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July 2002 CTS Archive

  • Tide to go Retro at Indy/IRP: Tide Racing will be celebrating 15 years as a primary sponsor in NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing this weekend at the Brickyard. In addition to their regular #32 Winston Cup entry of Ricky Craven, they will also sponsor Darrell Waltrip’s #17 Craftsman Truck in the Friday event at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Both teams will sport Tide’s “retro” look, which goes back to their original Tide “America’s Favorite” logo for the paint schemes and white crew uniforms. Some stats: Tide’s involvement began in 1987 with Hendrick Motorsports and Darrell Waltrip. Tide sponsored teams have raced to 19 victories including the Daytona 500 (Waltrip, 1989) and the Brickyard 400 (Rudd, 1997). Tide drivers have included Darrell Waltrip (1987-1990), Ricky Rudd (1991-1999), Scott Pruett (2000) and Ricky Craven (2001-present). Tide as a sponsor has 5 victories at Martinsville, 3 victories at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, 2 victories at Dover and one victory at Daytona, Atlanta, Bristol, Darlington, Michigan, New Hampshire, Phoenix, Rockingham and Indianapolis -Of the Tide victories, Waltrip won 9, Rudd won 9 and Craven has one.(PPI PR), see my Paint Scheme Gallery for images of the #32 car and #17 truck.(7-31-2002)
  • Gaughan suspects his truck was sabotaged — twice: Brendan Gaughan isn’t the paranoid type, but the Las Vegas driver hasn’t ruled out sabotage as the cause of problems he encountered in a pair of races earlier this month. Gaughan had a plug wire come off at the start of races at Kansas Speedway and Kentucky Speedway on consecutive weekends. “We’ve gone to so many different conclusions for that (problem), we’ve even gone to somebody actually pulling them off,” Gaughan said. “Every other explanation is just as preposterous, so thinking that somebody reached up there and actually pulled one off, in impound or something, is not as impossible as it seems because there is no explanation for what happened.” Gaughan said his Las Vegas-based Orleans Racing team and engine builder Kevin Kroyer took extraordinary measures to make sure the problem didn’t resurface two weeks ago at New Hampshire International Speedway. “(At New Hampshire), we had them siliconed on and we went over to Ray Evernham’s (Winston Cup) team and got a special thing that they make for their cars — little keepers they make — and installed them. “Five minutes before (the race started), Kevin was allowed, through NASCAR, to open the hood and check each plug wire. We also drilled a hole through each (plug wire) boot so the gasses could escape if it was a gas build-up problem. “We took it pretty seriously.” Gaughan has had no plug-wire problems in his past two races, including his 18th-place effort Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. Gaughan said he has been using the same plug-wire manufacturer since he began racing and the set he had on his #62 NAPA Auto Parts Dodge at Kansas Speedway was a different set than he ran the following week at Kentucky Speedway. “Once is just a racing thing but the second time … we don’t know what it is that happened,” Gaughan said.(Las Vegas Sun)(7-31-2002)
  • Hooper to display World Police & Fire Games logo at Indy: The #23, owned by Phil Bonifield, driven by Lance Hooper, will carry the logo of the World Police & Fire Games when it races in Indianapolis this Friday, August 1. “Last year when I raced in Indy I heard about the Games and thought they were pretty cool,” says Hooper. “Then when everything happened in September I remembered the event and I wondered if I could do something to recognize those Heroes of the Heartland from last year. So for the race in Indy we will display the Games logo on my truck.” The World Police & Fire Games is the world’s second largest sporting event, after the Olympics, with nearly 10,000 participants. The Games are contested every two years at locations around the world. In 2001 the Games were held in Indianapolis. Future Games are scheduled in Barcelona in 2003, Quebec City in 2005 and Adelaide in 2007. Events include traditional sporting events as well as competition in events specific to police and fire fighters. “The Games have not gotten the awareness they deserve and hopefully by showing the World Police & Fire Games logo now, it will work to get interest in the Games and start to lay the groundwork for a large audience to watch it on television next August,” adds Randy Schwoerer of Schwoerer & Associates, who handles marketing and television production for the Games.”
