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PAST NEWS JULY 17-23, 2000


(7-23-2000)
  • Rudd's 1st DNF: #28-Ricky Rudd had his first DNF of the 2000 season after his accident at Pocono. That leaves just four drivers who have made all 19 Cup races and not had a DNF(Did not finish): #3-Dale Earnhardt, #18-Bobby Labonte, #22-Ward Burton and #24-Jeff Gordon(was listed as out by accident at Dover in the unofficial results then changed). See my 2000 DNF page for all the DNF's by race and who has the most(7-23-2000)

  • Compton's Wrist: Stacy Compton, driver of the #9 Kodiak/Cougar Ford, will race with a half cast on his left wrist because of two broken bones suffered in a practice/test crash Monday at Indianapolis(Speed Magazine/TBS Happy Hour Coverage)(7-23-2000)

  • HMS Change: Andy Papathanassiou, who had been the pit crew coach for Jeff Gordon's Rainbow Warriors since the team's inception in 1992, was recently promoted to Human Resources Manager at Hendrick Motorsports. Papathanassiou has a master's degree in organizational behavior from Stanford and is uniquely qualified for his new position. Greg Miller has taken over as pit crew coach for the Rainbow Warriors. Miller is responsible for running the weekly pit crew practice sessions and organizing the strength and conditioning program(Gordonline)(7-23-2000)


    (7-22-2000)
  • Newman to Cup, this year? Roger Penske may run Ryan Newman in a few Cup races later this year(PitNow). It has also been rumored that Newman may run some BGN along with the ARCA races he has run in 2000, and that Newman is supposedly getting ALLTEL as a sponsor to run a full BGN or CUP season for Penske in 2001(see the #2 Team News and Links page for the full story)(7-22-2000)

  • #10 Sponsor? it was reported on RPM 2Night that the team was talking to a wrestling organization(WWF) about sponsoring the #10 MB 2 Motorsports Pontiac and driver Johnny Benson for the rest of the year and assuming an associate sponsor role in 2001 when Valvoline is supposedly come aboard as the new primary sponsor(7-22-2000)

  • #44 Crew Chief: Chris Hussey, who is Kyle Petty 's crew chief in the BGN series, is working with Petty this weekend at Pocono. Fred Graves, the #44 crew chief in the Cup series, had a previous commitment with a Winston West team(Roanoke Times)(7-22-2000)

  • Little E Crashes..but is OK UPDATE: Dale Earnhardt Jr. crashed the #8 Budweiser Chevy at Pocono during Saturday AM practice and was taken to the hospital. Eanrhardt is expected to return to Happy Hour practice for the Pennsylvania 500 later this afternoon. Earnhardt crashed in the second turn but did not lose consciousness and was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown(PA) for a precautionary CAT scan. The car was damaged enough that Earnahrdt Jr will have to go to a backup car, meaning he will have fall back from his 15th starting spot to the rear of the field before the race starts(ESPN/AP)
    UPDATE: Earnhardt Jr was interviewed just before Happy Hour and says he is sore but feels fine. He will run Happy Hour practice with his brother Kerry standing by if needed(TBS)(7-22-2000)


    (7-21-2000)
  • Bickle to sub for Labonte UPDATE: Rich Bickle has been named as the relief driver for Terry Labonte in this weekend's Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono. Bickle will practice and qualify the Hendrick Motorsports #5 Kellogg's Chevy for Labonte, who suffered a broken right leg in a crash at Daytona in the Pepsi 400 on July 1. Labonte will start the Pocono race giving way to Bickle at the first caution flag of the event(Speedway Illustrated)(7-20-2000)
    UPDATE: Bickle qualified the #5 Kelloggs Chevy 22nd and will practice the car on Saturday. Labonte will start on Sunday, falling back from 22nd to the back of the field, then Bickle will get in the car at the first caution(7-21-2000)

  • Olympics - Auto Racing? the General manager of Texas Motor Speedway, Eddie Gossage is pushing to run a race as a "demonstration sport" if Dallas wins its bid for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games(Tennessean)(7-21-2000)

  • GM Troubles? Chevrolet officials have made it clear to their stock-car teams that if they run one of NASCAR's proposed ''common template'' cars next season, General Motors will be cutting off support. And that argument, between GM and NASCAR, may come to a head soon(PitNow)(7-21-2000)

