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PAST NEWS MAY 14-20, 2001

  • Campaigns and Complaints and Issues: three issues I need to bring up - 1st TV Coverage - been getting many folks wanting me to post stuff about the Boston/Mass. Area not getting the Cup races due to the Boston Red Sox games being televised on the same Fox affiliate. Other area have the same complaints. I don't post stuff like that normally but mention it in the above post (see above) and give folks avenues and ideas for ways to complain and do their own thing. I have some of the same problems with qualifying and NASCAR stuff on FSN and my local FSN affiliate, I wrote email and made my views know, please do that if you have similar issues. Good sites for seeing info on the affiliates and TV are MotorsportsTV.com and Perfect Paranoia and my TV/Media page.
    AND secondly, I had a source (now former source-NT) who wanted me to start a campaign and have my readers email and contact NASCAR forcing the drivers to wear the HANS(or one of the other devices out there) device. While I do think the HANS is a great device, it in my mind is up to the drivers and NASCAR to decide and they know better then I ever could. I do not like and rarely if ever push my opinions or views here, that is not my style or me. But this person got so nasty about it and I couldn't make them see my view, so that's life. I cover the issue of campaigns and stuff on my FAQ page, I don't do them and I don't do polls, I try to report what I find and see out there.
    AND finally, since Earnhardt's accident, I have gotten about 50 emails from folks who think they have a safety device as good as or better then the HANS or one of the other devices out there and a few on soft walls. I have no contacts for folks and this, best bet is to contact NASCAR(see my Racing FAQ page for this info), the teams (see my Team Address page), but until such a device is tested and proven, I doubt a Team or NASCAR will even look at it. Try it in a smaller series (weekly racing, BGN, CTS etc). Thanks

  • Points Money: here is the list of Points Money earned by the 2000 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)

  • 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)
    Hall of Fame UPDATE: The International Motorsports Hall of Fame, located on the grounds of Talladega Superspeedway, will induct four new members tomorrow night with a ceremony that will be televised by Speedvision. Neil Bonnett heads the class. Bonnett made his mark in NASCAR as both a driver and a television color commentator before he was killed in a practice-lap crash in 1994. He will be inducted along with Indy 500 winner Jimmy Bryan, noted Indy Car engine builder Fred Offenhauser and nine-time motorcycle world champion Mike Hailwood. Dale Earnhardt, who spent many of his off-track days hunting and fishing with his close buddy Bonnett, will be posthumously honored with the Governor's Award by Gov. Don Sigelman of Alabama. Defending Winston Cup champion Bobby Labonte, the organization's 2000 driver of the year, will also be honored(Philadelphia Inquirer)(4-18-2001)
    UPDATE: Neil Bonnett was one of four people inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame on Thursday, joining motorcycle and Formula One racer Mike Hailwood, sprint car champion and Indy 500 winner Jimmy Bryan and engine builder Fred Offenhauser. All four were honored posthumously. Bonnett was a member of the famed Alabama Gang along with Bobby and Donnie Allison and Red Farmer(That's Racin')(4-19-2001)

  • 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)

  • 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.


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    (5-20-2001)

  • PPI and Technolgy: Stratasys, Inc., a rapid prototyping equipment manufacturer based in Minneapolis, MN, has joined PPI Motorsports as a key partner in the NASCAR Winston Cup team's progressive engineering program. Stratasys makes rapid prototyping equipment that builds solid models directly from three-dimensional CAD (computer aided drawing) files. The company's patented fused deposition modeling (FDM®) technology is used at PPI Motorsports to create highly accurate plastic prototypes that can be tested, analyzed and improved by the team's design group before the fabrication process begins. This season, PPI Motorsports began designing and building its own race cars for NASCAR Winston Cup competition. As part of this undertaking, the engineering group utilizes a Stratasys FDM 3000® system to develop components - from small parts to larger assembled pieces - for its in-house fleet(PPI Motorsports Site)(5-20-2001)

  • New Sponsor Options: X-TEX, a new technology patented by JAX, Inc. uses a series of thin-film coatings applied on one side of a clear surface to produce a highly visible image that is completely transparent from the other side. This new technology can be seen during the Coca-Cola 600 on May 27 when a dozen Coca-Cola delivery trucks will turn parade laps at Lowe's Motor Speedway prior to the start of the race to promote the Coca-Cola family of drivers. X-TEX differentiates sponsor images from one another because of the extreme contrast created by the distinctness of the logo and the sheerness of the glass(LMS Notes)(5-20-2001)


    (5-19-2001)

  • Another Evernham Motorsports Change? UPDATE: hearing Ed Guzzo, VP and General Manager at Evernham Motorsports has left the team(5-17-2001)
    UPDATE: Eddie d'Hondt, team manager of Evernham's #9, was released Tuesday, and vp/general manager Ed Guzzo stood down from his position Thursday. Guzzo, a close associate of Evernham's since his days with Jeff Gordon's #24 team, remains with the organization for the time being, Evernham said. Evernham would not be specific about the circumstances around d'Hondt and Guzzo. "I had some hard decisions I had to make this week," he said. "Ed Guzzo, that was just a mutual decision on both of our parts. Actually, Ed is still employed by me. He's just taking a leave of absence.(SpeedVision)(5-19-2001)

  • Bliss to Stand by for Harvick: Mike Bliss will serve as Kevin Harvick's stand-in in the seven weekends this season in which Harvick has conflicts with Winston Cup events. Bliss is Richard Childress Racing's driver of choice to spell Harvick in the seven conflicting weekends he will have this season(NASCAR.com Buzz)(5-19-2001)

  • Harvick/Wallace double duty UPDATE add Hamilton Jr and...: Kevin Harvick and Kenny Wallace plan to fly back and forth between Charlotte and Nazareth, Pa., next week, allowing them to compete in both The Winston (or the Winston Open, in Wallace’s case) and the BGN race at Nazareth. Wallace has not competed in the annual BGN stop at Nazareth in seven years(Gaston Gazette)(5-14-2001)
    UPDATE: Kevin Harvick and Kenny Wallace, and Bobby Hamilton Jr., subbing for the injured Joe Nemechek, plan to use driver Mike Skinner's private jet this weekend to compete in both the BGN race at Nazareth and in The Winston(or Open) in Charlotte. All three drivers participated in practice and qualifying Friday at Charlotte - Wallace and Hamilton Jr. for The Winston Open and Harvick for The Winston. On Saturday, all three will fly from Charlotte to Nazareth, landing in Allentown, Pa., approximately 9:45 a.m. They will attend practice (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) and qualifying (3 p.m.) at Nazareth before returning to Charlotte for The Winston Open and The Winston. On Sunday, all three will return to Nazareth, arriving at 9:45 a.m. The drivers' meeting starts at 11 a.m. and the race at 1 p.m. (That's Racin')(5-19-2001)

