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NACAR Fans E-mail List Mike Irwin's NASCAR Notes Earnhardt's Vanishing Act After his 10th place finish at Pocono, it took Dale Earnhardt only about 3 minutes to change clothes in his hauler, then sprint to a black Cadillac, and vanish. ...

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Earnhardt's Vanishing Act

After his 10th place finish at Pocono, it took Dale Earnhardt only about 3 minutes to change clothes in his hauler, then sprint to a black Cadillac, and vanish. About the time the Pocono winner Jeff Gordon was completing his Victory Lane interviews, Earnhardt's jet was probably half way to North Carolina. Apparently he didn't want to discuss the worst losing streak in his career, stretching back to November 1995. Team owner Richard Childress said Earnhardt has always been that way, even when he is winning.

Texas Motor Speedway Rookie Sweep

Kenny Irwin, Boris Said, and Rick Crawford, all rookies in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck series, swept the top three positions at the most recent truck race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Filmar Releases Crew Chief, Team Manager

On May 29, Filmar Racing owner Filbert Martocci fired crew chief Gil Martin and team manager Eddie Jones in what has been called a drastic move. "In the past few months, I have felt that the leadership and harmony in our team seemed to be lacking," Martocci said in a statement released May 30. Veteran David Ifft filled in as temporary crew chief at Dover, but is not expected to keep the position permanently. Filmar Racing fields Fords for Kenny Wallace with Square D as primary sponsor.

Tom Baldwin Named Crew Chief at Donlavey Racing

Former modified driver Tom Baldwin has joined Donlavey Racing as crew chief for Dick Trickle, replacing Bob Johnson, who left the team earlier in the season. Baldwin came to the Donlavey team from Ranier/Walsh Racing, where he was Greg Sacks' crew chief before that team folded.

Congrats to Gary and Christine Nelson

Congratulations to Gary and Christine Nelson on the birth of their son, John Adam. John Adam was born on May 26 in Charlotte, and weighed 9 lbs., 11 ozs., and was 23 inches long. Gary Nelson is the technical director for NASCAR Winston Cup racing.

Happy Birthday

Happy birthdays this week to Patty Wheeler, Harry Melling (#9), Doug Richert, and Pete Pistone. Also happy birthday to Jim Sauter, Kyle Petty, Barry Dodson, Bobby Hillin, Butch Miller, Gary Nelson, and Robbie Loomis from 6/1 - 6/10.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Gordon , Dick Trickle , Kyle Petty , Boris Said , Kenny Wallace , Rick Crawford , Jim Sauter , Greg Sacks , Butch Miller , Robbie Loomis