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    DEC 27, 2004-JAN 2, 2005

      News and Rumors from January 2, 2005

    • Labonte's buy a sports car for the Rolex 24 at Daytona...UPDATE 2: hearing that Bobby and Terry Labonte bought themselves a Doran JE4 Daytona Prototype and will be running in the Feb. 5-6 Rolex 24 At Daytona and will additionally run two other races in the Rolex Series: the Thursday-night June 30 Paul Revere 250 at Daytona and at the Friday Aug. 12 Watkins Glen Cup race weekend. I'm hearing they MIGHT also run July 31 at Birmingham's Barber Motor Sports Park, which is a free date between Cup's Pocono and Brickyard dates. Their Pontiac-powered Doran JE4, built by Doran Designs, will be maintained by the car's constructor, Kevin Doran, through another company, Doran Racing. The Brothers Labonte have actually tried to get a Rolex 24 team together for the last two or three years. So it's something they've wanted to do but, for one of any of the myriad reasons that racing deals can fall apart, just weren't able to get an effort off the ground until this year.(12-17-2004)
      UPDATE: Past Nextel Cup champions Bobby and Terry Labonte will be teaming with IRL IndyCar Series' star Bryan Herta of Andretti-Green Racing and former Formula One driver Jan Magnussen for the Feb. 5-6 Rolex 24 At Daytona. The four will be one of two team cars fielded by Doran Racing. "Bobby tested the car at Homestead the second week of December,' team owner Kevin Doran said of the 2000 Nextel Cup champ. "He put in a couple of 10-12 laps stints and he was completely comfortable with the car by the second stint.' While the upcoming Rolex 24-Hour will be Bobby Labonte's first such race, older brother Terry ran in five 24-hour races at Daytona in the early to mid-1980's. Indeed, the two time Cup champion Terry Labonte scored his first Cup championship in the same year in which he had earlier scored a GTO-class victory and a sixth-place overall finish in the classic twice-around-the clock race. Interestingly, in that Rolex 24 victory, Labonte teamed with his Cup car owner of that year, Billy Hagan. Gene Felton rounded out the driving team. Doran's second car will be driven by Italians Fabrizio Gollin, Matteo Bobbi and Doran Racing veteran Didier Theys. As a car owner, Doran won the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona in 1998 and 2002 and Theys went on to win the Grand American Sports Racing Prototype championship in 2002.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(1-1-2005)
      UPDATE 2: more details at Crash.net - Labonte duo join Doran for Daytona)(1-2-2005)

      News and Rumors from January 1, 2005

    • DW plans at least one more Truck race in 2005...then retire?: Darrell Waltrip plans to run the Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway in the spring. That's a make-up race. Qualifying got rained out in October, and DW didn't get to race at Martinsville. DW has a brand new truck. The Toyota Racing Development crew took it home, covered it up the one DW was to run at the Oct Martinsville race [qual rained out] and will bring it back out in April. DW says that more than likely, it will be his last race. So DW will probably run that Martinsville spring race and unless he happens to win that race, that will probably be his last one.(paraphased from FoxSports)(1-1-2005)

      News and Rumors from December 31, 2004

    • Nadeau talks about the future UPDATE: More than 18 months after the crash that nearly took his life, Jerry Nadeau told MRN Radio/Sirius Speedway host Dave Moody that he is not sure he will ever return to the cockpit. "I can't find the fire I used to have," said Nadeau, "and I'm getting sick of waiting for that light switch to turn on in my brain. My doctors say it could take another year for me to get everything back that I'm going to get, and while I feel like I'm getting better every day, I'm starting to face the fact that I might not be able to race for a living anymore.
      "I bumped my head pretty good in that wreck, and the doctors say if it happens again, I might not wake up this time. I'm not sure I want to take that chance. I have an 18-month old daughter now, and the last year and a half has given me a healthy dose of the big picture. When I laid in that hospital bed in a coma for three weeks, my race car never came to visit me. My family was there, and my friends. I know how it hurt them to watch me those three weeks, and I'm not sure I want to take a chance on putting them through that ever again.
      "I haven't made a decision yet, and I'm still acting like I'm coming back. I go to the gym every other day, I practice on the simulator...the whole deal. But a part of me is starting to feel like, `if it hasn't happened yet, it's not going to happen. Maybe it's time to move on.' I'm not getting any younger, and with the way this sport is going, I'm not sure the opportunities will be there for me in another year.
      "I would love to find a way to work with young racers, maybe as part of NASCAR's Drive for Diversity Program," said Nadeau. "I would love to spot for someone, or work as a pit reporter. I have also enjoyed speaking to groups about what I went through in racing; both the good and the bad. I feel like I still have something to offer, whether I ever drive again or not."(MRN Radio/Sirius Speedway)(12-29-2004)
      AND Nadeau will appear at the Wake Forest Baptist Fitness 500 in Winston Salem, more info on the Racing Charities page.(12-31-2004)

