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  • Winston back on a car? Less than a month ago, Kmart's support of Haas-Carter Motorsports seemed secure despite its financial woes. But Kmart said last week it is suspending its sponsorship of the #26 and #66 Fords, driven by Joe Nemechek and Todd Bodine, and its presenting sponsorship of the Daytona 500. Kmart filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month. Could this be the impetus that helps put the Winston brand back on a racecar in Winston Cup? Because of the national tobacco settlement, R.J. Reynolds tobacco brands had to withdraw their backing of all sports besides Winston Cup racing but can exercise their right to advertise in NASCAR. This would be a great time to reunite with owner Travis Carter, who says Haas-Carter has enough resources to run the 26 and 66 cars in the first two Cup races, at Daytona and Rockingham.(Sporting News)(2-4-2002)

  • Haas Carter Motorsports Statement: Haas Carter Motorsports plans to field two NASCAR Winston Cup Series cars for both the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway and the North Carolina 400 at North Carolina Speedway. The #26 Ford Taurus, driven by Joe Nemechek and #66 Ford Taurus, driven by Todd Bodine will both carry the Kmart logos during each race. Bodine's Kmart Ford will also be represented in the February 10 Bud Shootout at Daytona. The team continues to evaluate its sponsorship situation.(Cox Marketing)
    AND - Kmart Statement: Kmart Corporation (NYSE:KM) confirmed today that the #26 Kmart School Spirit Ford driven by Joe Nemechek and the #66 Kmart Ford driven by Todd Bodine will participate in the upcoming Daytona 500 and the North Carolina [Subway] 400. Todd Bodine will also drive the #66 Kmart Ford in the February 10 Bud Shootout at Daytona. Both of Kmart's NASCAR vehicles are prepared by Haas-Carter Motorsports. Kmart continues to evaluate its NASCAR sponsorship as part of its current Chapter 11 restructuring.(Golin/Harris PR)(2-1-2002)

  • Kmart pulls sponsorship from #26 and #66 UPDATE and BUT: Financially beleaguered Kmart Corp. has halted the flow of funding to two Winston Cup race team it sponsored [#26 and #66 Ford's], effective immediately, sources said early Thursday. No formal announcement has been made, but the Fords of Haas-Carter Motorsports will attempt to make the Daytona 500 field without Kmart's assistance or decals, the sources said. The cars are to be driven by Joe Nemechek [#26] and Todd Bodine [#66]. Kmart has stuggled financially and last week filed for federal bankruptcy protection. The race teams were told at that time that the retailer's commitment for the 2002 Winston Cup season would be honored. David Harris of Cox Marketing said Travis Carter, one of the teams' owners, was in meetings with Kmart officials and was not immediately available for comment. He said Carter was working with Kmart officials to evaluate options and determine the next step.(ThatsRacin.com)(1-31-2002)
    UPDATE: Just a week before qualifying for the Daytona 500, Kmart Corporation, erstwhile sponsor of Travis Carter's two Winston Cup teams, has pulled the plug on its involvement in the teams, a company statement said Thursday. Carter could not be reached for comment. The move, termed a "suspension", points again to economic difficulties for mid-line NASCAR teams. The Busch Series has struggled for more than a year. The Winston Cup season begins with several teams operating without sponsorship, or with partial sponsorship.(SpeedVision)(1-31-2002)
    BUT NASCAR.com is reporting that while "Kmart Corp. has already acknowledged filing Chapter 11 for bankruptcy, but the company hasn’t, according to one high-ranking Kmart official, turned off the blue lights on its NASCAR sponsorship. Published reports on Thursday said that Kmart had pulled its sponsorship from the #26 and #66 Ford Winston Cup Series teams owned by Haas-Carter Motorsports. The reports also stated that the #26 Ford of Joe Nemechek and #66 Ford of Todd Bodine would go to Daytona for Speedweeks with no decals on the car. But that’s not the case right now, according to Dave Karraken, vice president of communications and marketing for Kmart. The store chain is also slated to be an official sponsor of the Daytona 500 next month. “There was an unofficial announcement leaked to the press today,” Karraken told NASCAR.com on Thursday. “We are still talking with Haas-Carter regarding the program and hope to have a final decision and official announcement within the next day or two. What we are doing is evaluating everything that our company is involved with sponsorship-wise. This is all being done within the Chapter 11, court-ordered procedures -- it’s all part of the process.” A call to the team’s shop on Thursday was referred to Cox Marketing Group, its public relations firm. “The team is trying to work everything out with Kmart right now,” said a Cox representative. “Travis Carter (team owner) and Kmart are talking about all the particulars this afternoon.”(NASCAR.com)(1-31-2002)

  • Kmart in trouble? UPDATE 2 Bankruptcy: getting much email about Kmart's financial woes and wondering how it will affect the sponsorship of the #26 and #66 Hass Carter Motorsports teams. Have NOT heard a thing about Kmart leaving now or in the near future, their contract with Hass Carter runs thru 2002. See Yahoo Biz for a story about Kmart: Kmart Shares at 36-Year Low; and see an image of the the #26 and #66 cars on the Paint Schemes Gallery for the image(1-17-2002)
    UPDATE: Kmart will continue its support of two Winston Cup cars in 2002 and will be an official sponsor of the Daytona 500, making the 102-year-old company the most supportive mass retailer of NASCAR. The two Kmart-sponsored cars will be prepared by Haas Carter Motorsports, which is owned and operated by Travis Carter. The two-car team features the #26 Kmart School Spirit Ford driven by newcomer Joe Nemechek and the #66 Kmart Ford driven by Todd Bodine. "We want to see Kmart take the checkered flag this season," said Tom Lemke, Vice-President Marketing and Sales for Kmart. "Our customers love NASCAR racing and we are putting the power of the Kmart brand behind a program that will give them some great racing action."
    Number 26 Kmart School Spirit Ford
    Kmart's commitment to NASCAR's millions of fans and their families is exemplified this year by the company's School Spirit Program, which will be promoted through the #26 Kmart School Spirit Ford. With this new multi-million dollar fundraising opportunity for K-12 schools nationwide, Kmart plans to donate a minimum of $10 million to participating schools during the 2001-2002 school year. This year-round program turns eligible purchases made at Kmart into cash for schools - allowing children and teachers to focus on schoolwork instead of fundraising.
    Number 66 Kmart Ford
    The #66 Kmart Ford, driven by Todd Bodine, has been chosen to represent the brands that have made Kmart an American shopping icon for more than 100 years. Those brands NASCAR fans may see whiz by them at 180 mph this season include Martha Stewart Everyday, Joe Boxer, Route 66, Jaclyn Smith and of course the Blue Light Special, which will be the first paint scheme for the Daytona 500. Kmart and NASCAR go hand in hand. Geographically there is a Kmart store within five miles of every NASCAR Winston Cup racetrack. Kmart aggressively promotes its racing program through its network of more than 2,100 stores nationwide and through its Internet properties - the BlueLight.com online shopping site and the BlueLight $8.95 Unlimited Internet Service.
    Kmart Sponsors Daytona 500
    Kmart also is an official sponsor for the 2002 Daytona 500. As the "Official Retailer" of the Daytona 500, Kmart will have prominent signage throughout the track, visibility in the event program and other promotional opportunities. Kmart shoppers will even have a chance to win a trip to attend the race. As part of Kmart's effort to reach a wider NASCAR audience in 2002, Kmart will not sponsor the Kmart 400. Instead, the company will focus its marketing efforts across the entire NASCAR schedule, rather than concentrating on just one race.(Golin/Harris PR)(1-19-2002)
    UPDATE 2: Kmart Corp. on Tuesday filed for bankruptcy protection, the largest retailer ever to do so, after a dismal holiday sales season and cutthroat competition from rivals Wal-Mart Stores and Target Corp. left the company strapped for cash. Troy, Michigan-based Kmart said its 2,114 stores remain open for now, but it will review their future by the end of April. Wall Street analysts have said Kmart needs to close around 300 to 400 stores.(Yahoo)
    AND Tuesday's announcement that the Kmart Corp. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy brought into question whether or not the move will affect Haas-Carter Motorsports, the NASCAR Winston Cup Series operation that fields two Kmart-sponsored Fords driven by [#66] Todd Bodine and [#66] Joe Nemechek. Team owner Travis Carter told NASCAR.com on Tuesday that he's "cautiously optimistic" about the future of his two-car operation. Carter did confirm that Kmart was on schedule with their sponsorship dues at present, and that the company has informed him to continue on with business as usual. "We've made some progress and done some real good things for them," Carter said. "I think last year we did real well for them. The thing that's encouraging to me is that they've come outta the box with a stronger campaign than ever." Kmart hopes to reorganize rapidly and emerge from Chapter 11 by 2003. Either way, Carter reiterated that he was told Tuesday morning to conduct business as he always has.(NASCAR.com)(1-22-2002)

  • Todd Bodine in the 24 hours? UPDATE: hearing Todd Bodine [driver of the #66 Kmart Ford] will test a car to drive the 24 hours of Daytona and decide after the test if he will run the race. No word on what team or type of car he will test(12-26-2001)
    UPDATE: Todd Bodine has been having some back trouble so he opted out of the 24 hour race. Bodine still plans to test his Cup car on Jan 7-8th.(Todd Bodine Dicussion Board)(1-7-2002)

    2001 News

  • Penalty Upheld: NASCAR has denied Larry Carter's appeal of his $10,000 fine following the race at Talladega. Carter, crew chief for the #66 Kmart Ford driven by Todd Bodine, was involved in an altercation in [#29] Kevin Harvick's pit area after Harvick's car struck Bodine's from the rear, spinning Bodine into the wall and out of the race. On Harvick's next pit stop, Carter jumped over the pit wall and shouted something at Harvick through the window net.(SpeedVision)(10-30-2001)

