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PAST NEWS FEB 5-11, 2001



  • Points Money: here is the list of Points Money earned by the Top 10 Winston Cup drivers announced at the banquet:
    1) Bobby Labonte - $3,386,640
    2) Dale Earnhardt - $1,103,995 + $1,000,000 No Bull Five win
    3) Jeff Burton - $770,685 + $1,000,000 No Bull Five win
    4) Dale Jarrett - $617,376 + $1,000,000 No Bull Five win
    5) Ricky Rudd - $519,066
    6) Tony Stewart - $440,757
    7) Rusty Wallace - $387,447
    8) Mark Martin - $334,138
    9) Jeff Gordon - $292,458
    10) Ward Burton - 260,788 (12-10-2000)

  • Most Popular....Elliott, again UPDATE: By a 2-to-1 margin, Bill Elliott is this year's Most Popular Driver over Dale Earnhardt. It's Elliott's 10th consecutive award and 15th in the past 17 years. Darrell Waltrip interrupted the run in 1989 and 1990(Daily Press)(11-21-2000)
    UPDATE: For the 10th straight year and for the 15th time in his career, Bill Elliott is the winner of the National Motorsports Press Association's Most Popular Driver Award for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Elliott, the 1988 Winston Cup champion, received 38.8 percent of more than 280,000 votes cast this year in balloting conducted by the NMPA. Dale Earnhardt, a seven-time Winston Cup champion, finished second in the voting with 16.2 percent of the vote. Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon and 2000 Winston Cup champion Bobby Labonte rounded out the top five in the vote. David Poole presented this year's award at the annual Myers Brothers Breakfast that kicked off Friday's activities at the Winston Cup Awards Banquet. The breakfast was held at the Starlight Roof of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The Waldorf's Grand Ballroom is the site of the banquet Friday evening(ESPN 8:30pm/et). Elliott has won the award every year since 1991. He also won it five straight years from 1984 until 1988 until Darrell Waltrip interrupted his reign by winning the 1989 and 1990 awards. Fifty-eight drivers received at least one vote and 20 different drivers getting at least 1,000 votes(That's Racin'). NOTE: this is only vote info I have seen, have not seen the top 10 or 20 or what the vote totals were(12-8-2000)

  • Did ya know? When Bobby Labonte won the 2000 Winston Cup Championship, he and his brother Terry, who won it in 1984 and 1996, have become the first brothers to do so in Winston Cup history. There have been two father-son pairs; Lee and Richard Petty, and Ned and Dale Jarrett AND Bobby Labonte is the first former BGN champ(since the series began in 1982, not counting the old Sportsman division) to win the Winston Cup championship(11-12-2000)

  • Winston Preview: get this question asked a lot, saw the answer: The 2001 T. Wayne Robertson NASCAR Winston Cup Preview is scheduled for January 6, 2001 at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, NC(National Speed Sport News Print Edition) for more see my Racing Charities Page(9-6-2000)

  • Hall of Fame UPDATE: Ten men with ties to NASCAR have been nominated to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega: Cotton Owens, Ray Fox, Glen Wood, Maurice Petty, Jack Ingram, the late Red Byron, Tim Richmond, Neil Bonnett, Alan Kulwicki, and Ray Hendrick(Daily Press)(8-9-2000)
    UPDATE: 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)

  • 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 did televise the competition on November 26th at 5:00pm/et(10-21/11-27-2000)
    AND - 1999 Pit Crew Competition Results: from the 33rd annual Rockingham Pit Crew Competition at North Carolina Speedway on Oct 23rd, 1999: Pit Crew Competition Results(10-26-1999)

  • Now ONLINE: NASCAR Winston Cup Scene Magazine, is now available in an online version for its more than 135,000 subscribers

  • Most Popular Driver Award: get asked often who the top 10 were in the balloting for the 1999 NMPA Winston Cup Most Popular Driver voting which Bill Elliott(for the 14th time in the last 16 years, DW won the other two) won in 1999. 22,916 votes were cast, Elliott got 13,849(60.4%), 2nd was Dale Earnhardt who had 2,423 votes. The remaining top 10 were: 3) Jeff Gordon; 4) Dave Marcis; 5) Dale Jarrett; 6) Rusty Wallace; 7) Mark Martin; 8) Dick Trickle; 9) Tony Stewart; and 10) Bobby Labonte. 49 drivers received votes via the 900 phone number(Winston Cup Scene)(12-10-1999)

  • RPM2Nites Top 50 North American Racers of the Century: from 9 thru 50 can be seen at: RPM 2Night reveals its Top 50 drivers, the others are #1-AJ Foyt; #2=Richard Petty; #3=Mario Andretti; #4=Dale Earnhardt; #5=David Pearson; #6=Dan Gurney; #7=Rick Mears; #8=Al Unser Sr.

