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PAST NEWS JULY 24-30, 2000


(7-30-2000)
  • Get Well: Debi Musgrave, Ted's wife was diagnosed with leukemia earlier in the year. Ted Musgrave, who was doing R&D with Cal Well's new Cup team then, looked at that program as a way of earning a salary and staying in touch with Winston Cup while spending more time at home to tend to his sick bride. But the deal fell apart and Ted stepped back from the sport for a while, subbing in the #60 Power Team while Geoffrey Bodine was injured and now driving the #01 BellSouth car for a few races. The best news of all - Debi Musgrave is improving and getting better which will allow Musgrave to look for a full-time ride for 2001. "She's doing really good," said Musgrave. "She has RH negative blood which is kind of rare. That's the kind of blood that brings on this disease. She's doing good but it's a tough time. We'll all get through it."(in part from Speed Magazine)(7-30-2000)

  • Aero Testing: NASCAR has booked Daytona International Speedway on August 15th for a special aerodynamic test session. The sanctioning body is tinkering with different aero combinations to slow the Winston Cup cars down without restricting the engines any further. Race cars at Daytona and Talladega are slowed by a carburetor restrictor plate, which zaps engine horsepower. Richard Childress Racing(#'s 3 and 31), which runs Chevrolets, and Roush Racing(#'s 6,16,17,97,99) which campaigns Fords, along with at least one Pontiac team will participate in the so-called "dirty air test."(Speed Magazine)(7-30-2000)


    (7-29-2000)
  • #60 changes? UPDATE 2 Gordon?...No: on ESPN's RPM Now radio show, Matt Yocum mentioned that things are up in the air with the #60 Power Team. It ahs already been known that Power Team is out at the end of the 2000 season. Much speculation around the team is who will drive it. Yocum's comment was does Bessey take over for current driver Geoffrey Bodine, does Robby Gordon step into the car. Gordon? Team sources tell me that Gordon is staying with the #13 Team Gordon team and no plans for Gordon to run another car or with another team, but there is much speculation about what will happen with the #60 team(RPM Radio-Real Audio-52 minute mark)(7-23-2000)
    UPDATE: Word is that Robby Gordon has contacted Cal Wells in trying to hook the McDonald's ride(Well's 2nd team for 2001). Gordon, looking for long-term sponsorship and to give the team a chance to catch up, skipped New Hampshire and Pocono and promised to reappear at Indy(SpeedVision)(7-24-2000)
    UPDATE 2: Team Gordon is doing nothing right now but diligently preparing for the Brickyard and their sponsorship packages for 2001. Gordon was in Indianapolis on Tuesday testing his #13 Ford Taurus, turning a fast lap of 178.926mph. So no, Gordon will not run the #60 Chevy at Indy or elsewhere. For a full story on the team's plans, engine deal and rumors control, see the Team Gordon site(7-29-2000)

  • Lawsuit? UPDATE 2: hearing Tyler Jet Motorsports and IRL's TeamExtreme have filed a lawsuit against Lycos.com regarding the failed sponsorship compensation(7-23-2000)
    UPDATE: TylerJet has sued Lycos Inc. in U.S. District Court in Lufkin, Texas, for peculiarities in paying for a proposed sponsorship deal with the team this season. The suit asks for breach-of-contract damages in the amount of $15 million and punitive damages in the amount of $100 million. The suit alleges that Lycos, best known as an internet search engine with other associated marketing vehicles, offered, "in lieu of cash", $4m in "standard advertising banners" at a rate of $5 per 1,000 banners, plus the right to receive $1.5m in cash from a third party, not specified(SpeedVision)(7-24-2000)
    UPDATE 2: see antoher story on the lawsuit at the National Speed Sport News site AND hearing the former driver for Tyler Jet, Rich Bickle, has filed suit against the team(7-29-2000)

  • Larry Mac's Son OK: Brandon McReynolds, son of #31 crew chief Larry McReynolds, flipped his #41 bandolero Thursday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Bandits race. Young McReynolds is OK; his vehicle barrel-rolled three times, wound up on the roof and then slid about 15 yards before flipping back into an upright position. Larry McReynolds ran over to his son immediately at the crash site at the end of the backstretch. Kyle Grissom, son of Cup/CTS driver Steve Grissom, led until the fourth turn of the last lap when Joey Logano passed him to take the win(AJC)(7-29-2000)