  • Long Had Problems: #85-Carl Long blew an engine during afternoon practice, the team had to roll out its back-up car and pull the engine from it before bolting the powerplant into the team's primary #85(LMS Notes)(5-19-2001)

  • Sad News: Helen Hornaday, mother of Winston Cup driver Ron Hornaday, died early Saturday morning in California. She was 72 and had been ill for several years. Funeral arrangements were incomplete. Ron Hornaday spent part of the past week with his mother and returned to Charlotte to compete in Saturday's Winston Open. He will return to California sometime Sunday(That's Racin'), condolences to family and friends(5-19-2001)

  • HANS pioneers honored: Jim Downing and his brother-in-law, Dr. Robert Hubbard, were given the Louis Schwitzer Award Friday by Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The two were recognized for the invention and continual development of the head and neck safety (HANS) device, designed to prevent the type of whiplash that caused the deaths of NASCAR drivers Kenny Irwin, Adam Petty and Dale Earnhardt. "I definitely think they should be commended," Jeff Gordon said. "I'm wearing it, I'm proud of it. It took a while for me to get adjusted to it, but now I don't want to go on the race track without wearing it." About 600 drivers world-wide are using HANS. The company is approaching 1,000 orders for this year. "I can't see any reason why every driver who races cars and boats with a shoulder harness shouldn't be wearing one of these things," Hubbard said. "I think that day will come some day."(AJC)(5-19-2001)

  • Sad News: Hiram P. Lacroix passed away on May 16 at his home at Genesis ElderCare in Mooresville, NC. Mr. LaCroix was 107 years of age and had lived in three centuries. "Gramps" LaCroix was the Grandfather of four team members of the #11 Brett Bodine Racing Team: Diane Bodine, wife of driver Brett and co-owner of the #11 team, Donna Richeson, Diane's Twin Sister and #11 Team Office Manager, Dennis Lacroix #11 Team Transport Driver and Gasman, and Jimmy Lacroix, #11 Team Catchcan Man and Bodine Coach Driver. He was the father of Diane & Donna's mother, Eunice Dallaire and father-in-law of Andy Dallaire. Lacroix was a WW1 Veteran. Services will be held at 11:00am/et on Monday, May 21st at Cavin Funeral Home in Mooresville, NC(Brett Bodine Racing PR)(5-19-2001)

  • Harvick takes NMPA honor: Kevin Harvick, who stepped to drive for Dale Earnhardt's former Winston Cup team after Earnhardt's death in a crash during the Daytona 500, has been named the recipient of the National Motorsports Press Association/Pocono Spirit Award for the first quarter. The award recognizes character and achievement in the face of adversity, sportsmanship and contributions to motorsports. NMPA members select a winner for each quarter and then vote on the winner of the annual award at season's end(That's Racin')(5-19-2001)


    (5-18-2001)

  • Lawsuit? The likelihood of Dale Earnhardt's family filing a wrongful death lawsuit against NASCAR is doubtful, because the driver signed an entry form before the Daytona 500 stating that he knew and understood the risks of racing. The form, signed by all race participants when they enter the tracks, protects NASCAR and track owners from legal action in the case of injury or death. Teresa Earnhardt, Dale's widow, has given no indication that she's considering a lawsuit. But on Tuesday, an attorney for the University of Florida's student newspaper suggested that NASCAR officials may have convinced her to have autopsy photos sealed to protect the sanctioning body from legal action. NASCAR has been sued at least twice in recent years over deaths on the tracks, but in both cases the sanctioning body prevailed in court. J.D. McDuffie's widow filed a $4.25 million suit after McDuffie was killed in a race at Watkins Glen in 1991. A U.S. district judge in New York threw out the suit, saying McDuffie, "was well aware of the dangers associated with auto racing." The family of Rick Baldwin, who was fatally injured in practice for a Winston Cup race at Michigan Speedway in 1986, sued NASCAR for $150 million. They alleged that NASCAR was negligent because the window net on Baldwin's car did not prevent his head from hitting the wall when the car crashed. A jury decided in NASCAR's favor.(full story at the Atlanta Journal Constitution)(5-18-2001)

  • Bridge Collapse: it was one year ago that the Pedestrian bridge collapsed at Lowes Motor Speedway after the Winston, 107 people were hurt. See a story of one survivor: Pedestrian bridge collapse haunts fan at the AJC(5-18-2001)


    (5-17-2001)

