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PAST NEWS AUG 7-13, 2000


(8-13-2000)
  • Aero Testing UPDATE 3: NASCAR has booked Daytona International Speedway on August 15th(looks like the 14th) 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)
    UPDATE: NASCAR officials will conduct a test session with about 12 teams Monday(Aug 14th) at Daytona in hopes of finding a way to make the racing better. NASCAR officials hope to find ways to make the cars less sleek aerodynamically, so they can give them more horsepower without increasing speeds. NASCAR officials are looking only at race setups at this test. Gary Nelson, NASCAR Winston Cup director, says the goal is to give teams 75 more horsepower, which would put restrictor-plate engines at about 500 horsepower. An unrestricted engine creates more than 750 horsepower. NASCAR has used restrictor plates since 1987 as a way to slow the cars at Daytona and Talladega after they ran laps of more than 210 mph at both tracks. Restrictor plates reduce the amount of air in the engine, limiting its power. (See the history of the restrictor plates at my Restrictor Plate History page). Teams expected to test at Daytona will be those of #28-Ricky Rudd, #88-Dale Jarrett, #18-Bobby Labonte, #20-Tony Stewart, #24-Jeff Gordon, #3-Dale Earnhardt, #31-Mike Skinner and Roush Racing(a few of the five teams). Dodge was invited but doesn't have a car ready yet to participate. See full story at the Roanoke Times(8-9-2000)
    UPDATE 2: NASCAR is hosting a very large test session at the Daytona Intl. Speedway next week that may be attended by more than a dozen teams, with, Speedway Illustrated is being are told, some "urging" from the powers that be and their own interest in the outcome. This test is aimed at finding a way to control car speeds without the restrictor plates. NASCAR found a way to slow the trucks while allowing full engine power and may be going to apply some of the same techniques to the Winston Cup cars. Sources in the Winston Cup shops tell Speedway Illustrated one of the primary alterations may be the spoiler strips running vertically on the front fenders that both create huge amounts of drag themselves, and induce even more drag along the rest of the car by upsetting the air flow over the car. The same sources say we could also see an increase to windshield angles and a "standardization" of the greenhouse (the portion of the car from the bottom of the windows up) between makes as this one dimension makes a very large difference in overall aerodynamic numbers(Speedway Illustrated)(8-11-2000)
    UPDATE 3: NASCAR currently uses a (restrictor) plate with four holes that are 7/8 of an inch in diameter. They likely will test Tuesday with one-inch holes as they try to increase horsepower to around 600-625. NASCAR will experiment with a 65-degree rear spoiler, angled 20 degrees more than the spoilers used for the 2000 Daytona 500. There are also possibilities of changing the front air dams and adding an inch-high bar across the roof. NASCAR will supply the roof strips and possibly some strips to go in front of the air dams. The Richard Childress Racing teams will bring an adjustable spoiler that can be changed from 30 degrees to 70 degrees. One thing that likely won't be adjusted is the fender(Speed Magazine)(8-13-2000)

  • Gibbs Feature - USA Weekend: in many Sunday newspapers, the Aug 13th edition of USA Weekend Magazine, will have a feature about #18 and #20 Cup owner Joe Gibbs on the cover and an interview(8-9-2000)
    UPDATE: see the story at The Joe Gibbs Way by Dennis McCafferty(8-13-2000)

  • Park wins his first Cup race at Watkins Glen: #1-Steve Park wins his first Winston Cup race by dominating the Global Crossing @ The Glen and holding off #6-Mark Martin and breaking Jeff Gordon's road course streak at six. Park wins in his 77th Winston Cup start. Not sure, but I think it is the first win by a Pennzoil Sponsored car(as a primary sponsor). Also, it was the first Winston Cup win by a car #1 since David Pearson did it in 1980 at Darlington (see my Winners by Car# page). #1 Crew Chief Paul Andrews has led three drivers to their first Cup wins: Alan Kulwicki in 1988, Jeremy Mayfield in 1998 and now Steve Park. There have now been 13 winners in 2000, the most since there were 14 in 1991. There have now been three first time winners in 2000, #8-Earnhardt Jr, #17-Kenseth and now #1-Park, the most since 1994. Also Park came from the furthest starting spot(18th) ever at The Glen to win the race. #13-Robby Gordon came up from starting 42nd to finish 4th, a move of 38 spots. For the results of the race, see NOL or Racin' Network(8-13-2000)

