January 2003 Busch Series Archive
- Dale Earnhardt Jr fastest in Day 4 testing at Daytona: #8N-Dale Earnhardt, Jr at 183.520, followed by #48A-Shane Hmiel at 182.146, #7-Randy LaJoie at 182.013, #03-Mike McLaughlin at 181.936 and #57A-Jason Keller at 181.594.
Overall top five for all test sessions were:
#19-Jimmy Vasser, Dodge, 184.158
#20-Mike Bliss, Pontiac, 184.030
#8-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Chevy, 183.658
#38-Kasey Kahne, Ford, 183.453
#4-Mike Wallace, Pontiac, 183.255
(remember the tean have to use the 2002 model for restrictor plate races in 2002, NASCAR mandated to cut costs)
BGN Racing – Morning Speeds – Day 4
BGN Racing – Day 4 Speeds
BGN Racing – Cumulative Test Speeds All cars/drivers
NASCAR.com – (1-25-2003)
- Dale Earnhardt Jr fastest in Day 3 testing at Daytona: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. led the field Thursday at Daytona in BGN testing with a speed of 183.658mph. #48-Shane Hmiel was second fastest at 181.958. Joe Ruttman, in the #1 Yellow Racing Dodge, was third quickest at 181.792 while #18-Coy Gibbs was fourth fastest at 181.161 and #23-Kenny Wallace – filling in Thursday for Scott Wimmer – rounded out the top five with a lap of 181.547 [Wimmer was in WI for a funeral].
BGN Racing – Morning Speeds – Day 3
BGN Racing – Day 3 Speeds
BGN Racing – Cumulative Test Speeds (through Thursday)
NASCAR.com – Day 1 Speeds.(1-24-2003)
- Jimmy Vasser fastest in Day 2 testing at Daytona: #19-Jimmy Vasser was the fastest in BGN testing at Daytona on Day 2 with a fast lap at 184.158 mph, followed by #20-Mike Bliss at 184.030, #38-Kasey Kahne at 183.453, #19-Chad Blount at 183.001 and #21-Kevin Harvick at 182.964.(BGN Racing), no drafting testing was done as only one team wanted to go out, so it was canceled.
BGN Racing – Morning Speeds – Day 2
BGN Racing – Day 2 Speeds
NASCAR.com – Day 1 Speeds.(1-21-2003)
- Mike Wallace fastest in Day 1 testing at Daytona: #4-Mike Wallace was the fastest in BGN testing at Daytona on Day 1. #4-Wallace ran a fast lap at 183.255mph, followed by #19-Chad Blount at 183.191, #99-Michael Waltrip at 182.957, #38-Kasey Kahne at 182.860 and #21-Kevin Harvick at 182.622. There are 16 teams and 25 cars at the track. Hank Parker tested the #53 Ford.(BGN Racing)
BGN Racing – Morning Speeds – Day 1
BGN Racing – Day 1 Speeds(1-20-2003)
UPDATE: hearing that Roush may be starting a 2nd full time BGN team with Hank Parker Jr, but doubtful it’ll be GNC as the sponsor, hearing Roush hired a bunch of people for a 2nd full time effort. Still no word on the #9 Jeff Burton BGN team or a sponsor for the team.(1-3-2003)
UPDATE 2: A sponsorship deal with TrimSpa is nearing completion that would send Hank Parker Jr. to Roush Racing for the 2003 BGN season, NASCAR Winston Cup Scene reporter Rick Houston has learned. Under the deal, Parker would be a full-time teammate with Stanton Barrett. No number has been assigned to the effort, although there’s a possibility Parker could use the #53 he ran with his family-owned team a few years ago. Parker was left without a ride at the end of 2002 when his Team Jesel program lost its sponsorship. TrimSpa is a fat-burning product of Cedar Knolls, N.J.-based Nutramerica.(Winston Cup Scene Daily Newsletter)(1-16-2003)
UPDATE 3: Hank Parker Jr. showed up at Daytona International Speedway for the opening two-day segment of NASCAR Preseason Thunder for the BGN with a “teammate” — Roush Racing driver Stanton Barrett. The pair shared one set of crewmen for the #60 Odoban Ford shoed by Barrett and the #53 Taurus that was driven on a limited number of runs in the afternoon by Parker. Parker, a two-time winner in the Busch Series, said he hopes the announcement of his program should come soon. “This is a great opportunity, but it’s still not 100 percent done,” Parker said. “It’s just one of those deals that when it all works out it’s going to be real exciting.” Parker said the program would be for a full season. That would mark the first time that Roush’s organization, which will field five fulltime Winston Cup teams in 2003 along with two Craftsman Truck Series teams, would have two full-time Busch programs.(NASCAR.com)