  • Absorption System for Cars UPDATE 4: Speedway Motorsports Inc. president H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, with assistance from others in the motorsports industry, has been working over the past several months on developing an impact absorption system for NASCAR race cars and plans to present it to the public within the next two weeks. The system would utilize a yet-to-be-named material to be placed in the front end of cars to help absorb the energy of a frontal impact. Winston Cup series director Gary Nelson said Saturday that NASCAR has been involved in a project of its own regarding a front-end impact absorption system, as well as additional testing of new "soft wall" technology. Wheeler, who hopes to display his work before the May 19 Winston all-star race at Lowe's Motor Speedway, said he is excited the prospects of his project. See full story at That's Racin'(5-6-2001)
    UPDATE: Humpy Wheeler, president and general manager of Lowe's Motor Speedway, says he plans to unveil an impact absorption system for stock cars next week. "I think that's what these cars really need, the ability to absorb more shock when they hit the wall, particularly the right front," Wheeler said Tuesday during a break in NASCAR testing at the 1.5-mile speedway. NASCAR's four deaths in the last year all came in frontal impacts with the vehicles mainly striking the wall with the right front. Questions have been raised that the front of the car is too rigid and that energy in a crash is transferred from the car to the driver, causing serious injuries in some cases. Indy cars absorb energy by having pieces fly off during a crash. Wheeler said his system is more complicated because there is more frontal area on a stock car than an Indy car. Wheeler says the system is being computer tested and then will be sled tested. "We need to eliminate totally the lethal part of this sport, and that's what everybody's objective should be," he said. "If it isn't, they need to change their objective. I don't think we'll ever eliminate injury because this is a contact, high-speed sport, but I do think we can eliminate the lethal part of it."(Roanoke Times )(5-9-2001)
    UPDATE 2: H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler, president and general manager of Lowe’s Motor Speedway, and representatives of Lew Composites will be on hand to unveil a new safety concept Wednesday, May 16, at 2:00 p.m. in the Winston Cup garage area at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The new safety concept, which can be adapted to virtually any type of full-bodied racing car, is designed to absorb energy during a frontal impact, thus reducing the G forces a driver sustains(LMS PR)(5-15-2001)
    UPDATE 3: New safety technology, potentially life-saving for stock-car drivers in frontal collisions with concrete walls, could be installed in NASCAR cars within a month. Engineers are working to develop crushable materials that would act as high-impact padding inside the fronts of the cars, and the findings potentially could radically reduce, if not eliminate, the need for energy-dissipating "soft walls." Humpy Wheeler will unveil a test project using carbon fiber composite materials today at his company's Lowe's Motor Speedway. The material could be installed in Winston Cup cars by June, Wheeler said. More promising long range is a material called stabilized aluminum foam, tested at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and being developed for racing by Canadian-based Cymat Corp. Project manager George Daszkowski said the earliest his company's "crash box" could go into use would be by next February's Daytona 500. See the Orlando Sentinel for more on this story and an image of how it works(5-16-2001)
    UPDATE 4 - the Humpy Bumper: In an effort to address growing safety concerns about Winston Cup and BGN race cars, Wheeler on Wednesday unveiled a new bumper-like safety device he hopes will diminish driver impact in a high-speed frontal wreck. Several months ago, Wheeler approached Paul Lew, a Las Vegas-based engineer, designer and manufacturer in composite materials. Wheeler said he was looking for something that would help absorb the energy of a frontal impact, but still fit under the skin of a NASCAR stock car with minimum modifications. The result of Lew's work was displayed Wednesday - a bumper-like unit called the "Humpy Bumper" that would fit neatly in the front of the car, just as a bumper in a passenger car does. The device weighs 16 pounds and would cost approximately $6,000 per unit to manufacture. It is designed to absorb the energy of 20- to 30-degree frontal impacts. The bumper will break under certain force, but would also withstand the common bumps and rigors of normal racing. Wheeler said Wednesday NASCAR officials were sent plans of an early version of the project and are welcome to examine it at any time. Winston Cup series director Gary Nelson was unavailable for comment Wednesday, but when told earlier this month about the project, he said NASCAR was working in a similar area and was involved in additional "soft-wall" technology. See full story and quotes atThat's Racin' and more at the Lowes Motor Speedway site, including Diagram - Revolutionary Racing Safety Device Unveiled, and also at NASCAR.com including some pictures: Wheeler unveils bumper system to improve safety (5-17-2001)

  • Compton/Melling to run in CTS: Learnframe, the leading developer of e-Learning infrastructure technologies and KnowledgeE-commerce solutions, today announced their primary sponsorship of Melling Racing for the 2001 CTS with driver Stacy Compton. Learnframe also serves as associate sponsor of the Cup #92 Kodiak Dodge. "We are very excited to be involved with Melling Racing," said Mike Memmott, Sr., Chairman and CEO of Learnframe. "They have a proven history of success. Learnframe is ready to support Melling Racing and Stacy Compton through a winning season." "I am absolutely ecstatic about Learnframe joining us in our return to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series," said Compton, who moved to the Winston Cup ranks in 1999 after competing for three seasons in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. "I really miss the trucks and have been wanting to put a deal together for awhile. It finally all came together. We will run the remaining companion races, and hopefully can grow Melling Racing's truck program into something bigger." Compton has an impressive track record in the Craftsman Truck Series with two wins, eight pole positions, 24 top-5 and 35 top-10 finishes in 78 career starts. He will compete in the CTS races that run in conjunction with the NASCAR Winston Cup Series schedule, beginning with the MBNA e-commerce 200 at Dover Downs on June 1st(Melling Racing PR), see an image of the truck on my Paint Scheme Gallery(5-17-2001)

  • DEI News: The company founded by seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Dale Earnhardt and his wife Teresa, today revealed its corporate structure, still aimed at long-term development of the company and its three NASCAR Winston Cup teams. The definition of the company's structure comes after three months of outside speculation regarding the organizational future of one of NASCAR racing's most competitive operations. The structure is part of a long-term plan to develop the company well into the 21st century. Teresa Earnhardt, owner and CEO of Dale Earnhardt, Inc. has named Doug Swanson to continue as Chief Operating Officer, Ty Norris Executive Vice President of Motorsports, Steve Hmiel Director of Motorsports, Joe Hedrick Vice President of Licensing and Judy Queen Director-Office of the CEO. She stated, "Dale and I had a plan for the long term growth of this company years ago. As DEI moves ahead, we're placing people in their respective roles to meet the goals that we envisioned. We have people at Dale Earnhardt Incorporated that are very dedicated to their profession and the goals we have as a company. This structuring defines the roles of specific individuals and their responsibilities that will help the company reach our potential. Based on what I've seen from our people, we'll meet our expectations and more in the next few years." Chief Operating Officer Doug Swanson, 60, brings over 35 years of business management to Dale Earnhardt, Inc. A former partner of a Big Five CPA firm, Swanson, a Greensboro, NC native, has owned his own business and served as an officer with several other corporations before joining DEI in August of 2000. Ty Norris, previously Director of Motorsports, has been promoted to the position of Executive Vice President of Motorsports. All racing-related issues at Dale Earnhardt, Inc. are the direct responsibility of the 35-year-old Norris, both at the track and at the company's 200,000 square-foot Mooresville, NC complex. The Sumter, SC native has been an integral part of the operation since 1996, when DEI claimed its first championship in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Since that time, DEI teams have claimed an additional truck series crown (1998), two NASCAR Busch Grand National Series titles (1998-1999) and six Winston Cup victories, including the 2000 Winston and the 2001 Daytona 500. Assuming Norris' former position as Director of Motorsports is Steve Hmiel, DEI's current Technical Director and longtime NASCAR Winston Cup crewchief. Hmiel's role as Technical Director will be merged with his new position, creating the title of Director of Motorsports and Technical Development. The 47-year-old, Albany, NY native has been instrumental in guiding DEI's wind tunnel and chassis development programs and he will continue to do so along with numerous other management responsibilities. In addition to overseeing daily operations at the shop, Hmiel will manage the operation of all three of DEI's NASCAR Winston Cup teams trackside. On the licensing side of Dale Earnhardt, Inc., 34 year-old Joe Hedrick has been promoted to the position of Vice President of Licensing. Hedrick's role includes the licensing of the Dale Earnhardt, Inc. brand and the Dale Earnhardt name and likeness, as well as performing similar duties for the three DEI teams and Kerry Earnhardt. Hedrick joined DEI in mid-2000 after a five-year stint at Sports Image, a company Earnhardt owned prior to selling it to Action Performance, Inc. Hedrick, a Lenoir, NC native, will be responsible for maintaining the quality and availability of all Dale Earnhardt and DEI-related apparel and collectables. Judy Queen has been named Director of the Office of the CEO, assisting Teresa Earnhardt directly. Queen, a Dale Earnhardt, Inc. employee since 1998, served as the Earnhardts' personal assistant since joining the firm. Among her duties are the networking of information relating to the CEO. In addition, Queen serves as Office Manager, overseeing administrative personnel(DEI PR)(5-17-2001)

