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NASCAR Fans E-mail List Good Friday Morning NASCAR Fans. This day should prove to be really busy as we prepare for NASCAR's All star race, the Winston that will start tomorrow night. We will have qualifying later today for The Winston...

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Good Friday Morning NASCAR Fans. This day should prove to be really busy as we prepare for NASCAR's All star race, the Winston that will start tomorrow night. We will have qualifying later today for The Winston and could also have qualifying for the Winston Open. We will have details on the website today. Practice information should be coming off and on today as they will be alternating throughout the day between practice for the Open and for the Winston. I'll pass on the information as it becomes available.

The Winston Facts

The 19 drivers qualified for The Winston have won a combined total of 14 Winston Cup titles and 384 championship points races. There are 10 Fords, five Chevrolets and four Pontiacs among the 19 cars already qualified. Dale Earnhardt, Ricky Rudd and Darrell Waltrip are the only three drivers who have participated in each of the previous 12 runnings of The Winston. Half of The Winston's winners (6-of-12) have gone on to win Winston Cup titles. Three Winston winners have gone on to win the Coca-Cola 600 -- Waltrip in 1985, Davey Allison in 1991 and Earnhardt in 1993. Six sets of brothers (Bodines, Burtons, Labontes, Parsons, Wallaces and Waltrips) have run in The Winston. Two father-son combinations, Bobby and Davey Allison and Richard and Kyle Petty, have competed. Las Vegas Rumors

Per the Sports Director at KTNV TV in Vegas. Las Vegas Motor Speedway will get a Winston Cup race date next year, to be held on the first weekend in March. LVMS has not made any offical announcement yet, however, two sources at NASCAR have confirmed it. The Richmond race will be moved to the summer.

NASCAR and the tire battle

NASCAR MIGHT not be immune to the Goodyear-Firestone-Bridgestone tire war after all, despite NASCAR's recent exclusivity contract with Goodyear. Bruton Smith might be trying to open his tracks to Firestone, despite the NASCAR contract, according to NASCAR sources. Smith's Indy Racing League ventures with Tony George -- IRL races at Texas next month, at Charlotte in July and at Atlanta next season -- have put Smith in close touch with Firestone-Bridgestone officials, who are miffed at NASCAR for trying to shut their company out of stock-car racing. Goodyear officials insist Smith can't unilaterally abrogate the NASCAR contract.

North Carolina News

The future of North Carolina Motor Speedway at Rockingham remains cloudy. Carrie DeWitt has apparently agreed to sell her controlling interest in the track to Roger Penske, despite Smith's offer of $72 million for all the outstanding stock. Buying the track would also involve buying the long-term debt, which is a reported $8 million, for the latest round of construction.

Sears Points News

Bruton Smith is studying plans for a major repaving at his Sears Point Raceway, and drivers and crew chiefs are suggesting that he use the opportunity to widen the uphill section of the track, particularly from turn three through turn seven. That twisting, uphill-downhill section of the course would provide a number of good opportunities f or passing if the asphalt were about a half-lane or so wider.

Chad Little and John Deere

Chad Little will run a special paint scheme for the Brickyard 400. The car will be a special black-and-bronze paint scheme.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Kyle Petty , Chad Little , Tony George , Roger Penske , Davey Allison