September 2001 CTS Archive

  • Musgrave wins at South Boston: #1-Ted Musgrave won the NetZero 250 at South Boston, #46-Dennis Setzer was 2nd. Jack Sprague, who started on the pole was 4th and his CTS Drivers Points lead is now 37 over Joe Ruttman, 3,075 to 3,038. See That’s Racin’ for Truck series NetZero 250 results(9-28-2001)
  • South Boston Champ to run race: Nick Woodward will be making his second CTS start Friday night, driving the #84 Long Brothers Ford in the NetZero 250 at South Boston Speedway, where he was the 2000 track champion. The 21-year-old driver from Maryland was 11th last month at Indianapolis Raceway Park.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(9-27-2001)
  • Gibbs change? UPDATE: hearing the #20 Gibbs Racing team and crew chief Gary Showalter have parted ways(9-26-2001)
    UPDATE: Gary Showalter has been released as a crew chief for Joe Gibbs Racing. Showalter had been working with Coy Gibbs in the Craftsman Truck Series. The team has yet to sign a replacement.(Winston Cup Scene – need sub to read)(9-27-2001)
  • South Boston Sponsor: NetZero, Inc. will serve as the title sponsor Friday of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at South Boston Speedway. The NetZero 250 presented by John Boy and Billy will mark a first for the company. The Internet company is currently the primary sponsor for Truck Series points leader #24-Jack Sprague(Daytona Beach News Journal)(9-26-2001)
  • Truck Testing: hearing some CTS teams are testing at Orange County Speedway in NC on Wednesday. Teams rumored to be there are a #16 truck(Team Rensi?), #17-Ricky Hendrick, #1-Ted Musgrave and possibly #43-Carlos Contreras(9-19-2001)
    UPDATE: hearing it was a Dodge Engineering Test, not sure why Hendrick was or if he there(9-20-2001
    UPDATE 2: hearing the test at Orange County Speedway was a Dodge engineering test however Hendrick was there with his team testing and was not part of the Dodge test(9-26-2001)
  • Truck Mag features drivers: The December issue of Truckin Magazine will have layouts on the following drivers trucks, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Kenny Wallace, Greg Biffle, Jack Sprague, and Randy LaJoie(9-26-2001)
  • CTS Race postponed also UPDATE: the New Hampshire 300 NASCAR Winston Cup race and the Craftsman Truck Series Silverado 350 at Texas Motor Speedway have both been postponed. A NASCAR spokesman reported while driving east from the West Coast that both races have been postponed and that no replacement dates have yet been determined(SpeedVision)(9-13-2001)
    UPDATE: This weekend’s IRL and NASCAR CTS races at Texas Motor Speedway have now officially been postponed. The Silverado 350 CTS race is rescheduled for Friday, Oct. 5 at 7:30pm/ct, and the Chevy 500 IRL season finale will be Saturday, Oct. 6 at 3:00pm/ct. The Wolf Brand Chili Challenge UDTRA late model races and the Friday and Saturday night O’Reilly Texas Showdown Pennzoil World of Outlaws sprint car races at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track have been cancelled. “Obviously, this has been a difficult process for us all from the very beginning, “ said speedway general manager Eddie Gossage. “Opinions have been mixed, but it seemed clear from the fans’ response the races should go on as planned. However, with airport operations still in limbo, it is logistically impossible for all of the teams and fans to even get here. After more discussions today, we all agreed this was the appropriate thing to do.” Kaptain Robbie Knievel’s $10 Million Texas Indy Car Jump also is rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6. Details still are being worked out for The Dallas Morning News Pole Day qualifying schedule.(TMS Site)(9-14-2001)
  • CTS at Texas UPDATE: As details continue to surface on today’s tragic events in the nation, preparations are continuing for the race week activities at Texas Motor Speedway. A final decision on the status of the RPM Week-Texas events will be announced on Wednesday.(TMS Site)
    UPDATE: The CTS race at Texas will, as of now, be held. There will be no qualifying, the teams will line up by Owners Points, the teams will practce on Friday 4:00 to 7:00pm(9-12-2001)
  • Dana Leaving the #18? UPDATE Ribbs to be released: the Joe Ruttman site is reporting that there is a possibility of Dana not renewing their sponsorship for next year on the #18 Bobby Hamilton Racing Dodge that Joe Ruttman drive in the CTS. The site,, is mounting a campaign to contact Dana, see the site for info on how to do this(7-24-2001)