  • #60 Changes? UPDATE 2: but am hearing that crew chief, Jim Long is not at Watkins Glen this weekend and owner Joe Bessey is calling the shots for driver Geoffrey Bodine and the #60 Power Team Chevy. TNN's Raceday reported that Bodine and Bessey have agreed to part ways at the end of the 2000 Cup season, so Bodine is now officially looking for a ride. Bessey needs a sponsor to keep his #60 Cup team afloat for the 2001 season
    UPDATE: Crew Chief Jim Long is not at the track in Watkins Glen, no changes, Long is not at the track due to an illness in his family, ESPN reported during the race that Garth Findley was the acting crew chief
    UPDATE 2: who is Garth? Garth Findley is an engineering consultant who the #60 Team hired. Findley was with Larry Hedrick's #41 team earlier this year when they stopped racing, the team picked him up(8-13-2000)

  • Did ya know? last years victory at Watkins Glen by Jeff Gordon was former crew chief Ray Evernham's last win with Gordon and as a crew chief in Winston Cup. Evernham now leads Dodge's effort in it's 2001 season comeback(ESPN2's NASCAR 2Day)(8-13-2000)

  • Ganassi looking at a rookie? besides hearing Bobby Hamilton as a rumored driver for the #01 BellSouth/Ganassi Racing Dodge driver in 2001, hearing that BGN rookie of the year candidate Jimmie Johnson may be a candidate for the job. Johnson currently drivers the #92 ALLTEL Chevy in the BGN(8-13-2000)


    (8-12-2000)
  • Pruett to run a truck: Scott Pruett, who drives the #32 Tide Ford in the Winston Cup series for Cal Wells/PPI Motorsports, will drive the #32 Kenmore Ford truck in the CTS race at Chicgao Motor Speedway on August 27th, the day after the Cup race at Bristol. PPI Motorsports, will join Billy Ballew Motorsports to field the #32 Kenmore/Tide Ford pickup. Billy Ballew Motorsports will supply the race trucks, mechanics and pit crew(PPI Motorsports Site)(8-11-2000)
    UPDATE: Pruett won't be able to qualify the truck for that event, so his PPI Motorsports teammate Anthony Lazzaro will qualify for him Aug. 26. Pruett will be in Bristol, Tenn., for the Winston Cup race that night.(Speed Magazine)(8-13-2000)

  • Skinner to Stay: when #31 crew chief Larry McReynolds announced he was leaving the #31 Lowes Chevy, there were questions about the future of driver Mike Skinner(had heard none here). Saturday, team owner Richard Childress put those questions to rest, saying Skinner would be in the #31 for two more years and that the team wants Skiiner to stay and that Skinner wants to stay(NOL)(8-12-2000)

  • Weber to stay at ESPN: ESPN's Bill Weber, who covers the pits for ESPN's coverage of the Cup races and hosts the race day Cup race preview show, NASCAR 2Day, says that AESPN has declined to release him from his contract, so he will be reluctantly losing his NASCAR beat next season when Fox, NBC and Turner kick off their six-year Winston Cup tour contract. Weber was offered what he described as ''career-making'' moves by the new NASCAR networks. Weber confirmed Friday that ESPN has declined to let him out of a contract that runs for 3½ more years(That's Racin' and PitNow)(8-12-2000)


    (8-11-2000)
  • Labonte Rumor UPDATE: been told by many readers that it was reported on a Charlotte, NC radio station Wednesday morning, that Terry Labonte, driver of the #5 Kelloggs Chevy, was considering retirement and not returning to driving a race car. Sources tell me that this is not true and Labonte plans to drive at Michigan and beyond. Also in Bobby Labonte's NOL Chat transcript, Bobby says: "I talked to him(brother Terry) last night. He said he felt really good yesterday. And as you can expect, he doesn't want to be out of the race car. So he's anxious to get back in it."(8-10-2000)
    UPDATE: first thing I have seen written about it....A rumor surfaced in Charlotte this week that Labonte was considering retirement, but Labonte said there was no basis to that report. He plans to drive in a test at Bristol early next week(Monday and Tuesday) and after that will decide if he's ready to be back in the car next week at Michigan(That's Racin')(8-11-2000)