    “Everyone at the World Police & Fire Games Federation is so excited and thankful about being recognized by Hooper at the race,” says Duke Nyhus former President of the WPFGF. “Hopefully we can somehow return the favor for Lance and his manager Lisa Jackson in the future.”(Schwoerer & Associates PR)(7-31-2002)
  • Trucks at Pocono? at Talladega? UPDATE: Apparently, a handful of representatives from NASCAR’s Craftsman Truck Series will test within the next few days at Pocono Raceway, the obvious intent being at least one race in that series here in 2003. One of the reasons for the absence of Busch Grand National and truck races here in the past has been the presence of Nazareth Speedway about 30 miles away, but Nazareth no longer holds a truck race.(Gaston Gazette) AND rumors have NASCAR considering a CTS race at Talladega for 2003.(7-29-2002)
    UPDATE: Bobby Hamilton, who owns three entries in the CTS, tested a truck Monday at Pocono. Hamilton owns Dodges for Robert Pressley, who won at Michigan Saturday, Brian Rose and Bill Lester. He also competes in the series from time to time. “He’s simply testing some aero stuff, just trying to get Bobby Hamilton Racing a little bit better,” said David Pepper, public relations representative for Hamilton. “It’s a good track to test several different things. To our knowledge we [the CTS] won’t be racing there next year or in the near future.” Track officials confirmed Hamilton’s test, but said it was a one-time deal and that there are no current plans to have the Truck Series compete at Pocono. Trying to make room for the Truck Series at Pocono would be difficult. According to track owner Dr. Joseph Mattioli, every weekend during the season is full because of racing schools and other racing events.(Scranton Times)(7-30-2002)
  • Pressley wins at MIS: #18-Robert Pressley edged #2-Jason Leffler by 0.102 seconds in the eighth-closest finish in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series history to win the Michigan 200 on Saturday. Pressley led 74 of 100 laps and won for the second time this season. He averaged a series track-record 142.208 mph in the third-fastest race in series history. #60-Travis Kvapil finished third, followed by #16-Mike Bliss and #75-David Starr. Bliss took over the Series points lead from Ted Musgrave, whose Dodge suffered engine failure while he was in second place on the 36th lap. Bliss leads Starr by 29 points, with Musgrave another 53 behind with nine races left.(ThatsRacin.com)
    For results see ThatsRacin.com.(7-28-2002)
  • Rain washes out qualifying at MIS – Musgrave starts 1st: Rain washed out qualifying Friday for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series’ Michigan 200, giving points leader Ted Musgrave the pole for the Saturday race. Musgrave, who earned the pole based on series owner points, was the fastest in practice, turning a lap at 173.285mph. #16-Mike Bliss, a three-time winner who is 35 points behind Musgrave, will start on the outside of the front row in his Chevrolet. #75-David Starr will start 3rd followed by #14-Rick Crawford and #29-Terry Cook. For the lineup see MotorsportsOne.(7-26-2002)
  • Donlavey Racing Team Mgr to run CTS race at MIS: Jason Hedlesky, a native of Clinton, Mich., will drive the #5 Superior Logistics Services Dodge at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) fielded by Ware Racing. Motor City Dodge Dealers is also backing Hedlesky’s effort. Hedlesky is the team manager of Junie Donlavey’s Winston Cup Series team. Hedlesky competed in the ARCA event staged at MIS in June in a car prepared by his employer, Donlavey Racing. He was in the top-five pack of cars for a majority of the race, but he made a pit stop under green-flag conditions and a caution flag was thrown while he was in the pits. Donlavey Racing has fielded several ARCA cars for Hedlesky to help him jump-start his driving career.(Keystone Marketing PR)(7-26-2002)
  • Schneider joins the #18 as an assoc: Schneider Electric has announced it will expand its sponsorship by becoming a major associate on Hamilton’s #18 Dodge truck in the CTS. Focusing in on the market leading brand of electrical distribution and control, Schneider Electric has chosen to place Square D, the flagship brand in the United States, on Robert Pressley’s truck for the remainder of the 2002 CTS season. The Square D logo will now be displayed on the hood and lower rear quarter panels. The additional sponsorship does not affect the existing program with Schneider Electric and Winston Cup Series owner Andy Petree’s #55 Chevy.(Bobby Hamilton Racing PR)(7-24-2002)
