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T minus 58 days and counting 'til the Bud Shootout T minus 65 days and counting 'til the Daytona 500 ===== Three months of intense negotiations ended Wednesday with a development agreement for a $252 million Kansas International Speedway in western Wyandotte County.

The board of directors of the International Speedway Corp. is expected to meet within a few days. If the agreement is approved by both bodies, construction of the 1.5-mile oval motor speedway would start in the spring.

The first 75,000-seat phase would be ready for at least part of the 2000 racing season. If the agreement is approved, the only threats to the speedway's construction would be higher than anticipated costs to relocate homeowners in the area or escalating interest rates, said Grant Lynch, vice president of International Speedway. (STEVE NICELY Staff Writer, Kansas City Star). Thanks to Stellini for the information.

Chaz Hinkle also sent me some information concerning this story. Apparently a lot of people are being forced to relocate, and as expected, they aren't happy about it. Sounds great for racing fans in that area, but may alienate some people because of being forced to move. ===== Jayski's gatherings of news:

ASA driver Brad Loney has a deal to run the first 5 races with Mike Laughlin #45 BGN Chevy, possibly more it depends on more sponsorship.

The top 5 in the Most Popular Driver vote: Bill Elliott, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, Dick Trickle and Rusty Wallace(WC Scene)

Jayski wins the Snoops 2000! (website popularity). ===== During its short life, the NASCAR Winter Heat Series at Tucson Raceway Park has already become a launching pad for the stock car racing world's stars of the future.

NASCAR Winter Heat will open this weekend with a 200-lap non-points event for NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour Late Models beginning at 1 p.m. MST on Sunday. Also scheduled is the Fluidyne 100 for the Ultra Wheel Spec Truck Series for Chevrolet S-10 and Ford Ranger pickups with 350 cubic inch Chevrolet engines.

The three-year-old, nationally-televised, six-race series has given the nation's short-track racers a chance to exhibit their skills in front of a national audience. This year's opening round, scheduled for Dec. 7, was rained out, but more than 40 NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour cars have entered this weekend's event, in preparation for the tour's 1998 season opener that will be the final round of NASCAR Winter Heat on Jan. 18. (NASCAR Online)

A racing fix for those of you in withdrawal...... remember, only 65 more days 'til Daytona. ====== Mike Irwin (mailto:Mike@NASCARFans.Com) NASCARFans _______________________________________

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