  • Little sells memoir? Dale Earnhardt Jr. has sold the memoir he had begun working on prior to his father's death, according to a report. Time Warner Bookmark is said to have purchased the rights to make them into a book. With a scheduled release date of 2002, the book will cover Dale Jr.'s rookie season and how he has dealt with growing up in the world of racing. It will be co-written by Jade Gurss, who handles Earnhardt's public relations. The selling price was rumored to be in the $1 million range(NASCAR.com)(this was seen on a site called Inside.com but need a password to read it)(5-17-2001)

  • Testing at Dover UPDATE 2: some Cup teams will test at Dover Downs on Monday, including #20-Tony Stewart and a new team I am hearing about #47-Lance Hooper in a car owned by Roger Smith(5-14-2001)
    UPDATE: others I hear were testing - #36-Ken Schrader, #30-Jeff Green, #97-Kurt Busch and BGN teams; #43-Jay Sauter, #38-Christian Elder, #87-Joe Nemechek, #92-Jimmie Johnson and #23-Scott Wimmer(5-15-2001)
    UPDATE 2: #47-Lance Hooper was at the test and ran a fast lap of 152.091mph (qualifying record is 159.964mph)(5-17-2001)

  • Kansas Testing? hearing that #9 and #19 Everham Motorsports and #21 Wood Brothers Racing will be testing Tuesday May 15th at the Kansas Speedway for a Goodyear tire test(5-14-2001)
    UPDATE: also hearing that #21-Elliott Sadler and the #50-Jon Wood Winston West car tested also at Kansas(5-17-2001)

  • Petty/Labonte Announcement UPDATE: Two-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Terry Labonte, his son Justin Labonte, NASCAR Winston Cup veteran Kyle Petty and Kerry Scherer will be on hand in the Winston Media Center at Lowe’s Motor Speedway Thursday afternoon at 2:15pm/et on May 17, to make a special announcement concerning a new ARCA RE/MAX Series program(LMS PR)(5-15-2001)
    UPDATE: Justin Labonte, son of two-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Terry Labonte, has joined the Briggs Cunningham-Kerry Scherer ARCA RE/MAX Series team and will receive assistance from Kyle Petty and Petty Enterprises to run Dodge Intrepids. Although the third-generation driver will debut the new team at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in a Chevy Monte Carlo, Labonte will compete in Dodge Intrepids in ten remaining RE/MAX Series superspeedway events at both events at Michigan and both events at Pocono as well as Kansas(tenative), Kentucky, Chicagoland, Lowe’s, Talladega and Atlanta. ARCA RE/MAX Series veteran Eddie Sharp has been tapped to serve as the team’s crew chief(ARCA Series Site)(5-17-2001)

  • Another Team for the Wood Bros UPDATE: A source close to Wood Brothers Racing said Tuesday that team owner Eddie Wood has bought more land close to the team’s current shop in Stuart, VA, in order to build a second team shop. The shop, which will house Wood’s son Jon’s future effort, is in the formative stages now, according to the source(NASCAR.com Buzz)(5-16-2001)
    UPDATE: Wood Brothers Racing announced today their plans to purchase one acre of land from Patrick County. The land is adjacent to their current #21 Winston Cup operation, which is located in Stuart, Virginia. The procurement will play a major role in the team’s future. According to Team Owner Eddie Wood the land is being purchased to house a potential second NASCAR team. However, Wood says there are no definite details on the second team as of yet. The lead candidate to land in the driver’s seat of the Wood Brothers Racing second team is Eddie’s son, Jon Wood. Thus far in the 2001 season, Jon has competed in various series’ including the NASCAR Winston West Series and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series(Wood Bros PR)(5-17-2001)

  • #27 and Wallace wait: Kenny Wallace says his Eel River Racing team is still awaiting word from its potential sponsor. Geico Insurance sponsored Wallace's No. 27 Pontiac in the Winston Cup race at Richmond in what was a one-race deal with an option to continue for the rest of the season. "It is their hands now," Wallace said. "We have talked back and forth, but we are still waiting on an answer from them. Everybody needs to call Geico and tell them to stay with us. ...We need let them know how much it will benefit them to be with us."(1-800-342-9070)(That's Racin')(5-17-2001)

  • Robby Gordon at the Brickyard 400? After struggling in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, Robby Gordon was fired by Morgan-McClure Motorsports last month. But he came to Indianapolis and qualified an A.J. Foyt entry for a front-row start in the May 27 race(follow Gordon during the race at www.robbygordon.com). Gordon says, "I'm going to try to put a program together for the Brickyard 400," he said of the Winston Cup race at Indianapolis in August. "That's a race I really would like to compete in this year. I feel with the right situation, we can be just as competitive at that race in qualifying as we were for this (Indy 500) race."(ESPN/AP)(5-17-2001)

  • Racing Champions Opens Shop: Racing Champions/Ertl has opened a retail shop in the Racing Champions building at Lakeside Business Park in Mooresville, N.C. Store hours during Charlotte race weeks are 11:00am to 4:00pm/et Monday-Friday. For more information, call (704) 662-6442.(Winston Cup Scene)(5-17-2001)

  • Moore to Be Honored: NASCAR pioneer Bud Moore will be honored with a "roast and toast" program Tuesday(5-22) night at Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. Moore, 75, is retired from a long career in NASCAR racing. Among those scheduled to attend Tuesday's event, scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., are David Pearson, Buddy Baker, Brett Bodine, Ned Jarrett, Cotton Owens, Louise Smith, Bill France Jr., Bobby Allison, Donnie Allison, Glen Wood and Leonard Wood. Proceeds from the event will go toward a planned South Carolina Racing Museum in Spartanburg. For ticket information, call 864-582-8107(corrected number)(Greenville News)(5-17-2001)