    • DW plans at least one more Truck race in 2005...then retire?: Darrell Waltrip plans to run the Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway in the spring. That's a make-up race. Qualifying got rained out in October, and DW didn't get to race at Martinsville. DW has a brand new truck. The Toyota Racing Development crew took it home, covered it up the one DW was to run at the Oct Martinsville race [qual rained out] and will bring it back out in April. DW says that more than likely, it will be his last race. So DW will probably run that Martinsville spring race and unless he happens to win that race, that will probably be his last one.(paraphased from FoxSports)(1-1-2005)

    • Foyt to trucks and BAM: Larry Foyt is trying to put together a team to race in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 2005. Foyt also hopes to race in Nextel Cup as Ken Schrader's teammate at BAM Racing if the team can find additional sponsorship.(Dallas Morning News)(12-31-2004)

      News and Rumors from December 30, 2004

    • The NASCAR Dodge Charger to be unveiled at Daytona: The Dodge Charger will return to Daytona International Speedway on January 11th with the historic #43 Dodge Charger and Richard Petty and the new #19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger with Jeremy Mayfield.(Clear!Blue PR)(12-30-2004)

    • Stewart Wins: Tony Stewart fought off the advances of Dave Darland Wednesday night to win the Midget feature event in the "Rumble in Fort Wayne" at the Fort Wayne, Indiana - Memorial Coliseum Expo Center. Stewart started second in the 60 lap race, took the lead on the 14th lap and never looked back. The top-ten finishers were: 1. Tony Stewart, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Rich Corson, 4. Tony Elliott, 5. Mel Kenyon, 6. Aaron Pierce, 7. David Thompson, 8. Derek Bischak, 9. Doug Cross, 10.(Insider Racing News)(12-30-2004)

    • Todd Bodine has truck ride UPDATE: While Todd Bodine won't be back with the [#30 with Chad Chaffin] Germain/Arnold Racing Craftsman Truck Series team next year, he will return to the series in a Toyota with a different team. "He's got a Toyota truck deal," Geoffrey Bodine, Todd's older brother, said Wednesday. "So, he's happy." Todd joined the newly formed Germain/Arnold team in September and won back-to back races, but Geoffrey said his brother couldn't come to an agreement with them for 2005. "He tried to make it work with them, but they just wouldn't do the things that he thought needed to be done, so he's doing something else," Geoffrey said. Germain/Arnold Racing announced Monday it has signed Chad Chaffin to drive the #30 truck that Bodine drove so successfully this year. Todd Bodine could not be reached for comment Wednesday. "Toyota wants him. He's their No. 1 driver right now," Geoffrey said. Geoffrey didn't want Todd's new team [Fiddleback?] to be made public until an official announcement. He did say the team has competed in the Truck Series and will be rebuilding its operation to run the Toyota. Toyota, a big player in many forms of motorsports around the world, entered NASCAR's Truck Series for the first time in 2004.(Elmira Star Gazette)(12-25-2004)
      UPDATE: Todd Bodine, who parted ways with Germain-Arnold last week, enters the 2005 season assured of a full-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series ride with the Fiddleback Racing team. The Mooresville, N.C.-based team, which competed with Fords in 2004 with driver J.R. Patton, will join the growing rank of teams switching to Japanese carmaker Toyota. "Todd has signed a contract with us and I can't tell you how happy we are to have him on our team," Brian Jones, team publicist for Fiddleback Racing, confirmed Wednesday from his home in Jackson, Miss. "With what we have going on, we feel we will be contenders for the championship." Jones said the team is expanding its operation to run a pair of Toyota Tundras for Bodine and Patton. Jones also said the team will enter the Nextel Cup Series for the first time on a part-time basis, with Bodine as the driver. Jones said an official announcement is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 7. "We've still got a couple of pieces of the puzzle to put into place," Jones said. Jones said the team is still finalizing its sponsorship but is committed to a full Truck Series schedule and from six to 10 Nextel Cup races. Bodine couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday.(Elmira Star Gazette)(12-30-2004)

