------------- BGN Misc. Notes: ------------- Johnny Benson Jr. still leads the points battle after the Watkins Glen BGN Lysol 200 Notes, with 2087 points. Chad Little is 154 points back with 1933 total points, and Jason Keller is in a distant ...
------------- BGN Misc. Notes: ------------- Johnny Benson Jr. still leads the points battle after the Watkins Glen BGN Lysol 200 Notes, with 2087 points. Chad Little is 154 points back with 1933 total points, and Jason Keller is in a distant third with 1767. Mike McLaughlin, a Rochester favorite, is in forth with 1720 points, and Jeff Green rounds out the top five with 1696 points.
The IMSA and NASCAR Busch Grand National All Stars met for their annual charity game on Thursdays at Eldridge Stadium prior to the race weekend at the Glen. A new feature this year was a "mercy" rule limiting the number of runs per inning to seven, after NASCAR's 1994 score resembled football results by a near 40 run advantage. Here is a lineup of drivers that were scheduled to play: IMSA TEAM (Exxon Tigers) Bill Auberlen, Flip Groggins, Tim Hubman, Butch Leitzinger, Jack Lewis, Rob Morgan, Johnny O'Connell, Jim Pace, Dan Robson, Rick Sutherland, Barry Waddell and head coach Janice Butler, Exxon/Butler Communications. NASCAR TEAM: Jim Bown, Rodney Combs, Tim Fedewa, Jeff Fuller, Jason Keller, Tracy Leslie, Chad Little, Curtis Markham, Phil Parsons, Larry Pearson, Randy Porter, Johnny Rumley, Hermie Sadler, Elton Sawyer and head coach Andy Hall, NASCAR Director of Public Relations. IMSA finally won this year, with a score of 10-6.
------------------------- Daytona Pepsi 400 Pre-Race Notes: ------------------------- The 1995 Daytona RaceFest - A Celebration of NASCAR, On Thursday, June 29 at City Island, in Downtown Daytona Beach - will feature 22 NASCAR Winston Cup drivers. They are: Daytona 500 winner Bobby Allison, 1990 Daytona 500 champion Derrike Cope, Bobby Labonte, Jeremy Mayfield, Jeff Purvis, Billy Standridge, Ricky Craven, Mike Wallace, Kenny Wallace, Steve Grissom, Randy Lajoie, Dave Marcis, Lake Speed, Loy Allen, Ken Schrader, Dick Trickle, Ted Musgrave, Jimmy Spencer, Ricky Rudd, Brett Bodine, Morgan Shepherd, and Hut Stricklin. "RaceFest historically enjoys twice as many Winston Cup drivers signing autographs as any other similar event" says Edwin Peck, Jr., Chairman of the 1995 event. "Daytona Beach is NASCAR's hometown, and the drivers really show their appreciation by coming to RaceFest." Legendary performer Jerry Reed is the featured entertainer at 8:30 p.m.. Country music group Kabin Feever kicks off the live entertainment for RaceFest with a performance at 4 p.m., and Daytona Beach's own "Mr. Blues," Mark Hodgson takes the stage at 6 p.m.. At the conclusion of Reed's show, the Surfside Barbershop Chorus will perform "God Bless America" and "America the Beautiful." The 40-voice chorus will then lead the crowd in the signing of the National Anthem which will segue into a spectacular fireworks show by Santore and Sons at 9:30 p.m.. RaceFest '95 is sponsored by The Chamber, Daytona Beach / Halifax Area. Admission is free, and free parking is available throughout the downtown area. For more information on the Daytona Beach area, contact the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at (904) 255-0415 or (800) 544-0415.
Daytona RaceFest `95 will also feature racing competition for Daytona Beach area children at the "Racin' Kids" Big Wheel races. The event will be held on City Island, Daytona Beach, Thursday, June 29 beginning at 6 p.m. Racin' Kids will consist of four divisions ranging from ages three to ten. Participants pay $5 to test their skills on the paved oval course and Big Wheels will be provided by Dunn Toys & Hobbies of Downtown Daytona Beach. Trophies will be awarded in all age divisions following the event. Pre-registration is available at the Parks and Recreation office on E. Orange Ave., Daytona Beach. Event day registration will be held beginning at 4 p.m. at the Racin' Kids registration tent, near the newly-installed City Island Park children's playground.
