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2008 News

  • BAM Racing loans out crew people: While BAM Racing undergoes a complete restructuring of its race team and conducts an ongoing sponsor search, it has taken a unique stance regarding a select few employees. Crew chief David Hyder, shock specialist Dean Johnson and along with others are still under contract to BAM Racing, but team owner Beth Ann Morgenthau decided to "loan them out" to the Wood Brothers race team until the BAM Racing #49 returns to the track sometime later this year. According to Mrs. Morgenthau, "We have a number of cars prepared at the shop and our guys were just itching to get back to the race track - as we all are. I made the decision to help out the Wood Brothers by making several of our key personnel available, included David and Dean. The benefit to BAM is that they will continue to learn these new cars and be in a better position to make the BAM Racing Toyota competitive when we return. Right now we are in continuing negotiations with more than one potential sponsor and we are planning to continue racing in the Sprint Cup Series in the near future."(BAM Racing PR)(8-8-2008)

  • Obama Campaign to sponsor BAM at Pocono? UPDATE 2: BAM statement SI.com has learned that for the first time in history, a major presidential candidate may sponsor a race car in NASCAR's premier series. According to sources, Barack Obama's campaign is in talks to become the primary sponsor of BAM Racing's #49 Sprint Cup car for the Pocono race on August 3. Details of the agreement are expected to be worked out over the coming days. A BAM spokesperson has revealed the team will hold a press conference July 23 in Miami to reveal the partnership, currently a proposed one-race deal with an option to continue.(Sports Illustrated)(7-11-2008)
    UPDATE: NASCAR's BAM Racing team has presented Barack Obama's presidential campaign with a potential sponsorship deal in the Sprint Cup series later this year, but it doesn't look like an Obama car will be burning rubber on the track anytime soon. BAM team spokesman Rhett Vandiver told The Associated Press on Friday that the team made a sponsorship proposal to the Democratic presidential hopeful's campaign, and has made similar proposals to the campaign of Republican John McCain and at least one third-party candidate. Late Friday, the Obama campaign said there would be no sponsorship.(Associated Press)(7-12-2008)
    UPDATE 2: BAM Racing team owner Beth Ann Morgenthau issued the following statement to clear up any confusion from the past few days. "An independent agent, knowing BAM Racing was seeking corporate sponsorship to return to the track, requested permission to connect BAM Racing with all three presidential campaigns. BAM agreed to explore the options. The same independent agent referred to as, 'a BAM spokesperson' in the recent Sports Illustrated article, 'revealed' what was only tentative, exploratory talks. BAM Racing has decided to heed the advice of the overwhelming response by fans to keep politics out of racing and continue to focus on several other exciting sponsorships soon to be announced."(BAM Racing PR)(7-13-2008)

  • BAM Racing could return at Indy: #49 BAM Racing is targeting July 27’s Allstate 400 at the Brickyard as a possible return date. “Beth Ann [Morgenthau, the team’s owner] loves Indianapolis, and if we can make that race, we’re definitely going to try to do that,” said BAM Racing spokesperson Rhett Vandiver. BAM last competed in a points race at Martinsville on March 30 with Ken Schrader behind the wheel. The team’s planned two-race sabbatical to facilitate a switch from Dodge to Toyota turned into a long-term hiatus when primary sponsorship fell through. While searching for a primary sponsor, the company has still been offering its Diamond Sponsorship Program, which allows companies with smaller marketing budgets to get signage on the car, along with other activation materials. When the program launched last year it was being offered at an introductory rate of just less than $5,000. While Vandiver said he didn’t know how many Diamond Sponsors were now onboard, he added that when the team does return to the track it will have a lot of new decals to make for the car. A large portion of BAM’s workforce has been laid off, but the general feeling around NASCAR circles is that team members are ready to come back at a moment’s notice. That includes the 53-year-old Schrader. “My understanding is he’s ready to go when we are,” Vandiver said.(Long Island Press), looks like a company, Hapman may be a sponsor, see images of the car recently at the shop at forum.stockcar-news.de and scroll down or see a couple on my #49 Team Schemes page.(7-3-2008)

  • BAM Racing & Petty Racing team up for Sprint Showdown UPDATE: Chad McCumbee will run the #49 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge in the Sprint Showdown and will have a Petty Enterprises crew and Billy Wilburn will serve as crew chief. Quotes from Chad McCumbee: “I just want to thank everyone at Petty Enterprises and BAM Racing for giving me the opportunity to race in the Sprint All-Star Showdown. Hopefully we can have a good run and race our way into the all-star race. That would be a dream come true. Being one of the few drivers from North Carolina, I know how big that race has become. Lowe’s Motor Speedway is our backyard and the race is for bragging rights as much as anything else. I like the 1.5-mile tracks, like Lowe’s, so I’m confident that we will be competitive on Saturday. Billy (Wilburn, crew chief) and I have developed a great relationship over the last three races that I’ve run for Petty Enterprises. We have a lot of confidence in each other and that’s important when you are racing for all or nothing. That’s how we have to approach it. It’s win or go home. At the same time I’m going to go out there and do what I can to help my teammates. Kyle and Bobby have bigger fish on the line with the Coca-Cola 600. If there is something that I can try, something that may help them win next Sunday, then I am all for it. They have helped me tremendously in my time at Petty.” Petty Enterprises announced this week that McCumbee will pilot the #45 Dodge for two races this summer while Kyle Petty works in the broadcast booth for TNT.(MCG Sports/Petty Racing)(5-13-2008)
    IMAGE: see an image of the car on my #49 Team Schemes page.(5-15-2008)
    UPDATE 2: BAM Racing team owner Beth Ann Morgenthau announced a one-race association with Petty Enterprises for the upcoming Sprint Showdown on Saturday, May 17, 2008. According to Mrs. Morgenthau, "Before our move to Toyota, we were a Dodge team and we have worked closely with the Petty's for years. NASCAR's rules state that a team must be in the top 50 in owner's points from the previous year in order to compete in the Sprint Showdown. As I understand it, Kyle was looking to get Chad McCumbee some valuable seat time at Lowe's and wanted to enter a third car. Since our team is hard at work trying to secure sponsorship and return our Toyota to the track a little later in the year, we were glad to help them out. While the car for the Sprint Showdown will be listed as BAM Racing's #49, it will be a Petty Dodge and will be run out of their shop with their crew. I suppose you could say that when the King asks for a favor, we listen! BAM Racing is committed to return to the Sprint Cup series and we have several potential marketing partners that we're very excited about. We should be able to make an announcement soon."(BAM Racing PR)(5-16-2008)

  • Sauter back in #70 at RIR; Schrader could run more races: from a Team Chevy PR:
    KEN SCHRADER, #70 HUNT BROTHERS PIZZA IMPALA SS – Qualified 3rd: HOW DID YOU MAKE THAT CAR GO THAT FAST AS THE LAST QUALIFIER OUT? "It was desperation. When you aren't locked in to the top-35, you do what you have to do. We definitely concentrated more on qualifying for today. We will probably have to undo a little bit of that tomorrow. The Haas/CNC grout built us a heck of a little car. It is brand new with a brand new sponsor, Hunt Brothers Pizza. The Hendrick Motors, they did their job for sure. You work on qualifying differently when you are one of those cars that is not locked in the top-35 because if you don't go fast enough, you go home. It brings a out desperation. There are a lot of things you have to do. We are going to have a good little race car."
    IS THIS A ONE-SHOT DEAL? “No, we’re going to run it some more. We’re definitely going to run it some more. We’re working on the schedule, but we are going to run the car some more this year. I know that Jay [actually Johnny, not Jay] Sauter is going to run it next week and we’re working on that stuff now. That’s the only real good advantage I’ve found to being old so far. I told them to just let me know if I need to be there.”
    “I can’t speak for them. I’ve driven for those people two full years and then drove one race last year. We started of the year this year and they love the sport a lot and they’ve invested a lot of their own money on that team. I know they’re working hard to get funding to run it. I’ll always be indebted to them because I’ve been working for them for a while and they’re just good people that love this sport. But I don’t have any ties to them.”(Team Chevy)(4-27-2008)

  • Microsoft Small Business joines up with MWR: Microsoft expanded its motorsports reach today in an effort to increase visibility of its growing Small Business Specialist Community of Partners and solutions for small businesses by announcing it has formed a unique sponsorship with Michael Waltrip Racing. Microsoft will serve as an associate sponsor on MWR’s #00 Toyota Camry entry driven by rookie Michael McDowell for the remainder of the 2008 season, beginning this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. The sponsorship, in conjunction with California-based advertising agency RainMakers International [this was the company and the sponsorship deal with #49 BAM Racing at 49team.com], offers a motorsports marketing platform to Microsoft’s Partners, a growing group which supports businesses everywhere in the Microsoft Small Business Specialist Community. Each participating partner will receive a structured marketing package which utilizes Michael Waltrip Racing marks, images of the #00 race car with their logo on it, tickets, likeness of Michael McDowell in his driver’s suit, and the usage of Waltrip’s race facility for contest winners. Additionally, each partner will have the ability to utilize the discounted media buying services offered by RainMakers, and more.(MWR)(4-25-2008)

  • Schrader, other notables, planning to run Rockingham ARCA race: The Carolina 500, ARCA's May 4 race at Rockingham Speedway, has drawn the attention of several drivers who don't typically participate in the ruling body's races. Bobby Hamilton Jr. and Ken Schrader have recently joined the list of entrants. Schrader has won 15 ARCA races during his career. Other notable entries have been filed in the names of drivers Joey Logano by Joe Gibbs Racing, Austin Dillon by Richard Childress Racing, Scott Speed by Eddie Sharp Racing, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. by Roush Fenway Racing, Michael Annett by Bill Davis Racing, Chad McCumbee, Bobby Gerhart and Matt Carter. Dillon is Childress's grandson. Speed is a former Formula One driver. Carter is the son of famed NASCAR mechanic Travis Carter.(Gaston Gazette)(4-20-2008)

  • Schrader to the #70 at Talladega? hearing Ken Schrader may drive the #70 Haas CNC Racing Chevy at Talladega. #49 BAM Racing is skipping Talladega and moving to a part-time schedule.(4-15-2008)
    UPDATE: Haas CNC Racing is pleased to announce that Ken Schrader will drive the #70 Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevy during the upcoming race weekend at Talladega. "I'm definitely very excited about the opportunity to drive for Haas CNC Racing," Schrader said. "It is a younger team that is going through the growing process but yet has all of the elements in place. The team has an outstanding relationship with Hendrick Motorsports, and we know they have a proven engine program," he added. "We certainly don't have to second guess the equipment."(Haas CNC Racing)(4-16-2008)

  • BAM goes to a part time schedule; Schrader to #70?: Open letter from BAM Racing owner, Beth Ann Morgenthau: "Our recent switch to Toyota is a strong testament to our focus andcommitment to become more competitive. Even though we were disappointed it became necessary to miss two races to complete the transition to Toyota. We were excited about the potential for the balance of the 2008 season. That excitement was abruptly interrupted this past week by news that a primary sponsorship deal once planned for the majority of the 2008 season had been reduced to a fraction of a season and that fraction will likely be in the fall. The private company has been in the process of raising funds in the equity market for working capital which included a portion going to a product launch using the #49 race car. Due to the uncertainty of the stock market raising the capital is taking longer than expected. With no other primary sponsor currently in place to fill the void the harsh reality of this most recent news is that we are forced to reduce our 2008 participation to a partial season. Our marketing groups are working hard to fill the sponsorship void so we can get back on the track sooner than later. When new primary sponsorship is secured you will be one of the first to know! It is of little consolation that we are not alone in this plight. The uncertain economic times affecting our sponsor are affecting sponsorships throughout NASCAR and are having a winnowing affect on the number of teams showing up each week to compete. We're confident that with the decreasing numbers of teams, with the competitive cars we produce and with the horsepower Toyota engines provide, we will be able to step back into competition effectively and successfully on short notice--and we are making every effort to make our sabbatical as short as possible.(BAM Racing)
    Schrader? hearing Ken Schrader may drive the #70 Haas CNC Racing Chevy at Talladega.(4-15-2008)

  • New sponsor for BAM Racing: BAM Racing announced MetaLogix, Inc as an official Diamond Sponsor of the #49 Sprint Cup Series team for the 2008 season. "We're excited to welcome MetaLogix, Inc as a Diamond Sponsor for 2008," commented team owner Beth Ann Morgenthau. "In the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, it is the support from sponsors that makes it possible for teams to compete every week. We are excited to share the excitement of Sprint Cup racing with MetaLogix, Inc." The Diamond Sponsorship Program is an associate sponsorship program exclusive to BAM Racing.(Centre Daily Times)(4-10-2008)

  • BAM Racing withdraws from Texas UPDATE 2: One week after announcing a sponsorship program with Microsoft Small Business and qualifying seventh at Martinsville, BAM Racing's #49 Toyota was withdrawn from this weekend's Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. No details were available as to the reasons behind the decision by owner Beth Ann Morgenthau, who has operated a team in NASCAR's premier series since 2002. The #49 was 42nd in owner points following a 37th-place finish at Martinsville, having made three of six races this season. Driver Ken Schrader finished 21st at Las Vegas and 41st at Bristol earlier in 2008.(NASCAR.com)(4-1-2008)
    UPDATE: been told the team will return to the track next weekend at Phoenix and Microsoft Small Busisness Systems Center will next sponsor the car at Talladega in April. Added some images of the car from Martinsville to my #49 Team Schemes page.(4-2-2008)
    UPDATE 2: BAM Racing has decided to skip the next two Sprint Cup races in Texas and Phoenix. Team co-owner Tony Morgenthau released the following statement about the decision: "Switching manufacturers was a taller order than we initially realized. While BAM Racing has a very strong short track program, our intermediate track program needs some work. Since we haven't had time to adequately test the cars on shaker rigs and pull down rigs; since historically we don't run that well at either Texas or Phoenix - even with a proven, tested racecar; since we intend to improve our on-track performance and not to take a step backwards; our organization has decided to take the next three weeks to focus on the remainder of the racing season. We recognize that we will sacrifice our 42nd position in owner's points, but that only guarantees our team a spot if qualifying is rained out. Ultimately every car that is 36th or lower must qualify on time in order to race. While skipping the next two races will hurt our points position in the short term, returning to the track at Talladega ready to move forward with fully-tested Toyota Camry's will enhance our program overall. This has been a very difficult, "big picture" decision; by taking a little time to regroup now, we should be a much stronger team for the rest of the year. Finally, for all the naysayers who may predict this to be the death knell for one of the few remaining independent teams in Sprint Cup . . . wait until Talladega, then tell us if we're dead or not!"(BAM Racing PR)(4-2-2008)

  • BAM merging..with someone? UPDATE 2...more on Toyota: been hearing rumors, but no confirms, that the #49 BAM Racing team may be merging with another team, the rumors include either the Petty Enterprises Dodge teams [#43 and #45] or the #22 Bill Davis Racing Team. The Petty deal sounds like a better match as BAM already uses Dodges. BDR just recently suspended operations of its 2nd team [#27] and parted ways with the crew chief of that team, Slugger Labbe. BDR is currently out of the top 35 in owners points and not guaranteed a spot in the next race at Martinsville. Either is BAM Racing's #49 with Ken Schrader or one of the Petty cars, #45-Kyle Petty. Supposedly CAT is only signed with the #22 thru 2008 and could be headed to Joe Gibbs Racing in some capacity for 2009.(3-21-2008)
    UPDATE: Microsoft, through the Microsoft U.S. Small Business Team, has just become one of the sponsors of the #49 Sprint Cup Series team for the 2008 season. The Microsoft sponsorship will feature the Microsoft Small Business name as well as the Microsoft Small Camry Microsoft Full Rear Business Specialist (SBSC) ‘blue badge,’ which designates those Microsoft Partners who specialize on servicing the needs of small businesses. With this sponsorship, the Microsoft Small Business name, as well as the Microsoft Small Business Specialist ‘blue badge,’ will be shown in a Microsoft section on the #49 car for all remaining races of the 2008 season. The BAM Racing #49 car will feature a full-car Microsoft Small Business theme (primary sponsorship) for the March 30, 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race next Sunday at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, VA. The car will show Microsoft SmallCamry Microsoft Rear 3-4 view Business and the Microsoft Small Business Specialist ‘blue badge’ across the entire car.(in part from the Microsoft SMB Community Blog), see images of the #49 TOYOTA on the blog site or my #49 Team Schemes page. Hearing this will be more of a working association the a merger with BDR. The #49 is listed as a Dodge on the entry list, but that could change when updates are made later this week. Of note, Schrader is entered in the Truck race at Martinsville...in the #52-Federated Auto Parts TOYOTA.(3-25-2008)
    UPDATE 2: BAM Racing will begin using Toyota engines from Bill Davis Racing in the #49 car driven by Ken Schrader this weekend at Martinsville Speedway in what could be the first step toward a merger between the companies. "Right now it's more of a collaboration than a merger," said Eddie Jones, general manager at BAM Racing. "We're trying to work together to see what we can do for them and what they can do for us and see if there is anything to move forward on." BAM was under contract to use Dodge engines supplied by Gillett Evernham Motorsports this season. Jones said they're still in the process of working through that deal, but added that GEM has given permission for BAM to move forward with BDR. "That's the business part of the deal," Jones said. "I'm trying to get the race car all put together." Jones said he contacted BDR a couple of weeks ago, believing the power Toyota engines have shown could be the best long-term solution. "Short term, we expect to at least stay the same or get a little better," he said. "Long term, we're doing what we can do this year and hoping to have a great situation and by the time the year is over look at something else."(ESPN.com)(3-26-2008)

  • Carmichael to run East series for Schrader: Motocross legend Ricky Carmichael will be running for a championship this season in the Camping World East Series for Ken Schrader Racing with backing from Hendrick Motorsports, his manager Scott Taylor said Thursday. Carmichael will be sponsored by Monster energy drink. Carmichael, 28, who retired from full-time motocross racing after 2006 is trying to make his way up the rungs of the stock racing ladder. Carmichael had been under contract as a driver last year with former Sprint Cup Series team owner Bobby Ginn and raced about 15 Late Model events around Florida last summer. Carmichael won 10 consecutive AMA national motocross championships from 1997 – 2006. Carmichael, who began competing in Motocross at age 5, said he was feeling unchallenged by Motocross when he made the decision to retire. He competed part time in 2007 but said his only interest now is as a test rider for Suzuki. The Camping World East Series runs 13 events this season. Carmichael may also run selected events in the Camping World West Series.(Hartford Courant) on ESPN2's NASCAR Now it was reported that DEI and Ricky Carmichael were trying to work on a deal to have Carmichael run the Camping World East Series, but they couldn't work out a deal and they parted ways.(2-29-2008)

  • Qtrax.com to sponsor the #49 for the Bud Shootout: BAM Racing team owner Beth Ann Morgenthau announced a new marketing partnership with Qtrax.com, an internet site that is poised to have over 25 million songs which anyone can download freely and legally. In development for over four years, Qtrax.com provides a safe alternative to internet music piracy. Qtrax.com will be the primary sponsor for BAM Racing's #49 Dodge in the Budweiser Shootout. NASCAR veteran driver Ken Schrader will be behind the wheel of the BAM Racing Dodges starting at Daytona. The team intends to compete with the veteran Schrader for the entire 2008 season.(BAM Racing PR)(2-6-2008)

  • Andretti still looking for 2008 ride: John Andretti says he is looking for a ride for 2008 and won't totally rule out a return to #49 BAM Racing in the future. Andretti drove 15 Cup races last year, including 14 for BAM and had been slated to drive for the team until a couple of weeks ago when the team put Ken Schrader in the driver's seat for the season-opening Daytona 500. For now, the only thing solid for Andretti is this weekend, where he will drive in the Rolex 24 At Daytona for Indianapolis Motor Speedway/Indy Racing League CEO Tony George, who will be one of Andretti's teammates along with Anthony Foyt IV and others. "I think the sponsorship [at BAM] didn't come theough like they had hoped - they're still working on it," Andretti said Thursday in the Daytona garage. "That's all I really know. ... I'm out looking and talking." Andretti said he anticipates participating in the Las Vegas test Monday and Tuesday if he can finalize a deal with a Cup team. Andretti wouldn't confirm which team he would test with, although one possibility would be Front Row Motorsports, which he drove for last year. He also said he has talked to teams in other NASCAR series. He also is seeking an Indianapolis 500 ride. "I probably am going to do a few races in the truck series, and then we'll see," said Andretti, who has 355 career Cup starts. "Everything happened so late [at BAM]; it happened after the new year. I guess I thought I was going to be doing that, so [now] I've got to change course." Andretti didn't rule out a return to BAM, which hasn't named a driver for anything past the opening race.(sceneDaily.com)(1-25-2008)

  • BAM Racing has Schrader at Daytona, Andretti unlikely: BAM Racing has not solidified its driver lineup beyond the Daytona 500. Ken Schrader will attempt to qualify the #49 for the team with sponsorship from healthlife.com, BAM Racing marketing coordinator Rhett Vandiver said Tuesday. A sponsor for the Budweiser Shootout is still to be named and a driver beyond Speedweeks is still to be determined, Vandiver said. Vandiver also confirmed that John Andretti, who drove for the team at the end of last season, likely would not return to the seat.(Scenedaily.com)(1-23-2008)

  • BAM Racing and Schrader team up for Daytona UPDATE: Been told that BAM Racing plans to field a “Diamond Driven” Dodge Charger with veteran driver Ken Schrader for both the Bud Shootout and the Daytona 500 with David Hyder as the crew chief and engines by Evernham Motorsports.(1-13-2008)
    UPDATE: Ken Schrader is among the 31 drivers on hand for the second Sprint Cup test session today theough Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway. Schrader, who is eligible to compete in the Budweiser Shootout, confirmed Monday morning that he would run the Speed Weeks events for BAM Racing and also will do the tests at California and Las Vegas later this month. "We're just going to see what happens," said Schrader, who owns his own race team and often races at short tracks across the country. "The only thing I know for sure is I'm going to race every weekend this year. I don't know where or what."(SceneDaily.com)(1-14-2008)

  • BAM Racing teams up with sponsorship agency: RainMakers International announced that it has signed a services agreement with BAM Racing to sell sponsorship on the #49 car. RainMakers is focused on bringing family oriented and moderately priced sponsorships to national and international businesses. This sponsorship is a revolutionary new sponsorship program -- over one year in development. The program's use of high-tech programming and patent-pending systems makes possible low-cost season-long space on the car for a limited time introductory price of only $4,995. The sponsorship includes high-tech turnkey marketing components for those who secure their sponsor space. RainMakers is the exclusive seller of this specially priced package. The marketing components include, but are not limited to, a promotional video customized for each sponsor, a sponsor promo-pack that includes a royalty free image license, a comprehensive sweepstakes campaign customized for each sponsor, a race website customized for each sponsor, four recorded messages for the sponsor's telephone "on-hold" system, and a chance to become a primary sponsor for one race in 2008. The introductory price of $4,995 is discounted for a limited time from the program's regular price of $10,080 and is subject to change without notice. However, even at the full price, sponsors would invest just $280 per race for a sponsor space on a Sprint Cup car, nearly the same size as other more traditional sponsor spaces costing thousands per race. To learn more about the program, log on to www.49team.com.(PrimeNewswire)(1-12-2008)

  • Sherman Testing Indy Pro Cars: There’s been no shortage of open-wheel racers switching to NASCAR. Now we have someone going the other way. Former Cup [#49 BAM Racing] and Busch [now Nationwide] Series driver Brent Sherman has tested for Panther Racing’s Indy Pro Series car. Sherman isn’t a stranger to open-wheelers, though. He spent two years racing in the Barber Dodge Pro Series. In 2000 he tested a Toyota Atlantic car.(Palm Beach Post)(1-12-2008)

    2007 News

  • BAM Racing Announces Sponsorship Program: BAM Racing announced the official launch of its revolutionary new Diamond Sponsorship Program. The program leverages an innovative small business initiative and high-tech, patent-pending systems exclusive to BAM Racing. Diamond Sponsors receive affordable space on the #49 racecar along with complimentary turnkey activation components that sponsors paying millions would envy. The use of technologically advanced programming and patent-pending systems makes possible low-cost, season-long space on the racecar for an introductory price of $4,995. More details about the program can be found at www.49sponsor.com. (BAM PR)(12-5-2007)

  • A sponsor for the #49 named: BAM Racing announced today the addition of VOISYS (www.voisys.com) as an Official Diamond Sponsor of its #49 Sprint Cup Team for the entire 2008 season. "We're excited to welcome VOISYS as a sponsor of our team in 2008", commented team owner Beth Ann Morgenthau. "In NEXTEL Cup Racing, it is the support from sponsors that makes it possible to compete every week. And we're very appreciative of VOISYS joining us in a sponsorship role." Voisys is an 800 and Internet based lead generation system serving the automotive non-prime, prime, and lease markets. In just the past 12 months the company has generated millions of Sub-Prime leads with its VOISYS Loan By Phone, Direct Mail and Internet programs. For more information contact Michael Snider at 800-438-8642 X 102 or visit www.voisys.com.(PRWEB)(11-20-2007)

  • Andretti back with BAM in 2008 UPDATE: BAM Racing co-owner Tony Morgenthau says driver John Andretti will return for the full Sprint Cup season in 2008. Andretti qualified the team's #49 Dodge for 10 of 11 races before missing the show at both Texas and Phoenix. "John's no slouch," said Morgenthau, who co-owns the team with his wife, Beth Ann. "He's going to be with us next year." The #49 car was sponsored by the Paralyzed Veterans of America this season, but the PVA announced it will join Petty Enterprises in 2008. Morgenthau said BAM left the company on the hood of the car for several more races than originally planned. "We could have run a blank car, but might as well keep a good charity on the hood," he said. "I hope we helped the vets." Morgenthau said he is a partner in a computer company that has patented what he calls a revolutionary process of sponsoring race cars. Next season, BAM plans to have 5,000 associate sponsors who each pay approximately $5,000 to be on the car for the full season. The logos will be small, but Morgenthau said the companies "will get more from being an associate on the BAM car than they would from being an associate on any other car in the garage. It's an incredible package." The package is aimed at companies that do approximately $10 million to $25 million in sales. A more traditional primary sponsor may also be on the car, he said.(SceneDaily.com)(11-12-2007)
    UPDATE: Cup car owner Beth Ann Morgenthau, of Coral Gables [FL], said John Andretti will continue as driver of the #49 Dodge next season, and added the team is more stable than in recent years. She indicated a second team might be added if a sponsor is secured. "'I would give anything for it to happen,'' Morgenthau said. Andretti, 48th in the standings, did not qualify on speed for the Ford 400.(Miami Herald)(11-17-2007)

  • Healthlife.com to sponsor #49 BAM Racing at Phoenix: BAM Racing welcomes HealthLife.com as primary sponsor of the #49 Dodge this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. HealthLife.com, a property of ARMER Holding LLC, offers Internet users valuable information and advice on a variety of today's health-related topics. HealthLife.com, "Where Health, Life and People Meet," is a unique information and forum website that offers expansive content from nationally and internationally known experts in an array of health-related fields. HealthLife.com is also an online meeting place for folks of like mind with regards to health, fitness, weight loss, longevity, and general wellbeing. HealthLife.com may return to the #49 team on a limited basis for the 2008 Sprint Cup Series.(BAM Racing PR)(11-9-2007)

  • Lifelock the primary sponsor of the #49 at RIR: BAM Racing will have LifeLock as primary sponsor of the #49 Dodge driven by John Andretti for this weekend’s Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway. LifeLock, the leader in identity theft prevention, helps consumers to render their personal information useless to thieves, backing up its service with a million-dollar guarantee. LifeLock also offers the nation’s only child identity theft prevention service. LifeLock is offering a 30-day free trial subscription as well as 10% off for life to BAM Racing fans by using or mentioning promo code BAM. Enroll online at www.lifelock.com or call 1-877-LIFELOCK (543-3562). The public can pay tribute to the military service of a family member or friend by purchasing a Tribute Star that places the name of the honored service member or veteran on the #49 Dodge. To support Paralyzed Veterans theough the excitement of Nextel Cup Series racing, visit pvastartribute.org.(BAM Racing PR)(9-5-2007)

