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Feb 2001 CTS Archive

  • New Website: MB Motorsports announces the official launch of their race team website. Located at http://www.mbracing.net, the website features complete team information and statistics, the 2001 schedule, sponsor information, photos, driver information, a message board and much more. Fans can catch MB Motorsports and driver Larry Gunselman again on Sunday, March 4 on ESPN at the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Florida Dodge Dealers 400 from Miami Homestead Speedway(MB Motorsports PR)(2-27-2001)
  • Ruttman wins at Daytona: #18-Joe Ruttman won the CTS race at Daytona on Friday. ESPN televised the race and did their normal excellent job covering it. #17-Ricky Hendrick squeaked by #2-Scott Riggs for 2nd. For a story and results, see That’s Racin’: Veteran Ruttman wins Truck series opener and Florida Dodge Dealers 250 results (2-16-2001)
  • Spoiler Change: NASCAR ordered an across-the-board, 1 inch increase in the width of the Trucks’ rear spoilers, effective immediately. Teams will not have to fabricate new spoilers. NASCAR will provide metal pieces to extend the blades .5in on each end, to 67.75in. Another concern was the driveability of the Trucks, especially with the number of less-experienced drivers in the series. The change will take effect in time for Thursday afternoon’s final practice session. Teams and NASCAR officials estimate the change will reduce draft speeds by as much as .3sec.(SpeedVision)(2-15-2001)
  • #81 Sponsor: Fansteam.Com, a Virginia based internet company,has secured a three year primary sponsorship package with Rick Ware of Ware Racing, in the CTS begining with Daytona, according to Kevin Hooghkirk, CEO/President. Fansteam.Com has also partnered with Dunlop Golf as an associate sponsor of the #81 Fansteam.Com Chevy. The team has signed Nathan Buttke as their driver, 25 year old Rookie. The #81 Fansteam.Com truck has qualified 18th outside row 9 for the Florida Dodge Dealers 250. Please visit our web-site at Fansteam.Com for membership and giveaways such as a Brand new Polaris Watercraft, Race Tickets, Dunlop Golf Clubs (one set a month)and Fansteam.Com apparel. The Fansteam.Com is also an asscociate sponsor on the #51 Baltimore Ravens truck with driver Donnie Neuenberger(Catchfence)(2-14-2001)
  • #51 News: Donnie Neuenberger, DGN Racing and the fans of The Baltimore Ravens announced the Celebration of the Ravens World Championship at the upcoming CTS race at Daytona. The Maryland based team will compete in the upcoming Daytona CTS race. DGN Racing plans include a limited schedule for 2001 with a full race schedule in 2002. Donnie will partner with Ware Racing Enterprises in Truck #51 for the Daytona 250. Ken Glenn joins the team as Crew Chief. The Baltimore Ravens join the team sponsors Bay Area Goodyear, Reliable Property Management, Monster Racing, Cofab Steel Corporation, Quaker State, Stonier Transportation Group, Ledo Pizza, Silver-top Manufacturing Co., Inc., Color Creations, Wyvill’s Tavern, 98 Rock – Baltimore, and KLOL 101 Houston.(DGN Racing PR)(2-14-2001)
  • Ruttmann wins pole at Daytona, top 4 are Dodges: Dodge Rams swept the front row for Friday’s Florida Dodge Dealers 250 NASCAR Truck series opener at Daytona International Speedway (11:00am/et Friday, ESPN), as veteran #18-Joe Ruttman won his second consecutive pole at Daytona and #2-Scott Riggs took second in Tuesday’s first round of qualifying. Ruttman, 56, broke his own record as the oldest pole winner in series history, as he turned a lap at 186.123mph to claim the top starting position. Riggs will make his best career start(That’s Racin’), see the full rundown at NASCAR Online(2-14-2001)
  • CTS Practice Speeds: #8-Willy T. Ribbs had the fastest lap in a Monday afternoon practice session for Friday’s Dodge 250. Ribbs ran 183.793mph in the day’s third session for the trucks. #18-Joe Ruttman led the first session at 183.408mph and #24-Jack Sprague led the second session with the day’s fastest lap at 184.676mph. Qualifying for the Truck series race is scheduled to begin today at 3:30pm(That’s Racin’). See the full day of speeds at Speed Magazine: Craftsman Truck Series practice speeds. 40 Trucks are listed(2-13-2001)
