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PAST NEWS NOV 6-12, 2000

  • 3rd Gannassi Car at Atlanta? UPDATE: Chip Ganassi Racing is considering running a third team again at the season finale next weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The team is expected to allow BGN driver Blaise Alexander to once again attempt to make his Winston Cup debut. Alexander tried to make the field for the October race Talladega in a Ganassi-prepared Chevrolet, but failed to qualify(That's Racin'). NOTE: At Talladega the car was the #91 with Joe Falk of LJ Racing listed as the owner, not sure if this will once again be the case at Atlanta, if it does happen or if Ericcson will be the sponsor once again(11-11-2000)
    UPDATE: actually hear it won't be a Ganassi car but an old SABCO car fielded by LJ Racing (#91)(11-12-2000)

  • Carter Announcement UPDATE Official: Haas/Carter Motorsports has scheduled a press conference for Nov. 11 at Homestead to formerly announce Todd Bodine and Jimmy Spencer as its drivers for next year and that Kmart still has two years left on its contract(Winston Cup Scene)(11-9-2000)
    UPDATE: Todd Bodine was officially announced Saturday as next year's driver for the #66 BigKmart Fords owned by Travis Carter and Carl Haas. Bodine will drive for the team with which Darrell Waltrip is now completing his driving career. Larry Carter, the 66 team's crew chief, will stay on to work with Bodine. Kmart has two years left on its sponsorship deal with the Carter-Haas teams, but is looking at getting additional sponsors to pay part of the cost of that deal for those two years(That's Racin')(11-12-2000)

  • Petty News: Winston Cup Illustrated announced Saturday it has selected the Pettys as the magazine's Persons of the Year. And...Sprint PCS will sponsor Kyle Petty 's charity motorcycle ride. Next year's ride is the seventh annual cross-country trek(Roanoke Times)(11-12-2000)

  • New Rusty Sponsor: Amtrak, the nation's passenger train service, is making its first venture into NASCAR as an associate sponsor for Rusty Wallace, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Fords(That's Racin')(11-12-2000)

  • Cope/Johnson News: on his website, Derrike COpe mentions that Quest Motor Racing is hopeful that their sponsorship package will be in place by December 1st. Their first intermediate car(Lowes, Texas, LV etc) is complete and anticipate that their first super speedway car will be in assembly by Thanksgiving. The goal is to have two super speedway cars to test at Daytona on January 11, 2001. The engine development program is going well and they continue to test their motors(in part from the Derrike Cope Site)(11-11-2000)

  • Cheez-It: Cheez-It announced an associate sponsorship next year on the Winston Cup Pontiac of Tony Stewart(Gaston Gazette)(11-11-2000)

  • 75 still looking for a sponsor: #75 Galaxy Motorsports driver Wally Dallenbach says his team's uncertain sponsorship issues are jeopardizing its potential for success. "We've got probably five guys right now who will come and work if we can do this deal," Dallenbach said of his No. 75 Ford team, owned by Galaxy Motorsports, which does not have a primary sponsor signed for next year. Dallenbach says the team has been talking seriously with potential sponsors for several weeks but just hasn't been able to solidify a deal(more at That's Racin') one rumor that has been around for a while has been Pizza Hut as a potential sponsor. No word on if RedCell, RotoZip, Cartoon Network or WCW are returning in any capacity for 2001(11-11-2000)

  • DW to race in 2001: Darrell's Waltrip's farewell tour this season might not be a final goodbye, the three-time Winston Cup champion said Friday. Waltrip, who has qualified for 24th for the Pennzoil 400, said he would consider being a fill-in driver during the second half of the 2001 schedule. During the first half of next season, Waltrip will be in the booth as Fox's lead commentator for NASCAR races(Atlanta Journal Constitution)(11-11-2000)

