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PAST NEWS JUNE 26-JULY 2, 2000


(7-2-2000)
  • Cope at the Brickyard? UPDATE no: Warren Johnson, a drag-racing star, is building a new Winston Cup team in Kenny Bernstein's old Huntersville shop. Derrike Cope is Johnson's business partner and driver, and they hope to have a car(#37) ready for the Brickyard 400 in August(PitNow)(6-10-2000)
    UPDATE: hearing now that Cope and his new #37 team will NOT be at the Brickyard. The team hopes to debut later in the season(7-2-2000)

  • Conseco Troubles? UPDATE: a few readers have voiced concern over the sponsor of AJ Foyt's #14 Cup team, Conseco. Since the company announced in April 1998 that it was buying Green Tree Financial Corp., the stock has lost 88 percent of its value, closing this week at $6.62 a share. How this effects the sponsorship of the team, I don't have a clue. Have heard absolutely nothing concerning any problems with the sponsorship. See the full story at SpeedNet: Area takes stock of Conseco, execs' gifts, basically talks about charity gifts and such(4-22-2000)
    UPDATE: A.J. Foyt's team will not be affected by recent changes at Conseco, the car's sponsor, team representatives said. Conseco changed its corporate president earlier this week. The company's stock has plummeted lately but climbed to 9.5 (after falling to 4.6 in late May) before the market closed on Friday(Times Dispatch)(7-2-2000)

  • Little and Wells? Chad Little, who will not be returning to Roush Racing(#97 John Deere) next season, confirmed he is interested in driving the McDonald's-sponsored ride for PPI Motorsports in 2001. The fast-food chain reportedly wants PPI owner Cal Wells to hire a Winston Cup veteran rather than to go with an "outsider."(AJC) AND Cal Wells still is interviewing candidates for his second Winston Cup car, debut in 2001. He said it will be two to three months before a decision is made(Times Dispatch)(7-2-2000)

  • Adam Petty's Crash: NASCAR officials found no sign of mechanical failure in the car Adam Petty was driving when he crashed and was killed in May at New Hampshire. Petty crashed into the turn-four wall at full speed. Crew chiefs said his throttle may have stuck, but NASCAR's Mike Helton said there was no evidence to support that theory(Boston Globe/AP)(7-2-2000)

  • Hedrick selling #41 Team: Larry Hedrick's team is taking inventory of its assets and preparing to sell the operation.(Times Dispatch)(7-2-2000)

  • CBS's Last One: the Pepsi 400 at Daytona tonight will be CBS's final Winston Cup broadcast, for at least six years as NBC and TBS take over in 2001. I just want to say thanks for being the pioneer in bring full length, live Cup races into my home and on TV. I personally got tired of hearing the complaints about this and that with the coverage and such. I remember watching Wide World of Sports on Saturdays (4:30pm channel 6 ABC) just to catch a 5-10 minute glimpse of Chris Economaki or Keith Jackson reporting on the previous weeks NASCAR Cup race with a few shots of the action, and thought it was great, so seeing a full race live is not taken for granted here. Thank You CBS and Ken Squier
    UPDATE: Kudos or compalints can be addressed by contacting CBS(see my TV/Radio/Media page for contact info), contact your local affiliate or go to Perfect Paranoia and rate the race coverage(7-2-2000)

  • MB2 and TylerJet: Jay Frye, Manager for MB2 Motorsports #26 M&M's Pontiac and driver Kenny Schrader, said any decision on buying or merging with Tim Beverly's (#10) team will have to made quickly and hopes tp resolve it in a few weeks at least by the Brickyeard 400(PitNow) which is as far as #10 driver Johnny Benson said the team could go without a sponsor(7-2-2000)


    (7-1-2000)
  • Big Rigs: Talladega Superspeedway is talking with Jimmy Spencer and other Winston Cup drivers about driving in the Monster truck race on the eve of the Oct. 14 Winston 500(AJC)(7-1-2000)

  • Benson good thru Indy: during the race on CBS, it was mentioned that the #10 Tyler Jet Motorsports team can run unsponsored thru the Brickyard 400(7-1-2000)

  • France Treatments: Bill France, NASCAR president, has not been at the track this weekend. Mike Helton, the sanctioning body's chief operating officer, said France has been undergoing another cycle in his treatment for cancer. The treatment is being done at a Daytona-area hospital. Helton said the reports about France's battle with cancer continue to be positive, but that his regular treatment plan is ongoing(That's Racin')(7-1-2000)