    (7-28-2000)
  • Another Earnhardt in Cup? UPDATE 3 it's OFFICIAL and correction: Kerry Earnhardt, Dale Sr.'s son, is set to make his Winston Cup debut next month at Michigan(PitNow) AND ARCA driver Kerry Earnhardt is contemplating a qualifying attempt in the Winston Cup race at Michigan Speedway on Aug. 20. Earnhardt, the older brother of Dale Jr., won the ARCA race at Pocono last month(Times Dispatch) AND Kerry Earnhardt may join father Dale and younger brother Dale Jr. in the Pepsi 400 in Brooklyn, Mich., on Aug. 20. Kerry, who won the June ARCA race at Pocono, tested in a Winston Cup car recently and his speed would have been seventh fastest in the June Michigan race. "We've got three more ARCA races after this one and that's what we're concentrating on right now," Kerry said. "We'll see how everything goes from here and just see what comes up."(Times Leader). No idea what team, it does not say(7-22-2000)
    UPDATE: TNN's Raceday reports that the Cup run at Michigan by Kerry would be in a DEI car(7-23-2000)
    UPDATE 2: but RPM 2Day reported that Kerry Earnhardt will drive the ARCA car he drove Saturday at Pocono, BUT that Dave Marcis will not run at Michigan and let Earnhardt use the #71 (and owners points/provisional) and the car would be sponsored by Realtree (Marcis's fulltime sponsor and an assoc on the #3 with Kerry's father Dale). If Kerry makes the Cup race, Ron Hornady's #3 NAPA BGN crew will pit the car(ESPN2's RPM 2Day)(7-23-2000)
    UPDATE 3: Continuing a long-standing relationship between Marcis Racing and Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (DEI), the two teams join efforts again to qualify the Team Realtree car at the upcoming NASCAR Winston Cup event at the Michigan Speedway. Using DEI equipment and Dave Marcis' five-decade's worth of Winston Cup racing knowledge, Kerry Earnhardt will attempt to qualify the #71 Team Realtree car- making a mark in the history books. At no other time has a father raced against his two sons in NASCAR's premier series. The relationship between Earnhardt, Marcis, and Richard Childress Racing is entirely intertwined. Marcis avidly tests for Earnhardt and Richard Childress Racing, and they share a form of sponsorship from Realtree. Realtree is the primary sponsor of the #71 and an associate sponsor on the #3. Kerry Earnhardt is elated to have the opportunity to race against his little brother and father. "This is a chance to do something no one has done- to race against their father and brother in Winston Cup. I couldn't be more pleased. There'll be a lot of pressure, but it's all worth it for the shot that I'm getting." Currently competing in ARCA, the eldest of the Earnhardt sons has participated in five events. Four of the five races have ended as top three's, winning the ARCA race in Pocono this June. All of his ARCA cars, like the Cup car Kerry will use in Michigan, have been prepared at Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Bill Jordan, President of Realtree, said, "we support Dave and Dale in their effort to give Kerry the best opportunity for his debut Cup appearance. We have enjoyed a long relationship with the Earnhardt family. Aside from Dale, Kerry is the next best hunter in the family so it's only natural that we support this effort. There is no doubt he'll do a good job representing Realtree." Dale Earnhardt feels this situation is beneficial for everyone involved. "Dave and I talked about the possibilities of doing this with Kerry a couple of months ago. After he won at Pocono we talked about it again. We presented it to Realtree and they said yes. We all agreed this would be a good thing, so as it stands we'll (DEI) provide the car. Dave will provide tremendous experience, and Kerry, well he has to provide a good qualifying time. Hopefully it will be a big plus for everyone involved."(Champions Sports Group PR) - CORRECTION: actually this would not mark the first time a father raced against his two sons in NASCAR's premier series. On August 3rd, 1960 at Birmingham, AL, #42-Lee Petty raced his sons #43-Richard and #44-Maurice. Richard was 2nd, Lee was 3rd and Maurice was 8th in a 50 mile event with 16 cars starting(Forty Years of Stock Car Racing)(7-28-2000)

