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NASCARFans E-Mail List I had an inquiry about someone being injured in Talledega recently. Chaz Hinkle found an AP story for me telling about Travis Atkinson being injured in a race at the Talledega Short Track on Sunday. He initially was...

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I had an inquiry about someone being injured in Talledega recently. Chaz Hinkle found an AP story for me telling about Travis Atkinson being injured in a race at the Talledega Short Track on Sunday. He initially was listed as critical but later was upgraded to fair. Not sure what class of cars, but I would suspect some sort of late-model. Thanks, Chaz. ========== Dale Earnhardt Jr. is attempting to qualify for the BGN race this weekend at Charlotte with Wrangler as the sponsor(Dale, Sr's old sponsor). And this must be the Earnhardt sponsor news rumored here earlier: Wrangler will an associate sponsor on Steve Park's WC car next year with Pennzoil as Primary. Car will change from typical Pennzoil car of now. More black than anything.(Jayski) ========== Several teams are sporting new or specialty paint schemes for this weekend. Terry Labonte will have a green and black car with the "Spooky Fruit Loops" lettering. The brothers Waltrip have the retro-look on their cars. Darrell's will resemble the Gatorade No. 88 car that he ran in the late 1970s, and brother Michael is sporting the Wood Brothers candy apple red and white that graced the No. 21 car when Pearson was at the wheel. Other cars with a new look include Wally Dallenbach's First Union Chevrolet, Jimmy Spencer's Camel Ford and the new Tabasco Pontiac driven by Todd Bodine, which will be a regular sight on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series in 1998.(NASCAR Online) ========== RPM2Nite showed the new #23 Ford in it's Winston colors, it's red, white and silver and very sharp looking. The car will debut in the 40th Daytona 500 (Jayski) ========== Jayski hears RCA will not sponsor any team in 1998 and an announcement will be made soon. So this would in effect kill three rumors: The #98 retaining RCA; the second Bill Elliott team getting RCA; and the Darrell Waltrip team(s) getting RCA as their sponsor. So as of right now DW has no sponsorship for 1998 and no real rumors floating around. hard to believe some company does not want DW as a spokesperson. ========== Matt Hutter, the son of engine builder Ron Hutter who builds the engines for Team 34, will be Todd Bodine's replacement in the #36 BGN Stanley Tools Pontiac in 1998 (Jayski) ========== "Petty Enterprises has begun outfitting its two pit crews, for Bobby Hamilton's STP Pontiac and Kyle Petty's Hot Wheels Pontiac, in Harley Davidson Motorclothes. Richard and Kyle Petty, who have been avid Harley Davidson riders for more than 15 years, found that the denim clothing is functional as well as good looking. The teams will wear them during the entire preparation process for both teams for this weekend's race."(NASCAR Online/Jayski) ========== Felix Sabates has a news conference Saturday, at which he is expected to announce Sterling Marlin will drive the No. 40 car in 1998. Sabates and Robby Gordon announced Tuesday they have agreed to part company immediately instead of waiting until season's end.(Charlotte Observer/Jayski) ========== On Friday, Patty Moise will announce her 1998 Grand National plans,(Michael Waltrip owned ride) as will Team 34 Racing. Todd Bodine is leaving that team for Winston Cup next season(Charlotte Observer/Jayski) ========== Tim Steele won the EasyCare Certified 200 on Wednesday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, his 10th victory of the year on the ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde circuit. (Charlotte.Com) ========== From GVA, concerning Gary DeHart's resignation as crew chief of Terry Labonte's #5 car, the article stated that DeHart had been "forced" to resign. DeHart was involved in a heated altercation with a crew member in the Labonte truck last weekend at Martinsville just before the start of the Hanes 500, an incident that apparently triggered the resignation. ''I just talked with Gary this morning, and he told me he just needed a break, he needed a rest,'' Dan Lohwasser, of the Hendrick team, said. ''He'll be out about three weeks, and then he'll be coming back to Hendrick Motorsports in a major position.'' ========== Michael Waltrip is under consideration for the ride with Richard Petty, according to sources close to the situation. What the Wood Brothers team might do for a new driver if Waltrip were to move on isn't clear. But Elliott Sadler, who is making his Winston Cup debut here this weekend in a one-race deal with Felix Sabates, has been under their eyes for some time.(JournalNow) ========== Close-Up toothpaste, endorsed by 1995 NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, will host a marrow drive to fight leukemia and other blood disorders Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT at the Hendrick Museum. The museum, located at the Hendrick Motorsports shop complex close to Charlotte Motor Speedway, contains a variety of race and street vehicles and memorabilia displays reflecting the history of Hendrick Motorsports. The complex is located on Papa Joe Hendrick Blvd., which may be reached by taking Morehead Rd. away from CMS for about three miles. For information call the museum at (704) 455-0340. Close-Up toothpaste has donated funds to "type" the first 100 people attending into the National Registry for Marrow Donors at the event that will precede the UAW-GM 500 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at CMS. (NASCAR Online) ========== Race fans waiting for "motorsports' toughest tickets" -- those at Bristol Motor Speedway -- now may purchase BMS's discounted season tickets, featuring a new option for 1998: A $300 discounted season ticket in the new "Terrace" sections at the top of the front straightaway grandstand. BMS also offers standard aluminum grandstand season ticket packages for $200. Tickets will be on sale at Bristol's sister facility, Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., this weekend in conjunction with the UAW-GM Quality 500 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race on Sunday and All Pro Bumper to Bumper 300 NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division event on Saturday. A representative from the BMS ticket office will be selling both $300 and $200 discounted season ticket packages at the Charlotte ticket office in the Smith Tower behind the Charlotte Motor Speedway grandstand. They will accept cash, checks, MasterCard, VISA and Discover credit cards as payment for these discounted season ticket packages that include both NASCAR Winston Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series events in 1998. (NASCAR Online) ========== Mike Irwin (mailto:mike@nascarfans.com) NASCAR Fans _______________________________________ NASCAR Fans Website http://www.nascarfans.com

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Wally Dallenbach , Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Terry Labonte , Michael Waltrip , Todd Bodine , Steve Park , Kyle Petty , Jimmy Spencer , Sterling Marlin , Robby Gordon , Tim Steele , Richard Petty , Elliott Sadler , Felix Sabates
Teams Hendrick Motorsports