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(2-18-2001)
  • The Daytona 500 Winner: Michael Waltrip wins his first ever Winston Cup points race. His first win in his 463 Winston Cup race (the most races ever run before a driver won their first race). #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr was 2nd, #2-Rusty Wallace was 3rd, his best career finish in the Daytona 500. 4th was #28-Ricky Rudd and 5th was #9-Bill Elliott. See unofficial results at That's Racin'(2-18-2001)

  • Engine Teardowns: NASCAR officials are considering full engine teardowns of today's top finishers to weigh parts, which would be a replay of last summer's engine teardowns after complaints about the use of exotic metals and lightweight parts by some teams(Winston Salem Journal)(2-18-2001)

  • #75 Owner in Daytona: Darwin Oordt, whose #75 Winston Cup team is in limbo as he tries to find a sponsor, is in Daytona as a spectator. He declined comment on a breach of contract suit filed by his driver, Wally Dallenbach. According to printed reports, Dallenbach’s contract called for him to be paid a $1 million salary this season, a promotional fee of $600,000 and half of the team’s winnings, which last season came to $1.16 million. Oordt said he hopes to secure a sponsor and join the circuit at its third stop, March 4 at Las Vegas. Dallenbach has said he can’t afford to wait. He wants to be freed from his contract to seek another driving job. What, if any, compensation he is seeking has not been revealed(Tennessean)(2-18-2001)

  • Dodge Clock: The infamous Dodge countdown clock was broken with a sledgehammer by Ray Evernham on Saturday morning at Daytona International Speedway. The clock was started at 500 days and was set to end with the start of today's 500. Evernham, who guided Dodge back into Winston Cup, got the jump on the calendar(Speed Magazine)(2-18-2001)


    (2-17-2001)
  • #27 Sponsor? UPDATE it's Hills Bros: hearing the #27 Eel River Racing team will have a sponsor for the Daytona 500. No word yet on who the sponsor is. Could be one of the sponsors who missed out when their drivers failed to make the race, such as Kmart(but has #26 Spencer in the race), Hills Bros, K&N Filers (was on the #37 of Cope), Realtree(but is on the #3 as an assoc) or could be someone else. Also the #51 is looking for a sponsor for the race(2-16-2001)
    UPDATE: Hills Bros Coffee will sponsor the #27 Eel River Racing Pontiac and driver Kenny Wallace for the Daytona 500(Kenny Wallace Racing Site)(2-17-2001)

  • Graves to Sub: Andy Graves, team manager at Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, will replace suspended crew chief Kevin Cram on the #01 Cingular Wireless Dodge Intrepid R/T after the running of the Daytona 500. Kram is scheduled to begin a four-race suspension, and will remain on seasonlong probation, after NASCAR officials found an illegal substance in the car's fuel cell last week. Cram, who also has been fined $10,000, will resume his duties at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 25(Star Telegram)(2-17-2001)

  • Chassis Dyno UPDATE: Following Thursday's Twin 125's, NASCAR officials took several cars from each race and tested them on a chassis dynometer, which tests rear-wheel horsepower. The cars of #40-Sterling Marlin, #9-Bill Elliott, #25-Jerry Nadeau, #26-Jimmy Spencer, #3-Dale Earnhardt and #96-Andy Houston were tested after the first qualifying race. From the second race, the cars of #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #32-Ricky Craven, #2-Rusty Wallace and #22-Ward Burton were examined(That's Racin'). What is a Chassis Dyno? See my Racing FAQ for a brief explanation(2-16-2001)
    UPDATE: Rusty Wallace's Ford pulled 423 horsepower at the rear wheels, according to NASCAR sources. (The sanctioning body didn't release official figures.) But tghe #2 Ford was just a couple of horsepower better than the #22 Dodge whose motor was overheating late in the race, past 260 degrees. Eight cars tested were within 10 or so engine horsepower. But the #3 Chevy was so far off the pace on the dyno, pulling only 400 horsepower, that car owner Richard Childress ordered a second run to see what was wrong, and said that a valve problem was the culprit.(Winston Salem Journal)(2-17-2001)

