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PAST NEWS OCT 2-8, 2000


(10-9-2000)
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(10-8-2000)
  • Cup Body's: In an announcement at Lowe's Motor Speedway this week, Body Dynamics Racing Bodies, Inc., the industry's leading out source race car body fabrication facility, is offering race fans a chance to look inside their facility via the internet to watch how a race car body is built. BDRBI, located in Denver, North Carolina, was established in 1996 and in just four years has become the premiere out source for racing bodies. See their website at www.bodydynamicsracing.com.(TachZone)(10-8-2000)

  • More NASCAR TV stuff: NASCAR officials are looking at scheduling Saturday's final-round practice sessions next season for noon, as a made-for-TV package lead-in to Saturday's Busch Series events. The one-hour happy hour sessions, usually at 4:00pm, have been a popular ESPN staple for several years. NASCAR also is considering dropping second-round qualifying and handling all qualifying in a single two-lap session at every track(PitNow)(10-8-2000)


    (10-7-2000)
  • Coors Re-Signs with the #40 UPDATE: 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)
    UPDATE: Coors Brewing Company and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates are teaming up for the 2001 Cup season with Sterling Marlin returning to the seat of the #40 Dodge Intrepid. New ownership and new maufacturer have sparked a different look for the #40 Dodge as it will sport a unique scheme, which was introdued in several events during the 2000 season, resembling the "Silver Bullet" Coors Light can. More at TachZone, including an image of the car(10-7-2000)

  • Pruett Scheme: the #32 Tide Ford fielded by PPI Motorsports and driven by Scott Pruett was to run a special fan designed "Give the Kids the World" Tide car at Lowes Motor Speedway but failed to make the race, but the team announced that the car will return at Homestead to show off its multicolor livery(PPI Site)(10-7-2000)

  • Midwest Driver? hearing that if Ricky Craven leaves the #50 Midwest Transit Chevy team, the following drivers are under consideration: Hank Parker Jr, Kevin Grubb(thought he was signed with Brewco thru 2001), Jeff Purvis and Hut Stricklin(but will probably stay in the #90)(10-7-2000)

  • Shortage of Tires? UPDATE 2: Just as the Winston Cup garage was closing Friday afternoon at Lowe's Motor Speedway, NASCAR officials handed out a rather cryptic statement: "Currently, we are in conversations with Goodyear regarding the quantity of tires for the NASCAR (Grand National) Series and the NASCAR Winston Cup series races here at Lowe's Motor Speedway," the statement said. Goodyear official Phil Holmer said that the tire supplier is trying to keep NASCAR apprised of the availability of tires for this weekend's race, but declined to elaborate on the reason behind any potential shortage in the number of tires available for this weekend's races(That's Racin')
    UPDATE: Goodyear officials are shipping in more tires to make up for a shortage at the track this weekend. A problem developed this week, and the company originally did not have enough right-side tires manufactured to make it through the weekend. Officials said it should not be a problem(Times-Dispatch). Am hearing that they are shipping in Dover tires for the BGN teams and all the Charlotte tires will be used by the Winston Cup teams
    UPDATE 2: In response to what was characterized this morning by BGN head man John Darby as an "extreme shortage" of appropriate tires for the BGN and WC runners at Lowe's this weekend, Goodyear and NASCAR have made a tire change for this weekend's racing. Basically, the Lowe's right-side tires originally allocated for the BGN racers are now going to be re-allocated for the Winston Cup racers. What will the BGNers race? They get to install some of the infamous right-side tires recently used at Dover(more at TNN)(10-6-2000)
    UPDATE 2: a bunch of columns on the tire situation on my Story/Column Links page(10-7-2000)


    (10-6-2000)
  • Homestead Testing: On Wednesday, Oct. 25, Homestead-Miami Speedway will hold a major NASCAR Winston Cup test session to help teams prepare for the Nov. 12 Pennzoil 400(Homestead-Miami PR)(10-6-2000)