SCHEDULE OF PRE-RACE EVENTS: THURSDAY, June 29: Drawing to determine order of qualifying ; 10:00 a.m. Practice from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Time trials (qualifying) at 2:30 p.m. for positions 1-20). FRIDAY. June 30: Practice from 9:00 am. to 11:30 am. Time trials (qualifying) at 1:00 pm for positions 21-36. Practice following time trials for one hour.
POSTED AWARDS: $1,307,598 Jimmy Spencer is the defending champion of the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Bill Elliott holds the NASCAR Winston Cup qualifying record of 210.364 mph in February, 1987 at DIS. Bobby Allison holds the 400-mile race record of 173.473 mph.
AIR TIME: MRN Radio will begin its broadcast of the PEPSI 400 at 10:45 a.m. (EDT.) with announcers Barney Hall and Eli Gold. ESPN will broadcast the race LIVE on TV. The race begins at 11:00A.M. (EDT), Saturday, July 1, 1995.
TICKETS: As of Monday June 26, a limited amount of tickets are still available from the Speedway direct by calling (904) 253-RACE.
--------------- Misc. News & Tidbits --------------- Speedway Motorsports - the Bruton Smith company that already owns Charlotte and Atlanta Motor speedways, 24% of North Carolina Motor Speedway (Rockingham), and intends to build a track in the Dallas-Fort Worth area - has purchased 50% of the outstanding shares of North Wilkesboro Speedway. The speedway is one of the older NASCAR tracks that was run by a family operation, lead by Enoch Staley, who had recently passed away. Speedway Motorsports purchased stock from Jack Combs and other relatives for an undisclosed amount of money, and then announced Mike Staley, Enoch's son and currently Director of Operations at the track, would be named President after an upcoming board meeting. Mary Staley, Enoch's widow, retains the other half of the stock. It is no secret that Bruton Smith wants to obtain a NASCAR Winston Cup race date for his proposed site in Texas. However, NASCAR President William France, Jr announced earlier this year that NASCAR has no plans to expand their current 32 race schedule. NASCAR franchises are awarded on a one-year basis and future schedules aren't formally announced until three months before a new season commences. The only 1996 race NASCAR has publicly committed to is a Winston Cup visit at the Fontana site of th Penske's future California Speedway.
The July 3, 1995 issue of Forbes magazine has a COVER STORY called "Off to the races, How the Frances of NASCAR built a major fortune in stock-car racing". It is reported to be a veryinformative article. Check it out. Here's some interesting notes from the article: NASCAR is estimated to be a $2 Billion business. France faimly is on the Forbes 400 list, with a net worth of $500 Million. NASCAR gets 10% of TV revenues, and about 2-5% of NASCAR licensed merchandise. International Speedway Corp, which is controlled by the France family, had a 1994 profit of $15 Million, from $70 Million in revenues. Considering licensing the NASCAR name & trademark for theme restaurants and auto parts stores.
Larry McReynolds, crew chief for Dale Jarrett's No. 28 Ford Thunderbird, had to leave Michigan International Speedway on the Saturday morning before the MGD 400 race to return to Charlotte, N.C., where his mother was very ill. McReynolds said his mother, Mary McReynolds, 67, is suffering from liver cancer and had taken a turn for the worse. He briefed the team extensively before leaving the track.
