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PAST NEWS OCT 16-22, 2000

  • Ford Clinches: with Jarrett's win in the #88 Quality Care/Ford Credit Ford Taurus, Ford clinches the Manufacturers Championship. To see the rundown, see my Manufacturers Championship Points Standing page(10-22-2000)

  • Labonte needs 15th and...: If #18-Bobby Labonte finishes 15th in each of the remaining three races and leads a lap in one, or finishes two races 15th and one 14th, he will clinch the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Drivers Championship, regardless of any other driver's performance. How to figure this? #3-Dale Earnhardt is 2nd in drivers points with 4444 points. If he wins the final three races and leads the most laps, he would get 185 points a race(total 555) for a season ending total of 4999. Bobby Labonte has 4645 drivers points, so he would need to score 354 points to get 5000, an average of 118, a 15th place finish is worth 118 points. Labonte would tie Earnhardt in points in this scenario, but Earnhardt would win as he would have five wins to Labonte's four. So Labonte's 'Magic Number' is a 15th place finish and leading at least one race to get the five bonus points(Earnhardt presently has two wins, Labonte has four), or to make it simple, if Labonte finishes 14th or better, none of the above matters(10-22-2000)

  • Eel River Racing: Crew Chief/Part Owner Barry Dodson said he still is seeking a sponsor for his #27 Eel River Racing team next season. Dodson has signed driver Kenny Wallace and is considering starting a Busch Grand National or second Winston Cup team with Mike Bliss, the team's current driver(Times-Dispatch)(10-22-2000)

  • Petty News: Kyle Petty, CEO of Petty Enterprises, announced Saturday that he and wife, Pattie Huffman Petty are founding The Victory Junction Gang Camp. The camp will serve as a retreat for seriously ill children and will be in honor of their son, Adam Petty. The new Camp will be the seventh in the network of Hole In The Wall Gang Camps, founded for Kids by Paul Newman, joining Camps in Connecticut, Florida, New York, California, Ireland and France. The Camp will be located on property in Level Cross, North Carolina, donated by Richard and Lynda Petty. Other contributions include $50,000 from The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp Fund and $50,000 from The Winston Cup Racing Wives Auxiliary(Williams Company PR)(10-22-2000)

  • Oreo Car? hearing that Dale Earnhardt will run an Oreo(cookie) scheme in the Daytona BGN race(10-16-2000)
    UPDATE: hearing now it will be for the Bud Shootout, or actually the qualifying race since Earnhardt has not qualified for the Bud Shootout....yet, but has qualified for the Bud Shootout Qualifier, the race for fastest 2nd round qualifiers(10-22-2000)

  • BACE/Little Announcement UPDATE: Bace Motorsports will make an announcement concerning their plans for the 2001 NASCAR Busch Series season on Saturday, Oct 21st at 10:00am/et at North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, NC, hearing it'll be to announce Chad Little as their driver for 2001(10-18-2000)
    UPDATE: Bace Motorsports announced at Rockingham Saturday morning that Chad Little will drive the #74 Chevy starting in 2001. The multi-year deal includes the possibility of running some Winston Cup races(NOL), no sponsor mentioned(10-21-2000)

  • Another Sadler? hearing that Hermie Sadler, Elliott's older brother, will be testing the #60 Bessey Motorsports Chevy at Homestead on Oct 30-31 and if all goes well, he will supposedly drive the car in the Cup race and if all goes well in the race, he may be in line for the full time ride in 2001 as he supposedly has a sponsor to bring with him(10-21-2000)

  • Mast Out: During RPM 2Night on Friday, it was mentioned that Rick Mast has confirmed he will not return to the #14 AJ Foyt car, but he has something big in the works and says it may be one of the open rides or something no one has heard about...hmmm(10-21-2000)