  • Special Stewart Scheme: As part of its ongoing commitment to give back to the communities it serves, The Home Depot announced that it is utilizing its NASCAR sponsorship to raise funds to benefit KaBOOM!, a non-profit organization that builds safe and accessible playgrounds for underprivileged children across North America (www.kaboom.org). Through a partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing, NASCAR, Toys "R" Us and Action Performance Companies, the world's largest home improvement retailer will feature a special Kids Workshop paint scheme on the #20 Home Depot Pontiac driven by Tony Stewart, at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, Nov. 12. The Home Depot and its partners will donate proceeds from the sales of the #20 Kids Workshop commemorative merchandise-including die-cast cars, apparel and other souvenir items-to KaBOOM!. The #20 Kids Workshop merchandise will be available at all Toys "R" Us stores in the U.S. from Nov. 1 through Nov. 21.(Home Depot PR)(10-6-2000)

  • Cope in the #86(a different Cope): Cup driver Derrike Cope will run his second career CTS race(first was Richmond in 1995) at Texas Motor Speedway in the #86 RC Cola Dodge fielded by Impact Motorsports in what is currently a one-race deal. Cope is starting up a Cup team with NHRA Winston Drag Racing veteran Warren Johnson for the 2001 season(see the #37 Team News and Links Page for more info)(NOL)(10-7-2000)

  • #98 News UPDATE: Jeff Fuller, who drives the #98 Ford, said team owner Chip MacPherson is "pretty close" to obtaining a primary sponsor that will allow the team to run the entire schedule next season. And in the months leading up to the season-opener at Daytona next February, the team plans to test at several of the series' tracks(That's Racin')(10-5-2000)
    UPDATE: MacPherson said Sunday's race will be the team's only effort this season, because Fuller can't run any more events and still be eligible to compete for rookie of the year in 2001(AJC), can't run in more then seven(7) races, see the ROTY page for rules(10-6-2000)

  • Bliss Back to the Trucks? Rookie Mike Bliss knows that his Winston Cup career could end after this season, and he's not too upset. Bliss does not have a Cup ride for next season. Bliss is hunting for a job because his team, Eel River Racing, announced last month it had hired Kenny Wallace for next season. Bliss has had no offers for any open Cup ride. Car owners don't return his calls. The former truck series driver said he'll probably return to that series, where he won seven races and had 36 top-five finishes in five seasons(Roanoke Times). Am hearing Bliss may be a candidate to take over for Andy Houston in the #60 CAT Rental truck, Houston is jumping to Cup in 2001(10-6-2000)

  • Mast to stay with AJ: Rick Mast is completing a new contract to remain with A.J. Foyt Racing and the #14 team(Roanoke Times)(10-6-2000)

  • Richard Childress Venture: Richard Childress has formed a partnership with machine tool maker Okuma. They are building a racing parts manufacturing facility at the Childress complex in Welcome. The building is under construction. Childress said the first parts produced by the facility should be available for use in the Daytona 500(High Point Enterprise)(10-6-2000)

  • hmmmm.... Winston Cup car owners are being asked by NASCAR to move their Internet websites to become a page on NASCAR.com.(PitNow)(10-6-2000)

  • Lowes Sponsorship News: Car owner Rick Hendrick(#'s 5,24,25) said he has been approached with a pitch for a Lowe's sponsorship but turned it down saying "...Lowe's will not be sponsoring one of our cars next season." Lowe's has two more years on its contract with Childress, but Lowe's officials said two weeks ago they would be dropping Childress at the end of the season, a move that Childress has disputed(PitNow)(10-6-2000)


    (10-5-2000)
  • Stuff: There will be no Michigan Truck race in 2001. The new Kansas City track has sold 19,000 PSL seats and 65,000 season tickets. The new Chicago track has sold 7,200 PSL seats (that's 7,196 if you don't count mine). Season ticket details for Chicago will be out later this month. The possible track in New Jersey is in the ninth month of a 12-month study. No decision will be announced before January. An outside firm, Envision, has been hired to sell naming rights to the California and Kansas City tracks. ISC is seeking to sell naming rights to other tracks, but those efforts are originating in-house.(Track News from ISC Conference Call via Motorsports TV)(10-5-2000)

