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PAST NEWS SEPT 25-OCT 1, 2000


(10-1-2000)
  • Dodge Testing Schedule: One of the five Dodge manufacturers tests this fall will be at Martinsville Speedway. NASCAR rules permit Dodge to have five manufacturers tests at tracks the series races. There is no limit to testing at other tracks. The two-day manufacturer tests are open to all Dodge teams. Most tests have a third date as a rain date. The Martinsville test is scheduled Oct.24-26. The other tests are at Talladega on Oct.16-17 and Nov.14-16, Daytona on Oct.31-Nov.1 and Las Vegas on Nov.6-8.(Roanoke Times)(10-1-2000)

  • Pressley and the #4? TNN's Raceday reported that Robert Pressley, driver of the #77 Jasper Engines Ford, has talked with Larry McClure, owner of the #4 Kodak Chevy concerning the 2001 driver opening there(10-1-2000)

  • Geoffrey Bodine News UPDATE: am hearing that Brett Bodine is considering fielding a second car for a few races with brother Geoffrey driving. Geoffrey was recently released from the #60 Power Team ride(9-20-2000)
    UPDATE: Cicci-Welliver Racing(#'s 34,36 and 66 in the BGN) made a last-ditch effort to get its potential sponsor to sign a letter of intent when all parties involved, including Todd Bodine, met in New York City last Friday to try to hammer out a deal. While the sponsor wasn't prepared to commit at that time, team owner Frank Cicci said it's still interested in the proposal and will make a decision within the next 30 days. If the deal comes to fruition, Cicci said the team will seek a veteran Winston Cup driver to replace Bodine. In fact, it may turn to another Bodine, Geoffrey, to fill the Cup seat. Bodine was recently released from his Bessey Motorsports ride(#60 Power Team). In any event, Cicci-Welliver's Winston Cup opportunity will not affect its Busch Series operation, which is still unsettled for 2001. Of its three Busch cars, the only done deal is with David Green in the #34 Chevy(Star Gazette)(9-22-2000)
    UPDATE 2: Brett Bodine, is trying to line up a second car with his team for brother Geoffrey this season. Brett Bodine said the team is close to sponsorship for that car in the Homestead race(Richmond Times Dispatch) - Could it be Miccosukee Indian Gaming that has appeared on Bodine run trucks and BGN cars in the past?
    AND Geoffrey Bodine apparently will be back next year. Rumors have put Bodine in as driver of Busch Series owner Frank Cicci's Winston Cup start-up in 2001. Those rumors were strengthened Friday with word that MetLife has agreed to sponsor the ramp-up(SpeedVision)(9-30-2000)
    UPDATE 3: Geoffrey Bodine said he has talked with several owners, including Jim Smith(#7 team Bodine formally owned) and Larry McClure(#4 Kodak), about driving their Winston Cup cars next season. He's also talking with Cicci-Welliver about driving for the team originally planned for his brother, Todd. But he hasn't signed with anyone yet. Bodine has some Busch Grand National plans in mind, too. He's working to build a team for his son, Barry. If he finds a sponsor, Bodine could be competing next season.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(10-1-2000)