  • Pit Crew Competition - #99 Wins: The Union 76/Rockingham World Pit Crew Competition is on Saturday October 21, 2000, 11:00am/et at North Carolina Speedway. Bobby Labonte and the Interstate Batteries Pontiac team took home the trophy and the bragging rights as being the fastest pit crew on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series circuit in last year's event(10-15-2000)
    What Happened in 1999? 1999 Pit Crew Competition Results from the 33rd annual Rockingham Pit Crew Competition at North Carolina Speedway on Oct 23rd, 1999 at That's Racin': Pit Crew Competition Results(10-26-1999/10-18-2000)
    UPDATE: a few stories on the Competition: Competition pits crew against crew by Jim Utter of That's Racin'(10-20-2000)
    UPDATE - #99 Wins Pit Competition and Results: Jeff Burton's #99 team completed the four-tire and gas pit stop in 18.355 seconds without any penalties, which also was a competition record to give the team its first Rockingham World Pit Crew Competition championship Saturday at Rockingham. #1-Steve Park's team completed its stop in 17.907 seconds, but was assessed a three-second penalty for one loose lug nut, which proved the difference in the final standings. #43-John Andretti's team finished with a stop in 18.614 seconds, while #88-Dale Jarrett's team was third (18.799 seconds). The defending champion of the event, Bobby Labonte's team, completed its stop in 18.368 seconds, but had one loose lug nut(That's Racin', results from That's Racin'; and SpeedVision). TNN will televise the competition on November 26th at 5:00pm/et(10-21-2000)

  • Wind Tunnel Stuff: Teams were reluctant to give numbers, but it appears the Chevrolets topped the field in the wind tunnel this week and the Fords were best in the engine horsepower tests. The Pontiacs, as usual, were in the middle(Times-Dispatch)(10-21-2000)

  • Hanging with Martin for a good cause: A couple from Wisconsin who donated $25,000 to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America are accompanying Mark Martin on a weeklong fantasy vacation. Mike and Liz Lewens of Shawano, Wis., came to Lowe's Motor Speedway on Tuesday, with Liz Lewens driving some laps on her own after Martin's tutelage and then rode some laps at race speeds with Martin. The couple will work as honorary pit crew members for Martin's team at Rockingham this weekend(That's Racin')(10-21-2000)

  • NASCAR License Plates: West Virginia's plan to allow motorists to purchase NASCAR-theme license plates was upheld Tuesday(Oct 3rd) when a judge ruled that royalty payments associated with the sales do not violate the state constitution. The ruling means the plates could go on sale shortly. (Charleston Gazette)(10-21-2000)

  • Phoenix Testing: Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman, spent two days at Phoenix International Raceway this past week working on qualifying setups in preparation for the upcoming Checker Auto Parts/Dura Lube 500 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race. Busch, who will bein the Cup series full time next season driving the #97 Roush Racing Ford Taurus. Busch is still unsure about 2001 sponsorship for the #97 Ford which currently carries the John Deere colors and he will have a special paint job for the Checker Auto Parts/Dura Lube 500. Busch made contact with the wall during the two-day test but was not injured. Ryan Newman will be driving #02 ALLTEL-sponsored cars for Penske Racing South next season in a variety of series, 4 ARCA races, 12 Busch races and 7 Winston Cup races; and then, hopefully, a full Cup season in 2002 with an eye on Rookie-of-the-Year honors. Newman ran a top 25 time compared with last year’s times(PIR PR)(10-21-2000)

  • PPI Assoc Sponsor: DP Technology, software developer of the ESPRIT CAM system, today recently their official sponsorship of PPI Motorsports. This new partnership through the 2002 NASCAR season enables PPIM to use ESPRIT's powerful CAM software in their race shop to machine parts for the company's NASCAR Winston Cup cars. Currently, PPIM fields the #96 Happy Meal Ford with Andy Houston and the #32 Tide Ford driven by veteran CART racer Scott Pruett(DP Technology PR)(10-21-2000)

  • #21 Crew Chief: Eddie and Len Wood will serve as co-crew chiefs for their #21 CITGO Ford driven by Elliott Sadler. The Woods released former crew chief Mike Beam earlier this week, and Beam has signed on with the #75 car driven by Wally Dallenbach as the Team Manager(AJC)(10-21-2000)

  • Interesting: The recent bombing of the USS Cole hit close to home for Langley Speedway executives Wayne Wyatt and Chuck Hall. They were part of the NASCAR/NHRA group that spent four days with the Navy in December 1996. The group included drag racer Jim Yates and NASCAR drivers Mike Wallace, Johnny Benson, Steve Grissom, Jimmy Hensley and Randy LaJoie, plus retired star Bobby Allison. They toured the USS Boise submarine and the USS Cole, then flew to Bermuda the next morning to ride in as the USS Enterprise led its battle group home from a six-month deployment in the Middle East(Daily Press)(10-20-2000)