  • Andretti to run #49 at MIS UPDATE and the rest of season: John Andretti will take over as driver of the #49 BAM Racing Dodge next weekend at Michigan. Andretti is replacing Mike Bliss, a team spokesman confirmed Saturday.(SceneDaily.com)(8-12-2007)
    UPDATE: In an ongoing effort to increase the competitive level of the #49 team, BAM Racing announced today that John Andretti will drive the Paralyzed Veterans Dodge for the remainder of the 2007 Nextel Cup Series season beginning at Michigan International Speedway. Andretti has two wins, 13 top-five and 37 top-10 finishes along with four pole positions in series competition. Throughout his career, he has an average starting position of 22.3 and an average finish of 24.3. Previously this year, Andretti raced for Petty Enterprises in several events. "We have made significant changes across the board in the past weeks to improve our overall program," said team owner Beth Ann Morgenthau. "With the pressures of qualifying on time, and our commitment to our sponsors, we felt that an immediate change was necessary. We have every confidence in the team we have assembled and are committed to racing each and every week."(BAM Racing PR)(8-13-2007)

  • Lifelock joins BAM Racing as a sponsor; Graf to run Watkins Glen: BAM Racing announced the addition of LifeLock to its family of sponsors for 2007. In a partnership with the team, LifeLock will serve as one of the primary sponsors of the #49 BAM Racing Dodge for two races [doesn't say which two races] and an associate sponsor for the remainder of the season. LifeLock, the leader in identity theft prevention, helps consumers to render their personal information useless to thieves, backing up its service with a million-dollar guarantee. LifeLock also offers the nation's only child identity theft prevention service. LifeLock helps consumers prevent ID Theft by setting and automatically renewing fraud alerts with the major credit bureaus, removing member names from pre-approved credit card offers and junk mail lists and guaranteeing the service with its industry-exclusive $1 million guarantee. LifeLock is famous for its CEO publicly releasing his Social Security Number in advertising and national media to prove that the effective of the service. As part of this partnership, LifeLock is offering 30 Days FREE trial subscription and 10% Off for Life to BAM Racing fans by using or mentioning promo code BAM. Enroll online at www.lifelock.com or call 1-877-LIFELOCK (543-3562). AND Klaus Graf will run the #49 Paralyzed Veterans of America Dodge at Watkins Glen for BAM Racing. The public can pay tribute to the military service of a family member or friend by purchasing a Tribute Star that places the name of the honored service member or veteran on the #49 Dodge. To support Paralyzed Veterans theough the excitement of Nextel Cup Series racing, visit pvastartribute.org.(BAM Racing PR)(8-7-2007)

  • Schrader back to the #49? UPDATE 3: hearing the Ken Schrader could drive the #49 BAM Racing Dodge at Indianapolis and may drive a few more races for the team. Schrader is under contract to the #21 Wood Brothers/JTG Racing team, but Bill Elliott is currently driving the car to try to get it in the top-35 of owners points, currently 36th, 225pts out of the top-35. Elliott has a past champions provisional to use so the car is safely in the races with the exception of Watkins Glen, where Terry Labonte is driving the #55 Toyota for MWR and would get the champ provisional if needed.(7-16-2007)
    UPDATE: BAM Racing has announced that former crew chief David Hyder will return to the fold this week, reuniting with former driver Kenny Schrader. Schrader has been on the Nextel Cup sidelines since being replaced in the Wood Brothers/JTG Racing Ford by Bill Elliott a few weeks ago. He will reunite with Hyder at BAM, beginning at the Brickyard 400 in two weeks.(Motorsports Soapbox)(7-18-2007)
    UPDATE 2: been told by BAM Racing that Ken Schrader is not confirmed to drive any races for the #49 at this point and the team is currently talking to several different drivers and plans to make an announcement for Indy and beyond next week.(7-19-2007)
    UPDATE 3: BAM Racing announced the return of Dean Johnson and David Hyder. Johnson assumes the role of crew chief and Hyder will serve as suspension specialist. Driver Mike Bliss will return to the BAM Racing organization on a full-time basis beginning at Pocono Raceway. Ken Schrader, currently a driver for Wood Brothers Racing, will drive the #49 Dodge in the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard in Indianapolis.(BAM Racing PR)(7-19-2007)

  • New Crew Chief at BAM: hearing the crew chief Lee McCall and #49 BAM Racing have parted ways, Dean Johnson is the acting crew chief for Chad Chaffin at Chciago. Been told the team plans to announce crew chief plans soon. No word on who will be driving the #49 at Indy either. No word on McCall's plans.(7-13-2007)

  • Foyt to drive #49 at Daytona: BAM Racing is pleased to welcome Larry Foyt and associate sponsor Firehouse Subs to the #49 Dodge Charger for the Pepsi 400 this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. Foyt will attempt to make his first Nextel Cup Series start of the season with BAM Racing this weekend. Although he has not competed this year, Foyt has accumulated many on-track hours testing at superspeedways in support of series manufacturer Dodge Motorsports. Firehouse Subs, founded in Jacksonville, Fla. by former firefighting brothers Robin and Chris Sorensen, will serve as an associate sponsor for the Pepsi 400 on the BAM Racing Dodge as well as on the Mac Hill Motorsports Busch Series car in partnership with Foyt.(BAM Racing PR)(7-4-2007)

  • Chaffin in the #49 for 2 races; Foyt at Daytona; Bliss resigns: BAM Racing announced Chad Chaffin will drive the #49 Paralyzed Veterans of America Dodge this weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway and in two weeks at Chicagoland Speedway. BAM Racing and Mike Bliss have amiably decided to part ways. Chaffin will make his first Nextel Cup Series attempt of the season this weekend in the Lenox Industrial Tools 300. He has one Nextel Cup Series start at the 1.058-mile oval where he qualified on time and finished in the 34th position. In the Craftsman Truck Series, he has a total of four starts at the speedway with one top-5 and one top-10 start with two top-10 finishes. "I am excited to return to NEXTEL Cup Series racing this weekend," said Chaffin. "I am looking forward to working with the entire BAM Racing team as it attempts to turn its Car of Tomorrow program around. I've have been active on the track since last season and am prepared for the pressures that come with qualifying on time." Mike Bliss, who started with BAM Racing towards the end of the 2006 season, resigned from the team after a string of missed races. Larry Foyt is slated to drive the Paralyzed Veterans of America Dodge at Daytona International Speedway. To learn more about Paralyzed Veterans, visit its website at www.pva.org.(BAM Racing PR)(6-26-2007)

  • Graf takes over for Bliss at Sonoma in the #49: BAM Racing to announced the return of German-born racer Klaus Graf as driver of the #49 Paralyzed Veterans Dodge Avenger for the first road course race of the season at Infineon Raceway. Graf successfully qualified a second entry at Infineon Raceway for the team in 2004. Graf, American Le Mans Series (ALMS) driver and 2005 Trans-Am Series Champion, has a wealth of road-course racing experiences to draw upon as he attempts his first Nextel Cup Series start in theee years. In his last start at Infineon Raceway, he qualified the #59 BAM Racing Dodge in the 38th position and captured a top-20 finish for the organization with a 17th place finish. "It feels great to come back to the Nextel Cup Series and BAM Racing," said Graf. "After my experience in 2004, I'm really looking forward to getting back into a Nextel Cup car. This time I feel even more confident and motivated to have a strong showing at Infineon Raceway. Of course, our first priority will be to qualify the car on Friday. With the preparation the team and I did together, we feel strongly about this task. I would like to thank Beth Ann and Tony Morgenthau for this opportunity and their trust in my abilities." Graf has won numerous races and championships in several road racing series. He has nearly 20 years of racing experience and has competed in the ALMS, Trans-Am Series, ARCA Series and Nextel Cup Series to name a few. Graf recently completed a two-day test session at Virginia International Raceway with the BAM Racing team and the Car of Tomorrow (CoT) in preparation for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway.(BAM Racing PR)(6-13-2007)

  • Bliss going for the triple: #49-Mike Bliss is the only driver attempting to race in all theee NASCAR events at Dover this weekend -- today's AAA Insurance 200 Craftsman Truck Series race, Saturday's Dover 200 Busch Series race and Sunday's Autism Speaks 400 Nextel Cup Series race. He is looking forward to what should be one hectic weekend for him. "It is always a lot more fun for a driver to be behind the wheel during a race than to watch it from pit road," Bliss said. "So, I like to take advantage of every opportunity I have to gain seat time."(Delaware News Journal)(6-1-2007)

  • BAM Racing owner designates Paralyzed Veterans of America as foundation partner: The Elizabeth Ann Coulter Morgenthau Foundation, formed in 1997 by #49 BAM Racing owner Beth Ann Morgenthau, is pleased to announce the addition of Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) as a designated beneficiary of the foundation. The Elizabeth Ann Coulter Morgenthau Foundation was created to establish, foster and encourage research in the fields of medicine, science, literature, and art and music by making gifts to colleges, hospitals, schools and foundations. In addition, the foundation has awarded scholarships and fellowships to deserving students at various institutions of learning over the past ten years. Foundation beneficiaries have included the American Cancer Society, Johns Hopkins University, The University of Miami/Jackson Hospital and the Kampong of the National Tropical Botanical Garden. Founded in 1946, Paralyzed Veterans is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of individuals with spinal cord injury or disease. Paralyzed Veterans is a dynamic, broad-based organization with more than 19,000 members in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The addition of Paralyzed Veterans as a partner of The Elizabeth Ann Coulter Morgenthau Foundation is representative of Beth Ann and Tony Morgenthau's dedication to the empowerment of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. Recently, the couple welcomed Paralyzed Veterans as primary sponsor of the #49 BAM Racing Dodge for 2007 and beyond. To support Paralyzed Veterans theough the excitement of Nextel Cup Series racing, visit pvastartribute.org. To learn more about Paralyzed Veterans, visit its website at www.pva.org.(BAM Racing PR)(5-24-2007)

  • PVA partners with BAM Racing: Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) will be the primary sponsor of the #49 BAM Racing Dodge at upcoming Nextel Cup Series events, thanks to an innovative new public-private partnership. Under the partnership between Paralyzed Veterans and BAM Racing/ARMER Holding LLC, the public can pay tribute to the military service of a family member or friend by purchasing a star at www.pva.org. A Gold Star $100 Tribute places the name of the honored service member or veteran on the race car itself and on a virtual wall at pva.org. A Silver Star $50 tribute appears on a virtual wall at pva.org. A significant portion of the proceeds will go directly to Paralyzed Veterans and its work to help returning service members and veterans maximize the quality of their lives. "BAM Racing is honored to welcome Paralyzed Veterans to the No. 49 Dodge," said team owner Beth Ann Morgenthau.(Paralyzed Veterans PR)(4-29-2007)

  • Paralyzed Veterans of America on the #49 at Texas and Phoenix: Bam Racing is pleased to support Paralyzed Veterans of America by showcasing the organization as primary sponsor of the #49 BAM Racing Dodge at the upcoming Cup Series events at Texas and Phoenix. Paralyzed Veterans of America, a congressionally chartered veterans service organization founded in 1946, has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction (SPI/D).(BAM Racing PR)(4-9-2007)

  • New sponsor for BAM Racing at Bristol: Bam Racing welcomes OBOVO.com to the #49 team as one of the organization's primary sponsors this season beginning at Bristol Motor Speedway. OBOVO.com, recently re-named from WhatsOnline.com, is a proprietary metacrawler search engine that provides users with high quality Internet search results from multiple search engines simultaneously. Users can utilize a multitude of powerhouse websites for information, shopping and auctions directly from the site. OBOBVO.com also offers one of the most dynamic image and video search tools on the Internet. Look for OBOVO.com to adorn the hood of the BAM Racing Dodge at a number of races in 2007.(BAM Racing PR)(3-21-2007)

  • #49 BAM Racing gets a sponsor for California: ZoneLoans.com joins the BAM Racing family of sponsors this weekend as the primary sponsor on the #49 Dodge and driver Mike Bliss for the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway. ZoneLoans.com connects consumers to a network of lenders nationwide competing for their loan. ZoneLoans.com is owned by ARMER Holding, LLC, a Florida based corporation that owns, develops and promotes numerous prime online properties.(BAM Racing PR)(2-22-2007)

  • BAM Racing retains Bliss, hires McCall, to run Evernham engines: BAM Racing announced that Mike Bliss will return as driver of the #49 WhatsOnline.com Dodge heading into the 2007 Nextel Cup Series season. In addition, the team is pleased to welcome veteran crew chief Lee McCall to lead the team. Bliss joined BAM Racing toward the end of last season amidst restructuring efforts for the team. In just seven attempted starts with BAM Racing, he qualified on time for six events with an average starting position of 27.0 and an average finish of 32.8. He garnered attention in Atlanta and Charlotte by nearly capturing top-10 finishes in both events. With the anticipated increase in the number of teams in the Nextel Cup Series coupled with tighter competition, BAM Racing has opted to utilize Evernham Engines in 2007. After a successful relationship with Arrington Engines, the move provides additional research and support for the team. Veteran crew chief Lee McCall brings the wisdom and insight of over 20 years in motorsports to BAM Racing. McCall comes to BAM Racing from Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates after years with the organization. Most notably, he served as crew chief for Sterling Marlin for over theee seasons with the team contending for the championship title in 2002. For more information about BAM Racing, visit www.bam49racing.com.(BAM Racing PR)(1-4-2007)

    2006 News

  • BAM Racing to return in 2007, Bliss..maybe: Although the Beth-Ann Morgenthau/BAM Racing owned operation haven't confirmed their driver for the #49 whatsonline.com Dodge for 2007, team manager Eddie Jones and current crew chief David Hyder, as well as the primary sponsor, have all been confirmed for the 2007 season. With Mike Wallace, Chris Cook, Kevin Lepage and Mike Bliss all spending time behind the wheel of the #49 Dodge during the course of the year following Brent Sherman's departure, consistency was a major problem for the team in 2006 and it was no surprise to see the team finish 40th in the final team standings having failed to qualify for eleven of the 36 races.(in part from Crash.net)(11-25-2006)

  • Bliss in the #49, Lepage out..starting at Talladega: BAM Racing announced that former Truck Series Champion Mike Bliss as driver of the #49 Dodge for the remainder of the 2006 season beginning this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway [replacing Kevin Lepage]. Bliss joins BAM Racing in light of the recent restructuring efforts of the team. Recently, David Hyder returned to the team as crew chief and WhatsOnline.com joined BAM Racing as a repeat primary sponsor for 2006 and 2007. “I’m excited to have this opportunity with BAM Racing and to return to racing in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series,” commented Bliss. “This team is making great strides in preparing for the 2007 season and I am happy to be part of the process. As one of the few single-car teams, the challenges we face are greater than those of multi-car teams but so are the rewards. I look forward to being a part of the team that is being assembled by BAM Racing.” Bliss will be making his first Nextel Cup Series start of the 2006 season this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. He has four starts at the track with an average starting position of 28.0 and average finish of 25.2 at the 2.66-mile tri-oval with one top-10 finish. “We are pleased to have Mike Bliss behind the wheel of the BAM Racing Dodge,” said team co-owner Beth Ann Morgenthau. “Our team has been in a restructuring period for weeks now. As we look to the future, we feel that Mike has the determination and enthusiasm it takes to be successful. The final races of this season are important building blocks for us and Mike will be an integral part of our continued reorganization.”(BAM Racing site), nothing heard about Kevin Lepage's plans.(10-3-2006)

  • New Sponsor for the #49, starting at Dover: BAM Racing announced that WhatsOnline.com, a subsidiary of Abble Media, as primary sponsor of the #49 Dodge starting this weekend at Dover International Speedway. The first peek anyone will get of WhatsOnline.com will on Sunday afternoon. Abble Media has timed the "sneak peek" launch of WhatsOnline.com to coincide with the website's primary sponsorship of the #49 BAM Racing Dodge driven by Kevin Lepage this weekend in the Dover 400. In light of the recent personnel changes taking place at BAM Racing, the addition of WhatsOnline.com as a repeat primary sponsor in 2006 and 2007 is an additional step in the reorganization process for the team. The full-featured official launch of WhatsOnline.com is expected in mid-October.(BAM Racing PR-pdf)(9-20-2006)

  • Hyder returns to #49 BAM Racing, other crew changes: BAM Racing announced the return of David Hyder as crew chief of the #49 BAM Racing Dodge driven by Kevin Lepage. Hyder, a High Point, N.C. native, joined BAM Racing in October of 2004 as crew chief for Ken Schrader leading the team throughout the 2005 season. In 2006, Hyder joined Schrader at Wood Brothers Racing but now returns to build upon an impressive record with BAM Racing. In a total of 43 races with BAM Racing, Hyder captured three top-10, six top-15 and 11 top-20 finishes. In addition, he secured one top-10, five top-15 and seven top-20 starts during his tenure with the team. "I welcome the opportunity to effect change as a crew chief," said Hyder. "I have respect for this team and I enjoy working with this organization. We have a history of success together and I feel very fortunate to have the chance to build upon that record. The team that is being assembled is the right group to build a strong foundation for the 2007 season." With the #49 team currently outside of the top-35 in the owner points standings, Hyder returns with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Under his direction, the #49 team finished 33rd in the owner points standings in 2004 and 31st in 2005. Joining Hyder in the transition is Dean Johnson who originally joined BAM Racing alongside Hyder in 2004 as shock specialist. Johnson will now serve as chassis specialist. The team is pleased to bring back together this proven successful combination. Also, Louis Duncan, racing aerodynamics pioneer and former director of the RAD program - a research consortium for then team owners Richard Childress, Andy Petree and Dale Earnhardt - of the late 1990s, is lending his expertise to BAM Racing by way of Arrington Engines.(BAM Racing PR)(9-6-2006)

  • RoadLoans back on the #49 car: BAM Racing announced that RoadLoans.com will return to the #49 Dodge for two NASCAR Nextel Cup events this season. The #49 RoadLoans Dodge Charger will hit the track this weekend at Richmond International Raceway with veteran driver Kevin Lepage and at Texas Motor Speedway in November. Also adorning the hood of the BAM Racing Dodge with RoadLoans this weekend is CarMax, one of its strategic partners. With its headquarters in Richmond, Va., CarMax is the nation's largest retailer of used cars. For more information, visit www.roadloans.com.(BAM Racing PR)(9-6-2006)

  • LoansDepot.com Sponsoring BAM: LoansDepot.com joins the BAM Racing family of sponsors this weekend as the primary sponsor on the #49 Dodge for the Sony HD 500. LoansDepot.com connects consumers to a network of lenders nationwide competing for their loan.(BAM PR)(8-29-2006)

  • #49 team hopes to team up with another team: #49 BAM Racing driver Kevin Lepage said he expects his team will announce an arrangement with at least one and perhaps several teams for pooling information, sharing test results and comparing notes. It’s not a new idea, but perhaps it’s one that has become better developed. Lepage said he hopes his team, owned by Beth Ann Morgenthau, can put together a workable arrangement where past attempts have fallen shy of expectations.(Gaston Gazette)(7-23-2006)

  • Cook to drive the #49 at Infineon: Chris Cook, a veteran racer and driving instructor, will drive the #49 DSI Dodge Charger for BAM Racing this weekend in the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway. The 34-year-old Cook, who owns the Shift Into Gear driving school, has tutored numerous NASCAR teams and drivers including Robert Yates Racing and Nextel Cup Champion Tony Stewart. As a driving instructor, he was the youngest chief instructor in the history of the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Phoenix, AZ. Cook's prior NASCAR Nextel Cup Series start came at Infineon Raceway in 2005 behind the wheel of the #87 Chevy owned by Joe Nemechek. He qualified for, and ultimately finished the race, in the 28th position.(BAM Racing PR)(6-21-2006)

  • New BAM crew chief; Lepage hopes to sign thru 2007: Greg Conner has replaced Ron Otto as crew chief for BAM Racing's #49 Dodge. Conner came to BAM with driver Kevin Lepage earlier this month after both started the year with the No. 61 Peak Performance team, which was sold to Front Row Motorsports. Lepage replaced driver Brent Sherman. "When I came to this deal, that was part of the deal to bring him along just to have the transition of what the driver feels and if he says this, what it means and how to adjust the car," Lepage said. "Now that he has taken over the full-time deal, I think it's going to make this program stronger, quicker." Lepage, who joined the team for the Richmond race, said he expects to sign a contract soon that will keep him at BAM through the 2007 season. "We're still talking. This looks like where I'm going to be through this year and next year," he said. "Do I have contract signed, sealed and delivered? No. But we've been talking and everything is leaning toward it is going to happen. Right now, all I want to do is run good and get this race team back up where it needs to be."(SceneDaily.com)(5-25-2006)

  • Lepage in #49 BAM Dodge with State Water Heaters: BAM Racing is pleased to welcome driver Kevin Lepage and primary sponsor State Water Heaters to the #49 team for the upcoming race weekends at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte. Lepage will pilot the #49 State Water Heaters Dodge Charger in the upcoming Nextel Open/Nextel All-Star Challenge event as well as in the Coca-Cola 600 over the Memorial Day weekend. Lepage has one prior start with BAM Racing this season which came at Darlington Raceway. BAM Racing expects to have an announcement regarding its plans for the remainder of the 2006 season in the near future, possibly as early as the upcoming race weekend at Dover.(BAM Racing PR)(5-18-2006)

  • #49 gets sponsor for Darlington, Lepage in for LMS races also: Kevin Lepage will drive the #49 Bam Racing Dodge with sponsorship from Freightliner for Saturday's Dodge Charger 500 at Darlington Raceway, according to a team spokesman. Lepage will be the fourth driver this season for the team, which has struggled this year with Brent Sherman behind the wheel for most races. Lepage will also drive for BAM in the Nextel Open and the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte later this month.(SceneDaily.com)(5-11-2006)

  • Driver Changes UPDATE: Chad Chaffin goes from #34 to #61 [both Front Row Motorsports cars]; Kevin Lepage moved from #61 [Front Row Motorsports/Peak Performance] to #49 BAM Racing Dodge; Chad Blount replaces Chaffin in #34 Front Row Motorsports car, Blount had been on the team's #92 entry, which ceased operations. See the updated entry list at Jayski's Darlington Entry List Page.(5-9-2006)
    UPDATE: Kevin Lepage and crew cheif Greg Conner have left Front Row Motorsports #61 team and are now with #49 BAM Racing. Chad Chaffin will now be in the #61 Ford and Chad Blount will take over the #34 Chevy's. Mike Steurer and Teddy Brown are now working on the #34 team.(PR-FRMF)(5-9-2006)

  • Changes at the #49 team? UPDATE Wallace at RIR UPDATE 2 Sherman gone?: rookie driver Brent Sherman, who drives the #49 BAM Racing Dodge, tested the car Tuesday at Lowe's Motor Speedway, but Kevin Lepage, who usually driver the #61 Ford [which was not on the speed charts Tuesday], tested the #49 in the evening session. Supposedly there could be another driver in the #49 as soon as Richmond, may be a part-time thing.
    UPDATE: Mike Wallace is now listed as the driver of the #49 Dodge at Richmond per nascar.com's entry list.(5-3-2006)
    UPDATE 2: supposedly Sherman has left the team after testing the first session at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Tuesday. No word on his plans, if Serta will stay as a sponsor, but this week the #49 Dodge has Fire Dex as the sponsor of the car Mike Wallace will race at Richmond.(5-5-2006)

  • Spencer to drive the #49: Jimmy Spencer will drive the #49 Dodge Charger for BAM Racing at Martinsville Speedway this weekend. Spencer will join BAM Racing as an advisor for the team and mentor for rookie driver Brent Sherman. Spencer may run several additional races with BAM Racing this season, either in the #49 Dodge or another car. “I enjoy working with young drivers as they progress through the ranks of NASCAR,” said Spencer. “Brent has the determination and support it takes to compete at this level. I hope to be able to help him make a successful transition to the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.”
    “The team has made this decision due to the fact that NASCAR will not allow rookie drivers any test sessions at Martinsville,” commented team general manager Eddie Jones. “Brent has never been to Martinsville before and our hope is that Jimmy will be able to provide him with the guidance it takes to compete at short tracks.”
    “I believe the team is being fair in its decision for this weekend,” said Sherman. “Although I am not currently in a championship race, the team is in a points race. I always welcome opportunities that are presented to me, and to work with a veteran like Jimmy Spencer is a great opportunity. I hope that this decision will not only benefit me, but the team as well.” Sherman will return to driving duties for the #49 Dodge Charger for the upcoming race at Texas Motor Speedway.(BAM Racing PR)(3-28-2006)

  • Congrats: Congratulations to Brent and Kathleen Sherman who welcomed their son, Brent Cooper Sherman, on March 21, 2006. Baby Cooper weighs eight pounds, five ounces and is 20.5 inches long. Both mom and baby are doing well.(3-22-2006)

  • BAM Racing gets assoc. sponsors: Fire-Dex, Inc. is proud to announce its associate sponsorship of BAM Racing, the NASCAR Nextel Cup team, their #49 Dodge Charger, and driver Brent Sherman. Fire-Dex will run a season-long associate sponsorship throughout 2006, while also being a featured sponsor on the car’s deck lid for 5 races. The Fire-Dex patch will appear on the driver’s left arm, as well as the left arm of the pit members. Two of the BAM Racing pit crew members will also wear Fire-Dex hoods. Fire-Dex will be hosting Brent for autograph signings at the largest fire service trade show: the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, IN, and will have the car in their booth at both FDIC and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Show in Dallas, TX.(G&G Marketing)
    AND American Liberty Mortgage will be a sponsor of the #49 BAM Racing Dodge of rookie driver Brent Sherman in the the Nextel Cup Series. With every online loan application or an application called into their office mentioning Nascar enters fans into quarterly drawings for NASCAR race tickets with VIP garage access included to the race of the fans choice in 2006. More info at americanlibertymortgage.com.(2-14-2006)

  • Schwan's to #45? UPDATE: hearing that Schwan's Home Service, who sponsored the #49 BAM Racing Dodge in 2004-2005 with Ken Schrader, could be heading to Petty Enterprises to be the primary sponsor for Kyle Petty on the #45 Dodge for 10-12 races in 2006. Wells Fargo already announced they would run 12 races as primary. Also there is a rumor floating around, but unable to confirm it at all, the new Coca-Cola soft drink, Vault could sponsor Petty in some fashion.(1-24-2006)
    UPDATE: Schwan’s Home Service, Inc., a business unit of The Schwan Food Company, has announced its sponsorship of the #45 stock car owned by Petty Enterprises for the 2006 Nextel Cup season. “Everyone at The Schwan Food Company is thrilled to join the Petty racing team for the 2006 season. The team operates under the same values that are important to Schwan,” said Bill McCormack, executive vice president of administration and company spokesperson. The #45 car, driven by NASCAR veteran Kyle Petty, will carry the Schwan’s Home Service yellow-and-blue paint scheme for four races, which will be announced at a later date. Home Service will provide an associate sponsorship for the remaining races. “I’ve raced off and on against a Schwan sponsored car since 1985 and am really excited to finally be able to have them on my team,” said Petty, Petty Enterprises CEO (and #45 team driver). “The best part of this deal is my guys won’t have as far to go to get the great Schwan’s ice cream at the track. They are already clearing space on the transporter to haul the ice cream cooler.”(GoMarshall), Schwan's was the primary sponsor of the #49 BAM Racing Dodge the past two years.(2-8-2006)