    • Congrats Brett Bodine married Canadian Kathi Lirette on Dec. 13th, his brothers, Todd and Geoffrey, attended the ceremony. Bodine, a former NASCAR Nextel Cup driver, joined NASCAR's research and development facility last spring as director of cost research. Bodine's former wife, Diane, was a co-owner of Brett Bodine Racing, which disbanded earlier this year.(Elmira Star Gazette)(12-30-2004)

    • OTW Racing takes a new direction: After many months of planning and work, OTW Racing is now ready to go public with announcement of it's new venture into the world of NASCAR. Company owner Mike Barmes along with his wife Linda have organized a group of experienced crew members to go over the wall in all of NASCAR's top three elite racing series. After working with a core group of men going over the wall on a regular basis through out the 2004 NASCAR race season they now plan on participating again in all three series in 2005. This year the team will be more organized with the backing of a sponsor. OTW Racing offers independent race teams in the Nextel Cup, NASCAR Busch and NASCAR Truck series convenience and money saving opportunities to use a professional and organized pit crew for going over the wall. The crew members have several combined years of experience with some members having worked with the top teams in NASCAR and making it to the winners circle. Five crew members currently work through the week for race teams in Mooresville, NC while two others work outside of the racing industry being hired guns for the weekend. The crew members will be fully uniformed in matching gear to add to a teams professional look that sponsors, the media and fans are looking for. For sponsorship, team, or crew inquires please visit www.OTWRacing.com.(12-30-2004)

    • Bobby Issac Book: Tarheel Press is proud to announce its latest title- Bobby Isaac: What Speed Looks Like. Written by Michigan native Steve Lehto, the book is a detailed study of a little-known NASCAR champion, a legendary automobile, and a revolutionary engine. More info at hickoryracing.com.(12-30-2004)

    • Racing Electronics Reups: Although Racing Electronics (RE) still had one year left on its contract, the racing communications leader added a two-year extension to its support of the Hooters ProCup Series during the PRI Trade Show, making RE the "Official Radio Communication Company" of the Hooters ProCup Series through 2008. In addition to allowing fans to eavesdrop on their favorite drivers, RE is planning to add another element to the racing experience. In 2005, RE plans to offer AM/FM headsets at the USAR Merchandise Trailer to allow fans to tune into the live race broadcast by ProCup emcees Gene Crane and Larry Jewett at the track.(Racing Electronics PR/USAR)(12-30-2004)

    • Sad News: NFL legend Reggie White died Sunday morning at his home. Known as "The Minister of Defense, " the former Packers and Eagles was 43. More at ESPN.com
      NASCAR Statement: The passing of Reggie White is a loss for the NASCAR community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the White family, Joe Gibbs Racing, and everyone who had the pleasure of working with Reggie. The Reggie White/Joe Gibbs Racing team helped to further diversify NASCAR by providing opportunities to drivers such as Chris Bristol and Aric Almirola.(NASCAR PR)(12-26-2004)
      JGR Statement: Reggie White, a former defensive star in the NFL and a partner in the Joe Gibbs Racing Diversity Program, passed away Dec. 26 in Huntersville, N.C. He was 43. White, who played for the Philadelphia Eagles early in his career while JGR Owner Joe Gibbs was in his first stint as head coach of the Washington Redskins, partnered with JGR to form a diversity program in 2003. White was instrumental in the successful beginning of the program. In 2004, under the leadership of White and Gibbs, Chris Bristol, an African-American, competed in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series at Caraway Speedway in Ashboro, N.C., while Aric Almirola, a Hispanic, competed in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C. Bristol scored one victory and finished fourth in the Caraway Speedway point standings, while Almirola won three races and finished 11th in points at Ace Speedway. The following is a statement from J.D. Gibbs, president of JGR, about the passing of Reggie White:
      J.D. GIBBS (President, Joe Gibbs Racing): “On behalf my dad and the entire Joe Gibbs Racing family, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to Sara and the White family for their loss. He was much more than a great football player. He excelled as a husband and father and he honored the Lord with his life. It was a true pleasure to collaborate with him on the Joe Gibbs Racing Diversity Program. I know that my father and I, as well as all the employees of JGR, were looking forward to a long relationship with Reggie through this program. All of us at Joe Gibbs Racing will ensure that his vision to cultivate a diversity program within NASCAR will continue. Our thoughts and our prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”(JGR PR)(12-27-2004)
      Fans, friends say goodbye to White On Wednesday many mourners streamed into a funeral home to say farewell to the NFL great during a public visitation. White died three days earlier at Presbyterian Hospital in Huntersville, a northern suburb of Charlotte. A preliminary autopsy report showed White might have died because of a respiratory disease combined with other health problems. Determining a final cause of death might take up to three months.(Charlotte Observer)(12-30-2004)

