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Many thanks to Netcrafters and Brian Parsons, who set me up with a POP3 mailbox for my NASCARFans mail. ===== The Jayski #44 Late Model Stock Chevy qualified 13th for the Comdata 200 at Nashville on Saturday, race is on TNN at 4pm(edt) (Jayski) ===== Many Chevrolet teams stayed at Talladega last week to conduct tests with unleaded fuel for Unocal(NSSN) / Jayski ===== Filmar Racing will build its own engines in 1998(Winston Cup Scene)/Jayski ===== Greg Sacks has filed a lawsuit against Ranier/Walsh Racing alleging breach of contract(Winston Cup Scene)/Jayski ===== Sorry to you "too-longers", but since this is basically in my back yard, and I'm excited about the possiblities, you get IT ALL!!!!!!!!

FLORENCE, Ky. - A state-of-the-art oval asphalt racetrack, with permanent seating for at least 45,000 spectators to watch the stars of NASCAR compete, could be a reality by 1999 on a piece of farmland in Gallatin County.

Developer Jerry Carroll, who owns Turfway Park thoroughbred track here, told the Enquirer on Thursday that he and some partners are well on the way to building the multipurpose racetrack at the intersection of Interstate 71 and Ky. 33 at the Sparta exit, about 40 miles from Fountain Square.

''We have an option on 800 acres just off I-71,'' Mr. Carroll said. ''We've formed a team to put this together. It's not a done deal, but I think we're at about the halfway point.''

Mr. Carroll met with Procter & Gamble Co. advertising officials Thursday and said he came away with the opinion that P&G, which sponsors cars on the NASCAR circuit, would be interested in working with him on the racetrack promotion.

''We've also talked to Cintas, the uniform people, and the owners of the Outback Steakhouse chain, and they are also very interested'' in sponsorship, he said.

The racing facility that Mr. Carroll and his associates - including Outback owner Chris Sullivan of Louisville and Bill Moss of Birmingham, Ala., who helped build Talladega (Ala.) Motor Speedway - are planning would probably cost between $75 million and $100 million.

''I'm very positive about this plan,'' said Mr. Moss, who has worked with NASCAR on track design and construction for 30 years and will serve as coordinator for the Gallatin County project. ''(NASCAR President) Bill France told Jerry (Carroll) . . . Cincinnati was one of the best market areas in America.''

In addition to the large oval for NASCAR stock cars and open-wheel Indy-type racing, the facility would include a half-mile dirt track for sprint cars and late-model stock cars, and a drag strip.

''I'm looking at this like any other real estate development,'' Mr. Carroll said. ''We want our planning to follow the regular development course. We want everything to be in place . . . no mistakes.

Attempts to reach NASCAR representatives, and Gallatin County Judge-executive Clarence Davis, for comment Thursday were unsuccessful. And Mr. Carroll, the man who helped develop the Turfway business and commercial area near his thoroughbred racetrack off I-75, said that's where the second half of the plan gets tough.

''We have to go out and look for money, and we have to ask for money to start construction without knowing if we will be able to get a NASCAR date the first season,'' Mr. Carroll said.

But buoyed by a detailed report from sports consultant Don Schumacher, Mr. Carroll said he hopes to have the necessary financial backing to break ground in Gallatin County in April or May of 1998. He expects the project to take 12-18 months.

''The report was two volumes, and it not only said a major racetrack would work in this area, but that it would be a grand slam,'' he said. ''So far, everything we've looked at has been extremely positive.'' He pointed out that there are about 51 million people within a 300-mile radius of Cincinnati.

''NASCAR fans, and other racing fans, don't think anything of driving 300 miles for a race.'' (Terry Flynn, Cincinnati Enquirer) ===== Jimmy Spencer hired Blaise Alexander to drive his #20 BGN Chevy at California and Rockingham (Jayski) ===== Here is a source's take on the Close Call situation: "From day one of the Close Call deal, Catalyst was the sponsor (they own the Close Call Brand). Frontier was a supplier to Catalyst (they supplied the long distance minutes that were sold on the card), Catalyst was just our customer. Frontier was never a "paying" sponsor to the Close Call teams. In my opinion, the deal fell apart because Catalyst sponsored too many vehicles in year one as a sponsor. They had NASCAR Winston Cup, NHRA Top Fuel Dragster, (2) NHRA Pro Stock Bikes, Unlimited Hydroplane and a Winston Racing Series car at Hickory. The product was brand new and did not sell well enough to keep all of these teams going. If they had started off slower with one team and then expanded, it may have been a different story. To further back up my statements, the lawsuit filed by Bodine/Scandia racing is against Catalayst and not Frontier. As far as the layoffs and the cut of the pre-paid phone card business, the part that is being cut is our direct sales of the pre-paid product. Frontier still plans to be in the wholesale pre-paid business selling phone time to companies that sell pre-paid cards - just like we were doing for Catalyst."(Jayski) ===== In Busch Pole Qualifying on Friday, young Steve Park continued to show why so many observers think he'll be a superstar. Park nabbed the first Busch Pole of his series career, touring the two-mile oval in 41.106 seconds, at an average speed of 175.157 mph. Park, who is gunning for his fourth win of 1997, nosed out Bobby Labonte, who will start next to him on the front row.

It was a day for young drivers at Fontana, as Tim Fedewa, Elliott Sadler, and Matt Kenseth made up the rest of the top-5 who will start Sunday's race. Meanwhile, veterans like points leaders Randy LaJoie and Todd Bodine, didn't fare so well. LaJoie will start 18th, while Bodine placed 26th -- not enough to make the race yet. Bodine must decide whether to run in Busch Beer Second Round Qualifying, which will come your way live via NASCAR Timing and Scoring Presented By MCI at 2 p.m. EDT Saturday. (NASCAR Online) ===== Local fans will have the opportunity to meet racing stars Terry Labonte, Ricky Craven and Jack Sprague and former NASCAR Winston Cup champion Benny Parsons, as well as win an all-expense-paid trip to next May's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, during "NASCAR Night" at the opening of Rick Hendrick Chevrolet here on Oct. 23. (NASCAR Online) ===== Mike Irwin ( NASCAR Fans _______________________________________

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Bobby Labonte , Terry Labonte , Todd Bodine , Steve Park , Jimmy Spencer , Blaise Alexander , Ricky Craven , Jack Sprague , Benny Parsons , Greg Sacks , Don Schumacher