  • Geoffrey Bodine at Homestead UPDATE 5: 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 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)

  • UPDATEE 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)
    UPDATE 5: Brett Bodine says he will field a 2nd car at Homestead for his brother Geoffrey and expects to have a sponsor for the car soon(Winston Cup Scene)(10-20-2000)

  • Skinner in a backup: #31-Mike Skinner was forced to move to a backup car after hitting the inside retaining wall on the back stretch at Rockingham during Friday's practice(That's Racin')(10-20-2000)

  • Health Screenings: Pfizer Pharmaceutical’s “Tune-Up for Life” unit will be on hand at North Carolina Speedway this weekend to offer free health screenings to men. The 50-foot mobile unit, which is staffed by health care professionals, tests for common medical conditions including high cholesterol, diabetes, and hypertension(Fayetteville Observer)(10-20-2000)

  • Hookie Car: Some Virginia Tech faithfuls are trying to make the best of a total loss by putting the wrecked remains of the schools' NASCAR entry on the electronic auction block. The school's brief association with NASCAR ended last month when Elliott Sadler's maroon and orange Hokie race car crashed last month at Richmond International Speedway(see Speed Magazine for more on the story)(10-20-2000)

  • Roper Decals: The Busch Series Ladies Association (BSLA) will coordinate the distribution of Tony Roper memorial decals to be placed on all cars competing in the NASCAR Busch Series' "Sam's Club 200" at North Carolina Speedway this weekend. The memorial decals will also be distributed to teams at the final NASCAR Craftsman Truck race held next weekend at California Speedway. The decals will not be made available to the public. The BSLA has also worked with North Carolina Speedway to incorporate a moment of silence as part of Saturday's pre-race ceremonies. This will allow teams and fans to honor Tony Roper and show support for his family and friends. On a separate note, the BSLA will distribute another decal to all Busch teams this weekend, this one offering "get-well wishes" to Tim Fedewa, driver of the #36 Stanley Chevrolet. Fedewa suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident Wednesday and is unable to compete in this weekend's event. Both sets of decals have been generously donated by The Decal Source (336) 574-3141. Both decals are located on the BSLA website at: (10-20-2000)

  • #21 and the USAF: The U.S. Air Force announced today it will advertise on the Wood Brothers Racing #21 Taurus, driven by Elliott Sadler and sponsored by Motorcraft Quality Parts, for the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup racing season. The Air Force continues to seek new advertising opportunities in its recruiting, retention and public awareness efforts. NASCAR is presently the fastest growing spectator sport in America, and the tie with the Air Force is natural. NASCAR has fast cars, drivers, crew chiefs and pit crews, all necessary for a winning team. The Air Force will recruit more than 34,000 young people in fiscal year 2001 and has a great need for recruits with mechanical and electrical skills. NASCAR races are where many of today's young people with those aptitudes spend their time(10-19-2000)

  • Rockingham not Martin's final BGN race: getting asked by many readers about a report on That's Racin' that Rockingham being Mark Martin's final BGN (Busch Series) race. The Homestead-Miami site is reporting (and as far as I know) that the BGN race at Homestead-Miami Speedway WILL be Martin's final BGN race, supposdly he will even have a special paint scheme there honoring the event. Homestead will also be Jeff Gordon's last planned BGN race(10-19-2000)

  • #85 Sponsor: Mansion Motorsports today announced that they are proud to have ST Wooten Corporation of Wilson, NC as their primary sponsor at Rockingham this weekend. ST Wooten is a multi-million dollar heavy highway construction company serving North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. ST Wooten specializes in grading and paving, building bridges, installing underground utilities, pouring concrete, manufacturing asphalt and ready-mix concrete(

  • Geoffrey News: Geoffrey Bodine will drive the #36 BGN car at Rockingham this weekend, for the whole story, see my BGN Site(10-19-2000)