  • Penske-Kranefuss Team Structure? UPDATE: in the last few days, there have been news regarding Penske South adding Ryan Newman to their team and Penske Kranefuss adding Shawna Robonson to their Cup team in 2001 and 2001. How this affects the structure of the team is unknown. Neither news item mentioned the other team, so not sure if it turns into a four car team or the two split but still work together
    UPDATE: comments, news and stuff about this situation at SpeedVision: Blake's Charlotte Notebook: Wednesday, pretty much touches on the above and has other 'rumors'(10-5-2000)

  • #91 Goes Home: hearing that the #91 LJ Racing team with driver Larry Gunselman, has withdrawn from the Cup race at LMS, apparently the damage from yesterday's practice accident was too extensive to repair in time for second round qualifying tonight(at 6:00pm/et)(TachZone)(10-5-2000)

  • Less Qualifying? NASCAR officials are considering a change in the Winston Cup qualifying format for the 2001 season, scheduling pole runs for noon Saturday instead of Friday afternoon at many of the tracks. The change would be in part for television's benefit; Fox and NBC haven't shown any interest in Friday-afternoon pole runs, but a Saturday afternoon show would work as a lead-in to Busch events, the majority of which are expected to be carried on Fox's FX-cable, not the network itself(PitNow)(10-2-2000)
    UPDATE: Despite what you might hear, NASCAR has no immediate plans to move some or all qualifying sessions to Saturday, NASCAR operations director Kevin Triplett says. Triplett noted last week at Martinsville that NASCAR was looking at small steps toward condensing weekend schedules next year, given expansion of the calendar to 38 events. Word began to circulate, meanwhile, that NASCAR's new television contractors would prefer Saturday mid-day qualifying to Friday afternoon time trials, and that NASCAR would move some large number of Cup qualifying sessions to Saturday. Triplett said one problem, both from a competition and a television perspective, is that if Saturday qualifying is rained out, few options are left other than gridding the cars on points. In addition, TV time slots later on Saturday might not be available(SpeedVision)(10-5-2000)

  • Yates/Galaxy to Merge? UPDATE 4: 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)
    UPDATE 4: #75 owner Darwin Oordt says he is not interested in selling part ownership of his team to Robert Yates Racing, as has been speculated on internet reports. Oordt, winding up his rookie season as a Winston Cup team owner, expects to run the full schedule again next year. Wally Dallenbach is expected to return as driver. A search for a sponsor is underway(Tennessean/AP)(10-5-2000)

  • #9 Crew Chief leaves UPDATE: Mark Melling, owner of the #9 Kodiak Ford NASCAR Winston Cup Series car, announced today the departure of crew chief, Jerry Pitts. "In this sport, it's unfortunate, but these things happen," said Melling. "On a very positive note though, we've got everything in place with our driver, sponsor and facilities for this year and the future, so, our priority now is to hire a replacement for Jerry immediately."(Melling Pr)(10-2-2000)
    UPDATE: Skip Pope, a team engineer with Melling Racing, will serve as interim crew chief for #9-Stacy Compton at at Charlotte(That's Racin')(10-5-2000)

  • Geoffrey Bodine News UPDATE 4: 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)
    See updates 2 and 3 on the Drivers Looking page
    UPDATE 4: Brett Bodine, owner and driver of the No. 11 Fords in the Winston Cup series, is exploring the possibility of running a second car in some remaining races this season with his brother, Geoffrey Bodine. Brett and Geoffrey are also looking into running a two-car operation in 2001. Brett Bodine said with the right funding, he believes a two-car operation would bring great benefits to his program(That's Racin')(10-5-2000)

  • Earnhardt (Kerry) wrecks: Kerry Earnhardt wrecked the #71 Realtree Chevy during practice at Lowes Motor Speedway (2:30-4:30pm). Dave Marcis will climb in a backup car and try to make it in the race during 2nd round qualifying(TachZone with images)(10-5-2000)


    (10-4-2000)
  • #88 and Ford Credit: Ford Credit has agreed to terms with Robert Yates Racing on a multi-year associate sponsorship package involving Dale Jarrett and the #88 Robert Yates Racing Ford Taurus beginning in 2001. Co-sponsor of the #88 Ford Taurus in the Cup series competition since 1996(with Quality Care), Ford Credit is a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company and the world’s largest provider of automotive finance. It serves more than 10 million customers in 40 countries(Ford Racing): Quality Care will not be the primary sponsor on the #88 in 2001 as UPS has been rumored for months to become the team's new sponsor, see the #88 Team News and Links page for past info(10-4-2000)

