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NASCARFans E-Mail Newsletter Jayski's news: The 3 SABCO cars will have many different paint schemes: The ...

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Jayski's news:

The 3 SABCO cars will have many different paint schemes: The #40 Coors Chevy will feature 4 different paint schemes this year. A special Coors Light car for hooligan Bud Shootout race and same scheme again at Texas. A non-alcoholic car at Charlotte and will be supported by a $750,000 TV ad campaign to prevent drinking and driving. A Coors Original car developed to run Phoenix and Calif. The #42 BellSouth Chevy Joe Nemechek will drive will have three different paint schemes. Regular BellSouth at most races with a black car for Bud Shootout and a special Yellow Pages car at the spring Talladega, Charlotte May race and final race at Atlanta. The #46 First Union Chevy driven by Wally Dallenbach will have at least 2 paint schemes. The Daytona 500 car will be sponsored by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays the new MLB team in 1998.

TNN's Inside NASCAR has Bobby Hillin on the show this past Sunday. He is running his own BGN team in 1998 with Chevy's. The team is co-owned by three St. Louis Cardinal baseball players. The team plans to run at Daytona and the rest of the season depends on sponsorship. Another good team looking for sponsorship!!

The #07 Dan Pardus team, planning on attempting to make the Daytona 500. The team plans to test this weekend at Talladega and just got an SB2 motor and picked up 2mph.

Talladega Testing: Derrike Cope tested the 18-20 in the #30 Gumout Pontiac along with BGN drivers Blaise Alexander and Andy Santerre. Bobby Labonte, Ricky Craven, Ken Schrader and Steve Park are scheduled to test on Jan 21-24. Hut Stricklin is scheduled to test Feb 2-4. At the request of the teams, Talladega doesn't release test speeds.(NASCAR Online)

Loy Allen will drive the #14 Delco-Remy America Richard Jackson Pontiac at Daytona, this is at the moment a one-race deal(NASCAR Online)

On WC Today, Geoff Bodine mentioned that he thinks some of the fast Ford Taurus's are not running the proper spoiler height.

UPDATE: NASCAR conducted a test at Atlanta on Monday, 1/19 with one each Ford Taurus, Chevrolet Monte Carlo and Pontiac Grand Prix. They tested various Spoilers and possibly restrictor plates. The Chevy was the #3, the Pontiac was the #43 and the Ford was the #21

===== Saying ``it's just time,'' Jimmy Johnson is stepping down from his post of general manager at Hendrick Motorsports.

Johnson said Tuesday he will continue to work for Hendrick Motorsports for at least three years, dealing with team sponsorship matters. Johnson will work out of his home in Longboat Key, Fla. Johnson and his family plan to relocate there this summer.

``I have been spending all of my vacations there since 1985 and I bought a house in Longboat Key about a year and a half ago,'' Johnson said. ``I asked Rick (Hendrick) if I could do this and he has made it possible.''

(David Poole, Charlotte Observer) =====

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Derrike Cope , Wally Dallenbach Sr. , Bobby Labonte , Steve Park , Ken Schrader , Joe Nemechek , Hut Stricklin , Blaise Alexander , Ricky Craven
Teams Hendrick Motorsports