    (5-16-2001)

  • ISC to buyout IMS? Hearing that IMS(Indianapolis Motor Speedway) Corporation has been offered a buyout package for their part in the Chicagoland Speedway from ISC(International Speedway Corportation - Daytona, Darlington, Talladega etc)(5-16-2001)

  • Testing at Kentucky: PPI Motorsports Cup drivers #32-Ricky Craven and #96-Andy Houston as well as Morgan-McClure Motorsports Cup driver #4-Kevin Lepge completed two days of testing on Kentucky Speedway's 1.5-mile tri-oval on Tuesday, May 15. Craven brought two new cars to Kentucky. "We're testing everything," he said. "Testing on this tri-oval doesn't count against us so this track is a commodity. It's valuable to us. Straight away speeds here are in the range of what we need. We have two brand new cars, so the fastest horse will win. It will probably be our car at Charlotte." Houston added chassis analysis to his test schedule. "We enjoy coming to test this track because it has good grip and we can go several laps on a set of tires. That gives us a good read," Houston said. "We're working on our intermediate track program - testing different shock and spring combinations and doing some chassis related tests. This track is good to test because it simulates a lot of places - Charlotte, and they tell me Chicagoland and Kansas." Lepage shook down his #4 Kodak Film Chevy to test the attitude of shock and spring combinations. "We're here trying to get as much information as we can," Lepage said. "We're testing the attitudes of springs and shocks, spending more time with our crew chief and getting some help from GM Racing. Once we test the different shocks and springs we can talk back to them to tell them if the changes help or hurt."(Kentucky Speedway PR)(5-16-2001)

  • #93 and BP UPDATE 2 an image: during a NASCAR.com chat with #93 driver Dave Blaney - Q) any special paint schemes this season? A) Right now, there is a green and yellow BP car in the drawing board. I do not know when or where that will show up(NASCAR.com Chat Transcript)(3-29-2001)
    UPDATE: hearing the BP scheme will run in the Coca-Cola 600(5-13-2001)
    UPDATE 2: The #93 Amoco Dodge Intrepid will feature a new paint scheme for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, highlighting the current reimaging of the Amoco and BP gas stations nationwide with a special green-and-yellow design displaying the BP shield on the car's hood. The new look for Dave Blaney and the Amoco Dodge will also be featured in three NASCAR Winston Cup Series races in the fall-the UAW-GM 500 at Charlotte on October 7, the Talladega 500 at Talladega (AL) Superspeedway on October 21 and the Pop Secret 400 at North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, N.C. on November 4.(Bill Davis Racing PR), see an image of the car on my Paint Scheme Gallery(5-16-2001)

  • Earnhardt Tribute in hometown: A memorial to racing legend Dale Earnhardt may be in the near future for his hometown. City Council established the Dale Earnhardt Memorial Fund during Monday night's meeting. The memorial will be located in Village Park. It will feature a statue of Earnhardt and a commemorative wall highlighting the Kannapolis native's career. Sam Bass, a motorsports artist, will design the wall. City officials hope to raise $700,000 for the memorial. During Monday's meeting, somecouncil members suggested promoting the fund during race week at the Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord. Earnhardt grew up in Kannapolis, son of Martha Earnhardt and the late Ralph Earnhardt, an outstanding dirt track track driver. The mayor will head a steering committee which is scheduled to be in place within a week. The committee will oversee the fund-raising effort, select a sculptor for the statue and communicate with the Earnhardt family. Some council members said the Earnhardt family is supportive of the memorial. Contributions can be sent to the City of Kannapolis, c/o the Dale Earnhardt Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 1199, Kannapolis, N.C. 28082-1199. All contributions are tax deductible.(Independent News and Charlotte Observer)(5-16-2001)

  • Evernham Motorsports Changes: Team Manager Eddie D'Hondt and Evernham Motorsports have parted ways(PRN's Garage Pass) AND Eddie D'Hondt, team manager at Evernham Motorsports, will leave the team to pursue other opportunities. "Evernham Motorsports is restructuring its staff as it moves from a developmental program to ongoing motorsports operations," the team said in a statement. "As part of these changes, we are eliminating the position of team manager."(That's Racin')(5-16-2001)

  • Robbie Gordon in a RCR car? PRN's Garage Pass interviewed Cup, BGN, IRL team owner Richard Childress who says he may give Robbie Gordon a shot in one of his cars in the future, possibly a BGN car(The #21 at Watkins Glen?). Plus the #30-AOL team still needs a full time driver in 2002(5-16-2001)

  • Nevada and Motorsports UPDATE: A proposed tax exemption designed to lure key players in the motorsports industry to Nevada will cost the state hundreds of thousand dollars annually until a major racing team or sanction organization moves to the Silver State. The sales and use tax exemption provided in Assembly Bill 657, which is expected to be voted on by the Senate Monday, will take about $400,000 from local and state coffers. That figure, which was provided by the state, is the amount it estimates professional teams already based in the state are paying in sales and use taxes(Las Vegas Review Journal)(5-14-2001)
    UPDATE: The Nevada State Senate voted 15-4 to grant a sales-tax rebate to professional motorsports teams and sanctioning bodies that operate in the state of Nevada. This bill has been approved by both the Nevada State Assembly and Senate. Quote from Chris Powell, executive vice president and general manager of Las Vegas Motor Speedway: "Today's vote in the Nevada State Senate represents a major step forward for the growth of the motorsports industry in our state. Pending its being signed into law, this legislation can make Nevada a haven for motorsports racing teams and sanctioning bodies -- and at the same time bring a tremendous amount of revenue to the state. "As a motorsports-related corporation, we at Las Vegas Motor Speedway plan to work diligently to spread the wordof the new opportunities that await racing businesses in Nevada. Our hope is that we indeed become a mecca for the motorsports industry in the western United States."(LVMS PR) and see a story at the Las Vegas Review Journal: Senate OKs racing team tax exemption(5-16-2001)

  • NASCAR hire: NASCAR, which in November opened a Los Angeles office with the focus being on broadcasting and new media, today announced that Jeffrey Pollack - the founder and first publisher of The Sports Business Daily - has joined the sanctioning body as managing director of new media. In his new role with NASCAR, Pollack will provide day-to-day management of NASCAR's new media business initiatives and business development for new technologies and interactive opportunities as well as NASCAR.com. Previously, Pollack was with the National Basketball Association, where he was responsible for helping devise and manage the NBA's global branding, marketing, and promotional strategies, and for directing the league's corporate communications(NASCAR PR)(5-16-2001)

