Ken's Notebook 96-03-25

------------------------------------------- Racing on the World Wide Web: ------------------------------------------- NASCAR Online has been established on the web, and features updates relative to the races happening each week. Check out the...

------------------------------------------- Racing on the World Wide Web: ------------------------------------------- NASCAR Online has been established on the web, and features updates relative to the races happening each week. Check out the following URL:

Also, Daytona Speedweeks is now online at the following URL:

Nando Net's Sports Page has a special section on the Daytona 500. See the following URL for more information:

Hayes Microcomputer Products now has information about their sponsorship of Bud Moore Engineering and Wally Dallenbach on the WWW at the following URL:

Watkins Glen International racetrack is now online at the following URL:

Ricky Rudd's Official Homepage has now been established at the following URL:

Darrell Waltrip Home Page is now on the web as well at the following URL:

------------------------------------------- John Andretti fine after race: ------------------------------------------- NASCAR levied a $2000 fine on Winston Cup driver John Andretti for his post-race bumper car antics after the Pontiac Excitement 400 in Richmond. Andretti and driver Bobby Hamilton were involved in several incidents throughout the race, and Andretti apparently tried to get Hamilton attention at the end of the race by bumping the #43 Pontiac several times. Hamilton locked up the brakes and forced Andretti to stop, but Andretti backed up and sped off into the pits.

------------------------------------------- Waterloo to hold party for McLaughlin ------------------------------------------- "Magic Shoes" Mike McLaughlin, currently driving the BGN Royal Oak Charcoal car, will be honored by his home town of Waterloo, N.Y., on Wednesday, June 26, 1996. In addition to a huge block party, events will include autograph sessions with McLaughlin, a display of the Team 34 Royal Oak Chevrolet Monte Carlo and hauler, a race memorabilia charity auction, local race and classic cars on display, live music, a chicken B-B-Q and more. The event is being sponsored by the Waterloo Business and Professional Association, the Village of Waterloo, and the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds from the block party will be donated to the Waterloo Recreational Youth Building Fund. Donation of items for the auction are being solicited and volunteers to help in many areas will be welcome. To volunteer or donate items, call Amy Westfall at 315-539-9551 or Bonnie Hosford at 315-539-5251. McLaughlin started his racing career locally on dirt tracks and graduated to NASCAR's asphalt modified touring series, and finished third in points during the 1995 BGN series.

------------------------------------------- TV Film Crews spotted at Daytona ------------------------------------------- During races at Daytona, a pilot was being filmed for a weekly one-hour TV drama based on Daytona Beach, which features the racing and the beach life. The TV pilot is being produced by BSB, who also produce "Baywatch." Lee Majors is expected to play the role of a former race driver (Owen Travers) who has two sons who race (Jessie Travers and Gavin Travers). Mac Davis is expected to play a role based on Ron Rice, owner of the Hawaiian Tropic sun tan oil business which once sponsored many race cars. The Travers Klassix Museum car will be the #33 Carlton Company Ford driven by Harris DeVane. The Daytona Gold car will be the #10 Lewandowski/Norris Travel Chevrolet driven by Glenn Brewer.

------------------------------------------- TNN breaks record with race coverage ------------------------------------------- The Nashville Network (TNN) set a new cable viewership record with its telecast of the Goodwrench 400 NASCAR Winston Cup race. A press release quoted figures from A.C. Nielsen Media Research that show the telecast was seen viewers in 3.5 million households, which equals a 5.4 rating (in industry jargon). That rating puts TNN in the top spot as the most watched Winston Cup race on any cable network to date. TNN began covering the circuit six years ago, and the audience was the largest-ever in TNN's 13-year history. The 5.4 rating is a 15% increase from a year ago, and coincides with the debut of MRN-radio host Eli Gold as a play-by-play announcer.

------------------------------------------- Bud Moore & Hayes debut new paint ------------------------------------------- Bud Moore Engineering and Hayes Modem have a new paint job for driver Wally Dallenbach's Winton Cup racecar. The Hayes Modems Ford Thunderbird will sport a brand new purple and teal/turquoise paint scheme for the Winston Cup TranSouth Financial 400 race at Darlington. For a sneak peak at the paint job, watch the Hayes Modem web site mentioned above.

------------------------------------------- Allison reconsiders move to Charlotte ------------------------------------------- Bobby Allison had thoughts about moving his racing operations to Charlotte in an effort to save money for his struggling race team and quell the painful memories of losing both his sons. He also realized that a move would end Alabama's reign as a hub in stock car racing, and that the memories of Davey and Clifford would follow him wherever he goes. Bobby's new plans are in the works to find ways to raise money and stay in Hueytown, Allison said. The couple will probably sell their house and move somewhere smaller and cheaper, and Allison might convert some idle race shop buildings into apartments to earn extra money.

------------------------------------------- What is Jr. Johnson doing these days? ------------------------------------------- NASCAR legend Junior Johnson, one of the most successful drivers and car owners in NASCAR Winston Cup history, surprised the racing community last year by selling his teams and walking away from the sport. No hype. No grand finale. No media coverage. No news conference. Just silient, but clearly visible withdrawal from the sport that had consumed his life since the age of 24, when he was released from prison for manufacturing non-tax-paid whiskey. Nowadays, Johnson's main interest is with his new family in their new 14,000-square-foot Georgian-style home that Johnson had built in the middle of a 170-acre tract of rolling farmland in Yadkin County. Johnson now passes the time working the farm, where he has 500 or so beef cattle to take care of, and taking care of his new wife and children. Johnson's life is immortalized by Bruce Springsteen in the song "Cadillac Ranch" and by Tom Wolfe who wrote a piece about him for Esquire magazine entitled "The Last American Hero." The story served as the basis for a 1973 movie of the same title, with Jeff Bridges portraying Johnson. A copy of the movie poster is on display in Junior's rec room.

------------------------------------------- Idle thoughts to ponder..... ------------------------------------------- Did you know that a Winston Cup car can travel the length of a football field in 1.1 seconds?

Happy Motoring :-) =Ken=

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers John Andretti , Wally Dallenbach Sr. , Bobby Hamilton , Darrell Waltrip , Mike McLaughlin , Junior Johnson , Bobby Allison