  • MB2, TylerJet and Valvoline? UPDATE 5 OFFICIAL: 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 announced 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)
    UPDATE 3: hearing the deal will be completed today, Thursday, July 20th. With MB2 Motorsports buying the #10 Tyler Jet Motorsports team. Supposedly Valvoline and driver Johnny Benson has signed with MB2 for 2001. Crew Chief James Ince may or may not go to MB2 Motorsports with the team AND a story from the Atlanta Journal Constitution
    UPDATE 4 - OFFICIAL: MB2 Motorsports today announced the immediate acquisition of a substantial part of Tyler Jet Motorsports assets. The acquisition enables the #10 Pontiac driven by Johnny Benson to compete in the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup season and beyond for MB2. Benson's team will join Kenny Schrader's #36 M&M's Pontiac team to form the newest multi-car team in the series. Benson said MB2's acquisition brings stability and a wealth of resources to the race team. Both teams will continue to race Pontiacs powered by engines from Hendrick Motorsports. Benson said all of his crew at Tyler Jet Motorsports will continue to work out of the same shop near Lowes Motor Speedway for the balance of 2000. MB2 plans on building a shop near the Concord, N.C. airport to house both teams. Owner Read Morton said MB2 is looking for a sponsor for Benson's car for the rest of the 2000 season. He expects an announcement later this summer regarding 2001 sponsorship. Morton said negotiations with Tyler Jet Motorsports owner Tim Beverley began almost a month ago and concluded this week with a deal that benefits both parties. Beverley will be a minority owner of the #10 Pontiac. Nelson Bowers, Tom Beard, and Morton co-own MB2 Motorsports. Jay Frye assumes the duties of general manager for the #10 and #36 teams. He has served as MB2's general manager since its inception in 1996. Beverley, 43, purchased Darrell Waltrip's team in 1998 and renamed it Tyler Jet Motorsports(Tyler Jet Motorsports PR)(7-20-2000)
    UPDATE 5: While the #10 team has been bought by MB2 Motorsports and will likely be sponsored and part owned(50%) by Valvoline in 2001, the team is still looking for a sponsor for the remainder of the 2000 season. Also, crew chief, James Ince, was released from his Tyler Jet Motorsports contract and will continue on with the #10 team as it's crew chief(7-21-2000)

  • More Soap Box Derby and NASCAR UPDATE 2: There was a lot of tinkering Topside yesterday, as racers and their helpers put the finishing touches on their Soap Box Derby cars. The official safety check and weigh-in for 358 derby contestants began at 8 a.m. and continued through the early afternoon. Gary Nelson, chief inspector for NASCAR's Winston Cup races, told a group of racers that the goal of inspections -- whether for Akron's downhill race or for the popular stock-car races -- is the same: safety and fairness of competition. Nelson is new to the Soap Box Derby. He was in town as part of Goodyear's involvement as national title sponsor. Though the cars he usually deals with go much faster and make a lot more noise, he was impressed with the derby cars. See full story at the Akron Beacon Journal: Competitors finish tweaking cars(7-19-2000)
    UPDATE: Dale Jarrett will meet with rally champions today and then with other derby division winners being brought to Akron from Camp Christopher. The Goodyear blimp Spirit of Goodyear is to be moored nearby for a picture of Jarrett with the derby racers. About 5 p.m., NASCAR drivers Ward Burton and Joe Nemechek and NASCAR crew chief Larry McReynolds will hold a question-and-answer session at the grandstands at Derby Downs. That part of the afternoon is open to the public(Akron Beacon Journal)(7-20-2000)
    UPDATE 2: Anyone who has tried to snap a large family reunion photo can appreciate Mike Steiner's job of getting 358 Soap Box Derby champions into place for a photograph with NASCAR Winston Cup champion Dale Jarrett yesterday afternoon(Akron Beacon Journal)(7-21-2000)


    (7-20-2000)
  • #01 to #42 Q&A and an Image: getting many questions on this, so here it is: Question: Will the #01 Sabco team get tot transfer ownsers points (for provisionals, etc) from the #42 team? Answer: yes, the number, driver and paint scheme will change (no I do not have any images of the new scheme..yet) but the owners points transfer over to the #01. Sabco owner. Felix Sabates ran the #01 in a few races with different drivers during the 1999 season(7-19-2000)
    IMAGE image of the #01 on the Paint Schemes Gallery from the Ted Musgrave site(7-20-2000)