  • #4 Driver? UPDATE 4 Craven?: #4 Kodak Chevy team owner Larry McClure said he may take a gamble with his next driver, picking someone unusual. The most logical two picks on McClure's list are Geoff Bodine and Ricky Craven. Ron Hornaday and Jimmie Johnson are also potential candidates(PitNow). Note: forget Johnson, as he signed with Hendrick on Friday
    UPDATE: hear McClure is talking with Steve Grissom about next season in the #4 Chevy(9-23-2000)
    UPDATE 2: Ricky Craven is the man at the top of Larry McClure's list of potential drivers, according to sources close to the team. McClure could make a decision within the week(PitNow). On a side note, Craven's current team has new and improved their website at: www.mwtracing.com(9-25-2000)
    UPDATE 3: The LTN Radio show is reporting that Kevin Lepage is the front runner for the #4 Morgan-McClure ride. AND from a Morgan-McClure PR: Despite rumors of several different drivers being signed to the team over the past two weeks, a decision has not been made. However, calls have been accepted from interested drivers in every racing division across the country. Larry McClure said "I know everyone is eager to find out who is going to drive the #4 car next year. I have done some interviews and talked to several drivers. I guess you might say we are weighing the options. We are looking at veterans and at fresh, young drivers. An announcement could come as soon as this week or it could come in several weeks. I just do not have the answer yet. I think it is interesting to see all of the rumors of drivers that we have signed in the past two weeks(9-28-2000)
    UPDATE 4: Newburgh’s(Maine) Ricky Craven could find himself driving Larry McClure’s (#4)Kodak Chevrolet in the Winston Cup series next season. “I have talked with Larry McClure. They have a phenomenal complex and a great team,” said Craven. “I really appreciate the team I’m with and I feel like we’ve done more with less than anybody in the series. I think we’re 17th in laps lead. But we aren’t sponsored. I have three opportunities that interest me right now” but he wouldn’t mention the other two teams besides the Kodak team(Bangor News(ME) AND While Craven is proud of what his part-time team, owned by Hal Hicks, has been able to do over the past season and a half, he's still looking for a chance to race every week for a team with the resources to run competitively. But things are changing. His name is back in the rumor mill, and in this case that is a good thing. Craven has talked with Larry McClure about the No. 4 Chevrolets that Bobby Hamilton will vacate at season's end. He may or may not get that ride, but either way, Craven is determined that he's going to get the second chance he feels he has earned(That's Racin')(10-1-2000)

  • Bye-Bye Exide: For the last seven seasons, Exide has been a prominent fixture among primary sponsors in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. That's about to change. Effective with the checkered flag falling on Sunday's NAPA AutoCare 500 here at Martinsville Speedway, Exide, the global leader in stored energy solutions, will no longer be the primary sponsor of the #99 Ford Taurus, driven by Jeff Burton. The Martinsville race marks the end of a run for Exide which saw Geoffrey Bodine and Burton carry the company name on their race cars from 1994 into much of the 2000 season. Bodine piloted the #7 Exide Ford for the 1994 and 1995 seasons, while Burton has driven the #99 Exide Ford since 1996. Heading into his last race with Exide as the featured sponsor, Burton has posted three wins in 2000 and currently has a firm grip on fourth in the standings. While primary sponsorship of the #99 car is ending, Exide has intentions of remaining on the car as an associate sponsor for the 2001 season, while continuing its affiliation with NASCAR(Exide PR)(10-1-2000)

  • Another Foyt UPDATE: A.J. Foyt Racing will become the latest operation to branch into the ARCA Series for experience and driver training when it enters the team owner's son, Larry Foyt, 23, in the Oct. 4 ARCA race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The younger Foyt, who graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in Communications in May, will race a #41 Harrah's Pontiac in the event that will be held following Bud Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series UAW/GM Quality 500(Wednesday). Foyt, fields the #14 Conseco Pontiac for Rick Mast. The younger Foyt, has driven open-wheel formula cars and is a rookie in the American Speed Association(ASA) Series this year and also plans to compete in the ARCA season finale at Atlanta Motor Speedway(NOL)(9-30-2000)
    UPDATE: Larry Foyt won the first pole of his ASA career in qualifying Saturday night at Winchester Speedway, breaking the 20-year-old ASA track record of Mark Martin(Total Sports)(10-1-2000)

  • Milestones: the race at Martinsville marked #11-Brett Bodine’s 400th start as a Cup driver(10-1-2000)

  • Matt Wins; Wyatt makes debut: Matt Martin, 8-year-old son of Mark Martin(#6 Valvoline), claimed another win Friday night at the Apopca(FL) Speedway quarter-midget track. The younger Martin won his Junior Honda event from his third-place starting position. Wyatt Dallenbach, son of Winston Cup driver Wally Dallenbach Jr.(#75 Galaxy Motorsports), also made his quarter- midget debut with a third-place finish in the Junior Novice division(That's Racin')(10-1-2000)

  • The Switches: Cup owner Jack Roush said his four cars (he has five in the race #6,16,17,97 and 99 not sure if all or just four have it) have a brake-pressure device that is used to cut off the engine when the throttle sticks. Roush said his company has made enough devices for almost a full 43-car field(Roanoke Times)(10-1-2000)

