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PAST NEWS OCT 23-29, 2000

  • #11 Scheme at Phoenix: hearing that Brett Bodine will be running a different paint scheme on the #11 Ralph's Supermarkets Ford at Phoenix. Instead of the car being all red, the front end and roof will be white with red sponsor decals on the hood - red and black numbers on the roof AND from The #11 Ralphs Ford will showcase a new paint scheme for Phoenix. "This is one of our Ralphs' "host" races where they entertain their guests and we wanted to have something a little different."(10-28-2000)

  • AMS to use Talladega rules? UPDATE No: Ed Clark, president and general manager at Atlanta Motor Speedway, has contacted Mike Helton and Gary Nelson to consider a rules package change implementing the roof deflector and front valence and rear spoiler package used at the Winston 500 in Talledega for the NAPA 500. This change would not include the restrictor plates that were used at Talledega. Clark said he believed the use of the Talladega rules could spur interest - and ticket sales - for his season-ending race.(That's Racin')(10-23-2000)
    UPDATE: NASCAR officials on Friday declined Atlanta Motor Speedway president Ed Clark's proposal that the Winston Cup series use aerodynamic rules similar to those run at Talladega Superspeedway for the Nov. 19 season finale at Atlanta(That's Racin'/SpeedVision)(10-28-2000)

  • Tolsma Cup Debut UPDATE 2: CTS driver Randy Tolsma will compete in the Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in a Team Rensi Motorsports Chevy. Tolsma will drive the Team Rensi NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series truck in 2001(NOL)(10-21-2000)
    UPDATE: Tolsma will drive the #61 E-Link Pontiac(not Chevy) at Homestead. Tolsma will be driving the same Pontiac that Ernie Irvan drove to back-to-back Bud Poles at Indy which Team Rensi recently purchased from MB2 Motorsports(#36)(NOL)(10-23-2000)
    UPDATE 2: hearing from a few sources that the car was totally in the accident at Homestead and Tolsma will not run at Homestead(10-28-2000)

  • Joe Gibbs Racing Changes? UPDATE no: PitNow(link no longer good) reported that if Bobby Labonte wins the Winston Cup Championship, team owner Joe Gibbs may move his crew chief, Jimmy Makar to a Team Manager role, move Tony's Stewart's crew chief, Greg Zipadelli over to Labonte's #18 Interstate Batteries team and hire a new crew chief for Stewart's #20 Home Depot team, one name mentioned in the article is the #55 APR crew chief Jimmy Elledge(PitNow)(9-15-2000)
    UPDATE: As Labonte's lead has grown, the talk about Jimmy Makar's desire to move up to team manager or general manager of the Gibbs team have become a constant hum. "I've got a great relationship with Bobby and I still really enjoy what I'm doing, or else I'd be thinking about changing a little bit right now," said Makar. "I still see quite a few years ahead of me being Bobby's crew chief," Makar said. Down the road, in perhaps in the next five years, Makar will consider making a change.(AP/Tennessean)(10-28-2000)

  • Mayfield to Leave #12? still hearing a ton of rumors that Jermey Mayfield will leave the #12 Mobil One Penske Racing LLC team and go to the #4 Kodak Morgan-McClure team but was leaving it alone since there were also so many stoires out there with quotes from Mayfield saying he is staying, but today on the CBS Sprotsline site there is a story: He won't admit it, but Mayfield ready to jump ship by Jeff Owens, in which it says: Mayfield and McClure are working on a deal, and if their lawyers can work through the legal gobbly-gook, Mayfield may just stun the NASCAR world by walking away from Penske and Rusty Wallace and joining a team that is currently 31st in points(CBS). If this happens, it may be the big surprise with Rick Mast going to the #12, and the Winston Cup Scene mentions Mast, Kenny Wallace and Robby Gordon as possible drivers for the #12(10-27-2000)

