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RACING NEWS & NOTES: FRANCE SAYS NORTHWEST A GREEN MARKET

          NASCAR President Bill France, Jr. was interviewed by
     Tom Groeschen of the CINCINNATI ENQUIRER.  France, on which
     U.S. markets remain open for NASCAR: "The Northwest is an
     area we're really not in, as far as Winston Cup racing.  We
     are up there, with our truck series, but the weather up
     there ... it rains a lot."  France, on how the Indy Car
     split has affected NASCAR's popularity: "We were running
     pretty good before they split.  I don't attribute our
     success and popularity to their split.  We've probably moved
     a little faster because of it, but we were well on our way,
     on our own" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 6/29).
          RACING NOTES: IMS President Tony George continues to
     seek an Formula One race for the Speedway. F-1 has not raced
     in the U.S. since '91, and George is competing with bids
     from San Francisco, Las Vegas and Atlanta.  Sanctioning fees
     are estimated at $10M-$15M, which includes travel expenses
     for participants (INDIANAPOLIS STAR-NEWS, 6/28)....New
     Hampshire Int'l Speedway owner Bob Bahre said that he has
     not had any talks with IRL officials about extending the
     facility's contract to host the New England 200.  Bahre has
     lost money for three years "because of low attendance," and
     Sunday's crowd was estimated at 20,000.  Bahre estimated
     that he stood to lose "about" $700,000 (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/29).
     
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