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April 22, 2004

  • Sad News: former Brett Bodine Racing’s PR rep, Carolyn Carrier’s Mom passed away this morning. Betty A. Carrier, age 76 – native of Atlanta but spent early adult life in Bristol, TN. passed away in her sleep early morning of 4/22/04 Visitation is Friday 4/23/04 6-8pm at RT Patterson Funeral Home, 5275 N. Buford Hwy, Norcross GA, Graveside on Sat 4/24/04 at 10:30-Westview Cemetery in Atlanta and Memorial Service at 2pm on Sat at Gwinnett Christian Terrace, Lilburn In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Gwinnett Christian Terrace, 414 Berkmar Way, Lilburn, Ga. 30047.(4-22-2004)
  • Cogswell to RCR? UPDATE: hearing current #12 Fitz-Bradshaw Busch Series crew chief, Gary Cogswell, is leaving to go to Richard Childress Racing but not sure in what capacity. Tim Fedawa drives the #12 car.(4-21-2004)
    UPDATE: Gary Cogswell has tendered his resignation as crew chief of the #12 FitzBradshaw team and driver Tim Fedewa and will take a similar position at Richard Childress Racing working with its part-time Busch and Cup teams, ThatsRacin.com has learned. Cogswell will work this weekend’s race at Talladega with Fedewa before he leaves. Fedewa is currently ninth in points. "While we wish Gary the very best of luck, we feel the team can continue to build on the positive momentum it has built so far," said team co-owner Armando Fitz.(ThatsRacin.com)(4-22-2004)
  • Rick Hendrick gives CPCC $1 million: Rick Hendrick [#5, #24 and #48 Cup team owner], chairman of the national car sales company Hendrick Automotive Group, has donated $1 million to Central Piedmont Community College to build a center that will train mechanics in the latest automotive technology. CPCC will start construction on the Joe Hendrick Center for Automotive Technology, on the Levine Campus in Matthews, by fall. It should be completed by December 2005. The $4 million, 25,000-square- foot building will be named for Rick Hendrick’s father, who has been involved in auto racing for more than 40 years. The other $3 million will come from bonds, donations and other sources, according to the college. Joseph "Papa Joe" Hendrick Jr., 83, co-owns Hendrick’s #5 Busch and #25 NEXTEL series teams with grandson Ricky Hendrick. He is in a Charlotte hospital with an undisclosed illness.(Charlotte Observer)(4-22-2004)
  • France Happy with ‘points chase’: After eight races this season, 23 drivers are within 400 points of leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. Last year at this point, only 17 drivers would have qualified. But 18 races remain until the championship cutoff after the Sept. 11 race in Richmond, VA. Brian France, the NASCAR chairman and CEO who was instrumental in the change to the new system, is pleased with the racing so far this season. "We could not be happier on how the chase is shaping up, with every driver racing so hard to make sure that they have a shot at the championship," France said Tuesday. "That’s exactly what we want." Since the modern scoring system was established in 1975, only once have there been more than seven drivers (12 in 2002) within 400 points of the leader with 10 races remaining. Included in the group that would qualify are seven former Cup champions and a pair of rookies.(USA Today)(4-22-2004)
  • 2nd PPI Team? PPI Motorsports may have a couple cars and a couple crew chiefs in the mix this week when it tests at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, KY. PPI owner Cal Wells III has long craved a second team to run alongside Ricky Craven’s #32 Tide Chevrolet. He said the search is picking up steam. "It’s a little premature to be talking about a second team," Wells said. "We’ve been working on some sponsorship opportunities and they’re cooking pretty good. We’re not quite zeroed in yet on what we’re going to do, we’re just talking away on it. We’re going to take Rick to Kentucky this week (to test)," Wells said. "We’re looking at maybe running two cars, the number 32 and 96, to sort through a couple of issues we’ve got." Former Cup crew chief Joe Garone, who most recently has been a high-ranking official at NASCAR’s research and development center in Concord, N.C., will accompany PPI, Garone said at Martinsville. Garone has left NASCAR and is looking to get back into the Nextel Cup garage as a crew chief. Wells said his sponsorship talks might result in a limited program of races later this season. "Our talks have got us close to, not a full deal, but maybe a few races later in the season, in the second half of the year," Wells said. "We’re probably looking at something in the last third of the season."(NASCAR.com)(4-22-2004)
  • International Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductions Tonight: Tonight, Auto Racing Writer/Reporter Al Pearce [Daily Press/Auotweek] will be recognized for his work as a motorsports writer with his induction into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame [site is a tad outdated] at Talladega, Ala. Pearce joins the Hall with a class that includes NASCAR chairman of the board Bill France, drag racer Shirley Muldowney, unlimited hydroplane racer Bill Muncey, IndyCar driver Bobby Rahal and short-track legend Red Farmer. Pearce is the 23rd person since 1969 to receive the Henry T. McLemore Award and induction into the media wing of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. Former McLemore Award winners have come from newspapers in Los Angeles, Charlotte, Detroit, Baltimore, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Daytona Beach and Raleigh, and from Winston Cup Scene and the Associated Press. Among the previous recipients: Chris Economaki, Ken Squier, Barney Hall, Eli Gold, Bob Jenkins and Ned Jarrett. "I’m very honored," Pearce said. "This is the biggest thing to ever happen to me professionally. It’s nice to know that people within the industry appreciate what I’ve done all these years." In addition to his 35 years with the Daily Press, Inc., Pearce has co-authored 13 books about racing and covered the sport for AutoWeek magazine for 31 years. He’s a 1965 graduate of Presbyterian College in South Carolina and served three years in the Army, including a tour in Vietnam. Pearce has been married to the former Francie Bobbe for 16 years. They have a daughter, Annie, 14.(Daily Press)(4-22-2004)