UPDATE 4: Negotiations between Roush Racing and TrimSpa officials have reportedly hit a snag, delaying and possibly killing a deal that would have put Hank Parker Jr. behind the wheel of a Roush car for the 2003 Busch Series season. NASCAR Winston Cup Scene reporter Rick Houston says sources indicate that the sponsorship could still happen a few races into the season, but add that the prospects for Parker racing for Roush in the season-opening Koolerz 300 at Daytona appear bleak.(Winston Cup Scene Daily Newsletter)
UPDATE 5: Speed Channel reported during their BGN testing coverage that the sponsorship fell thru and things are still up in the air.(1-21-2003)
UPDATE 6: Since Hank Parker Jr. is a free agent at this point, most consider him the top choice for Busch Series – or even Winston Cup – owners who want to make an early season change in the driver’s seat. That’s all well and good, but it’s still difficult for Parker to face Daytona without a ride.(Winston Cup Scene)(1-30-2003)
#17-Matt Kenseth (fastest on the 27th with a speed of 162.247)
#60-Stanton Barrett (fastest on the 28th with a speed of 163.527)
#25-Bobby Hamilton Jr.
#21-Kevin Harvick (fastest on the 29th with a speed of 164.885)
#59-Stacy Compton (fastest on the 30th with a speed of 164.634)
UPDATE: [BGN Racing] We were told that all the equipment has been repossessed because the team had not paid the bills and they are out of business AND Robert Yates Racing repossessed all his cars & equipment from the #03 team for non-payment.(BGN Racing)
UPDATE 2: Angela’s Motorsports, which planned to field the #03 Fords in the BGN with driver Mike McLaughlin this season, has shut down because of financial problems. In a statement released Tuesday, McLaughlin said he was “disheartened” about the recent turn of events and felt confident crew chief Harold Holly had put together a team capable of running for the championship. “Despite what has happened, the team is waiting for the next opportunity that will allow us to continue to pursue our goal,” McLaughlin said. “I have never seen this kind of dedication under these circumstances.” The team, owned by Angela Harkness, had planned to use chassis and engines from Robert Yates Racing. “Despite not being the owners, we feel a deep sense of urgency to make sure everyone is paid what they are owed,” McLaughlin said. “We are working on a few opportunities that will allow this team to reorganize and still compete for the championship this year.” Should McLaughlin and Holly not be able to keep the team together, they said they are open to other opportunities.(ThatsRacin.com)
AND the following is a statement from Mike McLaughlin, NASCAR Busch Series driver concerning reports on the closing of the #03 Busch Series Team: “First and foremost, we are all very disheartened by what has transpired the last few days. Harold Holly (crew chief), Clyde McLeod (team manager) and I have all worked very hard to put together a championship team. Harold has assembled a group of people that have worked endless hours to build the team. Despite what has happened, the team is waiting for the next opportunity that will allow us to continue to pursue our goal. I have never seen this kind of dedication under these circumstances. Robert Yates has been great in trying to keep this team intact. Despite not being the owners, we feel a deep sense of urgency to make sure everyone is paid what they are owed. We are working on a few opportunities that will allow this team to reorganize and still compete for the championship this year. Many folks have called and offered their help and support and I am very appreciative.. Thanks for everyones continued support.”(1-28-2003)
UPDATE 3: Frank Cicci said he will hire former team member Clyde McLeod as his team manager [BGN team with NFL great Jim Kelly]. Clyde’s wife, Anne-Marie, will join the team in the Mooresville, NC, shop office as soon as the sponsor is signed. McLeod, who served under Cicci for 11 years, lost his job with the #03 Angela’s Motorsports team, which closed its doors because of financial problems earlier this week. Mike McLaughlin, a former Cicci driver, lost his ride when Angela’s Motorsports folded. “I wish I could help Mike, but at this time I can’t,” said Cicci, who is committed to a younger driver for his team by the sponsor.(Elmira Star Gazette)(1-30-2003)
