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NASCARFans E-Mail List ========== I'm curious. Are these posts "just right", "too short", or "too much"? The reason for the interest is that I have gotten some mail complaining that I'm sending too much stuff out. I realize we can't please...

NASCARFans E-Mail List ========== I'm curious.

Are these posts "just right", "too short", or "too much"? The reason for the interest is that I have gotten some mail complaining that I'm sending too much stuff out. I realize we can't please everyone, but we'd like to please as many as possible.

So-o-o-o-o, let's try another little poll (I can hear the grumbling even now. Great googly-moogly, another poll???!!?!?!?!?):

Please send e-mail to NASCARFans@RocketMail.Com, with SUBJECT LINE (Note: TH as one of the three below:

just right too much too short

If ya do it right, just like I'm (nicely) asking, this stuff will be neatly sorted into folders, helping me immensely.

PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS E-MAIL MESSAGE, OR ELSE THE OFFICIAL NASCARFANS GREMLIN WILL INFEST THE CARBURETOR OR FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM OF YOUR PRIMARY VEHICLE WITH GREMLIN GOO. THIS MEANS, YOU, YES, AND YOU THERE.. NO, NOT YOU, THE OTHER ONE WITH THE GREEN SHIRT, YEAH, YOU!!!!!!

Seriously, please use the above way of letting me know your opinion about the content of NASCARFans news postings. I'd appreciate it. Thanks! ========== Current BGN driver and '97 championship contender Todd Bodine announced earlier this season that he was returning to WC racing in 1998 with Team Tabasco. Todd got his first opportunity to test the new ride this week during open-testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway while preparing for the team's first race at the upcoming UAW-GM 500 on October 5th. Although Rusty Wallace's Ford topped the speed chart, Todd toured the 1.5 mile track at 175.325 mph when shaking down his new Pontiac.

What goals have he and his new team set for 1998? "Well we have to be realistic; it's a new team. Even though we've hired very experienced people, and a very experienced motor shop, we do have to realize that there is a building process," said Bodine. "Everyone has to get to know each other, know what we want and how to get the cars the way we want them. A realistic goal is we need to finish Top 15 in points, and if we can win a race, that would be nice. I think it's possible. Those are our realistic goals. The ultimate goal would be to win a couple of races and finish Top 10 in points." (Country.Com) ========== Ralph Moody, a true NASCAR legend, will be inducted into the Charlotte Motor Speedway Court of Legends on Winston Pole Night, October 1st. Moody drove to five victories and five poles in 47 races between 1965 and 1972. However, Moody is best known as half of the potent Holman-Moody operation that fielded Fords for some of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history. Along with partner John Holman, Moody created the most complete race car operation in all of motorsports. (Country.Com) ========== With all past champions making the field for Monday's race in Busch Pole Qualifying, the field for Monday's race will be limited to 42 cars. With 45 cars here, three teams did not make the field; Morgan Shepherd in Richard Jackson's No. 1 Pontiac, Gary Bradberry in the No.78 Ford and Dave Marcis in the No. 71 Chevrolet all had no provisionals to rely on in order to get into Sunday's race.

Fifteen cars elected to re-qualify, with Johnny Benson topping the list of fast qualifiers, logging a speed of 92.965 mph. A speed which would have qualified him seventh had he run that fast on Friday afternoon. (NASCAR Online) ========== Should Mark Martin win Monday's race and Jeff Gordon finish 30th or worse, Martin would claim the lead in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Point standings. If the winner of Monday's leaves Martinsville with the lead in the standings, he will collect the $20,000 NASCAR Winston Cup Leader bonus. To date in the 1997 season, Jeff Gordon has won $220,000 of the $320,000 season-long bonus program. (NASCAR Online) ========== With only six races remaining (including the Hanes 500) this season, six drivers who won races in 1996 are still trying to get into victory lane this season. Defending champion Terry Labonte, seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt, Sterling Marlin, Geoff Bodine, Bobby Hamilton and Bobby Labonte all won races in 1996. Terry Labonte and Dale Earnhardt each had two victories while the others only scored one win each. (NASCAR Online) ========== Richard Petty leads all drivers with 15 wins on the Virginia short track. Leading active drivers, Darrell Waltrip with 11 wins is second to Petty on the all time winner's list. Since 1956, when the series began running 500 lap races at Martinsville, there have been 31 different winners. Fifteen have only won at the track once and 10 of them remain as active drivers.

