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NASCARFans E-Mail List Happy birthday, Mom! ========== Here is an article written in the 10-16 issue of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution by Tom McCollister (thanks to Greg for sending this to me): Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona ...

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Happy birthday, Mom! ========== Here is an article written in the 10-16 issue of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution by Tom McCollister (thanks to Greg for sending this to me):

Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona International Raceway may have some speed competition when the Winston Cup circuit hits the season finale at the reconfigured Atlanta Motor Speedway next month. Laps of 29 seconds, 191.172 miles per hour - five miles an hour faster than Robby Gordon's track record of 186.507 mph in MArch's qualifying at AMS - were routine during an active testing session Wednesday. "I'd say if it's a cool day, it will take 28.5 seconds {194.526} to win the pole," Bill Elliot said of the upcoming NAPA 500. "Thats fast. You just have to turn left and hang on." Mark Martin turned a fast lap of 191.304 mph and Rick Mast clocked in at 190.646 mph. Also breaking Gordon's lap record were Michael Waltrip, 188.830; Jeff Burton, 188.443; Chad Little, 188.380; John Andretti, 187.805; Hut Stricklin, 187.361; and Ted Musgrave, 187.287. "People who test here are going to have an advantage," Stricklin said. "We got on the race track at nine this morning and ran a lap of 31.8 seconds. Two hours later, we had learned enough about the track to run a 29.7. That's a difference of more than 12 miles an hour" ========== The #94 Ford (driven at the time by Jerry Nadeau) crashed at the Atlanta test (sort of confirms the Elliott second team rumors a bit). Nadeau was unhurt and Bill Elliott was the fastest at 191mph, Rick Mast also smacked the wall(NASCAR Online)/Jayski ========== Forget the rumor of #90 Crew Chief Tommy Baldwin leaving to become the crew chief of the #25(to be #50) Bud Chevy, it was announced on RPM2Nite that he is staying on the #90 Heilig Meyer team in 1998 (Jayski)

Here's more about it, from Skip Wood of the Times-Dispatch:

Teased the past couple of weeks by a possible move to the powerful Hendrick Motorsports organization, Tommy Baldwin has decided his best professional move is to stay in Richmond and remain crew chief for Dick Trickle, who drives the Winston Cup car owned by Junie Donlavey.

He agreed yesterday on a new deal that'll keep him with the team next season, and received assurances from team manager Jeff Kirk that the organization has every intention of becoming a legitimate contender in 1998 and beyond.

Baldwin - one of the circuit's "hot" young crew chiefs - met with Hendrick officials Monday concerning the crew-chief job with the Ricky Craven-driven car, but said he hasn't heard from them since.

The fact that Craven so badly wanted him, and that Hendrick Motorsports considered the possibility, leaves Baldwin both flattered and motivated.

"It was a huge shot in the arm, a real confidence-booster for me," Baldwin said. "So now I hope I can take all that confidence and just put it into this deal. We're going to be a winning program, and that's where we're going. ========== Jayski heard the #91 may run at Atlanta but not at Phoenix or Rockingham. Pionite is pretty much done with their deal with the team. The team would like to sign Kevin Lepage but the owners won't sign Lepage until they have a sponsor and they are still hunting for one. ========== Jayski heard the #3 GM Service Plus will go back to the old paint scheme in 1998 with the GM Goodwrench blue and white logo on the hood. ========== Wayne Anderson, driver of the #25 Porter Cable Power Tools Chevy in the Slim Jim All-Pro, and #1 in Busch North, will be driving for Liberty Racing in 1998 as Kenny Irwin's replacement(From a crew member)/Jayski ========== The #15 Bud Moore Ford team plans to attempt to make the Rockingham or Atlanta race in 1997, no idea on a driver yet. The DaytonaUSA sponsorship was just for Charlotte and team sources tell Jayski DaytonaUSA will not be their 1998 sponsor and that the team is still looking for sponsorship. ========== Correction on the Kevin LePage to the #4 BGN ride: The Lance Snacks sponsorship is accurate, Lepage isn't. Owner James Finch says he hasn't decided on a driver and there is a possibility he may get back with Jeff Purvis. (Jayski) ========== BGN Rumor: Jayski has heard that Ricky Craven has bought out the contract of Andy Santerre from Mike Laughlin #45, and will field cars for Santerre. Santierre's Busch North Sponsor Monroe Muffler will follow him to Craven's team. ========== Jayski heard ASA Champion Kevin Cywinski is moving to the truck series in 1998 as he won the competition for the seat on Kurt Roehrig's team. ========== Randy LaJoie wasn't happy with his 15th-place finish in the Oct. 4 All Pro Bumper to Bumper 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but he still managed to distance himself from his closest pursuer in the race for the 1997 Grand National championship.

LaJoie gained 15 points over Todd Bodine, who came home 20th in an ill-handling No. 36 Pontiac, the last car on the lead lap.