    2005 News

  • New #49 Crew Chief: Ron Otto has been named crew chief for the #49 BAM Racing Dodge of rookie driver Brent Sherman. Otto was promoted from car chief. "We are very excited that Ron Otto will be leading our race team in 2006, and working with Brent Sherman," said Beth Ann Morgenthau, who owns BAM Racing along with her husband, Tony. "Brent's potential as a driver and Ron's experience in working with rookie drivers, not to mention his talents and skills mechanically and as an organizational leader, will lead to a great year for our race team," Ms. Morgenthau said. The 41-year-old Otto is a native of Gahanna, Ohio, just outside of Columbus, but has been working in NASCAR racing since he began has a fabricator for Bobby Dotter. Otto is a former car chief for Richard Childress Racing, where he worked with Dale Earnhardt, and has worked with Terry Labonte and Mike Skinner in the past. As crew chief for the startup of Tommy Baldwin Racing in the 2004 Busch Series, Otto began a team with just four people, competed with seven different drivers - including two rookies who had never been in a Busch car - in a single season. "Yeah, that was an experience," Otto laughed, "but one that could help in working with Brent this year. If nothing else, I have an idea of what to expect and areas where I can be the most help. All indications are he has a tremendous amount of potential, and I like the fact he wants to race hard. This is a great opportunity for me and I really appreciate Beth Ann, Tony and (General Manager) Eddie Jones having the faith in me to do this," he continued. "I've watched this team grow and improve over the years, and I know they are solid and headed in the right direction. I know I am not the only one here looking forward to a really bright future." Otto is engaged to Renee Sanders, and has two sons, R.J. and Kacey.(Williams Company), no word on former crew chief David Hyder plans or if he is still with BAM Racing.(12-7-2005)

  • Dale Jr. to buy track with Schrader? UPDATE Official: A Kenny Schrader/Dale Earnhardt Junior owned Paducah Raceway would certainly focus a lot of attention on the area racing scene. Not only for PIR, but for Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway as well. Both run dirt track races and would be in direct competition. Eddie Jarvis, Tony Stewart's manager, says Kenny Schrader approached Stewart to purchase the Raceway. Stewart declined and Dale Earnhardt Jr. expressed interest. "Dale Jr went out this morning before he left town. Hopefully he'll own something around here and that he'll have a chance to come back to Paducah quite a bit," Jarvis said.(News Channel 6)(10-7-2005)
    UPDATE: Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Ken Schrader along with well known Midwestern promoter Bob Sargent are now the proud owners of Paducah International Raceway. The trio recently finalized their purchase of the popular McCracken County, KY, venue that boasts a 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval, 1/5-mile race track and a Motocross/TT run with grandstands that accommodate 5,000 spectators. In addition to PIR, Schrader is the co-owner of another dirt track - I-55 Raceway in Pevely, MO. Located off of I-24 in Paducah, the track hosts the most popular touring sanctions from the AMA motorcycles to various 700+ horsepower super late model series. Paducah International Raceway will also host prominent special events including the Tri-Track Challenge, U.M.P. Summernationals and the track's annual banner event - "The Wayne Coakley/Bob Memmer Memorial 'World 50'". Racing action will take place at PIR every Friday night during a seven-month season from March through September and will feature U.M.P. Super Late Models, U.M.P. Modifieds, Crate Late Models and Pure Street Stocks. Additional divisions including quads, 4-cylinder hornets and mini-sprints will also compete on a limited schedule.(Paducah International Raceway site)(11-28-2005)

  • Sherman to the #49? UPDATE 2 OFFICIAL: hearing Busch Series driver Brent Sherman could be headed to the #49 BAM Racing Dodge with Serta as the sponsor.(11-4-2005)
    UPDATE: Brent Sherman is expected to take over as driver of BAM Racing's #49 with Schwann's and Serta sharing sponsorship. Sherman, 31, currently drives the #10 Ford for ppc Racing in the Busch Series and has 25 career Busch starts. His best finish was ninth in the spring at Talladega.(Sporting News)(11-7-2005)
    UPDATE 2: Brent Sherman, the talented rookie driver from the Chicago metro area, will drive the #49 Dodge for BAM Racing beginning with the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season. Car owner Beth Ann Morgenthau made the announcement today. Runnerup only to the legendary Frank Kimmel for the 2004 ARCA championship, Sherman exhibited the consistency necessary for success in the major leagues of stock car racing. That came after his first full season in ARCA, when Sherman finished fourth in the final national standings. This past season, he has competed in 25 NASCAR Busch Series events with a pair of different teams. The 31-year-old Sherman is a native of North Barrington, Ill., on the northwest side of Chicago. Unlike many of those who will be running for Rookie of the Year in NASCAR's Nextel Cup Series next season, Sherman has never started a race in the series. BAM Racing, completing just its fourth year of operation, is owned by the Morgenthaus, investors from Coral Gables, Fla. Ms. Morgenthau, whose initials make up the name of the team - BAM Racing - is the only female car owner in motorsports to become involved without prior family connections. General manager Eddie Jones is a veteran of the NASCAR Nextel Cup wars, enjoying a championship career as a crew chief, mechanic and team leader. Crew chief David Hyder has over 20 years of racing experience both driving and as a chief mechanic. Car chief Ron Otto is a former crew chief with years of successful experience in major league stock car racing.(Williams Company)(11-16-2005)

  • Red Baron's back on the #49: Kenny Schrader will drive a #49 BAM Racing Dodge emblazoned with the Red Baron frozen pizza colors this week at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Red Baron frozen pizza products are distributed under the Schwan's Consumer Brands North America banner, which also markets other leading frozen-food retail brands that include Tony's and Freschetta frozen pizzas, Pagoda Asian specialties, and Larry's potato side-dishes. Schwan's Consumer Brands is a division of The Schwan Food Company, whose Schwan's Home Service business unit sponsors Schrader and the #49 BAM Dodge throughout the remainder of the season. “We’ve got Red Baron back on the car this week and I know I’ve told this story before, but it means a lot to me. Red Baron was one of my first sponsors ever in the Cup series and we’ve always had a great relationship. Since the day of my first go around with Red Baron back in 1986, they have always kept my Mom’s freezer stocked with two Red Baron Frozen Pizzas... always! That’s really all you need to know about how I feel and what Red Baron has meant to me during my career", said Schrader.(Williams Company)(11-15-2005)

  • Schrader wins #15 at Phoenix: NASCAR veteran #49-Ken Schrader, the all-time, all-division leader in victories at Phoenix International Raceway, won the Southwest Series Arizona Lottery 125 Thursday night for his 15th checkered flag at the track. Said Schrader: "I'd trade them all for one Cup win. . . . Nah, I wouldn't."(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)(11-11-2005)

  • BAM Uncertain of 2006 driver: #49 BAM Racing co-owners Beth Ann and Tony Morgenthau are uncertain who will drive the #49 Dodge next season after several major teams' negotiations intensified. BAM Racing co-owners Beth Ann and Tony Morgenthau are unwittingly in a high-stakes game of musical Nextel Cup drivers. The couple isn't sure if veteran Ken Schrader still will be sitting in the cockpit of their #49 Dodge, as he has for three seasons, or if he will be taking over Ricky Rudd's #21 Ford ride for the legendary Wood Brothers. "We're going to let the Wood Brothers say it," Beth Ann Morgenthau said Monday. "We're not going to say anything. [Schrader] popped it on us.'' The Morgenthaus are two seasons into a three-year deal with primary sponsor Schwan's. The 50-year-old Schrader said in February he planned to end his Cup career when that deal ended in 2007. The team publicists were considering a farewell tour called: ``Schrader's Schwan Song.''(Miami Herald)(11-1-2005)

  • Blaney Looking: Dave Blaney, current driver of the #07 Jack Daniel's Chevy, reported he had no change in the prospects in picking up a ride for next season. He did say he would consider going back to Bill Davis Racing to take over the #22 next season as replacement for released Scott Wimmer.(High Point Enterprise)(10-29-2005)
    UPDATE - Blaney to the #49? Dave Blaney is under consideration for the #49 ride with Beth Ann Morgenthau [BAM Racing], replacing Ken Schrader, who is headed to the #21 Wood brothers. Blaney and the Morgenthaus have been talking since July, according to sources.(Winston Salem Journal)(10-31-2005)

  • So..who would drive the #49 in 2006 if Schrader leaves? have heard there are a few candidates to drive the #49 BAM Racing Dodge: Mike Bliss, Dave Blaney and the latest is Larry Foyt, who just announced he was starting a new Busch Series team. Foyt made some attempts in a 2nd BAM Racing Dodge last year. And what ever happened to Klaus Graf BAM Racing plans? no idea, but he recently won the 2005 Trans-Am Championship. As for the sponsor Schwans Home Service/Red Baron's Pizza, have heard they are staying on the #49 car and have heard they could leave the #49 end up on the #21 in some capacity IF Ken Schrader goes to the #21 Wood Brother's Racing Ford in 2006.(10-26-2005)

  • Rudd to retire? Schrader to the #21 for 2006? UPDATE 4? one scenerio I am hearing is that Ricky Rudd, driver of the #21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford, could retire at the end of 2005 with no fanfare. John Andretti would drive the #21 for a year, with Jon Wood staying in the #47 Busch Series Ford and moving up to Cup in 2007.(10-9-2005)
    UPDATE: now hearing Ken Schrader, driver of the #49 Schwan's Home Service, could replace Rudd in the #21, 'if' Rudd does retire, and possibly may bring the sponsor along with him. BAM Racing and Schrader have said in the past that they expected to be together in 2006 and Schrader said it was his last full-time season in 2006.(10-11-2005)
    UPDATE 2; RacingOne reports: Ken Schrader will run one more full NEXTEL Cup season in 2006 for BAM Motorsports. Schrader will shift to the Craftsman Truck Series in 2007 joining Mark Martin as two more former NEXTEL Cup regulars finding homes on the truck circuit.(RacingOne)(10-12-2005)
    UPDATE 3: been told that Andretti in not a candidate for the #21 ride.(10-13-2005)
    UPDATE 4: seems most reports have Rudd going to the #42 ride or retiring, been told Schrader to the #21 is a done deal and will be announced soon.(10-24-2005)
    AND as for Schwan's, have heard two things....that they stay with the #49 BAM team OR that they go with Schrader to the #21 in some capacity. Who would drive the #49? hve heard Mike Bliss is a candiate as is Dave Blaney, both are also up for the #43 Petty Dodge also.(10-25-2005)

  • Dale Jr. to buy track with Schrader? A Kenny Schrader/Dale Earnhardt Junior owned Paducah Raceway would certainly focus a lot of attention on the area racing scene. Not only for PIR, but for Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway as well. Both run dirt track races and would be in direct competition. Eddie Jarvis, Tony Stewart's manager, says Kenny Schrader approached Stewart to purchase the Raceway. Stewart declined and Dale Earnhardt Jr. expressed interest. "Dale Jr went out this morning before he left town. Hopefully he'll own something around here and that he'll have a chance to come back to Paducah quite a bit," Jarvis said.(News Channel 6)(10-7-2005)

  • Red Barons back at Dover: Ken Schrader will be driving the #49 Dodge emblazoned with the Red Baron frozen pizza colors this week at the Dover International Speedway, for Sunday’s MBNA Race Points 400. Red Baron frozen pizza products are distributed under the Schwan's Consumer Brands North America banner, which also markets other leading frozen-food retail brands that include Tony's and Freschetta frozen pizzas, Pagoda Asian specialties, and Larry's potato side-dishes. Schwan's Consumer Brands is a division of The Schwan Food Company, whose Schwan's Home Service business unit sponsors Schrader and the #49 BAM Dodge throughout the remainder of the season.(Williams Company), Schrader also ran this cool looking scheme at Atlanta in March, the Nextel Open, Indy and California a few weeks ago, see an image of the scheme on my #49 Team Schemes page.(9-20-2005)

  • #49 Team/Driver docked points and fined UPDATE 2 appeal denied: NASCAR announced today that three penalties have been issued to the #49 Dodge team in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series as a result of rules infractions last weekend at Michigan. The penalties were issued because of a roof height that was too low, a violation of Section 12-4-A (Actions detrimental to stock car racing), and Section 12-4-Q (car, parts, components and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform to NASCAR rules) of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series rule book. This infraction was discovered during post-race inspection. Ken Schrader, driver of the #49, was penalized with the loss of 25 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver championship points. Car owner Beth Ann Morgenthau was penalized with the loss of 25 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series owner championship points. Crew chief David Hyder was fined $25,000 and placed on probation until Dec. 31.(NASCAR)(8-24-2005)
    UPDATE: #49 BAM Racing is appealing its penalty from last week's race at Michigan. NASCAR fined the team points and money for failing the minimum height requirement. The team blames a broken shock absorber.(Daily Record)(8-27-2005)
    UPDATE 2 - Denied: The National Stock Car Racing Commission denied the appeal from #49 BAM Racing. Ken Schrader and the team were penalized 25 points each and crew chief Larry Hyder was fined $25,000 after the car failed the minimum height requirement at Michigan last month.(Roanoke Times)(9-10-2005)

  • Red Barons for KS this week: Ken Schrader and the #49 Red Baron Frozen Pizza Dodge return this week to the two-mile California Speedway. Driving a car emblazoned with the Red Baron frozen pizza colors this week. Red Baron frozen pizza products are distributed under the Schwan's Consumer Brands North America banner, which also markets other leading frozen-food retail brands that include Tony's and Freschetta frozen pizzas, Pagoda Asian specialties, and Larry's potato side-dishes. Schwan's Consumer Brands is a division of The Schwan Food Company, whose Schwan's Home Service business unit sponsors Schrader and the #49 BAM Dodge throughout the remainder of the season.(Williams Company), see images of the scheme on my #49 Team Schemes page.(8-30-2005)

  • Schrader on Wind Tunnel: Ken Schrader, driver of the #49 Schwans Dodge in Nextel Cup, will be Wind Tunnel’s guest co-host this Sunday August 28th. From USAC champion to NASCAR winner, Schrader has spent a career racing all kinds of cars. Currently in his 21st season in NASCAR’s top division, he looks forward to retirement from the series so he can dedicate more time to having fun. Fun for Schrader is going back to his racing roots on dirt. We’ll talk with Ken about his lengthy NASCAR career, his thoughts on NASCAR’s growth, and his plans for the future. Wind Tunnel is hosted by Dave Despain and airs on Speed Channel, Sunday nights at 9:00pm/et.(8-27-2005)

  • #49 Team/Driver docked points and fined UPDATE appeal: NASCAR announced today that three penalties have been issued to the #49 Dodge team in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series as a result of rules infractions last weekend at Michigan. The penalties were issued because of a roof height that was too low, a violation of Section 12-4-A (Actions detrimental to stock car racing), and Section 12-4-Q (car, parts, components and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform to NASCAR rules) of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series rule book. This infraction was discovered during post-race inspection. Ken Schrader, driver of the #49, was penalized with the loss of 25 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver championship points. Car owner Beth Ann Morgenthau was penalized with the loss of 25 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series owner championship points. Crew chief David Hyder was fined $25,000 and placed on probation until Dec. 31.(NASCAR)(8-24-2005)
    UPDATE: #49 BAM Racing is appealing its penalty from last week's race at Michigan. NASCAR fined the team points and money for failing the minimum height requirement. The team blames a broken shock absorber.(Daily Record)(8-27-2005)

  • #49 Roof Too Low: NASCAR officials announced after the race at Michigan that a post-race inspection revealed the roof on the #49 Schwans Home Service Dodge driven by Ken Schrader was too low. A penalty may be forthcoming this week.(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)(8-22-2005)

  • The Red Baron returns at Indy: Ken Schrader will be driving the #49 Dodge emblazoned with the Red Baron frozen pizza colors this week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Sunday's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. Red Baron frozen pizza products are distributed under the Schwan's Consumer Brands North America banner, which also markets other leading frozen-food retail brands. Schwan's Consumer Brands is a division of The Schwan Food Company, whose Schwan's Home Service business unit sponsors Schrader and the #49 BAM Dodge throughout the remainder of the season. "Last time we took the Red Baron Dodge out we were pretty fast at Charlotte. Maybe it's something about the black and red paint scheme that makes it look faster, I don't know. I do know this a brand new racecar we're bringing to Indy. The only laps it has turned all year were testing there a few weeks ago. It felt good then and it should feel good this weekend. We're hoping to go out there and have a lot of fun at Indy and bring home a 'major-like' finish; and I believe we can do that," said Schrader.(Williams Company), image of the scheme on my #49 Team Scheme page.(8-2-2005)

  • Associate sponsor for the #49 at Chicago: Chicago’s number one relocation service company, All Chicagoland Moving and Storage [allchicagoland.com], will be an associate sponsor for driver Ken Schrader and BAM Racing’s #49 Schwan’s Home Service Dodge for this weekend’s USG Sheetrock 400 NASCAR Nextel Cup race at the Chicagoland Speedway. An affiliate of the national moving company, United Van Lines, All Chicagoland Moving and Storage will don the rear deck lid of the #49 in what will be the company’s first-ever venture into NASCAR.(Williams Company)(7-7-2005)

  • #650 for Schrader: Sunday’s race at Chicagoland Speedway marks the 650th start for #49-Ken Schrader in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series; the veteran is in his 22nd year of Nextel Cup competition.(Williams Company)
    Schrader is 14th on the all-time Nextel Cup Series start list:
  • All Time Winston Cup Starts thru Daytona 7/2005 [* = active]:
    1)  Richard Petty, 1177
    2)  Dave Marcis, 881
    3)  Ricky Rudd, 856*
    4)  Terry Labonte, 823*
    5)  Darrell Waltrip, 809
    6)  Bill Elliott, 743*
    7)  Kyle Petty, 730*
    8)  Bobby Allison, 719
    9)  Buddy Baker, 701
    10) Rusty Wallace, 687* [retires end of 2005, projected 706]
    11) Dale Earnhardt, 676
    12) Sterling Marlin, 657*
    13) JD McDuffie, 653
    14) Ken Schrader, 649*.(7-7-2005)

  • Graf wins at Portland: remember Klaus Graf? drove a few Cup races for BAM Racing in 2004 and was supposed to drive a few in 2005, but have heard nothing and he is not on the current entry list for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway.....Klaus Graf entered Saturday’s Rose City 100 Trans-Am race at Portland International Raceway a rookie and left a veteran as the German graduate of Porsche Michelin Supercup competition won his first Trans-Am race in just his second start. Driving the #7 Jaguar R Performance XKR, Graf became the first German national to win a Trans-Am race since rallying World Champion Walter Rohrl in 1988. He is also the first rookie to win a Trans-Am race since Butch Leitzinger in 2002. Graf won the pole, but started fifth due to Trans-Am’s Fast Five Qualifying inversion. He drove through the field and took the lead for good from team owner Paul Gentilozzi when Gentilozzi’s Jaguar suffered a mechanical failure on lap 16. Graf wasn’t seriously challenged from there. “This feels great,” said Graf. “At Long Beach, we had the pace down, but we couldn’t finish the race. We focused on improving the car each session. I knew it was going to be tough in the race. It took me awhile to get my rhythm and set the brake bias. I ran behind Randy for awhile. Then I passed him in the Festival Curves and then Paul had a problem. I held my pace from there. This is very special, being accompanied by Walter Rohrl because he is a very, very famous driver in Germany,” added Graf. “He’s a World Champion in rallying and one of my heroes. He is one of the best race car drivers ever.” The race will air on a tape-delayed basis, Sunday, June 26 at 1:00pm/et on SPEED Channel.(Speed Channel)(6-21-2005)

  • Schrader not back in the #49 for 2005? UPDATE: Eddie Jones, general manager of BAM Racing's #49, says the team intends to begin discussions for 2006 shortly with sponsor Schwan's and that he expects a positive outcome. He is not as positive about current driver Ken Schrader, 50, who likely will take his act elsewhere next year. Jones did not say who might be in line to replace Schrader.(Speed Channel), Schrader has said in the past that Schwans is on the car for 2006 and he would drive the #49, then probably move onto the Truck Series.(6-11-2005)
    UPDATE: Few changes are anticipated for BAM Racing and the #49 Schwan’s Home Service Dodge team and driver Ken Schrader for 2006. Team owner Beth Ann Morgenthau said contrary to an erroneous Internet report Friday, plans are moving forward for the future. “While we’re certainly going to make the changes and additions we need to make to improve our race team now and in the future, we are very much planning on Ken Schrader remaining in our car, and every indication Kenny has given us is that he plans on remaining in our car,” Ms. Morgenthau said. “We’ve already begun discussions with Schwan’s in regards to our plans for 2006 and the future, as well as the years following that. We’ve discussed marketing and promotional plans for the future, and those involve Ken Schrader too.” Schrader, 50, has driven the #49 Schwan’s Home Service Dodge since the beginning of the 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season, and has indicated publicly several times this year he plans on remaining in the car the rest of his Cup career.(Williams Company)(6-11-2005)

  • Marriage proposal a success . . . with a little help from Ken Schrader: Theresa Krueger never thought to ask why when she found out boyfriend Mark Spiller had booked them a weekend in Concord to enjoy NASCAR's Nextel All-Star weekend. Perhaps she'll be more inquisitive next time. Spiller, a long time Ken Schrader fan from Plainfield, Ill., made what he calls "a shot in the dark" several months ago, when he reached out in an attempt to meet the Nextel Cup veteran when the couple came to Lowe's Motor Speedway. That "shot" turned out more beneficial than Spiller could ever imagine when a simple meeting with Schrader morphed into a Schrader-assisted wedding proposal. After Nextel Cup practice concluded on Friday, Schrader spent several minutes with the couple giving them a tour of the garage, before leading them over to his #49 Red Baron Dodge. With the couple in tow, Schrader casually leaned inside the car and emerged with the ring case in which he promptly handed to Spiller. It became official just after 3:45 p.m. Eastern when the 36-year old Krueger said "yes" to Spiller's proposal on bended knee in front of Schrader's #49 Red Baron Dodge.
    "I'm still in disbelief that all of this came together," said Spiller, the 38-year old Illinois native. "Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that Kenny would actually assist in my marriage proposal. We're both huge NASCAR fans, and Kenny Schrader fans; it's pretty cool that we had this opportunity and something we'll both never forget. and thank God she said yes. We'll eat Red Baron pizza and have food delivered from Schwan's on our anniversary every year!"
    As for Schrader? "I told him congratulations. It's a good thing Theresa said yes and probably what he was going for, but if she had said no, it'd surely made one of them blooper reels."(Williams Company)(5-21-2005)

  • Schrader...one more year: Ken Schrader said he wants to race one more season after 2005 in the #49 Schwan’s Home Service Dodge before moving to the Craftsman Truck Series full-time in 2007.(The Morning News)(5-7-2005)

  • Red Barons on the #49 at Atlanta: Ken Schrader and the #49 Red Baron Dodge team head to the 1.5-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway, located in Hampton, Ga., this week for Sunday's Golden Corral 500; the fourth race of the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup season. Driving a car emblazoned with the Red Baron frozen pizza colors this week. Red Baron frozen pizza products are distributed under the Schwan's Consumer Brands North America banner, which also markets other leading frozen-food retail brands that include Tony's and Freschetta frozen pizzas, Pagoda Asian specialties, and Larry's potato side-dishes. Schwan's Consumer Brands is a division of The Schwan Food Company, whose Schwan's Home Service business unit sponsors Schrader and the #49 BAM Dodge throughout the remainder of the season.(Williams Company PR), added an image of the car to my #49 Team Schemes page.(3-18-2005)

  • Schrader to the Trucks after 2006: Longtime NASCAR driver Ken Schrader [#49 BAM Racing Dodge] expects to move to the Craftsman Truck series after his Cup contract ends following the 2006 season.(ESPN.com/AP)
    AND There wasn't a lot of hoopla, not a lot of fireworks. Nonchalantly, during NASCAR's Media Day at Daytona International Speedway, Schrader let it be known that he will not race in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series past the year 2006. That's when his #49 BAM Racing Dodge's sponsorship agreement with Schwann's Home Service runs out. "That deal is pretty simple actually. You do that when no one will hire you," Schrader said. "We did a three-year deal with Schwann's, with last year being the first year. You never know what's going to happen, but I won't go past next year for sure, I know. Our deal is a little different than some of those other guys, though. After that time, we're just not going to come back (to Daytona) for one race (the Daytona 500). We'll come back, but we'll just bring the truck instead." Once he's done with the Nextel Cup Series, he plans to start racing full-time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. He's driven in 58 NCTS events between 1995 and 2004 -- including 12 last season -- with his own team. "We're going to gear up to run a full truck deal when we're done (with Cup)," Schrader said. That's the plan. We just bough a new shop, and we'll run one full-time truck next year. We'll still do a limited schedule this year with Federated Auto Parts as our sponsor, but we're going to go full out next year, whether I'm the driver or I get another one in."(Daytona Beach News Journal)(2-11-2005)

  • Larry Foyt to run Daytona ARCA race, BAM Plans still in the works: Fulltiltpoker.com, an interactive poker gaming Web site, has signed with Foyt Racing as the primary sponsor of the #16 Dodge. The car will be driven by Larry Foyt in the Advance Discount Auto Parts 200 at Daytona International Speedway Saturday, Feb. 12th. The ARCA race will be the first foray into motorsports for Fulltiltpoker.com which sees a great opportunity to bring its online poker experience to racing fans."I'm excited to be back behind the wheel at Daytona," said Foyt. "I've only driven in one ARCA race and that was over four years ago. I've learned a lot since then so I'm really looking forward to competing next weekend." Foyt put together the one-time race package for his father A.J. Foyt's team with support from BAM Racing team owners Beth Ann and Tony Morgenthau. The Morgenthaus are trying to secure sponsorship to field a car for Foyt in one of NASCAR's divisions this year. Foyt has also signed two associate sponsors for this event: Demons Cycles (www.demonscycles.com), builder of custom motorcycles, and Victory Sportswear (www.victorysportswear.com a full line apparel company that offers screen printing, embroidery and ad specialty items to local race teams across the country.(A.J. Foyt Racing PR)(2-8-2005)

  • Schrader to test at Talladega: Afterward racing at this year's six-race Early Thaw circuit at Central Arizona Speedway in Arizona, #49-Ken Schrader, will hit the highway toward Talladega, Ala., where his team will drop him off for testing early next week. A few days later, he'll return to the Valley for the Copper World Classic, where he will drive in two of the four scheduled races (NASCAR West and Southwest Series). Then, it's off to Las Vegas Motor Speedway and California Speedway for more testing.(Arizona Republic)
    PLUS he WINS: One of the nation's busiest dirt late model racers during the short winter break that he gets from his NASCAR Nextel Cup schedule and the owner of his own dirt track, Missouri's Ken Schrader led the final 28 laps Thursday night as he scored a $3000 win in round four of the six race, $140,000 Early Thaw Speedweek at Central Arizona Raceway.(latemodelracer.com)(1-21-2005)

  • Been Asked why no Schrader? why is Ken Schrader and the #49 BAM Racing team NOT testing this week at Daytona when they were scheduled to? No idea, have no heard a thing, would 'assume' that he and the team will test next week.
    UPDATE: Been told that Schrader and BAM Racing will not test at Daytona at all, but will supposedly test at Talladega next week. Schrader will run some late model races this weekend at Central Arizona Raceway (1-13-2005)

    2004 News

  • Larkin leaves BAM for FBR: Hearing that BAM Racing [#49] Business Manager, Gus Larkin has left the team and accepted a similar position at FitzBradshaw Racing [#12,#14, #40,#82](1-4-2004)

  • Harvick and Schrader to run Copper Classic: The Copper World Classic will make its triumphant return as the nation's best four-races-in-one day event, and the first 'major' race of the season at Phoenix International Raceway January 29-30, 2005. The NASCAR Grand National, West Series and NASCAR Elite Division, Southwest Series events will not only be the first race of the season for NASCAR fans, but it will also feature some of the most skilled drivers from the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and the INDY Racing League. Racing from the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series will be Ken Schrader and Kevin Harvick, while former Indy Racing League standout Sarah Fisher, is expected to be in the starting lineup for the West series race. Other NEXTEL Cup or Busch Series drivers could join the field in the weeks ahead.(FoxSports)(12-23-2004)

  • Schrader back in ARCA: Ken Schrader, driver of the Nextel Cup #49 BAM Racing Dodge, will also run five ARCA RE/MAX Series events in 2005. If Schrader is able to make all five events, the season will mark his most ARCA Series starts in any given year since the Fenton, Missouri native first raced with the series at Daytona in 1981. Schrader, with sponsorship from Federated Auto Parts, has plans to enter RE/MAX Series events at Salem Speedway, Toledo Speedway, Gateway Int’l Raceway, Michigan Int’l Speedway and the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds mile-dirt track. Schrader, in 34 career ARCA RE/MAX Series starts, has 11 wins, 11 Pork pole awards, 22 top-5 finishes and 25 top-10s. In addition, Schrader has led 1,417 laps in 20 races. Other events on Schrader’s 2005 calendar under the Federated Auto Parts banner include at least nine NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races and at least 20 dirt late model events spread out across the country with the possibility of adding more in each category. In 2004, Schrader raced in over 40 short-track races on dirt in a combination of late models and UMP modifieds. Veteran crew chief Donnie Richeson is slated to crew chief Schrader’s RE/MAX Series cars as well as his Craftsman Truck Series machines.(ARCA Racing site)(11-28-2004)