  • Hooper and Ware part ways: Beginning this weekend at Michigan, Lance Hooper will be out of the #5 Ware Racing truck ride. The sponsor, Diamond Cut Jeans/Blair.com, who secured the ride in the #5 entry for Hooper, was a ten race deal which is done. Hooper will be racing a Phil Bonifield entry in Michigan and will be driving on a race to race basis with him.(7-24-2002)
  • Former NFL kicker making Truck series debut at IRP: Mike Cofer, a former kicker for the San Francisco 49ers who played high school football in Charlotte and college football at N.C. State, will try to make his first CTS series race on Aug. 2 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Cofer has been driving late model stock cars at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this summer, where he has two feature victories.(ThatsRacin.com)(7-24-2002)
  • Petree in a truck at IRP: Fresh from a successful test at Indianapolis Raceway Park, Andy Petree will drive his own truck in next week’s CTS race event at the .686-mile oval. “Whether or not we ran wasn’t dependent upon (Tuesday’s) test but I wanted to have tested before we formally announced we were running the race,” said Petree. “We took a Winston Cup car up there and learned some things, got me some time behind the wheel, and I think we’re going to have a good run in the race next week. Darrell Waltrip tested some with us, and that has to help.” Petree will make his second start in the Truck series, having been a major factor in pole qualifying and the race in April at Martinsville. Petree qualified third, and ran among the leaders until late in the race when a mechanical problem sidelined him. He is fielding a truck for Winston Cup star Tony Stewart in September at Richmond, and hasn’t ruled out driving a second truck himself in that event. Petree tested a Winston Cup car at IRP but feels that will help his team not only with the Truck series races at IRP and Richmond, but also to this Winston Cup team at like speedways. One of the team’s associate sponsors is expected to sponsor the Truck for IRP, and Petree said he is still talking with potential sponsors for the race at Richmond.(Williams Company PR)(7-23-2002)
  • ESPN re-ups with the CTS: NASCAR, in has decided to renew its Truck tour contract with ESPN, according to NASCAR sources. And the Truck tour will be adding at least two events next season at Chicagolands and Michigan, as companion events on Winston Cup weekends. ESPN was going to drop the Truck tour because it was a money loser, and NASCAR planned to put the tour on its Speed Channel. But pressure from both series’ sponsors and Truck teams led to a new dynamic in the NASCAR-ESPN negotiations. NASCAR executives are now talking big picture long-term with ESPN for the Truck tour, in a surprising change of heart, and NASCAR is talking about helping ESPN better market the series. NASCAR and the ABC division have been at odds for the last year and a half over the issue of access to the Winston Cup garage.(Winston Salem Journal)(7-20-2002)
  • Cook wins at NHIS: #29-Terry Cook inherited the lead as a result of one wreck and held on to his third NASCAR Truck series win of the season despite another. Cook took over the lead on Lap 170 when then-leader #2-Jason Leffler wrecked in Turn 3. Cook held off #46-Dennis Setzer by .189 seconds to win Saturday’s New England 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Third was #75-David Starr, followed by #1-Ted Musgrave and #62-Brendan Gaughan. The scheduled 200-lap race went to 208 because driver Brian Rose wrecked on Lap 197. Truck series rules require a green-flag finish. Setzer climbed up to Cook’s rear bumper between Turns 3 and 4 on the last lap, but couldn’t complete the pass. For race results, see ThatsRacin.com.(7-20-2002)
  • Leffler wins another pole, this time at NHIS: #2-Jason Leffler won his 7th pole of the season, third in a row and fifth in past six races in capturing the top starting position for Saturday’s New England 200 race at NHIS. Leffler ran a lap at 128.424mph set a new track record. #29-Terry Cook was 2nd at 127.859; followed by #6-Kevin Harvick 127.329; #62-Brendan Gaughan at 126.905; and #16-Mike Bliss at 126.740.
