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PAST NEWS MAR 5-11, 2001




(3-11-2001)
  • Incredible, Amazing, Unreal! what else can you say. What a shocking and welcome upset win at Atlanta. #29-Kevin Harvick, a rookie in his third Winston Cup race, who took over for the late Dale Earnhardt in the Richard Childress Racing GM Goodwrench Chevy (changed to #29 from #3), WON the Cracker Barrel 500 by .006 seconds over #24-Jeff Gordon. Harvick's margin of victory was .006 of a second --- a few inches. One year ago, Earnhardt had won by .010 of a second over Bobby Labonte. The car was the same car that Dale Earnhardt used at the fall Atlanta race(not won with in the spring as reported). Harvick becomes the 159th driver to win in the history of the Winston Cup series. Harvick is 11th in points after four races despite getting no driver points for the first race. All three Hendrick drivers finished in the top five, #24-Gordon was 2nd, #25-Nadeau was 3rd and #5-Terry Labonte was 5th. Gordon takes over the Winston Cup Points lead by 37 over #88-Jarrett, third is #10-Johnny Benson and former leader #40-Marlin falls to 4th after blowing an engine. It's the first time Gordon has led the points since Feb 1999. See a story at That's Racin':
    Harvick wins a thriller and
    Cracker Barrel 500 results(3-11-2001)


    (3-10-2001)
  • AASE Makes Suggestions: The American Society of Safety Engineers sent an open letter to NASCAR in January, suggesting that the sanctioning body increase its safety efforts. Three drivers -- Adam Petty, Kenny Irwin and Tony Roper -- were killed in crashes last season. AASE president Samuel J. Gualardo asked NASCAR to "implement new safety products and initiatives such as soft walls to prevent such tragedies from occurring in the future." Gualardo also recommended that NASCAR form a safety committee and offered the AASE's assistance(Sporting News). See the letter and NASCAR's response at the CNN/SI Site(3-10-2001)

  • #97 Sponsor? UPDATE 3: rumor floating around that Newell-Rubbermaid may be a sponsor for the #97 Roush Racing team and driver Kurt Busch. But sources with the team say they have not heard that at all(3-5-2001)
    UPDATE: actually hear the sponsor will be Sanford with their Sharpie Marker Line being featured, Sanford is owned by.....Newell Rubbermaid. An announcement could come in Texas in a few weeks, if that is the sponsor. Sharpie will also be the title sponsor of the race at Bristol in August, the Sharpie® 500(3-6-2001)
    UPDATE 2: Roush Racing, which fields four Winston Cup, two BGN and two CTS teams, has had several high-profile sponsors and two dot-com companies leave or reduce their participation because of economic reasons. Despite losing companies like Northern Light, Exide and John Deere, Roush has been able to find new sources of cash, company president Geoff Smith said. Smith said he expects to add sponsors for rookie Kurt Busch's #97 Winston Cup car and for one of the two trucks. Gain detergent recently agreed to back Jeff Burton's Busch car(Atlanta Journal Constitution)(3-7-2001)
    UPDATES 3: the weeks Speedway Scene mentions Pizza Hut as a psooible sponsor for either the #97 or one of the Roush CTS teams(3-10-2001)

  • DW Tests the HANS: Darrell Waltrip, FOX TV commentator and former NASCAR Winston Cup driver, flanked by fellow race commentator Jeff Hammond and brother Michael Waltrip, guided Darrell into the fit and feel of the new HANS (head and neck support device system) safety device. Darrell, wearing a 1997 IROC uniform, said he wanted to "see first hand what the HANS device felt like while sitting behind the wheel." Brother Michael's #15 NAPA Chevrolet Monte Carlo was used for the test(AMS Site)(3-10-2001)

  • Dallenbach Free: Driver Wally Dallenbach said he has legally severed his ties with #75 Owner Darwin Oordt and is free to pursue other opportunities. Dallenbach was in the Atlanta Motor Speedway garage where he was "just making myself seen, letting people know I’m available." Oordt hopes to return in the Pepsi 400 at Daytona in July(Tennessean)(3-10-2001)

  • Seat Belts: The #92 Dodge of Stacy Compton and the #97 Ford of Kurt Busch, had their seat belts confiscated because there was no proof that they were less than five years old, which is NASCAR's age limit for belts(Atlanta Journal Constitution)(3-10-2001)

