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Mon 14 Dec 1998
DEI Hires Sandy Jones to Run No. 16 Team

DEI Hires Sandy Jones to Run No. 16 Team

DEI hires Jones to run 16 team MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 14, 1998) Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (DEI) announced Monday that Sandy Jones has joined the organization as crew chief for the No. 16 NAPA Brakes Chevrolet driven by Ron Hornaday on the ...

Sam Johns Named Crew Chief for Andy Petree Racing

Sam Johns Named Crew Chief for Andy Petree Racing

Johns named crew chief for Schrader, Petree EAST FLAT ROCK, N.C. (Dec. 14, 1998) Sam Johns, who most recently worked as the crew chief for American Equipment Racing in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, has been hired by Andy Petree to serve as...

BUSCH: Band-Aid Team Switches to Chevrolets

BUSCH: Band-Aid Team Switches to Chevrolets

Band-Aid team switching to Chevrolets By Shawn A. Akers SHERRILLS FORD, N.C. (Dec. 14, 1998) In conjunction with Mattei Motorsports' recent announcement of that team switching from Fords to Chevrolets in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series...

Sat 12 Dec 1998
Banquet Notes

Banquet Notes

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Notebook By Brett Borden SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 11, 1998) Notes and quotes from Friday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series banquet: Ridge Gate, Inc., owner of the Ridge Gate Motorsports Nos. 38 and 39 Chevrolets,...

BUSCH: Kevin Schwantz Tries to Maintain Presence

BUSCH: Kevin Schwantz Tries to Maintain Presence

Schwantz trying to maintain NASCAR presence By Shawn A. Akers MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 11, 1998) Former motorcycle 500cc Grand Prix world champion Kevin Schwantz hasn't been soured by a difficult debut experience in NASCAR racing, despite...

BUSCH: Jay Smith New Crew Chief for Mike McLaughlin

BUSCH: Jay Smith New Crew Chief for Mike McLaughlin

Smith set as McLaughlin's new crew chief By Shawn A. Akers CONCORD, N.C. Dec. 11, 1998) Jay Smith, who has spent time as a crew chief in NASCAR's three major series, has been hired as the crew chief of the Cicci-Welliver Racing No. 34 Goulds...

Fri 11 Dec 1998
Caterpillar to Sponsor Andy Houston

Caterpillar to Sponsor Andy Houston

Caterpillar to sponsor Houston in 1999 SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Dec. 11, 1998) The metamorphosis from rookie to veteran just got a whole lot easier for Andy Houston. Caterpillar Inc. announced it will be the primary sponsor of Andy Houston...

Skinner Has Successful Surgery

Skinner Has Successful Surgery

SOPHIA, N.C. (Dec. 11, 1998) NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver Mike Skinner was resting comfortably at home Friday after undergoing a scheduled successful arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday at North Carolina Baptist Hospital in ...

Bristol Pole Tickets Available

Bristol Pole Tickets Available

Bristol pole tickets are available BRISTOL, Tenn. (Dec. 11, 1998) Tickets for 1999 First American Pole Day at Bristol Motor Speedway, featuring seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt and 1998 NASCAR Busch...

Greg Biffle Gets

Greg Biffle Gets "Winter Heat" Sponsor

Biffle gets sponsor for Winter Heat HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 10, 1998) Greg Biffle, the 1998 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Cintas Rookie of the Year and Roush Racing standout, is scheduled to defend his NASCAR Winter Heat Late Model...

Ortho Leaves Hardy Motorsports

Ortho Leaves Hardy Motorsports

Hardy in limbo after Ortho leaves DALLAS, Ga. (Dec. 10, 1998) Hardy Motorsports, which scored a ninth-place finish in the 1998 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series final standings with driver Ron Barfield, may not race in 1999 unless it can ...

Jack Sprague Comes Close to Championship

Jack Sprague Comes Close to Championship

Sprague comes so close, but falls short By Brett Borden SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 11, 1998) In sports, second place is the residence of the broken-hearted. It's a place where accomplishments are celebrated, but also stigmatized by so many whys...