  • Lepage Increases BGN sched: Swedish Match North America Inc. announced that they will sponsor Matrix Motorsports and driver Kevin Lepage with their Southern Pride brand of chewing tobacco in the All Pro Bumper-to-Bumper 300 at the Lowe's Motor Speedway on October 7th. Matrix Motorsports is owned by Lepage and Steve Plattenberger. The announcement continues the relationship between Swedish Match and Lepage that began in 1999. In the past two years, Kevin Lepage has driven a Red Man sponsored car in selected NASCAR Busch Series races. In 1999, Lepage drove the #99 Red Man Chevrolet for Brewco Motorsports/J&J Racing in thirteen races. However, the relationship with Lepage does not end at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Matrix Motorsports will enter the #71 Southern Pride Ford Taurus in the Sam's Town 300 at the Memphis Motorsports Park on October 29th(Southern Pride PR)(10-1-2000)


    (9-30-2000)
  • Coors Re-Signs with the #40: Chip Ganassi Racing/Team Sabco have renegotiated and extended the sponsorship deal between Coors Light and driver Sterling Marlin. An official announcement of the new deal is planned for Oct. 7 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Ganassi Racing is also working on a similar renegotiated and extended sponsor contract with BellSouth for its #01 Chevy's(to be Dodges in 2001)(That's Racin')(9-30-2000)

  • Rules to be Spelled out: Kevin Triplett, NASCAR's director of operations, said Friday the governing body planned to "spell out" in its 2001 version of the rule book with what material all car parts need to be made. The material of some parts is not specifically denoted in the current rule book, including the intake manifold which became an issue with Jeff Gordon's team at the Sept. 9 race(That's Racin')(9-30-2000)

  • Engine Submitted: Ray Evernham, the lead developer of the Dodge Intrepid that will debut at the 2001 Daytona 500, said Friday he submitted the Dodge engine to NASCAR for approval on Wednesday(That's Racin')(9-30-2000)

  • Another Donohue: David Donohue son of racing legend Mark Donohue will drive a Team Rensi Motorsport Pontaic in the ARCA race at Charlotte. The team recently obtained two Pontiacs from MB2 Motorsports(9-30-2000)

  • #91 and Alexander in Cup? UPDATE 3: According to a news release from Joe Falk that was published in Friday mornings Daily Press (printed edition), Falk intends to revive his dormant #91 LJ Racing team this fall with financial help from Felix Sabates. According to the report, Falk will have #81 BGN driver Blaise Alexander make his Winston Cup debut later this season, and run up to five races towards the end of this season. It wasn't disclosed what races those would be, but Falk mentioned to Victory Lane in the past that he want's to run at Richmond this fall, as well as at Charlotte and possible other Cup races. The news release also confirmed reports that Falk has rented the LJ Racing shop out to Felix Sabates until the end of the season. The reason given, was that Ganassi/SABCO senior owner Chip Ganassi was going to be switching the Winston Cup team over to Dodge for 2001, and wanted the BGN cars and equipment out of the way in order to have room to build the new fleet. No mention was made as to what will follow for next year. Family members have told Victory Lane that Falk is at Indianapolis Raceway Park this weekend overseeing Blaise Alexander's BGN team. Falk also mentioned that he was going to try and find a BGN ride for Jody McCormick, who runs in the LMSC division at Langley Speedway(VA)(Victory Lane) AND Sabates is also investing resources and equipment in a partnership with Joe Falk, bringing along the remnants of his Busch Grand National teams(Gaston Gazette)(8-5-2000)
    UPDATE: Blaise Alexander, who drives for Team Sabco in the BGN, is planning on driving at least one Winton Cup race this season with his team, ThatsRacin.com has learned. The race is likely to be the Winston 500 at Talladega in October. Alexander may drive in other races as teammates to Team Sabco(Ganassi Racing) drivers Sterling Marlin and Ted Musgrave, depending on the sponsorship situation(That's Racin')(8-27-2000)
    UPDATE 2: some notes from a source - the #91 team will not run without a sponsor, they would like to run a few races with Todd Bodine in the car, Joe Falk has no partners but is working with Team Sabco on its BGN efforts with his primary concern being #81 Tracfone car with all Team Sabco BGN teams are being moved to the LJ Racing shop. The Cup effort by Falk is separate from the Team Sabco deal and Falk hopes to run at Charlotte(Lowes), Talladega and Atlanta, if a sponsor can be found. If Alexander does run a Cup race, it'll be a Team Sabco car, not an LJ Racing/Joe Falk car(8-29-2000)
    UPDATE 4: Blaise Alexander, who currently drives a Team Sabco BGN #81 Chevy, will drive an Ericsson-sponsored Chevrolet prepared by Team Sabco in the Oct. 15 Winston 500 Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway(That's Racin'). Am hearing it'll be a SABCO car but use the #91(9-30-2000)