  • NASCAR Buys Building: NASCAR has bought a building in Conover, NC for its first research-and-development field office. NASCAR officials said that the building, formerly owned by racer Dale Jarrett's company, would be used as a safety-testing and competition center. The center has been planned for the past year and may be open by late summer(Winston Salem Journal) AND NASCAR has purchased Dale Jarrett's former BGN shop in Hickory, NC, and officials plan to put a safety crew at that site. Todd Bodine said that crew would build and test cars to make them safer(Richmond Times Dispatch)(3-10-2001)

  • Schrader to run some ARCA: Ken Schrader, driver of the #36 M&M's Pontiac (Pedigree this weekend) plans to use his off-weekend from the series in mid-April to run in the April 13 PFG Lester 150 ARCA race at the new Nashville Superspeedway. Schrader, a seven-time winner in the ARCA series, will run a Pontiac in the inaugural race at the 1.33-mile concrete superspeedway. Schrader said he plans to run two additional ARCA events this season, at the dirt mile track at DuQuoin (Ill.) and Salem Speedway(That's Racin')(3-10-2001)

  • Hamilin Helps out Harvick: Kevin Hamlin, crew chief for the Winston Cup team(was #3 now #29) of the late Dale Earnhardt, will serve as race-day crew chief for Kevin Harvick during Harvick's Grand National series races this weekend at Atlanta and next weekend at Darlington. Harvick's crew chief in the BGN series, Todd Berrier, was suspended for two races by NASCAR for an oversized fuel cell found in Harvick's #2 AC Delco Chevy last weekend at Las Vegas. Greg Burkhart, who works in engine shop for Harvick's team, and car chief Darin Nestlerode will work on car setup. Harvick took over driving duties for Earnhardt's Winston Cup team two weeks ago at Rockingham, and worked with Hamlin last season during some test sessions with Earnhardt's team(That's Racin')(3-10-2001)

  • Valvoline and BBBSA: Pro Football Hall of Famer Lynn Swann announced a $1 million pledge from Valvoline to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) if Valvoline NASCAR driver Johnny Benson wins a pole position and race on the same weekend for any of the remaining Winston Cup races in the 2001 season. Swann also announced that Benson has been named an honorary Big Brother and is the new national spokesperson for Valvoline's Caring Hands program, taking over the role held by former Valvoline driver Mark Martin. Valvoline also will make donations to BBBSA throughout the 2001 season based on Benson's on-track performance: $5,000 for a win, $2,500 for a pole, $1,000 for a top ten 10 finish, $500 for a top 20 finish and $20 for each lap led. By virtue of Benson's fourth place finish at last week's Las Vegas race, Valvoline will donate $1,100 to the local BBBS agency. See more on my Racing Charities page.(Business Wire)(3-10-2001)


    (3-9-2001)
  • #27 in Trouble? UPDATE 3 - Sponsor For Atlanta: Team sources say the Eel River Racing team may be nearing the end of the line. The Pontiac team and driver Kenny Wallace have competed in the season’s first three races without major sponsorship, and the latest blow occurred supposedly when NASCAR refused to allow a proposed sponsorship from Penthouse magazine. The crewman said the team was operating practically on a "day-to-day" basis, with parts and other materials ordered over the winter still stacked up and unopened in a warehouse(Gaston Gazette)(3-5-2001)
    UPDATE: From Kenny Wallace - "Again I have to comment on rumors that have no foundation. Once again Monte Dutton has written an article which simply has very little truth to it. Don't get me wrong, I respect Monte, but that article simply does nothing more then take our team apart from the inside out and scare away sponsors, not just from the 27, but all of NASCAR. The Eel River Racing Team, is where ME, KENNY WALLACE, drove Sunday, and WILL drive next Sunday, and the rest of the season. SIMPLE."(Kenny Wallace Site)(3-7-2001)
    UPDATE 2: A spokesman for the Eel River Racing team disputed suggestions the team is in imminent danger. While still sponsorless, he said the team was still running full speed ahead at present and operating "as if we had sponsorship." He also said the rumor that NASCAR had prevented the team from accepting sponsorship from Penthouse magazine was groundless.(Gaston Gazette) UPDATE - Sponsor for Atlanta: Williams Bros. Lumber Company, an Atlanta based Building Material and Lumber Supplier, has agreed to be the primary sponsor of the #27 Kenny Wallace Pontiac for this Sunday's Cracker Barrel 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This one race sponsorship will be Williams Bros. first on the NASCAR circuit, they have sponsored several local drivers at local and southeast tracks and earlier this year sponsored Mark Gibson in the ARCA race at Daytona. Jerry Johnson and Sonny Calhoun, the owners of Williams Bros., are big race fans and are very excited about the sponsorship. The #27 Pontiac race car will be white with several large red and black WB logo's on the fenders and bumpers. The hood will remain blank due to no long term sponsorship.(3-9-2001)

