By Marty Smith
CONCORD, N.C. (Jan. 28, 2000)
"A sale is still in order at this time," said Marlene Emery, the team's general manager. The team owner was unavailable Friday but was expected to have some news on the situation Monday.
Yarborough tried to sell the team no less than three times in 1999, to three separate entities. In the first, a deal was struck with fellow South Carolina businessman Wayne Burdette, but after a third of the season went by Yarborough resumed sole possession of the team.
Two other deals came to the brink of being sealed, but never fully came to fruition. Sources said earlier this year yet another deal had been on the table and came to the point of final papers being drawn, yet it was not completed.
Earlier this month, Yarborough sold his in-house engine operation to Ernie Elliott, who builds engines for several NASCAR Winston Cup Series teams, including that of his brother, former series champion Bill Elliott.
Cale Yarborough Motorsports tested its No. 98 Ford -- a car that apparently was used last fall at Talladega Superspeedway -- at Daytona International Speedway earlier this month with driver Hut Stricklin, but Stricklin has since opted to concentrate his efforts on driving the No. 61 IWX Motor Freight Pontiac in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division.
The team has also yet to land a primary sponsor. The 1999 sponsor, Universal Studios, failed to re-up after a season which saw driver Rick Mast finish every event on the 34-race schedule -- quite the rare feat in NASCAR Winston Cup Series competition. In fact, Yarborough himself was the last driver to accomplish that in his mid-1970s championship era.
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