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(11-26-2000)
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(11-25-2000)
  • Musgrave looking...FULL time: Somebody told Ted Musgrave the other day that they'd read in the paper where he wasn't looking for a full-time ride in Winston Cup racing. That was news to Musgrave, who took over as driver of the #01 Team Sabco Chevy after Kenny Irwin's death in July and piloted that car until it didn't make the field for the season's next-to-last at Homestead. Musgrave says he has been offered some part time rides in 2001 but is actively looking for a full-time ride. Musgrave's wife, Debi, is battling leukemia. One report said that Musgrave wanted a part-time job because of that, but the Musgraves have been dealing with that for some time and want to keep on living their lives while that fight goes on.(in part from That's Racin')(11-25-2000)

  • Wind Tunnel UPDATE 3: hearing NASCAR plans to take one of each manufacturer to the wind tunnel in Marietta, GA at the conclusion of the NAPA 500. Usually it is the top finisher for each manufacturer, unless the car is too damaged to give clean readings(11-19-2000)
    UPDATE: have not heard or seen a thing on if any cars were taken and if they were which cars were taken, it may had been postponed or cancelled due to the race being postponed and the Thanksgiving holiday(11-22-2000)
    UPDATE 2: heard the cars taken were the #12 Mobil 1 Ford, the #3 GM Goodwrench Chevy and the #18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac, also the BGN cars #60, #57 and #4, no idea of the results(11-24-2000)
    UPDATE 3: hear the #25 Chevy was also taken, not sure if it was inplace of the #3 or in addition to(11-25-2000)


    (11-24-2000)
  • UPDATE: Tony Stewart, a six-time Winston Cup winner this year, and 1999 U.S. Auto Club midget champion Jason Leffler, who put on the season's most exciting race in last year's Turkey Night Grand Prix before Leffler won, are returning this year for an encore. They will be part of Steve Lewis' four-car entry in the Nov. 23 race with defending USAC sprint car champion Dave Darland and Kasey Kahne, this year's midget points leader.(LA Times). The race will be held at Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, California(10-27/11-22-2000)
    UPDATE: Stewart won the race and Jason Leffler can in 4th(11-24-2000)


    (11-23-2000)
  • Man of the Year: Dale Jarrett was the fourth-quarter winner in NASCARís True Value Man of the Year balloting. Jarrettís race team raised money all year for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and Jarrett served as a national spokesperson for the group. Jarrett generated $97,500 for the foundation in 1999 through the efforts of his sponsor, Ford Credit. The winners in the first three quarters were Ward Burton, Jeff Burton and Jeff Gordon. The man of the year will be announced at the Winston Cup Awards Banquet(Gaston Gazette) the fans also contributed $33,000(11-23-2000)

  • Nelson to Stay: NASCAR officials adamantly deny widespread rumors and published reports that Winston Cup Director Gary Nelson may be reassigned to a different role next season. Rumors have spread about Nelson for the last few weeks, prompting media reports that he is either planning to step down as Winston Cup director or will be reassigned by NASCAR. Despite denials from both Nelson and NASCAR Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Helton, the talk about a major shakeup in NASCAR's competition department intensified during the Winston Cup season finale at Atlanta(Winston Cup Scene)(11-23-2000)

  • Holigan back in 2001 UPDATE: Jerry Nadeauís race winning sponsor, Michael Holigan, has scrapped plans to take an active role in the sport next year, but after his teamís only victory, promised he would be back. Holigan said he was close to buying an ARCA team, presently owned by Eddie Sharp, and converting it to compete in BGN next year. But, Holigan said, "My father and I talked about it and kind of had a heart-to-heart, and he asked me to sit on the fence for a year and not go racing." Holigan wants to own a team and not merely sponsor it. He said he expected to be back in NASCAR by 2001(Gaston Gazette) - Delphi Automotive/UAW will be Nadeau's sponsor in 2001(11-21-2000)
    UPDATE: Michael Holigan said Nov. 20 that his only involvement in NASCAR for 2001 will be working on "a few marketing deals with one of the teams and one of the owners." He won't field teams in the BGN and CTS in 2001 as he'd previously planned upon getting out of his sponsorship agreement with Hendrick Motorsports. Holigan, however, says he'll field a Winston Cup team in 2002(Winston Cup Scene)(11-23-2000)


