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  • Atwood News: Casey Atwood always wished he had time to do more fishing. Now he wishes he had less time. ''That's about all I've been doing, fishing at Percy Priest Lake,'' Atwood said yesterday as he caught up with some of his racing buddies in the Nashville Superspeedway infield. ''I'm ready to do something else.'' Atwood, 21, is out of racing for the first time since his mid-teens. The Nashvillian lost his Winston Cup ride with Evernham Motorsports at the end of last season and has yet to find a new ride. ''I'm still looking,'' he said. ''I'm confident something will come up, but it's still early in the season and no jobs have been opening up.'' Atwood, who competed two seasons in Winston Cup, said he would actually prefer returning to the second-tier Busch Series where he set records for the youngest pole winner and youngest race winner. ''In Winston Cup there are a few dominant teams and if you aren't with one of them you're going to struggle,'' he said. ''I'd like to go back and run Busch, at least for awhile.'' Atwood said settlement of the final year of his three-year contract with Evernham is still in negotiation. ''Meanwhile I'm free to look for another job,'' he said. ''If something comes open, I'm going to take it.''(Tennessean)(4-12-2003)

  • Geoffrey Bodine on cover of Guideposts magazine: Geoffrey Bodine is on the cover of the latest copy of Guideposts magazine and has the featured article, entitled: The Best Example - This NASCAR driver just wanted to be the man his dad was and a good brother. Guideposts is a Christian motivational/positive thinking magazine. They have a website, hsowever the article is not online for viewing, you can see the table of contents at www.guideposts.com.(Stock Car Gazette E-zine)(2-25-2003)

  • Atwood still Looking: Casey Atwood sat on a folding chair in the Daytona International Speedway garage yesterday, glumly watching the bustle of activity swirling around him. Three years ago the 22-year-old racer from Nashville was one of the hottest young prospects in NASCAR. Now he is a spectator. When Atwood signed to race in Winston Cup for Ray Evernham, many felt that Evernham would do for Atwood what he had done for Jeff Gordon — mold him into a Winston Cup champion. But the dream ride turned into a nightmare for Atwood, who was dumped by Evernham at the end of last season. Atwood now is not only out of Winston Cup, he doesn't even have a ride in any of NASCAR's lower divisions. ''It's been pretty rough,'' said Atwood, who is a garage guest of some of his former Busch Series associates. ''I guess I've been given a lesson in reality.'' Atwood said he has no immediate driving prospects, ''because by the time Ray officially let me go all the rides were taken. There wasn't anything left. But I'm not giving up. I'll definitely get back in racing at some point.'' Atwood said he doesn't know why he was released. He was showing great progress toward the end of his rookie season in 2001 (''I almost won two of the last five races,'' he said) but was suddenly demoted to a non-competitive third car. He struggled terribly last season and by October Evernham hinted that Atwood would not be back.(Tennessean)(2-13-2003)

  • Geoffrey Bodine in the Shootout: Geoffrey Bodine will drive the #11 Hooters Ford in the Budwieser Shootout this coming Saturday night [8:00pm/et on Fox].(NASCAR.com)(2-3-2003)

  • Bodine to run Daytona CTS race: Geoffrey Bodine plans to compete in the CTS race at Daytona on February 14th. Bodine will be driving the #36 Ford owned by A.L. Thompson, powered by a Robert Yates engine, with Walter Giles as Crew Chief. The South Carolina based team is currently seeking sponsorship. Geoffrey may also drive the #36 at Darlington on March 14th.(Geoffrey Bodine Fanclub)(2-1-2003)

  • Geoffrey Bodine attends Sunoco Super Series Season Awards Banquet: The Sunoco Super Series Season Awards Banquet had a special unannounced guest, NASCAR Winston Cup veteran driver Geoffrey Bodine was in attendance as a guest of the Kauffman family. Bodine made a special trip from Charlotte, North Carolina to see Joel Kauffman receive his championship trophy. Bodine has been a friend of the family and has been a mentor for Joel Kauffman for several years. LaGrange, Indiana native Joel Kauffman was honored as the 2002 Sunoco Super Series Champion this past Saturday night at the 2002 Sunoco Super Series Season Awards Banquet held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.(Sunoco Super Series Site)(1-23-2003)

  • So what is up with Geoffrey Bodine? Geoffrey Bodine's prospects for the 2003 race season have clouded since he returned from his goodwill tour of American Troop bases in the Middle East over the New Year's holiday. Bodine, Winston Cup driver Jerry Nadeau, and three other drivers took part in the Armed Forces Entertainment Program's "Operation Enduring Freedom." They spent five days meeting troops in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan. But since his return Friday, the Chemung native's options for competing in next month's Daytona 500 have all but disappeared. He finished third in that race last year. Bodine said he had talks with Andy Petree Racing about driving for that team, but Petree announced Monday that he hired Christian Fittipaldi for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 16. Last week it was reported that Bodine's sponsor during the past few years -- Miccosukee Indian Gaming Casino -- agreed to sponsor Mike Wallace in the James Finch-owned car in the Daytona 500 and four other races. Bodine has been unable to reach officials of the Florida-based casino, but she said the news wasn't encouraging. Bodine is eligible for the Bud Shootout, which is Feb. 8 at Daytona. With his sponsorship up in the air and few, if any, cars with open seats remaining, Bodine doesn't have any plans for that race either. For now, Bodine will test the Travis Carter Ford for youngest brother Todd on Jan. 14 and 15 at Daytona International Speedway. Todd is still recuperating after back surgery Nov. 22 to repair a ruptured disc. Bodine is also expected to offer some help to middle brother Brett during next week's tests at Daytona. Geoffrey is still hopeful that he'll hook up with the Cegwa Sport Daytona Prototype team for the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona on Feb. 1 and 2. John Shapiro, Cegwa Sport's team manager, said Wednesday that he didn't know what Bodine's status was with the team, but Shapiro said there is a possibility Bodine could join the team. He said they have signed two of their four drivers so far.(Elmira Star Gazette)(1-9-2003)

  • Pressley to run three at Daytona? While Robert Pressley will not be behind the wheel of the #18 Dodge Truck for Bobby Hamilton Racing in the CTS this season, he has many options for 2003. Due to the fact that Hamilton was unable to secure a Winston Cup ride, he will be competing in the CTS, driving his own equipment. Pressley is now listening to a few deals for the 2003 season. Pressley is currently examining several options in Winston Cup, BGN, and CTS. He is eying a possible tripleheader at Daytona in February, returning to the Truck series to defend his season-opening win of 2002, along with competing in the BGN and Cup events as well. “I am extremely happy with the possible scenarios that could happen in the 2003 season,” said Pressley. “The idea of running in all three events at Daytona is very exciting.”(Robert Pressley site)(1-9-2003)

  • Hamilton will not take one race deal: Andy Petree will soon announce a sponsor for a one-race deal for the Daytona 500, but has yet to find a driver. It probably won't be his former driver, Bobby Hamilton, even though Hamilton has yet to find a ride for 2003. Hamilton told The Sporting News he would not risk a one-race ride at Daytona, ''because you're at everyone else's mercy. If one guy makes a mistake, it can take out the entire field. That doesn't happen at places like Charlotte or Atlanta.'' Hamilton appears destined to compete in the Craftsman Truck Series this season. He said earlier he would not accept a ''non-competitive'' ride in Winston Cup.(Tennessean)(1-2-2003)

  • Evernham/Atwood Split: Evernham Motorsports and Casey Atwood today announced that Atwood is free to pursue other driving opportunities. "Casey is a good friend and a talented driver," said Ray Evernham, president and CEO of Evernham Motorsports. "We want what's best for him and his career."(Golin Harris PR)(1-8-2003)

  • Atwood/Evernham still not resolved: Casey Atwood's father has denied Internet reports that his son has been fired as a driver for Evernham Motorsports. Terry Atwood admitted it is highly unlikely that his son will drive again for owner Ray Evernham, but said, ''So far Casey hasn't been told anything. We don't know what's going on. Our lawyers are still talking to Ray's lawyers.'' Atwood is not listed among the drivers scheduled for next week's Daytona test sessions.(Tennessean)(1-2-2003)

    2002 News

  • Bodine news - all three, Todd back with the #26? Geoffrey testing the #26 and for Brett, run Daytona with APR? in the 24 hours of Daytona? Geoffrey Bodine along with Jerry Nadeau embarks on a tour with the Armed Forces Entertainment Program in support of "Operation Enduring Freedom", to help maintain morale for service members in Afghanistan and other Southeast Asia sites for a week. Bodine's brother Brett was supposed to be a part of that group, but business commitments forced him to change his plans. Once back, Geoffrey Bodine will be testing the #26 Haas Carter Motorsports Ford for brother Todd, who is still recuperating from back surgery in November. Geoffrey tested for the team on Dec. 12 and 13 at Talladega Motor Speedway. Haas Carter's Web site said the team expects to have its sponsorship package for 2003 signed very soon, with Todd as its driver. Speculation is that the Army National Guard will be one of the team sponsors [Jayski note: but that is supposed to be the sponsor for the #54 BH Motorsports team]. Geoffrey will also help conduct tests for middle brother Brett Bodine [#11] in January, with Geoffrey testing a second team car to the #11 driven by Brett. Brett is finalizing his 2003 plans, which will likely see the Hooters restaurant chain return as the team's sponsor and involved somehow in the ownership of the team. Geoffrey's plans for 2003 are beginning to take shape after he split with the #09 James Finch-owned Phoenix Racing team last month. Bodine did a limited schedule of races for that team, finishing a best of third in the Daytona 500. Bodine, who has sponsorship from the Miccosukee Indian Gaming casino for a limited Winston Cup schedule, has been shopping for a new team. Geoffrey is supposedly talking to Andy Petree Racing [#33 and #55] about driving for them in the Daytona 500. However, the Web site www.thatsracin.com reported that team owner Andy Petree has secured a single-race sponsor for his #55 car in the Daytona 500. The name of the sponsor has not yet been released, but Web site www.jayski.com reported that it may be motor home builder Monaco Coaches. Petree had been lining up Ken Schrader as his driver, but Schrader signed with BAM Racing on Friday. Petree is now looking for a replacement driver. If a deal with Bodine materializes, the Indian gaming casino, which is based in Florida, will probably show up as an associate sponsor on a Petree car for Daytona. As for the remaining Winston Cup races that Bodine has sponsorship for (thought to be 12 to 20 races), Bodine has not said whom he'll eventually hook up with. Also, Geoffrey Bodine could join fellow Cup drivers Kevin LePage and Kyle Petty in competing in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona sports car event on Feb. 1 and 2. Cegwa Sport Daytona Prototype team is interested in him for the ride in the prestigious endurance race. The team will field a 4.3-liter Toyota-powered Fabcar this year in the series, which makes two stops at Watkins Glen International.(in part from the Star Gazette)(12-26-2002)

