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NASCARFans E-Mail List First off, each of us at NASCARFans (Von, Henry, and I) want to wish each of you a very happy and safe Thanksgiving, especially to those of you away from home serving your country in the military. We appreciate your ...

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First off, each of us at NASCARFans (Von, Henry, and I) want to wish each of you a very happy and safe Thanksgiving, especially to those of you away from home serving your country in the military. We appreciate your sacrifices on our behalf.

There will not be any more NASCARFans posts (at least from me) until Monday, December 1st. ===== The rumor that Ricky Craven was released from the Hendrick stable is false (Jayski). ===== Update on Chris Trickle:

http://www.charlotte.com/nascar/97/wire/048311.htm

I can't show the report because it's an AP story. Keep Chris and his family in your thoughts and prayers. ===== "Kevin Cram, a member of 1996 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday's team at Dale Earnhardt, Inc., has accepted the crew chief's position for the 1998 season at Impact Motorsports, Inc., which fields Fords for driver Stacy Compton. Troy Selberg, who served as Impact Motorsports' crew chief in 1997, will remain with the team but will assume the role of general manager."(NASCAR Online) / Jayski ===== Siemens announces they are becoming the major associate sponsor of the #96 Caterpillar Chevrolet, driven by David Green. (Jayski) ===== "Graybeal Motorsports plans to run 12 Busch Series events next season, with car owner Keith Graybeal teaming with former ARCA driver L.W. Miller III and crew chief Teddy Brown to field Chevrolets in 1998. Miller will make his debut with Graybeal Motorsports in late February in the Busch Series event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway."(iRace) / Jayski ===== Jayski hears Dale Earnhardt Inc has hired 14 people from Hendrick Motorsports to work on the #14 Pennzoil Chevy. ===== While Quaker State will not return as a primary sponsor on the Hendrick Motorsports Truck #24 in 1998, it WILL return as an associate on all 3 Hendrick Chevrolets. (Jayski) ===== The CAA Performance Group, owners of the BGN #96 Big A Autoparts Ford, driven by Stevie Reeves has shut it's doors because a dispute between owners - Cary Agajanian, Mike Curb, Don Laird and John Andretti. All employees were laid off on Friday(11-21). At this time there is no word on status of the team and if they will reopen the doors or not.(Speedworld and other sources) / Jayski ===== Mayflower Transit, an associate sponsor on the #99 Exide Ford driven by Jeff Burton, has renewed its agreement with the team for three more years(NASCAR Online) / Jayski ===== A bit more on the Bickle/Washinton/Irving Motorsports rumors, from David Poole of the Charlotte Observer:

Washington Erving Motorsports and Rich Bickle appear to be in the final stages of negotiations that would put Bickle in the team's Winston Cup cars for the 1998 season.

Bickle drove on the NASCAR Truck Series the past seasons. He won three races and finished in the top 10 in 17 of his 26 starts this season in a truck owned by NASCAR driver Darrell Waltrip.

Washington Erving Motorsports announced its intentions to field a Winston Cup team and a Grand National team in May. It has announced that Jimmy Foster will drive the Grand National car, with Darrell Bryant as his crew chief and Dr Pepper soft drink as the primary sponsor.

The team's delay in naming a Winston Cup driver has spurred doubts about its ability to be ready for the 1998 Daytona 500. Ford officials have privately urged the team, owned in part by NBA legend Julius Erving and former NFL star Joe Washington, to buy an existing team.

Earlier this season, Bickle was in line to take over the No. 17 Winston Cup ride from Waltrip, who also owns that team. The plan was for Bickle to drive No. 17 and for Waltrip to drive a partial schedule in another car.

That began to change when Western Auto Parts America, Waltrip's primary sponsor, decided not to return to Waltrip's car. And Sears, which sponsored Bickle through its DieHard brand, has also announced it would not return in that role on the truck series. Waltrip will return as the driver of the No. 17 next year, with a sponsor still to be announced. That left Bickle looking for a ride for 1998.

According to broadcast reports, that will be in Fords fielded by Washington Erving Motorsports and sponsored by 7-Up, another soft drink. TNN reported that Bickle has signed a letter of intent with the team.

Team spokesperson Kathy Thompson said no deal has been finalized and that she could not comment until that happens. ===== The International Race of Champions schedule for 1998 does include Indianapolis Motor Speedway and does not include Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The IROC series, matching drivers from various forms of motorsports in identically prepared cars, is scheduled to begin Feb. 13 at Daytona International Speedway. The second race will be May 2 at California Speedway, followed by a June 13 date at Michigan Speedway. The finale will be July 31 at Indianapolis, the day before the running of the Brickyard 400. The 1998 field has not be announced. Mark Martin is the two-time defending series champion. (DP, CO) ===== When Winston Cup drivers go to Sears Point Raceway on June 28, they can expect a faster, shorter road course awaiting them. The track, part of Bruton Smith's Speedway Motorsports stable, will build a high-speed straightaway linking turns 4 and 7 on the existing course. Called ``The Chute,'' it is scheduled to be ready for the 1998 Cup race. Additional changes are planned for 1999, provided an environmental impact report will permit them. (DP, CO) ===== Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year, and Charlotte Motor Speedway is getting into the act.

The track will host a racing souvenir sale from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, with souvenir trailers from many of the sport's top drivers on hand selling merchandise at reduced prices. CMS hats, shirts and collectibles will be discounted up to 75 percent. For every $50 spent during the sale, shoppers can take three laps in their own cars around the 1.5-mile CMS oval. (DP, CO) ===== Mike Irwin (mailto:mike@nascarfans.com) NASCAR Fans _______________________________________

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , John Andretti , Rich Bickle , Jeff Burton , Darrell Waltrip , Stacy Compton , Ricky Craven , David Green , Stevie Reeves , Mark Martin