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NASCARFans E-Mail List A convertible? Yep. Randy LaJoie and BACE Motorsports ran around 10 laps in an old BACE Chevy with the roof cut off. LaJoie says it felt the same, which surprised him. He also did a few donuts at the the end of the ...

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A convertible? Yep.

Randy LaJoie and BACE Motorsports ran around 10 laps in an old BACE Chevy with the roof cut off. LaJoie says it felt the same, which surprised him. He also did a few donuts at the the end of the test. The reason: Bruton Smith is considering running a convertible series as companion events to Winston Cup and wanted to see if it is feasible(RPM2Nite), MRN NASCAR Today reported that it was a concept car that Humpy Wheeler wanted to see in action (Jayski)

I watched RPMNite when they were showing the car (one of the rare times I actually get to see it). It looked just like it's described, a stock car with the roof cut off. The car LaJoie ran was painted solid "Fina" blue, with no sponsorship stickers at all. ===== Rick Hendrick stopped by Hendrick Motorsports (yesterday) and Ray Evernham said he looked good but is still having a tough time(RPM2Nite)/Jayski ===== Jayski heard David Green will also participate in both Las Vegas races with his team on Nov 8th and 9th ===== Kyle Petty makes his 500th career start Sunday at Phoenix.(iRace)/Jayski ===== Voting continues for the National Motorsports Press Association NASCAR Winston Cup Most Popular driver with over 45,000 votes cast for 56 different drivers to date. Bill Elliott, who has won a record 11 straight NMPA NASCAR Winston Cup Most Popular Driver titles, is in the lead with a narrow margin over seven-time Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt. For information on voting go to MCI Racing Page.(MCI Racing) http://www.mciracing.com (Jayski) ===== "The car Bobby Hamilton drove to the win Monday in the ACDELCO 400 was one that was built for use in Petty's race-car driving schools. Hamilton drove the car at Dover and brought it to Rockingham for a test. It was faster on longer runs in the test, so the team decided to use it in the race."(Charlotte Observer-David Poole)/Jayski ===== Here's the points race after the Rock:

1, Jeff Gordon, 4,486. 2, Mark Martin, 4,361. 3, Dale Jarrett, 4,341. 4, Jeff Burton, 4,095. 5, Terry Labonte, 3,947. 6, Dale Earnhardt, 3,936. 7, Bobby Labonte, 3,822. 8, Bill Elliott, 3,663. 9, Ted Musgrave, 3,389. 10, Rusty Wallace, 3,351.

11, Jeremy Mayfield, 3,335. 12, Ken Schrader, 3,313. 13, Ernie Irvan, 3,293. 14, Johnny Benson, 3,290. 15, Ricky Rudd, 3,223. 16, Kyle Petty, 3,162. 17, Bobby Hamilton, 3,134. 18, Ricky Craven, 3,028. 19, Michael Waltrip, 2,964. 20, John Andretti, 2,876. ===== There's a very good article about Jeff Burton by Sandra McKee of the Baltimore Sun posted on the MCI web page, for those of you with web access:

http://www.mciracing.com

It's too long to include here, but it is a definate recommended read. ===== There's also a good article on the NASCAR Online site, featuring Joe Ruttman and Kenny Irwin Jr. interviewing each other. Here's the url:

http://www.nascar.com/news/97news/00432237.html

Again, a bit too long to include here. ===== Mike Irwin (mailto:mike@nascarfans.com) NASCAR Fans _______________________________________

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