With a 246-point advantage entering Sunday's Kenwood Home and Car Audio 300 at Fontana, Calif., LaJoie has a magic number in sight -- 294, to be precise.

With a maximum of 540 points at stake in the season's final three races at Fontana, Rockingham and Homestead, Fla., (180 per event), LaJoie can claim his second straight Grand National title -- and the third straight for BACE Motorsports owner Bill Baumgardner -- by scoring 98 per race.

That translates to an average finish of 21st or better for a driver who has averaged an eighth-place result -- thanks in part to five victories -- over the first 27 races of the season.

Mathematically, LaJoie could lock up the championship at Fontana, but the more likely scenario would have him prevailing Oct. 25 at Rockingham. (Reid Spencer, Special Correspondent, Charlotte Observer) ========== More than 200 Legends car drivers from 23 states and Canada come to Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend to compete in the Sixth Legends Cars National Championships. (David Poole, Charlotte Observer) ========== No more news, so delete now if you don't care about top 20 in WC, Busch, and truck points. ========== Top 20 in WC points, courtesy of Chaz:

Driver Standings 1. Jeff Gordon, 4,321. 2. Mark Martin, 4,211. 3. Dale Jarrett, 4,166. 4. Jeff Burton, 4,041. 5. Terry Labonte, 3,796. 6. Dale Earnhardt, 3,794. 7. Bobby Labonte, 3,687. 8. Bill Elliott, 3,536. 9. Ted Musgrave, 3,322. 10. Rusty Wallace, 3,242. 11. Ken Schrader, 3,240. 12. Johnny Benson, 3,235. 13. Jeremy Mayfield, 3,217. 14. Ernie Irvan, 3,214. 15. Ricky Rudd, 3,180. 16. Kyle Petty, 3,060. 17. Bobby Hamilton, 2,954. 18. Ricky Craven, 2,853. 19. Michael Waltrip, 2,843. 20. Jimmy Spencer, 2,828. ========== Top 20 in Busch points, courtesy of Chaz:

Driver Standings 1. Randy LaJoie, 3,974. 2. Todd Bodine, 3,728. 3. Steve Park, 3,633. 4. Phil Parsons, 3,253. 5. Elliott Sadler, 3,252. 6. Mike McLaughlin, 3,233. 7. Buckshot Jones, 3,191. 8. Elton Sawyer, 3,119. 9. Tim Fedewa, 3,094. 10. Hermie Sadler, 3,015. 11. Mark Green, 2,970. 12. Jason Keller, 2,963. 13. Kevin Lepage, 2,945. 14. Dick Trickle, 2,776. 15. Mike Dillon, 2,664. 16. Tracy Leslie, 2,607. 17. Glenn Allen, 2,563. 18. Joe Bessey, 2,485. 19. Stevie Reeves, 2,391. 20. Jeff Fuller, 2,221. ========== Top 20 in Truck points, courtesy of Chaz:

1. Jack Sprague, 3,484. 2. Rich Bickle, 3,428. 3. Joe Ruttman, 3,300. 4. Mike Bliss, 3,142. 5. Ron Hornaday, 3,133. 6. Jimmy Hensley, 3,100. 7. Jay Sauter, 3,073. 8. Rick Carelli, 3,038. 9. Chuck Bown, 2,897. 10. Butch Miller, 2,856. 11. Kenny Irwin, 2,807. 12. Rick Crawford, 2,757. 13. Stacy Compton, 2,697. 14. Bob Keselowski, 2,537. 15. Tony Raines, 2,464. 16. Boris Said, 2,438. 17. Dave Rezendes, 2,428. 18. Tony Roper, 2,310. 19. Bryan Reffner, 2,244. 20. Tammy Jo Kirk, 2,079. ========== Mike Irwin (mailto:mike@nascarfans.com) NASCAR Fans _______________________________________

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , John Andretti , Rich Bickle , Jeff Burton , Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Bobby Hamilton , Ernie Irvan , Dale Jarrett , Bobby Labonte , Terry Labonte , Jeremy Mayfield , Dick Trickle , Rusty Wallace , Michael Waltrip , Todd Bodine , Steve Park , Jason Keller , Kyle Petty , Ken Schrader , Jeff Fuller , Boris Said , Jimmy Spencer , Kevin Lepage , Jay Sauter , Elton Sawyer , Robby Gordon , Jerry Nadeau , Buckshot Jones , Hut Stricklin , Stacy Compton , Johnny Benson , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Ted Musgrave , Mike McLaughlin , Tony Raines , Ricky Craven , Jack Sprague , Rick Crawford , Mark Green , Chad Little , Joe Ruttman , Rick Mast , Hermie Sadler , Bryan Reffner , Jimmy Hensley , Rick Carelli , Mike Bliss , Phil Parsons , Tammy Jo Kirk , Wayne Anderson , Elliott Sadler , Kurt Roehrig , Butch Miller , Stevie Reeves , Tommy Baldwin , Mark Martin
Teams Hendrick Motorsports