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PAST NEWS JUNE 12-18, 2000

  • Talladega Testing: Talladega Superspeedway is hosting an open test session on Tuesday, June 20, 2000. Scheduled to test are the #16 and #17 Cup cars owned by Jack Roush(Talladega PR) This may change now with the Pocono 500 race being delayed until Monday, June 19th(6-18-2000)

  • Benning at the Brickyard: #84-Norm Benning driver/owner of the #84 Benning Motorsports/SoBe Healthy Beverages Chevy is planning to run the Brickyard 400. Benning he has bought a car from Mattei Motorsports to race at Indy and plans a test session at Indy in early July. Benning attempted to make the Daytona 500 but failed to make the race(Motorsports Fan Report)(6-18-2000)

  • Lasoski at all Kansas events? Danny Lasoski, normally a sprint-car racer, wants to drive in every race that will be run at the new Kansas Speedway next year. He thinks he's been able to wrangle a deal for a NASCAR Craftsman Trucks ride if the speedway gets one of those races and the same for a BGN and ARCA ride. Lasoski even thinks he has a shot at an IRL ride. But the Winston Cup race may be the holdup. It appears right now that he's targeting good friend Kenny Schrader for the Cup ride. Lasowski and Schrader are both Missori natives(KC Star)(6-18-2000)

  • Watson/Green: Minnesota Vikings coach Dennis Green and Doc Watson are ready to race in 2001. The pair has not decided exactly what level of racing to run but is considering ARCA and the Craftsman Truck Series. Although Watson’s current ARCA shop is in Philadelphia, Green says the combined effort could be housed in Richmond(Times-Dispatch) AND also a story at That's Racin'. Anyone watching the ARCA race yesterday, that was Dennis Green presenting Kerry Earnhardt with the winners trophy. For past news on this team, see my New Teams Past News page(6-18-2000)

  • Walking Wounded: #88-Dale Jarrett aggravated a muscle in his lower back climbing out of the Ford #88 on Friday but is fine for the race. #14-Rick Mast broke a small bone in his left foot after mixing it up with Steve Park two weeks ago at the Dover race(Atlanta Journal Constitution)(6-18-2000)

  • Rocky and Bullwinkle? hearing Robby Gordon will run a Rocky and Bullwinkle scheme sometime this summer, probably to promote the new movie coming out soon(6-17-2000)

  • New Dodge Engine Help? Charlie Seegers, the engine specialist who helped Jeff Gordon to three Winston Cup championships under Ray Evernham, has begun working on Evernham's Dodge team, according to Dodge sources(PitNow)(6-17-2000)

  • Another Earnhardt Wins: Kerry Earnhardt, Dale's oldest son, and Dale Jr's half brother(see Augusta Chronicle Story), won the ARCA race at Pocono. The #2 DEI Chevy was pitted by the #1 Pennzoil Winston Cup crew. See the results on the ARCA Racing site(6-17-2000)

  • 2001 TV Contract: Sources involved with the 2001 TV deal have told Speedway Scene that there will be an hour-long pre-race show and a half-hour post-race show. These new shows are being dictated by the new TV contract(Speedway Scene). No word on qualifying but have heard that each will have to carry 1st round qualifying in some form. More past news on the new TV contract on the TV/Radio/Media page(6-17-2000)

  • Tyler Jet Motorsports looking for a partner? One of only three single-car teams in the top 25, the #10 Tyler Jet Motorsports/Tim Beverley-owned team has worked to reach its goals with a smaller budget and data pool. Beverley now is looking for some help, possibly a partner. The Lycos sponsorship deal is a one-year deal. Whether Beverley will sell a minor interest in his team or simply find a partner to help in the sponsor chase hasn't been determined(Times Dispatch)(6-17-2000)

  • #11 Crew Chief Change: Brett Bodine, owner/driver of the #11 Ralphs Supermarkets Ford team, has hired Mike Hillman to replace Greg Ely as his crew chief this week. Hillman had worked at Joe Falk Racing(#91) and with Robby Gordon's team(#13) earlier this season(That's Racin')(6-17-2000)

