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To all those of you so far who have responded to my inquiry about Maxx Racing Cards, please be patient. I am working on getting back with all 30+ of you. Thanks. ===== Jayski's news gatherings:

Lance Hooper will drive in the BGN series in Richard Jackson's Pontiac full time in 1998. They have a sponsor but not ready to announce it yet. (NASCAR Online)

John Andretti laughed as he gained his "revenge on an obvious Jeff Gordon fan," but Riley's Childrens' Hospital was the big winner Monday. By lapping radio producer Matt Hibbeln 13 times at a go-kart track in Indianapolis, Andretti was able to raise nearly $4,000 for the well-known central Indiana children's hospital. The hospital is best known for admitting children regardless of their family's economic status. The race at Stefan Johannson's Karting Center - owned by the former Indy car star - brought in a crowd of nearly 400 people on a Monday afternoon. Andretti and Chris Gardocki, punter for the Indianapolis Colts and fresh from his team's 41-0 victory over the Miami Dolphins the day before, signed autographs throughout the three-hour event. Hibbeln, a producer at WIBC-AM in Indianapolis, had been ribbing Andretti for nearly a year during Andretti's regular weekly call-in feature. The good-natured joking escalated to a go- kart challenge, and Andretti responded by lapping Hibbeln 13 times on a track that takes an average driver 28-30 seconds to complete. Andretti turned laps around 20 seconds consistently. Local businesses had pledged donations for every time Andretti lapped Hibbeln. Hibbeln still needled Andretti until just before race time, after which Andretti smiled and waved at him every time he passed. The crowd roared on every pass, pulling for Andretti.(Williams Company Press Release)

Good Story about Joey Knuckles at NASCAR Online via the Winston Cup Illustrated:

http://www.nascar.com/news/97news/00497308.html

MRN Today reports that Mark Martin, Jeff Burton, Rusty Wallace, Dale Jarrett and Michael Waltrip are testing at Talladega. They are trying out a lower front end and the angle of the windshield. No times will be released until after the test which ends Thursday. I hear that Lake Speed in the #9 Wacky Ford Taurus has been consistently been the best with aero and test speeds(at Daytona).(12-17-97)

Thanks, Jay. ===== Less than two months prior to the start of the 1998 NASCAR Winston Cup season, Richard Jackson finds himself, for lack of a better phrase, "between a rock and a hard place."

The owner of the No. 1 Pontiac is still without a major sponsor for his Grand Prix, and because of that, will most likely lose his driver, Morgan Shepherd. R&L Carriers, which sponsored the No. 1 car throughout most of the 1997 campaign, informed Jackson late last month that it would not return for another season.

Jackson, who spoke with the veteran driver this morning, said Shepherd is toying with the possibility of fielding his own NASCAR Winston Cup team or even a NASCAR Busch Series Grand National team for next season, but that Shepherd said the former might be a longshot at this point. "As of right now, Morgan's still driving our car," said the longtime NASCAR Winston Cup car owner. "Morgan knows the position I'm in, and I know the position he's in. Right now, he needs something better than what I'm offering him.

"We haven't made any agreement at all, and that's partially because he's still holding out for something better. We're going to have a meeting on Friday and see what we can put together. I'd like to have Morgan back, but at this point, I just don't know."

(NASCAR Online) ===== As promised:

T minus 31 days and counting 'til the Craftsman Chevy Trucks Challenge T minus 52 days and counting 'til the Winston Cup Bud Shootout T minus 57 days and counting 'til the Busch Series NAPA Auto Parts 300 T minus 58 days and counting 'til the Winston Cup Daytona 500 ====

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers John Andretti , Jeff Burton , Dale Jarrett , Rusty Wallace , Michael Waltrip , Lance Hooper , Morgan Shepherd , Mark Martin
Teams Williams