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PAST NEWS OCT 9-15, 2000

  • HANS Device: have gotten a few question regarding the HANS Device, and if Tony Roper had one one, the answer is no, would it had saved his life, can't answer that. How many Cup drivers are wearing it? two - Brett Bodine and Scott Pruett in Cup, Jack Sprague in the CTS and ARCA Champ Frank Kimmel and driver Rich Woodland also wear one. More info? What is the HANS Device? See my HANS Device/Safety page for images and links(10-15-2000)

  • Bliss has Career Day: Mike Bliss recorded his best finish of his Winston Cup career with a 9th at Talladega, plus Bliss led a lap in Winston Cup competition for the first time in his career. Bliss was the highest finishing ROTY candidate(10-15-2000)

  • Waltrip Lap: After driver introductions before the race today, Darrell Waltrip took a lap around the 2.66 mile track at Talladega in the restored #95 Mercury he drove at Talladega in 1972 in celebration of his Victory Tour and in recognition of his first Winston Cup start at Talladega(TSS Site), also the same car won the 1967 Daytona 500 with Mario Andretti driving it when it was a Ford Fairlane, then re-skinned to became a Mercury. Waltrip owns the car(10-15-2000)

  • France Better: Bill France Jr., president of NASCAR, has won his race against cancer, according to Jim Hunter of Darlington Raceway. France announced last December he was fighting an undisclosed form of cancer. France also is battling a neuro-muscular disease. "He is doing better and visiting the office (in Daytona Beach), Everybody is greatly encouraged knowing that he's cancer free. He's doing the therapy to get his muscles back in shape." Hunter said(Atlanta Journal Constitution and St Petersburg Times)(10-15-2000)

  • #60 Done? Joe Bessey, owner of the #60 Power Team Chevy, said Saturday that his team may be finished. Two weeks ago, he had told me that a sponsorship was about to be signed, but the deal had fallen through. Bessey has told members of his team that the deal went from red-hot to luke warm and that they might want to look elsewhere for work. If no sponsorship can be found for next year, Bessey said that he probably would spend most of next year trying to put something together and return in 2002(Insider Racer)(10-15-2000)

  • #77 and Penske? UPDATE 2: Roger Penske is reported considering buying the Doug Bawal (#77) operation, possibly as a base for the new Ryan Newman team. Bawal's shop sites adjacent to Penske's in Mooresville. Ryan Pemberton, who runs the team for Bawal, says he's unaware of any possible sale pending(PitNow)(10-9-2000)
    UPDATE - Engines? hearing that the #77 Jasper Engines team has shut down their engine shop effective this week and will begin using Penske Motors(10-10-2000)
    UPDATE 2: Jasper Motorsports has closed its engine shop and will use Penske engines for the remainder of the 2000 season. Next season, the team will form a partnership with Penske and Pressley's team will run a newly designed engine produced by the collaborative effort. Pressley is in the third and final year of his contract and he and the team were working extending the contract(That's Racin')(10-14-2000)

  • More Plate News: hearing that the smaller restrictor plates during Happy Hour practice at Talladega Saturday. But with a twist, as there was some mix-ups in handing out the plates, so while most teams practiced with a 15/16ths plate, some practiced with a 7/8ths plate and a few with a 29/32nds plate. So there were some pretty upset teams in the garage once they realized what had happened. That's All I know at this point - AND from That's Racin': NASCAR swaps plates between practices, including - Five of the cars originally went out for the final practice with incorrectly sized plates, which had been grabbed by mistake from NASCAR's supply and handed out. Winston Cup series director Gary Nelson said the mistake was discovered and rectified within a few minutes(10-14-2000)

  • Failed Inspections: Inspections for Winston Cup cars was slow going Friday, as several teams failed to make it through prequalifying inspections on the first try. The teams of Dale Earnhardt, Jeremy Mayfield, Bobby Hamilton, Sterling Marlin, Blaise Alexander and Matt Kenseth had to make many alterations to their cars before they could make it through inspection and onto the track for practice. NASCAR inspectors also collected a group of unapproved fuel-cell containers, from the teams of Kevin Lepage, Michael Waltrip, Mike Skinner and Dale Jarrett(That's Racin')(10-14-2000)

  • Penske Does a Favor: ARCA driver, Bob Strait, who wrecked his primary and only car in final practice Friday at Talladega, is back in business complements of the Roger Penske Alltel Ford team who have loaned Ryan Newman's back-up Taurus. However, the Mokena, IL veteran will now have to forego his outside-pole starting position, and drop to the tail-end for the start of Saturday's Winn-Dixie 300. Catch all the action on ESPN2 Sunday, Oct 15 at 5:00pm/et(ARCA Racing Site), more ARCA news on my BGN Site(10-14-2000)