  • NASCAR announces Penalties: NASCAR Officials announced that Tony Eury, Sr., crew chief of the #8 Chevy received a $25,000 fine for a rule violation found during post-race inspection following Sunday's EA Sports 500 at Talladega. Eury, Sr., was penalized under Section 12-4-T in the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series rule book, "Any car that is found to be under the specified height requirement after the completion& of the race". The minimum height requirement is 51 inches - the #8 car was 1/8 of an inch under this requirement.
    Larry Carter, crew chief for the #66 Ford Taurus, was fined $10,000 and placed on probation (until the end of the season) for being involved in an altercation in another competitor.s pit area. Carter is suspended from NASCAR until all fines are paid.
    Terry Spalding, team member of the #26 Ford Taurus, was fined $5,000 and placed on indefinite suspension from NASCAR for the unauthorized use of his NASCAR License - selling credentials.
    Additional fines were levied against the following crew chiefs for rules violations discovered in inspection prior to the EA Sports 500 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and were penalized under Section 12-4-Q in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series rule book: "Any determination by NASCAR Officials that parts and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform& or have not been approved by NASCAR".
    Crew Chiif, Car#, Rule Violation, Fine
    Bobby King, #90 Ford, Rear Deck Lid, $5,000
    Michael McSwain, #28, Rear Deck Lid, $5,000
    Peter Sospenzo, #12, Fuel Cell, $5,000
    Peter Sospenzo, #12, Underpans, $500
    Chad Knaus, #92, Windshield clips (too small), $750
    Jimmy Elledge, #55, Travel limiting devices (bump stops), $2,500
    Slugger Labbe, #15, Rear window braces, $250
    Paul Andrews, #1, Rear window braces, $1,000
    Paul Andrews, #1, Unapproved air deflector, $1,250
    Donnie Wingo, #26, Unapproved air deflector, $250(NASCAR PR)(10-22-2001)

  • #66 Crew Chief to be penalized UPDATE: Larry Carter, crew chief for Todd Bodine's #66 Fords, will be penalized this week by NASCAR for his conduct on pit road following an accident that started between rookie Kevin Harvick and Bodine on Lap 95 in Sunday's EA Sports 500 at Talladega. Following the incident in which it appeared Harvick hit Bodine from behind, Carter left his pit stall and went to Harvick's pit stall to confront Harvick's car owner, Richard Childress. The two were separated before it got out of hand.(>That's Racin')(10-21-2001)
    UPDATE: NASCAR penalties could be forthcoming this week for a number of minor rules violations here over the weekend and for a temper tantrum or two by irate crew chiefs, including Michael McSwaim, of the Ricky Rudd [#28] team, and Larry Carter, of the Todd Bodine [#66] team(Winston Salem Journal)(10-22-2001)

  • #26/66 Shocks Banned? NASCAR has banned the special shocks Jimmy Spencer and Todd Bodine have been using over the summer(Winston Salem Journal)(9-3-2001)

  • DW to #46(3rd team)?: DW said a possibility of returning to racing, if he does return look for it too be the third Haas-Carter Motorsports Ford.(AutoRacing1)(6-25-2001)
    UPDATE: DW contacted me directly and says there is no truth to the speculation that Waltrip will get into the #46 Ford(6-27-2001)

  • Haas-Carter Third Team? UPDATE 3: Haas-Carter Motorsports has booked Daytona International Speedway for two test days next week, but neither of that team's regular cars is expected to participate in the session. Travis Carter, who co-owns the #26 and #66 Fords with Carl Haas, plans to test his #46 entry at Daytona. No driver has been named to run the car(Daytona Beach News Journal)(6-19-2001)
    UPDATE: Also, Haas-Carter Motorsports will test its #46 Ford June 26-27 at Daytona. Kirk Shelmerdine will be at the wheel of the Haas-Carter entry. The grandstand will be open at no charge for the test with entry through the Daytona USA lobby(Daytona Beach News Journal)(6-20-2001)
    UPDATE 2: Haas Carter Motorsports has a two-day test scheduled this week(Tuesday and Wednesday - June 26-27th) at Daytona and will use their "third team," a #46 Ford, to conduct preparation for the July 7 Pepsi 400 rather than either the #26 or #66, driven by Jimmy Spencer and Todd Bodine, respectively. Kirk Shelmerdine, the late Dale Earnhardt's former crew chief and a race winner in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, will be the designated driver for the test(NASCAR.com Buzz)(6-25-2001)
    UPDATE 3: Haas-Carter Motorsports participated in a two-day test session on Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway with driver Kirk Shelmerdine and the #46 Ford. Owner Travis Carter says he’s unsure whether or not he’ll field a third team for the 43rd annual Pepsi 400 on July 7. “We want to run it sometime, but I doubt (the car) would be ready for the Pepsi race,” Carter said. “Perhaps Talladega. (The test) is a good opportunity to learn something for all the cars. In order to do that, we need a third car to do it. “We hope to learn a little something for the 26 and 66. You’re always looking to expand your operation and that’s what we’re doing, looking to expand to a third car. As much as I hate to say it, it looks like it’s the nature of the beast.” Shelmerdine, a veteran of the ARCA RE/MAX Series, knows his way around tracks like Daytona International Speedway. He won the pole for the 2000 Discount Auto Parts 200 Presented By ACDelco at the “World Center of Racing.” Said Shelmerdine of the test: “You can’t just jump right in there. There’s a lot of research that goes into it. From our standpoint, we’re going to test a lot and see what happens after that. I don’t think there’s time to get prepared even if you had a year. There’s so many more things on the list to get through in order to hit the ground running.” Carter says Shelmerdine would be a potential driver to put into the #46 Ford if the team chooses to enter the car in a race. “If we run the car at one of these races, he would be probably a good candidate to run it,” Carter said. “We’re tweaking the minor stuff,” Carter said. Said Hillenburg: “We’re a lot better than our last trip here. We feel a lot better about this test.”(DIS Site/PR)(6-27-2001)

  • Haas-Carter in the Wind: hearing that the Haas-Carter team (#'s 26,46,66) had two Fords at the wind tunnel at N.A.S.A.'s Langley Research Center located in Hampton, VA on Wednesday(6-21-2001)

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

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

  • Kmart to Re-new? UPDATE: #26-Jimmy Spencer and #66-Todd Bodine may have added incentive this spring, with word that K-Mart officials are now interested in renewing their sponsorship contract with car owner Travis Carter. Bodine opened the season strong, and the last few weeks, teammate Spencer has been a headliner too(Winston Salem Journal)
    UPDATE: I hear Kmart is showing an interest in staying in stock car racing but isn't necessarily locked into Travis Carter's team(#'s 26 and 66) after the contract runs out at the end of next year. They have already put "feelers" out with several teams. They aren't definitely gone from Carter's team but they aren't definitely staying either. They have come a long way from trying to sell the sponsorship and trying to get out of it to now seeing if there isn't a good way for them to stay in(5-7-2001)

  • Some Paint Scheme Rumors: #66-Blue Light Special; #9 Bill Elliott "Charlotte.Special"; #19 Casey Atwood "Charlotte.Special"; #31 Mike Skinner "Richmond 400 Special". For some past news and rumors, see my Paint Scheme News Page(3-24-2001)

  • #66 Sponsor: Ralston Purina Company announced that Purina Dog Chow brand dog food will be an associate sponsor on the No. 66 Route 66/Kmart Ford Taurus, driven by Todd Bodine.  Dog Chow along with the Purina flagship red and white checkerboard logo will be displayed on the rear quarter panel of the car(Kmart PR)(3-20-2001)

  • Buckshot to do double duty at Atlanta UPDATE: When the BGN series swings through Atlanta, just miles from where Buckshot Jones grew up in Tucker(GA), Jones will race in both next Saturday’s Aaron’s 312 Busch Series and Sunday’s Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500 Winston Cup race, an exciting double dose of action. Jones has never won at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but he’s performed well in his Busch car, recording two top-5 finishes in three races. He has struggled more in his four Winston Cup races, earning a best finish of 26th, but still boasts a seventh-place start. He will try to reverse that trend next weekend as he brings his new Cup ride to Atlanta for the first time. Just two races into the year, the #00 Buckshot Racing machine has proven to be both fast and extremely competitive, with Bodine winning at Rockingham and running as high as second at Daytona before getting caught in a late-race wreck.(AMS PR)(3-1-2001)
    UPDATE: Winston Cup driver Buckshot Jones, a native of Georgia, was planning to drive his Buckshot Racing's #00 entry in next weekend's BGN race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but is having second thoughts. Jones has been impressed with the success of his BGN team with driver Todd Bodine - Bodine has qualified in the top three the past two races and won at Rockingham and Las Vegas - and doesn't want to disrupt team chemistry(That's Racin')(3-3-2001)

  • Hass-Carter, New look in 2001: Haas Carter Motorsports teams have two new paint schemes, one new driver and two slightly modified car names for the event. Both teams will be a little lighter this season, as Big has been dropped from both cars. The #26 team now is simply the Kmart Ford Taurus. The hood and rear deck lid sport a big red K on a solid white background. Three shades of blue striping compliment the red and white #26 on the sides and top of the Haas Carter Ford. A solid red background from the hood to rear decklid will adorn the #66 Route 66/Kmart Ford for the 2001 season. The sides are white with a burnt orange stripe around the entire base of the car. Jimmy Spencer returns to pilot the #26 car for Haas Carter Motorsports. Todd Bodine joins the operation as driver of the #66 Route 66/Kmart Ford Taurus for the 2001 season(Haas-Carter PR). See an image of the cars on my Paint Scheme Gallery(2-6-2001)

  • Bodine, Todd that is .... news: hearing Todd Bodine will drive the #00 BGN car at the BGN race in Daytona and may drive other races for the team but that has yet to be determined. No sponsor has been named yet(1-20-2001)

