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FRAM NATIONALS PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE NOTEBOOK *Hollywood calling?: It now looks like actress Alyssa Milano from the popular television show "Who's the Boss?" is the front- runner to play Angelle Seeling in a made-for-TV movie about...

FRAM NATIONALS PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE NOTEBOOK

*Hollywood calling?: It now looks like actress Alyssa Milano from the popular television show "Who's the Boss?" is the front- runner to play Angelle Seeling in a made-for-TV movie about her rapid rise to racing prominence.

"We are talking with representatives from Hallmark Entertainment, and things are looking very good at this stage," team owner George Bryce said. "We first met with them at this year's Winternationals, and they were very excited with what they saw. The script has already been started, and there have already been several interviews with Angelle.

"The casting decisions have not been finalized, but there is a good possibility that (Alyssa Milano) will be playing Angelle's role in the movie. She has a very close physical and personal resemblance to Angelle, and we think she would be good for the part."

*Looks can deceive: Most NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle riders, including Angelle Seeling, look so smooth on the bike that it's hard to tell a good run from a bad one.

But computers that collect data about each run never lie and help to keep riders humble and hard-working, Seeling said.

"It looks like a pretty straight, fast run," Seeling said. "But when you come back here and find out what you really did and how bad you really messed up even though nobody else saw it, then your mind is in the right place."

*The streak: One of the most impressive streaks in NHRA history will be on the line at this event, as Dave Schultz will try to win the Pro Stock Motorcycle title at the Fram Nationals for the eighth consecutive year.

The last time Schultz didn't win this event was 1989, when George Bush was starting his term as president, the Internet was used a close-knit community of teachers and students, and the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union was just starting to thaw.

John Myers has been Schultz's favorite victim during the streak. Schultz has defeated Myers in the final six of the last seven years.

*Meet the press: Angelle Seeling has become of one of the most popular media subjects in NHRA Winston Drag Racing since her debut last July. She has been featured in numerous magazine and newspaper stories through the country, and many television shows.

But she loves every second of the experience.

"It's fun," Seeling said. "If nothing happens, if nobody interviews me, I get worried. I'm like, 'Come on, please, come over and talk to me.' I want more."

The travel involved with media and sponsor appearances has been a blessing for Seeling, who never traveled far from her birthplace near New Orleans before she started racing on the NHRA circuit. She moved to Americus, Ga., home of the Close Call team, last winter. It was the first time she left her native Louisiana.

"All of the sudden I'm gone 20 days a month," Seeling said. "I'm happy about the travel in a way, because I'm away from home, away from my friends and family, so when I do have down time it gets really lonely. So I like the travel."

*Good buddies: One of Angelle Seeling's toughest rivals for the NHRA Winston title this season is her Close Call Phone Card teammate, three-time NHRA Winston champion John Myers.

Despite battling for the championship, Seeling and Myers remain close friends off the track, and Myers helps team owner George Bryce tutor Seeling on the finer points of riding a Pro Stock Motorcycle.

"John makes it easier, because he helps me," Seeling said. "George can use him as an example. Anybody else who comes out here has to learn the hard way, learn on their own.

"There's competition on the track when we race each other, but when we get back to our camp, it's always a matter of how we can help each other, especially if one of us goes out early."

*Top gun: Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Reggie Cole will make his 1997 NHRA debut at the Fram Nationals carrying sponsorship from Smith & Wesson firearms.

Cole, who finished 1996 as the third-ranked Pro Stock rider on the AMA/ProStar circuit, plans to race at all remaining NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle races after Atlanta.

Smith & Wesson is the world's largest supplier of handguns for sporting, military, and law-enforcement purposes.

*Schedule: Pro qualifying starts at 3 p.m. April 11 and continues at 7 p.m. that evening. Qualifying ends with sessions at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. April 12. Final eliminations start at 11 a.m. April 13. Federal-Mogul competition starts at 10 a.m. April 10.

*Tickets: Tickets are available for the Fram Nationals. Call NHRA Ticket Information at (800) 884-6472 for ticket information.

*On TV: ESPN2 will televise two hours of live, final-round competition from the Fram Nationals at 4 p.m. (EDT) April 13. ESPN2 also will show two hours of live, Friday-night qualifying at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) April 11.

*On the Web: The NHRA home page on the World Wide Web at http://www.goracing.com/nhra/ offers more information about NHRA Winston Drag Racing, including qualifying and eliminations results, news, point standings, statistics and driver biographies. -30-

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