News 97-11-24

NASCARFans E-Mail List ===== International Speedway Corporation announced that its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bill France,(Jr) is resting comfortably in satisfactory condition at a Japanese hospital, following an angioplasty procedure.

NASCARFans E-Mail List ===== International Speedway Corporation announced that its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bill France,(Jr) is resting comfortably in satisfactory condition at a Japanese hospital, following an angioplasty procedure. The company expects Mr. France to make a complete recovery.

Mr. France complained of shortness of breath upon arriving in Tokyo late Friday afternoon, local time, for Sunday's NASCAR Thunder Special - Suzuka stock car exhibition race. Doctors at a local hospital determined after a series of tests that Mr. France had experienced a mild coronary incident and recommended the procedure, which was performed under a local anesthetic. Mr. France, 64, has no prior history of cardiac ailments. (NASCAR Online) ===== Known more for his strong runs on the superspeedways, Lowe's Chevrolet driver Mike Skinner surprised the field by cruising to victory in the NASCAR Thunder Special - Suzuka at the 1.4-mile Suzuka Circuitland road course.

Skinner, the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year, opened many people's eyes with a pair of Busch Poles this season at Daytona. But in two appearances on road courses in 1997, Skinner failed to crack the top-10. Sunday, however, he had them gawking again with his victory in Japan. He grabbed the lead with 25 laps to go, and held off pole-winner and road-course expert Mark Martin for the win. He also topped his Richard Childress Racing teammate, Dale Earnhardt, who was relegated to a 27th-place finish due to an overheating problem and several spins off course.

NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division champion Randy LaJoie, David Green and Michael Waltrip rounded out the top-5. Last year's winner, Rusty Wallace, couldn't pull off another victory at Suzuka, despite the fact that 56 percent of the respondents to a NASCAR Online poll said Wallace would repeat. Engine problems forced the Miller Lite Ford driver to a disappointing 29th. (NASCAR Online) ===== Veteran crew chief Darrell Bryant will be the crew chief of the Washington Erving Motorsports BGN Ford driven by Jimmy Foster and sponsored by Dr. Pepper soda(NASCAR Online)/Jayski ===== Larry Lockamy owner of the #12 Chevy that Jeff Purvis drove in a few race in WC during the 1997 season still has no primary sponsor in WC. He will have a couple of WC cars ready for 1998 and they are still actively pursuing sponsors in WC and Busch. He will be forced to run only a very few races in Winston Cup if sponsorship doesn't come. Purvis will still drive any Cup dates for Lockamy even though he left the Lockamy Busch #28 so he could run with James Finch #4 Lance Crackers sponsored effort in Busch.(Jayski) ===== #91 Chevy owner, Joe Falk has been talking to several potential sponsors, but has not reached an agreement with any of them yet. Pionite parent company Pioneer Plastics is one of the companies currently in negotiation for full sponsorship. Also, apparently Hanes has not resigned with Gary Bradberry yet, and has approached Falk about sponsoring his team. They hope to have a sponsor signed soon, but in the event they don't, Falk is prepared to run the first 5 races of 98 without a sponsor.(Victory Lane/Jayski) ===== Sears Diehard is leaving Darrell Waltrip's truck team. They are not going to go to another team but getting out to concentrate their efforts elsewhere. If DW does not get a sponsor soon they plan to sell the trucks and equipment (Jayski) ===== Jayski heard Tommy Kendall will drive the #27 David Blair Ford in 1998, no idea on a sponsor. ===== Snowball Derby news, courtesy of Brian:

Defending champion Rich Bickle heads a list of 42 drivers who have already entered the 30th annual Burger King Snowball Derby on Dec 7th at Five Flags Speedway. Bickle won his third title last year, the only driver to win three. Also entered is Red Farmer, who has raced in all previous 29 events. Former champions entered include Gary St. Amant, Rick Crawford, Bobby Gill, Jeff Purvis, Jody Ridley, and Dave Mader III. Also entered are Hal Goodson, Mike Garvey, Tim Sauter, and Steve Christian. ===== Mike Irwin (mailto:mike@nascarfans.com) NASCAR Fans _______________________________________

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Rich Bickle , Darrell Waltrip , Rusty Wallace , Michael Waltrip , Mike Skinner , Rick Crawford , Jeff Purvis , Tim Sauter , Gary Bradberry , Mike Garvey , Red Farmer , Mark Martin , Tommy Kendall
Teams Richard Childress Racing