    2000 News

  • DW Honored: Even though the race was not held on Sunday, the track’s farewell to retiring Darrell Waltrip did go off as scheduled. Among items presented to Waltrip were:
    A rocking chair from Dale Earnhardt.
    A mounted steering wheel from Jeff Gordon
    A commemorative Kellogg’s Corn Flakes box from Terry Labonte
    A crystal cross from Dale Jarrett
    A print of the famous crash in the 1987 Winston after which Waltrip said he hoped winner Rusty Wallace "chokes on that $200,000." Wallace also presented Waltrip a sack of fake money representing what he "stole" from Waltrip in that race.
    A poster of Waltrip and brother Michael, along with $200 Michael said he "borrowed" from his brother in 1986.
    A set of golf clubs and a round of golf at Augusta National.
    A Georgia state flag, an enlarged replica of the Waltrip-themed NAPA 500 program,
    and an Honorary Citizen of Georgia designation.(Gaston Gazette)(11-20-2000)

  • Kmart Gone? UPDATE no..well maybe: Just 24 hours after announcing a staggering $67 million third-quarter loss, Kmart Corp. announced it would end its role as a sponsor in automobile racing. The company confirmed it's marketing its NASCAR and CART sponsorships toward the goal of exiting the agreements prior to next season. Rather than spending nearly $40 million annually on auto racing sponsorships, the company will strive to build a stronger emotional bond with its customers, said Conaway. He plans new promotional and marketing programs directly aligned with customer research and preferences. Kmart has been the primary sponsor of a NASCAR stock car team for five years, the last three with Haas-Carter Motorsports. There are two years remaining on Kmart's current NASCAR racing contracts. One year remains on Kmart's associate sponsorship of the Newman/Haas CART Texaco racing team, which began in 1988. The team's No. 1 driver, Michael Andretti, left after the season-ending race and will be replaced by Cristiano da Matta next year, racing alongside veteran Christian Fittipaldi. If buyers for these sponsorships are not found, Kmart will have to pay out both contracts. Kmart plans to continue selling NASCAR merchandise and develop special in-store promotions due to strong customer interest in NASCAR-branded products.(in part from the National Speed Sport News)(11-14-2000)
    UPDATE: a simplier explaination - Looking to shift its advertising dollars elsewhere, Kmart is trying to sell its sponsorship of Haas/Carter Motorsports' two Winston Cup teams to other companies for 2001. Kmart officials say the company will honor the two years remaining on its contract and will be on the cars if no other companies assume the sponsorship(Winston Cup Scene Magazine)(11-16-2000)

  • DW to race in 2001? Darrell's Waltrip's farewell tour this season might not be a final goodbye, the three-time Winston Cup champion said Friday. Waltrip, who has qualified for 24th for the Pennzoil 400, said he would consider being a fill-in driver during the second half of the 2001 schedule. During the first half of next season, Waltrip will be in the booth as Fox's lead commentator for NASCAR races(Atlanta Journal Constitution)(11-11-2000)

  • Carter Announcement UPDATE Official: Haas/Carter Motorsports has scheduled a press conference for Nov. 11 at Homestead to formerly announce Todd Bodine and Jimmy Spencer as its drivers for next year and that Kmart still has two years left on its contract(Winston Cup Scene)(11-9-2000)
    UPDATE: Todd Bodine was officially announced Saturday as next year's driver for the #66 BigKmart Fords owned by Travis Carter and Carl Haas. Bodine will drive for the team with which Darrell Waltrip is now completing his driving career. Larry Carter, the 66 team's crew chief, will stay on to work with Bodine. Kmart has two years left on its sponsorship deal with the Carter-Haas teams, but is looking at getting additional sponsors to pay part of the cost of that deal for those two years(That's Racin')(11-12-2000)

  • Todd Bodine at Atlanta: have heard that Todd Bodine will drive a third Travis Carter Ford at Atlanta in the Winston Cup finale(10-16-2000)
    UPDATE: Bodine will drive the #46 Kmart Ford at Atlanta(11-7-2000)

  • Atlanta Testing: Winston Cup drivers Jeremy Mayfield and Todd Bodine and ARCA driver Shawna Robinson tested Monday at Atlanta Motor Speedway in preparation for the NAPA 500 weekend Nov. 17-19. Mayfield, who will race in the Winston Cup season-finale NAPA 500, turned a best lap 187.678mph in the #12-Mobil One Ford, which was the fastest lap of the day. The Winston Cup qualifying record is a 197.478, set in 1997 by Todd Bodine's older brother, Geoffrey. Todd Bodine, who was testing the #66 Haas/Carter Motorsports car driven by Darrell Waltrip, had a best lap 187.487mph. Robinson, who will run the ARCA finale Georgia Boot 400 this November, ran a top lap of 183.333mph. The ARCA qualifying record is 184.345 mph, set in Nov. 1998 by Bobby Hamilton Jr(actually it is 188.021 held by Derrick Gilchrist in the Andy Petree Racing Chevy)(AMS PR). ALSO have heard that Todd Bodine will drive a third Travis Carter Ford at Atlanta in the Winston Cup finale(10-16-2000)

  • Waltrip Lap: After driver introductions before the race today, Darrell Waltrip took a lap around the 2.66 mile track at Talladega in the restored #95 Mercury he drove at Talladega in 1972 in celebration of his Victory Tour and in recognition of his first Winston Cup start at Talladega(TSS Site), also the same car won the 1967 Daytona 500 with Mario Andretti driving it when it was a Ford Fairlane, then re-skinned to became a Mercury. Waltrip owns the car(10-15-2000)

  • DW has Broken Rib but: Darrell Waltrip discovered this week he was more hurt than he had thought from an accident during last Saturday's Winston Cup Happy Hour practice session at Lowe's Motor Speedway. During the race, Waltrip got out of the #66 BigKmart Ford, saying he "didn't feel comfortable" and turned the driving duties over to Todd Bodine. On Tuesday, Waltrip visited a doctor and discovered he had a broken rib on his right side. Waltrip qualified his car Friday at Talladega and planned to go the distance in Sunday's Winston 500(That's Racin')(10-14-2000)

  • #66's Future: Todd Bodine replaced Darrell Waltrip in the #66 BigKmart Ford, early in the race at Lowes Motor Speedway as DW suffered a shoulder injury in his crash in Saturday's Happy Hour practice and decided against driving Sunday. DW had a few problems in Happy Hour, first a oil fitting was accidentially left loose and then a shock bolt was not tightened and caused DW to hit the wall and go to a backup car. Bodine will take Waltrip's seat next year with Waltrip retiring, got a chance to get familiar with the car and crew a bit(10-9-2000)

  • #66 Driver UPDATE 5: hearing that Todd Bodine is the preferred choice of Carter for the #66 ride(9-11-2000)
    UPDATE 5 Todd Bodine and car owner Travis Carter are close to signing a deal to team next season, with Bodine as Jimmy Spencer's teammate. Carter says he should know something within the next two or three days(PitNow) see progression(orig story and Updates of this news below(9-18-2000)
    UPDATE 6: BGN driver Todd Bodine will take over the driving duties of the Travis Carter-owned #66 Fords next season in the Cup series, according to his brother, Brett Bodine. Todd will take over for veteran Darrell Waltrip, who is retiring at the end of the season. Brett Bodine was among 13 Winston Cup teams testing at Lowe's Motor Speedway Tuesday night in preparation for the Oct. 8 race at Charlotte(That's Racin')(9-19-2000)

  • Unapproved Parts: NASCAR officials confiscated two unapproved parts during Friday's prequalifying inspections. An unapproved axle part was taken from the #8 Bud Chevy driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr., while an unapproved fuel system safety valve on the #66 BigKmart Ford driven by Darrell Waltrip. The parts was tagged and on display at the NASCAR hauler(That's Racin')(9-18-2000)

  • Melling Changes UPDATE: hearing that Team Manager, Jeff Buice, and the #9 Melling Team have parted ways(9-13-2000)
    UPDATE: Stacy Compton said he has been approached by several teams about driver vacancies next season, but his preference would be to stay with Melling Racing(#9 Kodiak/Cougar team) in 2001. Melling is moving into the new Dodge program next season and Compton hopes that change will help improve the team. But Melling has lost team manager Jeff Buice, who has decided to pursue other opportunities. Compton said Buice has agreed to work with the team while it searches for his replacement. Buice spent a lot of time this week talking with Compton as the team prepared for the use of the restrictor-plate in this weekend's race at New Hampshire(That's Racin')(9-16-2000)

  • #66 ride - Carter Waiting on Gordon UPDATE 4 Gordon stays with the #13 - Bodine in? as reported on ESPN2's RPM 2Night, #66 team owner, Travis Carter, is waiting on Robby Gordon's decision to either drive the #66 Big Kmart/Rt 66 Ford in 2001 or if Gordon will stay with the #13 Team Gordon team that he partially owns, which is looking for a primary sponsor. Also see story at the Kingsport Times News. Hearing Gordon has until the end of today to give his answer. Supposedly Todd Bodine is also in the running for the #66(9-5-2000)
    UPDATE: well, the end of Tuesday came and went, have heard nothing on Gordon's decision(9-6-2000)
    UPDATE 2: starting to hear that Gordon will not be the driver in 2001 and that now Stacy Compton, driver of the #9 Melling Ford is under consideration but I thought he was pretty much a done deal with Melling and the teams move to Dodge and the #92 in 2001. Also in a story Compton is quoted recently: “We've already started hiring people, I was down at the shop and we've got a lot of new guys in place that I hadn't met. They've kept us pretty busy lately and I've been on the road doing things and testing and hadn't had a chance to go by the shop, but we're already putting people in place and hiring people. The ball has started rolling now. We've got a ways to go, but we're already starting to put people in place because the season is winding to an end and next year is gonna be here before you know it.’’(DIS PR)(9-9-2000)
    UPDATE 3: Robby Gordon said Saturday he has no plans to move to another team next season, saying he was going to "stay the course and maintain the status quo" with his current operation. The next race his team plans to enter is at Lowe's Motor Speedway. In the past few weeks, Gordon has been among the drivers that car owner Travis Carter has discussed the opening that will occur next season in his #66 Fords following Darrell Waltrip's retirement(That's Racin')(9-10-2000)
    UPDATE 4: hearing that Todd Bodine is the preferred choice of Carter for the #66 ride(9-11-2000)

