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Apr 2000 CTS Archive

  • 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)
  • New #27 Driver: Andy Gensman takes over as driver of the #27 CJ Racing Ford. Gensman brings four trucks and equipment the team needed and plans are to run the full 2000 CTS season(Winston Cup Scene)(4-21-2000)
  • AP Story: Truck series rookie Young has new foe — leukemia(4-13-2000)
  • Sad News: John Adam Cheek, the 20-year-old son of Mike Cheek, the crew chief for the #14 Ford of Rick Crawford, is currently in the trauma center at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, NC, after surviving a gunshot wound to the head last Friday. Mike Cheek had set up the #14 truck for the Martinsville race. Crawford qualified 18th-fastest on Friday. Cheek may miss Saturday’s NAPA 250 depending on his son’s condition(That’s Racin’) Best wishes go out to Cheek and his family(4-8-2000)
  • Young Returns to the #31 UPDATE: driver John Young of Brevak Racing will make his return to the track next week at Martinsville in the #31 truck. Young received his doctor release earlier this week and surely was relieved. The doctors will, however, continue to monitor Young’s health and he will be examined on a consistant basis(Brevak Racing Site), John Young is ready to go racing again. Young, diagnosed with leukemia only a few weeks ago, will return to the CTS this weekend at Martinsville after missing only two starts(NOL)(4-4-2000)
    UPDATE: Young back on track after bout with leukemia, A little over a month after being diagnosed with the disease, John Young starts 34th in today’s NAPA 250(Roanoke Times)(4-8-2000)
  • Gibbs: Coy Gibbs, son of Winston Cup owner and former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, qualified 29th for today’s NAPA 250, the first Craftsman Truck Series race of the 27-year-old’s career. Gibbs began racing after four years as a starting linebacker at Stanford University(Times-Dispatch) The Gibbs truck team is also looking for experiecned crew and team memebers, for contact info, see the CTS Team Address page(4-8-2000)
  • Starr gets a ride: David Starr has been hired to drive Michigan-based John Conley’s #7 Chevy in the CTS, beginning this weekend at Martinsville. Next week, Starr will try to qualify the #16 Pontiac owned by Wayne Day in the BGN race at Talladeag. Mike Starr owns Team Texas High Performance Racing School, based at Texas Motor Speedway. David is an instructor there. Starr hopes the Conley deal will work out and that he and the team will run the rest of the races(Dallas Morning Star)(4-6-2000)
  • Powers Update: the #5 Powers Motorsports team today that they will attempt to compete in the upcoming Gateway International Raceway Dodge sponsored event. ” We have totaled overhauled both of our trucks and feel that Gateway will be a good shot at us making our first race” Mike Hammerrle Crew chief said. The team missed the Daytona event and has been completly overhauling both trucks in their eforts to return to the series. “I need to make one of these events to help display our teams capabilities to any potential sponsors we are talking to” team owner / driver Tom Powers said. “Bill richardson has really worked hard on getting our horsepower where it needs to be now it’s up to me”. The team is still searching for sponsorship that would allow for them to compete in as many as seven races this year. “We would like to thank the people at Precision Engineered Race Components for all there assistance in our retooling of theses trucks. For additional information Please contact us @706-782-1437 (Powers PR)(4-6-2000)
  • Bodine out, Gill In: North Georgia Automobile Dealer Billy Ballew announced Wednesday that veteran short track driver Bobby Gill would take the wheel of the #15 Billy Ballew Motorsports Ford F-150 for the NAPA 250 CTS race at Martinsville on April 8. The Billy Ballew Motorsports entry has competed in all four CTS events this season, Geoffrey Bodine drove in the series opener at Daytona until he was sidelined midway through the event in a spectacular accident. Bodine’s son Barry Bodine took the wheel for the next three races, fulfilling a four-race sponsorship deal with Line-X Quality Bedliners and Miccosukee Indian Gaming. “Bobby Gill has been very helpful to the Billy Ballew Motorsports team throughout the course of preseason testing. I promised him that we would put him behind the wheel if we did not extend our current sponsorship arrangement with Line-X, the Miccosukee Indians and the Bodine family” Ballew said. “We have made every effort to secure sponsorship that would allow Barry Bodine to stay in the # 15. I cannot say enough about how I feel about the Bodine family and their commitment to this team. We will continue to work with both Geoffrey and Barry but I thought that I owed Bobby Gill this chance.” Gill has most recently driven in the Hooters ProCup Series winning that series most recent event this past weekend in St. Augustine, Florida. In the course of the 1999 Hooters ProCup season Gill posted an impressive record of 5 wins, 14 top five finishes and 19 top ten finishes. Billy Ballew Motorsports is actively seeking sponsorship and will continue its involvement in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series on a race by race basis(Team PR)(4-4-2000)
  • New CTS Team: Former Busch North series driver Tom Carey Jr. announced plans to run 4 Nascar Craftsman Truck races in 2000. Orange, MA native and former Busch North series competitor Tom Carey Jr., who recently moved his family to Asheboro, NC to pursue his racing career, plans to attempt to qualify his #10 Dodge trucks for 4 races in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 2000. Tom Carey’s first race will be the NAPA 250 at Martinsville, VA. Other races on his schedule include: Watkins Glen, New Hampshire and Dover. Kevin Banning, owner of the #42 Busch North cars that Tom has driven the past three years, has teamed up with Tex Powell, president of Tex Racing in NC. Carey is currently working out of the Tex Racing shop, a modern facility which specializes in transmissions and drive line components to all NASCAR divisions. This facility will double as a race shop for the #10 Dodge trucks of Carey(Tom Carey Jr Website)(4-3-2000)
  • Ingle Returns to the CTS. Former Winston Cup crew chief, Bill Ingle, has been named to the crew chief job with the #46 truck and driver Rob Morgan. Ingle replaces Tim Murphy who had been the crew chief since the beginning of the 1999 season. Ingle has worked with many Cup teams in the past including: Junior Johnson, Alan Kulwicki, Hendrick Motorsports, Rixky Rudd(twice) and Diamond Ridge Motorsports(NASCAR Online)(4-1-2000)

Born On Date is July 9, 2000

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