News #2 97-12-29

NASCARFans E-Mail Newsletter ===== >From Jayski's site: News on the web about the Atlanta Motor Speedway situation from the Charlotte Observer: "Atlanta hits roadblock, Code violations close speedway: Atlanta Motor Speedway was, at least ...

NASCARFans E-Mail Newsletter ===== >From Jayski's site:

News on the web about the Atlanta Motor Speedway situation from the Charlotte Observer: "Atlanta hits roadblock, Code violations close speedway: Atlanta Motor Speedway was, at least technically, shut down early last week by the state of Georgia. John Oxendine, Georgia's Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner, ordered the track to suspend racing events until it corrects violations of the state's fire code and obtains its license. He also fined the speedway $2,000 for violating the code. Oxendine said his inspectors found the speedway operated races on four days in 1997 without having a license. That fact was acknowledged by Atlanta Motor Speedway President Ed Clark, but he questioned Oxendine's motives. The track was cited for having deficient fire doors, failing to obtain a certificate of occupancy for new VIP suites before they were used for a November race, failing to secure handrails and guardrails in those suites, and for the absence of portable fire extinguishers in several locations. Clark said track officials thought a temporary 30-day certificate of occupancy had been granted before the Nov. 16 NAPA 500. He said the track would work to be in compliance in time for its Primestar 500 weekend on March 6-8."

More at:

http://www.charlotte.com/nascar/97/pub/001857.htm

Story on the demise of the Thunderbird at:

http://www.irace.com/series/nascar/winstoncup/1997/WCtbird_122697.htm

A complete list of all the Thunderbird wins is at:

http://www.irace.com/series/nascar/winstoncup/1997/WCtbirdstats_122697.htm

FYI: Jayski will be on vacation from 12-31-97 to 1-5-98 and his page will not be updated during that time. ===== >From several readers:

Ned Jarrett had surgery on the C6-7 vertebrae in his neck to fuse them together. He will have to wear the brace until the end of January.

Our belated thoughts and prayers go out to Ned. ===== As promised:

T minus 20 days and counting 'til the Craftsman Chevy Trucks Challenge T minus 41 days and counting 'til the Winston Cup Bud Shootout T minus 45 days and counting 'til the Gatorade Twin 125 Qualifiers T minus 47 days and counting 'til the Busch Series NAPA Auto Parts 300 T minus 48 days and counting 'til the Winston Cup Daytona 500 ==== Mike Irwin (mailto:mike@nascarfans.com) NASCAR Fans _______________________________________

NASCAR Fans Website http://www.nascarfans.com _______________________________________

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