  • DW Help: CTS driver/owner, Jeff Spraker will be working with Darrell Waltrip this weekend at Richmond as a chassis consultant. Spraker worked with Waltrip earlier this year (in July for three races - Pocono, NHIS and Indy). Spraker has a vast amount of experience in racing, as he started his career in 1979 running Modifieds on asphalt tracks back east and experience in BGN, the CTS and operates his own shop(9-7-2000)

  • DW Honored on Walk of Fame and #800: The latest inductees to be added to the Talladega/Texaco Walk of Fame in October have been decided and they are Darrell Waltrip, Bobby Hamilton, Tim Flock and “Fireball” Roberts. Some 1.3 million race fans registered their votes at the memorial’s official website www.talladegawalk.com and voted Hamilton in as an active driver and Flock and Roberts as inactive drivers. Waltrip will be inducted as an active driver by decree of the Walk of Fame board of directors. Induction ceremonies at the Davey Allison Memorial Park in Talladega will be held on Friday, Oct. 13 at 8:00pm. ALSO - If Darrell Waltrip takes the green flag Sunday in the 51st Southern 500, it will be the 800th start of his NASCAR Winston Cup career(Anniston Star)(9-1-2000)

  • DW Song: Nashville singer-songwriter-comedian Jimmy Travis is composing a farewell song for Darrell Waltrip to commemorate his final race Sunday at Darlington, site of Waltrip's last victory. Travis, who has written three songs about Darlington Raceway, will perform Waltrip's song this weekend at the annual Union 76/Darlington Record Club dinner before Waltrip's last Darlington ride(Tennessean)(9-1-2000)

  • #66 Driver? UPDATE: hearing that Robby Gordon is pretty much a lock for the #66 BigKmart/Route 66 Travis Carter ride in 2001, replacing Darrell Waltrip, who is retiring at the end of the 2000 season(8-18-2000)
    UPDATE: Travis Carter, owner of the #23 and #66 Fords, has talked to Andy Houston about coming to his team for 2001. Houston tested the #66 car a couple of weeks ago and has talked with Carter about taking over that ride after Waltrip retires at the end of this season. If Houston doesn't wind up driving the No. 66, Robby Gordon is another name that could factor in that team's plans(That's Racin')(8-19-2000)

  • DW and the Boy Scouts: Darrell Waltrip will be the honored guest of the 10th Annual NASCAR/Michigan Speedway Boy Scout Benefit at hte Country Club of Jackson(MI). Doesn't give a date(Winston Cup Scene, Vol XXIV, NO 16)(8-18-2000)

  • Larry Mac and DW together....in the booth UPDATE: Darrell Waltrip, winner of 84 career NASCAR Winston Cup Series races, and veteran, personable crew chief Larry McReynolds, have been named race analysts for the premiere season of NASCAR on FOX(in 2001 at Daytona). Waltrip and McReynolds form two-thirds of the NASCAR on FOX race broadcast team. Waltrip and McReynolds also serve as analysts for next season's NASCAR coverage on FX and FOX Sports Net. A NASCAR on FOX play-by-play announcer will announced at a later date, as will multiple pit reporters and an on-site pre-race show team. On Nov. 11, 1999, NASCAR announced that it had reached an eight-year agreement with FOX and FX to carry Winston Cup and Busch Series races. FOX Sports begins its telecast schedule SpeedWeek 2001 from Daytona, which culminates with live flag-to-flag coverage of the 42nd Daytona 500. The 2001 Winston Cup schedule is expected to be announced later this month(NASCAR PR)(8-10-2000)
    UPDATE: hearing Mike Joy will be the third piece of the Fox announcement team, doing the 'play-by-play'(8-11-2000)

  • Kmart Gone? UPDATE: Kmart won't return to the Travis Carter-Carl Haas (#66) team next year(Daily Press) Doesn't say if it will return to the Travis Carter #26 Team that Jimmy Spencer drives for. Many rumors have Spencer leaving the Carter team after the season(6-20-2000)
    UPDATE: The Winston Cup Scene reports in a story that Travis Carter, owner of the #26 and #66 Kmart Fords, says "We have a contract through the year 2002 with Kmart to run two cars"(8-7-2000)

  • Houston Gone? UPDATE 2 The #66?: hearing Andy Houston may leave the #60 CAT Rental team for opportunities in the BGN or CUP(6-30-2000)
    UPDATE: a little more detail now - per Matt Yocum on ESPN2's RPM 2Night: CTS driver Andy Houston is on Travis Carter's list to replace Darrell Waltrip in the #66 Ford in 2001. Houston may test the car in the next few weeks(RPM 2Night), hearing Houston will test the #66 at Kentucky this Wed or Thurs. Also of Note: still unsure if Kmart will return to the #66 or Jimmy Spencer's #26 in 2001, it was reported on 6-20-2000 by the Daily Press(VA) that Kmart would not return to the Carter team. More Houston: Also hear he is a candidate for the Cal Wells McDonald's Ford ride and has interviewed for the ride, but Wells seems to be leaning more toward a Cup veteran(7-24-2000)
    UPDATE 2: hearing that Houston and Darrell Waltrip ran the #66 Ford at Kentucky on Tuesday(7-26-2000)

  • Kmart Gone? Kmart won't return to the Travis Carter-Carl Haas (#66) team next year(Daily Press) Doesn't say if it will return to the Travis Carter #26 Team that Jimmy Spencer drives for. Many rumors have Spencer leaving the Carter team after the season(6-20-2000)

  • DW Honored at Talladega: As a tribute to his 29 years in NASCAR Winston Cup racing, Talladega Superspeedway is honoring Darrell Waltrip with a commemorative pole day ticket for Ricochet Qualifying Day. The ticket is a collage of Waltrip's career dating back to his first Winston Cup start in 1972 at Talladega Superspeedway. In addition to his #95 Terminal Trucking Mercury, some of Waltrip's most noted race cars are on the ticket, including the #88 Gatorade car as well as the #17 Tide-sponsored Chevrolet, and the #11 Budweiser Chevrolet owned by Junior Johnson. Waltrip, the owner of 84 Winston Cup victories, has four wins at the Alabama track, as well as a pair of pole positions(Talladega Superspeedway site)(6-20-2000)

  • DW at Kentucky UPDATE: NASCAR legend Darrell Waltrip took a spin around the new Kentucky Speedway at about 115 mph and pronounced the re-paved track ready for today's first Craftsman Truck and Slim Jim All-Pro practices. Waltrip will be grand marshal of Saturday's grand-opening festivities, featuring the truck race(Cincinnati Enquirer) There had been rumors that DW would drive in the race but nothing has been announced, even though a #17 truck is listed on the NOL Entry List with the driver simply listed as TBA(to be announced) fielded by Conley Racing Chevrolet who also field the #7 for David Starr, and Tony Ave, an open wheel driver from Indianapolis, IN is supposed to test at Kentucky on Friday with Team Rensi and Starr -- see that story on the CTS page
    UPDATE: DW is ONLY the Grand Marshal for the race and will NOT be driving a truck at the race. He is going to fly from Pocono and be the Grand Marshal, then fly back Saturday night.(6-15-2000)

  • Ray to NASCAR? UPDATE: mentioned on Thursday's RPM 2Night: rumors that Greg Ray may switch to NASCAR....Ray drives in the IRL for John Menard(6-9-2000)
    UPDATE: hearing Ray is looking into the #66 Carter-Hass ride that will be vacated by Darrell Waltrip after he retires at the end of the 2000 season(6-10-2000)

  • DW another ride?? UPDATE 2 (it's long): not sure what this is about but saw this in a story on NOL about Darrell Waltrip missing the race and Robby Gordon making it: Waltrip is still holding out hope that a ride will open up for him in his last Coca-Cola 600. "We're working on some things," he said. "Maybe somebody needs a driver. Maybe that'll work out for me, I hope. There are a couple of possibilities there."(NOL) and from That's Racin': Waltrip may very well wind up driving the #85 Ford owned by Mansion Motorsports in Sunday's race. Driver Carl Long posted the 35th fastest speed in Wednesday first-round qualifying, but negotiations were under way on Thursday evening for Waltrip's team to purchase that ride and put Waltrip in the car on Sunday. A decision on that should be made by Friday morning(That's Racin'). Noticed during twilight practice tonight, only 42 or the 43 cars practiced, missing? the #85 Ford of Carl Long. More on this as it plays out or fades out(5-25-2000)
    UPDATE: from what I hear it looks like DW will be racing in the Coca Cola 600 this weekend. Something should be announced sometime this morning. DW would drive the #85 Kmart/Rt 66 Ford that Carl Long qualified into the race on Wednesday. The car, a 1999 Ford bought at a Roush auction, was reskinned into a 2000 version by Long and one paid workers and a few volunteers at Mansion Motorsports, which is owned by black businessman Thee Dixon. Long is hoping to make a go of it with Dixon but sponsorship has been hard to find. Long is also looking for oppurtunities in Busch and the Truck series. See the #85 Teams News page for more info on the team
    UPDATE 2: Yep, DW will be in the Coca Cola 600. Darrell Waltrip and his Winston Cup team owner Travis Carter(#66 Ford) came to agreement Friday with Carl Long, driver of the #85 Ford, and his car owner Thee Dixon for Waltrip to drive Long's car in Sunday's race and move his Big Kmart sponsorship to the team for the race. Long made the field after posting the 35th-best qualifying speed. Waltrip failed to make the field during Wednesday night's first round session and failed to complete his lap during Thursday's second round. Sunday would have been Long's first Winston Cup start. He has competed at Charlotte previously in the Automobile Racing Club of America series(That's Racin') AND ....Negotiations began immediately. By lunch time Friday, crewmen had begun applying Kmart decals and trading out parts on Dixon's blue, yellow and pink Ford, a surplus Jack Roush car bought at auction. Dixon, one of few black men to try out in NASCAR, is a painting contractor and sometime racer from Raleigh, N.C. He has brought out cars, usually without success, at Daytona and Charlotte. This week, Dixon sprung for a Roush engine, put employee Long in the car, and made the show. The price of the deal is not known. These usually come in at plus-or-minus $50,000. Long, 32, from Roxboro, N.C., has made occasional starts in Craftsman Trucks and in ARCA. Long's comment: "I'm going to do everything I can do to work with the guys on the 66 team to get Darrell the best run we can give him in that car," said Long, who refers to Dixon as Mr. Dixon. "I think it's motivation. I can get on the radio and say, 'Darrell, I know damn well if I can drive it, you ought to be able to.' more comments from Long at SpeedVision/goracing). Jayski Note: Long who hopes to drive more races for Dixon is looking for full time rides in CUP, BGN or CTS. Long had put in for the #50 truck try outs but didn't get chosen to test the truck. Also, Dixon will get the owners points for wherever DW finishes, DW gets the drivers points and #66 owner Carter will get 22 owners points after the car failed to make the race, tied for 4th slowest but higher in owners points then #71 Dave MArcis who will get 19 owners points(5-26-2000)

