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NASCARFans E-Mail List ===== Taurus templates almost ready (Bob Zeller, Staff Writer, Greensboro News & Record) (Story was dated October 15, 1997) The final templates for the new 1998 Ford Taurus race car will be finished this week and the...

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===== Taurus templates almost ready (Bob Zeller, Staff Writer, Greensboro News & Record)

(Story was dated October 15, 1997)

The final templates for the new 1998 Ford Taurus race car will be finished this week and the teams should be able to start building cars next week, a Ford official says.

But some Ford teams still believe that doesn't leave enough time to get adequately prepared for the 1998 season.

"We're finishing up" Preston Miller, Ford's Winston Cup manager, said Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway. "The stamped sheet metal just came in. And we expect to have the templates done and approved next week."

Miller said Ford teams should be able to purchase models of the templates from a racing supplier by the end of the week and get busy building new cars the first of next week.

"NASCAR is still involved in the process and has been talking with us on a daily basis," he said. "There's no arguments and no real decision points left."

The templates show the outline of the car's body design at various points on its surface. NASCAR uses templates routinely during inspections to check that the race cars of all three makes are the proper shape.

Robin Pemberton, Rusty Wallace's crew chief, said it's about time the templates are done.

"We're going to need 10 or 12 cars and it takes two to three weeks to build a new car," Pemberton said. "How many weeks is that? That's 30 weeks of building. How many weeks in the off-season. Where does that put you in the scope of things?

"We're going into the off-season and we're going to be busier now than we've been in probably six years." ===== Brewco Motorsports, Inc. has announced it will increase its presence in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in the 1998 season, competing full-time. Scot Walters, 29, of Louisville, Ky., will pilot the No. 37 Chevrolet and will challenge for the 1998 Cintas Rookie of the Year Award. (NASCAR Online) ===== Joe Gibbs logged a lot of miles walking up and down the sidelines on Sundays while coaching the NFL's Washington Redskins. That's nothing, he says, compared to what he'll be doing this weekend, providing his son J.D. makes the field for the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division ACDelco 200 at North Carolina Motor Speedway. J.D. Gibbs, 28, will make his debut in the NASCAR Busch Series Friday when he attempts to qualify for Saturday's 200-mile event at "The Rock." He'll be driving his own car, a Pontiac with the No. 42 on the side and sponsored by Carolina Turkey. (NASCAR Online) ===== All three of NASCAR's national divisions will have their 1997 season-ending banquets broadcast to a national audience.

It all starts Nov. 23, when espn2 will provide tape-delayed coverage of the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division banquet from the Eden Rock Hotel in Miami Beach, Fla. The NASCAR Busch Series banquet can be seen from 6 - 7 p.m. (EST) and again from 3 - 4 a.m. on Nov. 24.

On Dec. 5 at 8:30 p.m. (EST), ESPN begins live coverage of the 1997 NASCAR Winston Cup Series banquet from the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York City. A special half-hour "champion's banquet show" is immediately followed by coverage of the crowning of the 1997 NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion. This is the eighth year that ESPN has broadcast the NASCAR Winston Cup banquet live.

The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series banquet at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, Calif., will be broadcast tape-delayed by espn2 on Dec. 21 from 5 - 6 p.m. (EST). (NASCAR Online) ===== "It was reported in the Birmingham News (yesterday), Robert Yates would be donating Davey Allison's last car to the IMHF, (International Motorsports Hall of Fame). The Ford Yates donated on Wednesday was retired after the spring race at Bristol in 1992, (It) was driven to victory at "The Rock" in 1991.

The presentation was made at a news conference where Davey was named as one of six people being inducted into the hall of fame on April 23, 1998. Other inductees are Banjo Matthews, Al Unser, Roger Penske, Tazio Nuvolari, and Rudolph Caracciola."

If you've got web access, and are interested in a brief bio on these men, there's one at:

The story is called "Motorsports Hall of Fame Bios". Click on the link on the right side of the screen to get to it.

Thanks to Mike Adams for sending the Davey Allison car story to me. ===== Jayski heard Darrell Waltrip's sponsor search is getting close to being resolved, no idea's yet on who it is. Jayski also heard Rich Bickle's deal may be reduced to a limited ride in 1998 and then to a full time ride in 1999. DW will run a full schedule in 1998. Bickle would then run the truck series full-time for DW in 1998. ===== Loy Allen took over for Randy Porter in the #48 Sammy Kershaw Motorsports BGN Ford and plans are for Allen to attempt the two remaining BGN races with the team, still no idea what Loy Allen will do in 1998. (Winston Cup Scene/Jayski) ===== The "Unsung Heroes of NASCAR" will be honored at the Oct. 29 "FINA Freeway Festival." As the NASCAR Winston Cup Series team transporters make their way to Phoenix, Ariz., for the Nov. 2 Dura-Lube 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, they will be recognized and thanked for their dedication to the sport.

The event is set to begin at 5 p.m. on Oct. 29. NASCAR Winston Cup Series transport drivers will be on hand for interviews and autographs throughout the day. As the festivities unfold, radio and television will cover all the action. Free food and beverages will be provided for all attending. Also, defending NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division champion Randy LaJoie will show his support by attending the festival.

In conjunction with the "FINA Freeway Festival," FINA will make a major announcement concerning the 1998 NASCAR season.

The FINA Truck Stop is located at Exit 155 off Interstate 10, 20 miles north of El Paso, Texas. The FINA Truck Stop is a major facility with plenty of free parking. (NASCAR Online) ===== Mike Irwin ( NASCAR Fans _______________________________________

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Rich Bickle , Darrell Waltrip , Rusty Wallace , Al Unser Sr. , Robert Yates , Randy Po , Roger Penske , Davey Allison