  • MSN's CarPoint's Guide to NASCAR(2-9-2000)

  • Miss Winston: the site is www.MissWinston.com about, you guessed it, Miss Winston, currently Renee Perks(8-11-1999)

  • Speed Magazine: Racing fatalities in the past


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    (2-11-2001)
  • More Safety and the HANS: in part from That's Racin': Saturday morning at an oceanfront hotel in Daytona Beach, Ford brought in people who make their living studying how the human body reacts to the kind of impacts seen in auto racing crashes. These true experts were there to conduct for the media a seminar similar to one Ford presented to the its drivers during a testing session here in January. Paul Stanecki, the aerodynamics manager for Ford's racing program who also coordinates the racing program's various safety efforts, brought video presentations of computer models generated from data collected during crashes in CART racing and applied to typical crashes seen in NASCAR. The video was dramatic. It showed clearly that a test dummy was subjected to far less potentially damaging stresses when protected by a HANS device. Dr. Robert Hubbard, a professor of biomedical design research and the man who invented the HANS device, was there, too. He said that he believes that if Petty or Irwin had been wearing his device, they could have survived their crashes at New Hampshire last year(See full story at That's Racin' - Safety vs. media hype)(2-11-2001)

  • TV Guide Covers..again: TV Guide will feature four collector's covers with Cup drivers for its Feb.17 issue. Kyle Petty and Matt Kenseth will be featured alone on covers. Defending champion Bobby Labonte and teammate Tony Stewart will share a cover as well as Dodge teammates Bill Elliott and Casey Atwood. All covers will be on newsstands Monday(Roanoke Times)(2-11-2001)

  • Why No NOL Live Scoring? Turner Sports Interactive has re-launched NASCAR.com, with a new design. However, Turner apparently overlooked maintaining maybe the most important function of the Web site: real-time updates of practice sessions and time trials. When ESPN ran the Web site last year, ESPN had a connection with NASCAR's computers to provide live updates from practice, qualifying and races. Turner did not have the same technology in place for Friday's Daytona practices and Saturday's qualifying. It was doubtful the real-time scoring would be available in time for today's Bud Shootout(AJC), sources tell me plans are for the live-scoring to be functional by the Twin 125's(2-11-2001)

  • Newman Wins ARCA Race: Ryan Newman, the protege of Winston Cup veteran Buddy Baker and soon-to-be teammate to Rusty Wallace and Jeremy Mayfield at Penske Racing, won his first race at Daytona International Speedway, capturing a victory in Sunday's Discount Auto Parts 200. Newman's win was his fourth in just six starts in the ARCA series, but his first on a superspeedway. Newman held off ARCA veteran Bob Strait by .210 seconds for the win. Frank Kimmel was third, pole winner Kirk Shelmerdine fourth and Stuart Kirby fifth(That's Racin')(2-11-2001)

  • Interesting Challenge at Las Vegas - Drivers: Thanks to The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, drivers who race in both the NASCAR Winston West event at the Bullring and the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 NASCAR Winston Cup race will compete for three nights of luxury at the Strip resort in The Venetian Challenge. Officials at The Venetian have agreed to offer any driver who can finish in the top three in both the Feb. 28 NAPA 300 and Sunday's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 the following:. a three-night stay in the hotel's Penthouse suite and the driver's spouse or significant other will receive a $20,000 shopping spree in the Grand Canal Shoppes.(LVMS PR). So far Brendan Gaughan
    is the only one I know of who will attempt both(2-6-2001)
    UPDATE: Michael Waltrip has committed to compete in the Feb. 28 NAPA Auto Parts 300 NASCAR Winston West Series event at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Waltrip, who drives the #15-NAPA Chevy for Dale Earnhardt in Cup, will make his first NASCAR Winston West starts since he won at Pikes Peak in July of 1997. Waltrip will be driving a car prepared by Orleans Racing and will be a teammate of defending series champion Brendan Gaughan and NASCAR veteran Herschel McGriff. Waltrip and Gaughan are scheduled to compete in both the NAPA Auto Parts 300 and the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 NASCAR Winston Cup event on Sunday, March 4. As part of The Venetian Challenge, they both will be eligible for a special bonus from The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino. If either driver places in the top three in both races they will receive a three-day stay in The Venetian's penthouse suite and their wife or significant other will receive a $20,000 shopping spree in The Grand Canal Shoppes(LVMS PR)(2-8-2001)
    Hornaday Added: #14-Ron Hornaday has decided to compete in the NAPA Auto Parts 300 NASCAR Winston West Series event on Feb. 28 at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Hornaday, who will be competing in the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 on March 4, will be driving a car prepared by Las Vegas' Bobby Pangonis. Hornaday has six career wins in the NASCAR Winston West Series, but his last win came in 1996 at Colorado National Speedway in Erie, Colo. One of his wins came in 1994 at the old Las Vegas Speedway Park, which was the forerunner of the Bullring. Hornaday joins Michael Waltrip and Brendan Gaughan in The Venetian Challenge. "That is awesome," Hornaday said. "We.re going to win that deal and enjoy it. I'll even take the money and give it to charity."(LVMS PR)(2-11-2001)

  • More Parts: NASCAR inspectors collected another batch of unapproved parts during pre-qualifying inspections on Saturday. Several springs were confiscated from the teams of #1-Steve Park, #88-Dale Jarrett, #11-Brett Bodine, #10-Johnny Benson, #92-Stacy Compton (two), #84-Norm Benning, #19-Casey Atwood (two) and #80-Morgan Shepherd. In addition, the roof spoiler was confiscated from #72-Dwayne Leik(That's Racin')(2-11-2001)