  • What is up with Pressley? Robert Pressley’s plans for the 2003 season are still on hold. Right now Pressley is playing the “waiting game.” Pressley’s future depends largely on what truck-owner Bobby Hamilton plans to do in 2003. Robert wanted his fans to know that he is extremely happy with Bobby Hamilton Racing in the Craftsman Truck series and his top priority is to return to BHR, driving the #18 Dickies Dodge next season. However, Hamilton could return to the #18 truck if he is unable to work out a deal elsewhere. Pressley does have a couple of other options in the works at the moment; he has had talks with both a Winston Cup team and a BGN team. Both teams are new teams looking to make their debuts in the respective series. Pressely said that the Winston Cup deal doesn’t look too promising but the BGN deal is a distinct possibility.(Robert Pressley site)(12-24-2002)

  • Hamilton Cup Plans? Bobby Hamilton might have run out of Winston Cup options for 2003. He had his eyes on two potential rides, but both have now been taken. John Andretti last week re-signed to drive the #43 for Petty Enterprises. Earlier, Casey Mears landed the #41 Target Dodge with Chip Ganassi Racing. Hamilton had expressed an interest in both jobs. Hamilton's name has been linked with #49 BAM Racing, but that would hardly fit his definition of ''competitive ride,'' which he has said is a requirement. The veteran driver said last month that if he cannot land a competitive ride in Winston Cup, he will spend next season racing in the CTS.(Tennessean)(12-19-2002)

  • Lepage to run Rolex 24: Heritage Motorsports announced today that NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch Series driver Kevin Lepage will join the driver lineup for the Heritage Motorsports #48 Mustang at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Feb. 1-2. Lepage will team with drivers Tommy Riggins, Dave Machavern and a fourth driver to be named later.(Grand American Road Racing Association site)(12-10-2002)

  • Atwood Released UPDATE Not released?: NASCAR Winston Cup team [#9,#19,#91] owner Ray Evernham has informed driver Casey Atwood he is free to seek other employment options for 2003. An Evernham Motorsports spokesperson Monday said Evernham, who plans to field a two-car Winston Cup team next season for drivers Bill Elliott and Jeremy Mayfield, indicated he would sit down with Atwood after the holidays and discuss the resolution of the final year of Atwood's contract. Atwood, 22, drove Evernham's #19 Dodge in 2001. This season, he drove Jim Smith's #7 Dodge, in which Evernham became a partner to facilitate Atwood's continued development. After Atwood struggled through 34 races, with a best finish of 11th and in 33rd in the driver standings, Smith released him and Evernham and Smith dissolved their partnership. BGN [#27, #37] owner Clarence Brewer, for whom Atwood won twice in 1999 and in 2000 before he went to Evernham Motorsports, has said he would like to rehire Atwood pending the resolution of his deal with Evernham.(NASCAR.com)(12-2-2002)
    UPDATE: A number of NASCAR racing Web sites have reported that Nashville's Casey Atwood was fired by Ray Evernham earlier this week, but Atwood's father yesterday said those reports are incorrect. ''Casey has not been fired,'' Terry Atwood said. ''Casey's lawyers are talking with Evernham's lawyers. Nothing has been decided.'' The holdup in the official announcement might be the remaining year on Atwood's original three-year contract with Evernham Motorsports. That remaining year could be worth a substantial sum to Atwood, 22, if Evernham is forced to buy it out. Other legal issues also could be involved: Evernham shuffled Atwood into a non-competitive third car this season. That car was co-owned by Jim Smith, who replaced Atwood with another driver with two races left in the season. Evernham has refused to discuss the situation. What happens to Atwood if he's fired by Evernham is unclear.(Tennessean)(12-5-2002)

  • Bodine not back at Phoenix? hearing that Phoenix Racing (#09 Ford in 2002) will run a Dodge in a few selected Cup races in 2003 and Geoffrey Bodine will not be back with the team. Supposedly Bodine has a 12-20 race sponsorship from Miccosukee Indian Gaming, no word on what team he may run for.(12-3-2002)

  • Atwood and Spencer News: Casey Atwood’s future in NASCAR remains somewhat muddled and doesn’t promise to get much clearer anytime soon. The former “can’t-miss” Busch Series star had two poor years in Ray Evernham’s Cup organization. He ended 2002 in an Evernham-owned Dodge while Jason Leffler took his seat in the primary #7 Evernham- Jim Smith Dodge. It’s unclear whether there is a place for Atwood in Cup next year since Evernham seems set with Bill Elliott and Jeremy Mayfield. Jimmy Spencer will join new crew chief Tommy Baldwin in Smith’s #7 Dodge.(Autoweek), supposedly Atwood will end up in the #37 Brewco BGN car.(11-28-2002)

  • Vasser testing BGN car? UPDATE: hearing CART driver Jimmy Vasser was testing a Busch car at Lakeland [FL] this week. Ganassi? Braun?(11-20-2002)
    UPDATE: hearing that Vasser and David Reutimann (who drove a few BGN races for Joe Nemechek) tested the #92 Herzog-Jackson Motorsports Chevy at Lakeland and will testing next week at Kentuck with Vasser, Reutimann, and another driver. Also the #92 laid off ten team members earlier this week including the Engineer, shop forman, lead fabricator, and several mechanics.(11-21-2002)

  • Sportscar Driver Looking for a Cup/BGN ride in 2003: After conquering the sportscar racing world for two consecutive years, Chris Bingham is visiting Homestead Speedway for the NASCAR season finale in order to find a team to partner with for the 2003 season. Bingham, who has secured partial sponsorship for a Cup or BGN season, will be looking to build on his oval career that already includes IRL experience. The Seattle native already has road racing experience, having won the Grand Am Rolex Series GTS Championship for two straight years driving a Saleen S7R. With eleven wins in the last two years alone, Bingham is one of the winningest drivers in sportscar racing and is now ready to set his sights on NASCAR. See more info at his site: www.chrisbingham.com.(11-15-2002)

  • Starr and Cup? David Starr said he is weighing his options for next season, including interest from several Winston Cup teams. Starr said it's possible he will return as the driver of the #75 Spears Manufacturing Chevy in the Craftsman Truck Series, but it's also possible he will accept an offer to move up to Busch or Winston Cup. "For now, I'm just focusing on finishing the season strong," Starr said. "After that I will go over some of the things that have been offered me. I've very fortunate to have the situation I have now, and I want to be sure I do the right thing."(Dallas Morning News)(11-10-2002)

  • Papis in NASCAR? UPDATE: CART driver Max Papis, on the sidelines with no sponsorship the CART team he drivers for, was at Infineon Raceway [Sears Point-Sonoma] at the Winston Cup race. Papis said he talked to #32 Cup team owner Cal Wells who would like to get Papis started in NASCAR, maybe in the BGN series or some road courses [Wells os looking to start a 2nd Cup team in 2003]. Papis is also looking at the IRL and othe CART rides.(June 26th print edition of National Speed Sport News not on the site)(7-2-2002)
    UPDATE: Unemployed driver Max Papis, who drove for Roger Penske in the IRL season finale at Texas Motor Speedway, roamed through the BGN garage Saturday at Atlanta. "I don't know many people over here, so I'm just walking around trying to meet people," Papis said. "I don't have a job right now, so my options are very open." He started the season in CART driving for Tom Weiringa, but a lack of money forced the team to shut down. Papis won the Rolex 24 sports car race at Daytona International Speedway this season, and finished 23rd in the Indianapolis 500. Last month, he tested a Winston Cup car for team owner Travis Carter at USA International Speedway in Lakeland, FL. "That was the first time I had ever been in a car with a roof over my head," Papis said. "It went really well. I was happy with it, and I think Travis was happy, too."(NASCAR.com/AP)(10-26-200)

  • Geoffrey Bodine plans 12-20 Cup races in 2003: Geoffrey Bodine said he is working on a deal to run 12 to 20 races in 2003. Miccosukee Indian Gaming has agreed to sponsor 12 races and Bodine is talking with several other tribes that are considering sponsoring the team in additional events. Bodine will run the BGN and Cup races at Homestead and his son Barry will run the CTS race there also.(Winston Cup Scene - need subscription to read online)(10-24-2002)

  • More Vasser Rumors: CART driver Jimmy Vasser has been in Charlotte the last few weeks looking to put together a NASCAR deal of some sort, Busch or Winston Cup, possibly with Chip Ganassi in a Busch ride.(Winston Salem Journal)(10-21-2002)

  • J.J. Yeley to NASCAR? has test lined up UPDATE: J.J. Yeley, a Phoenix, Ariz., native who could lock up his first Silver Crown points title by finishing seventh or better in the season-ending Little Trees Salt City 100 on Saturday at Syracuse. Yeley, who has driven IRL cars and finished ninth in the 1998 Indianapolis 500, said he is leaning toward trying to follow former USAC stars such as Stewart and Newman into NASCAR racing rather than pursuing an open-wheel series. Yeley said he already has a test lined up in a Busch Series car, one step below Winston Cup. "I think the opportunities are a little easier or better in NASCAR right now," Yeley said. "I would love to do a Craftsman Trucks race."(Post Standard)(10-11-2002)
    UPDATE: Yeley hoped this season's combined performances might lead to an Indy Racing League ride, and it still might. But with nothing firm on the table, he's beginning to look toward NASCAR, the current home of past USAC Silver Crown champs Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart. "I've got a couple of Busch Series tests lined up in December with (ppc Racing), and I've been assured that it's going to happen," said Yeley, a Phoenix native who moved to the Indianapolis area two years ago. "The doors are finally starting to open for me. Hopefully, I'll get through one of them."(Arizona Republic)(10-18-2002)

  • Vasser to NASCAR? UPDATE 2: Jimmy Vasser, the 1996 CART champion while driving for Chip Ganassi, nearing the end of his first season at Team Rahal, chances are slim he'll be back for a second. With primary sponsor Shell either cutting back or going away, Rahal is unlikely to be able to meet Vasser's asking price. That has the 36-year-old driver knocking on doors. "Team Rahal is not in position to keep the team intact, or so I'm told," Vasser said. "There's interest all around the paddock, but nobody's able to make a commitment." Vasser was tempted to go to NASCAR a few years ago and is looking that way again. He said a BGN deal that would allow him to continue to run the Indianapolis 500 would appeal to him. "My goals are still long-term. Nobody's ever won a CART championship and a Winston Cup championship, and I'd like to be the first," he said. "But at this point, it's hard to make choices until there's some options on the table."(Indianapolis Star)(10-7-2002)
    UPDATE: Chip Ganassi [#40, #41 owner] has been keeping a low profile in the two weeks since Sterling Marlin was forced out of the Winston Cup championship race. But now comes word he may be looking once again at putting Jimmy Vasser in a Winston Cup car next season.(Winston Salem Journal)(10-14-2002)
    UPDATE 2: Open-wheel/CART veteran Jimmy Vasser, who has expressed interest in a stock car career, was in the ARCA RE/MAX garage at Lowe's talking things [this past weekend] over with ARCA/BGN team owner Todd Braun. Braun fielded the #77 Dodge driven by ARCA Rookie of the Year Chad Blount in ARCA competition.(ARCA Site)(10-16-2002)