UPDATE: NASCAR has formed a new “feeder system” for its three national series, with the creation of two new racing divisions. The all-new NASCAR Elite Division and NASCAR Grand National Division will provide a clear path for local and regional racers to advance towards the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, NASCAR Busch Series and the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. The NASCAR Elite Division will consist of four NASCAR-sanctioned series: the Featherlite Southwest Series, Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series and the newly renamed International Truck and Engine Corporation Midwest Series (formerly the RE/MAX Challenge Series) and Kodak Southeast Series (formerly the Hills Bros. All Pro Series). The Elite Division will accommodate drivers who have recently been competing in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge or at other local short tracks. At this level, competitors will compete on a variety of tracks before progressing to other NASCAR divisions. Once a competitor has gained experience in the Elite Division, the next logical step is the NASCAR Grand National Division, which will now consist of the Busch North Series and the NASCAR Winston West Series. Previously, these cars had different specifications – the Busch North Series cars are modeled after the NASCAR Busch Series cars while the NASCAR Winston West Series cars are designed after NASCAR Winston Cup Series cars. The NASCAR Grand National Division will represent NASCAR’s top regional touring series, where competitors will refine their skills before making the jump to one of NASCAR’s three national series.
The “Grand National” designation has a long history in NASCAR racing. It was first used in 1949, when the first NASCAR Grand National Division races were held. This division evolved into the Winston Cup Series, and the “Grand National” moniker was passed to the NASCAR Busch Series in 1986. With this announcement, the NASCAR Busch Series no longer carries the name as it’s passed on to NASCAR’s top regional touring division.(More at NASCAR.com)(1-29-2003)
Marshmallow Peeps and Just Born History
1910 – Sam Born, who as a child and young adult grew up in Russia, immigrated to the United States from France.. Born introduced “French Chocolates” to New York City.
1917 – Born opened a small retail candy store in New York.. He would display daily-made candy in his store window, marketing its freshness with a sign that declared, “just born”.
1923 – Born opened a small factory in Brooklyn, New York.. Additionally, Born’s brothers-in-law, Irv and Jack Shaffer, joined the company shortly after the retail stored opened.
1932 – Just Born moved its operations to an empty printing factory Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
1953 – Just Born acquired Rodda Candy Company of Lancaster.. Although better known for its jelly bean technology, Rodda also made a small line of marshmallow products that fascinated the Just Born family.. A three-dimensional marshmallow Easter Peeps was made by hand-squeezing marshmallow through pastry tubes.
1954 – Bob Born, who joined the company in 1946, helped to mechanize the Marshmallow Peeps forming process.. As a result, Just Born has become the world’s largest manufacturer of novelty marshmallow candy.
1960’s – Just Born produces marshmallow Trees & Snowmen for the Holiday season and Pumpkins & Cats for Halloween under the Rodda Candy brand name.
1978 – Cousins Ross Born and David Shaffer joined Just Born.. After more than a decade of shared responsibility with their fathers, they became Just Born’s co-presidents
1980’s – Peeps Giant Bunnies are introduced.
1995 – A new color Peep is born…Lavender!. It was the fourth color added to the Easter line-up, which already included Yellow, Pink and White.
1998 – Blue Peeps are introduced to celebrate Just Born’s 75th Anniversary.. Now there are five colors available during the Easter season.
1999 – The first-ever flavored Peeps is introduced – Vanilla Creme Eggs.. Additionally, Peeps Jelly Beans hit the shelves for the first year.. Peeps also launched their first-ever national television advertising campaign during the Easter season, as well as the Marshmallowpeeps.com website, and the Peeps Fan Club.
2000 – Marshmallow Peeps are now in new colorful packaging. Now all shapes for all seasons are called Marshmallow Peeps. .Additionally, Strawberry Crème Hearts (for Valentine’s Day) and Eggs (for Easter) are launched.