  • Vasser in Cup? UPDATE 3 his if he wants it: Ganassi CART driver, Jimmy Vasser is slated to test for Ganassi's NASCAR team next Friday(Oct 6th). Vasser also won Sunday's CART race in Houston(SpeedVision)
    UPDATE: Vasser said he will test Friday in Lakeland, Fla., with Ganassi's Winston Cup team, the former Sabco Racing. The team has an opening because of the death of Kenny Irwin at New Hampshire International Speedway this summer(Dallas Morning News)(10-2-2000)
    UPDATE 2: hearing Vasser tested #01 Ganassi Racing Chevy at Lakeland and did fine, no accidents and may test at Las Vegas in the next few weeks(10-7-2000)
    UPDATE: Jimmy Vasser might yet wind up driving for Chip Ganassi next season. "I'm hoping he'll drive our Winston Cup car next year," says Ganassi, who has bought controlling interest in a NASCAR team. "The job's his if he wants it." Vasser's comments: "It's a little strange that he doesn't think I can do the job in CART, where I won a championship and am going to finish in the top three (in the points standings) four years out of five, and now he wants me to drive in NASCAR where I'd be a rookie," Vasser says. One thing Vasser says he won't do is contact Scott Pruett or Robby Gordon, who have struggled this year after making the jump from CART to NASCAR(more at the USA Today)(10-26-2000)
    AND a larger story today at the USA Today: Now Ganassi wants Vasser(10-27-2000)

  • Bliss looking BGN or Cup: Mike Bliss, driver of the #27 Eel River Racing Pontiac, is looking for a Winston Cup ride for 2001. He's being replaced by Kenny Wallace at Eel River Racing and hasn't found a job for next year. Bliss came to Winston Cup from the Craftsman Truck Series(CTS) and could return there or go to the Busch Series. "It(CTS #60) was an option as of last Monday, but I turned it down," Bliss said. "I'd like to stay here(CUP). I'd like to stay here and pick up another ride. But there is some Busch stuff that is starting to open up, and I'd do that and get some more experience on these race tracks. It's the race tracks that I need to run."(Total Sports)(10-27-2000)

  • Andretti and USAC: John Andretti and USAC legend Rollie Helmling are back together this week - but this time it's in Memphis, Tenn. Andretti and Helmling are fielding a car in Sunday's USAC Coors Light Silver Bullet Series race. Bud Kaeding of Campbell, California will drive for the CARQUEST team, fielded by Andretti-Helmling Automotive Corporation of Indianapolis, Indiana. The 20-year-old is the son of California sprint car legend Bret Kaeding. Kaeding is the defending USAC Western States Sprint Car champion and is the leading rookie in this season's USAC National Sprint Series, where he is seventh in points. He has already notched a second-place finish in the Silver Bullet Series, that coming at Springfield, IL, in August in our car. Helmling is a long-time USAC Open Wheel owner, who fielded cars for Andretti 1984-1986 in the USAC Midget Division. Helmling has also fielded cars for fellow Winston Cup drivers like Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Ken Schrader(Williams Co)(10-27-2000)

  • First Cars at Chicago: Cup driver John Andretti drove the #19 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T and IRL driver Scott Sharp in the #8 Delphi Automotive Systems IRL car turned the first laps on the 1.5 mile oval at Chicagoland Speedway on Wednesday, Oct 26th(MotorsportsTV)(10-26-2000)
    AND see a story at SpeedVision: Joliet Track Announces Marketing Partners by Ben Blake, along with an image of the two cars(10-27-2000)

  • Berggren Nominated: Motorsports and NASCAR Broadcaster and Publisher/Editor, Speedway Illustrated magazine's executive editor, Dick Berggren, has been nominated to the Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa. Berggren was a very good sprint car driver in his time, but most recognize he has been the leading journalist in both the sprint car and stock car fields ever since(Speedway Illustrated)(10-27-2000)

