Brickyard 400 Weekend Notes

NASCAR: Brickyard 400 Weekend Notes Mattell, whose Hot Wheels brand of miniature diecast cars sponsors Kyle Petty's No 44, introduced the "NASCAR Barbie" this weekend. NASCAR Barbie is the newest entrant to Mattell's line of collectable Barbies.

NASCAR: Brickyard 400 Weekend Notes

Mattell, whose Hot Wheels brand of miniature diecast cars sponsors Kyle Petty's No 44, introduced the "NASCAR Barbie" this weekend. NASCAR Barbie is the newest entrant to Mattell's line of collectable Barbies. NASCAR Barbie, resplendent in her blue driving coveralls and helmet with movable visor, is expected in retail stores in September.

Next week's Bud at the Glen will mark the introduction of Goodyear Eagle rain tires to NASCAR Winston Cup competition. The Winston Cup race on the historic road circuit will run rain or shine. A decision to expand rain or shine racing to ovals will be made in the future. Goodyear officials feel that it may be feasible to run the rain tires on short ovals.

NASCAR Winston Cup driver Wally Dallenbach Jr. will make his Pep Boys Indy Racing League debut at Texas Motor Speedway in September. Wally will appear as a teammate to Scott Goodyear in a second Panther Racing entry. He has expressed interest in a full time IRL ride for next season.

The top five finishers in today's Brickyard 400, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Bobby Labonte, Mike Skinner and Dale Earnhardt, are eligible for the Winston No Bull 5 at the Pepsi Southern 500 at Darlington in September.

Ricky Rudd and Tide will donate $15,600 to Give the Kids the World, fulfilling their pledge of $100 per lap. Rudd completed 156 laps, finishing 31st. The charity fulfills the wishes of terminally ill children and their families with a cost-free visit to central Florida.

Interested spectators at Saturday's International Race Of Champions 40-lap event included Mario Andretti, and Indianapolis-type car owners Fred Treadway and Roger Penske. Treadway was there to cheer on his driver Arie Luyendyk, while Penske was supporting his driver Al Unser Jr.

Tony Stewart, who will be driving the full Winston Cup season for Joe Gibbs next year, had a busy week. He drove in the USAC Silver Crown and NASCAR Busch Grand National races at Indianapolis Raceway Park, as well as the IROC race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Stewart and Randy LaJoie, who was also in Friday's BGN and IROC races, rushed from BGN qualifying to the Speedway, arriving just in time for the start of the IROC race.

David Reininger and Ken Plotkin - Motorsport News International

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Wally Dallenbach , Jeff Gordon , Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart , Mike Skinner , Al Unser Jr. , Scott Goodyear , Mario Andretti , Roger Penske , Mark Martin
Teams Panther Racing