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PAST NEWS MAY 21-27, 2001


(5-27-2001)

  • Jeff Burton wins Coca Cola 600: #99-Burton wins his first races of the 2001 season, the Coca-Cola 600 and puts him in the 2002 The Winston. Pole sitter #02-Ryan Newman crashed on lap 12 when he got loose and finished 43rd. The top four starters finished 26th or worse (#02-43rd, #24-29th, #66-37th, #9-26th). #20-Tony Stewart who officially started 12th but had to drop to the tail end of the field finished 3rd and was coming strong at the end. Stewart completed all 1,100 miles/600 laps and seemed fine after the Coca Cola 600.
    #88-Dale Jarrett who used his first provisional ever with Robert Yates Racing(1995) was able to finish 8th and increased his points lead to 75 over #24-Jeff Gordon.
    See That's Racin' for Coca-Cola 600 results and standings by the AP and for Winston Cup points (after Charlotte)(5-27-2001)

  • Kulwicki Elected to Hall of Fame: Lou Creekmur and Mike Ditka, both members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, were among three former athletes elected to the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame in Orchard Lake. Also elected was the late stock-car driver Alan Kulwicki, the 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion. Ditka was the top vote getter, receiving 290 on the 326 ballots cast. Creekmur was second with 191. Kulwicki was selected by the veterans committee. They will be honored at three events June 7-8. A testimonial dinner will be held at 6 p.m. June 7 at the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy, with formal inductions ceremonies at noon the next day at Dombrowski Field House at St. Mary's College in Orchard Lake. The night of June 8, the inductees will be recognized at Polish-American Night before the Tigers-Brewers game at Comerica Park.(Detroit Free Press), note: this occured May 1st(5-27-2001)

  • First to Last? Both Races? Interesting, when is the last time that the pole sitter of the Indy 500 (Scottt Sharp) finished last (33rd) and the pole sitter of the Coca-Cola 600 (Newman) finished last (43rd this year) on the same day(or weekend).(5-27-2001)

  • Stewart/Gordon at Indy: The Indy 500 is over, the winner is Penske driver Helio Castroneves, a rookie and the 11th Penske driver. #33-Tony Stewart finished 6th and #41-Robby Gordon fell out with an engine problem and finished 21st. Stewart went to the Infield First Aid Center during a red flag for rain to get a cramped right foot looked at and will go there to get IV's after the race and will make his scheduled helicopter ride as he had to Indy by 4:00pm/et to make it to Lowes Motor Speedway in time. Have to say it pretty cool seeing Castroneves and his crew climbing the fence after the victory (5-27-2001)

  • Jarrett Injured but will race UPDATE: Dale Jarrett suffered an injury to his right side rib area during Happy Hour practice for the Coca-Cola 600 Saturday at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The injury was not the result of an accident. Jarrett expects to be able to race in the Coca-Cola 600. According to Jarrett’s spokesperson Kris Johnson, Jarrett felt a “pop just below his right rib area, and is extremely sore.” Johnson also said Jarrett fully expects to race tomorrow and complete the entire 600 miles(NASCAR.com), Jarrett was 10th fastest in Happy Hour with a speed of 175.143mph(5-26-2001)
    UPDATE: Dale Jarrett intends to race in the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday despite a broken rib on his right side. "I was going into Turn 3 and I just felt a pop," Jarrett said of what happened to him during a Saturday morning practice session at Lowe's Motor Speedway. "I don't know if it's from a previous injury or something from the other night." Jarrett crashed his #88 during his first qualifying lap on Thursday night, backing it into the Turn 4 wall after spinning in Turn 3. "It's on my right side, so it doesn't make sense that it would have happened the other night, but you don't know," Jarrett said. "I had no indication. I worked out (Friday) and lifted weights and ran like I normally would and had no problems." Jarrett said he was going into Turn 3 on a practice lap in the second of two sessions held Saturday morning and felt a pop as he turned the car's wheel. "It was hard to catch my breath," he said. "I ran about four more laps and then told them I couldn't do any more right then." Jarrett went to a rehabilitation trailer run by Motor Racing Outreach for treatment. He later had it checked by a physician who confirmed the rib was broken. "When you have a broken rib and you know that, there's not much more you can do for it," Jarrett said. "I feel I'll start and my plan is to finish. With the amount of time we have here, we'll be OK." Jarrett tried putting on a flak jacket to help him feel better, but said it didn't help. "The pain really comes whenever I go to turn the wheel," he said. "The only thing the flak jacket was going to do was to keep from furthering the injury. I need something that is going to help kind of tie this together, so when I do go to turn the wheel that I'm not going to get that much pain. If it's just some pain and I can breathe, that's fine. But what I had this morning wasn't something I would feel comfortable with for 600 miles." He plans to use electronic stimulation to treat the injury Sunday, then put some extra padding in his seat for the race(That's Racin')
    UPDATE 2: FSN reposts that 2000 BGN Champ Jeff Green will stand by for Jarrett(5-27-2001)

  • Stewart to Start 7th in the Indy 500: Tony Stewart ran the 7th fastest qualifying lap at Indianapolis on Saturday with a speed of 224.248mph and will start 7th in May 27th's Indy 500. Former Cup driver, Robby Gordon qualified 3rd with a speed of 224.994mph(5-13-2001)
    Stewart qualified 12th for the Coca-Cola 600 but will have to fall to the back of the pack as he will miss the driver's meeting for the race(3:45pm/et). Mike McLaughlin stands by at Lowes and Richie Hearn is the stand-by driver for Indy if Stewart needs it(5-27-2001)

  • Bodine Hurt Too: Todd Bodine joins Dale Jarrett as a driver in discomfort, suffering from lingering pain from a back strain suffered last week. Bodine was cleaning his pool last Saturday when he injured his back, then worsened the injury by racing in both The Winston and The Winston Open later that night. He spent the entire week getting treatment on it in anticipation for the Coca-Cola 600, the longest race on the Winston Cup circuit.(Sporting News/AP)(5-27-2001)

  • Labonte and the Flu: #18-Bobby Labonte battled the flu for three days earlier this week and spent much of the day Friday resting before qualifying. He'll need all of his strength and plenty of water to make it Sunday night(Sporting News)(5-27-2001)


    (5-26-2001)

  • Another #43 Paint Scheme: General Mills and Petty Enterprises announced that the #43 will feature a Honey Nut Cheerios paint scheme that resembles a bee, with BuzzBee featured on the hood of the #43 Dodge for the Brickyard 400 on August 5, 2001, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway(Business Wire/YahooBiz). See an image on my Paint Scheme Gallery(5-26-2001)

