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      "Up To Speed" Wednesday, June 21, 2000
    The Latest News from the world of Real Time Racing.
    by Brandon Reed

    --Bump and run!! Jeremy Mayfield used a little savvy and a lot of his front bumper to nudge Dale Earnhardt out of the way on the last lap to capture the rain delayed Pocono 500 at Pocono, Pennsylvania on Monday. The win is Mayfield's second of the year, and the third of his career. Dale Jarrett finished second, with teammate Ricky Rudd third, Earnhardt recovered for fourth, and Mark Martin rounds out the top five.

    --Jeff Green continued his assault on the Busch Grand National series by snagging his third victory of the season, and second in a row under the lights at Myrtle Beach on Saturday night. Kevin Harvick chased Green to the flag, with Elton Sawyer third, Jason Keller fourth and a surprising Rich Bickle in fifth.

    --The Craftsman Trucks christened the new Kentucky Speedway in a big way Saturday, and in the end, it was Greg Biffle doing it again, beating rival Jack Sprague to the checkers. Mike Wallace finished third, Marty Houston fourth, and pole sitter Bryan Reffner came home in fifth.

    --What, another Earnahrdt? That's right, there was an Earnhardt in victory lane on Saturday at Pocono, and his name isn't Dale. Kerry Earnhardt, older son of seven time Winston Cup champ Dale Earnhardt, had the ARCA field covered, grabbing his first career win in Saturday's ARCA 200. Mike Swaim Jr. finished second.

    --Helio Castroneves took advantage of Juan Montoya's late race mechanical woes, and stretched his fuel mileage to grab his first career victory on Sunday in the Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit. Max Papis finished second, 4.415 seconds behind the Brazilian, and rookie Oriol Servia of Spain finished third.

    --Eddie Cheever grabbed his fourth career win on Sunday with his victory in the IRL Radisson 200 at Pikes Peak on Sunday. It was the first win of the year for Cheever, and the first win ever for the Infinity engine, ending a string of 34 consecutive wins by the Oldsmobile Aurora powerplant. Airton Dare finished second, with Scott Sharp third.

    --Tony Schumacher claimed his second Top Fuel victory of the season Sunday, defeating veteran Joe Amato at the 36th annual Pontiac Excitement Nationals. Tony Pedregon, Mark Pawuk, Angelle Seeling and Randy Daniels also were winners at the $1.9 million race, the 11th of 23 events in the $45 million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series.

    --Michael Shumacher continued his merciless assault on the F-1 series, taking not only the pole position for Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix, but moving on to take the win despite a late race spin! It was a one-two Ferrari finish in the wet, as Shumacher's teammate Rubens Barrichello finished second, and Benetton pilot Giancarlo Fisichella finished third.

    --It was an all Audi show at the 24 hours of Le Mans, as the car make swept the top three places after leading almost from beginning to end. This was the first 1-2-3 finish in the endurance classic since Peugeot's victory in 1993. Italy's Emmanuele Pirro completed the victory, sharing the 368-lap drive with Germany's Frank Biela and Denmark's Tom Kristensen.

    --The British Grand Prix could be in danger, according to reports from F-1 officials. The race was plagued with control problems this year due to heavy inclement weather. Silverstone will have to prove that changes would be implemented in race control, as well as plans to avoid traffic problems and compensation plans for ticket holders who were unable to reach the race track for the event. The British Grand Prix has been provisionally included in the 2001 F-1 schedule.

    --Boris Said will pilot attempt to qualify a Winston Cup car this weekend at Sears Point owned by Jimmy Spencer. The car will be the #23 Federated Auto Parts Ford Taurus. Dave Marcis will bring on SCCA Road Race ace R.K. Smith to pilot the Real Tree Chevy at the Sears Point event. Smith, 62 years of age, was brought on last year to substitute for the injured Marcis, but failed to make the event.

