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NASCARFans E-Mail Newsletter ===== Merry Christmas, everyone. I wasn't going to post today, but I'm up anyway (3:30AM) with a sinus infection and lots of coughing, so I thought, what the heck. Then I see that Jayski has updated his page...

NASCARFans E-Mail Newsletter ===== Merry Christmas, everyone. I wasn't going to post today, but I'm up anyway (3:30AM) with a sinus infection and lots of coughing, so I thought, what the heck. Then I see that Jayski has updated his page at 2:30 AM on Christmas morning, so, I'm behind. Not much out there other than what Jay has collected, I'm afraid.

Oh, by the way, the NASCARFans chat room is officially deceased. I spoke to Brian of Netcrafters, NASCARFans' web provider, via e-mail, and he said the chat software had been crashing the net server, so he had to disable it.

For those of you interested, you can visit the NASCARFans homepage (http://www.NASCARFans.com) for some suggestions on how to keep in touch with your fellow chatters. Yes, don't faint, but the front page of NASCARFans was finally updated.

Anyway, here you go, all you NASCAR junkies who couldn't sleep either....... ===== Jayski's news gatherings:

"A 75,000-seat racing facility has been approved for the Kansas City area and should be completed by 2000. International Speedway Corp. will develop the 1.5-mile oval in Kansas City, Kans., which was approved by the Unified Government of Wyandotte County. Ground should be broken in 1998, followed by negotiations for motorsports events. Phase I will cost $198.3 million and Phase II $54.1 million. The facility will eventually expand to a possible 150,000 seats"(SpeedNet)

In 12/24/97 Atlanta Journal Constitution(AJC), Ed Clark, AMS General Manager, contested state fire marshall charges about safety violations. Claims charges are politically motivated. AMS did not have a license to operate 1997 events. Did pay fee in February and thought everything was ok until November 16 when they found out they didn't have a license. Clark thought AMS had a temporary certificate of occupancy so they could operate while problems were fixed. Problems relate to new suites and new grandstands. (see 12/23 AJC) According to AJC today, AMS will request a formal hearing during the next ten days.(thanks Babe)(12-25-97)

"Champion has extended its sponsorship agreement with Joe Gibbs Racing as the team's exclusive spark plug supplier. The deal covers Gibbs' Winston Cup, Busch Grand National and NHRA teams."(SpeedNet)

I hear Robby Reiser has two current Roush sponsors for his BGN #17 Chevy(Ford?) with Matt Kenseth as the driver and may run five WC races also.

Here's an odd twist to the Shoemaker/Duralube stories we have heard lately: I heard tonight that DuraLube is back with Shoemaker / Trickle & Schneider trucking is gone???

Heard a rumor that Casey Atwood(Modified driver from Nashville) was going to drive in the BGN series for Dennis Adcock in the #28 Chevy, so far no news on a sponsor.

I hear the #95 Sadler Bros WC team may run the full ARCA series instead of attempting the WC series.

Remember the Ozzie Smith(former baseball great) and Harry Ranier story that was announced a few months back about them fielding a WC team? Well, I now hear that Smith and Loren Ranier(Harry's son) have started a truck team and Toby Porter will be Driver with Cooper Industries sponsoring their Chevy truck and will be run out of Terminal Trucking Motorsports.

I have heard from many sources that Canadian Tire Corporation is going to sponsor Peter Gibbons for a fulltime BGN ride in 1998 and possibly some Truck Series races.

The #22 BGN Supersports Team with Scott Legasse has closed shop as the sponsor(??) dropped out.

All-Pro driver Hank Parker will attempt to run the full BGN series with the Mark III Motorsports, no sponsor yet.

Thanks, Jay, and Merry Christmas to you! ===== Some ARCA news, from the RacingPR site:

1995 and defending Daytona ARCA 200 champion Andy Hillenburg posted the fastest speed on the first of three days of ARCA Series testing Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. Hillenburg was one of 14 drivers to post times during the test as ARCA teams prepare for their season-opening Daytona ARCA 200 to be held Feb. 8 in conjunction with the all new Bud Shootout At Daytona. Hillenburg, driving the No. 80 Ford Thunderbird, was clocked at 48.9 seconds, for an average speed of 184.049 mph. Hillenburg, who made his first big splash into professional auto racing in 1995 with his Daytona ARCA 200 victory, plans to become only the second driver to win the event three times. The only three-time champion of the Daytona ARCA 200 is Iggy Katona who won the event in 1965, 1971 and 1974. === Bill Baird, who drives for NASCAR Winston Cup Series regular Ken Schrader, posted the fastest speed on the second of three days of ARCA Series testing Sunday at Daytona International Speedway.

Baird, driving a No. 52 Schrader Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo, was clocked at 47.8 seconds, for an average speed of 188.285 mph.

Baird, who has limited superspeedway experience, was impressive in his Daytona debut last February, turning in a fourth-place finish in the Daytona ARCA 200. === Dan Pardus, of Daytona Beach, Fla., posted the fastest speed on the final of three days of ARCA Series testing Monday at Daytona International Speedway.

Pardus, driving the No. 42 Gardner Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo, was clocked at 48.8 seconds, for an average speed of 184.426 mph.

Pardus, a graduate of the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series, was impressive in his ARCA debut at Daytona last February, turning in a ninth-place finish. ===== For those who might be interested, you can visit http://www.geocities.com/heartland/2717/ to read the Christmas story (Luke 2:1-20). ===== As promised:

T minus 24 days and counting 'til the Craftsman Chevy Trucks Challenge T minus 45 days and counting 'til the Winston Cup Bud Shootout T minus 49 days and counting 'til the Gatorade Twin 125 Qualifiers T minus 51 days and counting 'til the Busch Series NAPA Auto Parts 300 T minus 52 days and counting 'til the Winston Cup Daytona 500 ====

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