  • Zoom...Bap! Look for John Madden to be part of the Fox Daytona 500 telecast in February. Madden, Fox's lead NFL analyst, said that as soon as Fox was awarded half of the Winston Cup package starting next year, he was asked by network officials to be involved in the telecast. Fox is expected to announce after the World Series that Mike Joy will anchor its NASCAR telecasts. Joy has called the last several Daytona 500s for CBS. Joining Joy on the Fox telecasts will be retiring driver Darrell Waltrip and crew chiefs Larry McReynolds and Jeff Hammond(That's Racin')(10-19-2000)

  • #50 News: The Midwest Transit team has operated all season without a major sponsor. It may have to do that again in 2001, but crew chief Greg Conner said that team owner Hal Hicks definitely will field a team. "If we don't get any sponsorship, Hal is going to continue to do it like did this year," Conner said. "We'll probably run 25 or 26 races. We want to run the first 10 to try to build up some points and give us a little safety net with provisionals. If we need to cut back at that point, then we'll do like we've done this year and look at the schedule and decide which tracks may be best for us to concentrate on. If Hal can get a million or two million from an associate sponsor, he'd run the whole season. He'd like a major sponsor, but if that doesn't work out, he just needs a little bit of help to run the whole year."(FoxSports)(10-19-2000)

  • Mayfield Award: Jeremy Mayfield, driver of the #12 Fords, has been named the third-quarter winner of the National Motorsports Press Association's Pocono Spirit Award. The award goes to the individual in NASCAR who perseveres and attains high accomplishment in the face of adversity, displays sportsmanship and contributes to motorsports. Mayfield was honored for his determination to succeed in a season that has included a series of dramatic ups and downs, including a penalty against his team after an April race at Talladega and an injuries from a crash at Indianapolis that kept Mayfield out of the car for the next race. Mayfield has won two poles since his return(That's Racin')(10-19-2000)

  • Pop Secret, no longer a secret: Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn officials announced today that Donna Miner of Milbank, South Dakota, is the grand prize winner of the Pop Secret "Guess Richard Petty's Favorite Paint Scheme" Sweepstakes. Miner will be Petty's guest this weekend at the Pop Secret 400 NASCAR Winston Cup race at North Carolina Speedway to watch John Andretti race Petty's favorite Pop Secret #43 Pontiac. As part of the grand prize, Miner is guaranteed to take home $25,000 this weekend, but could win additional cash based on Andretti's performance in the race. Fans were asked to enter the online sweepstakes at and guess which of three Pop Secret #43 Pontiacs was Richard Petty's favorite. Each car paid tribute to Petty's legendary career. Petty chose the "Butter Bomber" as his favorite, stating that it was a tough decision over the "Pop Rod," and "Kernel Cruiser." Miner's name was drawn from those who correctly guessed the "Butter Bomber" and was awarded the grand prize(IMG Motorsports PR). See an image of the winning car in my Paint Schemes Gallery(10-18-2000)

  • #90 Team News: the #90 The Hills Bros Coffee Team will be taking a brand new down-force car with a Hopkins chassis to Rockingham, the first new car for Donlavey Racing since 1998. It is a standard Hopkins chassis with a lot of down force. Hut Stricklin scored his only Winston Cup pole at Rockingham in the fall of 1995(Keystone Marketing)(10-18-2000)

  • Bud Can: Although fans will have to wait a few more weeks for him to return to PIR, Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s #8 Budweiser car already has been reunited with the track -- on a new 16-ounce Budweiser can, available nationwide through the end of the Cup season in November. Budweiser has produced the can as part of a four-can collector series commemorating Earnhardt Jr.'s Winston Cup rookie season. The PIR-themed can showcases the one-mile oval known as the Desert Jewel, along with an image of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Budweiser crew. Earnhardt Jr.'s signature and the words "2000 Winston Cup - Team Work" also appear on the can(Racing Milestones)(10-18-2000)

