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Mar 2001 CTS Archive

  • Race #150: NASCAR’s Craftsman Truck Series, begun in 1995, will hold its 150th event April 7 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. To mark the occasion, Craftsman has selected 150 fans to take part in a ceremony prior to the running of the Advance Auto Parts 250(Gaston Gazette)(3-29-2001)
  • #16 Team Suspends Operations UPDATE: the #16 Team Rensi Team with driver David Donohue, has suspended operations effective immediately, citing lack of a sponsor. The #61 team with Randy Tolsma will continue(ESPN2’s RPM 2Night)(3-26-2001)
    UPDATE: Due to lack of sponsorship interest Team Rensi Motorsports will put the No. 16 Nascar Craftsman Truck Series entry, driven by David Donohue on idle effective immediately. “This is by far the toughest decision Ed, Sam and I have had to make” stated Gary Weisbaum, Vice President of Marketing for Team Rensi Motorsports. “Both of our Nascar Craftsman Truck Series entries need sponsors and we have no choice. Should funding materialize, our goal will be to get David back on the racetrack as quickly as possible.” This decision will not affect Chad Chaffin, driver of the No. 25 NASCAR Busch Series car or Randy Tolsma, driver of the No. 61 NASCAR Craftsman Truck.(Team Rensi PR)(3-27-2001)
  • #73 News UPDATE: The #73 has made new additions to the team. Joey Sonntag has taken on a partner and the New race team name is Tagsby Racing(3-4-2001)
    UPDATE: Joey Sonntag has taken on a new partner Ron Crosby and a Marketing Director Lynzi Bush and will be at Martinsville for the next race, see an interview at their site with driver Jason Small(3-26-2001)
  • Ribbs to test at Martinsville but….UPDATE:NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series rookie Willy Ribbs will test at Martinsville on Monday, Mar 26th, but he ’ll be in a Busch car. There is no testing in the Craftsman Truck Series (I didn’t know that, I guess unless NASCAR Mandated), and the only way he could get seat time there was in a BGN car(which do not run at Martinsville). The Busch car is owned by Ribbs’ truck owner Bobby Hamilton(Martinsville Speedway PR)(3-24-2001)
    UPDATE: Ribbs showed up Monday morning at Martinsville Speedway with Bobby Hamilton, who owns the Dodge Ribbs drives on the CTS. Ribbs was in town to pick up a few points on the fine art of short-tracking. The CTS next stop is the Advance Auto Parts 250 at Martinsville Speedway, another short track famous for its action. Of course things were a little different for Ribbs on Monday. The CTS doesn’t allow testing in trucks at tracks the series visits, so Hamilton brought a BGN car for Ribbs to pilot. Ribbs drives a Dodge on the truck circuit, but the Busch car was a Chevrolet, outfitted with a Dodge power plant.(Martinsville Speedway PR)(3-26-2001)
  • #84 News: Long Brothers Racing is returning to action in 2001 with Richard Landreth driving their #84 Ford in the Advance Auto Parts 250 at Martinsville Speedway on April 7th . This is the same team that got Scott Riggs noticed last year at Martinsville with a 5th place qualifying run and a 9th place finish. Last year, the team also finished 9th at Daytona with Donnie Neuenberger, 3rd at Nashville with Chad Chaffin, and had a top 5 run going at Richmond with Elliot Sadler before being sidelined late in the race with a mechanical failure. Richard Landreth has more than 25 Late Model Stock wins at tracks including South Boston Speedway, Concord Motorsports Park, Orange County Speedway, and Ace Speedway. In 11 Late Model Stock feature races at Martinsville Speedway, Richard has had 5 Top 3 starts, including 3rd last year out of a field of over 120 cars, and posted 4 top 5 and 9 top 10 finishes. This will be his first career start in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Long Brothers Racing plans to compete in 7 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races in 2001. Lemons Auto Parts and Trogdon Electrical Contractors will be among the sponsors on the truck for Martinsville, but the team is seeking sponsorship for this and the other 6 races(Long Brothers Racing PR)(3-22-2001)