  • #17 Special Paint: hearing the #17 DeWalt Tools Ford will carry an AT&T scheme of some sort this year at Sears Points and Daytona in the Pepsi 400(5-26-2001)

  • More Double Duty: Tony Stewart won't be the only person doing the Indy-Charlotte double this weekend. Tim Shutt, crew chief on Mike McLaughlin's Busch Grand National car and a long-time friend of Stewart's, will call the shots for McLaughlin in today's Carquest 300, then fly to Indianapolis to serve as a spotter for Stewart during the Indy 500. And he'll be rushing back to Charlotte as soon as the Indy race is over. "I told Tony that the only way I'd do it is if he got me back in time to watch the (Coca-Cola) 600," Shutt said.(AJC)(5-26-2001)

  • #88 Backup: Todd Parrott would have preferred his driver use the team's original car built for the Coca-Cola 600, but he's not too concerned with the backup Dale Jarrett will drive in Sunday's race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Jarrett hit the wall with his #88 Ford during Thursday night's qualifying session and the team was forced to use his backup, which his team busily worked on Friday. What is the history of Jarrett's backup? "Unfortunately, this the car that came from about 15th to 20th at Texas and won the race. It's the same car two weeks after that won Darlington. And let's see, at Atlanta we were third or fourth racing up there with all them Chevrolets," said Parrott, Jarrett's crew chief. "The 600 car we had was really good. It was a twin to this car right here and it was brand new," Parrott said. "When I left the shop this morning there was a roll cage going on another one just like the one we wrecked and just like this one." The team brought the car Jarrett ran in last weekend's Winston all-star race to the track Friday to use as another backup.(That's Racin')(5-26-2001)

  • 1 Million Donation AND the Alabama Gang Honored: In what is believed to be the largest single donation to a motorsports-related charity, officials from The Bennett Foundation presented Speedway Children’s Charities Founder Bruton Smith a check for $1 million today at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. On behalf of Mr. & Mrs. William Bennett (owners of the Sahara Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., and founders of The Bennett Foundation), Craig Hodgkins, president of the Sahara Hotel and Casino, made the check presentation to Smith. “Mr. & Mrs. William G. Bennett of The Bennett Foundation are thrilled to be associated with such a worthwhile and respected charity,” said Hodgkins. “It is their hope that this contribution to the Speedway Children’s Charities will make a profound difference in the lives of many children.” “Since the inception of Speedway Children’s Charities in 1984, we have made great strides in raising money that directly benefits the welfare of children across the country,” said Smith. “However, in all that we do, we strive to do better. This generous donation by The Bennett Foundation really takes us to the next level in our benevolent effort. The children are the real winners here, and I know they will appreciate this newfound support from The Bennett Foundation. “I am now going to personally guarantee that we will raise an additional $1 million in matching funds to support this tremendous gift from The Bennett Foundation,” added Smith. The Bennett Foundation was established in 1996 to benefit various charities and organizations in the Las Vegas area, including the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). Speedway Children’s Charities, with chapters located at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Sears Point Raceway, is a non-profit foundation dedicated to helping children in need of medical, social and educational services. Its primary mission is improving the quality of life for children through the distribution of grants to qualified non-profit charities providing those services effectively.(LMS PR)
    AND Each year the Speedway Children's Charity Ball pays homage to a different part of NASCAR's heritage. This year, the annual black-tie affair honored the legendary "Alabama Gang" from Hueytown, AL. The group consists of brothers Bobby and Donnie Allison, Red Farmer, as well as Bobby's late son Davey and the late Neil Bonnett. They were all paid tribute for their contribution to racing on and off the track. The 21st annual gala was held Friday night at the Adam's Mark Hotel in downtown Charlotte. Taking place at the center of the universe of stock car racing, the event always draws drivers, crew chiefs and owners from the community. To help kick things off earlier in the day, the Mr. & Mrs. William Bennett, owner of Sahara Resorts in Las Vegas, Nev., donated a record $1 million to the charity(NASCAR.com)(5-26-2001)

  • Bodies Featured: BodyDynamicsRacing.com is featured in the May 24th issue of the "NASCAR Winston Cup Scene". The article covers owners Tim Suggs and Greg Carpenter and the beginning of Body Dynamics Racing Bodies, Inc. as well as the introduction of the LIVE WEB CAMS in their fabrication facility and the launch of their web site www.bodydynamicsracing.com. This interesting article shows fans how they can get a look into the world of professional racecar fabrication without leaving their seats.(PR)(5-26-2001)

  • Pit Crew Challenge: Steve Park's pit crew earned a $7,000 paycheck, winning the fourth annual Coca-Cola Racing Family pit crew challenge at the Food Lion Speed Street in downtown Charlotte. Each participating pit crew completed one stationary, four-tire stop on a Coca-Cola car, then raced across the finish line to stop the clock. The #1 crew earned the first-place cash prize. "I can only hope our pit stops will be this good on Sunday," said crew chief Paul Andrews. "Getting to victory lane twice would make this a great weekend." Dale Jarrett's #88 pit crew finished second, earning a $3,000 cash prize as runners-up. Competitors included pit crews from the following teams: Bobby Labonte, Dale Jarrett, Tony Stewart, Jeff Burton, Kyle Petty, Ricky Rudd, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Michael Waltrip, Steve Park, John Andretti and Andy Houston(That's Racin')(5-26-2001)

  • Sponsor Turned Down for the #27? heard this was reported in Friday's Sports Business Daily: Before signing a sponsor yesterday, Eel River Raicng sought a six-figure sponsorship deal with Sportsbook.com, a gambling Web site, for last weekend's The Winston, but was not allowed by NASCAR to sign the deal. NASCAR Dir of Operations Kevin Triplett told THE DAILY NASCAR did not approve the sponsorship because "there are a lot of things in that category that are still unknown. Is it strictly a gambling site? Is it based outside the country? There were a lot of things we had questions about." Triplett noted NASCAR had only a few days to make the decision: "(Doing) things in a hurry, in a matter of a few days, that's not the way we make decisions." Triplett said he typically discusses potential sponsorships with members of the NASCAR BOD and the competition department, since they "are all involved in what happens in the garage area." NASCAR also denied Eel River's request for Sportsbook.com to sponsor Wallace's car at the Coca-Cola 600. Triplett: "There is not a lot that will happen in four days that will make you change your mind"(5-26-2001)