2001 – Peeps Vanilla Crème Snack-Size Ghosts are available for the Halloween season – they are the perfect size for trick or treating! Additionally, Cookie Flavored Cutouts (for the Holiday Season) and Peeps Vanilla Crème Hearts (for Valentine’s Day) also hit the shelves.
2002 – Marshmallow Peeps Stars join the Peeps family.. With the introduction of Peeps Stars, the candy is available all year long! Additionally, Cocoa Bats, the first-ever cocoa flavored Peeps, join the Peeps line for the Halloween season.
2003 – Marshmallow Peeps celebrates its 50th Anniversary with a year full of festivities.. The year includes: a new advertising campaign for all five Peeps seasons; a float in the Macy’s Day Parade; Launch of the Peeps Fun Bus Program; Introduction of the Peeps Points Program and the Re-Launch of Marshmallowpeeps.com
Peeps. Always in Season.(FitzBradshaw Racing PR)(1-28-2003)
UPDATE: however, it has been reported that Steve Park will race the #8 BGN car at Lowe’s, so not too sure about this one.(1-24-2003)
UPDATE 2: getting a bit more info, hearing now, the scheme will race at one of the BGN Richmond races, probably May as there are rumors that Dale Earnahrdt Jr will run all three races at Richmond in Sept (CTS/BGN/Cup) and Martin Truex Jr is scheduled in the #8 BGN car at RIR in May…so this rumor has some holes in it, unless it is a 2nd Chase2 car, what is posted here is all I have heard or know.(1-25-2003)
UPDATE 3: been told that Tony Stewart will NOT be driving a #8 Kid Rock paint scheme in the May Charlotte BGN race. This is already scheduled to be a cheese nips car to be driven by Steve Park. But could show up elsewhere. However, many diecast sheets are showing the car running in Charlotte, so it could be the Fall race but diecast sites are saying Richmond in May.(1-27-2003)
UPDATE: Martin Truex, Jr. is planning 6 or 7 races with Earnhardt Jr.’s new BGN team in 2003. This is in addition to the 5 or 6 he’s planning with his own team on top of running as many Busch North races as he can fit into his schedule. Truex Jr. ran 4 BGN races in 2002.(BGN Racing)(12-23-2002)
UPDATE 2 – Dale Jr BGN team takes a Chance, plus three Cup races: Teresa Earnhardt helped Dale Earnhardt Jr. unveil a new name for the race team they’ve formed to compete in the BGN this year. The team is called Chance 2. The original Chance Inc. was a company Dale and Teresa Earnhardt formed in 1994 to give Earnhardt’s children, Kerry, Kelly and Dale Jr., their first taste of racing. The company disbanded when Earnhardt Jr. started racing in the BGN for what has grown into Dale Earnhardt Inc [DEI]. Earnhardt Jr. will drive the #8 car in two BGN races at Daytona and one at Talladega. Steve Park will drive it in five races and Martin Truex Jr. will drive it in five more. The team will also enter a #81 car in three Winston Cup races. Jason Keller will drive it at Chicagoland Speedway and Ron Fellows will drive in the road-course events at Watkins Glen and Sonoma.(ThatsRacin.com)(1-21-2003)
UPDATE 3: Martin Truex Jr., an up-and-coming NASCAR driver from Stafford Township, Ocean County, NJ, will get behind the wheel for Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s new Chance 2 team in at least five BGN races, beginning with the May 2 Hardee’s 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Earnhardt Jr. and his stepmother, Teresa, unveiled the name of the new race team earlier this week, and announced Truex and Steve Park as drivers along with Earnhardt Jr. “I’m pretty excited about it,” Truex, 22, said Thursday. “We’ve been talking for a while now. They approached me, said they were starting a Busch team and had me in mind along with a couple other drivers. They were looking for somebody young to groom for the future.” Truex said he is also scheduled to drive for Earnhardt at Lowe’s Motor Speedway near Charlotte, N.C., on May 24 (the Carquest Auto Parts 300), as well as races at Dover, on May 31, New Hampshire on July 19 and Homestead, Fla., in November. “Hopefully we’ll do seven races for them this year, and if everything goes well, maybe a full season in 2004,” Truex said. “I’m just concentrating on doing the best I can this year.” Earnhardt debuted the Chance 2 No. 8 Chevrolet in a practice session Thursday at Daytona Beach, running a half-second quicker than 21 other teams. He will drive the car in defense of his title in the Feb. 15 Koolerz 300 at Daytona. Truex will also drive in several other BGN races for the Truex Motor Sports team, as well as the regular Busch North schedule. Truex entered four BGN races last year, earning more than $50,000. He had a tough-luck campaign in the Busch North, failing to win a race despite claiming the pole position six times in 19 starts. Plagued by mechanical problems and crashes, he still had six top-5 finishes and won the $10,000 Bud Pole Award.(Atlantic City Press)(1-24-2003)
