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      News from January 30, 2005

    • Win a Charger, help a cause: Following the world introduction of the all-new 2006 Dodge Charger this month in Detroit, Chrysler Group is auctioning the NASCAR body shell used in the press reveal along with first volume production Dodge Charger to roll off the line at its Brampton, Ont. (Canada) Assembly Plant. "The King," Richard Petty, seven-time NASCAR Cup Series title winner and legendary Dodge Charger driver will personally deliver the keys to the top bidder at the May 7, 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway. The auction proceeds will benefit Victory Junction Gang Camp and the Salvation Army. The mock race car shell is a replica of NASCAR Rookie-of-the-Year driver Kasey Kahne's No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger. The shell covered the production version of the all-new 2006 Dodge Charger as it was revealed to more than 3,500 international media in a press conference at the 2005 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Petty and Kahne took part in the introduction of the vehicle representing the past and present of Dodge dominance in NASCAR racing. The NASCAR shell has been autographed by Petty, Kahne and Chrysler Group President and CEO Dr. Dieter Zetsche. Bidding will begin at www.ebay.com/charger on February 1. Proceeds from the winning bid will be shared between Victory Junction Gang Camp and the Salvation Army. The auction will close on February 11, 2005.(1-30-2005)


      News from January 29, 2005

    • Congrats: Racing Electronics [long time advertisor of Jayski.com] President & CEO Bruce Silver and longtime companion Glenda Lang who married in Las Vegas at a private wedding ceremony held at the East Chapel at the Bellagio Hotel on January 25, 2005. The happy couple is honeymooning in Hawaii, and they plan to celebrate their nuptials with family and friends after their return to their home in New Jersey.(1-29-2005)

    • Fittipaldi to run stock cars in Brazil: After two unsuccessful seasons in NASCAR, former Champ Car and Formula 1 driver Christian Fittipaldi has decided to return to Brazil to race stock cars. Fittipaldi had been looking for work since his deal with NASCAR's Petty Enterprises collapsed because of a lack of sponsorship. "For various reasons I didn't have the success I was hoping for," Christian Fittipaldi told Radio Jovem Pan on Saturday. "But I'm glad I got the opportunity in Brazil, where everybody knows stock car racing is growing rapidly." Fittipaldi, nephew of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi, started 16 races in NASCAR, failing to finish better than 24th. The 34-year-old Brazilian signed a contract to drive for team Avallone Motorsport beginning in May.(ESPN.com/AP)(1-29-2005)

    • Airplus Footcare Returns Comfort with ppc Racing in 2005: ppc Racing officials announced the return of Airplus Footcare as associate sponsor with driver #14-John Andretti. Entering its second year of sponsorship with ppc Racing, the Implus Footcare logo will be featured on the deck lid of the #14 VB / APlus at Sunoco Ford Taurus in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. At the track and at the shop, the ppc Racing team uses the Airplus insoles to keep members comfortable on their feet. The Airplus insoles provide the team with the latest in technological and help reduce the stress on team members feet, knees and back. For more information, visit www.airplusfootcare.com.(ppc Racing PR)(1-29-2005)

    • Rusty comments: Brandon Mudd of KFNS (www.kfns.com) in St. Louis spoke to Rusty Wallace today at a new conference discussing the Wallace Family Tribute 250 [Busch Series Race] to be held July 30th at Gateway International Raceway. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay proclaimed July 30th as Rusty Wallace Day in honor of his outstanding acheivement in NASCAR. Rusty said he plans on winning the race, since his Busch Series team will be running for an owner's points championship with Jamie McMurray, Jeremy Mayfield, and himself in the driver's seat (Rusty is running the Gateway race as well as the Mexico City road race). Discussing his testing at Daytona, he said his car wasn't very good the first day, but came around and he was very pleased with it at the end. He also said he doesn't feel much difference between the new Charger and the Intrepid, the car formerly representing Dodge in the Cup and Busch Series.(KFNS.com)(1-29-2005)

    • ISC Profits up 72% Fourth-quarter profits at International Speedway Corp. soared 72 percent, pumped up by two additional Nextel Cup races and the newly acquired Martinsville Speedway. ISC, owner of Daytona International Speedway and 11 other racetracks, reported Thursday it finished the September-November period last year with net income of $54.4 million, or $1.02 a share, up from $31.6 million, or 60 cents per share, the previous fall. The results gave ISC a 48 percent boost in its profit tally for the full year -- $156 million, up from $105 million in 2003. Most of the fourth-quarter gain came from schedule changes that resulted in additional fall events at California Speedway and Darlington Raceway. A Nextel Cup race at Martinsville also boosted company revenues, which were $231.3 million for the quarter, a 52 percent increase. For the full year, revenue surged $99 million to hit $647.8 million, an 18 percent gain.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(1-29-2005)

    • Sadler Plays DJ: #38-Elliott Sadler gladly accepted the task to be featured as a Celebrity DJ for CMT.com Radio, in support of the network debut of The Greatest: CMT 40 Greatest NASCAR Moments special. A self-admitted music fanatic, the Virginia native confesses to aspirations of becoming a country music singer if his racing career had not come to fruition. Thus it posed no problem for the 29-year-old driver to select over 75 of his favorite songs from all music genres for inclusion in his own radio station. This is not the first foray into the world of country music for Sadler, a participant in last season’s inaugural NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Chase for the Championship. He made his Country Music Television debut in the video for hit “Ol’ Red” released by singer Blake Shelton in 2002 followed by a second cameo in a Shelton video, this time for the singer’s No. 1 hit “Some Beach.” Sadler’s Celebrity DJ Station can be accessed by logging on to CMT.com and visiting Radio CMT. Sadler also is scheduled to be one of several NASCAR drivers featured in the CMT 40 Greatest NASCAR Moments airing on CMT.(Elevation Group PR)(1-29-2005)

