News 97-12-19

NASCARFans E-Mail Newsletter Jayski's news gatherings: "New Holland North America, Inc. announced today an agreement with Ricky Craven Motorsports for the 1998 NASCAR/BUSCH GRAND NATIONAL Series. The agreement includes the popular Ron...

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Jayski's news gatherings:

"New Holland North America, Inc. announced today an agreement with Ricky Craven Motorsports for the 1998 NASCAR/BUSCH GRAND NATIONAL Series. The agreement includes the popular Ron Barfield at the wheel of New Holland's Chevrolet Monte Carlo, which will be designed to carry the number "2". New Holland has signed on for 12 BUSCH GRAND NATIONAL races and 3 ARCA series races for the 1998 season." (Ricky Craven web site)

I hear a rumor that Dave McCarty, formerly the crew chief for Darrell Waltrip's Craftsman Truck series will become the crew chief on DW's Winston Cup team.

I hear Jason Keller may drive for a BGN team co-owned by Jack Roush and Greg Pollex in 1998(12-3-97); and I hear Jason Keller will make an announcement on his BGN plans for 1998 soon(12-16-97) and another source tells me this is a solid rumor(12-17-97); Press Release: Keller to Drive for Progressive Motorsports BGN Team - A group of investors including Joe Keller)Jason's Father) and Steve de Souza have joined forces with veteran NASCAR Busch competitor, Jason Keller to form Progressive Motorsports LLC, and will field a NASCAR Busch Grand National team in 1998. The team also announced that another NASCAR Busch series veteran, Jamie Jones, has been named as crew chief for the new operation, which will be located in the Charlotte area. We are extremely excited about this program and the quality of individuals involved,ö said de Souza, a former F-1 powerboat racing champion. Our company represents many years of successful experience in NASCAR racing. Our goal is excellence, and we fully expect to enter into 1998 as a competitive race team, with the potential to win events. Our stable of cars is being prepared, we are securing personnel, a new facility, and are in the process of seeking sponsorship. We feel ready to meet the challenge and are fully committed.", the car will be the #57 Chevy and retain last years owner points.

I hear BGN driver Jeff Fuller has not signed with Terry Labonte but he is getting closer with a couple deals but still no definate plans.

1997 ASA Champ Kevin Cywinski left ASA team, moved south, and is searching for a BGN or Truck ride for 1998. I hear his crew chief moved with also and hopes to work with Cywinski.

Kenny Schrader will run a limited BGN schedule for his WC owner, Andy Petree in 1998. If sponsorship is found they expect to run 10-12 events starting with Daytona in February(NASCAR Online)

I hear that the #3 and the #31 were testing at Greenville-Pickens Speedway on 12/17/97.

Thanks, Jay. ===== Ford teams are "all business". This is a report on the Talladega test, much too long to include here. Here's the link:

http://www.nascar.com/news/97news/00501183.html ===== The latest "Jeff Gordon clone" to make the jump into NASCAR is eagerly waiting for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season-opener on Sunday, Jan. 18 at Walt Disney World Speedway.

But Andy Michner, 29, from Grass Lake, Mich., could no more stand to wait for the Chevy Trucks Challenge than he could afford to bide his time in a 30-lap USAC Silver Crown feature.

He jumped right into the system by turning a number of laps in a two-day test that floated into a mere seven hours of running when the track was inundated with rain on Monday.

And Michner, a front-runner in any USAC open-wheel division he's set foot in -- including Silver Crown, Sprint and Midget -- reveled in the grounding he got in a pair of No. 46 Dollar Racing Chevrolets he is scheduled to drive for a full season in contention for the 1998 Cintas Rookie of the Year Award. The team expects to announce a sponsorship package in the near future. (Dave Rodman, NASCAR Online) ===== It might be the "offseason," but driver Mark Green is doing his best to keep busy around a NASCAR race track any way he can.

And even if Green's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series involvement virtually ceased when Brewco Motorsports announced that fellow Kentucky native Scot Walters would drive the Red Man Chevrolet in 1998, he is keeping up with his commitment to do anything he can to help Walters, a former NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series regular, with his transition.

Earlier this week Green was seen prowling the garage area at the Walt Disney World Speedway at a pre-season test session for NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competitors in preparation for the season-opening Chevy Trucks Challenge on Jan. 18.

Walters wrung-out Brewco's No. 37 Chevy in company with 54 other teams and 66 other trucks with Green's input.

In the meantime, Brewco has announced that it will utilize engines prepared by Katech Engine Development in its No. 37 Timber Wolf Chevrolet driven by Green during the 1998 NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division season.

(NASCAR Online) ===== As promised:

T minus 30 days and counting 'til the Craftsman Chevy Trucks Challenge T minus 51 days and counting 'til the Winston Cup Bud Shootout T minus 56 days and counting 'til the Busch Series NAPA Auto Parts 300 T minus 57 days and counting 'til the Winston Cup Daytona 500 ====

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