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Ed Hinton
August 16, 1999
Fingers CrossedAfter two near misses, Team Yates has a Winston Cup title in sight
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August 16, 1999

Motor Sports

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The grassroots World of Outlaws sprint car series could benefit from the chaos in open-wheel racing. Speedway Motorsports Inc. (SMI) plans to build half-mile dirt ovals on the grounds of its superspeedways in Georgia, North Carolina and Texas, and thrust the Outlaws into the promotional spotlight. SMI president H.A. Wheeler believes the sprint cars could eventually draw crowds of as many as 80,000....

Talks are under way at Hendrick Motorsports to promote Jeff Gordon's crew chief, Ray Evernham, to CEO over all three Hendrick teams....

Kenny Irwin, 1998 Winston Cup rookie of the year, didn't get much of a vote of confidence from team owner Robert Yates after finishing 13th in the Brickyard 400. "We put the same setup in Kenny's car that the 88 car [winner Dale Jarrett's] had under it," said Yates. "Kenny asked me to stay away from his team, let them do their own thing, and it breaks my heart that that car can't win." Translation: Irwin should be seeking another ride for 2000.

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