  • Penske/Newman/ALLTEL News: Officials of ALLTEL and Penske Racing South announced today a 23-race "blended" 2001 schedule for driver Ryan Newman in preparation for a full NASCAR Winston Cup effort in the 2002 season. ALLTEL will sponsor the former USAC champion in a schedule next season that will see the 22-year-old Purdue University senior compete in four ARCA, twelve BGN and seven CUP events. The Ford Taurus cars and teams for all races will be fielded out of Penske Racing South's Mooresville, N.C., shop. Penske Engines Company will supply all of the racing engines. ALLTEL also announced that Nokia will participate as an associate marketing sponsor for the 2001 racing season, continuing its racing affiliation with ALLTEL. Plans call for Newman to make his Cup debut driving an ALLTEL-sponsored Ford Taurus in this year's Nov. 5 race at Phoenix. At Penske Racing South, Newman will become a teammate to former Cup champion and 53-time series race winner Rusty Wallace. Wallace likes what he sees in this young driver(Tom Roberts/ALLTEL PR) Newman will drive the #02 Ford(10-4-2000)

  • #21 News UPDATE 2: The #21 Wood Brothers Ford with driver Elliott Sadler will have a 'different look at Charlotte for the UAW-GM Quality 500(MRN Radio Radio Coverage). Supposedly it will be the new sponsor, Motorcraft replacing CITGO who is moving to the #99(10-1-2000)
    UPDATE - Today: there will be an announcement about the Wood Brothers new sponsor on Wednesday Oct 4th in Charlotte, word is: Motorcraft
    UPDATE 2: Motorcraft, the Ford Motor Company brand of automotive components ranging from filters and spark plugs to engines and transmissions, returns to NASCAR Winston Cup racing in 2001 as the primary sponsor of Wood Brothers Racing. Today's announcement in Charlotte, North Carolina, made by Allen Benson, brand manager for Ford Customer Service Division (FCSD), ended months of speculation surrounding the status of Ford Customer Service Division's sponsorship plans in NASCAR Winston Cup racing. The Wood Brothers, acknowledged pioneers in the sport of stock car auto racing, are the winningest team in Ford Racing history with 96 NASCAR victories in 50 years of competition. Eddie and Len Wood, sons of Glen Wood and nephews to Leonard Wood, carry on the legacy of one of NASCAR's most revered teams. Elliott Sadler will drive the #21 Motorcraft Ford Taurus. A longtime team sponsor in NASCAR Winston Cup, Ford Customer Service Division named Bud Moore Engineering's Ford Thunderbirds with Motorcraft from 1985-1993 and with Quality Care from 1994-1995. From 1996-2000, FCSD teamed with Ford Credit to co-sponsor Robert Yates Racing's #88 Quality Care Service/Ford Credit Thunderbirds and Tauruses. Motorcraft has enjoyed significant success in auto racing, winning several NASCAR races with Bud Moore, five NHRA Pro Stock championships with Bob Glidden, and numerous road racing and off-road truck titles from 1985 - 1993(Wood Bros PR) - an image of the car can seen at the Racin' Network(10-4-2000)

  • Robinson to Cup in 2001? UPDATE/CORRECTION: Shawna Robinson, on the verge of becoming the first female to finish in the top 10 in the points standings of a major national oval-track touring series, has begun taking a look at NASCAR's Winston Cup Series. The driver of the Kmart Kids Race Against Drugs Ford in the ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series could make that move as early as next season. If things work out the way she and her team hope, Robinson will become the first female to start a NASCAR Winston Cup race in over 18 years and the five to seven races they have planned would give her more starts than any female in the past 30 years in the major leagues of stock car racing. In 2002, she would become the first female to run a full NASCAR Winston Cup schedule in the history of the series. MK Racing owned by Michael Kranefuss(and owner of the #12 Cup car driven by Jeremy Mayfield), is owner of the team which fields Robinson's cars(Williams Company PR)
    UPDATE/CORRECTION: Actually it was 11 years ago, in 1989 when a female last ran a Cup race. Patty Moise ran the #45 Amway Buick in the July Daytona and Talladega races in 1989, finishing 36th at Talladega(10-4-2000)

