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NASCARFans E-Mail List Here's a quote from one of our readers in Atlanta, "tnorris": "Stopped by AMS this morning (had to see a customer nearby) could hear engines roaring around the track. No one allowed in according to security at one of...

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Here's a quote from one of our readers in Atlanta, "tnorris":

"Stopped by AMS this morning (had to see a customer nearby) could hear engines roaring around the track. No one allowed in according to security at one of the gates. Something about the sound of those engines and you know I would find a way. I (saw) Bill Elliott, Mark Martin, Jeff Burton, Michael Waltrip, Morgan Shepherd, and (the) #97. The new track looks great. I was standing in between turns 3 & 4 and we didn't hear the drivers let off a bit. Tri-oval looks real tight but the track is real fast. Didn't have a stop-watch but that 94 looked strong. Managed to get out back out without being noticed. Think my wife would have understood if I had to call her from jail and tell her I just couldn't resist hearing those engines roar?"

Thanks for the report! ========== Robert Yates has always had a soft spot for the Allison family. The late Davey Allison helped establish Yates as one of the premier car owners on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series in the late 1980s and early '90s before his death in July of 1993. And Yates had worked with Davey's father Bobby Allison in the early 1970s and followed his career with great interest. So last weekend during activity for the DieHard 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, Yates decided to repay the Allison family a bit for helping to make him a success in the business. Yates made Bobby Allison an honorary member of his No. 28 Texaco/Havoline team on a weekend when the No. 28 Ford sported a special paint scheme in Davey Allison's memory.

In 1972, Yates worked with Bobby Allison on a team owned by Junior Johnson. Allison won 10 races that season and finished second to Richard Petty in the point standings.

"I really do appreciate this," said Bobby Allison, who won 84 NASCAR Winston Cup Series races and the 1983 championship during his career. "Robert has been a really special person to me for a long, long time, and of course all of the Allison family. Making me an honorary pit crew member is really special.

"I've been through a lot of different things, a lot of success and certainly some tragedy, but I prefer to look at it like I've been through lots and lots of good times. I've been through some bad times, but I know some people who have had the bad times and never got to have the good times. So I appreciate that. A lot of people have helped me, and I appreciate that. Robert Yates and his whole group have been really special and I appreciate that."

Yates also presented Allison with a check from his proceeds of the special paint scheme on the No. 28 car, promoting Texaco's 10th anniversary with Robert Yates Racing. Yates donated his portion of the Talladega race and the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (the special paint scheme was also used there) to Bobby Allison's nine grandchildren, including Davey's two children, Krista and Robert.

Yates' portion of the proceeds from the die-cast collectible sales of Allison's 1987 car was also included in the donation.

"I really appreciate (the check)," Allison said. "Davey had just two children, but he was the kind of uncle to the rest of 'em that they appreciated him a lot and he appreciated them. To do something for all of 'em is just really special of Robert and of Texaco. I just appreciate the idea that we feel like all of us are family." (NASCAR Online) ========== Slow news day, can ya tell? ========== "Everyone in General Motors is excited to use the SB2. It's been something that we've had in our presence to run, experiment with, and see some positive results with it. Now we want to go cash that in and hope it gives us more wins. It's also something that is specific for NASCAR, so we're not going through the adaptations of other components to make it competitive in NASCAR. We, as well as other teams, have been direct contributors to it. So we want to see how good it is going to be. We believe it will do well and believe the guys will like it and the results will show."--Randy Dorton, Hendrick Motorsports (Glen Grissom, Country.Com) ========== Elliott Sadler is ready for his trip to the West coast to compete in the inaugural NASCAR Busch Series race at the new California Speedway. Sadler and the Sandy Jones-led crew are preparing for the event by getting input from Winston Cup teams who raced there in June.

"We have talked to a lot of the Winston Cup guys about what they learned while running at California Speedway," Jones said. "We have taken everything we got from them, sorted through the information and decided what will best support our efforts when we make our first trip to California. It will be a challenging weekend for everyone, but we are really looking forward to it."

The #29 Phillips 66 Chevy team is running at the California Speedway the same car they ran at Charlotte Motor Speedway two weeks ago. Sadler ran the car for the first time at Charlotte, where he started 18th and finished 14th. The car was consistently quick in practice all week on Charlotte's 1.5-mile oval and ran well during the race until a late-race spin on lap 116. The spin didn't result in any sheet metal damage, thus the team's ability to race the car at California.

"We had a really awesome car in Charlotte," Sadler said. "Our finishing position didn't reflect how good the car ran in race conditions, but we were able to bring the car home in one piece and now we're ready to put it on the track at California to see what it can do. I have a lot of respect for the speedways that are two miles or longer, and I can't wait to turn a few laps at Penske's newest track. The Winston Cup guys came back with nothing but good things to say about the track, so we're ready to unload the Phillips 66 Chevrolet and go racing." (Country.Com) ========== Mike Irwin (mailto:mike@nascarfans.com) NASCAR Fans _______________________________________

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Bill Elliott , Michael Waltrip , Morgan Shepherd , Bobby Allison , Robert Yates , Elliott Sadler , Davey Allison
Teams Hendrick Motorsports , Yates Racing