  • ’Duke Kid’ to be in Jeff Burton’s Pits at ‘Dega: Jeff Burton will have some "miraculous" assistance this weekend when he competes at Talladega Superspeedway in his #99 Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center Ford. Mason Lindley, a five-year-old from Burlington, NC, who has battled against all odds in clinging to life, will be in Burton’s pit during the race. Mason’s amazing story is one that shows the face of courage and the truest champion. Burton, who, along with his wife Kim, has been a long-time supporter of Duke Children’s Hospital and is eager to get the message out to people about Mason and Duke Children’s. "Mason is simply incredible," said Burton," a 17-time NASCAR Nextel Cup Series winner. "Once fans learn of his battle for life, it will touch each and everyone of them. It is one of many heart-felt stories that need to be told. Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center is truly remarkable. Our hope is that we can help raise awareness and funding for this worthwhile cause." Burton’s association with Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center began years ago after an associate sponsor invited him to visit kids admitted to the hospital. Since that time, Burton has continued his support through fundraising events, appearances, monetary donations, time and of course most importantly, visits to the hospital with Kim who has sat on the hospital board for the last four years. Through their efforts the Burtons have raised nearly $900,000 for the hospital to date. Duke Children’s is dedicated to providing the most advanced medical care, innovation in basic and applied "bench to bedside" research, leadership in the education of future health care professionals, and advocacy for children’s health. "Care. Advocacy. Research. Education. At Duke Children’s, we’re improving the health of children." For more information visit www.dukechildrens.org or call 1-800-DUKEKIDS.(Pro Sports Management & Marketing PR)(4-22-2004)
  • Ward at LVMS shooting commercial:
    NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver Ward Burton and his sponsor, NetZero, were at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Wednesday to shoot commercials for an exciting new promotion. "We’re here because of the weather," said NetZero Chief Marketing Officer Brian Woods. "This is the second time we’ve shot out here. This is such a great track, a great facility and management is always willing to work with us." While Woods declined to disclose the nature of the promotion, he did say the new commercial campaign would run between May and June. The production crew is from southern California. "We’ve hired director Jeff Zwart for the shoot," Woods said. "He’s one of the best in the business, and just finished shoots for the Ford GT, Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt Jr." Burton drives the #0 NetZero Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series for the Haas CNC Racing Team. He finished 26th in the 2004 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at LVMS.(LVMS PR)(4-22-2004)
  • Bowyer on the pole at Talladega: #21-Clint Bowyer won the pole for the Aaron’s 312 at Talladega Superspeedway with a speed 184.253. however BGNRacing.com is reporting there could be an engine problem with the #21 Chevy. The rest of the top five: #2-Ron Hornaday, #8-Martin Truex, Jr., #55-Robby Gordon and #20-Mike Bliss. Missing the race were #0-Gus Wasson and #03-Robby Benton. #81-Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualified 10th and Nashville winner #98-Michael Wallace is 11th.
    AND Following post-qualifying inspections, NASCAR tossed the speeds of drivers #12-Tim Fedewa and #14-Casey Atwood, sending both to the rear of the field for Saturday’s race. NASCAR spokesman Rick Houston said the teams pushed the roof flaps up in an effort to have the air pushing on the car pass over and avoid the rear spoiler. NASCAR officials also had discussions with the crew chiefs of Bowyer and Hornaday over an undisclosed issue, but eventually both were announced as having passed inspection.(ThatsRacin.com)
    Qualifying Results/Race Lineup at:
  • Green to Sub for Pressley at Talladega: Robert Pressley’s father Bob Pressley is extremely ill and presently close to death’s door. Robert is using this opportunity to spend as much time with his father as possible in his final days. Mark Green will be substituting for Robert in the #47 Clorox Ford for practice and qualifying at the Talladega Superspeedway on Thursday. There is a possibility that Pressley could be back in the car for Happy Hour and the race on Saturday, depending on his father’s health. Please keep Bob and the entire Pressley family in your thoughts and prayers as they endure this difficult time in their lives.(Robert Pressley site)(4-22-2004)

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