  • Long at Pocono: #85-Carl Long will attempt to qualify for the Pennsylvania 500 in a 1999 #85 Ford Taurus. The 2000 Taurus wrecked at Dover is being fixed with hope to run the Pepsi 400 at Michigan in August. Long got help from the Travis Carter #66 team with the cars. Long helped out the #66 team and Darrell Waltrip by allowing DW to race the #85 Ford that Long has qualified in the Coca Cola 600 at LMS in May. DW had failed to make the race in the #66 Kmart Ford(7-20-2000)

  • #93 Assoc Sponsor: hearing that #93-Dave Blaney will have a new associate sponsor on his rear trunk lid for the Pocono race, a one race deal, the sponsor will be Billows Electric Supply, Inc. of New Jersey. Colors of the company are Green, White/Gray, and black...the logo is a cartoon like bee(7-20-2000)


    (7-19-2000)
  • #7 Engines: The Ultra Motorsports # 7 Nations Rent Chevy driven by Michael Waltrip has tapped T&L Engine Development to furnish engines for ten of the remaining 16 Winston Cup races this season. T&L currently builds the qualifying engines for the Andy Petree owned #55 Square D Chevy driven by Kenny Wallace. T&L also provides Andy Petree Racing Research and Development services. T&L Engine Development continues to provide the #27 EEL River Racing Pontiac Qaulifying and Racing engines(PR). SABCO was supplying engines to the #7 team. The team is rumored to switch to Ford' for 2000 and may run a few in the 2000 season(7-19-2000)

  • Engine Change News: Crew chiefs and car owners were informed this past weekend at Nazareth Speedway that engine compression ratios would change next year from the current 9.5-to-1 ratio up to 12-to-1 in the BGN and CTS. This will add about 100 total horsepower to the engine output. There will also be modifications to the strict rules regulating the 390-cfm carburetors used in the BGN division. See the full story at the ESPN site by Ray Dunlap, along with a Pros and Cons of the changes(7-19-2000)

  • PPI Motorsports to combine operations: PPI Motorsports (PPIM) announced it will operate its NASCAR and CART programs from its Hickory, NC, location beginning next season. The Hickory facility, which was established in late 1999 to house PPIM's Tide Winston Cup and McDonald's Busch teams, will operate as a full-service race shop for PPI Motorsports' CART and NASCAR teams in 2001 with centralized fabrication, carbon shop, machining, parts, travel, transportation, marketing communications, hospitality services, and administrative resources. This consolidation will require the relocation of both personnel and equipment from PPIM's facility in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, current home of PPIM's CART and off-road racing programs, at the close of the 2000 racing season. PPIM's off-road team and other business interests, including the Precision Service Racing Group (PSRG) and the Toyota Motorsports Garage, will continue to operate from smaller, separate facilities in Southern California. PPIM's three-building, 57,000-square-foot Hickory facility will add a fourth, 37,000-square-foot building to accommodate the company's CART operation alongside its 2001 Tide and McDonald's Winston Cup efforts. Wells selected the Hickory location due to its proximity to most NASCAR and CART venues - a decision that, among other benefits, amounted to a savings of 27 travel days for the race team and 115 on-the-road days for team transporters as based on the current CART schedule(PPI Motorsports PR)(7-19-2000)

  • an old Wally rumor UPDATE: 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)
    UPDATE: during a Wally Dallenbach Teleconference, Dallenbach says he is staying at Galaxy Motorsports #75 team: "Richard and I have talked every year for about the last six years about doing a third team. To be honest with you, I'm very happy driving for Darwin (Oordt) and Galaxy Motorsports. We do have to put a sponsorship package together and as long as we can put a strong sponsorship package together for this team for the next three years, I'm staying. I've put a lot of work and effort into building this team to where it's at. We're halfway there. From the start of the season until now, I'm real proud of what we have accomplished, but there's a lot of work ahead. I really hate to just throw that all away. Hopefully, we cam put this thing together and I can drive for Darwin for the next three to five years. Nothing would make me happier."(Hoagland Communications/Galaxy Motorsports)(7-19-2000)