  • Leader Bonus: The Winston Cup leader bonus began in 1996 and has never been higher than it will be this weekend at New Hampshire. The bonus goes to a driver who wins a race and is the points leader at the end of that race. It begins at $10,000 and rolls over each week it isn't won. Dale Jarrett won it by winning the Daytona 500 to start the season, of course, but it hasn't been won since and stands at $170,000. That ties the record set back in 1996. Jeff Gordon won an additional $160,000 when he won at Talladega in July of that year(7-1-2000)

  • New Texaco Logo UPDATE: Texaco announced that it is introducing a new logo and package design for the company's entire family of Havoline branded lubricant products. Packaging containing the new Havoline logo will begin showing up on U.S. retailers' shelves in July, with international introductions planned for later this year and during 2001. In addition, the new Havoline logo will first be seen publicly on July 1 on the #28 Texaco/Havoline Ford of Ricky Rudd at the Pepsi 400(Yahoo Biz) NOTE: on the Texaco site, they show a new look for the logo(not the car), it is kind of subtle, see it at: Texaco - Our New Look(6-30-2000)
    UPDATE: didn't see much different at all in the logos on the car(7-1-2000)

  • Martin's Back: Mark Martin is once again experiencing back pain which has caused him to walk gingerly at times once he's spent time in his Winston Cup car(That's Racin')(7-1-2000)


    (6-30-2000)
  • New #32 Crew Chief: Brad Parrott, brother of the #88 crew chief Todd and son of Roush Team Mgr and crew chief legend Buddy Parrott, will take over the crew chief position of the #32 PPI Motorsports Tide Ford ride of Scott Pruett, effective as of Monday, July 3rd. Brad was working with his brother on the #88(RPM 2Night)(6-30-2000)

  • Benson to run white car UPDATE 3 Lycos GONE: #10 Johnny Benson will run the same Tyler Jet Motorsports Pontiac and scheme at Daytona in the Pepsi 400 that he ran at the Daytona 500. The regular scheme is currently black and blue with red and white number 10's. Plus running the white car will make it easier on Benson's spotters to see the car at night(TJM PR)(6-28-2000)
    UPDATE: actually hearing the reason the car will be white is that the Lycos decals may be off the car as of Friday and have heard the the Tyler Jet Motorsports team has not been paid by Lycos at all in 2000 for the sponsorship(6-29-2000)
    UPDATE 2: Tyler Jet Motorsports, which has had Johnny Benson 's car sponsored by Lycos.com all season, will be unsponsored this weekend. The team is planning to remove the company's decals from the car today because the company has not met payment requirements(Roanoke Times) and other sources
    UPDATE 3: Tyler Jet Motorsports team of Johnny Benson ceremonially removed the Lycos decals from its No. 10 car at precisely 5:30pm. Friday, ending a half-season partnership which did not work out as the team had hoped. Team members had indicated they were under legal restraint in saying what went wrong, but implied that the trouble had something to do with money(SpeedVision)(6-30-2000)

  • #6 Sponsor Announcement? UPDATE - IT's OFFICIAL: hearing that Pfizer may in the running for sponsorship of the #6 Ford(5-28-2000)
    UPDATE: While there are talks about extending the Valvoline deal, another possibility is that Pfizer's sponsorship could wind up on that (#6)car(That's Racin')(5-29-2000)
    UPDATE: The Valvoline Company has announced that at the conclusion of the 2000 season it will no longer be the major sponsor of the Roush Racing Ford driven by Mark Martin(6-1-2000)
    UPDATE: billed as "The Biggest Winston Cup Announcement for 2001", Mark Martin/Roush Racing, Friday, June 30 at Daytona International Speedway. Viagra?
    UPDATE: A big-dollar sponsorship deal between pharmaceutical company Pfizer and Mark Martin's race team will be announced at a news conference in Daytona on Friday. Martin's No. 6 Fords will be sponsored by Pfizer and its Viagra product beginning next season in a deal that's rumored to be in the range of $15 million a season(That's Racin')(a combo of past news and current news)(6-28-2000)
    UPDATE: Roush Racing announced today that Pfizer Inc will be the new primary sponsor for Mark Martin and the #6 Roush Racing Ford Taurus beginning in 2001. Through the new sponsorship by Pfizer's product Viagra(R) (sildenafil citrate), Martin will have a platform to promote men's health issues and raise awareness of men's health concerns. Check out the full story and an image of the car at the Roush Racing Site or see a larger image Keystone Marketing sent out on my Paint Schemes Page(6-30-2000)

  • an old rumor: hearing that Wally Dallenbach and Cup Owner/hunting partner Richard Childress are talking about a possible third RCR team (in addition to the #3 and #31 team) for Dallenbach to run in 2001....but this rumor has came up before the last few seasons....(6-30-2000)

