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June 2001 CTS Archive

  • Musgrave Wins at Milwaukee: See That’s Racin’ for 2001 GNC/Live Well 200 Results(6-30-2001)
  • Sprague on the pole at Milwaukee: see That’s Racin’ for the Craftsman Truck Series GNC Live Well 200 Lineup
  • Hooper at Milwaukee: Lance Hooper is in Milwaukee this weekend starting a back-up CTS truck and a BGN car to help fill the fields. Hooper received no new tires to qualify on and only 2 laps practice (to get in a time to be eligible to qualify) in each series. The #73 CTS truck listed is really the #88 back-up truck(qualified 22nd of 36). Hooper got in the #51 CTS truck during happy hour to help sort out handling problems for rookie Brian Rose. The #54/07 BGN team (#54-Kelly Denton, primary driver) is considering letting Lance run the whole race in their #07 Chevy(6-30-2001)
  • #29 Sponsor? UPDATE 2 hearing Power Stroke may be a one race sponsor for the #29 K Automotive with driver Terry Cook in an upcoming race(4-26-2001)
    UPDATE: now hearing it could be a four race deal(4-28-2001)
    UPDATE 2 – Nope, make that 6 races: For Terry Cook, a stroke of good luck and fortune has come his way. His #29 will be called the Power Stroke Diesel Ford in six CTS events this year. The company is a subsidiary of International Truck and Engine Corporation, which manufactures diesel engines for Ford Motor Company. Cook has been racing trucks for five years, but is his first year behind the wheel for Bob and Kay Keselowski. The Keselowski-owned ride has been part of the series since it began in 1995. K-Automotive will be sponsored by Power Stroke Diesel for Kansas on July 7, Kentucky on July 14, New Hampshire on July 20, the spotlight race at Indianapolis Raceway Park on Aug. 3, Nashville on Aug. 10 and Chicago Motor Speedway on Aug. 18. See NASCAR.com for the full story and an image of the Track(6-29-2001)
  • Richardson tribute to Roper: #0-Richardson Racing and driver Loni Richardson are going to do a tribute to the late Tony Roper for the July 7th race in Kansas City. Loni and Tony were competetors and friends in there days of racing IMCA modifieds. O’Rielly Auto Parts and KYYS radio out of Kansas City have signed on as sponsors for the race to go along with long time sponsor Intensittee Custom Race wear. “Tony was a great friend and competitor, not only in the modifieds but also since we made the jump to the Craftsman Truck series. He was always there with that big smile and how you doing. He helped me in so many ways I just wanted to pay a special tribute to Tony in Kansas. Tony was from the Kansas City area so we just want to make him proud,” commented Loni Richardson.(Richardson Racing PR)(6-28-2001)
  • Inglebright Wins: part time CTS driver, Jim Inglebright(#02) won for the second straight year Saturday (6/23) at Sears Point Raceway in the Snap-on Tools 200 NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series race(Roadrunner Motorsports PR)(6-28-2001)
  • Hooper got help at Memphis UPDATE Skips Milwaukee: Last weekend in Memphis driver Lance Hooper and the #73 Tagsby Racing team was without a back up motor. During ‘Happy Hour’ a valve spring broke and destroyed one of the heads. Competition Cams generously invited the team and engine builder to bring the engine to their shop and loaned the team a complete cylinder head, and a shop full of equipment to repair the motor so Hooper could race. Ingles Markets was the team sponsor for the race and the team is still in need of a primary sponsor
    UPDATE: Lance Hooper will just be a visitor at the Milwaukee Mile this weekend. Hooper has been driving for the #73 Sonntag CTS team since Darlington. The team is currently without sponsorship and is taking this week off to regroup. .”We know we can run top 10 with Lance behind the wheel,” said Ron Crosby, one of the owners of the #73. “It’s a tough deal out here, so many of the CTS teams are having to race out of their pockets.” Sponsorship inquiries should be directed to Ron Crosby at oklahomacrosbyr@aol.com(6-28-2001)
  • #31 Returns: Brevak Racing has entered the Milwaukee Mile CTS event with Slinger Speedway standout Brad Mueller behind the wheel of the #31 truck. Mueller drove the #89 in the CTS races at Milwaukee in 1999 and 2000 posting a top.20 finish. PACE Trailers will be on board as an associate sponsor. Michael Dokken will serve as car chief and Mueller brings with him crew chief Terry Allen. The team is currently seeking sponsorship for the remainder of the season(Brevak Racing PR)(6-27-2001)
  • Norick gets new Crew Chief: L&R Motorsports has announced the signing of John Monsam as crew chief for Lance Norick’s #90 Aventis Behring Choice team for the remainder of the 2001 Season. Monsam had been consulting with the team since the Pike’s Peak race in May and will begin his new role with the team effective immediately. He has been a crew chief since 1993, most recently with the now-defunct Phelon Motorsports Team with Rick Carelli as the driver(NASCAR.com)(6-26-2001)