    (2-10-2001)
  • RCR Announcement UPDATE a new sponsor: Richard Childress Racing Enterprises who run the #3 and #31 Cup team and the #2 and #21 BGN teams, have a Major Sponsorship Announcement on Friday, February 9th in Daytona Beach(RCR PR)(2-2/9-2001)
    UPDATE: Richard Childress Racing (RCR) announced that America Online (AOL) will be the primary sponsor of 2000 BGN Rookie-of-the-Year Kevin Harvick's limited Cup program in 2001. Harvick, 25, will debut the #30 Chevy at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 11th. He is also scheduled to compete at Texas(April 1), Lowe's (May 27), Sears Point (June 24), Chicagoland (July 15), Bristol (Aug. 25) and Richmond (Sept. 8). The seven-race schedule will be Harvick's first foray into Winston Cup competition. The new team will be the third Winston Cup program, and fifth overall, run out of the RCR shops in Welcome, N.C. RCR also fields the NASCAR Winston Cup teams for seven-time champion #3-Dale Earnhardt and #31-Mike Skinner, as well as the BGN teams for #2-Harvick and #21-Mike Dillon.(RCR PR), NOL has an image of the car(2-10-2001)

  • Winston Gives to award more $$: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and its Winston brand have increased the annual Winston Cup points fund by more than $2 million for the 2001 season. Last season, went to $10 million, with $3 million going to the series champion, Bobby Labonte. The 2001 points fund now amounts to $13,020,000, with $3.6 million being paid to the series champion and $1.35 million to the second-place finisher. An additional $360,000 is available to drivers this season through the Winston Cup leader bonus, which pays $10,000 each race to a driver who wins and leads the points race as a result. If the bonus is not paid during a weekend, it rolls over to the next race(That's Racin')(2-10-2001)

  • The Winston Stays the Same: No changes are planned for this season's running of The Winston all-star race, May 19 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The race will continue to be run in three segments, of 30 laps, 30 laps and 10 laps. As was done last season, the winner of both The Winston Open and the No Bull Sprint will transfer into the field for The Winston. There are now 21 drivers eligible for The Winston. Winners from the 2001 season are Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte, Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt, Ward Burton, Rusty Wallace, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon, Jeremy Mayfield, Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart, Steve Park and Jerry Nadeau. Bill Elliott and Terry Labonte are eligible as former Winston Cup champions; Michael Waltrip is eligible as a past winner of The Winston; and drivers John Andretti and Joe Nemechek are eligible as qualified drivers from the 1999 season. Should a nonqualified driver win a race before the event, that driver would be added and the 1999 winners, Andretti and Nemechek, would drop out.(That's Racin'), see my 2001 The Winston page for rules and drivers(2-10-2001)

  • Bad Parts: NASCAR inspectors collected several unapproved parts from Winston Cup teams before the day's first practice on Friday. Four teams, those of #24-Jeff Gordon, #1-Steve Park, #80-Morgan Shepherd and #66-Todd Bodine, had unapproved check valves in their fuel systems. Seven teams, those of #01-Jason Leffler(actually team source tells me it was the #40 Dodge, not the #01), #66-Bodine, #19-Casey Atwood, #2-Rusty Wallace, #25-Jerry Nadeau, #32-Ricky Craven and #7-Mike Wallace, had unapproved adjustable braces. Also confiscated were A-frames from the cars of #9-Bill Elliott and #96-Andy Houston; the roof spoiler and unapproved filler material from the car of #5-Terry Labonte; fuel cell containers from the teams of #27-Kenny Wallace, #33-Joe Nemechek, #99-Jeff Burton, #3-Dale Earnhardt and #1-Steve Park's fuel cell from his Bud Shootout car. The rear windshield from Nemechek's car was also confiscated for not conforming to the NASCAR template(That's Racin')(2-10-2001)

  • Squier at Fox: Fox has now added longtime CBS commentator Ken Squier to its television team. Squier has been named "pre- and post-race essayist." Apparently, his role will be similar to the role played by Jack Whitaker in coverage of Triple Crown thoroughbred races(Gaston Gazette)(2-10-2001)

  • Engineer Leaves Petree: Terry Satchell, one of the sport's top chassis engineers, surprised his long-time car owner, Andy Petree, last month when he said he wanted to leave. Satchell added an even bigger surprise when he showed up at Daytona in a Ford cap. Petree, a Chevy man, is upset, particularly since he says Satchell has a year on his contract. Satchell is now working for Ford doing research and has signed a contract with Ford(Winston-Salem Journal)(2-10-2001)