  • Hornish visits Hendrick? UPDATE 2: just before signing off on Tuesday's show, it was reported on ESPN2's RPM 2 Night that Robin Miller would have news on Wednesday show why IRL Champ Sam Hornish Jr recently visited Hendrick Motorsports.
    UPDATE: basically it was an exploratory meeting in case Hornish is interested in NASCAR in the future, Miller reported Hornish will be in the IRL nest year. Also was reported that CART driver Kenny Brack met with DEI, also exploratory.(ESPN2's RPM2Night)(10-2-2002)
    UPDATE 2: At the IRL's banquet Sam Hornish Jr discussed a recent visit to the shop of Hendrick Motorsports. Hornish, who spent the summer being courted by Dale Earnhardt Inc., wants to compete in the Daytona 500, perhaps as soon as next season. "I was offered a chance to go to [Charlotte] and see how [Hendrick's] operation works," Hornish told AutoWeek. "I had heard stories about the engine shop and we got a tour." Hornish said time is running out for a chance at the next Daytona 500, although he will keep the dream alive for 2004. Running in some selected NASCAR races (or a full season) likely will be a factor in Hornish's contract extension negotiations with Panther Racing. 2003 is the final year of an original three-year deal.(Autoweek)(10-7-2002)

  • Hendrick looking at Hornish? UPDATE: Sam Hornish Jr., who captured his second consecutive Indy Racing League championship Sunday, is on the short list of drivers being considered for Hendrick Motorsports' #25 Chevy in the Winston Cup series next season, ThatsRacin.com has learned. Hornish, 23, who had been touted in recent months as a possible driver for Dale Earnhardt Inc. because of sponsorship ties, is a "serious candidate" for the #25 ride, sources confirmed Sunday. Among the other drivers being considered are the team's current driver, Joe Nemechek, BGN drivers Scott Riggs and Ron Hornaday. Hornish now drives for Panther Racing in the IRL with sponsor Pnnzoil, which also sponsors the Cup team of DEI's Steve Park. Hendrick team officials on Sunday would say only that no decision had been made about a driver for the #25 in the 2003 season. Hornish won the 2001 IRL title in his first year in the series and finished with three wins and led the most laps in six of 13 races. He had five wins, including Sunday's at Texas, this season.(ThatsRacin.com)(9-15-2002)
    AND more Here's more on Sam Hornish Jr.'s future from Sunday's IRL post-race celebration on ABC: Jack Arute: "Tell me what you and Dale Earnhardt Jr. talked about a couple of weeks ago." Sam Hornish Jr.: "I had a talk about deciding what you wanted to do for the rest of your life. You have your choice, he said, 'You've got make up your mind whether you want to be a stock car driver for the rest of your life or an Indy car driver.' I still got to win that Indianapolis 500, and it's becoming more apparent all the time what I need to be doing."(MotorsportsTV)(9-16-2002)
    UPDATE: after Sam Hornish Jr. win and championship clinching run at Texas, Hornish was linked to another NASCAR rumor involving Rick Hendrick, car owner of four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon and super rookie Jimmie Johnson. The fact is, Hornish said, that he is signed with Pennzoil Panther Racing through 2003. And Hornish is working on an extension through the 2005 IRL season that will bring the driver in line with sponsor Pennzoil and engine supplier Chevrolet. "I don't know where all this stuff keeps coming from," said Hornish, specifically addressing the Hendrick rumor Wednesday. "There's been plenty of people I've talked to about next year. But I haven't been offered anything by Hendrick Motorsports."(Fort Worth Star Telegram)(9-20-2002)

  • 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)

  • Lepage to drive for Cope at NHIS: from the Derrike Cope site: Cope saw an orthopedic surgeon today to have his knee looked at and it was confirmed that he has a broken left fibula (leg). Also, his right scapula (shoulder) is broken. Due to the injuries at opposite points of the body, he is unable to use crutches and is using a wheelchair. There is no operation necessary so it is just a healing process. He will be getting an MRI and CT Scan Tuesday. Jay Robinson and Elaine Hughes (General Manager / Public Relations) were by Cope's side in Richmond and he is very appreciative of their help. He estimates that he will be unable to drive for 5-6 weeks. Cope said that Kevin Lepage will be driving the #37 Friendly's Ford this weekend in Loudon/ New Hampshire Intl Speedway. Lepage drove for Quest Motor Racing at Charlotte this past May in the #38 Ford owned by Cope. Friendly's Ice Cream Corp will sponsor the #37 Ford at NHIS.(Derrike Cope site). And see images of the car on my Paint Scheme Gallery.(9-9-2002)

  • No Hornish in NASCAR? Because of his battle for the IRL championship, combined with his agent negotiating an extension with Pennzoil Panther Racing, Sam Hornish Jr. admitted that time is running out for him with NASCAR. "Because of everything that has gone on with this season, we have put a lot of things on hold until after the IRL season is over," Hornish said after testing his IRL car at Chicagoland Speedway last Wednesday. "With all that is going on, I would say it's more likely that we won't be doing any NASCAR races next season. It's so late in the game right now that in order to properly do it, I would have already liked to have had a deal together. Any involvement would probably have to wait one more year." Earlier this summer, Hornish admitted he had talked with Ty Norris, president of DEI, about doing a selected number of Winston Cup and BGN races next season in addition to his full IRL schedule. Hornish was interested in competing in the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 at Indy. Norris expressed interest in adding Hornish to DEI's lineup, even if it were for just a few races. Since that time, Steve Park has had his contract extended for another year as the driver of the Pennzoil Chevrolet. Dale Earnhardt Jr. drives the 8-Budweiser Chevy and Michael Waltrip the #15-NAPA Chevy for DEI. "What we are focusing on now is getting my contract extended with Panther Racing in the IRL," Hornish said. "I'm locked in with the team through 2003, but we would like to extend it until 2005." As for a possible switch to NASCAR, Hornish said his heart belongs in open wheel cars, but he is open to new opportunities in the future. "If I win the IRL title three or four times, maybe it would be time for me to try something different," Hornish said. "I love Indy cars and I always want to race in the Indianapolis 500. I also have to ask myself if I want to race 36 or 38 times a year in NASCAR. "It's funny -- people in the IRL say I need to consider racing in NASCAR and people in NASCAR say I'm pretty valuable to the IRL. It depends on which side of the fence you're on as to where I should go."(ESPN)(9-6-2002)

  • Hut out....Kenny in NOW? UPDATE 2 Official: hearing Kenny Wallace may take over the #23 Bill Davis Racing / Hills Bros Dodge ride from current driver Hut Stricklin as soon as this week at Darlington, with the exception of Talladega (where he will drive the #33 1-800-CALLATT Chevy and Martinesville due to his BGN team). Supposedly Scott Wimmer will drive the #23 at Talladega and it is unknown who will drive it at Martinsville. Assuming Hills Bros will stay with the #23 for the rest of the year.(8-27-2002)
    UPDATE: Kenny Wallace's plans to join Bill Davis Racing [BDR] in 2003 apparently have taken on an accelerated schedule. Wallace, scheduled Tuesday night on ESPN's show RPM2Night to announce his plans to join BDR with sponsor Stacker2 in 2003, will replace current BDR driver Hut Stricklin in the No. 23 Dodge this weekend at Darlington, SC, ThatsRacin.com has learned. The driver change was confirmed Tuesday when an updated entry list, provided by NASCAR, showed Wallace in the #23 Dodge at Darlington. A BDR spokesperson would not comment on the driver change, only to say more information would be available later in the week. Wallace is expected to compete in the #23 for the remainder of the 2002 season, except for the October race at Talladega, where he was already scheduled to drive for car owner Andy Petree; and Martinsville, which presents a conflict with Wallace's current BGN schedule. Stricklin has struggled this season, his first with BDR. In 22 starts – he failed to qualify for one race and road racer Tom Hubert filled in for another – Stricklin is 33rd in points with no top-10 finishes. His best finish was 11th at Talladega in April. His best start was 21st at Rockingham. Wallace has made 10 Winston Cup starts this season for a variety of teams. His best finish was 10th at Rockingham while driving as a substitute for Steve Park's #1 Dale Earnhardt Inc.-owned Chevrolet.(ThatsRacin.com)(8-27-2002)
    UPDATE 2: Effective immediately, Kenny Wallace will take over the driving duties for the #23 Hills Bros. Coffee Dodge for the remainder of the season.. After a lengthy discussion, car owner, Bill Davis, and driver, Hut Stricklin, have agreed to take this opportunity to maximize efforts for all parties involved for the 2003 NASCAR season. "I am very grateful to Bill Davis Racing and Hills Brothers Coffee, and I consider this as a chance to allow the team to get things in place and get a head start on next year," said Stricklin. "It will also allow me to explore my options for the future. Hills Brothers Coffee is a great sponsor and I will continue involvement with the company for the remainder of the year."
    "All of us at Bill Davis Racing respect Hut and his family, "said car owner, Bill Davis.. "He is one of the nicest guys you'll meet in this sport and I think a lot of him.. We announced earlier this week that Kenny will be driving the #23 Stacker 2 Dodge beginning in 2003, and we see this as a opportunity to get a head start on next season and work toward building the team chemistry and consistency that is essential to run up front in the Winston Cup Series."(Bill Davis Racing PR)(8-27-2002)

  • Buckshot Announcement UPDATE 3 sponsor fell thru?: from the Buckshot racing site: "Look for Buckshot [Jones] to make a big announcement by the end of June"(6-11-2002)
    UPDATE: more from the Buckshot Jones site - The family is growing! Jina, Buckshot, and Kolton are going to have a new addition to the family. Jina is expecting a baby due to arrive in January, 2003. Look for Buckshot to make an announcement about his future racing plans in the near future.
    AND Buckshot Jones said this week that he'll be able to find a new Winston Cup ride in about two weeks. Released earlier this year from his job as driver of Petty Enterprises' #44 Dodge, Jones has been talking with several race teams and potential sponsors about a ride for next season. "We don't have any definite deals, but I have spent at least two days every week meeting with race teams," Jones said. And to make sure that he hits the tracks in high gear in 2003, Jones plans to enter some races before the end of this season. "We plan to run either the Busch or Winston Cup race at Atlanta in the fall and maybe more," he said. Since splitting with the Pettys in April, Jones has worked on his family farm in Monticello and vacationed in Florida.(Atlanta Journal Constitution)
    Ganassi involved? hearing this could be a Chip Ganassi Racing third team or could end up taking the sponsorship to #92 Melling Racing.(6-21-2002)
    UPDATE 2: being told now that Ganassi Racing is not considering Jones to drive a car or start a new team.(6-22-2002)
    UPDATE 3: a few weeks old but in the Aug 9th Speedway Scene it is reported in the 'Snowballs' section that Jones was out shopping himself with Charter Cable systems as a driver/sponsor package. Was believed to be headed to Bill Davis Racing, but financial problems for the sponsor seemed to have put a halt on that possibility.(8-23-2002)

