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PAST NEWS JUNE 11-17, 2001


(6-17-2001)

  • Rudd Ends Winless Streak: #28-Ricky Rudd wins the Pocono 500, ending a streak of 88 races without a Winston Cup win. #24-Jeff Gordon was the runner up. Rudd's last win was at Martinsville in Sept 1998. So Rudd is in the 2002 The Winston (or whatever it'll be called). Gordon slightly increased his points lead over #88-Dale Jarrett (who came in 3rd) to 36 points. Rudd is the 7th pole winner to win in 47 Pocono races. It was the first win for the #28 Texaco team since Ernie Irvan won at Michigan in June 1997(134 races ago). See That's Racin' for Pocono 500 Results by the AP and NASCAR.com for 2001 Winston Cup Drivers Points and That's Racin' for a story: Finally, it's Ricky Rudd(6-17-2001)

  • Petree Still Looking: #33 and #55 car owner Andy Petree has many leads but nothing solid yet in his quest to find sponsorship for both of his Winston Cup cars. Petree is hoping strong performances by his Chevrolets will attract the big bucks. Bobby Hamilton won for Petree at Talladega Superspeedway this season. "I'm very concerned about it," Petree said. "This is a bad year for me to have both of my contracts up going into 2002. With the economy the way it's been . . . I'm not an economist, but it looks like it's turning around some. I feel pretty good about the prospects. We've got people out there that still want to be involved in Winston Cup. It's probably one of the best sports marketing programs out there to get value for what you put in it." Petree said maintaining personnel is the major culprit driving today's Winston Cup budgets, which typically top $10 million(Richmond Times Dispatch)(6-17-2001)

  • Busch to run a CTS race: Rookie Cup driver Kurt Busch(#97) heads back to the CTS in two weeks as he will drive Roush Racing’s #99 truck at The Milwaukee Mile. As a rookie in the CTS last year in the #99 Ford, Busch won at Milwaukee. With Greg Biffle driving next week at Memphis, Roush is hoping its veterans can work with younger drivers Chuck Hossfeld, Nathan Haseleu and Jon Wood(RacingOne)(6-17-2001)

  • Andrews good at Pocono: #1-Steve Park’s crew chief, Paul Andrews, has won races at Pocono Raceway with three different drivers: Alan Kulwicki, Geoffrey Bodine and Jeremy Mayfield. It was Mayfield’s first career victory (1998).(Gaston Gazette)(6-17-2001)

  • ARCA: Tim Steele captured his eighth victory at Pocono, holding off Josh Richeson to win an ARCA race that ended under caution because of rain. Richeson is the son of BGN crew chief Donnie Richeson and the nephew of Cup driver Brett Bodine, who owns the ARCA car(Richmond Times Dispatch)(6-17-2001)


    (6-16-2001)

  • NASCAR...Go West? Bear Stearns, a Wall Street brokerage firm, has just released an interesting business analysis of NASCAR and its future, along with some facts and figures, in a 77-page report. The highlights: NASCAR is oversaturated in the Southeast and needs to move several Winston Cup race weekends to the west, moving dates from Martinsville, Pocono and New Hampshire to Texas, Las Vegas, California and Kansas. NASCAR's proposed new speedways near New York City (at the Meadowlands) and Denver are "not likely." Some major NASCAR sponsors are disgruntled. Bottom line, the investment firm has long-term optimism for the sport, but is wary in the short-term. See the full story/report at the Winston Salem Journal: Brokerage firm tells NASCAR 'go west' and a partial report at the Bear Stearns site and another at Yahoo Biz: Bear Stearns Announces Investment Opinion on International Speedway Corp(6-16-2001)

  • #9 Crew Chief may Miss Pocono UPDATE: Bill Elliott may be without his crew chief for the Pocono 500. Mike Ford flew home to North Carolina Thursday to be with his sick father. It was not known late Friday evening whether Ford would return for Sunday's race. Serving in Ford's place during Friday's qualifying was team owner (and former #24 crew chief) Ray Evernham(AJC)
    UPDATE: it was mentioned during FX's Happy Hour coverage that Mike Ford will be at the track Sunday and call the shots for Elliott on Sunday. Evernham will once again spot for Elliott(6-16-2001)

  • Newspaper Threatened:: Death threats, vandalism and lost advertising are what the student newspaper at the University of Florida has endured since trying to gain access to Dale Earnhardt's autopsy photographs. The Independent Florida Alligator went to court this week in Daytona Beach for permission to view photos of the NASCAR legend, who was killed Feb. 18 in a crash at the Daytona 500. On Wednesday, a judge ruled they would remain sealed under a new state law prohibiting release of autopsy photos without a judge's OK. Most of the death threats to editors at the Alligator have come in the form of e-mails. Some threatened to kill the editors and their families and post their pictures on the Internet.(Orlando Sentinel)(6-16-2001)

  • All Access: Dale Jarrett: On Sunday, June 17 at 9:00pm local NASCAR Victory Lane, the Sunday night primetime wrap-up show on FOX Sports Net, once again has unprecedented access to one of NASCAR's top drivers. FSN cameras follow three-time 2001 Winston Cup race winner and current runner-up points leader Dale Jarrett during weekend racing at Pocono on Friday, Saturday and all day Sunday, bringing viewers Jarrett's day at the races from his point of view. In observance of Father's Day, NVL gets special insight from Dale's oldest son Jason, an ARCA Series driver who races on Saturday and is currently fourth in the ARCA point standings. Their relationship will be explored. Additionally, there will be an in-car camera in Jarrett's car, and camera crews will cover his and his team's every move on race day. The entire one-hour show is dedicated to this exclusive access, with the end of the show still providing a recap of the day's Winston Cup race. John Roberts serves as host, but the majority of what viewers will see is from Jarrett's point of view, all edited within hours from the time the action is shot(FoxSports)(6-16-2001)


    (6-15-2001)