    • Adrian Fernandez to run Busch race in Mexico? Hendrick car? NASCAR is believed to be working at securing Mexico’s biggest auto racing star, Adrian Fernandez, a one-off ride for the upcoming Busch Series race at Mexico City. Fernandez, who was shut out of an IndyCar ride this year due to lack of sponsorship dollars - he preferred to focus on his ownership role at Fernandez Racing, which will campaign cars for Scott Sharp and Kosuke Matsuura - could join his former Champ Car colleague Michel Jourdain Jr, so far event’s biggest fan-drawer. Jourdain has signed a deal with [#10 Ford] ppc Racing to contest the full 2005 Busch Series season. Mexican touring car standouts Carlos Contreras [#13 FBR] and Jorge Goeters have already been confirmed to race at the inaugural Telcel-Motorola 200 at the famed Autodromo.(Speed Channel)(1-28-2005)
      UPDATE: hearing it could be in a Hendrick Motorsports car, maybe #5?(1-29-2005)


      News from January 28, 2005

    • Lots of special schemes for McMurray in 2005 UPDATE: #42-Jamie McMurray will race five different Texaco/Havoline "Shine On" paint schemes in 2005. McMurray will drive the first special paint scheme at Texas on April 17.(RacingOne)(12-7-2004)
      UPDATE: added four schemes that will be run at Texas (Apr), Lowe's (May), Sonoma (June) and Talladega (Oct) to the #42 Team Scheme page. The fifth one, that was posted before, not sure where that will be run, Texas in Nov.?(1-28-2005)

    • Miller Lite Motorsports Journalism Awards of Excellence: The five journalists honored Wednesday evening during the 20 th annual presentation of the Miller Lite Motorsports Journalism Awards of Excellence in honor of Russ Catlin included a writer who detailed the Hendrick plane tragedy for The Baltimore Sun and a television producer who told the story of legendary Bowman-Gray Stadium for “Totally NASCAR.” The Miller Lite Motorsports Journalism Awards of Excellence recognize outstanding motorsports coverage in five categories while honoring the memory of Russ Catlin, a motorsports journalism pioneer. A record number of entries were submitted to the Indiana University School of Journalism where faculty members selected the winners. Each winner received a plaque and a Rolex watch from Miller Lite NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver Rusty Wallace following a dinner at the new Penske Racing South facility in Mooresville, N.C. The event was part of the NASCAR NEXTEL Media Tour’s annual visit with Penske Racing South drivers and team officials.
      The 2004 Miller Lite Motorsports Journalism Awards of Excellence in honor of Russ Catlin winners: Print – Daily: Sandra McKee: The Baltimore Sun, "Haunted by Tragedy"
      Print – Other, Gordon Kirby – Road & Track, Famous Sons
      Broadcast – National: Matt Dillner – Totally NASCAR, Bowman-Gray Stadium
      Local - Broadcast: Jeff Gravley – WRAL - TV, History of Occoneechee Speedway
      Photojournalism: Chuck Yadmark – NASCAR Illustrated, Keeping Cool
      (Tom Roberts PR)(1-28-2005)

    • RYR beefs up pit crews: Andy Ward, who helped build the crew that led Matt Kenseth to back-to-back pit-crew championships, has become the pit-stop coach for Dale Jarrett's team. Robert Yates Racing also has acquired Ryan McCray, an ace member of Jimmie Johnson's crew, for Elliott Sadler's team.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(1-27-2005)
      Hearing that Ward will be with the #38 and not the #88, former #20 team tire changer will be the front tire changer.(1-28-2005)

    • Earnhardt tests the #33 at Talladega: Kerry Earnhardt and his Richard Childress Racing team are fine-tuning the black #33 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet for the fast-approaching Daytona 500. While the season opener is the true focus of the next two days of testing, they're also gaining a little more information for May 1, when Earnhardt will drive the machine in the Aaron's 499 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race. Toyota Racing Development booked the two-day test for its NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series teams, and allowed Earnhardt to share track time with truck drivers Johnny Benson, Bill Lester and Mike Skinner of Bill Davis Racing's #23, 22 and 5 teams, as well as Robert Huffman of Darrell Waltrip Racing's #12 team. Earnhardt said he still hopes to run a full season in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in the Billy Ballew-owned #15 Chevrolet powered by Dale Earnhardt, Inc. engines. (Talladega Superspeedway PR)(1-28-2005)


      News from January 27, 2005

    • NASCAR Day Returns in May 2005: NASCAR has announced that the second annual NASCAR Day will be held Friday, May 20. NASCAR Day, NASCAR’s largest annual charity, will once again unite fans across the country for a common goal. In exchange for a $5 donation to the 2005 NASCAR Day Designated Charities, fans, businesses and schools will be able to wear their favorite NASCAR gear to work that Friday. In addition, participants will receive a commemorative NASCAR Day 2005 lapel pin.
      This year, NASCAR Day will benefit three proud charities – Speedway Children’s Charities, Victory Junction Gang Camp and Speediatrics. Each of these charities shares a common thread – to better the lives of children in need. Speedway Children’s Charities is dedicated to providing direct assistance to children with medical, educational and social challenges. Victory Junction Gang Camp is a free racing-themed camp for children with chronic or life threatening illnesses. Speediatrics is a NASCAR-themed pediatric unit located at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach and Homestead Hospital in Miami.
      “We are thrilled to be back as one of the beneficiaries of NASCAR Day 2005,” said Kyle Petty, co-founder of Victory Junction Gang Camp. “We encourage the entire NASCAR community to show their enthusiasm for the sport while helping children in need.”
      Individuals and organizations can participate in NASCAR Day by visiting www.nascar.com. Individuals can make their $5 donation through the website and will be mailed the commemorative lapel pin. Businesses, schools and other organizations can take part as a group by requesting a NASCAR Day Participation Kit. The kit includes posters, pins, envelopes and a Crew Chief Manual; everything needed to jump start NASCAR Day within the organization.
      “NASCAR Day is a unique platform for the NASCAR community to display its trademark compassion for others to support special causes like the Victory Junction Gang Camp, Speediatrics and Speedway Children’s Charities” said Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO. “We are committed to bringing together our resources from across the sport to help make a difference through programs like NASCAR Day.” In its inaugural year, fans embraced NASCAR Day as a way to celebrate the NASCAR spirit and support related causes, namely Victory Junction Gang Camp. With 50,000 individuals and over 700 companies participating in 2004, NASCAR Day found a permanent place in the hearts of the NASCAR community.(NASCAR PR)(1-27-2005)

