For detail reports on the activities in New York and and Daytona access RaceWeb at RaceWeb provides a complete preview of the 1996 NASCAR series including Sponsor Press Releases, track news, team changes, photographs of new 1996 cars, event and Daytona International Speedway test schedules and more. RaceWeb is proud to be featured in the January 1996 issue of Circle Track. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- RaceWeb - Winston Cup Banquet - Thursday Summary New York, NY Announcements made in New York and Daytona today: Bill France Jr. announced a series of races to be held in Japan running "NASCAR-style stock cars manufactured by Chevrolet, Ford, and Pontiac."

The races, on a one-per-year basis for a three year period, will take place at Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka City, Japan, 250 miles southwest of Tokyo on November 24, 1996. The Busch Clash Wildcard Drawing for the final entry slot in the February all-star race at Daytona International Speedway was held. Seven-time Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt drew the name of Dave Marcis. Seventeen drivers will take the green flag on February 11, 1996. Awards handed out during the press conference included:

Mayflower Truck Driver Challenge Tom McCrimmon, Western Auto Racing AP Parts Meet the Challenge Bill Elliott Champion Spark Plug Buddy Shuman Award Banjo Matthews NMPA Most Popular Driver Bill Elliott for the 10th time UAW/GM Teamwork of Excellence Award Ray Evernham RCA Pit Strategy Award Andy Petree & the Goodwrench Team Unocal Challenge Sterling Marlin Bill Elliott was not in attendance today due to the birth of a son to his wife Cindy. William Clyde Elliott Jr. was born Tuesday night, and has already picked up a nickname: "Chase." Bill France then addressed the crowd once again, announcing attendance at Winston Cup events of over 5,000,000 in 1995 with television viewership topping 91,000,000. France stated that prize and points money for the upcoming 1996 season will top $50,000,000.

During a brief question and answer period France evaded a straight answer as to if or when NASCAR will award a race to the new track being constructed in Texas by Bruton Smith, who also owns Charlotte Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, and parts of the tracks at North Wilkesboro and Rockingham.

The press conference concluded with comments from Jeff Gordon, Ray Evernham, and team owner Rick Hendrick, before Gordon left the Waldorf to appear on David Letterman's broadcast this evening.

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