  • Nemechek Eyes Daytona to Return: Joe Nemechek said Thursday he will be back behind the wheel (of the #33 Oakwood Homes Chevy) for the July 7 Pepsi 400 at Daytona. "I felt like I could have been back in a car this week (for the Pocono 500), but the doctors wouldn't release me," Nemechek said. 'I'm looking forward to returning."(Lakeland Ledger)(6-15-2001)

  • Musgrave at Pocono in #7? UPDATE 3 in the #7, Gordon at Sears point: Ted Musgrave, who drives the #1 Mopar Dodge truck for Ultra Motorsports and owner Jim Smith was supposed to drive the #00 Buckshot Racing Chevy in the BGN race at Kentucky. But supposedly called to tell them he had another ride in the Cup race at Pocono this weekend and couldn't drive the #00 and suggested Tim Fedawa for the ride(which is who will drive the #00). What ride does Musgrave have for Pocono? Before Wally Dallenbach was announced in the #33 Oakwood Homes ride, Musgrave was rumored to be driving the #33. Other rumors floating around are Musgrave as a replacement for current #7 driver Mike Wallace, the #7 is also owned by Jim Smith, or possibly a 2nd Ultra Motorsports Ford as Musgrave is supposed to drive a 2nd Ultra Motorsports Ford(or Dodge at the Brickyard 400(6-13-2001)
    UPDATE: nothing confirmed but again hearing Musgrave in at Pocono and a new twist, hearing Robby Gordon in the #7 at Sears Point
    UPDATE 2: Ted Musgrave is in Ultra Motorsports' #7 Ford for the Pocono 500 after team owner Jimmy Smith said he needed to have an answer to why his team had struggled to qualify this season with driver Mike Wallace. Smith said Thursday morning Robby Gordon will drive the #7 car at Sears Point next weekend but that he expected Wallace to return for the July 7 Pepsi 400 at Daytona when the team plans to unveil a new speedway car. The owner stressed that Wallace had not been fired.(NASCAR.com)(6-14-2001)
    UPDATE 3: comments from #7 Owner Jim Smith - "It's no secret that our performance hasn't been where we want it to be, especially over the past few weeks, and everybody at Ultra Motorsports is doing everything they can to get over this hump and figure things out. We're grateful to Ted Musgrave, who is going to help us out this week at Pocono, and to Robby Gordon, who is going to help us out next week at Sears Point, by driving the NationsRent Taurus and giving us an independent evaluation of where we need to concentrate our improvement efforts. Ted's record at Pocono has been a good one, and he can offer our guys a really good evaluation of what we have for that particular track. Robby's road course record, and his record at Sears Point, speaks for itself, and we think he can offer a lot to what we are trying to do. For the most part, nothing has changed. This will give us some good feedback regarding our team, and we anticipate Mike Wallace being back in the NationsRent Taurus for the race at Daytona."(Williams Company)(6-15-2001)

  • Chicagoland Testing UPDATE: #6-Mark Martin, #99-Jeff Burton, #97-Kurt Busch, #17-Matt Kenseth, #21-Elliott Sadler and #2-Rusty Wallace were among a group of teams at Chicagoland Speedway this week testing for the inaugural Winston Cup event there on July 15.(That's Racin')(6-13-2001)
    UPDATE: The Roush Racing teams spent Monday and Tuesday of this week testing at the new Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IN, just 30 miles southwest of Chicago. Roush drivers Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin, Jeff Burton and Greg Biffle were some of the first drivers to test out the new speedway. Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 DEWALT Ford, ran the fastest lap during Monday's test session. The 1.5-mile track has 18 degree banking in the corners, an 11 degree frontstretch and a five degree backstretch. With dimensions like these, Kenseth and crew chief Robbie Reiser knew they would dealing with high speeds. "The track feels like Vegas on some parts but it's fast like Texas," said Kenseth. "We got up into the high 190's at one point during testing." Despite being the fastest Roush car on the track, the goal of the DEWALT team was not speed. "We ran really good but we didn't work on making the car fast, we worked on handling," said crew chief Robbie Reiser. "We ran a total of 350 miles and made 32 changes. We worked on a lot of different set-ups. We changed out spindles and shocks and a couple other things to see how it would respond on the track."(Roush Racing)(6-15-2001)

  • Newmans Plans Change UPDATE finishes Schoolwork: ALLTEL Team Penske has decided to forgo the remaining ARCA races on their schedule and instead focus on their Busch Series and Winston Cup events. The decision was made after Newman's fifth-place finish at Michigan on June 10. "We knew at the beginning of the year that the objective for Ryan was seat time," said John Erickson, Penske Racing South team manager. "We've just decided the best thing for Ryan and the team is to concentrate on our Busch and Winston Cup races, in addition to some more testing. The beauty of this program is we can change the schedule to fit our needs, all with the goal of preparing for the full 2002 Winston Cup schedule in mind."(Tom Roberts PR)(6-14-2001)
    UPDATE: Ryan Newman has completed the two courses he needed to get a degree in vehicle structure engineering from Purdue and expects to graduate in August. Newman took two courses via the Internet through Catawba Valley Technical college in Hickory, completing them last month. The grades will be transferred to Purdue. Newman was a full-time college student before moving to North Carolina to pursue his driving career. He finished fifth in Sunday's Winston Cup race at Michigan Speedway.(That's Racin')(6-15-2001)