  • BAM Racing gearing up - three car team in 2005: BAM Racing has two entries in Sunday's Ford 400. Veteran Ken Schrader, who has made the field for every race this season, once again will drive the #49, and Larry Foyt will try to qualify a second Dodge, the #70. Joining Schrader for testing recently at Homestead were Foyt, son of the legendary A.J. Foyt, and Klaus Graf, a road-racing German with little experience on ovals. Graf spun out and crashed, "so we made the determination not to even try to qualify with him," Tony Morgenthau said. The mishap didn't change the Morgenthaus' plans for 2005 — they hope to campaign Schrader and Foyt full time and Graf for a partial season. "The reason for (three cars) is not an egomania thing," Tony Morgenthau said. "The real reason is the testing. NASCAR is very strict on the number of tests you can run on their tracks. It's seven per car. So if you have two cars, you can test at 14 tracks." Sponsorship is in place for Schrader, with Schwan's Home Service, the home-delivery service of the Schwan Food Company, signed on for two more years. As for the Foyt and Graf cars, Tony Morgenthau said the team is negotiating with "about four multibillion-dollar companies that have never been in NASCAR," and a possible international sponsor for Graf. "There's a lot of interest in Europe about his driving ability that he can go from the Porsche Supercup cars to a NASCAR car," Tony Morgenthau said.(Palm Beach Post)(11-18-2004)

  • DHL? remeber all the rumors that DHL would be a sponsor in 2005 for a Cup team? and the rumored team was the #1 DEI team [looks untrue], well DHL is on the bright yellow #59 BAM Racing Dodge of Klaus Graf at Martinsville Speedway, but looks like Graf will not be fast enough to make the Subway 500.(10-22-2004)

  • Graf to run 2nd BAM car at Martinsville: Klaus Graf, and the #59 BAM Racing Dodge head to the .526-mile Martinsville Speedway, for Sunday's Subway 500. The German native Graf will be attempting to start the second Nextel Cup race of his career. After this weekend, he will also run the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series finale at Homestead for BAM. In his inaugural ARCA start, and his first on an oval, Graf led late in the race before finishing third at the Nashville Super Speedway. Earlier this month, Graf qualified seventh at the Talladega ARCA event and ran well before being caught up in another car's crash at Talladega, Ala. In his only start in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, Graf started from the 38th position and finished a solid 17th at Infineon Raceway in June. He was an obvious contender at Watkins Glen, but qualifying was rained out. Graf, 32, is the first German-born driver to compete in NASCAR's top series. He lives in Dornhan, Germany, which is located in Germany's Black Forrest region. Graf trained to race Formula One in Europe, but switched to sports cars instead. After winning the 1993 German Formula Ford Championship, 1993 Austrian National Championship, and 1997 Rookie of the Year in the Porsche Carrera Cup, Graf raced in the American Le Mans series competing in the Le Man 24-hour race and the 12-hours of Sebring.(Williams Company PR)(10-18-2004)

  • Larry Foyt to drive 2nd BAM Racing car in 3 races: Larry Foyt and the #59 BAM Racing Dodge team head to the 1.5-mile Lowe's Motor Speedway, located in Concord, N.C., for Saturday night's UAW-GM Quality 500 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race. Foyt joins BAM Racing with an extensive background in both stock car and open wheel racing. Part of the lineage of the legendary A.J. Foyt, Larry Foyt raced in the 2003 NASCAR Nextel Cup season for A.J. Foyt Racing, as well as in this year's Indianapolis 500. Foyt has a variety of racing experience from USAC, ASA, NASCAR Busch, and Nextel Cup series. "This will be the first time I've driven for a race team owned by someone outside of the family. It'll be a neat experience, something different that I'm looking forward to. Having two cars is something I know BAM Racing is looking forward to in the near future, so it's important for us to perform well this weekend. The only other time they've fielded two cars in the same race was at Infineon and both cars finished well out there. Hopefully, we can duplicate the same performance this weekend," Foyt said."I'm also looking forward to having Kenny Schrader as a teammate. He and A.J. Foyt know each other pretty well and he has said often how A.J. helped him throughout his racing career. Hopefully, a Nextel Cup veteran like Kenny can return the favor. As for now, we're planning on running three Nextel Cup races with BAM Racing before the end of the year; starting in Charlotte, then Atlanta, then the season finale in Homestead. After that we'll see. We're actively working on securing sponsorship for the 2005 Nextel Cup season.(Williams Company PR)(10-11-2004)

  • New Crew Chief for the #49:BAM Racing announced today the addition of David Hyder as the new crew chief of the #49 Schwan's Home Service Dodge of driver Ken Schrader. Hyder, 37, a High Point, N.C. native, now living in Trinity, N.C., comes to BAM Racing after a four-and-a-half year stint with Petty Enterprises, where he held several positions, most recently, car chief of the #43. Accompanying Hyder in the transition is shock specialist, Dean Johnson. Spending most of his adult life in auto racing, Hyder drove late models for 17 years in various series including the Hooters Pro Cup and Slim Jim All Pro Series. Hyder then worked as a crew chief in the Hooters Pro Cup before moving to Petty Enterprises. At Petty Enterprises he spent the majority of his tenure working as car chief on both the #45 and the #43.(Williams Company PR)(10-4-2004)

  • BAM Racing’s Graf to Run ARCA race at Talladega: Klaus Graf bears testament to the fact that Talladega Superspeedway is revered worldwide. While the 33-year-old native of Germany has a vastly different background than his fellow competitors, his reaction to driving the 2.66-mile tri-oval for the first time Tuesday was not unlike any other driver who had grown up hearing about the famed track. “It’s a place with a lot of history and a great image, even in Europe. Daytona and Talladega, these places are so massively big. Talladega is always known as a different race, different from any other race. That is what makes it so special,” Graf said during the ARCA RE/MAX Series open test in preparation for the Oct. 2 Food World 300. This will be Graf’s second ARCA RE/MAX Series start with BAM Racing, following up a third place finish in his first outing with the team at Nashville Superspeedway in April. Then in June, Graf partnered again with BAM for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Infineon, qualifying 38th and finishing 17th. Graf explained that his finish in that first outing wasn’t too much of a surprise due to his considerable road course experience, but his impressive ARCA RE/MAX finish on the oval track at Nashville was particularly gratifying since his experience on such tracks has been limited. Running the NASCAR’s NEXTEL Cup Series full time is Graf’s ultimate goal, and he hopes to run at least a limited schedule as a second entry in NASCAR’s elite series for BAM Racing next year. BAM Racing owns the #49 NEXTEL Cup team with driver Ken Schrader, who Graf said has been extremely helpful to him. “Having Kenny Schrader as a teammate in the 49 car is very helpful to me. He is the oldest driver in the pedal, and I say that with a lot of respect because that means he also knows pretty much everything about this sport. That is good for me; it is very helpful. I think I am in a very good environment right now. It is very helpful and I am very happy,” Graf said. Graf will compete in the Food World 300 on Oct. 2 not only to be competitive and for experience, but also to gain clearance from NASCAR to compete in superspeedway NEXTEL Cup events, he explained. He will drive the #99 car in the event.(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(9-22-2004)

  • BAM Racing to expand to 2 teams in 2005 UPDATE team with Evernham?: BAM Racing is planning to run a two-car Nextel Cup operation next season, but the schedule for the second team has yet to be determined, said team manager, Eddie Jones. "At this point, we plan to run a second car in some form or another. It could be 12 races, it could be all 36, we have laid the groundwork for that and have the people to make it a reality," Jones said. Veteran Ken Schrader will again drive BAM's #49 Schwan's Food Service Dodges next season, while Klaus Graf [#59?] is the likely candidate for the second team. Graf, 32, a sports car driver from Germany, has driven a limited schedule in Cup and the Automobile Racing Club of America series for BAM this season. Graf is going to run the ARCA race at Talladega this season as well as Cup races at Martinsville, Va., Homestead, Fla. Charlotte is also a possibility. "He is very adaptable," Jones said. "I think that's one of his strongest points is his adaptability." Jones, who named Donnie Richeson as interim crew chief for Schrader's team this week, hopes to have a permanent replacement in place by the end of the season. "We have conducted several interviews and the names will not be unrecognizable by anybody," Jones said. "They're very highly regarded and it will be the next step in the evolution of BAM Racing."(ThatsRacin.com)(9-17-2004)
    UPDATE: hearing that BAM Racing could end up working with Evernham Motorsports somehow, engines? bodies? alliance? (9-19-2004)

  • #49 Crew Chief Out? UPDATE 2: hearing that #49 BAM Racing crew chief Scott Eggleston and the team parted ways, hearing Donnie Richeson could be the new crew chief.
    UPDATE: BAM Racing has announced a new interim crew chief for Ken Schrader and the 49 team. Donnie Richeson replaces Scott Eggleston. Eggleston had been with the team since 2003. Owner Beth Ann Morgenthau said "a change was in order". Schrader is 32nd in points with one top-10 finish this year.(FoxSports/Totally NASCAR - missed it, not used to the new time yet)(9-14-2004)
    UPDATE 2: Donnie Richeson has been named interim crew chief for BAM Racing, which fields the #49 Schwan’s Home Service Dodge for driver Ken Schrader in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. Richeson replaces Scott Eggleston, who had been with the team since the start of the 2003 season. “With everything else in place for the rest of the year and for 2005 – Schwan’s Home Service on board with us and Ken Schrader as our driver – we felt a change was in order,” said Beth Ann Morgenthau, owner of BAM Racing. “Tough decisions are part of this sport, and this was certainly a tough decision for everyone. We wish Scott nothing but the best in his career.” BAM has already begun discussions with several potential crew chiefs. Richeson will maintain those duties at least until a full-time replacement is named.(Williams Company PR)(9-15-2004)

  • More on Robby at RCR..Blaney? Schrader? Onne of the hottest stories in the garage sits inside Childress' head - the future of the team that Robby Gordon drives for. Will Childress sign Gordon to a new contract for 2005 or will Childress sign a new driver? Dave Blaney is the man most prominently mentioned as the candidate for the ride. Ken Schrader is another man also mentioned for the ride. Childress, without saying what his specific options are, expects to make a decision "within the next two weeks."(Winston Salem Journal)(9-11-2004)

  • Schrader not retiring anytime soon: #49-Ken Schrader, at 49 the oldest [full time driver] on the tour, is making no retirement plans. Schrader, from St. Louis, as is Wallace, grew up racing against Wallace. "And I could tell you some stories," Schrader said with a laugh. "We raced with each other until we went separate ways, Rusty to ASA, me to open-wheel dirt. Rusty has always been full-speed-ahead. Very much so. From the get-go." The retirement issue, Schrader said, "is nothing new. It happens all the time." But it appears that NASCAR is on the verge of watching an entire generation of stars hang it up. And it's unclear if NASCAR has any marketing plans for this generation, or even cares. "The sport's in good shape with all them kids, there are some really good ones, on and off the track," Schrader said. "And if all the guys 45 and over were to quit, the sport would move right along. It's just part of the deal that you're not going to do it forever. I didn't think I'd do it this long when I came in (in 1988). Didn't have a clue. You just don't know how things are going to work out." Schrader not only has his own race shop with cars and trucks, but he owns a short track in St. Louis and has part ownership in a racing association.(Winston Salem Journal)(9-5-2004)

  • Dirt Series Merge, Schrader part owner: Officials from NVE Pharmaceuticals announced a merger between the Stacker 2® Xtreme Dirt Car Series and the United Midwest Promoters (UMP). Doug Bland, president of the Stacker 2 Xtreme Dirt Car Series, will join Ken Schrader, Bob Sargent, Robert Lawton and Howie Comander of UMP as the new ownership of the improved Stacker 2 Xtreme Dirt Car Series. The new series will retain the Stacker 2 Xtreme Dirt Car Series name and will feature events at premier race venues across the country to conclude the 2004 season. The basic elements and structure of the original series will remain intact with the exception of some adjustments to the existing tire rule. With the removal of the tire conflict, the new series stands to pick up several big name drivers and several high profile events.(xtremedirtcars.com)(8-18-2004)

  • SEM to sponsor Graf at Watkins Glen: SEM Products, Inc., will sponsor driver Klaus Graf and the #59 NASCAR Nextel Cup car fielded by BAM Racing this weekend at Watkins Glen. "SEM has done it again. This is the most colorful and exciting car on the track," said Beth Ann Morgenthau, owner of BAM Racing. "There is no way on earth you could miss this car coming by." The SEM custom paint finish is a one-of-a-kind custom paint scheme painted by Ron Fleenor, Color Horizons Manager at SEM. The design highlights SEM's latest addition to the Color Horizons family, Hyperbase Concentrates. These concentrates are a creative mixture of candy colors and pearls that were developed to make candy jobs easier by taking a three-stage process to a basecoat/clearcoat system. Just over a month, ago, SEM excited a lot of fans and racers alike in June when it sponsored Graf's #59 at Infineon Raceway with "California Dreamin'", which included a mix of different oranges, yellows and black, as well as a palm tree. "We love a chance to show off what our paints can do, and the Hyperbase Concentrates will really do that well," said Brian Joyner, SEM Marketing Manager. "You won't have any trouble finding Klaus Graf on the race track at Watkins Glen. This car will really stand out." This will be Graf's second NASCAR Nextel Cup start. He finished a strong 17th in his debut at Infineon Raceway, and proved to quickly adapt to the major leagues of stock car racing.
    Hyperbase Concentrates are a part of the Color Horizons Custom Finishes of SEM Products, which create a rainbow of color combinations for almost any look. Color Horizons, which can be applied to metal, aluminum or plastic surfaces, is available in an array of base and candy concentrates, metal flakes, and paste pearls, as well as easy to use aerosols for a show-stopping finish. For more information on SEM and Color Horizons, please visit www.sem.ws.(Williams Company PR)(8-11-2004)

  • Graf full time in 2005? Klaus Graf, the erstwhile Formula One racer now working the Porsche Cup tour full-time while working on breaking into NASCAR, will be at Watkins Glen today testing for next month's stock car race as Ken Schrader's teammate - if he made connections at New York's JFK last night enroute from Hockenheim, Germany. If car owners Beth Ann Morgenthau finishes sponsorship deals, Graf would also run the Talladega ARCA race in September, and Cup races at Martinsville and Homestead. "That would hopefully lead to a full schedule next year," General Manager Eddie Jones said. Graf finished 17th three weeks ago at Sonoma, Calif., in his only NASCAR start. "And he would have finished a lot higher if he hadn't lost the hose to his water bottle the last 60 laps and become severely dehydrated. He started 38th and could have finished 11th or 12th. He drove the car up to 16th before the first stop. But the heat finally got to him," Jones said.(Winston Salem Journal)(7-26-2004)

  • Red Baron swoops in on Schrader's car IMAGES: Red Baron Pizza - which sponsored Ken Schrader's NASCAR Winston Cup ride with the #90-Junie Donlavey team during the 1986 and 1987 seasons - will again sponsor the Fenton, Mo., native for two races in 2004: the July 11 Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., and the Oct. 31 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Red Baron is returning to NASCAR competition in celebration of the Red Baron Pizza Squadron's 25th anniversary. The nation's leading civilian aerobatic performance team will participate in in approximately 150 events around the country during 2004, and will play a key role in the NASCAR promotion. Red Baron frozen pizza products are distributed under the Schwan's Consumer Brands North America banner, which also markets other leading frozen-food retail brands that include Tony's and Freschetta frozen pizzas, Pagoda Asian specialties, and Larry's potato side-dishes. Schwan's Consumer Brands is a division of The Schwan Food Company, whose Schwan's Home Service business unit sponsors Schrader and the #49 BAM Dodge throughout the remainder of the season. Red Baron Pizza will give NASCAR fans a chance to fully enjoy itsreunion with Ken Schrader. The brand has teamed with Jewel-Osco stores to offer a special in-store promotion that gives consumers chances to win great prizes that include four tickets to all five Chicago races, pit and garage tours, meet-and-greet opportunities with Ken Schrader and the BAM Racing pit crew, and opportunities to enjoy an exciting flight in a Red Baron Pizza Squadron vintage bi-plane. The promotion began in Jewel-Osco stores this week and continues through June 19.(Williams Company PR)(5-28-2004)
    IMAGES scored some images from the Red Baron Pizza site, see them there or on my #2 Team Paint Schemes page or Paint Scheme Gallery page.(7-9-2004)

  • SEM sponsors Graf and the #59 BAM car: SEM Products announced its sponsorship of BAM Racing's #59 SEM COLOR HORIZONS Dodge and driver Klaus Graf, for the upcoming Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA. As BAM's "Road Course Hired Gun," Graf is also the first driver professionally trained for Formula One racing by European automobile manufacturers to move into the NASCAR stock car racing world. "We are pleased to have this partnership deal with BAM and the #59 car. This is a dynamic time for our company and we look forward to showcasing our expanded COLOR HORIZONS line," stated Brian Joyner, Marketing Manager for SEM Products. SEM's custom paint scheme is called "California Dreamin" and includes a mix of different metallic oranges, yellows and black, as well as, a palm tree.
    "SEM has done it again. This will be the most colorful and exciting car on the track, maybe in NASCAR history. Everybody always works to come up with specialty paint schemes for the night races; this is one of the first for a day race with a theme tied into the track itself," said Eddie Jones, General Manager of BAM Racing. "With the ingenuity of SEM and the expertise of our fabricators, this is going to be one that will really show off this race car." The theme was designed by California native, Ron Fleenor, Custom Finish Manager at SEM Products. "This new line of Custom Finish Products is unlike any other product out there. It rocks!" says Fleenor.
    The recently re-vamped COLOR HORIZONS line, creates a rainbow of color combinations for almost any look. COLOR HORIZONS, which can be applied to metal, aluminum or plastic surfaces, are also available in an array of base and candy concentrates, metallic flakes and pearlescent pigments, as well as, easy to use aerosols for a show-stopping finish. "We are very pleased that SEM and COLOR HORIZONS will be on our car for this big race." said Beth Ann Morgenthau, who owns BAM Racing along with her husband Tony. "Having SEM with their history of excellence as a part of BAM Racing means a lot to all of us," she continued. "We plan on giving them our best effort for this race, and are excited to see how good our car will look on the track at Infineon Raceway."(SEM PR), see images of the car on the 2004 Paint Schemes Page.(6-25-2004)

  • Belt Confiscated from #49 UPDATE Penalty: Confiscated from Ken Schrader's #49 Schwan's Home Service Dodge at Michigan International Speedway was a Crotch Belt. The belt in violation, as it had surpassed the two year manufacturer's date, stamped on the belt. Evidently the rest of the belt met requirements.(Insiderracing.com)(6-20-2004)
    UPDATE: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series crew chief Scott Eggleston has been fined $500 for a driver restraint equipment infraction that occurred this past weekend at Michigan International Speedway. Eggleston - crew chief for the No. 49 Dodge driven by Ken Schrader - was in violation of Section 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and Section 20-17.2C (anti-submarine belt - expired manufacturer's date) in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Rule Book. The infraction was discovered by NASCAR officials during last Friday's initial inspection process.(NASCAR PR)(6-23-2004)

  • No. 49 Taking Over Lowe's Motor Speedway: The number 49 will be pretty important for Ken Schrader, driver of the Schwan's Home Service Dodge on the NASCAR Nextel Cup circuit, this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Schrader celebrates his 49th birthday on Saturday, May 29 - the day before the Coca-Cola 600, the longest race in NASCAR Nextel Cup racing. As usual, he will drive the #49 Dodge, sponsored by Schwan's Home Service and fielded by BAM Racing. "We felt we had to make it a little more special for him," said Howard Miller, Schwan's vice president for corporate relations. "A guy doesn't celebrate his 49th birthday every day . . . even though we realize Kenny might claim it's his 49th birthday for the next several years." Schwan's is bringing its familiar yellow home-delivery trucks to Lowe's Motor Speedway on Sunday to treat 49,000 fans to complimentary Schwan's Confetti ice cream cups as they enter the speedway. In addition, 49,000 fans will receive free Schwan's refrigerator magnets. Race fans will be invited to log onto www.schwans.com/happybirthdayken to get a free dinner with their first order, receive a special commemorative Ken Schrader birthday screensaver or wallpaper, and send Schrader a birthday email greeting. "Pretty nice stuff. Sure beats a card and a necktie," Schrader laughed. "Actually, Anne (Schrader, wife) and my kids (Dorothy, Sheldon) have always taken pretty good care of me on my birthday," he said. "I think it's pretty cool Schwan's is involving the fans at Lowe's Motor Speedway with ice cream and a chance for a free dinner too. Of course, I think it is even nicer they are going to bring ice cream, cake and that other stuff down to our transporter Sunday afternoon too." At 49, Schrader is the oldest active full-time driver in NASCAR's Nextel Cup Series but in an era where younger drivers have have been the rage, Schrader continues to be an icon for Schwan's and a force on the race track. This is the second time he has driven for Schwan brands; in the late 1980s, he piloted the Red Baron Pizza-sponsored cars. Now with Schwan's Home Service sponsorship, he's glad to be involved in the company's second NASCAR outing. Fans who enjoy following Ken Schrader's exploits online are invited to visit www.SchwansRacing.com.(Williams Company PR)(5-30-2004)

  • Schrader wins Toledo ARCA race: A winner’s trophy for Ken Schrader, more trying times for Frank Kimmel and a black flag for Billy Venturini; and that was only part of the fascinating story Sunday afternoon at Toledo Speedway where the ARCA RE/MAX Series played before a packed house. In the end, Schrader held off Jason Jarrett in a spirited door-to-door, two-lap shootout to win the thrilling Hickory Farms 200 presented by Federated Car Care. Rookie Boston Reid, in his first series attempt, looked very sharp, led laps and finished third. For Schrader, the victory represented his 11th ARCA RE/MAX Series victory in his 31st attempt.(ARCA Racing Site)(5-17-2004)

  • Schrader wins West race: Nextel Cup veteran Ken Schrader held off Busch Series rookie Clint Bowyer to win Saturday's King Taco 200 at California Speedway. Schrader, who won by 0.259 seconds following a five-lap shootout, now has three NASCAR Grand National Division, West series, wins and three second-place finishes in seven races at California. Bowyer, who is sharing driving duties with Kevin Harvick in Richard Childress Racing's #21 Chevrolet this season, started from the pole and was making his first series start. Scott Lynch was third, Scott Gaylord and Kevin Conway completed the top five.(ThatsRacin.com)(5-1-2004)

  • Assoc for BAM? hearing that the #49 BAM Racing team has signed another major associate full season sponsor, AXA Financial.(4-28-2004)

  • Schrader on CNN: Ken Schrader, driver of the #49 Schwan's Home Service Dodge on the NASCAR Nextel Cup circuit, will be a featured interview Sunday on CNN's Inside Politics Sunday With Judy Woodruff. The nationally-televised show is scheduled to air at 10:00am/et Sunday [Apr 25th]. A live stand-up from the Talladega Superspeedway with correspondent Bill Schneider will be the catalyst for Schrader's taped interview. Schrader, who wheels the Schwan's Home Service entry for BAM Racing, will talk about NASCAR fans and his experience with motorsports fans in general throughout his career. A native of Fenton, Mo., who has driven in more different series than virtually any other active driver, Schrader is well-known with motorsports fans throughout the country.(Williams Company PR)(4-21-2004)

  • New Look for the #49: The #49 Schwan's Home Service Dodge of driver Ken Schrader will take on a new look beginning this weekend at the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway. The car, fielded by BAM Racing, brings a darker blue to the front end and roof of the Schwan's Home Service Dodge, making it stand out even more on the race track. "This jazzes it up a good bit and I think our fans are going to really like it," said Schrader. "It will be a lot easier to find on the race track, and the 'Schwan's' stands out a little bit better too. We don't want anybody missing that part of it!" Said Howard Miller, Vice President of Corporate Relations, Schwan's: "We chose to brighten up the car to more closely match Kenny's wonderful personality. In addition, we believe our employees and customers will find the new color scheme more appealing and more quickly spot their favorite driver." Is the change permanent? "Yeah, about as permanent as anything can be in this sport," said Schrader. The new paint scheme will first hit the track for pole qualifying Friday at Talladega Superspeedway.(Williams Company PR), see my #49 Paint Scheme page for the image.(4-20-2004)

  • 2nd Team for BAM? road courses UPDATE 3: BAM Racing, which owns the Nextel Cup #49 Schwan's Dodge of Missouri driver Ken Schrader, will soon add a second car to its team. Eddie Jones, the team's general manager, said the team will field a second car for both road races this year and perhaps for five other races. He said the team is close to a deal with a sponsor for the second car and have a deal with a driver whom he would not name. “Hopefully, within the next six weeks we'll have more definite news on the second team,” Jones said. He did say the driver was a 32-year-old who is not currently driving stock cars.(Kansas City Star)(4-4-2004)
    UPDATE: hearing the driver is Klaus Graf of Germany, a sports car driver who is entered by BAM Racing in the ARCA Race at Nashville Superspeedway this weekend.(4-5-2004)
    UPDATE 2: NASCAR Radio - XM Satellite Channel 144 reports that BAM Racing says they plan to run the two road course races at Infineon Raceway and Watkins Glen and while they wouldn't say who would drive, Klaus Graf is a driver under consideration.(4-7-2004)
    UPDATE 3: Trained for the highly-technical world of Formula One racing, Klaus Graf has instead found a home with the traditional bodies and carbureted engines of NASCAR stock cars. Graf will run at least two NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car races this year, beginning with the June 27 race at Infineon Raceway at Sonoma, CA. BAM Racing, which fields the #49 Schwan's Home Service Dodges of driver Ken Schrader, will run Graf in up to seven races in 2004. Graf will join Schrader, who is running the full NASCAR Nextel Cup schedule. Graf, 32, is the first German-born driver to compete in NASCAR's top series. He lives in Dornhan, which is in Germany's Black Forrest region, and will eventually relocate to the United States. "Having a multi-car team has been part of our plan from the very beginning and bringing in a driver with the talents of Klaus Graf is the next step," said Beth Ann Morgenthau, owner of BAM Racing. "We're very excited with him joining us and with the future this presents all of us." Said Graf, "My dream all of my life is to compete among the best in motorsports. I am thrilled with the opportunity." Graf has tested with BAM at Virginia International Raceway and Kentucky Speedway, and was highly competitive in the Apr. 9 ARCA race at Nashville Superspeedway, where he finished third after leading late in the race - his first on an oval. He is scheduled to test at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA on Tuesday, May 27. Graf is the first driver professionally trained for Formula One racing by European automobile manufacturers to move into the NASCAR stock car racing world. He comes to NASCAR racing directly from the Porsche Michelin and Porsche Carrera Supercup series where he raced at Talimit Motorsport after a stint as test driver for McLaren. He ran Sportscar Prototype cars 1999-2001. Graf's career began with the Suzuki Swift Cup in 1990, followed by German Formula Ford Championship 1991-93; International German F3 Championship (1994-96), Porsche Carrera Cup (1997); and ISRS Endurance Championship (1998).(Williams Company PR), more info about Graf on his website at: klaus-graf.com(4-14-2004)

  • Good Answer: Angie Mesimer, a fabricator for #49 BAM Racing and Nextel Cup driver Ken Schrader, turned down an offer from Playboy magazine to pose for a "Women of Racing" photo spread. "I am in racing because I love racing, I love working on race cars and I love the competition," said Mesimer, a 32-year-old single mother of two. "I have no interest in a magazine like Playboy anyway, unless they want to talk about building and working on race cars."(Delaware News Journal)(3-11-2004)