  • Who is Shane Lewis? Shane Lewis will appear on ESPN2’s RPM 2Night on Tuesday, August 6th. Lewis, a regular on the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and Grand-Am Cup circuits is scheduled to make his Cup debut this weekend, August 11th, at Watkins Glen. Lewis will be driving the #09 National Healing Corporation/ Otto Motorsports Ford Taurus prepared by Last Lap in the Sirius Satellite Radio At The Glen. The 16-time 24-hour event starter will be piloting a special tribute car at ‘The Glen.’ The two-tone blue and yellow entry is owned by Edgar Otto, Jr., of Boca Raton, Florida and honors his father, Edward Otto, Sr. Otto, Sr. will be inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame in Darlington, South Carolina on August 31st. The elder Otto was NASCAR ’s first vice president and was heavily involved in promoting events, particularly in the northeast, for the stock car sanctioning body in the early years of the Winston Cup, then Grand National, division. Among the events that Otto promoted was the first NASCAR event at Watkins Glen International 45 years ago. Lewis will appear on the longtime auto racing news source with host John Kernan to discuss his first Winston Cup race as well as the unique honor of representing National Healing Corporation, Edward Otto, Sr.’s induction and the anniversary of that first NASCAR road race. RPM 2Night is scheduled to air at 6:30pm/et on ESPN2 with several re-airings on the cable sports giant to follow. Check your local listings to confirm times in your area. Shane Lewis is the 1998 Professional Sports Car Rising Star award winner and has multiple race wins in the IMSA Supercar and SCCA Pro series. He has driven in 16 24-hour races including two 24 Hours of Le Mans, six 24 Hours of Daytona and six 12 Hours of Sebring. In 2002, he is competing as lead driver for both the #43 Orison Marketing-Planet Earth Motorsports Corvette Z06 in the Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series and the #45 American Viperacing Dodge Viper in the American Le Mans Series. For more on Shane Lewis please see www.ShaneLewis.com. To learn more about Last Lap Motorsports, please visit www.lastlap.cc.(PR)(8-6-2002)

  • Update on Hornish to NASCAR: Indy Racing League champion Sam Hornish Jr. continues to insist there is no update on his prospects of becoming a NASCAR driver soon. But things are still happening behind the scenes. Ty Norris, executive vice president of Dale Earnhardt Inc., said the team is trying to strike a deal with the 22-year-old driver. Discussions are continuing although no contract has been drafted. DEI wants Hornish to share a BGN ride with Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2003, with up to three Winston Cup races thrown in for 2004. Hornish's five BGN races would come at the end of next year, after his IRL season concludes. "We don't want to do anything to interfere with (the IRL program)," Norris said. "It's better for us if Sam's a three-time (defending) IRL champion." Hornish is 14 points out of the IRL's points lead this season with four races to go. He has a contract with Panther Racing through next season, although he has not responded to the team's contract extension offer, presented last month at Kansas, team general manager John Barnes said Friday.(Indianapolis Star)(8-3-2002)

  • Scott Pruett Successful in Test for Price Motorsports at Watkins Glen: After a successful two-day test session this week at Watkins Glen International, the Price Motorsports, Inc. Cup Series team is extremely encouraged by the results recorded by road course specialist Scott Pruett. Thanks to Ganassi Racing and Pruett, the Raleigh-based race team was able to post some of the fastest lap times on the famed road course in the #59 Dodge Intrepid. "We're appreciative of what Scott did for us getting this racecar set up for The Glen," Price Motorsports, Inc. Marketing Director Don Lewis said recently. "He is a proven, accomplished road course racer with a very impressive racing resume. We were extremely happy to have him testing with us." The team also announced Wednesday that a full season schedule was planned for 2003. The team still plans on racing in several additional races in 2002. Also in the team's plans are races at Bristol Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway, as well as, second trips to Lowe's Motor Speedway, North Carolina Motor Speedway, Richmond International Speedway and Martinsville Speedway.(Price Motorsports PR) Doesn;t say who will drive the car at Watkins Glen.(8-1-2002)

  • Fellows at The Glen? Ron Fellows, who was scheduled to test the #87 Nemco Racing Chevy at Watkins Glen on Monday and Tuesday, instead spent his time networking among the teams there, looking for any available rides [no sponsor for the #87]. Some opportunities for Ron Fellows to compete at the Glen surfaced Tuesday. "The word kind of got out yesterday," Fellows said Tuesday afternoon. "Since yesterday, I've had some calls this morning, but nothing's come together yet. I'm pretty sure it will though." Later in the day, after he returned to his home in Toronto, Fellows said, "I'm optimistic that we'll get something for the Glen." Fellows said he had conversations with a few potential rides for the Glen race, including two full-time Winston Cup teams.(Star Gazette - one day link)(7-31-2002)
    AND Fellows helped yesterday with the Dale Earnhardt Incorporated team of [#15] Michael Waltrip at Watkins Glen, site of next week's Winston Cup race. Fellows, in an interview from the Glen yesterday, said he has a couple of deals close right now and could have a new race package in place if not today, then by the end of the week.(Toronto Sun)(7-31-2002)

  • Paul Tracy to NASCAR? Nope, staying in CART: forget all those rumors about CART driver Paul Tracy switching to NASCAR - ESPN.com has learned that Paul Tracy has signed a contract to join Player's/Forsythe Racing in next year's FedEx Championship. "It's not done yet but Player's made me a great offer," said Tracy. ".....I've said all along, I'll do whatever it takes to stay in CART."(ESPN)(7-31-2002)

  • Road Racer Shane Lewis to run Watkins Glen: Shane Lewis of Jupiter, FL announced that he will compete in the Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen NASCAR Winston Cup race at Watkins Glen International. The 16-time 24-hour event starter has been selected to pilot the Otto Motorsports’ Ford Taurus in his Winston Cup debut on August 11th. Lewis, a two-time Le Mans-starter, will drive a special tribute car for Edgar Otto, Jr. of Boca Raton, Florida to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the first NASCAR event held at Watkins Glen in 1957. By honoring the first NASCAR race at The Glen, the two-tone blue and yellow entry also honors the recent induction of Edgar Otto, Sr. into the International Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame. Otto Sr., a contemporary of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., promoted several of NASCAR’s early events including the first at Watkins Glen. The car is being prepared by Alton McBride’s Last Lap Motorsports of Denver, NC. “I am thrilled to be a part of this special effort and eager to show that Edgar’s confidence in me is well warranted,” said Lewis who will test on July 29-30th at The Glen. “With our success in the past I am sure Last Lap will give me a great car. I know we have a tough road ahead of us. The quality and professionalism of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series is among the best in the world. This will certainly rank up there with my Le Mans starts as a career milestone.”(Shane Lewis Site)(7-25-2002)

  • Cameron at Watkins Glen? hearing that Winston West driver Austin Cameron will test next Monday and Tuesday at Watkins Glen for TRW Motorsports and will enter the Cup race there if the test goes well.(7-25-2002)

  • Scott Pruett to run Watkins Glen...for Ganassi: Scott Pruett will drive a third car for Chip Ganassi Racing at Watkins Glen.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(7-24-2002)

  • Have heard nothing on the following drivers and possible rides in NASCAR in quite a while:
    Loy Allen Jr; Gary Bradberry(ran the #90 at MIS in June 2002); Eddie Cheever(IRL); Paul Gentilozzi(Trans AM); Brian Herta(CART?); Bobby Hillin, Lake Speed (running some late models in 2002); Rick Wilson

  • Biagi and NASCAR? Biagi Brothers? Tomas Biagi, who is running for the Euro F3000 Championship with Ghinzani Team is mentioned in a story about being contacted by a NASCAR team: "Q) You've been contacted by a Nascar Team recently, what's happening there? A) Yes, it's true, I've been contacted by a team in the NASCAR Series (didn't say which series). The Team is owned by a family with the same name and they said that ‘Biagi' is a very appreciated name in their competition. Naturally this could give me a very special opportunity…"(F-1 Live.com), assuming (oops) he is talking about the Biagi Brothers #4 BGN team who Mike Wallace drives for, there had been rumors of a 2nd car for that team in 2003.(7-23-2002)

  • Paul Tracy and Petty? UPDATE: Have heard from some readers that during the CART race at Cleveland, it was reported that Kyle Petty flew to Cleveland to talk to Paul Tracy about his interest in NASCAR and the possibility of driving for Petty in the future.(7-14-2002)
    UPDATE: being told by sources that Petty did NOT go to Cleveland and has not even spoken to Tracy about a possible ride.(7-15-2002)
    UPDATE 2: but hearing from other sources that Petty was at the Cleveland track last Wednesday and stopped by the credential office and asked where Paul Tracy and was directed him to the motorhome area of the track where presumably he met with Tracy(7-16-2002)

  • Paul Tracy and Childress? If CART driver Paul Tracy's team owner Barry Green is forced to move to the IRL by his current sponsor KOOL, Tracy could wind up with another CART team or even in NASCAR. Yes, NASCAR, the stock-car series whose success has grown by leaps and bounds and left both CART and the IRL in its exhaust, particularly in the United States. "I've talked for about a year to (car owner) Richard Childress," Tracy said. "We've had an ongoing open dialogue. We talk to each other every couple of months. He'd like to test me in a car, but the timing is not right. But he's said any time I want to come and test one." Despite his discussions with Childress, Tracy made it clear he wants to remain in open-wheeled racing for "as long as I can because I really love it. "But I have to be realistic," he added. "Open-wheeled racing is struggling right now. And while I'm only 33, I'm not 23, so I have to look at my future. I don't want to stop racing at 38 or 39." Tracy revealed that his agreement with Green expired in May when Green was unable to pick up the option on his contract because of the uncertainly by KOOL.(Waymoresports.com)(7-6-2002)

  • Another Rudd to run at RIR: Jason Rudd Cleared To Drive Winston Cup Short-Tracks; Will Make Debut At Richmond:. Jason Rudd, the nephew of Winston Cup veteran racer Ricky Rudd, has been cleared by NASCAR to compete in the Winston Cup Series on oval tracks that are 3/4 of a mile or less. Rudd will make his Cup debut in September at Richmond. One of the key reasons on making this decision is the hope of driving against his uncle once before his uncle retired. Jason's father, AJ (Al Rudd Jr.) stated that they will be taking one of their Dodges that Jason drives in ARCA, as it was formerly a Winston Cup car. "We are very pleased," said AJ. "We can do some testing and begin getting our Dodges ready for the race."(Catchfence)(7-5-2002)

  • Hornish wants to try Daytona 500: Sam Hornish Jr., the defending IRL champ, said Tuesday he might try to qualify for the Daytona 500 in February, driving a Chevy for the Dale Earnhardt Inc. NASCAR team. If the deal with DEI comes to fruition, Hornish said he would drive in selected BGN races in 2003. He could make a second start in Winston Cup next season at the Brickyard 400. But Hornish doesn't foresee switching gears and leaving Indy cars to compete full time in NASCAR.(Orange County Register)(4th of July 2002)

