Notebook 96-02-13

Ken's NASCAR Notebook 02-13-96 -------------------------------------- Bud Moore's Team Still Sponsorless -------------------------------------- Despite rumors that Bud Moore may get sponsorship from Circuit City, or a restaurant chain, his...

Ken's NASCAR Notebook 02-13-96

-------------------------------------- Bud Moore's Team Still Sponsorless -------------------------------------- Despite rumors that Bud Moore may get sponsorship from Circuit City, or a restaurant chain, his car remains sponsorless at Daytona, with driver Wally Dallenbach behind the wheel for the 500 on a one-race deal. Bud Moore is still apparently uncertain as to whether he can run a partial or full season without a major sponsor. (Lets hope somebody signs up soon, as I'd hate to see this team not run the full season.)

-------------------------------------- Stavola Bros Get Sponsor Plugged In -------------------------------------- Circuit City unveiled their ruby-red, #8 Stavola Bros. Ford Thunderbird at the Busch Clash this past weekend in Daytona Beach. The Circuit City car, clad with the company logo and unique lightning bolt design, will be driven by Hut Stricklin this season. Circuit City is touted as the nation's largest retailer of brand-name consumer electronics and major appliances and a leading retailer of personal computers and music software with over 400 stores nationwide. The #8 Circuit City car will also sport the logo for CarMax: The Auto Superstore, which is Circuit City's used-car retail operation. Look for several show car appearances at the various retail stores across the country this summer.

-------------------------------------- Dick Trickle gets ride for Daytona -------------------------------------- Dick Trickle, former driver for the Bud Moore team, was seen tooling around Daytona in the #63 Purina Hi Pro Dog Food car this past weekend. Details on sponsorship agreement were not available.

-------------------------------------- Winston Cup Leader Bonus for 1996 -------------------------------------- NASCAR's Winston Cup sponsor, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, recently announced a new program called the "Winston Cup Leader Bonus" that will award $10,000 to the driver who wins a race and then leads the points standings after that race. If the race winning driver is not the points leader after the race, the bonus money will be rolled-over to the next race (similar to the Unocal Bonus). A total of $310,000 has been set aside for the program, for the 31-race season. If the Winston Cup champion fails to win the season finale at Atlanta, the residual money will be split among the top-ten drivers in the points standings.

-------------------------------------- Hooters gives Mast sponsorship and Incentive -------------------------------------- Rick Mast finds himself behind the wheel of a new car complete with a new sponsor for Busch Clash in Daytona. The car that got him to the Clash was the #1 Skoal Bandit Ford Thunderbird, but the car he ran in the Clash was the #1 Hooters Pontiac Grand Prix. In addition to the sponsorship, Hooters of America, Inc. offered Rick Mast an exciting incentive to win the 1996 Busch Clash from the pole. If he he had won Sunday's 20-lap event from the pole, Hooters would have given him the franchise rights for a Hooters Restaurant in his hometown, Rockbridge Baths, VA. The Busch Clash has only been won from the pole three times in its 17-year history; by Darrell Waltrip in 1981, by Bill Elliott in 1987, and by Ken Schrader in 1989.

-------------------------------------- Penske files for public stock -------------------------------------- Penske Motorsports Inc. filed a $55 million public offering with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to help finance the company's new racetrack in Southern California. The proposal requests the sale of 3.25 million shares of stock at $17 per share, which would effectively reduce Roger Penske's ownership of the company from 84 percent to 50 percent. Penske Motorsports Inc. owns and operates the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., and the Nazareth Speedway in Nazareth, Penn.

-------------------------------------- Darlington Raceway Founder Dies -------------------------------------- Harold Brasington, the racer who built NASCAR's first superspeedway, recently passed away at age 86. As a former dirt-track racer, Brasington raced stock cars in the 30s and 40s, but yearned for a faster racing format. In 1949, he began construction of the Darlington Raceway, that would open on Labor Day, 1950 with NASCAR's Southern 500. The 1.366-mile track's unique egg-shaped oval configuration earned a reputation as the track that was "too tough to tame." Brasington later sold his interest in the Darlington, helped in the creation of Charlotte Motor Speedway, and then went on to build and own North Carolina Motorspeedway in Rockingham, N.C. He later returned to Darlington and built the Darlington International Dragway. Brasington, who was inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association's Stock Car Hall of Fame in 1992, is survived by his wife, Mildred, one son and four grandchildren.