    • Nicorette to be an assoc on the #41 UPDATE: Nicorette will be both a three-year sponsor of NASCAR and an associate sponsor of the Target Chip Ganassi Racing #41 Team — led by driver Casey Mears. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but are believed to exceed $3 million annually. NASCAR now has no tobacco sponsors at the national level. While there is no ban on them, given the advertising limits set by the terms of the tobacco settlement with the government, a new one would be "highly unlikely," NASCAR spokesman Andrew Giangola says. One cigarette maker, Victory Brands, is sponsoring a NASCAR team this season: #14 ppc Racing, led by driver John Andretti. GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, makes Nicorette gum, NicoDerm patches and Commit lozenges, which will jointly sponsor NASCAR.(USA Today)
      UPDATE: During the 2005 NASCAR season, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare's Nicorette gum, NicoDerm CQ patches and Commit lozenges will be an associate sponsor with the Target Chip Ganassi Racing team. Casey Mears will drive Chip Ganassi Racing Team's #41 Dodge with a special paint scheme at the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 20. More information about the sponsorship and quitting smoking is available online at www.quit.com.prnewswire.com and see a watermarked image of the car on my #41 Team Schemes page.(1-27-2005)

    • Penske's New Shop: The new Penske Racing South shop [#2, #12, #77] debuted Wednesday night and entering the cavernous facility you felt as though you were there for a rock concert or looking for the anchor store of a major shopping mall. Penske himself acknowledged this: "If (this) doesn't work as a race shop, we can always have concerts in here." He quipped. Much of the space is done, but the team has yet to fully move from their present multi-building location five miles away, although the move should be completed by March. Penske purchased the former Matsushita manufacturing facility last summer and has been hard at work ever since getting it ready for occupation by his three Nextel Cup teams. Two shifts worked seven days a week to gut the interior and rebuild it to Penske’s specifications. The building itself (there are actually two if you include a smaller shop in the rear) encompasses a total of 424,697 feet. 240,781 square feet, that’s 8 acres under roof by the way, of which are occupied by the race teams. There are 3 paint booths, one for each team, 3-body prep stations and 17 surface plates. By far the most fan friendly shop on the tour, there is a 300-foot long second floor catwalk that will allow fans to view the ongoing work. Penske made sure to note to Lowes Motor Speedway president, “Humpy” Wheeler, that the 300 foot long stainless steel rail is the longest in North Carolina. See more and some images of the shop at Cupscene.com and some pics of the media tour also at Cupscene.com [looks like the site is down].(1-27-2005)

    • Jarrett plans to run three more seasons: "A lot of good things have happened at Robert Yates Racing in the last year after Mike Ford came in and reorganized everything. Our focus for 2005 is clearly to get back to victory lane...I've given it a lot of thought and I've seen a lot of the guys my age getting ready to retire, but they started earlier than I did, so I am going to stay at it a little longer. My contract is for two more years, but I'd like to stay around a little longer. If Robert and Doug Yates and UPS would have me back, I think I would look at racing through probably 2007. I have a minimum of two years and probably three left."(LMS Media Tour Quotes)(1-27-2005)

    • Goodyear out? Michelin in? Goodyear has been a stalwart on the NASCAR tours for decades, but rumblings are getting stronger that NASCAR is considering a major change in its tire-supplier contract. Michelin is rumored to be in line for the exclusive deal in the next year or two. NASCAR people are still talking about Goodyear running out of tires for last year's 24 Hours of Daytona, a faux pas that was probably a key in the France family's switching to Hoosiers for this year's 24 Hours.(Winston Salem Journal)(1-27-2005)

    • Testing at Nashville: Sterling Marlin and David Stremme are testing at the Nashville Superspeedway on Wednesday. Stremme tested the #40 Coors Light Dodge Charger on Tuesday while Marlin was out of town. Both drivers are on track Wednesday testing out the new Dodge Charger. Marlin's new crew chief, Steve Boyer, is in town and stated he's looking forward to his first season as Marlin's crew chief and they have high expectations of visiting Victory Circle in the very near future.(Nashville Superspeedway PR)(1-27-2005)

    • No Timetable for Rudd retiring: #21-Ricky Rudd hasn't decided when he will retire from NASCAR, but he has settled on the criteria that will determine his decision. "If we can't get it done and run up front this year, you probably won't see me next year," Rudd said during yesterday's NASCAR Nextel Media Tour. "If I'm competitive this year, and we run up front, maybe win a race or two and be a factor in that top 10, then you're probably going to deal with me a couple more years."(Richmond Times Dispatch)(1-27-2005)

    • Wells 2nd Team? Gaughan? another team? Cal Wells has been looking for a sponsorship deal for a second Cup team for the past few years, given the difficulty of being a single-car team on the tour. Now it appears he has finally put together that deal - with Brendan Gaughan. Gaughan drove last season for Dodge's Roger Penske as a rookie, but Gaughan is now without a Cup ride. Gaughan has an 18-race Dodge truck deal in place for this season with the Las Vegas team his father sponsors. Now, according to unconfirmed reports, Wells is ready to announce hiring Gaughan to drive this season as teammate with Bobby Hamilton Jr. But other sources say that while Gaughan is ready to announce a new Nextel Cup ride, it may not be with Chevy's Wells but rather with a car owner working for another manufacturer..(Winston Salem Journal)(1-27-2005)


      News from January 26, 2005

    • Scotts Company returns to #99...for nine races as primary: Roush Racing announced that The Scotts Company will sponsor Carl Edwards and the #99 Roush Racing Ford Taurus in 2005. The Scotts Company sponsored the #99 Ford for a total of six races in 2004. Scotts has decided to return as a primary sponsor on the #99 Ford in 2005 for a minimum of nine races and will be carried as an associate sponsor for the remaining races. The Scotts Company is scheduled to be the primary sponsor at the Twin 150's in Daytona, the first Atlanta, Martinsville, Texas, Talladega and Richmond races, and all three races at Lowe's Motor Speedway including the All-Star event in May. The Scotts Company will also feature their leading brands Miracle-Gro, Ortho and Roundup in their paint schemes during the year. The Scotts Company is the world's largest marketer of branded consumer products for lawn and garden care, with a full range of products for professional horticulture as well. The Company owns the industry's most recognized brands. In the U.S., the Company's Scotts, Miracle-Gro and Ortho brands are market leading in their categories, as is the consumer Roundup brand, which is marketed in North America and most of Europe exclusively by Scotts and owned by Monsanto.(Roush Racing PR)(1-26-2005)