      News and Rumors from December 29, 2004

    • CARQUEST joins #5 team, five 2005 races as the primary: Hendrick Motorsports today announced a multi-year agreement that will feature CARQUEST Auto Parts as a major associate sponsor of the #5 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series team with driver Kyle Busch. Along with associate-sponsorship status on the #5 Kellogg's Chevrolets throughout the schedule, the pact will showcase primary CARQUEST color-schemes on the car in 10 NEXTEL Cup events, divided equally between the 2005 and 2006 seasons. Raleigh-based CARQUEST, the Official Auto Parts Supplier of Hendrick Motorsports since 2002, began its association with Busch this past season as primary sponsor of Hendrick's #84 NEXTEL Cup effort. The six-race initiative marked the series debut of Busch at his hometown track of Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March, along with additional events at Lowe's Motor Speedway, California Speedway, Kansas Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway. For the nearest CARQUEST location, visit www.CARQUEST.com.
      CARQUEST COLOR-SCHEMES - 2005 NEXTEL CUP DATES: Feb. 27, California; April 3, Bristol; May 29, Lowe's Motor Speedway; Oct. 9, Kansas; Nov. 6, Texas(Hendrick Motorsports PR)(12-29-2004)

    • NASCAR movie to be released in Feb 2005? UPDATE 2: hearing that the NASCAR on IMAX movie will be released in Video/DVD in conjunction with the start of the 2005 NASCAR season next February.(10-29-2004)
      UPDATE: New songs from LeAnn Rimes and Smash Mouth lead singer Steve Harwell are among the offerings on the "NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience" film soundtrack. The Shout! Factory disc will also boast previously released tracks from Sheryl Crow, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers Band, among others. The soundtrack audio disc and the auto-racing documentary Warner Home Video DVD will be available exclusively through retail giant Wal-Mart from Feb. 1 to March 14, and through most retailers after that date. Harwell's "You'll Never Catch Me" is a previously unreleased song, while Rimes' "I Got It Bad" appears on her forthcoming album "This Woman," due Jan. 14 via Curb. Rimes also contributes a version of the "Star Spangled Banner" to the soundtrack. Other songs on the 14-track "NASCAR" album include P.O.D.'s "Boom!," Crow's "Steve McQueen," Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" and the Allman Brothers' "Firing Line." Warner Bros Pictures' "NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience" was released in IMAX theatres in March, and has grossed $19 million to date at the U.S. box office, according to Nielsen EDI. Warner Bros. will re-release the film in IMAX theaters in January.(Billboard.com)(12-28-2004)
      UPDATE 2: Warner Bros. Pictures' "NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience" has achieved a box office milestone, surpassing $20 million in total gross receipts, IMAX Corporation announced today. The high-octane film is the second highest grossing documentary of the year, set box office records for an original IMAX production when it was released in March 2004, and has played in more than 100 IMAX theatres around the world - including engagements in Japan, Australia, and Poland. The movie is the first original Warner Bros. Pictures' IMAX 3D production and has been well received in both commercial and institutional venues, helping to increase awareness of NASCAR (The National Association of Stock Car Racing), as well as lead-sponsor America Online.(Comingsoon.net)(12-29-2004)

