Ken's NASCAR Silly Season Notebook, 97-01-14

Ken's NASCAR Silly Season Notebook - January 14, 1997 ------------------------------------------- News and tidbits ------------------------------------------- The PR guy from Turner has been in touch with me, and he tells me that the...

Ken's NASCAR Silly Season Notebook - January 14, 1997

------------------------------------------- News and tidbits ------------------------------------------- The PR guy from Turner has been in touch with me, and he tells me that the Cartoon Network car driven by Robert Pressley will have Scooby on the car until mid-year, and then they will have another character following the Fred Flintstone or Scooby Doo concept.

NASCAR Online has pictures of some of the new paint schemes for this year, like Richard's #43 and Kyle's #44. See them at this URL:

For Daytona, the #1 Richard Jackson team gets a one race deal for sponsorship from Delco Remy America and National Corvette Museum, Cruisin' America calling cards. Continued sponsorship is dependent upon performance.

Larry Pearson is in the #15 Bud Moore car, but unknown for how many races. Hayes is committed to stay on as an associate, but the team is still looking for help with sponsorship dollars.

The Huskers deal with the #9 Melling Team has been a source of controversy lately. Apparently, no sponsorship money has been received, and Harry Melling said he is committed to run Daytona with or without sponsorship. But the Husker News page says they are still trying to raise the funds. See their homepage at::

This year will likely be Darrell Waltrip's last full season, as it appears he may only run part time in 1998 - if at all. 1997 will feature a 25th anniversary paint scheme commemorating the various cars DW drove in his career. Rich Bickle is first in line to take over the driver's seat if DW steps down.

------------------------------------------- NASCAR Silly Season Central ------------------------------------------- A few more updates on the teams for next year:

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

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

#00 Aquafresh/Keebler pontiac DRV: Buck Shot Jones Notes: Rumored to be a BGN team that will attempt a few cup races this year.

#1 Delco Remy/Cruisin' America 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 (from the #28)

#4 Kodak Chevy OWN: Morgan-McClure DRV: Sterling Marlin CC: Tim Brewer (ending speculation with #94)

#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: Pat Tryson (from #10) Notes: Lee Morse, former Ford Motor Co. rep for SVO, now named as team manager.

#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: Jeff Buice

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

#11 Close Call Ford - w/Roush engines OWN: Brett Bodine DRV: Brett Bodine CC: Donnie Richeson Notes: Frontier & Catalyst Communications will run Close Call Phone Cards.

#12 ??? Ford - Allison Motorsports OWN: Frank Plessinger, Bobby Allison and Nathan Sims. DRV: ??? CC: ??? Notes: This team is still questionable for Daytona. Only time will tell...

#14 General Mills Chevy OWN: Theresa Earnhardt DRV: Ron Hornaday Jr. CC: ?? Notes: I hear they are still working on which cereal as the official sponsor, but its supposed to be a firm deal.

#15 Hayes Modems Ford OWN: Bud Moore DRV: Larry Pearson (right now) CC: Jimmy Means

#16 Family Channel/PrimeStar Ford (new paint scheme) 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 Child Support Recovery International Ford - TriStar Motorsports OWN: Mark Smith DRV: Loy Allen Jr. CC: Peter Sospenzo Notes: New sponsor brought on board.

#20 - sponsorless Ford? OWN: Ranier/Walsh DRV: Greg Sacks CC: Notes:Tony Stewart possibly will run 4 race, and then run the full schedule in 1998 to attempt ROTY.

#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 Notes: Pepsi is new associate sponsor for all of Hendricks.

#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: ??? CC: ???

#28 Havoline Ford OWN: Robert Yates DRV: Ernie Irvan CC: Marc Reno

#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 CC: Andy Petree

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

#37 Kmart/RC Cola Ford (new associate sponsors) OWN: Kranefuss & Haas DRV: Jeremy Mayfield CC: Paul Andrews (from the #7)

#40 Coors 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: Brad Noffsinger

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

#60 - DRV: Ed Berrier.

#63 Purina Chevy - Notes: This is the car that Dick Trickle ran at Daytona in 96.

#71 Prodigy Chevy OWN: Helen Marcis DRV: Dave Marcis CC: Terry Shirley Notes: Prodigy is likely only an associate sponsor.

#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

#85 - HS Die Ford OWN: Tim Steele DRV: Tim Steele CC: Notes: He will apparently run attempt a partial schedule in 97 and hopes to run the full schedule in 98.

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

#87 ? Chevy OWN: SABCO/NEMCO Notes: This team has been consumed by the other SABCO teams. No word on whether the number has been relinquished.

#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 (w/ Super 8 Motel) OWN: Bill Elliott DRV: Bill Elliott CC: Mike Beam

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

#96 Caterpillar Chevrolet OWN: Buz McCall DRV: David Green CC: Butch Enders Notes: Shelmerdine is a consultant-strategist.

#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

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

#? Ford - Ron Barfield to run a limited WC schedule (one confirmed race was named) in an Elliott-prepared cup car. Barfield drives for Elliott in BGN, Truck and ARCA.

#? - 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.

#? - Odyssey Motorsports OWN: Don Hume, Thomas Ungurean, Dick Bahre (brother of the NHIS owner)

------------------------------------------- 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 , Brad Noffsinger , Jack Roush , Robert Yates , Jim Wilson , Greg Sacks , Kevin Hamlin , Roger Penske , Buz McCall , Felix Sabates , Bobby Hillin Jr. , Cale Yarborough , Randy Baker , Mark Martin , Bobby Kennedy
Teams Hendrick Motorsports , TriStar Motorsports