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NASCARFans E-Mail Newsletter ===== Unless something really exciting comes up, this will serve as the Wednesday morning post, so I can concentrate on "real job" activities before my day off to celebrate Jesus' birthday. For those of you...

NASCARFans E-Mail Newsletter ===== Unless something really exciting comes up, this will serve as the Wednesday morning post, so I can concentrate on "real job" activities before my day off to celebrate Jesus' birthday.

For those of you who might be interested, you can read the Christmas story in the Bible in Luke chapter 2, verses 1 through 20. (I know, Steve, but it's something I gotta do!)

You can also read it here, which happens to be my personal home page:

http://www.geocities.com/heartland/2717/

On the subject of Christmas, we at NASCARFans would like to wish all of our readers a very Merry Christmas, especially those of you unfortunate enough to be away from home during this time of year.

Thank you especially to our armed forces serving out of the country, we appreciate what you sacrifice for our safety.

Depending on what's out there for news, there may or may not be a post on Friday, 12/26. ===== Jayski's news gatherings:

I hear Service Merchandise will be an associate on Bill Elliott's #94 McDonald's Ford in 1998

"Video crews from ESPN will be at the LJ Racing shop today to film a feature on the trials and tribulations of a rookie Winston Cup team. The crew will interview owner Joe Falk about his team's rookie year and what it's like to look for sponsors, fight to make races, and how hard it is when you're out of the top ten. The crew is also expected to interview crew chief Doug Richert for his comments on the teams first year. Driver Kevin Lepage will try to make an appearance at the ESPN studios in New England (where he has settled for the holidays) to have his comments included. The show is expected to air on ESPN2's RPM 2Night on December 28th.

UPDATE - FALSE: Anyone hear about this rumor: Canadian Tire Conglomerate is going to sponsor a NASCAR team(not sure if BGN, truck or WC) in 1998 and Randy MacDonald is going to be the driver(MacDonald drove the #79 Trix Racing Ford in a few races in 1997)(12-18-97). I have heard that this is not true at all and that MacDonald has no WC/BGN rides lined up for 1998 at present time

UPDATE: Some odd goings on with Shoemaker Racing: "Shoemaker Racing out of business? A repo company showed up at the doors of Shoemaker Racing this afternoon (yesterday/12-18) ready to take the team's trailer and all the cars. Of course they didn't get any of it as they didn't have "the proper papers or authority" to do it. Evidently Dura-Lube just sent them down to "get the stuff." Dura-Lube is shopping around for another team. Looking at 2-3 different teams. The bet is that they will be going with a former team employee who wanted to try driving. LW Miller III." (H E Johnmeyer, II, JCS Group, Inc.)(12-19-97) and "The lawyers have started. . . A judge has ordered that the Shoemaker cars be held until the Dura-Lube matter is resolved. They are in the process of picking the cars, hauler etc. up today."(12-19-97). Dennis Shoemaker still believes that it will all be cleared up by Monday and he should have the cars back.(H E Johnmeyer, II, JCS Group, Inc. Dick Trickle Page)(12-23-97)

UPDATE: "According to local sources in Maine, Ricky Craven was out snowmobiling on Thursday night, and while he was out there going 50 or 60 mph, a moose stepped out in front of him. He was not injured, and the snowmobile is ok too. According to my source, WGAN radio interviewed Craven about this on the air Friday morning."(Victory Lane)(12-20-97). Let me reinterate that Craven, the Moose nor the snowmobile were hurt in any way and Craven, fellow snowmobilers and moose all continued on their way.

Thanks, Jay, Merry Christmas to you! ===== As promised:

T minus 26 days and counting 'til the Craftsman Chevy Trucks Challenge T minus 47 days and counting 'til the Winston Cup Bud Shootout T minus 50 days and counting 'til the Gatorade Twin 125 Qualifiers T minus 52 days and counting 'til the Busch Series NAPA Auto Parts 300 T minus 53 days and counting 'til the Winston Cup Daytona 500 ==== Mike Irwin (mailto:mike@nascarfans.com) NASCAR Fans _______________________________________

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Dick Trickle , Kevin Lepage , Ricky Craven , Doug Richert