  • #90 Driver and Crew Chief Gone UPDATE 3: #90 Ford owner Junie Donlavey, Ed Berrier and crew chief Dean Johnson have agreed “to go their separate ways,” according to Donlavey. “Despite the hard work that everyone has put into this program, we were not getting the results we know we can produce,” Donlavey said. “It’s not any one person’s fault. Everyone put forth their best effort but there was a lack of chemistry on this team, and Ed and Dean and I agreed that it would be best for everyone if we ended the relationship and moved forward.” Berrier was in his rookie season as driver of Donlavey’s Hills Bros Coffee Fords in the Winston Cup Series. Johnson was hired in May as crew chief. The change takes effect immediately. Donlavey has not announced replacements for Berrier or Johnson(Hills Bros Racing/Keystone Marketing) AND Berrier was planning to weigh his options before making a decision on his future. “I’m going to sit back and see what happens,” he said. “I’m not going to try to rush into anything.” Donlavey plans to make the trek to Indianapolis Motor Speedway next week. He is considering Hut Stricklin, Gary Bradberry and Morgan Shepherd as possible replacements. Donlavey could make a driver selection today(Richmond Times Dispatch)(7-26-2000)
    UPDATE: no full time driver or crew chief named yet but Brian Simo will run the car at Watkins Glen(Daily Press)(7-27-2000)
    UPDATE 2: hearing that Hut Stricklin will be named to drive the #90 Ford at the Brickyard 400
    UPDATE 3: Hut Stricklin will drive the Hills Bros Coffee Ford in the Brickyard 400, and road-racer Brian Simo will drive the Hills Bros Coffee Ford in the Global Crossing @ The Glen, announced Junie Donlavey, Hills Bros Coffee Racing team owner. Donlavey said he has not decided who will finish the season in the #90 Ford(Hills Bros Racing/Keystone Marketing)(7-28-2000)

  • Indy Testing UPDATE 2 oops: hearing the three Hendrick Motorsports teams, #24 DuPont Chevy, #25-Michael Holigan Chevy and the #5-Kelloggs Chevy along with #4-Bobby Hamilton tested at Indy on Monday and Tuesday(24-25th), no word on who drove the Hendrick cars. #13-Robby Gordon is also supposed to be testing at Indy this week
    UPDATE: Bobby Hamilton and the Morgan-McClure Motorsports #4 team unofficially broke the track record during a two-day test session at Indianapolis. The test, which took place on Monday, July 24 and Tuesday, July 25, was the second for the Kodak MAX Film team. Hamilton turned in a fast lap of 181.370mph, which is the fastest speed clocked in a NASCAR Winston Cup car at the Brickyard. The NASCAR Winston Cup Brickyard 400 qualifying record is held by Jeff Gordon with a lap of 179.612mph. #2-Rusty Wallace had the fastest lap at 181.217mph when Ford tested at Indy a week ago(Morgan McClure PR)(7-27-2000)
    UPDATE 2: being told that NO Hendrick Motorsports teams tested at Indy this week and the #25 was testing at Watkins Glen(7-28-2000)

  • #60 Wind Tunnel: hearing the #60 Power Team Chevy is testing at the N.A.S.A.'s Langley Research Center wind tunnel located in Hampton, VA today. The team is testing their Brickyard 400 cars and has three cars there(7-28-2000)

  • No Joy but a new Joy UPDATE: Mike Joy has anchored every Brickyard 400 radio broadcast since the inaugural race in 1994. This August, he'll be "back home again..." in Connecticut? Yes. The Joys are expecting their second child, a girl, to be born Brickyard week(7-24-2000)
    UPDATE: Kaitlyn Jarrett Joy arrived a week or so early, Thursday, July 27, at 9:46 am. Gaye chose Katie's first name, while her middle name continues a Joy family tradition of honoring someone the parents respect and admire, Ned and Martha Jarrett and their family. Mike and Ned have worked together at MRN and CBS for more than 20 years(7-28-2000)