  • Mayfield to return, Kyle drives for free: Jeremy Mayfield is expected to return to for next weekend's Cup race at Michigan. Mayfield was injured in a practice crash at Indy and suffered a concussion. He sat out the Brickyard 400 and will site out the Watkins Glen race. Kyle Petty, who substituted for Mayfield last weekend at Indianapolis, told Penske-Kranefuss Racing this week he would not accept payment for his services as driver last weekend. Petty's payment, estimated by team officials as "several thousand" dollars, was donated to the Kyle Petty Charity Ride. Tom Hubert, who works for Bill Davis Racing and has a lot of road racing experience, is substituting for Mayfield this week(That's Racin')(8-11-2000)

  • Larry Mac to leave RCR UPDATE 2: It was announced on ESPN2's RPM 2Night that #31 Lowes/Richard Childress Racing crew chief, Larry McReynolds, would leave that operation at the conclusion of the 2000 Cup season. No word on McReynolds plans, but word is that he could end up in a job out of the garage, possibly with one of the new TV packages, NBC/TBS or Fox/FX(8-9-2000)
    UPDATE: Larry McReynolds, recognized as one of the top crew chiefs in the NASCAR garages, apparently has decided to leave Richard Childress Racing to pursue a career in television. Speedvision.com learned last weekend at Indianapolis that McReynolds had been offered a position as announcer or commentator by one of the two network groups (Fox, NBC/TBS) who will take over rights to televise NASCAR races beginning next year(SpeedVision)(8-10-2000)
    UPDATE: Royce McGee will spend the rest of the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season transitioning into the role of crew chief for the #31 Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse Racing team in preparation for taking full control in 2001(RCR Site)(8-11-2000)

  • Larry Mac and DW together....in the booth UPDATE: Darrell Waltrip, winner of 84 career NASCAR Winston Cup Series races, and veteran, personable crew chief Larry McReynolds, have been named race analysts for the premiere season of NASCAR on FOX(in 2001 at Daytona). Waltrip and McReynolds form two-thirds of the NASCAR on FOX race broadcast team. Waltrip and McReynolds also serve as analysts for next season's NASCAR coverage on FX and FOX Sports Net. A NASCAR on FOX play-by-play announcer will announced at a later date, as will multiple pit reporters and an on-site pre-race show team. On Nov. 11, 1999, NASCAR announced that it had reached an eight-year agreement with FOX and FX to carry Winston Cup and Busch Series races. FOX Sports begins its telecast schedule SpeedWeek 2001 from Daytona, which culminates with live flag-to-flag coverage of the 42nd Daytona 500. The 2001 Winston Cup schedule is expected to be announced later this month(NASCAR PR)(8-10-2000)
    UPDATE: hearing Mike Joy will be the third piece of the Fox announcement team, doing the 'play-by-play'(8-11-2000)

  • Hut at the Glen: Although Hut Stricklin will not drive the #90 Hills Bros Coffee Ford at Watkins Glen, he will serve as crew chief with oversight from team owner Junie Donlavey. Road Racer Brian Simo will drive the car at the Glen(Keystone Marketing). Also, look for Stricklin to return to the seat of the #90 Ford at Michigan and run the rest of the season for Donlavey(8-11-2000)


    (8-10-2000)
  • HANS Device Mandatory? Don`t be shocked if NASCAR suddenly mandates the "HANS" head-and-neck restraint system for use this season, rather than waiting for next year. CART and Formula One already have made the newly refined device mandatory for drivers next season, and NASCAR -- in the wake of the deaths of Adam Petty and Kenny Irwin -- has been taking heat for not yet following the open-wheel series` lead. Ford and General Motors are intensely encouraging their NASCAR drivers to use the device, and there are hints that NASCAR soon may spring what would amount to at least a public relations surprise(Orlando Sentinel). What is the HANS device and what does it look like? See my HANS Device page(8-10-2000)