    Results/Lineup: MotorSportsOne and NASCAR.com.(7-19-2002)
  • Shepherd, double duty at NHIS: CTS team owner Rick Ware announced today that Morgan Shepherd will drive the #51 Ware Racing Dodge Truck at New Hampshire on Saturday. Shepherd also will attempt to qualify for the Cup race in the #89 Ford.. Michael Ritch, who was orginally slated to drive the #51, will be at the New River Valley Speedway near Radford, VA, Saturday to compete in a 250-lap race in the Hooters ProCup Southern Division series where he currently is 6th in points. Shepherd will be teammate to Ware’s driver Lance Hooper who pilots the #5 Blair Jeans Dodge. Shepherd and Hooper will share common associate sponsors this weekend, Quality Metric of Virginia and amIhealthy.com of Rhode Island have come on board for this event. Plans for the Ware Racing #81 Craftsman Truck will be announced later.(Catchfence)(7-18-2002)
  • New #90 Crew Chief: Gus Primm has taken over as interim crew chief of the No. 90 Chevrolet driven by Lance Norick. Former crew chief Gary Showalter was released following the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250. Norick finished 12th at Kentucky Speedway. The team also announced that Express Personnel Services will sponsor Norick for the remainder of the 2002 racing season.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(7-18-2002)
  • Rules Change: NASCAR announced rule changes governing front air dam clearance for Dodge Ram trucks and truck suspension parts. Effective July 17, front air dams for Dodge models must have a minimum ground clearance of 4-¼ inches. The clearance is reduced from 4-½ inches. Chevrolet and Ford models maintain a ground clearance of 3-¾ inches. Also effective July 17, truck trailing arms, when measured from the center of the front mounting bushing to the center of the rear axle tube, in a straight line, must maintain an equal length on the left side and the right side with a minimum length of 51 inches and a maximum length of 52 inches.(NASCAR PR)(7-16-2002)
  • Bliss wins at Kentucky in record fashion: #16-Mike Bliss set a CTS record for margin of victory Saturday night, winning the Kroger 225 at Kentucky Speedway by 18.197 seconds, his 2nd win in a row. #46-Dennis Setzer finished second for the second straight week. #18-Robert Pressley was third, #14-Rick Crawford finished fourth and pole sitter #2-Jason Leffler was fifth. #1-TedMusgrave retians the points lead with 1676, 14 ahead of Mike Bliss. For results see NASCAR.com.(7-13-2002)
  • Leffler wins pole at Kentucky: #2-Jason Leffler won the pole for the Kroger 225 at Kentucky Speedway with a speed of 168.303mph. 2nd thru 5th are: #16-Mike Bliss at 167.994, #8-Bill Lester at 166.986, #29-Terry Cook at 166.723, and #58-Chris Horn at 166.538..(7-12-2002)
  • Wilson down to a limited schedule: Angie Wilson knows that it takes one thing to race at NASCAR’s top levels — money, lots and lots of it. That’s the one thing that Wilson and her Ware Racing team haven’t come up with yet, and it’s forced them to back off from a planned full-season NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule. “Some stuff has come up financially … so we’re going to just do what we’re capable of doing,” Wilson said. “I don’t know right now how many more, if any, we’re going to be able to run.” Wilson stepped out of her family-owned NASCAR Goody’s Dash Series ride to accept an offer from team owner Rick Ware’s multi-truck operation four months ago. In her time with Ware, she ran four Truck Series events, with her best finish (23rd) coming at Martinsville Speedway. “There’s a lot of differences in the two vehicles,” Wilson said, comparing the heavier, more-powerful Trucks to the Dash Series cars. “It was a big adjustment … (but) I got some really good experience driving them.” However, Wilson’s last start with Ware Racing was on May 31, where she finished 34th at Dover. Ware’s teams have started four more races since then. When she signed with Ware, Wilson’s orginal plan was to run for the CTS’ rookie of the year honors. Wilson can make three more starts this season and keep her rookie eligibility intact for 2003. “That’s a possibility,” she said. “That’s something we’ve thought about doing. … But we might run the rest of them. Anything that we can do will be fine with me.” Wilson’s isn’t going to sit on the sidelines, though. She has entered this weekend’s Dash Series race at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville, S.C., scheduled for July 13. “We’re planning on doing at least two (Dash races) — Greenville-Pickens and Bristol (Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn.),” she said. “We’ve picked up some sponsorship for those races.” And Wilson isn’t hanging her head over the turn of events. “That’s how it goes,” she said. “Sure, I’m disappointed. Anybody would be, but that’s how it goes. I’m realistic about things … but it gave me an opportunity, and hopefully this will lead to other things.”(Lap by Lap)(7-12-2002)
