NASCAR Winston Cup Wednesday notebook DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 14, 1999) The "Bird" has landed! Steve Bird, who won four NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division championships, including three in a row from 1995-1997 at BACE Motorsports, is...
NASCAR Winston Cup Wednesday notebook
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 14, 1999) The "Bird" has landed! Steve Bird, who won four NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division championships, including three in a row from 1995-1997 at BACE Motorsports, is currently working at Bill Davis Racing. Bird, a New Hampshire native who parted ways with team owner Bill Baumgardner when the pair experienced "philosophical differences" earlier this season, is at Davis' No. 22 Caterpillar Pontiac shop, where NASCAR Winston Cup and NASCAR Busch Series programs for driver Ward Burton are housed.
A team spokesman said there was currently no plan for Bird to travel to either Myrtle Beach Speedway for this weekend's Myrtle Beach 250, where Dave Blaney will drive Davis' No. 93 Amoco Pontiac. When that team moves to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series in 2000, crew chief Gil Martin will take his NBS team with him, plus several other key elements he is currently hiring.
Bird may be in place to maintain a full-time NASCAR Busch Series program for Davis in 2000, the spokesman said. Burton currently runs a limited schedule of NBS races in a No. 02 Siemens Pontiac.
NASCAR Winston Cup driver John Andretti, who will test his STP Pontiac earlier in the day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, will sign autographs at Brickyard Authentics in the Circle Centre Mall in Indianapolis from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday, July 19.
The nighttime running of the Pepsi 400 has been a boon to DAYTONA USA, the "Ultimate Motorsports Attraction" that is the "Official Attraction of NASCAR" and is located outside Turn 4 of the Daytona International Speedway. For the third time in four years, the attraction posted a record one-day attendance mark in conjunction with the "Mid-Summer Classic" NASCAR Winston Cup Series race. On July 3, prior to the 41st annual running of the mid-season NWC event, DAYTONA USA posted its single day attendance record. It broke the mark that was established in 1998 on Oct. 17, which was the inaugural nighttime running of the Pepsi 400. The attraction's third best single day attendance wise was recorded on the date of its grand opening, July 5, 1996. That was part of Pepsi 400 weekend.
"It's always a thrill to welcome and entertain so many guests," said Sarah Gurtis, general manager of DAYTONA USA. "It was an exciting day for all of us. We broke our previous attendance record and celebrated the Fourth of July weekend with the thrilling racing action in the Pepsi 400."
Martinsville Speedway will hold a "Demolition/Salvage Auction" beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 23. The auction is being held due to the demolition of suites between the track's first and second turns. Many of the items stored in those buildings will be sold. The auction will include a 1998 Pontiac Bonneville, addressograph machines, chairs, file cabinets, air conditioners, used doors, chain link fencing, toilets, sinks, tractor tires, street sweeper, mowers and many other pieces of machinery and construction items. There also will be racing collectibles including 31 cases of Richard Petty collectible cars.
Since this is a salvage sale all sales are as is, where is and all sales will be final. Cash or local approved check will be accepted. Sale of collectibles will take place after the machinery and salvage items are sold.
The suites between Turns 1 and 2 will be torn down in August in preparation for a 5,000-seat high-rise grandstand that will be constructed between Turns 1 and 2 as well as a new press box and suites.
The auction will be held behind Turn 2 and will be conducted by Rudy J. Law of Rudedog Auction Company. For more information on the sale, contact Law at (540) 629-5550 or contact Martinsville Speedway at (540) 956-1600.
Source: NASCAR Online