  • Musgrave at the Brickyard 400? UPDATE: hearing Ted Musgrave, who drives the #1 Truck for the Ultra Motorsports CTS team, will drive a 2nd team car to #7-Casey Atwwod, the #07 Sirius Dodge, looks chrome, see an image of the car in my Paint Scheme Gallery.(7-3-2002)
    UPDATE: Current CTS points leader Ted Musgrave will enter at least five Winston Cup races this season in the #07 Dodge. The new team will be composed of personnel from Musgrave’s Ultra Motorsports Truck team as well as from the team of his teammate, Jason Leffler. Musgrave will work in Cup as a teammate with Ultra/Evernham Motorsports driver Casey Atwood, who drives the #7 Dodge. Both teams are sponsored by Sirius Satellite Radio. Musgrave’s first race will be the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It will mark his 300th career start in the Winston Cup series. "I’m pretty excited, coming back getting my opportunity here," Musgrave said. "We talked about doing something like this last year but we never really got the chance to get going because of the dedication we put into the Truck series. We’ll start off at the Brickyard 400 and run about four more races [Darlington, Phoenix, Atlanta and Homestead]. We’re building a new car for the race. I’m proud to be with these guys"(ThatsRacin.com)(4th of July 2002)

  • Paul Tracy to NASCAR? UPDATE: Barry Green, who owns the team for which Tracy drives, is rumoured to be following the lead of Roger Penske and jumping to the IRL full-time next season. If he does, Tracy said there's a good chance he won't follow, and will try his luck in NASCAR. He's been approached by Richard Childress, and is lining up a test for later in the summer. "If CART doesn't survive, I'd have to seriously look at NASCAR," he said. "I'm a road racer, but if I'm going to be forced to run on ovals, I'm going to do go where I can prosper. There's more opportunity in NASCAR."(Globe and Mail(5-26-2002)
    UPDATE: Paul Tracy, if CART is no longer a viable option, he said he would look seriously at finding a ride in NASCAR. "I'd really miss [the road races],'' Tracy said amid growing speculation that teams such as his Team Kool Green might jump to the all-oval Indy Racing League. "If I'm going to be forced to run ovals all the time, I'd take a look at NASCAR as well as the IRL. I want to stay in CART, and I know that Barry [Green, the Team Green owner] does, too. But he's waiting for a decision from Kool, and they're the ones that pay the sponsorship.'' The thought of Tracy, 33, in a stock car might seem unusual. He's in the 12th year of his CART career and has the second-most victories of any active driver in the series. But despite his strong open-wheel roots, Tracy said he would investigate his NASCAR options. "I've got some contacts with a couple of [NASCAR] teams,'' he said. "It's not a real race car, but they're out there banging doors, so they're not loafing around. And I'm still pretty young compared to most of them, so I still have some time. They are what they are. But they make a lot of money, and it's still racing.''(Chicago Sun Times)(6-27-2002)

  • Hornish to NASCAR? UPDATE: heard from a few readers that it was reported on Indianapolis TV channel 13 WTHR/NBC on their 6:30pm newscast that IRL driver Sam Hornish has signed with DEI to drive in some BGN and possibly a Cup race or two in 2003. On ESPN2's RPM 2 Night, Robin Miller reported that Hornish's current team, Panther Racing [sponsor Pennaoil], has picked up Hornish's contract option for 2003 to run the full IRL season. Being told that Hornish will run the full IRL season and a few BGN races for DEI.(6-26-2002)
    UPDATE: Ty Norris, executive vice president for high-profile DEI, confirmed Wednesday plans are being finalized to have Sam Hornish Jr., the defending Indy Racing League champion, compete in "some" stock car races next season. Hornish likely will drive in the BGN, although John Barnes, general manager of Hornish's IRL team, Panther Racing, said the deal could include Cup races at the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400. "We're two or three weeks away from knowing our entire lineup for next year," Norris said. "But Hornish is something we want to do if we can get the details worked out." Hornish, who turns 23 next week, emphasized he will remain a full-time IRL driver, in part because he's locked in to Panther through next season. The Indianapolis-based team officially exercised its third-year option on Hornish in January and is negotiating an extension through 2005. Both sides hope to sign the contract by season's end. Hornish said his priority remains in the IRL with Panther. They are currently third in points with two wins this season. "(NASCAR) might be (worth) more money, but it's twice as much traveling," Hornish said. "I'd like to stay with (Panther) for the next 10 years. It might not work out that way, but that's what I want."(Indianapolis Star)(6-27-2002)

  • What ever happened to.....Rick Wilson: Former Winston Cup driver Rick Wilson of Bartow is now a Late Model race car owner with a full sponsorship. Edward Howell of Lakeland is Wilson's driver in the Timberwolf Late Model Chevrolet that competes mainly at Desoto Speedway. Howell is the current Desoto Late Model point leader after seven races with one win and six top-five finishes. "Our racing schedule calls for us to run 16 events at Desoto and we have an additional fives races to run at our choosing," Wilson said "We made some key changes on our Chevrolet this season and they have proven to be productive thanks in a large part to our crew chief, Jim Wright, and mechanic, Will Callahan." Wilson's son, Travis, is also a short-track driver. "My son Travis runs a Super Stock at Auburndale Speedway and he's doing well in the four events he has run," said the 49-year-old Wilson, who has been out of competitive racing for three years. "He has a fourth-place effort so far as a rookie and was a Go-Kart driver in the past. My Late Model driver Edward (Howell) also has his son (Jason) ready to go in a Mini Stock." Greenwood Chevrolet of Fort Meade and Hamilton Equipment Company of Lenior, Tenn., are also on board.(Lakeland Ledger)(6-21-2002)

  • Paul Tracy to NASCAR? Barry Green, who owns the team for which Tracy drives, is rumoured to be following the lead of Roger Penske and jumping to the IRL full-time next season. If he does, Tracy said there's a good chance he won't follow, and will try his luck in NASCAR. He's been approached by Richard Childress, and is lining up a test for later in the summer. "If CART doesn't survive, I'd have to seriously look at NASCAR," he said. "I'm a road racer, but if I'm going to be forced to run on ovals, I'm going to do go where I can prosper. There's more opportunity in NASCAR."(Globe and Mail, thanks to the Stock Car Fans Newlsetter for the heads up)(5-26-2002)

  • Buckshot deciding, has a sponsor: The next month could determine if Buckshot Jones ever races again. The Georgia native, released in April by Petty Enterprises, says he has a sponsor and has talked with seven or eight teams about driving. But if those teams aren’t willing to take the money his unspecified backer will pay, he’ll go into land development and put his racing career on hold, possibly permanently. “If there’s no ride out there, I’ve gotta do something,” Jones said. “I do not want to quit racing by no means. ... (But) I’m not gonna jump back into racing if I think that the team doesn’t have everything they need. There’s a lot of teams out there that are good teams, but they don’t have that little bit extra that they need. If I think it’s somewhere where the team’s got the potential to get there, man, I’m willing to do that. But if I think they’re not gonna be able to get to that potential, then I probably wouldn’t do it. I just want to have a little more say-so on things than what I’ve been able to do.” Time is also a big a factor in determining Jones’ racing fate. His pending land development deal has a deadline as well, so whatever happens has to happen quickly. “The sponsor definitely wants to do something within a month,” Jones said. “Let’s just say if every person we’ve talked to wants more than what the sponsor’s willing to pay, then I’d go into land development. I’ve gotta start earning a paycheck. I don’t receive a paycheck any more, so I’ve got a lot of bills to be paid. That would probably be one of the hardest things for me to do, to get out of racing. If I don’t have a choice, I don’t have a choice. If you get out of racing, and you’ve been out of it, most of the top people are not gonna try and hire you. They’re gonna pick somebody else. It’s bad sitting out of a race car ... but there’s something else (land development) that I can get involved in within the next two to three months, or it’s gonna pass by.” (Winston Cup Scene - need sub to read)(5-23-2002)

  • Wally Wins, well sort of: NASCAR driver and broadcaster Wally Dallenbach won an $11.3 million court judgment Wednesday against his former race team owner in a breach-of-contract lawsuit. Dallenbach sued Darwin Oordt, head of Galaxy Motorsports, in Mecklenburg Superior Court last year, accusing the Tennessee-based team owner of reneging on a multimillion-dollar racing contract. Superior Court Judge Susan Taylor issued the $11.3million judgment against Oordt on Wednesday after he failed to show up Monday for a one-day bench trial. "I'm glad it's over," Dallenbach said. "I think the judgment speaks for itself." Oordt didn't immediately return a message left at the Murfreesboro, Tenn., number listed in his name. His lawyer, Wilbur Linton Jr. of High Point, issued a statement. "Mr. Oordt chose not to defend the case based upon financial reasons," the statement said. "It would not matter if it was $1million or $11million. Not a penny will be paid." It wasn't clear how Oordt intended to avoid payment. "We intend to vigorously pursue collection efforts," said Dallenbach's attorney, John Buric of Charlotte. "Literally at the 11th hour the defendant decided not to come to court. It's indicative of the way this man has conducted his personal life." Dallenbach said he signed a three-year guaranteed contract in 1999 with Galaxy Motorsports worth at least $3.6million. Oordt stopped paying him his monthly installments in January 2001, the suit said. Oordt, who bought the team in 1999, suspended his Winston Cup operation last year after failing to find a sponsor. Dallenbach did race commentary for NBC and TNT for the second half of last season. Buric argued that the driver could have signed on with other teams, but that Oordt led him to believe new sponsors were lined up. "You can't give somebody a three-year dream and after a year shut the doors and say everybody go home," Dallenbach said. "They didn't do their homework, and the rest of the team and I paid for it." Dallenbach said he is still hoping to return to racing, but NASCAR's youth movement makes it difficult for a 38-year-old driver to get a ride.(ThatsRacin.com/AP)(5-23-2002)

  • Buckshot Racing Closed? hearing the #00 BGN team owned by former #44 driver, Buckshot Jones has been closed and that Jones may not return to BGN or Cup racing.(5-10-2002)

  • Where is Buckshot? Since losing his ride in the #44 Dodge three weeks ago, Buckshot Jones has kept busy working on his family's farm in Monticello. He says that if the right deal for a Winston Cup ride doesn't come along, he'll be happy with whatever turn his career takes. He's talked to several teams and to some of NASCAR's power brokers and expects to make a decision soon. "By next week, I'll have a pretty good reading on whether I continue on in racing or get into land development with my dad," Jones said. Jones said he wishes his old team the best, but he hasn't been watching Winston Cup races on TV. "All of the guys on the 44 team are my friends, so I don't want to see them do bad," he said. And as far as watching the races, "I was working at the farm and came back to the house about three times and watched for about 10 minutes."(Atlanta Journal Constitution)(5-3-2002)