  • Gordon Paint: This weekend Team Gordon's Menards/TurtleWax/Duracell Ford Taurus will take on a new look just for Watkins Glen, highlighting team sponsor Sony Electronics. In place of neon orange, Gordon's car will sport a purple, black and white paint scheme designed by Sony. It's all part of an effort to promote the Sony TechPit product display trailer which is currently touring all of the NASCAR Winston Cup events. The logo of Wega, Sony's state-of-the-art, flat-screen televisions will be featured on the hood with the familiar Sony logo in white on the quarter panels. For a sneak preview of Robby Gordon¹s car for Watkins Glen, check www.teamgordon.com Thursday for pictures(image is up...do not email it to me)(Team Gordon PR)(8-10-2000)

  • Herzog Motorsports to run at the CUP race at Watkins Glen? UPDATE - NO: Stan Herzog of Herzog Motorsports(#92 ALLTEL BGN Chevy) confirmed that his team might race in Winston Cup as early as the Aug. 13 race at Watkins Glen. That will probably be contingent on how well BGN driver Jimmie Johnson performs June 25, when the BGN is at Watkins Glen. Herzog plans to field a Winston Cup team in at least five races next season and will have a full Winston Cup team in place by 2002. However, Herzog said there is a slight possibility a full Winston Cup effort could be in place for 2001, but everything would have to fall into place soon. Herzog won’t be able to announce its 2001 Winston Cup intentions until September(St. Joseph News-Press)(6-15-2000)
    UPDATE: just a follow up on an almost 2 month rumor that is not going to happen(8-10-2000)

  • Crew Chief News UPDATE: hearing former #93 Amoco/Bill Davis Racing crew chief, Gil Martin, is being considered for the 2nd Cal Well's team (#? McDonald's Ford) and for the #01 crew chief job. Supposedly, Tony Glover will go back to more of a Team Manager role(8-7-2000)
    UPDATE: hearing Martin has began work at Richard Childress Racing as the crew chief for #21-Mike Dillon in the BGN series. Supposedly, Martin decided to go back to the BGN for the lighter schedule and spend more time with the family this season. If things work out at RCR, Martin could be a candidate for the #31 Cup team crew chief job, replacing Larry McReynolds, who is leaving at the end of the 2000 season(see story below)(8-10-2000)


    (8-9-2000)
  • Sad News: NASCAR Legend, Herb Thomas, who ran in the first NASCAR race at Charlotte in 1949, won 48 races and was the Champion in 1951 and 1953, passed away today(NASCAR PR/NOL)(8-9-2000)

  • Burnout T-Shirts? The who's who of Motorsports have joined the BurnOut WEAR Team. From NASCAR: Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Dale Jarrett, Mark Martin, Bobby and Terry LaBonte, Bill Elliott, and Ricky Rudd. From NASCAR Busch Series: Mike McLaughlin. From NHRA: Kenny Bernstein and John Force, along with the driver's from WOO, that include "The Dude" Danny Lasoski and from DIRT "Barefoot Bob" McCreadie. With many more drivers to come. The company is known as BurnOut WEAR LTD. after the nature of the product and manufacturing process. Development of the process began in 1994, with a patent granted in 1997. The patent provides a garment which is integrally bonded to a portion of a race car tire. The Trademark "BurnOut WEAR" has been filed by Wyatt Earp IV in the U.S. patent and Trademark Office and the "BurnOut" image has been filed for copyright protection in the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress. This is the first and only product of it's kind in the world. Check out the site, see the link on my Collectible Links page under Apparel(8-9-2000)

  • TV Guide: TV Guide is featuring NASCAR Winston Cup on next weeks magazines(Aug 12-18) with four different 'collectors' covers. On the covers are Bill Elliott, Dale Earnhardt, Ricky Rudd and Rusty Wallace. The column/story can be read at: Veteran's Days by Robert Edelstein. Check your local stores for availability(TV Guide Site)(8-9-2000)

