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---------------------------------- Silly Season in full swing and much more.... ---------------------------------- Jeff Burton is joining Jack Roush's team in a 3rd car next season, and according to press reports, the car will be sponsored by...

---------------------------------- Silly Season in full swing and much more.... ---------------------------------- Jeff Burton is joining Jack Roush's team in a 3rd car next season, and according to press reports, the car will be sponsored by Exide Batteries. In addition, well-known former crew chief Buddy Parrott will reportedly be "Team Manager" for the still un-numbered car, and a crew chief is being sought. It's a three-year agreement, according to Exide CEO Art Hawkins in an announcement at a news conference. Lead driver Mark Martin said the three-car team will be an asset, and noted "We got Jeff Burton 'cause he's young enough to spank. Ted (Musgrave) would be a problem," Martin continued, "but we haven't had to try and spank him." Martin noted that Roush Racing runs the only Fords in the top-five of the Winston Cup points race.

In related reports, apparently Todd Bodine will no longer drive the Roush truck. While Bodine has proven a capable and competitive driver, he's mainly competitive to NASCAR's headline series. Roush said a driver search is on. Roush also said that all operations will now be coordinated from Livonia, MI - home of Roush Performance Products. The Michigan location is closer to the center of the far-flung truck series.

Rumor has it that Hut Stricklin will take Jeff Burton's seat on the Stavola Bros team, leaving his attempt to buy the present Quaker State team in doubt.

In a surprising bit of rumor mill news, Ford Quality Care & Red Carpet Leasing will reportedly replace Exide on Geoff Bodine's car.

And, that allegedly leaves Bud Moore's team is looking for a sponsor to replace Quality Care. In addition, it has been rumored that Michael Waltrip may leave the Bahari Racing team of Chuck Rider and Pontiac to join NASCAR pioneer Bud Moore's Ford operation. This all leaves Moore's current driver Dick Trickle's future is in jeopardy....could it be that he might be the one rumored to retire at the end of this year?

If Mike Waltrip does leave the Pennzoil car for Bud Moore's team, Johnny Benson Jr., the current Busch Grand National points leader, is reportedly in line to succeed Waltrip in the Bahari ride.

Chad Little will run a full BGN schedule next year, along with a limited Winston Cup schedule.

Clyde Booth resigned as the GM of Darrell Waltrip's WC team to pursue other interests - including the possiblity of going to work for Pontiac team owner Bill Davis and his new driver Ward Burton.

Dale Jarrett and Ernie Irvan will be teammates next year, as Robert Yates plans on fielding a two car team. Dale Jarrett said Friday night he will drive the second car in the Robert Yates' Ford NASCAR Winston Cup stable in 1996. Jarrett also said that injured driver Ernie Irvan would return to Cup racing an drive the #88 car at some point in this season. The revelation, ending months of speculation, came as Jarrett was interviewed after winning a NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division race here tonight. The former BGN regular had made it known he wanted to have his own ride, and not be a "caretaker" for the popular Irvan. He'd hoped to have a sponsor announcement a week ago. Jarrett said he could not comment on a car sponsor, nor did he know whether Irvan would run the #28 car that Irvan piloted after the death of Davey Allison in a helicopter crash...or another car #.

--------------- Injury at Richmond --------------- Allen Bryson, a NASCAR Winston Cup official, was injured by an errant air wrench and was treated and released from a Richmond hospital. He was diagnosed with a broken right arm after the incident in an unidentified pit during the MGD 400.

---------------------------------- INGLE TO LEAVE RUDD PERFORMANCE MOTORSPORTS ---------------------------------- Rudd Performance Motorsports ("RPM") has announced that crew chief Bill Ingle will not return as crew chief of the RPM Tide-Downy Ford team for 1996. Ingle has expressed an interest in perhaps pursuing a career as a race driver and his plans for 1996 are somewhat uncertain according to owner/driver Ricky Rudd. Because of RPM's need to finalize its plans for next season, both parties mutually agreed to end their relationship at the conclusion of the current racing season. In 1994, Ingle successfully captained Rudd's first-year team to a win and a fifth-place finish in the Winston Cup Points standings. Rudd thanked Ingle for his hard work on behalf of the race team." The Team has accomplished a great deal over the last two season, and Bill's contributions to that success are recognized and appreciated," said Rudd. "We wish him well in his future endeavors and look forward to working with him for the remainder of the 1995 season." RPM has not yet spoken to anyone about filling the position of crew chief for the 1996 season and at this time Ingle is expected to remain with the team through the remaining nine races of the 1995 season. According to Rudd, "the team will look for someone who fits in and shares our goal of winning races and championships."

---------------------------------------------- WALLY DALLENBACH, JR TO DRIVE SUPERTRUCK AT SEARS POINT ---------------------------------------------- Kurt Roehrig, owner and Chief Engineer of Roehrig Motorsports is pleased to retain the services of Wally Dallenbach, Jr. to drive the #18 PFC, Precision Gear, Hella Lights, NASCAR Supertruck in the SUBWAY "100" at the Sears Point road racing circuit rescheduled for October 7. Dallenbach is a NASCAR Winston Cup veteran and former SCCA Trans Am and IMSA GTO Champion, with many victories under his belt at Sears Point. With the announcement coming on the heels of his 2nd place finish at the NASCAR Bud at the Glen Winston Cup race on August 13, Dallenbach is excited about the team's possibilities. "I've worked with Kurt in the past and he worked with us on the setup at Watkins Glen. He and the Bill Davis team gave me a great car to drive. The RMI team has also shown its ability to run up front and that front row start in the SuperTruck race at IRP was awesome!! We'll be tough to beat at Sears Point!" Roehrig echoes Dallenbach's confidence. "Wally and I worked together last summer at the Sears Point Winston Cup and then again this year at Watkins Glen. Each time we came up with a great chassis setup, and each time Wally was able to take it to the front. We expect to put it in Victory Lane this time around."

-------------------------------------- NASCAR UPHOLDS FINE AGAINST MIKE BEAM -------------------------------------- A $20,000 fine against Mike Beam, Crew Chief of the Bill Elliott #94 car, has been upheld by an appeals committee. Beam was assessed the penalty at Watkins Glen for having mounted an unapproved deck lid, with an inner-liner of carbon fiber. A three-member committee of the National Stock Car Racing Commission met in Darlington this weekend and elected not to overturn Beam's fine.

-------------------------- Japanese driver goes NASCAR racing -------------------------- During the Richmond weekend, Kenji Momota was introduced as the first Japanese driver to compete in a NASCAR division. Momota will drive a Chevrolet SuperTruck owned by Randy MacDonald and sponsored by Marukatsu Action Performance Companies.

Happy Motoring :-) =Ken=

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Ward Burton , Wally Dallenbach , Bill Elliott , Ernie Irvan , Dale Jarrett , Darrell Waltrip , Dick Trickle , Michael Waltrip , Todd Bodine , Hut Stricklin , Johnny Benson , Chad Little , Jack Roush , Robert Yates , Kurt Roehrig , Mark Martin , Davey Allison