  • Said to drive three Cup races? hearing from some readers who watched the Rolex 24 at Daytona, that Boris Said mentioned he was planning on driving three Cup races in 2002, Sears Point, Watkins Glen and Indianpolis for the Jasper Motorsports team. Didn't say if he would be in a 2nd car or the #77 Ford, but can't imagine regular driver Dave Blaney giving up the seat for a few races(2-3-2002)

  • Pruett at Daytona UPDATE drive for Ganassi?: Scott Pruett, who drove for PPI Motorsports in team owner Cal Wells' rookie season [2000] on the Winston Cup circuit, and Paul Gentilozzi are teaming up for this year's Feb. 2-3 Rolex 24 at Daytona. Pruett and Gentilozzi are two of the drivers who won the 24-hour race in 1994. In addition to Pruett, Gentilozzi, a Trans-Am driver whose Rocketsports Racing team is fielding a Jaguar XKR in the race's GTS class, will be joined by Brian Simo and Michael Lauer.(Winston Cup Scene - need sub to read)(1-31-2002)
    UPDATE: As for what's ahead in Pruett's racing career, it will be a little of this and a little of that. "I probably will do a couple of Winston Cup road courses for (Chip) Ganassi, probably end up doing a little bit of TV stuff, maybe do a few Trans Am races, and who knows, maybe you might even see me in a few Busch races," said Pruett.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(2-2-2002)

  • Nemechek to field three teams at Daytona UPDATE: Owner/driver Joe Nemechek will field three teams in the Feb. 16 EAS/GNC Live Well 300 at Daytoan. Nemechek, who won the pole for last year's race, will continue to drive the #87 Pontiac. Defending race champion Randy LaJoie will pilot the #7 Pontiac. Jeff Fuller, who's participating in this week's test session, will wheel the #88 Pontiac.(DIS PR)(1-24-2002)
    UPDATE: Nemco crew chief Brian Pattie said he hopes to run Fuller in about 12 or 13 races this year, but the team has no sponsorship for a third car.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(1-25-2002)

  • No Brack at the Daytona 500? Kenny Brack’s testing session this week at Daytona is apparently as close as the CART star is going to get to running in this year’s Daytona 500 according to team owner Chip Ganassi. Ganassi said that it appears that the funding will not allow him to run in the Feb. 17 race. "I think the point there is that the business is tightening up and we had high hopes of finding the money for that but it doesn’t seem to be coming," Ganassi said Thursday. "I don’t foresee that happening and it’s too bad because we thought Daytona was a place where he might do well." The team’s managing director Mike Hull said Thursday that all hope had not been lost for the Brack Daytona effort, but that it indeed all depends on the financing that Ganassi said is unlikely to appear(SpeedChannel/SpeedVision)(1-17-2002)

  • Steele to skip the Daytona 500: Former ARCA Champion Tim Steele has decided not to try and make the field for the upcoming Daytona 500. Steele, who will attempt to make a few NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch races in addition to 11 ARCA events in 2002, said pulling things together in time for Daytona just couldn’t be done.(RacingOne)(1-14-2002)

  • Gerhart to run the Daytona 500: ARCA veteran Bobby Gerhart will run the ARCA race, and is planning to enter either the Winston Cup or BGN races at Daytona. And the ARCAfan site is reporting that engine-builder Dan Begle has completed a Winston Cup engine for Bobby Gerhart to run in the Daytona 500(ARCA Fans site)(1-14-2002)

  • Brack in NASCAR? UPDATE 3: Kenny Brack, of CART, in the field at Indy for IROC's season finale, has been mentioned for a Winston Cup ride, possibly with A. J. Foyt. With the CART series in the middle of a sharp decline, the 1999 Indy 500 winner and 1998 Indy Racing League champ, at 35, is looking at his options. "Sure, I'm interested in NASCAR in the future, but right now I'm focused on the CART championship," Brack said. That tour's points leader won at Chicago Sunday, so he's clearly on top of his game. "Through the IROC series, I've made several friends in the NASCAR circuit, and if there would be an opportunity for me to go NASCAR, I would look very seriously at it. NASCAR in the future, yes, but not next year." NASCAR intrigues Brack: "I am very humble for the fact that it is a different series with different cars and everything, and there are a lot of good drivers in NASCAR," he said. "So if I would go to NASCAR, I know it wouldn't be easy. I never underestimated any series I've gone into. Yes, if you practice enough you can get good, but there will be 50 drivers there and they're all good. So you're not going to come in and do anything unless you've done your homework. And even then it's difficult(in part from a column in the Winston Salem Journal). NOTE: Robin Miller also metioned Brack to Foyt's #14 Conseco car in the future a few nights ago on ESPN2's RPM 2Night(8-4-2001)
    UPDATE: on Monday's RPM 2 Night show (ESPN2 at 7:00pm), Dr Jerry Punch said not to be surprised to see Brack run at the 2002 Daytona 500(8-7-2001)
    UPDATE 2: ESPN.com has learned that CART driver, Kenny Brack has already signed with Chip Ganassi for the 2002 CART season and Indianapolis 500. Meanwhile, neither Brack nor Ganassi would confirm or deny a deal on Monday. Besides the money and Indy, another enticement for Brack to go to Ganassi could be NASCAR. Chip fields a two-car Winston Cup team and Kenny has declared he definitely wants to try stock cars in a couple years.(ESPN)(8-14-2001)
    UPDATE 3: Kenny Brack is going to get a full-blown look at life in NASCAR in two weeks when he tests Target/Chip Ganassi Racing’s Dodge Intrepid at the NASCAR Open Test session at Daytona International Raceway January 14-16. "We're trying to find the money to do Daytona with Brack," Ganassi told Autosport magazine. "He'll do the test just to be ready. It's also possible he'll run later in the year."(SpeedVision)(1-3-2002)

    2001 News

  • Little Al to NASCAR? UPDATE 2: with the Galles Racing IRL team appearing to be done (reportedly, a proposed big-money deal with Budweiser fell through), Al Unser Jr. -- "Little Al" is suddenly shopping for a ride. "It seems as good a time as any for Little Al to look south, perhaps finally take up Earnhardt's invitation to come play with the full-bodied boys. Problem is, all the Winston Cup seats are filled -- except one. A.J. Foyt keeps delaying the announcement on who will drive his #14 Cup car next season. Rumors center on Stacy Compton, Kevin Lepage and Mark Green. A call to Foyt's shop this past week found Larry Foyt, A.J.'s son and Busch Series driver, answering the phone. "Any chance A.J. might be trying to work out something with Little Al?" Larry Foyt was asked. "I've heard a lot of talk, but that's a new one," said Larry, who said A.J. will name his driver Jan. 2. A.J. and the Unsers go way back, of course, so there's definite familiarity. Plus, A.J. could put Little Al in a competitive Indy ride for a Memorial Day double (that should be a popular attempt this coming year, with Tony Stewart, Robby Gordon and John Andretti likely to try it). Perhaps the best bet for an Unser NASCAR appearance would be Penske, who fielded three cars several times last year in order to break in Ryan Newman. Penske has the resources to field a competitive part-time car, and could also put Unser in a quality Indianapolis ride."(Daytona Beach News Journal)(12-23-2001)
    UPDATE: and another column at ESPN: Unser to make move to Winston Cup?(12-27-2001)
    UPDATE: an an update to the 'rumored' Daytona Beach News Journal column: Racin' rumors go faster than the racers involved(12-31-2001)

  • Wally signs for five years: Wally Dallenbach Jr. signed a five-year contract extension, which includes an interesting twist, with NBC and TNT to continue announcing Winston Cup and Busch Series races. Dallenbach said NBC will allow him to compete in select Winston Cup events as "an announcer in a race car" and run the full 2002 IRL schedule. Dallenbach said he hopes to have a Daytona 500 deal in hand within the next week. He's pitching a deal to three Winston Cup teams for this unique opportunity. A source close to the deal said Andy Petree Racing is considering hiring Dallenbach for a four-race deal in the vacant #33 car. Joe Nemechek drove the #33 this season but is moving to another team next season. The Petree car has no major sponsorship[for the #33].(Daytona Beach News Journal)(12-1-2001)

  • Dallenbach Unsettled on Plans for 2002: NBC/TNT analyst Wally Dallenbach is still looking at all of his options for 2002. During Wednesday's media conference call, he said, "I'm not sure which direction I'm going in. I'm glad that I have some options. I have the option to continue doing TV and I also have the option to go back to racing. I've enjoyed what I've done this year more than I could ever imagine and really had no idea coming into this thing as basically a complete rookie.. I'm really impressed with how everything did work and how hard these guys work. These guys spend a lot of time with their noses buried in computers, making notes and getting prepared for this..I'm proud to be apart of this team and I'm proud to see what we've built."(MotorsportsTV/NBC PR)(11-15-2001)

  • NBC Changes in 2002? Dallenbach back? NBC is planning at least one major change in its announcing booth for next season, which the network will open at Daytona. It is not clear who the new man in the booth might be, but some people in the garage are suggesting Barney Hall, the veteran Motor Racing Network radio announcer.
    AND NBC and Fox officials are ordering unspecified cutbacks in next year's Winston Cup coverage, according to TV sources. Fox has already been talking with NASCAR officials about renegotiating its contract because of the difficult ad sales market.(Winston Salem Journal)
    AND Former Winston Cup driver Wally Dallenbach said this morning [Sunday] that NBC has picked up his option for next year, which means that NBC will employee him if he agrees to the terms. Dallenbach also said that he didn't feel like the offer from NBC was strong enough to keep him out of a race car. Once again, he is trying to put together a deal for an Indy Racing League ride. It will be another week or so before he has an answer to that and will continue with NBC, should the IRL deal not pan out.(Insider Racing News)(10-22-2001)

  • Dallenbach Decision soon UPDATE: Wally Dallenbach Jr., who will decide this week whether to continue his television career or go back racing, is certain about one job for the 2002 season: He will compete in next year's 2002 Rolex 24 at Daytona. Dallenbach most likely will team up with fellow Daytona Beach resident Mike Skinner in a Robinson Racing Mark III for the twice-around-the-clock sportscar marathon. Dallenbach told NBC/TNT officials that he needs to have their final 2002 offer on the table this week or he'll have to throw his hat back into the Winston Cup garage. Dallenbach is somewhat of a hot commodity in Winston Cup. "I think we're starting to see teams needing experienced drivers," he said. "They're beginning to realize the answer isn't to hire a driver who's 20 years old." Dallenbach has two offers from two solid teams, but he must move quickly to seize an opportunity(Daytona Beach News Journal), supposedly those offers are from Ganassi Racing(Target car?) and Hendrick Motorsports(#25)(9-6-2001)
    UPDATE: Wally Dallenbach, currently TV analyst for NBC and TNT, and Winston Cup driver Mike Skinner are expected to test a prototype sports car Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway. The pair plan to drive with team owners George Robinson and Jack Baldwin in the 2002 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, scheduled Feb. 2-3. (That's Racin')(9-9-2001)