UPDATE: Jay Sauter will drive the Henderson Motorsports #75 BGN car for the 2003 season. Sauter will be replacing Butch Miller who will be running the entire ASA schedule. Team owner Charlie Henderson is looking forward to the season with his new driver. “We hate to see Butch leave, but I’m really excited to have Jay, I think his driving ability will be a great asset for this team.” The team plans to run a limited schedule of 12-15 races.(Henderson Motorsports PR)(1-23-2003)
UPDATE: hearing Norick and Grubb will share driving duties, not sure who will drive what races yet or if it will expand into a 2 car effort later in the season.(1-20-2003)
UPDATE 2: Entering its sixth season of BGN sponsorship in 2003, Dr Pepper will help support a Carroll Racing driver development initiative by splitting the driver duties between veteran Kevin Grubb and series newcomer Lance Norick. Grubb, 24, will drive the #26 Dr Pepper Dodge in 24 races of the 34-race schedule, with 34-year-old Norick in the driver’s seat for 10 races. Dr Pepper will also be an associate sponsor on a second car (#90) Carroll Racing will enter in five BGN races with Norick behind the wheel. “Last season was terrific for the Dr Pepper racing team,” stated Cindi Clark, Dr Pepper senior vice president-marketing. “We were competitive in most of the races, came close to winning a few and posted the best finish ever for a Dr Pepper team, a second place at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill. The #26 car received terrific television exposure throughout the season and our special Spider-Man and Red Fusion paint schemes were the first thematic schemes we had ever created. There will be more of those in 2003, during what we anticipate will be another great season for Dr Pepper racing,” Clark concluded. Racing the Dodge Intrepid for the first time, Carroll Racing didn’t stop with a new car body. “We have a new engine program, new drivers, news cars and an energized team that is confident about its chances for getting into victory lane in 2003.” Dr Pepper will continue its extensive show car program in 2003, and expand its merchandising efforts in support of the #26 car and Dr Pepper Racing team.(Carroll Racing PR)(1-22-2003)
UPDATE: Jimmy Vasser, the 1996 CART champion, didn’t test Monday but said he will attempt to qualify for Koolerz 300 at Daytona International Speedway in February, the first of 10 Busch Series races he hopes to run in a ride he will share with #30-Steadman Marlin for Braun Racing. (Daytona Beach News Journal)(1-21-2003)
UPDATE – More Graphics and BGN qualifying: FOX announcer Mike Joy says the network has plans for added graphics and telemetry during qualifying to make that coverage more interesting for fans. FOX also plans to show Busch Grand National [BGN] qualifying. FOX and FX will broadcast the season’s first half in Cup and BGN before giving way to NBC and TNT.(News and Record)(1-20-2003)
UPDATE 2: SPEED Channel will take its popular Inside Winston Cup program format and host Allen Bestwick to the NASCAR Busch Series this season when Inside NBS debuts on Feb. 17 at 11:00pm/et. Two-time NASACR Busch Series champion Randy LaJoie will team with fellow NASCAR driver Hank Parker Jr. on the set, with a third seat filled on a rotating basis. LaJoie and Parker will sit in with the popular Inside Winston Cup crew of Bestwick, Ken Schrader, Johnny Benson and Waltrip during SpeedWeeks, but LaJoie hopes the new program is quick to develop a personality of its own. And LaJoie is certain who his two toughest critics will be. In addition to coverage of the NASCAR Busch Series, Inside NBS will also have a regular segment on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. SPEED Channel plans to offer live or same-day coverage of NASCAR Busch Series qualifying and/or practice sessions at every race in 2003, the first scheduled for Feb. 12 at 2:30 p.m. from Daytona Beach.(SPEED Channel PR)(1-21-2003)
UPDATE: Brewco Motorsports owner Clarence Brewer Jr. has announced plans to run Chase Montgomery in a seven-race BGN program in his #27 Pontiac and says that rock music legend Alice Cooper will be part of the effort. Cooper is scheduled to help promote Montgomery and the team, which is looking for sponsorship. As a 19-year-old rookie last season, Montgomery drove 22 races in ARCA, earning four top-five and 10 top-10 finishes.(Winston Cup Scene Daily Newsletter)(1-20-2003)