  • Daytona Truck Notes: A sponsor announcement yesterday included a bonus for Truck teams that win a race from the pole. The money is coming just in time. Of the 43 Truck teams that entered Daytona, only 20 had true sponsorship. Jack Roush has his company and his Web site on his two trucks. Wayne Spears has his manufacturing company on David Starr’s machine. The Baltimore Ravens spiral across the side of Donnie Neuenberger’s truck, People Against Drugs highlight Bobby Dotter’s and Menards graces John Menard’s. This is not exactly the way to make money in racing. The Truck series, cheapest of NASCAR’s three main divisions, is facing a lack of sponsor dollars and teams. But money wasn’t the only thing on the mind of truck owners yesterday. Only 13 teams made it through technical inspection on Sunday. Yesterday, the opening practice started with nine trucks still trying to gain approval. One team finally withdrew, giving up in frustration after repeated runs past the inspectors. Meanwhile, series sponsor Craftsman offered a $10,000 bonus to a team that wins the pole and race for any of the 24 events(Times Dispatch)(2-13-2001)
  • #86 News: Impact Motorsports, Inc., has scheduled a major team announcement Sunday afternoon at Daytona, unveiling the new primary sponsor and paint scheme for its #86 Ford CTS entry. The official announcement is scheduled for 1:00pm/et, between the A/C Delco ARCA Series race and the Bud Shootout at Daytona. AND from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer: In addition to his Winston Cup ownership and driving duties, Derrike Cope will steer the #86 National Wild Turkey Federation Ford in the season-opening CTS race Feb 16. And Cope will make his television debut as an in-studio analyst with Fox Sports Net’s weekend pre-race and race wrap-up shows(2-11-2001)
  • Barry Bodine in the #25: Impact Motorsports, Inc., has inked a deal with Barry Bodine to drive the #25 trucks in the CTS races at Daytona and Homestead-Miami. Barry, the son of CUP driver Geoffrey Bodine, has competed in 24 previous NCTS events and several BGN events. His current two-race deal with Impact Motorsports will be sponsored by the Miccosukee Indian Gaming Group, which operates a 302-room resort and casino in the Florida Everglades. Additional sponsorship is being sought for the remainder of the CTS season. Bodine, 22, made his CTS debut at age 17 in September 1995 at Martinsville.  Bodine will run a Dodge at Daytona and it is planned that the team will run a Ford at Homestead. At Daytona, Impact Motorsports also will field the #86 Ford, driven by 1990 Daytona 500 winner Derrike Cope,and the #12 Dodge, entered in a partnership with Rich Woodland Racing and driven by Woodland(Impact Motorsports PR)(2-5-2001)
  • New Fan Clubs: the Offical Joe Ruttman and Willy T. Ribbs Fan Club is now functional, The Fan Club address is: Joe Ruttman / Willy T. Ribbs Fan Club, P.O. Box 140069, Nashville, TN 37214
  • Morelock to the #7: John Conely of Conely Racing Team will field the #7 Chevy CTS entry at Daytona with Donny Morelock at the wheel. John Conely runs the operation out of Brighton, Michigan. Donny Morelock of Largo, FL will be behind the wheel of the #7. Morelock most recently competed in several CTS races for Bobby Hamilton Racing. Morelock has a full plate at Speedweeks as he is entered in the ARCA race for James Hylton as well. Morelock is the owner and President of Southern Thunder, which is a driving experience designed for corporate America. The team has the Primary sponsorship secured for Daytona (to be announced at Speedweeks). They are currently presenting several cost effective packages for (Associate sponsorship at Daytona) future events to potential sponsors(Southern Thunder PR)(2-2-2001)
  • #29 in the wind: hearing the #29 Ford team that Terry Cook drives for was in the wind tunnel at N.A.S.A.’s Langley Research Center located in Hampton, VA on Wednesday testing two Daytona trucks to see which is their best(2-1-2001)

Born On Date: Apr 8, 2001

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