    • USG to the #17 UPDATE: nothing official, but looks like USG will leave the #01 MB2 Motorsports team and go to #17-Matt Kenseth, running the USG scheme at the races at Californinia in February, The Brickyard 400 and Atlanta in the fall. See an image of the car on my 2005 #17 Paint Schemes page.(11-18-2004)
      UPDATE: USG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of building materials, including the renowned Sheetrock Brand, announced that its 2005 NASCAR program will include a new partnership with DeWalt Racing, Roush Racing and champion driver Matt Kenseth. USG Sheetrock Brand will be a primary sponsor on Kenseth's #17 DeWalt Ford Taurus at three Nextel Cup races -- Feb. 27 at Fontana, Calif., Aug. 7 at Indianapolis and Oct. 30 at Atlanta. At all of the other 2005 Cup races, USG SHEETROCK will assume a major associate sponsorship role on the DeWalt Ford, owned by Roush Racing. USG will continue as a NASCAR promotional partner in 2005 with the "USG Improving The Finish" contingency award at each of the 36 Nextel Cup point races and as a sponsor of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series. The USG Improving The Finish award will pay $5,000 at each race to the driver who gains the most places from the opening green flag to the closing checkered flag. At the conclusion of the 2005 season, the driver who earns the most USG Improving The Finish points will be awarded a $100,000 bonus. USG will sponsor "USG Night at the Races" at 26 local tracks that are part of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series. The events are intended to provide customers an opportunity to enjoy an evening of stock car racing. USG Corporation, based in Chicago, is a Fortune 500 company with subsidiaries that are market leaders in their key product groups: gypsum wallboard, joint compound and related gypsum products; cement board; gypsum fiber panels; ceiling panels and grid; and building products distribution. For more information about USG Corporation, visit the USG home page at www.usg.com.(Roush Racing PR)(1-26-2005)

    • #2, #12, #77 to run Mobil schemes at Las Vegas: NASCAR sponsor ExxonMobil is partnering with Penske Racing South to help every-day drivers improve their cars' performance. As part of the initiative, all three of Penske Racing South's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers will race cars promoting the new line of Mobil high-endurance motor oils -- which guarantee engine protection for longer intervals -- during the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 on March 13 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. #12-Ryan Newman will run the Mobil 1 Extended Performance car in Vegas, with teammate #2-Rusty Wallace behind the wheel of the Mobil Clean 7500 car and NASCAR Rookie-of-the-Year candidate #77-Travis Kvapil driving the Mobil Clean 5000 car. Specially formulated for today's longer oil change intervals, Mobil Clean 5000, Mobil Clean 7500 and Mobil 1 Extended Performance were created to help alleviate consumer confusion about when to change their oil. The complete line of Mobil high-endurance oils guarantees performance and long-lasting protection of critical engine parts for 5,000, 7,500, or 15,000 miles, respectively. Special advertising for the new line of products will make its debut on Sunday, Feb. 20, during the Daytona 500. For more information about this new line of Mobil products, go to www.mobiloil.com. Additional information about Mobil racing programs can be found at www.mobil1.com.(Business Wire)(1-26-2005)

    • Car of the future....three years away? The car of the future — NASCAR’s so-called “car of the future” is at least three years away, according to competition official Robin Pemberton. “I could see us starting to implement some of the changes next year,” said Pemberton. “The car of the future isn’t going to be implemented at one time. It will be at least a year away before we make any changes, and it will probably be implemented over at least a three-year period, in which various aspects are implemented partially each year in order to hold down the costs associated with the changes. That’s so that teams don’t have to build new cars all at once and incorporate all the changes at once.” The “car of the future” is a project of NASCAR’s Research and Development Center. The concept involves different methods of construction designed to make racing safer.(Gaston Gazette)(1-26-2005)

    • Dale Jarrett to Continue Support of Komen Foundation: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Dale Jarrett announced today that he and his wife Kelley will continue their support of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation through a new on-track performance-based program they created. The Dale Jarrett Foundation, formed by Dale and Kelley in 2002, will provide the primary funding for the new program. With Ford Credit not returning as an associate sponsor of the #88 UPS Ford this season, Dale and Kelley Jarrett began looking for a way to continue their support of the Komen Foundation. Ultimately, they decided to create their own performance-based program benefiting Komen. The Jarrett’s new program will generate donations of $10,000 when Dale wins, $7,500 for second place, $5,000 for third, $4,500 for fourth, $4,000 for fifth and decrease by $500 increments to $1,500 for 10th place finishes. Each pole position earned by Jarrett will generate an additional $5,000 donation.(Dale Jarrett Foundation PR)(1-27-2005)

    • New DW DVD: The newest stock-car racing DVD from NASCAR Images will be “Darrell Waltrip: His Passion Behind the Wheel,” which will be available Feb. 15. The DVD will be distributed by Melee Entertainment in conjunction with Good Times Entertainment and will carry a list price of $19.95.(Speed Channel's Media Tour Notes)(1-26-2005)

    • Chex to sponsor Most Popular Driver Award in 2005: Chex cereal will begin sponsoring the NASCAR Most Popular Driver Award for the Nextel Cup Series beginning this season. The award is administered by the National Motorsports Press Association. Voting for the more than 40 drivers eligible for the only fan-based award in motorsports begins Tuesday, Feb. 1, at www.mostpopulardriver.com and continues through 11:59am/ct, Monday, Nov. 21. Fans may vote once each day at the site. The Chex NMPA NASCAR Most Popular Driver Award has been sponsored by General Mills since the start of the 2002 season. In that time period, more than 9.3 million votes have been cast. Dale Earnhardt Jr. has won the award the past two years. The Most Popular Driver Award dates back to 1956, making it one of the oldest and most traditional awards in NASCAR racing. It began as a simple poll of the drivers and later grew to incorporate all NASCAR Nextel Cup competitors. Later, it included all NASCAR members. Today, it is a prestigious award voted on by racing fans throughout the world. Through the years, voters’ choices have ranged from the obvious to the surprising. Bill Elliott’s 16 most popular wins tops all drivers. He is followed by Richard Petty, who has won nine times. Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s win last year made him the fifth driver in NASCAR history to win the award in consecutive seasons, while his win in 2003 made him and his father, the late Dale Earnhardt, the only father-son combination to have won. Other past winners have included such notables as Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip.(Williams Company Site)(1-26-2005)