  • #88 five year thank you car: Ford Quality Care and Ford Credit will commemorate their five-year sponsorship of the #88 Robert Yates Racing Taurus driven with a special paint scheme at Atlanta for the NAPA 500. Dale Jarrett's car will carry the original 1996 paint scheme with a special message of thanks to the team. The racecar, originally a Ford Thunderbird, was first seen on the racetrack at Daytona Speedweek where Jarrett teamed up with rookie crew chief Todd Parrott to win what was then the Busch Clash and the 1996 Daytona 500. Ford Quality Care and Ford Credit joined Robert Yates Racing five years ago to sponsor what has since become one of the most successful and consistent teams in NASCAR Winston Cup. The message on the decklid will read "Robert Yates Racing, Thanks for 5 great years. Your friends at QC and Ford Credit." See an image of the car at my Paint Schemes Gallery(Ford Racing PR/Campbell & Co)(11-10-2000)

  • Harvick runs some Cup practice: RCR BGN Driver, Kevin Harvick briefly tested Dave Marcis' #71 Realtree Outdoors Chevy on Friday in the two-hour morning practice session(NOL)(11-11-2000)

  • Silver #44: Check out NOL's Friday Photo Gallery, the #44 Hot Wheels Pontiac is all silver at Homestead instead of it's normal blue, very cool looking(11-10-2000)

  • Shepherd Withdraws: Morgan Shepherd, scheduled to run the #80 Hover Motorsports Ford at Homestead, withdrew their entry due to problems with the chasis. Shepherd does still plan to attempt Atlanta next week(11-10-2000)

  • Trickle Looking: Dick Trickle will leave Jimmy Spencer's #5 BGN team at the end of the season and is seeking a new ride for 2001. Trickle said he is exploring rides in both the BGN and CUP Series for 2001. Schneider National, who had been Trickles sponsor for the last three years, announced a few weeks ago it was leaving the sport(NOL)(11-9-2000)

  • Martin #400: Mark Martin will make his 400th consecutive Winston Cup start at Homestead. Martin is fifth in active consective starts streaks in Cup, behind Dale Earnhardt with 645, Ricky Rudd with 606, Rusty Wallace at 515 and Ken Schrader with 485(11-9-2000)

  • Hamilton Start #300: Bobby Hamilton will start his 300th NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at Homestead on Sunday in the Pennzoil 400. The race will be also be Hamilton's 100th start with Morgan-McClure Motorsports(Morgan McClure PR)(11-9-2000)

  • Tide Gives: In line with their commitment to Give Kids The World, Tide Racing has donated $35,000 to the organization following Scott Pruett's race performance at Phoenix. Tide had pledged a $100 donation to Give Kids The World for every lap Pruett completed in the 312-lap Phoenix event. Pruett, driving a specially-painted #32 Tide/Give Kids The World Ford Taurus in honor of the charity, completed 310 circuits around the one-mile oval to earn a total of $35,000 (rounded up by Tide) for the day. Give Kids The World is a non-profit resort for terminally ill children whose one "wish" is to visit Central Florida's theme parks and attractions. Tide Racing annually conducts a car coloring contest for children who visit the resort, inviting them to design their own paint scheme for the #32 Tide Ford in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. This year's winner, Heather Mason (13, of Berkeley, Ill.), attended the Phoenix race to watch her very own car compete. In addition to Tide Racing's monetary donation, Mattel has produced and donated 75,000 commemorative miniature die cast cars based on Heather's design. For a five-dollar donation to Give Kids The World, the cars can be obtained either on the Tide merchandise trailer or through the Give Kids The World website, Scott Pruett also created a special matching helmet, worn throughout Phoenix race weekend, which he has signed and donated for an auction at Give Kids The World to help raise additional funds(PPI Motorsports PR)(11-9-2000)

  • Parts News: Hawk Corporation announced that it has acquired Tex Racing Enterprises, Inc., a leading manufacturer of premium branded drive train components for motorsports and performance automotive markets. The products are used by leading teams in the NASCAR racing series, as well as for high-performance street vehicles, and other road race and oval track competition cars. Tex Racing, located in Ether, North Carolina, was founded in 1975. The company had 1999 sales of $7.9 million. William "Tex" Powell will continue as president of Tex Racing under Hawk's ownership(PRN Newswire). Powell is listed as the 'owner' of the #72 Chevy that Marcis Racing has attempted to run in a Cup races this year(11-9-2000)