  • Ganassi to BGN? Stewart to the #01? Wally in the #01? Target? UPDATE: Dodge sources say Ganassi Racing visited Kentucky Speedway and tested the new Intrepids that will be driven in the Busch Series next year. Stedman Marlin, who finished 19th in the Busch race at Michigan, reportedly will drive one of the cars and share the Coors Light sponsorship on father Sterling's Cup car. AND Another Ganassi rumor: Jason Leffler will join Stedman Marlin in the Busch ranks, and Tony Stewart will move into the #01 Cup car in 2002 with sponsorship from Target(Sporting News)(8-20-2001) BUT back in June it was reported: Tony Stewart held a team meeting last week to tell his crew he had no plans to leave for the Chip Ganassi operation(Winston Salem Journal) and Stewart is signed with Joe Gibbs Racing thru 2004(6-9-2001) and sources say he is committed to Home Depot and the Joe Gibbs operation through 2004
    AND hearing a BGN team is set up to give Leffler more seat time in 2002. Target comes in and sponsors the BGN team AND a Winston Cup team. Driver? Wally Dallenbach. Why Dallenbach? Two reasons. One, the NBC hook. Target likes what they have seen. Two - Dallenbach runs the full Winston Cup season AND a double on Memorial Day Weekend: The Indy 500 and the Coca Cola 600(8-20-2001)
    UPDATE: Rumor has it that Target might be wanting to get into Winston Cup and Busch Series racing with Chip Ganassi. The word around the garage is that the company might tap Wally Dallenbach to run the full season, along with the Indy 500 in May. Jason Leffler would get some seat time in a Target-sponsored Busch car. Leffler raced full-time in 2000 before jumping into Winston Cup in 2001. Ganassi lost Cingular Wireless as sponsor of the No. 01 Dodge last week to Richard Childress Racing, opening the door for a possible Target entry. Target has been the longtime backer of Ganassi’s CART powerhouse. Ganassi has ran the Indy 500 in each of the last two seasons with Target on those cars as well.(NASCAR.com Buzz)(8-20-2001)

  • Dallenbach has Offers UPDATE 4 It's Official - to NBC: Wally Dallenbach, left without a ride when the #75 Galaxy Motorsports team closed up, is looking at what might be two out-of-this-world offers to resume his long racing career and is in talks regarding at least two major deals. One is an opportunity to leave Winston Cup and compete full-time in the IRL starting next year, joining Sam Hornish Jr. on the well-financed Indianapolis-based Pennzoil-sponsored Panther Racing team. Dallenbach and Panther have been in negotiations for the last month or so. "Panther and myself have been working real hard on the IRL program," Dallenbach said. "Things look pretty optimistic there." But a new player has come into the picture that gives Dallenbach a bit more latitude and another racing option. While he won't reveal the name of the team or its owner, another Winston Cup situation has been presented to him to consider for next season. "A Winston Cup opportunity kind of has arisen recently, and I think there's some possibilities there," Dallenbach said. "Now, this (both the IRL and Cup programs) is all for next year. I would think that if anything was put together as far as next year goes, we'd probably run some races this year ... just to get our feet wet(ESPN), actually hearing the Winston Cup offer may be for Wally to be the third person in the NBC booth with Allen Bestwick and Benny Parsons(5-30-2001)
    UPDATE: Wally Dallenbach Jr. is in the running for the third chair in NBC's racing broadcast booth. Dallenbach received high marks after auditioning for the job and will be part of a mock broadcast of this weekend's race at Michigan. NBC and TNT start their coverage of Winston Cup and Busch Series racing with the July 7 Pepsi 400 at Daytona(Daytona Beach News Journal)(6-5-2001)
    UPDATE 2: Wally Dallenbach will join Benny Parsons and Alan Bestwick in the NBC booth during the second half of the season. Dallenbach, 37, has been on sabbatical since Galaxy Motorsports failed to find sponsorship for the 2001 season. "I'm looking forward to the experience, but if I had a top-10 ride, it would be a different story," Dallenbach said. Next season Dallenbach hopes to fulfill his dream of driving in the Indianapolis 500 in a car fielded by Panther Racing(Sporting News)(6-11-2001)
    UPDATE 3: Wally Dallenbach will be officially named Thursday to the NASCAR announcer team for NBC and TNT. Dallenbach, 38, spent last weekend rehearsing at Michigan International Speedway with the NBC/TNT broadcast team that will take over Winston Cup and Grand National telecasts beginning with events leading up to the July 7 running of the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway. "We rehearsed all day Saturday and Sunday," said Sam Flood, producer for the NBC/TNT racing team. "It went really well. "Wally has a fresh perspective. He will be racing this weekend, so there's a real connection there. He and Benny (Parsons) can go back and forth on some issues and we think they will have a nice give and take." Dallenbach's path to the job began with a call to Parsons, who along with anchor Allen Bestwick will join Dallenbach in the booth(That's Racin')(6-14-2001)
    UPDATE 5: Wally Dallenbach will join the NASCAR on TNT and NBC broadcast booth when the networks begin coverage of NASCAR at the Pepsi 400 from Daytona International Speedway, the networks jointly announced Thursday. Dallenbach will debut with analyst Benny Parsons and play-by-play announcer Allen Bestwick, beginning with Bud Pole Qualifying, July 5 at 8:00pm/et on TNT, and the Pepsi 400, July 7 at 7:30pm/et on NBC.(CNN/SI)(6-15-2001)
  • Murry in 2002 - in NASCAR? While plans are still being finalized, it appears road racer David Murry may have opportunities in two of NASCAR’s major series – Winston Cup and trucks – as well as in sports car’s two major United States-based series. He will try to juggle as many opportunities as he can to fill his book up. “I’m having discussions with a number of teams right now,” added Murry. “On the NASCAR front, I’m already speaking with some Winston Cup team owners about the two road course races at Sears Point and Watkins Glen as well as some owners in the truck series. The interest level is clearly there. In sports car, there are a handful of teams I’m speaking with. So, we’ll see what happens there. There are some options to consider, that’s for sure.” Murry’s stock car racing experience has been sprinkled around over the years. He’s competed in both ARCA and Winston Cup. Murry is best known for being a Porsche racing ace. However, last year at the Petit Le Mans, he sampled a different German marque – BMW.(Kermish-Geylin PR) AND hearing the following teams have had discussions with Murry about the 2002 season: The #27 Eel River Racing team - should it be revived for Cup. Welliver Racing for a possible Busch opportunity and/or Cup road course entry at both Sears Point and Watkins Glen and maybe the CTS as Murry in the middle of negotiations with one of his sports car buddies to start up a team to either run a partial season or a full season.(11-29-2001)

  • Murry to drive at The Glen? UPDATE: Hearing that veteran road racer David Murry is in negotiations with a single-car Winston Cup operation to run a second car for him at Watkins Glen next month. An Atlanta resident, Murry last drove in a Cup race at Watkins Glen in 1999 for an ARCA team. He got in the show on time and ran as high as eighth, before suffering an oil line problem and finishing 36th. Along with fellow road racers Ron Fellows and Boris Said, Murry has been competing in both the American Le Mans Series and the Grand Am Series this season(7-11-2001)
    UPDATE: It appears David Murry's inclusion in the road course specialists group at Watkins Glen will not happen. The sports car ace, who last competed in a Winston Cup car at The Glen in 1999, apparently got real close to signing with a team, but the team's sponsor felt obligated to its full-time driver. Murry, however, will still be at The Glen this weekend for the Grand Am race and will likely network around the NASCAR garage, looking for any last minute driver changes(8-9-2001)

  • Pruett: not NASCAR but keeping up with former Cup driver Scott Pruett - Former CART and Winston Cup driver Scott Pruett will drive a third car for the Rocketsports Racing team in this weekend's Trans-Am 125 at Laguna Seca Raceway. Pruett, who won the 24 Hours of LeMans LMGTS class in June, will drive a XKR for team owner Paul Gentilozzi.(Las Vegas Sun)(9-6-2001)

  • Hornish in NASCAR? UPDATE: Current Indy Car(IRL) points leader Sam Hornish Jr. told the Herald Citizen at Nashville that he would like to move to NASCAR after he had accomplished what he wanted in open wheel(8-9-2001)
    UPDATE: Hornish says he intends to fulfill the remaining two years of his three-year contract with Pennzoil Panther Racing. Hornish acknowledged that there have been some inquiries about his services from CART teams, and rumors about a possible ride in NASCAR with Chip Ganassi Racing circulated the IRL garage area in Joliet, Ill., last weekend. One reporter even tossed out the obligatory Formula One question, which Sam promptly swatted away. "Right now, the way I look at it, I'm 100 percent staying with the IRL," said Hornish, whose series résumé consists of only 19 starts. "They have the Indy 500, and that's my goal. There's very few other things in the world of motorsports that excite me outside of the Indy 500, and winning Indy-car championships. If it wasn't for the IRL, I wouldn't have a place to race. Or I'd be racing something with fenders. Far as I'm concerned, staying here is the only right thing I can do."(Star Telegram)(9-6-2001)

  • Brack in NASCAR? UPDATE 2: Kenny Brack, of CART, in the field at Indy for IROC's season finale, has been mentioned for a Winston Cup ride, possibly with A. J. Foyt. With the CART series in the middle of a sharp decline, the 1999 Indy 500 winner and 1998 Indy Racing League champ, at 35, is looking at his options. "Sure, I'm interested in NASCAR in the future, but right now I'm focused on the CART championship," Brack said. That tour's points leader won at Chicago Sunday, so he's clearly on top of his game. "Through the IROC series, I've made several friends in the NASCAR circuit, and if there would be an opportunity for me to go NASCAR, I would look very seriously at it. NASCAR in the future, yes, but not next year." NASCAR intrigues Brack: "I am very humble for the fact that it is a different series with different cars and everything, and there are a lot of good drivers in NASCAR," he said. "So if I would go to NASCAR, I know it wouldn't be easy. I never underestimated any series I've gone into. Yes, if you practice enough you can get good, but there will be 50 drivers there and they're all good. So you're not going to come in and do anything unless you've done your homework. And even then it's difficult(in part from a column in the Winston Salem Journal). NOTE: Robin Miller also metioned Brack to Foyt's #14 Conseco car in the future a few nights ago on ESPN2's RPM 2Night(8-4-2001)
    UPDATE: on Monday's RPM 2 Night show (ESPN2 at 7:00pm), Dr Jerry Punch said not to be surprised to see Brack run at the 2002 Daytona 500(8-7-2001)
    UPDATE 2: ESPN.com has learned that CART driver, Kenny Brack has already signed with Chip Ganassi for the 2002 CART season and Indianapolis 500. Meanwhile, neither Brack nor Ganassi would confirm or deny a deal on Monday. Besides the money and Indy, another enticement for Brack to go to Ganassi could be NASCAR. Chip fields a two-car Winston Cup team and Kenny has declared he definitely wants to try stock cars in a couple years.(ESPN)(8-14-2001)