    • Harvick comments on missing Cup testing at Daytona: While some made a big deal over Kevin Harvick skipping the Daytona 500 test, it appears it was no big deal. Harvick said “When we went to the test our car sat in the shop and were painted ready for the Daytona 500 so that’s something a lot of people probably don’t understand...but I know for a fact that both 29 cars were sitting in the shop painted and never even went to the test. Kerry Earnhardt tested the #29 Chevy at Daytona.(PRN's Garage Pass Radio Show)(1-26-2005)

    • Cope and Hollenbeck to team up at Daytona UPDATE for the season: Derrike Cope's site quotes Cope as saying that "Quest Motor Racing [was to run #37 a few years back] is working together with S.W.A.T. Racing [was the #62 Larry Hollenbeck Team] to take a Nextel Cup car and a Busch Series car to the Daytona tests in the coming weeks. We are currently searching for sponsorship for these events but are planning to field a pair of Chevrolets at Daytona. I am really excited about the Cup car we have and look forward to getting started. Hopefully we can provide more information to you with regard to the number we will be running and sponsorship shortly."(Derrikecope.com)(1-8-2005)
      UPDATE: Derrike Cope and Larry Hollenbeck put forth a great team effort at the Daytona tests. Larry piloted his #62 Busch Series SWAT Racing Chevy to an 11th place finish over all, and Derrike Cope piloted his #55 Chevy at the cup test 38th over all. The team is preparing to debut at the Daytona 150, the Hershey Kiss 300 and the Daytona 500 race. The team will, for now, operate under SWAT Racing with Derrike and Larry at the helm and sharing driving duties. The team is planning to run the cup full season and a few Busch races. This one week old team is looking for full sponsorship for the season.(S.W.A.T. Racing PR))(1-26-2005)

    • News coming on the All-Star Race: Lowe’s Motor Speedway President Humpy Wheeler said to expect some announcements in the next couple of weeks about the annual NASCAR Nextel All-Star race, held each May at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Although he offered no details, Wheeler said the city of Charlotte and Cabarrus (N.C.) County both have made major commitments to the continued success of the race.(Speed Channel's Media Tour Notes)(1-26-2005)

    • NASCAR Nation to debut on Feb 21st: Speed Channel's much-anticipated new show, NASCAR Nation, will make its debut on Feb. 21 at 7:00pm/et and pt. Airing each week of the race season, Monday through Thursday, NASCAR Nation will be the signature show for Speed's NASCAR TV block of programming, concentrating heavily on features and all-access content. On-air talent for NASCAR Nation will include Ralph Sheheen and Courtney George in the lead anchor positions, Krista Voda as Senior Correspondent, Connie LeGrand at the News Desk, Michelle Fizer and John Willenborg as field reporters and NASCAR.com's Marty Smith on the business of NASCAR. Rick Miner, Speed Channel SVP Programming/Production and Executive Producer, has been supervising the development of NASCAR Nation. Having introduced successful shows including Trackside and Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain, Miner feels the new Speed show will have a feel all its own. Although Sheheen, Voda and Smith have all spent extensive time in the world of NASCAR, several of the NASCAR Nation faces will be new to the sport. Viewers may recognize Willenborg, a cast member on last season's reality television hit, The Apprentice, and -- believe it or not -- a former Speed Channel intern.(Business Wire)(1-26-2005)

    • Evernham to design and manufacturer racing parts: The Evernham Group has made its first venture outside the United States with Evernham Advanced Engine Technology, a company based in Northampton, England. It will design and manufacture racing parts for NASCAR and other series and will be headed by Mark McArdle, a veteran engine builder with a long background in Indy Car racing prior to moving to the stock-car ranks.(Speed Channel's Media Tour Notes)(1-26-2005)

    • Whoops, Allison back to 84 wins: Darrell Waltrip is again tied for third all-time in career wins after NASCAR disallowed Bobby Allison's claim to an additional win. Darrell Waltrip's place in the NASCAR record book has shifted again. The record for all-time victories will be revised to put the Franklin resident back in a third-place tie with Bobby Allison at 84 wins apiece, NASCAR Vice President Jim Hunter said. Hunter said a ''computer glitch'' resulted in a change to the records last year that awarded Allison one more win than Waltrip. ''As long as they don't take any wins away from me, I don't care,'' Waltrip said yesterday at the NASCAR Nextel Media Tour. Both remain behind Richard Petty (200 wins) and David Pearson (105). Allison for decades has claimed that he owned a 1971 victory at North Wilkesboro, N.C., for which he was never credited. NASCAR had ruled that win didn't qualify as a victory in what was then the Grand National Series [now Nextel Cup]. Said racing historian Bob Moore: ''Bobby was driving a Mustang in what was then the Grand American Series. NASCAR needed to fill out the field at North Wilkesboro that day and invited him to enter the car in its Grand National race. After Bobby won the race he was told it didn't count as a Grand National win.'' Allison appeared to have won the argument. Last year NASCAR's media update book listed Allison with 85 wins and Waltrip with 84. ''There had been some discussion with NASCAR about changing the record,'' Moore said. ''Apparently the editor of the update book thought a decision had been made to give Bobby the win and printed the revised record.''(Tennessean)(1-26-2005)

    • Reggie to be honored: Joe Gibbs Racing's Late Model diversity program will keep its Reggie White Motorsports name in honor of the defensive end who died unexpectedly last month. One of the cars will carry White's #92. "Reggie White was somebody who changed the people around him in a great way," Gibbs said. "He did chapel services for us [at the shop]. I wish I had a chance to coach him."(Richmond Times Dispatch)(1-26-2005)

    • Bowers involved in Diversity: Chattanooga [TN] businessman Nelson Bowers, who fields the Nextel Cup cars driven by #01-Joe Nemechek, #10-Scott Riggs and #36-Boris Said, said he'll join NASCAR's diversity effort by hiring Joe Henderson to drive selected Late Model and ARCA races this year. Bowers said Henderson, a teenage African-American driver from Nashville, will start the season at the Nashville Fairgrounds, where he ran last year with the assistance of Craftsman Truck Series champion Bobby Hamilton.(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)(1-26-2005)

