News 97-12-16

NASCARFans E-Mail Newsletter Lots of stuff today..... ===== Jayski's news gatherings: I hear Darrell Waltrip released crew chief Jeff Hammond today. DW is making the change to try and revamp his team and become more competitive. I hear he may...

NASCARFans E-Mail Newsletter

Lots of stuff today..... ===== Jayski's news gatherings:

I hear Darrell Waltrip released crew chief Jeff Hammond today. DW is making the change to try and revamp his team and become more competitive. I hear he may end up with a Roush team.

Former NASCAR Winston Cup champion Bobby Allison will be honored in January as the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame's second inductee, it was announced by Don Miller, the organization's chairman. Allison's induction will be January 17, 1998 in the Charlotte (N.C.) Convention Center's ballroom. The North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame is located in Mooresville, N.C., in Lakeside (Business) Park just off I-77. In addition to the museum, it contains an art gallery and gift shop, which are open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Its 1997 inaugural inductee was seven-time Winston Cup champion Richard Petty.

The Ford teams get a rare chance to test in December as NASCAR has allowed them a chance to test the new Taurus at Talladega on Dec 16-18th, this test will not count towards the 7 tests WC teams are allowed to do during the season(WC Today).

Thanks, Jay. ===== The umbrella concessionaire was the only man smiling at Walt Disney World Speedway as a whopping 65 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series pickups representing 52 teams were kept idle by continuous rain Monday.

The two-day test -- scheduled in preparation for the 1998 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series opener, the Jan. 18 Chevy Trucks Challenge -- will now be condensed into a 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. session Tuesday. The turnout was particularly impressive considering that the series' Awards Banquet was held just two days ago in San Francisco.

Dave Rodman, NASCAR Online ===== Kev's quote of the year:

During a red flag, Dale Jarrett (sitting in his car) over the scanner:

"What do you mean I can't get water. Someone just brought Trickle a cigarette."

-Kev (Stockcar Digest e-mail list) ===== Rumor has it that the 1998 Spring race at Darlington may be the last (spring race at Darlington). (NASCAR Humor and More Newsletter) ===== Winter Heat Results (from several sources, thanks!)

NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour NASCAR Featherlite 200 Tucson Raceway Park Tucson, Ariz. 200 Laps/75 Miles Dec. 14, 1997 3/8-Mile 1. (2) Kelly Tanner, Woodinville, Wash., Chevrolet, 200, 61.884 mph. 2. (15) Matt Crafton, Tulare, Calif., Ford, 200. 3. (21) Sean Monroe, Malibu, Calif., Chevrolet, 200. 4. (5) Tony Toste, Pismo Beach, Calif., Chevrolet, 200. 5. (1) Mark Groskreutz, Spokane, Wash., Pontiac, 200. 6. (14) Derrick Gilchrist, Raleigh, N.C., Chevrolet, 200. 7. (6) Jimi Oberto, Fall City, Wash., Chevrolet, 199. 8. (9) Freddie Query, Mooresville, N.C., Chevrolet, 199. 9. (13) John Dillon, Boise, Idaho, Chevrolet, 199. 10. (24) Frank Maronski Jr., Quartz Hill, Calif., Chevrolet, 199. 11. (19) Mark Meech, La Mesa, Calif., Chevrolet, 198. 12. (26) Mike Ray, Las Vegas, Chevrolet, 197. 13. (4) Kenny Shepherd, Merced, Calif., Chevrolet, 175, engine. 14. (7) Kurt Busch, Las Vegas, Chevrolet, 175, overheating. 15. (25) Ron Eaton, Tacoma, Wash., Chevrolet, 145, susp. 16. (16) Frank Adamo, Bakersfield, Calif., Chevrolet, 116. 17. (11) Nipper Alsup, Huntersville, N.C., Chevrolet, 114, susp. 18. (23) Bill Lawrence, Canada, Chevrolet, 113, oil pump belt. 19. (20) Craig Raudman, Redding, Calif., Chevrolet, 113. 20. (18) Bryan Germone, Windsor, Calif., Chevrolet, 4, accident. 21. (3) Aaron Joe Newport, Benton City, Wash., Pontiac, 3, transmission. 22. (12) M.K. Kanke, Granada Hills, Calif., Chevrolet, 3, accident. 23. (10) Jim Inglebright, Fairfield, Calif., Chevrolet, 3, accident. 24. (22) Darrell La Moure, Glendale, Arizona, Chevrolet, 3, accident. 25. (8) Mike Snow, Littleton, Colo., Chevrolet, 2, accident. 26. (17) Eric Holmes, Escalon, Calif., Pontiac, 2, accident. RACE STATISTICS Average speed: 61.884 mph. Time of race: 1 hour, 12 minutes, 43 seconds. Lead changes: Three among three drivers. Lap leaders: Kelly Tanner (1-22), Mark Groskreutz (23-131), John Dillon (132-143), Tanner (144-200). Cautions: Six for 54 laps (4-22, 29-35, 40-48, 133-138, 146-152, 182-187). Busch Pole Award: Mark Groskreutz, 14.949 seconds (90.307 mph). ===== As promised:

T minus 33 days and counting 'til the Craftsman Truck Chevy Trucks Challenge T minus 53 days and counting 'til the Winston Cup Bud Shootout T minus 59 days and counting 'til the Busch Series NAPA Auto Parts 300 T minus 60 days and counting 'til the Winston Cup Daytona 500 ==== Mike Irwin (mailto:mike@nascarfans.com) NASCAR Fans _______________________________________

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Darrell Waltrip , Kurt Busch , Matt Crafton , Richard Petty , Jim Inglebright , Bobby Allison , Eric Holmes , Bryan Germone , Craig Raudman , Kenny Shepherd , Tony Toste