  • Ford Heads: Ford officials have submitted a new cylinder head and two new intake manifolds to NASCAR for consideration, but General Motors team owners say that NASCAR should reject those projects out of hand(PitNow)(10-4-2000)

  • Talladega Testing: #24-Gordon was at Talladega Superspeedway Tuesday concluding a two-day test session with his Hendrick Motorsports #24 DuPont Chevy team. The Ultra Motorsports' #7 Nations Rent Chevy with Mike Wallace and the Bessey Motorsports' #60 Power Team Chevy wi th Dick Trickle were also back at the track on Tuesday. The majority of testing at Talladega has concerned the new rules implemented by NASCAR for the 32nd running of the Winston Cup Series Winston 500 on Sunday, Oct. 15. Winston Cup drivers will return to the track on Oct. 13 for Ricochet Qualifying Day. Gordon, who drove in the Daytona test that culminated in the new rules, said the changes may create more side-by-side racing – which Talladega fans see each year. Gordon said the Daytona test did indicate drivers may feel a few changes once the green flag drops, although qualifying speeds may be the same as in April.(Talladega Superspeedway PR) No speeds reported(10-4-2000)

  • Speaking of Jarrett: Jason Jarrett qualified 3rd for tonight's ARCA event at Lowe, Jarrett's first ARCA race venture, and his #88 car will be serviced by the pit crew from Dale Jarrett's #88 Ford Credit Winston Cup team. Although there are usually a number of cautions in the 67-lap sprint, the importance of track position usually limits trips to pit road to one per team(MachOne PR) Other Cup connections in the ARCA race include: Roger Penske and Ryan Newman, Jason Leffler from Gibbs Racing BGN operation, Ricky Hendrick, is the son of Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick; and Justin Labonte, is the son of Terry Labonte(That's Racin') Plus AJ Foyt's son Larry and David Donahue, son of the late Racing Legend Mark Donohue are in the race(10-4-2000)


    (10-3-2000)
  • #99 Announcement 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: There will be a press conference/announcement on Tuesday, Oct 3rd at 12:30pm/et in Charlotte regarding the #99 Roush Racing team and it's new sponsor: CITGO. Got a rough image of what the car will look like, see it at my Paint Schemes Gallery(10-1/3-2000)
    UPDATE - It's OFFICIAL: CITGO has expanded its NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing sponsorship program to include Roush Racing and veteran driver Jeff Burton. Beginning with the Lowe's Motor Speedway Race on October 8, 2000 and for the remainder of the 2000 season and the full 2001 season, CITGO will be the primary sponsor of the #99 CITGO SUPERGARD Ford(CITGO PR) AND See an image of the scheme from CITGO on my Paint Schemes Gallery and see an image of the actual car at NASCAR Online - Burton flying the colors of CITGO
    and the #21 CITGO Ford? CITGO has been sponsoring the Fords fielded by the Wood Brothers for 16 years and will continue to have its colors displayed on the team's #21 Fords driven by Elliott Sadler through the rest of the 2000 season. The Wood Brothers are set to announce their 2001 sponsorship plans Wednesday(NOL) added four images of the actual car taken at the Press Conference, see my Paint Schemes Gallery, 2000 Cup Schemes page(10-3-2000)

  • Trickle to run the #60 at Lowes: Dick Trickle will drive the #60 Power Team Chevy for Bessey Motorsports this weekend in the Cup race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Trickle made three starts in the #60 Chevy earlier in the 2000 season driving the car in the spring events at Texas, Talladega and California(Power Team Site)(10-3-2000)

  • Super 8 to PPI: PPI Motorsports (PPIM) announced it has entered into a multi-year associate sponsorship agreement with Parsippany, N.J.-based Super 8® Motels, Inc., in support of PPIM's McDonald's Racing program. The sponsorship begins this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway, where Super 8 logos will appear on the #96 Ronald McDonald Ford driven by Andy Houston in the UAW-GM Quality 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race(PPI PR)(10-3-2000)