  • Waltrip to leave #7 early? UPDATE: It is likely that Michael Waltrip will leave the #7 Ultra Motorsports Team before the end of the season and race in a NAPA-sponsored(#15?), Dale Earnhardt Inc.-owned car in the final one or two races this year. Waltrip will move to that team full time next year. Geoffrey Bodine could wind up driving the #7 car in the races remaining after Waltrip's departure(That's Racin')(10-16-2000)
    UPDATE: According to sources at Ultra Motorsports, Michael Waltrip is expected to leave the #7 Nations Rent Chevrolet before the end of the season to begin his new stint as the third driver in the Dale Earnhardt Inc. stable. Waltrip could make his debut as early as Phoenix, but more likely will drive for DEI at Homestead. Last month, Earnhardt announced that Waltrip, 37, would drive the NAPA Monte Carlo in the Winston Cup series. Scott Eggleston, currently of SABCO Racing, will be named crew chief of that team. The team has designs on running the #15 on Waltrip's car. Mike Wallace, who drives the #2 Ford for Ultra Motorsports in the CTS will drive the #7 Monte Carlo for the remainder of the year. Wallace is also under consideration for the #7 seat in 2001, but has talked to other Winston Cup owners including Larry McClure(Sporting News)(10-18-2000)

  • Shelmerdine looking at Cup: Kirk Shelmerdine, a crew chief on four Winston Cup championship teams, a driver in the ARCA series now, is now trying to break into Winston Cup as a driver. He applied for the job as Jimmy Spencer's teammate on the Travis Carter team(#66 Ford, went to Todd Bodine), and he's been trying to wrangle a driving job with Roush(PitNow)(10-18-2000)

  • Stewart's crew member back: remember the nasty accident on pitroad at the Daytona 500, when #20 Tony Stewart hit one of his crewman? That was Mike Lingerfelt, and the good news is, he is back changing right-front tires for Stewart(PitNow)(10-18-2000)

  • Wallace Commercials: Rusty Wallace, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, completed shooting new TV commercials for sponsor Miller Brewing Company last week in Charlotte. He will be featured in four spots which will have prominent major network placement and are expected to air in rotation format with two spots per race broadcast in 2001(Speedway Illustrated)(10-18-2000)

  • Benson buys into a speedway: Whitecaps Racing Development, a newly-formed affiliate company of the West Michigan Whitecaps Professional Baseball Team (Class A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers), today announced the purchase of Berlin Raceway from the Mysliwiec family, which founded the track in 1951. The new ownership group also announced the addition Johnny Benson Jr. as an equity partner in the venture. Benson is the driver of the #10 Aaron's Rent Pontiac in the Winston Cup series and a Grand Rapids native. Benson flew from his home in Charlotte, North Carolina, to speak at the press conference, which was attended by more than 300 race fans, track employees, drivers and sponsors, and public officials. "It's a great track that deserves to be open for another 50 years," Benson said. "It's close to me because I have a lot of wins there and my dad does too. I just wanted to make sure that it's going to continue operating and be successful." The new ownership group also announced the return of ASA racing to the Berlin Raceway in 2001 on July 14(PR)(10-18-2000)

  • DEI Announcement UPDATE 2: there will be a 'special' announcement at Dale Earnhardt Inc(DEI) on Tuesday, Oct 17th at 9:30am/et(RP), have not heard what it is for sure, two rumor's I have heard: the third DEI team running one or two races this year(see Waltrip story below), the other is Dale Sr running an Oreo scheme in the Daytona BGN race, but it seems kind of early for an announcement concerning Daytona(10-16-2000)
    UPDATE: have heard noting official yet, but am hearing the announcement was that Dale 'Sr' and Dale Jr are going to run the 24 Hours of Daytona together and they unveiled the car, a Corvette that they are racing there
    UPDATE 2: Road racing veteran Andy Pilgrim has a couple of new teammates for the 2001 version of the Rolex 24 at Daytona – Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. The announcement was made today at DEI's shop on the Earnhardt farm south of Mooresville, N.C.(SpeedVision), see an image of the car at the Chevy Site(10-17-2000)

