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Fri 31 Dec 1999
1999 Top Ten Stories

1999 Top Ten Stories

NASCAR's top-10 on-track stories of 1999 By Brett Borden DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 31, 1999) You say you want a revolution? Wish granted. The winds of change swept through the NASCAR Winston Cup garage in 1999, altering the balance of...

Nessa Motorsports Names Crew

Nessa Motorsports Names Crew

Little Rock AR (December 30, 1999) Nathan Hunter of Little Rock, AR. has been hired as crew chief for Nessa Motorsports. Nathan has an extensive background in oval track racing and has owned several teams in the past. He is also a local chassis...

Thu 30 Dec 1999
Jerry Pitts to be Melling Racing Crew Chief

Jerry Pitts to be Melling Racing Crew Chief

CONCORD, N.C. (Dec. 30, 1999) Melling Racing is banking on similar backgrounds paying big dividends in the NASCAR 2000 season. Team owner Mark Melling announced Thursday the hiring of Jerry Pitts Jr. as crew chief for the No. 9 Kodiak Fords ...

Liberty Racing Suspends Operations

Liberty Racing Suspends Operations

LORAIN, Ohio (Dec. 30, 1999) Liberty Racing, a charter team in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with its No. 98 Ford, has announced it will suspend operations effective Friday due to its inability to obtain a marketing partner for the NASCAR 2000...

Wed 29 Dec 1999
Team Rensi Ready to Truck

Team Rensi Ready to Truck

Team Rensi Motorsports goes trucking in 2000 By Dave Rodman CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Dec. 29, 1999) Team Rensi Motorsports will debut its NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team in the season opening NCTS 250 at Daytona International Speedway on Feb.

Jerry Nadeau Ready to Taste the New

Jerry Nadeau Ready to Taste the New

Nadeau ready to taste the new with Hendrick By Marty Smith MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 28, 1999) In terms of practicality, NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver Jerry Nadeau couldn't ask for a more fitting sponsor on his Hendrick Motorsports-owned No.

BUSCH: Robbie Reiser Hires Gary Cogswell

BUSCH: Robbie Reiser Hires Gary Cogswell

DENVER, N.C. (Dec. 29, 1999) NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division team owner Robbie Reiser has hired veteran mechanic Gary Cogswell as crew chief of the No. 17 Visine Chevrolets for the NASCAR 2000 season in the NASCAR Busch...

Tue 28 Dec 1999
Mike Cope - New Series, New Man

Mike Cope - New Series, New Man

Cope hopes to show 'new' series a 'new' man By Brett Borden PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (Dec. 28, 1999) It's not your typical love story. Boy meets racing series. Racing series jilts boy. Boy goes back home. Boy comes back and courts racing series...

Thu 23 Dec 1999
Irwindale Speedway 1999 Track Records

Irwindale Speedway 1999 Track Records

IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY 1999 OFFICIAL ONE LAP TRACK RECORDS (RECORDED IN QUALIFYING) compiled by Tim Kennedy DIVISION DRIVER Car ...

BUSCH: Kenny Irwin to Work with Dave Steele

BUSCH: Kenny Irwin to Work with Dave Steele

Irwin looks to rekindle success with Steele in NBS By Dave Rodman INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 23, 1999) Former NASCAR Winston Cup Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year Kenny Irwin is kicked back at home for the holidays, but it's not hard to get him ...

BUSCH: Steadman Marlin To Debut at Nashville

BUSCH: Steadman Marlin To Debut at Nashville

Steadman Marlin to make Busch debut at Nashville By Dave Rodman NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 23, 1999) Steadman Marlin, the 19-year-old son of NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver Sterling Marlin, will make his NASCAR Busch Series Grand National ...

Wed 22 Dec 1999
Martinsville has Toll Free Ticket Ordering

Martinsville has Toll Free Ticket Ordering

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (Dec. 22, 1999) Martinsville Speedway now has a toll-free ticket office number. Race fans needing tickets for Martinsville Speedway's Goody's Body Pain 500 on Sunday, April 9, 2000 can order tickets by calling 1-877-RACE-TIX...