    (7-27-2000)
  • #12 and baseball: during October the #12 Mobil 1 Penske-Kranefuss Ford will have a MLB(Major League Baseball) World Series paint scheme. The car driven by Jeremy Mayfield, will be unveiled at Indy on August 3rd(Winston Cup Scene)(7-27-2000)

  • More Dodge Testing UPDATE: hearing Ray Evernham and the Dodge test team will return to Kentucky Speedway for further testing this coming week(7-23-2000)
    UPDATE: Dodge is testing today with at least Kyle Petty behind the wheel(7-27-2000)

  • Schrader at Gatway: Ken Schrader will make his first BGN start of the 2000 season this Saturday in St. Louis. Schrader, a native of nearby Fenton, Missouri, will pilot the #88 entry for Team Amick Motorsports in the July 29 CarQuest Auto Parts 250 at Gateway International Raceway. Schrader's car will be the second entry from the Team Amick camp in Saturday night's event. Lyndon Amick, who is competing in the entire 32-race NBS schedule, will drive the team's No. 35 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The #88 will carry an identical paint scheme to the one adorning Amick's No. 35, with sponsorship from POWERTEL, Mitsubishi Wireless Phones and SCANA Corporation(Amick PR)(7-27-2000)

  • Marcis Part time in 2001: this weeks Winston Cup Scene mentions that Dave Marcis says this could be his last season he runs the Cup circuit full time and that he may go to a limited schedule in 2001(7-27-2000)

  • Holigan to own Cup team?/Nadeau to stay at Hendrick UPDATE 2: 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)
    UPDATE 2: Barely eight months after entering the sport with his companies' sponsorship of the #25 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy driven by Jerry Nadeau, Michael Holigan is pursuing team ownership. Holigan says a lot of relationships would have to fall into place in the next few weeks for that to happen in 2001, but his goal is to have a car entered in the Daytona 500 in February. Sponsorship for a new team would have to come from outside sources because of the ownership structure of Holigan's companies. Olympus Real Estate Corp., an arm of Dallas-based Hicks, Muse & Furst Inc. owns 50% of the companies. Holigan's existing sponsorship with Hendrick Motorsports has two years remaining, but it wouldn't be a surprise if that relationship ends early. Holigan says he has told Rick Hendrick that building the Michael Holigan brand name isn't as important as it was when the deal was signed. If Holigan does establish his own team, he isn't likely to take Nadeau. Holigan pushed for Nadeau's hiring at Hendrick late last year and still has a high regard for him, but Nadeau is under contract with Hendrick(see full story at the Dallas Morning News) and Dallas' Michael Holigan says he looked into purchasing the #10 Tyler Jet Racing team, which was sold last week by Texan Tim Beverley to MB2 Motorsports(Dallas Morning News Notes).(7-27-2000)

  • Watkins Glen Testing Day Two UPDATE: #6-Mark Martin was fastest on the second day of Winston Cup testing at Watkins Glen International. #87-Ron Fellows and #23-Boris Said were not too far behind Martin while the drivers shake down their cars for the upcoming Global Crossing @ The Glen. All the times reported were faster than Rusty Wallace's pole lap (121.234 mph) at last year’s Frontier @ The Glen. Jerry Nadeau is with a new team, Hendrick Motorsport with Michael Holigan.com sponsorship, and he hopes that he can place another top 5 or possibly his first ever win on the historic road course(Watkins Glen Site see many images there on the test)(7-26-2000)
    UPDATE: ESPN2's RPM 2Night reported a few speeds: #6-Martin 122.076mph; #87-Fellows 122.055; and #23-Said 122.040(7-27-2000)

  • Penske at the Wind Tunnel: the #2 Ford of Rusty Wallace and the Penske ARCA #27 Ford from Pocono are at N.A.S.A.'s Langley Research Center located in Hampton, VA today. Roush Racing had some of their Trucks there earlier in the week(7-27-2000)


