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Mar 2000 CTS Archive

  • New Team UPDATE: Bobby Norfleet, an African-American driver from Augusta, GA, has scheduled a news conference at Daytona International Speedway today to reveal his plans to join the Craftsman Truck Series. Norfleet, 41, hopes to make his debut in the Dodge California 250 on March 26. He plans to drive the #34 Chevy in five to seven truck races and is contemplating making a few appearances in the Busch Grand National Series, according to his agent, John Christmas of Decatur. Norfleet’s team will be unique in that it will be sponsored almost exclusively by African-American businesses. When Norfleet cranks his truck for the first time, it will give the series two minority teams. California Speedway in October, plans to run the full truck schedule this year. He starts his #12- Hot Wheels Dodge from the 30th position in today’s 250-mile race(Atlanta Journal Constitution)(2-8-2000)
    UPDATE: The #34 Forty Street Records sponsored NASCAR Craftsman Series Truck made its first laps at Greenville / Pickens Speedway on Wednesday. Forty Street Records, a major record label, is the primary sponsor with MUSICQ&A.com and the Georgia Rage Football Team as associate sponsors. Driver Bobby Norfleet will have the #34 Chevy Silverado Trucks Crew Chiefed and prepared by Jason Roche at the teams facility in Denver, NC. See images of the truck at Urace(3-31-2000)
  • Winston Cup Scene: Carelli hops back in the saddle by Mark Ashenfelter(3-26-2000)
  • #72 Sponsor: Racing Milestones magazine will be an associate sponsor on Randy MacDonald’s #72 3M Chevrolet in the CTS starting this weekend at Mesa Marin Raceway. MacDonald is currently fourteenth in points. Racing Milestones, America’s race fan magazine, is geared to the racing enthusiast. With hundreds of color photos and lively writing, each issue brings fans all the excitement of the world’s fastest growing sport. Driver profiles, behind-the-scenes interviews, TV race schedules, race car restorations and track news bring fans up to speed every month. Racing Milestones is published 12 times a year by Trader Publishing Company. Trader publishes more than 300 magazines, including the popular Auto Trader titles and has offices in more than 100 cities nationwide(MacDonald PR)(3-23-2000)
  • Dana Stock: Monday night during On The Circuit, aired on Live On The Net each Monday night at 9:00pm/et, Bobby Hamilton said the Dana Corp. sent shares of stock to the crew members after Joe Ruttman won at Phoenix Saturday. A nice way to say Thank You for a job well done(3-22-2000)
  • Woodside News: Sean Woodside, the 1999 NASCAR Winston West champion plans to compete in three divisions this weekend at two different racetracks. On Friday night, Woodside will be at Mesa Marin Raceway at the helm of the #4 REF Motorsports-owned Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring car, his full-time ride for the 1999 season. He is also entered in Saturday night’s Late Model event at Irwindale Speedway and in Sunday’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Dodge California 250 at Mesa Marin(PR)(3-22-2000)
  • Tennessean: Sprague’s crew chief facing motivational challenge by Skip Wood(3-22-2000)
  • #72 News: Randy MacDonald and the #72 CTS team have signed 3M to a three race sponsorship deal which started at Phoenix on Saturday. The other two races are next week at Mesa Marin Raceway and Martinsville Speedway on April 8(NOL)(3-18-2000)
  • Ruttman again: #18-Joe Ruttman won the pole at Phoenix by winning his third consecutive pole, the others were at Daytona and Homestead. Ruttman broke the CTS track record with a run of 129.204mph. Greg Biffle in 1998, Mike Bliss and Rich Bickle in 1997, Ron Hornaday in 1995 and Mike Skinner in 1995(4 striaght) also had three straight. It is being reported that Ruttman tied a record for winning three straight poles but looking through the 1996 UMI NASCAR Press Guide, Mike Skinner won four(unless it rained at one event and he was awarded the pole). For the results and the starting grid for today’s race see NOL(3-18-2000)
  • #73 Sponsor: Speedmonster.com has agreed to sponsor Sonntag Racing’s #73 Chevy and driver B.A. Wilson for the races at Phoenix on March 18th and Bakersfield on March 25th. Speedmonster.com will cover a broad range of motorsports activities, whether they exist on land, in the water or in the air. In addition to NASCAR and the Craftsman Truck Series, Speedmonster will also cover drag racing, monster truck events, motorcycle racing, dirt bike racing, land speed record attempts, stunt driving events, boat racing, jet ski racing and air shows(PR)(3-18-2000)
  • Cook Sponsor: PickupTruck.com signed on as a full sponsor for 2000 with SealMaster Racing and driver Terry Cook(PR)(3-18-2000)
  • New Team: Jason Small, the youngest rookie ever in the long-running NASCAR Winston West Series will be a rookie again this year, a rookie in the CTS. Small Motorsports has acquired a Craftsman Truck from Ron Hornaday Jr. The team will be running the full Winston West season and a few CTS races starting at Mesa-Marin(Racing West)(3-18-2000)
  • Arizona Republic column: Mexican driver aspires to NASCAR about Carlos Contreras(#12), by Mark Armijo(3-18-2000)
  • #51 Crew Chief: Cal Northrop, a former truck chief with the #43 Petty Enterprises’ trucks, has joined to be the crew chief on the #51 CTS Ware Racing team(NOL)(3-12-2000)
  • Exide to Leave: Exide will end its affiliation with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck #99 team of Roush Racing when its contract is up at the end of the current season. According to an Exide press release, the battery manufacturer’s decision was based on the current economic climate within the company, and not on team performance. Exide, which also sponsors the Winston Cup car of Jeff Burton, tried to end its relationship with Schumacher just prior to the start of the NHRA season, but later decided to rejoin the team. Schumacher currently leads the Top Fuel points standings and is in the 2nd year of a three year deal with him(SpeedVision)(3-8-2000)
  • Testing: Some Dodge teams tested at Greenville-Pickens (SC) Speedway for a two-day test session. Trucks testing Thursday included: #18-Ruttman, #29-Keselowski, and 43-Grissom. Friday’s testing sessions included: #1-Setzer, #12-Contreras, #18-Ruttman, #25-Tolsma, and 29-Keselowski. No speeds known(3-4-2000)
  • That’s Racin’: Negative perception aside, truck series grows by Richard Biebrich via the Florida Sun-Sentinel(3-1-2000)
  • Terry Cook Diary: Volume Three: Race 2 – Florida Dodge Dealers 400 Qualified 13th Finished 8th(3-1-2000)
  • Miami Herald: Racing past the crash – Barry Bodine still driving a week after his father’s fiery wreck by Gary Long(3-1-2000)
  • Bodine Truck Wreck: moved to it’s own page: Geoffrey Bodine Daytona Truck Wreck(3-1-2000)

Born On Date is July 9, 2000

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