  • Rotozip Contest Winner: RotoZip Tool Corporation is well-known in the NASCAR garage as an innovative company providing tools applicable to a mechanic's needs. Outside of the garage, the company has extended that innovation this season with its fan-interactive Ultimate Paint Scheme Design Contest. Mike Dexter, a resident of Columbus, Ohio, has been announced as the contest winner with his design to be featured this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway on the #75 RotoZip ® Ford driven by Winston Cup veteran Wally Dallenbach. RotoZip has sponsored the #75 for eight Winston Cup races this season, including Rockingham, Bristol, Charlotte, Indy, Richmond and Martinsville. Homestead will be the final appearance of the RotoZip brand on the Galaxy Motorsports machine this season(RMI Atlanta), see images of the car on my Paint Scheme Gallery(11-9-2000)

  • Evernham Crew Chiefs: Ray Evernham announced Tuesday that Mike Ford would remain Bill Elliott 's crew chief next season when Elliott joins Evernham's team. Patrick Donahue will be Casey Atwood's crew chief. Elliott will drive the #9 Dodge Dealers Dodge and Atwood will drive the #19 Dodge, sponsor unknown(Roanoke Times)(11-8-2000)

  • More Dodge Testing UPDATE: Dodge teams will conduct tests this week at Talladega and Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte. Bill Davis, owner of the #22 and #93 teams that will be converting to Dodge next season, said his teams and the teams from Petty Enterprises will be at the Charlotte track working with the engine package that is still awaiting final approval from NASCAR. Davis said that the teams owned by Ray Evernham would be working at Talladega(That's Racin')(11-5-2000)
    UPDATE: Dodge's test schedule has been altered. A scheduled manufacturer test at Las Vegas this week was postponed until Jan. 6-7, 2001. Dodge teams will test at Talladega and Charlotte on Nov. 14-15. Dodge also has a test scheduled Nov. 20-21 at Kentucky Speedway(Roanoke Times)(11-8-2000)

  • Atlanta Testing: #46-Todd Bodine set the pace on a full day of testing at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a top speed of 188.636mph (29.39 seconds). Winston Cup drivers Jeremy Mayfield, Buckshot Jones, Brett Bodine, and Hermie Sadler, as well as ARCA driver Larry Foyt, were also testing Wednesday at AMS in preparation for the Nov. 17-19 NAPA 500 weekend. Todd Bodine ran his fast lap in a third Haas/Carter Motorsports car, which he will run in the NAPA 500. Bodine is expected to take over the seat vacated when Waltrip retires this season. #11-Brett Bodine was second fastest of the day with a lap of 187.045mph. The track record is held by Geoffrey Bodine, 197.478 mph set in 1997. Geoffrey Bodine is also expected to run the NAPA 500 in a third Andy Petree Racing car, teaming with Kenny Wallace and Joe Nemechek. #12-Jeremy Mayfield’s fast lap of the day was 185.915 mph, and Buckshot Jones, who will run the NAPA 500 with his own team – Buckshot Racing – had a fast lap at 183.942mph. Sadler, a BGN veteran, is expected to run the #60 Power Team Chevy at Atlanta and ran a fast lap of 184.010mph. And in his first laps around Atlanta in an ARCA car, Foyt had a fast lap of 180.525mph(AMS PR)(11-8-2000)

  • BBBSA/Martin 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 $536,278. 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)(11-8-2000)

  • Todd Bodine at Atlanta: have heard that Todd Bodine will drive a third Travis Carter Ford at Atlanta in the Winston Cup finale(10-16-2000)
    UPDATE: Bodine will drive the #46 Kmart Ford at Atlanta(11-7-2000)

  • Geoffrey at Atlanta: Geoffrey Bodine will run a 3rd Andy Petree Racing Chevy at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The car will be #35 and crew chiefed by Chris Carrier, no word on a sponsor(APR Site). Bodine will run the #98 Miccosukee MacPherson Motorsports Ford at Homestead(11-7-2000)