    (11-22-2000)
  • Who is Scott Wimmer? UPDATE - why no points? see his website: Wimmer Racing(#05) to learn more(11-21-2000)
    UPDATE: been getting asked quite a bit why Wimmer got no drivers points for his Atlanta Cup finish and why Bill Davis got no owners points, the reason: Scott Wimmer's entry blank was received after the deadline(not sure when that was), so therefore, was not eligible for any points. Wimmer didn't enter the race until Friday, along with Tim Sauter and Larry Foyt after the ARCA Qualifying got rained out. See the results at NOL(11-22-2000)

  • Hendrick Motorsports Double wins: Two drivers from Hendrick Motorsports have won at least one Winston Cup race for seven consecutive seasons. No other current multi-car team has done that.(Gordon 1994-2000, T Labonte 1994-1999 and Nadeau in 2000)(11-22-2000)

  • Craven to stay with the #50: Ricky Craven, encouraged by his #50 Midwest Transit Co. teamís strong finish, will return to the Winston Cup team next season and intends to run the full 36-race schedule. The team didnít have a primary sponsor this season so Craven was only able to run in 16 of the 34 races. And since they were limited, they couldnít qualify for provisional starting positions. ďThis is the finest group of people Iíve ever worked with. They work so well together and have made so much progress over the last month and a half,Ē said Craven. ďI donít want to give up on that and I want to expand on what weíve done here." Cravenís name had been mentioned as a possible replacement for Bobby Hamilton in the Kodak Chevy #4 ride for Morgan-McClure Motorsports. But that ride went to Robby Gordon. Craven said longevity is a key to success in the business and he expects the entire team to return next season including crew chief Greg Conner. Craven talked to team owner Hal Hicks on Tuesday and he said, without elaborating, that ďthere are some very interesting things cooking, some very legitimate things.Ē Craven would love to have a primary sponsor in place for next season. Midwest Transit is an associate sponsor. But, even if they donít, he feels Hicks has made a firm commitment to the team and will do his best to make further improvements. The improvements have already begun, according to Craven, who pointed out that they are in the process of lining up testing at the four tracks that host the first four races in 2001: Daytona, Rockingham, Las Vegas and Atlanta. As for his status on the BGN, Craven said he hasnít thought about it. Craven ran six Busch Grand National races this past season but he hasnít decided to what extent he will be involved next season(in part from the Bangor Daily News)(11-22-2000)

  • Rules Changes? UPDATE: One possible rules change NASCAR is considering for next season would take away some of the aerodynamics edge that Pontiac teams have enjoyed while winning 10 races and the Winston Cup championship this year. The expected change would be to raise the front airdam to 3 1/2 inches in order to take away downforce on the nose, downforce which allows Pontiac drivers to go deeper into the corners and turn more easily, particularly on the tour's fastest flat tracks(PitNow)(11-21-2000)
    UPDATE: If NASCAR Winston Cup officials make any rule changes for next year's Daytona 500, it should be minor, says Kevin Triplett, director of operations. Cup officials made aerodynamic and restrictor-plate changes before the Talladega race last month to improve the racing there and at Daytona. Both Daytona races this year were criticized for the lack of passing and excitement(News and Record)(11-22-2000)

  • Rookie of the Year UPDATE: nothing Official yet but looks like Matt Kenseth will win the ROTY. See stories at NOL: Kenseth rules rookie class in 2000 and from That's Racin': Kenseth, team celebrate rookie crown(11-21-2000)
    UPDATE - it's Official: Matt Kenseth has officially been crowned the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series 2000 season. The driver of the #17 DeWalt Ford accepted his award Tuesday afternoon in a ceremony held at his Roush Racing shop. He was awarded a leather jacket in the ceremony, but will have to wait next month's NWCS banquet to receive his $50,000 prize from Raybestos Brakes Corp(NOL and SpeedVision), have not seen the official points breakdown yet, have it calculated without the season ending bonus points on my ROTY page(11-22-2000)

