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June 2000 CTS Archive

  • CTS Banquet: yep, a bit early. Officials for NASCAR and Sears Craftsman have announced that the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series year-end championship banquet will be located at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort within the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale. The banquet, which will serve as the first NASCAR 2000 post-season celebration, will take place on Nov. 2 – just days after the Oct. 28 season-ending race at the California Speedway and in conjunction with the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series weekend (Nov. 3-5) at Phoenix International Raceway. Situated on 450 acres north of Scottsdale, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort is among the finest resorts in the world with two 18-hole golf courses, three swimming pools, seven tennis courts and a 400 acre horse park. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Awards Banquet is slated for Thursday, November 2, 2000, cocktails 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.; banquet from 7:00 – 10:00pm(NASCAR PR)(6-6-2000)
  • CTS Banquet: The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series banquet moves to the luxurious Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, on Thursday, November 2 to coincide with the NASCAR weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.(NASCAR PR)(6-30-2000)
  • Houston Gone? hearing Andy Houston may leave the #60 CAT Rental team for oppurtunities in the BGN or CUP(6-30-2000)
  • Watkins Glen Qualifying: Ron Fellows was fastest in both practice session earlier in the day encountered problems on his qualifying lap and for first time in four years failed to make the field(SpeedVision) and NASCAR Online reports: Defending champion Fellows — the odds-on favorite to win the Bud Pole, if not the race — suffered a broken brake pedal on his Bud Pole Qualifying lap and failed to make the starting field. After Happy Hour, however, he put together a deal to drive #7-Conely Racing’s Chevrolet, which had been qualified by Darren Law(NOL). #50-Greg Biffle got the pole(6-23-2000)
  • Team Rensi Consolidates: Team Rensi Motorsports has consolidated its BGN and CTS Series operations into a single location in Charlotte, NC, team co-owners Ed and Sam Rensi announced. Rensi said the move – which brings the #25 Lance Snacks BGN team north from York, SC, to the #16 Mobil Max2 truck team’s location at 7701-B N. Tryon St. in Charlotte – was “done to better utilize the labor pool in the Charlotte area and to take advantage of the economies of scale, and shared resources for both operations.”(Image Marketing PR)(6-22-2000)
  • CBS Sportsline: Time running out for Biffle to win trucks title by Mark Zeske
  • Fan to Wave the Flag: One lucky fan in attendance for this weekend’s Bully Hill Vineyards CTS race will be chosen to wave the green flag for Saturday’s race. Just prior to the start of pre-race activities for the Bully Hill Vineyards 150, track officials will be conducting a random drawing to determine which lucky fan will have the opportunity to wave the green flag from the starter’s stand and officially start the race. Once the fan is selected, the track announcer will make his way to the lucky visitor’s seat and introduce the winner as part of opening ceremonies. The winner will then be escorted to the starter’s stand for a race fan’s thrill-of-a-lifetime(Watkins Glen Site)(6-22-2000)
  • Kentucky Images: see some images of the CTS race at Kentucky from the Stock Car Fans site: http://www.stockcarfans.com/ctsphotos1.html and http://www.stockcarfans.com/ctsphotos2.html(6-22-2000)
  • Powers Team: Powers Motorsports of Clayton GA has contracted Racing Consultants in their search for marketing partners for the 2000 and 2001 race season. Plans to run at least 6 more races this season are being finalized, while retaining rookie status for 2001. Powers Motorsports is a family owned team, with veteran USA Series driver Tommy Powers behind the wheel. Veteran engine builder Bill Richardson comes onboard with over 40 years of motorsports experience. Richardson has a degree in mechanical engineering with graduate studies in thermodynamics, kinetics, and internal combustion engines. Since 1983 Richardson has specialized in Mopar/Dodge/Chrysler circle track racing engines(Racing Consultants)(6-22-2000)
  • Darlington CTS Race? Darlington Raceway president Jim Hunter has proposed hosting a truck event next season, and agreeing on a date seems to be the final hurdle. A Darlington truck race would likely be on a weekend separate from the track’s two Cup/BGN weekends, and perhaps be paired with a Goody’s Dash Series event(Charleston Post and Courier)(6-21-2000)
  • Kentucky News – fans sent home UPDATE: Overheated race fans idled for hours on clogged interstates as yesterday’s opening of the Kentucky Speedway was stalled by rain and overflow crowds. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., parking lots at the $153 million speedway were full, and ticket holders who had inched through hours of traffic were told to turn around and go home(Herald Leader) AND The lucky ones who got into the Kentucky Speedway before the lack of parking turned fans away faced ankle-deep mud from overnight and afternoon storms. With all those fans stuck on the road and in the muck, the speedway’s debut got off to a slow start. There weren’t many people around until about 7, half an hour before the race was scheduled to start. The eventual attendance was estimated at 63,750; capacity is about 70,000(Herald Leader). NOTE: Hearing from many readers that they stuck in traffic for hours on the way to the race and then got turned away and told there was no parking for anyone else. Best bet is to contact the Kentucky Speedway with any kudos or complaints(6-18-2000)
