Ken's NASCAR Silly Season Notebook, 96-12-05

Ken's NASCAR Silly Season Notebook - December 05, 1996 ------------------------------------------- NASCAR Silly Season Central ------------------------------------------- 've adopted a new format for the upcoming season. Let me know what you ...

Ken's NASCAR Silly Season Notebook - December 05, 1996

------------------------------------------- NASCAR Silly Season Central ------------------------------------------- 've adopted a new format for the upcoming season. Let me know what you think of it. I'm not 100% sure on the car numbers for next year, but I think we've got them pretty well narrowed down. I still think provisionals will play an important role in the outcome next year, as there will be more teams than ever vying for 40-42 starting spots.

Rick Hendrick was indicted on conspiracy charges yesterday, in the Honda case that has been lingering for years now. NASCAR still has not released a statement on how Rick's legal problems will impact his role or involvement with their sport.

Looks like Dale Earnhardt may have won the Most Popular Driver award this year.

Key for the acronyms below: OWN = Owner, DRV = Driver, CC = Crew Chief

#0 - Master's Inn Ford OWN: HL Waters DRV: Delma Cowart CC: Phil Branch

#1 ? Pontiac - Precision Products OWN: Richard Jackson DRV: Morgan Shepard ? CC: (still looking)

#2 Miller Lite Ford - color change to blue & white OWN: Roger Penske DRV: Rusty Wallace CC: Robin Pemberton

#02 - Chevrolet - Miles Motorsports DRV: Robby Faggart / Randy Baker?

#3 GM Goodwrench Chevy OWN: Richard Childress DRV: Dale Earnhardt's CC: Larry McReynolds

#4 Kodak Chevy OWN: Morgan-McClure DRV: Sterling Marlin CC: ???

#5 Kellogg's Corn Flakes Chevy OWN: Rick Hendrick DRV: Terry Labonte CC: Gary Dehart

#6 Valvoline Ford OWN: Jack Roush DRV: Mark Martin CC: Jim Fenning

#7 QVC Ford OWN: Geoff Bodine DRV: Geoff Bodine CC: Paul Andrews

#8 Circuit City Ford OWN: Stavola Bros. DRV: Hut Stricklin CC: Philippe Lopez

#9 University of Nebraska Ford - (I hear this deal is shaky) OWN: Melling DRV: Lake Speed CC: Steve Crow, or possibly Troy Selberg?

#10 Tide Ford OWN: Ricky Rudd DRV: Ricky Rudd CC: Jim Long

#11 Frontier/Catalyst Communications Ford - w/Roush engines OWN: Brett Bodine DRV: Brett Bodine CC: Donnie Richeson

#12 ??? Ford - Team's Future in Jeopardy OWN: Frank Plessinger, Bobby Allison and Nathan Sims. DRV: ??? CC: ???

#14 General Mills Chevy - still working on which ceral as sponsor OWN: Theresa Earnhardt DRV: Ron Hornaday Jr. CC:

#15 Hayes Modems Ford OWN: Bud Moore DRV: ??? CC: Greg Moore

#16 Family Channel/PrimeStar Ford OWN: Roush DRV: Ted Musgrave CC: James Ince

#17 Western Auto's Parts America Chevy OWN: Darrell Waltrip DRV: Darrell Waltrip CC: Pete Peterson

#18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac OWN: Joe Gibbs DRV: Bobby Labonte CC: Jimmy Makar

#19 ? Chevy - TriStar Motorsports OWN: Mark Smith DRV: Loy Allen Jr. CC: Peter Sospenzo

#20 - OWN: Ranier/Walsh DRV: Tony Stewart CC:

#21 Citgo Ford - OWN: Wood Bros. DRV: Michael Waltrip CC: Len Wood

#22 MNBA Pontiac - OWN: Bill Davis DRV: Ward Burton CC: Chris Hussey

#23 Smokin' Joes Ford OWN: Travis Carter DRV: Jimmy Spencer CC: Donnie Wingo

#24 Dupont Chevy - Hendrick Motorsports OWN: Rick Hendrick DRV: Jeff Gordon CC: Ray Evernham

#25 Budweiser Chevy - Hendrick Motorsports OWN: "Papa" Joe Hendrick DRV: Ricky Craven CC: Phil Hammer

#26 ??? Chevy - Needs sponsor OWN: Terry Byers? DRV: Terry Byers

#27 ? Ford - David Blair Motorsports OWN: David Blair DRV: Ron Barfield??? CC: ???

#28 Havoline Ford OWN: Robert Yates DRV: Ernie Irvan CC: Joey Knuckles ?

#29 Cartoon Network Chevy - Diamond Ridge Motorsports OWN: Gary Bechtel DRV: Robert Pressley CC: Bill Ingle

#30 Pennzoil Pontiac - Bahari Racing OWN: Chuck Rider DRV: Johnny Benson '96 WC ROTY CC: Doug Hewitt

#31 Lowe's Chevy OWN: Richard Childress DRV: Mike Skinner CC: Kevin Hamlin

#33 Skoal Bandit Pontiac OWN: Andy Petree DRV: Kenny Schrader

#36 Skittles Pontiac - MB Motorsports OWN: Nelson Bowers,Tom Beard, Read Morton DRV: Derrike Cope CC: Ryan Pemberton

#37 Kmart/Little Ceaser's Ford - OWN: Kranefuss & Haas DRV: Jeremy Mayfield CC: ???

