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NASCAR Fans E-mail List Qualifying today at 3:00 central time. Join us live for the Cybercast. Terry Labonte clears the rumors Defending Winston Cup champion Terry Labonte said Thursday he has no plans to switch rides for the 1998 NASCAR...

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Terry Labonte clears the rumors

Defending Winston Cup champion Terry Labonte said Thursday he has no plans to switch rides for the 1998 NASCAR season. Labonte drives a Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports of Charlotte, along with teammates Jeff Gordon and Ricky Craven. Labonte joined the team at the start of the 1994 season. Labonte's name surfaced this week amid rumors as to who would replace Ernie Irvan with the Robert Yates Ford team. Yates announced this week he would not renew Irvan's contract next season. "I have no idea how the rumor started," Labonte said Thursday. "I have not talked with Robert Yates or anyone with that team about next year. "I plan to drive for Hendrick Motorsports next season," Labonte said. "I have too good a situation to even consider making a change. I have the best team owner in racing, and I can honestly say there is absolutely nothing to the rumor." (AP)

Gordon Leads second Quarter voting

Jeff Gordon, winner of seven of the first 16 races on this season's NASCAR Winston Cup schedule, was the runaway leader of second-quarter balloting for driver of the year. Gordon, the first driver to lead each of the first two quarters in the same year, got 10 of the 12 first-place ballots from a national panel of motorsports writers and broadcasters. He totaled 100 points. More on Bodine suit

Former NASCAR team owner Junior Johnson and his company have filed a lawsuit against Brett Bodine, his wife and two companies owned by the Bodines in an attempt to recover more than $51,000. The suit states that Bodine agreed unconditionally to pay the amount and they are seeking this amount to interest.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Brett Bodine , Jeff Gordon , Terry Labonte , Ricky Craven , Junior Johnson , Robert Yates
Teams Hendrick Motorsports