  • Pruett at the Glen? UPDATE yes in the BGN: hearing that Scott Pruett will be driving the #71 State Fair Corn Dogs/Ball Park Franks Taurus for Kevin Lepage at the Busch race at Watkins Glen next month. They plan to test there later this month. This is.a one race deal(6-6-2001)
    UPDATE: Matrix Motorsports has reached an agreement with Scott Pruett, a native of Sacramento, Calif., to drive the #71 BGN entry at Watkins Glen, N.Y., on July 8, 2001. Pruett, who was a full time driver of the #32 Ford on the NASCAR Winston Cup Circuit last season, is pleased with the opportunity to drive for Matrix, owned by Donna and Kevin Lepage. Lepage, driver of the #4 Kodak Chevy in Winston Cup, has succeeded in the Busch Series as an owner and a driver. He has two wins (Bristol Motor Speedway in 1998 and Homestead-Miami Speedway in 1996) and 15 top-five finishes in 152 starts. Although he is running a limited BGN schedule of 15 races for the 2001 season, Lepage is looking to expand his team to possibly include a full time driver for the 2002 season. State Fair Brand Ball Park Corn Dogs is the primary sponsor on the #71 driven by the Vermont native. However, Matrix Motorsports is actively seeking a sponsor for the #71 Ford to run a full schedule. Pruett, a former Professional Karting Association World Champion and CART Racing Series winner, stepped into the Cup Series in 2000 for the first time. Now, he is looking to gain valuable seat time in a stock car in the Busch Series(Matrix Motorsports PR)(6-15-2001)

  • Dallenbach has Offers UPDATE 4 It's Official - to NBC: Wally Dallenbach, left without a ride when the #75 Galaxy Motorsports team closed up, is looking at what might be two out-of-this-world offers to resume his long racing career and is in talks regarding at least two major deals. One is an opportunity to leave Winston Cup and compete full-time in the IRL starting next year, joining Sam Hornish Jr. on the well-financed Indianapolis-based Pennzoil-sponsored Panther Racing team. Dallenbach and Panther have been in negotiations for the last month or so. "Panther and myself have been working real hard on the IRL program," Dallenbach said. "Things look pretty optimistic there." But a new player has come into the picture that gives Dallenbach a bit more latitude and another racing option. While he won't reveal the name of the team or its owner, another Winston Cup situation has been presented to him to consider for next season. "A Winston Cup opportunity kind of has arisen recently, and I think there's some possibilities there," Dallenbach said. "Now, this (both the IRL and Cup programs) is all for next year. I would think that if anything was put together as far as next year goes, we'd probably run some races this year ... just to get our feet wet(ESPN), actually hearing the Winston Cup offer may be for Wally to be the third person in the NBC booth with Allen Bestwick and Benny Parsons(5-30-2001)
    UPDATE: Wally Dallenbach Jr. is in the running for the third chair in NBC's racing broadcast booth. Dallenbach received high marks after auditioning for the job and will be part of a mock broadcast of this weekend's race at Michigan. NBC and TNT start their coverage of Winston Cup and Busch Series racing with the July 7 Pepsi 400 at Daytona(Daytona Beach News Journal)(6-5-2001)
    UPDATE 2: Wally Dallenbach will join Benny Parsons and Alan Bestwick in the NBC booth during the second half of the season. Dallenbach, 37, has been on sabbatical since Galaxy Motorsports failed to find sponsorship for the 2001 season. "I'm looking forward to the experience, but if I had a top-10 ride, it would be a different story," Dallenbach said. Next season Dallenbach hopes to fulfill his dream of driving in the Indianapolis 500 in a car fielded by Panther Racing(Sporting News)(6-11-2001)
    UPDATE 3: Wally Dallenbach will be officially named Thursday to the NASCAR announcer team for NBC and TNT. Dallenbach, 38, spent last weekend rehearsing at Michigan International Speedway with the NBC/TNT broadcast team that will take over Winston Cup and Grand National telecasts beginning with events leading up to the July 7 running of the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway. "We rehearsed all day Saturday and Sunday," said Sam Flood, producer for the NBC/TNT racing team. "It went really well. "Wally has a fresh perspective. He will be racing this weekend, so there's a real connection there. He and Benny (Parsons) can go back and forth on some issues and we think they will have a nice give and take." Dallenbach's path to the job began with a call to Parsons, who along with anchor Allen Bestwick will join Dallenbach in the booth(That's Racin')(6-14-2001)
    UPDATE 5: Wally Dallenbach will join the NASCAR on TNT and NBC broadcast booth when the networks begin coverage of NASCAR at the Pepsi 400 from Daytona International Speedway, the networks jointly announced Thursday. Dallenbach will debut with analyst Benny Parsons and play-by-play announcer Allen Bestwick, beginning with Bud Pole Qualifying, July 5 at 8:00pm/et on TNT, and the Pepsi 400, July 7 at 7:30pm/et on NBC.(CNN/SI)(6-15-2001)

    (6-14-2001)

  • Louise Smith to Speak: Retired driver Louise Smith of Greenville is scheduled to talk about her racing career and sign autographs at 3:00pm/et on June 23 at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia. Smith, a member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, is among the women featured in the museum exhibit "Dressed for the Occasion: Making a Statement with Clothes." Smith loaned the museum race trophies, a replica of her car and a black leather jacket she was awarded(Greenville News)(6-14-2001)

  • NHIS Testing: New Hampshire International Speedway on Monday, June 25th, will hold a NASCAR Open Test Session from 9:00am to 5:00pm/et. The testing session is open to teams from NASCAR Winston Cup Series; Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring; and Featherlite Modified Series, NASCAR Touring.(NHIS PR)(6-14-2001)