    (9-29-2000)
  • Gordon, Manifold, Appeal UPDATE 5 Appeal fails, Penalty Upheld: #24-Jeff Gordon and his team will face a NASCAR appeals panel either this week or next in the case of their use of a magnesium intake manifold. And General Motors racing people may be in the dock, too, because the part in question was a GM-manufactured piece(PitNow)(9-20-2000)
    UPDATE: NASCAR has announced that the appeal hearing requested by Hendrick Motorsports has been set for Thursday, Sept. 28th - no mention of what time(NOL)(9-21-2000)
    UPDATE 2: if Hendrick Motorsports wins its appeal over Jeff Gordon's intake manifold this week, the driver will move into ninth in the drivers and owners points standings(Times-Dispatch)(9-26-2000)
    UPDATE 3: the appeal will happen today(9-28) no word on when a verdict will be announced
    UPDATE 4: The Hendrick Motorsports appeal of NASCAR penalties levied after Jeff Gordon won the Chevrolet 400 at Richmond was heard on Tuesday. There was no announcement from the stock-car racing sanctioning body on when a decision was expected(That's Racin')(9-28-2000)
    UPDATE 5: hearing it was just announced at Martinsville that the fine/penalty will stand. Yes the appeal has failed and the fine and penalty(100 points) will stand. See full stories at That's Racin', NOL and SpeedVision. That's Racin' has the Commission statement on team's appeal from NASCAR(9-29-2000)

  • #98 News: Jeff Fuller will attempt to make the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowes Motor Speedway in the #98 Chip MacPherson Ford. MacPherson bought the team from Cale Yarborough earlier in the year. John LaCross will oversee the team's engine department but has a co-op with Bob Fisher. The team's new shop is under construction across from the Concord(NC) Regional Airport. Also, Cathi Brandt has joined the team as its business manager(Winston Cup Scene). It had been announced that the team would make its debut at Atlanta, for more info, see the #98 Team News and Links page(9-29-2000)

  • DJ Paint at Atlanta? hearing #88-Dale Jarrett is running a special paint job at Atlanta as a tribute to the five year relationship Quality Care/Ford Credit(have seen no images yet)(9-29-2000)

  • #50 Paint: Ricky Craven will have the same paint scheme as was on the #50 Chevy at Loudon at Martinsville - black body w/red trim - but w/o the name of Craven's store on the hood(9-29-2000)

  • Johnson Returns to Hendrick: Former VP of Hendrick Motorsports, Jimmy Johnson (not to be confused with recently signed driver Jimmie Johnson), is back with Hendrick. Not as VP but with the race teams on acquiring and servicing the organization's sponsor(Winston Cup Scene)(9-29-2000)


    (9-28-2000)
  • Atlanta Testing: Many drivers from the Winston Cup and ARCA series have scheduled test sessions at Atlanta Motor Speedway for Oct. 10-12th. #18-Bobby Labonte, #5-Terry Labonte, #20-Tony Stewart, #10-Johnny Benson, #1-Steve Park and #97-Kurt Busch are among drivers expected to test next month in preparation for the Nov. 19 NAPA 500. Several ARCA drivers are also expected to participate in a Hoosier Tire test early next month as they ready for the Nov. 18 Georgia Boot 400. Atlanta Motor Speedway will open the grandstands for fans to watch several test sessions, which are generally closed to the public, free of charge(see the AMS site for info and tickets)(9-28-2000)

  • #25 Sponsor? while Lowes is making the rumor rounds as the next sponsor of the #25 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy with driver Jerry Nadeau (see next story), hearing that Delphi Automotive may be the next sponsor for the #25 team(9-28-2000)

  • Lowes Gone - Totally? The LTN Radio show is reporting that Lowes may leave NASCAR as a whole, no more name on the Charlotte race track, now known as Lowes Motor Speedway and no sponsorship of any NASCAR team(9-28-2000)

