Ken's NASCAR Notebook 96-05-06

------------------------------------------- The racEnews: UPDATE ------------------------------------------- Back in January, I informed you about a new service called racEnews, which features both weekly and daily e-mail newsletters focused on...

------------------------------------------- The racEnews: UPDATE ------------------------------------------- Back in January, I informed you about a new service called racEnews, which features both weekly and daily e-mail newsletters focused on automotive racing.

On May 1st, March Performance Group announced a new service called the "THE STOCKCAR:weekly" which begins publication today, May 6th. The newspaper, which is distributed through e-mail, will focus on NASCAR and Stock Car news stories, with sections devoted to Winston Cup, Busch Grand National, the Craftsman Truck Series, as well a Misc. category.

To get a free subscription, send e-mail to with the subject/title of "FREE SUBSCRIPTION THE STOCKCAR:weekly", and be sure to include your name and e-mail address in the body of the message, or point your web browser to for more information.

------------------------------------------- Elliott released from hospital ------------------------------------------- As you probably know by now, Bill Elliott was involved in a horrific crash at the Winston Select 500 at Talladega. He was taken out of the car and brought to the medical center at the track, where they feared he had broken or dislocated his hip. Later, it was discovered that he had broken his femur.

For a short video clip of the crash, turn your web browser to the NASCAR Online Theater located at:

Since then, he underwent an operation to repair the four-part fracture of the thigh bone, which required several metal pins and plates to accomplish the task. Elliott was released yesterday (Sunday, May 5) from the HEALTHSOUTH Medical Center to his home in Blairsville, Georgia, just outside of the town of Dawsonville. According to posted news reports, Elliott will continue a daily routine of physical therapy and recuperation, and will have to make return visits every two weeks to HEALTHSOUTH under the care of Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Richard Sanders. Elliott is expected to be out of the driver's seat for an indefinite period of time. Tommy Kendall, a renowned road course specialist, drove the #94 McDonald's Ford in the Save Mart Supermarkets 300 at Sears Point Raceway to a 28th place finish.

It has been reported that the legendary Harry Gant will come out of Winston Cup "retirement" to help out with driving the #94 McDonald's Ford Thunderbird at the non-points Winston Select race later this month in Charlotte. No full-time replacement for Elliott has been announced yet.

Harry Gant also plans to compete in a few NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races this year, with his first truck race scheduled for June 22 at Bristol Raceway.

------------------------------------------- Ricky Craven drives at Sear Point ------------------------------------------- Ricky Craven was bruised and sore from his high-flying, barrel-rolling crash at Talladega last week, but he still managed to drive his #41 Skoal Chevy for the first few laps of the very demanding Sears Point Road Course.

After last week's crash, Craven declared "I'm not going to get hurt in a race car" and promised that he would make an attempt to atleast start the race in the car. Even with bruised lungs, a fractured vertebra and a black eye, Craven managed to muscle the car around the track for a couple laps.

Dale Earnhardt was tapped to help Ricky Craven and crew dial the car in and to qualify the car for the race. Ron Hornaday, Jr was tapped to drive the car during the race. Hornaday drives Dale & Theresa Earnhardt's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series entry.

Craven said he is willing to donate the car to a museum, so that people can see the results of the crash and the protection that the roll cage provides for the drivers. Any takers?

Ricky Craven, the 1995 NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie-of-the-Year, was recently named as the first-quarter nomination for the NASCAR True Value Man of the Year Award. True Value, the Official Hardware Store of NASCAR, is sponsoring the NASCAR True Value Man of the Year to be based on a combination of on-track performance and off-track involvement such as community service and charitable efforts.

------------------------------------------- NASCAR drivers were flying high ------------------------------------------- Two NASCAR Winston Cup drivers, Kenny and Michael Wallace, took the controls of a F18 Hornet jet, when they made a special appearance with the Navy Blue Angels, at the Pennsacola Naval Air Base. Kenny pulled 7.0 g's in a minimum radius turn and said "Okay, that's enough." Later, Michael was quoted as saying" It feels like my heads gonna blow off" when his jet pulled a negative 1.5 g's when the pilot pulled an upside down manuever. At one point in their respective flights, the Wallace's were given control of the plane and allowed to fly it for a short period of time. The Navy pilots were taunting the Wallaces with "they're gonna bag it" statements prior to their flight, which meant that they would need to use the vomit bags on board the plane. However, neither one had to use the bag, and everyone attributed it to their race car driving ability where some g-forces are felt.

------------------------------------------- Petty celebrates 25 years with STP ------------------------------------------- Richard Petty is celebrating his 25th anniversary with STP by painting the car with five memorable paint schemes from the past. This weekend's race at Sears Point, and the upcoming race at Watkins Glen, the #43 Pontiac will carry the unique Petty Blue Paint with the STP stickers on it.

Richard Petty's first appearance in an all blue STP car occurred on the opening race of the 1972 NASCAR Winston Cup season at Riverside, California. Richard and STP President, Andy Granatelli, had just completed the sponsorship contract, leaving no time to change the paint scheme on the car. So the crew simply added the STP logo decals to the already Petty Blue car.

------------------------------------------- NASCAR Statistics are ONLINE ------------------------------------------- Would you like to know who's led the most laps in Winston Cup this year? How about who's won the most bonus money? Or maybe which make (Chevy, Ford or Pontiac) has led the most laps? Well, here is a web site with just the answer to your question. Check out this URL: The page is updated just after every race, so check back often.

------------------------------------------- Kyle Petty Rides Again ------------------------------------------- Once again this year, Kyle Petty, along with several other NASCAR drivers and enthusiasts, will leave the Sears Point race and ride their motorcycles from Sacremento, California to Charlotte, North Carolina. There are some 70 full time cyclists signed up for the ride, including Winston Cup regulars Michael Waltrip and Geoff Bodine, along with some 500 part time riders along the way.

The 3000-mile charity ride will benefit the Winston Cup Racing Wives Auxiliary and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and starts Monday, May 6th in Sacramento and makes overnight stops in Las Vegas, Phoenix, Santa Rosa, N.M., Russellville, Ark., Nashville and Atlanta, before concluding at Paramount's Carowinds amusement part in Charlotte, N.C.

This is the second year that Kyle Petty has ridden his Harley Davidson on the journey to raise money for charity. Last year, the Coor Light Kyle Petty Charity Ride raised in excess of the $350,000. This year, they are hoping to nearly double that amount.

A special web site is supposed to have been set up to feature ride details, route information, schedules, and concerts along the way. You can visit the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America web site at this URL: (Please Note: I have not yet been able to connect with this web site. I've even called the toll-free number and used a few search engines with no luck.)

Those wishing to receive more information on the 1996 Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America with regard to participation or sponsorship should write to:

Charity Rides Inc. P.O. Box 5000, No. 252 Mooresville, NC 28115.

Donations are also being accepted on a toll-free number: 1-888-270-RIDE (1-888-270-7433) (Note: They will answer the phone as "Customer Service.")

Another service called RaceWeb Information Superspeedway has some information about the site. You can see a copy of the press release at the following URL:

You can also see an overview of last year's ride at the following URL:

------------------------------------------- Happy Motoring :-) =Ken=

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Bill Elliott , Michael Waltrip , Kyle Petty , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Ricky Craven , Richard Petty , Harry Gant , Tommy Kendall