Liberty Racing Ready to Run Except for Sponsor

Liberty Racing Ready to Run Except for Sponsor

Stellar Liberty team faces uncertain future By Dave Rodman LORAIN, Ohio (Dec. 22, 1999) Liberty Racing has been a launching pad over its five-year history for NASCAR drivers, crewmen and, unfortunately sponsors. Now, a little more than 50...

Richard Petty to Dodge in 2001

Richard Petty to Dodge in 2001

As soon as Dodge announced its plans to return to the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit in 2001, the rumors about Petty Enterprises' potential involvement began to surface. Those reports apparently had a foundation in fact. The latest...

Mike Cope Re-unites with Bryan Berry

Mike Cope Re-unites with Bryan Berry

Berry re-unites with Cope at Impact By Marty Smith CONCORD, N.C. (Dec. 21, 1999) After losing a pair of budding superstars to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, Impact Motorsports owner David Hodson needed to add an impact player in the off...

Tue 21 Dec 1999
Daytona Sets January Testing Dates

Daytona Sets January Testing Dates

Daytona sets January testing schedule By Dave Rodman DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 21, 1999) Daytona International Speedway is on a holiday break after a busy December that included runs by just about every manner of two- and four-wheeled race...

Brett Bodine Maintains Ownership of Team

Brett Bodine Maintains Ownership of Team

Bodine maintains ownership of team By Dave Rodman MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 21, 1999) Fresh off a pre-Christmas cruise, NASCAR Winston Cup team owner/driver Brett Bodine is happier to have that title attached to his name than he would have...

It's A Ken Schrader Christmas Story

It's A Ken Schrader Christmas Story

'Tis The Season To Be Jolly With The Schraders 'Twas the night before Christmas and all though the house, the Schraders were stirring, getting ready to go out. When what to their wonderful eyes did appear but a motor coach full of friends,...

Mon 20 Dec 1999
Ballew Buys Black Diamond Truck Team

Ballew Buys Black Diamond Truck Team

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 20, 1999) North Georgia automobile dealer Billy Ballew announced Monday that he has purchased Black Diamond Motorsports' NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team and hopes to run a full 24-race schedule in the series in ...

Barry Dodson Ready to Go with Jeff Fuller

Barry Dodson Ready to Go with Jeff Fuller

CHARLOTTE, N.C., (Dec. 17, 1999) Barry Dodson is back in the crew chief saddle once again -- and he's back with a vengeance. Dodson, who guided Rusty Wallace from relative obscurity to the 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship in just four...

Dennis Huth Resigns

Dennis Huth Resigns

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (December 20, 1999) The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing has announced that Dennis Huth, who most recently served as vice president of touring operations and international development, has resigned to pursue...

Bill France Seeks Treatment for Cancer

Bill France Seeks Treatment for Cancer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 20, 1999) NASCAR announced today that Bill France, 66, the sanctioning body president since 1972, has been diagnosed with cancer. France is currently pursuing additional diagnosis and treatments. "The doctors have...

Cale Yarborough Team Sale Falls Through

Cale Yarborough Team Sale Falls Through

Yarborough still waiting to sell team By Marty Smith CONCORD, N.C., (Dec. 20, 1999) All Cale Yarborough wants for Christmas is a sales receipt. Yarborough, the three-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion turned car owner, is probably...

Bill Davis Racing Crew Chief Signs Three Year Extension

Bill Davis Racing Crew Chief Signs Three Year Extension

HIGH POINT, NC -- Gil Martin has signed a three-year contract extension at Bill Davis Racing (BDR) to continue as crew chief for Amoco Ultimate Team 93 and driver Dave Blaney, a contender for the 2000 Raybestos NASCAR Winston Cup ...