  • Yates/Galaxy to Merge? UPDATE 3: this is an interesting one - hearing that Galaxy Motorsports(#75-Dallenbach) and Robert Yates Racing are talking merger and are putting together BGN programs for 2001 involving Ron Hornaday and PJ Jones. Also, supposedly will run a six race R&D Cup team with Hornaday as the driver(I assume that in addition to the #28 and 88 Yates cars and the #75 Galaxy car). Also still hearing that Pizza Hut will be part of the primary sponsorship on the #75 in 2001. Yates supplies engines to the #75 Galaxy Motorsports team(9-22-2000)
    UPDATE: Robert Yates may be acquiring part-ownership of the Darwin Oordt team for which Wally Dallenbach drives(PitNow)(9-25-2000)
    UPDATE 2: Although members of Darwin Oordt's Galaxy Motorsports team seem to believe otherwise, Robert Yates says he has no interest in acquiring any part of the #75 group. Dallenbach said Saturday that a deal with Yates was in the works, and "when it happens I'll be real happy, but I'm not counting chickens. It's what this team needs. That's what'll take this team to the next level, the right level." According to Dallenbach, certain prerequisites had to fall into place, such as sponsorship. Dallenbach confirmed that Pizza Hut, a Pepsi subsidiary( a spin off company called Tricon Global Restaurants-YUM-NYSE), is on the list. Yates, however, is on the Coca-Cola plan, which would seem to create difficulties(SpeedVision)(9-26-2000)
    UPDATE 3: my understanding is that Yates contract with Texaco prevents him from owning more than two Winston Cup Teams. So, supposedly RYR would make Doug Yates the partner with Galaxy, which then they will be like a three car team, but legally RYR will have two teams (#28, #88) and Galaxy/Doug Yates will have a team. This also gets Yates around the Coke/Pepsi conflict. Pepsi spun off Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC a few years ago. The three restaurants are now a publicly held company called Tricon. Pepsi owns a lot of Tricon stock(9-28-2000)

  • #7 Driver? UPDATE 3: looks like the Bobby Hamilton rumor was incorrect(choke) and ESPN2's NASCAR 2Day is reporting that Ron Hornaday and Randy LaJoie(didn't he just sign with Joe Nemechek for a BGN ride?) are the two rumored drivers(9-17-2000)
    UPDATE: One of the men #7 owner Jim Smith is looking to sign to drive for him next season is Busch driver Randy LaJoie. However, Lajoie has insisted he's not interested in a Cup ride(PitNow)(9-18-2000)
    UPDATE 2: Sources say Ron Hornaday will become the driver of (#7) Ultra Motorsports' Winston Cup effort next year. Hornaday likely will be reunited with crew chief Fred Graves, who recently left Petty Enterprises. Hornaday and Graves won two Truck championships with DEI and are said to work very well together. Owner Jim Smith has hinted at two Truck teams next year (Mike Wallace and Dennis Setzer are the drivers now, but Smith has not committed) and possibly two Cup teams. The Trucks will be Dodges, but Smith has not said finally that the Cup team or teams would switch to Dodge(SpeedVision)(9-26-2000)
    UPDATE 3: The LTN Radio show is reporting that Ron Hornaday is a done deal as the driver for the #7 Ultra Motorsports car and that the team will stay with Ford (from Talladega on) and Penske engines for the 2001 season and NOT switch to Dodge(9-28-2000)

  • #16 Gone? The LTN Radio show is reporting that the Denny's/Hank Aaron deal will now NOT happen and the team may not exist in 2001(9-28-2000)

  • Sad News - Not NASCAR but: Bob Hurt, the driver who broke his neck trying to qualify for the 1968 Indianapolis 500 and became a paraplegic, has died. He was 61. Hurt died in his sleep in a Toronto hotel room Sept. 23, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced Wednesday. Hurt never accepted being a paraplegic for the rest of his life. Since the accident, he made trips to Russia and Sweden to undergo radical experimental treatments and also participated in special treatments in the United States. During his long ordeal, Hurt never once blamed racing or lost interest in the sport. He regularly appeared at the Indianapolis 500. Survivors include his brother, Doug; and sisters Ann DeFranceaux of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Linda Andrieux of Paris.(Total Sports/AP)(9-28-2000)