  • No Back-up after Green Flag: NASCAR officials say there won't be any switches to backup cars in points races. Once the green-flag falls in points events, the laps start to count and there is no allowed changing of cars(Richmond Times Dispatch)(5-26-2001)


    (5-25-2001)

  • Last #43 Dnq'd? Looks like the last time the #43 Petty Enterprises car has missed the race was at the Slick 50 300 at New Hampshire Intl Speedway on July 10, 1994. Wally Dallenbach was the driver then and missed 6 races that year in the car.(5-25-2001)

  • Kenny and Eel River Racing have a Year Long Sponsor UPDATE 5 - 15 races: hearing that if the #27 Eel River Racing team does not get sponsorship for the team soon, driver Kenny Wallace will take a job in the booth with Allen Bestwick and Benny Parsons at NBC/TNT for the Cup races, but will still run the #48 in the BGN races. Benny and Kenny, that would be some high energy broadcasts AND Eel River Racing got a one race deal with Geico for The Winston Open/The Wintson this weekend, the team just unloaded the car and will make the 2nd practice this afternoon but missed the first practice. Supposedly Eel River and Geico are still in negotiations for a sponsorship deal for the rest of the season. Contact Geico at 800-342-9070 to show support for Kenny and the #27 team(5-18-2001)
    UPDATE: Barry Dodson, crew chief and part owner of Eel River Racing, Monday said if the beleaguered team could not secure a sponsor by Wednesday, it would not attend this weekend's Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway and would probably have to shut down. Dodson said Wallace would have to be released from his contract by Birmingham if the team is shut down, but he cited his concurrent ride in George deBidart's #48 Goulds Pumps Chevy in the BGN as one thing that would keep him busy. Wallace on Sunday at Nazareth also said he had a potential television commentary deal in the works for the second half of 2001(NASCAR.com)(5-21-2001)
    UPDATE 2: Kenny Wallace said on Garage Pass that the team is close to signing a 'big company' as the sponsor for the team and that they would race in the Coca Cola 600. Wallace also confirmed that he talked to NBC about a broadcasting position(PRN's Garage Pass)(5-22-2001)
    UPDATE 3: Tomorrow morning at 9:00am/et, Kenny Wallace will announce his new sponsor for the #27 Eel River Racing Pontiac. It will be a light yellow car with the familiar red circular logo of Sauer's. It's a family-owned food and spice company out of Richmond, VA called C.F. Sauer(www.cfsauer.com). Also on the car (hood and rear deck) will be the logo of Duke's Mayonaise, another product produced by Sauer's. The car will also be shown on "On Track from Lowe's Motor Speedway" Thursday night. The deal will carry the team through the 2001 season and will allow them to test and do the things the team needs to do to be competitive. "Now with this you can say the death watch of Eel River Racing is over," says Wallace. The team will be wearing it's new colors on the track tomorrow as they attempt to qualify for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. from "On Track from Lowe's Motor Speedway"/NBC6 in Charlotte
    AND Though final details were still being worked out, there has been an agreement reached on a sponsorship deal with C. F. Sauer, a Richmond-based company that markets spices and other food products, that will carry the team through until the end of the season. The formal announcement of the deal could come as early as Thursday at the track, where qualifying for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 begins at 7:15pm/et(That's Racin')(5-23-2001)
    UPDATE 4: The C. F. Sauer Company, Richmond, VA has signed on to support Eel River Racing. Starting this weekend at the Coca Cola 600 and continuing for specified races, Sauer will sponsor the #27 car driven by one of NASCAR'S most popular drivers, Kenny Wallace. Eel River's 27 car will sport the DUKE'S Mayonnaise logo on a brilliant yellow background. "The C. F. Sauer Company is very excited to sponsor Eel River Racing,"said Mark Sauer Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "We have been interested getting involved with a NASCAR team and Eel River Racing was the right opportunity for the Company. NASCAR fans are loyal to the brands in the sport and this sponsorship presents a unique opportunity to promote our products. We look forward to working with Kenny, Barry and the entire Eel River Racing Team, beginning a long and successful relationship." Kenny Wallace also welcomed the news from C.F. Sauer; thrilled to have the team's full focus away from the search for a sponsor and back on the race track. The C. F. Sauer Company is 114 years old and is still family owned and operated. Conrad F. Sauer IV, President and CEO, is the fourth generation to manage the venerable spice, mayonnaise, margarine and condiment company. The Company's brands are Sauer's, Gold Medal, Spice Hunter, Duke's, BAMA, Mrs. Filberts and manufacturers a complete line of margarine products. (more and a little itty bitty image of the car at C. F. Sauer Company)(5-24-2001)
    UPDATE 5: The sponsorship is for 15 races, the team is looking for support for the other 10 races in the remaining 25 races(5-25-2001)

  • Penske Jasper Engines Moving: Employees of Penske Jasper Engines will move into their new 28,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility in Concord, N.C. within the next several weeks. Approximately 40 people are employed at Penske Jasper Engines, which builds the engines for Penske drivers Rusty Wallace, Jeremy Mayfield and Ryan Newman, as well as Jasper Motorsports driver Robert Pressley. Penske Engines and Jasper Engines merged operations last November. Doug Bawel, President of Jasper Engines & Transmissions also serves as Vice Chairman of Penske Jasper Engines(Jasper PR)(5-25-2001)

  • Labonte/Petty HS Grads: Terry Labonte found time last night, barely, to attend daughter Kristen's high-school graduation in Trinity, NC, borrowing a helicopter from brother Bobby to make the sprint up, despite heavy thunderstorms. "After sitting in the principal's office a couple of times for her fighting in school, I never thought I'd get her graduated," Labonte said with a laugh. Kyle Petty's son, Austin, was also graduating, but Petty didn't have the luxury of a possible champion's provisional. "Austin has really buckled down since Adam's death and got serious about school," Petty said. "He wants to be an engineer and he's set to go to Pfeiffer next year. He was in some kind of honor society, and he got some medal for four years of honor work. He and Montgomery Lee are both a lot smarter than myself and Adam were."(Winston Salem Journal)(5-25-2001)