  • Talladega Testing: NASCAR's announcement of rule changes at Talladega Superspeedway means more testing time for some Winston Cup Series teams. On Monday, a few Winston Cup teams took advantage of cooler temperatures and blue skies as the 32nd running of the Winston 500 gets closer. Mike Wallace was at Talladega Superspeedway testing for the Ultra Motorsports #7 team and Michael Waltrip. Jeff Gordon and the #24 Hendrick Motorsports team and Dick Trickle with Bessey Motorsports' #60 crew were also at Talladega Superspeedway. All three teams will be back on Tuesday to conclude the test session as teams prepare for the Ricochet Qualifying Day and the Winston 500(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(10-3-2000)

  • #7 Driver News - Little?: Leading the list of candidates for the #7 Ultra Motorsports team is Chad Little, who was informed of his release from Roush Racing's #97 in mid-summer, but will race the John Deere Ford one last time at Talladega. Team owners Jim Smith has also talked with Ron Hornaday and Rich Bickle about driving for him next year(Sporting News)(10-3-2000)

  • Two Labontes: Terry Labonte has entered two cars in Saturday's BGN race at Lowes Motor Speedway - the #44 Chevrolet driven by his son, Justin, and the #04 Chevrolet, which Terry is scheduled to drive. Justin Labonte is also entered in Wednesday night's ARCA race(That's Racin')(10-3-2000)

  • Fox Promos: Jeremy Mayfield, Michael Waltrip, Kyle Petty, John Andretti and Sterling Marlin will be the leaders when FOX Sports officially begins promoting its NASCAR involvement for the 2001 season in two weeks. The World Series will mark the first time the international promotional spots have been used. The spots will begin during the World Series and continue throughout the NFL season and up to the beginning of the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup season. All five drivers are clients of Williams Company of America, Inc., a Mooresville-based motorsports marketing and public relations agency. FOX will televise almost every NASCAR Winston Cup event during the first half of the 2001 season as part of a new international television package with NASCAR. Mayfield and Kyle Petty met with FOX Sports President Ed Goren when the spots were filmed. Estimates were as much as 100,000,000 impressions for each driver used in the international promotion, a record for anything done with NASCAR competitors(Williams Company PR)(10-3-2000)

  • Sad News: NASCAR driver Dwight Wrich died of injuries suffered in a weekend crash at the Crawford County Speedway in Denison, Iowa. Wrich, 38, of Omaha, Neb., died around 9 p.m. Sunday at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. Wrich was injured when his car went out of control, flipped five times and caught fire Saturday night during the O'Reilly Auto Parts Hawkeye 100.(St Louis Post Dispatch)(10-3-2000)


    (10-2-2000)
  • More Dodge Testing: Dodge will be testing the Dodge Intrepid at Kentucky Speedway Oct 3-4, 2000. Ray Evernham will have drivers Casey Atwood, and Buckshot Jones testing(Kentucky Speedway PR)(10-2-2000)

  • Houston to attempt Lowes and others: Andy Houston will drive the #96 Ronald McDonald Ford for PPI Motorsports in four of the six remaining Cup races, beginning with this weekend's at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Houston, who was named driver the #96 PPI Motorsports Ford in August for the 2001 season,, will also drive the car at Rockingham, Phoenix and Homestead. Houston tested the PPI Motorsports Winston Cup car at Lowe's Motor Speedway and at Phoenix International Raceway. The team has scheduled upcoming test sessions at Rockingham, Homestead, Watkins Glen, Darlington and Talladega. Joe Garone, general manager of PPI Motorsports and Pat Smith, crew chief, will oversee team operations for Houston's four Winston Cup races.(PPI PR)(10-2-2000)

  • Buckshot to run Atlanta: Buckshot Jones, who will drive full-time in the Winston Cup Series next year for Petty Enterprises(#44 Dodge), will attempt to qualify for the Cup race at Atlanta in a Chevy fielded by Buckshot Racing. Jones had also planned on running at Talladega, but scratched the idea when Hendrick Motorsports couldn't promise to have a restrictor-plate engine built in time for Jones to practice with. Hendrick became backed up in its lease engine program because of the last-minute requirements for plate engines at New Hampshire. Team owner Billy Jones is focusing on finding a replacement for his son in the Busch Series next year. He said he has talked to two drivers, and three others have contacted him. The team needs to find a sponsor to replace Cheez-It in order to keep running(Atlanta Journal Constitution)(10-2-2000)

