The Auto Channel
The Largest Independent Automotive Research Resource
The Largest Independent Automotive Research Resource
Official Website of the New Car Buyer

ARA Racefacts Bulletin and Model Review (11/02/97)

3 November 1997

November 2, 1997

	Dale Jarrett's victory (Ford Quality Care Yates Ford Thunderbird) in
Sunday's Phoenix Dura-Lube 500 K NASCAR Winston Cup race was his seventh of
the 1997 season and the fifteenth of his Winston Cup career!
	Dale has now won Winston Cup races on ten racetracks, with Charlotte leading
the way with 3 wins (one 600, two 500s); he has won twice at Michigan (two
400-milers), twice at Daytona (both 500s), and twice at Pocono (500 milers).
 He has one win each at Atlanta, Bristol, Darlington, Indianapolis, Richmond,
and now Phoenix!
	Five of Dale's seven 1997 wins came on tracks new to his Winston Cup win
list: Atlanta, Darlington, Bristol, Richmond, and Phoenix!  His Bristol win
was his first Winston Cup victory on a "short track" and his Phoenix win is
his first Winston Cup triumph on a "mile."
	The Phoenix victory, Dale's 13th Winston Cup win on a "superspeedway," was
his first Winston Cup "superspeedway" win in a race of less than 400 miles
distance (in this case, 312 miles)!
	Jarrett's seven wins in 1997 (second only to Jeff Gordon's ten victories)
mark the 26th "modern era" (1972-1997) season of seven or more wins achieved
by a Winston Cup driver!  Dale is only the 11th driver to achieve the feat!
	Darrell Waltrip and Cale Yarborough lead in "modern era" seasons with seven
or more wins with four apiece.  Cale won eight races in 1977, nine races in
1976, and ten races in 1978 as he won the Winston Cup title all three seasons
for Junior Johnson!  Ironically, his best year in terms of wins, 1974 with
ten, did not take the championship!  DW won seven races in 1979 and 1984 and
twelve times in 1981 and 1982; he won the 1981 and 1982 Winston Cup titles.
	Richard Petty achieved three seasons of seven or more wins in the "modern
era," taking the Winston Cup title each time: 1972 (8 wins), 1974 (10
victories), and 1975 (the modern era record of 13 triumphs).
	David Pearson's three "modern era" seasons of seven or more wins all came in
"partial schedule" efforts for the Wood Brothers and thus Pearson did not
contend for the title in those seasons: eleven wins in 1973, seven in 1974,
and ten in 1976!
	Jeff Gordon has three consecutive seasons of seven or more wins: seven in
1995 (his championship season), ten in 1996, and ten thus far in 1997 as he
leads the title chase into the Atlanta finale!
	Dale Earnhardt has achieved seven or more wins in a season only twice, each
time a titlewinning year: he won eleven races in 1987 and nine in 1990.
 Bobby Allison achieved two "modern era" seasons of seven or more wins, ten
in 1972 (for Junior Johnson) and eight in 1982, neither total achieving a
championship!  Rusty Wallace suffered the same fate, winning ten races in
1993 and eight in 1994 but failing to take the title in both seasons!
	Jarrett joins Bill Elliott (1985, 11 wins, championship runnerup) and Tim
Richmond (seven wins in 1986) with one seven-win season.  Dale's seven-win
1997 season is the first for a Yates Racing driver!
	The ten Phoenix Winston Cup races (1988-97) have now produced seven Ford
victories, two Chevrolet wins, and one for Pontiac (Bobby Hamilton in 1996).
 Only Davey Allison has achieved two Phoenix Winston Cup wins (1991 and 1992)
and his victories plus Jarrett's 1997 win give Yates Racing three Phoenix
wins as it is the only team with more than one!
	Joe Ruttman (LCI Roush Ford F150) won Saturday's GM Goodwrench/Delco Battery
300 K NASCAR Craftsman Truck race, ending Chevrolet's domination of Phoenix
Craftsman Truck events!  The Bowtie Brigade had won the first five Phoenix
Truck events: both 1995 races with Mike Skinner, both 1996 events with Jack
Sprague, and the first 1997 race with Sprague!
	Ruttman achieved a new record for a Ford Craftsman Truck driver: he's the
first Ford pilot to win four races in a Craftsman Truck season, eclipsing
Dave Rezendes' achievement of three wins in 1996 driving for Geoff Bodine!
	Joe, who won twice in the Truck series for Irvan/Simo in 1995 (short track
events at Bristol and Martinsville) and was winless in 1996 for Roush, has
won in 1997 twice on superspeedways (DisneyWorld and Phoenix) and twice on
road courses (Heartland Park and Sears Point)!
	The last time Joe won as many as four events in one touring series in one
season?  1980, when he won five USAC Stock Car series events!
	Jack Sprague (Quaker State Hendrick Chevrolet) wins the 1997 Craftsman Truck
title by merely starting the 1997 finale at Las Vegas.  Jack is a real
product of the NASCAR Winston Racing Series; he was Concord WRS late model
champion in 1989, runnerup for the title in 1988, and third in 1991 and 1992.
 Jack was runnerup for the 1994 NASCAR Winston Racing Series Eastern Seaboard
title and fourth in the 1989 Eastern Seaboard standings.
	Mike Stefanik (Burnham Boilers Chevrolet) won Saturday's Richmond NASCAR
Featherlite Modified Tour race, the tenth win of his 1997 championship
season!  Mike's ten wins rank second all-time in the 1985-1997 existence of
the touring series only to Richie Evans' 12 victories in 1985!
	Stefanik's ten 1997 wins came on seven tracks, encompassing mile
"superspeedways" (Nazareth and New Hampshire), a road course (Watkins Glen),
three wins on "intermediate" short tracks (Richmond and twice on the 5/8-mile
Flemington), three wins on the half-mile Stafford, and a win on the
quarter-mile Riverhead!  Three of the tracks hold Winston Cup events, four
hold Busch Grand National races, and five hold Craftsman Truck races!