  • Start #600 for Schrader: Ken Schrader and the #49 Schwan’s Home Service Dodge head to the 1.54-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway this week for Sunday’s Golden Corral 500. Sunday’s race will be the 600th NASCAR Cup start of Schrader’s career. Driver of the Schwan’s Home Service Dodge, 48-year-old Schrader, is a native of Fenton, Mo., and the busiest driver in major league motorsports, Schrader has raced on virtually every type of speedway in virtually every type of race car, and continues a winning career that has seen him win over $20 million. The thoughts of #49 Schwan’s Home Service Dodge driver Ken Schrader heading into Atlanta: “If you were to catch me at a certain time, I might tell you that Atlanta is just another race at another track. But, that wouldn’t be entirely true. Atlanta will always be special to me and I suppose after Sunday it will carry a bit more meaning. Historically the Atlanta Motor Speedway has always been a place where we run well. We’ve won there before so, of course I’ll always remember it for that. But, when they give the command to fire the engines on Sunday that will be start Number 600 for my Cup career. Occasionally you reach a number, which is really all it is, that someone will label a milestone and then they’ll ask you to reflect back. When we started out racing in Cup over 20 years ago, I never thought about start number 600. Shoot ,I was just worried if I would get start number two! Honestly, I just feel fortunate that I have been able to race for this long at this level. Someone told me that I’ll be the 16th driver in Cup history to reach 600 starts… not everyone has had that opportunity, so I guess it’s pretty neat to know I’ll be one of the few who were fortunate enough to get to 600.(Williams Company PR)(3-9-2004)

  • New Assoc for the #49: The Casite Company announced today that their 2004 Associate Sponsorship of NASCAR’s BAM Racing, Dodge car #49 car, will kick-off at the Daytona 500 in Florida on February 15. Casite has been supplying the racing and automotive industries with quality aftermarket automotive chemicals since 1922. And while Casite is not new to sponsoring racing, this will be their first national sponsorship at this level. Casite will also participate in the following Nextel Cup NASCAR races with BAM: Food City 500 in Bristol, TN on March 28; Coca-Cola 600 in Concord, NC on May 30; Michigan 400 at MIS, MI on June 20; Brickyard 400 at Indy on August 8; EA Sports 500 at Talladega on October 3; and one other yet to be determined race. For the past two years, Casite has sponsored the Casite Classic at Flat Rock Speedway and recently concluded their 2003 ARCA Street Stock race sponsorship at Flat Rock. For additional Casite product or company information, visit the company website at www.casite.com.(Williams Company PR)(2-10-2004)

  • BAM and Pizza? UPDATE 3 Officilal Sponsor: heard from a source very close to the situation Red Baron Pizza has reached an agreement to sponsor BAM and Ken Schrader in the #49 car starting in 2004. Red Baron Pizza sponsored Schrader in the past and has been involved in NASCAR before.(1-15-2004)
    UPDATE: from a Ken Schrader fan club emailing......: "As far as what is going on with Kenny and BAM Racing....No, Red Baron is not going to be the sponsor. I really wish I could say more, but with all the rumors that were incorrectly generated past few weeks I can't say much. Yes, they have a full-time sponsor (it is a good one), Ken will be the driver and BAM will compete in the complete NEXTEL Cup season...Other than that...stay tuned...they will be making the announcement sometime around February 3, 2004.
    being told it will not be Red Baron Pizza specifically but it's parent company Schwans who could be the sponsor.(1-28-2004)
    UPDATE 2: from a new part of the Schwan's site: A company that grew from “one man and one truck” into an American food-industry powerhouse will join forces with NASCAR’s fastest-growing Cup team beginning with the 2004 season. Announcing a multi-year agreement, Schwan’s Home Service – a unit of The Schwan Food Company -- will sponsor BAM Racing’s #49 Dodge and veteran driver Ken Schrader in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. See more at www.schwansracing.com, including an image of the car.(getting this link from a ton of folks, seems (1-30-2004)
    UPDATE 3: A company that grew from “one man and one truck” into an American food-industry powerhouse will join forces with NASCAR’s fastest-growing Cup team beginning with the 2004 season. Announcing a multi-year agreement, Schwan’s Home Service – a unit of The Schwan Food Company -- will sponsor BAM Racing’s #49 Dodge and veteran driver Ken Schrader in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. The announcement was made today by Beth Ann Morgenthau, owner of BAM Racing, and M. Lenny Pippin, president and CEO of The Schwan Food Company. “We are very excited to have one of the best-known names in the food industry join us as we work towards our first pole, our first race victory and our first championship as a team,” Ms. Morgenthau said in making the announcement. “Schwan is a well-known and highly respected name in the American and European food industry, and we’re extremely pleased to be partnering with them. The fact that The Schwan Food Company grew from a small dairy home-delivery business in 1952 to what it is today is not lost on us,” she continued. “Their faith in a race team that began small and is building into what we feel will become a powerhouse within NASCAR means a great deal to us. We are excited about the marketing possibilities for Schwan, as well as the competitive possibilities for BAM Racing. The Schwan Food Company is pleased to join forces with BAM Racing and Ken Schrader,” added Pippin. “We are excited to be associated again with NASCAR and Mr. Schrader, who drove Schwan’s #90 Red Baron Thunderbird in the late 1980s. We are seeing a groundswell of excitement about this partnership among Schwan’s Home Service’s millions of customer families across the United States who believe that Schwan and BAM have the potential to be a major force in the Nextel Cup Series.”
    “Racing the Schwan’s Home Service car is literally a dream that is coming true,” said driver Ken Schrader. “It’s been about 15 years since I raced for Red Baron Pizza, but our friendship has remained strong and we always hoped to work with Schwan’s again. This is a great opportunity for all of us, and it adds another chapter to a great sponsor-driver relationship.” Visit www.schwansracing.com to follow the Schwan’s Home Service 49 Dodge throughout the 2004 Nextel Cup Series.(Williams Company PR)(2-2-2004)

  • And Some More Schrader News: Federated is pleased to report that Federated Auto Parts and Ken Schrader Racing will continue their association in 2004. For 2004, the Ken Schrader Racing Team will again dedicate their resources to the Federated Auto Parts Racing Program. NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader will drive Federated vehicles in 19 races plus over 20 dirt track events. Road racing veteran Boris Said will be behind the wheel of the Federated entry in the NASCAR Southwest Tour race in Sonoma. The Federated/Schrader vehicles are scheduled to carry an in car camera in all televised events. In addition to his duties as driver of the Winston Cup #49 BAM Racing Dodge, Ken Schrader’s 19 plus Federated Auto Parts racing schedule includes 3 ARCA events, 13 Truck races, 1 Winston Southwest Tour races, 2 Winston West series events and more than 20 dirt track events. Federated will also be an associate sponsor of BAM Racing's #49 Winston Cup Dodge driven by Ken Schrader. Federated’s logo will be prominently displayed on the vehicles B-pillars and Schrader’s Winston Cup driving suit for the entire 2004 season.(Federated Auto Parts Site)(1-28-2004)

  • Schrader wins at PIR..again: Ken Schrader earned his second consecutive Grand National Division West Series victory in the United Rentals 150, Sunday in Phoenix International Raceway's fourth annual Winter Heat. His ninth overall series win boosted his total wins at PIR to 14 in the 15 years he has been coming to Phoenix during NASCAR's off-season. Schrader, fresh from a seventh-place finish in the AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series www.phoenixraceway.com 100, switched cars and took the green flag in the 150-mile race in PIR's double feature. Child's play for the racer accustomed to 500 miles and four hours of turning left. Schrader charged from his 19th-place starting position to seventh in only 14 laps and moved steadily through traffic until he caught Austin Cameron. Cameron started fifth and passed pole sitter and October winner Scott Lynch of Burley, Idaho, by the second lap around PIR's mile oval. Cameron led until Lap 50 when he got wide in Turn 3, with the help of Schrader, he said, and fell to second. After a round of pit stops on Lap 89, Cameron clawed his way back into the lead. An incident on Lap 116 in Turn 1 involving Schrader, Cameron and Clint Bowyer put Bowyer sideways and ended Cameron's challenge for the win. Schrader finished seven seconds ahead of Cameron, who held on to second. Matt Kobyluck, who started 24th in the 30-car field, finished third.(Arizona Republic)(1-28-2004)

  • Maryland legal firm to be associate sponsor for three Cup, three Busch and four Truck Series teams: Starting a unique sports marketing initiative in 2004, one of the country’s fastest-growing legal firms will become the most active car associate sponsor in NASCAR racing. Jenkins, Jenkins & Jenkins, P.A., a top personal injury firm based in La Plata, will sponsor three NASCAR Nextel Cup teams, three NASCAR Busch Grand National teams, and four NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series teams this season. These associate sponsorships make the firm the first legal firm to be involved in motorsports sponsorship on a full-time basis, and make it one of the very few companies of any type to sponsor teams in all three divisions. Their involvement with 10 teams will be greater than any car sponsor in the sport.
    Jenkins, Jenkins & Jenkins not only handles personal injury claims but also is well known for its contract and business representation, as well as a vast criminal and real estate practice.
    BAM Racing, which fields the #49 Dodge of driver Ken Schrader, will be sponsored by Jenkins, Jenkins & Jenkins the entire 2004 season. The logo will also appear on the #02 Score Motorsports NASCAR Nextel Cup entry of driver Hermie Sadler in selected events, while also appearing on Sadler’s NASCAR Busch Series entry. In addition, the #0 NetZero car of driver Ward Burton will carry the firm’s logo in the four NASCAR Nextel Cup races at Dover, Del., and Richmond, Va., while the #00 Haas/CNC Busch entry of driver Jason Leffler will carry the Jenkins colors throughout the season. The #77 Moy Racing-owned Busch Grand National entry of driver Donnie Neuenberger will be sponsored the entire year, as will the Bobby Hamilton-owned #4 and #18 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series entries; the #38 Cure Autism Now Ford Truck of driver Brandon Whitt; and the #21 Innovative Motorsports Toyota Truck of driver Hank Parker, Jr.(Williams Company PR). NOTE: these are associate sponsorships, teams such as the #49 BAM Racing and #02 Hermie Sadler are still looking for primary sponsors.(1-7-2004)

    2003 News

  • Chili Bowl Stuff: Dirt-track star Danny Lasoski has entered two additional cars for the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals [www.chilibowl.com] and invited drag racer Ron Capps and NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader to drive them. They'll be competing against Tony Stewart, J.J. Yeley and Kasey Kahne in the 18th annual event Jan. 7-10 at Tulsa, Okla.(Indianapolis Star)(12-19-2003)

  • Schrader staying; Sponsor close for BAM: BAM Racing G.M. Eddie Sharp says Ken Schrader will remain in the No. 49 Dodge and the team is close to announcing a sponsor.(Yahoo Sports/Sporting News)(12-1-2003)

  • Schrader #30? #49? Ken Schrader says he plans to return to the No. 49, but there's speculation that he and Johnny Benson are the two finalists for the #30 ride at Richard Childress Racing.(FoxSports/Sporting News)(11-17-2003)

  • Schrader or Raines to the #30? UPDATE 3 However: With Jeff Burton all but assured to remain at Roush Racing next season with a new sponsor [Fed-Ex? Kodak? Nat Guard?] for his #99 Fords, veteran Ken Schrader and Winston Cup rookie Tony Raines have emerged as the front-runners for Richard Childress Racing's #30 AOL Chevrolets, NASCAR sources confirmed Saturday. Burton is under contract with Roush, but his team had difficulty in securing a primary sponsor for next season. Roush apparently has a sponsor for the team, although the identity remained unclear. Burton's unavailability has forced team owner Richard Childress to consider other alternatives.(ThatsRacin.com)(11-8-2003)
    UPDATE: also hearing John Andretti is a stong candidate for the ride.(11-10-2003)
    UPDATE 2: the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus reports that Kenny Schrader will be the new driver of Richard Childress' No. 30 AOL Chevrolet in 2004. Steve Park will not return next season, and Childress has delayed an announcement for nearly a month. Early speculation centered around Ward Burton and Jeremy Mayfield, but AOL reportedly vetoed Burton, and Mayfield recently re-signed with Evernham Motorsports. Schrader will leave the BAM Racing team to take his new position with Childress. BAM has struggled to find major sponsorship this season, and has nothing in place for 2004. Team owner Beth Ann Morgenthau has said the team may not race a full schedule next season if a new backer cannot be found, prompting Schrader to look for a new position with more job security. Expect an announcement as soon as this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.(Barre-Montpelier Times Argus)(11-13-2003)
    UPDATE 3: however, being told that Schrader was with Beth Ann and Tony Morgenthau last night and said his plans are to be part of BAM Racing. The team has already built three cars for 2004, and is working on a fourth. Several associate sponsors are already signed for 2004. No announcement with RCR is listed for anything the track has on its schedule.(11-13-2003)

  • Benson to BAM? Fox Sports Nets's NASCAR This Morning reports that if Ken Schrader takes the #30 AOL RCR gig, that Johnny Benson couild end up in the #49 BAM Racing Dodge in 2004, and Benson is supposedly the front runner if Cal Wells starts a 2nd team to join #32-Ricky Craven in the PPI Motorsports stable.(11-9-2003)

  • Schrader to the #23? HOWEVER: [hi Mags!] Kenny Schrader [currently with the #49 BAM Racing team] is being courted for a ride with Bill Davis as teammate with rookie [#22] Scott Wimmer, according to sources.(Winston Salem Journal), past rumors have #23 driver, Kenny Wallace and sponsor Stacker 2 going to the Busch Series, another rumor had Steve Park under consideration for the #23 ride.(11-3-2003)
    HOWEVER hearing there may be a non-change in the works...meaning that Kenny Wallace and Stacker 2 may be staying in the Cup Series and not moving to the Busch or Truck Series.(11-3-2003)

  • BAM Announcement at Homestead? UPDATE non planned: BAM Racing hopes to announce at Homestead that it has a sponsorship deal that will enable the organization to add a second car and a teammate for Ken Schrader. Team owners Beth Ann and Tony Morgenthau are optimistic that the #49 car will have two major sponsors to split the season, and that a full-time sponsor will fund the second car. AT&T will remain as a major associate sponsor for Schrader's car. BAM already has benefited this season from the "full technical support" the team receives from Dodge, including wind-tunnel time, track-test time and additional engineering support from the manufacturer.(Yahoo Sports/Sporting News)(11-3-2003)
    UPDATE: BAM Racing is getting closer to sponsorship for 2004 and is in discussions with several potential sponsors right now but does not have an announcement scheduled for Homestead, and no announcement is currently planned for there.(source)(11-3-2003)

  • BAM Team told it will be back; 2 cars? .....#49 BAM Racing's determination was recently rewarded by Dodge Motorsports. The manufacturer said it would supply the team with technology and equipment, including use of its wind tunnel and assorted dynamometers. A team that's gone without for so long may have enough backing to run two cars in 2004. Team Owner's Tony and Beth Ann's Moganthau have Ken Schrader as a driver. There is no contract between them, other than their words. That's binding enough for both sides. Schrader now knows the future of the team depends on signing a sponsor. The search for a sponsor has been so promising that the team was told this week it would be back in 2004.(full story at the Augusta Chronicle)(11-1-2003)

  • #49 Still Looking for a 2004 Sponsor; letter of intent?: #49-Ken Schrader may be the oldest regular driver, but he's also one of the most versatile, racing everything from ARCA cars at South Boston, Va. last Saturday to a dirt Late Model at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock last night. And he's one of the most frankly honest of the lot, even when the subject is a touchy one like the lack of a full-time sponsor for the #49 Dodge he drives in Winston Cup. "The phone doesn't ring a whole lot when you're 48," he said. "We're kind of on hold here waiting to see what happens. There are a couple of other little deals out there, a couple of opportunities maybe." Schrader said that if all else fails, he has a back-up plan in place that would allow him to run his own truck on the Craftsman Truck Series with backing from his long-time sponsor, Federated Auto Parts. "I guess that would be option one," he said. "But there's been way too much conversation on [car owners Tony and Beth Ann Morgenthau's] part and the whole team with other companies to really be in panic mode."(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
    AND #49 Team owners Tony and Beth Ann Morgenthau got a heavy-handed dose of NASCAR reality in June, when, just as they sensed a sponsorship breakthrough with AT&T, NASCAR executives issued a controversial, and legally questionable, "No." The Morgenthaus are still not happy with the way that played out, but they've resigned themselves to playing by NASCAR's business "rules."
    "NASCAR got into the middle of something they should never have been in the middle of, really," Tony Morgenthau said. "They tried to work that out. They have helped us tremendously trying to get sponsors. They've gone to presentations for us. They've had a lot of data. They've encouraged existing sponsors to talk with some of our people to show it really has helped their sales. NASCAR has been extremely helpful. The only problem we've had has been the Nextel problem. It's really not a problem. We'll overcome it and survive." With Kenny Schrader.(Winston Salem Journal)(10-26-2003)
    AND II: Tony Morgenthau, co-owner of the No.49 Bam Racing car with Ken Schrader, says the team has a letter of intent from a company to be a sponsor next season.(Roanoke Times)(10-26-2003)

  • Kodak talking to teams: The Kodak sponsorship question is still unanswered, but company officials are expected to meet with potential car owners this weekend. Larry McClure [owner of the #4 Kodak Pontiac] has reportedly agreed to Kodak's buy-back of the final two years of his contract; however the two sides are apparently at odds over other aspects of that deal. Kodak is being bombarded with sponsorship bids, and the top two teams in the running appear to be DEI and Roush Racing. Ty Norris, DEI general manager, won't talk specifically about Kodak but says "We've had some movement in the last 10 days."(Winston Salem Journal)(10-25-2003)

  • Fan’s Face Finds Hood Of 1 800 CALL ATT Dodge: Robert Underwood probably never figured he could take the place of nationally-known comedian Carrot Top. But the native of South Elgin, Ill., located just outside of Chicago, will do just that this weekend at the 1.54-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway. His face will adorn the hood of the #49 1 800 CALL ATT Dodge of driver Ken Schrader and his BAM Racing team. Underwood won a nationwide consumer promotion by 1 800 CALL ATT, and will have his face on the hood of the car where Carrot Top’s has been. nderwood will also be at the NASCAR Winston Cup race this weekend as guest of 1 800 CALL ATT and BAM Racing. The winner was chosen at random last week from amongst the hundreds of thousands of callers who placed collect calls using 1 800 CALL ATT during the promotion, which began right after Labor Day.(Williams Company PR)(10-21-2003)

  • Kodak to BAM? UPDATE: Hearing Kodak has given up on the high-dollar teams at Bill Davis and DEI, and is working a deal to bring BAM Racing into the picture. The main reason is BAM can give them a solid race team at a much lower price than the other two. That way, they can ease out of the #4 Morgan-McClure situation and pay him more to buy their way out but still have a somewhat solid team. They like Ken Schrader as driver and the fact the Morgenthau's have enough money to make a lower-price sponsorship work for Kodak. Still too early to call but the good price for the sponsorship and the fact Kodak is impressed with the team might make this one work.(source)(10-18-2003)
    UPDATE: Kodak officials may be on the verge of announcing a buyout of the final two years of the company's sponsorship contract with car owner [#4 Pontiac] Larry McClure. Those negotiations have been sharp, according to sources. But Kodak appears ready to make a move to another Winston Cup team. The top option is the third DEI team -- however, Kodak, after doing an exhaustive review of the costs of fielding a Cup team, may not be willing to pay the price DEI wants, and rival car owners are moving in quickly with lower bids, among them Beth Ann Morgenthau, Bill Davis, and Jim Smith. And then there is unexpected a new third Joe Gibbs team in the making, looking for a sponsor.(Winston Salem Journal)
    HOWEVER: Owner Larry McClure says Kodak is staying put through 2005 as sponsor for the #4 Pontiac and that Kevin Lepage will drive it the rest of the season. McClure hasn't made a decision on a driver for 2004 but says Lepage is a candidate.(FoxSports/Sporting News)(10-20-2003)

  • Schrader to the Trucks? hearing Ken Sschrader may run the full Truck Series schedule in 2004. No word if he will still run the #49 BAM Racing Dodge, which will have Dodge backing in 2004.(10-18-2003)

  • Schrader wins at South Boston; Sadler third: Winston Cup veteran, Ken Schrader (#99) started where he left off from his last ARCA Series visit to "America's Hometown Track". Claiming the Old Milwaukee Pole for the Bank of America ARCA 200 presented by Fox 21/27, Schrader was the only driver to top 90 mph. Hermie Sadler (#02) started in third with the Bailey's Chevrolet and immediately went to work when the green flag waved. Schrader scooted to the lead, but Sadler tracked Schrader's trail through three cautions in the first 50 laps. Lap 60 saw another caution, but Sadler took advantage for a charge on the restart. Schrader went low, Sadler went high, but was unable to power around Schrader. Rookie, Alex Whitman (#56) wormed his way into the Top 5 in only his second ARCA start. Lap 84 saw Series Champ, Frank Kimmel (#46) slide sideways in four with two other machines bringing out another caution. Pit stops cycled through on lap 86 with Hermie Sadler beating Schrader off pitroad. Jason Jarrett (#67) remained on track to pick up the lead and keep valuable track position. Brent Sherman (#44) lost the handle on the restart, resetting the field on lap 97. Several cars got crossed up on lap 99, bringing out yet another caution at midway. Lap 119 saw caution for debris as Jarrett had company near the front in the form of Hermie Sadler and Ken Schrader lying in wait in second and third. Sadler claimed the lead on lap 125, but caution flew for debris on the frontstretch only two laps later. Schrader lined up behind Sadler, as Jarrett resisted pitroad again in third. Schrader worked under Sadler in turn four for the lead on lap 134, to reclaim his frontrunning position. Lap 138 slowed the charge again for a lap car, backstretch spin. Schrader pulled Sadler on the restart and built a healthy lead by lap 150. Sadler began to close in traffic by lap 155, but caution waved on lap160 for Billy Venturini's spin in turn three, resetting the field and Sadler's charge. After a lengthy clean up, only 25 laps remained with Schrader in control. Lap cars again entangled a lead lap ride on lap 181, this time Terry Jones (#30) snared Whitman, who was running a strong seventh on the lead lap. With 10 laps remaining the field was again under caution, after several cars dodged and darted for position. Sadler shuffled back to fourth, as Kimmel moved to second followed by Jarrett. Schrader restarted with only 8 laps remaining and a win hanging in the balance. A late lap caution in front of the leaders caused a green, white, checkered restart after the posted distance clicked on the board. Schrader felt the pressure of a charging Frank Kimmel and Hermie Sadler sailed under Jarrett to advance in the final lap, but Schrader held on for the win, followed by Kimmel, Sadler, and Jarrett.(South Boston Speedway PR)(10-19-2003)

  • Congrats: Scott Eggleston, Crew Chief for the BAM Racing #49, and his wife Michelle had their first child on Tuesday, October 14th. Mitchell Kent Eggleston arrived at 3:45pm without a hitch. Mom and Baby Boy are doing well.(10-17-2003)

  • BAM Racing gets a sponsor for Lowe's: SEM Products, Inc., celebrating its 50th year of automotive product research, production, manufacturing and distribution, will sponsor the #49 BAM Racing Dodge of driver Ken Schrader in the upcoming NASCAR Winston Cup stock car race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. SEM Products sponsored BAM earlier this season in the second races at Brooklyn, Mich., and Bristol, Tenn. "We are very pleased SEM Products will return to our car for the race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway,” said Beth Ann Morgenthau, who owns BAM Racing along with her husband Tony.(Williams Company)(10-9-2003)

  • What was on the #49 hood at Kansas? Blue Ox was one of the sponsors on the #49 car of Ken Schrader's for Sunday's Banquet 400 presented by ConAgra Foods at Kansas Motor Speedway. Blue Ox had the main logo on the hood of the # 49 BAM Racing Dodge. BAM Racing has partnered with Blue Ox for this race.(Blue Ox Site)(10-8-2003)

  • BAM to get Manufacturer Support in 2004: The #49 BAM Racing Dodge, currently driven by Ken Schrader, has received a pledge of support from Dodge for the 2004 season. That is great news for the unsponsored team, which is owned by Kansas City native Beth Ann Morganthau.(Kansas City Star)(10-2-2003)

  • Long Streak: #49-Ken Schrader extended his winless streak to 400 with his 37th-place finish at New Hampshire last week. Schrader will be at the site of his last Winston Cup win today. He won the June 2, 1991, race at Dover. He tied #11-Brett Bodine who also has 400 since his last, and only, Cup win, for the longest active streak without a win since winning a race. Bodine is running a partial schedule in 2003 and we all await the announcement of his new sponsor which hopefully will allow him to race full time in the series soon.(DBNJ/Jayski's Stats Page)(9-21-2003)

  • Stewart and Schrader do some dirt trackin': Tony Stewart and Ken Schrader love to race anything, anytime, anywhere, and this love for turning fast laps brought them to the Sheboygan County Fair Park in Plymouth, WI on Wednesday night. Both racers gave a good show on dirt in the IMCA Modified cars but they were plagued by mechanical problems most of the evening. See more to the story and images of the cars at MotorsportsTV.com.(9-5-2003)

  • No Carrot Top on the #49 at Darlington or Atlanta: #49 driver Ken Schrader is revved up about the new 1 800 CALL ATT national consumer promotion. Indeed, it’s unique, a NASCAR fan will be the face on the hood of Schrader’s #49 1 800 CALL ATT Dodge in the Sunday, Oct. 26, race at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway. The face will belong to winner of a national consumer promotion that began Monday, August 25th. "Carrot Top is a nice guy but it will be nice to have somebody else looking back at me during the race," he laughed. Schrader’s 1 800 CALL ATT Dodge at Darlington, S.C., this weekend will carry a paint scheme announcing the promotion, with “Your Face Could Be Here” emblazoned on the hood. "I can’t think of a cooler deal than having your face on the hood of a NASCAR Winston Cup car in front of 150,000 fans," Schrader said. "Atlanta is a perfect place for it too. A Darlington or Bristol, well, it could put a few wrinkles in you." Every collect call made with 1 800 CALL ATT beginning August 25th and continuing through October 8th, is a chance for fans to be entered for the promotion. Other prizes include Ken Schrader autographed collectible cards. 1 800 CALL ATT for collect calls is AT&T’s automated service that lets you make collect calls from any phone. For more information about the service or the sweepstakes, visit www.callatt.com.(Williams Company PR)(8-27-2003)

  • No 'white' #49 at Bristol, it'll be gold: With a highly unique paint job and a car that might even outglow the lights of the speedway itself, Ken Schrader and the #49 SEM Products/Color Horizons Dodge team head to Bristol. The race will debut one of the most unique paint schemes in NASCAR Winston Cup history. Sponsor SEM Products Inc. is introducing its Color Horizons line of custom finishes on the #49 SEM/Color Horizons Dodge at Bristol. The car showcases SEM/Color Horizons’ intense colors and the unique designs as applied by artist Ron Fleenor, a nationally-known custom designer from Knoxville, Tenn. The car itself will sport a design and coloring unlike anything seen before in major league stock car racing. It is a translucent mandarin candy which goes from light to dark from the top to the bottom of the car, all on top of a silver base. The colors were developed by SEM Products Inc. in their Color Horizons line, and are available through automotive paint suppliers. The thoughts of SEM/Color Horizons Dodge driver Ken Schrader heading into Bristol: “We think we’re going to have a pretty good weekend at Bristol but, no matter what, everybody is going to remember we were there. This SEM/Color Horizons car is hot. It looks great. That mandarin candy on top of that silver base really makes it jump out.(Williams Company PR), see an image of the car without decals on my 2003 Winston Cup Paint Schemes - Cars #'s 24-99.(8-21-2003)