  • DW street: A street near the Lowe's Motor Speedway Court of Legends will be renamed Darrell Waltrip Way at a special ceremony Wednesday, May 24th at 7:00pm/et(I guess just before qualifying?). Waltrip is being honored for a career that includes five victories in the Coca-Cola 600(That's Racin')(5-22/24-2000)

  • DW in Chrome: Darrell Waltrip will run a special CHROME #66 Kmart/Rt 66 Ford in the Winston, check it out on the Paint Schemes Gallery page(5-15-2000)

  • DW Grand Marshal: Three time, NASCAR Winston Cup champ, Darrell Waltrip will serve as Grand Marshal at the Kentucky Speedway's inaugural race, "The Kroger 225". The Craftsman Truck Series event, scheduled for June 17th will have a 7:30pm/et green flag and broadcast live, nationally on ESPN(Kentucky Speedway PR)(5-3-2000)

  • No Switch: A week ago, the Darlington garage area was full of talk that Jimmy Spencer, No. 26, would switch car numbers with teammate Darrell Waltrip, #66, so that Waltrip could be eligible for more of the provisional starting positions he has needed to make the field in four of the season’s first five races. It never was an issue, Spencer insisted Friday(Gaston Gazette)(3-25-2000)

  • DW to switch to #26? UPDATE 2: TNN's Raceday is reporting that next week at Bristol, Darrell Waltrip and teammate Jimmy Spencer may switch cars so Waltrip can take advantage of the provisionals the #26 has. The #26 is also 25th in owners points and if it stays there the team would not be charged a provisional...should be interesting if it happens(3-19-2000)
  • DW UPDATE: #66 Darrell Waltrip abruptly parked his car on Lap 132 at Darlington on Sunday. He had been in the garage earlier, and the team had made adjustments on the car. This time, he climbed out and went in his hauler to change. Waltrip said he couldn't go fast enough to stay out of the other drivers way. Waltrip has used four champion provisionals in five races this season and cannot use another until Martinsville. That means he has to qualify at Bristol and Texas, or go home. There is talk that Carter might put Waltrip in the #26 (his teammate) next week at Bristol (moving Spencer to 66) so that DW can use the 26's provisional if necessary. Team members would not confirm that, saying they'd know more early this week(SpeedVision)(3-20-2000)
    UPDATE 2: Owner Travis Carter grimaced when asked if driver Darrell Waltrip, out of provisionals, would switch cars with teammate Jimmy Spencer for Sunday’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Reports had surfaced that Carter would have his drivers trade cars because Spencer has enough points to make the race. Will it happen? Not likely. “Every man’s got to stand on his own two feet,” Carter said(Times-Dispatch)(3-20-2000)

  • Sad News: Darrell Waltrip's Mother-In-Law passed away today, condolences to the family(2-28-2000)

  • DW Road: North Carolina Speedway will name a road on the property for Darrell Waltrip in ceremonies on Saturday(Gaston Gazette)(2-24-2000)

  • DW to be Honored at BMS: Seven-time Cup Champion Dale Earnhardt and reigning champion Dale Jarrett headline the list of stars who will pay tribute to Darrell Waltrip at the March 24 "Finishing 1st For Kids" Children of Bristol charity benefit. Waltrip, Bristol’s all-time leading winner, is honoree for the fifth-annual dinner that benefits Bristol’s Boys and Girls Club; Girls, Inc.; and Speedway Children’s Charities. The benefit has raised more than $700,000 for local children in its first four years(Bristol Motor Speedway Site)(2-9-2000)

  • DW Correction: I stated a while back that Darrell Waltrip would run a special paint scheme at both the Bud Shootout Qualifier and the Daytona 500. Actually DW will run the #66 NASCAR 500/BIG Kmart Ford in the blue, purple and black trim at the Qualifier and the special paint scheme "Flame Car" will be run at the Daytona 500 and the following races during the 2000 season: Las Vegas, Bristol March race, California, Michigan June race, New Hampshire July race, Indianapolis, Darlington September race, Charlotte October race, Phoenix, and Atlanta November race(1-21-2000)

  • DW's Crew Chief: Darrel Waltrip, who will be in his second season driving for Haas-Carter Motorsports in the #66 Route 66/Big Kmart Ford, is working with crew chief Larry Carter, nephew of team co-owner and longtime crew chief Travis Carter(AP/SpeedNet)(1-14-2000)

  • DW's plane: A pilot escaped safely from a private plane after it came into Piedmont Triad International Airport early Tuesday morning with its landing gear only halfway down. The pilot, whose name was not available Tuesday, was not injured. He was the only passenger in the turbo-prop plane, owned by Winston Cup driver Darrell Waltrip. The pilot was returning the plane from a paint shop in South Carolina. The pilot is not DW's pilot, he was returning the plane. When they got the news about the plane on Tuesday, Waltrip and his family were just glad no one had been injured. Also, the family had more sobering concerns this week, he said. They were planning funeral arrangements for Waltrip's 76-year-old father, Leroy Waltrip, who died Monday(News and Record)(1-12-2000)

  • Sad News: Darrell and Michael Waltrip's father, Leroy Waltrip, passed away this morning after a lengthy illness. Memorial services are being planned for the Mooresville, NC area and also one in Waltrip's hometown of Owensboro, KY. Specific arrangements are not yet available. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following: Motor Racing Outreach(MRO), In memory of Leroy Waltrip, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Smith Tower, Ste. 405 Harrisburg, NC 28075. Condolences to the Waltrip family(1-10-2000) -- more info at the TNN Motorsports site: Leroy Waltrip Dies After Lengthy Illness (1-11-2000)

  • Duel Kmart: during an interview on TNN's Raceday, Darrell Waltrip said he and teammate Jimmy Spencer would be sponsored by Kmart. It has been rumored for months, first time heard someone from the team say it. Looks like Spencer will change from #23 to #26 also(1-9-2000)

  • Cup drivers to run at Kentucky: Darrell Waltrip, Michael Waltrip and Jeremy Mayfield are scheduled to drive at the CTS/Truck race at Kentucky Speedway on June 17(Cincinnati Post)(1-9-2000)

    2000 News

  • NASCAR and Kmart and DW: A Charlotte sports marketing firm has helped create and organize a joint promotion between NASCAR and Kmart Corp. that is among the most extensive in stock-car racing history. Retail Sports Marketing Inc. has spent more than a year helping NASCAR and Kmart coordinate the 10-week promotion, which begins Jan. 16. Marketing has taken on. A 70-day promotion centered on driver Darrell Waltrip's special-edition race car, which he will drive for one race in February(Business Journal of Charlotte)(12-20-1999)

  • DW in the booth? Darrell Waltrip is currently negotiating with both FOX Sports and NBC Sports to become a network commentator during races in 2001(Savannah Morning News)(12-19-1999)

  • DW Special Paint UPDATE: not sure when but the Racing Champions site is showing a paint scheme for the #66 BigKmart Ford that will be run sometime in 2000, unknown when, see it at: www.racingchampions.com(12-10-1999) -- UPDATE: this scheme will supposedly be run in DW's final Daytona 500(12-12-1999)

  • DW Just Frustrated: Darrell Waltrip said he was speaking out in frustration when he told an Atlanta TV station last weekend that he might not return for next season's planned farewell tour(Tennessean by Larry Woody)(11-23-1999)

  • DW back in 2000? UPDATE: TNN's Raceday interviewed Darrell Waltrip and he mentioned one possibility for changes in the #66 2000 season that he may not be back, but don't bet on that(11-21-1999) -- UPDATE: "With Darrell Waltrip missing seven races this season, intense focus has been put on his upcoming Victory Tour 2000. Owner Travis Carter has worked all season to understand the problems that have haunted Waltrip’s team. He’s a bit mystified as to what to change next. Adding to the frustration has been speculation about the upcoming retirement tour. Announced in August, the Kmart-sponsored season includes a variety of merchandising campaigns. Carter said nothing is ever guaranteed in this sport but that he has no plans for an early Waltrip retirement or knowledge of Waltrip considering that option"(Times-Dispatch) AND Travis Carter, co-owner of the No. 66 Ford, said on Sunday that he is not taking seriously the comments Darrell Waltrip made about retiring immediately. Waltrip, who failed to qualify for Sunday's race, told a TV station he may not return next season(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)(11-22-1999)

