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NASCARFans E-Mail List Thank you all for your kind feedback about questionable rumors (the lack thereof in this newsletter). Walker Evans announced plans to field a second NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team for the 1998 season. Along with...

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Thank you all for your kind feedback about questionable rumors (the lack thereof in this newsletter).

Walker Evans announced plans to field a second NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team for the 1998 season. Along with Butch Miller, current driver of Evans' No. 20 truck, young Kenny Hendrick of Cornelius, N.C., will pilot a Walker Evans Racing Chevrolet. Search for 1998 sponsorship for his factory-supported Chevrolet team is currently underway. (NASCAR Online)

Dexter Canipe, 37, champion of the Blue Ridge Region's Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville, S.C., is the 1997 NASCAR Winston Racing Series national champion, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing's national title for weekly short track stock car racing. Canipe, of Clermont, N.C., will receive a record $132,500 for the championship title sponsored by R.J. Reynolds' Winston brand. Additionally, he won this year's $5,000 Gatorade Front Runner Award for leading the national points chase at the halfway mark of the season. (NASCAR Online)

Doctors at Duke University Medical Center determined Wednesday what they believe to be the cause of the mystery ailment that kept NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver Jeff Burton out of his Exide Batteries Ford for the majority of last weekend's CMT 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Burton has what doctors have described as vestibular neuronitis, a neurotropic virus that has infected the nerve that sends messages from his brain to his inner ear, upsetting his balance. The specific time frame for recovery is inconclusive, but a complete recovery is eminent. Doctors believe that the more activity a person with the virus engages in, the quicker the healing process will be complete. Burton will attend the MBNA 400 at Dover Downs International Speedway this weekend. "I will be there," Burton said. "I will do whatever I can in the car within the realm of safety and common sense, and at the very least start the race on Sunday." The team will have a relief driver standing by for practice sessions and for the race. The relief driver has not yet been determined. Burton will not participate in the MBNA 200 NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division race on Saturday in his Track Gear Ford as previously planned. He will instead enter the NASCAR Busch Series event at North Caroling Motor Speedway in Rockingham. (NASCAR Online)

From Autoweek: Jack Roush said he asked twice, but Tommy Kendall turned down his truck ride. Kendall says he agreed to a 4year deal, then was told Roush wanted to change the terms. When Kendall decided to go with the change, he was told it was too late (Jayski)

Bill Ingle joins the #8 Circuit City Ford, Stavola Bros team and while it has not been confirmed the team is expected to switch to Chevy in 1998(WC Scene/Jayski)

Per the Winston Cup Scene Dave Marcis is still plans to drive in the WC series in 1998 but is considering retiring after the 1998 season (Jayski)

Jayski hears the Irvan-Simo truck team will definitely be Ford next year and they are looking at engine options as the team will not run Yates motors in 1998. Along with Irvan in a second Irvan-Simo truck, get this, Kyle Petty will be driving a third Irvan-Simo Truck at Fontana and that NO FEAR will be the sponsor on the truck.

Dover has a website at http://www.doverdowns.com (Jayski)

Dale Jarrett has been the most consistent finisher in 1997, failing to finish just one of 25 races and completing all but 59.522 of the 9,838.817 miles run so far.

An exerpt from a NASCAR Online interview with DJ:

ARE YOU THE FANS CHOICE TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP, AND DOES THAT GIVE YOU ANY EDGE AT ALL?

"I don't know that it gives us any edge. I think that if there are people who are looking for Dale Jarrett to win, it's maybe because we haven't won and this is something new that we put together last year and they pull for the underdog a little bit. I'm sure there are plenty enough people looking for Jeff Gordon to win that he has a lot of confidence, too. I think that the three of us who are there right now, and that's not to exclude Jeff Burton, we all have a good shot and we all want the championship really bad. Anybody who wins it is going to be a very deserving champion, because you've had to put up some deserving numbers this year to stay in the battle.''

Mike Irwin (mike@nascarfans.com) NASCAR Fans _______________________________________ NASCAR Fans Website http://www.nascarfans.com

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Dale Jarrett , Kyle Petty , Dave Marcis , Jack Roush , Kenny Hendrick , Butch Miller , Tommy Kendall