  • DW has Broken Rib but: Darrell Waltrip discovered this week he was more hurt than he had thought from an accident during last Saturday's Winston Cup Happy Hour practice session at Lowe's Motor Speedway. During the race, Waltrip got out of the #66 BigKmart Ford, saying he "didn't feel comfortable" and turned the driving duties over to Todd Bodine. On Tuesday, Waltrip visited a doctor and discovered he had a broken rib on his right side. Waltrip qualified his car Friday at Talladega and planned to go the distance in Sunday's Winston 500(That's Racin')(10-14-2000)

  • Home Depot Re-ups: Tony Stewart will be wearing orange and white for at least four more years. The Winston Cup driver has renegotiated his sponsorship deal with Home Depot for the 2001 season and has signed a three-year contract extension with the Atlanta-based company. Home Depot has been Stewart's primary sponsor since he joined the Winston Cup Series in 1999(Atlanta Journal Constitution)(10-13-2000)

  • #25 Sponsor? UPDATE: while Lowes is making the rumor rounds as the next sponsor of the #25 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy with driver Jerry Nadeau, hearing that Delphi Automotive may be the next sponsor for the #25 team(9-28-2000)
    UPDATE: hearing the #25 will have a co-primary sponsor with Delphi Automotive and UAW-GM as the sponsors(10-13-2000)

  • NASCAR and Coleman: Race fans in need of outdoor gear will be able to choose from several new NASCAR- and team driver-branded products starting with this weekend's race at Talladega. NASCAR and Wichita, Kan.-based Coleman Co. have signed a licensing agreement that allows Coleman to offer a line of specially designed products that include the NASCAR logo. Available this year are coolers, chairs, lanterns and sleeping bags(NASCAR PR)(10-13-2000)

  • Petty Ride: The dates for the 2001 Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America have been finalized. The motorcycle ride, which will be in its seventh year, will leave from Sacramento, Calif., June 24 and will end at the Petty Farm in Trinity, N.C. on July 1. Petty will race at Sears Point in Sonoma, Calif., then leave on the cross-country trip. The Winston Cup teams will have an off weekend the next week(Kyle Petty Ride Site)(10-13-2000)

  • PPI Crew Chief: After thorough evaluation and discussion, PPI Motorsports and Brad Parrott, crew chief for the #32 Tide Ford in Cup, have mutually agreed to part ways. Parrott has elected to pursue other opportunities outside of PPI Motorsports. PPI Motorsports has named Scott Houston, who served as the interim crew chief on the #32 Tide Ford this past weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway, to the position full-time effective today. Houston, 35, of Hickory, N.C., has worked as an engineering liaison for PPI Motorsports for the past year. In August, Houston also served as crew chief for PPIM's McDonald's Busch series effort with driver Chad Little at Michigan Speedway, where the team qualified 11th and finished 10th - their best Busch series performance to date. Brother to newly announced PPIM/McDonald's Winston Cup driver Andy Houston and son of legendary NASCAR Busch Series competitor Tommy Houston, Scott grew up working on stock cars and served as crew chief on his father's successful Busch series efforts for eleven years(PPI PR)(10-12-2000)

  • Gordon and Kranefuss? hearing there could be some sort of 'merger' between Robby Gordon's Team Gordon and former #12 team owner Michael Kranefuss. As for Kranefuss buying the #41 Hedrick Motorsports team, I hear it was only the building(10-12-2000)

  • Benson Announcement UPDATE 2: there will some sort of announcment by Johnny Benson at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Oct 11th(today)
    UPDATE: hearing the announcement will be a new paint scheme featuring the Aaron's 312 Busch Series race and will be on the car for the NAPA 500 only. The Aaron's 312 will be March 10, 2001 at Atlanta Motor Speedway
    UPDATE 2: Johnny Benson and his Aaron's Racing team announced Wednesday they would run a specially designed paint scheme for the season-ending NAPA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. For the Nov. 19 race only, Benson's #10 Pontiac will feature the splashy black and yellow logo of the Aaron's 312 Busch Series race, which will be held March 10, 2001, at Atlanta Motor Speedway(AMS)(see an image at the AMS Site)(10-11-2000)

  • Bickle in the #60: Rich Bickle will drive the #60 Power Team Chevy fielded by Bessey Motorsports at Talladega(Power Team Site)(10-11-2000)