  • Hornaday and Foyt? UPDATE 3: hearing Ron Hornaday may join AJ Foyts team, either in an 2nd BGN car, a 2nd Cup car or taking the seat of the #14 Conseco Pontiac. The last option seems odd as it has been reported current #14 driver, Rick Mast, is supposedly close to signed up with Foyt for 2001 to drive the #14 Pontiac
    UPDATE: A.J. Foyt appears to have hired driver Ron Hornaday and crew chief Fred Graves to drive his #14 Conseco Pontiac next season. Word is the deal is done, with only contract formalities remaining(SpeedVision) and Rick Mast said he could not comment on the rumor that Ron Hornaday is joining the A.J. Foyt team next season. Mast joined the team in May and has worked to build the slow-starting operation. Crew chief Phillipe Lopez and several crew members followed Mast from the Larry Hedrick #41 team(Richmond Times Dispatch)(10-14-2000)
    UPDATE 2: hearing that Rick Mast has been told that he will not be asked back to the #14 Foyt team next year. Also hearing Ron Hornaday is in the process of signing a multi-year deal with Foyt. Mast is supposedly speaking with the #7 Ultra Motorsports team, but has not yet been approached by the #4 Morgan McClure team(10-15-2000)
    UPDATE 3: #14 Team owner A.J. Foyt will name Ron Hornaday as his new driver in NASCAR Winston Cup Series at the end of this season, according to sources. Foyt would not confirm the hiring of Hornaday(National Speed Sport News)(10-17-2000)(no where does it say Hornaday has signed with Foyt)

  • #21 Crew Changes UPDATE Beam to the #75: The #21 Wood Brothers team is in the process of making several personnel changes to their Cup team driven by Elliott Sadler, including the hiring of a new crew chief, which may occur as early as this week. Mike Beam, Sadler's crew chief November 1998, is expected to leave. Pat Tryson, the crew chief for #16-Kevin Lepage to replace Beam, sources said. The Wood Brothers and Lepage's car owner, Jack Roush, have a working partnership with Roush Racing producing car chassis for Sadler's team. The Wood Brothers has already hired Neil Perkins, a former crew chief in BGN and Late Model series, to help in weekly car preparation(That's Racin'). Hmm..wonder if this means the #16 team is history and Lepage has another gig set up, #4??(10-15-2000)
    UPDATE Beam to the #75: The #75 Galaxy Motorsports team with driver Wally Dallenbach Jr. announced the acquisition of veteran crew chief/mechanic Mike Beam. Beam has been named to the position of Team Manager and begins his duties starting today. According to team owner/president Darwin Oordt, Beam, 44, will oversee all competition-related issues while working closely with crew chief Newt Moore. The move is intended to provide one of the “missing performance ingredients” Oordt felt the team was lacking. Beam joins Galaxy after a two-season stint as crew chief with the Wood Brothers. His career began in 1981 at age 24 when he joined Petty Enterprises as a mechanic and was elevated to crew chief that same year. Since then Beam has served as crew chief in the Winston Cup Series for such noted teams as Bahari’ Racing (1988, ’89), Melling Racing (1990), Junior Johnson (1991-’95), Bill Elliott (1995-’98) and the Woods (1999 – 2000). Driver Dallenbach agrees the Beam acquisition should make Galaxy a consistent front runner in 2001. Galaxy in 2000 has run a consortium of three rotational primary sponsors consisting of Turner Broadcasting, RotoZip Power Tools and RedCell Batteries(Galaxy Motorsports PR) and The Wood Brothers Racing Team announced today that Mike Beam and the team have mutually agreed to part ways. Eddie Wood, co-car owner of the #21 CITGO Ford, stated, "We hope to have a new crew chief named within the next few weeks."(Cox Marketing)(10-17-2000)