  • #4 Restructures - new crew chief UPDATE 3 - 2nd car at Sears Point? Morgan-McClure Motorsports has made personnel changes in an effort to restructure its organization and keep pace with the winning competition. Larry McClure, owner of the #4 Kodak Chevy, and crew chief David Ifft, decided to part ways following the Kmart 400 at Michigan. Ifft, who joined the team last November following a long absence from Winston Cup, will return home to spend quality time with his family. Although no permanent replacement for a crew chief has been named, Scott Eggleston will travel with the team to Road Atlanta for a test session on Tuesday and Wednesday. Eggleston will accompany the team to Pocono for the 15th race of the year. Prior to beginning the 2001 season with DEI(#15-Waltrip), 39 year-old Eggleston worked with Team SABCO. Larry McClure, owner of the No. 4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo, quotes: "We have replaced a jackman in the past week. We will tryout some new race cars in the weeks to come. Now we will search for a crew chief. I am going to restructure the team until it is capable of winning again. Chemistry in this sport is more important than people might believe. Once the right combination is found, success will follow."(Morgan-McClure PR)(6-11-2001)
    UPDATE: Robert Larkins returned to the road crew last week in a familiar position of jackman. Robert had left the road crew at the beginning of the year to focus on shop duties. Six new race cars have been ordered by Larry McClure. They will be a basic design. McClure states the cars will not be reengineered, in an attempt to return to a basic car. The cars will be ready for delivery to the Abingdon, Va.-based shop within the next few weeks. The team will test at Road Atlanta on Tuesday and Wednesday before traveling to Pocono(Morgan-McClure PR), also hearing that SCCA Trans Am point leader Johnny Miller will test with the team at Road Atlanta and has a shot at driving Sears Point either in a second car or the primary for McClure(6-12-2001)
    UPDATE 2: #12-Jeremy Mayfield also tested at Road Atlanta. Hearing if Morgan-McClure runs a 2nd car for Miller, it'll be #94. See images of the testing at the Miller Racing site and a story on the test: Trans-Am points leader Johnny Miller to test NASCAR Winston Cup car(6-14-2001)

  • Past Kulwicki Scholarship Winner to Drive: Ryan Zeck, an engineer on Dale Jarrett's Robert Yates Racing Ford, is slated to drive for Herzog Motorsports June 16 in the ASA event at I-70 Speedway in Odessa, Mo. Zeck was the inaugural recipient of the Alan Kulwicki Memorial scholarship for engineering students at UNC-Charlotte(Winston Cup Scene)(6-14-2001)

  • Dana to Help out at NASCAR Technical Institute: Dana Automotive Aftermarket Group, one of the leading producers of automobile replacement parts, will have a leadership role in creation of the new NASCAR Technical Institute, founded to train mechanics and technicians for service outlets across the United States. Groundbreaking for the tech institute, located in Mooresville, was held May 23. The Institute, to open in 2002, is a partnership between Universal Technical Institute of Phoenix and NASCAR. Dana will support the institute in unspecified ways.(SpeedVision)(6-14-2001)

  • #2 Wind Tunnel: hearing that Penske South Racing a #2 Ford, intermediate configuration(Lowes, Michigan,etc) in the wind tunnel at N.A.S.A.'s Langley Research Center located in Hampton, VA today(6-14-2001)

  • TV Ratings UPDATE: The ratings are in for Michigan, and the Winston Cup race was the most watched show ever on FX, receiving a 4.8 share (FX-available universe), representing 3.2 million homes. The final laps of the race received a 5.8 share(MotorsportsTV Newsletter)(6-13-2001)
    UPDATE: FX's telecast of the Michigan 400 (June 10, 1:13-4:30 PM) was the highest rated, most-watched program in the network's seven-year history, recording a 4.8 household rating, 3.2 million homes and 4.9 million viewers. In the final 15 minutes of the race (4-4:15 PM), as fans watched Jeff Gordon hold off Ricky Rudd for the thrilling victory, coverage peaked at a 5.8 HH rating, 3.9 million homes and 6.3 million viewers. FX's Pre-Race show (12:30-1:13 PM) posted a 2.3 HH rating and 1.5 million homes. Race coverage outpaced the networks previous marks, which were a 4.2 HH rating for Terminator 2 (2/1/98) when the network was in 34 million homes; and 2.6 million households and 4.5 million viewers for its telecast of the Pontiac Excitement 400 from Richmond (5/5/01).(NASCAR PR)(6-14-2001)

  • Hermie Sadler adds Indy: Since missing the field for the Richmond race in May, #13-Hermie Sadler has made key changes to his team. He moved it from Lyndon Amick's BGN in the Charlotte area to his former shop in South Hill, VA. Sadler now can keep an eye on the team and work closely to make improvements. The group is building two new cars and has added a race to the schedule. Sadler competes next in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis, an addition to his original schedule. He also plans to run the fall races at Martinsville and Richmond. The Virginia Lottery is sponsoring Sadler in a select set of races this season(Richmond Times Dispatch)(6-14-2001)

  • #22 tests at RIR: Ward Burton was supposedly testing at Richmond International Raceway on Wednesday(Richmond Times Dispatch)(6-14-2001)


    (6-13-2001)

  • Get Well: "Papa" Joe Hendrick, father of Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick, is scheduled for heart surgery Monday at a Charlotte, N.C.-area hospital. The elder Hendrick, who is listed as the car owner for the #25 Chevrolets of driver Jerry Nadeau, had heart surgery in March. On Saturday, teams working with the three Hendrick cars - those of Nadeau, Jeff Gordon and Terry Labonte - were preparing decals expressing their get-well wishes to run on their cars during Sunday's Kmart 400 at Michigan(That's Racin')(6-10-2001)
    UPDATE: FSN's NASCAR Today and ESPN2's RPM Night both reported that "Papa" Joe Hendrick underwent sucessful heart surgery on Monday, no other details(6-11-2001)
    UPDATE 2: "Papa" Joe Hendrick, the father of Winston Cup team owner Rick Hendrick, is beginning the recovery process after having heart surgery on Monday in Charlotte. The elder Hendrick is 83(That's Racin')(6-13-2001)

  • Autopsy Photo Update - Ruling Upheld: Lawyers seeking access to Dale Earnhardt's autopsy photos said Wednesday that allowing public review of the photos could prevent future racing deaths. "We want a safer future where a great good has been served," said Tom Julin, an attorney for the University of Florida's student publication, the Independent Florida Alligator. "We want more information because we want to stop these deaths from happening." Julin spoke during closing arguments at a hearing in which the Alligator and a Web site are seeking access to the autopsy photos of the racing legend, who was killed in a last-lap crash at the Daytona 500 in February.(more of the AP story at That's Racin')
    AND A judge ruled Wednesday that Dale Earnhardt's autopsy photos cannot be made public under a new state law that restricts access to autopsy images. "In this particular case, the release constitutes a serious invasion of the highest degree. There is no question it's harmful, it's unspeakable," said Circuit Judge Joseph Will.(Orlando Sentinel/AP)(6-13-2001)