  • #15 for DEI? UPDATE 2: hearing Michael Waltrip will run the #15 on the NAPA Auto Parts DEI Chevy in 2001(9-23-2000)
    UPDATE: Michael Waltrip will unveil his number for next season, 15, on his new Dale Earnhardt-owned NAPA Chevrolet tonight on SpeedVision's Inside Winston Cup. Waltrip said the number is a tribute to Bud Moore, the former car owner who enjoyed success with #15 in NASCAR's early days. Waltrip moves to the #15 car next season(AJC). NOTE: Bud Moore is no longer in the sport, selling to Fenley Motorsports, who have been heard from since early in the season and I have no idea what their 2001 plans are if any(11-6-2000)
    UPDATE 2: it was announced on SpeedVision's Inside Winston Cup that Waltrip will drive the #15 NAPA Auto Parts Chevy, the car was shown, even have a few images, see my Paint Scheme Gallery(oops, forgot to send the pages, they are updated now)(11-7-2000)

  • Another Hamilton? UPDATE yep: Bobby Hamilton still is planning to have his son, Bobby Hamilton Jr., attempt to qualify for two Winston Cup races this year. Hamilton is picking up one car Monday and a second one the next week for his son to drive. Hamilton Jr. could compete in the races at Homestead and Atlanta(Times-Dispatch)(9-24-2000)
    UPDATE: hearing it'll be the #57 Chevy, no sponsor known yet. Also saw NOL has Hamilton listed on the Homestead Entry List(11-7-2000)

  • Atlanta Testing UPDATE 2 - Bodine to run Atlanta?: 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).
    UPDATE: have heard that Todd Bodine will drive a third Travis Carter Ford at Atlanta in the Winston Cup finale(10-16-2000)
    UPDATE 2: Bodine will test a Travis Carter Ford at Atlanta again on Wednesday, supposedly will run the #46 Ford in a third Carter Ford at Atlanta in the season finale. Also it is expected that the formal announcement of Bodine taking over the #66 BigKmart Ford in 2001 at Homestead this weekend(11-7-2000)

  • TV Info UPDATE 2 NBC ANNOUNCEMENT: Hearing from sources that while although nothing has been announced by anyone, hearing ESPN has released Matt Yocum and Bill Weber from there contracts to allow them to pursue other opportunities with NASCAR's new TV partners in 2001. It's rumored Weber had 3 years left, while for Yocum next year would have been an option year. Hearing both will finish out the rest of the year for ESPN(10-30-2000)
    UPDATE: In an unexpected move(??), Bill Weber and Matt Yocum have been given their release by ABC/ESPN and will be taking jobs covering the Winston Cup tour for NASCAR's new TV partners Fox and Turner. Weber is expected to take a job with NBC; Yocum, with both Fox and NBC(PitNow)(11-4-2000)
    UPDATE 2: NBC Sports and TBS Superstation today officially announced their 2001 NASCAR broadcast team, which will call 20 NASCAR Winston Cup races and 18 Busch Series races beginning in July 2001. The team consists of host Allen Bestwick, analyst Benny Parsons and pre-race host and lead pit reporter Bill Weber. Pit reporters Marty Snider, Dave Burns and Matt Yocum complete the lineup. The joint announcement was made by Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Sports and Olympics and Mark Lazarus, President, Turner Sports. Lazarus said: "This respected lineup of talent will enhance the viewing experience for race fans on TBS Superstation and NBC. We are pleased to be entering into this exciting new television deal with this knowledgeable, accomplished group of broadcasters." The NASCAR on NBC and TBS team is led behind the cameras by Emmy Award-winning NBC Sports producer Sam Flood and long time motorsports director Mike Wells, ESPN's respected NASCAR director since 1981. Every Winston Cup race on NBC and TBS will be preceded by a comprehensive 30-minute pre-race show, hosted by Weber. For the first time, network NASCAR coverage will provide race fans with an in-depth look at the weekend's race before the green flag drops. NBC and TBS will begin coverage of the second half of the 2001 NASCAR season in primetime on July 7 from the Daytona International Speedway. Coverage extends through the season finale at the Atlanta Motor Speedway on Nov. 18. Of the 20 Winston Cup races, 13 are broadcast on NBC and seven on TBS. Of the 18 Busch Series races five are on NBC and 13 are on TBS(NASCAR PR)(11-7-2000)

  • Sadler to test at Atlanta: hearing that after a successful test at Homestead last week, Hermie Sadler will be testing Joe Bessey Motorsport's #60 Power Team Chevy on Wednesday and Thursday at Atlanta in preparation for the NAPA 500. Hearing that Sadler will run both the Cup events at Homestead and Atlanta in the #60. Bessey's team is looking for sponsorship to run the 2001 season and beyond and Sadler could be a candidate for the ride if a sponsor is found(11-6-2000)