#40 Coor Light Chevrolet - Sabco Racing OWN: Felix Sabates DRV: Robby Gordon CC: Tony Glover

#41 Kodiak Chevy - new Team mgr Mike Hill OWN: Larry Hedrick DRV: Steve Grissom CC: Charlie Pressley

#42 Bell South Chevrolet - SABCO Racing OWN: Felix Sabates DRV: Joe Nemechek CC: Mike Hillman

#43 STP Pontiac - Petty Enterprises OWN: Richard Petty DRV: Bobby Hamilton

#44 ? - Hot Wheels Pontiac - Petty Enterprises 2 OWN: Kyle Petty, Richard Petty, David Evans DRV: Kyle Petty CC: Bobby Kennedy

#46 First Union Chevy - SABCO Racing OWN: Felix Sabates? DRV: Wally Dallenbach CC: Tony Glover

#52 Pedigree Pontiac - OWN: Kenny Schrader/Rick Hendrick? DRV: Jack Sprague

#60 - DRV: Ed Berrier.

#71 Prodigy Chevy OWN: Helen Marcis DRV: Dave Marcis CC: Terry Shirley

#75 Remington Arms Ford - OWN: Butch Mock DRV: Rick Mast CC: Gere Kennon

#77 Jasper/Federal-Mogul Ford OWN: Doug Bawel DRV: Bobby Hillin Jr.

#78 Diamond Rio & Hanes Activewear Ford - Wilson Racing OWN: Jim Wilson DRV: Billy Standridge

#79 - DRV: Norm Benning.

#81 Square D Ford - FilMar Racing OWN: Filbert Martocci DRV: Kenny Wallace CC: Gil Martin

#86 HYPE Chevy - Ridling Motorsports OWN: Ridling DRV: Kevin LePage

#87 ? Chevy - This team's existance is questionable.... OWN: SABCO/NEMCO

#88 Quality Care Ford - OWN: Robert Yates. DRV: Dale Jarrett CC: Todd Parrott

#90 Heilig-Meyers Ford OWN: Junie Donlavey DRV: Dick Trickle CC: Bob Johnson

#91 Spam Chevrolet - Pro-Tech Motorsports OWN: Ron Neal and Tom Hanley DRV: Mike Wallace CC: Vic Kangus

#94 McDonald's Ford - OWN: Bill Elliott DRV: Bill Elliott CC: Mike Beam, or maybe Tim Brewer?

#95 Shoney's Inn Ford - Sadler Motorsports OWN: Earl Sadler DRV: Gary Bradberry CC: Dennis Adcock

#96 Caterpillar Chevrolet OWN: Buz McCall DRV: David Green CC:

#97 John Deere Pontiac - Rypien Motorsports OWN: Mark Rypien and Greg Pollex DRV: Chad Little CC: Harold Holly

#98 RCA Ford OWN: Cale Yarborough DRV: John Andretti CC: Tony Furr

#99 Exide Batteries Ford - Roush Racing OWN: Jack Roush? DRV: Jeff Burton CC: Buddy Parrott

#? - HS Die Chevrolet OWN: Tim Steele DRV: Tim Steele

#? - DW Motorsports OWN: Darrell Waltrip DRV: Rich Bickle

#? - Ron Barfield to run a limited WC schedule in an Elliott-prepared car, with possibly New Holland as sponsor. Barfield is currently Elliott's protege who has driven BGN and Trucks, but was also linked to the #27 car of David Blair.

#? - According to Winston Cup Scene, 1981 WC ROTY Ron Bouchard is reportedly trying to lease a WC car from Rick Hendrick to try to run the Daytona and Talledega races. Bouchard has not driven in a WC race since 1987.

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

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , John Andretti , Rich Bickle , 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 , Tony Stewart , Dick Trickle , Rusty Wallace , Michael Waltrip , Mike Skinner , Kyle Petty , Jimmy Spencer , Joe Nemechek , Kenny Wallace , Sterling Marlin , Robby Gordon , Mike Wallace , Hut Stricklin , Robert Pressley , Johnny Benson , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Ted Musgrave , Ricky Craven , Jack Sprague , Chad Little , David Green , Dave Marcis , Rick Mast , Tim Brewer , Ed Berrier , Tim Steele , Richard Petty , Andy Petree , Steve Grissom , Gary Bradberry , Norm Benning , Ray Evernham , Pete Peterson , Ron Barfield , Bobby Allison , Jack Roush , Robert Yates , Jim Wilson , Kevin Hamlin , Roger Penske , Buz McCall , Greg Moore , Felix Sabates , Bobby Hillin Jr. , Cale Yarborough , Randy Baker , Mark Martin , Bobby Kennedy
Teams Hendrick Motorsports , TriStar Motorsports