  • Biffle Staying at Roush: "Take me out of the rumor mill," says Greg Biffle. "Roush Racing and Grainger have been great to me and I have no intention of doing anything but staying here to try and win more championships for Grainger and for Jack Roush." With that statement Biffle hopes to end "silly season" speculation about his future. "Jack Roush, Greg Biffle and Grainger have made long term commitments to one another, and all parties are fully engaged in the process of honoring those commitments," says Geoff Smith, Roush Racing President. "It is a compliment to Greg's talent that after only a few races in the Busch series he has captured the eyes of other owners---who are recently discovering what we have known and have invested in for several years." "I've been approached by members of the media asking me if I'm thinking of leaving Roush Racing," said Biffle. "Each time I've told them that I am happy where I am, and I look forward to a successful career with Roush Racing. "At this point in the season, the rumors start to fly about which driver is doing what for next season. If there is a hint a driver is leaving a team, the media picks it up and runs with it. Yeah, I've had a few calls about going other places, but I'm just not interested in doing so. It's very flattering to have big name teams calling me at this point in my career, but I'm driving for one of the biggest names in the industry that has a team of racing and marketing people committed to helping my career. "Why would I think about leaving the opportunity that's been placed in front of me? Roush Racing and Grainger have agreed to take me Winston Cup racing, and whether that takes place next year or the year after is up to them. My job is to get into that race car each week and drive to the best of my abilities, and that's what I intend to do no matter what series I'm racing in. "Jack Roush and Grainger will make the decision on when it's time for me to make the jump to Winston Cup. If it's next year, I'm ready for the challenge; if it's not, then another year in the Busch Series will only have me that much more prepared for the jump. "I'm working with one of the best crew chiefs in the business (Randy Goss), and we are building a team that has already shown it has what it takes to go Winston Cup racing. Roush Racing gives me everything I need to go out every week and be a contender. I've got teammates that are some of the best in the business helping me out each week, and I look forward to continuing to build the relationships with those guys as my career progresses. "If it weren't for Jack Roush giving me the opportunity to drive for him in 1998, I may not have been where I am today. He took a chance on me and I plan on honoring that. I've already won one championship with the organization and I plan on winning more. That's the bottom line."(Roush Racing PR)(6-13-2001)

  • Fellows and Nemechek: NEMCO Motorsports announced today plans to compete in three NASCAR events with driver Ron Fellows this season. Fellows, who won the Rolex 24 at Daytona in February, will pilot the Nortel Networks #87 Chevy in next weekend's Savemart 350 Winston Cup Series event at Sears Point Raceway. From there, the team will move on to Watkins Glen for the BGN race on July 8, and the Winston Cup Series race on August 12. Bully Hill Vineyards will be the primary sponsor for both events at The Glen. Over the past three seasons, Fellows and Nemechek's team, led by Crew Chief Brian Pattie, have tallied two wins and a second in three tries in the BGN event at Watkins Glen, as well as a second-place finish in the 1999 Winston Cup Series race. Newcomers to the Sears Point event, Fellows insists the team's goal remains the same regardless of venue or series. "As always, whether it's Winston Cup or Busch, the main priority is to make the race," said Fellows. "I've raced at Sears Point in the Trans Am Series and in the Corvette, but this will be my first time in a Winston Cup car. We came out to Sonoma to test and were quite pleased with the result," Fellows added. "It's a very different track than Watkins Glen. It's a fun track because of the elevation changes, but generally, the corners are slower. You've really got to have a handle on shocks at Sears Point and Brian (Pattie) was able to accomplish that during the test." A Toronto, Ontario native, Fellows competes in the American Le Mans Series driving the GM Racing Corvette, as well as select NASCAR events with NEMCO Motorsports. Currently he is in France, competing with the GM Racing team in the 24 Hours of Le Mans(NEMCO Motorsports PR)(6-13-2001)

  • Lopez to Stay at #90 UPDATE: Team Consultant Phillippe Lopez will remain with the #90 Hills Bros. Ford team with driver Hut Stricklin for the remainder of the season(National Speed Sport News Print Edition May 30th)(6-5-2001)
    UPDATE: Sara Lee Coffee and Tea and veteran crew chief Philippe Lopez have agreed to work together on the #90 Hills Bros Racing Team. Philippe Lopez will report to the Sara Lea Coffee and Tea Consumer Brands Board of Management on all current and future racing activities in support of the Hills Bros Racing Team. Lopez's role is to assist crew chief Bobby King at the track, in the shop if needed, and during the testing. Lopez worked with the Hills Bros Coffee crew in Michigan when the Team posted its best effort during the 2001 Season(6th).(Keystone Marketing PR)(6-13-2001)

  • Rolling Stone and Little E: This week's Rolling Stone magazine features a three-page article about Dale Earnhardt Jr.(Racing Extra), it's not online, but at their site it has this listed: The Nascar star soldiers on after watching his father die on the track.(6-13-2001)