  • Petty to Honored: The late Adam Petty will be remembered by fellow NASCAR drivers Lyndon Amick and Ken Schrader in Wednesday night's ARCA race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The #99 ARCA entry, owned by Schrader and driven by Amick, will carry special decals in memory of Petty, the 19 year-old driver who lost his life in a racing accident in May at New Hampshire International Speedway. Amick says the tribute is meant to not only honor Petty's memory, but also to commemorate Petty winning in his very first ARCA start, which came at Lowe's Motor Speedway just over two years ago(That's Racin')(10-2-2000)

  • More on the Gordon Appeal UPDATE: (See more on the story below) - #24 Team owner Rick Hendrick, who had lawyers help prepare the Gordon appeal, said he was considering appealing the issue to Charles D. Strang, NASCAR's national commissioner, a post used by NASCAR as the final arbitrator. Strang is a rarely seen figure in the NASCAR garage. He is in his late 70s and was the lead engineer for Carl Kiekhaefer in the 1950s, when Kiekhaefer's Mercurys(actually it was Chryslers, not Mercury's) were dominant on the NASCAR tour. He then spent 30 years running the Outboard Marine Corporation until retiring in 1996. Strang was given the post after the 1998 death of Bunky Knudsen, a well-known Detroit executive in the early years of NASCAR but who during his reign was almost never seen, although he did render verdicts(PitNow) AND from the Hendrick Motorsports Site and owner Rick Hendrick: "We are disappointed in the decision concerning our appeal. We felt we presented a strong case that NASCAR clearly indicated to us and other GM teams that there was no issue with the use of magnesium in intake manifolds. Unfortunately, the NASCAR rulebook is very vague concerning what constitutes an approval and we feel that there needs to be some clarification of this to prevent these types of situations from occurring in the future. As we’ve said before, use of the part in question did not give us a competitive advantage and should in no way detract from the team’s victory at Richmond. There is one further step in the appeals process and we are trying to make a decision concerning any future action at this time"(9-30-2000)
    UPDATE: Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick said Monday that he will make no further appeal of NASCAR's penalty imposed on Jeff Gordon's team following Gordon's win in the Sept. 9 race at Richmond(That's Racin')(10-2-2000)

  • Craven to run BGN at Lowes: David Ridling, team owner for Emerald Performance Group, has made a decision to place Ricky Craven in the #19 Yellow Freight/Pameco Chevy at Lowe's Motor Speedway in the BGN race. Ridling has also purchased one of Craven's Busch cars and a PCCW motor for this weekend's event(Emerald Performance Group PR)(10-2-2000)

  • No Ford for the #7 in 2000 UPDATE Bodine/Brewer?: Ultra Motorsports has decided not to proceed with plans to change manufacturers before the conclusion of the season. The team, which fields the #7 Chevys for Michael Waltrip, had planned to change to Fords beginning with the Oct. 15 Winston 500 at Talladega and has already built four Fords to make the change. The combination of a driver change - current driver Michael Waltrip is moving to DEI next season - and new rules for the Talladega race made it necessary to make the manufacturer change at the start of the 2001 season(That's Racin')
    UPDATE: Ford officials say they expect (#7)car owner Jim Smith to be on the Ford team next season. While Smith's driver is up in the air, Tim Brewer, once one of the tour's top crew chiefs, could be coming back as general manager for the team. Geoffrey Bodine is one of the men under consideration for the ride; Bodine and Brewer have worked together several times over the years(PitNow)(10-2-2000)

  • Fans Push Stewart to Win: saw Stewart mention this in victory lane and in a story at The State: Tony Stewart would like to thank the fans for his win Sunday at Martinsville. One in particular. "Every time I'd go down that backstretch -- the grandstands are right up against the fence -- this guy . . . I don't know if he was an Earnhardt fan or not," Stewart said. "I just know he wasn't one of mine. Every time I'd go into the third turn, he'd make a gesture. Every time he did, I was more determined to win that race."(10-2-2000)