  • Grissom Double Duty: Steve Grissom will drive Petty Enterprises’ #43 Dodge truck in the race Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway, then fly to Talladega, Ala., where he will drive the #44 Pontiac in Sunday’s Winston 500. Kyle Petty, formerly the driver of the #44, will qualify the car for Grissom at Talladega(Gaston Gazette)(10-11-2000)

  • #25 Penalty UPDATE: NASCAR officials announced today they have penalized NASCAR Winston Cup Series crew chief Tony Furr for rules violations discovered in inspection prior to last Sunday's UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C. Furr, crew chief of the No. 25 NASCAR Winston Cup Series team, was fined $2,000 and penalized under Section 12-4-Q in the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series rule book: "Any determination by NASCAR Officials that parts and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform... or have not been approved by NASCAR..."(NASCAR PR)
    UPDATE: more info about the fine/penalty and images at TachZone: Furr Fined $2,000 for Unapproved Fender Brace(10-11-2000)

  • #17 Penalty: NASCAR officials announced today they have penalized NASCAR Winston Cup Series crew chief Robbie Reiser for a trailing arm that was modified to be lighter than the specifications in the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series rule book discovered in preliminary inspections on Friday for the NAPA AutoCare 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 1, 2000 in Martinsville, Va. Reiser, crew chief of the No. 17 NASCAR Winston Cup Series team, was fined $5,000 for violations of Section 20-12-A in the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series rule book: "If an I-Beam style trailing arm is used, it must be constructed using two (2) C-channels of a minimum one (1) inch in width by three (3) inches in height magnetic steel with a minimum wall thickness of 1/8 inch... welded back to back, creating a vertical wall of two (2) 1/8 inch wall thicknesses..." Reiser was penalized under Section 12-4-Q: "Any determination by NASCAR Officials that parts and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform... or have not been approved by NASCAR."(NASCAR PR)(10-11-2000)

  • Long's Plans: hearing that Carl Long will drive the #32 truck at Texas and possibly at Fontana. Long's next Winston Cup race is planned at Rockingham(10-11-2000)

  • Atlanta Testing: Expected to test at Atlanta are #5-Terry Labonte and #10-Johnny Benson. Labonte is scheduled to test Oct. 10-11, and Benson is scheduled to test Oct. 11-12 in preparation for the Nov. 19 NAPA 500 season finale at Atlanta Motor Speedway. All three days will be open to the public from 10:00am to 4:30pm/et, for more info see the Atlanta Motor Speedway site(10-11-2000)

  • Talladega Extended Practice UPDATE: NASCAR may extend the final Happy Hour practice Saturday at Talladega to allow teams additional track time to work with new rules for the race, which NASCAR issued last month(see the Talladega Race Info page for info). NASCAR will evaluate the practice sessions on Friday and Saturday morning to determine whether to extend the Saturday afternoon session(That's Racin'). Also, supposedly teams will be allowed to practice on Thursday if they wish, a day earlier t hen normal(10-9-2000)
    UPDATE: from what I hear, there will be no extra practice session on Thursday to test the new Aero Rules at Talladega(10-11-2000)

  • Buddy Baker: Buddy Baker, who has been announcing TNN races since 1991, will remain with the network in 2001 as part of the team calling American Speed Association races. Baker will make his ASA debut on Feb. 17 at a race in St. Augustine, FL(Gaston Gazette and TNN)(10-11-2000)

  • #21 Scheme: Elliott Sadler's #21 CITGO Ford will sport the same paint scheme Neil Bonnett drove when he raced the Wood Brothers Ford Thunderbird in 1989 at Talladega. Bonnett won 9 races in the Wood Brothers owned Ford and was a part of the famous "Alabama Gang".(Cox Marketing) See an image of the car at my Paint Schemes Gallery(10-10-2000)

  • Alexander Readies for Cup debut: BGN regular (#81 TracFone/WCW Chevy) Blaise Alexander will make his NASCAR Winston Cup debut in the Oct. 15 Winston 500 at Talladega. The Montoursville, Pa.-native will pilot the #91 Ericsson Chevy fielded by LJ Racing/Team SABCO in the final restrictor-plate event on the 2000 Winston Cup schedule. Alexander is not the only newcomer in the Winston Cup garage from the Team SABCO camp. While the Winston 500 marks the first Cup appearance for Ericsson and BellSouth Mobility, neither company is a stranger to the NASCAR Busch Series nor Team SABCO. BellSouth Mobility and Ericsson currently are featured as the primary and associate sponsors, respectively, on the #01 Team SABCO Busch Series entry. Ericsson is extending that relationship via its primary sponsorship on the #91 Chevrolet in this weekend's 500-mile event with BellSouth Mobility as the associate sponsor. Alexander has set his goals for Sunday's race one step-at-a-time. Alexander already has logged several laps on the 2.66-mile superspeedway. He placed his #81 Chevy in the 20th starting spot in the April Touchstone Energy 300 Busch Series event and ran in the top 10 most of the day until he became involved in an accident. Ben Holm, Alexander's Busch Series crew chief, will call the shots for the Ericsson Chevrolet, while his crew turns the wrenches and pits the car during Sunday's event(SABCO PR)(10-10-2000)