  • Teresa to Testify UPDATE 4 Law Upheld/Teresa Testify's: Dale Earnhardt's widow, Teresa, is expected to testify Monday, June 11th at a much-anticipated hearing June 11 to decide whether Dale Earnhardt's autopsy photos should be open to public inspection. Teresa, in February won an injunction closing the photos and subsequently won passage of a state law to close all such photos. Teresa Earnhardt has maintained that she sought the injunction to protect her privacy and that of her family(FSN's Totally NASCAR)(6-7-2001)
    UPDATE: It's looking more and more like NASCAR president Mike Helton will not be taking the witness stand in Monday's hearing to decide whether Dale Earnhardt’s autopsy photos should be open to public inspection. An attorney involved says processors have tried for 10 days to serve the Helton with a subpoena and haven't been able to track him down(CNN/SI) and story on Teresa at the Daytona Beach Journal(6-9-2001)
    UPDATE 2: A judge upheld a new Florida law on Monday that was crafted to seal autopsy photos of racing legend Dale Earnhardt, rejecting arguments that it unfairly prevented access to public information. Circuit Judge Joseph Will said the law was "valid and constitutional" in upholding the law passed by the Florida Legislature in March making it a felony to release autopsy photos without a judge's permission. Previously, such photos had been public record. Earnhardt's widow, Teresa, had no visible reaction when the decision was read, but she did whisper "Thank you" to her attorneys. On Tuesday, the judge will hear testimony aimed at reversing his order sealing the photos issued four days after the racer's death. Teresa Earnhardt had sought the order, saying her family's privacy would be violated if the photos were released. She was expected to testify Tuesday. The new law not only forbids copying of autopsy photos and records, but also prevents inspecting the records.(more at That's Racin'/AP and the Orlando Sentinel)(6-11-2001)
    UPDATE 3: Dale Earnhardt's widow testified Tuesday that she has tried to stop the public release of her husband's autopsy photos to spare her family "painful emotional distress. The photographs are humiliating, disgusting and negative," Teresa Earnhardt said. "That could be nothing but harmful and painful to anyone involved with my family, my company, our fans, anyone." Appearing slightly irritated under questioning from opposing lawyers, Earnhardt said she filed a lawsuit blocking the release of the photos to spare her family from "humiliation and harm." She said NASCAR didn't influence her decision. She also said the decision had nothing to do with her interest in protecting her company, Dale Earnhardt Inc., and Earnhardt's image as a revenue source. "I don't think it has anything to do with sales. I think it has to do with personal feelings and privacy," Earnhardt said. "It would affect our state of minds because we would be personally harmed."(more at That's Racin'/AP)(6-12-2001)
    UPDATE: see columns at the Dyatona Beach News Journal and at the Orlando Sentinel(6-13-2001)


    (6-12-2001)

  • STATS are all updated. See the LEFT side of this page under the STATS heading. A note about the Drivers Points and the Owners Points/Provisional pages: On this weeks Official NASCAR Winston Cup Results (not the results at NASCAR.com but what NASCAR sends to the press), they have #30-Jeff Green and #84-Shawna Robinson listed at PE which means Post Entry, or that the teams race entry form was received after a certain date (no idea when it has to be in by). So neither the driver nor the team accumulated points for Michigan. Same as last year when Scott Wimmer ran the Atlanta race after ARCA qualifying was rained out and got no points for the race. That is all I know....(6-11-2001)
    UPDATE: NASCAR has revised the results, Robinson will get Drivers and Owners points, but the Green and the #30 will not, have updated the Provisional and Drivers Points pages to show this. AND something I missed on the revised results, #02-Ryan Newman is also classified as PE and will not garner any drivers points and the #02 will not get any owners points(6-12-2001)

  • #4 Restructures - new crew chief UPDATE: Morgan-McClure Motorsports has made personnel changes in an effort to restructure its organization and keep pace with the winning competition. Larry McClure, owner of the #4 Kodak Chevy, and crew chief David Ifft, decided to part ways following the Kmart 400 at Michigan. Ifft, who joined the team last November following a long absence from Winston Cup, will return home to spend quality time with his family. Although no permanent replacement for a crew chief has been named, Scott Eggleston will travel with the team to Road Atlanta for a test session on Tuesday and Wednesday. Eggleston will accompany the team to Pocono for the 15th race of the year. Prior to beginning the 2001 season with DEI(#15-Waltrip), 39 year-old Eggleston worked with Team SABCO. Larry McClure, owner of the No. 4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo, quotes: "We have replaced a jackman in the past week. We will tryout some new race cars in the weeks to come. Now we will search for a crew chief. I am going to restructure the team until it is capable of winning again. Chemistry in this sport is more important than people might believe. Once the right combination is found, success will follow."(Morgan-McClure PR)(6-11-2001)
    UPDATE: Robert Larkins returned to the road crew last week in a familiar position of jackman. Robert had left the road crew at the beginning of the year to focus on shop duties. Six new race cars have been ordered by Larry McClure. They will be a basic design. McClure states the cars will not be reengineered, in an attempt to return to a basic car. The cars will be ready for delivery to the Abingdon, Va.-based shop within the next few weeks. The team will test at Road Atlanta on Tuesday and Wednesday before traveling to Pocono(Morgan-McClure PR), also hearing that SCCA Trans Am point leader Johnny Miller will test with the team at Road Atlanta and has a shot at driving Sears Point either in a second car or the primary for McClure(6-12-2001)

  • Toyota in the CTS? Toyota is expected to step up to NASCAR's Truck tour, perhaps as soon as next season(Winston Salem Journal), Toyota already runs in NASCAR in the Goody's Dash Series(6-12-2001)

  • NASCAR.com adds Cams: NASCAR.com launched a new feature Tuesday that allows fans to get an inside look into one of the industry's leading racecar manufacturer shops -- Body Dynamics Racing Inc. This new enhancement gives fans an opportunity to watch a race car being built from beginning to end. There are five live Web cams placed around the facility where fans can watch the racecars begin to take form. For more, see the story at NASCAR.com: NASCAR.com brings you Shop Shots(6-12-2001)

