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NASCARFans E-Mail Newsletter ===== Reader Joe says he has started a new free fantasy racing league. For those interested: ===== Here's some more information on the GM Daytona test, from David Poole...

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===== Reader Joe says he has started a new free fantasy racing league. For those interested: ===== Here's some more information on the GM Daytona test, from David Poole of the Charlotte Observer:

If the year's first official Winston Cup test session is any indication, the beat goes on for Hendrick Motorsports.

Terry Labonte, the 1996 Winston Cup champion, had the fastest speed for the third straight day Monday with a lap at 188.080 mph in a Chevrolet. He had, however, gone faster the two previous days.

Labonte's 188.403 mph Saturday, the first day of the General Motors session, stood as the fastest among 20 drivers in Chevrolets and Pontiacs.

``This is the same car we've run here in the past,'' Labonte said. ``It's a good car. . . . It's better than we thought we would run, so we've got to be pretty happy with it.''

THE RUNNER-UP: Jack Sprague, the NASCAR Truck Series champion, also drove a Hendrick car and was the only other driver to top the 188 mph mark, with a speed of 188.029 mph Monday.

CHANGING LUCK: Bobby Hamilton was fourth fastest at 187.606 mph Monday.

``The first time I pulled onto the race track, I went up through the gear box and I thought to myself, `What have I been missing?' '' said Hamilton, who is taking over the No. 4 Chevrolet. ``Every time this car comes down here, it has a shot at winning.''

NO STERLING EFFORT: Sterling Marlin, who drove the No. 4 to two Daytona 500 victories, had his best lap at 186.048 mph Monday, but that made him 12th fastest. That was still better than the fastest Pontiac, a lap at 185.208 mph Monday by Bobby Labonte.

CHANGING GEARS: Ford teams begin their first official test today in a Taurus. Some top teams, however, are expected to skip Daytona in favor of a private session this week at Talladega, Ala.

GM teams return for a three-day session next Monday. Three more days of Ford tests will be Jan. 19-21. Most Winston Cup teams are expected to participate in the second sessions.

MONDAY'S TOP SPEEDS (Chevrolets unless otherwise noted): 1. Terry Labonte 188.080; 2. Jack Sprague 188.029; 3. Ken Schrader 187.715; 4. Bobby Hamilton187.606; 5. Mike Skinner 187.005; 6. Darrell Waltrip 186.918; 7. Andy Hillenburg 186.858; 8. Steve Grissom 186.831; 9. Mike Dillon 186.800; 10. Hut Stricklin 186.745; 11. Kevin LePage 186.054; 12. Sterling Marlin 186.048; 13. Bobby Labonte (Pontiac) 185.208; 14. Elton Sawyer 184.508; 15. Tony Stewart (Pontiac) 184.019; 16. Dave Marcis 183.831; 17. Phil Parsons 183.587; 18. David Green 183.020; 19. Dan Pardus 181.818. FASTEST DRIVERS' TOP SPEEDS: 1. Terry Labonte 188.403; 2. Jack Sprague* 188.029; 3. Ken Schrader 187.715; 4. Bobby Hamilton 187.606; 5. Andy Hillenburg**187.539; 6. Steve Grissom 187.297; 7. Mike Skinner 187.005; 8. Darrell Waltrip 186.918; 9. Mike Dillon*** 186.800; 10. Hut Stricklin 186.745. Note: * in Hendrick-owned car; ** in Andy Petree-owned car; *** in Richard Childress-owned car. ===== Richard Jackson plans on having a good time with his NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division entry in 1998.

The veteran NASCAR car owner was already thrilled about having Lance Hooper drive a full schedule for him in the NASCAR Busch Series this season. But when World Championship Wrestling came on board to back his team's effort as a primary sponsor, Jackson could hardly contain his excitement.

"This is going to be the most fun I've had since I was a kid," said Jackson, who, along with Hooper and daughter Lisa, attended a recent WCW Monday Nitro wrestling event in Charlotte.

WCW announced its plans to back Jackson and his new team this past weekend on Superstation TBS' "WCW Saturday Night" program. The deal is for two years with Jackson's NASCAR Busch Series team with plans on moving up to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series level for a third year. (NASCAR Online) ===== LINE-X, a division of the Burtin Corporation, announced that it will serve as associate sponsor of Mike Skinner's No. 5 Chevrolet at the Chevy Trucks Challenge NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Walt Disney World Speedway on Sunday, Jan. 18, 1998. (NASCAR Online)

===== As promised:

T minus 12 days and counting 'til the Craftsman Chevy Trucks Challenge T minus 33days and counting 'til the Winston Cup Bud Shootout T minus 37days and counting 'til the Gatorade Twin 125 Qualifiers T minus 39 days and counting 'til the Busch Series NAPA Auto Parts 300 T minus 40 days and counting 'til the Winston Cup Daytona 500 =====

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Darrell Waltrip , Bobby Labonte , Terry Labonte , Tony Stewart , Mike Skinner , Ken Schrader , Elton Sawyer , Sterling Marlin , Hut Stricklin , Jack Sprague , Andy Hillenburg , David Green , Dave Marcis , Andy Petree , Steve Grissom
Teams Hendrick Motorsports