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I'll have some information later today, or maybe tomorrow, about the proposed ban on scanners, primarily how you can let your voice be heard against this bill. I just have to type it in. We as fans need to let our objections be known to this bill. ===== There will be an Australian running at the NASCAR Thunder Special at Suzuka. His name is Jim Richards and he's one of Australia's top drivers. He is driving for the Dick Midgley team in a Pontiac sponsored by Pyroil. Jim currently races in the AC Delco Cup series in Australia, which is likened to the USA's Busch North/West series.

Thanks to Tim Noske of Australia for the note. ===== I received a note from Dave O'Brien, concerning NASCAR Sim racing using Sierra/Papyrus software.

If you are interested in information about sim racing, Dave suggests you look at these web sites:

(Northwestern Simulation Tour): http://www.barbourville.com/~nwst (North American Simulation Series): http://www.concentric.net/~Mbec/n1 (Simulation Racing Association): http://www.miracing.com/sra

(This is not an endorsement of these sites, they are offered for informational purposes). ===== Jayski hears that as of a meeting yesterday(10-28), John Andretti and Tony Furr are still waiting to see if Cale Yarborough lands a sponsor, possibly another week. Another source says the 98 team is very close to signing a deal maybe with a collectibles company. ===== Jayski hears that Valvoline will replace Quaker State on all the Hendrick Cars next year. Valvoline used to be the oil associate sponsor for Hendrick Motorsports. ===== From what Jayski hears NASCAR probably will not use restrictor plates at Atlanta on Nov 16th. Part of the problem is the track surface is new and has a lot of grip and NASCAR expects things will change after the winter and the speeds will go down. On RPM2Nite NASCAR's Mike Hilton said they have no plans on using restrictor plates at Atlanta. ===== Jayski hears Terry Labonte is still in negotiations with several major potential sponsors for his BGN team. And since Bobby Labonte sold his #44 BGN team to Joe Gibbs for Tony Stewart to drive, Bobby is now anticipated to drive at least 15 races for Terry and Terry might drive in as few as 5. This could change depending on the sponsor demands but Bobby will be driving the #5 BGN car in at least 15 races. ===== Jayski hears that the announcement of Dale Earnhardt, Jr to the #3 BGN AC Delco ride will be made at The SEMA show in a few weeks. ===== http://www.charlotte.com/nascar/ has some great articles:

"LaJoie happy as king of the smaller hill" "Children starting sooner in chase of NASCAR racing" "Top rookie Skinner finds Winston Cup humbling "

Due to length and the fact they're AP stories, which I'm not supposed to use here, I'll just point those of you with web access there. ===== Drivers from more than 20 countries will sit a few inches off the ground and travel at speeds of 130 mph and more this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The fourth annual North American Karting Championships will be held this weekend at CMS, with more than 1,200 karters expected to compete over five different courses. The event begins with practice and qualifying Friday. (Charlotte.Com)

Lake Speed is a former karting champion. ===== Dale Jarrett, 145 points back of Gordon, knows his chances of catching him are slim.

''He's going to have to fall out early in one of the last two races for us to have a chance,'' Jarrett said. ''And you don't know what's going to happen down in Atlanta. Anything can happen there. It's going to be a fast and furious race, and things are going to happen probably, because of the speeds. And as long as we have a shot when we get there, we'll still race him.'' (Mike Mulhern, JournalNow) ===== Terry Labonte is spending this week hunting elk in New Mexico with Dale Earnhardt.

''He said he was going to try to scare me going up that mountain (on horseback in the dark) . . . but he knows you shouldn't scare a man who's carrying a gun,'' Labonte said.

By the time they get to Phoenix, both men should be rejuvenated. And it has been a season in which both certainly need a break.

''But we've both reloaded, so to speak, this season, and we're going to come out firing with both barrels at Phoenix,'' Labonte said. ''Maybe I won't have to drive that race with a broken hand this time.'' (Mike Mulhern, JournalNow) ===== Steve Hmiel, Martin's team manager, said he was proud of the rally his crew made.