  • Autopsy Photos News: Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will send his legal team here(Daytona Beach) to fight for a new law that seals autopsy photos from public view. Circuit Judge Joseph Will on Thursday gave the governor's attorneys the go-ahead to attend hearings June 11-12 dealing with the constitutionality of the Earnhardt Family Protection Act, which prohibits anyone from viewing autopsy photos without a court order. Attorneys for Bush are expected to attend the hearing at the Courthouse Annex on his behalf. This hearing and others stem from Teresa Earnhardt's lawsuit against the Volusia County Medical Examiner seeking to prohibit public access to her husband's autopsy photos. Attorneys for Teresa Earnhardt filed legal papers Thursday objecting to Dr. Steve Bohannon giving a deposition before the hearing. They contend his testimony is not relevant and is designed to generate more publicity. (Daytona Beach News Journal and a story at the Orlando Sentinel)(5-25-2001)

  • Simpson Donates: Bill Simpson, the much-maligned seat belt maker, donated $12,000 worth of firesuits to Lowe's Motor Speedway Emergency Services on Thursday. The suits, which are valued at $300 each, will be worn by the speedway's frontline firemen on pit road. Thirty will be used this weekend, with 10 more scheduled to arrive in time for track's October race(AP/ESPN)(5-25-2001)

  • Charity Recognized: The Mark Collie Celebrity Race for Diabetes Cure last week was recognized for its $1.25 million donation to the Vanderbilt Diabetes Center. Several country music and NASCAR celebrities participated in the past annual charity races and related concerts and auctions. For six years the race was run at Nashville Speedway. This year's Sept. 4 event will be held at Hardeeville Motor Speedway near Savannah, Ga. Race organizers plan to take the race to the new short track being designed adjacent to Nashville Superspeedway. That track is tentatively scheduled to open in two years(Tennessean), more info, see my Racing Charities page and click on the Mark Collie graphic(5-25-2001)

  • BP is it: The #93 Bill Davis Racing Dodge, which wrecked in Thursday's practice with it's special BP paint scheme (as seen on my Paint Scheme Gallery) and qualified in Amoco colors, will use the today's 'off-day' to repaint and decal the car to the BP colors as well as getting it race ready(BDR)(5-25-2001)

  • Fox, SpeedVision and NASCAR: It may not be the "NASCAR Channel" yet, but Fox Cable Networks Group is selling its interests in the Golf Channel and the Outdoor Life Network, planning to use the proceeds to finance its acquisition of Speedvision. Fox Cable Networks Group, a division of Fox Entertainment Group, will sell its minority interest in The Golf Channel to Comcast. The Fox group also is buying the interests in the Outdoor Life Network from AT&T Corporation, Cox Communications and Roger Werner, and will then sell that to Comcast. Fox Cable Networks would then use the money from those sales to buy the interests in Speedvision now held by AT&T, Cox, Werner and Daniels Properties. When all the selling and buying is done, Fox Cable Networks will own all of Speedvision except for Comcast's minority stake, which Fox Cable is expected to also eventually acquire. Comcast would own Outdoor Life and 92 percent interest in The Golf Channel.(That's Racin')(5-25-2001)

  • NASCAR Vitamins: General Nutrition Companies, Inc. (GNC Live Well), the nation's largest specialty retailer of vitamins and nutritional supplements, has teamed with (NASCAR as the "Official Vitamin Store of NASCAR," it was announced. The agreement is a multi-year deal beginning immediately, according to Don Smith, executive VP of sales and marketing for GNC Live Well. In addition to its three-year contract as an Official Sponsor of NASCAR, GNC Live Well is in its first season as the primary sponsor of the #36 Chevy driven by Hank Parker Jr. and owned by Cicci-Welliver Racing in the NASCAR Busch Series. Parker, now in his third full season of NASCAR Busch Series competition, claimed his first career NBS victory in April at the California Speedway. GNC Live Well's NASCAR marketing programs are already shifting into high gear with commercial spots airing on both radio and television. GNC Live Well will also be offering consumer sweepstakes programs and limited-edition premium racing merchandise for motorsports enthusiasts.(Keystone PR)(5-25-2001)


    (5-24-2001)

  • Website Sued: Autopsy photos depicting the bloody body of rookie racecar driver Rodney Orr still linger on the Internet. His father, Beacher Orr, is suing the man responsible. A lawsuit making its way through circuit court in Flagler County could eventually force Michael Uribe, the president of a DeLand Web site, to remove the photos and pay punitive damages to the Orr family. Daytona Beach attorney Jon Kaney, who specializes in First Amendment issues, said case law leans in Orr's favor. Less than a day before Gov. Jeb Bush signed a state law that would outlaw them, Uribe published 38 graphic autopsy photos of Orr either naked or in bloodied racing gear. He said the photos represent the violence NASCAR tries to hide. Uribe also published 48 pictures of veteran driver Neil Bonnett. The two drivers were killed within three days of each other during practice sessions for the Daytona 500 in 1994. Days after the posting, the company hosting Uribe's Web site and several of his advertisers bailed out. Uribe said he later found another company to host his Web site(Daytona Beach News Journal)(5-24-2001)

  • Irvan Concentrating on Land Development and New House: in part for this weeks Winston Cup Scene - Ernie Irvan, who retired from NASCAR Winston Cup racing in September 1999 and then had his house destroyed by fire in March 2000, has turned his attentions to land development and rebuilding his family's home. Irvan was in the Winston Cup garage at Lowe's Motor Speedway the weekend of The Winston, visiting with friends and former business associates. Irvan, wife Kim and their two children are living in a mobile home located on their property while they rebuild their house. The two-story house, which they began building in late November, is expected to be completed in time for Christmas. Irvan's profession now centers on developing about 85 acres that he owns near Speedway Boulevard, which leads to Lowe's Motor Speedway and the Concord Mills outlet mall(Winston Cup Scene - need subscription)(5-24-2001)

  • Hamilton Adds Dover: Bobby Hamilton has decided to enter the CTS race at Dover and may also add races at New Hampshire and Phoenix to his schedule. Hamilton is already scheduled to run at Richmond in September(Winston Cup Scene - need subscription)(5-24-2001)

  • #75 Team Almost Sold? UPDATE 2: hearing that the #75 Galaxy Motorsports team is up for sale and are very close to closing the deal with another new owner who has never been in the racing business(5-7-2001)