  • Spencer Grand Marshal and Speaks: Jimmy Spencer, driver of the #26 Big Kmart Ford, will be talking with fans in a Fan Forum scheduled for Saturday(Aug 12th) of the Global Crossing @ The Glen weekend. Spencer will be handling questions from fans in the Pit Terrace Grandstand following Saturday’s Happy Hour afternoon practice session, scheduled to start at approximately 3:00 p.m. Track officials also announced today that Jimmy Spencer will be the Grand Marshal for The Glen 100K NASCAR Featherlite Modified event.(The Glen PR)(8-9-2000)

  • 2nd PPI car at Michigan? UPDATE 3 Yep: hearing that PPI Motorsports, who run Scott Pruett in the #32 Tide Ford, may run CTS driver, Andy Houston at Michigan in a 2nd PPI Ford. No word if McDonald's will be the sponsor. Word is that Houston is a candidate for the full time 2001 ride in the car(8-3-2000)
    UPDATE: on Saturday night's RPM 2Night show on ESPN2, Matt Yocum reported that Andy Houston would be entered in the Pepsi 400 at Michigan. Houston will drive the 2nd PPI Motorsports/Cal Well's Ford(8-7-2000)
    UPDATE 2: Andy Houston has informed his #60 CTS team that he will not return to the team next year but that he has not signed any deals yet and is talking to a few BGN and CUP teams. Matt Yocum, once again reported that Houston will drive a 2nd Cal Wells/PPI Motorsports car at Michigan on August 20th(RPM2Night)(8-8-2000)
    UPDATE 3: PPI Motorsports (PPIM) announced today it will field a second Winston Cup car, the #98 Ronald McDonald House Charities Ford, with driver Andy Houston in the upcoming Pepsi 400 at Michigan Speedway Aug. 18-20, 2000. The car will be fielded alongside the team's #32 Tide Ford, driven by Scott Pruett, as part of PPIM's development toward a full time two-car effort in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series in 2001. Andy Houston, 29, of Hickory, N.C., currently stands fourth in the CTS points as driver of the #60 Cat Rental Store Chevrolet for Addington Racing. To date, he has claimed two race wins (Homestead and Portland) and one pole (Pikes Peak) going into this weekend's truck series race at Nashville Speedway. Prior to joining the truck series, Houston competed in the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series and the NASCAR Winston Racing Series late model championship, which he won in 1994(PPI Motorsports PR)(8-9-2000)

  • Aaron Rents in 2001: on SpeedVision's Inside Winston Cup, Aaron Rent's president was on the show and mentioned that they would be an associate sponsor on the #36 and #10 MB2 Motorsports cars in 2001(8-9-2000)

  • Not NASCAR but...: in CASCAR (Canadian Stock Car Race Series) the #88 Speedy Auto Service truck and trailer were stolen from the parking lot across from the Radisson Hotel in Laval Quebec on Sunday, August 6, 2000 at Ste Eustache. For more on the story and ways to help, see the CASCAR page for details and info(8-9-2000)

  • Lepages BGN plans: Kevin Lepage, majority owner of the #71 Matrix Motorsports BGN team, announced a sponsorship deal with State Fair Brand Corn Dogs. Lepage and team co-owner Steve Plattenberger will field the #71 State Fair Brand Corn Dog Taurus at Bristol and Homestead this season and plan to run 12 to 15 races in 2001. Matrix Motorsports was formed earlier this year, and has entered the #71 Red Man Taurus in several BGN events this year. Lepage will continue to drive the #71, with partner Plattenberger filling the role of crew chief(Sarah Oleshak-PR)(8-9-2000)

  • Nadeau beats Benson: Jerry Nadeau defeated series regular Johnny Benson in the NASCAR Grudge Match Tuesday night in round nine of the Wendy’s Summer Shootout at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Benson and Nadeau put 600 Racing’s newest production machine, the Thunder Roadster(LMS PR)(8-9-2000)

  • Wind Tunnel Test..after Indy? UPDATE: NASCAR officials expect to be in the Lockheed wind tunnel next week with Dodge's new Winston Cup tour Intrepid, after a track test at Atlanta(Aug 7-8th see story below). And if NASCAR likes what it sees, it will cut official templates for the 2001 season for the car. NASCAR also is expected to wind-tunnel test some other Winston Cup cars, quite possibly the top three finishing makes in the Brickyard 400. NASCAR hasn't done a major wind-tunnel test since March, though the sanctioning body has had some Daytona 500 test cars in the tunnel for examination of possible body changes in advance of the Aug. 15 (Aero/Restrictor Plate) test at Daytona(PitNow)(8-5-2000)
    UPDATE: NASCAR officials began the approval process for the Dodge Intrepid when they took the car Sunday to the Lockheed wind tunnel in Marietta, GA(Roanoke Times) Didn't mention any other cars going to the wind tunnel(8-9-2000)