    (2-9-2001)
  • New Associate for the #12: Sony Electronics will team with Penske Racing and the Mobil 1 Taurus team of driver Jeremy Mayfield as an associate sponsor beginning in 2001. Sony has selected the award-winning FD Trinitron WEGA(pronounced .VAY-Ga.) television line to be represented on the race car. Throughout the season, the WEGA logo will appear on the associate sponsorship capacity on the upper-front rear quarter panel of Mayfield's Mobil 1 Taurus, as well as on his uniform. Sony will also continue the Sony Tech Pit, which made its debut last season at Winston Cup tracks. The Sony Tech Pit is a 60-by-80-foot mobile road show engineered to give fans a front-row seat for an interactive look at the latest products in home entertainment, digital imaging, car audio and personal computers. It features a fast.moving sensory experience, giving fans the opportunity to interact with Sony products, and present the many ways to assemble their own home entertainment system, and enjoy the thrills of WEGA televisions and home theater demonstrations in Dolby Digital surround sound. The exhibit will also include computer-simulated races, a Sony showcar and feature personal appearances by Jeremy Mayfield at selected events(Williams Company), see an image of the car on my Paint Scheme Gallery(2-9-2001)

  • TMS 2nd Date Argument increases: Bruton Smith on Friday disputed Bill France's claim that NASCAR had never promised Smith a second Winston Cup series date for his track in Fort Worth, Texas. During media activities Thursday at Daytona International Speedway, France, chairman of NASCAR's board of directors, said Smith was never promised a date and that Smith had "told the story so many times, I think he believes it himself." Bruton, whose Speedway Motorsports Inc. also owns tracks at Atlanta, Charlotte, Sears Point, Bristol, Las Vegas, said France's claim was "simply not true." Smith said time was "long overdue" for Texas Motor Speedway to be given a second stop on the Winston Cup series schedule.(That's Racin')(2-9-2001)

  • #27 gets help....by a fan: When Devin Birmingham, vice president of Eel River Racing(#27 Pontiac), opened the mail last week he got a little surprise from one of Kenny Wallace's fans - a note with a check for $15. With the #27 team still searching for a primary sponsor, Navy Chief Petty Officer William Downs wanted to do his part to see his favorite driver in the Daytona 500(That's Racin')(2-9-2001)

  • Johnson's Plans: Jimmie Johnson, who is scheduled to run for Winston Cup rookie of the year with Hendrick Motorsports(#48 Team) in 2002, will hold off on the Cup series for now as he attempts to improve his BGN performance. Johnson will probably run four to six Cup races, but none before the August race at Michigan Speedway(Gaston Gazette-Nuts and Bolts)(2-9-2001)

  • Bill France Appearance: Bill France Jr., chairman of the board of NASCAR, made a surprise visit Thursday to media day activities at Daytona International Speedway, one of his few public appearances of the past several months. France, who has battled cancer over the past year, showed up at the Daytona Club following the announcement of the lineup of Sunday's Budweiser Shootout. France walked to the lectern and started a brief question-and-answer session with the following announcement: "I'm kind of getting back, as you can see. I'm not kicking ass yet, but I am taking names. The rest will come later," he said.(That's Racin')(2-9-2001)

  • Dodge at Daytona: With Dodge in the mix, Daytona will be exciting. Chevrolet has won seven of the last 12 Cup races at Daytona. The other five were won by Ford cars and Ford won the last three. Word from the shops is that Dodge might have a difficult time at Daytona - but will pick up steam after that(RaceWarrior)(2-9-2001)

  • Petty and RCR Settle: Petty Enterprises has reached agreement with Richard Childress Racing to buy out the contract of a former RCR employee. The fabricator, Ricky Johnson, had been an RCR employee since May 1999. He signed a contract in February 2000 and resigned Oct. 6, 2000.(That's Racin')(2-9-2001)

  • New #2/Wallace sponsor(assoc): Expect to hear Rusty announce a new relationship with Learjet in the upcoming weeks(RaceWarrior)(2-9-2001)

  • #85 Associate? hearing the #85 Mansion Motorsports Team and driver Carl Long will have an associate sponsor, Noopco, for the Daytona 500(Mansion Motorsports Unoff Site)(2-9-2001)

  • Sadler Buzz: According to Hermie Sadler, he was all set to partner with WWF superstar Dwayne Johnson(The Rock), on a full time Winston Cup operation known as Rock Racing. But WWF owner/president Vince McMahon told Johnson that he wouldn't allow use of the name or likeness of The Rock character. Thus, the deal was nixed, and Sadler was forced to renege on prior plans to purchase equipment, cars, tools and even personnel from Joe Bessey Motorsports(NOL), see the past rumor/news on that at the #60 Team News and Links page. Being told from sources close to Sadler that he has not been contacted by the #48 BGN team as reported in the Buzz and that he is still looking for a ride(2-9-2001)

