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  • CULTURES COLLIDE AS NASCAR MAKES PIT STOP IN HOLLYWOOD

               In Philadelphia, Bill Fleischman writes that "NASCAR's
         Night In Hollywood" last Friday, broadcast on ESPN, was
         "smoothly produced and everyone seemed to have a good time,"
         but "you had the feeling many presenters wouldn't know
         Richard Petty from Richard Benjamin" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY
         NEWS, 5/6).  In Orlando, Juliet Macur reported that film
         director Oliver Stone, who presented Petty with NASCAR's
         Lifetime Achievement Award, congratulated him for his 200
         seasons, not his 200 wins.  Stone, on NASCAR: "I'm certainly
         aware of the sport.  This is sort of a new sport, isn't it?" 
         Macur: "The faux pas was just an example of what happens
         when 50 years of NASCAR racing smacked head-on with
         Hollywood."  Macur wrote that provocative dance numbers
         during the event were "a far cry from NASCAR's down-to-earth
         persona."  Actor John Schneider: "I'm embarrassed about the
         kind of show put on here, with all of the women dancing
         around in garter belts and black boots. ... Hollywood thinks
         NASCAR needs help and needs to be hyped up, but they just
         don't know any better" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 5/3).
    
    

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  • EVENT NOTES: TIGER'S BEAT

              NEWSWEEK's Dickey & Power preview the upcoming World
         Cup and write that while U.S. men "just don't tune in" to
         soccer, women "are getting very, very interested.  And as
         the World Cup tournament begins next month in France,
         advertisers and promoters are taking note."   With high
         numbers of women playing amateur soccer in the U.S., they
         "are watching a game they know from the inside.  And they
         can read not only the moves, but the faces of the players"
         (Dickey & Power, NEWSWEEK, 5/11 issue)....Earl Woods will
         host "Tiger Jam I," a concert in L.A. to benefit the Tiger
         Woods Foundation.  Scheduled for June 8 at the Universal
         Amphitheatre, the show's includes Hootie & the Blowfish,
         Babyface and Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh (GOLFWEEK, 5/2). 
    
    

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