefit of having an extra week's worth of work done to his fleet of Winston Cup cars(Speedway Scene)(5-16-2000)

  • Roush News: Roush Racing and Northern Light Extend Partnership to Bring New Sponsors to NASCAR by Terry Callahan(AutoChannel)(5-16-2000)

  • Donlavey ARCA UPDATE 2: #90 team owner Junie Donlavey plans to field an ARCA team for a limited schedule. Jason Hedleski, who works with Donlavey, plans to drive the car which will all be built in the same shop(Richmond Times-Dispatch)(3-19-2000)
    UPDATE: Been told that Donlavey will not run any ARCA races as they want to concentrate on getting the CUP team running well and making races(3-20-2000)
    UPDATE 2: #90 Cup Series team owner Junie Donlavey will enter a car in six events in ARCA, beginning at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Jason Hedlesky, who is Donlavey's team manager, will drive the car. Hedlesky, of Ann Arbor, MI, is a former Super Late Model driver who competed in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Powerboat Magazine( is the primary sponsor of the car, and Hills Bros Coffee and Suburban Lodges are associate sponsors. All three are sponsors of Berrier's Winston Cup team. Hedlesky and the Hills Bros Coffee Racing Team spent an extra day at Lowe's Motor Speedway following their Winston Cup test to help Hedlesky prepare for his ARCA debut(Hills Bros Racing Site/Keystone Marketing)(5-16-2000)

  • Martin News: The first week of the Valvoline Online Racing Auction on raised approximately $40,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. The top item was a NASCAR race weekend as a Mark Martin honorary pit crew member, which attracted a bid of $12,000.(for more info see my Racing Charities page). The auction continues through May 23. AND Mark Martin's on-track performance in the Valvoline Ford, combined with contributions from Valvoline and NASCAR fans, has brought the current total raised for Big Brothers Big Sisters since 1999 to $324,410. 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 May 27 at the Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte(Valvoline PR)(5-16-2000)

  • Gordon on TV starts May 16th: Jeff Gordon visited Homestead-Miami Speedway on Thursday to film several segments for ABC's Good Morning America. The segments will air Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (May 16-18). Gordon took time from the filming to meet with 94.9 ZETA personality Toast, and took him for a few laps of the track in the Homestead-Miami Speedway pace car. Toast recently challenged NASCAR racing in on-air comments, and Gordon took time to explain the finer aspects of the sport. Gordon also did live on-air interviews with Glenn Richards and Ron Brewer (morning show host Paul Castronovo was absent due to the delivery of his first child)(Homestead-Miami Speedway PR)(5-13/16-2000)

  • Derrike Cope Cup Announcement UPDATE 2: Derrike Cope will be on ESPN2's RPM2 Night Thursday to make an announcement, not sure if the #61 BGN ride is it or if he has found a Cup or other ride, actually John Kernan said it is for Winston Cup and the announcement is HUGE
    UPDATE: Derrike Cope has partnered with NHRA Pro-Stock Legend Warren Johnson to form a new Winston Cup team with plans to run in the 2001 season. The car will be a GM Product(Chevy/Pontiac). The team will get it's first car in July and hopes to do extensive wind tunnel and engine testing later in the season. No sponsors yet they are meeting with sponsors for the team. More info from the Derrike Cope official site: The team is called Quest Motor Racing and the team has retained Camp and Associates as their marketing firm(5-11-2000)
    UPDATE 2: see another story with Kurt Johnson's thought's of his Dad's involvement in Cup: W.J. forms NASCAR team with Derrike Cope by Rob Geiger(5-15-2000)

  • #43 News: To gear up for their new partnership with John Andretti and Petty Enterprises, Cheerios / Betty Crocker Racing will team up with their other General Mills brands including Pop-Secret, Wheaties, Golden Grahams, Chex for Food Lion Speed Street in downtown Charlotte May 25-27, 2000. The Cheerios / Betty Crocker Racing Family Fun Stop will feature popular samples of General Mills products, show cars, an interactive contest and NASCAR Winston Cup driver appearances. All activities will be located street side and inside Founders Hall at the Bank of America Corporate Center at 100 North Tryon Street in Charlotte. Race fans will be able to join in the countdown to July 1, 2000 when Cheerios and Betty Crocker become the primary sponsor of John Andretti and Petty Enterprises by getting a glimpse of the new #43 Pontiac. Also on display will be John Andretti's special edition Wheaties Pontiac paint scheme that will compete in The Winston on May 20th, three new Pop-Secret paint schemes designed by Sam Bass, Cale Yarborough's 1976 Monte Carlo. See the rest of the story on the Driver Appearance page(5-15-2000)

  • Evans Debut: Twenty Four year old second generation driver Richie Evans, Jr. made his race driving debut this weekend at the Lonesome Pine Raceway(site is old) in Coeburn, VA(not TN). Evans was driving the black #61 Chevy late model stock car owned by his crew chief, Gary Hargett. It was Evan's first time in the car, and his first stock car race. Evan's started the 125-lap event last, due to a spin in qualifying and eluded trouble all night except for one other spin, and finished 18th one lap down. The #61 will run more ARA races this season, budget permitting as the team is still seeking sponsorship. The race will air on Speedvision, Wednesday, May 17th, 8:00pm/et( Richie Evans Jr. is the only son of the late legendary NASCAR Modified Champion, Richie Evans Sr. Richie continued to grow up around motorsports with his stepfather, Billy Nacewicz, who was Richie Sr.'s crew chief(and is the current crew chief for NHIS winner Tim Fedewa in the BGN)(5-15-2000)

  • Bodine on Montel UPDATE today May 16th: #60-Power Team’s Geoffrey Bodine will be in New York City on Wednesday to appear as a guest on an upcoming episode of the Montel Williams Show. The nationally televised talk show is hosted by Montel Williams, the 1996 Emmy winner for "Outstanding Talk Show Host". Bodine will be on the show to talk about his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series wreck at Daytona. Bodine suffered multiple injuries in the wreck and is currently undergoing physical therapy. He is expected to return to the driver’s seat of the Power Team Chevrolet within the next month. One of the major topics of discussion during the show will be the safety of the cars and trucks used in NASCAR competition. A show truck will be on hand at the taping to allow Bodine to explain in detail the safety features of a race vehicle. The episode of the show that Bodine will appear in has not been assigned an airdate as of yet. However, it is expected to be aired within the next two to three weeks. Please consult your local listings for more details(PowerTeam Page)(4-5-2000)
    UPDATE - Airdate: This Tuesday, May 16th, #60 Cup driver Geoffrey Bodine and CTS driver Rob Morgan will appear on the Montel Williams Show. The show titled "Brushes with Death" was taped April 5th in New York City and covered Morgan and Bodine's view of their tremendous accident at the Daytona International Speedway this past February. Montel Williams used Morgan's Acxiom/AbiliTec Ford as a visual tool to highlight the safety features that helped save lives in the accident. The #46 Ford F-150 was on display outside Montel's studios along with Morgan's transporter. Check your local listings for channels and times(Rob Morgan PR)(5-15-2000)

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