Ken's NASCAR Notebook 96-09-04

Ken's NASCAR Notebook - September 4, 1996 ------------------------------------------- Winston Cup Schedule for '97 ------------------------------------------- Well, if you haven't seen it yet, here it is: Feb. 9 Daytona International...

Ken's NASCAR Notebook - September 4, 1996

------------------------------------------- Winston Cup Schedule for '97 ------------------------------------------- Well, if you haven't seen it yet, here it is:

Feb. 9          Daytona International Speedway          Busch Clash*
Feb. 16         Daytona International Speedway          Daytona 500
Feb. 23         North Carolina Motor Speedway
March 2         Richmond International Raceway
March 9         Atlanta Motor Speedway
March 23        Darlington Raceway                      TranSouth Fin. 400
April 6         Texas Motor Speedway
April 13        Bristol Motor Speedway
April 20        Martinsville Speedway
April 27        Talladega Superspeedway                 Winston Select 500
May 4           Sears Point Raceway
May 17          Charlotte Motor Speedway                The Winston Select*
May 25          Charlotte Motor Speedway
June 1          Dover Downs Int'l Speedway
June 8          Pocono Raceway
June 15         Michigan International Speedway
June 22         The California Speedway
July 5          Daytona International Speedway          Pepsi 400
July 13         New Hampshire Int'l Speedway
July 20         Pocono Raceway
Aug. 2          Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Aug. 10         Watkins Glen International              Bud at the Glen
Aug. 17         Michigan International Speedway
Aug. 23         Bristol Motor Speedway
Aug. 31         Darlington Raceway                      Mntn Dw Southern 500
Sept. 6         Richmond International Raceway
Sept. 14        New Hampshire Int'l Speedway
Sept. 21        Dover Downs Int'l Speedway
Sept. 28        Martinsville Speedway
Oct. 5          Charlotte Motor Speedway
Oct. 12         Talladega Superspeedway                 Sears DieHard 500
Oct. 26         North Carolina Motor Speedway
Nov. 2          Phoenix International Raceway
Nov. 16         Atlanta Motor Speedway
Nov. 23         Suzuka Circuitland**

* = Non-championship point event ** = Demonstration event

------------------------------------------- Roush adds Second Truck ------------------------------------------- Jack Roush recently announced that he will add a second truck for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, with Chuck Bown as the full time drive. Chuck was recently released from the #95 car of Sadler Motorsports.

------------------------------------------- Andretti & Mayfield Swap Rides ------------------------------------------- Previously, I mentioned that John Andretti and Jeremy Mayfield would be swapping rides next year, but a recent news story says that they will be swapping rides for this weekend's race at Richmond.

------------------------------------------- Texas Motor Speedway Tix ------------------------------------------- Tickets for the April Texas 500 race at Texas Motor Speedway are not yet on sale. You can call the track and ask to be put on the mailing list for ticket information. In about two weeks, the track will mail out information on how to order tickets to all those that are on the list. You must be on the mailing list to get the info and you must order your tickets thru the mail after you receive the information. Call the TMS ticket office at 817-430-7223.

------------------------------------------- California Speedway Tix ------------------------------------------- Tickets for the June California 500 race at California Speedway are not yet on sale. You must call the Michigan International Speedway Information Center to be added to the mailing list for California Speedway ticket information. Call them 1-800-354-1010 and follow the prompts for options 1, then 5, and then 2

------------------------------------------- Silly Season Central ------------------------------------------- Keeping track of this stuff could be a full time job!!!

#1 Hooters Pontiac - Rick Mast leaves to drive the #75 car (official). Pressley could come over to fill the vacant seat (as Pressley leaves the #33 car). Hooters may be replaced by Skoal (if Schrader brings Bud to the #33 car).

#2 Miller Ford - no changes for Penske or Rusty Wallace.

#3 GM Goodwrench Chevy - no changes, except Childress to add 2nd team with Lowe's as sponsor and Mike Skinner as driver.

#4 Kodak Chevy - no changes, except Morgan-McClure to add 2nd team with AT&T as sponsor and Jeff Pervis as driver.