  • #55 Associate: Andy Petree Racing announced today that Bari Italian Foods will join the #55 Square D team and driver Bobby Hamilton as an associate sponsor for the remainder of the 2001 Winston Cup season. Bari Italian Foods, a major food distributor to independent restaurants in the Southeast, will be serve as an associate sponsor on the Square D Chevrolet. Andy Petree Racing is still seeking a full-time sponsorship partner that will work with Square D for the remainder of the 2001 season(IMG PR)(3-9-2001)

  • Penalties #50: NASCAR officials announced they have penalized NASCAR Winston Cup Series crew chief Greg Conner for rules violations (A-frame not meeting the minimum thickness) discovered in inspection prior to last Sunday's UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nev. Conner, crew chief of the #50 NASCAR Winston Cup Series team, was fined $1,000 and penalized under Section 12-4-Q in the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series rule book: "Any determination by NASCAR Officials that parts and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform...or have not been approved by NASCAR..."(NASCAR PR)(3-9-2001)

  • Ads: Atlanta Motor Speedway has pulled all of its Earnhardt-related advertising going into Sunday's Cracker Barrel 500. Earnhardt is the defending race champion and had been featured on billboards around Atlanta, as well as in TV spots and other advertising. The race program cover shows Earnhardt racing side-by-side with Bobby Labonte to the finish. Track President Ed Clark, a long-time personal friend of Earnhardt's, said the program had been printed before the fatal Daytona 500 crash(Tennessean)(3-9-2001)


    (3-8-2001)
  • Seat Belt News: NASCAR may be close to solving the mystery of Dale Earnhardt's broken seat belt, but officials have provided no new information amid widespread speculation about what killed its biggest star. Earnhardt was killed in a crash on the last lap of the Feb. 18 Daytona 500 when his car slammed nose-first into the turn-four wall. Five days later, NASCAR officials revealed that they found a broken seat belt in Earnhardt's car. They said only that the belt came apart, however, and have refused to divulge further details or speculate on what might have caused the belt to break. Though sources say NASCAR is having the lap belt analyzed by an outside consulting firm, NASCAR President Mike Helton declined to confirm or deny that March 2. Helton said NASCAR still has Earnhardt's car and continues to investigate the crash. He said it has no time table for concluding its investigation.(Winston Cup Scene/need subscription to read)(3-8-2001)

  • Penalties #33: NASCAR officials announced today they have penalized NASCAR Winston Cup Series crew chief Chris Carrier for rules violations (A-frames not meeting the minimum thickness) discovered in inspection prior to last Sunday's UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nev. Carrier, crew chief of the #33 NASCAR Winston Cup Series team, was fined $2,000 and penalized under Section 12-4-Q in the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series rule book: "Any determination by NASCAR Officials that parts and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform...or have not been approved by NASCAR..."(NASCAR PR)(3-8-2001)

  • Penalties #12: NASCAR officials announced today they have penalized NASCAR Winston Cup Series crew chief Peter Sospenzo for rules violations (adjustable braces) discovered in inspection prior to last Sunday's UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nev. Sospenzo, crew chief of the #12 NASCAR Winston Cup Series team, was fined $250 and penalized under Section 12-4-Q in the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series rule book: "Any determination by NASCAR Officials that parts and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform...or have not been approved by NASCAR..."(NASCAR PR)(3-8-2001)

  • Penalties #31: NASCAR officials announced today they have penalized NASCAR Winston Cup Series crew chief Royce McGee for rules violations (performance enhancing additive to the air filter) discovered in inspection prior to last Sunday's UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nev. McGee, crew chief of the #31 NASCAR Winston Cup Series team, was fined $5,000 and penalized under Section 12-4-Q, 20-5.12 in the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series rule book: "Any determination by NASCAR Officials that parts and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform...or have not been approved by NASCAR..."(NASCAR PR)(3-8-2001)