  • DW/Spencer Switch? UPDATE 2: Dr Jerry Punch interviewed Darrell Waltrip and he mentioned that Jimmy Spencer and he may switch cars for the race as they both practiced each others cars and like them better, now whether DW was joking around or not who knows, that is all I know on it(ESPN Qualifying)(11-19-1999) -- UPDATE: During practice yesterday morning at Atlanta, Darrell Waltrip was uncomfortable with the handling of his #66 car. He asked teammate Jimmy Spencer, who had tested the car at Atlanta, to take it out for a few laps. He went out for a few practice laps, posting a faster speed than Waltrip’s(Times-Dispatch)(11-20-1999) -- UPDATE 2: obviously this didn't happen as DW failed to make the race but the Times-Dispatch reports this: Waltrip did not plan to be the only driver practicing his car yesterday. Robby Gordon prepared to drive a few practice laps and possibly qualify Waltrip’s car. But according to Waltrip’s team, Gordon’s co-owners did not want to risk the driver crashing, and asked him not to attempt any laps AND In an effort to figure out what was wrong with his car, Waltrip asked teammate Jimmy Spencer to drive Waltrip's car during practice. According to one team member, Spencer's lap times were seven-tenths of a second faster than Waltrip's. That's the difference between the 41st-fastest qualifying spot -- where Waltrip ended up -- and the fifth-fastest(News and Observer)(11-21-1999)

  • DW Notes: #66-Darrell Waltrip wrecked his primary car in the AM practice Friday and had to go to the back-up car. The back-up had been raced at Martinsville earlier in the season but it didn't have enough speed to make the field in the first round(DW Site)(11-13-1999)

  • #66 Crew Chief UPDATE: hearing the #66 Big Kmart/Route 66 team and crew chief Philippe Lopez have parted ways as of Monday. Supposedly team owner Travis Carter will handle the crew chief duties for the rest of the season. Darrell Waltrip(DW) drives the car. Hearing DW is testing at Rockingham and Lopez is not there(10-12-1999) -- UPDATE: Travis Carter, co-owner of Haas/Carter Motorsports with Carl Haas, has taken over crew chief responsibilities for the #66 Route 66/Big Kmart Racing team for the remainder of the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup season. Philippe Lopez, crew chief since May, will remain with the team(VanDercook and Company PR)(10-13-1999)

  • Carter/Yates Engines REPOST: Besides building Ford engines for his #28 and #88 teams, Robert Yates Racing will build engines in 2000 for the two Travis Carter teams(#66 and #23?), the #75 Butch Mock-Galaxy Motorsports team and the new Cal Wells Tide team(Winston Cup Today Radio) Yates is looking into leasing Butch Mock's engine shop(Winston Cup Scene)(9-24-1999) -- REPOST: Some readers sent me this again as heard on Speedvision's Inside Winston Cup Racing on Monday(10-5-1999) -- UPDATE: Mike Ege will run the shop for Yates and supply the engines to the #'s 23,66 and 75(10-7-1999)

  • DW BGN ride UPDATE: Remember those DW BGN rumors a while back, well I am hearing that DW will drive the #48 Champion Potato Co Ford at Charlotte in October in a one race deal. His brother Michael is supposedly listed as the owner(6-21-1999) -- UPDATE: it's been a while since I heard anything on this and do not see DW listed on the BGN Entry List on NOL -- UPDATE: Darrell Waltrip will not be running the BGN race at Charlotte. The deal for DW to drive the BGN car and promote the company's product never came together(10-5-1999)

  • Waltrip to be honored: NASCAR Winston Cup Series three-time Champion Darrell Waltrip will be one of 12 athletes honored in the fourteenth annual Great Sports Legends Dinner to benefit the Buoniconti Fund in support of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis the evening of Tuesday, October 5, 1999. Former NFL great Frank Gifford will be the Master of Ceremonies for the event, which will be held in the Grand Ballroom at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Waltrip, driver of the Haas/Carter Motorsports Route 66/Big Kmart Ford, will be the only auto racing figure included in this years star-studded line-up. Sports legends Jack Nicklaus, Martina Navratilova, jockey Julie Krone, Jerry Lucas, Jim Palmer, John Thompson, Olga Korbut, Marcus Allen, Pat LaFontaine, Olympic star Dan O'Brien and Gifford will also be honored. Former honorees include Hank Aaron, Muhammad Ali, Julias Erving, Mario Andretti, Wayne Gretsky and Johnny Unitas, to name a few. Individuals and corporations pay up to $25,000 for the opportunity to attend the event, which will include a silent auction of autographed sports memorabilia(Kmart PR)(9-28-1999)

  • About DW's attempt at Dover: got many questions on this: Despite valiant efforts, Darrell Waltrip and the Route 66/Big Kmart Racing team were unable to make the field for the MBNA Gold 400 last weekend at Dover. Waltrip and the team pulled out all the stops, including asking BGN driver Elton Sawyer to run several laps in the #66 Ford Taurus in an effort to gain more information about the set-up of the car. Unfortunately, the team came up short and packed up a day early. Car Owner Travis Carter: "I believe in Darrell, and I believe in our people and our cars," Carter said last weekend. "I also believe there is a solution to every problem. I may not have that answer right now, but we're going to do whatever it takes to build this team."(VanDercook & Company PR in part)(9-27-1999)

  • Carter/Yates Engines: Besides building Ford engines for his #28 and #88 teams, Robert Yates Racing will build engines in 2000 for the two Travis Carter teams(#66 and #23?), the #75 Butch Mock-Galaxy Motorsports team and the new Cal Wells Tide team(Winston Cup Today Radio) Yates is looking into leasing Butch Mock's engine shop(Winston Cup Scene)(9-24-1999)

  • Waltrip honored UPDATE: Darrell Waltrip on Monday Sept 13th will become the first race driver inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, joining such legends as Muhammad Ali, Pee Wee Reese and Paul Hornung. The induction will take place at the Galt House in Louisville. The Hall of Fame is located in Freedom Hall at the Kentucky State Fair and Exposition Center. Waltrip was a high school track star who set some state records before launching his NASCAR career(Tennessean)(9-12-1999) -- UPDATE: see story at the Kentucky Herald-Leader/Hall crowd greets `The Greatest'(9-14-1999)

  • Yates and Carter: Travis Carter is debating between a Peter Guild engine-lease operation or a Yates lease program. Yates is expanding his customer engine program and hiring new engine builders to handle the new business(PitNow)(8-30-1999)

  • DW Moves: Darrell Waltrip's team(#66 BigKmart Travis Carter owns) moves into its new shop Tuesday. The shop will be next to teammate Jimmy Spencer's shop in Statesville, NC(News and Record)(8-22-1999)

  • DW's Motor? UPDATE: hear that the #66 BigKmart/Rt 66 Ford had a Yates engine for the Birckyard 400, not a Pro Motor like they normally use -- UPDATE: The Yates motor was used for practice and qulaifying, the team used a Pro-Motor for the race(8-9-1999)

  • DW Announcement UPDATE 2 OFFICIAL: look for Darrell Waltrip to announce that the 2000 season will be his final one. The announcement will take place in Indy at the Brickyard 400 on Aug 4th. Calling it Calling it "DW's Victory Tour 2000" will supposedly have merchandise for the announcement and the Brickyard 400 weekend, then put it away until January 2000(6-23-1999) -- UPDATE: Tennessean story reports the same and has some info on DW: Waltrip set to retire after next season(7-30-1999) -- UPDATE 2: more info - Career highlights -- Darrell Waltrip(CBS)(8-1-1999) -- TODAY: is the announcement, see a Tennessean story: Waltrip to announce retirement today by Larry Woody -- OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: from NOL: Waltrip makes it official: 2000 his last year(8-5-1999)

  • DW Paint: Darrell Waltrip's #66 Route 66/Big Kmart Ford Taurus will have a special paint scheme for the Brickyard 400. It will be the debut of the paint scheme Waltrip will run in selected races next year. The paint scheme will be unveiled during next Thursday's(Aug 5th) morning press conference(7-30-1999)

  • Double KMart cars? KMart may be expanding its NASCAR sponsorship to include both of Travis Carter's teams next season(PitNow)(7-26-1999)

  • DW Info: Darrell Waltrip was faced with an intriguing situation during 2nd round qualifying. He had one provisional remaining entering this weekend(at Pocono) and his team contemplated withdrawing from the race in order to save his provisional for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis, where he is making an announcement of his retirement plans on Aug. 5. Waltrip, who originally qualified in the 36th and final position on speed, elected to take his chances but had to use a provisional when Barrett and Lepage made the field on speed. Waltrip will now have to make the field on speed to run in the Aug. 7 Brickyard 400(That's Racin')(7-25-1999)

  • DW Announcement UPDATE: look for Darrell Waltrip to announce that the 2000 season will be his final one. The announcement will take place in Indy at the Brickyard 400 on Aug 4th. Calling it Calling it "DW's Victory Tour 2000" will supposedly have merchandise for the announcement and the Brickyard 400 weekend, then put it away until January 2000(6-23-1999) -- UPDATE: Darrell Waltrip has scheduled a press conference and breakfast for 9am Aug. 5 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he is expected to announce his retirement following the 2000 season. Waltrip signed a two-year deal before the start of the 1999 season to run a second team for car owner Travis Carter with Kmart as the sponsor. Waltrip will participate in a ``farewell tour'' of sorts through the 2000 season with an array of special promotions(That's Racin')(7-4-1999)

  • DW Announcement: look for Darrell Waltrip to announce that the 2000 season will be his final one. The announcement will take place in Indy at the Brickyard 400 on Aug 4th. Calling it Calling it "DW's Victory Tour 2000" will supposedly have merchandise for the announcement and the Brickyard 400 weekend, then put it away until January 2000(6-23-1999) -- UPDATE: Tennessean story reports the same and has some info on DW: Waltrip set to retire after next season(7-30-1999)

  • DW BGN ride: Remember those DW BGN rumors a while back, well I am hearing that DW will drive the #48 Champion Potato Co Ford at Charlotte in October in a one race deal. His brother Michael is supposedly listed as the owner(6-21-1999)

