Wednesday news #2 97-07-30

NASCAR Fans Mail List Firestone Goodyear NASCAR Battle? The inside of Firestone's mobile war room looks like an FBI command post, with a half-dozen agent-engineers on guard, computers humming, and game plans X-and-O'd on the blackboard just...

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Firestone Goodyear NASCAR Battle?

The inside of Firestone's mobile war room looks like an FBI command post, with a half-dozen agent-engineers on guard, computers humming, and game plans X-and-O'd on the blackboard just behind Page Mader, a grandfatherly sort with a twinkle in his eyes that reminds one of Merlin, the magician of Arthurian legend. And there is, indeed, legend and perhaps some magic being created in the white-suit clean rig inside Humpy Wheeler's garage area at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Firestone, after almost 20 years on the sidelines, is back in the major-league racing business, and these men, running under orders from Japanese giant Bridgestone, are kicking Goodyear's tail. They've been doing it for two years, which makes a lot of NASCAR people nervous. If Goodyear can't take care of business on the Indy-car side of the sport, when Firestone decides to tackle NASCAR's Winston Cup tour -- and that seems only a matter of time, notwithstanding the exclusive contract between NASCAR and Goodyear -- Tire War III could make I and II look like Saturday night short-track racing.

Mike Wallace has a ride for the Brickyard

the #1 R&L Carriers Pontiac fielded by Richard Jackson's Precision Products Team will be piloted by Mike Wallace at the Brickyard 400 this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Lance Hooper, 1996 Winston West Series Champion, will take the wheel when the Winston Cup Series heads to the road course at Watkins Glen International the following weekend. When Morgan Shepherd left Jackson's team after the Pocono 500 to drive the #77 Jasper Motorsports Thunderbird, Shepherd's position was filled by Rookie Jerry Nadeau, who has competed in the Busch Grand National Series and ARCA. Nadeau left the team after the Pennsylvania 500, thus leaving the team without a driver. No long term arrangements have been announced.

Want a job in NASCAR?

If you'd like to see the United States at the wheel of a 48-foot truck-and-trailer, Cotter Promotions may have the job for you. Cotter will interview potential show-car truck drivers Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cotter Group offices at 6525 Hudspeth Rd., just south of Charlotte Motor Speedway. Applicants need a Class A chauffeur's license. Cotter's show cars include vehicles representing Winston Cup, Grand National, Truck Series and Drag Racing teams along with vintage stock cars and sports cars

Ernie Irvan will not drive for Petree

Sources confirm that Irvan will NOT be in a Chevrolet  or drive for
Andy Petree as rumored.  Sources say that he will be in a Ford next year. 

NASCAR Ratings

Television ratings compiled by NASCAR estimate that more than 150 million viewers watched the season's first 14 Winston Cup races. Almost 21 million tuned in to the season-opening Daytona 500, which was the highest-rated race. The Interstate 500 from Texas Motor Speedway was second.

Von Hall NASCAR Fans Website

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ernie Irvan , Jerry Nadeau , Mike Wallace , Lance Hooper , Andy Petree , Morgan Shepherd