© St. Petersburg Times, published August 25, 2002
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- The pecking order among Pontiac teams on the Winston Cup circuit has become somewhat of a puzzle.
Ricky Craven and car owner Cal Wells, in announcing their switch from Ford to Pontiac last week, indicated they'd be the flagship Grand Prix team.
On Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway, Larry McClure, who owns the No. 4 car driven by Mike Skinner, announced he's switching from Chevrolet to Pontiac. He said his team should be leading the Pontiac effort. "We know how to win," he said, although the team hasn't since 1998.
And James Ince, crew chief on Johnny Benson's No. 10 Pontiac, said he's not concerned with who is No. 1. But he's mad at Wells' team for its claim. "We're offended by Cal Wells' comments, not just a little bit, but a lot," Ince said.
Things are friendlier between Ince and McClure, who say they're looking forward to working with each other and maybe one of the Hendrick teams next season when Pontiac has at least five teams.
NEW MONTE CARLO: Chevrolet received approval from NASCAR on the design of its 2003 Monte Carlo, and its Winston Cup teams will soon receive templates to begin construction.
AIRING IT OUT: NASCAR will re-institute the front air dam rules it used at Michigan for next Sunday's race at Darlington, S.C. Chevrolets can extend their front air dams by one inch, Pontiac a half-inch.
BUSCH CHIEFS FINED: NASCAR said two BGN crew chiefs were penalized after last weekend's race at Michigan International.
Robert Kennedy was fined $2,000 for having an unapproved front spring on the winning No. 99 Chevrolet of Michael Waltrip.
Donald Richeson was fined $750 when it was ruled that crew member Mike Davies of the No. 66 Dodge of Casey Mears entered the car servicing area on pit road without a helmet during the race. NASCAR rules make the crew chief responsible.