    "Up To Speed" Monday, June 12, 2000
    The Latest News from the world of Real Time Racing.
    by Brandon Reed

    --Tony Stewart becomes the second multiple winner on the Winston Cup circuit with a rain soaked win at the Michigan Speedway. After being halted for the second time due to rain, NASCAR officials called the event an official race 6 laps shy of the planned finish, with Tony Stewart out front. The win is the Indiana native's second of the year, not to mention two in a row. The final caution came out after a two car incident occurred on the front stretch involving Geoffrey Bodine and Kenny Irwin. As the car continued under caution, the sky's opened up for the second and final time of the day.
    Kmart 400 Top Ten:
    1. Tony Stewart
    2. Dale Earnhardt
    3. Bobby Labonte
    4. Dale Jarrett
    5. Robert Pressley
    6. Ward Burton
    7. Rusty Wallace
    8. Bill Elliott
    9. John Andretti
    10. Sterling Marlin

    --Jeff Green padded his points lead with a big win in the BGN event at South Boston on Saturday, after 2nd place points man Todd Bodine was taken out in an on track incident. He was hounded by the finish by a hard charging Tony Raines, who, for most of the event, appeared to be the class of the field. Elton Sawyer ran third, with Ron Hornaday fourth, and Rich Bickle a surprising fifth.

    --There was just no touching Jack Sprague Friday night at Texas, as the trucks finally got started following a lengthy rain delay. It was Biffle's night to shine under the lights, as he piloted the Grainger Ford to a very convincing victory, and, after Jack Sprague's misfortune, took the points lead from the GMAC Chevy pilot. Mike Wallace finished second, with Randy Tolsma, Andy Houston and Bryan Reffner rounding out the top five.

    --In what will surely be considered to be one of the greatest open wheel races in history, Scott Sharp beat Robby McGehee by a blink of an eye for the victory in Sunday's rain delayed Casino Magic 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. If not for the finish, then the race will certainly be remembered for the side by side racing that took place between the top eight to ten cars in the event almost all day. Al Unser Jr. finished third, with Buzz Calkins fourth and Scott Goodyear fifth. ESPN will re-air this very exciting event on Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. eastern time. Rain related transmission problems prevented ESPN2 from showing the event in it's entirety on Sunday.

    --Coming into Saturday's IROC event, few fans thought that an IRL driver would be the winner. But Eddie Cheever had plans of his own at the International Race Of Champions held round three of it's 2000 season at the Michigan Speedway, and took the win, becoming the first open wheel winner since Al Unser Jr. in 1997. Tony Steward ran second, with Dale Earnhardt third, Mark Martin fourth and Dale Jarret came home in fifth.

    --Tim Steele finally found his way back to victory lane in the ARCA Flagstaff 200 at Michigan, it's the first time in two years the three time ARCA champ has visited victory lane.

    --Sammy Swindell did it with style, grabbing the Channellock Challenge at the Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday night. It was the inaugural event for the tour on the high banked Tennessee track, which had been changed into a temporary dirt track for the event.

    "Up To Speed"
    June 8, 2000
    The Latest News from the world of Real Time Racing.
    by Brandon Reed

    --Welcome back Silly Season, it's come early this year.........Here are some of the latest changes that could be coming to the track. It appears that Power Team is leaving the Joe Bessey Winston Cup team at the end of the year, no clue as to weather or not that spells unemployment for Geoffery Bodine. It also appears that Eel River Racing is losing the Pfizer/Viagra sponsorship, looks like we'll see the Viagra money (a $60 million package) go to Mark Martin, since not only Valvoline but also Cummins is leaving the #6. Where might Valvoline be going? Whispers in the shadows say Ray Evernham is courting them for sponsorship on his #19 Intrepid that Casey Atwood will pilot next year (although I understood that to be an exclusive Dodge Dealership's vehicle, but perhaps that's only for the #9 car). Also, Coors may be looking for a new car to sponsor, but Sterling Marlin says he hopes to stay with the #40 team under the new ownership of CART success story Chip Ganassi. Got all that?

    --Silly Season, Part 2--It appears that UPS is on it's way into the sport, but nobody is quite sure where. Initial rumors had the sponsorship going to the #88 team, with Ford Credit leaving. Then it was to go to a Roush car, and now rumors say it may go to the #5 car of Terry Labonte. But that team is still in the midst of a major, multi-year contract with Kellogg's, so that seems unlikely. Who gave permission for Silly Season to start this doggone early?

    --Look for ARCA veteran Bill Baird to try to make the Winston Cup event at Pocono. He'll be in a #52 car, sponsored by Dynatek.

    --Who says Montoya can't win outside of Indiana? Juan Montoya grabbed his first win of the CART season in Monday's rain delayed Miller Lite 225 at the historic Milwaukee Mile. The win not only give Chip Ganassi racing it's first win of the year, but gives Toyota it's first CART victory in it's racing history.