  • Irvan's Trophies were replaced UPDATE 2: meant that Sears Point replaced the trophies for Ernie Irvan's wins there(6-28-2000)
    UPDATE: NASCAR and the race tracks cooperated in reproducing the 15 race victory trophies Ernie Irvan lost in a house fire in March. The new, full-size copies were presented to Irvan in a small ceremony Thursday at Daytona(SpeedVision)(6-29-2000)
    UPDATE 2: in part from NOL - Ernie Irvan was brought to tears Thursday when a group including representatives from NASCAR, the two race teams that he scored his 15 NASCAR Winston Cup race victories for and UPS, the "Official Delivery Service of NASCAR," presented him with exact replicas of his winning trophies and 24-inch x 30-inch matted color photographs depicting each race. See full story at: Irvan receives trophy replicas at Daytona by Dave Rodman. Other stories at That's Racin'/AP: NASCAR, tracks restore Irvan's burned trophies by Eddie Pells. See two images of the presentation at my Ernie Irvan page(6-30-2000)

  • Gordon skips round 1 UPDATE: #13-Robby Gordon didn't make a first round attempt at Daytona for the Pepsi 400, as he was very slow and the team is regrouping for a 2nd round run at 6:30pm/et on Friday. Gordon also said he was waiting on a gearbox(transmission?) to arrive. Heard that Gordon was unhappy with the Yates engines he got for qualifying, voiced his opinion, so Yates pulled ther motor, if so, that could be the reason no attempt was made, no motor
    UPDATE: Gordon has made a deal with Penske Racing's Larry Wallace and installed a Penske engine in preparation for the second (and final) round on Friday(SpeedVision)(6-30-2000)

  • Nadeau to stay at Hendrick UPDATE: Michael Holigan, whose Web site MichaelHoligan.com sponsors Nadeau's #25 Chevrolets, is considering moving from Winston Cup sponsor to team owner and the move has prompted questions about Nadeau's future. If Holigan buys into a team or starts his own, he would like to keep Nadeau as driver, sources told ThatsRacin.com Thursday. Nadeau's contract, however, is with Hendrick Motorsports, where he said he is very comfortable(That's Racin')
    UPDATE: but Holigan has never talked to Nadeau about becoming his driver IF he decides to buy, own or start a Cup team(6-30-2000)

  • Bickle to run at Indy UPDATE: The #61 BGN team owned by Steve Coulter plans to make their Winston Cup debut at the Brickyard 400 with Rich Bickle as the driver(Winston Cup Scene Mag)(6-3-2000)
    UPDATE: hearing that Rich Bickle tested at Indy on Monday and Tuesday of this week driving a brand new #61 Chevy Monte Carlo for the Xpress Motorsports team. Bickle's best lap around the Brickyard was 177mph(6-30-2000)

  • Gordon off until Brickyard and an IRL rumor squashed: After competing in Saturday night's Pepsi 400 at Daytona, Robby Gordon's #13 Ford team will race until the Brickyard 400 at Indy. Gordon's team will use the time to work on their cars and prepare for the second half of the season(That's Racin')(6-29-2000)
    UPDATE - IRL? There are rumors going around the Indy Racing League that Robby Gordon will replace Greg Ray in Team Menard's cars later this season. Gordon, a part-time Winston Cup driver, denies it. "I've heard this too, and I'll say right here that I will not be driving in the IRL this season," Gordon said. "I can't really speak to what John(Menard) is doing with Team Menard and Greg Ray, but I can tell you that my focus is on the Winston Cup team here(Total Sports)(6-30-2000)

  • #14 and Childress: A.J. Foyt Racing and driver Rick Mast will be using engines provided by Richard Childress Racing this weekend at Daytona and next weekend at New Hampshire, but will return to using Pro Motors at the July Pocono race(That's Racin')(6-30-2000)

  • #75 and AOL UPDATE 2: Turner Broadcasting System, Inc./Galaxy Motorsports #75 Ford's paint scheme and design will heavily feature AOL during the Jiffy Lube 300 in New Hampshire and during the Pennsylvania 500. TBS Superstation's Dinner & A Movie and AOL will co-sponsor the Sept. 24 MBNA Gold 500 in Delaware. Though a first-time sponsor of a Winston Cup entry, America Online is no stranger to the NASCAR circuit. AOL has sponsored Damon Lusk on NASCAR's Southwest Series and currently sponsors ARCA series driver Andy Belmont of the America Online Racing Team(Yahoo Biz)(6-22-2000)
    UPDATE: Actually the #79 TRIX Racing Chevy was entered last year at New Hampshire and Dover(fall races) with AOL as the sponsor with Andy Belmont racing but failed to make the races(6-23-2000)
    UPDATE 2: A new marketing partner will join Galaxy Motorsports when America Online graces the hood of Wally Dallenbach's #75 Ford in three upcoming races, beginning at New Hampshire. America Online will also be the primary sponsor on Dallenbach's car -- and the presenting sponsor of the race -- for the July 23 Pennsylvania 500 Presented by America Online at Pocono. In addition, America Online will share primary sponsorship on owner Darwin Oordt's Ford with the Cartoon Network for the Sept. 24 MBNA Gold 400 at Dover. The America Online Ford will sport a navy blue-and-yellow paint scheme. Galaxy Motorsports employs a rotating sponsorship on its fleet of Fords. TBS Superstation Dinner & A Movie, with associate sponsorship from Pepcid AC and Imodium AD, is the primary sponsor for 11 races this season. Turner Broadcasting System's Cartoon Network and World Championship Wrestling are the primary sponsors for seven races. Rotozip Power Tools is the major sponsor for seven races and RedCell Batteries is the primary for six events this year(Hoagland Communications)(6-30-2000)

