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Merry Christmas Eve! ===== Well, there's a few things to be reported, so here goes before I go to work today: ===== First, Jayski's news gatherings:

NEW UPDATE: ESPN2 will be running two NASCAR race re-run marathon's on Christmas Eve/Christmas and New Years Eve/News Years Day. I put the schedule on a separate page, see ESPN Marathon Schedule, and from that page you can see the winners, pole sitters and why the race may have been chosen to be show(along with the reason that these are only ESPN broadcast races of course).

I hear BGN driver Phil Parsons will be getting Dura-Lube as his sponsor on the #10 Chevy in 1998.

I hear the Washington-Erving WC(7-Up??) and BGN(#50 Dr Pepper) teams are being run out of Barry Owens shop as the Bobby Allison Shop deal fell through, still no news on sponsor or car#.

The LW Miller starting a BGN team with Dura-Lube rumor is false.

I hear the #64 FansTeam/Arby's Team has chosen a driver and it is not Morgan Shepherd but comes from another series and will be a rookie to the WC series.

Thanks, Jay. ===== After taking on a second team in 1997, David Ridling quickly discovered he had ventured off his chosen path in NASCAR racing -- the path to the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division championship.

While multi-car operations have proven beneficial for other teams, the venture turned out to be somewhat of a detriment to the owner of Ridling Motorsports. Neither Kevin Lepage, the driver of Ridling's primary No. 88 car, nor Dennis Setzer, driver of the No. 43 Chevrolet, had the type of season that Ridling had hoped for or expected.

Both Lepage and Setzer are now gone, and so is the multi-car operation at Ridling Motorsports. And with former motorcycle world champion Kevin Schwantz behind the wheel of the No. 88 Ryder Chevrolet, Ridling says his team is back on course toward their ultimate goal -- a NASCAR Busch Series title.

"I think we're back to where we were after 1996, looking toward a championship," Ridling said. "I know it's a pretty bold statement to say that, especially when we've got a rookie in the car, but that's just how much respect I've got for Kevin (Schwantz) and his driving ability.

"This guy has won world championships before, and he can handle the pressure of everything around him. He just doesn't let anything affect him. He's been there before, and all it's going to take now is just time to get used to things around here. He's here to win, we want to win, and that's what it's all about. We talk about winning Rookie of the Year, but we also want to win the championship, and with Kevin, we think we've got championship potential." (NASCAR Online) ===== As promised:

T minus 25 days and counting 'til the Craftsman Chevy Trucks Challenge T minus 46 days and counting 'til the Winston Cup Bud Shootout T minus 49 days and counting 'til the Gatorade Twin 125 Qualifiers T minus 51 days and counting 'til the Busch Series NAPA Auto Parts 300 T minus 52 days and counting 'til the Winston Cup Daytona 500 ====

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