    UPDATE: hearing that track owner Jerry Carroll said that they will give a full refund to anyone who has an unused ticket for the Kroger 225 CTS race. And i have heard from some readers who made it to the track with little problem, but that the parking lots got muddy from all the rain and there was not much the track personnel could do. AND another story at: Speedway turns away fans, Rain turns parking lots into quagmire from The Cincinnati Enquirer AND from the AP: Police: Rain, not poor planning, caused traffic problems(6-19-2000)
  • Fine: NASCAR officials announced they have levied a penalty for a rule violation found at Texas Motor Speedway last week. Richard A. Ren II, crew chief for the #60 Andy Houston CAT Rental team been fined $2,000 for violations of the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series rule book Section 12-4-W: “added weight in less than five (5) pound blocks (pellets).” Ren’s actions also were deemed in violation of Section 12-4-A in the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series rule book: “… action(s) deemed by NASCAR Officials as detrimental to stock truck racing or to NASCAR…”(NASCAR PR)(6-17-2000)
  • DW at Kentucky UPDATE: NASCAR legend Darrell Waltrip took a spin around the new Kentucky Speedway at about 115 mph and pronounced the re-paved track ready for today’s first Craftsman Truck and Slim Jim All-Pro practices. Waltrip will be grand marshal of Saturday’s grand-opening festivities, featuring the truck race(Cincinnati Enquirer) There had been rumors that DW would drive in the race but nothing has been announced, even thought a #17 truck is listed on the NOL Entry List with the driver simply listed as TBA(to be announced) fielded by Conley Racing Chevrolet who also field the #7 for David Starr, and Tony Ave, an open wheel driver from Indianapolis, IN is supposed to test at Kentucky on Friday with Team Rensi and Starr
    UPDATE: DW is ONLY the Grand Marshal for the race and will NOT be driving a truck at the race. He is going to fly from Pocono and be the Grand Marshal, then fly back Saturday night.(6-15-2000)
  • Kentucky Testing: On Friday, June 16, 2000, Team Rensi Motorsports will conduct a series of tests utilizing two NASCAR Craftsman Trucks with the presence of Chevrolet Engineers from Livonia, MI, Pi Engineering from Indianapolis, IN, Jim Kasprzak from General Motors and Team Rensi’s own shock engineer, Nicholas Short. During the series of test, Team Rensi Motorsports captures the opportunity to trying a new NASCAR approved 2Quick shock absorber engineered by Winston Cup driver Derrike Cope. Behind the wheel of one of the two #16 MobileMAX2, Team Rensi Chevrolet trucks is Jimmy Hensley. Testing the second truck is David Starr, driver of the number 7 Chasco Contracting Chevrolet and Tony Ave, an open wheel driver from Indianapolis, IN(Team Rensi PR)(6-15-2000)
  • #16 Assoc: #16 MobileMAX2, Team Rensi Motorsports and driver Jimmy Hensley, are teaming up with local, major, associate sponsor Jeff Wyler Automotive Family for the Kroger 225 at Kentucky Speedway(Team Rensi PR)(6-15-2000)
  • Cincinnati Enquirer: Speedway truck race could be a sellout by Tom Groeschen(6-15-2000)
  • Cincinnati Post: Q&A – NASCAR official: Speedway on right track by Bob Queenan(6-13-2000)
  • Cincinnati Enquirer: (Kentucky) Speedway traffic jams likely by Terry Flynn(6-9-2000)
  • SpeedFX: Steve Portenga: Running West with eyes to the East by Karen Van Allen(6-8-2000)
  • Shepherd returns to the #23 UPDATE Long is In: Morgan Shepherd will return to the driver’s seat of the #23 Red Line Oil Chevy at Texas. The #23 truck will a Richard Jackson built engine in it(6-6-2000)
    UPDATE: Carl Long will be replacing Morgan Shepherd in the #23 Red Line Oil truck for the CTS race at Texas. Shepherd decided no to drive the truck, no idea why(6-7-2000)
  • Dallas Morning News: Small Texas team chases a dream, big-time outfits by Mark Zeske(6-7-2000)
  • Nazareth Sponsor: Through its Chevrolet Trucks brand and dealers, General Motors has signed a multi-year agreement to become the title sponsor of Nazareth Speedway’s annual CTS race. The race runs this year on Saturday, July 15 at 1:30pm/et(Nazareth Speedway Site)(6-6-2000)
  • Winters Debut: Raptor Performance Motorsports of Naples, FL announces that Rookie driver Brian Winters a native of Murphysboro Illinois and now living with his wife Trish Winters in Indianapolis Indiana, will make his debut in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series this Saturday June 3, 2000 at the Evergreen Speedway. Winters will be behind the wheel of the Raptor Performance #9 Ford F-150. Winters is a successful racer who made the move to Indianapolis to make a bigger stride in his racing career(PR)(6-2-2000)
  • Maine Today: Unlike Norfleet, Prescott willing to do it on own by Bob Paulin
  • Dallas Morning News: Truck Series controversy – Bobby Norfleet by Tony Fabrizio(6-1-2000)

Born On Date is July 9, 2000

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