  • Testing at TMS: #5-Terry Labonte and #97-Kurt Busch tested at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this week(Dallas Morning News)(3-8-2001)

  • Euro TV: NASCAR was expected to announce its international TV deal this week. The deal means Winston Cup races will be televised in more than 50 countries, primarily by EuroSport. The deal also includes a couple of Busch Series races.(Winston Cup Scene/need subscription to read)(3-8-2001)


    (3-7-2001)
  • Oakwood Homes Gone: Advertising and marketing have become cost-cutting targets, and NASCAR is feeling the pinch. Team Owner Andy Petree said hard economic times for Oakwood Homes are the reason the mobile home manufacturer is not renewing its sponsorship of his #33 Chevrolet, driven by Joe Nemechek. Petree is looking for a primary sponsor for the 2002 season, but said he would welcome a new company this year as a joint sponsor. Petree is also searching for an associate sponsor on his #55 car, which is sponsored by Square D and driven by Bobby Hamilton.(Atlanta Journal Constitution)(3-7-2001)

  • Wind Tunnel Testing hearing that the APR #55 Sqaure-D Chevy was at the GM Tech Center in Warren MI on Monday and Tuesday doing wind tunnel testing(3-7-2001)

  • Rusty Testing? hearing that Rusty Wallace is testing the #2 Miller Lite Ford at Darlington today(3-7-2001)

  • Testing at Martinsville: A few teams will be testing at Martinsville Speedway in the new few weeks: March 20-21 – #1-Steve Park, #24-Jeff Gordon, #6-Mark Martin, #97-Kurt Busch, #21-Elliott Sadler. and on March 27-28 – #12-Jeremy Mayfield, #44-Buckshot Jones, #96-Andy Houston and #??Hermie Sadler(Martinsville Speedway PR)(3-7-2001)

  • Elliott Honored: Two-time Daytona 500 winner and 15-time National Motorsports Press Association "Most Popular Driver" Bill Elliott was honored by the March of Dimes with a special "Race Car Driving Legend Award" Tuesday night at its National Athletic Awards ceremony in Detroit. Elliott has been making headlines lately not only for his performance on the track, but also for leading Dodge's return to NASCAR Winston Cup racing. Last year, he announced his decision to join legendary crew chief Ray Evernham as the veteran driver with rookie Casey Atwood in the new Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T race cars. Elliott has long been recognized for his philanthropic efforts. He has been involved with charities such as Special Olympics and the Make-A-Wish Foundation(Golin/Harris PR)(3-7-2001)

  • Jarrett's Results net $12,500: Dale Jarrett's success in Las Vegas this past weekend results in a $12,500 donation from Ford Credit to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to help in its mission to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. Jarrett finished in second place in Sunday's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after winning the pole position during Friday's qualifying.(Campbell Co PR), see my Racing Charities page for more info(3-7-2001)

  • Some Earnhardt Publishing News: Late last week, Broadway Books won the auction to pay Sports Illustrated senior writer Leigh Montville $200,000 for a bio on the late Dale Earnhardt due out in the fall. Sports Illustrated found that its Feb. 26 issue was selling out - even in the Southeast, where it cranked out an extra 126,000 copies. The 3.2-million mag usually sells an average of 89,393 newsstand copies a week, but the Earnhardt issue could easily end up tripling that amount. SI also put out 900,000 copies of a special Dale Earnhardt commemorative issue that went back on press for another 536,000(NY Post)(3-7-2001)


    (3-6-2001)
  • Yates to Supply Junie's Engines UPDATE NO: Due to a significant lack of performance, the #90 Hills Bros Ford owned by Junie Donlavey has plans to start using Robert Yates engines(NASCAR.com BUZZ)(3-5-2001)
    UPDATE: Junie Donlavey released the following statement today regarding the status of the #90 Hills Bros Coffee Racing Team engine program: "I am confident that changing the engine program at this time is not the right move for this team. We will continue to rely on Mark Smith and Tri-Star Motors to supply the engines for the Hills Bros Coffee Ford."(Keystone Marketing PR)(3-6-2001)