-------------------------------------- Gordon's Anti-Smoking Commericals -------------------------------------- Aimed at trying to appease the federal government's recent proposals to ban tobacco advertisements and sponsorship in sporting events, defending Winston Cup Champion Jeff Gordon, and South Carolina Attorney General Charlie Condon will be featured in anti-smoking commericals in South Carolina. One of the commericals will have Jeff Gordon talk about smoking his tires, but urging teenagers not to smoke tobacco.

-------------------------------------- Richard Petty Enters Political Race -------------------------------------- The King of Stockcar Racing recently filed for Republican nomination of secretary of state for North Carolina. Supporters say he can add a whole new dimension to politics, but opponents feel Petty's commerical endorsements may create a conflict of interest for the political office.

-------------------------------------- Racing in Rome, New York ? -------------------------------------- Word has it that Rome, New York is trying to attract some form of racing to the recently abandoned Griffiss Air Force Base grounds, including the possibility of NASCAR. This past summer, the base was decommisioned and the Air Force pulled out and turned over the property to the local government. That leaves Rome with a concrete runway of over two miles in length (and several feet thick!), that used to be the stomping grounds of B-52 bombers and KC-135 tankers. Sources (my dad included) say that both rumors and newspaper reports say that local officials are trying to work out the details. Stay tuned....

-------------------------------------- NASCAR is growing in popularity -------------------------------------- Recent statistics show that over 4 Million fans attended the Winston Cup races last year. As a result, NASCAR continues to try and expand their grasp into new areas of the country. Bill France has recently stated that the NASCAR Busch Series will have a new event for the 1997 season, to be announced sometime in the near future. He says that it will be a surprise, and an exciting opportunity.

-------------------------------------- Darrell Waltrip Day -------------------------------------- The Kentucky State Senate and House of Representatives recently passed a resolution proclaiming February 5th as "Darrell Waltrip Day."

-------------------------------------- Inside Elliott's New Shop -------------------------------------- This past weekend, Ned Jarrett& the Inside NASCAR crew were inside of Bill Elliott's new shop located at the airport in Hickory, NC. The location of the shop makes it easy for the Elliott brothers to build engines in Dawsonville, and then flew them over to the new shop and taxi right inside the building, since the new shop is housed in an old airplane hanger. The #94 team's day-to-day operations are run out this shop now, mainly because crew chief Mike Beam, who was born and raised in Hickory, wanted to stay close to his family. The team suffered some recent set backs, with an ice storm that knocked out power for nearly four days and the death of Casey Elliott. However, the team seems ready to take on the new season with Awesome Bill behind the wheel.

-------------------------------------- Second Superbowl of the Year -------------------------------------- Well, we watched the Dallas Cowboys enter the record books this year in the NFL Superbowl, can we also watch #4 Kodak team break a record as well? Entering his third season driving the #4 Kodak Morgan-McClure Chevrolet, Sterling Marlin is faced with a never-before achieved feat, winning three Daytona 500s in a row. Not even Richard Petty, who is a seven-time Daytona 500 winner, has ever won three of them back to back. And I'd say chances are pretty good for this sterling Tennessean to pull it off, given his dominance in Sunday's Busch Clash, where he came on strong from the back of the field in both segments. Another car to watch out for is that #88 of Dale Jarrett, who also started in the back of the pack and moved up quickly in both segments. Will Dale Earnhardt win the 500 finally, or will he make the Buffalo Bills superbowl record look pale by comparison?

PS: Has anyone really figured out what makes that Runt engine in #4 purr?

Happy Motoring :-) =Ken=

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Wally Dallenbach , Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Dale Jarrett , Darrell Waltrip , Dick Trickle , Ken Schrader , Sterling Marlin , Hut Stricklin , Ned Jarrett , Rick Mast , Richard Petty , Roger Penske