    • Speed Weeks on TV: Fresh off the inaugural Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, the family of FOX Sports Networks opens the 2005 NASCAR racing season with comprehensive coverage of Daytona Speed Weeks, highlighted by the 47th running of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20 at 2:00pm/et (pre-race coverage begins at 1:00pm/et) on FOX. For the first time, FOX will broadcast this year's coverage of the Great American Race in 720p high-definition pictures with Dolby 5.1 audio. FX takes to the track Feb. 17 at 1:00pm/et with live coverage of the Gatorade Duel at Daytona - a pair of 50-lap qualifying races used to set the Daytona 500 starting grid. "We're looking forward to dropping the green flag on our fifth year covering NASCAR," said FOX Sports Chairman David Hill. "Our coverage from Daytona is especially significant this year in that it begins the HD era for NASCAR on FOX. Every race on the network this season is being produced in 720p HD, the best HD format for sports, and the latest Dolby 5.1 digital audio."
      NASCAR racing legend Darrell Waltrip and former champion crew chief Larry McReynolds return to provide race analysis for all NASCAR on FOX Nextel Cup and Busch Series events, and Mike Joy returns as race announcer. Pre-race coverage is again hosted by Chris Myers with analyst Jeff Hammond, and returning to cover pit road for FOX are reporters Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum and Jeanne Zelasko. Speed Channel, home to NASCAR TV, will offer fans nearly 70 hours of programming over 10 days from Daytona, highlighted by the night running of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race (Feb. 18, 8:00pm/et), the IROC race (Feb. 18, 6:00pm/et) and the debut of the much-anticipated NASCAR Nation on Feb. 21 at 7:00pm/et and PT.
      A nightly, feature-driven magazine show, NASCAR Nation will take race fans into the lives of their favorite NASCAR personalities on and off the track (Speed Channel PR). See the Speed, FOX, FX schedule for Speedweeks on my TV Listings page.(1-26-2005)

    • Special Atlanta Scheme for Harvick: looks like Kevin Harvick will run a special #29 Black and White GM Goodwrench Chevy at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March, see my #29 Team Schemes page for a few images of the car.(1-26-2005)

    • Humpy: Hall of fame belongs here: NASCAR has asked four cities to submit their proposals for a hall of fame. Charlotte is an early favorite to land the facility, but it has competition in Atlanta; Daytona Beach, Fla.; and Kansas City, Mo. “Atlanta’s going to be the formidable competition, but this is where it started,” said Humpy Wheeler, the president of Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord. “This is where the peach basket was put up in 1949, right out on Little Rock Road near the airport.” The proposals are due in May, and NASCAR is expected to make a decision by the end of the year. Humpy Wheeler, the president of Lowe’s Motor Speedway, wants to see the NASCAR hall of fame in Charlotte. “NASCAR was born here, it was built here, and its hall of fame belongs here,” said Mike Crum, the chief operating officer of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. “However, we’re not taking anything for granted. We’re willing to put together what will be a very competitive proposal to bring the facility to our city.” An organizing committee, led by Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, will draft the proposal. Wheeler thinks the building belongs in the Center City. “Outside of Joe Gibbs, we really don’t have another race shop in Charlotte, I don’t think,” he said Tuesday. “And (the fans) are not getting downtown except for when we have Speed Street. So there needs to be something to pull them in.” NASCAR’s headquarters is located in Daytona Beach, so many think it has a strong chance of landing the facility, too. Kansas City is considered a long shot, though.(News 14 Carolina)(1-26-2005)

    • #37 and Lepage still looking for a sponsor: R& J Racing and driver Kevin Lepage prove that their currently unsponsored Nextel Cup Team can still be a threat to win and can still prove to be fast. The 2005 Dodge Charger powered by Ernie Elliott Engines which was started during the second week of December was completed on January 17, just before the first day of the second test session in Daytona Beach, Florida. The test which began with a morning session on the 18th provided the team with the information and the results that confirmed their initial beliefs. They were fast and getting faster. Lepage ran approximately 20 runs and picked up 1 3/10 progressively. Day one Speeds started at 180.238mph and consistently progressed every session and everyday ending with the competitive Speed of 184.008 with a lap time of 48.911! The team finished 28th out of all the 54 teams. Crewchief, Billy Poindexter and the entire crew worked long hours and the effort definitely provided dividends and extended their momentum. "They all did a great job preparing the car at the track and I am very proud of everyone and we are excited about starting the season and coming back to Daytona in February." The #37 team based in Huntersville, NC hosts the talented and experienced driver Kevin Lepage who eagerly awaits the start of the Nascar Nextel Cup Series. "We had a productive test and we surpassed our goal. We were fast and we will be able to show it in February." The team is currently searching for a sponsor for the Nascar Nextel Cup Series. Any inquiries can be directed to R&J Racing at 704-875-0271.(R&J Racing PR)(1-26-2005)


      News from January 25, 2005

    • Robby Hits The Hospital, getting ready for testing out west: During Monday night’s PRN Fast Talk with Benny Parsons radio show, Robbie Gordon told Benny he’s been sick since returning home from last weeks Daytona test and checked himself into the hospital Sunday for about four hours where doctors performed a series of blood tests. Gordon’s concern stemmed from running the Dakkar Rally overseas. “I just want to be careful that I don’t get myself in a situation where I catch one of these diseases or something like that from Africa. I did breathe an awful lot of dust. It wasn’t bad the first couple of days when we were out front leading but then when we got behind there was a couple of days when we didn’t see anything but dust for the whole day and I’m sure I inhaled something that’s not healthy for me. They took all kinds of blood tests to make sure I don’t have malaria or anything like that and hopefully we can get this thing cleared up and be good for our California-Vegas test next week.(PRN's Fast Talk with Benny Parsons and Garage Pass Radio Show)(1-25-2005)