  • No More Rainbow on the #24? UPDATE: Following this season, the paint scheme that Jeff Gordon has taken to 52 victories and three Winston Cup championships will not be seen on the racetrack again. Gordon's #24 Chevy will feature a new DuPont paint scheme next season(Gordonline)(8-28-2000)
    UPDATE: There was a brief sneak peak at the #24 DuPont Chevrolet for 2001. Yes, the paint scheme is different. At first glance there are some similarities to the current paint scheme. The concept car is same blue and neon red as the current version, but it has the addition of flames. Time will tell if that is the final version or whether additional changes will be made(Gordonline) NO IMAGE (9-28-2000)

  • #77 News: the #77 Jasper Motorsports team has hired a new General Manager, George Stephens, to handle the day-to-day activities at the race shop. Stephens comes to the #77 the #75 Galaxy Motorsports team, where he functioned as the Team Manager. Previously, Stephens worked for the Hendricks Motorsports organization from 1993-1999. Stephens will work closely with Ryan Pemberton on issues such as personnel, travel schedules and front office management(Jasper Motorsports Site)(9-28-2000)

  • Bickle in the #60 for Martinsville: Rich Bickle will drive the #60 Power Team Chevrolet fielded by Bessey Motorsports in this weekend’s NASCAR Winston Cup event at the Martinsville Speedway. In preparation for the event, Bickle and the #60 team tested at the Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, North Carolina on Wednesday. Bickle has made one previous start for the team this year, at Martinsville and finished 30th. Bickle won the 1997 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Martinsville, earned one pole position at the half-mile track in the NASCAR All Pro Series and recorded his best career NASCAR Winston Cup finish, a fourth, there in 1998(Power Team PR)(9-28-2000)

  • 2001 Schedule UPDATE 4 IT's OUT what is FX?: Bray Cary, NASCAR's vice president for broadcasting and technology, said Sunday morning that the long-awaited 2001 Winston Cup schedule is due out this week, with Busch Series and Craftsman Truck schedules to follow. No changes, other than those already announced, are expected in the 2001 calendar. The major changes are the additions of dates for new tracks in Kansas in September and at Joliet, IL in July(SpeedVision). See my 2001 TENTATIVE UNOFFICIAL Winston Cup Schedule page, all races dates have been confirmed from ticket holders or at the Race Track site - but it is still not official(9-24-2000)
    UPDATE: NASCAR is expected to release its 2001 Winston Cup series schedule Monday and it will include at least one previously unannounced race date change: One race traditionally held on Saturday will be moved to Sunday. The Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis will become a typical Friday-Sunday race weekend next season, with the prestigious race now scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 5th(That's Racin')(9-25-2000)
    UPDATE: look for the schedule to be released today
    UPDATE 2: the Official 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Schedule is out, see it, the TV lineup and a story here - Cup Schedule from NASCAR PR(9-26-2000)
    UPDATE 3: getting much email on the fact that many people do not have Fox's FX cable channel and what to do about it. Simply, contact your cable company and contact Fox and state your complaint(9-27-2000)
    UPDATE 4: more info from MotorsportsTV - FX will be at 54 million households by the end of 2000. That represents an addition of 17 million over the past two years. The NASCAR contract should get that number even higher. In comparison, the most popular cable channels like ESPN, CNN, and TBS are at about 75-80 million households. ESPN2 just passed 70 million households, ESPN is at 77 million, and TBS is at 80.8 million. There are about 100 million TV households in the U.S. Of course, many of those do not get cable or satellite. Also for info on FX, see my TV/Media page for the web link AND see a story/interview at MotorsportsTV: Kempner to Give Fox Its NASCAR Direction in 2001 AND see my Story/Column Links page, go towards the bottom of that page, look for the heading: Some Past Interesting Articles and a few that answer some questions and see the last story from That's Racin' about the TV Contact including: "Will we still get to see qualifying and practice sessions the way we have in recent years?" Answer: Yes. NASCAR negotiated that kind of coverage into the deal.(There are other story links concerning the TV Contract there) ALSO: I have no idea how this will affect satellite dish users or if folks will still be able to watch via satellite, check with your system representatives(9-28-2000)