    (7-26-2000)
  • Atwood's Cup Debut UPDATE: Casey Atwood will attempt to make his Winston Cup debut on Sept 9th at Richmond. Atwood who will drive Ray Evernham's #19 Dodge in 2001 will drive a Elliott Ford as the Dodges will not run until 2001(Tennessean)(7-25-2000)
    UPDATE: there are tentative plans for Atwood to drive a Cup car at Martinsville on Oct.1 and at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov.12.(Roanoke Times)(7-26-2000)

  • No Bull Five News: The five drivers competing for a $1 million bonus in the Sept. 9 Winston Cup race in Richmond are coming to the Langley Air Force Base Sept. 7. to take part in the "No Bull 5" fan pairing for that weekend's Chevrolet 400 at Richmond International Raceway. The drivers: #17-Matt Kenseth, #18-Bobby Labonte, #3-Dale Earnhardt, #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. and #88-Dale Jarrett. The R.J. Reynolds-sponsored program offers $2 million to drivers and fans at each of five selected Winston Cup races. If one of the drivers wins the No Bull 5 race, he and "his" fan get $1 million checks. The top-five finishers from the most recent No Bull 5 race are the eligible drivers for the next No Bull 5 race. Many details surrounding the Sept. 7 visit are sketchy. It's not known how the driver/fan pairing will be done or whether it'll be open to the public. "There's a meeting next week with the R.J. Reynolds people to brainstorm ideas and nail things down," said Sgt. Tom Holloway, on the staff of Gen. John Jumper, commander of the Air Combat Command. "This is not an open base, so there's a possibility it won't be a public event. We'll know more next week." R.J. Reynolds spokesman Rob Goodman said the visit is almost a done deal. "I'd say 99 percent, but there's always a slim chance that something might blow up at next week's meeting," he added. "We're going to do everything we can to make it happen. Even so, I seriously doubt it'll be an open event."(in part from the Daily Press)(7-26-2000)

  • More Ultra Motorsports News: actually hearing the #7 team may run a Ford as soon as Charlotte and not wait until Talladega AND that BGN driver Jason Leffler will run a second Ultra Motorsports truck Indianapolis Raceway Park(7-26-2000)

  • #7 has a sole owner UPDATE 5 It's FORDS and an image: Jim Smith, owner of Ultra Motorsports who field a CTS team with Mike Wallace as the driver and who bought into the #7 Mattei Motorsports Winston Cup operation, is now the sole owner of the #7 Nation's Rent/Philips Lighting Chevy. Former owner Jim Mattei is no longer involved with the team. Smith expects current driver of the #7, Michael Waltrip, to return in 2001 along with sponsor Nation's Rent. Asked about a 2nd Cup team for Wallace, the story says, that the future, for now at least, does not include a 2nd Cup team. The team is also rumored to be switching to Ford (from Chevy's)(Winston Cup Scene). Reports have the team switching to Ford as soon as Talladega
    UPDATE: hearing a few tidbits on the team: the last of the Alan Kulwicki(who owned the #7 team up until his death in 1993) employees, Rich Wolsky, was released this week; front tire carrier Gerald Rogers, left this week; #27 crew chief Barry Dodson was at the #7 shop for a visit this week; current crew chief of the team Bobby Kennedy is supposedly going to Petty Enterprises as the new General Mgr; AND supposedly Waltrip will not return in 2001; and the team is already building Fords(7-14-2000)
    UPDATE 2: forget any movement by Dodson as he has extended through 2005 with the Eel River Racing's #27 Cup team and owner Jack Birmingham(SpeedVision)(7-18-2000)
    UPDATE 3: RPM Now radio reports that the team has a big announcement on Tuesday, supposedly concerning Waltrip's future in Winston Cup, and maybe the Ford announcement?(7-23-2000)
    UPDATE 4: hearing Waltrip and crew chief Bobby Kennedy will stay with the team in 2001 AND from SpeedVision: Smith, meanwhile, confirmed that he probably will switch from Chevrolet to Ford (announcement Tuesday). He runs a Ford in the Craftsman Truck Series. Smith also said he would like a second team next year, with CTS driver Mike Wallace a likely candidate - if sponsorship can be found. He said Wallace probably would run up to four Cup races this fall, including Richmond, Charlotte and Phoenix(7-24-2000)
    UPDATE 5: Michael Waltrip and Ultra Motorsports owner Jim Smith announced a drastic realignment of their Nations Rent Winston Cup team today in their new 28,000 sq. ft. Mooresville, NC shops. Beginning with the final five races of the 2000 season Waltrip will be driving ford Taurus' powered by Larry Wallace/Penske engines. They also will be getting technical support on aerodynamics and wind tunnel testing from Penske Motorsports. Crew chief Bobby Kennedy is remaining with the team contrary to wide speculation. Michael Waltrip has also signed a one-year extension with Ultra Motorsports. See an image of the #7 Nations Rent FORD at Speedway Illustrated(7-25-2000)
    UPDATE 6: Smith said he will run a second Cup car for Wallace at Richmond on Sept. 9 and may enter Wallace in a Chevrolet at Charlotte, Phoenix or Homestead in the final weeks of the season. Plans to move Wallace over to a full-time second Winston Cup team, however, would depend on finding sponsorship(That's Racin')(7-26-2000)