  • Pfizer Men's Health Tune-up for Life: Mark Martin's J-Mar Express and Pfizer Inc are partnering to bring the Pfizer Men's Health Tune-up for Life program to Searcy, Arkansas. The Pfizer Men's Health Tune-up for Life program's 50-foot state-of-the-art mobile screening unit is staffed with healthcare professionals and offers screening for a variety of common disorders including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and elevated blood sugar. The goal of Pfizer Men's Health Tune-up for Life is to help raise awareness about men's health and the importance of seeking routine medical exams. The Pfizer Men's Health Tune-up for Life mobile screening unit will be at J-Mar, 731 Taylor Road, on Monday, October 30 and will be open for the public from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to basic health screenings, the trailer also provides take-away information about various health disorders and Pfizer products. Women are also welcome to come for screenings(J-Mar Express Newsletter)(10-27-2000)

  • Rudd Special Paint? UPDATE: hearing Ricky Rudd will run a few special paint schemes on the #28 Texaco Ford in early 2001, not known yet what they will be or promote, hearing it may be to promote Texaco's 100th birthday(10-25-2000)
    UPDATE: Rudd will be running a special scheme for the Bud Shootout and at Texas related to the 100th anniversary, have not seen the schemes or had them described(10-26-2000)

  • Bodine gets Yates Engines: Brett Bodine has landed an engine deal with Robert Yates Racing for next season. Bodine will use Yates' Ford engines instead of the Ernie Elliott motors he raced this season. Elliott will build Dodge engines next season. Bodine, meanwhile, is still trying to put together a sponsorship package that would allow older brother Geoffrey to race one of Brett's cars during the final two races of the season and could possibly lead to a two-car Bodine operation next year. Before signing the deal with Yates, Bodine considered a possible switch to Dodge so he could continue his relationship with Elliott(Winston Cup Scene)(10-26-2000)

  • Add Bickle to the #7 driver mix: With Ron Hornaday set to replace Rick Mast at A.J. Foyt Racing, Rich Bickle has joined the list of candidates Ultra Motorsports has presented to sponsor NationsRent. At one point believed to be the top candidate to replace Michael Waltrip at Ultra Motorsports, Hornaday is set to join Foyt's operation in 2001. Hornaday is keeping mum, but admits something should be announced shortly. Ultra Motorsports presented Robby Gordon, Mike Wallace and Bickle to NationsRent. Crew chief Bobby Kennedy said the team expects to hear the sponsor's preference the week of Oct. 23.(Winston Cup Scene)(10-26-2000)

  • Mikey at Homestead? hearing that Michael Waltrip was testing a Dale Earnhardt Inc Chevy at Homestead this week. Waltrip is of course going to drive the #15? NAPA Auto Parts Chevy for DEI in 2001 and rumor has it that he MAY drive the last two Cup races(Homestead and Atlanta) of the season in the car. Waltrip presently drives the #7 Ultra Motorsports Chevy(10-26-2000)

  • Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductees: The New Inductees for the International Motorsports Hall of Fame Class of 2001 were announced Wednesday, October 25, 2000 in Birmingham. The choice was very tough: choose from a list of 23 potential candidates, great men who have taken their place in the hearts and minds of motorsports fans around the world. Here are the four men who will form the Class of 2001...Neil Bonnett; Jimmy Bryan; Mike Hailwood; and Fred Offenhauser(Hall of Fame Site)(10-26-2000)

  • Hillin selling, looking to drive: Bobby Hillin is putting his BGN team on auction. His inventory of cars, engines, parts, shop and pit equipment will be auctioned Oct 30th at 9:00am/et at Hillin's shop. A preview is set for Oct 29th from 1:00 - 4:00pm/et. The Hillin's shop is located within the Stavola Brothers complex on Highway 49 just north of Harrisburg, NC. For more information, call auction sale manager R.A. Benson at (309) 343-6464.(Winston Cup Scene and Hillin Racing). Hillin is focusing on pursuing a ride in either Cup or BGN(10-26-2000)