    (9-27-2000)
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    (9-26-2000)
  • #99 and #21 Sponsor News UPDATE 3: as reported a few weeks ago, CITGO will be the primary sponsor on the #99 Ford in 2001, hearing the paint scheme will not be the familiar red-orange/white/black but would be red, white, and blue. The #21 Wood Bros Ford is supposed to get Ford Quality Credit and be announced at Charlotte(9-10-2000)
    UPDATE: hearing that starting with the race at Charlotte in October, the #99 Ford will carry the CITGO colors for the balance of the 2000 season as CITGO has purchased the space from Exide. Exide continues to downgrade it's motorsports expenses and while they have expressed interest in remaining as an associate sponsor on the #99 for the 2001 season, it's only a slight chance as they continue to downsize in the company(9-11-2000)
    UPDATE 2: hearing the Ford 'brand' that will be featured on the #21 Ford will be Motorcraft which used to be featured on the #15 Bud Moore Fords back into the early 90's(9-14-2000)
    UPDATE 3: CITGO Petroleum has scheduled a press conference for Tuesday October 3, 2000 in Charlotte where they will announce their sponsorship for the remainder of the 2000 series and the 2001 campaign. It is speculated that they will move to Roush Racing and sponsor the #99 Jeff Burton driven car. Ford is expected to be moving to the #21 Wood Brothers team next season with the Motorcraft banner(Racin' Network)(9-26-2000)

  • 1000 Races: Wood Brothers Racing celebrates the start of their 1,000th race this weekend and will sport the colors of the team's founder, Glen Wood. The solid red racecar flashes back to the 1950's when Wood owned and piloted the famed Wood Brothers racecar. Glen Wood founded Wood Brothers Racing as a hobby, now it's their life and has been for the past five decades. He and his brothers decided they wanted to go racing and nominations moved that Glen be the driver. Since the team's origination, Glen has won as a driver, car owner and grandfather over the past 50 years. His list of driver's speaks for itself with 17 of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers listed on the Wood Brothers Racing resume. Elliott Sadler currently pilots the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford and is delighted to be able to represent the team in such a memorable year(Cox Marketing Group), see an image of the car in the Paint Schemes Gallery(9-26-2000)

  • 400th Start: This week's race at Martinsville will become another milestone in Brett Bodine's racing career. Bodines's 400th NASCAR Winston Cup career start will come on Sunday at Martinsville in the #11 Ralph's Supermarket Ford. Martinsville is also where Bodine began his professional racing career in a 1979 Modified race. Bodine's first Cup start was in May in 1986 at Charlotte, driving for Rick Hendrick (started 32, finished 18th). 1988 marked Bodine's first full year in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series (in Bud Moore's #15 Motorcraft car).(Brett Bodine Racing PR)(9-26-2000)

  • Joe Gibbs Racing Changes? UPDATE 2 Home Depot STAYS: PitNow is reporting that if Bobby Labonte wins the Winston Cup Championship, team owner Joe Gibbs may move his crew chief, Jimmy Makar to a Team Manager role, move Tony's Stewart's crew chief, Greg Zipadelli over to Labonte's #18 Interstate Batteries team and hire a new crew chief for Stewart's #20 Home Depot team, one name mentioned in the article is the #55 APR crew chief Jimmy Elledge(PitNow). Also still no word on if Home Depot will re-sign with Gibbs for the #20 Tony Stewart team, one rumor has Home Depot leaving and MBNA stepping up from a major associate sponsor to a primary sponsor on the #20 Pontiac(9-15-2000)
    UPDATE: Joe Gibbs have been trying to renegotiate the #20 Team's contract with Home Depot, which has another year to run. Home Depot executives have declined to comment on the talks. Home Depot's sponsorship is nowhere near the $12 million to $15 million level that UPS and Pfizer are going to be paying Robert Yates and Jack Roush next season, and Gibbs wants Home Depot to up its ante(PitNow) NOTE: I had heard and thought the deal was good thru 2000, not 2001(9-22-2000)
    UPDATE 2: have confirmed that Home Depot's contract with Joe Gibbs Racing goes thru 2001 and they are in the final stages of renewing their contract and have NO plans to leave the #20 team. An announcement may come in the next two to four weeks(9-26-2000)

  • Holigan to the CTS and BGN: Michael Holigan, who has sponsored the #25 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy driven by Jerry Nadeau in 2000 but will leave after the 2000 season is working with driver David Starr about basing a team in Texas and running in the Craftsman Truck Series. Holigan also is interested in fielding a Busch Grand National team out of Charlotte(Times-Dispatch) AND Holigan said he plans to make an announcement during Charlotte race week in October regarding plans to start a BGN team in 2001 and said he will also be involved in a CTS team, based in Texas, with driver David Starr(That's Racin')(9-26-2000)