  • Trouble in the #6 Camp? UPDATE: Tensions are in overdrive on the Roush Racing No. 6 crew of Mark Martin. Last season was difficult enough, when the team had problems and lost a significant number of crew members. Now rumors coming from that camp are that both crew chief Jimmy Fennig and car chief Shawn Parker are unhappy with upper management. Parker seemed exceptionally hot last Sunday after two less-than-perfect pit stops(Sporting News)(3-5-2001)
    UPDATE: despite what was reported, being told that there are no problems at the Roush Racing #6 team. Parker was simply upset because he hurt his hand during the pit stop and showed a little temper(3-6-2001)

  • #36 Crew Chief: MB2 Motorsports announced today it has named Newt Moore as crew chief for the #36 "M&M's"® Pontiac driven by Kenny Schrader. Most recently Moore served as crew chief for Galaxy Motorsports(#75). Moore, 38, started in Winston Cup racing as a crew chief in 1997 with driver Kenny Wallace. In his fifth year as a crew chief he has also worked with driver Wally Dallenbach and Melling Racing. He has made 103 starts as a crew chief, with one top-five, eight top 10s and one pole position. Prior to becoming a crew chief Moore was a two-time track champion at Nashville Speedway(IMG Motorsports PR)(3-6-2001)

  • 3rd RCR team UPDATE: Richard Childress just inked a deal with AOL-TimeWarner(the #30 Chevy, Harvick was to drive it), which, with Dale Earnhardt's death, suddenly needs sorting out. Rick Mast, whose current team(#50 Team) has missed two races, is under consideration(Winston Salem Journal), AND Childress, whose operation may need a third driver next week at Atlanta for sponsor AOL, in the ride Kevin Harvick was to have. Rick Mast could get the nod there(Winston Salem Journal)(3-4-2001)
    UPDATE: The debut of the Richard Childress Racing (RCR) #30 America Online (AOL) NASCAR Winston Cup program, originally scheduled for this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, has been postponed. The postponement was originally announced Feb. 23 in an RCR release that named Kevin Harvick as the driver of the #29 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevy. It had been announced Feb. 9 that Harvick would be the driver of the AOL car but, with him assuming the driving chores of the #29 car, options continue to be explored for the debut of the AOL/RCR program. "The plan was for Kevin to run seven Winston Cup races for AOL this season and then fulltime in 2002," said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. "AOL has been wonderful to work with through these trying times and agreed to let us move Kevin to the GM Goodwrench team. Atlanta was originally scheduled to be our first race with AOL but they agreed to let us move that date back in order to give us some time to best determine how to move this program forward. We'll announce both the driver and the debut as soon as a decision is made."(RCR PR)(3-6-2001)

  • Petty Crewman Arrested UPDATE 3 Petty Announcement: 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)
    UPDATE 2: A police officer who was critically injured during a car wreck involving two NASCAR mechanics is suing the men and Petty Enterprises Inc. Alan White, 47, said in a lawsuit filed Thursday that Petty Enterprises provided a rental car for Joseph Fiorelli, 39, and Jeremy Upchurch, 25, despite knowing of their "immaturity and propensity to consume alcoholic beverages and then operate motor vehicles while under the influence." White also named the rental car's owner, Enterprise Leasing Co. of Orlando, in the lawsuit. He is seeking more than $15,000 in damages(Orlando Sentinel)(3-2-2001)
    UPDATE 3: While their prayers are still with an injured off-duty police officer in Daytona Beach, Fla., Petty Enterprises is disturbed with unfounded news reports that it has fired crew member Joseph Fiorelli, Kyle Petty said. Fiorelli was the victim of a passenger.s dangerous prank in an automobile during Speed Weeks at Daytona several weeks ago. Fiorelli was driving the car while Jeremy Upchurch, who was not a Petty Enterprises employee but rather an employee of an engine building company, was riding in the front passenger seat. According to police reports, Upchurch suddenly put his left foot on Fiorelli.s right foot, mashing the gas pedal down. Fiorelli fought to regain control of the car but slammed into an SUV which was making a turn. Upchurch was reportedly arrested, and Fiorelli was not cited for any violation. As the police record indicates, alcohol was not involved as none of those in the car had been drinking. "Joseph was a victim as much as anybody in this deal, and it.s sad that he remains a victim," Petty said. "There have been unfounded rumors about his employment and I guess some news people have picked up on that. The fact of the matter is Joe Fiorelli is a solid citizen and a valued member of Petty Enterprises and continues to work with the #44 team, and we plan on him being with us for a long time. "The other guy was not our employee. He was in the car and all indications are he had some pretty poor judgement," Petty replied. "I hate that anybody was hurt because of this but I also hate that Joe is getting dragged through the mud over somebody else.s doings." Fiorelli will be at the 500-mile race in Hampton, Ga., this week assisting in preparations for that race. He was also at races in Rockingham, NC, and Las Vegas, NV(Williams Company PR)(3-6-2001)