  • New NASCAR Online(NOL) UPDATE it's up and running and some of the BUZZ: In stock-car racing terms, nascar.com gets a new paint job Friday (Feb 9th). But if the site lives up to what the crew chiefs at Turner Sports are promising, a new look won't be what makes the site truly different. Right now, says nascar.com executive vice president and general manager Drew Reifenberger, you have to visit five or six different sites to get what he calls a "complete NASCAR experience." Turner Sports president Mark Lazarus says that fans want "the buzz, the rumors, the hard news. Our mission was to become the definitive site for NASCAR fans, period." Most leagues take an active role in determining what goes on their site. But Paul Brooks, NASCAR's vice president of broadcasting, says NASCAR decided to give its new Internet partner the same independence it gives television partners. The new nascar.com will feature news stories from Turner's corporate sibling, cnnsi.com, and a "rumors" area put together by Turner Sports employees. The rumors area was inspired by jayski.com, a fan-produced page that has become NASCAR's equivalent of the Drudge Report. Jayski founder Jay Adamczyk got a few feelers from nascar.com to work for them, but nothing ever materialized. Embracing hard news and rumors on its own site will be an interesting experiment for NASCAR, which always seemed extra-sensitive to media criticism.(in part from the USA Today)(2-6-2001)
    UPDATE: Turner Sports Interactive will re-launch NASCAR.com, the official site of NASCAR, on Friday, Feb. 9 with a new look, improved navigation and some ground-breaking new elements. Through NASCAR.com, Turner Sports and NASCAR will work together to provide unprecedented editorial coverage of the sport, enabling NASCAR fans to find original, breaking news, colorful anecdotes and insider access to the always-churning rumor mill in an area called "The Buzz." NASCAR.com will also debut other exciting new features, such as videostreaming of race highlights, expanded garage cameras and photo galleries, archives of past races, live and taped audio, as well as traditional NASCAR features and stories by some of NASCAR's most highly regarded television analysts. Racecast will complement the TBS Superstation, NBC and FOX telecasts with live timing, real-time statistics, scoring and in-car cameras and audio during all Cup and BGN races. The new site will also continue to offer NASCAR fans all the popular content and features they currently enjoy, including important news and notes from all of NASCAR's drivers, teams and tracks, audio feeds, official up-to-the-minute point standings and chats with NASCAR personalities. NASCAR.com will also provide users with some of the industry's best information resources through AOL and CNN/SI.(NASCAR PR)(2-9-2001)


    (2-8-2001)
  • #50 Gets News Engines: #50 Midwest Transit owner, Hal Hicks has contracted Pro-Motor Engineering for his teams GM engine program in 2001. Since the deal was just struck, the team will lease their Daytona engines from another source. Pro-Motor Engineering will start at Rockingham and continue throughout the rest of the season(Pro-Motor Engineering)(2-8-2001)

  • No Points Change: After careful consideration, NASCAR officials have decided against changing the Winston Cup point system for 2001. Bobby Labonte won the 2000 championship by 275 points over Dale Earnhardt, clinching the title with one race remaining. For the fifth time in seven years, a point system designed to produce a close battle resulted in one that lacked drama. NASCAR director of operations Kevin Triplett said in November that there could be tweaks to the system for 2001, including bonus points for leading at certain points of races and more points for winning. But changes to a format that has been in place since 1975 have been ruled out for now(Dallas Morning News)(2-8-2001)

  • #75 Galaxy Motorsports delay's 2001 start UPDATE Dallenbach sues team: Darwin Oordt, #75 team owner, yesterday announced that he won’t have a car in the Daytona 500 but said he hopes to re-join the Winston Cup circuit by its third race, March 4 in Las Vegas. Oordt has met with a sponsor and feels optimistic that things will work out. Wally Dallenbach, who drove for Oordt last season, is still under contract, but whether he will return or not remains unresolved(Tennessean), more info on the team via my #75 Team News and Links page(2-6-2001)
    UPDATE: Frustrated over several issues with his car owner, Wally Dallenbach took his grievances to court by filing a breach of contract suit in North Carolina this week. The suit, filed in Mecklenburg County in the Charlotte area on Monday, charges Galaxy Motorsports and owner Darwin Oordt with failing to meet certain obligations in Dallenbach's driver contract. Dallenbach said filing the suit was a last resort option since he is bound by contract to drive for Galaxy.(Speed Magazine)(2-8-2001)

  • Leitzinger to run at Watkins Glen: Cicci-Welliver Racing will return to this year's Global Crossing@the Glen Winston Cup race in August with accomplished road racer Butch Leitzinger. The team's first choice would have been road race specialist Ron Fellows, who won last year's Lysol 200 BGN race at Watkins Glen. Fellows had already committed to return to the Glen with Joe Nemechek's team. Boris Said, another road race veteran, was also not available. Cicci-Welliver chose Leitzinger, who finished a close second to Fellows in the Lysol 200. The two-time world sports car champion and three-time 24 Hours of Daytona winner will drive the #34 Chevy owned by Frank Cicci Jr., and cousins Scott and Jeff Welliver. They had considered gambling on other road racers who were inexperienced in NASCAR racing, such as Champ Car(CART) driver Max Papis. Cicci said they are still negotiating for a sponsor to complete the deal. It is likely that the New York State Tourism bureau will return as the primary sponsor with its "I Love New York" campaign. Leitzinger, of State College, has made only a few NASCAR appearances, all on road courses. He has three Busch North Series wins: two at Line Rock Park, Conn., and one at the Glen. He finished 20th in his last Watkins Glen Winston Cup race in 1996 in the No. 29 Cartoon Network Chevy. Todd Bodine had been Cicci-Welliver's primary Winston Cup fill-in driver at Watkins Glen, competing twice in the past, including last year. In 1997, Bodine and Cicci-Welliver Racing earned the pole qualifying spot. Bodine is now competing full time in Winston Cup with the #66 Haas-Carter team(Elmira Star Gazette)(2-8-2001)