  • Exide and Burton Honors: To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Korean War, The #99 Exide Bateries Ford, driven by Jeff Burton, will display the United States of America Korean War Commemorative Insignia during the upcoming New England 300 at New Hampshire. For the entire July 7-9 weekend in Loudon, NH, the 50th anniversary insignia will be positioned on the hood of the #99 Ford. The 50th anniversary commemorative period began Sunday, June 25 - the day the war broke out in 1950. It will last until Veterans Day, 2003. Over 1.7 million Americans served in the war, which lasted more than three years. Nearly 37,000 gave their lives for America and the cause of freedom in Korea. Over 8,100 Americans remain unaccounted for (unrecovered or unidentified). General information about the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration may be found at the official Commemoration web site - korea50.army.mil.(Exide PR)(6-30-2000)


    (6-29-2000)
  • MB2, TylerJet and Valvoline? UPDATE 2: hearing that Valvoline is buying into the MB2 #36 M&M's team, who is then buying into or buying Tyler Jet Motorsports #10 team. Supposedly Valvoline will be an equity partner in both teams, with Johnny Benson driving the Valvoline sponsored car. Hearing the deal will be done by July 1st and annouced later in the summer. Also hearing #36 driver, Ken Schrader will remain as the driver of the M&M's #36 Pontiac and Benson will stay on with the #10 with Valvoline as the sponsor(6-26-2000)
    UPDATE: As early as today, MB2 Motorsports will purchase Tyler Jet Motorsports, which owns the race team of Winston Cup driver Johnny Benson. MB2 Motorports, owned by Georgia residents Read Morton, Nelson Bowers and Tom Beard, already owns the #36 M&M's Pontiac driven by Ken Schrader. The team owners have expressed interest repeatedly in recent months about expanding to a multi-car operation. The trio, traveling from Sears Point Raceway to Atlanta on Monday, was unavailable for comment. The proposed deal includes a contract extension of two to three years with Benson. MB2 Motorsports also reportedly was involved in discussions with Valvoline about becoming the future primary sponsor for Benson's car. Valvoline is ending its longtime sponsorship with Mark Martin, who has signed a deal with Pfizer/Viagra worth a reported $60 million for five years. It was not known late Monday whether Benson would run under the ownership of MB2 or Tyler Jet in Saturday night's Pepsi 400 at Daytona(Atlanta Journal Constitution)(6-28-2000)
    UPDATE 2: hearing that this deal will not be completed this weekend and is still at least a few weeks off IF it happens(6-29-2000)

  • Sad News: R. Ted Brant, the president of Brant Motorsports Inc., a West Virginia company building a $300 million indoor racetrack near Pittsburgh, died Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 53. Brant Motorsports expects to begin construction on the racetrack in Findlay Township, Pa., this year. Racing is expected to begin in 2002. Brother Bob Brant will now assume the post of president and the project will move forward. Brant Motorsports also co-owns the Busch Series #21 team (with Richard Childress, owner of the #3 and #31 Cup teams and the #2 BGN team)(AP/WRAL)(6-29-2000)

  • Bud Announcement UPDATE: Budweiser will make an announcement regarding the 2000 season with Budweiser Racing drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kenny Bernstein on Thursday, June 29th at Daytona International Speedway. This will probably be the Olympic Paint Schemes to be run later in the summer (Bristol?). See the #8 Bud/Olympic Chevy on the Paint Schemes page(6-27-2000)
    UPDATE: Budweiser drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kenny Bernstein are giving race fans five million new reasons to pull for them this summer during the "Budweiser Race for the Gold" promotion. Officials from Budweiser unveiled the program at a press conference Thursday featuring both drivers. If Earnhardt Jr. wins the NASCAR Winston Cup goracing.com 500 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on August 26, and Bernstein wins the NHRA U.S. Nationals Top Fuel event in Indianapolis on September 4, Budweiser will award $5 million to be shared among a consumer ($2.25 million), the United States Olympic Committee ($2.25 million) and the drivers ($250,000 each). In the two "Budweiser Race for the Gold" events, Earnhardt Jr. and Bernstein will race cars with special U.S. Olympic Team paint schemes. For more info on the contest, see my Racing Contest page, to see images of the #8 Budweiser/Olympics Chevy see my Paint Schemes Gallery(fingerprint.inc/Budweiser PR)(6-29-2000)

