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It's official, Cale Yarborough announced his 1998 sponsor for the #98 team on Dec 10th, surprise! It's Thorn Apple Valley(Thorn Apple Valley markets processed meat, poultry, and fresh pork products internationally), signed to a three year deal.(NASCAR Online) == NASCAR Online has the 1998 TV Schedule for all the WC race online now at:

http://www.nascar.com/news/97news/00490290.html == >From Jimmy Foster's chat on NASCAR Online: " The cars will be burgundy on the front of it, going to black toward the back, with a yellow and orange stripe that breaks into two colors. And it will have yellow numbers, with of course, the Dr. Pepper logos on it. We'll have the No. 50. They chose 50, it was a number that was open, and they chose it for the 50th Anniversary of NASCAR" == iRace reports: Veteran NASCAR team owner Bud Moore, virtually inactive in 1997, has high hopes for a resurgent 1998 season with ARCA champion Tim Steele taking over driving duties for the Spartanburg, S.C.-based Bud Moore Engineering team. Moore said the details of the transaction merging his team with Steele's ARCA outfit are being completed. Tom Sokoloski, Steele's long-time crew chief, quit the ARCA team in mid-June, citing burnout, but came back Oct. 8. He is expected to take the crew chief role in the Winston Cup operation next year. Steele has five Winston Cup starts. No announcement has been made regarding sponsorship, but Moore is convinced the resources are available to make his team competitive in 1998, or else he'd still be on the sidelines. == The Winston Cup Today radio show reports that the #21 Citgo team and the #23 Winston team will share shock absorber development. == The NASCAR Online Chat with Sterling Marlin mentioned that he would run 10 BGN races in 1998 in the #1 car. They have a good idea who the sponser is but haven't signed anything yet. == Ron Barfield may drive some races for Ricky Craven's BGN team in 1998. == The Skittles Site has changed over from Derrike Cope to Ernie Irvan (http://www.skittles.com) == Joe Ruttman re-signed with Roush Racing to drive the #80 Ford in the Craftsman Truck Series(NASCAR Online) ========== Mike Irwin (mailto:Mike@NASCARFans.Com) NASCARFans _______________________________________

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