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NASCARFans E-Mail List Brett Bodine will drive in five truck races starting at Richmond (This Week Inside NASCAR / Jayski) Qualifying for the Mountain Dew Southern 500 will be televised on ESPN2 at 3pm for an hour, replayed at 6pm before ...

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Brett Bodine will drive in five truck races starting at Richmond (This Week Inside NASCAR / Jayski)

Qualifying for the Mountain Dew Southern 500 will be televised on ESPN2 at 3pm for an hour, replayed at 6pm before RPM2nite (Jayski)

>From Sparky at iRace: "We still think the Budweiser sponsorship is going to Schrader, and we understand Quaker State is figuring to upgrade its current arrangement with Hendrick Motorsports -- taking the Craftsman Truck Series primary sponsorship and the associate deal with all three Hendrick Cup cars, and rolling it over into primary sponsorship of the third Hendrick car (presently sponsored by Bud). The compelling question: Will the Big Q takes its Truck Series driver, Jack Sprague, into the Cup car, replacing Ricky Craven? We think it's possible...We also hear rumblings that the likely rookie-of-the-year, Mike Skinner, is testing the waters about a new ride. Apparently, Skinner has not re-upped with Richard Childress; something about slumping Dale Earnhardt not being pleased with the RCR two-car team. But then, we have to wonder, how much longer is the Intimidator going to be driving for Childress..."(iRace/Jayski)

Jeff Gordon's bid for the Winston Million bonus has a lot of people thinking and talking about money this week. Bill Elliott, the only man to win the $1 million bonus that Gordon goes after Sunday, thinks a lot these days about the money it takes to go racing. ``In the late 1970s, when my father was trying to get me started in racing, we could come to a track and race for $2,000 or $2,500,'' Elliott said. ``We were buying used tires from Benny Parsons and we were sleeping about 15 to a hotel room. ``Now, if you count salaries and labor, you're talking about $100,000 per race. . . . This sport is outgrowing us. It costs so much to do this deal, it won't take you but about that quick to lose everything you have.'' Elliott said he recently read an article indicating a track can make as much as a 60 percent profit during a Winston Cup weekend. ``If the tracks have that kind of profit margin, I am in the wrong side of this business,'' Elliott said. ``I finished seventh at Bristol in April and what I won didn't touch paying my tire bill for the weekend. And they've got 125,000 seats? You can put a calculator to that and it doesn't add up. ``I enjoy racing. Man, I love it. I would race out here for nothing. That's the truth, I would be out here racing just as hard as I could go for nothing. But you can't do it for nothing anymore.'' (David Poole, Charlotte Observer)

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Brett Bodine , Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Mike Skinner , Ricky Craven , Benny Parsons
Teams Hendrick Motorsports