  • Injured #20 Crewman Returns From 2000 Pit Road Accident: Seven months and 14 days. That's how long Mike Lingerfelt was sidelined from his tire changing duties on The #20 Home Depot Pontiac after a pit road accident in last year's Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. The 24-year-old Lingerfelt suffered a fractured left femur when he attempted to retrieve an errant tire on the fourth pit stop of the day on lap 157. The front tire changer from Marietta, S.C., was immediately taken to the infield care center where doctor Mark Gillespy made the diagnosis. Lingerfelt was then transported by ambulance to Halifax Medical Center where he underwent surgery. "They cut me open through my hip, going through all the tissue and the hip joint, and put a 15 and a half inch titanium rod down through the center of my femur," recalled Lingerfelt during some down time prior to Thursday's Gatorade 125 race. "The area where they put the rod in and went though all the tissue still gives me a little bit of trouble, but not enough to stop changing tires - especially here."(PR via Speedway Illustrated)(2-17-2001)


    (2-16-2001)
  • Petty Crewman Arrested UPDATE: A mechanic for NASCAR driver Kyle Petty was arrested after a city traffic accident seriously injured an off-duty beach patrol officer. Jeremy Lee Upchurch an engine tuner for Petty's #45 Dodge, was arrested and charged Monday night with aggravated battery with a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a crash with injuries, culpable negligence, driving with a suspended license and reckless driving(That's Racin'/AP)(2-14-2001)
    UPDATE: NASCAR driver Kyle Petty visited Halifax Medical Center on Wednesday night to apologize for a wreck police say was caused by one of Petty’s mechanics, a wreck that badly injured a Volusia County Beach Patrol officer. But family members and friends said Thursday that they wouldn’t let Petty see Alan White, who at the time didn’t know the circumstances that left him with multiple skull fractures, two cracked vertebrae and other injuries. They said White was too weak to see Petty. Also, Upchurch was fired from Petty’s team and was not with the pit crew for Thursday’s Twin 125 races. See the full story at the Orlando Sentinel(2-16-2001)

  • #92 Assoc Sponsors: Stacy Compton' front-row qualifying effort for the 43rd annual Daytona 500 has helped Melling Racing solidify two new associate sponsors PSI by Johnson Controls and SPX Service Solutions. Johnson Controls and SPX Service Solutions will partner with Melling Racing for the 2001 Cup season, beginning with Sunday's Daytona 500. Other sponsors on the car for 2001 are Kodiak, Dodge, Autoliv, Worldcom and Duckhead Footwear. The Johnson Controls PSI mirror is a tire-pressure monitoring system that uses radio frequency (RF) technology to deliver timely and accurate pressure information within one pound per square inch (psi). SPX Service Solutions is a fully-integrated family of global brands providing special service tools, advanced diagnostic and shop equipment and technical information for vehicle servicing and maintenance.(Melling Racing)(2-16-2001)

  • TV Money: As originally announced, the new TV deals were to be worth $2.8 billion over six to eight years, with Fox's contracts running six years and NBC's eight. That works out to an average, as originally declared, of about $400m a year. Actually, the money is arranged on a scale, with about $257m due from the two networks this season, to increase in subsequent years. That's up from about $110m under last year's individual track contracts. As has been the case for 20 years, the money is divided thus: 65% to the tracks, 25% to the competitors (via the posted awards) and 10% to NASCAR for administration, etc. That means the racers should expect $64.25m through purses and other distribution this year, up from about $27.5m last year -- a difference of $36.75m, which should be the increase noted in 2001. Owners and drivers are examining the matter closely to see a) whether the announced money is being paid, and b) how it is being distributed.(See full story by Ben Blake at SpeedVision, much info there)(2-16-2001)

  • Donlavey Streak Ends UPDATE: Virginia car owner Junie Donlavey(#90 Hills Bros Ford) had had a car in every Daytona 500 since 1979 until Thursday, when driver Hut Stricklin failed to make the field thanks to 22nd-place showing in the second 125-miler(Gaston Gazette)
    UPDATE: actually Donlavey has fielded a Ford in every Daytona 500 since its relocation to Daytona International Speedway from the beach in 1959(Keystone Marketing PR), probably a type from the Gazette but there was no Donlavey car listed in the 1970 Daytona 500 results either(2-16-2001)


    (2-15-2001)
  • New Sponsor for the #3: Earnhardt, team owner Richard Childress and representatives from Sonic made it official today when they affixed the Sonic logo to the lower rear quarter panel of the #3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevy. The three-year agreement will position Sonic as a major associate sponsor of the team and marks the company's most significant sponsorship in its 48-year history. Sonic, which specializes in made-to-order fast food, is known for its specialty menu items and quality customer service. One of Sonic's unique characteristics is the Carhop, a member of the Sonic crew who delivers food directly to customers' cars.(RCR PR)(2-15-2001)

