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NASCARFans E-Mail List ===== From Jayski's page, 10/14/97: "Here is what the NSSN printed about the possible 'Illegal Engine' reported earlier this week in the ...

NASCARFans E-Mail List ===== From Jayski's page, 10/14/97:

"Here is what the NSSN printed about the possible 'Illegal Engine' reported earlier this week in the #47 Jayski Ford driven by Billy Standridge at Talladega:

'NASCAR officials seized the cylinder heads off the #47 Jayski's Ford driven by Billy Standridge following post race inspections. X-rays of the heads were enough to convince NASCAR officials to transport the the heads back to North Carolina for further testing. The engine Standridge ran with in the DieHard 500 was obtained from the #98 team owned by Cale Yarborough. Pentalties are pending.'(NSSN)

Actually the engine was borrowed."

And the conclusion of the event, from Jay's 10/19/97 post:

"Well it looks like Stan Creekmore of NSSN was incorrect about Billy Standridge's engine: 'The reason NASCAR took the heads back to Charlotte was to have a better look at them. It had gotten so late at Talladega(8:30-9:00P.M.)that there was not enough light to look at the heads. The reason it was so late was because the 98 team had to take their engine apart first before taking the borrowed engine apart that Billy used. NASCAR was ready to go back to Charlotte and that is why the heads where not checked until Tuesday. Billy has received the heads back and was told there would be no penalties and has also received money for second round fastest qualifier and race earnings.' So the engine was not illegal and everything turned out in Billy favor and the #98 (car's) favor." ===== The Jayski Silly Season car #18 started 13th ran as high as 8th and finished 11th in the Comdata 200 at Nashville Speedway on Saturday, October 18th. ===== The new Rick Hendrick dealership is located in Durham, NC (409 S. Roxboro Road). My apologies to all of you who thought I meant somewhere here in the Cincinnati area, which is "local" to me. ===== The top 10 finishers of the ARCA Allen Crowe Memorial 100 from the Springfield Mile:

1. Tim Steele 2. Ken Schrader 3. Billy Thomas 4. Frank Kimmel 5. Bobby Gerhart 6. David Boggs 7. Bob Strait 8. Steve Stevenson 9. Jeff Finley 10. Billy Venturini

Thanks to "Ima24nut".

Here's a bit more on the race, from Ted, a spotter for ARCA car #41 driven by Mike Fry:

"Kenny Schrader took the pole with a speed of 100.771.

During the race it was mostly Tim Steele, Billy Thomas and Kenny in that order. There were around 8 cautions. The cautions took out about a dozen cars but the entire race was very good and very exciting. On lap 98 Kenny Rowely and several others brought out the final caution after fighting for position and wrecking along the front stretch.

The most interesting part of this caution however, was that Bob Strait and Bobby Gaerhardt played a dangerous game of bumper tag during the yellow flag laps. This resulted in Gaerhardt spinning out twice. What caused this I don't know, I just saw the car spin out and warned our driver to be careful.

The fianle was a Green, White, Checker shootout. Steele took the lead never to give it up. However, Kenny Schrader passed Thomas for second right after the restart. Not giving up Thomas attempted to pass Schrader along the back stretch. It was a back and forth battle, with both cars running side by side the last lap and a half. In a furious battle out of four, Schrader was able to hold off Thomas for second by about 1/2 of his car. It was a very exciting race.

After the race a HUGE fight broke out between Strait, Gaergardt and both crews which quickly escalated into a mob. The fight lasted about 10 minutes and was finally broken up by ARCA Officials with the assistance of local Police, two of which were on horse back who (rode) their Horses through the crowd in an attempt to disperse the crowd. At least one person was taken away in handcuffs. Whether any arrests were made, I don't know, the local paper didn't say anything about it." ===== It was announced Saturday, October 18th during the Craftsman Truck Race at California Speedway that Mike Bliss has re-signed with the #2 Ford Truck team and will not take the #43 STP Pontiac Richard Petty ride. It was noted that he had talked to Petty about the ride. Crew Chief Barry Dodson has also re-signed with the team(ESPN2)/Jayski ===== Jayski hears that actor/race driver Paul Newman will attempt to make the Homestead BGN race. He has lined up a huge - one-race sponsor (don't know who). He was at Nashville the week of the celebrity race testing a BGN car and his lap times were supposedly very competitive. ===== Rick Fuller, younger brother of Jeff Fuller, has been signed to drive for Doug Taylor Motorsports(#40 Ford) and Channellock tools for Nov 9 at Homestead and for the 1998 season.(Worcester(MA) Telegram and Gazette)/Jayski ===== Todd Bodine drove the final 142 miles without a pit stop to win the NASCAR Grand National series' inaugural Kenwood Home & Car Audio 300 Sunday at California Speedway.

Bodine, who took the lead for the second time on the 141 lap out of 150, edged pole-sitter Steve Park by 15.903 seconds after Park was forced to pit for a splash of fuel with five laps left.

``We didn't have the fastest car today, but we knew coming into this race that it was going to be a fuel-mileage race,'' said Bodine, who started 28th in his Pontiac Grand Prix. (Charlotte Observer) ===== Mike Bliss ended a 35-race winless streak in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, edging Mike Wallace by 1.630 seconds (Saturday) in the inaugural No Fear Challenge at the California Speedway.

Bliss, who started from the pole position, took the lead for the final time on the 46th lap around the two-mile superspeedway when Chuck Bown pitted for fuel. Bliss averaged 137.195 mph in the 200-mile race. (AP) ===== Mike Irwin ( NASCAR Fans _______________________________________

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Todd Bodine , Steve Park , Ken Schrader , Jeff Fuller , Mike Wallace , Frank Kimmel , Bobby Gerhart , Paul Newman , Tim Steele , Richard Petty , Billy Venturini , Mike Bliss