  • #77 and Penske? UPDATE Engines: Roger Penske is reported considering buying the Doug Bawal (#77) operation, possibly as a base for the new Ryan Newman team. Bawal's shop sites adjacent to Penske's in Mooresville. Ryan Pemberton, who runs the team for Bawal, says he's unaware of any possible sale pending(PitNow)(10-9-2000)
    UPDATE - Engines? hearing that the #77 Jasper Engines team has shut down their engine shop effective this week and will begin using Penske Motors(10-10-2000)

  • #12 Rumors/News? UPDATE 2: hearing that #12 Mobil One owner, Michael Kranefuss is to sell the #12 team to Roger Penske, who owns the #2 Miller Lite Ford team. Also, Kranefuss is expected to purchase the #41 from Larry Hedrick and run Shawna Robinson with a possible Cup deal out of the Statesville, NC shop. One thing that makes this odd, is the #41 is a Chevy team, Kranefuss is a Ford guy. No word on if Mayfield stays of goes to one of the other teams looking for a driver (#'s 01, 4 or 7), seems to be something going on with the #12. Kranefuss was not in Charlotte for the race week and during the Ryan Newman announcement (#02 ALLTEL) there was NO mention of Mayfield being a teammate or Kranefuss
    UPDATE: Penske Performance South, Inc., the managing member of Penske-Kranefuss Racing, LLC, and Michael H. A. Kranefuss today announced the purchase of Kranefuss' 50 percent stake in Penske-Kranefuss Racing, LLC by Penske Performance South, Inc., effective immediately. The Team will now be known Penske Racing, LLC, and Walter P. Czarnecki, vice-chairman of Penske Performance South, Inc., has been elected president of the company. Jeremy Mayfield will continue as the driver of the Team's #12 Mobil 1 Ford Taurus, with Michael Kranefuss continuing as a member of the Team for the remainder of the NASCAR Winston Cup season(Williams Company)(10-9-2000)
    AND see related stories at the Sporting News: Source: Penske now sole owner of No. 12 Ford team and SpeedVision: Penske Buys Out Kranefuss and That's Racin': Penske buys out Kranefuss
    UPDATE 2: The Penske-Kranefuss Racing NASCAR Winston Cup team Monday night announced an ownership change, one that could lead to driver Jeremy Mayfield's departure from the operation at the end of the season. A Penske news release said Mayfield and Kranefuss will continue to be associated with the Mooresville, N.C.-based team through the end of this season. Mayfield is considered a candidate for at least two Winston Cup cars that will be vacant at the start of the 2001 season(Greenville News) BUT an NOL column reports: A spokesman for Mayfield said the driver had two years remaining on his contract with the team and he had "no plans to go anywhere."(10-10-2000)

  • DEI Crew chief and number? UPDATE: still hearing that the new NAPA Cup team with Michael Waltrip will be the #15 and also now hearing that SABCO/Ganassi Racing's Scott Eggleston, who is Sterling Marlin's crew chief(#40) may be the new crew chief of Waltrip's team with DEI(10-9-2000)
    UPDATE: Dale Earnhardt Inc. was expected to sign Scott Eggleston to a contract on Monday to be the new crew chief for the #15 car and driver Michael Waltrip next season. Eggleston, 38, is currently the crew chief for Sterling Marlin on the #40 car at Ganassi/Sabco Racing(Sporting News)(10-10-2000)

  • Lowes? The silence about what's going on with the Lowe's sponsorship of the #31 Chevys driven by Mike Skinner makes you believe that lawyers are involved. The best guess is that they're trying to work out some kind of settlement that will allow Lowe's to come off the car after paying car owner Richard Childress some sum of money(That's Racin')(10-10-2000)

  • Fox News: FOX Sports Net Annouces Extensive 2001 NASCAR Scehdule(10-10-2000)