  • Huh? Dale Earnhardt Jr. denied speculation that he will let his father drive his car at Lowe's Motor Speedway near Charlotte in the next race as a last-ditch effort to win the Winston Cup championship. At Charlotte last May, Dale Jr. had a dominant Chevrolet --- winning The Winston all-star exhibition and dominating the Coca-Cola 600 before mechanical problems late in the race. "That's just rumors. . . . That would be a big slap in the face to the guys who work on his car, so he surely wouldn't want to do that," Dale Jr. said. "He has got a lot of confidence in his (team). There is no reason for him to throw everything away on some foolish move like that."(by switching cars, it is meant that Dale Sr would use a DEI car painted up in GM Goodwrench colors and have the #3 on it)(Atlanta Journal Constitution)(10-2-2000)

  • Less Qualifying? NASCAR officials are considering a change in the Winston Cup qualifying format for the 2001 season, scheduling pole runs for noon Saturday instead of Friday afternoon at many of the tracks. The change would be in part for television's benefit; Fox and NBC haven't shown any interest in Friday-afternoon pole runs, but a Saturday afternoon show would work as a lead-in to Busch events, the majority of which are expected to be carried on Fox's FX-cable, not the network itself(PitNow)(10-2-2000)

  • Martin BBBSA Update: Mark Martin's on-track performance in the Valvoline Ford, combined with contributions from Valvoline and NASCAR fans, has brought the current total raised for Big Brothers Big Sisters since 1999 to $534,878. Valvoline is donating $5,000 for every Winston Cup race Martin wins, $2,500 for each pole, $1,000 for a top-five finish, and $20 per lap Martin leads in this "Caring Hands" program(Valvoline PR)(10-2-2000)

  • Mayfield has a bad day: Hut Stricklin replaced Jeremy Mayfield, who was overcome with exhaust fumes(he did NOT have the Flu), in the #12 Mobil One Ford with about 150 laps left. Overheating ended Stricklin's run after about 30 laps. It was the sixth consecutive race Mayfield's team has failed to finish(Roanoke Times)(10-2-2000)

  • Sad News: Leroy Dunphy, a 22-year-old race fan from West Virginia, was found dead Sunday morning in the campground at Martinsville Speedway. Speedway officials said Dunphy died of natural causes. According to a family member, Dunphy was a cancer patient. He was found early Sunday morning and he had slept outside his camper Saturday night(That's Racin')(10-2-2000)

  • Ward, three in a row: after going the first 25 Cup races in 2000 without an DNF (Did Not Finish), #22-Ward Burton has had three straight DNF's(see my DNF page)(10-2-2000)

  • Marlin Wins, Steadman: Steadman Marlin, 19 year old son of NASCAR Winston Cup driver Sterling Marlin and his cousin Tandy each won their respective 50 lap feature events in the final 2000 points race Saturday night at Nashville Speedway USA(Nashville Speedway Site)(10-2-2000)

  • NASCAR TV: NASCAR has purchased its own television production company for an undisclosed sum. The auto racing organization, in a partnership with Fox Sports, has purchased Street & Smith's Productions, a sister company of the Orlando Business Journal. While specific terms of the deal were not disclosed, the company will be renamed Nascar Images. All of the current staff will be retained and the company will continue to be run by President Tom Grabowski. Street & Smith President Whitney Shaw says Nascar's new television deal with Fox was key to the sale. That's because networks that ran shows produced by Street and Smith's Productions no longer held the rights to NASCAR -- and NASCAR wanted to produce its own programming under the new television deal(Orlando Business Journal)(10-2-2000)

  • Action Moving: Action Performance Companies Inc., a Phoenix-based business with 1999 sales of $340 million, will consolidate operations and relocate to Charlotte. The company opened a 125,000-square-foot facility on Performance Drive in Harrisburg two years ago. That location has room to add 100,000 square feet. NASCAR-related collectibles account for 70% of Action Performance sales. Top drivers such as Earnhardt, Gordon and defending Winston Cup champion Dale Jarrett also have ownership stakes in the seven-year-old publicly traded company(Charlotte Business Journal)(10-2-2000)


    (10-1-2000)
    see the Sep 25-Oct 1, 2000 Archived News


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