  • Grand Marshal at Kentucky: United States Army Master Sergeant Stephen R. Carnahan will serve as grand marshal of The Kroger 225 CTS race at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, July 13. Master Sergeant Carnahan has served the United States for more than 17 years. and is currently assigned to 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Ky., where he has served as an infantry platoon sergeant in Company C, and scout platoon sergeant in Headquarters Company.. While serving with the Rakkasans, his most recent achievements include missions in support of Operation Joint Guardian, Kosovo, and Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, where he participated in both Operations Anaconda and Mountain Lion. He additionally served as infantry rifleman through squad leader while assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 75th Infantry, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. This was followed by an assignment as squad leader with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in Fort Lewis, Wash., where he participated in Operation Just Cause in Panama. Later he served as the assistant team sergeant and team sergeant of Team Two, Regimental Reconnaissance Detachment, 75th Ranger Regiment in Fort Benning, Ga. Next he served with the Artic Warriors at both Fort Greely and Fort Richardson, Alaska (AK). Master Sergeant Carnahan’s awards and decorations are numerous and include the Joint Meritorious Unit Citation, Meritorious Service Medal – second award, Army Commendation Medal – third award, Army Achievement Medal – fourth award, Army Good Conduct Medal – fifth award, and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Arrowhead among others. In addition, Master Sergeant Carnahan has attended numerous military schools and courses that specialize in Ranger training, air assault, static line and freefall parachuting, assault climbing, combat diving, emergency medicine, fire support, long-range reconnaissance and surveillance, tactical waterborne operations, and several areas of instructional training.(Kentucky Speedway PR)(7-11-2002)
  • Stewart to run CTS race at Richmond: A friendship born at a state fairgrounds in Illinois will come to successful fruition in Virginia in September. Tony Stewart will drive the Andy Petree-owned entry in the CTS race at Richmond, Va., Thursday, September 5. Petree’s Chevy was one of the top teams in its sole other start this season, April’s Martinsville, Va., event. That was with Petree himself behind the wheel. The agreement is for the Richmond race only, and the Truck is currently unsponsored. Petree’s debut as a CTS driver was stellar. The highest-qualifying Chevrolet when he took the third starting spot at Martinsville, Petree ran among the leaders throughout the race until a mechanical problem ended his day right at the end of the race.(Williams Company PR)(7-10-2002)
  • Softball for Charity: The Truck Series drivers will play in a softball game today against the announcers and crew of ESPN, which telecasts all of the series’ events. The drivers rallied to beat the ESPN squad in the game held last year at Northern Kentucky University. NASCAR officials will umpire the game. The event benefits Kentucky Harvest, a Cincinnati-area food bank. Game highlights will be shown on ESPN2’s RPM Tonight and during the ESPN broadcast (8 p.m.) of Saturday’s Kroger 225 from Kentucky Speedway.(DBNJ)(7-11-2002)
  • #15 gets a assoc sponsor: #15 Billy Ballew Motorsports has secured associate sponsorship from Blackhawk Group LLC, a Mooresville, NC based security and investigation services group. Blackhawk Group LLC will provide security services for Ballew’s CTS team that fields the #15 Ford driven by Rich Bickle. “After the recent burglary at our Mooresville race shop, we knew we had to take additional steps to provide more protection for our assets and equipment,” stated Ballew. “We suffered a significant financial loss and we simply cannot afford to take any chances on something like that happening again. This is a great partnership for both Blackhawk LLC and Billy Ballew Motorsports. They get the exposure provided by the CTS and we get piece of mind of knowing our facility and equipment is secure.” Ballew’s team has made an impressive move up in the CTS point’s ladder since putting Bickle behind the wheel. In three events, Bickle has averaged a 10th-place finish including a season-best sixth at Memphis. The team has jumped five positions from 22nd to 17th in the NCTS championship chase and currently sits just three points out 16th. Blackhawk LLC Group is an integrated security and investigations services group providing physical security, executive protection and trademark infringement investigations. Bickle’s #15 Ford will carry the Blackhawk LLC Group logo into action Saturday, July 14, in the Kroger 225 at Kentucky Speedway.(PR)(7-10-2002)