  • Marlin/Ganassi Handshake: Sterling Marlin said he and new car owner Chip Ganassi "have shaken hands" on a deal to team next season. Ganassi is buying controlling interest in Felix Sabates' Chevy team(PitNow)(6-17-2000)

  • Park in a backup: Steve Park, driver of the #1 Pennzoil Chevy, crashed his primary car in the final moments of Friday's practice session and had to use a backup to qualify(27th)(That's Racin')(6-17-2000)

  • #14 Info: the car that Rick Mast qualified 13th with at Pocono on Friday was not the car the AJ Foyt team took to the wind tunnel Tursday but the car that was wrecked at Dover two weeks ago. The team realized at the wind tunnel the car was not what they needed/wanted at Pocono(That's Racin')(6-17-2000)

  • What happened to Baird in 1st Round? #52-Bill Baird, the former ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series champion crashed in Turn 2 in his #52 Dynatek Chevy while trying to qualify for his first NASCAR Winston Cup race. The crew is working to repair the team's only car. Baird is not sure if something broke or if he cut a tire(NOL Notes)(6-17-2000)

  • #44 Crew Chief? UPDATE: hearing Doug Hewitt, who was #44-Kyle Petty's crew chief in 1999 will be crew chiefing the team this weekend at Pocono. No word on the status of Bobby Leslie who was the crew chief for the team
    UPDATE: have confirmed that Bobby Leslie resigned Monday. Doug Hewitt is serving as crew chief this week. The team is going on a week-to-week basis for right now(6-16-2000)

  • Wood Brothers and Roush: The Wood Brothers Winston Cup #21 CITGO team and its driver, Elliott Sadler, will begin running cars built by Roush Racing in the July 1 Pepsi 400 at Daytona. Team co-owner Eddie Wood said he has reached an agreement with Roush Racing owner Jack Roush to race cars supplied by Roush's operation throughout the 2001 season. The Roush-built Taurus that Sadler is scheduled to drive in Daytona is an "early" delivery on that order, and Wood said the team may use Roush cars in a few other races this season. The Wood brothers have used Roush engines for two years(in part from the Greenville News)(6-16-2000)

  • Martin and BBBSA: Mark Martin and Superbowl MVP, Lynn Swann were on hand last night at the Pittsburgh Pirates game where they presented a check of $4,000, in-behalf of Valvoline, to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. Also Martin threw out the first pitch as part of Valvoline and Valvoline Instant Oil Change's (VIOC) two-year sponsorship of the Pirates(Catchfence)(6-16-2000)

  • Simo to drive the #90 at Sears Point Raceway in the Cup race. Brian Simo, current points leader in the BF Goodrich Trans Am Series, will drive Junie Donlavey's Hills Bros Coffee #90 Ford Taurus at Sears Point Raceway in the Winston Cup race on June 25. Simo replaces regular driver Ed Berrier in the car for the race. "This is a move to help the team," said Berrier. "I lack experience on the road courses and the car we have is a pretty good road racing car. It just makes a lot of sense to put a road racing specialist in the car." Simo's experience in road course races comes from his experience in the Trans Am Series, where he has finished second in points on three different occasions. Simo has eight wins in his career in the Trans Am Series. Simo has plenty of track time at Sears Point Raceway in the Trans Am Cars and Stock Cars, but this will be his first experience in a NASCAR Winston Cup car. Berrier will return as the driver of the Hills Bros Coffee Ford at the Pepsi 400 in Daytona Beach on July 1(Keystone Marketing/Hills Bros Racing)(6-15-2000)

  • #43 Assoc: the #43 STP/Cheerios/Betty Crocker Pontiac will feature the Weis Market logo this weekend at Pocono(Scranton Times Leader)(6-15-2000)

