News 98-02-03

NASCARFans E-Mail Newsletter Tim Flock, who won NASCAR Winston Cup Series championships in 1952 and '55, was diagnosed with terminal cancer of the lungs and the liver Tuesday after checking into University Hospital last Sunday when he complained...

NASCARFans E-Mail Newsletter

Tim Flock, who won NASCAR Winston Cup Series championships in 1952 and '55, was diagnosed with terminal cancer of the lungs and the liver Tuesday after checking into University Hospital last Sunday when he complained of chest pains.

Tim has no medical insurance to offset the costs of the medical treatment (Don, Tim's son, said the first bill his father received was more than $38,000), and the family has been forced to sell some of Tim Flock's memorabilia gathered during his racing career. The most treasured pieces he plans to sell are his two NASCAR Grand National Division (Winston Cup) trophies. Don Flock said the family hopes to get at least $100,000 apiece for the trophies.

Don Flock said any potential buyers can contact him at (704) 593-0690 in Charlotte. (NASCAR Online).

A trust fund has been set up for Tim by some of the people at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The address is:

Tim Flock Trust Fund c/o First Union PO Box 184 Harrisburg, NC 28075

(address courtesy of David Poole, Charlotte Observer. Thanks, David)

The thoughts and prayers of the NASCARFans staff are with Tim and his family. _____

Well, while I've got your attention, here's some news for you:

NASCAR officials announced Monday that new rear spoiler heights and front air dam ground clearances will go into effect on all four NASCAR-approved makes of cars in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series starting Feb. 20.

NASCAR Winston Cup Series teams were notified Monday through a technical bulletin that the following changes would go into effect at all tracks, except Daytona International Speedway here and Talladega Superspeedway.

The Chevrolet Monte Carlo will have a new rear spoiler height of 5.0 inches, which is down from 6.0 inches from the NAPA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway at the end of the 1997 season. The Monte Carlo's front air dam ground clearance will be raised from 3.875 inches to 5.0 inches.

The Ford Taurus will have exactly the same measurements as the Monte Carlo.

The Ford Thunderbird will now have a rear spoiler height of 4.75 inches and a front air dam clearance of 5.0 inches. The Thunderbird had a 5.75-inch spoiler and 3.875-inch front air dam clearance at Atlanta.

The Pontiac Grand Prix will now have a 5.375-inch spoiler, which is down from 6.5 inches; and a 4.625-inch front air dam ground clearance, which is up from 3.875 inches last season.

These changes came after intense research with NASCAR officials and several NASCAR Winston Cup Series teams at various race tracks in recent weeks. These changes, in effect starting with the GM Goodwrench Service Plus 400 at the North Carolina Motor Speedway in Rockingham, will be continually evaluated throughout the season and will remain in effect until further notice. (NASCAR Online)

_____ Mike Irwin (mailto:Mike@NASCARFans.Com) NASCARFans http://www.NASCARFans.com

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Tim Flock