  • Rudd Special Paint? UPDATE 2: 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)
    UPDATE 2: the rumored Bud Shootout car for Rudd is similar to the new look of the cases of Texaco Oil, see a diecast image of the car on my Paint Schemes Gallery(11-6-2000)

  • Roush teams update: multiple Cup team owner(#'s 6,16,17,97,99) Jack Roush said he would prefer to run five Cup teams in 2001, but that four cars was a definite possibility. The Nos. 6, 17 and 99 have sponsorship in place for 2001 but the 16 and 97 do not. Roush said that he was committed to run the #97 with Kurt Busch even though there is no sponsor agreement signed yet, but that the team is a go program regardless. Major League Baseball Hall of Fame member Henry Aaron is dealing with Roush trying to establish a motorsports program that would ideally feature a minority driver. Roush addressed that issue with the media, saying he would ultimately like to step away from the #16 operation -- to partner with Aaron and to help him do that thing or provide leadership in it for two or three years and then back out of the picture by the point in time where they've got a minority driver organized for it. Roush expressed his support of Lepage and said, as much as he is seeking sponsors for both his teams in the CTS as well as the #97 Cup car, he was doing the same with Lepage's operation( in part from NASCAR Online and That's Racin')(11-6-2000)

  • Not NASCAR but at Nashville on a truck UPDATE: Today there will be a SuperTruck race at Nashville Speedway. The truck #84 Lightning Lube/Pennzoil truck, driven by Ronnie Campbell has WWW.JAYSKI.COM on the tailgate, see the images of the truck at: Jayski Paint Page. The race was supposed to be run last night, but rain knocked that out. They've rescheduled the races to today(11-5) after the All Pro race and it'll be televised on TNN November 19th at 4:00pm/et. CTS driver Joe Ruttman drove a Late Model in the All Pro race(11-5-2000)
    UPDATE: Campbell started 28th due to a plugwire falling of during qualifying and the spotter's radio battery died early in the race. Campbell finished 28th of 32 trucks. Been told the site was mentioned on the broadcast a few times and mentioned during the driver interview after Campbell retired the truck due to the radio problems. Crew Chief for Campbell was #8 ASA car owner Mike Houge. Teammate Mike Reynolds finished second after leading most of the event running side by side. With luck Campbell may run more races in 2001 and is talking to Pennzoil about sponsorship. Thanks Ronnie. To see the results of the race, check the Nashville Speedway site. NOTE: was not a sponsor on the truck but was posted on the truck per the drivers request, thanks it is appreciated(11-6-2000)

  • Mast to the #01? Rick Mast appears to be car owner Chip Ganassi's pick to drive the #01 BellSouth Dodge in 2001, according to sources close to the team that call it "almost a done deal."(PitNow)(11-6-2000)

  • Mayfield to Leave #12? NO UPDATE 3 - #4 Close to naming a driver?: 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)
    UPDATE: hearing that Mayfield flew to California last weekend and met with Roger Penske during the CART race there. There Mayfield supposedly told Penske he had every intention of returning next season and Penske told him he would hold Mayfield to his contract. Mayfield reportedly told #4 Owner Larry McClure this week that he was not leaving the #12(11-4-2000)
    UPDATE 2: After his strong second-place finish in Sunday's race at Phoenix, Jeremy Mayfield repeated - this time with great emphasis - that he'll be back as driver of the #12 Fords again next season(That's Racin')
    UPDATE 3: #4 car owner Larry McClure is close to making a decision on his new driver, and team sources say the decision is between Kevin Lepage and Robby Gordon with Ricky Craven suddenly only a long-shot(PitNow)(11-6-2000)

  • #21 Crew Chief: #16 team owner, Jack Roush, confirmed that Pat Tryson, who is now Lepage's crew chief, will move over to become Elliott Sadler's crew chief with the Wood Brothers team next year(That's Racin')(11-6-2000)