BUSCH: Ashton Lewis Ready for Learning Experience

BUSCH: Ashton Lewis Ready for Learning Experience

CONCORD, N.C. (Dec. 20, 1999) Making the move from open-wheel racing to NASCAR stock cars can be difficult at best, but NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division driver Ashton Lewis Jr. is approaching the transition as an educational...

Fri 17 Dec 1999
Dale Earnhardt Back Surgery Successful

Dale Earnhardt Back Surgery Successful

WINSTON SALEM, N.C. (Dec. 17, 1999) Seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt underwent surgery this morning at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, in Winston-Salem, N.C., to repair a ruptured disc in his spinal ...

Eel River Puts Jeff Fuller in Viagra Pontiac

Eel River Puts Jeff Fuller in Viagra Pontiac

Eel River puts Fuller in Viagra Pontiac By Dave Rodman CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Dec. 17, 1999) The NASCAR 2000 Raybestos Rookie of the Year race in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, featuring undoubtedly the strongest class of competitors in the ...

Dave Blaney To Seek 2000 Rookie of the Year

Dave Blaney To Seek 2000 Rookie of the Year

HIGH POINT, NC -- After two years of stock car apprenticeship in the NASCAR Busch Series, Dave Blaney will join one of the largest first-year classes of aspiring Winston Cup regulars in the quest for the 2000 Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year award....

Tony Hunt Looks to Race Though Farm System

Tony Hunt Looks to Race Though Farm System

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Dec. 17, 1999) -- With NASCAR rolling into the new millennium as one of America's most popular sports, everyone wants to predict where stock car racing's new heroes will come from. At least some will keep coming through...

CHAMPCAR/CART: Homestead-Miami Speedway Tickets on Sale for Spring Events

CHAMPCAR/CART: Homestead-Miami Speedway Tickets on Sale for Spring Events

MIAMI (Dec. 17) – Tickets are now on sale for the two opening weekends of the 2000 season at Homestead-Miami Speedway, featuring the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the CART FedEx Championship Series. The new season opens Feb. 25-26 with...

Thu 16 Dec 1999
Newt Moore Joins The Wood Brothers

Newt Moore Joins The Wood Brothers

STUART, Va. (Dec. 16, 1999) Newt Moore, who served as crew chief for two NASCAR Winston Cup Series teams in 1999, has been named shock specialist for the Wood Brothers No. 21 Citgo Ford, driven by Elliott Sadler. Moore started the 1999...

John Menard, Bryan Reffner Look to 2000

John Menard, Bryan Reffner Look to 2000

Menard, Reffner look forward to 2000 By Brett Borden DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 16, 1999) Mama said there'd be days like this. Bryan Reffner and John Menard, the even-tempered odd couple of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, got to...

Jerry Nadeau Ties the Knot

Jerry Nadeau Ties the Knot

Christmas Bells and Wedding Bells MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 16, 1999) -- NASCAR Winston Cup competitor Jerry Nadeau decided decorating a tree and exchanging gifts weren't the only ways to celebrate the holidays this year. The driver of the No.

Greg Biffle Ready to Restart in 2000

Greg Biffle Ready to Restart in 2000

Biffle ready to hit restart in 2000 By Brett Borden DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 16, 1999) Like a kid sitting at the DAYTONA USA machine with a pocket full of quarters, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Greg Biffle has just finished off one...

Wed 15 Dec 1999
Steve Grisson to Drive for Richard Petty

Steve Grisson to Drive for Richard Petty

Petty signs Grissom for 2000 NCTS ride By Brett Borden DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 15, 1999) He hasn't been around long, but Steve Grissom says he is happy to be a part of the "Petty Kingdom" as driver of the No. 43 Dodge by Petty Dodge Ram in the...

Mike Cope Leads Way on Second Day of Daytona Test

Mike Cope Leads Way on Second Day of Daytona Test

Mike Cope fastest on second day at DIS By Brett Borden DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 15, 1999) It was a Dodge day at Daytona International Speedway Wednesday, as the Rams of Mike Cope, Dennis Setzer and Randy Renfrow topped the time sheets on the ...