FERRARI 250 TRS 1960

	This model (Brumm R94) faithfully depicts the #5 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
TR60 as driven to second place by Wolfgang Von Trips/Richie Ginther in the
1960 Buenos Aires 1000 Kilometers, the opening round of the 1960 FIA Sports
Car World Championship.  Its sister car, #4, driven by Phil Hill and Cliff
Allison, won the event as the TR60 model made its debut with a 1-2 finish!
	The Brumm model is the appropriate vivid red and its rich detail (especially
in 1:43 scale!) is evident as the TR60 was a car replete with detail, with
front and rear fender air scoops, Ferrari logos, a prominent headrest fin,
and protruding engine with bubble cover!  Note the detailed wire wheels!
 Brumm has created a very evocative representation of this classic Ferrari
sports car!
	The Ferrari Testa Rossa (red head sport, heads painted red) was a legendary
and successful sports/racing car.  The first model had a dual ignition system
with 4 distributors and 4 spark coils; later models had a single ignition
system.  It was built with either double or single camshaft.
	The 1960 engine specifications: V12, 60 degree, 2953 cc, 300 horsepower.
	In his book, Ferrari: Sports Racing and Prototypes Competition Cars, Antoine
Prunet notes "The 1960 Testa Rossas were little changed.  The dry sump
lubrication system, introduced for the Tourist Trophy, had become standard.
 Externally, the TR60 was easily recognizable from its 25cm high windscreen,
complying with the new regulation of the CSI.  One could also recognize the
TR60 by its longer bootlid and by the position of the petrol filler cap,
which had been moved from the center of the boot and was now fitted in the
headrest fin."  Note: the Brumm model clearly incorporates this petrol filler
cap location!
	Prunet continues: "Reintroduced that year, the Buenos Aires 1000 km, on 31st
January, constituted the first round of the 1960 World Championship.  In the
absence of Aston Martin, and after the failure of the astonishing Birdcage
Maserati, a very clear double victory was achieved by the only two TR60s
entered.  As in 1958, Phil Hill was at the wheel of the victorious Ferrari
and Wolfgang Von Trips was driving the one in second place, the co-drivers
being Cliff Allison and Richie Ginther."
	The TR60 went on to achieve a third-place finish in the 1960 Nurburgring
1000 Kilometers driven by the team of Phil Hill, Cliff Allison, and Willy
Mairesse.  The race was won by the Stirling Moss/Dan Gurney CAMORADI Maserati
Tipo 61 Birdcage with the Joakim Bonnier/Olivier Gendebien Porsche RS60
	A TR60 (numbered #11) won the 1960 LeMans 24 Hours driven by Paul Frere and
Olivier Gendebien.
	The TR60 entered in the 1960 Targa Florio for Richie Ginther and Cliff
Allison contended for the win but did not finish due to an accident as
Ginther hit a tree!  The Scuderia's main 1960 Targa Florio effort was the
entry of Dino 246S models; they finished second (Wolfgang Von Trips/Phil
Hill) and fourth (Willy Mairesse/Ludovico Scarfiotti/Giulio Cabianca).
	The Testa Rossa's initial incarnation, the TR58 of 1958, won four FIA Sports
Car World Championship rounds.  Phil Hill and Peter Collins won the 1958
Buenos Aires 1000 Kilometers and Sebring 12 Hours as TR58s finished 1-2 in
each event.  Luigi Musso and Olivier Gendebien teamed in a TR58 to win the
1958 Targa Florio and Olivier Gendebien and Phil Hill won the 1958 LeMans 24
Hours in a TR58.  A TR58 didn't win the 1958 Nurburgring 1000 Kilometers but
TR58s finished 2-3-4-5!  Stirling Moss and Jack Brabham won the race for
Aston Martin.
	The 1959 model (TR59) won only one race, the 1959 Sebring 12 Hours,
achieving a 1-2 finish led by the winning team of Phil Hill, Olivier
Gendebien, Dan Gurney, and Chuck Daigh.  TR59s finished 2-3-5 in the 1959
Nurburgring 1000 Kilometers and 3-5 in the 1959 Goodwood Tourist Trophy.  In
1960, a NART TR59 finished second in the 1960 LeMans 24 Hours and Jack
Nethercutt and Pete Lovely drove a TR59 to third place in the 1960 Sebring 12

Phone or fax: 914-639-6806

Our website at provides a wealth of useful
and interesting auto racing information!