#5 Kellogg's Corn Flakes Chevy - no changes for Hendrick and Terry Labonte.

#6 Valvoline Ford - no changes for Mark Martin and Roush Racing.

#7 QVC Ford - no changes for Geoff Bodine.

#8 Circuit City Ford - no changes for Stavola Bros. and Hut Stricklin.

#9 Spam Ford - no changes for Melling and Lake Speed.

#10 Tide Ford - no changes Ricky Rudd.

#11 Lowe's Ford - Brett Bodine loses Lowe's, still no replacement sponsor announced.

#12 Badcock Ford - no changes for Allison and Derrike Cope.

#14 Racing for Kids Chevy - unknown about Dale Earnhardt's new team with Jeff Green as driver. Will likely stay parttime next year.

#15 Hayes Modems Ford - no changes for Bud Moore and Wally Dallenbach.

#16 Family Channel/PrimeStar Ford - Roush, both sponsors, and Musgrave will back for next year (officially announced).

#17 Parts America Chevy - no changes for Darrell Waltrip's team.

#18 Interstate Batteries Chevy - no changes for Joe Gibbs and Bobby Labonte.

#19 HealthSource Chevy - no changes for TriStar and Loy Allen Jr.

#21 Citgo Ford - no changes for Wood Bros. and Michael Waltrip.

#22 MNBA Pontiac - Despite rumors about Ward Burton reportedly taking over the #25 seat potentially vacated by Kenny Schrader, Ward announced his intentions to stay with Bill Davis' team. Another rumor has Mark Rypien merging with Davis' operation.

#23 Smokin' Joes Ford - no changes for Travis Carter or Jimmy Spencer, but may lose ability to run Smokin Joe's logo with new FDA regulations.

#24 Dupont Chevy - no changes for Jeff Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports.

#25 Budweiser Chevy - Kenny Schrader will reportedly leave and go to the #33 car. Hendrick was reportedly talking toWard Burton, but Ward has announced his intentions of staying with the #22 team. Hendrick is now rumored to be talking with Ricky Craven as the replacement. Budweiser sponsorship likely in jeopardy when Kenny leaves.

#27 Sponsor? Ford - this is the ex-Jr. Johnson team that is now owned by David Blair. Mike Hill is still crew chief. They released Elton Sawyer, and Jason Keller earlier this year. Todd Bodine is reportedly working out a deal with a sponsor to run a few races this year beginning with Darlington.

#28 Havoline Ford - no announced changes for Ernie Irvan and Robert Yates, but there is no shortage of controversy surrounding this team. One rumor has Ernie driving for (retired) Jr. Johnson next year.

#29 Cartoon Network Chevy - Diamond Ridge Motorsports released Steve Grissom earlier this year. Currently, Grag Sacks is the current driver. Reports say that Bill Ingle is looking at Robert Pressley and Derrike Cope.

#30 Pennzoil Pontiac - no changes for Bahari Racing and Johnny Benson Jr.

#31 RealTree Camouflage Chevy - Richard Childress is running a limited schedule with this sponsor and Mike Skinner as driver. Next year, Lowe's will sponsor this team with Mike Skinner as driver for full schedule.

#33 Skoal Pontiac - Robert Pressley leaves the Leo Jackson team next year (official) and might go to Jackson's brother's #1 team vacated by Rick Mast. Kenny Schrader reportedly will take over the ride, and may bring Budweiser with him.

#37 Kmart/Little Ceaser's Ford - Tim Brewer has quit as crew chief for Kranefuss & Haas. John Andretti swaps rides with the Jeremy Mayfield of the #98 RCA Ford. Kranefuss may buy out Carl Haas' interest in the team.

#40 First Union Pontiac - Sabco Racing tried to run this car on a limited schedule with jay Sauter as driver. No word on plans for this team next year.

#41 Kodiak Chevy - Ricky Craven and Hedricks Racing formed a new team co-ownership earlier this year. No plans have been announced for this team but rumors say Craven wants to leave and drive the #25 car for Hendrick.