  • Said Part time with Jasper in 2002? road racer Boris Said is hoping to put together a part-time deal with the Jasper Motorsports team for next year, running the two Winston Cup road races as well as up to eight more races on ovals(That's Racin'), which would be a 2nd car for the team in addition to the #77 team and driver Robert Pressley(8-9-2001)

  • Kimmel to Cup? UPDATE: Frank Kimmel, current ARCA point leader and two-time champion, may venture into Winston Cup next season for three races. The only track that was mentioned for sure was Charlotte. His current sponsor, Advance Auto Parts, may be the one backing the effort. The 38-year old native of Jeffersonville, Ind., was the series rookie of the year in 1992 and was a runner-up in championship points in 1994, '97 and '99.(NASCAR.com Buzz)(6-23-2001)
    UPDATE: During the next three months, Kimmel and his sponsors hope to build a similar foundation in Winston Cup. Advance Auto is committed to supporting Kimmel in his bid to race in Winston Cup events later this year at Charlotte, Martinsville and Atlanta. He will continue to race on the ARCA series, in which he has an 835-point lead in his bid for a third championship in four years. One reason that Kimmel and Co. chose Winston Cup over other NASCAR circuits is the similarity of the cars he will be driving. He drives a Jack Roush Ford in ARCA and will be driving a Roush Ford in Winston Cup(Roanoke Times)(8-3-2001)

  • Blundell to NASCAR? Former CART and Formula 1 star Mark Blundell could be on his way to the NASCAR Winston Cup next year if current plans come to fruition. The 35-year-old is understood to be lining up a deal with a top stock car squad for later this year. His only racing this season has been the Le Mans 24 Hours, which he contested with the new MG squad. NASCAR is renowned for its complete bias towards American drivers, and the most recent 'foreigners' to race in the Winston Cup, besides Canadian road circuit regular Ron Fellows, were Australians Geoff Brabham and Dick Johnson. Current British Touring Car Championship leader Jason Plato has also signalled his interest at switching to the Stateside series, in which the leading drivers are household names across much of the US. If I was offered a drive for next year I would consider it. "There is a deal on offer to test," Blundell told Autosport. "If I was offered a drive for next year I would consider it. I have been in the USA for five years and I know what a huge spectacle NASCAR is. It would be fantastic to get an English guy in there with the European ovals opening up new opportunities for the future. I have plenty of oval experience," he added.(Autosport.com)(7-31-2001)

  • Bouchard Back? Ken Bouchard, a former Winston Cup Rookie of the Year, was prowling the New Hampshire garage area while taking a break from his most current endeavor, running a driver training school and recreational driving program for NASCAR Modifieds at Thompson (Conn.) Speedway. Bouchard, who formerly worked as a driving instructor for the Richard Petty Driving Experience before starting his own, growing program three years ago, said there is some talk of bringing his program to New Hampshire; but that he would rather be back in his own race car. Bouchard, who had a successful NASCAR Modified career before winning the 1988 rookie award, said he was trying to put together his own Winston Cup program to run a limited schedule of races in the Northeast, including New Hampshire, Dover and Pocono(NASCAR.com Buzz)(7-23-2001)

  • DW back racing? Darrell Waltrip isn't sure what he'll do the rest of the year after Sunday's final Winston Cup broadcast on Fox, but he isn't ruling out getting back into a race car. "I sure wouldn't mind running Bristol, Martinsville or maybe Watkins Glen," Waltrip said Saturday. "Just to keep my license current. With the right opportunity, I probably would at the right race track." Waltrip made some laps Friday at Sears Point Raceway in a Jack Roush-built Mustang and said it felt good. But is he seriously considering a return to racing? "I am not seriously considering anything," he said. " We'll just have to wait and see what happens."(That's Racin')(6-24-2001)

  • Steve Grissom? been asked what he was up to - during the CTS(truck) ESPN broadcast of the race on Saturday at Darlington that Grissom was serving as a driver coach and spotter for Petty Enterprises CTS driver Carlos Contreras(#43 Hot Wheels truck)(5-14-2001)

  • Where is Mike Bliss? Mike Bliss was at Martinsville Speedway April 6, but he had neither a driver's suit nor a helmet in hand. Bliss began last year with A.J. Foyt Racing, then moved to Eel River Racing. His rookie year in Winston Cup left something to be desired and several top teams in CTS inquired about him driving for them last fall. Instead, Bliss had other ideas, ones that never quite panned out. "I wanted to run Busch this year, (and) I picked the wrong year to want to go (there)," he said. "I probably should have ran a truck. There are some things happening in Busch. I don't even know on the Cup side. I can probably say I don't really care over there anymore. I'm mainly focused on the Busch Series." With the season nearly two months old, Bliss never dreamed he'd still be on the sidelines. "I thought something would have come up by now," he said. "But the way that everything's going, everybody wants younger people in their cars. It's kind of the younger-than-25 thing now. They don't want experience. When I was 25, I couldn't get a job." Bliss had a ride for the BGN season opener at Daytona with Emerald Performance Group(#19) and he thought it was going to be a 20-race deal. Instead, it was for one race only as the team went on the inactive list while it searched for a sponsor(Winston Cup Scene - need subscription to read online)(4-12-2001)

    2000 and Older News/Rumors

  • Another NHRA owner to NASCAR? a little old but I missed this a month ago - NHRA Team owner Don Schumacher confirmed yesterday that while sponsorship is still pending for his second Top Fuel team, driver Melanie Troxel and tuner Jimmy Prock are definitely on the payroll, and will be with the organization in 2001. Schumacher also indicated that he hopes to add a second Funny Car to the Matco Tools-sponsored machine that will be driven by Whit Bazemore and tuned by Tim and Kim Richards. "We'll try to add a second Funny Car team at some point during the year, but that'll be it. Four teams are more than enough in drag racing, but after we get that settled I'm going to expand into NASCAR. I'm going to take a serious look at what's going on over there."(SpeedVision). NHRA Owner/Driver, Warren Johnson is owner of a new Cup team that is supposed to run in 2001, the #37 Pontiac with driver Derrike Cope. Sponsorship was to be announced on December 1st, but nothing was reported(12-8-2000)

  • Vasser Looking? on Sunday's RPM2Night (ESPN2) it was reported that CART driver Jimmy Vasser, who was considered in the recent past as a possible driver for the #01 Ganassi Racing Dodge in 2001, is now without a CART ride again according to Robin Miller (Indianapolis Star). Pat Patrick supposedly backed out of a deal at the last moment and Mo Nunn who was ready to hire Vassar at one point signed Jimmy's ex-Ganassi Racing teammate Alex Zanardi instead. It had been reported in the past that Vasser was a front runner for the #01 ride but decdied to stay in CART as he had a deal close to finalized, but who knows now(11-27-2000)

  • Shelmerdine looking at Cup: Kirk Shelmerdine, a crew chief on four Winston Cup championship teams, a driver in the ARCA series now, is now trying to break into Winston Cup as a driver. He applied for the job as Jimmy Spencer's teammate on the Travis Carter team(#66 Ford, went to Todd Bodine), and he's been trying to wrangle a driving job with Roush(PitNow)(10-18-2000)

  • Another Hamilton? Bobby Hamilton still is planning to have his son, Bobby Hamilton Jr., attempt to qualify for two Winston Cup races this year. Hamilton is picking up one car Monday and a second one the next week for his son to drive. Hamilton Jr. could compete in the races at Homestead and Atlanta(Times-Dispatch)(9-24-2000)

  • Vasser to NASCAR? CART driver and former CART champ, Jimmy Vasser, will leave Ganassi Racing at the end of the 2000 CART season. Vasser, who says he'd like to race two or three more years, could have several options in the CART paddock or possibly the Indy Racing League.(SpeedNet) AND On Saturday, Vasser, who had one year left on his contract with Ganassi, was open to the idea of giving NASCAR a chance. "I would consider almost anything," he said. "The grass is always greener, too, isn't it? NASCAR puts on a good show, but it's a different kind of racing."(Pittsburgh Post Gazette)(8-16-2000)

  • 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)

  • Steele Returns: Tim Steele, who tried going from ARCA to three of NASCAR's top divisions, returns Sunday to the ARCA series for the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 at Salem (Ind.) Speedway. Personal and team finance concerns kept Steele from ARCA's season-opening event at Daytona in February. Since taking his third ARCA title in 1997, Steele and his quest to become a NASCAR regular have been beset by injuries and sponsor snafus. Steele also shaved off his mustache(Detroit Free Press)(4-28-2000)

  • Boesel to NASCAR: Former IRL and CART driver Raul Boesel was interviewed during BGN qualifying on ESPN2 and said he was looking to run in NASCAR this year, didn't say what division(ESPN2)(2-17-2000)

  • Cheever News UPDATE 2: IRL owner-driver Eddie Cheever, winner of the 1998 Indianapolis 500, also was in the Winston Cup garage yesterday. He could make an announcement in the next couple of weeks about starting his own (Cup or BGN) team(Times-Dispatch) -- UPDATE: TNN's Raceday reports that Cheever said to expect an announcement soon concerning a Cup team he will start(10-10-1999) -- UPDATE 2: Cheever said Friday at Texas Motor Speedway that he is seeking a five-race program in 2000 with a Cup team. Cheever was in Texas preparing for Sunday's Mall.com 500, the IRL season finale. Cheever has been interested in seeing his company, Team Cheever, enter the Cup Series for more than a year, but once the "window of opportunity closed on pulling together a top package for 2000," Cheever shifted his focus. Cheever had had discussions with "a number of Cup team owners" about possibly doing a limited schedule next season(NOL) AND Cheever is seeking a ride with a top multi-car Winston Cup team that could provide a strong regional marketing program for a sponsor, possibly The Children's Beverage Group, which sponsors his IRL car(Racer Mag Site)(10-16-1999)

  • Cheever News: IRL owner-driver Eddie Cheever, winner of the 1998 Indianapolis 500, also was in the Winston Cup garage yesterday. He could make an announcement in the next couple of weeks about starting his own (Cup or BGN) team(Times-Dispatch) -- UPDATE: TNN's Raceday reports that Cheever said to expect an announcement soon concerning a Cup team he will start(10-10-1999)

  • Cheever to BGN/CUP UPDATE 1: Indy 500 Winner, IRL and IROC driver, Eddie Cheever will drive a limited schedule in the BGN this season(WC Scene). TNN's Raceday reports it'll be with BACE Motorsports(2-7-1999) -- UPDATE 1: Cheever said Wednesday he is putting together a team that will begin fielding a BGN team next season. He said his intention would be to participate in NASCAR's Winston Cup series as well. He hopes his program will start in about 2 months and is sorting out what make the team will use. Cheever said he would likely be the team's driver to start the 2000 season. Cheever said going to the Grand National series first would allow his team an opportunity to hopefully win more quickly, but also give his team a chance to 'figure out' the Winston Cup series(That's Racin'), Cheever was on RPM2Nite but didn't mention this.(4-28-1999)

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