  • Setzer Wins at Memphis: Dennis Setzer held off NASCAR Truck series points leader Scott Riggs and ended a 17-race drought with a victory Saturday in the Memphis 200. See That’s Racin’ for the Memphis 200 Truck series results by the AP(6-24-2001)
  • Sprague wins pole at Memphis: see That’s Racin’ for the Memphis 200 Truck series lineup(6-22-2001)
  • Roadrunner to skip Memphis: Jim Inglebright, driver of the #02 Jelly Belly Chevrolet Silverado will skip the Memphis 200 this Saturday. Inglebright and the Roadrunner Motorsports crew have elected to run this weekend’s NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series race at the Sears Point Raceway(Roadrunner Motorsports PR)(6-21-2001)
  • New Driver for #23: Team 23 owner Phil Bonifield announced today that Late Model driver Dana White had been signed to drive the number 23 Quality Outdoor Products Chevrolet on the CTS. White, a Late Model standout, from the Charlotte region, will compete in six or more events this season. In another development, Quality Built Carports announced that they would sponsor the Team 23 operation. According to President Jerry Holt, the addition of driver Dana White adds value to the Team 23 image and will help increase exposure for his product line with the series events bring shown on the ESPN family of networks.(Team 23 PR)(6-21-2001)
  • Rose to run the #51: Brian Rose has signed with Ware Racing Enterprises to drive the #51 Chevy for the remainder of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, which includes 15 races beginning Saturday with the Memphis 200 at Memphis Motorsports Park(Bowling Green Daily News)(6-20-2001)
  • Busch to run a CTS race: Rookie Cup driver Kurt Busch(#97) heads back to the CTS in two weeks as he will drive Roush Racing’s #99 truck at The Milwaukee Mile. As a rookie in the CTS last year in the #99 Ford, Busch won at Milwaukee. With Greg Biffle driving next week at Memphis, Roush is hoping its veterans can work with younger drivers Chuck Hossfeld, Nathan Haseleu and Jon Wood(RacingOne)(6-17-2001)
  • Roush Trucks Combine Sponsor/Drivers add Wood and Biffle to sub: Roush Racing announced that Eldon, a division of Newell Rubbermaid, will become the primary sponsor of the #99 Ford fielded by Roush Racing in the CTS. Eldon is also the primary sponsor of Roush Racing’s #50 Ford Truck. In addition, Roush announced that it would continue to expand its innovative development program by adding Jon Wood to its field of rookie drivers. Wood, of Stuart, VA, began his racing career at the age of 12 and is currently running in the Winston West Series where he has already accumulated an impressive record. Wood made his first CTS start in April 2001 at the Martinsville Speedway. Wood will share driving responsibilities with current Roush drivers Chuck Hossfeld and Nathan Haseleu for the Eldon teams. Wood will make his truck racing debut for Roush Racing at the Memphis Motorsports Park on June 23 in the #50 Eldon Ford F-150. Nathan Haseleu will drive the #99 Eldon Ford F-150 at Memphis. Roush Racing will announce its driver lineup after Memphis on a race-by-race basis.(Roush Racing PR)
    UPDATE: Roush Racing also announced that that former CTS Champ Greg Biffle would drive the #99 truck for Roush at Memphis Motorsports Park on June 23. Biffle replaces Haseleu for the race and returns to the BGN at Milwaukee the following weekend(Roush Racing)(6-15-2001)
  • #84 Returns: The Long Brothers Racing #84 Ford will be returning to action in the Memphis 200 at Memphis Motorsports Park on June 23rd, with Chad Chaffin in the drivers seat. Chad brought the team its best finish ever last year with a strong third place finish at Nashville Speedway USA. Long Brothers Racing plans to compete in at least 5 more CTS races in 2001. The truck is currently unsponsored, but the team is seeking sponsorship for this and the other 5 races(Long Brothers Racing PR)(6-14-2001)
  • Sprague Wins at Texas in his #24 Netzero Chevy and breaks the Dodge win streak. 2nd was Brendan Gaughan in the #41 Dodge. See That’s Racin’ for the O’Reilly 400K Truck series race results(6-9-2001)
  • Riggs on Pole at Texas: qualifying was rained out, so CTS Points leader #2 Scott Riggs is on the pole. See That’s Racin’ for O’Reilly’s 400 lineup(6-8-2001)
  • Buttke Leaves: Nathan Buttke’s 18th-place finish in the Ware Racing Enterprises FansTeam Chevrolet was the driver’s final appearance with the team. Ware indicated the parting was mutual, that Buttke was leaving to pursue other competitive interests. The team will bring Rich Woodland to Texas Motor Speedway to drive the # 81 Silverado in the O’Reilly 400K.(NSSN)(6-8-2001)