  • #53 for Gordon: With his win in Sunday's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400, Jeff Gordon tied Rusty Wallace for eighth on NASCAR's all-time wins list with 53. The late Lee Petty is seventh with 55 career victories(Richmond Times Dispacth)(some list Petty as having 54 which is supposed the OFFICIAL win total)(3-6-2001)


    (3-5-2001)
  • Rules Changes? Expect NASCAR officials to shortly make a rules change that will enlarge the side-window areas of Winston Cup cars for all four makes, thus facilitating easier entry and exit for drivers equipped with the HANS devices(Gaston Gazette)(3-5-2001)

  • New Cup team/driver? Brian Conz recently came to an agreement to field the new NASCAR Field & Stream® Racing team, other associate sponsors to be named soon. Plans are being made for the #78 Field & Stream® Chevy to make their Winston Cup debut at Talladega Motor Speedway on April 22, 2001(BC Motorsports Site). That is all the info that there is on the site(3-5-2001)

  • First HANS win UPDATE: told that Jeff Gordon was wearing the HANS device today, becoming the first CUP driver to win using the device. A story earlier reported he was not going to wear it today, but the folks at HANS say he did wear it today(yes I saw him remove a device when he unbuckled from the car)(3-4-2001)
    UPDATE: Race winner Jeff Gordon also wore the (HANS) device. "It rubs on my collarbones," he said. "I want to find a way to soften that. If that's what I have to give up to be safer, I'm fine with that."(Alabama Live)(3-5-2001)

  • Stricklin Tests the HANS: #90-Hut Stricklin crash-tested his HANS device Sunday. A blown right front tire sent Stricklin's car into the wall. Stricklin was not injured and credited the head and neck support system for that. He first raced with the device last week at Rockingham. "I was pretty impressed," Stricklin said of the HANS device. "Any other time an impact like that, you would feel your back and neck stretch." Stricklin said his head and neck felt fine(Roanoke Times)(3-5-2001)

  • Vegas TV Ratings: Sunday's Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was the highest-rated sports program of the weekend, according to overnight ratings provided by FOX Sports. Sunday's race garnered a 6.1 rating and a 13 share, which represented a 49 percent increase over the 2000 event at LVMS. Each rating point represents approximately two million people. The rating was higher than any NASCAR event in the 2000 season with the exception of the Daytona 500. The overnight rating represents ratings from the top 49 media markets in the country. The national rating will be available later in the week. Sunday's rating was the highest ever for an event at LVMS. The previous high rating was a 6.0 for the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup event.(LVMS PR)(3-5-2001)

  • #31 Fine? Mike Skinner's #31 team could face a penalty for a parts infraction. Skinner's carburetor intake was confiscated before qualifying after being found with a performance-enhancing additive(Richmond Times Dispatch)(3-5-2001)

  • Wind Tunnel: hearing that Hendrick Motorsports in testing at least one #24 Chevy at the Lockheed Wind Tunnel in Marietta, GA today(3-5-2001)

  • Changes at the #5? UPDATE: The Terry Labonte-Gary DeHart team has struggled, and car owner Rick Hendrick may be ready to shake things up there(Winston Salem Journal)(3-4-2001)
    UPDATE: Crew chief Gary DeHart's job might be in jeopardy. When Kellogg's, sponsor of DeHart's #5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy, questioned the ability of driver Terry Labonte after he suffered multiple concussions in 2000, Labonte went to Kentucky Speedway and ran laps in teammate Jerry Nadeau's #25 car. Labonte's laps were faster than Nadeau's, proving it's the car and not the driver(Sporting News)(3-5-2001)


    (3-4-2001)
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