Only four drivers in the current top-10 in NASCAR Winston Cup Series points have posted wins at Martinsville. They are Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Dale Earnhardt and Ricky Rudd. (NASCAR Online) ========== Three drivers have had their first career NASCAR Winston Cup Series victories at Martinsville. Dave Marcis, who failed to make the field for Sunday's race won his first race here in September of 1975. Morgan Shepherd claimed his first win in April of 1981 and Geoff Bodine, who dominated this track in a NASCAR Modified car, won his first NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at Martinsville in 1984. (NASCAR Online) ========== October Birthdays, from Winston Cup Scene

1 - John Krebs 2 - Paul Goldsmith 4 - Joe "Bondo" Piette, Sarah Burton, Donnie Crumley 5 - Dave Resendes, Dennis A. Greene 6 - Richard Lasater, Darrell Bryant, Joe Parlato 8 - Bill Elliott, Johnny Southall, Betty Hester 10 - Ralph Liguori, Ralph Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 11 - Jimmy Hensley, Beth Murphy, Bobby Wellmon 12 - Gary Girton, Morgan Shepherd 13 - Michael Ehret 14 - Jason Jarrett 15 - Roland Wlodyka, Debbie Lundy, Laresa Davis 16 - Mae Beaty, David Orsak 17 - Danny "Chocolate" Myers, Doug Randolph, Mickey Stavola 18 - Bart Creasman 20 - Fred Wanke, Frank Routh 21 - Pete Wright, Johnny Hathaway 24 - Tracy Leslie, St. James Davis, Michael Cheek 25 - Ward Burton, Jack Kendrick, Taylor Lane Stricklin 26 - Rick Shaut 27 - Dick Trickle 28 - Joe Ruttman 29 - Billy Woodruff, Steadman Marlin 30 - Linda Rudd, Kenny Burks

Note: Although it's easy to figure out who some of these folks are, I will be honest and admit I've never heard of some of them, so it's not going to do any good asking me. ========== For those of you with web access, there's a pretty good comic strip about NASCAR racing called Tradin' Paint, featuring the ficticious driver of the #04 car, "Leadfoot" Loman. Here's the url:

http://www.uexpress.com/ups/comics/tp/

The strip is drawn once a week by Geof Brooks. It features some of the actual drivers in the Winston Cup series as they interact with "Leadfoot", mostly as he boots them into the wall. ========== Mark Martin's Roush Racing team has been Ford's most successful Winston Cup points team in the 1990s, and is second only to Dale Earnhardt and Richard Childress Racing among total points scored this decade. Martin carried a string of eight consecutive top-10 finishes in the final Winston Cup standings into this season, the longest current streak of any team and matched only by Ricky Rudd among drivers. Martin hasn't finished lower than sixth in the Winston Cup standings since 1988. (Winston Cup Scene) ========== The bid to purchase the backhoe loader painted and decaled like David Green's Winston Cup car has reached $65,000. Bidding on the machine closes at noon CDT, Oct 1. (What, you didn't know about it either?????<grin>) Proceeds from the winning bid will be split evenly between the Brain Injury Foundation of North Carolina, and the Winston Cup Racing Wives Auxiliary (Winston Cup Scene) ========== There was an open house yesterday at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet, in Newton, NC. If anyone got an extra autograph they don't need, send it along to me. <grin>. ========== Mike Irwin (mike@nascarfans.com) NASCAR Fans _______________________________________ NASCAR Fans Website http://www.nascarfans.com

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