  • Foyt gets cars back: Two cars from the A.J. Foyt-George Snider race team that were stolen about a mile from Indianapolis Motor Speedway in September were recovered by police. The alloy steel frames of the cars had been cut up and disposed. The two cars driven by Eddie Carpenter and J.J. Yeley for the Foyt-Snider race team in the U.S. Auto Club Silver Bullet series were valued at about $45,000 each(That's Racin'/AP)(2-8-2001)

  • Atlanta Testing: Cup and BGN testing will occur at Atlanta Motor Speedway Feb 20-21st. Fifteen drivers from the NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch Series are expected for two intensive days of testing in preparation for the March 9-11 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500 weekend. Drivers expected to test are former NASCAR Winston Cup champion #88-Dale Jarrett, #28-Ricky Rudd, #15-Michael Waltrip, #11-Brett Bodine, #77-Robert Pressley, #33-Joe Nemechek, #66-Todd Bodine, #19-Casey Atwood, #14-Ron Hornaday, and BGN drivers #2-Kevin Harvick, #1-P.J. Jones, #33-Tony Raines, #21-Mike Dillon, #?-Jason Jarrett, #?-Bobby Hillin Jr., #14-Larry Foyt and #61-Tim Sauter.(AMS PR)(2-8-2001)


    (2-7-2001)
  • #77 and Hotjobs.com: Jasper Motorsports will team up with HotJobs.com, a leading Internet recruiting solutions company, to run a co-primary sponsorship package on the #77 Jasper Engines & Transmissions Ford driven in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series by Robert Pressley.  The marketing partnership will encompass all on-track activities during Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway, in Daytona Beach, FL. HotJobs.com will share the hood, decklid, lower quarter panel and C pillar with Jasper Engines & Transmissions during all of Speedweeks 2001, including the running of the Gatorade Twin 125 race as well as the 43rd annual Daytona 500 on February 18(Jasper Motorsports PR)(2-7-2001)

  • #97 Sponsor? have heard no sponsor yet for the #97 Roush Racing Ford and driver Kurt Busch, but the Roush Racing site only has ads for their truck sponsorships, not for the #97 Ford or the #9 BGN Ford(as they had in the past) who are supposedly without a 2001 sponsor(2-7-2001)

  • #4 Sponsor: CD-2 Automotive Performance Products, a division of Turtle Wax, Inc., has renewed its relationship with #4 Kodak Robby Gordon and extended sponsorship to the Morgan-McClure Motorsports team and its #4 Kodak Chevy. CD-2 and it¹s unmistakable neon logo will adorn the rear quarter panels and television panel of Gordon¹s Monte Carlo as a major associate sponsor for 2001. CD-2 Automotive Products is comprised of a wide range of engine-related additives. Robby Gordon¹s affiliation with CD-2 dates back to 1999; since that time Turtle Wax has repositioned the classic brand with a whole new look and impactful new product offering.(Co-Pilott PR)(2-7-2001)

  • New Wind Tunnel: The new ARC (Auto Research Center) is a joint effort between Raynard and Penske Racing and located right next door to Penske South in Mooresville, NC. This new aerodynamics facility allows teams to test 50-per cent scale models of their cars on a moving ground plane, inside a wind tunnel. Add to this the ability to yaw the car from side to side and the possible test data gets long and important. It may not replace the conventional tunnels now widely in use, but it will be on every serious Winston Cup teams schedule shortly. See full story at Speedway Illustrated(2-7-2001)

  • IROC to honor champs: There have been 16 past champions of IROC and all of them will be honored during the year with their names on the practice cars. The four drivers that will be recognized in Round 1 at Daytona are Bobby Allison, Mark Donohue, Mario Andretti and Dale Earnhardt. Daytona USA will also feature two of IROC's classic cars in a special exhibit. The exhibit will have a Camaro that was wheeled by Dave Marcis and a Porsche piloted by the late Donohue, who won the inaugural series. Marcis is now IROC's lead test driver(Speed Magazine)(2-7-2001)

  • Stewart to Sub in IROC? UPDATE: hearing that Tony Stewart was offered yesterday afternoon to fill-in for Gil deFerran at Daytona in the IROC race due to deFerran injuries in a recent CART practice/test session. Stewart supposedly accepted the offer, but will have to get out of his deal to do TV for the IROC Daytona race(Matt Yocum/FoxSports)
    UPDATE: Tony Stewart will replace 2000 CART FedEx Series Champion Gil de Ferran in the first round of the 2001 True Value International Race of Champions at Daytona International Speedway. De Ferran had two incidents in recent Champ car test sessions resulting in injuries to his shoulder and ribcage. The 2001 CART testing schedule requires teams to do all testing out of season, concluding March 8th, which complicates Gil's injury situation. Tony Stewart, a two-time veteran of the True Value IROC Series, finished sixth in the final 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup points standings. Regarding de Ferran's replacement Signore said, "Tony is next in line according to the points standings and already in place at Daytona for the 500. We're grateful for his enthusiasm and proud to have him back in the series."(IROC Racing PR)(2-7-2001)