  • SEM Products Sponsors BAM Racing #49 At Michigan and Bristol: SEM Products, Inc., celebrating its 50th year of automotive product research, production, manufacturing and distribution, will sponsor the #49 BAM Racing Dodge of driver Ken Schrader in the upcoming NASCAR Winston Cup stock car races at Michigan Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway. SEM will feature its Color Horizons custom finish paint through the sponsorship, and BAM will showcase a special paint scheme using Color Horizons Flakes and Color Horizon Pearl Pigments in the Aug.23 night race at the .533-mile Bristol track. “SEM and the fabricators at BAM are putting together a deal that is going to look incredible under the lights at Bristol,” said Schrader. “Everybody is always trying to come up with these special night paint schemes. With the ingenuity of SEM and the expertise of our fabricators, this is going to be one that will really show off this race car.” SEM Products recently revamped Color Horizons, which create a rainbow of color combinations for almost any look. Color Horizons, which can be applied to metal, aluminum or plastic surfaces, and is available in an array of base and candy concentrates, metal flakes, and pearlescent pigments as well as easy to use aerosols for a showstopping finish. “We are very pleased SEM Products and Color Horizons will be on our car for the next two races,” said Beth Ann Morgenthau, who owns BAM Racing along with her husband Tony. Having SEM with its history of excellence as a part of BAM Racing means a lot to all of us,” she continued. “We plan on giving them our best effort for two races, and are excited to see how good our car will look at Bristol when we use Color Horizons.”(Williams Company PR)(8-14-2003)

  • AT&T To Stay: AT&T apparently won't keep its telecommunications off the circuit next year despite restrictions set forth by new sponsor Nextel. With Nextel set to replace Winston as the title sponsor the NASCAR's top level of stock car racing in 2004, the only telecommunications companies allowed to sponsor cars will be companies already on the circuit. BAM Racing has a part-time sponsorship from 1-800-CALL-ATT, but Nextel decided to add so many restrictions on AT&T, including the banishment of AT&T's famed global emblem from the car and all of its marketing, everyone thought the deal was dead. "It looks like AT&T will be with us in some form in 2004, and this offers another tremendous opportunity for a sponsor," said BAM owner Beth Ann Morgenthau. "They appear to be very willing to work with our 2004 sponsors, develop cross-promotions and marketing opportunities, and help whoever comes in with BAM Racing." One way Morgenthau can make the AT&T deal work around Nextel's restrictions is to promote the company's 800-calling plan, not its telephone service.(Augusta Chronicle)(8-7-2003)

  • More on AT&T and Nextel: The future of AT&T's involvement in NASCAR remains in question, although it appears #49 BAM Racing has lost most hope in securing the company as a primary sponsor for its Dodges and driver Ken Schrader [who is NOT retiring]. NASCAR chief operating officer George Pyne confirmed Friday that NASCAR made the decision not to allow an expansion of AT&T's sponsorship of BAM Racing in light of the sanctioning body's new 10-year deal with Nextel Communications to sponsor what is now the Winston Cup series beginning in 2004. AT&T's 1-800-CALL-ATT division, which has served as a primary sponsor on BAM's #49 in several races this season, was among the sponsors that would be allowed to continue in the sport under a "grandfather clause," Pyne said. However, NASCAR drew the line on any expansion of AT&T's involvement, particularly the use of any logos that would promote AT&T Wireless, a direct competitor of Nextel. "It is part of our responsibility to look out for the interests for our teams and our sponsors," Pyne said. Audrey Schaefer, director of corporate communications for Nextel, said NASCAR was the "final arbiter" for all sponsor decisions. She said Nextel had no objection to AT&T's continued involvement in the sport so long as it fell within the confines of Nextel's agreement with NASCAR. The use of AT&T's trademark "globe" logo has been the sticking point on most of the discussions involving the possible full-time sponsorship of BAM's team. NASCAR has also had AT&T as an "official sponsor," but that agreement concludes at the end of the season, Pyne said.(ThatsRacin.com)(7-18-2003)

  • NASCAR Experimental Escape Hatch: Ken Schrader Discusses Test: Ken Schrader, driver of the #49 At&T Dodge for BAM Racing, Tested NASCAR's Experimental Escape Hatch [or as NASCAR calls it - Alternative Exit] Recently. NASCAR has made no announcements regarding it. Schrader's comment's: “NASCAR just called me up and asked if I would go over to the Tech Center there in Mooresville (N.C.) and try out the new escape hatch. To me it’s a wonderful improvement, looks fairly easy to implement, and it’s not complex. Personally I can’t see any draw backs . . .you know, makes perfect sense. It’s going to make a big difference, especially after an accident that ends with the driver’s side up against the wall. Now, you can’t get out of the driver’s side in that situation, because a lot of these walls are higher than the top of the car. With the escape hatch you can get out just as quickly as any other situation.. It’s also easier for emergency workers to get to the driver in that situation. You still have to unfasten all the safety equipment, so as far as it saving time in other situations, I’m not sure it will. However, now it’s impossible to get out with the wall right beside you - with the escape hatch you will be able to. I look for the thing to be implemented soon. Personally, I think it’s great.”(Williams Company of America PR)(7-16-2003)

  • Schrader to Retire after this season? UPDATE: Ken Schrader, driver of the #49 BAM Racing Dodge, dropped a minor[?] bombshell at The Beacon News Celebrity Sports Club dinner on Thursday night at Long Island Sound. "This might be the last year for me," Schrader told the near-capacity crowd. "There's no sense racing if you're not having fun. It's a profession where you have a lot of fun and I'm the oldest guy running now." The 48-year-old from Fenton, Mo. wasn't able to finish three of his last four NASCAR Winston Cup races. He had accidents June 8 at the Pocono 500 and June 15 at the Sirius 400, running his season total to four. He also crashed in the season-opening Daytona 500. Last Sunday in the Pepsi 400, engine troubles prevented him from crossing the finish line. Schrader, who spoke in an easy-going manner and showed a bit of comic timing, made it clear that he wasn't considering abandoning the sport entirely, just the NASCAR circuit. He avoided crashing Tuesday at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, winning a short-track race at the Hawkeye Downs Raceway. Schrader races his self-owned team in the Craftsman Truck Series, Winston West Series, ARCA and Southwest Tour Series. He still finds time to race on dirt tracks in the Midwest.(Beacon News)(7-11-2003)
    UPDATE: Ken Schrader was quoted this week as saying 2003 might be his last year, but Schrader said that was taken just a little bit out of context. He did say that is a possibility, but it more hinges on whether or not his current team gets good sponsorship. That's the Beth Ann Morgenthau team, the [#49] BAM Racing operation. If they get good, solid sponsorship, or if he gets a ride offered to him in 2004. There are a lot of solid rides open out there, including Petty Enterprises and the Morgan-McClure team so Schrader may or may not be back in 2004.(NASCAR This Morning)(7-13-2003)

  • No AT&T for the #49 in 2004? UPDATE: hearing that Nextel has said AT&T can NOT sponsor the #49 car next year. NASCAR has told the team it will have to find another sponsor for 2004. Apparently NASCAR gave Nextel the choice because of the grandfathering of current sponsors, and Nextel said no. AT&T has sponsored the team all year. Not sure how this affects the #49 for next season or Ken Schrader.(7-11-2003)
    UPDATE: BAM Racing officials confirmed Friday NASCAR has informed them that AT&T will not be allowed to become a full-time primary sponsor of their #49 Dodges next season. Cingular Wireless and Alltel, which sponsor the #31 Chevrolets of Robby Gordon and the #12 Dodges of Ryan Newman, respectively, were allowed to remain with their teams when Nextel signed a 10-year agreement last month to sponsor what is now the Winston Cup series beginning in 2004. AT&T has been an associate with BAM all season and has been a primary sponsor on the car for several races. Despite the existing relationship, BAM will not be allowed to use AT&T as the primary sponsor in 2004. "Nextel has blocked the ability of AT&T to become primary sponsor on a full-time basis next year. We've been informed of that," said BAM Racing's general manager, Gus Larkin. "NASCAR has been very supportive of us and went to Nextel on our behalf and explained to them how critical it is for us to continue this existing relationship with AT&T. And the reply back was 'no.' " NASCAR officials confirmed AT&T's relationship with BAM Racing would not be allowed to change or expand beyond what it already enjoys with the team. Nextel officials could not be reached for comment. Larkin said there were three points Nextel sought in order to allow AT&T to remain with the team: AT&T marketing personnel would not be allowed at tracks; AT&T would be restricted in what products they could offer; and the use of the AT&T globe logo would be restricted on the car. Larkin said the third item was the main hang-up in the process. "Given those terms, it's hard to do anything on the race car," Larkin said. Team co-owner Tony Morgenthau said he was confused over Nextel's reluctance to allow AT&T to remain as a primary sponsor. "I find it exceedingly hard to believe that Nextel didn't do due diligence and realize AT&T didn't have a presence in the series. I don't think they really cared," he said. Morgenthau said the loss of AT&T would be hard on the team, but he didn't think it would be a "death blow." "We have some other prospects. We'll see how it all turns out," he said.(ThatsRacin.com)(7-11-2003)

  • More on AT&T as a team sponsor UPDATE 2: NASCAR executives are still studying AT& --T's sponsorship program with #49 car owner Beth Ann Morgenthau [driver, Ken Schrader qualified 4th forthe Pepsi 400], who has had a contract this season allowing AT& --T to become primary sponsor whenever it desires. AT& --T wanted to up its stake in NASCAR in 2004 by putting its Wireless division on the quarterpanel of a Jack Roush [#99] car or a Dale Earnhardt Inc. [#1] car. But NASCAR insists that the new series sponsorship contract with Nextel precludes any such new deal, that only current wireless sponsors Cingular and AllTel could be 'grandfathered' in, and that Cingular and ALLTEL could only remain in the sport as long as they remain with current car owners Richard Childress and Roger Penske. But AT& --T officials are not willing to be pushed out of the picture so easily. Even now, two weeks after NASCAR and Nextel signed, NASCAR officials have been unable to resolve the AT& --T situation. The specifics at issue with AT& --T are unclear, but NASCAR faces a situation where it must avoid the appearance of one set of rules for powerful car owners like Childress and Penske yet another set of rules for less powerful car owners such as Morgenthau. The AT& --T situation has stunned observers in the Winston Cup garage because AT& --T is currently one of NASCAR's 'official' sponsors and thus presumably in close contact with the sanctioning body. There are also a number of legal issues related to the Nextel-NASCAR-ATT affair - does NASCAR have the legal right to read any car owner's contract?(Winston Salem Journal)(7-4-2003)
    UPDATE - AT&T can sponsor #49 in 2004: #49 Car owner Beth Ann Morganthau learned that AT&T will be allowed to sponsor her #49 Dodge next year. The new title sponsorship contract with Nextel prohibits other telecommunications companies from coming into the sport, but NASCAR agreed since AT&T had been a part-time sponsor this year for Morganthau's BAM Racing, it could return.(Florida Times Union)(7-5-2003)
    UPDATE 2: "AT&T wants to expand its program long-term," #49 BAM Racing program manager, Gus Larkin said. "But we have to be sensitive to NASCAR's deal with Nextel. We have to be very careful we do this properly." One hot debate is paint - AT&T's blue-and-white globe logo. It's a registered trademark of AT&T, but Nextel said the Morgenthaus can't use it next year on their car because it's also a logo used, under lease, by AT&T Wireless. "AT&T has been on our car all year long, this is one of the important points,' Larkin said. 'We've had an agreement with them, and this entire program was based on building something they could expand. That means running several different brands within the AT&T consumer group. That's why you saw the AT&T car in California. You'll see another one in Atlanta, and another paint scheme in Darlington. Those are things that NASCAR obviously wants to take a look at - 'What are your plans, how creatively are you going to do it on the car? AT&T said the program has gone very, very well, they're happy with BAM Racing, and they're aware that if AT&T is going to stay within the sport, it's going to be with BAM racing. Their long-term plan has always been one of expanding and turning it into a full-time program, and being able to pull from several different budgets internally. Let's face it, NASCAR did a very good deal with Nextel, and we've got to be sensitive to that agreement. There was confusion this was an AT&T Wireless deal. But that is a completely separate company. This is the AT&T consumer group, that's the point we're trying to stress. AT&T Wireless was spun off years ago, and there is a licensing agreement with Wireless to use the AT&T globe logo. That is specifically what we're starting to get down to - how that globe is used, what does it mean, and the actual branding of the race car - what will it look like."(Winston Salem Journal)(7-6-2003)

  • Schrader and Sadler at South Boston UPDATE postponed: on Wednesday, July 2nd, Hermie Sadler and Ken Schrader will join the ARCA regulars to run a 150-lap ARCA Race at South Boston Speedway in VA. Plus Matthew Carter, son of longtime Winston Cup team owner Travis Carter [#26 and #66], is also entered.(7-1-2003)
    UPDATE: The July 2 ARCA RE/MAX Liberty 200 presented by Bank of America at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway has been postponed due to rain. The event has been rescheduled for Saturday September 20, 2003.(SBS PR), Why called so early? the racewas postponed due to the weather system associated with Tropical Storm Bill.(7-2-2003)

  • AT&T/Carrot Top on the #49 at Sonoma UPDATE: Adding another NASCAR Winston Cup event to its strong schedule the past two years, AT&T - 1-800-CALLATT will sponsor the #49 BAM Racing Dodge this week at Infineon Speedway’s 350-kilometer race. This will mark the fifth event this season the company’s colors have served as primary sponsor on the #49 Dodge of Ken Schrader. AT&T has been an associate sponsor on the car all season. As was announced at the beginning of the season, AT&T will also sponsor the car in two weeks in the 400-mile NASCAR Winston Cup race at Daytona International Speedway in the Pepsi 400, and has already reached agreement with the team for events later this season. "AT&T has been a strong sponsor of ours all season long," said Beth Ann Morgenthau, who owns BAM Racing along with her husband Tony. "The addition of this race is exciting for all of us at BAM, and knowing they will be with us in the future is exciting too. We have had AT&T on our car throughout this season, and plan on them being sponsors with us for a long time to come," she added.(Williams Company PR), Schrader starts 42nd in the race.(6-20-2003)
    UPDATE: The possibility of an AT&T-sponsored car in what will be known as the Nextel Cup next season took on new life Saturday. NASCAR officials confirmed Saturday they have received a request from BAM Racing to determine whether AT&T could serve as a primary sponsor for its #49 Dodges next season. NASCAR spokesman Terrence Burns said the request was specific to BAM Racing, since AT&T has an "existing relationship" with that team. AT&T had been in talks with several Winston Cup teams, including Roush Racing and Dale Earnhardt Inc., about sponsorship in 2004, but those negotiations were squashed when this week's 10-year deal between NASCAR and Nextel was announced in New York. Only existing team sponsors of rival telecommunications companies would be allowed in the Nextel-sponsored series, which ended DEI and Roush's bids. However, BAM has had AT&T as an associate sponsor on its cars since the beginning of the year and it has also served as primary sponsor for several races. On Friday, AT&T added Sunday's Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway to the list of races with which it would serve as primary sponsor. AT&T has not yet indicated whether it will join BAM full time in 2004, but team co-owner Beth Ann Morgenthau called AT&T's addition this weekend "exciting." "We have had AT&T on our car throughout this season, and plan on them being sponsors with us for a long time to come," she said.(ThatsRacin.com)(6-22-2003)

  • Schrader and Wallace at Quincy: Quincy's Mark Burgtorf won the 25-lap Ken Schrader Night United Midwest Promoters (UMP) late model feature at Quincy Raceways, a feat which seemed at best improbable, if not totally impossible, at the onset. The stars of the night were supposed to be NASCAR Winston Cup drivers Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace. Burgtorf, a 10-time Quincy track champion, was forced to use a 500-horsepower IMCA spec engine against a 20-car field which featured 800-horsepower UMP power plants in 11 of the first 14 cars on the feature grid. Denny Woodworth of Quincy, Mike Hammerle of St. Charles, Mo., Gary Webb of Bluegrass, Iowa, and Johnny Johnson of West Burlington, Iowa, rounded out the top five. Wallace, using a car owned by Iowa driver Jody Wood, was never a threat and finished otuside the top 10. Schrader did not run his late model, but not by design. Schrader's crew could not get the No. 99 Federated Auto Parts late model out of its hauler, being unable to get the door opened. That frustration ended a three-day run of sour luck for Schrader. On the way to Quincy, the rig Schrader and Wallace were riding in was involved in an accident near St. Louis. That delayed their scheduled 5 p.m. arrival in Quincy by about two hours. Schrader was able to race his modified Tuesday night. The modified was in a second hauler. He won a heat race and finished sixth in the feature, but said he was disappointed in not being able to run a late model like most of the fans were expecting.(Herald-Whig)(6-11-2003)

  • BAM Sponsor for Pocono: Blair.com, which has been an integral part of the BAM Racing marketing effort, will serve as primary sponsor of the #49 Dodge of Ken Schrader in this week's Pocono 500. "We're excited to help one of our marketing partners, especially this close to their home town," said Beth Ann Morgenthau, who owns BAM Racing along with her husband, Tony. Blair headquarters are in Warren, Pa., approximately 250 miles from the speedway. "Blair.com has been a big part of BAM Racing, and we're hoping to give them a great run at their home track," Morgenthau continued. "The association with BAM Racing, Kenny Schrader, Beth Ann and Tony Morgenthau.has provided Blair Corporation with a unique opportunity to sponsor.an.up and coming.NASCAR team and an exciting means of promoting our.growing Blair.com web site to value-driven consumers,” said Jeffrey Parnell, Blair Corporation’s Vice President of E-commerce. Blair Corporation sells a broad range of women’s and men’s apparel and home products primarily through direct mail marketing and its Web site at www.blair.com, in addition to other Web sites.(Williams Company PR)(6-6-2003)

  • Freightliner to sponsor #49 BAM Racing at the Coke 600: Freightliner Trucks, the largest heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America, will sponsor the #49 BAM Racing Dodge of driver Ken Schrader for the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Winston Cup race this weekend at the 1.5-mile Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Freightliner Trucks is a division of Freightliner LLC, a DaimlerChrysler company. “We’re very proud that Freightliner will serve as our primary sponsor for the 600,” said Beth Ann Morgenthau, who owns BAM along with her husband Tony. We appreciate the confidence Freightliner and DaimlerChrysler are putting behind us, and are looking forward to a great weekend for them,” she said. Freightliner Trucks is utilizing the sponsorship to showcase the Freightliner Coronado, a new heavy-duty tractor developed for owner-operator truckers.(Williams Company PR)(5-21-2003)

  • BAM Racing Friendly: BAM Racing will carry the colors of Friendly's Ice Cream at Richmond. BAM is doing it for free. Friendly's normally sponsors #37-Derrike Cope, but Cope failed to qualify Friday. So BAM owner Beth Ann Morgenthau decided to put Friendly's on Ken Schrader's #49 Dodge for the race. And she's not charging Friendly's a dime. Some race-to-race sponsorships can cost as much as $200,000. "We just like Derrike," Morgenthau said. "He had a bad break, and we could help him out. So we did."(NASCAR.com)(5-3-2003)

  • Portenga beats Schrader; Herta debuts: Steve Portenga passed Winston Cup veteran Ken Schrader with eight of 100 laps remaining at California Speedway and held on for his first Winston West series victory. Portenga won by 2.429 seconds over Schrader to win Saturday's Pontiac Grand Prix 200. Kevin Richards was third. Portenga remains the only driver in the series with three top-five finishes in as many starts this season.(ThatsRacin.com) Former CART driver Brian Herta drove in the race, his first stock car race, starting 16th and finishing 5th.(4-27-2003)

  • Schrader wins: NASCAR Winston Cup regular Ken Schrader raced Saturday night at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo., and won the late-model feature. He finished half of the straightaway ahead of Mark Oller of Highland, Ill.(Kansas City Star)(4-21-2003)

  • #49 Testing: hearing the #49 BAM Racing Dodge and Kenny Schrader are testing today, weather permitting, at Greenville Pickens Speedway in Greenville, SC.(4-8-2003)
    UPDATE: the testing was rained out.(4-8-2003)

  • #49 BAM Racing sponsor at Texas: One of the hottest groups in Texas music will be on the quarterpanels of the #49 BAM Racing Dodge this week in Texas Motor Speedway’s Samsung/Radio Shack 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race. The Derailers, which will appear in conjunction Sony Music Nashville, will be the group on the side of Ken Schrader’s car. The Derailers, formed by Tony Villaneuva and Brian Hofeldt from Oregon in 1993, is known a true "sound of Texas." It’s 1996 debut album, "Jackpot," began the band’s post-driving backbeat hammer-ringing Telecaster strum and steam whistle duet harmony - a sound right out of Texas. The feature band on the Sony Music Nashville Dodge, the Derailers will perform pre-race entertainment at the huge Texas Motor Speedway complex.(Williams Company PR)(3-25-2003)

  • BAM Racing gets a sponsor for Vegas: dakota imaging, inc. will sponsor Ken Schrader and the #49 BAM Dodge team in this week’s UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The company is a leading provider of high-volume transaction processing systems and services (more info about the company on their website: www.dakotaimaging.com). "dakota imaging was with us as a sponsor some last year, and it’s great to have them back with us," said Beth Ann Morgenthau, owner of BAM Racing. "With a nationwide audience on FOX and over 100,000 people in a sold out Las Vegas track, this should be another good experience for them, and for us." The team tested at Las Vegas and was one of the fastest cars there. "We have been impressed with the ability to showcase our brand and drive sales through the unique business to business aspect of the BAM Racing opportunity," said Sandeep Goel, President and CEO of dakota imaging. "We’re really looking forward to this Las Vegas weekend." BAM Racing is owned by Beth Ann and Tony Morgenthau of Coral Gables, Fla. The successful investors, who have fully funded the team for the complete 2003 season run, have built the BAM (Beth Ann Morgenthau’s initial) team from the ground up. dakota imaging provides turnkey systems and Business Process Outsourcing services for high-volume paper, electronic and Internet transaction processing applications. Their ready-to-use solutions include automated data capture, document imaging, OCR, COLD, Imagine/EDI document archival and Web based self service software for on-line referrals, authorizations and eligibility. Founded in 1989, the company is based in Columbia, Md., and has offices in Atlanta and Dallas.(Williams Company PR)(2-25-2003)

  • Schrader Captures Bosch Spark Plug 150 at PIR: Ken Schrader held off a late charge by rookie Scott Lynch to win the Bosch Spark Plug 150 at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday. It was Schrader's second victory on the one-mile oval in NASCAR Winston West Series competition and his eighth win in the series overall. It was also Schrader's 13th win at Phoenix International Raceway, dating back to his first victory in 1982 when he was still racing Midgets and Sprints. Jim Inglebright charged from his 11th starting position to finish third in the #20 Jelly Belly Chevy. Fourth went to Inglebright's teammate Austin Cameron, the defending Bosch Spark Plug 150 champion, in the NAPA Auto Parts Chevy. Steve Portenga brought his King Taco Ford home in fifth. AND Bryan Germone, 1997 Featherlite Southwest Series champion, drove his Drivetech Racing School Chevy to win his first ever race at Phoenix International Raceway in taking the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series Phoenix 100. It was his eighth career victory, and first since the 1998 season. Starting from the ninth row and 17th position overall, Germone moved through the field steadily throughout the afternoon, topping Eddy McKean and Auggie Vidovich Jr., who placed second and third, respectively. Polesitter and veteran Winston Cup driver Ken Schrader led the 42-car field for the first 79 laps before suffering front end damage and falling back to eighth place.(PIR PR)(2-3-2003)

  • Schrader on the pole at Phoenix for Southwest race, 2nd in Winton West UPDATE: Ken Schrader is one step closer to winning his 13th race at Phoenix International Raceway after winning the pole for Sunday's 100-lap NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series race. Schrader was the fastest qualifier in his #99 Federated Auto Parts Pontiac, running his best lap at 130.364mph on his second trip around the track. When qualifying was over, that lap proved more than good enough as he bested second-fastest qualifier Benny Gordon (#85 Johnny's Truck & Auto Sales Pontiac) by one-tenth of a second. Brandon Whitt qualified third with Eddy McKean fourth and Auggie Vidovich, Jr. fifth. NASCAR Winter Heat tickets are still available by calling (602) 252-2227, or at www.phoenixinternationalraceway.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the track. The NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series Phoenix 100 gets the green flag at noon, with the NASCAR Winston West Series Bosch Spark Plug 150 scheduled to begin at 2:00pm, local time.(PIR PR), the Winston West race be seen on TV via Speed Channel on March 3rd at 8:00pm/et.(2-1-2003)
    UPDATE: Scott Lynch, 22, who is majoring in communications at the University of Utah when he's not inside a NASCAR Winston West Chevrolet Monte Carlo, won the pole position for today's NASCAR Winter Heat race, narrowly holding off 47-year-old NASCAR Winston Cup veteran Ken Schrader by an eyelash. It wasn't a total loss for Schrader. Earlier, he captured the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series pole with a lap measured at 130.364 mph, a half-mile an hour faster than outside front row starter Benny Gordon (129.880 mph). Schrader reached 127.325 mph in Winston West qualifying, barely missing toppling Lynch (127.528 mph).(Arizona Republic)(2-2-2003)

  • NASCAR Racing at Phoenix this weekend UPDATE: The 2003 racing season begins this weekend as Phoenix International Raceway [PIR] hosts NASCAR Winter Heat, featuring races by the Winston West and Featherlite Southwest Series’ on Sunday afternoon. All the action starts on Friday night with a Go-Kart Challenge at the Speedway Raceway Indoor Karting facility in Phoenix. The event will feature T-Shirts and Trophies, plus the opportunity to battle wheel-to-wheel with many of the stars from the Featherlite Southwest Series, including: Darrell LaMoure, Eddy McKean and Craig Raudman. Following the races there will be a barbeque in the parking lot and an autograph session with the drivers. Gates at PIR will open at 8:00am on Saturday morning in preparation of practice and qualifying for the Winston West and Featherlite Southwest teams. The highlight of the day will be a 25-lap qualifying race by the teams of the Featherlite Southwest series at 3:30pm. PIR will open to spectators again on Sunday morning at 8 a.m., and fans are welcome for the annual Classic Car & Truck Show that starts the day off. An autograph session with all the Winston West and Featherlite Southwest Series drivers will be held at 9:30am, and the first race is scheduled to start at noon(PIR PR). Ken Schrader of the #49 BAM Racing tream is scheduled to compete in both the Winston West and Southwest Series races, other driver's you may recognize from Cup, BGN or CTS who will race include: Jimmy Kitchens, Austin Cameron, Jim Inglebright and Steve Portenga.(1-28-2003)
    UPDATE TV: TV: Bosch Spark Plug 150 Winston West race will be televised on SPEED Channel (Tape Delay), March 3, 8:00pm/et with announcers: Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Ray Dunlap (who will do the CTS races).(RacingWest)(1-29-2003)

  • Schrader to driver in 13 CTS races with special enhanced video/audio: Speed Channel and NASCAR driver Kenny Schrader will bring CTS fans closer to the action with enhanced audio video onboard coverage in 2003. Schrader, a regular on Speed's Inside Winston Cup, will be driving in 13 CTS events with his #52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet. Speed will place onboard cameras on his truck to catch all the side-by-side action. Wired with a microphone, Schrader also will be a part of the Speed broadcast team, beginning April 12 In Martinsville, allowing the veteran driver to provide his unique perspective directly to the Speed booth. Speed Channel, which has added nearly 24 million homes in the last two years, will air all 25 CTS races live in 2003. In addition to added pre- and post-race programming, Speed also will offer multiple replays of each race as well as CTS Fast Forward, a one-hour cut-down version of each race.(Speed Channel PR)(1-29-2003)