  • Homestead Testing UPDATE 4: Homestead-Miami Speedway will be holding a test session for several of the top NASCAR Winston Cup Series teams on Tuesday/Wednesday, October 24-25. Some drivers that will test include: #26-Jimmy Spencer, #20-Tony Stewart, #18-Bobby Labonte, #99-Jeff Burton, #24-Jeff Gordon, #5-Terry Labonte, #77-Robert Pressley, #10-Johnny Benson and others(HMS PR)(10-23-2000)
    UPDATE: Drivers testing Tuesday were: #24-Gordon, #5-Terry Labonte, #26-Jimmy Spencer, #31-Mike Skinner, #75-Wally Dallenbach, #77-Robert Pressley, #43-John Andretti, #19-Casey Atwood, #94-Bill Elliott, #88-Dale Jarrett, #28-Ricky Rudd, #97-Kurt Busch, #10-Johnny Benson, #40-Sterling Marlin, #01-Ted Musgrave, #61-Randy Tolsma, and #1-Steve Park. During the test session, Tolsma banged up his #61 Pontiac, which was purchased recently from MB2 Motorsports. Tolsma was uninjured(HMS PR), no word on speeds or how much damage was done to Tolma's car(10-24-2000)
    UPDATE 2: hearing the car was totalled, no idea of Homestead plans(10-25-2000)
    UPDATE 3: Drivers shaking down their Winston Cup machines on Wednesday at Homestead Miami Speedway included: #19-Casey Atwood, #97-Kurt Busch, #43-John Andretti, #14-Rick Mast, #99-Jeff Burton, #2-Rusty Wallace, #31-Mike Skinner, #01-Ted Musgrave, #40-Sterling Marlin, #5-Terry Labonte, #24-Jeff Gordon, #1-Steve Park, #77-Robert Pressley, #75-Wally Dallenbach, #18-Bobby Labonte, #20-Tony Stewart, #33-Joe Nemechek, #94-Bill Elliott, #26-Jimmy Spencer, #96-Andy Houston and #9-Stacy Compton. The only speed reported was Nemechek, who was fastest on Wednesay at 153.671mph. Track record is 155.597mph by David Green last year(first Cup race). Tuesday's fastest lap was run by #28-Ricky Rudd at 154.286mph(HMS PR)(10-25-2000)
    UPDATE 4: testing Thursday were - #9-Stacy Compton, #14-Rick Mast, #18-Bobby Labonte, #20-Tony Stewart, #33-Joe Nemechek and #32-Scott Pruett. No speeds reported(HMS PR)(10-26-2000)

  • PPI leaves CART: PPI Motorsports, who field the #32 Tide Ford and the #96 McDonalds Ford on the Cup circuit will leave the CART series at the end of the 2000 season. Lack of sponsorship for 2001 is the reason given(ESPN2's RPM2 Night) and Multiple team sources revealed Wednesday that Cal Wells III is closing the PPI Motorsports California shop, and disbanding both his Champ Car team and his off-road organization as soon as the season ends. Sources cited insufficient sponsorship, loss of team members to rival outfits and also the defection of driver Cristiano da Matta(SpeedVision)(10-26-2000)

  • Ultra Motorsports News: Veteran motorsports marketer, Paul Mecca, has been appointed to the newly created position of Director of Marketing at Ultra Motorsports, it was announced here today. The former Director of Racing for Exide Corporation will steer the marketing efforts related to Ultra Motorsports' NASCAR Winston Cup and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series programs, starting November 1(Exide PR)(10-26-2000)

