- Cool – On Sunday, May 3, Dale Earnhardt will make a guest voice appearance during the animated comedy series "King of the Hill" airing Sunday, May 3, 8:30-9pm/et on FOX. The episode "Life in the Fast Lane, Bobby’s Saga" begins when Bobby Hill gets a job selling sodas at the raceway.(NASCAR Online), one of my favorite shows.(4-22-98)
- Crew Chief Tim Brewer has left the #7 Mattei Motorsports team and has been replaced by Pete Peterson, former crew chief for Darrell Waltrip.(RPM2Nite)(4-22-98)
- In part from Marty at MRN on-line(www.mrnnet.com): Speaking of Elliott Sadler, plans are all set for his NASCAR Winston Cup run at Charlotte. The car will be number 92 and the sponsorship deal for five races is done. However, the look for a full-time NASCAR Winston Cup sponsor for the Diamond Ridge team has slowed down a bit. Remember we(Marty) reported here two weeks ago that an inked sponsor deal was imminent for this bunch but Bechtel says the target has been shifted. "We’re looking towards Charlotte to make a sponsor announcement for the Winston Cup team and we also will announce the sponsor for five Winston Cup races this year for Elliott Sadler at Charlotte."(4-22-98)
- "The folks in Dare County are staking thousands of dollars on the notion that NASCAR can sell the Outer Banks. The Dare County Tourism Board has agreed to sponsor car owner Joe Falk’s No. 91 Chevrolet, driven by Kevin Lepage, in Sunday’s DieHard 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. The car will feature a decal of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the tallest brick lighthouse in America, on its hood, as well as the tourism board’s 800 number. The board agreed to spend up to $30,000 to advertise on two places on the car and will not have to pay anything if Lepage fails to qualify for the race, according to an article in a local Dare County newspaper."(News & Record Online – Bob Zeller)(4-22-98)
- Ricky Craven’s #2 New Holland Busch team has hired Bryan Berry to replace Vic Kangas as the team crew chief for the remainder of the planned 15 race schedule.
- Rusty Wallace was fined $1500 by NASCAR for excessive speed in an area occupied by crew members at Martinsville during practice Saturday.(RPM2Nite) Wallace allegedly drove down the lane between pit road and the parking area at a speed NASCAR considers dangerous.(SpeedNet)(4-22-98)
- Testing at Charlotte continued Wednesday with the top 10 in speeds being: #29-Jeff Green 179.700mph; 92-Elliott Sadler 179.700(yes the same); #12-Jeremy Mayfield 178.748; #2-Rusty Wallace 178.512; #7-Geoff Bodine 178.217; #43-John Andretti 178.217; #??-Jack Sprague 176.759; #88-Dale Jarrett 176.812; and #22-Ward Burton 176.067., unofficial and randomly timed by hand. Sprague crashed his Pontiac but was not hurt and the damage was minor.(RPM2Nite)(4-22-98)
- Spartanburg NASCAR Cup owner Bud Moore(#15 Ford on hiatus) is among five inductees into the S.C. Athletic Hall of Fame. Moore won three NASCAR championships as a crew chief and was key to the such safety innovations as the shoulder harness, inner tire, window net and inner fuel cell. Moore created championship cars for Joe Weatherly, Bobby Allison and Dale Earnhardt. The ceremony will be held May 21.(That’s Racin’)(4-22-98)
- NASCAR is considering dropping its seven-test limit, according to some Winston Cup team owners, and allowing teams to test as many times as they want. A number of big NASCAR teams have made a shambles of the seven-test limit. Roush’s operation, six cars strong, with rookie Matt Kenseth set to make his Talladega Cup debut this week, has 45 tests available this season, seven for the five veteran teams and 10 more for rookie Kenseth.(JournalNow)(4-22-98)
- More on that proposed Bruton Smith-Tony George racing series: the engines would be standard NASCAR 358s with 12 to 1 compression, according to sources. The series might be used to provide companion races for George’s IRL events.(JournalNow)(4-22-98)
- Steve Park Medical Update & Quotes:
#1 Pennzoil Monte Carlo driver Steve Park’s recovery is on schedule according to doctors who examined the 30-year-old rookie this week. Park suffered a broken right femur, right shoulder blade, and left collarbone along with two chipped teeth in a March 6 practice crash at Atlanta Motor Speedway. After spending ten days in Atlanta and Charlotte hospitals, Park returned to his Cornelius North Carolina home to undergo therapy under the care of orthopedic surgeon Dr. Walt Beaver. Park visited Bristol
Motor Speedway and Martinsville Speedway after the accident. Darrell Waltrip is driving the #1 Pennzoil Monte Carlo until Park’s return. Park made the following comments Wednesday:
What Is Your Medical Status: "The doctor said the bone, in the last four weeks, has almost doubled its mass. He’s pretty excited by the progress of the leg, the swelling, and the knee. He said the rehabilitation is going real well. He’s hoping that if the development of the bone continues like it has, maybe I can get back in the Pennzoil Monte Carlo ahead of schedule, possibly sometime in June to do some testing."