    • 12 drivers to play Poker at Vegas: NASCAR is coming to the Palms in Las Vegas for a Celebrity Poker Tournament featuring 12 of the top NASCAR drivers. The $100,000 top award will benefit the winner's favorite charity and Michael Waltrip's Operation Marathon which provides support to the Victory Junction Gang Camp. Tournament Director, Matt Savage will call the Texas Hold'em tournament beginning on Monday, January 31st at 7pm with 12 drivers being narrowed down to 6 drivers with the finals on Tuesday, February 1st beginning at 6pm. Featured in the tournament will be NASCAR drivers Michael Waltrip, Kyle Petty, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Elliott Sadler, Casey Mears and Dale Jarrett. no idea who the other two are]
      "Operation Marathon, Going the Distance for Kids" is Michael Waltrip's fundraising campaign to raise money for the operating expenses of the North Carolina based kid's camp. Waltrip pledged to raise $1 million for the camp in July of 2004 and has raised over $700,000 to date. Guests are welcome to come out and watch the tournament, however there will be limited space. No autographs please. For room reservation information, call toll free at (866) PALMS-RES, (866) 725-6773, or visit www.palms.com.(Michael Waltrip Racing PR), no word on if it will be televised.(1-25-2005)

    • Vickers gets a major associate sponsor - Garnier Fructis: Garnier Fructis and Hendrick Motorsports announced a multi-year agreement featuring Garnier Fructis as a major associate sponsor of the #25 Chevys driven by Brian Vickers in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. The deal marks the first foray into motor sports by Garnier Fructis, the wildly popular unisex haircare brand owned by L'Oreal USA. In addition to the associate-sponsorship on the #25 GMAC / ditech.com Chevrolets in 2005, the union will be highlighted when Vickers and the #25 car don the trademark bright green Garnier Fructis color scheme in two races -- April 17 at Texas Motor Speedway and Aug. 7 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Under the associate sponsorship agreement, Vickers will serve as a spokesperson for Garnier Fructis haircare and styling products. His likeness will be featured in print advertising, at point-of-purchase and in-store displays, and throughout public relations campaigns and Internet initiatives.(Hendrick Motorsports PR), more info on Garnier Fructis at garnierfructis.com, image of the scheme on my #25 Team Schemes page.(1-25-2005)

    • Speed's Driver of thr Year - Greg Anderson: In a time when it seems that drivers are better rewarded for consistency than winning, Speed Channel DRIVER OF THE YEAR for 2004, Greg Anderson, accomplished both. As a result, Anderson, who won his second-straight NHRA POWERade Pro Stock world championship, was voted the most prestigious honor in United States auto racing. Anderson, 43, had a year of stunning success winning two out of every three races in 2004, for a record 15 victories, in the Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac Grand Am. He also qualified first sixteen times. In the professional ballot Anderson's victory might be considered an upset as he beat NASCAR Nextel Cup runner-up Jimmie Johnson, (who was the Speed Channel Driver of the Year in quarters two and four) and Nextel Cup Champion, Kurt Busch. Also getting votes were World of Outlaws ace, Steve Kinser, and IRL Champion Tony Kanaan. Sebastien Bourdais, winner of the Champ Car World Series won the fan vote, beating Johnson, and Kanaan.
      In its 38th year, the DRIVER OF THE YEAR title is unique because it is the only award that encompasses all of the racing series in the United States and fan participation. A panel of 18 leading journalists and broadcasters from across the U.S. plus the fan vote on SpeedTV.com determine the winner.(Speed Channel PR)(1-25-2005)

    • Hammond to Wrestle: Jeff Hammond, the well-groomed TV reporter for Fox Sports and former championship crew chief, is set to make his professional wrestling debut next month. Hammond, 48, will be part of a TNA Wrestling's ``Against All Odds'' pay-per-view event Feb. 13. He and wrestler BG James will face Michael Shane and Kazarian. In the 1970s and '80s, Hammond won three Winston Cup championships as a jackman for Cale Yarborough and three more as a jackman and then a crew chief with Darrell Waltrip.(Tampa Tribune)
      AND 2005 is set to be a crazy year on the track, What rookie will shine? Will DEI dominate? Who will hate who? and the racing year is starting out in even a crazier way as NASCAR's own Jeff Hammond will set into a professional wrestling ring on February 13th not to commentate but to fight! The long time crew chief and FOX Sport's analyst will compete in a tag team match on Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's pay-per-view event "Against All Odds". Hammond serves as a commentator and analyst for TNA Wrestling's show on Fox Sports Net "iMPACT!". He will team with BG James (formally Road Dogg in WWE) against the cocky young tag team of Kazarian and Michael Shane. Hammond commented on a recent "iMPACT!" "I have been dodging race cars my whole life, these two punks don't scare me" This is an interesting story to start the racing season and I would like to talk to you further about Jeff and TNA Wrestling.(Trifecta Entertainment PR)(1-25-2005)

    • INC Expands to 90 minutes: Future plans for Speed’s NASCAR broadcasts include an expansion of the popular Inside NEXTEL Cup TV program from an hour to an hour and a half each Monday evening.(FastMachines.com). What is Inside Nextel Cup? This popular series, hosted by Allen Bestwick and featuring NASCAR Nextel Cup Series drivers Michael Waltrip, Ken Schrader and Johnny Benson, features weekly recaps and analysis of Nextel Cup racing action. From the pits to victory lane Inside Nextel Cup provides up-to-date coverage of all the important develop-ments on the Nextel Cup circuit. The show will now air at 8:00pm/et on Monday's with re-airs during the week with the season premiere being on Monday, Feb 14th.(1-25-2005)

    • No Pension Plan Planned: NASCAR chairman Brian France said Monday he doesn't think a pension fund for retired Nextel Cup drivers is a realistic possibility in the near future. "Compared to many other leagues that allow it, we have differences in how we're structured," France said. "Our drivers are independent contractors with independent teams." France addressed the topic at the NASCAR Research and Development Center, the first stop on the NASCAR media tour. Veteran Cup driver Rusty Wallace, who is retiring after this season, brought up the idea of a pension fund last week.(Dallas Morning News)(1-25-2005)

    • Some NMPA awards: Jimmie Johnson was named Richard Petty Driver of the Year at the National Motorsports Press Association’s [NMPA] annual convention in Charlotte. Johnson won more races (8) than anyone else in NASCAR’s major touring series and finished second to Kurt Busch — oddly enough, by eight points — in the Nextel Cup point standings. Kyle and wife Pattie Petty won the Pocono Raceway Spirit Award and were honored for their work in building and maintaining the Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman. Kristi King of Talladega SuperSpeedway won the Ken Patterson Award for service in the field of public relations. Another veteran publicist, Denny Darnell, won the NMPA’s Joe Littlejohn Award for service to the organization.(Shelby Star)(1-25-2005)

