Notebook 95-05-17

Notebook 95-05-17
May 8, 1996, 12:19 PM

Ken's NASCAR Notebook May 17, 1996 ------------------------------------------- Winston Select & Coca Cola 600 Notes ------------------------------------------- As expected, the ...

Ken's NASCAR Notebook May 17, 1996

------------------------------------------- Winston Select & Coca Cola 600 Notes ------------------------------------------- As expected, the #37 Kranefuss/Haas Lincoln Mark VIII has not been approved for the Winston Open, and the reason sited was that the NASCAR rules require the sanctioning body be provided with all the manufacturer's part numbers, which was not done according to NASCAR's Mike Helton.. Still no word from NASCAR on whether it will be allowed for the Coca Cola 600 but the "feeling" is that it won't be allowed to run that soon either. NASCAR reportedly wants more wind tunnel testing. Rumor has it that Ford is not happy with Kranefuss' Lincoln testing, because they feel it will dilute their efforts to get NASCAR's concessions for the Thunderbird. On another note, Kranefuss was involved in a motorcycle accident after leaving a test session at Charlotte, when a car apparently cut him off while exitting the expressway. He suffered only minor injuries of cuts and bruises from dumping the bike.

Ricky Craven says he could run in the Winston Open because he is feeling much better, but he might elect to skip the non-points race to continue to build strength for the Coca Cola 600.

Ex-Senator & now full-time Presidental Candidate Bob Dole has been named as the Grand Marshall for the Winston Select.

RJR has announced another program that links the Winston Select to the exhibition race in Japan. If the same driver can win both races, they will collect another $50,000 bonus from Winston.

Word has it that Bobby Allison has been able to line up a new primary sponsor for his fledging race team. He will reportedly make an announcement Friday (today) from Charlotte in a scheduled press conference. The sponsor is said to likely be Best Buy, a consumer electronics retail chain similar to Circuit City.

Todd Bodine has been named as the primary replacement for Bill Elliott in the #94 McDonald's Ford starting possibly with the Coca Cola 600, while Elliott recovers from a broken left femur in his crash at Talladega. Todd is running the full BGN schedule this year, so Bodine will have a few conflicts with the Winston Cup schedule. Harry Gant will still drive for Elliott in the Winston Select.

Dick Trickle will be at the Charlotte Motor Speedway to run The Winston Select Open this weekend. Early Sunday morning, Trickle will then fly to Nazareth, PA for the BGN race. Trickle's NASCAR Busch Series Dura-Lube Chevrolet will be practiced and qualified by Tom Peck on Saturday for the Cores States-Meridian Advantage 200 at Nazareth Speedway.

------------------------------------------- Kodak goes racing on the Web ------------------------------------------- Eastman Kodak Company recently announced that racing fans can now visit the Kodak web site at to browse and electronically purchase Kodak Film Racing-themed merchandise from its online Giftshop. The Giftshop is a pilot program designed to begin exploring customer response to electronic commerce.

Kodak's Giftshop, located in the "What's Hot" section, offers a wide range of quality merchandise with a Kodak Film Racing theme including clothing, collectibles and toys. Kodak is the official film of NASCAR.

Shoppers can browse items such as a leather jacket, beach towel, baseball hat, inflatable boat, and scale model replicas of the Kodak-sponsored race cars and place them in a virtual shopping cart. Items can be shipped anywhere within the United States.

Two options of ordering merchandise are available. The first option is using Netscape Navigator to submit encrypted credit card information. The second option is using the giftshop "check-out" to request that a Kodak representative contact the consumer to receive the order and credit card information.

"Kodak is eager to tap into the potential of electronic commerce," said Kodak's Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President Carl Gustin. "We believe the potential of the Internet for direct commerce is enormous, if not limitless. "

Also at the Kodak web site, racing fans can access the latest race results, pictures and statistics of the Kodak Race Car and Team, a schedule of Kodak car appearances, and information on Kodak race car driver, Sterling Marlin.

------------------------------------------- Roush does Mustangs parts ------------------------------------------- Jack Roush, owner of the #6 Valvoline Ford of Mark Martin, #16 Family Channel Ford of Ted Musgrave, and the #98 Ford of Jeremy Mayfield, has just recently just jumped into the Mustang high-performance aftermarket by introducing a line of 1994-1996 Mustang bolt-on upgrade packages.

Roush Racing has been building and racing Mustangs since 1984, and has won 10 Trans Am manufacturer's and driver's titles, 12 IMSA GTO/GTS manufacturer's amd driver's championships, and 10 consecutive sedan class victories at the 24 Hours of Daytona. Mustang racing parts have always been available for sale, but never publically advertised and always hard to get.

Roush's new subsidary will sell three bolt-on packages which are designed to be owner-installed for the do-it-yourselfer: stage 1 is an appearance package, stage 2 is a suspension upgrade, and stage 3 is an engine upgrade. Roush will also open three authorized installation shops, called J.R.'s Garage, to perform installations for those who would rather not turn a wrench. The first two shops are opening in Livonia, MI and Garden Grove, CA., and the third is set to open in North Carolina.

Roush Racing comprises only about 1/6 of Roush Corporation's total business. Roush has 1300 employees in 27 locations throughout the world, with the majority mainly working for all three U.S. automakers.

------------------------------------------- NASCAR schedule for 1997 ------------------------------------------- Word is out that the long awaited NASCAR Winston Cup schedule for 1997 will be available later this summer in the August timeframe. Word is that "major" changes can be expected, with the new tracks in California and Las Vegas to be added. Also, since NASCAR has hold Bahre that he cannot have two races at New Hampshire, look for the situation with North Wilkesboro to be resolved. One source says that the owners of the Las Vegas track are negotiating to buy out Bahre's half-ownership of N. Wilkesboro, while another souce says the Bruton Smith has his eyes on it as well.

Speculation says that the early spring races after Daytona may be moved to warmer climates (read that out west towards Las Vegas, California, and Texas), so they are suggesting that you ensure your advance hotel/motel reservations be automatically moved up with the race (if necessary). Stay tuned.....

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

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