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DAYTONA PREVIEW: NASCAR FORMS GROUP TO FIGHT LEUKEMIA

          NASCAR members in Daytona Beach held a news conference
     announcing the sport is "backing a drive to increase
     awareness" of leukemia and "encourage people to become part
     of the national bone marrow donor program," according to
     Sandra McKee of the Baltimore SUN.  The move is in support
     of Winston Cup Owner Rick Hendrick, who was diagnosed with
     chronic myelogenous leukemia in November (Baltimore SUN,
     2/14).   The announcement was made by NASCAR President Bill
     France Jr., Winston Cup team owners Joe Gibbs, Felix
     Sabates, Roger Penske and drivers, including Jeff Gordon,
     Terry Labonte and Dale Earnhardt (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 2/14).
          DAYTONA NOTEBOOK: Bill France, Jr. is profiled by Blake
     Fontenay of the ORLANDO SENTINEL.  France, finishing his
     25th year as NASCAR's President, is credited "with helping
     to transform stock-car racing from a mostly Southern pastime
     to a sport with national appeal" (ORLANDO SENTINEL,
     2/14)....Among Daytona souvenirs, a basic Daytona
     windbreaker runs $59.99, a "lightly lined" Dale Earnhardt
     jacket for $139.99 and a wool-and-leather Jeff Gordon jacket
     for $299.99 (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 2/14)....The Daytona NEWS-
     JOURNAL examines corporate hospitality at the 500.  DIS has
     38 corporate suites and companies are paying $40,000-120,000
     to rent suites for Speedweeks (Daytona NEWS-JOURNAL, 2/14).

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