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BRISTOL, TN - AUGUST 22:  Brad Keselowski driver of the #88 U.S. Navy Chevrolet celebrates in victory Lane with car owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22, 2008 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR) | Getty Images

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April 29, 2000

  • Parrott free to look? UPDATE 5: word out that Todd Parrott, championship crew chief with Dale Jarrett, has been told he’s welcome to look for another job. No comment from the horse, but many consider that very unlikely(SpeedVision)(4-17-2000)
    UPDATE: Winston Cup Today Radio(RA) interviewed Dale Jarrett, driver of the #88 Quality Care/Ford Credit Ford, and Jarrett says Parrott is not going anywhere and both are happy with Robert Yates Racing(4-19-2000)
    UPDATE 2: Robert Yates and the #88 team will hold a Press Conference on Saturday morning to ‘clear up’ the rumors about the #88 team. Some reports have Parrott going to Petty Enterprises, others have him staying with Yates as he is under contract there. Also it could be the UPS sponsorship involvement with the team(see the #88 Team News and Links page for the UPS rumor)(4-27-2000)
    UPDATE 3: from the Dale Jarrett Online site: Question: Is Todd Parrott leaving the Robert Yates Team? Answer: No, Todd is not leaving the Yates team. There will be a press conference held on Saturday in California, in which Todd will make the announcement that he has re-signed(renewed) with the Yates team and he has no plans to go anywhere(4-28-2000)
  • UPDATE 4 More Yates: RPM2Night reported that the #88 Robert Yates team will have a Press Conference to discuss the Todd Parrott rumors, but that the sponsorship situation will not be addressed at this time. Quality Care/Ford Credit sponsorship runs out at the end of the 2000 season on the #88. Supposedly the team is negotiating with Ford to continue the sponsorship. Other rumors have UPS signing up as the primary sponsor of the #88 and Quality Care/Ford Credit moving to a Roush car, possibly the #6 where Valvoline’s sponsorship runs out at the end of the season and Valvoline has been downsizing it’s Motorsports sponsorships in other series such as CART and IRL. UPS has also been rumored to be a major associate with the #28 Texaco Ford Yates team but indications are that UPS is looking for a primary sponsorship deal(4-28-2000)
    UPDATE 5: Parrott Stays – Todd Parrott will remain with Robert Yates Racing and the #88 Quality Care/Ford Credit Taurus team, after agreeing to a "lifetime contract" with Robert Yates Racing. Driver, Dale Jarrett has formally agreed to a contract with Yates through the 2004 season. See full story at NOL: Parrott announces lifetime deal with Yates(4-29-2000)
  • A CUP Dodge at Gateway? hearing that #43 CTS Dodge driver Steve Grissom will drive the #19 Dodge Intrepid Nascar Winston Cup car for several exhibition hot laps during the Ram Tough 200 Craftsman Truck Race Weekend May 6-7, 2000 at Gateway International Raceway. The car will be on public display in the Missouri Illinois Dodge Dealers Association tent behind the main grandstand when not on the track. Ray Evernham will be the grand Marshall of the Ram Tough 200 Presented by Pepsi(4-29-2000)
  • Dodge Templates: NASCAR still hasn’t approved templates for the Dodge Intrepid that will join the Winston Cup series in 2001. Ray Evernham is leading the Dodge effort and has built some cars for testing, due to start in May. NASCAR got together with Evernham and essentially gave him a preliminary set of templates(Total Sports)(4-29-2000)
  • #41 News: Speedway Scene is reporting: "The now plucked Larry Hedrick team may be taking the California and Richmond races off but don’t count them among the deceased just yet. Hope looms large for the struggling team after primary sponsorship with Big Daddy’s BBQ Sauce apparently didn’t yield much more than 11 million shares of worthless paper posing as shares of stock in the mysterious company that’s left a trail of wake of worthless motorsports sponsorships over the past few years. The hopeful news for Hedrick’s #41 comes from a large sponsorship that will push the nearly defunct team into the class of "well funded" on the Winston Cup tour. Expect the team to return to action at Charlotte after the lofty sponsorship news is released in the next couple of weeks."(Speedway Scene). NOTE: one rumor a few weeks ago has New Holland as the sponsor, but it is probably part of the sponsorship package(4-29-2000)
  • Earnhardt Inspection Troubles: For the second straight race, Dale Earnhardt and the Richard Childress Racing team had problems going through the inspection line Friday morning at California Speedway. NASCAR officials made Earnhardt’s crew redo the rear quarter panels and rear end of his #3 Chevrolet, much like they did two weeks ago at Talladega Superspeedway(goracing)(4-29-2000)
  • Some Stats: Highest in points without a Top 5: Ricky Rudd, 11th place (highest, 6th place at Rockingham). Highest in points without a Top 10: John Andretti, 21st place (highest, 11th place at Talladega). Highest in points having missed one or more races: Johnny Benson, 18th (8 races). Highest in points with no races led: Tony Stewart, 13th place. Lowest in points having run all races: Darrell Waltrip, 36th place(NAPA Auto Parts 500 Race Stats from TNN)(4-29-2000)
  • Blaney in the #20 at Calif: With a series of bad luck, the #20 AT&T Pontiac Busch Series team voted for experience as Winston Cup Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Dave Blaney qualified their machine 28th today. Regular driver Mike Borkowski and Blaney switched in and out to eventually get the car competitive. In the end, Blaney’s familiarity with the car left the team no other choice but to ask him to qualify for tomorrow’s Auto Club 300. "It was important that we got his opinion," stated Borkowski. "He is more familiar with these cars than I am right now, and we wanted to make sure that we qualified and had a strong finish for AT&T. I think it was the best decision we could have made at the time. Dave was used to the car after this morning, and it just made more sense to keep him in the driver’s seat." "The decision to use Blaney was not a reflection on Mike’s performance," stated team manager Chuck Spicer. "We just needed to boost our position in the owner’s points, and weren’t able to test here in 2000. That is the advantage of having an organization like Bill Davis Racing. Everyone is willing to help each other out. Mike will race for us next weekend in Richmond. Anyone will tell you that going to new tracks with limited seat time can be tough for a rookie. Mike and Bill Davis decided this was best for the team and for our sponsor."(Bill Davis Racing PR)(4-29-2000)
  • Jarrett Crew Chief: Wes Ward, crew chief for the Rayovac Maximum Racing team, will not be making the trip for Saturday’s running of the Auto Club 300 at California Speedway. Ward’s shop chief, Ricky Bowman, will take up the on-track role for driver Jason Jarrett, who is running his first full season of Busch Series competition. It’s not the first time Bowman’s been atop the box for Jarrett. Bowman was at the helm for a pair of partial Busch seasons for Dale Jarrett in 1997 and ’98, the latter including 10 Busch starts for the 24-year old racer. Ward, 37, has battled Sleep Apnea for a number of years, and underwent surgery to cure the problem last week, missing the team’s two-day testing session in Richmond. Ward, Bowman and Jarrett share in the decision-making process for the #11 team, and made the call Monday night for Ward to stay in Hickory(Mach One Marketing)(4-29-2000)
  • A CUP Dodge at Gateway? hearing that #43 CTS Dodge driver Steve Grissom will drive the #19 Dodge Intrepid Nascar Winston Cup car for several exhibition hot laps during the Ram Tough 200 Craftsman Truck Race Weekend May 6-7, 2000 at Gateway International Raceway. The car will be on public display in the Missouri Illinois Dodge Dealers Association tent behind the main grandstand when not on the track. Ray Evernham will be the grand Marshall of the Ram Tough 200 Presented by Pepsi(4-29-2000)


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