UPDATE: Hills Bros Coffee announced that it has created a unique program offering an aspiring race driver their “Coffee Break of a Lifetime”. The program will provide the selected driver with a five-race deal to drive a Busch Series racecar in 2003. In addition, the driver will have an opportunity to earn a one race Winston Cup ride in 2004 based upon their performance in the five races. To make this program a reality, Hills Bros Coffee commissioned a team of experts lead by Randy LaJoie, two-time Busch Series Champion, to look for a driver. The search focused on drivers from the many touring and weekly racing series that are held across the United States. After an extensive search, the panel of experts selected David Reutimann to earn the Hills Bros. “Coffee Break Of A Lifetime” for 2003. “David was selected because he best represented what this program is intended to do….give someone a big break,” stated Lajoie. “We quickly determined that David has a lot of talent when we looked at the fact that he finished second in the Hills Bros All-Pro Series with an unbelievably low budget operation. He is really a throw-back to the old days when you built the car, towed the car, fixed the car and raced the car,” added the two-time Busch Series champion.
Reutimann has selected to race Chevrolets out the NEMCO Race Shop. The car will bear the #88. Brian Pattie will be his crew chief. To thank Joe Nemechek for supplying the cars and Randy LaJoie for leading the selection process, Hills Bros. will provide Associate Sponsorship funding on both drivers’ Busch Series Cars. To earn a one-race ride in a Winston Cup Race Car in 2004, David must score more points in his 5 races than Randy LaJoie does in those same 5 races. In addition, David must achieve at least 3 Top-Five Finishes. The five-race schedule will consist of starts in Busch Series races at Texas (March 29), California (April 26), Milwaukee (June 29), Chicago (July 12), and Michigan (August 16).(NEMCO PR)(1-17-2003)
UPDATE: Innovative Motorsports, Inc. announced that Dark Dog will become a sponsor on the #48 Chevy driven by Shane Hmiel in the BGN in 2003. “Dark Dog is genuinely excited to join Innovative Motorsports,” said Randy Ridenour, CEO of Dark Dog America. “Our company is the #2 energy drink in brand recognition worldwide, but we are relatively new in the United States. We know that IMI and Shane Hmiel will make the perfect vehicle to drive sales for our product and to drive us into victory lane.” Goulds Pumps, which served as the primary sponsor of IMI’s #48 in 2001 and as a major associate sponsor in 2002, returns as a major associate sponsor on the #48 in 2003. General Motors will provide technical support to IMI’s effort.(Innovative Motorsports PR)(1-17-2003)
UPDATE: Team Bristol Motorsports owner Rick Goodwin announced today that he has signed Leilani Munter to a driver developmental contract. Goodwin, the owner of the # 54 BGN team, plans to enter Munter into a driver training program for 2003, with hopes of entering the Rochester, MN native into a late season Busch Series race. “I am really excited about working with Leilani and hopefully leading her driving development into the Busch Series,” Goodwin said. “As many people know, I am very committed to the goal of having a full-time female Busch Series driver and I believe with the proper training, Leilani can be that driver. I think it would be wonderful to have a young lady in the Busch Series full-time, however I realize we must take the time and fully prepare her for the challenge. We will enter Leilani into a number of races in one of the feeder divisions of the Busch Series this season. In addition to beginning an extensive testing program, she will also travel with our Busch Series team and work in the shop on a daily basis. If she can prove to me over the course of the year that she is ready to drive a Busch Series car then we will enter her in the Memphis race in October, if not, we will continue to train her for the Busch Series.” Munter expressed her excitement of entering into the driver training program. “I am really excited about the opportunity to race for Team Bristol this year,” Munter said. “I can’t thank Rick Goodwin enough for believing in me and giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity. I look forward to the training schedule that Rick and I are currently working on and achieving the milestones we will set.” Munter graduated from The University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. While