  • Musgrave Wins Again: former Cup driver, Ted Musgrave won Saturday’s OSH 250 Truck series race at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, CA in the Ultra Motorsports #1 Mopar Dodge, his 2nd win in a rowf. See Results from That’s Racin’: OSH 250 Truck series results Also see the Truckseries.net Site for more on the race(3-18-2001)
  • MacDonald to sit UPDATE again to sit – needs a driver UPDATE: Randy Macdonald was all set to drive his #72 LeftBehind.com Chevy at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but was told by his physician late Saturday afternoon that he had sustained a herniated disk in an accident at Daytona in the seasons opening event. MacDonald had been involved in an incident about mid way through the race in turn three and four. The news that he should not run today came as a shock to the team. “I checked my phone messages after practice today and there was a voice mail from my doctor. He told me I had damage to a disk and I should not be on the track,” MacDonald said. Rob Morgan, who is involved in his own team with Dennis Setzer as the driver of the Acxiom #46 Chevy, will drive the #72 for MacDonald. MacDonald is due to be checked out further by his doctor upon his return to his Carolina home(Truckseries.com Newsletter)(3-4-2001)
    UPDATE: MacDonald Motorsports announced Wednesday(3-7) that doctors would not let Randy MacDonald drive for at least three races. The #72 leftbehind.com Chevrolet was involved in a hard crash with Roush Racing rookie #50 Chuck Hossfeld at the season opener in Daytona, Florida which has left Craftsman truck series veteran Randy MacDonald with three herniated discs in his neck. With new trucks fresh, motors on the floor, sponsorship programs in place and the season under way, MacDonald Motorsports is looking for a qualified driver who can get the team back in the Top 20 in short order. Interested qualified drivers only should contact Randy MacDonald at MacDonald Motorsports immediately at 336-210-3652 – 336-210-3652(Truckseries.com Newsletter)(3-8-2001)
    UPDATE 2: looks like Steve Portenga will drive the #72 at Bakersfield for MacDonald(NASCAR.com Entry List)(3-16-2001)
  • Jelly Belly Debut: The most colorful race truck on the Truck Series makes its 2001 debut this weekend at the Mesa Marin Raceway. Jim Inglebright, driver of the #02 Jelly Belly Chevy could not be happier as he enters his second year in the series. Last year Inglebright competed in seven races earning a career best 15th place finish in Fontana, CA. His first career start came at the Phoenix, where he finished a respectable 18th. Returning with Roadrunner Motorsports is crew chief Rodney Haygood. Inglebright will compete in ten events this season. Haygood has been involved with the series since 1996 and looks forward to another successful year with the Jelly Belly team. Inglebright is no stranger to the Mesa Marin Raceway. He has competed there in the past, having won a main event and a trophy dash race in the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Touring Series. The Orchard Supply Hardware 250 will be Inglebright’s first start at the Mesa Marin Raceway in a truck(Roadrunner Motorsports PR)(3-15-2001)
  • Driver Debut: Following a relatively brief but highly successful driving career throughout the north country, hard-driving but nationally unknown driver Jonathon Price will be looking to take his racing skills to new heights this weekend in front of a national television audience. The 27-year-old Price will attempt to qualify for his very first major touring series event when he gets behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck prepared by Ware Racing and attempts to qualify for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Mesa Marin Speedway in Bakersfield, California. Price is a veteran of the little-known MBNA CupLites Racing Series that tours race tracks throughout upstate New York and Canada. In nearly three seasons of competition in this Series of 800-pound race cars powered by snow mobile engines, Price earned seven wins amongst an impressive total of 30 top five finishes. He was the Series champion in 1999 and finished second last season. Price has tested well at three different race tracks for Ware Racing since November in preparation for this weekend. Price and Ware have so far agreed to a 3-race deal. Price, who lives in Colden, New York just south of Buffalo, will also enter the Craftsman Truck Series events in Loudon, New Hampshire on July 21 and at South Boston, Virginia on September 28. The duo has also talked about possibly racing together in Phoenix in October – all without primary sponsorship.(On Track Marketing PR)(3-15-2001)