    • NASCAR's Points System will Remain Unchanged: NASCAR's points system will remain unchanged from last year, when the debut of a 10-race shootout format resulted in the closest championship finish in series history. "We feel like we have a pretty good system and we're set for '05," NASCAR chairman Brian France said Monday. "We did look hard at making any potential adjustments." In 2004, France began his first year as head of NASCAR by overhauling the decades-old points system and creating a playoff structure for 10 drivers over the final 10 events of the Nextel Cup season. In resisting the urge to tinker with the system, NASCAR will begin the season without any major changes for the first time in four years. So, by standing pat, France had nothing to announce when the Nextel Cup media tour made its annual stop at NASCAR's Research and Development Center. Instead, he used his time to give a State of the NASCAR address and denying rumors that he was looking to leave the family-run business to pursue bringing an NFL team to Los Angeles. France said there are no plans to stage a Nextel Cup race in Mexico or Canada anytime soon.(New York Newsday/AP)(1-25-2005)





      News from January 24, 2005

    • New GM Named at Hendrick: NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick today introduced Marshall Carlson as general manager of Hendrick Motorsports. The 32-year-old will oversee day-to-day operations of the company, which fields five full-time stock-car teams and employs more than 500 people. "I can't think of a more appropriate or capable person to serve our 500 employees and their families," Hendrick said. "Marshall has been with our racing and automotive operations for years and has experience in many different areas of this business. From working in a team shop to overseeing millions of dollars in new construction, he's always played a key role and will certainly continue to do so for a long time."
      A native of Charlotte, N.C., Carlson most recently managed more than $200 million in real estate projects as vice president of corporate financial management with the Hendrick Automotive Group, a company owned by Hendrick that operates more than 60 automotive retail locations across the United States. "I'm honored by the opportunity to come back home (to Hendrick Motorsports)," Carlson said. "It's been a tough few months for all of us, but we have a deep team of dedicated and talented people who have all stepped up to meet an extremely difficult challenge. Our primary goal is to continue the Hendrick traditions of teamwork, dedication and success, both on the race track and in our communities. I look forward to being a small part of that."
      Carlson started with Hendrick Motorsports literally at the ground level, sweeping floors in the chassis shop as part of a college summer internship. After earning a degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1996, Carlson served as team engineer for the organization's fledgling NASCAR SuperTruck Series (now Craftsman Truck Series) entry. Under the direction of crew chief Dennis Connor, the group earned the organization's first of three circuit championships in 1997. Following the 1998 season, Carlson was reassigned to work under longtime Hendrick Motorsports executive Dan Lohwasser, who oversaw the team's sponsorship and marketing efforts. As director of marketing services, Carlson worked with sponsors, managed the team's show-car business and launched Hendrick's first e-commerce Internet site. In 2000, Carlson started as project manager on a $10 million facilities effort at the Hendrick Motorsports campus, which included the design and construction of race-shop space now housing the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series teams of drivers Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson. The role prepared Carlson well for his 2002 assignment to lead Hendrick Automotive Group's real estate initiative.
      Serving as a spotter and crew member, Carlson was also an early influence on the racing career of his late brother-in-law Ricky Hendrick, who in 1998 began NASCAR Late Model and USAR Pro Cup competition throughout the southeastern United States and later enjoyed driving success in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and NASCAR Busch Series. Carlson, who lives in Charlotte with wife Lynn and daughter Kate, will continue the work of former Hendrick Motorsports vice president and general manager Jeff Turner, who was lost in an aircraft accident Oct. 24. Turner assumed the role in March 2002 after nearly two decades in various management roles with Rick Hendrick's companies.(Hendrick Motorsports PR)(1-24-2005)

    • No McMurray in the #2 in 2006: Rusty Wallace admits he'd love to see McMurray replace him in the #2 Miller Lite Dodge in the Nextel Cup series next season. But he knows that's not happening. "I would love to see Jamie drive the 2 car, but Felix Sabates and ( Chip) Ganassi have a contract with him," said Wallace, 48, who is retiring. "If they didn't, I would love to have him drive for me. (But) those two are some of my best friends and there's nothing I could ever do with it." Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates invoked a one-year team option to retain McMurray, the 2003 rookie of the year, this season and reportedly can do so again in 2006 and 2007. Ganassi indicated with a no-dice smile that he doesn't plan to let McMurray get away. "Fortunately, I value our friendship as well," he said.(St Petersburg Times)(1-24-2005)

    • NASCAR and Security: The second annual NASCAR security summit took place last week in Orlando. Representatives from all Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck tracks attended. Tim Christine, NASCAR's director of security, headed up the two-day meetings and briefed the officials on potential threats facing the tracks.(Fox Sports/Sporting News)(1-24-2005)

    • Sad News: James R. (Bobby) Scruggs, 68, of Roanoke, passed away, Saturday morning, January 22, 2005 at his home. Bobby was born in Roanoke, Va., on June 4, 1936, a son of the late Charles Edward, Sr. and Helen Davidson Scruggs. He served in the United States Air Force in Germany for three years, worked for Nelson Roanoke Hardware for thirty years, and was a member of Emmanuel Wesleyan Church. Bobby was the founder and owner of Racing Image in Roanoke and Radford and served as a NASCAR official for 38 years. Surviving are his loving and devoted wife of 43 years, Jackie Reynolds Scruggs (PhD. candidate); his son and daughter-in-law, James (Jamie) David and Donna Scruggs of Roanoke. A service celebrating his life will be held at Oakey's North Chapel Tuesday, January 25, 2005, 1:00pm with Pastor Mike Ennis, the Rev. Ron Pegram, and the Rev. Joe Braisted officiating. Interment in Sherwood Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Bobby Scruggs Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 7811, Roanoke, Va. 24019, or Emmanuel Wesleyan Church, 402 Hershberger Rd., NW, Roanoke, Va. 24012, or a charity of your choice. The family will receive friends Sunday, 4 to 8 p.m. and Monday, 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Oakey's North Chapel.(Roanoke Times)(1-24-2005)



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