  • Missing Graphics: Fox Sports wasn't able to fulfill its pledge to show sponsor logos for all cars in today's Daytona Twin 125-mile qualifying races. For five cars, the decision was understandable: those teams did not have a primary sponsor. But Fox said it wasn't able to provide graphics on seven other cars -- including those backed by major companies such as Kodak and Conseco -- because it didn't receive the necessary information from the teams in time to put together the graphics. The sponsored drivers who didn't have logos for today's telecast were #14-Ron Hornaday (Conseco Pontiac), #4-Robbie Gordon (Kodak Chevrolet), #50-Rick Mast (Midwest Transit Chevrolet), #77-Robert Pressley (Jasper Engines Ford), #71-Dave Marcis (RealTree Chevrolet), #72-Dwayne Leik (RealTree Chevrolet) and #84-Norm Benning (SoBe Chevrolet).(Newsday/AP)(2-15-2001)

  • Roush to honor Ford: This weekend, Jack Roush and Kurt Busch will step into a special place in Ford Motor Company's storied racing history. Roush Racing has agreed to help Ford celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Ford Racing by outfitting the #97 Roush Racing Ford Taurus with a special edition paint scheme for Thursday's Gatorade Twin 125 qualifying race and Sunday's Daytona 500. The special edition 100th anniversary paint scheme, intended for competition during Speedweeks only, depicts Henry Ford, race car builder Oliver Barthel, and Ford's original 1901 "Sweepstakes" race car which won "the race that changed the world" on the hood. The image of the 1901 car is highlighted by a graphic Ford Racing, 100 Years, and a cream and red ribbon flows front to rear over a blue base background.(Ford PR), see an image of the car on my Paint Schemes Gallery(2-15-2001)

  • Adam's car buried: Kyle Petty says the car in which his son, Adam, was killed at Loudon last year hasn't been destroyed, as car owner Sabates did with the car in which Kenny Irwin was killed. Petty won't say where the car is, but hints it may be buried somewhere near Level Cross, to keep souvenir hunters at bay.(Winston Salem Journal)(2-15-2001)

  • More on Winston Sponsorship: One way or another, expect R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. to continue its support of NASCAR's top division, as it's done since 1971. The Winston-Salem, N.C.-based tobacco company must drop all but one of its branded sports sponsorships as part of a master settlement agreement it signed with several states back in 1998. That agreement has led to speculation in recent weeks that RJR could drop its sponsorship of Winston Cup. But Rick Sanders, president of RJR's Sports Marketing Enterprises, said Feb. 8 that isn't the case. RJR will be allowed to keep one branded sponsorship - Winston Cup, for example - but it also will be allowed to have one or more sponsorships that carry its corporate name, just not a brand name of a cigarette. In theory, that would allow the company to stay involved in a number of sports and series.(in part from the Winston Cup Scene - need subscription to view online) See past news on the sponsorship on my Past NASCAR News page(2-15-2001)

  • a Presidential Appearance? President George W. Bush has been invited to Sunday's Daytona 500 and NASCAR sources say he could come in Saturday afternoon(Winston Salem Journal)(2-15-2001)

  • NASCAR R and D: NASCAR will open a research and development facility in Hickory, N.C., later this summer, according to sources close to the situation. The new office will house about 15-20 employees initially, including Winston Cup Director Gary Nelson and other technical personnel. The new site will allow NASCAR to perform a variety of R&D work, including safety testing. Sources familiar with the project said it will not include an on-site wind tunnel, but will have a chassis dyno, which will allow NASCAR to perform engine testing. Expect the facility to open in June or July, sources said(Winston Cup Scene - need subscription to view online)(2-15-2001)

  • Reggie Speaks: Carolina Panther and future NFL Hall-Of-Famer Reggie White addressed the entire Joe Gibbs Racing Organization on Wednesday February 7th. White spoke on the subject of "What it takes to be a Champion." Following the speech, White and Gibbs shared many former stories with the group about their battles when White was with the Philadelphia Eagles and Gibbs with the Redskins.(TOTAL Sports Marketing)(2-15-2001)

  • Earnhardt back to the Rolex 24? Dale Earnhardt expects to compete in the Rolex 24 at Daytona again in 2002. He also thinks many more of Winston Cup colleagues to be present. Earnhardt teamed with three other drivers(including his son, Dale Jr) to bring a Chevrolet Corvette home fourth in the Feb. 3-4 race(Gaston Gazette)(2-15-2001)