  • Stewart to run CTS race at Richmond: A friendship born at a state fairgrounds in Illinois will come to successful fruition in Virginia in September. Tony Stewart will drive the Andy Petree-owned entry in the CTS race at Richmond, Va., Thursday, September 5. Petree’s Chevy was one of the top teams in its sole other start this season, April’s Martinsville, Va., event. That was with Petree himself behind the wheel. The agreement is for the Richmond race only, and the Truck is currently unsponsored. Petree’s debut as a CTS driver was stellar. The highest-qualifying Chevrolet when he took the third starting spot at Martinsville, Petree ran among the leaders throughout the race until a mechanical problem ended his day right at the end of the race.(Williams Company PR)(7-10-2002)
  • NASCAR Levies Fines: NASCAR officials announced that CTS crew chiefs Michael Mittler and Bernard Taft have been fined for infractions occurring during inspection for the July 6 O™Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway. Mittler, crew chief for the #63 Ford and Taft, crew chief for the #23 Chevrolet, each was fined $250 for actions detrimental to stock car racing, specifically under Sections 12-4-A and 20B-11.2.B of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rule Book, use of parts that do not conform to NASCAR rules – use of unapproved front jacking bolts.(NASCAR PR)(7-9-2002)
  • DW to races in the CTS again? UPDATE 2 at IRP: Darrell Waltrip appears poised for another start in the CTS, according to NASCAR driver Stacy Compton. Compton said June 15 he would compete in at least one more truck race (hearing DW is considering IRP) for Jim Harris and Mark Melling this year, and that Waltrip could return for a second stint later this year. Compton, who is competing full time in the Winston Cup [#14] and BGN [#59] series, plans to drive the truck at Milwaukee June 29. Waltrip raced the truck at Martinsville in April, but exited the race after only 86 laps due to mechanical problems.(Winston Salem Journal – need sub to read)(6-20-2002)
    UPDATE: some radio reports have DW in the truck at Milwaukee, that is not so, Compton (as reported here – above) will drive the truck at Milwaukee, DW, if he drives it, is considering IRP – Indianapolis Raceway Park.(6-21-2002)
    UPDATE 2: Tide Racing announced today they will celebrate 15 years as a primary sponsor in NASCAR Winston Cup Racing during the series visit to Indianapolis, August 1-4. A retro weekend will include Tide’s current driver, Ricky Craven, as well as Darrell Waltrip, Tide’s first driver, three-time Winston Cup champion and current NASCAR FOX analyst. Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Hammond will ride again on August 2 at Indianapolis Raceway Park in the #17 Tide Dodge Waltrip collection /Special to FOXSports.com. Waltrip will kick off the weekend by driving the #17 Tide Dodge Truck in the CTS series on August 2 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. The Truck will feature a retro paint scheme and a decaled hood honoring Waltrip’s and Tide’s 1989 Daytona 500 victory. On Sunday August 4th Craven will take to the track in the #32 Tide Ford sporting a retro theme featuring the original “America’s Favorite” hood decal design. Former Tide crew chief and current FOX Sports analyst Jeff Hammond will join Waltrip for this event. The team will run the #17 which Waltrip made famous when he drove to victory lane nine times for Tide. “Jeff and I want to thank Tide for including us in this special weekend,” said Waltrip. “We are so happy to be reunited with Tide again and I have such fond memories of driving the #17 Winston Cup car to victory lane.”(FoxSports)(7-6-2002)
  • Bliss wins at Kansas: #16-Mike Bliss won the O’Reilly 250 at Kansas Speedway when #14-Rick Crawford’s engine blew with two laps to go as he was leading. Bliss went by and won his 2nd CTS race of 2002. #36-Dennis Setzer was 2nd with red hot #20-Coy Gibbs third, pole winner #2-Jason Leffler was 4th and points leader #1-Ted Musgrave was fifth. For results, see ThatsRacin.com.(7-6-2002)