''We were terrible for a long time,'' Hmiel said. ''Then we started hitting on it about halfway. We just got running better. We did a lot of drastic things to the chassis and the air pressure. We finally got it figured out and got up to third.

''We needed a caution at the end; we were too loose. We were racing Trickle real hard for fifth, and we got by him, and then they rubbed a little with one to go, and he got back by us.

''But we thought we had only a 15th place car for a long time. And we feel fortunate to run sixth.

''The championship is still up for grabs. We're awfully good at Phoenix.'' (Mike Mulhern, JournalNow) ===== Mike Mulhern also wrote a lengthy article about Geoff Smith, Jack Roush's attorney and new boss of his racing ventures at:

http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/sports/nascar/race30.htm

It's a good read. ===== Dale Earnhardt and the No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet team have a pair of streaks on the line as the season races toward a conclusion.

Coming into Sunday's Dura Lube 500 presented by Kmart at Phoenix International Raceway, Earnhardt is on a record-setting streak of consecutive NASCAR Winston Cup Series finishes. Dating back to the 1996 Bud at the Glen at Watkins Glen, N.Y., Earnhardt and the GM Goodwrench Service Plus team have finished 43 consecutive races, a new NASCAR Winston Cup Series record.

More importantly, however, Earnhardt's string of consecutive seasons with at least one victory is in jeopardy. Earnhardt has won at least one NASCAR Winston Cup Series race the last 15 years, a mark that was equaled by Ricky Rudd earlier this season.

Phoenix has been a strong track for Earnhardt in previous years. Since the NASCAR Winston Cup Series made PIR a regular stop in 1988, Earnhardt has posted six top-10 and three top-five finishes in nine starts, including a victory at the one-mile oval in 1990. (NASCAR Online) ===== There's a good article also at:

http://www.nascar.com/news/97news/00433143.html

It's about Alan Kulwicki, written by Deb Williams of Winston Cup Scene.

I'm really sorry I can't pass along all this stuff, I know a lot of you don't have web access, but it would make this posts huge. ===== This is the end of the news.

Below is top 20 in Cup, Busch, and truck series, courtesy of Chaz:

Driver Standings - Winston Cup 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.

Driver Standings - Busch series (LaJoie has clenched the title) 1. Randy LaJoie, 4,211. 2. Todd Bodine, 3,969. 3. Steve Park, 3,953. 4. Mike McLaughlin, 3,517. 5. Phil Parsons, 3,450. 6. Elliott Sadler, 3,416. 7. Elton Sawyer, 3,352. (tie) Buckshot Jones, 3,352. 9. Tim Fedewa, 3,264. 10. Hermie Sadler, 3,252. 11. Jason Keller, 3,184. 12. Mark Green, 3,152. 13. Kevin Lepage, 3,136. 14. Dick Trickle, 3,034. 15. Mike Dillon, 2,908. 16. Glenn Allen, 2,809. 17. Tracy Leslie, 2,777. 18. Joe Bessey, 2,697. 19. Stevie Reeves, 2,528. 20. Dennis Setzer, 2,411.

Driver Standings - Craftsman Truck 1. Jack Sprague, 3,061. 2. Rich Bickle, 2,966. 3. Ron Hornaday, 2,902. 4. Joe Ruttman, 2,887. 5. Mike Bliss, 2,715. 6. Jimmy Hensley, 2,652. 7. Rick Carelli, 2,647. 8. Jay Sauter, 2,602. 9. Chuck Bown, 2,540. 10. Kenny Irwin, 2,480. 11. Butch Miller, 2,476. 12. Rick Crawford, 2,428. 13. Stacy Compton, 2,255. (tie) Dave Rezendes, 2,255. 15. Bob Keselowski, 2,234. 16. Boris Said, 2,198. 17. Tony Raines, 2,149. 18. Tammy Jo Kirk, 2,054. 19. Bryan Reffner, 2,034. 20. Tony Roper, 1,974.

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