    UPDATE: Bobby Hamilton Racing will continue to field a two-truck team in 2002, but needs a sponsor for Joe Ruttman’s effort for it to remain a championship contender. Ruttman’s teammate, Willy T. Ribbs, meanwhile, won’t return to Hamilton’s second team next year. Dodge plans to continue backing a minority driver, and will likely look at such candidates as Bill Lester and Preston Tutt, who have each run one event with Bobby Hamilton Racing this years. DANA, which has backed Ruttman’s team since its inception in 1999, is looking to sponsor a team running either Fords or Chevrolets, according to Hamilton, who has factory backing from Dodge. Unwilling to lose that backing, he is losing DANA instead.(Winston Cup Scene – need sub to read)(9-13-2001)
  • Setzer Staying: Dennis Setzer, driver of the #46 Chevy, used his second pole of the season last week in Richmond to announce that he would be back battling for a championship next season in the Truck Series. (Daytona Beach News Journal)(9-12-2001)
  • Sprague wins at Richmond: 24-Jack Sprague dominated Thursday night at Richmond, but had to hold off a charging #6-Kevin Harvick to win the Kroger 200. See That’s Racin’ for Kroger 200 Truck series race results(9-6-2001)
  • Setzer on pole at Richmond: #46-Dennis Setzer won the pole at Richmond for tonights race with a speed of 121.359mph, #24-Jack Sprague was 2nd at 121.055. See That’s Racin’ for the Starting Lineup(9-6-2001)
  • Sonic to Sponsor Harvick: As Kevin Harvick attempts to win three races this weekend at Richmond, he will have a familiar face along for the ride. Sonic, America’s Drive-In, will co-sponsor Harvick’s entry in Thursday night’s CTS race. Sonic is currently an associate sponsor of Harvick’s Cup and BGN rides fielded by Richard Childress Racing. The truck entry is owned by Harvick. Harvick is currently the only driver running both a full BGN and Cup schedule. This event marks the first time Harvick will compete in a Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck race within the same weekend. Sonic originally signed on as a major associate sponsor of Richard Childress Racing and Dale Earnhardt in February. Since then, Sonic has remained as an associate sponsor on the #29 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet driven by Harvick in the Winston Cup Series. Earlier this season, the company expanded its relationship to include an associate sponsorship of the #2 AC Delco Chevrolet. Sonic’s partnership with Harvick and Richard Childress Racing is the company’s first long-term sponsorship agreement in America’s fastest growing sport.(Threewide Racing PR)(9-6-2001)
  • Carelli Back: Rick Carelli, who returned from a life-threatening crash in 1999 to win last year’s Kroger 200, will attempt to qualify for only his fifth Craftsman Truck series event of 2001 at Richmond. Carelli has been hunting for a ride at RIR after his team shut down early in the season. He found one at Nashville Speedway last month when he made a deal to drive a truck at RIR for Maurice Petty. Carelli recently has been racing in the ARCA series. “My whole goal is to win a race a year,” said Carelli, who has a truck win in each of the past three seasons. “The memories of last year are pretty awesome. I’d love to put it together again.” Carelli said he is hoping to run a full season next year with Kevin Harvick as his truck owner if Harvick can find sponsorship.(LapbyLap)(9-6-2001)
  • Hooper OK: Driver Lance Hooper suffered sever burns to his back and outer hip area while driving for the #73 team of Ron Crosby and Joey Sonnatag at the Nazareth CTS race last Sunday. No insulation between the oil cooler and seat was the cause of Hoopers Burns. “Less than half way through the race I was cooking ,” said Lance. He was having a good run and wasn’t about to pull in for help. Lance finished the race 10th and afterward was taken to the infield care center where his burns were treated. “I’m sure the crew will have fixed the truck before Richmond”.(9-6-2001)
  • Another Gibbs: JD Gibbs is scheduled to make his second 2001 CTS start Thursday night in the Kroger 200 at Richmond. Gibbs, President of Joe GibbsRacing, will pilot the # 48 Hot Rod Magazine Chevrolet truck. The 32 year old Gibbs, raced earlier this year in the Truck Series race at Darlington Raceway, finishing 23rd. Gibbs will be joined in the Kroger 200 by his younger brother, Coy, a full-time competitor in the Truck Series. Coy drives the # 20 MBNA sponsored Chevrolet, and currently stands in tenth place in the point standings.(PR)(9-6-2001)
  • Cup drivers do double duty in the CTS race at Richmond:
    #55-Bobby Hamilton (#4 Dodge in CTS), started 16th, finished 7th
    #29-Kevin Harvick (#6 Chevy), started 4th, finished 2nd
    #36-Ken Schrader (#52 Chevy), started 15th, finished 12th
    #21-Elliott Sadler (#84 Ford), started 19th, finished 30th
    #92-Stacy Compton (#92 Dodge), started 9th, finished 6th(9-5/6-2001)

Born On Date: Dec 26, 2001

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