  • Dodge/Evernham to test at Atlanta UPDATE: Evernham Motorsports has rented Atlanta Motor Speedway to conduct a Dodge test on Monday, August 7, and Tuesday, August 8. The team has requested that the test be closed to both the media and the general public. Evernham Motorsports will field two teams of Dodge Intrepids, driven by Bill Elliott and Casey Atwood, which will debut at the 2001 Daytona 500(AMS PR)(8-3-2000)
    UPDATE: NASCAR was at the Dodge test session Monday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Gary Nelson, NASCAR Winston Cup director, says the Intrepid needs some work to meet NASCAR guidelines but he doesn't expect the approval process to be lengthy(Roanoke Times)(8-9-2000)


    (8-8-2000)
  • Mayfield May Miss Watkins Glen too? UPDATE yes: Jeremy Mayfield, who suffered a closed-head injury in a practice-session wreck Friday at Indianapolis and sat out the Brickyard 400, may miss next weekend's race at Watkins Glen as well. Mayfield was released from Methodist Hospital late Friday afternoon and returned to his home in Cornelius, N.C., Friday night. He watched Saturday's race on TV. Kyle Petty, who did not qualify his own car for the race, substituted for Mayfield and finished 32nd. Mayfield's team owner, Michael Kranefuss, said Saturday that Mayfield would be re-evaluated early this week to ensure he is ready to return to the car. Mayfield suffered a mild concussion in a wreck at Daytona in July and Kranefuss said doctors want to make sure there are not compounding, lingering effects. A decision regarding Mayfield's status for next week is expected by Wednesday(That's Racin')(8-5-2000)
    UPDATE - Hubert to fill in for Mayfield: Road racing expert Tom Hubert will start and race the #12 Mobil 1 Taurus this weekend at Watkins Glen. Jeremy Mayfield, a two-time race winner this season and regular driver for the team since 1996, will sit out recovering from a concussion suffered in an accident during practice last week at Indianapolis. Hubert, who turned 36 this past Sunday, is a native of Cottonwood, CA, with stock car racing experience in all major divisions. He stunned the NASCAR world a year ago when he qualified fourth at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway oval for its Winston Cup event, and has Winston Cup experience on the road courses at Watkins Glen and Sonoma, CA. Mayfield, 31, was injured during a third-turn accident in practice Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway when his car hit oil, spinning it around and slamming it into the wall on the driver's side first. He was examined and released by Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and returned to his North Carolina home late Friday evening. Mayfield plans to be back in the #12 at Michigan(Williams Company)(8-8-2000)

  • CITGO to move? #16? UPDATE Word from insiders is that Citgo, long-time sponsor of the Wood Brothers' #21 Ford, could end up on Roush's #16 next season, with Ford Quality Care, pushed off Robert Yates' #88 (by UPS), taking over as the Woods' primary sponsor. Other sources say, however, that Roush's #16, with driver Kevin Lepage, is not on solid ground. Word is that Lepage has been allowed to look for other rides and that, if definite sponsorship is not soon forthcoming, the team might be folded(SpeedVision)(8-6-2000)
    UPDATE, #16 in trouble? Winston Cup driver Kevin Lepage said Tuesday his car owner, Jack Roush, has informed him that if a new sponsor isn't found for his #16 Fords for next season, the team will shut down. Lepage entered this season without a sponsor, but Roush vowed he would run the team with or without one and run the team out of his own pocket, if needed. Shortly into the season, Roush added an Internet company as a sponsor, but it was a stock-option agreement, not immediate financial backing for the team. With the agreement ending at season's end, Lepage said Roush is working to secure a new sponsor but will not commit again to running the team without necessary funding. Lepage said Roush has assured him that if he is unable to secure sponsorship, Roush will not hold Lepage back from other driving opportunities(That's Racin')(8-8-2000)