    • Promotion at Simpson:Simpson Performance Products recently announced the promotion of Terry Smith to Vice President of Team Sales. "Since joining Simpson in December of 2003 from Michael Waltrip Racing, Terry has done an excellent job generating new business opportunities. Under his leadership, seven additional NASCAR Nextel Cup teams have signed on with Simpson for the 2005 season. We look forward to seeing many great things from Terry in his expanded role." --Chuck Davies, CEO
      New Simpson products include the new Valor and SidePro Helmets, the Fusion Driving Shoes, and the Track F/X Shoes. And recently upgraded their website in late October. "We are truly excited about the new business Simpson will have for 2005. We already handle many of the top teams, and this further supports our position as the leader in motorsports safety." -Terry Smith, Vice President of Team Sales.(Simpson PR)(12-29-2004)

    • Godwin Kelly Pens Fireball Roberts Biography: Long-time broadsheet scribe [Daytona Beach News Journal] Godwin Kelly has turned from the large page to the small page to breathe life into racing legend Glenn “Fireball” Roberts. The book, (working title: “Fireball”) is the result of that infatuation and is scheduled to be released during the February race weeks in 2005. This book is a striking departure from the typical race bio, as it focuses on Glenn Roberts, the man, who happened to be a most an amazing race car driver. Kelly became enamored with writing the real story of one of racing’s biggest and most intriguing stars while working on a story for his coverage of the 2004 July race in Daytona. Kelly then took his idea to Carbon Press, so that he would be sure the real stories would be published, as they were in Smokey Yunick’s autobiography, Best Damn Garage in Town. Several launch events are planned for the first two weeks of February, in and around Daytona. Price and ordering information will be available in early January. There is a sign up link at www.smokeyyunick.com to receive an email with ordering information as soon as it is available. Also see a website about Roberts: FireballRoberts.com.(12-29-2004)

    • Kyle Petty to be a speaker: The High Desert Opportunity Committee, comprised of local business people interested in promoting business growth in the high desert region has recently announced that the 2005 keynote speaker for their annual business conference will be NASCAR's Kyle Petty. The conference, to be held on Thursday October 20 at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds targets business owners, site locators and real estate brokers who are instrumental in business site decision-making. The annual High Desert conference is a day-long event that includes exhibits from many local cities, chambers of commerce, business organizations, local businesses and services. The attendees of the conference have the ability to gather information about the local business climate and opportunities. The goal is to increase interest in the high desert region and to enhance local business growth. The High Desert Opportunity Committee believes that Petty will enhance the conference and will offer visitors another compelling reason to attend the event and learn more about local opportunities. For tickets, exhibit or sponsorship information call 245-7600 or visit www.highdesertopportunity.com.(Hesperia Star)(12-29-2004)

    • Kahne to be featured in seatbelt commercials: The Washington State Patrol (WSP) and Nextel Communications Inc. , the title sponsor of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, announced a statewide campaign to promote safe driving, including the dangers of drinking and driving, aggressive driving, distracted driving, as well as the importance of wearing seatbelts. Central to the campaign are television commercials, which feature Washington native Kasey Kahne, NASCAR's Rookie of the Year for 2004. WSP and Nextel unveiled the commercials Tuesday at the Washington Motorsports Racing Celebration of Champions in Everett, Wash.(Auto Channel)(12-29-2004)

    • Charlotte Interested in a NASCAR Museum: Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory's arts task force is nearing the finish line, and he's waving the checkered flag -- literally -- as he calls for adding a NASCAR museum to the list of possible new projects. In early 2005, when the Charlotte City Council starts talking about public money for new museums and theaters, it should discuss the NASCAR idea, too, McCrory said. Since late summer, NASCAR reportedly has been shopping the proposal around to several cities, including Atlanta and Daytona Beach, Fla. McCrory said an uptown NASCAR museum could be the hub of what he's been calling NASCAR Valley, racing's version of the California wine country. "You come to Charlotte, spend a couple days, go to the NASCAR museum and other cultural facilities and from there, go visit the incredible racing team exhibits throughout the museum," McCrory said. NASCAR will tell cities more about the project in early 2005, said Tim Newman, president of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. That includes details about its size, cost and location. "Whatever process they design, we'll make it a highest priority to respond and make the case for why Charlotte ought to be the home of an officially sanctioned NASCAR hall of fame," Newman said. NASCAR officials could not be reached for comment.(ThatsRacin)(12-29-2004)