  • Rotozip at the Brickyard: RotoZip Tool Corporation, one of several marketing partners at Galaxy Motorsports, will be the primary sponsor on the #75 Ford driven by Wally Dallenbach in the Aug. 5 Brickyard 400. RotoZip is scheduled to serve as a primary sponsor on owner Darwin Oordt's Fords for seven races this season(Galaxy PR)(7-26-2000)

  • Houston Gone? UPDATE 2 The #66?: hearing Andy Houston may leave the #60 CAT Rental team for opportunities in the BGN or CUP(6-30-2000)
    UPDATE: a little more detail now - per Matt Yocum on ESPN2's RPM 2Night: CTS driver Andy Houston is on Travis Carter's list to replace Darrell Waltrip in the #66 Ford in 2001. Houston may test the car in the next few weeks(RPM 2Night), hearing Houston will test the #66 at Kentucky this Wed or Thurs. Also of Note: still unsure if Kmart will return to the #66 or Jimmy Spencer's #26 in 2001, it was reported on 6-20-2000(see #66 page) by the Daily Press(VA) that Kmart would not return to the Carter team. More Houston: Also hear he is a candidate for the Cal Wells McDonald's Ford ride and has interviewed for the ride, but Wells seems to be leaning more toward a Cup veteran(7-24-2000)
    UPDATE 2: hearing that Houston and Darrell Waltrip ran the #66 Ford at Kentucky on Tuesday(7-26-2000)

  • Kenseth to the Trucks: Matt Kenseth has entered the Craftsman Truck Series race at RIR in September(Daily Press)(7-26-2000)

  • Hamilton beats Hamilton: NASCAR Busch Series driver Bobby Hamilton, Jr. proved father doesn’t always know best during round seven of the Wendy’s Summer Shootout Tuesday night at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The second-generation Tennessee racer topped his Winston Cup racing father, Bobby, in the NASCAR Grudge Match, but the record books will show the victory came with an “assist.” After splitting victory honors in the first two, two-lap races on the quarter-mile frontstretch oval, the elder Hamilton spun his son in turn two on the opening lap of the third and final race. Hamilton waited for his son to recover from the spin and then chased him to the checkered flag in the Winston Cup-style convertibles(LMS PR)(7-26-2000)


    (7-25-2000)
  • Watkins Glen Testing UPDATE: Many Cup drivers/teams will test at Watkins Glen International on Monday July 24, 2000, to prepare for the Global Crossing @ the Glen on August 13, 2000. Scheduled to test: #6-Mark Martin; #3-Dale Earnhardt; #94-Bill Elliott; #28-Ricky Rudd; #20-Tony Stewart; #87-Ron Fellows; #25-Jerry Nadeau; #99-Jeff Burton; #22-Ward Burton: #17-Matt Kenseth; #16-Kevin LePage; #97-Chad Little(Watkins Glen PR)(7-18-2000)
    UPDATE: Many Winston Cup teams were at the Watkins Glen on Monday in preparation for the Global Crossing @ The Glen that will be coming up on August 13. #87-Ron Fellows was fastest in the overall test session for Monday. He was followed by #23-Boris Said and #6-Mark Martin. All of the drivers have surpassed the track record that was set at 121.234 mph by Rusty Wallace’s pole winning lap at last year’s Frontier @ The Glen. #3-Dale Earnhardt wrecked coming across the Innerloop. No major damage was done, however a few parts to the rear suspension had to be changed. #94-Bill Elliott, #25-Jerry Nadeau, #20-Tony Stewart, #97-Chad Little, #17- Matt Kenseth and #93-Dave Blaney all tested. More testing on Tuesday, if there is no rain(Watkins Glen Site)(7-25-2000)