    (2-14-2001)
  • #25 Crew Chief: Gordon Gibbs will be the crew chief for Jerry Nadeau in the upcoming weeks. Tony Furr begins serving a four-week suspension next week at Rockingham, NC. Furr altered the suspension system on his car, earning a $10,000 fine, the suspension and a year's probation(Times Dispatch)(2-14-2001)

  • Wind Tunnel Trip UPDATE 3: NASCAR will take the top finishing manufacturer in the Bud Shootout to the Wind Tunnel in Marietta, GA for aero testing. The cars chosen were: #20-Stewart, #3-Chevy, #2-Ford and #9-Dodge(the only Dodge in the race-finished 12th)(Fox Sports Coverage)(2-11-2001)
    UPDATE: hearing it was reported on FSN that the Dodges had a substantial advantage in the arep tests in the wind tunnel, the Pontiacs and Chevys were very close in numbers and the Fords were at a slight disadvantage
    UPDATE: ESPN2's RPM 2Night reported that it's sources say Dodge had the best numbers in the wind tunnel, the reading(the lower the number, which means drag horsepower, the less drag on the car):
    Ford 522
    Chevy 509
    Pontiac 506
    Dodge 471(2-13-2001)
    UPDATE: Winston Cup Director Gary Nelson would not comment on the results, saying only that the information was still being evaluated, but other sources said the drag number for Dodge was .392 compared to .431 for Ford. Drag registers how smoothly air flows over the car. The more the shape of the car hinders air flow, the higher the drag numbers.(in part from the Lakeland Ledger) AND NASCAR wants to see how well the Fords perform Thursday in the Twin 125 qualifying races before considering changes to the car's aerodynamics package. NASCAR technical director Gary Nelson said Wednesday that the sanctioning body could order some changes after the twin 125-mile qualifying races. But he said wind-tunnel tests Monday were inconclusive and there were no plans to make changes unless needed. He said NASCAR will not release its numbers. But he said the sanctioning body might send cars back for additional testing next week(USA Today/AP)(2-14-2001)

  • #14 In trouble: NASCAR Online Buzz is reporting: Rumors circled throughout the garage Wednesday that the #14 A.J. Foyt Racing Pontiac team had shut down. A team spokesman said it was totally untrue. The report says the team was overstaffed and had released fabricators, motor room personnel and body hangers(NOL Buzz). Had not heard this at all(2-14-2001)

  • #36 Special Paint Scheme: #36 Ken Schrader will run a special Pedigree Dog Food paint scheme at Atlanta on March 11th. Pedigree Foods will donate $10.00 for every Winston Cup point Schrader earns in the 2001 Cup season(up to $50,000) to Homeward Bound, a charity organization that encourages responsible pet ownership as well as pet adoption. The car will also run at a few other unnamed races in 2001(from the RCCA catalog). See my Paint Scheme Gallery for an image of the car(2-14-2001)

  • No More STP: been asked many times, why is there no STP decals on the Petty Cars? as it was announced last year they would remain as an associate sponsor. Have heard from sources that STP will not be an associate sponsor on the Petty cars (#'s 43,44,45) and there is no sponsorship money being provided to the race team except for payment for Richard Petty to make occasional promotional appearances. Also,the STP name has also been removed from the sponsorship of the Daytona 500(was the Daytona 500 present by STP)(2-14-2001)

  • #28 in the wind: the #28 Texaco team was testing the #28 Ford at the Lockheed Wind Tunnel in Maretta, GA on Tuesday. No idea if they were testing a Daytona car or something else(2-14-2001)

  • No Bull 5 News: The R.J. Reynolds Tobacco folks have added a yet another perk to their annual Winston No Bull 5 promotion and that’s already made Rodney Mims of Clanton, AL a winner. Mims’ name was one of the five drawn for the first 2001 No Bull 5 event, the UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 at Las Vegas on March 4. And since his was the first name drawn in the lottery, Mims and 24 friends will get to meet one of the No Bull 5-eligible drivers at a party in Birmingham, AL on February 21. The eligible drivers are Dale Earnhardt, Kenny Wallace, Joe Nemechek, Jeff Gordon and Terry Labonte — the top five finishers in last October’s Diehard 500 at Talladega. Which one will make an appearance will be a secret until party time(Anniston Star)(2-14-2001)


