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NASCAR Fans Mail List Mike Irwin's NASCAR Notes 6/20/97 (mirwin@cinergy.com) Racing Turtles? SCCA Pro Racing chief Dan Greenwood on the success of Craftsman Truck racing: "They could paint the NASCAR logo on land turtles and draw 50,000 ...

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Mike Irwin's NASCAR Notes 6/20/97 (mirwin@cinergy.com)

Racing Turtles?

SCCA Pro Racing chief Dan Greenwood on the success of Craftsman Truck racing: "They could paint the NASCAR logo on land turtles and draw 50,000 people."

Rick Baldwin Passed Away

Rick Baldwin, once an aspiring Winston Cup driver, died June 13 in a nursing home in San Antonio, Texas, nearly 11 years to the day after he crashed trying to qualify for a race at Michigan Speedway. Rick had been in a coma since then. He was age 46. Terry Labonte said, "Rick and I ran together when we were 16, 18 years old. Back then he was a driver to beat. He had more desire to be in NASCAR than half the people here."

No Restrictor Plate Changes

What with the rash of rule changes lately, it almost would be expected. But NASCAR spokesman Ken Triplett said June 15 that the current restrictor plate formula is expected to remain in place through the July 5 Pepsi 400 at Daytona.

Marcis Breaks Petty's Michigan Record

Dave Marcis didn't have a great day at the Miller 500, but he had a historic one. Marcis finished 34th, 11 laps down. However, he passed Richard Petty to become the all-time lap leader at Michigan Speedway, logging a career-total of 8,776 laps at the 2 mile speedway.

Rusty on downward swing

Rusty Wallace had another bad day at the track at the Miller 400. For the fifth time in six races, he finished outside the top 20, a period that's seen him tumble from 9th to 15th in the Winston Cup points race.

War of Words

With Fords sweeping the top 4 positions at the Miller 400, General Motors teams were crying foul over aerodynamics again: "I didn't see a Ford all day, they must have been so far ahead, I guess"-Johnny Benson "There ain't no need to worry about California. NASCAR won't do anything about it."-Jimmy Makar "They gave the Fords the spoiler and they were dominant. They took it away and they were just another race car with a bunch of crybabies driving them because they all whined about it. Then they gave it back to them and they're all heroes again."-Kyle Petty "It's been proven time and again they have better aerodynamics. I don't know why they're wasting Bill France's money going to wind tunnels and running them on the dyno. Stevie Wonder could see the problem."-Bill Davis

Quote of the Miller 400 Race

"We ended up on the wrong side of the gas mileage fence." Darrell Waltrip, who ran out of gas on the last lap and finished 24th.

750th Start for Team Owner

Dick Trickle gave car owner Junie Donlavey his 750th start as a team owner in the Miller 400. Also, by Trickle winning $19,665, Donlavey surpassed $5 million in career winnings.

Foster Top Candidate for Washington Erving Busch Seat

Jimmy Foster, grandson of former Daytona Int. Speedway president Jim Foster, reportedly will drive the Busch series Ford fielded by Washington Erving Motorsports next season. A driver has not been named for the team's Winston Cup entry.

Earnhardt Jr. Set for the Glen

Dale Earnhardt Jr., the namesake of the seven-time Winston Cup champion, will try his hand at road racing for the first time June 29 in the Lysol 200 Busch Series race at Watkins Glen. The younger Earnhardt will attempt to qualify a #31 Dale Earnhardt Inc. Chevrolet for the race, preparing for the event during a test session June 4-5 with Steve Park, his father's regular Busch Series driver.

Didyaknow?

Thinking of the race coming up in California, the last Winston Cup race in Southern California was June 12, 1988, at Riverside International Raceway, in which car owner Rick Hendrick, driving car no. 18 was part of the 43 car field.

Mike Irwin _______________________________________ Visit the Website at www.nacsarfans.com

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Terry Labonte , Dick Trickle , Rusty Wallace , Steve Park , Johnny Benson , Dave Marcis , Richard Petty