    Up To Speed June 4, 2000
    The Latest News from the world of Real Time Racing.
    Friday, June 2, 2000
    by Brandon Reed

    --Tony Stewart turned out to be the man to beat at the Monster Mile on Sunday, as the 1999 Winston Cup Rookie of the Year grabbed his first win of 2000 in the MBNA 400. The Rushville Rocket made it through several cautions on the day to beat Matt Kenseth to the wire for the victory. The top five finishers, unofficially:
    1. Tony Stewart
    2. Matt Kenseth
    3. Bobby Labonte
    4. Dale Jarrett
    5. Ricky Rudd

    -- A late race pass on Mark Martin gave Jason Keller his first win on 2000 at Dover on Saturday. The BGN regular beat several Winston Cup drivers in getting the win, including Matt Kenseth in third, and Joe Nemecheck in fifth. BGN points leader Jeff Green finished in the 4th position.

    --One of the biggest stories coming out of the "Monster Mile" this weekend was that of Kyle Petty, who returned to racing for the first time since the tragic death of his son, Adam, in a practice crash at New Hampshire. Following an emotional meeting with the press on Friday morning, Petty went on to pilot his late sons Chevrolet in Saturday's Busch Grand National event. Kyle turned in a great run in the Sprint Chevy, but the finish did not reflect his top 5 run, as a late pit stop turned out a 26th place finish. Unfortunately, Kyle failed to make the field for Sunday's MBNA 400, but with fellow Petty Enterprises driver John Andretti injured and in need of a back up driver, Petty fit the mold. Petty took over the wheel of the STP/Cheerios Pontiac during the first caution period of the event, after Rick Mast took a hard shot into the backstretch wall on lap 5. Kyle then drove the #43 from the back of the pack to a 13th place finish, one lap down to winner Tony Stewart. It marked the first time Kyle had piloted his father's famous #43 since 1982.

    --Jack Sprague earned his pay in Saturday's Craftsman Truck series race at the Evergreen Speedway, grabbing a late victory in the Sears 200. Sprague came back from being a lap behind in 16th place to grab the win after Randy Tolsma pitted late for tires due to a late caution. It's Sprague's third win in the past four races, and it gives him a 97 point lead over Greg Biffle.

    --Rain at Milwaukee has postponed the running of the Miller Lite 225 at the Milwaukee Mile until Monday morning, beginning at 11 a.m. EST. Full coverage will be carried live on ESPN2.

    --It looked like Michael Schumacher was on his way to take one more step towards F1 history, but when Schui's Ferrari crapped out, that gave the Monaco Grand Prix victory to David Coulthard, who had trailed the German ace by as much as 40 seconds during the event. The win allows the Scotsman to close to within 12 points of Schumacher in the F1 points chase, and also makes him the first Briton to win the history Monte Carlo event since Jackie Stewart in 1973.

    --Call John Force king of the hill. The master of the quarter mile is now the NHRA's all time win leader, as he hit the #86 mark with a victory Sunday in the Prestone Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Dragway. He passes the previous record of 85 wins, held by pro stock legend Bob Glidden. Gary Scelzi, Ron Krisher, Antron Brown and Bob Panella also were pro category winners in Sunday's event.

    "Up To Speed"
    The Latest News from the world of Real Time Racing.
    Friday, June 2, 2000
    by Brandon Reed

    --Kyle Petty was scheduled to meet with the media early Friday morning, no word yet on what was said to the press. It was to be the first time Petty met with members of the press since the death of his son, Busch Series driver Adam Petty. Kyle will be driving Adam's car in Saturday's BGN event at Dover, as well as returning to the seat of his own #44 Hot Wheels Pontiac for the Winston Cup event.

    --Look for Scott Pruett to pull double duty in several BGN events for the remainder of the season. This comes after the release of Anthony Lazzaro from the McDonald's #97 car, which was to be a WC teammate to Pruett next year.

    --Yes, the rumors are true.....Valvoline will be leaving the Mark Martin #6 car after this year. The rumored replacement? Viagra/Pfizer, who currently sponsors the struggling Eel River Racing team.

    --Juan Montoya may have more momentum than anyone on the CART tour right now, coming off of a huge win in the Indy 500. The Ganassi pilot became the first to be successful crossing the IRL/CART battle lines, but played the whole thing down during the month of May. He now looks to get the Target machine back to victory lane as the tour heads for Milwaukee on Sunday.

    --Michael Schumacher can move one stop closer to the late Ayrton Senna this weekend with a victory in the Monaco Grand Prix. Senna was victorious six times on the Monaco circuit, including five in a row. A win for Schumi would give the German driver five total victories in the event.

    Thanks to Jayski for some of today's information, go pay him a visit at

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