  • Herzog Motorsports to run at the CUP race at Watkins Glen? Stan Herzog of Herzog Motorsports(#92 ALLTEL BGN Chevy) confirmed that his team might race in Winston Cup as early as the Aug. 13 race at Watkins Glen. That will probably be contingent on how well BGN driver Jimmie Johnson performs June 25, when the BGN is at Watkins Glen. Herzog plans to field a Winston Cup team in at least five races next season and will have a full Winston Cup team in place by 2002. However, Herzog said there is a slight possibility a full Winston Cup effort could be in place for 2001, but everything would have to fall into place soon. Herzog won’t be able to announce its 2001 Winston Cup intentions until September(St. Joseph News-Press)(6-15-2000)

  • Blaney's brother wins: Dale Blaney, brother of Winston Cup driver #93-Dave Blaney, won his first World of Outlaws race Tuesday night at Farmer City Raceway. Dale drove the DB Motorsports #93 Amoco Maxim, Dave owns the team(TNN)(6-15-2000)

  • More Testing at Daytona UPDATE 2: Both Robert Yates' Winston Cup teams, #88-Dale Jarrett and #28-Ricky Rudd, will join Hendrick Motorsports #25-Jerry Nadeau for a two-day test session at Daytona on Tuesday and Wednesday(June 13-14th). The practice sessions will run from 3:00 to 11:00pm/et each day(Speed Magazine)(6-13-2000)
    UPDATE: Dale Jarrett, Ricky Rudd and Jerry Nadeau were testing out new cars Tuesday night at Daytona and were finding their speeds slower than their last run at Daytona in February thanks to a few rule changes by NASCAR. All three drivers had their fastest laps in their new cars with Nadeau turning the fastest time at 184.805mph. Jarrett had a fast lap of 184.049mph and Rudd turned a lap of 183.673mph. After having to give up their Daytona 500 winning car to DAYTONA USA, the #88 Ford Quality Care/Ford Credit team was left a car short, so they brought a brand new Taurus to this week’s test session. Ricky Rudd, driver of the No. 28 Texaco Ford and Jarrett’s Robert Yates teammate, was testing a brand new car as well as the car he won the Gatorade 125 mile qualifier in during Speedweeks 2000. The lone Chevrolet Monte Carlo sharing the track with the Yates teams was piloted by Jerry Nadeau, driver of the #25 Michael Holigan Chevy. Although Nadeau was without a teammate for tonight’s test, his efforts would not be entirely self serving as the test will help to enhance the whole Hendrick Motorsports team. Jarrett and Rudd plan to return for another test session under the lights at Daytona Wednesday(Daytona Intl Speedway PR)(6-14-2000)
    UPDATE 2: the 2nd and final day of practice at Daytona ended Wednesday night with the following speeds reported: #25-Jerry Nadeau posted a fast lap of 185.567mph, followed by #88-Dale Jarrett at 184.805mph and #28-Ricky Rudd at 184.049mph(Daytona Intl Speedway PR)(6-15-2000)

  • Dodge Tests UPDATE 2: Evernham Motorsports and driver Casey Atwood tested at Greenville Pickens Speedway on Monday for the first of a two day test. Testing a Dodge Intrepid with their new Winston Cup Dodge engine through its paces. As mentioned in the past, Ray Evernham hopes to enter Atwood in a few Winston Cup races in cars owned by Elliott later this season, but no specific race dates have been picked(Greenville News)(6-13-2000)
    UPDATE: Evernham Motorsports left after testing on Monday and didn't return on Tuesday but may test again at the speedway next week(6-14-2000)
    UPDATE 2: hearing the reason Atwood didn't stay around to test more on Tursday was that the engine broke, but they plan on being back at the track next Monday and Tuesday(6-15-2000)