  • Safety? No Helicopter? UPDATE: It's odd that NASCAR would allow a Winston Cup race to begin without a MedEvac helicopter on-scene. The Pennsylvania 500 was well under way, and three caution periods had slowed the event, before an air ambulance landed. A MedEvac that was parked on the infield left the track 20 minutes before the Long Pond event got the green flag(Morning Call)(7-24-2000)
    UPDATE: have found no additional stories on this or an explantion on the Morning Call, but heard from some folks at the track saying an incident/accident happened in the infield before the race and the helicopter was needed. Also am told that until a patient is stable they would not be flown out anyhow(7-25-2000)

  • #77 in the Wind: hearing the #77 Jasper Engines Ford is back at the wind tunnel at N.A.S.A.'s Langley Research Center located in Hampton, VA today. The team is testing their Brickyard 400 cars. Confirmed at the Jasper Motorsports Site(7-25-2000)

  • Shepherd and Hoover? looks like Winston Cup Vet, Morgan Shepherd will attempt to make the Brickyard 400 in the #80 Hoover Motorsports car. The team is looking for sponsorship for the race and has ran well in a few ARCA events in 2000(7-25-2000)

  • Marlin to the BGN: Team SABCO NASCAR Winston Cup driver Sterling Marlin will pilot the #01 BellSouth Mobility/Ericsson Chevrolet in the remaining six NASCAR Busch Series events on the team's 2000 schedule. Kenny Irwin, who was fatally injured in a practice crash July 7 at New Hampshire International Speedway, piloted the then #42 entry in 10 Busch Series races earlier this season. Out of respect for Irwin and his memory, Team SABCO and BellSouth Mobility/Ericsson chose to permanently change the number of the Busch Series entry from #42 to #01, in addition to changing the paint scheme. Marlin is slated to enter the events at Bristol, Darlington, Richmond, Lowe's Motor Speedway, Memphis and Homestead-Miami. Although Marlin has never run a full season in the Busch Series, he has posted two wins, one pole position, eight top-five and 14 top-10 finishes in 48 starts. In March of this year, he drove the #82 Channellock/Team SABCO Chevy at Bristol. Marlin will continue to compete in the Cup Series driving the #40 Coors Light Chevy, on which BellSouth is an associate sponsor(SABCO PR)(7-25-2000)

  • #97 News UPDATE: am hearing that besides the change in driver, look for a change in the paint scheme for the #97 John Deere Ford including a new logo for John Deere. As is heavily rumored, #99 CTS driver, Kurt Busch is pupposedly signed already as the driver of the #97 in 2000 and may bring his crew chief along too
    UPDATE: see the new logo at the John Deere Site(7-25-2000)


    (7-24-2000)
  • Lawsuit? UPDATE: hearing Tyler Jet Motorsports and IRL's TeamExtreme have filed a lawsuit against Lycos.com regarding the failed sponsorship compensation(7-23-2000)
    UPDATE: TylerJet has sued Lycos Inc. in U.S. District Court in Lufkin, Texas, for peculiarities in paying for a proposed sponsorship deal with the team this season. The suit asks for breach-of-contract damages in the amount of $15 million and punitive damages in the amount of $100 million. The suit alleges that Lycos, best known as an internet search engine with other associated marketing vehicles, offered, "in lieu of cash", $4m in "standard advertising banners" at a rate of $5 per 1,000 banners, plus the right to receive $1.5m in cash from a third party, not specified(SpeedVision)(7-24-2000)