  • Earnhardt a baseball team owner: In honor of #3 driver Dale Earnhardt joining its ownership group, the Piedmont Boll Weevils minor league baseball team has changed its name to the Kannapolis Intimidators. Team officials announced Tuesday that Earnhardt, current Piedmont owner and chairman Larry Hedrick, and Speedway Motorsports Bruton Smith will join to form Carolina Baseball Inc., pending approval of baseball regulators(AP/Total Sports)(11-22-2000)

  • #7 Driver, latest UPDATE: #7 Owner Jim Smith seems in no hurry to get a replacement for Michael Waltrip. Among the candidates: Kevin LePage, Ricky Craven and Mike Wallace, the odds-on favorite(Daily Press), but I hear sponsor Nations Rent nixed Wallace(11-21-2000)
    UPDATE: Rick Mast and car owner Chip Ganassi may not be teaming after all next season. The two had a handshake to sign, and an announcement was expected here over the weekend. Mast is now reported to be talking with car owner Jim Smith about that still open ride(the #7 car)(PitNow)(11-22-2000)

  • Garrow Returns: Mark Garrow, whose long-running Winston Cup Today nightly newscast was shut down in May in a dispute over rights fees, will be up and running again beginning Jan. 8 with a new evening Winston Cup news show, at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The show, Garage Pass, will be produced at Bruton Smith's Performance Racing Network studios in Charlotte(PitNow)(11-22-2000)


    (11-21-2000)
  • A Winning Bid & A Worthy Cause: Three-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Jeff Gordon, along with Bombardier Recreational Products, maker of Sea-Doo watercraft and sport boats, presented a lucky fan with an autographed, special Sea-Doo GSX watercraft modeled after Gordon's No. 24 race car this past weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. See full story at TNN: Fan Wins Bid, Jeff Gordon Donates $50K(11-21-2000)

  • Evernham and Valvoline: Evernham Motorsports has chosen Valvoline as a technical partner for the return of Dodge to NASCAR Winston Cup racing next season. Valvoline becomes the official motor oil of Evernham's Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/Ts and, in addition to lubricants, will supply Zerex coolant technology and Eagle One appearance products to the team. Evernham has been using Valvoline synthetic motor oil in the testing of the new Dodge Winston Cup engines. Valvoline will also partner with MB2 Motorsports to own the #10 Valvoline Pontiac to be driven next year by Johnny Benson(Valvoline Newsletter/PR)(11-21-2000)

  • Four 1st Timers: The four first-time winners is the most since 1988 when there were also four, those winners: Ken Schrader(Talladega), Alan Kulwicki(Phoenix), Phil Parsons(Talladega), and Lake Speed(Darlington). Parsons and Speed have not won in Cup since and are out of the series. Kulwicki died in an aircraft accident in 1993. Schrader is still active on the Cup circuit and has four career Cup wins. The winners in 2000: Dale Earnhardt Jr(Texas), Matt Kenseth(Lowes), Steve Park(Watkins Glen) and Jerry Nadeau(Atlanta)(11-21-2000)

  • Alexander to the #01? or is it Mast? of Hamilton Jr? On RPM2Nights last 2000 daily show, John Kernan reported that while Rick Mast has been mentioned as the driver for the #01 BellSouth Dodge in 2001, sponsor BellSouth supposedly wants BGN/ARCA driver Blasie Alexander(RPM2Night) AND Bobby Hamilton Jr. now is the leading candidate over Rick Mast to drive the #01 Chevrolet for next year. Hamilton, who started just the second career Winston Cup race of his career on Monday, had extensive meetings with team owners Chip Ganassi and Felix Sabates over the last couple of days(AJC)(11-21-2000)