    (2-13-2001)
  • Sponsors Not Shown nor Mentioned UPDATE Fox Relents: getting a ton of email on this, so let's cover it here so I don't get anymore email on it: as anyone noticed during Fox's coverage of the Budweiser Shootout, when an image was showed of a car that had a sponsor that was not advertising during the broadcast, the car was shown in it's colors, no sponsor decals. Also the announcers, Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds(who all did a nice job) only mentioned the cars by number and manufacturer, like the #3 Chevy, etc. For years CBS and TBS did the same by not mentioning the sponsor, never noticed the 'blank' cars on CBS. In fact the blank cars seemed to stick out more then the cars that were showed with it's decals (#'s 8,9,20,28 for instance, their sponsors had ads during the race)
    As for NBC - That's Racin' reported a few weeks ago: Mike Wells, the director for the NBC and Turner broadcasts in the second half of the season, said there is no list of sponsor names that his announcers will be prohibited from mentioning because they haven't paid so-called "mention money" to NASCAR. He said cars will continue to be identified as they always have been during broadcasts, and that if mentioning a sponsor's name is the best way to call attention to a particular car, then that's how it will be done.
    and from ESPN's RPM site: At the beginning of Sunday's Budweiser Shootout telecast, a series of graphics was used to show the starting lineup. The graphics showed a head shot of the driver along with a graphic of the car. The same was done in the postrace rundown. However, many of the cars shown in the graphics did not include any sponsor logos or identification. Sponsors who purchased advertising time with FOX did receive identification on the graphics. Joe Gibbs, team owner for Tony Stewart's winning car in the Budweiser Shootout, was surprised to hear that his sponsor's logos were not used on the graphic while others were(actually Home Depot was shown on the graphics but Interstate Batteries were not). And NASCAR president Mike Helton also expressed surprise with FOX's decision to show logos only for those who purchased advertising AND see a story at the Richmond Times.(2-12-2001)
    UPDATE 2: Fox has relented agreed to show the logos of all cars competing in NASCAR races even if they are not network sponsors. After meeting with NASCAR officials on Monday, Fox said it would use all the logos in its graphics beginning Thursday with the Gatorade 125s(ESPN/AP)(2-13-2001)

  • TV Stuff: The Fox broadcast of the Budweiser Shootout earned a 4.2 overnight rating and a 10 share, the best rating since 1998 for the event(Times Dispatch)(2-13-2001)

  • #01 tampered with? Felix Sabates, minority owner in Chip Ganassi Racing's #01 and #40 Dodges, said he has a "gut feeling" that someone outside the team put something in the fuel tank of driver Jason Leffer. On Monday, NASCAR officials disallowed Leffler's first round qualifying speed from Saturday, suspended crew chief Kevin Cram and fined him $10,000 for use of altered fuel. "I believe (the fuel additive) came from some other team," Sabates said. "I have a pretty strong suspicision, but you can't accuse somebody without proof. I don't have proof, but my Cuban belly button is telling me that something is there that ain't kosher."(That's Racin')(2-13-2001)

  • Labonte Wins: Winston Cup champion Bobby Labonte was given the ESPY for Driver of the Year at the annual ESPN awards show last night(Times Dispatch)(2-13-2001)

  • New #10/36 Digs: After Daytona, the Johnny Benson’s #10 Valvoline Pontiac team will move all of its employees to the new 40,000-square-foot race shop at the Concord, N.C. airport with teammate Ken Schrader’s. MB2 Motorsports team is now based in Mooresville, NC. Valvoline and MB2 Motorsports own Benson’s team and MB2 solely owns Schrader’s team.(MBV PR)(2-13-2001)

  • Hall of Fame: Marvin Panch, 1961 Daytona 500 winner, was inducted into the Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame, an event sponsored by the Oceanside Rotary Club. Two other racing pioneers inducted Monday night were Bill France Jr., International Speedway Corp.'s chairman of the board and chief executive officer, and retired Grand National and Winston Cup driver Donnie Allison. The festivities took place at the Hilton Daytona Beach Resort. Panch drove stock cars for 11 seasons, winning 17 winston Cup races. He retired from race car driving in 1966 but continued to work for a company that serviced brakes at the Speedway. Currently, he teaches a mechanics class on airbrakes and administers a test for federal certification in that field. Donnie Allison, 61, the 1967 NASCAR Grand National Rookie of the Year, was introduced by his brother Bobby, a 1991 Hall of Famer. Jim France stood in for his brother, Bill France Jr., to accept the Hall of Fame membership. Bill, 68, is recovering from a serious illness and could not attend Monday night's dinner(Speed Magazine)(2-13-2001)