  • Daytona Testing UPDATE: NASCAR has released its 2001 testing schedule for the month of January at Daytona International Speedway for the NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series' teams. BGN 2000 final car owner point standings will determine which days the teams will test. Those car owners finishing in odd-numbered positions in the final point standings (ex. 1st, 3rd, 5th, etc...), will test on January 22nd and 23rd, while car owners finishing in even-numbered positions in the final point standings (ex. 2nd, 4th, 6th, etc...), will test on January 24th and 25th. The schedule is as follows: Winston Cup, Ford Jan 8-10th; Winston Cup, General Motors(Chevy/Pontiac) Jan 11-13th; and Winston Cup, Dodge Jan 16-18th. CTS, all makes Jan 19th-21st; and BGN Car Owner Points, Odd Number Finish, Jan 22-23; and BGN Car Owners Points, Even Number Finish, Jan 24-25th(NASCAR PR)(10-30-2000)
    UPDATE: NASCAR on Sunday informed crew chiefs and drivers it has altered the pre-Daytona testing schedule for January. The dates of the three manufacturers' testing sessions will remain the same, but the three-day tests will be become two-day tests with one rain date. Ford will test Jan. 8-9, with Jan. 10 as a rain date. General Motors (Pontiac and Chevrolet teams) will test Jan. 11-12, with Jan. 13 as a rain date. And Dodge will test Jan. 16-17, with Jan. 18 as a rain date(That's Racin')(11-6-2000)

  • Oakwood Homes stock news: not sure how or if this effects sponsorship of the #33 Chevy driven by Joe Nemechek, but: Oakwood Homes Corp. faces the possibility of being delisted from the New York Stock Exchange if its stock price continues to languish below $1 per share. Meanwhile, the struggling manufactured home maker has undergone another consolidation aimed at slashing costs. A new subsidiary, HBOS Manufacturing LP, has been created, under which all of Oakwood's manufacturing operations will be placed Jan. 1.(Business Journal of the Great Triad Area)(11-6-2000)

  • Fuel Cells Unapproved: NASCAR officials confiscated the fuel-cell containers from the cars of #13-Robby Gordon and #97-Kurt Busch over the weekend during prequalifying inspections. They were listed as "unapproved" and displayed outside the NASCAR hauler(That's Racin')(11-6-2000)

  • Wells cars inspected after race: After the race, NASCAR officials impounded the two Fords owned by Cal Wells, the #32-Scott Pruett and #96-Andy Houston cars. The officials apparently suspected irregularities in the cars, perhaps due to a tip from someone at a rival team. No penalties were announced(Gaston Gazette)
    AND Scott Pruett finished 34th after a final-lap crash with Robert Pressley. Andy Houston, Wells' other driver, was 36th. Pruett and Pressley apparently exchanged words after their crash. NASCAR officials interviewed Pressley after the race in an effort to assess what happened. The cars of Houston and Pruett were torn down after the race as NASCAR officials checked the wiring harness. Officials found no problems with the devices(Times Dispatch)(11-6-2000)

  • Dodge Engine Approved: Dodge Motorsports today reached another milestone in its return to Winston Cup Racing with the approval by NASCAR of the engine for its Dodge Intrepid R/T race car. Dodge Motorsports presented engine parts to NASCAR for approval on September 27, including cylinder block, heads and three intake manifolds, along with other Dodge engine parts such as the water manifold, head gasket, water pump and fuel pump. The 358 cubic inch V-8 Dodge Magnum engine features an open deck and a deep skirt for high-powered performance. Termed the R5-P7 engine, it is the new millennium's first addition to the Dodge Magnum family of engines designed and produced for racing by Dodge Motorsports. For Ray Evernham, Dodge team owner and leader of the development effort, approval of the engine was the final hurdle between Dodge and the Daytona 500(Dodge PR, see full story/PR at NOL)(11-6-2000)

  • Sad News: Peter Sospenzo, Jeremy Mayfield’s crew chief, was understandably absent at Phoenix Sunday. On Saturday, Sospenzo attended his grandmother’s funeral in New York. He planned to fly to Phoenix that afternoon. Unfortunately, while leaving the funeral, an uncle of Sospenzo’s was struck by a car and killed. Steve Lane served as crew chief in Sospenzo’s absence(Gaston Gazette)(11-6-2000)

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