  • #43 Changes: Howard Comstock, crew chief for the #43 Hot Wheels Dodge driven by Carlos Contreras, assumes general managership of the Craftsman Truck Series effort at Petty Enterprises following the recent departure of Al Basnight(NSSN)(6-8-2001)
  • Woodland News: Rich Woodland is in the seat for the CTS race at Texas driving the #81 Rick Ware owned truck. A last minute deal has been put together by Woodland and Ware to allow him to run for the O’Reilly 400. Rich Woodland brings quite a bit of experience from the CTS and the Winston West Series along with a strong background from the ARCA Series. With 2 NASCAR Winston Cup Starts and a Winston West win the 1994-1995 campaign for Woodland, Ware feels Woodland is ready to drive the #81 Truck to front on Friday night in Texas. Sponsorship for the #81 at Texas is guaranteed to bring positive exposure but at this time Woodland and Ware are still talking with potential sponsors as well as looking for additional marketing funds. For information on sponsorship opportunities please call Rich Woodland at 704-236-2346, visit www.richwoodland.com, or call Frank Parrish at 704-662-7962.(6-7-2001)
  • Crafton to race Matt Crafton, the 2000 champion of the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series (NFSS), is scheduled to make his NASCAR Gatorade All-Pro Series (NGAPS) debut in the Kentucky 150 at the Kentucky Speedway on Friday, June 15. Crafton has entered the #42 Fast Track Driveway Sealer Ford Taurus in the event prepared by Crafton Motorsports. Crafton is currently competing full-time in the CTS. By competing in the Kentucky 150, he’ll gain experience on the Kentucky Speedway in advance of the CTS visit to the track in July. Crafton has made two starts this season in the NFSS. He has one top-10 finish, a sixth-place performance in the Sunstate Equipment 100 in Fountain, Colo. May 20. In addition to the Kentucky 150, Crafton tentatively plans to compete in the two more NGAPS events during 2001: the July 3 event in South Boston, Va. and the August 22 race in Bristol.(Crafton Motorsports PR)(6-6-2001)
  • Gaughan teams up with TKO: Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Motorsports are pleased to announce that they have inked a contract with TKO Motorsports to run four of the upcoming CTS races. Flying the Orleans Hotel Casino/NAPA/Martin-Senour banner, Gaughan will pilot the #41 Dodge Ram at the O’Reilly 400 at Texas and the truck races at Kansas Speedway, Chicago Motor Speedway and the 2nd race at Texas. Gaughan tested with the team last week and feels the Dodge is strong. This weekend’s race at Texas Motor Speedway will mark Gaughan’s third appearance in the CTS this season and his eighth career start(Orleans Racing PR)(6-5-2001)
  • Tolsma #100: #61-Randy Tolsma will competing in the O’Reilly 400 this Friday night at Texas. Tolsma is not only looking forward to the race, but also celebrating his 100th NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start. Tolsma, driver the #61 “The Big White Truck” for Team Rensi Motorsports is looking forward to making the occasion a special one. The team is sstill seaking sponsorship(Team Rensi PR)(6-5-2001)
  • Changes to Carb: Officials for NASCAR announced a modification in the rule governing carburetor use in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series O’Reilly 400K on June 8 at Texas Motor Speedway. Teams competing in the June 7-8 event at the 1.5-mile superspeedway must practice, qualify and race with a 390 cfm carburetor.(NASCAR PR), the teams used the same as Cup, 830cfm, supposedly the change is only for Texas. The 390 is the same used in the BGN series(6-5-2001)
  • Kvapil to test for RCR UPDATE and run Kentucky: #60 CTS driver Travis Kvapil will test an RCR Busch car at Chicago this week(ESPN CTS Race Coverage)
    UPDATE: A source close to Richard Childress Racing said Monday that NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series rookie Travis Kvapil will drive the #Chevrolet for RCR in next weekend’s Kentucky 300 NASCAR Busch Series race at Kentucky Speedway. Rumor has it Kvapil and Scott Riggs are being considered to take over that ride full-time in 2002(NASCAR.com Buzz)(6-4-2001)
  • Riggs Wins at Dover: #2-Scott Riggs won the rain delayed CTS race at Dover. See That’s Racin’ for MBNA e-commerce 200 results (6-2-2001)
  • Truck Race Rained Out will run Sat AM: The MBNA 200 Truck Series event at Dover Downs International Speedway was rained out on Friday. The race will be held Saturday, weather permitting, at 9:00am/et. ESPN is scheduled to air the tape of the race at 8:00pm/et Saturday. If the truck race doesn’t start by 10:15am/et, it will be run after the Busch race(6-1/2-2001)
  • Riggs wins the pole at Dover: #2-Scott Riggs won the pole for the CTS race at Dover with a speed of 150.288mph, outside pole position goes to #14-Rick Crawford 150.238mph. See NASCAR.com for MBNA e-commerce 200(6-1-2001)

Born On Date: Aug 23, 2001

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