  • Lawsuit?? UPDATE: hearing that litigation will be in the headlines soon with tracks like Kentucky Speedway and Gateway International Raceway may be prepared to file a lawsuit against NASCAR & International Speedway Corporation(ISC) for anti-trust violations. Their reason is the tracks feel they are being shut out of getting any Winston Cup dates in the near future(Pit Reporters from PRN)
    UPDATE: from the Kentucky Speedway - In reference to the comments on the Jayski internet site under News/Rumors on 6/29/00, Kentucky Speedway is comfortable with our position with NASCAR. We trust we are doing the right things to build on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, The Kroger 225, and to acquire a Busch race in 2001. We have had absolutely no discussions about any lawsuits(Kentucky Speedway PR)(6-29-2000)

  • Liquid Cooled Brakes? Wire Harness? UPDATE 3: hearing the #32 Tide Ford driven by Scott Pruett had some sort of brake system cooled by the radiator(and the engine cooling system) at Sears Point. Also hearing the car had a different type of wiring harness that NASCAR didn't say was illegal but told the team not to show up at Daytona with it
    UPDATE: NASCAR officials announced Tuesday they have penalized #32 Cup crew chief Joe Garone for an illegal liquid brake cooling device discovered in post-race inspection at Sears Point. Garone, crew chief of the #32 PPI Motorsports/Tide Ford, was fined $50,000. In addition to the fine, driver Scott Pruett will suffer a loss of 50 driver points and a reduction of 50 owner points also has been levied against car owner Cal Wells. Garone 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..."(NASCAR PR) The loss of owners points drops the team one spot behind the #27 Eel River Racing team in the provisionals, could be costly if the team doesn't qualify well in the next few weeks. The Provisional/Owners Points page and the Drivers Point Page have been updated to reflect the point deduction(6-27-2000)
    UPDATE 2: When contacted for comment, Garone indicated that the pieces found were a pump and vacuum line which had been disconnected but not removed from the car following tests at Carolina Motorsports Park near Kershaw, S.C.(SpeedVision)(6-28-2000)
    UPDATE 3: The following comments were issued Wednesday by PPI Motorsports team owner Cal Wells III regarding the NASCAR-assessed penalty against crew chief Joe Garone and the team: "What NASCAR has termed as 'an illegal liquid brake cooling device' was an inoperable pump and tubing, which were remnants of a removed brake mist cooling system that was used in the car during a Monday, June 19 test at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, S.C. We used a brake mist cooling system during that test to preserve the brakes while we conducted a final round of aero mapping and gear testing on our sole road course Cup car. The key components of the system, including its activation elements, were removed from the car before it was transported to Sears Point. The pump and tubing, which were not connected to each other or to the brakes and thus completely disabled, were left in the car due to the tight turnaround after the Pocono rain delay. Leaving those two elements in the car, however inoperable, was our oversight. We regret the error."(PPI Motorsports PR)(6-29-2000)

  • #13 News - Rocky and Bullwinkle? UPDATE 3 Image: 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)
    UPDATE: I hear the #13 Ford is at the Wind Tunnel in Langley, VA today. Looks like the Rocky and Bullwinkle scheme will be run this week at Daytona, since the movie premieres this week
    UPDATE 2: Universal Studios Consumer Products Group (USCPG) and Rocky and Bullwinkle join NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver/owner Robby Gordon at the 2000 Pepsi 400 race at Daytona. Gordon¹s Ford turtle Wax/Duracell Taurus #13 car will feature Rocky and Bullwinkle along with the villainous Boris and Natasha in a special themed paint scheme to coincide with the Universal Pictures June 30 theatrical release of The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle(Team Gordo PR)(6-27-2000)
    UPDATE 3: added an image from the Team Gordon site to the Paint Scheme Gallery(6-29-2000)


    (6-28-2000)
  • Earnhardt Fan Retires from Navy: Arnold Bush, Electronics Technician First Class, United States Navy is retiring after 20 years of service in the United States Navy. Mr. Bush will be presented with a US Flag signifying the end of his Naval career. Typically, retirement flags are flown at a location of the retiree's choice such as the Capitol Building or the White House, but Mr. Bush has requested his retirement flag be flown from the top of the GM Goodwrench Service Plus transporter at Daytona International Speedway. This weekend Mr. Bush's request will be honored during the Independence Day celebration as his retirement flag will wave proudly atop the RCR teams transporter in the garage area of Daytona International Speedway(PR)(6-28-2000)