  • Teresa Earnhardt may be Questioned: The widow of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt can be questioned about her motives for wanting the autopsy photos of her late husband sealed, a judge ruled Tuesday. Attorneys for a student newspaper trying to get access to the photos will ask Teresa Earnhardt if NASCAR played a role in her decision to get the photos temporarily sealed. An attorney for The Independent Florida Alligator, said he wants to question whether Mrs. Earnhardt had conversations with NASCAR president Mike Helton about the photos between the time of Earnhardt's death and when the photos were sealed four days later. Attorneys for Mrs. Earnhardt objected to that line of questioning. A hearing is scheduled for June 11. It will also allow a judge to decide the constitutionality of the new state law restricting access to autopsy photos(ESPN/AP)(5-15-2001)
    AND see a story at the Orlando Sentinel: Racer's widow can be asked why she had photos sealed(5-16-2001)

  • NASCAR School UPDATE: A Phoenix-based auto mechanics school plans to build a $12 million NASCAR-affiliated training center in Mooresville(NC) to tutor students on jobs in the racing industry. Universal Technical Institute Inc. has an agreement to buy 19 acres in Talbert Pointe Business Park for the school, which will house 135 instructors and other employees and train as many as 1,800 students per year. The 145,000-square-foot facility, to be called the NASCAR Technical Institute, will offer UTI's training for auto mechanics along with 18 weeks of instruction specific to the racing industry. Tuition in UTI programs isn't inexpensive. Students pay $18,600 for a 54-week car-repair course in Houston. NASCAR Technical Institute prices haven't been set, says Dennis Hendrix, who will be director of the local school. By comparison, in-state students pay $1,760 for a two-year motorsports program at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. Out-of-state students pay $10,864. (Full story at the Business Journal(4-23-2001)
    UPDATE: Ground will be broken on the first ever NASCAR Technical Institute will take place at Talbert Pointe Industrial Park in Mooresville, NC on May 22nd at 10:00am/et(NASCAR PR), the ground breaking will be held today - rain or shine(5-16-2001)


    (5-15-2001)

  • Gordon on Larry King: Jeff Gordon will make his second appearance on CNN's "Larry King Live," Tuesday, May 22(5-15-2001)

  • NY City Track Update: story at Newsday with an image: NASCAR on Fast Track to New York(5-15-2001)

  • Added Images: #43-Hamburger Helper Dodge(will run at the Winston and Coca Cola 600); #22-Cattruckengines Dodge; #21-Air Force Ford(another one); #55-Sqaure-D Chevy Lightning; #27-Geigco; #43-Petty Blue practice; and #37 DeeZee and WMHinc schemes; to the Paint Scheme Gallery(5-15-2001)

  • #43 Scheme UPDATE: not sure when but hearing the #43 Cheerios car and driver John Andretti will run a Hambuger Helper (love hambuger helper) scheme sometime this season(4-6-2001)
    UPDATE: the scheme is scheduled to run at the Winston and the Coca Cola 600, see the image on my Paint Scheme Gallery(5-15-2001)

  • Cat Paint at the Winston: hearing Ward Burton will run a special paint scheme at The Winston called "Clear Hood" or something like that. The hood will be pained up tp look like there is a Cat C16 truck engine under the hood(3-29-2001)
    UPDATE: The Winston has long been regarded as Winston Cup's All Star event. It is a non-points event, which allows drivers and sponsors alike the opportunity to shine. It is no different for Ward Burton and his sponsor Caterpillar. Both Burton and Caterpillar intend on glowing at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 19. This year, Caterpillar chose to highlight CAT Truck Engines, while allowing Burton to "borrow" a CAT C-16 from the factory. The special paint scheme gives the illusion of a see through hood with a CAT C-16 engine underneath.(Bill Davis Racing PR) and see the image on my Paint Scheme Gallery(5-15-2001)

  • Tony's sub? hearing Joe Gibbs Racing #20 BGN driver, Mike McLaughlin will stand by to run the #20-Home Depot Pontiac for Tony Stewart if Stewart doesn't make it back in time for the Coca Cola 600(5-15-2001)

  • Nelson Rumor Revisited:Circle Racing Online NASCAR sources say the current garage talk about the future of Gary Nelson as Winston Cup Series Director is heating up, yet again. We first got a rippling of a possible "promotion up and out" for Nelson at last year's Phoenix Winston Cup race. Supposedly, his days were numbered until February of 2001. Well, it's at tribute to his staying power (or the general infidelity of vile garage talk rumors) that it's months later and Nelson still stands at the highest position in the Competition section of NASCAR's staff. But that was before Dale Earnhardt's death at this year's Daytona 500. The resulting public relations debacle for NASCAR has lately revived talk of Nelson's movement to a different position. The latest "best-case" version is that Nelson may head up NASCAR's new safety R&D facility in Hickory, NC, and that other BGN Director John Darby will move up to take his place. Darby's vacant BGN position would then be filled by current CTS Director Wayne Auton(Circle Racing Online)(5-15-2001)

  • Testing at Dover UPDATE: some Cup teams will test at Dover Downs on Monday, including #20-Tony Stewart and a new team I am hearing about #47-Lance Hooper in a car owned by Roger Smith(5-14-2001)
    UPDATE: others I hear were testing - #36-Ken Schrader, #30-Jeff Green, #97-Kurt Busch and BGN teams; #43-Jay Sauter, #38-Christian Elder, #87-Joe Nemechek, #92-Jimmie Johnson and #23-Scott Wimmer(5-15-2001)

  • Kerry Earnhardt to run ARCA at Lowes: Officials with the Kannapolis Intimidators, a minor league baseball team based in Kannapolis, N.C., announced Tuesday they will sponsor Kerry Earnhardt, the oldest son of the late Dale Earnhardt, in Saturday's (NOT Friday) ARCA race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Earnhardt will drive a #2 Chevrolet owned by Dale Earnhardt Inc. and adorned with the colors and logo of the team(That's Racin')(5-15-2001)

