Tuesday news #2 97-07-22

NASCARFans E-Mail List Birthdays for the rest of the month: 21 Freeman Treadway 22 Dick Paysor 23 Barry Poovey 25 Ernie Elliot, Bill Brodrick, Bob Burum, Anne Robinson 26 Buddy Arrington 27 Jack Sellers 28 Mark Armstrong 30 Robert Grey...

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Birthdays for the rest of the month:

21 Freeman Treadway 22 Dick Paysor 23 Barry Poovey 25 Ernie Elliot, Bill Brodrick, Bob Burum, Anne Robinson 26 Buddy Arrington 27 Jack Sellers 28 Mark Armstrong 30 Robert Grey Allison, Mike Brandt 31 Bob Tomlinson, Louise Smith, Mike Alexander

A little bit early, perhaps, but here's some stats on the Brickyard.......

WHAT: Brickyard 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Race #19 of 32

WHERE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.5-Mile Semi-Banked Paved Speedway

WHEN: Saturday, August 2, 1997 12:15 pm EDT

DISTANCE: 160 Laps/400 Miles

POSTED AWARDS: $4,490,311 (subject to increase)

FIELD: 43 cars possible. Fastest 38 cars through time trials. Four provisional starting positions based on 1997 NWC owner points and one past champion provisional.

SANCTION: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc.

PROMOTER: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation

TV: ABC (Live) Airtime: 1:00 pm (EDT) Announcers: Benny Parsons and Bob Jenkins Pit Reporters: Jack Arute, Dr. Jerry Punch, and Bill Weber

RADIO: IMS (Live) Airtime: 12:00 pm (EDT) Announcers: Mike Joy and Ned Jarrett

SCHEDULE: Wednesday, July 30 6:00 am : Team Haulers Enter 7:00 am : NASCAR Garage Opens 12:00 pm : Rookie Drivers' Meeting 12:30 pm : Qualifying Draw 1:00 - 5:00 pm : Practice

Thursday, July 31 7:00 am : NASCAR Garage Opens 9:30 am - 12:00 pm : Practice 1:30 pm : Qualifying (Positions 1-25) 4:00 - 4:45 pm : Practice

Friday, August 1

8:00 am : NASCAR Garage Opens 10:00 - 11:30 am : Practice 1:00 pm : Qualifying (Positions 26-38) Final practice following time trials for one hour time permitting.

RECORDS: Qualifying: Jeff Gordon; Chevrolet; 176.419 mph; 51.015 seconds; 8/1/96 Race: Dale Earnhardt; Chevrolet: 155.206 mph; 2 hours, 34 minutes, 38 seconds; 8/5/95 THE RACE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a 2.5-mile paved oval with 9 degrees banking in all four corners. The lengths of the front and backstretches are 5/8-mile each. IMS has hosted the Brickyard 400 since 1994. (autochannel)

The results are in and it is confirmed, Jeff Gordon's $56,745 payday for his second-place run in Sunday's Pennsylvania 500 pushed him past the $2 million mark for the season - faster than any other driver has reached that point in NASCAR history. His winnings include first-place checks for the Busch Clash and The Winston. (autochannel)

Dale Jarrett's win Sunday (his third of the season) marked his second in the last three runnings of the Pennsylvania 500 and his third straight top-five in this event Jarrett dominated the event, leading 108 of the 200 laps. It's the sixth time this season Jarrett has led the most laps.

Bill Elliott's efforts as owner/driver are coming around. His 10th-place finish Sunday marked his second straight top-10. In fact, five of his seven top-10s this season have come in the last eight races.

Mike Skinner's sixth-place finish was the best of his career, topping a ninth at Dover in June of this year.

Jimmy Spencer's strong run in front of the home crowd (being from just down the road in Berwick) was his fourth top-15 in the last five races. Spencer has moved from 36th to a season-high of 17th in the standings since Texas.

Kyle Petty's eighth-place finish was his fifth top-15 in the last six races and his second top-10 in the last three. He now has five top-10s on the season, his first as a car owner. That's just two shy of his total for 1995 and '96 combined.

Not only has the winner not even come from the front row in the Brickyard, the winner has come from deeper in the field every year. After Gordon won from inside the second row the first year, Dale Earnhardt won from 13th and Dale Jarrett from 24th the two following seasons.

Five drivers have two top-five finishes in the previous three runnings of the Brickyard 400: Earnhardt, Bill Elliott, Dale Jarrett, Mark Martin and Rusty Wallace.

While no drivers have recorded top-five finishes in all three of the previous Brickyard 400s, three drivers have posted top-10 finishes in all three. Who? Well, Elliott and Wallace. The third? Morgan Shepherd. (previous notes from autochannel)

Mike Irwin (mike@nascarfans.com) NASCAR Fans _______________________________________ NASCAR Fans Website http://www.nascarfans.com

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Dale Jarrett , Rusty Wallace , Mike Skinner , Kyle Petty , Jimmy Spencer , Ned Jarrett , Morgan Shepherd , Benny Parsons , Jack Sellers , Mark Martin