#42 Coors Light Pontiac - Kyle Petty and Felix Sabates have announed they will part ways, and its official that Robby Gordon will take over as driver next year. Kyle is still trying to form his own team, with last word that he may in fact go back to Petty Enterprises with Mug Root Beer as sponsor.

#43 STP Pontiac - Bobby Hamilton announced that he has signed a contract extension with Richard Petty for 1997. Richard Petty is holding a contest to determine a new color scheme for next year.

#46 Independent Home Cable Chevy - Dean Monroe bought the team from A.G. Dillard Motorsports. Stacy Compton has been selected to drive the car and will reportedly run for Rookie of the year title in 1997. No sponsor announced yet.

#71 Prodigy Chevy - Prodigy had sponsored Dave Marcis in this car for 1996, but no word if they will renew for 1997.

#75 Remington Arms Ford - Morgan Shepard will vacate this seat. Rick Mast has signed a 3-year deal to take over as driver in 1997 with Remington returning as sponsor. Morgan is reportedly trying to form his own team.

#77 Jasper/Federal-Mogul Ford - This team recently announced that Jasper Engines & Transmission and Federal Mogul will return as sponsors next year. They have also recently added Troy Selberg as team manager and crew chief. Bobby Hillin Jr. should return as driver, since he is part owner of the team.

#78 Diamond Rio & Hanes Team - unsure of the status of this team. Randy McDonald had planned to run for Rookie of the Year in 1996.

#81 Square D Ford - FilMar Racing announced that Square D and TIC Financial will return as sponsors next year, Eddie Jones will become team manager and Kenny Wallace will remain the driver.

#87 Burger King Chevy - no changes planned for Joe Nemechek's team.

#88 Quality Care Ford - no changes for Dale Jarrett and Robert Yates.

#90 Heilig-Meyers Ford - Dick Trickle has taken over as driver for Junie Donlavey, but no word if he will retain that seat next year. Rumor is that Morgan Shepard is talking to Junie about next year.

#94 McDonald's Ford - Bill Elliott recently bought out Charles Hardy's portion of the team, and now retains full ownership. No other changes have been announced for next year.

#95 Shoney' Inn Ford - Sadler Motorsports has released Chuck Bown and hired Gary Bradberry to drive this car in selected races this year.

#97 John Deere Pontiac - Rypien Motorsports is running a limited schedule this year with Chad Little as driver. The team plans to eventually run a full Winston Cup schedule. Rumor has it that mark is trying to merge with Bill Davis and the #22 team.

#98 RCA Ford - Cale Yarborough will have John Andretti (from #37) replace Jeremy Mayfield for next year, and will retain RCA sponsorship. Jeremy will reportedly swap rides with Andretti and take over the #37 seat next year.

#99 Exide Batteries Ford - no changes for Jeff Burton and Roush Racing.

#? - Kyle Petty to form new team...or possibly stay with Sabates now???

#? - Morgan Shepard to form new now is that he is talking with the #90 Junie Donlavey & Heilig-Meyers team about next year.

#? - Morgan-McClure to form 2nd team...reportedly on hold for now

#? - M&M Mars company to form or sponsor new team...

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , John Andretti , Brett Bodine , Jeff Burton , Ward Burton , Derrike Cope , Wally Dallenbach Sr. , Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Bobby Hamilton , Ernie Irvan , Dale Jarrett , Darrell Waltrip , Bobby Labonte , Terry Labonte , Jeremy Mayfield , Dick Trickle , Rusty Wallace , Michael Waltrip , Todd Bodine , Jason Keller , Mike Skinner , Kyle Petty , Jimmy Spencer , Joe Nemechek , Kenny Wallace , Jeff Green , Elton Sawyer , Robby Gordon , Hut Stricklin , Robert Pressley , Stacy Compton , Johnny Benson , Ricky Craven , Chad Little , Dave Marcis , Rick Mast , Tim Brewer , Richard Petty , Randy McDonald , Gary Bradberry , Carl Haas , Jack Roush , Robert Yates , Felix Sabates , Bobby Hillin Jr. , Cale Yarborough , Mark Martin
Teams Hendrick Motorsports