  • New Stock Car Series? UPDATE 2- Yep in 2003: The formation of a new stock-car racing series will be announced Tuesday at a news conference at Spirit Square in uptown Charlotte. While the founders of the Team Racing Auto Circuit, or TRAC, plan to position the series as a "complementary" series to NASCAR's Winston Cup circuit, a certain degree of rivalry seems inevitable. The new circuit hopes to attract national television exposure and plans to race on at least some of the same tracks at which the Winston Cup cars compete. Pritchett said he preferred to reserve the details for Tuesday's announcement, but he did provide some of the framework for the new series. The circuit would run on oval tracks, he said, both at some where no Winston Cup race is now held and at some where there now are Cup races. It would seem unlikely that any TRAC event would be staged at a track owned by International Speedway Corporation, NASCAR's sister company. Pritchett said NASCAR has been told that Tuesday's announcement is forthcoming. While Pritchett said Speedway Motorsports Inc. chairman Bruton Smith will not be a stakeholder in TRAC, it is more likely that his tracks, like Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, would be part of the new venture. Pritchett said TRAC races would be scheduled with an eye toward avoiding conflicts with Winston Cup dates. He said the new circuit's season would not be as long as the 36-race Cup schedule but would include enough events "to be a significant product." The Observer has learned that at least two former Winston Cup team owners, Cale Yarborough and Michael Kranefuss, are among those involved in the TRAC project. Another person involved in the deal is Robert Wussler, who has been president of CBS Sports, CBS Television and Turner Broadcasting System(That's Racin')(5-14-2001)
    UPDATE: A group of notable executives from the sports, entertainment, media and business industries convened today in Charlotte to announce details of a new stock car racing league. The league, to be known as Team Racing Auto Circuit (TRAC), is the creation of Maxx Motorsports Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Team Sports Entertainment Inc. (TSEI). Among the key individuals involved in the announcement were: Robert J. Wussler, former president of CBS and co-founder of CNN; stock car racing legend, Cale Yarborough; Wendell Starke, former chairman of Invesco; Michael Kranefuss, former director of Ford Motorsports; Carroll Campbell, former governor of South Carolina; Charlie Bradshaw, former chairman of Spartan Foods International and president of Trans World Corp.; Danny Ford, former ACC coach-of-the-year; and 25-year NBA executive Carl Scheer. Seeking to expand the existing base of stock car fans, TSEI has designed TRAC to provide highly desirable content on tracks and television screens across the United States. Initially, the league will consist of multiple car teams that will be strategically positioned in U.S. television markets located near major motorsports venues. Each team will represent the city or state where it is located and will participate in a season long schedule including a post season with a championship race.(more at the TRAC Site) and an AP story at CNN/SI: New rival? NASCAR to have competition in stock-car racing which includes - A new stock-car series hoping to capitalize on the popularity of NASCAR plans to begin racing in 2003. TRAC plans to have 8-12 two-car teams and concentrate on racing at oval tracks. Organizers do not know how extensive the schedule might be, but say they have been in contact with track owners and with ABC, CBS and ESPN. NASCAR spokeswoman Danielle Humphrey declined comment on the group's plans
    UPDATE 2: during ESPN2's RPM 2Night as items were listed about the new series: There will be two conferences - National and American, Revenue Sharing, a Salary/Team Cap and a Playoff System where a driver/team has to qualify for the playoffs during the regular season races. Cale Yarborough was interviewed and mentioned a few things about the cars: they will be fuel injected, have the same Aero and Engine packages and would be equipped with Black Boxes(5-15-2001)

  • What is TRAC? TRAC stands for “Team Racing Auto Circuit.” TRAC will own, operate, and sanction a stock car racing league designed to provide high quality race content for television and tracks while working hard to attract new stock car fans(more at the TRAC Site)(5-15-2001)

  • Website on the #17: StockCarCity.com will appear on the "C" pillars of Matt Kenseth's #17 Dewalt Ford during this week.s "The Winston" and the Coca-Cola 600. "We are pleased to have StockCarCity on the car for the next two races," said Jon Howland, Motorsports Manager for DeWALT, "Mike (Calinoff) has been an asset in helping us promote our "Design the Paint Scheme" contest, plus he is also a member (spotter) of the race team." "This is exciting for us," said Calinoff, "especially since it is Matt's first venture into The Winston and we.re defending our Coca-Cola 600 title."(StockCarCity PR)(5-15-2001)

  • Benson 7th at his own track: Johnny Benson Jr.'s return to West Michigan didn't have a storybook ending, but for 47 laps, it sure appeared that it would. Benson tore through the 36-car field in Saturday night's Scott Baker Memorial 100 at the Berlin Raceway, moving from his 29th place starting position all the way up to fourth during the first half of the Late Model stock car race. Unfortunately for the Grand Rapids native, Benson eventually had to settle for seventh after fading down the stretch(Michigan Live)(5-15-2001)

  • Action Buys Winner Circle: Action Performance Companies and Hasbro announced they have entered into a definitive agreement for Action to acquire Hasbro's ``Winner's Circle(TM)'' brand name and related die cast inventory and tooling. Action will immediately begin designing, manufacturing and marketing licensed die cast race car toy replicas for the mass retail market, with first deliveries scheduled later this month(Yahoo Biz)(5-15-2001)

  • Hmiel Wins Dash Race: Steve Hmiel, technical director at Dale Earnhardt Inc., watched his son Shane win the Pabst Blue Ribbon 100, a NASCAR Goody’s Dash race, on Saturday, at Darlington Raceway. The younger Hmiel took the lead from Cam Strader with less than 10 laps remaining. The Dash event was a preliminary to Darlington’s Craftsman Truck Series race(Gaston Gazette)(5-15-2001)

  • McClure Wins: Eric McClure, nephew of Winston Cup car owner Larry McClure(#4 Kodak Chevy), won his first Late Model Stock car race on Saturday night May 12th at the Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, VA.. McClure won in only his 5th start in the #4 Morgan-McClure/Duke's Printing Oldsmobile Cutlass. He is the son of Morgan-McClure co-owner and spotter Jerry McClure(Team McClure PR)(5-15-2001)

  • Sad News: Len Boehler, three time Featherlite Modified Series, NASCAR Touring Championship car owner, passed away Sunday after a long illness. A pioneer in modified racing, his involvement as a car owner and builder spanned 5 decades with 100's of victories up and down the east coast. He was also a three time NASCAR Modified National Championship car owner. Funeral services for Len Boehler will take place at the Rock Funeral Home in New Bedford, Mass. on Thursday, May 17, at 10:30 am. Calling hours will be on Wednesday, May 16, from 4:00pm-8:30pm also at the Rock Funeral Home(vintagemodifieds.com)(5-15-2001)


    (5-14-2001)