  • #4 Announcement postponed UPDATE 7 add Wallace: have heard from quite a few sources that Jeremy Mayfield will drive the #4 Kodak Chevy is he can get out of his contract with Penske Racing LLC(which I hear he can't and won't)
    UPDATE: confliction of sources - also being told Kevin Lepage has the gig with the #4 and Ricky Craven was the hot rumor a week or so ago(10-12-2000)
    UPDATE 2: it was reported on RPM 2Night Friday that Mayfield, crew chief Peter Sospenzo, and sponsor Mobil One will stay with the #12 Penske Racing LLC team and honor their contracts which run thru 2002(10-13-2000)
    UPDATE 3 - #4 Driver Announcement MONDAY: #4 Kodak Owner, Larry McClure plans to announce his new driver Monday(Oct 16th). McClure has been linked to several competitors in the garage with Jeremy Mayfield, Kevin Lepage and Ricky Craven heading the list. Mayfield says he is staying put who says he hasn't spoken with either Roger Penske or Michael Kranefuss since Penske bought out Kranefuss earlier this week. Mayfield is under contract with the team and says he plans to remain next season(Richmond Times Dispatch)(10-14-2000)
    UPDATE 4: throw Rick Mast into the #4 Driver mix if he does not go back to AJ Foyt's #14 if Hornaday gets that ride and no two car team materializes
    UPDATE 5: hearing that Jeremy Mayfield has told #4 owner Larry McClure he is NOT interested in driving the #4 car, and that he has a contract for two more years with Roger Penske(10-15-2000)
    UPDATE 6: The anticipated announcement of a new driver for Morgan-McClure will not be made until a later date. It was thought to happen today, but will not materialize. "I am not ready to make an announcement about a new driver at this time," Larry McClure, team owner, stated. "We have not yet made a definite decision. I realize the importance of this announcement to the team, our sponsor and the media. "I cannot give an exact date on when a decision will be made. As soon as everything is in place, we will send out a release or hold a press conference."(Morgan-McClure PR)(10-16-2000)
    UPDATE 7: hearing Mike Wallace recently tested in the #4 Chevy and is another candidate for the drivers job there(10-17-2000)

  • Testing at Kentucky: hearing Hendrick Motorsports is at Kentucky Speedway testing the #5 Kelloggs Chevy and the #25 Chevy on October 17-18th. Hearing #20-Tony Stewart was there also(10-17-2000)

  • No Bull 5 Contest allowed in VA: Next season, state residents will be allowed to enter the Winston-brand "No Bull 5" million-dollar bonus contest. R.J. Reynolds had banned Virginians, believing state law prohibited them from entering the contest. After holding one of the bonus races at Richmond last season, company officials learned state residents were legally eligible. "The Virginia residents are eligible as long as they follow all applicable state laws, which, as we understand it, means that they will not be able to pick up an entry blank in stores in Virginia to enter," R.J. Reynolds spokesman Rick Sanders said. "They can pick those up in other states, and we also will have direct marketing programs they'll be allowed to enter at the track." No purchase is required. Fans can enter the contest and wait on a drawing that determines the five contestants. These winners are flown to one of the five selected races and paired with the five qualified drivers. If the driver wins, the contestant earns the million-dollar prize(Times-Dispatch) more info on the Racing Contest page(10-17-2000)

  • Sad News: not NASCAR but - Howell C. Jones III, from Sheldon, SC, was fatally injured during the Inaugural Southern Three Quarter Midget Nationals feature at the Hardeeville Motor Speedway on Saturday night. The 29-year-old Jones, passed away on early Sunday morning(PR)(10-17-2000)

  • Gill to stay: #4 Owner, Larry McClure said first-year crew chief Danny Gill will remain with the #4 Kodak Chevy team in 2001(Bristol Herald Courier)(10-17-2000)

  • Did ya Know? When Brett Bodine crossed the finish line in the Winston 500 at Talladega, he accomplished something he had not done in nearly two years. He finished on the lead lap. Bodine finished 26th on Sunday, the last car running on the lead lap - and finishing on the lead lap was something that had not happened to him since the season finale at Atlanta in 1998. That's a span of 57 races(CNN/SI)(10-17-2000)

  • Dodge Talladega Test UPDATE: One year into Dodge's Winston Cup project and everything is right on schedule. At least that's what Bob Wildberger, senior manager for Dodge's NASCAR operations, said Friday at Talladega Superspeedway. On-track testing, which began May 2, continues with all five teams recruited by Dodge scheduled to take part in tests on Talladega's 2.66-mile oval on Monday and Tuesday(Total Sports/AP) AND Ray Evernham, the lead developer of the Dodge Intrepid that will begin competition in the 2001 Daytona 500, said he is pleased with the durability of the Dodge engine. Engine parts were submitted to NASCAR for approval earlier this month and Dodge is still awaiting a decision(That's Racin')(10-14/16-2000) Dodge Test at Talladega: see the Press Release and Pictures: Dodge Marks One-Year Anniversary Of Winston Cup Launch With Inaugural Speedway Test At Talladega(10-16-2000)

