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NASCARFans E-Mail List Here's a scoop of sorts. I haven't seen this anywhere else online. Thanks to Nancy: Waltrip shows he's not ready for retirement yet By Don Coble The Orlando Sentinel Thursday, November 20, 1997 At times,...

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Here's a scoop of sorts. I haven't seen this anywhere else online. Thanks to Nancy:

Waltrip shows he's not ready for retirement yet

By Don Coble The Orlando Sentinel

Thursday, November 20, 1997

At times, Darrell Waltrip's silver anniversary tour looked more like a farewell tour. The 50-year-old three-time Winston Cup champion talked of finally stepping away from the sport after 25 years of duty, turning the driving chores over to a younger, braver pilot.

 But during the process of selling protege Rich Bickle to  potential
sponsors, Waltrip got an itch to keep his  full-time job. 

Now it appears Waltrip, who had only four top-10 finishes in the just-completed season, will sign a two-year contract to stay behind the wheel of his Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

With Western Auto pulling the plug on its relationship with Waltrip in 1998, the talkative driver who hasn't won since 1992 landed Fox-TV's America's Most Wanted show as a sponsor. That deal will be announced at the NASCAR banquet next week at New York.

After making several announcements he would return next year for a selected few races, Waltrip made a U-turn that caught everyone off guard.

Bickle, who drives for Waltrip on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, was promised the full-time stock-car ride next year. He's already told Waltrip he doesn't intend to drive a truck in 1998 and has started looking for employment elsewhere.

Waltrip apparently was close to signing Home Depot as a sponsor, but the home fix-it chain wasn't impressed with Bickle's marketing abilities.

Cale Yarborough, who lost crew chief Tony Furr last week and will lose driver John Andretti this week, also approached Home Depot with Bickle as the driver. Given the choice, Home Depot now appears ready to sit out the next racing season.

Yarborough reportedly is still looking for sponsorship with Bickle as a driver. =====

Looking at the last statement, well.....apparently not.

See next story: ===== The post-season game of musical drivers' chairs in Winston Cup is just about over and before the last note played, '97 NCTS championship runner-up Rich Bickle has a seat. Bickle has signed with Washington-Irving Motorsports for a full-time Winston Cup effort in '98. Country.com has learned that giant soft drink manufacturer 7-Up will be the primary sponsor for the Ford team. Bickle will be re-uniting with long-time wrench Phil Hammer as crewchief. We also understand that the team is looking at buying the old shops of Bobby Allison Racing in preparation for '98. (country.com)

===== There's some good pictures of some of the new paint schemes/teams here:

http://www.country.com/motor/hard-link/atlanta97-two.html

Thanks to Jayski for the heads-up. ===== Great silly season summary article here:

http://www.nascar.com/news/97news/00461675.html ===== Mike Irwin (mailto:mike@nascarfans.com) NASCAR Fans _______________________________________

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers John Andretti , Rich Bickle , Darrell Waltrip , Bobby Allison , Cale Yarborough