  • #49 BAM and Carrott Top UPDATE 2: yes that is Carrott Top and 1-800-CALLATT on the hood of the #49 BAM Racing Dodge that Ken Schrader will drive this year. Supposedly it is a 1/4 season deal (so far) for the Daytona 500 and the beginning of the season. Also, from a Winston Salem Journal article [in part]: Schrader's plans to run for Andy Petree fell through when Petree's sponsorship hopes were dashed. So Schrader is running for Beth Ann Morgenthau, a South Floridian who has been trying to get a foot in the NASCAR door. Schrader knows it'll be tough, but he puts a positive spin on it. "But this year we're running the full schedule, and we've got 1-800-Call ATT on it for the Daytona 500 and the first few races." Schrader said. But Schrader, 47, will have to make the difference. "I don't think I can screw them up too bad," Schrader said with a grin. "Eddie Jones is the general manager, and he has been in the sport for years. Scott Eggleston, the crew chief, won the Daytona 500 a couple of years ago with Michael (Waltrip) and he brings a lot of experience. We've had a good Daytona test, and we're going to Vegas with a lot of other cars. The people who own the car are very committed to the sport, and they're working off their own money right, for a little bit. Hopefully just a little bit. We're excited about AT&T, because it brings a little more credibility to our team. Everything is there. They've got a shop, they've got nice cars, they've got some depth as far as people in the shop, they've got good leadership. Joey Arrington (a key Dodge engine developer) building their motors."(Winston Salem Journal)(1-19-2003)
    UPDATE: 1-800-CALLATT will be the primary sponsor on the #49 BAM Racing Dodge for seven (7) races in 2003 (doesn't say which races besides the Daytona 500) and will be an associate sponsor for the remaining races, see images of the car on my Paint Scheme Gallery.(BAM Racing Site)(1-20-2003)
    UPDATE 2: The 1 800 CALL ATT primary sponsorship will make its first appearance on the car at the season-opening Daytona 500 and also the Budweiser Shootout. It will make future runs at Darlington; Bristol; Talladega; Martinsville; and the July race at Daytona.(Williams Company)(doesn't say but assuming these are all the first races of the year at these tracks since it says the beginning of the season)(1-20-2003)

  • Schrader races next week in Arizona: Ken Schrader, driver of the #49 BAM Racing Dodge, will race at the Early Thaw 2003, a six-race series starting today at Central Arizona Raceway in Casa Grande, AZ. Because the Valley is one of the few venues available for winter racing, Schrader and several other out-of-state drivers already have entered. The series also includes two stops at Manzanita Speedway on Sunday and Tuesday. The series resumes Thursday at Central Arizona and a final two-day show worth $10,000 to the champion also is scheduled in Casa Grande on Jan. 25-26. Weekend shows start at 2 p.m., and midweek races begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $20 on Saturday and Sunday, and $15 for the Tuesday and Thursday races. A four-race winter series for International Motor Contest Association modifieds, pure stocks and bombers also begins today at Canyon Raceway. Racing starts at 1:00pm.(Arizona Republic)(1-18-2003)

    2002 News

  • Schrader to run the #49 BAM Racing Dodge: Ken Schrader will drive the #49 BAM Racing Dodge in 2003. Beth Ann Morgenthau, who owns the team with husband Tony, made the announcement on Friday. "We’re very excited that a driver of Ken Schrader’s abilities and experience will join us in 2003," Morgenthau said. "His expertise as a driver, and his faith in us as a race team, will combine to make our first full season as a team a memorable one." Schrader, a 47-year-old native of Fenton, Mo., who is known for never having met a car he didn’t want to race, has a list of NASCAR Winston Cup records. His 554 career starts is eighth among active drivers and 19th among all-time drivers. He races virtually every kind of car imaginable, and runs in hundreds of events nationwide each year. "Like a lot of drivers, I’ve been paying a lot of attention to what Beth Ann and Tony have been doing with BAM Racing, and the strides they have made," Schrader said. "And like most drivers, I’ve been able to see what is going on with this team, and cut the truth out of what has been a lot of talk. Frankly, I like what I see at BAM and I like the direction they are headed. There is a tremendous amount of potential with this race team," Schrader said. "They have good people in place and good leadership. I’m excited with the future." BAM Racing began operations as a NASCAR Winston Cup team just over a year ago. Owned by south Florida investors, the team attempted a partial schedule in 2002, meeting with some success. "Everything we did and everything we went through in 2002 was to put us in a good position for 2003," Beth Ann Morgenthau said. "We made tremendous strides last year. When you take into account that eight weeks before the Daytona 500 we decided we were going to enter it, we came a long way in a short period of time. "Our goal all along has been to make consistent progress. There have been occasional setbacks along the way but, all along, we knew where we wanted to go and knew we had to work hard to get there," she continued. "Ken Schrader is another piece of that puzzle, and someone who will help this BAM Racing team reach its goals."(Williams Company PR)(12-21-2002)

  • Some Schrader plans...in ARCA: Ken Schrader 2003 plans include competing in three ARCA RE/MAX Series events with title sponsorship from Federated Auto Parts. Those events include Toledo on May 4, South Boston on July 2 and the DuQuoin dirt-mile on September 1. In addition, Federated Auto Parts has announced that it will be the presenting sponsor of the RE/MAX Series race at Toledo Speedway. The event will be titled the Toledo ARCA 200 presented by Federated Car Care.(ARCA Racing Site)(12-15-2002)

  • Robinson looking for Busch program: Shawna Robinson will likely forego competing on the Winston Cup circuit in 2003, and will instead try to make her mark in the Busch Series. "The reason that the focus is on the Busch car is because money and sponsors are just really hard to come by right now," Robinson said. "(The Busch Series) is very, very competitive. Believe me, honestly, in this situation, it's not going to be any easier to go run Busch than it would be for me to go run Cup." Robinson had high hopes for last season when she was hired to drive for the newly-formed BAM Racing operation. It seemed that all her work, effort and sacrifice was about to pay off. But a young and inexperienced team, along with on-track mishaps, ended her season abruptly. "If I would have stayed in the BAM car this year and wouldn't have stopped after seven races and ran for the year and grew with the team, because the team would have stayed a lot more consistent, we'd have gone into 2003 knowing that we took everything we learned in 2002 and would be better," Robinson said. "And I feel we could have done that; there's no question in my mind that we could have done that. But, things didn't work out that way. There were a lot of other areas that were researched and tried, and that's what a new team has to do to really find their place." Ironically, when Robinson joined BAM prior to last season, she suggested starting in the Busch Series, and eventually making the transition to Winston Cup. "I'm fortunate to be under contract to BAM because that's the commitment we made at the beginning of the year," she said. "And, at the beginning of the year, my thoughts to them were 'Let's go Busch racing, and then towards the end of the year, let's do five Cup races and really grow this team. What I learned in the seven races and what I learned in any races prior to that, I'll take and make better every time I get into a car. It's just getting an opportunity to get in the right situation and that's what I'm trying to do now." Robinson remains under contract and is currently working with team officials to find sponsorship to compete in as many Busch events as possible in 2003. She also may do some driving for hire in the NASCAR Truck Series, as well. (much more to this story at ESPN)(12-14-2002)

  • Cope back in the #49 at Phoenix: Using Atlanta as something of a "brush-up" race, Derrike Cope and the #49 BAM Racing Dodge are set for the final two races of the 2002 Cup season. Cope will drive for the team in Sunday’s Checker 500k at Phoenix and next week’s Ford 400 at Homestead. Cope tested at Phoenix two days last week, and the team was excited with the results.(Williams Company PR)(11-7-2002)

  • Cope back in the #49 at Atlanta UPDATE and rest of 2002: Derrike Cope will return to driving duties at Atlanta in the #49 BAM Racing Dodge.(BAM Racing Site)(10-18-2002)
    UPDATE: Derrike Cope will take the wheel of the #49 BAM Racing Dodge for the rest of the season, beginning with this week’s NAPA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Beth Ann Morgenthau, owner of the NASCAR Winston Cup team along with her husband Tony, made the announcement. Cope will be returning to NASCAR competition for the first time since he was injured in a violent crash during a BGN race in September at Richmond. The former Daytona 500 winner had been talking with Morgenthau about finishing this season with the team at that point. "Derrike did a tremendous job for us at Michigan, the first time he had driven our equipment," Morgenthau said, "and continued to run well at Bristol the next week. We were off for two weeks with our partial schedule and had decided at that point to have him in our car for the rest of our year. Unfortunately, he was injured at Richmond in the Busch race. We used that time period to look at a couple of other drivers but anticipated Derrike’s return," she said. "He is back and ready to race. We’re excited to have him drive the BAM Racing Dodge the rest of the season." BAM’s schedule includes this week’s race at Hampton, Ga., and the final two events of the season - Nov. 10 at Phoenix, Ariz., and Nov. 17 at Homestead, FL. "These final three races of the season are opportunities for us to continue advancing and continue fine-tuning our team," Morgenthau said. "The feedback we will get from Derrike, like what he has offered our team previously, will help us to grow, and to get ready for a strong charge next season."(Williams Company PR)(10-21-2002)

  • BAM Racing sponsor? hearing the #49 BAM Racing had planned on announcing a primary sponsor for next season on Sunday at Lowe's Motor Speedway but postponed it because all the contracts were not going to be finalized in time.(10-13-2002)

  • Cope and the #49 to test at Kentucky: Derrike Cope will drive the #49 BAM Dodge at a test session scheduled for next week in Kentucky. Cope said “I am getting around well and have been ambulating without the aid of a cane. I am going regularly for therapy and notice improvement every day. I am still somewhat sore however, but that is diminishing. If my physician gives me the OK, I plan on driving for the BAM team at the Atlanta race.” Cope is holding off making a decision on future BGN starts while he continues to monitor his improvement.(Derrike Cope site)(10-11-2002)

  • Compton back in the #49 at Lowe's: In his first Winston Cup race since August, Stacy Compton placed 22nd, the last car on the lead lap. Compton will drive again for #49 BAM Racing this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway.(Richmond Times Dispatch), see images of car Compton drove at 'Dega in my Paint Scheme Gallery.(10-7-2002)

  • Alabama on the #49 at 'Dega: The #49 Dodge with driver Stacy Compton will feature the titles of some of the biggest hits of the country music group Alabama on the back bumper and hood. Gus Larkin, program manager for the team, said, "The program is based on a salute to the fans of the band Alabama. We just thought it would be a nice gesture to do." Larkin believes the fans will like the car. "It's crimson red in gold trim, and it should be a pretty sharp race car," he said.(Alabama Live)(10-6-2002)

  • Compton in the #49 at Talladega: The only driver to win a NASCAR Winston Cup pole at the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway last year will be behind the wheel of the #49 BAM Racing Dodge in this week’s EA Sport 500. Stacy Compton hasn’t started worse than sixth at Talladega since his rookie season. He won both poles in the Mark Melling Dodge last year, and started sixth in the Spring in a Pontiac. BAM Racing has used several drivers this season, utilizing them at various tracks to help with the development of the race team, as well as researching driver possibilities for the future.(Williams Company)(10-1-2002)

  • Kirby Testing the #49? UPDATE in at Kansas: hearing the BAM Racing #49 Cup team is testing with Stuart Kirby at Kentucky on Wednesday and Thursday, 9/11 & 9/12.(9-11-2002)
    UPDATE: Twenty-year-old Stuart Kirby, the Bowling Green, Ky., native who has run under the watchful eye of several top Winston Cup owners, will drive the BAM Racing’s #49 MNR Productions Dodge in Sunday’s Protection One 400 at Kansas Speedway. "We are so excited to have a driver with Stuart’s skills and talent in our car at Kansas," said Beth Ann Morgenthau, owner of BAM Racing. We had been watching him for several races, and really appreciated his abilities. The more we watched what he could do, the more we thought he had a solid future in Winston Cup racing," she said. "Obviously, this one race won’t make or break him but we are very anxious to see how he handles himself. Kirby has started eight races in the BGN this year, driving for [#34] car owner Jimmy Spencer. "As the word started getting out at Dover this past weekend, it was amazing how many people kind of eased over and asked about him," Morgenthau said. "When we said, ‘Yeah, he’s going to be running at Kansas for us,’ just about every one said the same thing - ‘That’s a great decision.’" Kevin Lepage ran a solid race at Dover this past weekend for BAM Racing before an accident put him out of the event late. The team appeared to be headed to a top-25 finish prior to that. Like many first-year teams, BAM Racing has tried several drivers this season. "We want to be the best race team we can possibly be," Morgenthau said. "Every person at BAM is working very hard to reach that goal. We’ve tried different things with the car and different things in the car. And the progress is there because of it. Many of the changes have been really good ones. Bringing in Scott Eggleston as crew chief a few weeks ago has made a profound difference. And each driver has added something to our effort by design," she added. "The things that have remained constant - Ernie Elliott’s engines, for example - have been great for us as well. We’re looking forward to a really good weekend for this MNR Productions Dodge."(Williams Company PR)(9-23-2002)

  • Parker and BAM in 2003? UPDATE: hearing that #49 BAM Racing is talking to several drivers for next season but Hank Parker Jr. has apparently moved near the top of the list for a full-time ride with the team next season. There is a possibility Parker might drive one or two Winston Cup races for BAM this year too.(9-20-2002)
    UPDATE: #36 BGN driver Hank Parker Jr. said he is exploring all his options for next season, which include moving up to Winston Cup and remaining with his current team. Parker, 27, is in the final year of his contract with Team Jesel and sponsor GNC hasn't decided whether to return next season. He has two series wins, including a victory this year at Pikes Peak. "Everything is really up in the air. I'm waiting to see what GNC is going to do. I'd love to go Cup racing, but I'm waiting on the right opportunity," Parker said. "I really wish I knew what I was doing because it's getting kind of late and it's getting kind of nerve-racking for me." BAM Racing contacted Parker about driving a race this season, but Parker declined because the team was out of tests and he wanted to test the car first. Several rides remain open in Cup, including the #25 with Hendrick Motorsports, #36 with MB2 Motorsports and #49 BAM Racing.(ThatsRacin.com)(9-21-2002)

  • BAM Racing and Billy Ray at Dover UPDATE Lepage to drive: BAM Racing and MNR Productions have teamed up to bring the first in a series of special race weekend concerts to compliment their NASCAR Winston Cup program. Billy Ray Cyrus, star of the hit TV show "Doc" shown Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. EST on the PAX TV network will launch the weekend with a LIVE performance at the historic DuPont Playhouse in Wilmington, DE, on Saturday Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Then he will appear trackside at Dover Downs Speedway on Sunday to follow the Winston Cup action and the BAM Racing "Doc" racecar. Tickets are available at the box office or by calling 1-800-338-0881.(Williams Company PR), no word on who is driving the #49 Dodge, Shawna Robinson? Ron Hornaday? Stuart Kirby? Won't be Derrike Cope as he is injured.(9-16-2002)
    UPDATE: Kevin Lepage will drive the #49 Dodge fielded by Beth Ann and Tony Morgenthau at Dover. Derrike Cope had been driving the BAM Racing Dodge but was injured in a BGN crash just over a week ago at Richmond. "Kevin Lepage has always shown an ability to adjust quickly and to drive fast," Beth Ann Morgenthau said. "He has worked successfully with (crew chief) Scott Eggleston before, and that should certainly help us as he begins work with a brand new team. We think he will continue doing what he has done in the past, and give the BAM Racing Dodge team a tremendous effort." The team has been strong in its last two outings. With Cope behind the wheel at Michigan, the car ran in the lead lap until the very end of the race and Cope spent time in the second half of the race in the top five. The effort at Bristol, Tenn., appeared to be a solid one but Cope was caught up in another car’s accident. "We’ve said all along that we are building a team here, and we will do what we need to do to be successful," Morgenthau said. "We’ve made progress. We’re not where we want to be yet but we feel we’re headed in the right direction. We are grateful to Kevin Lepage for helping us with that at Dover." Lepage finished 16th in this Dover race a year ago.(Williams Company PR), no word on Shawna Robinson's future with the team.(9-17-2002)

  • Cope in the #49 Again: Derrike Cope will drive the #49 BAM Racing Dodge at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend with support from MNR Productions. MNR provided the race car design to Billy Ray Cyrus to promote his hit PAX TV program Doc. Cyrus stars as Clint Cassidy, a country doctor from Montana whose love for a woman has forced him to practice medicine in New York City. The series airs Sundays at 8:00pm and again at 9:00pm on PAX TV. "We’re very glad to be taking our team to Bristol, especially after having such a great weekend in Michigan," said Elizabeth Ann Morgenthau, owner of BAM Racing. "Derrike and the guys did a wonderful job at Michigan. We stayed on the lead lap and would have had a solid finish," she said. Cope ran as high as fourth in the race and appeared to be headed to as much as a top-10 finish before some untimely cautions. BAM Racing had prepared a car for Bristol but debated adding the race to its modified schedule for the season. The team had been formed with the plan of running a limited NASCAR Winston Cup schedule in order to build a strong foundation for the future. "The opportunity to work with Derrike again was one we all wanted," Morgenthau said. "The Michigan race was a large step forward for us. It was a real morale booster for everyone on the team. We had the chance to see our car in the top five for part of the race, and we saw great work on everyone’s part to keep us among the lead lap cars all day long. Maybe we can carry some of that momentum over to Bristol," she continued. "Obviously, those are two very different race tracks requiring two very different styles of driver and car. But our people are experienced, talented and eager to race"(Williams Company)(8-21-2002)
    IMAGE: see my Paint Scheme Gallery for an image of the car.(8-22-2002)

  • Cope in the #49 at MIS? UPDATE 2: hearing Derrike Cope will be running the #49 BAM Racing Dodge at MIS.
    UPDATE: Cope is now listed at the driver of the #49 Dodge on the NASCAR.com entry list and is being reported as driving the car on the BAM Racing site
    UPDATE 2: Former Daytona 500 champion Derrike Cope will be behind the wheel of Bam Racing’s #49 Dodge this week at Michigan Speedway’s NASCAR Winston Cup event. Car owner Elizabeth Ann Morgenthau made the announcement today, as well as announcing the renowned rock music group Poison will be on the car as a sponsor. Shawna Robinson, BAM Racing’s regular driver, is expected to return behind the wheel by the team’s next superspeedway race in Darlington. "Our long-term plans very much include Shawna Robinson. I don’t want there to be any question about that," Morgenthau said. "This, however, gives us a chance to work with Derrike, to learn from him and to continue building our program."(Williams Company PR)(8-14-2002)

  • Robinson and BAM to the BGN? Ron Hornaday failed to qualify the BAM Racing Dodge at Indy, but Tony Morgenthau, who owns the team with wife Beth, said Shawna Robinson would be back in the car at Michigan Aug. 16-18. Beyond that Robinson’s future with the team is uncertain. “We’re planning for next year and want to get off to a good start,” Morgenthau said. “We’re interested in putting fast drivers in the car. But Shawna’s our primary driver. She’s under a two-year contract and we’re going to use her.” But that might be in the Busch Series with a driver to be determined in the Cup car. “That decision hasn’t been made yet,” Morgenthau said. “There are going to be plenty of drivers available, I have a feeling, after the next month. (Right now), we’re just working on getting the car (better).”(Winston Cup Scene - need subscription to read)(8-8-2002)

  • Shawna back at MIS: during FSN's NASCAR This Morning, Shawna Robinson, who was subbing on the show for Derrike Cope, mentioned she would be testing the #49 BAM Racing Dodge at Michigan this week and if it goes well, she expects to run in the Cup race there on Aug 18th. AND Robinson has launched a new website, www.shawnarobinson.net. The new site maintains a guest book, posts photos, has links to fan sites and features personal and race related information. The new site will complement the official driver site, www.shawnarobinson.com both websites have links to each other.(8-5-2002)

  • BAM gets an Assoc: BAM Racing announced that Blair.com and Blair Custom Wear have agreed to become associate sponsors of the BAM #49 Dodge for the balance of the 2002 Winston Cup season. Blair VP, Jeff Parnell said, "we were impressed with the unique business to business opportunities our relationship with BAM provides." The Blair brand will debut with BAM Racing at the Brickyard 400.(BAM Racing PR)(7-25-2002)

  • Hornaday in the #49 at Indy? Shawna Robinson is the only woman driver competing in NASCAR's Winston Cup Series, and last season she became the first female to finish a race in more than two decades. The question now, however, is: How much longer will she have a job? Although team officials have not confirmed any driver change, Robinson revealed in a phone interview yesterday that she may have taken her last ride in the #49 Dodge Intrepid. Ron Hornaday Jr., who replaced Robinson at two races earlier this season - failing to qualify for one and needing a provisional to make the other - is ticketed to drive BAM Motorsports' entry in the Aug. 4 race in Indianapolis. Both drivers were at the Brickyard for test sessions last week, but according to Robinson, "Ron was in a car built for Indy; I was testing a car not made for Indy. "I'm extremely frustrated," she said. "The owners are very good people and they've given me a great opportunity, but I just don't know where I stand with the team at this point." Starting fresh with the newly formed BAM Motorsports, which is owned by Beth Ann Morgenthau and her husband Tony, Robinson turned in a career-best finish of 24th in the Daytona 500. But in running a limited schedule, the team has been unable to secure primary sponsorship. Robinson noted that "things keep breaking on the cars," and admitted that she had just discovered on the Internet that BAM recently hired its third crew chief of the season. Because she is under contract with BAM Motorsports through the end of next season, Robinson is going to do what she is asked to do. In the last month, she said, she has been to New York three times trying to secure sponsorship. If she is released, Robinson will pursue a deal to possibly return to the BGN next season.(Philadelphia Inqurier)(7-23-2002)

  • BAM Racing hires new crew chief? hearing that Scott Eggleston has joined the #49 BAM Racing team as crew chief. Eggleston was the Daytona winning crew chief in 2001 with Michael Waltrip and recently was the crew chief of the #4 Kodak Chevy team and driver Mike Skinner.(7-19-2002)

  • Hornaday in the #49 car at Chicago UPDATE crew chief resigns: Ron Hornaday will drive the #49 BAM Racing Dodge at Chicago. Hornaday previously drove for BAM at the Winston Open and Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's. He has served as a consultant to the team most of this season. BAM took off the month of June to massage its cars and do some wind tunnel testing. Team manager Eddie Jones said following a test session at Daytona that the team had learned some valuable lessons. Hornaday drove in that test in place of regular driver Shawna Robinson who did run the race, finishing 40th after suffering rear end failure. Jones was unavailable for comment Tuesday afternoon on the one-race change.(NASCAR.com)(7-9-2002)
    UPDATE: BAM Racing announced today that Teddy Brown has resigned as Crew Chief for the team. Brown said, "I have enjoyed working with the BAM organization but I wanted to explore some other options." Team General Manager, Eddie Jones, stated, "We wish Teddy the best of luck in the future, he worked hard and guided the team effectively."(BAM Racing PR)(7-10-2002)

  • BAM Racing gets Daytona sponsor: BAM Racing announced today that dakota imaging, inc., a leading provider of high-volume transaction processing systems and services, has signed on as the a primary sponsor of the #49 Dodge driven by Shawna Robinson for the Pepsi 400 NASCAR Winston Cup event July 6th at Daytona. Chuck Ramsburg, dakota imaging Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, said, "We were impressed with the ability to showcase our brand and drive sales through the unique business to business aspect of the BAM Racing opportunity. It should be a great night under the lights in Daytona." BAM Racing General Manager, Eddie Jones said, "We want to thank and welcome dakota imaging on board. As a team, we have committed ourselves to certain goals for the second half of the season. Although we only have a one-race agreement, Dakota¹s support is a sign that we are building a solid program capable of achieving those goals." Shawna Robinson driver of the No. 49 BAM Racing Dodge stated, "I am really excited to be representing Dakota Imaging. This is a great opportunity for BAM Racing and Dakota Imaging. We hope to give them a good showing at the Pepsi 400 under the lights at Daytona."(BAM Racing PR)(6-29-2002)

  • BAM Racing and Robinson to skip Michigan: BAM Racing [#49 Dodge] announced that the team would not compete at the Michigan 400 in order to launch an intense wind tunnel program to gather aerodynamic information on their fleet of new Dodge Intrepids. Team Manager, Eddie Jones said, "We need to take the time to gather and analyze some valuable wind tunnel information so we can fine tune our aero package and make the team more competitive." Michigan International Speedway was where Shawna Robinson made her debut in NASCAR Winston Cup racing. "I was looking forward to going back to Michigan, a track where I have a lot of experience, but my focus is now on Daytona. I¹m excited about going back to Daytona where I started 36th and finished 24th in the season opening Daytona 500. I support the team's decision to by-pass Michigan and prepare the racecars for the Daytona and Chicago events," stated Robinson. In addition to utilizing the Wind Tunnel the team will test at Chicagoland Speedway in June before competing in the Pepsi 400 in Daytona on July 6th.(BAM Racing PR)(6-1-2002)

  • Shawna Back in the #49 at Michigan: The BAM Racing Dodge team next head to Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. Shawna Robinson will take back over the driving duties of the #49 Dodge after yeilding to Ron Hornaday at Lowes Motor Speedway. Hornaday was in the car to help provide feedback to the team and Robinson.(BAM Racing PR)(5-28-2002)

  • Shawna out? UPDATE 2: hearing Shawna Robinson may not return to the #49 BAM Racing Cup ride. Ron Hornaday is in the car for the Lowes Motor Speedway Coca Cola 600 and was in the car at The Winston Open.(5-22-2002)
    UPDATE: hearing that BAM Racing could field a BGN team for Robinson and keep Hornaday in the #49 Cup car. Hornaday also supposedly may have a sponsor for a team in 2003....NAPA, if they do not re-sign with the #15 DEI team. AND from the Winston Cup Scene: Shawna Robinson will likely return to the BAM Racing Dodge at Michigan June 16, after yielding to Ron Hornaday for the last two events. Robinson’s focus, though, may shift to the Busch Series in an effort to help her adjust to an ill-handling race car. “The owners support me 100 percent, they’re very much saying that this is still my ride,” Robinson said May 17. “We’ll see what happens after these two events and what direction we’re going to go. Right now, I’m just holding my head high and walking forward.”(5-23-2002)
    UPDATE 2: sources at BAM racing tell me "Everythig is exactly the same here as it has always been Shawna will be back in the car for the Michigan race it was never our intention to remove her from the car.. Ron Hornaday came on board for two races to help Shawna. and the team and we would like to thank him for all that he has helped us accomplish in the last two weeks."(5-23-2002)

  • Hornaday in the #49 at Lowes: Two-Time Craftsman Truck Series Champion and veteran Winston Cup Series and current Busch Series driver, Ron Hornaday Jr., has been selected to drive the #49 BAM Racing Dodge Winston Cup car. Hornaday will take over driving duties for the next two Winston Cup races. The BAM Racing team is hoping that Hornaday can provide input to improve the team¹s performance. "I am looking forward to being a part of the BAM Racing team," said Hornaday. "I¹m excited about the entire program and hope my experience will help the team become more competitive." The opportunity for Hornaday to drive for BAM Racing came from discussions between team manager, Eddie Jones and current BAM Racing driver Shawna Robinson. "Hornaday is an experienced veteran driver," said Jones. "We believe his experience in a Winston Cup car will be valuable in assessing our overall program. BAM Racing is committed to Shawna Robinson and we are searching for ways to achieve better results. Additionally we have added a new shock technician that we believe will improve our team." The May 18th Winston Open race at Lowe¹s Motor Speedway will mark the beginning of Hornaday¹s Winston Cup driving duties, followed by the Coca Cola Family 600 at Lowe¹s Motor Speedway on May 26th.(BAM Racing PR)(5-16-2002)

  • BAM Racing gets an assoc: Clearwater, FL based R & B Auto Body announced today that the company has joined a growing list of marketing partners at BAM Racing. They will take on an associate sponsorship role on the #49 Dodge for the duration of the 2002 season. R & B Auto Body president and CEO, Ray Maxwell stated Thursday, "We are excited about the opportunity to support Shawna Robinson and the entire BAM Racing operation. The team is showing excellent growth and we look forward to utilizing the marketing potential of the organization." R & B Auto Body specializes in commercial vehicle finishing and operates out of a state of the art facility, capable of satisfying the quality and scheduling demands of Fortune 500 fleet accounts.(BAM Racing PR)(4-9-2002)

  • Shawna gets a sponsor for Texas: Casino Magic – Bossier City, La., is the new primary sponsor for Shawna Robinson’s #49 Dodge company officials announced today. It is a one-race agreement. Robinson qualified 16th for Sunday’s Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Casino Magic is undergoing a $25 million expansion and renovation project, which includes the renaming of the casino to Boomtown Casino and Hotel. Casino Magic is the title sponsor of the Casino Magic 500 Indy Racing League event at Texas Motor Speedway each June. Dale Darrough, vice president and general manager of Casino Magic: “We are more than happy to sponsor a rising star like Shawna. She had a great qualifying run this weekend, and we know that she will bring a lot of excitement to the already exciting world of NASCAR.”(TMS Site Pit Notes)(4-7-2002)

