NASCARFans E-Mail Newsletter Nancy gives this up-close Daytona report: ARCA: The pole sitter for the ARCA race MAY be replaced by Randy LaJoie. ARCA 200 pole sitter Bill Baird's mother suffered a brain aneurysm on Friday, and Baird...
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Nancy gives this up-close Daytona report:
ARCA: The pole sitter for the ARCA race MAY be replaced by Randy LaJoie. ARCA 200 pole sitter Bill Baird's mother suffered a brain aneurysm on Friday, and Baird immediatly flew to Evansville, IN to be with her. He may still race on Sunday, but his backup driver is Randy LaJoie, who will fill in for the team owned by Winston Cup driver Kenny Schrader. Our best wishes to the family and Bill's mom for a speedy recovery. (ours too, from NASCARFans)
THE LIGHTS AT DAYTONA: When Earnhardt tests the lights at aprox. 6PM tonight, his in-car radio conversation will be heard over the public address system and Daytona International Speedway. Fans will hear the conversations of Earnhardt, McReynold's and car owner Richard Childress. The estimated time of the run is 6:30 PM. The days events at the track will end at 5 PM and then the gates will then open to the public for Dale's 20 lap run.
It is reported that the lights at Daytona will not be used for this years Dayton 500, but the clincher line in the release states; "presumably, any other year, unless rain delays the 500." This comes from the Daytona Beach News Journal Saturday, February 7th edition. The article is written by Ken Willis, and this is very abbreviated summary of the details.
Thanks, Nancy. _____
>From RPM2Nite: The cars are now inspected with the rear spoilers unmounted to allow inspectors to get a better look at the deck lid area. Two teams that had trouble during the inspection were the two Yates Fords(didn't say exactly what the trouble was)
Mattei Motorsports will be re-signing Whelan as an associate on the #7 Geoff Bodine driven Ford Taurus for 1998 and I hear several of last year's associates will be re-signing on for 1998.
Some names we are not used to seeing practiced today at Daytona for the 500 and qualifying: #07 Dan Pardus-Chevy; #59 Mark Gibson-Ford(was fast); #73 Phil Barkdoll-Chevy; #80 Michael Ciochetti-Ford; #85 Randy Renfrow-Chevy.
Chad Little will run a Thunderbird in the Daytona 500 that Jeff Burton ran last year. He stated during practice that their team did not have time to get the Taurus ready. He will run a Taurus in the Bud Shootout Qualifying Race(ESPN Practice)
Kenny Schrader will qualify the #33 Skoal Chevy with the old 18-degree Chevy engine and owner Andy Petree will decide whether to use the old engine or the new SB2 for the 500(RPM2Nite)
Getting much feedback about the Pilot Corp. sponsoring the #78 team with driver Gary Bradberry. It was reported that this would be Pilot's first involvement in NASCAR. Readers tell me the #12 Bobby Allison team with Derrike Cope had Pilot as an assoc sponsor in late 1996 when they lost Mane and Tail/Straight Arrow and picked up Badcock Furniture and Pilot
>From a reader who did some research: The #64 Fans Team has been temporarily suspended and supposedly according to NASCAR, the #64 is unassigned for the '98 season and no paperwork was ever filled out for this so-called team. If you call the membership number, you get a recording informing you that it has been "temporarily" suspended. You get this at both 1-888-TEAM-064 and the local Atlanta number.
The #29 Diamond Ridge Chevy that will be driven by Jeff Green is still searching for a sponsor, but the Tazmanian Devil from Warner Brothers' on the car for the Bud Shootout qualifying race. The image of the car can be seen on NASCAR Online, in the Photo Gallary, at www.nascar.com. During practice, Bill Weber interviews Green and it was mentioned that it was a limited deal for a few races to promote the Monte Carlo
Dave Smith was named Billy Standridge's crew chief for the #47 FCR/Jayski Ford
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