Wednesday news #1 97-08-06

NASCARFans E-Mail List I have an unconfirmed report that Michael Moorehead, GM of Nazareth Speedway in PA was released by Roger Penske. Penske said that it was strictly a business decision. I also have an unconfirmed report that Richard...

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I have an unconfirmed report that Michael Moorehead, GM of Nazareth Speedway in PA was released by Roger Penske. Penske said that it was strictly a business decision.

I also have an unconfirmed report that Richard Broome, crewchief for Hut Stricklin and the #8 Circuit City Ford, was released yesterday. This team has not done well lately, missing the Brickyard entirely. I haven't seen this elsewhere as yet, so for now it remains unconfirmed.

Here are a couple of personal reports from a reader, Colin:

Kyle Petty had his Harley parked outside his motor coach. It is painted up in Hot Wheels colors like his car.

The Brickyard was very fan-accessable. I was able to step right up to several drivers to exchange a few words. Some of these drivers included Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Wally Dallenbach, and Steve Park. Earnhardt stood on a cement piling for three hours signing autographs after Thursday's activities.

Scanner bites, also from Colin:

- JG during pace laps - "Ray, How come I'm on scuffs? Everyone else out here is on stickers." RE - "I know, don't worry about it"

- JG after getting slowed by Michael Waltrip - "Can't they get that car off the track?" RE - "It's OK, Jeff"

- Larry McReynolds sort of chewed out Earnhardt during the closing laps of the race after Earnhardt came on the radio making plans on how he was going to get out of the track

- Jim Long (Rudd's crew chief) after winning - "Cha Ching!"

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Th-th-th-th-th-that's, all, folks! More on the Diamond Ridge/Cartoon Network parting:

``We feel confident that we will find a sponsor for our Winston Cup team for 1998,'' Gary Bechtel said. ``We would like a sponsor that is looking for success both on and off the track, someone that will be a partner in our racing efforts.'' Gary owns the #29 Diamond Ridge Motorsports car driven by Jeff Green.

Since moving up to the WC level earlier this season, driver Jeff Green has had eight starts, finishing a career high seventh at the inaugural race at the new California Speedway.

A Cartoon Network spokesman said the cable network, which is part of Turner Broadcasting System, plans to remain in Winston Cup racing. He said the company will have more to say about its plans over the next couple of weeks. (charlotte.com/country.com)

"There's going to be a lot of changes -- operational, emotional and financial -- to make the program better," Geoff Bodine said. "... I did the radio broadcast from the Brickyard and I was sitting there watching the race, watching the cars go around the track, (and) I realized that this wasn't for me. I wasn't ready to a spectator. Not yet. I'm not ready to deal with that. One day that's going to happen, but last week made me realize last weekend that I'm not ready to retire yet. It did make me more determined than ever to turn the team around and make some changes." Bodine was speaking after his announced release of Lee Morse as team manager of the #7 QVC Ford. (iRace)

1997 Bud At The Glen

Series: NASCAR Winston Cup Start Date: 08/10/97 Location: Watkins Glen, NY Laps: 90 Distance: 220.5mi Qualifing Date: 08-Aug-97 TV Coverage: ESPN

Last year's statistics WINNER (avg. speed): Geoff Bodine (92.304) POLESITTER (speed): Dale Earnhardt (120.733) TIME OF RACE: 2:23:17 CAUTIONS: Four for 11 laps LEAD CHANGES: Eight among six drivers MARGIN OF VICTORY: .44 seconds RECAP: Dale Earnhardt surprised everyone by staying in his car for the entire race despite his injuries, and Bodine pulled another surprise with the victory. Bodine, who had not won in 54 races, made his last stop under green on lap 62, but most of the field still had a stop to go. They pitted under caution, then Bodine passed Ken Schrader with eight laps to go. Terry Labonte was second, and Earnhardt sixth. The points gap from first (Labonte) to fourth (Jarrett) was 147. (JournalNow/iRace)

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Burton , Wally Dallenbach Sr. , Jeff Gordon , Terry Labonte , Michael Waltrip , Steve Park , Kyle Petty , Ken Schrader , Jeff Green , Roger Penske , Mark Martin