  • Impact Motorsports Driver: Impact Motorsports, Inc., has signed Jason White to pilot the company’s entry in next week’s Orchard Supply Hardware 250 at Bakersfield, CA. White, 21, is a native of Richmond who now lives in Powhatan, Va. He will take the wheel of the #86 National Wild Turkey Federation Ford driven by Winston Cup veteran Derrike Cope in the opening two races of the 2001 season. Cope wants to focus more of his energies on developing a strong Winston Cup Series program, expanding his shock company’s presence within the motorsports industry, and succeeding in his newest challenge as an analyst for FOX Sports. Dave Fuge, Jr., has been named to serve as crew chief for the #86 team. The Orchard Supply Hardware 250 will be run Saturday, March 17, at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield. The event, scheduled for an 8 p.m. Eastern Time start, will be broadcast on ESPN.(Impact PR)(3-11-2001)
  • #41 Done? UPDATE: The #41 TKO Motorsports CTS team has apparently shut down, according an engineer at PPI Motorsports that is close to the team. They have not filed an entry for Homestead. David Starr is the driver of the #41 Truck(NASCAR.com Buzz)(3-1-2001)
    UPDATE: TKO Motorsports did not compete in last weekend’s Craftsman Truck Series race in Homestead, Fla. The team has suspended operations until it can find a primary sponsor. Mike Ferris, who owner of Ferris Concrete, has operated the team for three years without major sponsorship. He said he couldn’t afford to continue, despite a promising start with Starr last October at TMS.(Dallas Morning News)(3-8-2001)
  • Musgrave Wins: Ted Musgrave and the #1 Mopar Performance Dodge had enough fuel to win Sunday’s Florida Dodge Dealers 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway for his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. After battling Jack Sprague and Joe Ruttman for the lead throughout the event, Musgrave gambled on fuel down the stretch, while Sprague pitted for gas and Ruttman’s tank ran dry with one lap remaining. Musgrave became the first Dodge driver to win at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and the sixth different winner of the Florida Dodge Dealers 400. Musgrave averaged 118.162 mph, winning by 10.588 seconds over series rookie Travis Kvapil. Sprague finished third, followed by pole winner Scott Riggs and Ricky Hendrick. Rounding out the top 10 were Randy Tolsma, Carlos Contreras, Rick Crawford, Ruttman and Terry Cook. Musgrave led 86 of the 167 laps, leading the race six times(Homestead-Miami PR), see results at: SpeedVision(3-4-2001)
  • #72 Sponsor: leftbehind.com , the official web site for the New York Times best-selling Left Behind Series, will be the title sponsor of Randy MacDonald’s #72 Chevy in the CTS Florida Dodge Dealers 400K at the Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday. Left Behind is a series of apocalyptic thrillers by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins that have rocked the publishing world by selling more than 36 million copies. Tyndale House Publishers, of Wheaton, Ill., decided to make the bold move to have leftbehind.com sponsor MacDonald’s truck to create more awareness for the series and the web site with the NASCAR community. It is the first time a web site for a series of evangelical novels has sponsored a truck at a NASCAR event. leftbehind.com is the headquarters for information and conversation about the Left Behind Series. With an average of 60,000 visitors per day, leftbehind.com not only provides the first-time visitor with background about the trend-setting series but also offers active message boards that have developed into an on-line community of Left Behind fans. For more information, see Randy MacDonald’s official web site www.randymacdonald.com or www.leftbehind.com.(3-1-2001)

Born On Date: Apr 8, 2001

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