  • Sad News UPDATE 2: Larry Nuber was found deceased in his home in Indianapolis by the local police department, who had been called in by relatives concerned because they had not heard from him in several days. His body will be taken to his parents' home in Toledo, Ohio, where services will be arranged. Who is Nuber? If you watch any of the early 1980's ESPN race broadcast's, Nuber was one of the announcers during the early days of NASCAR racing and TV. Recently, Nuber managed the Wynn's Racing Program throughout the past several years(Irwindale Speedway)(6-10-2000)
    UPDATE: Nuber passed away of a cerebral hemorrhage/stroke while working at his computer(6-11-2000)
    UPDATE 2 - Services: Veteran broadcaster and publicist Larry Nuber, 51, who passed away last week in his Indianapolis home, apparently suffered an aneurysm. His body was transported to his parents' hometown of Toledo, Ohio, where he will be interred. The funeral is Saturday, June 17 at 2:00 p.m. at Faith Community United Church of Christ in Toledo (1201 S. Byrne Street, 419-385-3747). Visitation is set for Friday, June 16 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Bersticker-Scott Funeral Home in Toledo (3453 Heathersdown Boulevard, 419-382-3456)(SpeedVision)(6-15-2000)

  • #200: Kenny Wallace will attempt to make his 200th career Winston Cup start this weekend at Pocono in the #55 Square-D/Cooper Lighting Chevy(6-14-2000), Wallace made the race and made his 200th Cup start

  • Rusty Gets Lucky: Rain at Michigan Speedway on Sunday saved Rusty Wallace. His engine blew just before the second red flag for rain waved. Had the race restarted and the final six laps been run, Wallace would not have been able to continue. He might have finished as low as 37th, but since the race didn't resume, he finished seventh. (Roanoke Times/RPM 2Night)(6-14-2000)

  • Holigan Team Owner? Michael Holigan, whose on-line business sponsors #25 Jerry Nadeau on the Winston Cup Series, wants to be a NASCAR owner. "With NASCAR’s new TV deal, I can already see that we’ll be getting a return on our investment," said Holigan. "I predict that, before the end of my three-year sponsorship, I will start a two-car team."(Gaston Gazette)(6-14-2000)

  • Robonson to Cup: Shawna Robinson, who is running the full ARCA season this year and won the pole at Michigan this past weekend before getting injured in a wreck during the race is planning to run five Winston Cup races in 2001 along with a 2nd full ARCA season. Robinson hopes to do extensive Winston Cup testing, before making the jump to stock car racing's top series(Detroit News) more news on Robinson on my BGN Site(6-13-2000)

  • Montoya in Indy? Sources in the Michigan garage have told Speedway Scene that the winner of this year's Indy 500 may try his hand in the Brickyard 400 this August. The reports, from unconfirmed sources, tell Speedway Scene that Juan Montoya will likely be in a SABCO / Ganassi stock car when NASCAR invades the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway(Speedway Scene)(6-12-2000)

  • #98 Sold? UPDATE 2: hearing the #98 Cale Yarborough team has been sold but have heard nothing more concrete on the sale or new owners or if Yarborough will be involved. Heard the team would not run until 2001(5-11-2000)
    UPDATE: hearing the #98 Cale Yarborough team has been sold to a company called Premier Racing Teams, LLC. Hearing they won't race until the 2001 Cup season(6-3-2000)
    UPDATE 2: Hearing the new owner is Chip McPhearson and that supposedly the driver would be Jeff Fuller, who started out the season in the #27 Eel River Racing/Viagra Pontiac. Cale Yarborough supposedly will have no ownership or role with the team(6-12-2000)

  • #21 Tests: Greg Biffle has been selected to substitute for Elliott Sadler at the Wood Brothers' test session in Talladega, AL. Biffle was selected after Sadler's Physician advised him to stay home and rest for a couple of days following his crash in Saturday's final Winston Cup practice session. Sadler was cleared to race in Sunday's Kmart 400 at Michigan. The team wants to make sure Sadler is 100% at Pocono. Biffle also tested for Winston Cup veteran Mark Martin earlier in the season. The test is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday(Cox Marketing)(6-12-2000)

  • Rain at Michigan: Only three previous times has rain affected a Winston Cup race at Michigan. The inaugural Yankee 600 in August 1969 was stopped after 165 miles with David Pearson declared the winner. In August 1977, the Champion 400 was forced to Monday by rain. And the June 1982 stop was interrupted more than three hours before Cale Yarborough edged Darrell Waltrip for the win(Detroit Free Press)(6-12-2000)

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