    (2-6-2001)
  • Winston and NASCAR - Sponsorship UPDATE: Look for R. J. Reynolds to announce by mid-season whether it'll remain as title sponsor of the Winston Cup. R.J. Reynolds presently enjoys sponsorship deals with the NHRA and the Vantage senior golf tournament. Under terms of the tobacco settlement, Reynolds and the other manufacturers can have just a single brand sponsorship after 2001. The company has been in discussions with NASCAR officials. It might not be the slam dunk deal it appears. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), who has close ties to NASCAR, said racing officials have led him to believe that R. J. Reynolds probably won't return and there'll be a new sponsor for what is now the Winston Cup series.(CNN/SI)(2-3-2001)
    UPDATE: Under terms of an agreement made with several states' attorneys general, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company must choose one cigarette brand sports sponsorship to continue beyond the end of this year. It now sponsors Winston Cup racing and National Hot Rod Association)NHRA) drag racing with its Winston Brand and a Senior PGA Tour tournament in Winston-Salem through Vantage. Winston Cup is by far its most visible, but company officials will say now only that, while they are considering the options, RJR's relationship with NASCAR remains strong(That's Racin')(2-6-2001)

  • Daytona - Big Payday: In the first Daytona 500 in 1959, Lee Petty pocketed $19,050 in prize money for taking the checkered flag. Second-place finisher Johnny Beauchamp earned $7,650. The purse for the race totaled $67,760. How times have changed. This year’s 43rd annual running of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 18 will award the winner an estimated $1.3 million, with the race’s entire purse totaling $11 million, an estimated increase of $2 million from last year. The second-place finish in the Daytona 500 will be awarded more than $900,000. Tickets are still available for Speedweeks and the Daytona 500(see the Daytona Speedway Site)(2-6-2001)

  • PPI and Safety: In an effort to improve safety for its NASCAR Winston Cup athletes and personnel, PPI Motorsports will implement several new and continuing initiatives for its Tide Racing(#32-Ricky Craven) and McDonald's Racing(#96-Andy Houston) teams this season. The team's safety measures, which will be developed and used throughout the season, include the following components:
    Testing and development of pit safety helmets for over-the-wall crews
    Required use of race day fire suits by all pit support personnel
    Utilization of the HANS device by drivers #32-Ricky Craven and #96-Andy Houston
    Installation of six-point safety harnesses, foam bead seat liners, pedal-activated throttle safety switches and cable-activated throttles in the team's Tide and McDonald's Fords.
    PPI Motorsports began testing and using the HANS device, six-point safety harnesses, foam bead seat liners and throttle mechanisms last season with positive results. The team's new measures - pit safety helmets and fire suits - extend the initiative beyond the drivers to include other at-risk personnel. See the PPI Motorsports site for details and more info(2-6-2001)

  • Hass-Carter, New look in 2001: Haas Carter Motorsports teams have two new paint schemes, one new driver and two slightly modified car names for the event. Both teams will be a little lighter this season, as Big has been dropped from both cars. The #26 team now is simply the Kmart Ford Taurus. The hood and rear deck lid sport a big red K on a solid white background. Three shades of blue striping compliment the red and white #26 on the sides and top of the Haas Carter Ford. A solid red background from the hood to rear decklid will adorn the #66 Route 66/Kmart Ford for the 2001 season. The sides are white with a burnt orange stripe around the entire base of the car. Jimmy Spencer returns to pilot the #26 car for Haas Carter Motorsports. Todd Bodine joins the operation as driver of the #66 Route 66/Kmart Ford Taurus for the 2001 season(Haas-Carter PR). See an image of the cars on my Paint Scheme Gallery(2-6-2001)

  • Pruett Contract situation UPDATE 2: Scott Pruett, recently released from the #32 Tide Winston Cup Ride at PPI Motorsports is running a GTS Saleen S7R, in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Pruett still has two big-money years remaining on a contract Pruett signed last winter with PPI Motorsports owner Cal Wells. Wells, a longtime Indy-car owner, jumped into NASCAR's Winston Cup wars last year and convinced Pruett, a veteran Indy-car driver, to come along for the ride. The first year was a predictable struggle. The team failed to qualify for seven of the 34 races, there was just one top-10 finish. Beginning Monday Pruett will continue trying to get out of his contract with Wells. Wells, who still owns Pruett's services for the next two years, signed off on allowing Pruett to run here this week. Pruett wants unconditional freedom, but that doesn't come until he's out of the Wells deal. Naturally, Pruett would like for Wells to simply buy out the remainder of the contract, while Wells would hardly agree to such a "compromise," considering that me might use Pruett in NASCAR's two road-course races later this year.(in part from Speed Magazine)(2-2-2001)
    UPDATE: .... there is interest from the Kelley Racing camp in running a third car for Indianapolis with Pruett serving as a teammate to Scott Sharp and Mark Dismore. Kelley Racing general manager Jim Freudenberg said last week that his team would consider a third car, but was under the impression that Pruett was not available since he is technically still under contract with PPI(SpeedVision)(2-5-2001)
    UPDATE 2: Pruett has joined ESPN2's RPM2 Night show and appeared on the show during it's first 2001 weekday show on Monday(2-6-2001)