  • New #14 Crew Chief: Donnie Brown has taken over for Fred Graves (who was the interim crew chief after Phillipe Lopez left) as the crew chief for the #14 Conseco Pontiac, owned by AJ Foyt and driven by Rookie of the Year Candidate, Ron Hornaday(ESPN2's RPM 2Night)(5-14-2001)

  • Steve Grissom? been asked what he was up to - during the CTS(truck) ESPN broadcast of the race on Saturday at Darlington that Grissom was serving as a driver coach and spotter for Petty Enterprises CTS driver Carlos Contreras(#43 Hot Wheels truck)(5-14-2001)

  • Harvick/Wallace double duty: Kevin Harvick and Kenny Wallace plan to fly back and forth between Charlotte and Nazareth, Pa., next week, allowing them to compete in both The Winston (or the Winston Open, in Wallace’s case) and the BGN race at Nazareth. Wallace has not competed in the annual BGN stop at Nazareth in seven years(Gaston Gazette)(5-14-2001)

  • Compton Wins/Irvan Returns UPDATE: Stacy Compton held off Michael Waltrip and Brett Bodine to win the 30-lap celebrity Late Model Stock shootout Saturday in front of about 10,000 customers, the largest audience ever at the .416-mile banked New River Valley Speedway. Fourth went to retired leadfoot Ernie Irvan and last was Kerry Earnhardt. Waltrip, this year's Daytona 500 winner, was the pole sitter and ran up front most of the first 15 laps. At that stage, the race was stopped and the order inverted. Irvan then started first, followed by Earnhardt, Waltrip, Bodine and Compton.(Roanoke Times)(5-13-2001)
    UPDATE Irvan/Waltrip Win: A crowd of 26,202 at Kentucky Speedway watched several Winston Cup drivers in a celebrity “Legends” race, followed by an ARCA RE/MAX stock race won by pole sitter Frank Kimmel. Saturday, Waltrip and Marlin signed autographs for fans along with another former Daytona winner, Ernie Irvan, and Winston Cup driver Brett Bodine. The foursome later staged a pair of 10-lap Legends races — the Legends cars are scaled-down versions of old hot rods. Irvan won the first race, Waltrip the second(Cincinnati Enquirer)(5-14-2001)

  • Another Busch: Kyle Busch, younger brother of NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver Kurt Busch(#97) - will make his full-size stock car racing debut behind the wheel of a NASCAR Late Model at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 12. Busch, currently trailing points leader Spencer Clark Jr. by one point (173-172) in the Bullring's Legends Cars division, will drive a 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo (No. 04) owned by Jerry Spilsbury. Older brother Kurt Busch, who drives Fords owned by Jack Roush on the Winston Cup circuit, called to encourage his sibling. Busch plans to continue to compete in his Legends Car while driving Spilsbury's Late Model.(LVMS PR)(5-9-2001)
    UPDATE: Kyle Busch,“ younger brother of Cup driver Kurt Busch, won his first NASCAR Late Model feature at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Craftsman Night, Saturday, May12.(LVMS PR)(5-14-2001)

  • Evernham's Crew Helps: Eight members of Ray Evernham’s Winston Cup operation have signed on to handle pit stops for rookie Richard Mitchell in the May 19 ARCA race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway(Gaston Gazette)(5-14-2001)
  • a Million for a sponsor? In an exclusive interview this morning, Speedwayillustrated.com spoke with Scott Bryant, owner of Bryant Motorsports, currently out of Richmond, Virginia. Bryant is the one making the million-dollar offer. Bryant Motorsports has been racing for years, currently competing in asphalt late models, but Bryantt wants to take the next step into the NASCAR Busch series. Bryant relates, "We have a bunch of good people right now, we just need the money to tie it all together." Bryant is already in negotiations to see if buying Ernie Irvan's Mooresville, NC shops will fit his needs. So how do you make a million dollars? All you have to do is set Bryant Motorsports up with someone who wants to sponsor the team. When the deal is completed, you get a million dollars for your efforts. At first, giving a million dollars worth of the sponsor money away sounds foolish, but through any of the sponsorship agencies Bryant would have to pay at least that much. Bryant said, "We thought, why not get the general public involved? They know far more people and we could make a fan rich in the process!"(more info at the Speedway Illustrated site)(5-14-2001)

  • Former NASCAR Official Joins Sports Car Ranks: Veteran motorsports executive Dennis Huth has joined the Panoz Motor Sports Group in a newly-created dual role that will include becoming President of Professional Sports Car Racing, Inc., as well as involvement in the Trans-Am Series. Huth, who was a key executive at NASCAR during its explosive growth in the 90s, will execute day to day operations of SPORTS CAR, the sanctioning body for the American Le Mans Series and several other road racing series. Professional Sports Car Racing, Inc., located in Clearwater, Fla., is the premier sanctioning body for sports car racing in North America. Huth was an executive with NASCAR for nearly 20 years, most recentlyserving as Vice-President of Touring Series and International Development until early 2000. He helped to launch the successful NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 1995 and the NASCAR Northwest Tour in 1987. In addition, he helped spearhead the growth of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series, bringing many weekly race tracks under NASCAR sanction. He started with the organization as Northwest Field Manager in 1982. Prior to joining NASCAR, Huth operated weekly race tracks, including tracks in Portland and Medford, Ore., and several in California(American Le Mans Series PR)(5-14-2001)

  • Change at #15 DEI team? UPDATE: NASCAR.com Buzz is reporting that the #15 DEI team could be making a crew chief change by the time The Winston or Coca-Cola 600 takes place. If that does happen, look for Steve Hmiel, Technical Director at Dale Earnhardt Inc., to take a more involved role in the No. 15 team. Since winning the Daytona 500, the team has fallen from first in points to 26th in only 11 races(NASCAR,com Buzz)(5-9-2001)
    UPDATE: A spokeswoman for Waltrip's team says there was no truth to the rumor that crew chief Scott Eggleston was being replaced, but his responsibilities might be redirected in the future. Expect to see tech director Steve Hmiel taking a more visible role(Sporting News)(5-14-2001)

  • New Wind Tunnel: NASCAR teams won't have as far to travel if they're looking to conduct aerodynamic research in the future. Last month, Auto Research Center opened the first commercially-available wind tunnel in North America, in Mooresville, N.C. It has a yawing, rolling road design to simulate actual race conditions. The project is a partnership between Adrian Reynard and Roger Penske. Mooresville is home to many Winston Cup, Busch Series and Craftsman Truck teams(Sporting News)(5-14-2001)


    (5-13-2001)

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