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NASCARFans E-Mail List Here's a story, courtesy of Chaz Hinkle: Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: TRK), Chairman O. Bruton Smith today announced his intention to build a motorsports facility in the Atlantic City area. According to Smith,...

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Here's a story, courtesy of Chaz Hinkle:

Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: TRK), Chairman O. Bruton Smith today announced his intention to build a motorsports facility in the Atlantic City area. According to Smith, three potential sites are being considered for construction of the facility. Because of ongoing negotiations, Smith declined to identify the sites. "This is a great market with more than 62 million people in a 300-mile radius," said Smith. "The enthusiasm from state and local governmental agencies has convinced me to pursue this project." Smith said he is studying "several" facility plans, but emphasized he would construct an oval speedway. He said size of the oval and seating capacity would be announced after a site selection is made. The facility will be built to accommodate various forms of motorsports entertainment including NASCAR stock cars and Indy cars along with automobile shows, concerts and other events. Under smith's direction, Speedway Motorsports opened the newly constructed Texas Motor Speedway in the Fort Worth-Dallas market in April. The facility, which features a 1.5-mile superspeedway, is the second largest motorsports facility in the United States with more than 150,000 seats.

Top 10 in Winston Cup Points, courtesy of Chaz: 1. Jeff Gordon, 3,602. 2. Mark Martin, 3,505. 3. Dale Jarrett, 3,449. 4. Jeff Burton, 3,334. 5. Terry Labonte, 3,292. 6. Dale Earnhardt, 3,056. 7. Bobby Labonte, 2,972. 8. Bill Elliott, 2,839. 9. Ted Musgrave, 2,816. 10. Ricky Rudd, 2,768.

Top 10 in Busch Points, courtesy of Chaz:

1. Randy LaJoie, 3,686. 2. Todd Bodine, 3,507. 3. Steve Park, 3,328. 4. Phil Parsons, 3,071. 5. Elliott Sadler, 2,981. 6. Mike McLaughlin, 2,975. 7. Buckshot Jones, 2,963. 8. Elton Sawyer, 2,907. 9. Tim Fedewa, 2,891. 10. Hermie Sadler, 2,851

Top 10 in Craftsman Truck Points, courtesy of Chaz:

1. Jack Sprague, 3,061. 2. Rich Bickle, 2,966. 3. Ron Hornaday, 2,902. 4. Joe Ruttman, 2,887. 5. Mike Bliss, 2,715. 6. Jimmy Hensley, 2,652. 7. Rick Carelli, 2,647. 8. Jay Sauter, 2,602. 9. Chuck Bown, 2,540. 10. Kenny Irwin, 2,480.

Robert Pressley will have his BGN crew chief, Steve Plattenberger when he drives the #77 Jasper Ford in the WC race at NHIS this weekend. The team plans on running 5 WC races in 1998. The team also has a big sponsorship announcement at Charlotte in October(RPM2Nite/Jayski)

The California Speedway has a new 42 position scoring pylon, bigger than the one at Indy (RPM2Nite/Jayski)

Greg Biffle has signed a four-year deal to drive a third Roush Racing Ford truck in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 1998. But before you say "Greg who?" -- listen to a short story.

In the late 1960s, a young man came out of the Midwest to attempt to make a name for himself, ultimately, in NASCAR Winston Cup Series competition.

No one knew much about him, his background or his potential, but he had the ability, the perseverance and most of all the desire to make his career choice happen, and it resulted in the 1973 NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship. From there came a long, distinguished driving career that culminated in his induction into the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame.

Benny Parsons' career continues today as a respected motorsports broadcaster. And he hasn't forgotten his roots.

Parsons' background, and empathy, was what made him tip multi-faceted car -- and truck -- owner Jack Roush of Biffle's potential. But even that didn't turn the tide, until Roush's ongoing negotiations for the program took a turn for the worse, about the time Parsons and Roush ran into each other at the DeVilbiss 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at Michigan Speedway in August.

"Jack said, 'I've got a truck ride open,'" Parsons recalled. "All I said was, 'don't forget about Biffle -- he'll do you a good job.'" Now Biffle, the 27-year-old native of Vancouver, Wash., has signed to drive for one of the most powerful and sought-out owners in racing, who holds 10 motorsports teams in four series among his arsenal. (NASCAR Online)

Robert Yates refers to the Ford his team is bringing to Talladega Superspeedway next month as "Alabama's car."

That's because his Texaco/Havoline Ford will carry a special paint scheme, commemorating the 10-year relationship between Texaco and Robert Yates Racing.

Ernie Irvan's car for the Oct. 12 DieHard 500 will be white and black with red and gold trim -- the same colors made famous by the late Davey Allison. Allison drove the white and black Ford to his first career victory in the Winston 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in 1987.

"When talks first started about the 10-year anniversary car, I felt like if we did anything we needed to do it at Talladega," Yates said. "We did run the car in Charlotte in the 600 earlier this year, but I told them I also wanted to race it at Talladega.

"The 28 car with that paint scheme belongs to Talladega probably more than it does Charlotte. Those were two of Davey's favorite tracks. They mentioned racing the car at the Brickyard 400, but I told them that Indy wasn't around 10 years ago. Ten years ago, our Talladega Superspeedway victory was the start of a great relationship for all of us."

The youngest member of the famed "Alabama Gang," Allison had plenty of success at the 2.66-mile track. He scored his first of four ARCA victories in 1983 and added victories in the 1989 and 1992 Winston 500 to go along with his 1987 triumph.

"Racing at Talladega with Davey Allison was like racing in his frontyard," Yates said. "He must have got on that track and walked it in his sleep, because he knew it better than any other driver I ever went to Talladega with. I think we always put a little extra effort into going to Talladega because we knew that."

Yates hopes the Talladega crowd understands his reasons for the 10-year anniversary car. It wasn't an easy decision, he said, and he doesn't want to erase any great memories of Allison. He also is passing up his share of the 10-year anniversary sales, as well as his share of the DieHard 500 purse.

He will donate the money to the grandchildren of Allison's parent, Bobby and Judy Allison.

"So far, we've gotten nothing but positive comments," Yates said. "I hope everyone understands that I am not doing this for money. I've got a lot of good memories of Davey Allison and a lot of great things have happened over the last 10 years with Texaco and Robert Yates Racing.

This is just a way to celebrate.

"This is a sensitive situation to me and a lot of people. I don't want any of the money from the souvenirs or anything. I want the Allisons to have it. I went to Bobby before we decided to do this and I talked it over with him. He was fine with all of it.

"You can always read the crowd based on the applause. The Talladega crowd has always been responsive to our decisions and we hope to get the same response next month. It's just as important to do what's pleasing to them.

"Hopefully, it will bring them a lot of good memories of the Allisons like it does me." (NASCAR Online)

Mike Irwin (mike@nascarfans.com) NASCAR Fans _______________________________________ NASCAR Fans Website http://www.nascarfans.com

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Rich Bickle , Jeff Burton , Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Ernie Irvan , Dale Jarrett , Bobby Labonte , Terry Labonte , Todd Bodine , Steve Park , Greg Biffle , Jay Sauter , Elton Sawyer , Buckshot Jones , Robert Pressley , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Ted Musgrave , Mike McLaughlin , Jack Sprague , Joe Ruttman , Hermie Sadler , Jimmy Hensley , Rick Carelli , Mike Bliss , Benny Parsons , Phil Parsons , Jack Roush , Robert Yates , Elliott Sadler , Mark Martin , Davey Allison
Teams Yates Racing