  • Former World Champ Visits: Phil Hill, the 1961 Formula One World Champion, got a first-hand look at NASCAR racing when toured the Richard Childress Racing complex on Monday. Hill, the first American to win the F1 World Championship (the second being Mario Andretti in 1978), is North Carolina on assignment for Road & Track. He will be climbing behind the wheel of a current #3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevy on Tuesday at North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway(bring it back....) to do a then-and-now track comparison with Junior Johnson and his 1963 #3 Chevy Impala(RCR Racing PR)(2-6-2001)

  • Kenseth's BGN Run: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #17 DEWALT car will compete in 20(not 21 and not 19) BGN races in 2001. Nineteen companion events with Winston Cup races and then run one at Milwaukee in July.(Roush Racing PR x 3)(2-6-2001)

  • More NASCAR License Plate News: The payment of royalties to NASCAR for racing-theme license plates does not violate the state's(West Virgina) constitution, a Kanawha Circuit judge ruled Wednesday. Wildlife enthusiasts brought suit in November against the state Division of Motor Vehicles and the NASCAR. That lawsuit was filed after another judge threw out a nearly identically worded lawsuit the month before. It was argued that paying royalties to NASCAR violates the state constitution, which allows money from the sale of the plates to be used only for administrative costs. They argued that royalties are not administrative costs, but Kanawha Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib Jr. disagreed. The plaintiffs are concerned the NASCAR plates will hurt the sale of wildlife plates. Proceeds from the wildlife plates go into the Division of Natural Resources' Nongame Wildlife and Natural Heritage Program(Charleston Gazette). More info on NASCAR license plates, New York, West Virgina and Virgina on my Collectible Links page(2-6-2001)

  • Safety Comments from Larry Woody of the Tennessean: All the talk and attention that swirled around the issue of NASCAR safety last year seems to have cooled. Unfortunately. It shouldn’t take another racetrack tragedy to re-focus attention on the matter. Efforts shouldn’t lag in trying to find ways to build safer track walls, reliable ways to prevent stuck throttles, dependable helmets and harnesses. What were sizzling issues in the wake of last year’s driver fatalities seems to have been all but forgotten amid the excitement swirling around the start of a new season and the attendant Daytona 500 dazzle. Here’s three painful reminders why the safety issue should not be neglected: Adam Petty. Kenny Irwin. Tony Roper.(Tennessean)(2-6-2001)


    (2-5-2001)
  • Another Petty? Many readers reported that during the telecast of the Rolex 24 on Speedvision, announcer Bob Varsha revealed that Kyle Petty mentioned that Austin Petty, Kyle's second son, was planning on being a race driver. Seemed odd, as most reports in the pasted noted that, Austin had stated that he had no interest in racing(2-5-2001)

  • Rolex 24 at Daytona - NASCAR drivers do ok: The winning car, shared by Americans Chris Kneifel and Johnny O'Connell, Canadian Ron Fellows and Frenchman Franck Freon, gave Corvette its biggest sports car win. It also was the first time Chevy has won the overall title in America's most prestigious road race since Roger Penske's Chevrolet-powered Lola won in 1969 with Mark Donohue and Chuck Parsons driving. A lot of the attention before and during the race was focused on Team Corvette's second entry, co-driven by road racing veterans Andy Pilgrim and Kelly Collins and NASCAR stars Dale Earnhardt and son Dale Jr., both making their first sports car start. The No. 3 'Vette hung in gamely, overcoming transmission problems and a series of spins on the wet track to finish fourth, two laps behind the GT class Porsche GT3RS of Wolfgang Kaufmann of Germany, Ciril Chateau of France and Lance Stewart and 14 laps behind the winners. Kyle Petty came in 7th; Butch Leitzinger came in 14th; Boris Said was 39th,;Lyndon Amick and Bill Lester were 40th; Paul Gentilozzi, John Miller, Scott Pruett, Anthony Lazarro were very deep in the field(CNN/SI/AP)(2-5-2001)

  • Schrader at Phoenix UPDATE: Ken Schrader, driver in the Winston Cup series (#36 M&M's Pontiac), kicked off the Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring season by capturing the pole for the NAPA Auto Parts Winter Heat event presented by BOSCH at Phoenix International Raceway. Schrader toured the one-mile oval in 27.324 seconds, averaging 131.752 mph to top Bud Pole Qualifying. Featherlite Southwest Series veteran, M.K. Kanke wound up second to Schrader in qualifying. The 42-car starting field was closed out following two qualifying events won by Kevin Vernon and Jim Petit II. The 100-lap event will take the green flag at noon on Sunday(PRI PR)(2-3-2001)
    UPDATE: At the finish, it was Ken Schrader taking the win ahead of M.K. Kanke and Greg Pursley. Darrell LaMoure notched his best PIR finish with a fourth place and Rick Carelli was fifth. Schrader’s win was his second in Featherlite Southwest Series cars during the month of February. It was also his 10th win at PIR since 1980, making him the hands-down winningest driver in PIR’s storied history(PIR)(2-5-2001)


    (2-4-2001)
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