    (2-12-2001)
  • No Changes in the Restrictor Plate UPDATE 3: NASCAR president Mike Helton said Monday that its unlikely NASCAR will give Winston Cup cars a larger restrictor plate - with 1-inch openings instead the 15/16ths of a inch the cars tested with last month - once Daytona 500 preparations begin. Ray Evernham said over the weekend that he suspected the larger plates might be used if speeds aren't a little higher than those in the 182 mph range seen in testing. ALSO, NASCAR does not plan to put restrictor plates on the trucks that will race at Daytona on Feb. 16th. That could change, however, if the trucks go faster than they're expected to in practice and qualifying(That's Racin')(2-6-2001)
    UPDATE: NASCAR officials, sources say, will announce tomorrow(Friday) the use of larger restrictor plates for Winston Cup cars at the Daytona 500(Toronto Sun)(2-8-2001)
    UPDATE 2: ESPN2's RPM 2Night reports that NASCAR won't make any changes to the restrictor plate until after the Budweiser Shootout on Sunday (Feb 11th 2:00pm/et), using the race as a test for the courrent rules....BUT from Speed Magazine - Team owner Ray Evernham mentioned that NASCAR might change the size of the holes in the restrictor plates this weekend at Daytona. NASCAR president Mike Helton said he had no intentions of changing the size of the holes, currently at 15/16 of an inch, to a 1-inch hole. "I don't know where that came from," Helton said. "We're pretty happy with the package. It's unlikely (we will change). It's not out of the question." Helton also said that restrictor plates won't return to New Hampshire, where NASCAR used them for the first time last year. "We've got some other things we're looking at to do in general on the race cars," Helton said without elaboration(Speed Magazine)(2-9-2001)
    UPDATE 3: NASCAR's Gary Nelson has ruled out any change in restrictor plates before the Daytona 500(Winston Salem Journal)(2-12-2001)

  • Winston and NASCAR - Sponsorship UPDATE 2: 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)
    UPDATE 2: Rumors that R.J. Reynolds might pull its Winston sponsorship from NASCAR's top series are premature. The Master Settlement Agreement, signed by the tobacco companies with the states in 1998, requires each company to limit itself to one brand sponsorship in non-age-restricted events beginning in 2002. Expect the Winston name to stay with NASCAR(Sporting News)(2-12-2001)

  • RCR Crewman Ill: Mike Hawkins, an engine man with Richard Childress Racing, will be flown home today to be treated for kidney stones. The team hopes Hawkins can return for Sunday's Daytona 500(Speed Magazine)(2-12-2001)

  • Musgrave: what happened to Ted Musgrave's #90 Ford that made him come down pitroad as the green flag waved to start the Budweiser Shootout? because a wheel on the #90 Ford was loose(That's Racin')(2-12-2001)

  • #98 Team Done? MacPherson Motorsports won't field a Winston Cup team this year from the building it has had under construction in Concord. Instead, the 54,000-square-foot building will be leased or sold when it's complete. The building is to be completed in the summer, construction has been halted for a week, however, with only the concrete slab complete. MacPherson, an Atlanta developer, couldn't find a sponsor. In September, MacPherson Motorsports brought 4 acres in West Winds Business Park with plans to move the race team from a former Cale Yarborough facility near Harrisburg, NC. The $3 million building was to have been finished by spring, in time for part of the NASCAR season. Last season, MacPherson drivers raced in three events with temporary sponsors. Driver Jeff Fuller was to have raced the #98 car in Winston Cup races, beginning with this month's Daytona 500. But a permanent sponsor couldn't be signed. An operation that builds engines for other teams is profitable and will remain in the former Yarborough shop(Charlotte Business Journal)(2-12-2001)

