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NASCARFans E-Mail List Earthquake in Fontana, CA today but RPM2Nite reports that track officials at the California Speedway say there was no damage to the track (Jayski) ========== Look For ASA driver Brad Loney in the ...

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Earthquake in Fontana, CA today but RPM2Nite reports that track officials at the California Speedway say there was no damage to the track (Jayski) ========== Look For ASA driver Brad Loney in the #45 Hunters Specialties BGN Car In Rockingham (Jayski) ========== Jayski heard the JournalNow reported that Ernie Irvan's first ride in the #36 will be in a Winston West race November 8th in Las Vegas ========== "Action Performance Cos. Inc., Tuesday announced that it has signed a three-year licensing agreement with Dale Earnhardt Inc. (DEI) for the merchandising rights for its NASCAR racing teams and cars driven by Steve Park and Ron Hornaday."(PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE))/Jayski ========== The "Bob Nooley" from yesterday's post is actually "Bobby Newling". ========== Like about 10,000 racing fans each year, Charles McNish fulfilled his need for speed by getting behind the wheel of a Winston Cup-style stock car and zipping around a real race track.

McNish, 57, from Springfield, Mo., lost control of his car Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway and crashed into the wall at about 85 mph. His death, from a head injury, is apparently the first at a racing school in at least 10 years.

The schools draw ambitious drivers who want to test themselves in a Winston Cup-like car; NASCAR star Jeff Gordon once attended one. They also attract corporate managers who use the time for team building, and just plain fans who want to share their heroes' experience.

The schools charge about $2,000 for a three-day driving adventure. (DIANE SUCHETKA and FOON RHEE, Charlotte Observer) ========== Dale Earnhardt hates NASCAR's speed-limiting restrictor plates and indicated Sunday's wild crash amid a throng of same-speed cars might not have been so bad had the plates been off, with traffic thus clearer.

"They need to evaluate these restrictor plates and do something," he said after the race, echoing statements he made before the race.

"That's when he wondered aloud why speed is considered such a bad thing on long superspeedways such as Talladega.

"You build a race track that you can hold it wide open around, why do you want to slow 'em down?" Earnhardt said.

"You scared of hurting somebody? H***, I crashed with the restrictor plate on pretty bad last time here. And if they're worried about the people, move the d*** people back. Build bigger grandstands or walls and move the people back." (Skip Wood, Richmond Times-Dispatch) ========== There's a couple of good stories on the MCI Racing page, one about Talladega and some of the peculiar things that have happened there over the years, and another about Benny Parsons, both by Tom Higgins, for those of you with web access. They're too long to include here, unfortunately:

http://www.mciracing.com ========== It's all a matter of chemistry at Hendrick Motorsports. If something isn't just right, you can be sure changes will be quickly forthcoming within the organization. The "chemistry'' between Ricky Craven, driver of the No. 25 Budweiser Chevrolet on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, and crew chief Andy Graves never materialized this season. The team, although it has had its bright moments in 1997, has had a disappointing campaign. For that reason, Hendrick officials have decided to move Graves from his position with the 25 team to a similar one with the No. 5 Kellogg's team for driver Terry Labonte, effective immediately following the end of the season at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The announcement of Graves' transition won't be made official until next month, although it has already been made public through the media. The decision to make the change was actually made a month ago. Craven, who has been plagued by injuries again this season, hasn't had the breakout season he had expected or hoped for this year. The victory he promised during the preseason has yet to be delivered with three races left in 1997. "Obviously we're not happy with the season the 25 car has had, or the 5 car for that matter," said Jimmy Johnson, vice president and general manager of Hendrick Motorsports. "There's nothing wrong with either of the teams, the drivers, the engines, the chassis or whatever. We just wanted to get the right mix, and obviously it just wasn't the right mix with the 25 team. "Terry and Andy have always been comfortable with each other, and that was a big factor in us making the switch." (Shawn A. Akers, NASCAR Online) ========== Petersen Publishing Company, one of the world's largest special interest publishers, will launch two new consumer publications titled NASCAR Garage Magazine and NASCAR Trucks through a joint licensing agreement with NASCAR. The publications are the first of a series of projects that will be explored between NASCAR and Petersen, including automotive trade shows, retail marketing promotion, additional automotive publishing projects and database marketing. (NASCAR Online) ========== Mike Irwin (mailto:mike@nascarfans.com) NASCAR Fans _______________________________________

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