Tuesday news #1 97-08-26

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Derrike Cope is out of the #36 Skittles Pontiac after the end of the 1997 season (from RPM2Night/Jayski)

Pat Tryson, formally Geoff Bodines crew chief, who quit the job during the Goody's 500 in Bristol was named as the crew chief of the #35 Tabasco Pontiac team that will be driven by.....Todd Bodine (RPM2Nite/Jayski)

Pionite Decorative Laminates brand of Pioneer Plastics Corporation has signed as primary sponsor for the #91 LJ Racing Chevy for the next three events on the NASCAR Winston Cup schedule, Darlington, Richmond and New Hampshire. Doug Richert has been named interm crew chief, Greg Sacks will drive the car (NASCAR Online / RPM2Nite / Jayski)

Bill Davis, owner of the #22 MBNA Pontiac will start a second team that will run ARCA and BGN races with former #81 crew chief Gil Martin running the team (RPM2Nite/Jayski)

Here's an exerpt from an article on Charlotte.com by David Poole:

If Ernie Irvan wants to make the No. 36 Pontiac his new home on the Winston Cup circuit, the path is clear. MB2 Motorsports and Derrike Cope, the current driver of the No. 36 car, announced Monday their relationship won't continue after 1997. ``This is a mutual decision between Derrike, the team and the owners,'' Jay Frye, the team's general manager, said in a statement. ``We feel it is in the best interest of everyone to pursue other options at this time.'' Irvan is the No. 1 option for MB2 Motorsports, which is in its first year as a Winston Cup team. Irvan, driver of the No. 28 Ford, learned in July that car owner Robert Yates would not renew his contract. Since, Irvan's name has come up in connection with several teams. Monday afternoon, Irvan would say only that he is close to a decision. ``I haven't really got all of my stuff decided yet,'' Irvan said. ``I have talked to them (MB2), but I have been talking to a lot of teams. I think we are pretty close to some deals. ``I think it's a good team, but the thing is there are a lot of good race teams right now. I have just got to finally make up my mind and do something.''

The status of driver David Green for Sunday's Southern 500 was undetermined Monday. Green fractured his right shoulder blade in a wreck during Saturday night's Goody's 500 and was having more tests Monday. (charlotte.com)

Dick Trickle didn't win the Goody's 500 last night, but he no doubt won a heap of admiration after his hard-charging finish at Bristol Motor Speedway tied his career-best Winston Cup finish of third. With two laps remaining, Trickle motored his Junie Donlavey-owned Heilig-Myers Ford past Jeff Burton and into a place he's visited just four other times during a career that began 27 years ago. When he pulled his car beside the gas pumps, he unhooked his window netting, breathed a sigh of excited relief, climbed onto the top of the car and raised his arms in triumph. The first thing he did was thank his crew, owner and sponsor, and then quipped, ''This isn't just take a ball and bat and go play, this takes millions of dollars.'' (GVA)

Elton Sawyer was treated and released from Bristol Regional Medical Center late Friday night after he was involved in a wreck several hours earlier during the Busch Grand National race here. X-rays revealed no breaks but did show a possible chipped bone in his ankle and knee. Sawyer doesn't yet know his status for next weekend's Busch race at Darlington. (GVA)

More than 125,000 observers were on hand, easily making the crowd the largest to have witnessed a sporting event in Tennessee history. About 5,000 temporary grandstand seats were installed, and the speedway also opened the doors to 55 new luxury skyboxes. More than 75,000 fans attended the Busch Grand National race Friday night. (GVA)

In a ceremony before the race, the speedway officially dedicated its 38,000-seat ''Darrell Waltrip Grandstand,'' named after the famed Winston Cup driver. Waltrip, a three-time Winston Cup champion, has 12 wins in 45 starts at Bristol, including 26 top-five finishes. A native of Kentucky, he now lives in Franklin, Tenn. (GVA)

Despite efforts to curb auto thefts during Sunday's race, Bristol Tennessee police reported that four trucks were stolen from lots near Bristol Motor Speedway. (Bristol Herald Courier)

The 37th running of the fall race at Bristol Motor Speedway took about four hours to complete. It'll take considerably longer to clean up the mess. Bristol's population, which had more than quadrupled in a day, had returned to normal by Sunday morning, but the telltale signs that something big had occurred could be spotted within a wide radius of BMS. "This is our fourth truckload," said Barney Hilliard, wiping sweat from his brow and pointing to a pickup heavy with trash left by the scores of NASCAR fans in campers who for a day had made two dirt lots at Tri-City Auto Parts a temporary home. The auto-parts shop employee and three others had been working six hours scooping up assorted garbage and hundreds of aluminum cans, and he said the job was not yet done. While the largest crowd ever assembled for a race in Bristol's history left a record amount of post-revelry refuse, Hilliard still was able to find the silver lining in Sunday's cleanup. "It's not nearly as hot as it was last year, and I'm glad of that," he said. And he said the job could have been tougher. "They're all pretty good people that come in here," Hilliard said. "A lot of them respect your place and put it in trash cans or leave it in piles for you to pick up." (Bristol Herald Courier)

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Derrike Cope , Ernie Irvan , Darrell Waltrip , Dick Trickle , Todd Bodine , Elton Sawyer , David Green , Robert Yates , Greg Sacks , Doug Richert