  • Ford Indy Testing: #28-Ricky Rudd was the fastest on Tuesday's 2nd and final Ford testing at Indy for the Brickyard 400 with a speed of 179.592mph. 2nd was #26-Jimmy Spencer, 178.899; third was #17-Matt Kenseth, at 178.390; #75-Wally Dallenbach, 178.243, and #6-Mark Martin, 178.177. See the Tuesday's speeds at: Top 25 Drivers From Ford Testing (July 18) and: Top 10 Overall Drivers From Ford Testing (July 17-18, 2000) and finally: Top 10 Overall Drivers From GM, Ford Testing(Brickyard 400 site)(7-19-2000)

  • AOL and the #75: For the second consecutive race, America Online will serve as the primary sponsor on owner Darwin Oordt's Fords. America Online is also scheduled to be the sponsor along with the Cartoon Network at Dover for the Sept. 24 MBNA Gold 400(Galaxy Motorsports PR)(7-19-2000)

  • Midwest Transit sponsor? UPDATE 4: hearing the #50 Midwest Transit team is close to a deal with a sponsor for the Brickyard 400, Watkins Glen, Michigan and Bristol and if all goes well, possibly 2001(6-30-2000)
    UPDATE: The Hal Hicks-owned team picks up a sponsor beginning with the race at Indianapolis. The team signed a four-race contract with an Internet company(Times Dispatch)(hopefully NOT Lycos)(7-2-2000)
    UPDATE 3 Craven to Run NHIS: Ricky Craven and his Hal Hicks-owned Midwest Transit Racing team will compete in Sunday's New England 300 at New Hampshire, Craven's home track. The team, running without a primary sponsor, has only competed in races this season it believes it can qualify for and run well in. The team will skip the July Pocono race and return for the Brickyard 400 in August, where it will begin a four-race run with an Internet company as sponsor. Good performances may lead to a full-season deal for 2001(That's Racin')(7-3-2000)
    UPDATE 4: hearing the Internet company that will sponsor Craven and the #50 car is WorldBestBuy.com, who has been on the #11 Ford as an associate in the early part of 2000, and has been a sponsor in other auto racing series as well(7-19-2000)


    (7-18-2000)
  • Petty Enterprises News UPDATE: On Tuesday, July 18th, there will be a press conference detailing Sprint's 2000-2001 sponsorship plans with Petty Enterprises (#'s 43 Cheerios and #44 Hot Wheels Pontiac in Cup; #45 Sprint Chevy in BGN; and #43 Dodge Truck). The announcement will take place at Lowes Motor Speedway at 11:00am/et. See Speedway Illustrated for the announcement at 11am(7-16-2000)
    UPDATE: big news! Starting with the Sept. 3 Pepsi Southern 500 at Darlington, Kyle Petty, will run only the #45 Sprint Chevy in the BGN series. Steve Grissom, who drives the #43 Dodge Truck for Petty in the CTS series, will drive the #44 Hot Wheels Pontiac in the Winston Cup series. For 2001, Kyle Petty will drive the #45 Sprint Dodge in the Winston Cup series. Petty plans to run the #44 Cup team, but will need to find a driver and new sponsor as Hot Wheels will not return in a mutual decision. There are no plans to continue the Petty BGN team, but if Petty Enterprises in unable to land a sponsor for the #44, Petty said the organization could return to the series(Petty Racing Site, NOL, That's Racin' and SpeedVision)(7-18-2000)

  • #93 Changes? UPDATE: hearing the #93 Bill Davis/Amoco team and crew chief Gil Martin have parted ways, and also hearing crewmen Shane Westerberg and Mark Karan have left the team
    UPDATE: Bill Davis Racing announced Tuesday the team had parted ways with Gil Martin, the crew chief for series rookie Dave Blaney. Doug Randolph has been named the new crew chief for Blaney and his #93 Amoco Pontiacs and will begin his new duties at Pocono this weekend. The 35-year old Randolph joined Bill Davis Racing in February 1999 as car chief for Davis' other entry, the #22 Caterpillar Pontiacs driven by Ward Burton. Martin asked for and was granted his release from BDR(That's Racin')(7-18-2000)