  • Shawna Warned: NASCAR warned Shawna Robinson to pick up her speed early in the race after she got lapped twice in the first 40 laps. Robinson sped up and avoided any more warnings, finishing 15 laps down in 34th.(ThatsRacin.com/AP)(3-11-2002)

  • #99 Jackman UPDATE 2: hearing that Britt Goodrich, the jackman for #49-Shawna Robinson (who is not racing this week at Rockigham) #49, will jack the #99-Jeff Burton Ford at Rockingham as the regular #99 jackman, Brian Perry, injured an ankle last weekend in Daytona.(2-22-2002)
    UPDATE: Shawna Robinson's jackman, Britt Goodrich, will jack Jeff Burton's No. 99 Ford today at the Rock. Burton's regular jackman, Brian Perry, injured an ankle last week at Daytona International Speedway when Kyle Petty's car ran into the jackman on pit road during the Daytona 500.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(2-24-2002)
    UPDATE 2: Brian Perry, the jackman for Jeff Burton, will go to a doctor later this week to see if he can jack the car this weekend at Las Vegas. Perry was hit in the ankle by the car of Kyle Petty during the Daytona 500. Perry suffered a cut on his right ankle that required stitches, but his ankle was not broken nor sprained.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(2-26-2002)

  • BAM Racing News UPDATE 2: it was announced on FSN's Totally NASCAR that the #49 BAM Racing crew chief, Eddie Sharp has parted ways with the team. Shawna Robinson is the driver for the team. No replacement named. Next scheduled race for the team is at Las Vegas.(2-19-2002)
    UPDATE: hearing car chief Teddy Brown will be the new crew chief.(2-20-2002)
    UPDATE: BAM Racing, which fields the #49 Dodge driven by Shawna Robinson, announced Tuesday it has released crew chief Eddie Sharp. Team officials said the decision was made in an effort to continue to improve the program. "BAM Racing appreciates all the work Eddie Sharp did to prepare the new team for Daytona and we wish him the best in his future endeavors," said team manager Eddie Jones. Car Chief Teddy Brown was selected to oversee the preparation and car's setup for the March 3 race at Las Vegas, the team's next scheduled event.(ThatsRacin.com)(2-20-2002)

  • Shawna could be #2 UPDATE she IS #2: Shawna Robinson, driver of the #49 BAM Racing Dodge, could be the 2nd woman driver ever to make the Daytona 500. Janet Guthrie was the first in 1977 (and last in 1980), finishing 12th after starting 39th. (1980 race: started 18th and finished 11th).(Baltimore Sun)(2-12-2002)
    UPDATE: Robinson made the Daytona 500 and will start 36th and be the 2nd ever woman driver to run the race.(2-14-2002)

  • Some Yarn in the Wind: While other members of the Bam Racing [#49] team were hammering and turning wrenches on Shawna Robinson's Dodge, crew chief Eddie Sharp was finishing equally-important work with a ball of yarn. As the team thrashed to find every ounce of speed from the car during a three-day test session at the Daytona International Speedway, Sharp was hoping his ball of yarn would provide valuable answers. He cut the yarn into small pieces then he attached them all around the bottom of the car. The car was equipped with cameras under the car and the hope was they would catch the way the yarn flapped in the air as Robinson drove 181 mph around the track. "Sometimes you can see how the air is moving under the car and what you need to do to make it better," Sharp said. "Right now, this is the easiest way."(Augusta Chronicle)(1-17-2002)

    2001 News

  • Shawna back in 2002? UPDATE 5 - 24 races in 2002: Shawna Robinson is the verge of putting together a deal to run as many as two dozen Winston Cup races in 2002 [#49 BAM Racing?]. Robinson made her Winston Cup debut in 2001 with Michael Kranefuss, but failed in each subsequent attempt to qualify. Kranefuss' BGN team, with driver Elton Sawyer, was forced to shut its doors after finishing fifth in the championship due to lack of sponsorship.(NASCAR.com Buzz)(12-6-2001)
    UPDATE: hearing Shawna Robinson is going to be driving a second Flis Corvette in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, with Conway and Goad as co-drivers. Supposedly Bam Motorsports is buying the seat time for her.(12-7-2001)
    UPDATE 2: Shawna Robinson will be entering 24 Winston Cup races for BAM Racing [was #49 in 2001], driving a Dodge. The team currently has no sponsor but is financially secure enough to run the allotted number of events. The crew chief is Eddie Sharp and the team will be supplied engines from Ernie Elliott.(NASCAR.com)(12-7-2001)
    UPDATE 3: hearing Shawna Robinson will NOT drive in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona and that Kevin Harvick could be in the seat now(12-25-2001)(see story below)
    UPDATE 4: Shawna Robinson and car owner BAM Racing will announce later today in Charlotte a 24-race schedule for the 2002 Winston Cup Series. The 37-year-old Robinson will drive a Dodge Intrepid R/T with Ernie Elliott-built engines. Eddie Jones and Eddie Sharp have been tapped for the roles of team manager and crew chief, respectively, and the team has leased shop space and equipment from former Busch Series owner Buz McCall. BAM Racing is owned by Beth Ann Morgenthau of Coral Gables, who in 2000 and 2001 fielded teams in the ARCA and Winston West series. The team joined up with driver Andy Hillenburg for a three-race, mid-summer deal in 2001, but failed to make the field in those events. The team is negotiating with two prospective sponsors for the 2002 season but reportedly nonetheless intends -- sponsor or no -- to compete in 24 high-profile Cup races and use all of the 12 available test days allowed for rookie contenders.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(1-3-2002)
    UPDATE 5: BAM Racing announced today that Shawna Robinson would be the driver of the #49 Dodge Intrepid R/T for 24 of 36 sanctioned races in the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series. On June 10, 2001, Robinson became the first female since 1989 to qualify for a Winston Cup event. When she finished the race, she was the first female to do so since Janet Guthrie in 1980. Robinson competed in the Las Vegas, NV Winston West race for the BAM Racing team in October of 2001. BAM Racing and Robinson have just recently reached a multi-year agreement to compete in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. With this announcement, BAM Racing continues NASCAR¹s growing interest to provide diversity in the sport. Robinson said, "We will run 24 races as well as the Twin 125 at Daytona this season with hopes of signing a major sponsor for 2002 and the complete 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Series schedule. In addition to the 24 races, Robinson and BAM will test 12 times in 2002, which is the maximum for rookie drivers.(BAM Racing PR)(1-3-2002)

  • Shawna in a Pontiac? New Team? Shawna Robinson tested at Homestead Speedway this past week in hopes of getting back behind the wheel of a Winston Cup car. She drove a Pontiac for a possibly newly forming team out of Florida. Robinson has attempted to qualify for four Winston Cup races [with MK Racing and owner Michael Kranefuss], but has only made one of them-- the June event at Michigan. She started 32nd and finished 34th.(NASCAR.com Buzz)(11-4-2001)

  • Shawna's Deal in Trouble? Shawna Robinson's continued attempts to run in the Winston Cup series this season - and next - may be in jeopardy. Sources close to her team said Friday that Tropicana, which was going to sponsor her next race later this month at Kansas City, Kan., is reconsidering its participation. Tropicana was also considered a strong candidate to sponsor Robinson's team for a full season in NASCAR's Grand National series next season, as well as some additional Cup events(That's Racin') AND Shawna Robinson's bid to drive in selected Cup races this season has been put on hold until sponsorship can be found. Car owner Michael Kranefuss announced in March plans to field cars for Robinson in six Cup races this season. Robinson qualified at Michigan in June, becoming the first female to compete in Cup in more than a decade but failed to qualify at California, Indianapolis and Chicago. She was scheduled to compete at Kansas and Homestead later this season(Racing Extra)(9-8-2001)

  • Kranefuss/Robinson Waitng: Michael Kranefuss said Aug. 13 he expected to receive word within the next two to three weeks from Tropicana regarding its sponsorship of Shawna Robinson for the 2002 season. Tropicana sponsored Robinson at Chicagoland and Indianapolis, but the team failed to qualify for both events. Kranefuss said there was a possibility the team would compete in the BGN rather than Winston Cup. After failing to qualify for the Aug. 5 Brickyard 400, Robinson said she knew she needed more seat time and it was essential for her to race every week(Winston Cup Scene - need sub to read)(8-16-2001)

  • New Crew Chief for Shawna: Tropicana sponsored Robinson over the Chicago weekend two weeks ago, the first time it had sponsored a Winston Cup stock car. The company also sponsored the Chicago race. The Brickyard 400 will be the first race for Jay Born as crew chief for MK Racing's #84 Winston Cup team, Tropicana Taurus and driver Shawna Robinson. Born, who has been with Akins Motorsports for two years, served as crew chief for Ricky Craven at the Midwest Transit Winston Cup teams prior to that. A multi-champion Late Model crew chief and mechanic early in is career, Born also has vast experience in the ASA Series.(Williams Company)(7-31-2001)

  • Robinson has a sponsor for the Brickyard: #84-Shawna Robinson's failure to qualify for her second Winston Cup start did not deter sponsor Tropicana. The company announced Saturday night that it will again sponsor Robinson next month when she attempts to make the Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis.(That's Racin'/AP)(7-16-2001)

  • Robinson's Sponsor UPDATE 3 images: #84-Shawna Robinson's next Cup race attempt will be at the Chicagoland Speedway. Aaron's will not be 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)
    UPDATE: Event sponsor Tropicana has made a deal with MK Racing to sponsor its #84 Ford in driver Shawna Robinson's planned second Winston Cup event, the July 15 Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway(NASCAR.com Buzz)(6-19-2001)
    UPDATE 2: was sent an image of the #84 Tropicana Ford, see it at my Paint Scheme Gallery or at the Tropicana page(7-12-2001)
    UPDATE 3: a few more images at the Shawna Robinson Site(7-13-2001)

  • Robinson In Magazine: Shawna Robinson is featured in the current edition of U.S. Weekly. It's only the third time the news magazine has done a story on a NASCAR driver(Winston Salem Journal)(6-30-2001)

  • Kranefuss to Chevy or Dodge? hearing both Chevrolet and Dodge have made overtures to Michael Kranefuss concerning his Winston Cup(#84) and BGN(#'98 part owner) teams for next season. Apparently, they noticed the tremendous exposure Shawna Robinson and that team have received in two races this season, and are talking to Kranefuss about being part of the picture for next season. Heard Ford wouldn't talk to Kranefuss about a tractor for the team's transporter or even a loaner car at the Michigan race. Apparently, so did Chevrolet and Dodge - both mentioned loaner cars almost immediately in their conversations. Since Kranefuss also has the BGN team of Elton Sawyer, talks have included that team has well to some degree(6-26-2001)

  • Robinson's Sponsor UPDATE 3: #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)
    UPDATE: Event sponsor Tropicana has made a deal with MK Racing to sponsor its #84 Ford in driver Shawna Robinson's planned second Winston Cup event, the July 15 Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway(NASCAR.com Buzz)(6-19-2001)
    UPDATE 2: not making this up - hearing that Victoria's Secret os talking to Robinson's team about sponsoring her and the team in 2002, not sure as a primary or an assoc(6-21-2001)
    UPDATE 3: Shawna Robinson, the first female to compete in Winston Cup since 1989, may be getting Victoria's Secret as a sponsor next year. Already sponsored by Aaron's for a four-race deal this year, she will have Tropicana orange juice on the car for her next event in Chicago. Rumor has it that the sophisticated lingerie company, known for its eye-appealing catalogs and retail mall stores, has also entered into sponsor negotiations. A spokesperson for Aaron's said they are still in negotiations for next year's sponsorship(NASCAR.com Buzz)(6-23-2001)

  • Robinson's Sponsor UPDATE: #84-Shawna Robinson's next Cup race attempt will be at the Chicagoland Speedway. Aaron's will not be 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)
    UPDATE: Event sponsor Tropicana has made a deal with MK Racing to sponsor its #84 Ford in driver Shawna Robinson's planned second Winston Cup event, the July 15 Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway(NASCAR.com Buzz)(6-19-2001)

  • Robinson the 14th Woman Driver to make a Cup Race: Shawna Robinson become the 14th woman driver in NASCAR Winston Cup history and the first since 1989. The other 13? Louise Smith(11 starts/from 1949-52), Sara Christian(7/1949-50), Ethel Mobley(2/1949), Ann Runselmeyer(?), Ann Chester(2/1950), Marian Pagan(1/1954), Fifi Scott(2/1955), Goldie Parsons(1/1965), Janet Gunthrie(33/1976-80), Christine Beckers(1/1977), Lella Lombardi(1/1977), Robin McCall(2/1982 Wally Dallenbach Jr's wife) and Patty Moise(5/1987-89 Elton Sawyer's wife). Sara Christian has the best finish of the 14 woman, a fifth at Heidelberg Speedway in Pittsburgh, PA on Oct 2, 1949(ESPN2's RPM 2Night - stats by Jayski from Greg Feilden's Stock Car Racing Encyclopedia). Some list another woman, Sandy Lynch, but research revealed that Sandy was not a woman, full name: Sandy Neal Lynch(also a son of a former Lynch crew member emailed me in April and said Sandy was a male)(6-8-2001)

  • Shawna to Try again: When she starts the 400-miler this Sunday, Shawna Robinson will become the first female driver since Patty Moise competed at Talladega, AL., on July 30, 1989, to start a NASCAR Winston Cup event. With the addition of four more races currently on her schedule this season - Chicago (July 15); Indianapolis (Aug. 5); Kansas (Sept. 30); and Atlanta (Nov. 18) - she will become the first female to run a regular schedule of NASCAR Winston Cup events since Janet Guthrie in 1980. The last female driver to finish a NASCAR Winston Cup race was Janet Guthrie at Pocono, who was 28th and running at the finish on July 27, 1980. Robinson entered and attempted to qualify the NASCAR Winston Cup race at California Speedway on April 29. Apparently headed to a very quick lap, the rear end gearing broke in her Aaron's Sales and Leasing Taurus, ending her lap - and her shot at making the race. With no points, she is driving the final car eligible for a provisional starting position. Aaron's Sales and Leasing of Atlanta is sponsoring MK Racing and Robinson in the races at California, Michigan, Indianapolis and Atlanta. MK Racing is owned by former Ford Racing executive and winning NASCAR Winston Cup car owner Michael Kranefuss. The team is planning on following its six races this season with a full NASCAR Winston Cup schedule in 2002, and Robinson competing for Rookie of the Year honors. Some thoughts of Aaron's Sales and Leasing Taurus driver Shawna Robinson heading into California: "We tested at California and we tested at Michigan. California and Michigan aren't identical but there are things we found at California that we've been able to use for Michigan. We think we're going to have a pretty good car. Again, our goals are to have a good practice on Friday, set down a really good qualifying lap Friday afternoon, practice well Saturday and then run a solid race Sunday. If we can do all of that, we will leave Michigan feeling we've had a pretty good weekend, and we'll feel like we're ready to get things started for Chicago. I have been preparing myself for quite some time on the physical end of things and getting myself ready for that because I know that can do nothing but help. With my preparation and focus for being in shape, being fit, being prepared to run Winston Cup, we have a lot of good things going on. Michael Waltrip putting me in a Busch car for three races has been a really big help. The biggest thing is the seat time. My career has taken a lot of steps over the years to get with good people. I think with (Robert) Yates motors in the cars and Michael Kranefuss putting this team together, and with Aaron's working with us this year, we have a lot of things going for us. Robert Yates' record speaks for itself but so does Michael Kranefuss' I think he has proven he can put a Winston Cup team together that can win races, and that's pretty exciting. Having (Aaron's Sales and Leasing President) Ken Butler and the people at Aaron's come with us and support us, that just means a whole lot. It means a lot financially, sure. But it means a lot that they see the potential we see in this race team and they want us to meet our goals. I know they make dreams come true for people all over the country but they really have made our dreams become a reality."(see more at Williams Company)(6-5-2001)

  • Woman Drivers: Shawna Robinsion hopes to become the 15th woman driver in NASCAR Winston Cup history. The other 14? Louise Smith(11 starts/from 1949-52), Sara Christian(7/1949-50), Ethel Mobley(2/1949), Ann Runselmeyer(?), Ann Chester(2/1950), Sandy Lynch(2), Marian Pagan(1/1954), Fifi Scott(2/1955), Goldie Parsons(1/1965), Janet Gunthrie(33/1976-80), Christine Beckers(1/1977), Lella Lombardi(1/1977), Robin McCall(2/1982) and Patty Moise(5/1987-89). Sara Christian has the best finish of the 14 woman, a fifth at Heidelberg Speedway in Pittsburg, PA on Oct 2, 1949(ESPN2's RPM 2Night - stats by Jayski from Greg Feilden's Stock Car Racing Encyclopedia). Note: make that 13 woman as Sandy Lynch was not a woman, full name: Sandy Neal Lynch(4-27-2001)

    PAST ROBINSON NEWS when with the #84 MK Racing team

  • Aarons and Robinson? more? hearing Aaron's Sales and Lease Ownership may sponsor #84-Shawna Robinson for her other two planned races. Previous annoument's had Aaron's sponsoring on the car for California, Michigan, Indianapolis and Atlanta. The other two planned races for Robinson and MK Racing are Kansas and Homestead(5-5-2001)

  • Kranefuss Buys Into BGN Team: Brad Akins has formed a partnership with Michael Kranefuss on the #98 Starter/Hot Tamales BGN team. Kranefuss will also bring his former general manager from the #12 Winston Cup team Marty Gaunt and his son Dan Kranefuss to work with him. Kranefuss, a former worldwide leader of Ford Motor Company racing programs and Winston Cup team owner(#84-Shawna Robinson), is excited about this opportunity. "Brad has built a great program that now needs more time and experience than he has to give to it. I'll be jumping into a good team operation and this will allow me to return on a day to day basis to what I have been doing for many years," said Michael Kranefuss. Long time Akins Motorsports driver Elton Sawyer is also pleased. "Michael Kranefuss has done just about everything you can do in motorsports with great success. The #98 team has been in the Top Five range the past three years and I think Michael can help take us to the championship level. Brad has always wanted to give this team everything we need to win a championship, but he can not be here every day to stay on top of things, and Michael can. I think this will be the final piece in the puzzle to get us there."(Akins Mororsports PR)(4-25-2001)

  • Robinson Sponsor for California and three other races: Aaron's Sales and Lease Ownership and MK Racing have announced their partnership for the # 84 Aaron.s Dream Machine Taurus for four NASCAR Winston Cup races this season with driver Shawna Robinson when she attempts to make the Apr. 29 California 500 at Fontana, CA., when she becomes the first female in nearly 12 years to start a NASCAR Winston Cup race. With the Dream Machine debuting at California, Robinson will run five additional races three (Michigan, Indianapolis and Atlanta) under the Aaron's banner to become the first female to run more than a handful of races in over 20 years. Robinson is not new to the Aaron's Dream Team. She ran the #99 Aaron.s Dream Machine (Michael Waltrip Racing) in the BGN Series in Texas, Nashville and this weekend at Talladega. She also ran the #8 Dream Machine (MK Racing) in the ARCA/REMAX Series race in Nashville where she finished third(Williams Company PR)(4-21-2001)

  • Robinson and Burton test California: #99-Jeff Burton tested at California Speedway Monday and Tuesday of this week in preparation for the NAPA 500 on April 29 in Fontana, Calif. They not only became familiarized with the track, but they learned a number of things that will be helpful at other NASCAR tracks. "This was probably the most effective test we've ever had," Burton said. "We went there with some goals, and we achieved all of them while we were there. We used this test for many things, one being to learn more about the tire. I am happy with the results we got, and I feel more comfortable with the tire." Burton spent the first day of the test working on his qualifying setup, while the second day of the test was spent specifically on his race setup. The team tested its Atlanta car that competed in the Cracker Barrel 500 last month along with the Atlanta car that raced last season. #84-Shawna Robinson was the only other driver to participate in the two-day test with Burton at California Speedway.(Roush Racing)
    AND Some quotes from Shawna Robinson regarding her test at California Speedway and her desire to be the first woman in 12 years to compete in a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race. Robinson tested at the speedway in preparation for the upcoming NAPA AUTO PARTS 500. (On how her test is going): "The car is getting better and better, but not where it needs to be. We are making progress; small gains, but gains nonetheless. Every time I think I have the track figured out, we change something in the car and the comfort level goes down. One run could be fine and the next could be completely different. Basically, we've been concentrating on short runs and not focusing on time right now. This is my first experience with a Cup car, and my first time at this track. I have a pretty good comfort level at Michigan and this place is similar, but this place is really fast. Getting into the corners is very important here. We are going to stay tomorrow and do some more work. We need it. We need every minute of track time we can get." and (On her desire to compete in the Winston Cup Series): "My goal is to drive full-time next season. That is what it takes to be successful. I would not be at this level if I didn't think I deserved to be. My time is now. I have a lot of experience, but things have to be done right. That is why we are testing - to get a good feel for the car and get the team working together and on the same page. I feel I'm in my place when I'm in a race car. It is what I'm supposed to be doing."(California Speedway PR)(4-5-2001)

  • Big Announcement UPDATE 2: a press conference is scheduled for Wednesday, Mar 14th at 11:30am/et: Making the most significant announcement in NASCAR Winston Cup racing in the past 20 years(Williams Company). Hearing it could be an announcement involving Shawna Robinson(AOL? no..) running in the Cup series or something else. Nothing to do with the Chicagoland announcement on Wednesday(3-13-2001)
    UPDATE: Team owner and Michael Kranefuss and driver Shawna Robinson announced Wednesday that Robinson would run six NASCAR Winston Cup stock car racing events beginning April 29 at California Speedway. Robinson will be the first female driver to start a Winston Cup race since 1989 and the first to run a multi-race schedule in 20 years. Crew chief is Joe Dan Bailey, who has word with Robinson in her ARCA starts(Williams Company). AND from Speedway Illustrated: The rest of this years schedule includes events at Michigan, Chicago, Indianapolis, Kansas and Homestead. Kranefuss indicates he and Shawna have a three-year deal that includes running for Winston Cup Rookie of the Year in 2002. They are currently seeking major sponsorship but Kranefuss has made the commitment to fund the team for the 2001 schedule out of his own pocket if necessary. Robinson will race Ford Taurus cars with Robert Yates engines. Also see a full story at That's Racin'. No word on a car # yet(3-14-2001)
    UPDATE 2: hearing Robinson's car number will be #84 (not sure how this effects Norm Benning who also uses #84, may share it if they do not run the same races)(3-16-2001)

  • Robinson to run some BGN UPDATE 3 and Earnhardt: Aaron’s and Michael Waltrip Racing announced a new member to the #99 Aaron’s “Dream Machine” team, NASCAR driver, Shawna Robinson. Robinson will take the wheel of the #99 Aaron’s “Dream Machine” Chevrolet for three Busch Series events this year: Texas(3-31), Nashville(4-14) and Talladega(4-21). Robinson will continue her driving duties for Michael Kranefuss in the ARCA RE/MAX series(and the Cup series) as well as the three races for Michael Waltrip Racing’s #99 Aaron’s “Dream Machine” team(Cox Marketing Group)(3-10-2001)
    UPDATE: Robinson is the only woman to win a pole in Busch Series history, capturing the top spot in Atlanta in 1994. She has been racing for over 10 years and had hoped to run a limited Winston Cup schedule this season, but could never line up the necessary sponsorship(Sporting News/AP)(3-11-2001)
    UPDATE 2: it was mentioned on FX's BGN race coverage that Michael Waltrip may put Kerry Earnahrdt in the #99 BGN car for a few races in 2001, as thanks for Dale Earnhardt setting up the #15 NAPA Cup ride for him(3-13-2001)
    UPDATE 3: Kerry Earnhardt, the son of the late Dale Earnhardt, Sr., has agreed to drive in the inaugural NASCAR Busch Series race June 16th. Earnhardt will drive the #99 Aaron's Rent Chevy owned by Michael Waltrip Racing(Kentucky Speedway PR)(3-24-2001)

  • Robinson to run Cup at Talladega in Oct UPDATE: When Shawna Robinson returns for "White Knuckle Weekend" in October at Talladega, she'll leave the ARCA car at home and bring her Michael Kranefuss-owned NASCAR Winston Cup Series Ford Taurus instead. The second half of the year, the team will compete in seven Winston Cup Series events. Robinson will begin the season in the #8 M.K. Racing Ford in the ARCA Re/Max Series event in Daytona. Robinson was among a handful of racing teams concluding a two-day test session at Alabama's 2.66-mile tri-oval on Monday. On Monday, Robinson's focus was on her ARCA car. Instead of attempting to pull double duty at Talladega in October, Robinson will only run the Winston Cup car. Joining Robinson and the M.K. Racing team at Talladega Superspeedway on Monday were: Matt Hutter with Phoenix Racing's (#51)Winston Cup car; Rick Mast with Midwest Transit Racing's #50 Winston Cup team; Todd Bodine with Buckshot Racing's #00 BGN team; Mike McLaughlin with Innovative Motorsports' #48 BGN team; and Brian Reffner with Team Menard's #3 CTS team.(Talladega PR in part)(1-29-2001)
    UPDATE: Robinson's seven scheduled Cup stars are: Michigan in August, Richmond and Kansas in September, Charlotte/Lowes and Talladega in October, Homestead and Atlanta in November(Shawna Robinson Site). Also, see story at SpeedVision: Shawna Robinson To Try Limited Winston Cup Effort. Have not seen an assigned car number for Robinson yet(2-1-2001)

    2000 News

  • Robinson gets Yates: Shawna Robinson’s ARCA RE/MAX Series team will have have engines from Robert Yates Racing. Robinson’s #8 ARCA Ford team has been participating in a three-day test at Daytona over the past weekend in preparation for the ARCA season opener. Along with the new engines, Robinson has a new crew chief in Joe Dan Bailey. Bailey has crewed for Dale Earnhardt, Jeremy Mayfield and Derrike Cope, but his stint with Robinson in 2001 will be his first as crew chief. Along with the Feb. 11 opener at Daytona, Robinson plans to run 12 other ARCA events and seven NASCAR Winston Cup races in 2001(That's Racin')(12-20-2000)

  • Robinson to Cup in 2001? UPDATE 2: Shawna Robinson, on the verge of becoming the first female to finish in the top 10 in the points standings of a major national oval-track touring series, has begun taking a look at NASCAR's Winston Cup Series. The driver of the Kmart Kids Race Against Drugs Ford in the ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series could make that move as early as next season. If things work out the way she and her team hope, Robinson will become the first female to start a NASCAR Winston Cup race in over 18 years and the five to seven races they have planned would give her more starts than any female in the past 30 years in the major leagues of stock car racing. In 2002, she would become the first female to run a full NASCAR Winston Cup schedule in the history of the series. MK Racing owned by Michael Kranefuss(and owner of the #12 Cup car driven by Jeremy Mayfield), is owner of the team which fields Robinson's cars(Williams Company PR)
    UPDATE/CORRECTION: Actually it was 11 years ago, in 1989 when a female last ran a Cup race. Patty Moise ran the #45 Amway Buick in the July Daytona and Talladega races in 1989, finishing 36th at Talladega(10-4-2000)
    UPDATE 2: Saturday’s ARCA race, the Georgia Boot 400, at Atlanta will be Robinson’s final race behind the wheel of the Kmart Kids Race Against Drugs Ford, making her the first female in U.S. motorsports history to have completed a full season in any national stock car oval-track motorsports series. When the race ends, she will have clinched the seventh spot in the final standings, making her the first female in motorsports history to have finished in the top 10 of the final standings in a national oval-track motorsports series. "Next year, we want to have a car running with the first woman to run seven races in a NASCAR Winston Cup season," Robinson said, "and we’re working hard to make that a reality." Robinson, 35, will drive a car for MK Motorsports, owned by the former head of Ford Motorsports and Winston Cup team owner Michael Kranefuss, next season. After a successful full season of ARCA racing this year, which saw Robinson most competitive on the same tracks where the Winston Cup teams compete, Kranefuss intends to move the team to a partial NASCAR Winston Cup schedule in 2001, as well as selected ARCA events at the superspeedways(Williams Company PR)(11-13-2000)

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