When Do You Plan To Race Again?: "The date I have had in mind is the one that everyone knows about and that is the Brickyard 400. I’d like to be well enough to test in July.
You know, we have some races in July that are pretty special to me and I’d like to come back if I could. I’d be thrilled if I could make my comeback at the Jiffy Lube 300 in July in New Hampshire. I’ve won a lot of races there and I have a lot of fans in the area so that would really be special. If we can get back testing in June and get strong enough where we could compete then who knows, Pocono would be a nice place to race as well. Maybe we could do the last two races in July, then go to the Brickyard in August."
What Do You Do During The Week?: It’s funny because my job now isn’t to drive the Pennzoil Monte Carlo. Instead, my job now is to do as much as I can to get rehabilitated so that I can get back into the car. That means going to the gym for about two hours each morning then in the afternoon I have my therapy for a couple of hours as well. I do whatever I can to get back to being healthy so I can drive again.
Describe Your Feelings Watching the Pennzoil Monte Carlo: "Sunday’s are pretty depressing and miserable to be honest. It’s no different if I’m at the track or away from the track. Actually, it’s easier to be at the track and see a lot of my friends that I have made in NASCAR. I try to help out wherever I can whether it’s offering advice, just listening or cheering the team on. I’d rather be at the track knowing what is going on and being involved with the team instead of sitting at home not knowing what is happening."(Pennzoil)(4-22-98)
- David Green will drive the #92 BGN Kraft Chevy in place of Derrike Cope at Talladega.(NASCAR Online)(4-22-98)
- Bobby Hillin’s #8 BGN Team will be sponsored at Talladega by Winton Blount a candidate for Governor of Alabama.(WSFA, NBC Montgomery, AL)(thanks Sam)(4-22-98)
- Churchs Chicken announced sponsorship today of the #78 Mark III Motorsports NASCAR Busch Grand National entry for this weekends’ Touchstone Energy 300. The sponsorship announcement comes on the heels of a driver change for the team. Loy Allen has replaced Hank Parker, Jr. behind the wheel of the Mark III Chevrolet Monte Carlos. Churchs Chicken will sponsor the car for the Touchstone Energy 300 and
determine their level of interest for the remainder of the 1998 season. Churchs Chicken, a 46 year old fast-food chain specializing in southern style chicken is the nation’s second largest quick service chicken chain. The company has 1,300 stores in 27 states and eight countries worldwide.(Dan Browder/MarkIII)(4-22-98)
- If Matt Kenseth, who won the Grand National race at Rockingham with a bullish pass past Indy star Tony Stewart, does well at Talladega, the question would be what Roush has planned for him next season. One possibility is a car provided by the Wood brothers for selected races, as teammate with Michael Waltrip. The Woods have been working very closely with Roush on a number of things. But Eddie Wood says that his family-owned team isn’t for sale, to Roush or anyone else.(JournalNow)(4-22-98)
- Speeds from the Charlotte practice on Tuesday: 1. Elliott Sadler,#92 181.025mph; 2. Rusty Wallace,#2 180.240; 3. Jeremy Mayfield,#37 178.985; 4. John Andretti,#43 178.394; 5. Ward Burton,#22 178.335; 6. Ken Schrader,#33 177.339; 7. Jeff Green,#29 177.165; 8. Kenny Irwin,#28 176.991 mph; 9. Jack Sprague,#?? Pontiac 176.412 mph; 10. Dale Jarrett, #88 176.125.(SpeedNet)(4-22-98)