  • Pole Slowest since and Dodge facts: #9-Bill Elliott's pole speed Saturday for the Daytona 500 is the slowest since Ramo Stott won the pole in 1976 with a lap of 183.456mph. Elliott also has the fastest pole speed at Daytona, 210.364mph, set before restrictor plates were mandated to slow the cars.
    The last time a Dodge won a pole was by Neil Bonnett at Bristol on April 1, 1978.
    The last time a Dodge won the pole at Daytona was by Buddy Baker in 1973.
    The last Dodge Daytona 500 victory was by Richard Petty in 1974.
    The last time a Dodge competed in the Daytona 500 was by Rick Baldwin in 1983(Roanoke Times)
    Last Dodge Daytona victory was by Richard Petty in July 1975.
    Last all Dodge front row at the Daytona 500 was when Buddy Baker and Bobby Isaac did it in 1969.
    Last Dodge to run in Winston Cup was #76-Phil Good at Pocono on June 8, 1985.
    Last Dodge to win a Winston Cup race was #5-Neil Bonnett at Ontario, CA on Nov 20, 1977.(2-11-2001)

  • an interesting point: When NASCAR officials decided to disallow Jerry Nadeau's qualifying time yesterday, it raised an interesting question. With the Winston Cup series having only one round of qualifying the rest of the season, what happens if an unapproved part is found? According to NASCAR, drivers no longer have to post an official qualifying time to use a provisional, they only have to practice. So a driver could have a penalty on a qualifying issue but still have access to one of the seven provisionals for the race(Richmond Times Dispatch)(2-11-2001)

  • #92 Body and...: Qualifying runs at Daytona International Speedway ended with Stacy Compton and the #92 Kodiak Dodge Intrepid R/T earning a front row position for the Daytona 500. Compton posted a lap of 182.682mph, the second-quickest time turned in by a Dodge. Stacey Compton and the Melling Racing team qualified with a car outfitted with a Dodge Intrepid R/T racing body fabricated by Body Dynamics Racing Bodys AND www.NBC6.com just launched a new addition to their web site. They have partnered with www.bodydynamicsracing.com to bring live fabrication web cams to their "ON TRACK", motorsports portion of their web site. Now race fans around the world can get up to date NASCAR information, watch archived video footage of the "On Track" motorsports show and now via live web cams, see how professional racecars are fabricated, prepared and painted. Go to www.nbc6.com to see them(2-12-2001)

  • NASCAR issues a Bunch of fines and 2 suspensions: NASCAR Officials announced today the suspension of two NASCAR Winston Cup Series crew chiefs for rules violations discovered in pre- and post-qualifying inspections for the Daytona 500.
    Tony Furr, crew chief of the #25 Chevy, received a four-race suspension and a $10,000 fine for not meeting the minimum height specifications following Saturday's qualifying at Daytona. The team's qualifying time was disallowed. Furr was penalized under Section 12-4-T in the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series rule book, "Any modification that permits the lowering of a race car while in competition..." Furr was fined an additional $2,500 for fuel cell violations prior to Saturday's qualifying. Furr was penalized under Section 12-4-U, "Any violation of fuel cell or fuel cell container specifications..." Both of these violations place Furr on probation until the end of the year. Along with the above-mentioned penalties, Furr was issued another $250 fine for adjustable braces and penalized under Section 12-4-Q, "Any determination by NASCAR Officials that parts and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform: adjustable braces..." Furr's suspension begins on Friday, Feb. 23rd at the North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, NC.
    Kevin Cram, crew chief of the #01 Dodge Intrepid, received a four-race suspension and a $10,000 fine for fuel violations during Saturday's qualifying. The team's qualifying time was disallowed. Cram was penalized under Section 12-4-AA, "Use of altered fuel or fuel other than the official fuel at the event..." Cram's suspension will begin on Friday, Feb. 23rd at the North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, NC.
    Gary DeHart, crew chief of the #5 Chevy received a $5,000 fine and placed on probation for the year for roof air deflector violations prior to Saturday's qualifying. DeHart was penalized under Section 12-4-Q: "Any determination by NASCAR Officials that parts and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform: roof air deflectors." DeHart also received an additional $1,000 fine for fuel cell violations prior to Saturday's qualifying. He was penalized under Section 12-4-U, "Any violation of fuel cell or fuel cell container specifications..."
    Additional fines were levied against the following crew chiefs for rules violations prior to Saturday's qualifying for the Daytona 500 at Daytona:
    Joe Garone, #96-Ford, Thin control arm,$2,500
    Mike Ford, #9-Dodge, Thin control arm, $2,500
    Robbie Loomis #24-Chevy, Unapproved fuel cell check valve, $1,000 and Unapproved air deflecto $250
    Royce McGee #31-Chevy, Unapproved underpan, $1,000
    Paul Andrews #1-Chevy, Fuel cell check valve violation, $1,000 and Oversize fuel cell container $250
    Chris Carrier #33-Chevy, Oversized fuel cell containers(2) $500 and Windshield template violation $250
    Larry Carter #66-Ford, Fuel cell check valve violation $250 and Adjustable braces $250
    Frankie Stoddard #99-Ford, Oversized fuel cell container $250
    Stan Hoover #80-Ford, Fuel cell check valve violation $500
    Tim Brewer #7-Ford, Adjustable braces $250
    Patrick Donahue #19-Dodge, Adjustable braces $250
    Robin Pemberton #2-Ford, Adjustable braces $250
    Kevin Hamlin #3-Chevy, Oversized fuel cell container $250
    Barry Dodson #27-Pontiac, Oversized fuel cell container $250
    Lee McCall #40-Dodge, Adjustable braces $250
    (NASCAR PR)(2-12-2001)

