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NASCARFans E-Mail List In the interest of time (mine), it's an "all Jayski" news day. Thanks, Jay! Here what Jayski hears on the Sabates/Gordon split: the agreement was that Gordon could drive the CART race last week, but he had to ...

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In the interest of time (mine), it's an "all Jayski" news day. Thanks, Jay!

Here what Jayski hears on the Sabates/Gordon split: the agreement was that Gordon could drive the CART race last week, but he had to use Goodyear tires ...supposedly the fact that he used Firestone was the last straw for #40 Coors owner Felix Sabates (Jayski)

Jayski hears #5 Kellogg's crew member Joey Knuckles who recently was let go at Yates Racing has also been released by Hendrick Motorsports, no idea why (Jayski)

RCA made it official today, they will not return to Winston Cup in 1998 and will leave the #98 Cale Yarborough Ford driven by John Andretti, no idea who may replace RCA as the #98 sponsor(RPM2Nite/Jayski)

Heard this from many sources: Gary DeHart has been put on a 3-week leave of absence following an altercation with another Hendrick Motorsports employee. It seems that they got into an argument about credentials for a race and it escalated from there, this happened at Martinsville(Jayski).

NASCAR Online: The #30 Bahari Pontiac, to be sponsored by Jiffy-Lube. Jiffy-Lube is a Pennzoil-owned company.(Jayski)

RPM2Nite reports that Darrell Waltrip's second team with Rich Bickle is in jeopardy as they have not found any sponsorship yet for either the second team of DW's team. Bickle said he'd go back to the DW truck ride but admitted that is not what he wants to do (Jayski)

On This Week in NASCAR Kenny Schrader said that Andy Petree will not have a second team next year, but will prepare for adding a second team in 1998 by beginning to hire people and putting them on a Busch team which will be driven by Ken Schrader. The car will race in about 12 races in 1998 and if all goes well Petree will add a second team in 1999. (Jayski)

Also on This Week in NASCAR show Ward Burton said that although he is not signed with MBNA for next year, he is very close to signing a two year deal. (Jayski)

BGN News all rumored here long ago: Matt Hutter to the #36 Stanley Tools Pontiac; Ryder will sponsor the #88 Chevy driven by Kevin LePage; Patty Moise will drive the #14 Rhodes Furniture Ford owned by Michael Waltrip in a two-year deal; and Veteran NASCAR driver Bobby Hillin Jr. announced today that he has formed a NASCAR BGN team in a partnership with a handful of major league baseball players. Set to compete the full NASCAR Busch Series in 1998, Hillin has teamed up with St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Gary Gaetti, catcher Danny Sheaffer, pitcher Andy Benes and others to form Bobby Hillin Racing.(NASCAR Online/Jayski) Glad to see Bobby Hillin Jr. back in racing.

More St. Louis connections: Former St. Louis Cardinal shortstop Ozzie Smith held a news conference today and announced that he has joined with Harry Ranier to form Wizard Motorsports and will field a Winston Cup car. No other information was given as to when they would enter their first race, or who the driver, crew chief or sponsor would be. All of the local St. Louis stations reported this story. (Jayski)

"America Online, the computer service, is busy again. No, not its access line, but the company itself. AOL has entered the world of auto racing, and will sponsor an Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) car next season. The car will be owned by a new team formed by longtime driver Andy Belmont and will debut in the ARCA Supercar Series event in February at Daytona International Raceway"(Richmond News-Dispatch/Jayski)

Here is NASCAR's take on the provisionals from the Greensboro News & Record: "NASCAR has been consistent. It has always awarded the champion's provisional first to make sure it is used whenever possible. "It's not like Terry is the one who sent him (Darrell Waltrip) home," NASCAR spokesman Kevin Triplett said. "There is no choice. The past champion's provisional is assigned first, and it is assigned to the most recent past champion. Then the other provisionals are assigned according to car owner points." (Jayski)

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers John Andretti , Rich Bickle , Ward Burton , Darrell Waltrip , Michael Waltrip , Ken Schrader , Andy Belmont , Andy Petree , Felix Sabates , Bobby Hillin Jr. , Cale Yarborough
Teams Hendrick Motorsports , Yates Racing