still in college, she began working as a model, following graduation she made the move to film. On the set of Cameron Crowe’s “Almost Famous” it was brought to her attention that she resembled a certain up and coming actress. Soon after, casting directors hired her to photo double for Hollywood starlet Catherine Zeta-Jones in Steven Soderbergh’s Academy Award winning movie “Traffic” and Revolution’s romantic comedy “America’s Sweethearts. Munter has also worked as a stunt double and precision driver in many films. Over the last few years Munter began to drive late model stock cars. Munter has also spent time in training with the Panoz GT Series and ARCA Series. Munter worked in 2002 as an instructor at The Richard Petty Driving School. Munter has recently relocated from Charlotte to Bristol, VA to be involved in the day-to-day operations of Team Bristol Motorsports. Team Bristol is presently negotiating with potential sponsors for Munter 2003 racing program.(Camp & Associates PR)(1-17-2003)
UPDATE: Action Performance Companies announced the release of a brand new Dale Earnhardt Legacy Series die-cast collectible featuring Dale Earnhardt Jr. The Dale Earnhardt Tribute Concert Chevrolet Monte Carlo race car will be the first official souvenir of the one-of-a-kind concert event being held to honor the seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion. The Dale Earnhardt Tribute Concert, sponsored by Kraft and Nabisco, is scheduled for June 28, 2003 in Daytona Beach, Fla. at Daytona International Speedway. In anticipation of the actual concert, Dale Jr. will race the special, guitar-themed #8 The Dale Earnhardt Tribute Concert Chevrolet on April 5, 2003 during the 300-mile NASCAR Busch Series event at Talladega Superspeedway. In cooperation with Dale Earnhardt Inc., Action Performance Companies also will produce a full line of die-cast collectibles featuring the celebratory, limited edition paint scheme under the Dale Earnhardt Legacy Series banner.(Action PR), see image on the 2003 BGN Paint Schemes page.(1-16-2003)
UPDATE: NVE Pharmaceuticals and Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals announced today a co-sponsorship of the #23 Bill Davis Racing Chevrolet driven by Scott Wimmer in the BGN. NVE Pharmaceuticals brand, Stacker 2, will serve as the primary sponsor of the car starting at the series opener at Daytona in February through the mid-season event at Milwaukee. The primary sponsorship will switch to Stamina RX, Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals product, starting with the July event in Daytona through the rest of the 2003 season. “NVE Pharmaceutical’s Stacker 2 “The Worlds Strongest Fat Burner” and Hi-Tech Pharmaceutical’s Stamina Rx are thrilled to be sponsoring Scott Wimmer in the NASCAR Busch Series for the 2003 season,” states Karen Finocchio, V.P. of Marketing for NVE. “Bill Davis Racing has proven to be very successful in producing talented drivers and exceptional teams. Both NVE and Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals look forward to a very competitive and rewarding season.” Wimmer, who finished third in the final driver point standings in the 2002 season, ran most of that year without financial backing from a sponsor. “We are just really happy to have both Stacker 2 and Stamina RX on board for the 2003 season,” said car owner, Bill Davis. “We believe that Scott Wimmer has a ton of talent, and this team is capable of contending for a championship. We are very appreciative to have these two sponsors on board that have the faith in our program and want to share in the success.”(Bill Davis Racing PR)(1-16-2003)
UPDATE: also hearing Brad Baker will be driving a limited schedule 2003. Brent Moore, new to BGN racing, will be driving the majority of the schedule. Brent’s first BGN race was PPIR 2002.(12-14-2002)
UPDATE 2: Ortec Racing of Easley, S.C., says it has signed Brad Baker to run a limited number of Busch Series races this year. “I am excited about having Brad on board with us this season,” said crew chief Tony Burgess. “He meshes real well with the rest of our team. He shows the skills and determination that it will take to succeed.” No schedule of races was announced. Baker, a 26-year-old Tennessee native, has driven in 24 series races over the past four years.(Winston Cup Scene Daily Newsletter)(1-3-2003)