  • Elliott to Dodge? UPDATE 2: Ernie that is. Engine builder Ernie Elliott, Bill's brother, who builds Ford engines for the #'s 94, 11 and 9 teams, will supposedly build Dodge engines in 2001 for the Ganassi Cup team (#01(was 42) and #40) and possibly the #92(is now #9) Melling team. Supposedly Elliott is building a new shop in the Charlotte area but will keep the current Georgia shop. No word on if Elliott will still build Ford engines for the #11 Brett Bodine team. Bill Elliott will be driving for Ray Evernham in 2001 who has his own Dodge engine dept(7-14-2000)
    UPDATE: A shakeup in the engine department is expected within the team that Chip Ganassi recently purchased(SABCO #01 and #40), and if Ganassi does have Sterling Marlin in Dodges next season -- a move that some in the garage are calling "a done deal" -- Ernie Elliott could be the man building Marlin's Dodge motors(PitNow)
    UPDATE 2: hearing that the engine department at Sabco/Ganassi was told by Ganassi last Wednesday that at the end of the year the engine program will desolve and that everyone in that department was offered a job within the organization. Look for announcements at Indy concerning 2001 about the team(7-24-2000)

  • Name Rusty's Car: Rusty Wallace is asking fans to help name the car that won the Pennsylvania 500 Sunday. The car, which finished eighth at California in April and 10th at Pocono in June, was previously known as PC-22. Fans can send their suggestions to Tom Roberts Public Relations, P.O. Box 890, 2222 Taylor St., Guntersville, AL 35976 or email at trpr@ix.netcom.com or see Tom Roberts site (Citizens' Voice)(7-24-2000)

  • More Restrictor Plate Tests? UPDATE: Winston Cup teams will try yet again to nail down a solution (to replace restrictor plates or use a larger one) in another special test next month at Talladega. Jack Roush and Richard Childress have been spearheading the latest charge; they pushed NASCAR for a special test at Talladega in April. But NASCAR officials at that time seemed cool to the idea of any such drastic changes in car bodies and engines. After many complaints from the teams after Daytona, NASCAR is reviving the idea and is lining up from six to 10 teams for a major test Aug. 15. NASCAR wants at least two each of Fords, Chevys and Pontiacs; unsure if Dodge would be part of the test(PitNow)(7-22-2000)
    UPDATE: Richard Childress said he will have Dale Earnhardt and Mike Skinner running cars in the special NASCAR test (testing cars without restrictor plates or with larger plates and aero changes to slow the car down) on Aug. 15, which will now be at Daytona rather than Talladega. And Jack Roush says that Jeff Burton, who won the Pepsi 400 at Daytona, will be testing there, too. But what other teams will test still isn't clear. NASCAR wants at least two cars of each brand. And Dodge? supposedly they will go too(PitNow)(7-24-2000)

  • #60 changes? UPDATE - Gordon and Wells? on ESPN's RPM Now radio show, Matt Yocum mentioned that things are up in the air with the #60 Power Team. It ahs already been known that Power Team is out at the end of the 2000 season. Much speculation around the team is who will drive it. Yocum's comment was does Bessey take over for current driver Geoffrey Bodine, does Robby Gordon step into the car. Gordon? Team sources tell me that Gordon is staying with the #13 Team Gordon team and no plans for Gordon to run another car or with another team, but there is much speculation about what will happen with the #60 team(RPM Radio-Real Audio-52 minute mark)(7-23-2000)
    UPDATE: Word is that Robby Gordon has contacted Cal Wells in trying to hook the McDonald's ride(Well's 2nd team for 2001). Gordon, looking for long-term sponsorship and to give the team a chance to catch up, skipped New Hampshire and Pocono and promised to reappear at Indy(SpeedVision)(7-24-2000)

  • Musgrave and SABCO: Ted Musgrave, currently driving the #01 BellSouth Chevy for SABCO/Ganassi, will drive the SABCO BGN #82 ChannelLock Chevy for the rest of season(Ted Musgrave Site)(7-24-2000)


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