  • UPS and Yates: but.....RPM 2Night reports that UPS will begin serving as an associate sponsor on the #28 Texaco Ford driven by Ricky Rudd. The sponsorship begins as of Thursday night qualifying at Daytona for the Pepsi 400. Speculation is that UPS will become the #88 team primary sponsor in 2001 on the Yates Fords driven by Dale Jarrett(yes I know old news on the #88)(6-28-2000)

  • Roush/Little split after 2000 season: John Deere announced today that it supports the decision by Roush Racing and Chad Little to not extend Little's contract beyond the conclusion of the 2000 Winston Cup season. The company said it would begin immediately working with Roush Racing to identify a new driver for the John Deere team. John Deere said it remains committed to NASCAR sponsorship and appreciates the tremendous support John Deere Motorsports has received from NASCAR fans. The company said Chad Little has been a strong ambassador for John Deere and for NASCAR racing. John Deere wishes Chad Little well as he finishes the season in the No. 97 John Deere Ford as well as in his racing future(John Deere Site) AND Roush Racing and Chad Little announced they have mutually decided against extending their contract beyond the end of the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. However, Little will continue to drive the #97 John Deere Ford for the remainder of the season. Roush Racing intends to continue to operate the #97 Ford team in 2001 and beyond, and expects that John Deere will continue to sponsor the team(NOL)(6-28-2000)

  • Engine Changes? NASCAR is considering changing the engine specs in the BGN and Truck(CTS) series to match the compression ratio of Cup, which would be an increase from 9.5:1 to 12:1. Also BGN may get a carburetor change to something cloer to the Cup series. The increase in horsepower would be approx 100. Reason given is that it would help drivers make the transition from the BGN/CTS series easier. The Chevy's, under the new proposed rule, would also sue the SB2 cylinder head that the Cup teams have used since 1998. This is still in the consider stage and has not been announced but an official announcement is expected soon(SpeedVision Inside Winston Cup and Winston Cup Scene)(6-28-2000)

  • Wallace/Waltrip/Smith: from a teleconference transcript (in part) via the Williams Co: Ultra Mattei Motorsports(UMM) owner Jim Smith - "We've always talked about bringing Mike Wallace up to the Cup tour, and we'll probably run Mike Wallace in three or four Winston Cup races this year. However, our main goal is Mike Waltrip, obviously. The engine thing, we've been working on several different issues with it and we were very happy last weekend. I'd like him (Michael Waltrip) to stay. Right now he's evaluating me and I'm evaluating him. I'm certainly in favor of staying together through 2001. Hopefully, I'd like to make that formal announcement here by the end of July. If the proper sponsorship came along, there's no question I'd love to put Mike Wallace in a Winston Cup car and run a two-car team(Williams Company)(6-28-2000)

  • Petty Crew Chief/BGN Team News UPDATE 2: a story in this weeks Winston Cup Scene reports that one of the people Kyle Petty has talked with to replace former crew chief Bobby Leslie was his former crew chief Bobby Kennedy. Kennedy is presently with the #7 Ultra Mattei Motorsports team and driver Michael Waltrip. Kennedy says no decision has been made concerning his talk with Petty. Also as for the Petty #45 BGN team, they will skip Watkins Glen and probably Pikes Peak, but would compete in the remaining races with Kyle as the driver. Plans are unknown past the 2000 season, but Petty thinks they need four teams, the two Cup teams for Petty and Andretti, the CTS team with Steve Grissom and the BGN team, but if the BGN team stays in that series or moves to the Cup or CTS series remains to be seen at this point(6-23-2000)
    UPDATE: Next week, Petty will drive his Cup car at Daytona on Saturday. The BGN races at Milwaukee on Sunday. Petty will have someone qualify for him, then race at Milwaukee. The only other problem in the schedule comes July 23 when the Cup series races in Pocono and the BGN series is at Pikes Peak, CO, the day before. After that, the two series race in the same cities(Roanoke Times). NOTE: Petty says in the WC Scene that the team would possibly skip Pikes Peak(6-24-2000)
    UPDATE 2: ASA driver Scott Hansen will attempt to qualify #45 Sprint Pontiac for Kyle Petty at Milwaukee this weekend. Petty plans to fly to Milwaukee after Saturday night's Cup race at Daytona to drive for his son's team on Sunday. Petty will also run the rest of the season in the #45 BGN car, except Pikes Peak(RPM 2Night/Roanoke Times) Also Doug Hewitt will crew chief Petty's Cup car at Daytona, Hewitt is the interim crew chief since Bobby Leslie left the team a few weeks ago(RPM 2Night)(6-28-2000)