UPDATE 3: Ortec, Inc., a leading custom manufacturer located in Easley, South Carolina, has entered into an agreement to form ORTEC Racing (Original Racing Technologies), LLC with Chris Hoiles Motorsports, owner of the BGN #96 car. ORTEC Racing will not only focus on running teams at various levels of NASCAR competition, but will also manufacture new motorsports technologies. “We are about building a sustainable, winning team built on three principles”, says Ortec owner Larry Brotherton. “These principles are, dedication to the goals of our sponsors, putting forth 110% every time we come to the track, and seek to bring innovation in safety and design to racing.” The team will be based out of Chris Hoiles Motorsports’ current facilities in Liberty, South Carolina. Existing personnel from last year’s number 96 team will be used, as well as several new additions.(PR)(1-11-2003)
The Civil Air Patrol organization has taken on a new role in Homeland Security. On a recent visit to the White House, Major General Bowling was named as one of the 43 members of the National Citizen Corp. Council. The council has representatives from state and local governments, first-responder groups, emergency management agencies, volunteer service organizations and the private sector. Mike Brown, deputy director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said the national council â€œwill play a major role in promoting citizen preparedness and homeland security nationwide. In response to the new responsibilities that Civil Air Patrol will be assuming, the leadership decided that a new paint scheme was in line for the #46 Chevy. Civil Air Patrol is actively seeking tax deductible donations, or associate sponsors for our racing program. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Civil Air Patrol, the official Air Force Auxiliary, is a nonprofit organization with over 63,000 members nationwide. It performs more than 85% of inland search and rescue missions tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center in the continental United States. Volunteers also take a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to the over 25,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. On the Web: www.capnhq.gov or www.capraceteam.com.(1-11-2003)
UPDATE: Greg Ray was in Charlotte on Wednesday. He didn’t reveal the details of his trip to North Carolina, but supposedly Ray is trying to complete a deal to drive in NASCAR this season and has been working on plans for a Busch Series ride for 2003.(Dallas Morning News – need to register to read)(1-9-2003)
UPDATE: Kevin Grubb and Team Bristol Motorsports owner Rick Goodwin are parting ways, freeing Grubb to take a ride in Carroll Racing’s #26 entry sponsored by Dr Pepper. Goodwin has a short list of potential replacements for Grubb, but he may hold off on making a decision. Grubb will replace Ron Hornaday at Carroll Racing, which is also making the switch to Dodges for 2003.(Winston Cup Scene Daily Newsletter)(12-31-2002)
UPDATE 2: Busch Series team owner Dave Carroll has confirmed to NASCAR Winston Cup Scene reporter Rick Houston that Kevin Grubb will drive Carroll Racing’s #26 entry in the Busch Series this season. Grubb replaces Ron Hornaday, who moved to Richard Childress Racing [#2]. The team ran Chevrolets last year but will switch to Dodges this year. Grubb wound up 24th in the series last year, when he drove for Team Bristol Motorsports.(Winston Cup Scene Daily Newsletter)(1-8-2003)
UPDATE: Gearhead Racing Fans announced their first sponsorship of a BGN race team with their support of the #43 Curb Records Chevrolet with Driver, Johnny Sauter. Curb Agajanian Motorsports and Sauter are very excited to have a partner going into Daytona with such an innovative and thrilling concept. “We hope that NASCAR BUSCH fans see the opportunity that the Gearhead Racing Fans membership provides, so that we can run some additional events in 2003”, said Sauter. Gearhead Racing Fans believe fan sponsorship can only work if both the race teams and the member/sponsors realize tangible benefits. To that end, Gearhead Racing Fans members will have an opportunity to realize sponsorship benefits like any other sponsor. They will be offering season-long sponsorship to at least one BGN team for 2003 as an associate sponsor. They anticipate making an announcement during January as to which team(s) or driver(s) they will be sponsoring for the 2003 season. Gearhead Racing Fans is a fan-owned, fan-controlled group of NASCAR enthusiasts formed to bring needed financial support to the BGN series in return for benefits normally associated with sponsorship. NASCAR fans who are interested in directly supporting the BGN series are invited to visit www.gearheadfans.com to become a member of Gearhead Racing Fans.(Curb Agajanian Motorsports PR)(1-3-2003)