  • TV Rumor? hearing Neil Goldberg, current race producer for ESPN/ABC, will be at the helm for Fox's broadcasts next year. The announcement could come in the next week(Perfect Paranoia)(8-8-2000)

  • Todd Bodine to race Cup at Watkins Glen? UPDATE 3 an IMAGE: hearing that there will be an announcement made this week at NASCAR Night in the Heights, Elmira NY that Todd Bodine would drive the Cup race at Watkins Glen with an assoc sponsor who is coming aboard his #66 BGN team(6-22-2000)
    UPDATE: hearing the sponsor is I LOVE NY(6-24-2000)
    UPDATE 2: On Thursday, 6/22, at "NASCAR Night in the Heights" in Elmira Heights, NY... Todd Bodine and team co-owner Frank Cicci announced that the NY State Tourism Board will sponsor a #34 car for the Winston Cup race at Watkins Glen(Aug. 10-12). It will have a red,white and black paint scheme with an "I Love New York" sponsor-logo. Also, the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles honored the Bodine brothers. New York State has issued three different license plates featuring each of the Bodines. New Yorkers have the option of using a "Bodine/NASCAR" plate for a small additional fee(WETM-TV Report)(6-25-2000)
    UPDATE 3: see what the #34 I Love NY Chevy that Todd Bodine will drive at Watkins Glen will look like at my Paint Schemes Gallery(see #34)(8-8-2000)

  • Labonte in or out..at Watkins Glen? UPDATE - Out: during an interview at Indy, Terry Labonte said he would skip Indy and Watkins Glen, test at Bristol on the 14th and decide when he would return to the seat of the #5 Kelloggs Chevy. Labonte sat out at Indy due to continuing complications from injuries suffered at the Pepsi 400 (Dizziness)...BUT in NASCAR Online's Saturday Notebook, Labonte is quoted: "I don't like wearing the headsets in the pits," Labonte said after the race. "I accepted my decision and that was it. I wish I had been out there, but I wasn't. I hope I'll be aback in a couple of weeks. If we can't find anyone to drive my car at Watkins Glen, I may be back next week."(8-7-2000)
    UPDATE: Ron Hornaday has been asked by Rick Hendrick to drive the #5 Kelloggs Chevy at Watkins Glen for ailing Terry Labonte. Hornaday received the ok from DEI and from NAPA AUTO PARTS. Hornaday won at The Glen in the trucks(Champion Sports Group)(8-8-2000)

  • Little to PPI? Chad Little appears to be a finalist for the Cal Wells-owned Winston Cup car sponsored by McDonald's(2nd team to #32 Scott Pruett/Tide). Wells plans to run two Winston Cup cars next season and may put the McDonald's car in a few races this year(Like Houston at Michigan)(Times-Dispatch)(8-8-2000)

  • Said Tests the #12 but...: Road race, Boris Said, tested the #12 Mobil One Ford at Virginia International Speedway, the test with Said was planned before Jeremy Mayfield got injured at Indy and Said will still drive the #23 Federated Auto Parts Ford at Watkins Glen for Jimmy Spencer. The #12 team will make a decision on if Mayfield will drive the car at Watkins Glen this weekend on Wednesday after he gets checked out by a Doctor(RPM 2Night)(8-8-2000)

  • Wrong Jarrett: Dale Jarrett's public relations group had an interesting day yesterday. It had to convince people its driver was still alive. Dale Jarrett met his namesake, a fan named Dale Jarrett, at the Bristol race in March. They laughed over their similar names, shook hands and went on about their business. The fan Dale Jarrett, of Johnson City, Tenn., passed away Saturday night after a lengthy illness. As word of his death spread, a name confusion developed. Late yesterday, Ford Racing sent out a release confirming that the stock car racer Dale Jarrett was still alive. Jarrett also expressed his sympathies for the other Jarrett's family(Times-Dispatch)(8-8-2000)


