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PAST NEWS DEC 25-31, 2000

  • #90 Ride Open? UPDATE 4 It's Hut: hearing #90 Owner Junie Donlavey is talking to a few drivers for the #90 Hills Brothers Ford ride in 2001 including: Hut Stricklin, who drove the car for most of 2000; Greg Sacks, who last made a Daytona 500 attempt in the defunct #96 Perry-Huggins team in 2000; Geoffrey Bodine; Rick Mast; Jeff Fuller; and Ed Berrier, who started the 2000 season in the #90. Sacks recently coached CTS drivers Ricky Hendrick at the ARCA Daytona testing. Hendrick will run a few ARCA events in 2000 also(12-17-2000)
    UPDATE: Apparently, it is not a foregone conclusion that Hut Stricklin will be back as driver of Junie Donlavey’s #90 Ford. Donlavey has talked with several other drivers, one of them being veteran Greg Sacks. Reportedly, sponsor Hills Brothers Coffee will make the final call(Gaston Gazette) AND Team owner Junie Donlavey is letting sponsor Hills Brothers play a major role in selecting the driver for next season. It's almost Christmas, but no contract has been signed with the team. Donlavey said Jeff Fuller, Greg Sacks, Rick Mast and Hut Stricklin all have spoken with the company. The team has added five crew members from the defunct Grubb Motorsports BGN operation(Richmond Times Dispatch)(12-24-2000)
    UPDATE 2: In a cross-promotion with sponsor Hills Bros Coffee and his hometown minor-league hockey team, car owner Junior Donlavey will announce his driver for 2001 during first intermission of Saturday night's Richmond Renegades home hockey game against Charlotte. Donlavey remained mum on who the driver will be, with Hut Stricklin apparently the front-runner at the end of the season, having taken the wheel at mid-year. Others said to be in the running are Rick Mast, Greg Sacks and Jeff Fuller. Hills Bros, which joined Donlavey full-time in 2000, re-upped in October, and Donlavey, as always, promised to give the sponsor first call in driver choice.(SpeedVision), will also have NASCAR RIR Jersey's available Dec. 29th and 30th at the merchandise stand there at the game(12-28-2000)
    UPDATE 3: have heard from a few sources that Hut Stricklin will be named the driver of the #90 AND Yesterday afternoon, Hut Stricklin was standing in Junie Donlavey's Richmond-based shop when his cell phone rang. Asked to confirm he would be the driver for the #90 Winston Cup team in 2001, Stricklin waited half a second and responded. "I hope so," he said. "We've got a lot invested here, just time and stuff." But Hut, aren't you standing in Donlavey's shop right now? "Yes." Isn't that a sign that you will be the driver when the an-nouncement is made in just more than 24 hours? "I hope so." There's no breaking a driver trying to secure a deal with a sponsor. There's a garage full of drivers who can attest to the fact that if you speak too early, you lose the deal. Stricklin isn't risking anything. Still, he is expected to be the man in the spotlight tonight when Hills Brothers reveals Donlavey's 2001 driver. In a ceremony at the Richmond Renegades hockey game, Donlavey and his team will join the sponsor in a showcase announcement. The group includes five crew members from the former Grubb Motorsports BGN (#83) operation. And Stricklin. He and Donlavey joined forces in 2000 for the second time in their careers and began working to rebuild the team. Donlavey's driver announcement is scheduled for the first intermission during tonight's 7:30 game at the Coliseum.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(12-30-2000)
    UPDATE 4: #90 owner,Junie Donlavey announced his driver and crew chief for the 2001 season and unveiled the new paint scheme for the Hills Brothers Coffee Ford during an on-ice announcement at the Richmond Renegades hockey game Saturday. Hut Stricklin will return in 2001 as Donlavey's driver. The crew chief will be Bobby King, recently of the #83 Grubb Motorsports team that shot doen at the end of the 2000 season(That's Racin')(12-31-2000)

  • #01 Driver? now hearing the driver for the #01 BellSouth Dodge may be Kevin Lepage, former driver of the #16 Roush Racing Ford(12-30-2000)

  • New Game: Mario Andretti in conjunction with Fantasy Racing1, LLC announced the launch of Andretti , a web site dedicated to fantasy auto racing games. Andretti Motorsports will allow race fans to form and manage their own fantasy CART, NASCAR, or F1 team(s) and compete head-to-head with thousands of other race fans around the world for the chance to win big cash and prizes. Participants not only get to choose their own team of real race drivers, they get to make changes to it every week, bringing an element of both skill and luck. Fantasy Racing, like Fantasy Football and Fantasy Baseball, gives fans something personal to really cheer about each race weekend as each team scores points based on how well the real drivers they picked perform. Unlike any other fantasy racing game, Andretti Motorsports offers three games in one. Players may choose to participate in the rough and tumble NASCAR Winston Cup series, the exciting CART FedEx series or the electrifying Formula 1 world championship, or if you are up to Mario's challenge, compete against other owners in all three series.(Fantasy Racing1 PR and an advertisor on Jayski)(12-30-2000)

  • Indy 500 #1: Joyce Julius & Associates, which produces what many believe to be the only quantifiable measures of sponsor impact in sports, rated the Indianapolis 500 No. 1 among motorsport events in 2000, the company's Sponsors Report revealed Thursday. According to Julius measurements, which include company time on screen during telecasts and sponsor mentions in media, this year's 500, on ABC, was worth $102.4m to subsidizing companies. The Daytona 500, on CBS, slipped to No. 2 this year, generating $92.7m in exposure value. In third position, down from No. 2 in 1999, was Daytona's July race, the Pepsi 400, also on CBS, at $83.8m. NASCAR and CBS produced two big gainers on Julius' top-10 list, with Michigan's Kmart 400 June 11 rising from 13th to fourth at $67.1m and Texas's DIRECTV 500 April 2 improving from 10th in 1999 to fifth at $65.3m. Both were CBS telecasts. NASCAR's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis fell from No. 4 to No. 6 at $61.6, on ABC. Next up were the two NASCAR races at New Hampshire, with the July race rising from 19th to seventh at $59.9m and the September event from 14th to eighth at $59.7. Both were on TNN.(more at SpeedVision)(12-29-2000)

  • Winston Cup Stat Book: The 2000 new version of "A Statistical Review of the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Season" has been released. Written each year by NASCAR Winston Cup Series statistician, Len Thacher. Thacher also acts as special stats coordinator for all on-site NASCAR Winston Cup events televised by ESPN and is the Official Researcher for ESPN. The book, with well over 200 pages of stats of the 2000 season is $28.95. For more info, see my Racing Bookstore(the Winston Cup Updates Section)(12-27-2000)

  • Musgrave to stay with the #01? NO Musgrave to the CTS UPDATE 3 and some Cup: Although nothing is official, it's likely that Ted Musgrave will stay with the Ganassi-Sabates team(Daily Press)
    UPDATE: Ted Musgrave will drive the #1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge Truck for Ultra Motorsports in the CTS for the 2001 season(NOL), actually Musgrave signed a letter of intent, not officially signed yet(12-22-2000)
    UPDATE 2: The Ultra connection also will insure that Musgrave – who won the wildcard spot for the 2001 Budweiser Shootout – will have a Winston Cup car to drive at Daytona in February, that being Mike Wallace's #7 Ford(SpeedVision)(12-23-2000)
    UPDATE 3: Ted Musgrave will be the factory backed driver in the CTS #1 DODGE and also be running Cup in approximately 20 races this year and full time in 2002(with Ultra Motorsports 2nd team?). The formal announcement should be on Wednesday, Dec 27th(Ted Musgrave Site)(12-26-2000)

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