  • DW to races in the CTS again? UPDATE 2 at IRP: Darrell Waltrip appears poised for another start in the CTS, according to NASCAR driver Stacy Compton. Compton said June 15 he would compete in at least one more truck race (hearing DW is considering IRP) for Jim Harris and Mark Melling this year, and that Waltrip could return for a second stint later this year. Compton, who is competing full time in the Winston Cup [#14] and BGN [#59] series, plans to drive the truck at Milwaukee June 29. Waltrip raced the truck at Martinsville in April, but exited the race after only 86 laps due to mechanical problems.(Winston Salem Journal – need sub to read)(6-20-2002)
    UPDATE: some radio reports have DW in the truck at Milwaukee, that is not so, Compton (as reported here – above) will drive the truck at Milwaukee, DW, if he drives it, is considering IRP – Indianapolis Raceway Park.(6-21-2002)
    UPDATE 2: Tide Racing announced today they will celebrate 15 years as a primary sponsor in NASCAR Winston Cup Racing during the series visit to Indianapolis, August 1-4. A retro weekend will include Tide’s current driver, Ricky Craven, as well as Darrell Waltrip, Tide’s first driver, three-time Winston Cup champion and current NASCAR FOX analyst. Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Hammond will ride again on August 2 at Indianapolis Raceway Park in the #17 Tide Dodge Waltrip collection /Special to FOXSports.com. Waltrip will kick off the weekend by driving the #17 Tide Dodge Truck in the CTS series on August 2 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. The Truck will feature a retro paint scheme and a decaled hood honoring Waltrip’s and Tide’s 1989 Daytona 500 victory. On Sunday August 4th Craven will take to the track in the #32 Tide Ford sporting a retro theme featuring the original “America’s Favorite” hood decal design. Former Tide crew chief and current FOX Sports analyst Jeff Hammond will join Waltrip for this event. The team will run the #17 which Waltrip made famous when he drove to victory lane nine times for Tide. “Jeff and I want to thank Tide for including us in this special weekend,” said Waltrip. “We are so happy to be reunited with Tide again and I have such fond memories of driving the #17 Winston Cup car to victory lane.”(FoxSports)(7-6-2002)
  • Leffler wins pole at Kansas: #2-Jason Leffler won the pole at Kansas Speedway with a track record of 165.812mph. His teammate, #2-Ted Musgrave was 2nd at 165.588, followed by #8-Bill Lester at 165.431, #16-Mike Bliss at 165.355 and #14-Rick Crawford at 164.679. See MotorsportsOne or NASCAR.com for the lineup.(7-5-2002)
  • Penalties Accessed: NASCAR officials announced today that drivers #4-Brian Rose and #46-Dennis Setzer, crew chief Danny Gill and crew member Ron Keselowski have been fined for infractions during and after the June 29 GNC Live Well 200 at The Milwaukee Mile. Rose, driver of the #4 Dodge, was fined $1,000 for actions detrimental to stock car racing (Section 12-4-A of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rule Book), hitting another competitor’s truck after completion of the race. In addition, Rose was placed on probation until Sept. 25, 2002. Setzer, driver of the #46 Chevrolet, was fined $500 for actions detrimental to stock car racing, intentionally causing a caution condition during the event (Section 12-4N). Gill, crew chief of the #46 Chevrolet, was fined $500 for actions detrimental to stock car racing and for having parts or equipment in use during an event that do not conform to NASCAR rules, having more than one radio in the truck (12-4Q). Keselowski, a member of the crew of the #29 Ford, was fined $1,000 for actions detrimental to stock car racing, for being a passenger in or on the race truck. The infraction occurred following the event, prior to NASCAR officials taking control of the vehicle for the post-race inspection (20B-17D).(NASCAR PR)(7-5-2002)
  • Musgrave Paint Reversed: In an effort to keep his engine cool, Ted Musgrave’s #1 Mopar team reversed the truck’s paint scheme for Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway. The front of Musgrave’s MoPar Dodge truck will be painted white, instead of its customary black, and the rear half will be black instead of white.(Kansas City Star)(7-5-2002)
  • Rollins moves over th the #18 from the #4: Bobby Hamilton Racing says Danny Rollins will take over crew chief duties for the team’s #18 Dodge driven by Robert Pressley in the CTS. Rollins reassumes the position he left last December to form the third Bobby Hamilton Racing team for #4-Brian Rose. During his career, Rollins has two wins and 25 top-10 finishes in 31 starts.(Winston Cup Scene Daily Newsletter) Randy Seals will be the new crew chief for the #4 and Rose.(7-2-2002)
  • Wood in the #9 BGN car at IRP? hearing it was reported during the CTS race at Milwaukee that Jon Wood, who drives the #50 CTS truck, would be in the #9 Gain Ford at the race at Indianapolis Raceway Park in August.(7-2-2002)

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