  • Indy Ford Testing UPDATE: 20 Ford teams/35 drivers tested at at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday as part of a two day mandatory test. #2-Rusty Wallace was the fastest at 181.217mph late in the afternoon. #28-Ricky Rudd was at 176.663mph and was fastest in the morning and #99-Jeff Burton was at 176.490mph, #88-Dale Jarrett at 176.446mph. #33-Joe Nemechek had the fastest lap from last week's two-day GM test, at 181.206mph. That unofficially bettered 1994 and 1998 Brickyard 400 winner Jeff Gordon's track record Bud Pole Qualifying lap of 179.612 mph, set on Aug. 5, 1999.(NOL) UPDATE: a few speeds from Monday's test session: #2-Rusty Wallace was the fastest at 181.217mph; 2nd was #28-Rudd 179.351mph; 3rd as #99-Burton at 179.231mph, 4th was #88-Jarrett at 179.204mph and 5th was #21-Sadler at 179.184. #9-Stacy Compton blew a tire and crashed in the third-turn wall and bruised his shoulder. (SpeedNet). See the top 25 speeds at the Brickyard 400 site(7-18-2000)

  • Stricklin lands Jarrett BGN ride: Hut Stricklin will be in the seat for #11 Jarrett/Favre Motorsports car for at least the next three races, beginning this week at Pikes Peak. The team, co-owned by defending Winston Cup champion Dale Jarrett and Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre, is expected to announce today that Stricklin will replace Jason Jarrett behind the wheel. The 24-year-old son of Dale Jarrett and grandson of Ned Jarrett is struggling in his first full season of BGN racing. The announcement will include plans for Jason Jarrett to continue racing and gain experience at a less-competitive level(Alabama Live)(7-18-2000)


    (7-17-2000)
  • Team Sabco/BellSouth News: Out of respect for Kenny Irwin and his memory, Team SABCO and BellSouth have chosen to permanently change the number of both the NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch Series entries to #01 effective immediately. Irwin was fatally injured in a practice crash at the New Hampshire International Speedway Friday, July 7th, in preparation for the thatlook.com 300. “Kenny was the future of the No. 42 teams,” said Felix Sabates, owner of Team SABCO. “To put someone else in his seat with his number wouldn’t feel right. I spoke with his parents (Reva and Kenny, Sr.) and they were very appreciative and supportive of what we wanted to do.” A new design on the #01 BellSouth Chevrolet, as well as interim driver Ted Musgrave, will debut at Pocono, Pa., Raceway for the Pennsylvania 500. Musgrave, who is testing the Team SABCO/BellSouth entry at Gateway International Raceway today and Tuesday, will be the driver for the next two Winston Cup events. An announcement concerning the driver of the Winston Cup entry for the 2001 season and beyond is expected to take place at the end of the season. Additionally, the team is currently evaluating drivers for the Busch Series entry with a decision coming prior to the Food City 250 at the Bristol Motor Speedway(Team Sabco PR)(7-17-2000)

  • Sad News: Jeff Hammond's father passed away on Sunday, July 16th. Hammond is the crew chief for the #97 John Deere Ford team and driver Chad Little. Thoughts go out to the Hammond family(7-17-2000)

  • Cope to Pontiac: Pontiac has agreed to provide factory support to the #37 Quest Motor Racing team owned by driver Derrike Cope and NHRA driver/owner, Warren Johnson(Derrike Cope Site)(7-17-2000)

  • #15 Closed? UPDATE 2: hearing the #15 Fenley-Moore Ford team has closed up and laid all employees off including crew chief Joey Knuckles. From what I hear Ted Musgrave left a few weeks ago(7-13-2000)
    UPDATE: Less than a year after buying the #15 Cup race team from legendary car owner Bud Moore and promising that the operation would remain in Spartanburg(SC), Fenley Motorsports has put the shop up for sale. Inability to lure sponsors -- a problem that eventually forced Moore to sell after nearly three years of limited activity -- has forced brothers Randy and Robert Fenley, and his wife Sue, to make plans to build a new facility somewhere on Interstate 85, possibly even close to the Charlotte-based center of the racing community. The Fenleys have entered four races this season and are without a driver. Derrike Cope left in April, saying he was told the team would go to every race and was in violation of his contract by not doing so. Ted Musgrave filled in for one event and failed to qualify for another. Fenley says the are moving into a new facility and are not shutting down and going away. With the team cutting back on spending while it hunts for help, Moore stepped away from his position as a consultant in February. The name of the team was changed from Fenley/Moore Motorsports to Fenley Motorsports. See the full story by Todd Shanesy with quotes at GoUpState(7-15-2000)
    UPDATE 2: an update to the above story: Losing NASCAR a shame by Todd Shanesy(7-17-2000)


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