  • Leader Bonus: The Winston Cup leader bonus began in 1996 and has never been higher than it will be this weekend. The bonus goes to a driver who wins a race and is the points leader at the end of that race. It begins at $10,000 and rolls over each week it isn't won. Dale Jarrett won it by winning the Daytona 500 to start the season, of course, but it hasn't been won since and stands at $160,000. That ties the record set back in 1996. Jeff Gordon won an additional $160,000 when he won at Talladega in July of that year(That's Racin')(6-28-2000)

  • Wood Bros/Roush Alliance starts: The Wood Brothers recently announced an expanded program with Roush Racing. The program includes the supply of motors, chassis and bodies to the team during the 2000 season. The official debut of this newly formed alliance takes place this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. The Wood Brothers have retained sole ownership of the No. 21 CITGO Ford(Cox Marketing)(6-28-2000)

  • Green Beats Compton: NASCAR Busch Series points leader Jeff Green took Winston Cup rookie Stacy Compton to school during the best two-out-of-three grudge match in Winston Cup-style convertibles on the frontstretch quarter-mile oval during round three of the 10-week Wendy’s Summer Shootout Tuesday night at Lowe’s Motor Speedway(LMS PR)(6-28-2000)

  • #77 at Daytona: Fit America, the all-natural weight loss program and sponsor of the #77 Jasper Engines and Transmissions Ford driven by Robert Pressley, will have a greater logo presence at this week's Pepsi 400 at Daytona. The Fit America logo will be prominently displayed on the hood of the racecar(Business Wire)(6-28-2000)


    (6-27-2000)
  • Chevy Fender Rumor? Speedway Illustrated has been shown a small, reputedly legal (fits the templates) change to the contour of a fender on the Winston Cup Monte Carlo that will move the airstream away from the rear spoiler at racing speeds. This substantially reduces drag and increases the available horsepower to make the car faster. Speedway Illustrated is are told at least two teams will have the new contour at Daytona for this weekend's night race and that if this contour works as expected you will see two Monte Carlos at the head of the pack(Speedway Illustrated)(6-27-2000)

  • Montoya in Indy? UPDATE No: 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)
    UPDATE: The Ganassi Team put this rumor to bed. Montoya will not run the Brickyard 400, nor will the team run any other series besides CART(Autoracing1)(6-27-2000)

  • Pepsi 'Girl' to wave green flag: Hallie Eisenberg, the 7-year-old known for her starring role in the unusual Pepsi-Cola commercials, will wave the green flag to start the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 1. In addition to serving as the honorary starter, Hallie will assist Pepsi-Cola in giving away a car to a lucky fan prior to the race. The Pepsi-Cola campaign, featuring Hallie, has included the voices of celebrities Joe Pesci, Aretha Franklin, Issac Hayes and Marlon Brando and appearances by Kiss, Faith Hill and baseball star Ken Griffey Jr. In recognition of her outstanding commercial work, Hallie recently received the Young Artist Special Achievement Award for most outstanding young performer in television advertising. Giving the command to start engines will be presidential candidate and Texas Governor George W. Bush. A ticket to the Pepsi 400 also provides admission to the pre-race Trisha Yearwood concert on the Daytona Superstretch beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets for the NASCAR race are still available(www.daytonaintlspeedway.com)(6-27-2000)

  • Burton wins 2nd Quarter: Jeff Burton, whose dedication and commitment to Duke Children's Hospital and Health Center, is the second-quarter nominee for the NASCAR True Value Man of the Year Award. True Value, the Official Hardware Store of NASCAR, is once again sponsoring the NASCAR True Value Man of the Year. The award is designed to honor a driver not only for their accomplishments on the track but for their community service contributions and charitable efforts. Ward Burton, driver of the No. 22 Caterpillar Pontiac and Jeff's older brother, was the first-quarter nominee. Burton pledged to help raise a minimum of $1 million to assist in the completion of the McGovern-Davison Children's Health Care Center, a $30.5 million outpatient facility, designed exclusively for children. This center will feature a racing-themed interactive learning display on the second floor. On May 13, 2000, in honor of Burton's involvement in the project, Duke named the display the "Jeff Burton Racing Zone."(NASCAR PR and NOL)(6-27-2000)