  • Pressley Re-ups with the #77: As part of its continued successful effort to reach the upper echelon of the sport, Jasper Motorsports has signed Robert Pressley to continue the driving duties of the #77 Jasper Engines & Transmissions Ford into the 2001 season. Pressley, who has raced full-time in the series since 1995, will return for his fourth consecutive year with the team. In addition to maintaining the continuity of the team, which has had its most successful season to date in 2000, by maintaining the changes made prior to the season, the team hopes to welcome the addition of a new primary or major associate before the onset of the 2001 Winston Cup campaign. Jasper Engines & Transmissions, a Jasper, Ind. - based engine and transmission re-manufacturer has been the primary sponsor of the Jasper Motorsports team since 1994. Jasper originally joined the team, owned by co-owners Doug Bawel, Mark Harrah and Mark Wallace, as an associate sponsor in 1989. Jasper Engines & Transmissions will raise their financial commitment, but will consider a move to an associate position if a suitable partner company joins us for 2001 and beyond(in part from a Jasper Motorsports PR)(10-25-2000)

  • Bickle in the #60 at Phoenix: Rich Bickle will drive the #60 Power Team Chevrolet fielded by Bessey Motorsports in next weekend’s NASCAR Winston Cup event at the Phoenix International Raceway(Power Team Site)(10-25-2000)

  • Another Sadler? UPDATE: in the #60 at Homestead: 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(for 2001)(10-21-2000)
    UPDATE: Hermie Sadler, who came within one lap of winning the inaugural NASCAR BGN event at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, will have his chance in a NASCAR Winston Cup car at the track when he pilots the #60 Power Team Chevrolet for Bessey Motorsports in the Pennzoil 400 on November 12th. "Joe and I are both trying to secure sponsorship for next season. This races gives us the chance to audition my abilities and the abilities of this team," he said. "I sincerely appreciate the confidence and support from everyone at Power Team and Bessey Motorsports."(Power Team Site)(10-25-2000)

  • Pruett Scheme UPDATE: 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)
    UPDATE: A special paint scheme will be run on the #32 Tide Ford driven by Scott Pruett at Phoenix(not Homestead as previously reported). The signature design benefits Give Kids The World. Heather Mason, 13, of Berkeley, Ill., created the outer-space themed design featured on the Tide Ford. Heather’s paint scheme was the winning entry in the annual Tide race car coloring contest at Give Kids The World. Heather, who is battling an inoperable brain tumor, first visited the Give Kids The World village in 1997. Why Phoenix and not Homestead as was planned after Lowes? Heather will have the opportunity to see her grandfather, Chuck Castle, of Mesa, AZ for the first time in three years during her visit to Phoenix for race weekend. Castle retired to Mesa from the Chicago area five years ago(PPI Site). See an image of the car on my Paint Schemes Gallery(10-25-2000)

  • Hamilton tests? hearing Bobby Hamilton tested at Kentucky Speedway on Tuesday with his 2001 Cup team the #55 Square-D Chevy(not a Ford, Doh!) and the Andy Petree Race team(10-25-2000)

  • Gill to stay - UPDATE 2 - nope, he leaves the #4 - goes to APR: #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)
    UPDATE - #4 Crew Chief Leaves: Danny Gill, who joined Morgan-McClure Motorsports in July, has resigned as crew chief for the #4 Kodak MAX Film Chevy. The change is effective immediately. No interim crew chief will be announced at this time. Gill will be leaving to pursue other opportunities(Jayski: hearing the #55 team with Hamilton). Larry McClure, team owner, stated he will make a decision on who will take over the crew chief responsibilities for the remainder of the season at a later date(Morgan-McClure PR)(10-23-2000)
    UPDATE 2: Andy Petree Racing announced today it has named Danny Gill crew chief for driver Joe Nemechek and the #33 Oakwood Homes Racing team. Gill, 31, will take over for team owner and current crew chief Andy Petree. Gill will make his debut with the team at the Checker Auto Parts/Dura Lube 500 at Phoenix International Raceway next weekend. Owner Andy Petree has decided he needs to focus more on his owner role and have a less active role with the #33 team, Petree was handling the crew chief job and ownership(APR PR)(10-24-2000)