  • Dallenbach in the #33 at Pocono: Wally Dallenbach will drive the #33 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet this week in Sunday.s Pocono 500 at the 2.5-mile, triangular-shaped Pocono International Raceway. Dallenbach is sitting in for regular driver Joe Nemechek, who was injured several weeks ago in a crash during BGN testing at Doverl. Bobby Hamilton, Jr. has been driving the Oakwood Homes Chevrolet but has a conflict this week with a BGN race at Kentucky Motor Speedway. The team has already announced Scott Pruett will drive the Oakwood Homes Chevrolet at Sonoma, CA(Sears Point) on June 24. Dallenbach either qualified or finished in the top 10 in a string of four out of six Pocono races, 1997-1999. Last year, in a much lesser-financed car, that string fell off the pace, even though Dallenbach caught the eye of many racing observers by making the most out of a not-quite-up-to-par situation. He started third in the July, 1997, race at Pocono, and finished fifth in the July, 1999, race - the latter coming while driving Rick Hendrick.s third car.(Williams Company of America)(6-12-2001)

  • Childress to help out DEI? Richard Childress has been asked to take an advisory role at Dale Earnhardt Inc., helping Teresa Earnhardt with the three-car Winston Cup operation, according to sources close to the team(Winston Salem Journal)(6-12-2001)

  • PE Changes? UPDATE 2 Larry Mac?: hearing Petty Enterprises (#'s 43, 44, 45 and #43 CTS team) has parted ways with some of it's engineering staff and that Larry MacReynolds (Fox Broadcaster) is considering working with the team when the Fox part of the TV deal is up after Sears Point(June 24th)(5-29-2001)
    UPDATE: while hearing there were some personnel changes in the engineering staff are true, have been told by some the part about Larry MacReynold's coming to PE is not true and others say yes, as a consultant(5-30-2001)
    UPDATE 2: Ex-crew chief Larry McReynolds says he'll be back in action in somebody's shop in July after his tour as a Fox TV commentator ends. "But I'm not going to be a crew chief," McReynolds said, "because I don't think that would be fair to a race team to walk in and say, 'OK, here I am, and I'll be your crew chief the next five months, but then I'm leaving.' "But I'm definitely going to do something. If I can go in and help a race team and give them some feedback and keep my hand in it, that would be my goal." McReynolds says the no-compete clause in his contract with Richard Childress "has been worked out. We're good there. I can do anything I want, except to broadcast with another network."(Winston Salem Journal)(6-12-2001)

  • Not NASCAR but: Davey Hamilton, an Indy Racing League driver, was in stable condition yesterday with injuries sustained in a crash in Saturday's Casino Magic 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Hamilton suffered severe injuries to both legs and feet when his car hit the fence. His injuries include damage to bones, muscles, blood vessels and circulation to his feet, said Dr. Henry Bock, the director of medical services for the IRL. Hamilton was transferred Sunday to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis from Parkland Hospital in Dallas by an air ambulance. He had surgery Sunday at Methodist to stabilize circulation and remove damaged tissue. Early reconstruction of the multiple fractures also has begun. Also, Robby McGehee, injured in another accident in the same IRL race, was in good condition at Parkland Hospital after surgery Sunday to repair a broken lower left leg(Winston Salem Journal)(6-12-2001)

  • Wind Tunnel: hearing the #30 AOL car was in Detroit on Monday, being tested in the GM wind tunnel(6-12-2001)


    (6-11-2001)

  • Get Well UPDATE 2: It was mentioned during Fox's broadcast of the Coca-Cola 600 by Dr. Dick Berggren, that Shawn Parker's wife, Tara, is in a Winston-Salem hospital. Mrs. Parker is listed in critical condition and has A-1 status on heart transplant, which means she is the next person on the list when one that will match her comes available. Parker is the Car chief/Rear tire changer for the #6 Roush Racing team and driver Mark Martin(5-29-2001)
    UPDATE: Shawn Parker, was poised to leave the race on a moment's notice. Parker's wife, Tara, is on the priority list for a heart transplant. She had two hearts become available in the past couple of weeks, but doctors thought one was too small and the other carried hepatitis. Team owner Jack Roush has his plane on standby to fly Parker out if he receives word his wife is heading into surgery.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(6-4-2001)
    UPDATE 2: Shawn Parker, the car chief and rear-tire changer for Mark Martin's #6 Ford has been balancing his time between his race duties, shop duties and husband duties the last few weeks. Splitting his time between the shop just northeast of Charlotte and Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., Parker said the waiting has been tough. "All she can do is just wait," he said. "She's on medicine right now to help her with the congenital heart defect. The best way for me to explain it is, she doesn't have a full-size heart like most others do. She already had open heart surgery in July last year to put in a new heart valve and make some repairs. As she grows and gets older, it's tough to keep up with the surgeries because her body changes. Since that surgery, she's had problems with other organs because the heart can't provide enough blood to them. As the heart she has now deteriorates, the only thing that can help her is a heart transplant." Shawn, 27, and Tara, 26, met at Daytona Speedweeks in 1994. He was working on Rusty Wallace's team and she for Winston promotions. An unplanned meeting between the two clicked and they have been together ever since. Married last November, the couple now reside in Cornelius, NC. Some of the factors involved for matching a heart include blood type, size and age to make a true fit with a donor. Tara currently experiences shortness of breath and fatigue from most types of physical exertion. As she awaits her possible life-saving phone call, Shawn makes a daily 130-mile round-trip from Monday through Wednesday to see his wife, then leaves Thursday for the races.(see full story at NASCAR.com)(6-11-2001)

  • TNT Announcement UPDATE 2 an Allison: TNT to announce an important addition to its NASCAR Television On-Air Broadcast team on Monday, June 11th at 11:00am/et on NASCAR.com. Dallenbach to the booth?(6-8-2001)
    UPDATE: hearing the announcement is not Dallenbach(that would be made by NBC) but that Mike Hogwood will be the voice of their stand-alone BGN races on TNT(6-10-2001)
    UPDATE 2: Liz Allison has reached an agreement with Turner Sports to serve as an on-site reporter for TNT’s NASCAR Winston Cup and NASCAR Busch Series races, it was announced Monday on NASCAR.com by Turner Sports executive producer Mike Pearl. Allison, the widow of 1987 Winston Cup Rookie of the Year Davey Allison, will join TNT’s NASCAR broadcast team on July 8 for the Busch Series race at Watkins Glen. Allison will do her first Winston Cup Series event on July 29 at Pocono Raceway(NASCAR.com/That's Racin')(6-11-2001)