    (8-7-2000)
  • #01 Watkins Glen Driver? UPDATE 2 PJ Jones: hearing #19 Yellow Freight/Pameco BGN driver, PJ Jones will drive the #01 BellSouth Chevy at Watkins Glen and Ted Musgrave will drive the car for the remaining races(8-3-2000)
    UPDATE: P.J. Jones will be the driver of the #01 Chevrolet of Chip Gnassi Racing in next weekend's Winston Cup race at Watkins Glen, N.Y. Jones is a regular in the #19 Chevy on the Busch Series and ranks 33rd in the circuit's points standings. He is the son of 1963 Indianapolis 500 winner Parnelli Jones(AJC)(8-6-2000)
    UPDATE 2: BGN rookie contender P.J. Jones will pilot the #01 BellSouth/Team SABCO Chevy in the Aug. 13 Global Crossing at the Glen NASCAR Winston Cup event at Watkins Glen. In the June Busch Series event at the 2.45-mile circuit, Jones posted a career-best ninth-place finish after starting from the fourth position. The 31-year-old also earned a ninth-place NASCAR Winston Cup finish at Watkins Glen in one of six events he entered in 1993 for car owner Harry Melling. Ted Musgrave took the reins of the #01 BellSouth Chevy in the last two races -- the July 23 Pocono race and the Brickyard 400(SABCO PR)(8-7-2000)

  • Crew Chief News: hearing former #93 Amoco/Bill Davis Racing crew chief, Gil Martin, is being considered for the 2nd Cal Well's team (#? McDonald's Ford) and for the #01 crew chief job. Supposedly, Tony Glover will go back to more of a Team Manager role(8-7-2000)

  • Kmart Gone? UPDATE: Kmart won't return to the Travis Carter-Carl Haas (#66) team next year(Daily Press) Doesn't say if it will return to the Travis Carter #26 Team that Jimmy Spencer drives for. Many rumors have Spencer leaving the Carter team after the season(6-20-2000)
    UPDATE: The Winston Cup Scene reports in a story that Travis Carter, owner of the #26 and #66 Kmart Fords, says "We have a contract through the year 2002 with Kmart to run two cars"(8-7-2000)

  • Big Rigs UPDATE: 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)
    UPDATE: You might think going around Talladega Superspeedway at 200 mph, four cars wide would satisfy thrill seekers like Jimmy Spencer and Elliott Sadler. In a normal "White Knuckle Weekend" it would, but this October Mr. Excitement and the man with the thick Virginia drawl will square off in a Monster Truck race on the eve of the NASCAR Winston Cup Winston 500. At 8:00pm on Oct. 14 under temporary lights, the two NASCAR Winston Cup drivers will wrap their hands around the steering wheel of a Monster Truck, a vehicle weighing in at more than 10,000 pounds and propelled by engines that generate 2,500 horsepower. These trucks can cover Talladega’s 600-foot course in under 10 seconds(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(8-7-2000)

  • Wrestling and the #10? A few wresting (unofficial) sites are reporting that "WWF will sponsor Johnny Benson's #10 NASCAR team-car for the 2001-season." BUT sources tell me that the team had talked to a wrestling organization about sponsoring the #10 for the rest of the 2000 season in some capacity, but it didn't happen. Of course Aaron Rent's is the primary sponsor for the rest of the 2000 season and Valvoline is heavily rumored to be the #10 MB 2 Motorsports sponsor for 2001-2002. RPM 2Night reported a few weeks ago the the WWF may become a sponsor on the #10 for this season, but never heard anything else on it after the initial report(8-7-2000)

  • McClure Wins: Eric McClure the son of #4 Morgan-McClure co-owner and team spotter Jerry McClure won his first ever stock car race this weekend at Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, VA. This was McClure's 12th start and ads to an already impressive rookie season which includes two poles and a number of other podium finishes(8-7-2000)

  • Murry tries for rides; Mayfield out? Labonte out? hearing the Jeremy Mayfield will sit out at Watkins glen as he is recovering from injuries from a practice crash at Indy. Terry Labonte, from most reports, will also sit out the Watkins Glen race. Who will drive the #12 Mobil 1 Ford or the #5 Kelloggs Chevy is anyone's guess at this point, but am hearing that road racer David Murry is looking to help out either team/driver. Murry drove the #61 Ford in last years Cup race at Watkins Glen(8-7-2000)


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