      News and Rumors from December 28, 2004

    • Post-It to sponsor Biffle in ten races: Post-It will be the primary sponsor for the #16 Roush Racing Ford that Greg Biffle drives, the following ten races are scheduled: California (Feb), Atlanta (Mar), Texas (Apr), Darlington, Pocono (June), Sonoma, Chicago, Talladega (Oct), Phoenix (Nov). See an image of the car on the #16 Team Paint Schemes page.(12-28-2004)

    • Delphi to continue sponsoring the #5 car: In 2005, Delphi will continue its partnership with Hendrick Motorsports and will be an associate sponsor of the Kellogg #5 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. At the CES media briefing [Jan 5th], Delphi will introduce Kyle Busch, driver of the #5 car, who will be available for autographs. "Delphi is proud to continue its associate sponsorship of the #5 Chevy with Kellogg's and Hendrick Motorsports for the 2005 NASCAR season," said Francisco A. (Frank) Ordonez, president, Delphi Product & Service Solutions and vice president, Delphi Corporation. "We look forward to supporting Kyle Busch and his quest for the NASCAR championship." Delphi will be prominently featured on the #5 Chevy in all Nextel races in 2005. In addition, Delphi will be the primary sponsor of the car at four races of the 2005 season, including races at Texas Motor Speedway (April 17), Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Aug. 7), Richmond International Raceway (Sept. 10) and Lowe's Motor Speedway (Oct. 15).(PR Newswire)(12-28-2004)

    • Gunselman and #98 team part ways: MACH 1, Inc. announced that effective immediately, team owner Chris Edwards and co-owner, Larry Gunselman has chosen to pursue individual careers, thus dissolving their partnership. Chris Edwards remains with the team as Owner and President. Mike Steuer will continue as Crew Chief for the #98 team. Edwards intends to run the entire 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series beginning with the Daytona 500. "We are 100% focused on preparing for Daytona. Last year was our first year in NNC; it was a building year for us, our rookie year so to speak. We are working hard to become more competitive and improve our race team" stated Edwards. An announcement concerning a full time driver for the #98 team will be made during the month of January. MACH 1 is currently seeking primary and associate sponsorship for the 2005 season.(Mach 1 PR)(12-28-2004)

    • NASCAR #8 in Yahoo searches: American Idol was the most popular item for search engine Yahoo! in 2004, Billboard reported Monday. The Fox network's talent competition also topped the Internet giant's list of top TV reality show searches. Another Fox reality star, Paris Hilton, held second-place honors. Coming in third was Jessica Simpson, with previous list-topper Britney Spears taking fourth. Rounding out the top 10 were fictional wizard Harry Potter, wrestling franchise WWE, recording artist Usher, NASCAR, the NBA and the NFL.(Fox 23 News)(12-28-2004)

    • Special Sharpie Scheme for Busch: Kurt Busch will race another Sharpie special paint scheme at both Bristol races in 2005 featuring the retractable autographs for education marketing program. The #97 will carry the familiar Sharpie black colors and the autographs for education logo on the hood and rear quarter panels. Last Spring, Busch put the Sharpie 40th Anniversary car in Victory Lane at Bristol and placed eighth in the August event (Sharpie 500) driving the Sharpie RT Click paint scheme.(RacingOne)(12-28-2004)

    • Richie Evans Book Released: Coastal 181 recently announced the new book RICHIE! The Fast Life and Times of NASCAR’s Greatest Modified Driver, by Bones Bourcier. Richie Evans was a nine-time NASCAR National Champion who died in a wreck at Martinsville Speedway in October of 1985. Bourcier tells the complete and unabridged story of the man who was voted NASCAR’s greatest in the modifieds. Weaving together excerpts from hundreds of hours of interviews with competitors, crew members, friends and family members, RICHIE! takes us on a journey back in time when the modifieds ruled and Evans was King. RICHIE! is brought to you by Coastal 181, publishers of such racing books as BUGSY!, FONDA!, Martin and TJ, and the recently released HOT CARS COOL DRIVERS. RICHIE is a soft-cover volume with over 200 photographs and 360 pages. Nextel Cup car owner, Ray Evernhan, wrote a touching forward. RICHIE! sells for $25.95 plus $5.50 S&H and is available by calling Coastal 181 at 877-907-8181 (toll free, business hours) or online at www.coastal181.com.(12-28-2004)

      News and Rumors from December 27, 2004

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