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     The first of three NASCAR demonstration races scheduled in
Japan over the next three years will be held November 24, 1996,
on the 1.4-mile Suzuka Circuitland race course in Suzuka City.
NASCAR President Bill France and Suzuka Circuitland President
Takashi Matsuda made the announcement yesterday.  In a filmed
speech, U.S. Ambassador to Japan Walter Mondale said the
agreement is an opportunity for the two societies to better
understand each other and that it will also help the American
auto industry.  The cars running in Japan will be from the
Winston Cup, Winston West and Busch Grand National circuits.
Honda has announced it will build a 1.5-mile oval outside Tokyo,
which France said NASCAR expects to race on in '98.  Former
NASCAR Champion Rusty Wallace said it is good to race "somewhere
new," but he noted there are still places in the U.S. that want
NASCAR racing (Sandra McKee, Baltimore SUN, 12/1).  In Ft. Worth,
John Sturbin notes Japan invitations will be sent to
approximately 30 drivers, but France said no decisions have been
made on who will go (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 12/1).
     GORDON MAKES THE ROUNDS:  NASCAR Winston Cup Champ Jeff
Gordon appeared on the "Late Show" with David Letterman last
night and on "Good Morning America" this morning.  On "Late
Night," Gordon made a grand entrance by parking his stock car
(all sponsors showing) out front and then running into the
studio.  Gordon promised to give Letterman one of his cars if he
came to his little race track in Charlotte (CBS, 11/30).  This
morning, Gordon drove during NYC rush hour with a camera crew
("GMA," ABC, 11/30).
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