    (9-25-2000)
  • Lowes In? Lowes Out? UPDATE 4 - the #25?: many readers emailed me a Lowes in-house memo saying that Lowes was leaving the #31 Richard Childress Team and driver Mike Skinner after the 2000 season, ESPN2's RPM 2Night also reported the memo. I was told as was RPM 2Night, that owner Richard Childress says he spoke with Lowes on Wednesday and was assured that Lowes would honor the remaining two years of their contract with the team. The memo goes on to say that Lowes would not leave the sport but move to another team. There is nothing on the Lowes site concerning this
    UPDATE: Richard Childress admits he has learned sponsor Lowe's will leave his #31 Chevy after this season, but he insists he still has a two-year contract with the company and intends that it be honored by both sides(SpeedVision)
    AND from NOL: One way to put rumors to rest in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series is to simply hold a press conference and set the record straight. Richard Childress did just that Friday regarding Lowe's sponsorship of Mike Skinner's #31 Chevy. According to Childress, he met with Lowe's Wednesday, and was told they would honor the remainder of their deal with Richard Childress Racing. Thursday, however, Lowe's sent a company-wide memo to its employees stating they would no longer sponsor the car(NOL). Note: Still leaves some questions, in-house hoax at Lowes?? Lowes response??
    UPDATE 2: Reached Friday by telephone, Lowe's spokesperson Chris Ahearn said the company would honor its financial commitment to the team for the next two years, but "the Lowe's name will be off the car at the end of the season." Ahearn said the team had not performed up to expectations, though she said that was not the only reason the company was leaving. She said Lowe's remains committed to NASCAR and will likely sponsor another team next season. Ahearn also said Lowe's decision to leave Richard Childress Racing would not affect the company's 10-year naming rights deal with Lowe's Motor Speedway(more at That's Racin')(9-21-2000)
    UPDATE 3: One possibility making the rounds at Dover was that Jack Roush either has or is on the verge of making off with the Lowe’s account. Roush has at least two teams open(#'s 16, 97) and earlier nabbed Pfizer/Viagra away from Eel River Racing(#27) for Mark Martin’s #6 Ford(Gaston Gazette) AND Lowe's will be backing another team next year, apparently moving to the Rick Hendrick camp to sponsor Jerry Nadeau(#25 Chevy)(PitNow)(9-23-2000)
    UPDATE: Jack Roush and Geoff Smith, the manager of Roush Racing, say they haven't talked with Lowe's executives about acquiring that company's NASCAR sponsorship. However, Roush said, since Richard Childress' announcement Friday that Lowe's plans to leave the Mike Skinner team, Smith has begun pursing Lowe's. However, Lowe's has already agreed to a deal with car owner Rick Hendrick for next season, with Jerry Nadeau(#25 Chevy), according to sources(PitNow)(9-25-2000)

  • Dodge Testing UPDATE: Dodge Winston Cup teams test at Daytona for a critical, two-day manufacturer's test scheduled to start on Halloween day. Ray Evernham will lead the Dodge charge on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. The Speedway expects the entire Dodge roster to gather for this preliminary shakedown of the Intrepid in preparation for the 2001 Daytona 500 where the car will make its competitive debut. The teams and drivers invited by Dodge and expected to participate include Evernham Motorsports (Casey Atwood, Bill Elliott), Petty Enterprises Inc. (Kyle Petty, Buckshot Jones, John Andretti), Bill Davis Racing (Ward Burton, Dave Blaney), Team SABCO (Sterling Marlin, Ted Musgrave) and Melling Racing (Stacey Compton). This probably will be the first time all the teams representing the incoming Dodge brand will assemble at the same track together. The test comes immediately following Winston Cup's next(an last) off weekend(Speed Magazine)(9-22-2000)
    UPDATE: the #93 Bill Davis Racing team and driver Dave Blaney will put their Dodge on the track for a major test this week at Kentucky Speedway(PitNow)(9-25-2000)

  • Mast Crewman OK: Scott Glasscox, jackman with Rick Mast’s #14 team, caught his left hand in the jack during a pit stop and had to be transported to Kent General Hospital for X-rays, but after the race, fellow crew members reported that he had been treated and released(Gaston Gazette)(9-25-2000)


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