    UPDATE: MRN's NASCAR Today Radio show reported Tuesday that Geoffrey Bodine was seen with an African-American Couple in the Lowes Motor Speedway garage area who are reportedly buying the #75 Galaxy Motorsports team, Debra Ward is supposedly buying the team and Ward did confirm something is going on. An announcement is scheduled for May 24th(5-9-2001)
    UPDATE 2: Two Charlotte business people were still negotiating with Darwin Oordt May 21 to purchase Galaxy Motorsports and return the team to NASCAR Winston Cup competition in 2002. Gary Hill, who is involved in various businesses including apparel, and Debbra Ward, an entrepreneur originally from Greenville, N.C., began seriously considering owning a team about 1 1/2 years ago. They began negotiations with Oordt about a month ago. Ward said May 18 their plans were to begin hiring crewmen in August for D. Ward Motorsports. Prior to then, they wanted to concentrate on obtaining sponsorship. She said the team would be based in Mooresville, NC(Winston Cup Scene - need subscription)(5-24-2001)

  • Father's Day: NASCAR announced plans for a NASCAR-themed month-long promotion in June at more than 2,600 Wal-Mart Stores. "NASCAR Fan Days" will begin June 1 with NASCAR drivers, teams, tracks and sponsor merchandise featured in Wal-Mart Discount Stores and SuperCenters across the country. Each store will support the event with themed signage and thirty-second radio spots for each of the participating brands on the Wal-Mart Radio Network. To keep the momentum going, host Terry Berry of Wal-Mart Radio will broadcast exclusive conversations with NASCAR drivers. On June 16, Father's Day, Wal-Mart and NASCAR will salute fathers across America. Wal-Mart greeters will hand out 1.5 million NASCAR Fan Days Fan Guides designed exclusively for Wal-Mart customers with NASCAR trivia, driver rosters, fun facts and puzzles, plus special feature stories on NASCAR fathers and sons and the multi-generations of NASCAR families(NASCAR PR)(5-24-2001)

  • Tony Stewart's Sunday Double Duty II Itinerary: SUNDAY, MAY 27 - SCENARIO "A" Tony Stewart finishes somewhere between 4th and 33rd at Indianapolis
    9:25 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. CT: Hospitality appearance
    9:50 a.m. CT: In Target Chip Ganassi Racing garage stall - changes into firesuit
    10:15 a.m. CT: Driver introductions
    11 a.m. CT: Start of the 85th Indianapolis 500
    2:30 p.m. CT: Estimated end of Indianapolis 500
    2:35 p.m. CT: Stewart taken via golf cart to infield care center
    2:45 p.m. CT: Stewart boards helicopter to Signature/Combs Flight Center
    3 p.m. CT: Stewart departs for Concord (N.C.) Regional Airport
    4:55 p.m. ET: Stewart lands at Concord Regional Airport
    5 p.m. ET: Stewart boards helicopter en route to speedway infield
    5:10 p.m. ET: Stewart lands at speedway in infield grass at start/finish line
    5:15 p.m. ET: Driver introductions
    5:37 p.m. ET: "Gentleman, start your engines!"
    5:45 p.m. ET: Start of the Coca-Cola 600
    SUNDAY, MAY 27 - SCENARIO "B" Tony Stewart wins or finishes second or third at Indianapolis
    same thru 2:30 p.m. CT: Estimated end of Indianapolis 500
    2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. CT: Victory lane ceremonies or press conference Q&A
    2:50 p.m. CT: Stewart taken via golf cart to infield care center
    3 p.m. CT: Stewart boards helicopter to Signature/Combs Flight Center
    3:15 p.m. CT: Stewart departs for Concord (N.C.) Regional Airport
    5:10 p.m. ET: Stewart lands at Concord Regional Airport
    5:15 p.m. ET: Stewart boards helicopter en route to speedway infield
    5:25 p.m. ET: Stewart lands at speedway in infield grass at start/finish line
    5:37 p.m. ET: "Gentleman, start your engines!"
    5:45 p.m. ET: Start of the Coca-Cola 600(Edelman Public Relations PR)
    Jayski NOTE: Stewart will of course have to fall to the back of the field since he will miss the drivers meeting at 3:45pm/et(5-24-2001)

  • FX and The Winston: FX posted strong numbers in its ratings for Saturday night's Winston all-star race at Lowe's Motor Speedway, despite the 2 hour, 10-minute rain delay during the middle of the broadcast. FX's complete race coverage delivered a 3.5 household rating, 2.25 million homes, and an average of 3.9 million viewers for the 5-hour, 34-minute telecast that concluded at approximately 1:10 a.m. Sunday. Although the telecast went deep into the early morning hours of Sunday, viewership rose as the telecast went on. Prerace programming drew a 3.5 household rating; the rain delay broadcast a 3.5 rating; and The Winston race moved to a 3.7. The average of 3.5 for the complete coverage was the same as that of TNN last season, when the race telecast ran from 7:30-11:32 p.m(That's Racin')(5-24-2001)


    (5-23-2001)

  • Teresa Wants Judge to View Photos: Teresa Earnhardt on Tuesday asked a Volusia(FL) Circuit Court judge to look at her husband's autopsy photos in the coming weeks so the judge will understand their "gruesome, personal and offensive nature." Dale Earnhardt's widow wants Judge Joseph Will to examine the photos at the Volusia County Medical Examiner's Office, where they have been held since Earnhardt died in February on the final lap of the Daytona 500. Teresa Earnhardt made the request in preparation for a June 11 hearing to decide whether the University of Florida student-run Independent Florida Alligator and DeLand-based Web-site owner Michael Uribe can have access to the photos(more at the Orlando Sentinel)(5-23-2001)

  • Little E to run in the BGN at Lowes: Joe Nemechek announced today that Dale Earnhardt Jr. has agreed to take over driving duties for him in the CarQuest Auto Parts 300 to be held at Lowe's Motor Speedway this Saturday. Nemechek, who was injured in a Busch Series test at Dover Downs International Speedway on May 15th, said he and Crew Chief Brian Pattie came to a quick decision as to whom they wanted in the seat of the #87 Cellular One Chevy. For Earnhardt Jr., Saturday's race will be his first Busch Series event since he stepped up to Winston Cup competition following the 1999 season. Heading back to his home track in his first attempt with a different team, Earnhardt Jr. says he's intrigued by the opportunity. The prognosis for Nemechek, meanwhile, is race-to-race. Recovering from a broken right arm and broken right scapula, he will be relieved by Bobby Hamilton Jr. in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600. No further decisions have been made regarding future Winston Cup or Busch Series events.(NEMCO Motorsports PR)(5-23-2001)

  • In the Wind: hearing that the #26 and #66 is testing two intermediate care at the wind tunnel at N.A.S.A.'s Langley Research Center located in Hampton, VA today(5-23-2001)

  • Sad News: Kevin Harvik's grandfather had been battling a serious illness for the past several weeks. Unfortunately, Joe "Papa" Walker passed away on the morning May 22nd.(Harvick Online) Condolences go out to family and friends(5-23-2001)

