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NASCARFans E-Mail List I just received an e-mail from Jim Roach. Jim sent me an attached e-mail from a man named Rich Barnett. I am quoting Jim quoting Rich Barnett at this point (still with me <grin>): "In Washington today, I attended...

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I just received an e-mail from Jim Roach. Jim sent me an attached e-mail from a man named Rich Barnett. I am quoting Jim quoting Rich Barnett at this point (still with me <grin>):

"In Washington today, I attended the House Telecommunications Subcommittee Mark-up on H.R. 2369. Mr. Tauzin of Louisiana introduced an amended bill which replaces the original language almost in total. The amended bill was reported to the House Commerce Committee without further amendments and without objection. The amended bill only requires that scanner manufacturers eliminate cellular and PCS frequencies!"

In other words, if the amended bill passes, it means that people who use scanners for NASCAR races will be able to continue to do so.

The "fight" for this issue has been going on about six months.

In his text, Rich Barnett suggests backing off from contacting Rep. Tauzin, so I pass that along as well.

I also thank all of the rest of you who sent this same information to me, and to the others of you who have written in support of defeating this bill. ===== Quote from Jayski:

"The Jayski Silly Season Chevy and Billy James will attempt to make the Late Model Stock Car 150 special event at Richmond this weekend. The Late-Model race will feature the best drivers from all over the country competing in the last big showdown of the year with a total prize of $57,400. With more than 116 entrants, the competitors will be fighting for 40 positions. The race will be televised on ESPN2 Saturday night, I think." ===== Sources tell Jayski Hendrick Motorsports has decided not to add a fourth Cup team in 1998. Maybe (probably) in 1999 with Jack Sprague. (Jayski) ===== NASCAR Online reports that Kenny Irwin, Jr(#27), Steve Park(#14) and Jack Sprague(#?) are entered for Sunday's WC Dura-Lube 500 at Phoenix (Jayski) ===== "FINA Oil and Chemical Company announced its sponsorship of the 1998 FINA Transport Driver Championships. The series was created to spotlight the NASCAR Winston Cup transport drivers. A four-stop event schedule begins with Atlanta in March, followed by Fort Worth, Texas, in April, Talladega in October, and Phoenix in November of 1998. The Championships are open to any full-time Winston Cup transport driver and are designed to showcase the skill and talent of the drivers. Each competitor races against the clock while piloting a tractor-trailer through an obstacle course. Each driver is awarded points for their finishing position, which will be accumulated after each of the four events. The winner of each individual event will receive $1,000 in bonus money. The driver who has accumulated the most points after all four events will be crowned champion at the final NASCAR Winston Cup Series race in Atlanta and awarded $20,000 in championship awards money."(Directly from NASCAR Online news) /Jayski ===== There's a good article about Ricky Craven by David Poole of the Charlotte Observer: ===== Here's an article by Skip Wood of the Richmond Times-Dispatch in its entirety:

OK, Gordo. Two races left. Ready to wrap it up now?

Nothing would make Jeff Gordon happier, if only because it would give him the Winston Cup points title and free him to race however daringly he wanted in the circuit's season finale in Atlanta.

Trouble is, Gordon knows it probably won't happen.

"It's going to be pretty difficult to clinch anything before Atlanta," Gordon said this week. "We're just going to have to go to Phoenix and stick with our plan."

He's referring to Plan A.

Gordon's not a big fan of Plan A, but he adheres to it because there's no other choice. Simply put, it's a plan that's centered on boredom. He plays it safe, he takes no chances, he finishes decently and he keeps his points lead.

Yawn. Gordon hates being sleepy, even if he knows that's what ultimately will lead him to his second points championship in the past three years.

Sure, he wants to win the title, but he also wants to win races. He already has 10 triumphs, and he'd love two more. Yet all he has to do in the final two races is finish 13th or higher and the championship is his. It doesn't matter if his closest pursuer, Mark Martin, wins both races and also leads the most laps in each.

It's obvious from his race-day radio transmissions, however, that Gordon would much prefer Plan B.

Plan B actually is an extention of his team's motto, "refuse to lose." Not "refuse to take a chance on worn tires," not "refuse to take a pit-stop risk," and not "refuse to try a risky groove."

So when Gordon was asked about Phoenix, his response was revealing. Sure, he wants to win the championship. He also wants to win, period.

"Phoenix is a flat track, and we've had our decent finishes there in the past," Gordon said. "We always seem to find our way in the top five, but never much better than that.

"We're looking forward to trying to improve on that."

He gets his first crack today, when first-round qualifying will be held for the Dura-Lube 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Gordon has groused the past few weeks about being unable to knock down his 11th win, and now he's at a track where Martin repeatedly has trumped him.

Martin, who's down by 125 points in the points contest, may not catch Gordon this season, but you know he'd like nothing better than to beat him on the track in these final two events. And here at Phoenix, Martin has been second in three of the past five races - including a win in 1993.

"Phoenix has been good," he said. "We've always run good there, and we certainly expect to run good there this time."

And what about Gordon?

"It would be a shame, in a way, if Gordon didn't win the championship, with the performance they have given this year," Martin said. "But we would like to be the ones who spoil that."

Martin also is afforded a luxury that eludes Gordon. Conservative racing? Not a chance. We're talking banzai all the way.

"We raced Daytona in February the same way we'll race Phoenix - as hard as we can," Martin said. "There's no changing course now. This is what we do. We've raced hard, we've raced to win, we've raced for points. It's all been the same for us." ===== Terry Labonte's son, Justin has won the Mini-Stock championship at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, NC. ===== There's a good, but lengthy article about the Atlanta race and track, by Mike Mulhern of JournalNow here: ===== Mike Bliss continued his late-season hot streak, taking the Busch Pole for Saturday's race and shattering the track record in the process. Bliss, who has had an incredible run of bad luck this year, is still alive for the title, and isn't hanging it up just yet. Bryan Reffner will share the front row with Bliss, and Ron Hornaday, NASCAR Busch Series rookie star Steve Park, and Stacy Compton made up the remainder of the top-5 qualifiers. (NASCAR Online) ===== Mike Irwin ( NASCAR Fans _______________________________________

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Terry Labonte , Steve Park , Stacy Compton , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Ricky Craven , Jack Sprague , Bryan Reffner , Mike Bliss , Tim Richmond , Mark Martin
Teams Hendrick Motorsports