Ken's NASCAR Notebook 96-06-27

Ken's NASCAR Notebook - June 27, 1996 ------------------------------------------- Miller ...

Ken's NASCAR Notebook - June 27, 1996

------------------------------------------- Miller #2 wins Miller 400 ------------------------------------------- Rusty Wallace won the Miller 400 at Michigan by conserving fuel, and broke the track record in doing so. Davey Allison's old mark of 5 years ago was beat by just over 5 mph for a new race average speed of 166.033 mph.

Bobby Hamilton put the new nose of the King's #43 STP Pontiac on the pole for the race, which was the first time the #43 was in the pole position since Richard won his last career pole in 1979 for the fall race at Bristol. However, since the #43 car doesn't sport the Busch sticker on it, Richard is not eligible for the Busch Pole award and Bobby may not be eligible for the Busch Clash in Daytona. Petty says he doesn't run the sticker because he doesn't drink beer. Hamilton managed to finish 15th overall.

Morgan Shepard surprised everyone by leading 44 laps in the Miller 400, thats 9 more laps than the total of 35 laps he led in all the races last year. Some say that the reason is the team is now stronger under the direction of Butch Mock Motorsports new crew chief, Gere Kennon. Kennon, who replaces Troy Selberg, was a chassis specialist for Roush Racing's & Ted Musgrave's Family Channel Ford.

Jimmy Spencer, who was forced to take a provisional spot and started dead last in the 40 car field, was able to finish 4th overall - a 36 position difference. This was his best finish since winning the DieHard 500 in Talladega, back in July of 1994.

On the other hand, or is that foot, Derrike Cope in Bobby Allison's car gets the honors of dropping the most positions, by starting second and finishing dead last - a difference of 38 positions.

------------------------------------------- Spam sports new colors ------------------------------------------- The #9 Ford Thunderbird that normally sports the sparkling blue Spam can paint job was red for the race at Michigan. Why? To celebrate the sponsor's 50th anniversary. But can anyone tell me why red?

------------------------------------------- Brett Bodine loses sponsor ------------------------------------------- Brett Bodine, owner and driver of the #11 Lowe's Ford Thunderbird is reportedly losing his current primary sponsor at the end of this season. Brett says he is still looking for a primary sponsor for next year.

Rumor says that Lowe's may be making the move over to the new team of Richard Childress' second car next year.

------------------------------------------- Ford Credit Motorsports Online ------------------------------------------- Ford Credit is now online with a web page dedicated to their motorsports program, which includes their two sponsored teams in the Winston Cup and Craftsman Truck series. See their home page at:

------------------------------------------- N. Wilkesboro fate is near ------------------------------------------- An apparent agreement has been reached between the co-owners of North Wilkesboro Speedway that will finally provide some insight to the fate of Winston Cup racing at North Wilkesboro, but an official announcement will not take place for another week or two.

Co-owners Bruton Smith and Bob Bahre told the The News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina that they have reached an "amicable agreement" with regards to the fate of the NASCAR Winston Cup races at the the track. The proposal reportedly aligns itself with rumors surrounding the loss of both N. Wilkeboro races, with one going to Bahre's New Hampshire International Speedway and the other to Smith's new Texas Motor Speedway.

------------------------------------------- Speed Racer teams up with NASCAR ------------------------------------------- The NASCAR Licensing Group, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing's in-house licensing department, will team up with television's animated Speed Racer character to sell officially licensed items including t-shirts, headwear, pennants, key rings, die cast toys and trading cards.

Speed Racer first took to the track in 1967 with his famous futuristic Mach 5 race car, and continues to reach millions of people on the Cartoon Network. The relationship, which also celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Speed Racer character, is NASCAR's latest effort to provide race fans of all ages with exciting new ways to enjoy the country's fastest growing sport, NASCAR racing.

As part of a NASCAR promotional campaign, ESPN is airing 12 different NASCAR/Speed Racer spots that feature nearly 20 NASCAR Winston Cup Series drivers. Two of the spots include 1995 champion Jeff Gordon and seven time champion Dale Earnhardt commenting on Speed Racer's possible participation in NASCAR Winston Cup Series competition, and NASCAR officials determining if Speed Racer's Mach 5 race car is eligible for NASCAR Winston Cup Series competition.

------------------------------------------- Daytona RaceFest -- "A Celebration of NASCAR" ------------------------------------------- The seventh annual Daytona RaceFest event is being held in conjunction with the 38th Pepsi 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race July 6th at Daytona International Speedway.

RaceFest will feature autograph sessions with NASCAR Winston Cup drivers { Bobby Allison (7-8 p.m.), Johnny Benson (5-6), Derrike Cope (5-7), Bobby Hillin (5:30-7), Bobby Labonte (6-8), Rick Mast (TBA), Jeremy Mayfield (6-7), Ken Schrader (7-8) and Morgan Shepherd (6-8) } and "legendary" competitors from the beach racing days, show cars and souvenir trailers, the "Junior 400" child's "Big Wheel" tricycle race and a NASCAR simulator.

RCA recording artists Keith Gattis and Lari White will perform at 7 p.m. and 8:30, respectively. A fireworks display following the Daytona Cubs game will be visible. Admission to RaceFest, on Beach Street and Riverfront Park, is free and free parking is available behind the Beach Street stores.

For RaceFest information call The Chamber, Daytona Beach/Halifax Area, at (904) 255-0981. For Pepsi 400 ticket information call the Daytona International Speedway Ticket Office at (904) 253-RACE (7223).

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

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Brett Bodine , Derrike Cope , Jeff Gordon , Bobby Hamilton , Bobby Labonte , Jeremy Mayfield , Rusty Wallace , Ken Schrader , Jimmy Spencer , Johnny Benson , Ted Musgrave , Rick Mast , Morgan Shepherd , Bobby Allison , Davey Allison