  • Moore to Be Honored UPDATE is 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)
    UPDATE: They came from all points of the NASCAR compass Tuesday night to pay tribute to and tell a few stories on Bud Moore, a stock car racing pioneer who built winning race cars for 50 years. Moore, 75, was the man of the hour as drivers, officials, competing car owners and mechanics and hundreds of fans gathered at Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium to remember one of the sport's more colorful careers. The Bud Moore Tribute was a fund-raiser for a proposed South Carolina racing museum developers hope to build in Spartanburg. Sharing stories were Cotton Owens, Bobby Allison, Donnie Allison, Lake Speed, David Pearson, Jack Smith, Buddy Baker, Dick Trickle, Geoffrey Bodine, Roger Mandeville, Chris Economaki, Morgan Shepherd and NASCAR president Mike Helton.(Greenville News)(5-23-2001)

  • The Lottery: MDI Entertainment announced that it has contracted with Indiana's Hoosier Lottery for a pair of new licensed lottery promotions. An Elvis Presley(R) scratch-off game and a scratch game featuring a group of NASCAR stock car race drivers will be scheduled for release in early summer with second chance promotions, dream trip prizes and exclusive merchandise. Indiana will become the sixth lottery jurisdiction to launch MDI's NASCAR driver's racing game, which features Dale Earnhardt(R), Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Roush Racing Team drivers Mark Martin, Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth.(Yahoo Biz/Business Wire)(5-23-2001)

  • Stewart's Laps to Help Out UPDATE 2: Tony Stewart will be pulling double duty again by running in both the Coca-Cola 600 and the Indianapolis 500 next Sunday(May 27th) and part of a charity fund-raising effort by running in both events. For every lap that Stewart completes in both races, Home Depot, Target-Ganassi Racing and Stewart will each donate $100 ($300 a lap total x 600 laps could be $180,000 - sorry miscalculated before) to the Victory Junction Camp that is currently being started by Kyle Petty. "When we started the idea of doing the double duty again, we wanted to do something special. So many people have helped us to do this whole thing. We wanted to give something back. This gives us an added bonus to do well, not that we need it. We need to stay on the lead lap all day. To do something positive is my honor to be a part of it." Kyle Petty was on hand and said how much this meant to have the exposure for the camp that should open in the summer of 2004. "There are not words in my heart to thank Tony and everyone personally for what this means," said Petty. "It's a long way to get this camp up and running. We need to get the awareness out there. For Tony to do this and get the exposure on the networks is huge for the Victory Junction Camp. It will cost around 25 to 30 million dollars for the project. We were filming a Coke commercial here at the speedway a couple of weeks ago, and Tony had the idea to do this. We were very excited when we put everything together. We want to make this camp a NASCAR thing, not a Petty thing, and this awareness certainly will help. To help make these dreams come true means more than you could ever know.(LMS Notes)(5-19-2001)
    UPDATE: In Stewart's second attempt at this racing marathon, he has pledged to donate $100 to charity for every lap he completes. The Home Depot, Joe Gibbs Racing and Target Chip Ganassi Racing are each supporting Stewart's offer by matching the driver's tally. With 600 total laps equaling a possible combined donation of $240,000. The benefactor, the Victory Junction Gang Camp, is a planned extension of the original Hole In The Wall Gang Camp founded for kids by Paul Newman. Kyle Petty, driver of the #45 Sprint Dodge and wife Pattie, who created the annual Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America in 1995, plan to build the Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, NC, in honor of their late son, Adam. Like the Hole In The Wall Gang Camp and its six other sister organizations, the Victory Junction Gang Camp will be a permanent, year-round center that will accommodate children with chronic and life-threatening diseases at no cost to the children or their families. "I'm proud to be a part of this great cause," said Stewart. "I believe in what Kyle and Pattie are doing, and hope the money we raise in one day helps them build their dream." Groundbreaking for the camp is slated for the latter half of 2001 with construction complete in the summer of 2004. The camp will be comprised of 36 buildings including a medical center, camper cabins, dining hall, pool, arts & crafts, stables, boathouse, gym and theater.(Motorsports Decisions PR)(5-21-2001)
    PLUS on a side note, Joe Gibbs Racing is holding a blood drive on May 29th (tuesday), see my Racing Charities page for the details(5-23-2001)


    (5-22-2001)

  • DW at North Wilkesboro: Darrell Waltrip drove his 1985 Bud car at North Wilkesboro today to shake-down for the trip to the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July. Junior Johnson and Jeff Hammond also there. DW ran a number of hot laps at the track that hasn't seen a race since 1996. Bunch of the media was there at the invite of General Motors. Plus it was taped for Fox Sports. DW, Hammond and Johnson will be on Totally NASCAR Wednesday night with Steve Byrnes. Some DW/North Wilksboro tidbits: DW won 10 races there. DW's last win for Junior Johnson came there in 1986. DW's first win as a car owner came there in 1991.(for more on the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July, see my Driver Appearances page(5-22-2001)

  • Driver to Attempt the Coca Cola 600 UPDATE: Jeff Fultz will attempt to qualify for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte next month. Fultz, 30, said Thursday he has landed a one-race deal with car owners Gene DeHart and Mike Clark for the Coca-Cola 600, May 27 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. DeHart's father, Gary, is crew chief for Winston Cup driver Terry Labonte. “I've been waiting for this all my life,” said Fultz, “NASCAR approved me this week, so we'll give it a good shot.” Fultz is a star on the NASCAR Gatorade All-Pro regional circuit, having finished second in the 2000 points race. He stands third this year. Fultz lives in Mooresville, N.C., where he works as a fabricator in the race shop of Winston Cup driver Robert Pressley. He will drive a Ford Taurus and get some help from Pressley's main sponsor, Jasper Engines. But his main support will come from two other sponsors, whom he did not name(Cincinnati Enquirer)(4-28-2001)
    UPDATE: Jeff Fultz, 30, will make his first career Winston attempt at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., site of the Coca-Cola 600 next Sunday. “We tested last week at Charlotte, and I was running with Dale Jarrett and Ward Burton,” Fultz said. “In race terms, we were as good as them. I was right in the middle of 'em, not gaining much but not losing much.” Fultz didn't want to risk much. He has only one car, the #54 Ford Taurus he will try to qualify this week. Fultz also might attempt to run in the Busch race at Kentucky Speedway next month(Cincinnati Enquirer)(5-22-2001)