  • #77 Wind Tunnel: Though the 2000 season just concluded, the Jasper Motorsports team is already thinking about next year. The team will travel to Langley, Virginia on Tuesday for a day of wind tunnel testing(Jasper PR)(11-21-2000)

  • Holigan back in 2001: Jerry Nadeauís race winning sponsor, Michael Holigan, has scrapped plans to take an active role in the sport next year, but after his teamís only victory, promised he would be back. Holigan said he was close to buying an ARCA team, presently owned by Eddie Sharp, and converting it to compete in BGN next year. But, Holigan said, "My father and I talked about it and kind of had a heart-to-heart, and he asked me to sit on the fence for a year and not go racing." Holigan wants to own a team and not merely sponsor it. He said he expected to be back in NASCAR by 2001(Gaston Gazette) - Delphi Automotive/UAW will be Nadeau's sponsor in 2001(11-21-2000)

  • Wind Tunnel: Roger Penske's new wind tunnel in Mooresville, NC is close to completion. It will handle 50-percent, scale-model race cars, so Rusty Wallace's Ford team won't have to make the haul to the Lockheed tunnel in Marietta. The new wind tunnel will be the first in North Carolina, and it marks a major escalation in the cost of the sport(PitNow)(11-21-2000)

  • BBBSA and Martin: The two-year total of money raised through Valvoline's NASCAR effort for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America's "Caring Hands" program, including Monday's final race at Atlanta, is $540,577. Since 1999, Valvoline has donated $5,000 for each Mark Martin Winston Cup victory in the Valvoline Ford, $2,500 for each pole, $20 per lap led, and this year added a $1,000 contribution for a top-five finish(Valvoline Newsletter/PR)(11-21-2000)

  • Jarrett to test in December: Dale Jarrett will be testing at non-NASCAR tracks in December to help his team prepare for next season(Times Dispatch)(11-21-2000)

  • IROC: while not officially named yet, IRL drivers Buddy Lazier, Eddie Cheever and Scott Goodyear have joined the International Race of Champions(IROC) series for 2001(Times Dispatch) AND IRL champion Buddy Lazier and runner-up Scott Goodyear have been invited into the IROC 2001. Up to six Winston Cup drivers will be invited and the BGN champ(Jeff Green). It's also conceivable that IRL driver Sarah Fisher will become the first woman in the 25-year-old series(Daily Press)(11-21-2000)


    (11-20-2000)
  • Sad News: #12-Jeremy Mayfield's grandmother passed away Sunday, thoughts go out to Mayfield and his family(PRN Radio Broadcast)(11-20-2000)

  • DW Honored: Even though the race was not held on Sunday, the trackís farewell to retiring Darrell Waltrip did go off as scheduled. Among items presented to Waltrip were:
    A rocking chair from Dale Earnhardt.
    A mounted steering wheel from Jeff Gordon
    A commemorative Kelloggís Corn Flakes box from Terry Labonte
    A crystal cross from Dale Jarrett
    A print of the famous crash in the 1987 Winston after which Waltrip said he hoped winner Rusty Wallace "chokes on that $200,000." Wallace also presented Waltrip a sack of fake money representing what he "stole" from Waltrip in that race.
    A poster of Waltrip and brother Michael, along with $200 Michael said he "borrowed" from his brother in 1986.
    A set of golf clubs and a round of golf at Augusta National.
    A Georgia state flag, an enlarged replica of the Waltrip-themed NAPA 500 program,
    and an Honorary Citizen of Georgia designation.(Gaston Gazette)(11-20-2000)

  • Evernham Associate Sponsor: Bill Elliott's and Casey Atwood's Dodges, will carry Stihl as associate sponsors next season(AJC)(11-20-2000)

  • Elliott Honored: Bill Elliott was presented with the "Spirit of Ford" award yesterday. Elliott is ending his 25-year career with the manufacturer to move to Ray Evernham's #9 Dodge team next season(Times-Dispatch)(11-20-2000)


    (11-19-2000)
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