  • Atlanta Testing: Winston Cup drivers Jeremy Mayfield and Todd Bodine and ARCA driver Shawna Robinson tested Monday at Atlanta Motor Speedway in preparation for the NAPA 500 weekend Nov. 17-19. Mayfield, who will race in the Winston Cup season-finale NAPA 500, turned a best lap 187.678mph in the #12-Mobil One Ford, which was the fastest lap of the day. The Winston Cup qualifying record is a 197.478, set in 1997 by Todd Bodine's older brother, Geoffrey. Todd Bodine, who was testing the #66 Haas/Carter Motorsports car driven by Darrell Waltrip, had a best lap 187.487mph. Robinson, who will run the ARCA finale Georgia Boot 400 this November, ran a top lap of 183.333mph. The ARCA qualifying record is 184.345 mph, set in Nov. 1998 by Bobby Hamilton Jr(actually it is 188.021 held by Derrick Gilchrist in the Andy Petree Racing Chevy)(AMS PR). ALSO have heard that Todd Bodine will drive a third Travis Carter Ford at Atlanta in the Winston Cup finale(10-16-2000)

  • Monster Truck Race UPDATE 3 Hamlin Status: Tony Stewart and Kevin Hamlin will race in the Monster Truck race at Talladega Superspeedway Saturday night along with Jimmy Spencer and Elliott Sadler. For more information see the Talladega Superspeedway site(10-11-2000)
    UPDATE: see how the Cup drivers did in their match races and some comments at the TSS Site: Bigfoot Wins, Tonka Takes Championship in ProMT Series At Talladega - NASCAR Winston Cup Drivers Mix It Up In Monster Trucks; and from the Anniston Star: Cup stars, Monster trucks put on good show(10-15-2000)
    UPDATE 2: Kevin Hamlin planned on running a Monster Truck in the Talladega infield Saturday night. What he didn’t plan on was having a wreck. Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt’s crew chief, suffered a compression fracture of the fifth vertebra in an incident. He was, however, on hand in a somewhat handicapped state to direct Earnhardt’s efforts from pit road Sunday(Gaston Gazette)
    UPDATE 3: After celebrating in a come from behind victory on Sunday, crew chief of the #3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus team and driver Dale Earnhardt, Kevin Hamlin made his gingerly way home Sunday night. Hamlin as reported on Sunday, suffered injuries while competing in a Monster Truck event at Talladega on Saturday night. Although experience discomforting he was still able to make the calls from the pits in Sunday's victory. On Monday, Hamlin visited Dr. Charles Branch, M.D., Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Dr. Branch diagnosed Hamlin with two compressed fractured vertebras, the 5th and 7th, and one fractured rib. Dr. Branch ordered Hamlin to get plenty of rest for the next 48 hours and to wear a brace to support his injuries. Hamlin will be at Rockingham this weekend and is expected to have a full recovery. Dr. Charles Branch is the same Doctor who performed surgery on Dale Earnhardt over the winter to repair a ruptured disc in the seven-time champion's spine(Champion Sports Group PR)(10-16-2000)

  • Chevron to buy Texaco: Chevron formally unveiled its plan to buy Texaco, the latest in a wave of controversial oil industry consolidation. The deal calls for Chevron to give 0.77 of its shares for every Texaco share. That totals about $35.35 billion for Texaco's 545 million shares. The companies said the combined company had an enterprise value of $100 bln. The transaction is expected to result in some 4,000 job cuts, reflecting seven percent of the combined companies' 57,000 workforce(Infobeat/AP). NOTE: No idea how or if this will effect the sponsorship of the #28 Robert Yates Racing(RYR) Ford and driver Ricky Rudd. RYR signed with Texaco thru 2004 last year(10-16-2000)

  • Lead Changes: The 49 lead changes among 21 drivers was and the most different leaders since Talladega in July 1986 (26) and the most lead changes since Talladega July 1989 (49)(NOL)(10-16-2000)

  • Dynos and Wind Tunnel: hearing that NASCAR put #33 Chevy(Nemechek, finished 3rd), #28-Ford(Rudd, 11th), and #20-Pontiac(Stewart, 27th) Ricky Rudd's on the chassis dyno after the Winston 500 at Talladega and will take all three to the Lockheed Wind Tunnel in Marietta, GA to test this week(10-16-2000)

    see the Oct 9-15, 2000 Archived News

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