  • Zelasko Leaving: MotorsportsTV.com is reporting that this weekend will be Fox Pit Reporter Jeanne Zelasko's final race of the season as she is moving over to Fox's baseball studio show starting June 2. No word on who Fox will replace her with or if they will replace her(5-22-2001)

  • Winston Open and the Pits: from the PPI Motorpsorts site, an explanation of what happened - Ricky Craven and the Tide team posted a strong run during the first segment of the two-leg Winston Open competition at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Starting fourth, Craven jockeyed between fourth and fifth for most of the caution-filled 30-lap run and stood in third when the race's third caution flag flew on Lap 28. With only three laps to go, it was clear the first segment would end under yellow - sending then-leader Johnny Benson to The Winston. This also put Craven in second position behind Ricky Rudd for the start of the 16-lap No Bull Sprint, the last race for a wildcard Winston starting position. As the field passed the entrance to pit lane on Lap 29, both Rudd and Craven understood pit lane to be closed and stayed on track. However, a late green flag was displayed at the entrance to pit lane - after Rudd and Craven had already passed it - that allowed the rest of the field to pit on Lap 29. To confuse matters even more, rules for the Winston Open (distributed earlier that evening at the drivers' meeting) explicitly stated that pit lane would be closed on Lap 29 - causing even more frustration for the Tide team and Rudd's crew. In spite of valiant efforts by both teams, NASCAR officials would not rectify the situation -- forcing both Craven and Rudd to pit out of sequence and forfeit their race-leading positions and any reasonable shot at winning the No Bull Sprint. Craven returned to the field in 22nd position and within 12 laps worked up to a strong 11th (six laps were run under caution), but nothing could quite make up for "what could have been" for the Tide team. Tide team owner Cal Wells on the situation: "It's just unbelievable. There were two infractions here by NASCAR - one was not opening pit lane for everyone, and the second was breaking their own rules by opening the pits on Lap 29. It's just incredibly frustrating. The lack of communication was astounding. We had a great Tide car today with a real shot at winning the second race, and it just went away like that. We've talked to the officials, and so has Yates, but there's nothing we can do about it."(PPI Motorsports Site)(5-22-2001)

  • Richmond Testing UPDATE: Bill Davis Racing will be testing with #22-Ward Burton at Richmond International Raceway on Monday and Tuesday(May 21-22). After lackluster runs in the Pontiac 400 and a recent series of struggles on flat tracks, Davis wants to go back to a track while the actual race still is fresh in the team's mind. "It's not just a test for Richmond, it's a test for that style track, the flatter, lower-banked track, because that's where so far the Dodge has been the worst," he said. Davis will work on a variety of possible setups for the car during the two-day session(Richmond Times Dispatch)(5-20-2001)
    UPDATE: Bill Davis Racing canceled its two-day test at Richmond International Raceway. The team transporter sat in the garage yesterday, but rain and fog conditions kept the team from getting on the track. With rain predicted for today, and qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 slated for Thursday, the team decided to call it off(Richmond Times Dispatch)(5-22-2001)


    (5-21-2001)

  • Hamilton Jr to Run the #33 in the Coke 600? UPDATE yes: hearing that Bobby Hamilton Jr will run the #33 Oakwood Homes Chevy for injured Joe Nemechek in the Coca Cola 600 at Lowes Motor Speedway
    UPDATE: Bobby Hamilton, Jr. passed the preliminaries - he is headed to the "big show." For one race, at least. Hamilton, Jr. will remain behind the wheel of the #33 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet of Andy Petree Racing for the Coca-Cola 600, Sunday night, May 27, at the Lowe.s Motor Speedway near Charlotte, N.C. The 24-year-old is coming off finishes of 12th and fourth in this past weekend's Winston Open and No Bull Sprint races at the same speedway. Hamilton is driving in place of regular driver Joe Nemechek, who was injured in a crash during BGN testing Tuesday, May 15, at Dover Downs. A tire appeared to have cut and sent his car into the wall between turns three and four, breaking Nemechek's right arm near his elbow and his right scapula. He will be in a cast for up to two weeks, doctors have told him. Hamilton, Jr. will make his first practice runs Thursday at the Charlotte track, and qualifying Thursday night for the Coca-Cola 600.(Williams Company)(5-21-2001)

  • New Spring Rules UPDATE 2: A fax from NASCAR informed the Cup teams of two changes, effective immediately: 1, that the springs used in the front end must now meet certain height requirements and 2, that the rubber discs that make the springs act stiffer can’t be used until after a race has begun. NASCAR tested its new rules last weekend during the truck race at Darlington and the Busch race at Loudon, N.H., then implemented them for Cup earlier this week(Fayetteville Observer)(5-18-2001)
    UPDATE: NASCAR has implemented new spring rules for its Cup, BGN and CTS series vehicles. The rule went into effect last weekend for the BGN and CTS series and takes effect this weekend at Charlotte for the Winston Cup series. Under the new rules, teams are limited in their selection of front springs and in their mounting; and the use of spring rubbers in both qualifying and prior to the start of a race. The new guidelines prevent teams from mounting a car body on the frame, and also require springs be made of round magnetic wire. The use of spring rubbers - used to increase or decrease the contraction of the springs - is no longer allowed in qualifying and they can't be used prior to the completion of at least one lap of a race. After the first lap is completed a team can only add a spring rubber that will not exceed the span of one full coil of the spring that is in use. Finally, front springs will be at least 7.5 inches tall but no taller than 8.5 inches(That's Racin')(5-19-2001)
    UPDATE 2: NASCAR's new rule that changes spring sizes to a minimum of 7.5 inches and a maximum of 8.5 inches will cost teams between $16,000 and $17,000 in replacement springs(Sporting News)(5-21-2001)

