Wednesday news #2 97-08-20

NASCARFans E-Mail List =============== Perhaps I spoke too soon? Jay announced today that his NASCAR Silly Season site ( would be on vacation for a week or so. He's having trouble getting the page uploaded, plus the ...

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Perhaps I spoke too soon? Jay announced today that his NASCAR Silly Season site ( would be on vacation for a week or so. He's having trouble getting the page uploaded, plus the heavy traffic is making the server crash. Anyone out there got a "cheap to rent", fast, high capacity server? Jay's page gets 5,000+ hits a day (with 75% of them unique). If so, you may wish to send Jay a note, using "" as the e-mail address. Jay is not "officially" affiliated with NASCARFans, but he is a good friend, and as you've noticed, I use his page as a major reference point. ========== Here's some news from Jay:

Bill Elliott may get the Cartoon Network as an associate to go along with his primary sponsor of McDonald's which he hears is staying with the #94.

RUMOR AHEAD Sterling Marlin is out of the #4 and someone else will be in it at Bristol. END OF RUMOR

The #91 car will run Talladega with or without a sponsor, as they already have a deal set up with Childress for motors, they are also attempting to get qualifing motors as well (this is just for restrictor plate motors). As for next year, they are still looking for a main sponsor. They will also be starting their own engine building program instead of leasing them. Two big dollar assoc sponsors are already lined up (Pionite being one of them). Greg Sacks has agreed to run the rest of the year, and has verbally agreed to run next year as well, as long as LJ Racing gets a sponsor and the motor problem worked out.

Jay continues to hear that DW will get Pennzoil as the team sponsor. ========== Race fans driving to Bristol Motor Speedway for Saturday night's Goody's 500 should remember to avoid the closure of Interstate 40 after a rock slide this summer.

Wayne Estes, spokesman for the Bristol track, recommends the following alternate routes:

>From the Charlotte area: Take I-77 north to I-81. Go south on I-81 into Bristol.

>From the Hickory area: Take U.S. 321 North to Elizabethton, Tenn. Take Highway 19E to Highway 11E.

>From the Asheville area: Take U.S. 23 over the mountains until it becomes I-181. Take that to 11E in Johnson City, Tenn., then 11E to the track. ( ========== Ron Barfield, on his first test at Darlington for Bill Elliott:

Ron Barfield remembers his first time at Darlington Raceway. His boss kept telling him on the radio to take a higher line through the third and fourth turns. That's where the speed is, but for a first-time driver it's a scary place.

``Finally,'' Barfield said, ``I went through there, and the car went up the racetrack through 4, and it just went whoomp! Like it fell in a hole. I came back in and said, `Bill, when did they get that bump in 4?' He just looked at me and said, `Boy, that bump's been there since 1979. Now you're high enough.' `` ( ========== Doing a 180-degree turn at a track like Darlington can be a scary thing for a NASCAR Winston Cup driver, but a couple of series drivers had fun turning the historic raceway completely around last week.

With a few strokes of a paint roller and brush, Mike Skinner and Steve Grissom helped Darlington officials paint a new start/finish line on the track in preparation for Labor Day weekend activities at the track "Too Tough To Tame." The new line is on what, since 1950, has been the backstretch of NASCAR's original superspeedway. This year's Mountain Dew Southern 500, the 48th running of the historic race, will cap a milestone weekend in which the orientation of the 1.366-mile oval is reversed. Turn 3 becomes Turn 1; Turn 2 becomes Turn 4.

"This is one time you don't mind getting a little paint on your clothes," said Skinner, leader in the NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year standings. "To know what an historical event this is, and be a part of it here at Darlington, is beyond description to me.

"I guess this time around at Darlington, I have a lot in common with the historical place. We're both rookies! Even though this is NASCAR's first superspeedway, it's almost like it'll be a 'rookie' again, because with the line in its new place, it's going to definitely be different. The drivers won't really know what to expect." (iRace) ========== The breakfast of champions for Kyle Petty? A tall paper cup full of Fruit Loops -- with about five teaspoons of sugar added. An ice-cold Pepsi washes all the sweet goo down. Sugar and caffeine are mainstays Petty requires in order to keep up with a frenzied lifestyle that mirrors the high speeds he hits in his Hot Wheels Pontiac in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Petty was prepared for the chaotic lifestyle his career demands. After all, he witnessed it first-hand growing up as the son of NASCAR's most famous driver -- Richard Petty. "It's not like I grew up in a normal household and then all of a sudden I decided I was going to join this racing circuit," Petty said. "I knew what this circuit was about before I ever started. It suits me." (Brian Hoagland, iRace) ========== Bristol racing fans will have another reason to root for Earnhardt this weekend. After an extensive search, veteran Busch Series car owner Ed Whitaker from Bristol secured a driver Monday afternoon for Friday night's Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Dale Earnhardt Jr. of Kannapolis, N.C. will make his debut with the Whitaker team. Whitaker is very familiar with the Earnhardt family and the Earnhardt style of racing. "We ran a lot of races with Dale Sr. off and on beginning around 1984," Whitaker said. "I've been watching Dale Jr. for a long time and I see several similarities between both Earnhardts. Dale Jr. is a talented driver with plenty of potential." Whitaker said he consulted with six or seven drivers before finally settling on the younger Earnhardt. "We weren't sure what we wanted to do about our driver," said Whitaker, just after talking with Earnhardt Jr.'s manager Ty Herndon. "We just kind of shut our eyes and did this. We also got a sponsor deal worked out today with an auto parts company. "We're excited about our entire deal for Bristol. I think our fans will be excited too." The 22-year-old Dale Earnhardt Jr. has competed in five Busch Series events, posting a career-best seventh-place finish in Saturday's Detroit Gasket 200 at Michigan Speedway. The younger Earnhardt talked to his father via the radio during Saturday's race and expressed his desire for a chance to compete at Bristol in a post-race interview on television. (Bristol Herald Courier) ========== Veteran crew chief Tim Brewer was formally introduced as as the team manager for Mattei Motorsports and driver Geoff Bodine on Monday afternoon. Brewer, who worked with Bodine in the 1980s, began the season with the Abingdon-based Morgan-McClure Motorsports team before leaving at midseason. (BHC) ========== The list of Winston Cup regulars who have submitted entries for the Food City 250 include Dick Trickle, Michael Waltrip, Jimmy Spencer, Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte and Terry Labonte. (BHC) ==========

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Bill Elliott , Bobby Labonte , Terry Labonte , Dick Trickle , Michael Waltrip , Mike Skinner , Kyle Petty , Jimmy Spencer , Sterling Marlin , Tim Brewer , Richard Petty , Ron Barfield , Greg Sacks