Bobby Labonte's win at the in the Miller Genuine Draft 400 in Michigan marked the ninth time in NASCAR Winston Cup history brothers had won back-to-back races. Bobby's win Sunday came a week after brother Terry won at Pocono. The last time brothers won consectutive Winston Cup events was in April of 1990 when Brett Bodine won at North Wilkesboro, N.C., and the following week Geoff Bodine won at Martinsville, Va.. Bobby and Donnie Allison accomplished this feat twice, once in 1970 and eight year later again in 1978. Herb and Donald Thomas managed back-to-back wins in 1952, and also there were different combinations of the three Flock brothers, Tim, Bob and Fonty, who recorded consecutive wins five separate times. And remarkably, just once in 1952, exactly in that order, all three won consecutive races.
As of Michigan (race #14), Sterling Marlin grabbed not only the points lead, but also the miles completed lead as well, by finishing all but 124.15 of the 5,590.14 miles this season. Earnhardt is second with 5,418.30 (or all but 171.84) miles. Sterling Marlin standing is now 13 positions higher in the chase for the NASCAR Winston Cup title than a season ago. But that's not the biggest leap. Derrike Cope (17th) is 15 positions higher than a year ago. Bobby Labonte (6th) is 16 positions better and John Andretti (20th) has bettered his standing by 17 spots since last year.
The new Homestead Motorsports Complex will be available for testing beginning August 10th according to Ralph A. Sanchez, president of Miami Motorsports, Inc., operator of the new facility. Sanchez says the 90-day asphalt curing period for the tracks officially ends with a Goodyear tire test on August 9th planned with IndyCar driver Robby Gordon and NASCAR Busch Grand National Series driver Chad Little. The facility makes its final preparations for the NASCAR Busch Series season-ending Jiffy Lube Miami 300 on November 3 - 5. The 1.5-mile quad oval has 8-degree banking, and the 2.21-mile road course includes the front and back straightaways of the oval. Construction of the Homestead Motorsports Complex, the only facility of its kind in the entire world designed to accomodate all forms of racing, continues at an average of 20 hours a day in preparation for the Jiffy Lube Miami 300. The 344-acre facility has grandstand seating for 65,000. In addition to serving as a world focal point of racing, the Homestead Motorsports Complex will house racing schools and serve as a year-round testing site and tourist destination.
Tee-shirts seen in the SuperTruck paddock: One of the crew Tshirts for the #87 John Nemechek Burger King Chevrolet team is "Good Enough Is Not Enough." And Ernie Irvan and some of his crew are sporting No Fear Tshirts with the logo "Second Place is First Loser."
----------------------- Rumor DuJour or the Silly Season ----------------------- Whoa boy, the silly season seems to be almost in full swing, and we're only halfway through the season.
After repeated rumors about Dale & Ned Jarrett buying the #26 team were squashed by the Jarrett's denial, a new rumor has developed with Jarrett forming his own team next year. This rumor comes in light of a report that Dale Jarrett is supposedly "talking with sponsors."
Hut Stricklin and the present #26 team manager are currently trying to develop a plan on how to buy the team from Kenny Bernstein, who had previously announced that it is up for sale at the end of the year.
Kenny Schrader has now denied (several times) that there is any truth to the rumor that he is trying to leave Hendrick Motorsports and start his own team with Bud as the sponsor.
Jimmy Hensley is replacing Randy Lajoie in the Bill Davis #22 MNBA ride for remainder of the year, with the exception of possibly Watkins Glen roadcourse.
Andy Hillenburg, former ARCA driver and former driver for Jimmy Means, is replacing Greg Sacks in the Sabates #40 Kendall ride for Pepsi 400 at Daytona, apparently a one-race deal.
Kirk Shelmerdine, who earlier lost his BGN ride, is working on a SuperTruck ride with Kenny Allen, who is still is still struggling with whether he wants to be a owner/driver, or just an owner.
And from the outta-the-blue dept, I heard a rumor that NASCAR had been looking at buying the nearly-defunct Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, NY for the purposes of building a race track. (The rumor comes from my dad, who still lives in Rome and is retired from the Air Force. He apparently still has many contacts at the base, of which one of them passed this tidibt onto him. Not likely there is any truth to it though, with Watkins Glen only a few hours away and NASCAR's focus on expanding out west.)
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