  • Nadeau's Run Disqualified UPDATE 3 Penalty soon? Furr Suspended?: #25-Jerry Nadeau's second-place time was disqualified due to an unapproved shock absorber and spring shackle discovered in post-qualifying inspection. So Nadeau's speed of 182.763 mph has been disallowed and it moves #92 Dodge driver Stacy Compton into the front row. Elliott and Compton are the only drivers locked in their starting positions for the Daytona 500(ESPN)(2-10-2001)
    UPDATE: #92-Stacy Compton inherited the outside spot on Row 1 when Jerry Nadeau's second-fastest lap at 182.763 mph was disallowed. Nadeau's car failed to meet the minimum height requirement in post-qualifying inspection. There's also the matter of further potential penalties and, almost certainly, fines for Nadeau's #25 Hendrick Motorsports team. NASCAR officials, meanwhile, were working on figuring out the parts they confiscated from the rear suspension of Nadeau's Chevy. "We have disallowed his time," said Gary Nelson, Winston Cup Series director. "The height of the roof was more than a half-inch low in inspection. Some of the suspension parts we have in our possession … and we are holding these parts for further study. We will decide what further action to take." Nelson said Nadeau will "most likely" be allowed to make a second-round qualifying run on Monday to post a speed that could help him make the Daytona 500 field if he doesn't finish in the top 15 in Thursday's second 125-mile qualifier.(That's Racin')
    AND Because Nadeau ran timed laps in practice, he would not need to requalify, NASCAR garage chief Gary Nelson explained, although Nadeau could try again in Monday's second round in order to establish a fast time. Nelson would not be more specific, although he indicated further penalties were possible. Nelson, accompanied by Nadeau crew chief Tony Furr, was seen walking to the NASCAR office carrying a spring shackle/wedge bolt assembly. There also was word that the car's rear shocks had been confiscated, although rear shocks at Daytona and Talladega are sealed units handed out by NASCAR(SpeedVision)(2-11-2001)
    UPDATE 2: NASCAR president Mike Helton said any further penalties as a result of questionable suspension parts found on the Chevrolet of Jerry Nadeau will likely be announced Monday(That's Racin')
    UPDATE 3: hearing crew chief of the #25 UAW-Delphi Automotive Chevy, Tony Furr, will be suspended for four races (Rockingham thru Darlington) and fined $10,000(2-12-2001)

  • Leffler also DNQ'd? UPDATE yes: hearing from sources at the track that #01-Jason Leffler's 1st round speed will be thrown out as there is some irregularity found in the cars fuel system possibly an additive in the fuel
    UPDATE: Two days after the fact, NASCAR announced Monday that #01-Jason Leffler has been disqualified for use of questionable fuel in Saturday's first round of Daytona 500 time trials. Analysis of a routine fuel sample revealed what NASCAR called "discrepancies", and Leffler's time was disallowed. Leffler had been 36th-fastest in the opening session. Immediately after qualifying, NASCAR disallowed the time of Jerry Nadeau, who had been second-fastest, for failure to meet minimum height requirements. Parts from the car's rear suspension were confiscated, and penalties are expected. Penalties had not been announced in either case as of midday, although NASCAR said it intends to announce its actions Monday. Last year, questionable fuel was found in the car of Jeremy Mayfield. The result was a $50,000 fine, subtraction of 151 championship points, and a four-week suspension for crew chief Peter Sospenzo. Leffler, like Nadeau, will be shown with no time and will start his 125-mile qualifying race Thursday at the end of the field. He would have started 18th in the second 125(SpeedVision)(2-12-2001)


    (2-11-2001)
    see the Feb 5-11, 2001 Archived News Page


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