  • DW Notes: Darrell Waltrip, who missed last week's race at Dover because he is out of provisionals until Sears Point(unless he gets back into the top 25 on owners points) and because he never got his Ford up to speed, made the top 25 on Friday. His lap at 184.852 mph got the final spot available in the first round, but he wasn't exactly thrilled. "Last week when I went to qualify the motor goes dead on me," he said. "Today I go to qualify and the motor goes dead on me. It won't pull. Something is killing the motor when I get ready to go qualify. This is a super-fast car."(That's Racin') DW ran 10th and 20th in the Friday practices(6-12-1999)

  • DW Engine dies early: Darrell Waltrip lost an engine very early in the Coca-Cola 600. Crew Chief Phillipe Lopez wanted to change the engine before the race but was vetoed(TBS Telecast)(5-31-1999) -- UPDATE 2: I hear DW also mentioned during Happy Hour that the engine wasn't performing well(6-2-1999)

  • DW Retirement UPDATE 1: This weeks Winston Cup Scene reports that Darrell Waltrip wants to make the 2000 season his last as a driver and expects to make an announcement in June/July of 1999 on his plans(5-29-1999) - UPDATE 1: Dick Berggren also mentioned that DW has 57 races left to run and will retire after the 2000 season(TBS Telecast)(5-31-1999)

  • Carter Crew/Shop News: Travis Carter, co-owner of the #66 Fords of Darrell Waltrip(an owner of the #23), said Thursday veteran NASCAR mechanic Mark Tudor has left Waltrip's team to pursue another job in the Winston Cup series. Derrick Finley has joined the team as team engineer and will work with new crew chief Philippe Lopez. Work continues on the team's new headquarters in Statesville. It's a 28,115-square-foot building located next to the shop of Travis Carter Enterprises, which fields the No. 23 Fords of Jimmy Spencer(That's Racin'/Jim Utter)(5-28-1999)

  • Lopez and DW? UPDATE 2 - YEP: Speedwords is hearing that Philippe Lopez, who resigned from the crew chief position at Dale Earnhardt Inc. (Steve Park) may turn up in a similar position on the Travis Carter Winston Cup team driven by Darrell Waltrip. DW and Lopez seemed to hit it off when DW drove the #1 Monte Carlo during Steve Park's recuperation and may be looking to team up again. Speedwords hears Lopez could be in the pits as a consultant as early as this Saturday night at Richmond(Speedwords)(5-14-1999) -- UPDATE 1: Philippe, who resigned as Steve Park's crew chief last week, is talking with car owner Travis Carter about joining his team to work with Darrell Waltrip(PitNow)(5-17-1999) -- UPDATE 2: Ok - some sources tell me Lopez will not go to the #66 and others say he will, I guess we wait...(5-19-1999) -- UPDATE 2: Carl Haas and Travis Carter, co-owners of Haas-Carter Motorsports, LLC, announced today that Philippe Lopez has been named crew chief on the Big Kmart/Route 66 Ford Taurus driven in NASCAR Winston Cup competition by three-time series champion Darrell Waltrip(PR)(5-20-1999)

  • DW Winston Paint: I hear that the white hood, fenders and nose on Darrell Waltrip's Big Kmart/Route 66 Ford will be replaced with chrome for Saturday night's running of The Winston at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The white portion of the car is being covered with the same material DW used to create the chrome cars he raced in 1997(5-17-1999)

  • Earnhardt Bar: NASCAR technical inspectors confiscated the "Earnhardt bar" from the #66 Ford of Darrell Waltrip during pre-practice inspections Friday. The ``Earnhardt bar'' - named for the seven-time Winston Cup champion who first used the device on his cars - is a piece of the roll cage that starts behind the rear-view mirror and down the front of the windshield. Waltrip's bar was too light and NASCAR ordered his team to replace it(That's Racin')(5-15-1999)

  • Feebie: the Kmart site, www.Kmart.com is offering a free Darrell Waltrip/#66 Kmart Ford signature card to anyone who registers. Must give name, address, email(5-8-1999)

  • DW/Kmart Scheme UPDATE 2:: Darrell Waltrip will unveil a new design of his #66 Fords during a news conference at 9am/et Saturday at Martinsville Speedway. The redesign is part Big Kmart's - Waltrip's sponsor - introduction of a national commercial campaign that will debut Sunday on NBC. Waltrip will be featured in two 30-second TV spots over the next several weeks. The commercials, filmed on America's "mother road," were made to advertise Big Kmart's "Route 66" line of apparel(That's Racin'/Jim Utter)(4-15-1999) -- UPDATE 1: saw an image of DW and the #66 in a Winston Cup Scene ad and if it is the paint scheme discussed here, the main difference is the yellow Route 66 logo on the hood(4-16-1999) -- UPDATE 2: Darrell Waltrip, basking in the glow of another creditable qualifying performance, screened a couple of commercials that Kmart will be displaying beginning with tonight’s prime-time movie on NBC. The commercials’ theme is a veteran driver who insists on telling his pit crew old stories from his long career. We won’t ruin the surprise, but suffice it to say that the first spot involves revenge from a spurned wife. Kmart is hyping its Route 66 line of sportswear with the sponsorship of Waltrip’s #66 Ford(Monte Dutton/Gaston Gazette)4-18-1999)

  • DW's Qualifying: Darrell Waltrip qualified 12th, marking the first time he has qualified in the opening round all year, and in fact, the first time since July of last year(SpeedNet)(4-10-1999)

  • Chubby Checker? UPDATE 1: A few readers and I have seen on at least one collectible site that in June there will be a release of a #66 Chubby Checker Ford diecast, not sure if this will be run as a special paint scheme or where(4-5-1999) -- UPDATE 1: sources tell me that this is just a diecast deal and even that may not happen(4-6-1999)

  • DW/#66 in Trouble? UPDATE 5: The Speedwords website has been hearing of discontent and outright anger in the #66 Winston Cup team of Darrell Waltrip, primarily in the last two weeks though some say it goes back farther than that. DW is out of provisionals (as best as anyone understands that "rule"), crew chiefs have come and gone and now there is talk of an impending split of the team itself. Track side reports of tension in the pit and garage area possibly fed by on-track performance that appears to be spiraling downwards all lend credence to the reports. Late yesterday Speedwords was told that at least two prospective crew chiefs have quietly turned down offers from the #66 team. Sources close to the team also said last night that key figures in the Travis Carter owned operation are seeking a way out of what even hopeful supporters are now considering a bad situation. Though publicly displaying his game face, this has to be a tough time for DW and everyone involved with the team(Speedwords) Yikes!(3-25-1999) -- I hear there was a story on Waltrip echoing the same in Thursday's USA Today print edition, but I could not find it online and have not seen Thursday paper. UPDATE 2: Also I hear if DW is not up to speed for 1st round qualifying, look for another driver(Jeff Green??) to make an attempt in 2nd round(3-26-1999) -- UPDATE 3: see a story of That's Racin' at Waltrip faces prospect of going home by David poole and from SpeedNet's Notes by Monte Dutton: Rumors circulated late Friday that Travis Carter, Waltrip's car owner, was considering putting another driver in the car for today's second-round qualifying session. Waltrip has needed a provisional to make the field in all five events and no longer has that option since the team fell out of the top 25 in car-owner standings last week. Carter was apparently considering Matt Kenseth, Todd Bodine and several other Busch regulars, although Waltrip would almost certainly be the driver on Sunday if someone else can get the #66 Ford in the field. Carter left the track abruptly and was unavailable for comment(SpeedNet) -- UPDATE 4: The Travis Carter owned teams both had trouble in the session with Jimmy Spencer qualifying 40th and Darrell Waltrip qualifying 44th. Waltrip's run must have been a disappointment as he ran a time 4/10ths of a second slower than he practiced earlier in the day. Waltrip’s #66 car was covered and the team hauler locked as the team left the track early(Speedway Scene) -- UPDATE 5: DW made the race and that'll quiet things down for at least two weeks. Many articles out there now about the situation including: Waltrip produces hot lap when he needs it from That's Racin'(3-27-1999)

  • Out or Not? OUT - CLARIFICATION: In a rule clear as mud, Darrell Waltrip's Provisonal Status is up in the air(No longer unclear). Two sites: That's Racin' and the Times-Dispatch have stories saying Darrell Waltrip is out of provisionals until Martinsville. The That's Racin' take in part: Waltrip finished 39th and fell out of the Top 25 in car owner's points (he's 30th). Waltrip is now out of car owner and championship provisionals until the April 18 race at Martinsville. From the Times-Dispatch: Darrell Waltrip has no provisionals until the Martinsville race on April 18. After finishing 41st yesterday -- and being black-flagged for going too slowly -- he dropped to 30th in the owner's points. The top 25 in owner's points are eligible for provisionals(Jayski Note: not true, if so Ricky Rudd(37th in owners points), Ricky Craven(38th), Ed Berrier(39th) don't make the TranSouth 400). UPDATE: I was INCORRECT in my understamnding and both That's Racin' and the Times-Dispatch are correct on the fact that Darrell Waltrip and the #66 team have NO provisionals to use at Texas. Darrel Waltrip will be going into Texas with NO provisionals to use. By dropping out of the top-25 in the NASCAR Winston Cup owners points, he is not eligible for a "non-chargeable points provisional," which is what he used this past weekend in Darlington. Like every other driver with an team that existed in 1998, DW started the year off with four provisionals in his pocket as the past champion. Since the #66 was a new team and had no points to fall back on, every provisional they took was charged against the team in the first four races this year, thus leaving Waltrip with basically no provisionals after Atlanta. He made the race this past weekend by being in the top-25 of the car owner points and receiving a non-chargeable provisional.(I had stated earlier that I thought DW still had team prov's to use, but his champ prov's were charged against those, thus leaving him with none)(3-22-1999)

  • DW/Ingle: Despite widespread rumors to the contrary, Travis Carter said there had been no contact between him and Ingle. Carter is looking for a crew chief to run Darrell Waltrip's #66 operation, a team Carter co-owns with Carl Haas. Donnie Disharoon left that team after the Las Vegas race on March 7, and Joe Snyder lasted less than a week as Disharoon's successor(SpeedNet/Monte Dutton)(3-20-1999)