  • DEI Crew chief and number? UPDATE 2 #40 Crew Chief? 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)
    UPDATE 2: still hearing Scott Eggleston will be the crew chief of DEI's #15 Napa Chevy, who will replace him at Ganassi Racing/Sabco on the #40 car? Hearing it could be be Kevin Cram, who is part of Bill Elliott's crew chief by committee on the #94(10-24-2000)

  • #85: Carl Long made his 2nd Cup start in the #85 Mansion Motorsports Ford sponsored by ST Wooten at Rockingham and came away with his career best finish, a 32nd. For images and reports, see the Late Model site. Thought this would be an interesting post as it is about a team and driver most folks know little about(10-24-2000)

  • Less Commercials Again: Less than one month after TBS tested the idea during the Cup race at Lowes Motor Speedway, NBC has decided to provide its viewers continuous coverage of NASCAR events at Homestead. Beginning with the BGN race at Homestead-Miami Speedway and including the Cup race tghe following day, NBC will dedicate 25 percent of the screen to the race during commercials. Advertisers must first agree to adopt the format(St Petersburg Times)(10-24-2000)

  • Another Allison UPDATE: Robbie Allison, sone of the late Davey Allison and Liz Alliosn, has decided to try auto racing. Allison, 9, will run in the Bandolero series near his Nashville, TN home. Rising Star who published a just released book on his father Davey, Full Circle -- The Story of Davey Allison, will be an associate sponsor on Allison's car(Winston Cup Scene)(10-20-2000)
    UPDATE: Robbie Allison will launch his racing career at Galaxy/Twin Fountains Raceway in Shelbyville, TN when he competes in the Galaxy Jr. Racing League in the spring of 2001. The series which utilizes the Galaxy Motorsports manufactured 1/2 scale Cup car is powered by a New Generation Honda V2 engine. In addition to the new Jr. League, Galaxy will expand its popular larger scale Pro-Challenge Series with introduction of the Kawasaki 1100 powered Pro-Series Cup car, which is capable of exceeding speeds of 100mph. Besides manufacturing racecars the company is in the second phase of acquiring over 100 short tracks that will be converted into family-friendly race facilities. Galaxy Motorsports fields the #75 Cup car driven by Wally Dallenbach(Galaxy PR)(10-24-2000)

  • Mayfield at the World Series: Jeremy Mayfield, driver of the #12 Mobil 1 Taurus on NASCAR's Winston Cup Series, takes part in one of the world's most important sporting events Wednesday night. Mayfield will be guest of the Commissioner for Game Four of the World Series. The New York Mets will host the New York Yankees in that game. He leaves Wednesday afternoon for the game, returning after the game Wednesday night. It will mark the first time a NASCAR driver has been the guest of Major League Baseball at any post-season event(Williams Compamy)(10-24-2000)

  • NASCAR to LA: NASCAR is expanding again, this time opening an office in the Los Angeles area, while revamping its broadcasting department. Paul Brooks, who has worked closely with NASCAR president Bill France on several ground-breaking projects since 1993, has been promoted to the vice president of broadcasting. Bray Cary, who has served as vice president of broadcasting and technology for the past two years, will remain a vice president in the Charlotte office(Speed Magazine)(10-24-2000)

  • Pit Road Fire UPDATE: there was a scary incident on pit road at Rockingham when a gas can erupted into fire in #17 Matt Kenneth's DeWalt Tools team pit. The Gasman for the team, Rick Machinski, who also works in Roush's engine department was transported to a local hospital with 2nd degree burns to his neck and from inhaling the fire extinguisher fumes/chemicals. Two safety workers were also being looked at due to breathing in the fumes from the extinguisher. Great job by the safety workers and surrounding crews in handling the fire which was quickly put out. Also, from That's Racin'/AP: 3 Hurt when fire flares in pits. Firefighters Wayne Partin, Herman Andrews and Harold Andrews were released after being treated for minor burns at the infield medical center of North Carolina Speedway(AP), image of the fire at Speed Magazine(10-22-2000)
    UPDATE: It was reported on ESPN2's RPM 2Night that Machinski (no relation to Jayski) is home and doing ok, no scarring nut is on medication, good to hear(10-23-2000)

