Christmas Break Notebook

NASCAR Christmas Break Notebook DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 23, 1998) Selected notes and quotes from around the world of NASCAR racing leading into the Christmas holiday: Mike (Mickey) Korzybski has been named general manager of NASCAR ...

Christmas Break Notebook

NASCAR Christmas Break Notebook

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 23, 1998) Selected notes and quotes from around the world of NASCAR racing leading into the Christmas holiday: Mike (Mickey) Korzybski has been named general manager of NASCAR Cafe Myrtle Beach. Korzybski started with NASCAR Cafe as assistant general manager when the restaurant opened in January 1997. NASCAR Cafe Myrtle Beach is the first in the NASCAR Cafe chain to be built in the United States and was designed as a prototype facility for all future locations. Since opening in Myrtle Beach, a NASCAR Cafe has debuted in Nashville, and other NASCAR Cafes are planned for Orlando, Las Vegas and Sevierville, Tenn. Burnham Corporation will be the title sponsor of the race at Nazareth (Pa.) Speedway for the Busch North Series, a part of the NASCAR Touring Division, on July 18, officials from both organizations announced Wednesday. The Burnham Boilers 100 will be part of the race weekend that includes the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series' NAPA AutoCare 200. Jim Mattei, owner of the No. 7 Philips Ford Taurus team in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, celebrates his 50th birthday on Dec. 28. His son Scott will also be celebrating his 28th birthday on that day. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday will spend this Christmas season at home in Mooresville, N.C., with both his and wife Lindy's parents for the first time since he moved to the East Coast from California in 1994. Fellow NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competitor Jay Sauter will once again travel to his father Jim's home in Wisconsin, as will his seven brothers and four sisters. Jim Sauter, a Midwest short track contemporary of the legendary Dick Trickle who used to compete in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, currently test drives for the True Value IROC series, and his six oldest sons all race in one series or another. Also from the NCTS ranks, crew chief Roland Wlodyka, who moves next season from the Circle Bar Racing team (and driver Rick Crawford) to the Liberty Racing team (currently without a driver), is relocating to his new team=s base in Loraine, Ohio, near Cleveland, over the holidays. Wlodyka was Dale Earnhardt's crew chief when he won NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year and the championship in successive seasons in 1979-80. Wlodyka will participate in one thing the Liberty Racing crew members have turned into a tradition: Helping out the local racers and teams in the "Hangover Classic at Sandusky (Ohio) Speedway on Jan. 1. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series official Kip Childress and wife Jenny have welcomed their first child into the world. Sarah Katelyn was born Dec. 21 in Winston-Salem, N.C. Both mother and daughter are doing fine and are ready for Santa Claus. During the 1998 racing season, plumbing and heating contractors representing Burnham Boilers, the company based in Lancaster, Pa., that is heavily involved in NASCAR racing and which sponsored two-time defending Featherlite Modified Series, NASCAR Touring and Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring, champion Mike Stefanik, pitched in to help raise $6,207 for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. To raise the contribution, Burnham raffled off various damaged parts from Stefanik's No. 51 Burnham Boilers car through the company's five racing hospitality events during the summer. Nearly 5,800 plumbing and heating contractors attended Burnham's hospitality events, including a track record 2,100 contractors in one tent at New Hampshire International Speedway last summer. "I cannot explain how grateful I am to the contractors at all the Burnham hospitality events this year for helping our year-long campaign to battle against missing and exploited children," said Lynn Leighton, president of the Busch North Series Women's Auxiliary, who coordinated the fund-raising effort. "On behalf of the national center, I appreciate their generosity tremendously."

Source: NASCAR Online

shares
comments
Two Car Team for Andy Petree Racing
Previous article

Two Car Team for Andy Petree Racing

Next article

Crew Chief Optimistic about Buckshot

Crew Chief Optimistic about Buckshot
Load comments
How Larson took the long way round to NASCAR Cup glory Prime

How Larson took the long way round to NASCAR Cup glory

From villain to hero, Kyle Larson had to reach his lifelong goal the hard way and go through a very public shaming after a ban for using a racial slur, but his talents shone long before his name grabbed the headlines...

NASCAR Cup
Nov 10, 2021
How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022 Prime

How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022

It’s not just Formula 1 that’s set for upheaval in 2022, as the NASCAR Cup series adopts its Next Gen cars that will cast any in-built advantages aside and require teams to adopt a totally new way of operating. Far more than just a change of machinery, the new cars amount to a shift in NASCAR's core philosophy

NASCAR Cup
Oct 12, 2021
Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega win is such a big moment for NASCAR Prime

Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega win is such a big moment for NASCAR

Bubba Wallace claimed his maiden NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega on Monday to become the first Black victor in the category since Wendell Scott in 1963. Both Wallace and Scott had faced obstacles and racism in their paths to their breakthrough wins, and NASCAR is trying to put it right with its range of diversity programmes

NASCAR Cup
Oct 5, 2021
Why NASCAR's most resilient driver has landed on his feet at 23XI Prime

Why NASCAR's most resilient driver has landed on his feet at 23XI

In a career that has had many ups and downs, Kurt Busch has been written off many times before. But facing career uncertainty after the sale of Chip Ganassi's NASCAR team, the 2004 Cup champion has found a new berth at Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan's 23XI organization - which underlines his enduring value

NASCAR Cup
Aug 31, 2021
From the archive: Dale Earnhardt’s final Autosport interview Prime

From the archive: Dale Earnhardt’s final Autosport interview

The death of Dale Earnhardt in the 2001 Daytona 500 shocked NASCAR to the core. At the Daytona 24 Hours, two weeks before his fatal accident, ‘The Intimidator’ shared his expectations of challenging for an eighth Cup title with JONATHAN INGRAM, in an article first published in the 15 February 2001 issue of Autosport magazine. Little did we know then what tragedy would unfold…

NASCAR Cup
Feb 18, 2021
The lasting NASCAR legacy after Dale Earnhardt’s death Prime

The lasting NASCAR legacy after Dale Earnhardt’s death

On February 18, 2001, seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Dale Earnhardt – the fearless ‘Intimidator’ – was in his element at Daytona International Speedway. While his own DEI team’s cars ran 1-2 towards the finish line, his famed #3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo was playing rear gunner to block any late runs from the chasing pack. As the cars tore through Turns 3 and 4 on that fateful final lap, Earnhardt maintained the strongarm tactics that encapsulated his persona… but his actions in those moments sadly proved to be his last.

NASCAR Cup
Feb 18, 2021
Inspired by Pitbull, the “revolution” sweeping through NASCAR Prime

Inspired by Pitbull, the “revolution” sweeping through NASCAR

The NASCAR Cup Series is changing. Whether it be the gradual morphing out the seasoned drivers of yesterday as the next generation step up, a radical calendar shake-up featuring more road courses than ever before and the prospect of an all-new car on the horizon, stock car racing’s highest level is nearing the end of a huge facelift.

NASCAR Cup
Feb 16, 2021
The NASCAR storylines to watch out for in 2021 Prime

The NASCAR storylines to watch out for in 2021

This weekend's Daytona 500 kickstarts a NASCAR Cup season that promises plenty of intrigue courtesy of new owners and a refreshed calendar. Here's what you need to know ahead of the new season…

NASCAR Cup
Feb 13, 2021