Notes From Winston-Salem Preview 99-01-16

Disharoon new crew chief for Waltrip By Shawn A. Akers WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Jan. 16, 1999) Some notes and quotes from Saturday's T. Wayne Robertson NASCAR Winston Cup Preview, held at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum: ...

Disharoon new crew chief for Waltrip By Shawn A. Akers

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Jan. 16, 1999) Some notes and quotes from Saturday's T. Wayne Robertson NASCAR Winston Cup Preview, held at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum:

Donnie Disharoon, who has worked with the likes of Lake Speed and Junior Johnson and recently at David Blair Motorsports, will be the crew chief of the No. 66 Kmart/Route 66 Ford Taurus, driver Darrell Waltrip said Saturday. Waltrip was announced as the driver of Travis Carter's second team back in early December. "He's (Disharoon) a nice young man," the 51-year-old Waltrip said. "I believe he'll do a good job for us. He'll be glad to read that 'cause he don't even know it."

Still no news on the sponsorship front from the No. 98 Cale Yarborough Motorsports team, but driver Rick Mast said it's almost a certainty that the team will have one soon. What that means, he said, is anybody's guess. "The main questions are when and how high-profile the sponsor will be, but we are going to have one," Mast said. "Whether it comes before Daytona or after Daytona, I don't know. I don't think anybody knows right now."

Triad Motorsports and driver Gary Bradberry have received a financial boost for the upcoming season. In addition to Pilot Corporation, PHARB Hangover Relief announced Saturday that it will also be on the No. 78 Ford Taurus as a co-primary sponsor for 1999. "Starting the season without having to worry about sponsorship makes it much more exciting to go racing this year," Bradberry said. "We carried the Robert Yates motor deal into the 1999 season, and we have Hut Stricklin as team manager and crew chief. Hopefully, we'll get off to a fresh new start this year and be as competitive as we can be."

The No. 78 Triad Motorsports team indeed has added some firepower to its arsenal as it will run Robert Yates Motors, beginning in 1999. Stricklin, who has made 267 series starts, is a long-time friend of Bradberry and has, at the moment, hung up his driving shoes to help Bradberry's team on the mechanical side of the sport.

The No. 23 Team Winston Ford, with driver Jimmy Spencer, has a new associate sponsor for 1999. Mag Instrument Inc., the U.S. company that produce the popular Mag-Lite flashlights, will join Travis Carter's Team Winston outfit for the upcoming season. "We are very excited to have a company like Mag Instrument associated with our team," Carter said. "Being a part of Team Winston, we're very fortunate in the sponsorship department, but adding a quality sponsor like Mag-Lite is a major addition for us. We're thrilled to have them on board."

Chris Hussey, the former crew chief of the No. 22 Pontiac owned by Bill Davis, has found a new home. John Andretti, the driver of Richard Petty's No. 43 Pontiac, said Saturday Hussey has replaced Dale Inman as the team manager at Petty Enterprises.

Speaking of Andretti, the age-old question of the Indianapolis reared its head Saturday. A former Indy ca competitor, Andretti has advocated running in the Indianapolis 500, and once again, hopes to participate in the race this year. That will mean Andretti, who has done it once before, would have to run two races in one day. He'll would also run the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway later that evening. "That's a possibility, and I'd really love to do it," Andretti said. "But that means I've got two owners I'll have to negotiate with for that. I don't think it will be a problem, but I've got my priorities, and if it interferes with the Winston Cup effort, we won't do it." Tony Stewart, a former Indy Racing League champion, said he also plans on participating in the Indianapolis 500. That, he said, depends on the circumstances, and said he hopes to know something for sure by March.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers John Andretti , Darrell Waltrip , Tony Stewart , Jimmy Spencer , Rick Mast , Richard Petty , Gary Bradberry , Junior Johnson , Robert Yates , Cale Yarborough