  • #9 Crew Chief? UPDATE 2 Official: hearing that Evernham Motorsports car chief, Chad Knaus is being considered for the crew chief job at the #9 Kodiak/Melling Racing Ford team and driver Stacy Compton. Melling Racing will be switching to Dodge in 2001 and to a new number, #92 and have worked closely with Evernham Motorsports(10-20-2000)
    UPDATE: Chad Knaus, who has served as Casey Atwood's crew chief in his two Winston Cup events this season for Evernham Motorsports, will take over as crew chief for Winston Cup rookie Stacy Compton. An official announcement of Knaus' move to the #9 Fords of Melling Racing is expected this week. Knaus has been working with Ray Evernham on the development of the Dodge Intrepid, which Melling will move to next season. Knaus also worked with Evernham when Evernham served as crew chief to three-time Winston Cup champion Jeff Gordon at Hendrick Motorsports(That's Racin')
    UPDATE 2: NASCAR Winston Cup team owner, Mark Melling, announced today the addition of Chad Knaus as Crew Chief for the #9 Kodiak team. Knaus joins Melling Racing after working at Evernham Motorsports as manager of the Dodge development program. Before that, he had been a Car Chief at Tyler Jet Motorsports in 1999, and Dale Earnhardt, Inc. in 1998. From 1993-97, he performed body and chassis construction for Hendrick Motorsports under Ray Evernham(Melling PR)(10-23-2000)

  • #21 Crew Changes UPDATE 2: 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)
    UPDATE 2: Pat Tryson, crew chief for Kevin Lepage(#16), will become the crew chief for the Wood Brothers and driver Elliott Sadler at the end of the season if not sooner, sources say. The Wood Brothers need a crew chief after Mike Beam 's departure last week. Brothers Len and Eddie Wood are sharing pit strategy duties on race day. Lepage drives for Roush Racing and the Wood Brothers have engines and some of their cars built by Roush Racing, so Tryson's move keeps him close to the organization(Roanoke Times)(10-23-2000)

  • Latford Retires: Bob Latford, a living constant in NASCAR racing's history, worked his final race in the press box Sunday at Rockingham. Latford has been working in motorsports media- and public-relations for 55 years. His first job was selling programs for the beach race at Daytona Beach in 1946 for NASCAR founder Bill France, the father of one of Latford's school classmates, Bill France Jr. Latford has worked in the PR offices at several tracks and has directed press box operations at many others over the years. He also helped devise the points system currently in use in NASCAR's top divisions. He also publishes a weekly newsletter, The Inside Line, and is considered one of the sport's leading historians(That's Racin')(10-23-2000)

  • Jarrett's Win helps out: Dale Jarrett's victory in the Pop Secret 400 at Rockingham results in another $10,000 donation from Ford Credit to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to help in its mission to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. Ford Credit, co-sponsor of the #88 Ford Taurus in NASCAR's Winston Cup Series, now has committed $97,500 to the Komen Foundation this year. Ford Credit has donated over $500,000 to the Komen Foundation based on Jarrett's on-track performance and end-of-season bonuses since 1998. Ford Credit gives the Komen Foundation $10,000 for each of Dale's wins, $5,000 for each pole, $7,500 for each second-place finish and $5,000 for each third-place finish over the course of the NASCAR season. In addition, Ford Credit is sponsoring a "Race Fans for a Cure*" booth at various NASCAR Winston Cup events and Ford Racing Fan Appreciation Days during the 2000 race season. "Race Fans for a Cure*" is an initiative designed to increase awareness of breast cancer and the importance of early detection, and to provide a way for race fans to support the Komen Foundation. "Race Fans for a Cure*" booths have raised $19,442.89 this year(Campbell & Co PR)(10-23-2000)

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