BUSCH: Team Yellow Names Miller Crew Chief

BUSCH: Team Yellow Names Miller Crew Chief

Team Yellow names Miller crew chief By Shawn A. Akers NASCAR Online MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 11, 1998) C.R. Miller, formerly the crew chief at Ridling Motorsports, has rejoined team co-owners David Ridling and Duane Deese as...

Thu 10 Dec 1998
Tony Raines Earning Respect, Recognition

Tony Raines Earning Respect, Recognition

Raines earning respect, recognition By Shawn A. Akers SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 9, 1998) Steadily, Tony Raines is making his way up the NASCAR ladder. And if he continues to progress at this pace, he'll reach his ultimate goal of driving...

Jimmy Hensley - Two Seasons in 1998

Jimmy Hensley - Two Seasons in 1998

San Francisco (Dec. 8, 1998) Through the first eight races of the 1998 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, Jimmy Hensley was looking like an old driver. At the age of 52, his average finish was a disappointing 21.9. Things got so bad, team...

Jay Sauter Climbed to Fourth In 1998

Jay Sauter Climbed to Fourth In 1998

Steady Sauter climbs to fourth in points By Brett Boren SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 10, 1998) Jay Sauter didn't have as many top-5 finishes in 1998 as NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series rivals Tony Raines, Jimmy Hensley, Stacy Compton, or Greg Biffle.

Joe Ruttman Still Gets the Job Done

Joe Ruttman Still Gets the Job Done

Ruttman can still get it done By Shawn A. Akers SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 10, 1998) Joe Ruttman doesn't mince words when talking about his age. He'll always make himself the butt of the joke when it comes to that subject. But as the veteran...

Jeff Burton Test Reconfigured Texas Track

Jeff Burton Test Reconfigured Texas Track

Burton first to test reconfigured Texas track FT. WORTH, Texas (Dec. 9, 1998) Jeff Burton, winner of the inaugural NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in 1997, also had the honor of being the first series driver to test on...

Watkins Glen Announces Events for 1999

Watkins Glen Announces Events for 1999

WGI announces '99 plans WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Dec. 9, 1998) Watkins Glen International has released its 1999 event schedule, including races for NASCAR's three biggest series, along with plans to offer 1999 season tickets and...

Bahari Hires Dan Glauz as Crew Chief

Bahari Hires Dan Glauz as Crew Chief

Bahari hires Glauz as crew chief MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 8, 1998) Bahari' Racing has hired Dan Glauz, who was instrumental in helping Mike Skinner win NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year honors in 1997, as its new crew chief. Glauz, 39,...

Wed 09 Dec 1998
Mike Bliss - Top Ten Despite...

Mike Bliss - Top Ten Despite...

Bliss salvaged top 10 from disappointment By Brett Borden SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Dec. 7, 1998) Mike Bliss came into the 1998 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season seeking his first championship. Despite finishing 10th in the final points...

Greg Biffle Made Big Splash in 1998

Greg Biffle Made Big Splash in 1998

Rookie Biffle made big splash in '98 By Brett Borden SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 8, 1998) Most rookies in racing are content to blend into a new series, careful not to cause any big ripples in the pool. When Greg Biffle dived into the NASCAR Craftsman...

Stacy Compton Impressive in 1998

Stacy Compton Impressive in 1998

Compton impresses with '98 season By Shawn A. Akers SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 8, 1998) It's no secret that Stacy Compton has aspirations of making it to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series some day. He did nothing to hurt his chances with his ...

Dale Jarret Named Spirit Award Nominee

Dale Jarret Named Spirit Award Nominee

Jarrett named Spirit Award nominee HARRISBURG, N.C. (Dec. 7, 1998) NASCAR Winston Cup driver Dale Jarrett has been selected as the fourth-quarter nominee for the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA)/Pocono Spirit Award. Now in its...