  • Ingle/DW? Hearing rumors that the #66 team has contacted Bill Ingle, former crew chief of the #10 Tide Ford and Ricky Rudd, about the crew chief job there(3-17-1999)

  • DW/Kmart/Carter: Hearing tensions are high in #66 BigKmart camp. Joe Snyder who was to be the interim crew chief/consultant left last Friday, leaving owner Travis Carter to the crew chief duties. I hear Kmart is happy with sales and race performance but supposedly will not tolerate not making a race, one reason DW was chosen for the ride was for the past champions provisionals. And now there is no definitive answer from NASCAR on whether the teams has any provisionals, my interpretation of the rules says they do have both regular and champ provisionals available since they are now 23rd in owners points, but I could be wrong. RPM2Nite on Sunday reported that NASCAR will release a decision on the Provisionals by the end of the week(3-16-1999)

  • Disharoon leaving UPDATE 3: Donnie Disharoon, crew chief of the #66 Haas-Carter Big Kmart Ford and driver Darrell Waltrip, is leaving the team to take the crew chief position with the #41 Larry Hedrick Racing Kodiak Chevy(WC Today Radio)(3-8-1999) -- I hear a possible replacement at the #66 is Tim Brewer. -- Brewer will not be joining the team, owner Travis Carter will serve as crew chief in the interim(3-9-1999) -- Disharoon named the crew chief of the #41 and Joe Snyder will be the interim crew chief of the #66.(NOL)(3-10-1999)

  • DW and Yellow Freight: Darrell Waltrip has signed on with Yellow Freight System to be the chief strategist and official spokesman for the company's NASCAR racing team. Waltrip will make public appearances for Yellow Freight many BGN races in 1999, starting with the Yellow Freight 300 in Atlanta. Driver Mike Skinner will attempt to make the Yellow Freight 300 in the #19 Team Yellow Racing Chevy(Team Yellow PR)(3-9-1999)

  • Carter and Melling to share: Melling Racing and Travis Carter Enterprises have partnered to share technical information and develop performance assistance during the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup season. The two racing operations combined forces to improve research and development for their three teams. Travis Carter Enterprises and crew chief Donnie Wingo field the #23 Ford for Jimmy Spencer and the #66 Ford for three-time NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Darrell Waltrip. Melling Racing fields the #9 Cartoon Network Wacky Racing Ford for Jerry Nadeau(Cotter Group PR)(1-29-1999)

  • DW's Crew Chief: Donnie Disharoon will be Darrell Waltrip's crew chief in the #66 Big Kmart Ford(NASCAR Online)(1-17-1999)

  • DW Crew Chief? UPDATE 2 Hearing JT Townsend, who has worked with Harry Gant, Ernie Irvan's Kodak Busch and Cup deal, and has been over the fab shop at Travis Carter for 3 yrs, will be the crew chief for DW and the #66 Kmart Travis Carters team -- hmm...another source says it'll be Pete Petersen(12-8-98) -- Petersen has been hired by Ricky Rudd as the Shop Foreman and will not be the crew chief. I also hear that NO decision has been made on a crew chief for the #66 team at this time(12-9-98)

  • DW It's OFFICIAL: Kmart Corp. today announced an agreement to enter the Kmart Racing Team in the 1999 Winston Cup Series with three-time NASCAR champion Darrell Waltrip driving the #66 Big Kmart Ford Taurus. See the complete story at www.dw17.com - News(12-3-98)

  • The long version DW in A Ford?/Kmart/Carter - UPDATE 7 or 8 but who's counting: Hearing the second Travis Carter team(currently owns the #23 No Bull Ford) is close to becoming reality with Rick Mast as the driver. Jimmy Spencer even talked about it on the radio(Winston Cup Today Radio), I hear Peter Guild-ProMotors and Carl Haas (used to own part of the #37 now #12 team) are involved with Kmart to sponsor.(11-5-98) -- Carter cancelled a scheduled Saturday morning Press Conference(11-6-98), supposedly sponsorship for the 2nd team and Rick Mast have fallen through(11-7-98) -- I now hear that the press conference was postponed and the deal is still in the works, if it falls thru look for Mast to sign with the #13(11-8-98) -- I hear the Travis Carter 2nd team is still on, just delayed in the announcement, which was planned in Atlanta. One rumor I hear is that the car will be the #66 BIG Kmart/Route 66 Ford. CART team owner Carl Haas is rumored to be a partner.(11-10-98) -- During the Japan race Saturday night on TBS, commentator Dick Berggren mentioned that it was almost a lock that Darrell Waltrip would have a deal to drive a Ford in 1999. The only rumors I have heard with DW in a Ford is the #13 Elliott Racing 2nd team or maybe the 2nd Carter Ford(11-22-98) -- Winston Cup Today Radio reports that DW is rumored to be a possible driver for the 2nd Travis Carter Ford, with Kmart as the sponsor and Carl Haas as a partner. Rick Mast is still in the running(WC Today Radio)(11-25-98) -- I hear DW has signed a two year deal with Kmart and the announcement and car unveiling will come on Thursday in NYC by team owner Travis Carter, I am sure DW will be there(WC Today Radio), I hear the car # will be #17 or #66(11-30-98) -- the announcement will take place in in New York City at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel at 3pm/et (That's Racin' Notes)(12-1-98) -- per NASCAR Online: Three-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion Darrell Waltrip has found a ride for next season and beyond. The long-time General Motors man will drive for a second Ford team fielded by owner Travis Carter beginning in 1999, informed sources have said. The source said the second Carter team will also be based out of Statesville, with equipment and a race shop bought from David Blair, who hasn't fielded a competitive team in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series since 1996(NASCAR Online), also Dale Earnhardt was prepared to buy the #96 team from owner Buzz McCall in the next few weeks and field a team for DW in 99 had Waltrip not found another ride(MRN-Marty)(12-2-98)

  • Another DW rumor: Darrel Waltrip may have a deal lined up for the next two years with an owner new to NASCAR(no idea who). Could involve using Buz McCall's shops or Joe Gibbs old shop(11-29-98). Looks like this won't happen as DW will be in the 2nd Travis Carter ride(11-30-98)

  • DW and Yates: Have heard NOTHING to confirm any rumors that Darrell Waltrip would a third Yates car in 1999 or replace Kenny Irwin in the #28. As far as everything I hear, is that Irwin returns to the #28 in 1999 and the DW news is in a note on this page from the 22nd(11-24-98)

  • More Carter 2nd team stuff UPDATE 3: Hearing the second Travis Carter team(currently owns the #23 No Bull Ford) is close to becoming reality with Rick Mast as the driver. Jimmy Spencer even talked about it on the radio(Winston Cup Today Radio), I hear Peter Guild-ProMotors and Carl Haas (used to own part of the #37 now #12 team) are involved with Kmart to sponsor.(11-5-98) -- Carter cancelled a scheduled Saturday morning Press Conference(11-6-98), supposedly sponsorship for the 2nd team and Rick Mast have fallen through(11-7-98) -- I now hear that the press conference was postponed and the deal is still in the works, if it falls thru look for Mast to sign with the #13(11-8-98) -- I hear the Travis Carter 2nd team is still on, just delayed in the announcement, which was planned in Atlanta. One rumor I hear is that the car will be the #66 BIG Kmart/Route 66 Ford. CART team owner Carl Haas is rumored to be a partner.(11-10-98)

  • DW and DEI? Darrell Waltrip is trying to get Dale Earnhardt to buy Buz McCall's operation(#96), according to sources close to the situation, but Earnhardt isn't very interested. Waltrip is pushing Earnhardt for help in landing a ride.(JournalNow) and Waltrip is surveying his options for next season and talking to several owners, including Joe Falk. Falk has several potential deals -- some of which involve Waltrip. Waltrip, who’s leaving the No. 35 car, reportedly is trying to work out a deal with Dale Earnhardt Inc. Waltrip wants the company to purchase Buz McCall’s Chevrolet so he can drive it. McCall, who has no sponsor for next year, is waiting to make a final decision on the status of his team.(Times Dispatch) and see the story at That's Racin': Waltrip wants to go out in style.(11-9-98)

  • DW and Falk? During Happy Hour practice on Saturday, Benny, Bob and Dave were discussing the #91 LJ Racing team and said that owner Joe Falk said that Darrell Waltrip was on his list of six possible drivers for 1999.(ESPN2)(11-8-98)

  • DW resigns from Tyler Jet/Tabasco gone soon UPDATE: It was announced on TNN's Raceday that Darrell Waltrip had resigned from Tyler Jet Motorsports effective the end of the 1998 season.(Raceday) Tabasco will not return as the sponsor of the #35 Tyler Jet Motorsports Pontiac in 1999, and driver Darrell Waltrip has been given the go-ahead to pursue other opportunities for 1999, team owner Tim Beverley announced Sunday. Beverley has spoken with the heads of a few companies about sponsorship for next season for his team, and said he's optimistic about landing a sponsor soon. Should that happen, Beverley said, Waltrip is more than welcome to stay on board for next season.(NASCAR Online)(11-1-98) -- Tabasco, settled its suit with ISM Racing Corporation(Tyler Jet Motorsports) earlier this week, putting aside a dispute that put the #35 Pontiac in jeopardy earlier this season. After ISM Racing owner Tim Beverley bought the team in July, McIlhenny ceased to make its sponsor payments and sought a court injunction to have its logos stripped from the car. The lawsuit was to be heard in Federal Court in January. Under the terms of the settlement, McIlhenny will pay its share this season and Beverley will let the company out of the final two years of its contract. Beverley expects Tabasco to remain as an associate sponsor next year on the #35 car, which lacks a primary sponsor for 1999. Rich Bickle, driver of the #98 Ford, has spoken with Beverley about driving the #35 car next year.(Times Dispatch), no word on if the team will switch back to the #17 or Chevy's in 1999.(11-2-98)


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