  • NASCAR Online sold to Turner? UPDATE 2 Yes: NASCAR is expected to announce today that it will be selling the rights of its popular Web site NASCAR Online ( to a division of Turner Broadcasting. According to various sources, NASCAR has sold the rights of NASCAR Online to the Turner Interactive group for the next six years, beginning in 2001. Turner is owned by the Time-Warner Co., which is controlled by America Online. NASCAR Online is expected to have a major presence on AOL, the nation's leading Internet provider with more than 20 million subscribers. Currently, NASCAR is partnered with ESPN on the Internet, but when the new television deal starts in 2001, ESPN will only have the broadcast rights to the Craftsman Truck Series(Speed Magazine and SpeedVision)
    UPDATE: Turner Sports, NASCAR partner for Internet rights Turner Sports and NASCAR announced Tuesday that Turner Sports has acquired NASCAR's internet rights and will become the exclusive producers of NASCAR Online. See stories at NOL: urner, NASCAR partner for Internet rights and AOL, NASCAR announce marketing agreement
    UPDATE 2: from SpeedVision - NASCAR and Turner Sports Tuesday announced that Turner has acquired NASCAR's Internet rights and will become producer of NASCAR Online, NASCAR's official web site, beginning Jan. 1. In a separate announcement, America Online and NASCAR have agreed to a partnership for mutual promotion and marketing. AOL and its affiliates will plug NASCAR and NASCAR Online, while NASCAR will offer AOL an increased presence in several areas. Further in the same story the follow is mentioned and quoted: "We've got to be true to the journalistic mission of the company; we dont make stuff up. That's something Brian(France) and his group recognize is important to NASCAR fans." Turner president Mark Lazarus took what sounded like a sideswipe at other news and rumor sites, such as, the Drudge Report of NASCAR. "There's a cottage industry out there that takes advantage of this and fragments the audience, which we can now bring to NASCAR Online," he said. And..."News and the delivery of news will continue as it always has, on the Internet or other forms of news, there are exclusivities we will have, but Internet sites will cover NASCAR and other sports as they always have."(SpeedVision), hmmm...interesting(10-10-2000)

  • #88 Coverup UPDATE: on RPM2 Night it was shown and mentioned that after the #88 wrecked that the team covered the car up even though they were working on it at the same time. As Benny Parsons said, I have no idea why they did that or what the reason was
    UPDATE: the reason as explained to me - The people working on the #88 were not crew members but the television technicians removing the in-car cameras. The crew had already covered the car to be transported to the shop, so the techs just crawled under the cover got the cameras and the car was then sent home(10-10-2000)

  • #66's Future: Todd Bodine replaced Darrell Waltrip in the #66 BigKmart Ford, early in the race at Lowes Motor Speedway as DW suffered a shoulder injury in his crash in Saturday's Happy Hour practice and decided against driving Sunday. DW had a few problems in Happy Hour, first a oil fitting was accidentially left loose and then a shock bolt was not tightened and caused DW to hit the wall and go to a backup car. Bodine will take Waltrip's seat next year with Waltrip retiring, got a chance to get familiar with the car and crew a bit(10-9-2000)

  • Gibbs Hot Streak: the Joe Gibbs Racing team has a nice streak going, three Cup wins in a row, Stewart at Dover and Martinsville, and Labonte at Lowes. Plus the team has won four out of the last six counting Labonte's win at Darlington(10-9-2000)

  • #32 Crew Chief for Lowes UPDATE 3 Parrott?: crew cheif of the #32 Tide PPI Motorsports Ford, Brad Parrott, is taking the week off with Scott Houston handling the crew chief duties for driver Scott Pruett. Explanation: PPI Motorsports is trying to resolve some management issues and improve the management structure of the team(RPM 2Night)(10-4-2000)
    UPDATE: Crew chief Brad Parrott, three months on the job with car owner Cal Wells and Scott Pruett, is sitting out a few days, for unexplained reasons. ''I hope Brad will be back Monday, we just need some time to sit down and talk,'' Wells said(PitNow)(10-5-2000)
    UPDATE 2: hearing that if Brad Parrott leaves the #32 Tide Ford/PPI Motorsports team, he may end up with the #75 Galaxy Motorsports team in some capacity(10-7-2000)
    UPDATE 3: Brad Parrott, after three months on the job as crew chief for car owner Cal Wells and driver Scott Pruett, is apparently moving on, possibly to the Wally Dallenbach-Darwin Oordt team, another Ford team that gets its engines and some technological help from Robert Yates. Parrott wouldn't confirm anything yesterday except to say he would be talking with Wells today(PitNow)
    UPDATE 3: hearing Parrott has cleaned out his office at PPI and will go back to Robert Yates Racing(10-9-2000)

    see the Oct 2-8, 2000 Archived News

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