Stacy Compton To Make Fan Happy

Stacy Compton To Make Fan Happy

SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 8, 1998) Stacy Compton will make one RC Cola buyer very happy when the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competitor selects a grand prize winner for the RC Ford F-150 sweepstakes. The lucky fan will drive home a band new Ford...

Ron Barfield More Determined for 1999

Ron Barfield More Determined for 1999

Barfield more determined after '98 By Shawn A. Akers SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 7, 1998) In 1998, five drivers went to victory lane for the first time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Disappointingly for Ron Barfield, he wasn't among them. ...

BUSCH: Ted Musgrave, Jeff Purvis To Drive For Diamond Ridge

BUSCH: Ted Musgrave, Jeff Purvis To Drive For Diamond Ridge

Musgrave, Purvis to drive for Diamond Ridge in 1999 By Shawn A. Akers CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Dec. 8, 1998) Jeff Purvis, who drove James Finch's Lance Snacks Chevrolet to a 15th-place finish in the 1998 NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division...

BUSCH: Billy Kitchens To Drive for Bobby Allison, Dave Carroll

BUSCH: Billy Kitchens To Drive for Bobby Allison, Dave Carroll

Kitchens to drive for Allison, Carroll By Shawn A. Akers DENVER, N.C. (Dec. 7, 1998) Meet the newest potential member of the "Alabama Gang." Alabama native Jimmy Kitchens, a late model stock car racing veteran and part-time ARCA...

Tue 08 Dec 1998
Jeff Burton Tests Tires at Texas Motor Speedway

Jeff Burton Tests Tires at Texas Motor Speedway

JEFF BURTON SAYS RECONFIGURED SPEEDWAY PASSES TEST FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Dec. 8, 1998) - Jeff Burton, winner of the inaugural Winston Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway in 1997, also had the honor of being the first Winston Cup driver to test on the...

Sat 05 Dec 1998
Friday Post Banquet Notes

Friday Post Banquet Notes

NEW YORK (Dec. 5, 1998) Notes and quotes following Friday's NASCAR Winston Cup Series Awards Banquet from the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel: According to a piece in Forbes magazine, three-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon is "one of...

Fri 04 Dec 1998
1998 NMPA Myers Brothers Award

1998 NMPA Myers Brothers Award

Robertson gets Myers Brothers Award By Dave Rodman The late T. Wayne Robertson, former vice president of Sports Marketing Enterprises, the sports marketing and promotions division of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, was honored at a Friday ...

David Evans Joins Hedrick Motorsports

David Evans Joins Hedrick Motorsports

Evans named to position at Hedrick Motorsports STATESVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 3, 1998) Veteran Winston Cup engine specialist David Evans has been named chief engine builder for Larry Hedrick Motorsports and the No. 41 Kodiak Racing Team. Evans,...

Dale Jarrett Helps Fan Win One Million

Dale Jarrett Helps Fan Win One Million

Jarrett helps fan win $1 million WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Dec. 3, 1998) Ronald Sims admits that he always pulled for the "other" Dale, but following Dale Jarrett's victory in the final Winston No Bull 5 event of the 1998 NASCAR Winston Cup season,...

Thursday New York Notes

Thursday New York Notes

NASCAR Winston Cup Banquet Notebook By Dave Rodman NEW YORK (Dec. 3, 1998) Notes and quotes following Thursday's NASCAR Winston Cup annual press conference at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel: NASCAR Winston Cup Series team owner Robert Yates said...

Mark Martin -Great Year, Falls Short

Mark Martin -Great Year, Falls Short

Martin's great year falls short By Shawn A. Akers NEW YORK (Dec. 3, 1998) In any other season, Mark Martin would most likely have had his day as the NASCAR Winston Cup champion. Seven wins, a whopping 22 top-five finishes, three Bud...

Jeff Gordon Raises the Bar

Jeff Gordon Raises the Bar

Gordon continues to raise the bar By Dave Rodman NEW YORK (Dec. 4, 1998) In a brief career that has been marked by one starburst after another, for three-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, 1998 stands as a career year no...