  • Nemechek Injured testing at Dover UPDATE 5 pressure was OK: Joe Nemechek was injured in a crash during testing Tuesday morning at the one-mile, high-banked Dover Downs International Speedway. Nemechek, who was testing his #87 BGN car, has a broken right scapula. He apparently cut a right front tire between turns three and four at Dover, the car sliding up into the wall. No other cars were involved and Nemechek had no other serious injuries. Andy Petree Racing, which fields Nemechek's #33 Oakwood Homes Chevy in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, was still evaluating the situation Tuesday morning, and had made no decisions regarding Nemechek's status for The Winston weekend at Concord, N.C., which begins Friday. "Our main concern right now is Joe's health," Petree said. "We're still putting information together and will make any decisions from there."(Williams Company)
    UPDATE: Joe Nemechek is currently scheduled to remain at Bay Health Medical at Kent General Hospital in Dover, DE, Tuesday night as a precautionary measure. He is expected to be released Wednesday morning. Outside of the broken right scapula and various bruises, Nemechek is reported to be in good spirits(Williams Company) - hearing Bobby Halilton Jr could run the #33 at the Winston Open and if Kenny Wallace and the #27 Eel River Racing team not get a sponsor for the Coca Cola 600 and the team decides not to run it, Wallace could be in line to drive the #33 in the race.(5-15-2001)
    UPDATE 2: PRN's Garage Pass Radio show reports that Bobby Hamilton Jr will drive the #33 Oakwood Homes Chevy for the Winston Open and No Bull Sprint races and if he advances in The Winston(PRN's Garage Pass)(5-16-2001)
    UPDATE 3 now worse - miss the Coke 600?: An additional injury to Joe Nemechek has been noted by doctors who examined him Wednesday night at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Nemechek has what doctors termed a "clean break" immediately at his right elbow. He has been fitted with a cast and doctors anticipated it remaining on Nemechek for up to two weeks. "We.re looking at our options again as far as next week and the 600 are concerned," said Andy Petree, owner of the #33 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet. "Guys have driven with casts before in NASCAR Winston Cup racing without a problem but every situation is unique too. We.ll have to take a look at it, talk with Joe, see who is available should we need relief drivers, talk with Oakwood Homes and take it from there. "We.re certainly in no hurry to make a decision. We.re set for this weekend," Petree added, referring to Bobby Hamilton Jr. being named to drive the Oakwood Homes Chevrolet over the Winston weekend. "We.re not going to prolong things but we.re not going to be hasty either." Nemechek was injured in a hard crash during Busch Grand National testing Tuesday at the one-mile, high-banked Dover Downs (Del.) International Speedway. Apparently cutting a tire, Nemechek's car shot up the track and slammed the wall between turns three and four. Nemechek was initially diagnosed with a broken right scapula and a small lung bruise, as well as various other non-serious bruises.(Williams Company)(5-17-2001)
    UPDATE 4 - not a cut tire?: Early indication from Goodyear is that low air pressure, rather than a cut, caused the tire failure that sent Joe Nemechek into the wall at Dover on Tuesday. Air pressure buildup at the tight one-mile creates an ill-handling car, so teams tend to drop air pressure at the start of a run, to minimize the buildup, although at the risk of damaging the tire. There were some questions here about how Dover doctors missed some of Nemechek's injuries, which were later discovered by doctors at Bowman Gray in Winston-Salem(Winston Salem Journal)(5-19-2001)
    UPDATE 5: sources within Nemechek's BGN team tell me that the accident was not a result of low tire pressure. Nemechek was over 50 laps into their practice run and 3 laps away from coming in when it happened(5-21-2001)

  • The Winston - some notes: Gordon won The Winston in 1995 and 1997 and went on to win the Winston Cup championship both times. He also won the title in 1998 and would have won The Winston that year, too, had he not run out of gas on the final lap.…Dale Earnhardt also won championships in the three years he won the event ('87. '90 and '93), as did Rusty Wallace in 1989 and Darrell Waltrip in 1985.…Chevrolet now has won The Winston 10 times in 17 tries. Gordon has now won $1,385,610 in eight starts in the all-star race. He moved past Dale Earnhardt, the event's only other three-time winner, who won $1,295,410 in 16 starts(see more at That's Racin')(5-21-2001)

  • Valvoline/BBBSA Update: Johnny Benson's performance in the #10 Valvoline Pontiac, combined with contributions from Valvoline and NASCAR fans, has brought the current total raised for Big Brothers Big Sisters since 1999 to $587,909. Valvoline is donating $5,000 for every Winston Cup race Benson wins, $2,500 for each pole, $1,000 for a top-10 finish, $500 for a top-20 result and $20 per lap Benson leads in this "Caring Hands" program. Valvoline will donate $1 million to Big Brothers Big Sisters if Benson is able to win both the Winston Cup pole and race on the same weekend(Valvoine PR)(5-21-2001)

  • Sad News: Mike Gagliardo was killed Sunday in a two-car crash during the Trans-Am Series 125 at Mosport International Raceway. Race officials said the other driver, Gary Longo, was listed in critical condition after being airlifted to Sunnybrook Medical Center in Toronto. The cars driven by Gagliardo and Gary Longo collided between the first and second turns on the 38th lap of the 50-lap race. Gagliardo was transported to Lakeridge Health Center in Bowmanville, where he was pronounced dead. The race was won by pole-sitter Paul Gentilozzi(AP/ESPN)(5-21-2001)

  • Hover Motorsports/Morgan Shepherd News UPDATE: Stan Hover Motorsports - Team #80 has just completed sponsorships for the (2) upcoming races at Lowe's Motor Speedway for the Winston Open and Coca-Cola 600 next month. Hayes Jewelers of Lexington, NC and Aramark Uniform Service will be sponsors on the #80 Ford Taurus. Cup Veteran Morgan Shepherd will be driving. Stan Hover Motorsports are very excited about the sponsorships. The #80 team plans are to compete in (16) Cup Races this year. Stan Hover Motorsports shop is based in Salisbury, North Carolina.(DCM Racing/Stan Hover Motorsports PR)(4-17-2001)
    UPDATE: the sponsorship has fallen through and Shepherd nor the #80 team will be attempting the Coca Cola 600 this coming weekend, unsure of what the team plan are for the rest of the season(5-21-2001)

  • JR's Garage: The grand opening of JR's Garage retail store is scheduled for May 22-25 with special appearances by all seven Roush Racing drivers throughout the week. The store is located in the Lakeside Industrial Park in Mooresville, NC. The festivities will kick off Tuesday, May 22 with an autograph session by Kurt Busch and Greg Biffle from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, Matt Kenseth will sign autographs from 9-11am, and Jeff Burton will sign from 2-4pm. Thursday, May 24 there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring Jack Roush and the Mooresville Chamber of Commerce at 9am. Mark Martin will sign autographs with his son Matt from 10 - 11:30am, and CTS drivers Chuck Hossfeld and Nathan Haseleu will sign from 2-4pm. Tickets for the autograph sessions will be handed out two hours prior to the drivers' scheduled appearance. Tickets are free, but fans must have a ticket to enter the autograph line(Roush Racing PR)(5-21-2001)


    (5-20-2001)

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