  • Two More Cup races in 2002? NASCAR president Mike Helton said the sanctioning body is working on the 2002 schedule, but he refuses to comment on the garage rumor that there will be two more races -- 38 total -- next season. Word is Kentucky Speedway will be awarded an inaugural event and that California will get a second race. Other changes might include moving races at Rockingham, Atlanta and Darlington to dates that are more weather friendly(Sporting News)(6-11-2001)

  • Ganassi Hire: Team owner Chip Ganassi announced that Bruce J. Mosley has joined Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates as vice president. Mosley will be responsible for overseeing all sales, marketing and communication functions for Chip Ganassi Racing’s two NASCAR Winston Cup Series entries - the #01 Cingular Wireless Dodge R/T driven by Jason Leffler and the #40 Coors Light Dodge R/T driven by Sterling Marlin. For the past five years, Mosley has worked as a director of corporate partnerships for the International Speedway Corporation (ISC) in Daytona Beach, Fla. He was responsible for event, series and network marketing for ISC’s 13 motorsports facilities, MRN Radio and the Grand American Road Racing Association. Prior to joining ISC, Mosley worked for Campbell Soup Company as a territory manager in North Florida.(Ganassi PR)(6-11-2001)

  • Robinson's Sponsor: #84-Shawna Robinson's next Cup race attempt will be at the Chicagoland Speedway. Aaron's will not ne the primary sponsor. A sponsor will be named that week for Robinson's effort there, no idea who it is (yet)(FSN Qualifying Coverage on Friday). Aaron's will sponsor Robinson at Indianapolis and Atlanta and possibly at Kansas and Homestead(6-11-2001)

  • Stricklin/Donlavey: Hut Stricklin finished sixth in the Junie Donlavey-owned #90 Ford, the team's best finish since 1998. Since Phillip Lopez, a former crew chief for A.J. Foyt Racing and Dale Earnhardt Inc., joined the team as a consultant in April, Stricklin has posted four top-20 finishes in the past six races(That's Racin'), it was also Stricklin's best finish since a 2nd in the Southern 500 at Darlington in 1996(6-11-2001)

  • Kulwicki Scholarship: Terra Marckese, a senior at Bershire High School in Chardon, Ohio, has been named the winner of the Alan Kulwicki Memorial Scholarship at UNC Charlotte. The four-year Kulwicki Scholarship is the highest honor within UNCC's Motorsports Engineering program. The scholarship is given in memory of late Winston Cup champion, Kulwicki, who lost his life in a place crash in 1992. Kulwicki was an engineer, and a strong supporter of engineering and science education(That's Racin')(6-11-2001)

  • Earnhardt's Seat Belt UPDATE: The lap belt worn by Dale Earnhardt when he crashed on the final lap of the Daytona 500 was torn, a police report said Friday. After the crash Feb. 18, NASCAR said a broken seat belt was discovered in the car and might have played a role in the death of the seven-time Winston Cup champion. Investigators told The News-Journal of Daytona Beach they examined Earnhardt's wrecked Chevrolet and its belt system on May 29 just outside Charlotte, N.C., where NASCAR took the car for safe-keeping while the probe continued. Detective Sgt. Steve Szabo said he found the original lap belt in two pieces with torn fibers. He said NASCAR president Mike Helton then used a pocket knife to cut another belt that was the same model, manufactured by Simpson Performance Products. Szabo examined both belts. "The cut belt did not have any similarity to the belt ends that were involved in the crash," Szabo wrote in a report obtained by the newspaper. Szabo determined Earnhardt's belt had torn in the area where it is adjusted for tightness.(Full Story at That's Racin' by the AP)(6-9-2001)
    UPDATE: see an AP Photo of the belt at: Yahoo News(6-11-2001)

  • the 100 Hendrick Wins: Phil Werz from Charlotte's NBC 6 's "On Track from Lowe's Motor Speedway" sent me a breakdown of the 100 wins for Hendrick Motorsports:
    Jeff Gordon 55(currently with Hendrick #24)
    Terry Labonte 11(currently with Hendrick #5)
    Tim Richmond 9(deceased)
    Darrell Waltrip 9(retired with Fox in the booth)
    Geoffrey Bodine 7(currently in the BGN driving the #66)
    Ricky Rudd 4(currently with RYR #28)
    Ken Schrader 4(currently with MB2 Motorsports #36)
    Jerry Nadeau 1(currently with Hendrick #25)
    Gordon has averaged a win every 4.9 races (271 starts)(6-10-2001)

  • Engine Rules Change UPDATE: NASCAR's plans to go to a one-engine-per-weekend rule at Loudon, Bristol and Richmond this season, with hopes of using the rule everywhere next season except Daytona Speedweeks, will push more Winston Cup teams into buying expensive new 'race simulation' engine dynos. Roger Penske has been using one of those dynos for several years now, but most other Cup teams have resisted the effort and expense it takes to design one. Other types of race simulation computer "dynos" are already in use, to help teams put actual parts and pieces, like gears and transmissions, through a race-simulated pace. While some engine men here were wondering yesterday if NASCAR had decided to back off from the engine change, Randy Dorton, head engine man for Rick Hendrick, said he was confident the new rules would go into effect at Loudon(Winston Slaem Journal) and more past news on my NASCAR Past News page(6-9-2001)
    UPDATE: Winston Cup series director Gary Nelson said Saturday that NASCAR is exploring the use of one engine only for qualifying and the race, but that such a change could likely only be made with shorter races. Nelson said NASCAR has not selected a race to test the idea, but acknowledged that the New Hampshire race next month presents a good opportunity. Both New Hampshire races each season are 300 miles, among the shortest in the series outside of the two road course events(That's Racin')(6-10-2001)


    (6-10-2001)

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