  • Rans Fans Get $$ UPDATE: Race fans who bought souvenirs at New Hampshire International Speedway, and other tracks may get some of their money back from the settlement of a federal lawsuit. The class-action lawsuit filed and settled earlier this month in Georgia accused nearly two dozen companies of conspiring to fix prices on merchandise sold at tracks between Jan. 1, 1991 and Dec. 31, 1999. Under the $11.4 million settlement, vendors agreed to pay $5.7 million in cash and $5.7 million in coupons to compensate customers. They admitted no wrongdoing and said they didn't conspire to overcharge customers at Winston Cup events(PitNow)(6-24-2000)
    UPDATE: see additional story at Speed Magazine: International Speedway Corp. to settle for price-fixing souvenirs which shows some companies/vendorsa and what they are doing. AND a site that Explains the situation: In re Motorsports Merchandise Antitrust Litigation, with a claim form, Q&A. Note: NASCAR is not a party to this litigation and is not paying for any part of the settlement(6-27-2000)

  • Dodge Back Testing: hearing that the Dodge Evernham team is back at Greenville Pickens Speedway today testing(6-27-2000)


    (6-26-2000)
  • STP Colors one more time: John Andretti will run the STP colors one last time on the #43 Petty Pontiac at the season finale at Atlanta(RPM 2Night/ESPN2)(6-26-2000)

  • John Andretti's Brother UPDATE: been getting a few questions about John Andretti's brother Adam, who John mentioned during an interview at Sears Point on Sunday. Not sure yet what series Adam races in but he was an instructor with the Richard Petty Racing Experience and ran some Karting races in 1999 and is a graduate of the Skip Barber school.
    UPDATE: RPM 2Night reported it was a Formula 3 race outside of Tulsa, OK. More info, Andretti won the inaugural United States Formula 3 race at the Hallett Motor Racing Circuit on Saturday in Hallett, OK, near Tulsa(Tulsaworld) and a story at SpeedVision(6-26-2000)

  • Wind Tunnel: hearing the #1 and #8 DEI Daytona Chevy's are at the Wind Tunnel in Langley, VA for testing and tweaking(6-26-2000)

  • Winners Circle: #24-Jeff Gordon and the DuPont team was in jeopardy of not being on the Winners Circle award program in 2001, but with two victories this year with so many different winners should be enough for the team to be assured of being in the Winners Circle next season as he went from being 11th in the program to 2nd with the additional win. Wins are the #1 criteria in the program, then owners points. With Gordon's move up in the 10 on the program, the #2 Rusty Wallace team falls out into 11th. For more info see my Winner Circle explantion and standings page(6-26-2000)

  • Irvan looking to own: Ernie Irvan served as the grand marshal for the race. Irvan retired last fall after being injured in a crash at Michigan. He says he has no plans to return to racing as a driver but is looking at doing everything he can to put a team together, but not me as a driver. Irvan leased his team, equipment, shop and personnel to Robby Gordon this year. Gordon has an option to continue the lease through next season(Roanoke Times)(6-26-2000)

  • Rusty's Engine: On Saturday afternoon, officials invited every engine builder in the garage area to a public teardown of Wallace’s qualifying engine. Among the extremely interested parties were Jack Roush, Doug Yates, Larry McClure and anyone else who might be interested in the secrets to Wallace’s power(Gaston Gazette) AND NASCAR Officials have been getting complaints from car owners that Rusty Wallace might have some trick parts in his engines, as strong as he's been running lately. So after he won the pole, NASCAR inspectors took his engine completely apart, right down the crankshaft, and laid the parts out for everyone to see. NASCAR is considering some new engine rules concerning some of those parts, according to two Winston Cup team owners. Yates called NASCAR's inspection embarrassing(PitNow)(6-26-2000)

  • Kranefuss OK: #12 Mobil One Cup owner Michael Kranefuss' son Philip is fine after surviving a spectacular crash in an ASA race Saturday night in Odessa, MO. Philip Kranefuss, 25, was running fifth at I-70 Speedway when he was hit from behind and began a series of barrel rolls down the backstretch. His car was in hit in mid-air by another car. Kranefuss, who finished 29th in the 32-car field, suffered only bruises. Michael Kranefuss is the car owner for Jeremy Mayfield(Roanoke Times)(6-26-2000)

  • Interesting Stock News: Philip Morris Cos., owner of Kraft Foods, Miller Breweries etc, said on Sunday it reached an agreement to buy Nabisco Holdings, maker of brands such as Oreo cookies and Grey Poupon mustard, for $14.9 billion. The complicated deal, which values Nabisco Holdings at $55 a share, also involves the sale of Nabisco's parent company, Nabisco Group Holdings Corp. to former unit R.J. Reynolds Tobacco(Yahoo Biz) and As part of the acquisition, Nabisco will be combined with Kraft Foods, Inc. (Kraft), the operating food company of Philip Morris Companies Inc.(Philip Morris Site)(6-26-2000)


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