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DAYTONA INT'L CANCELS PEPSI 400 DUE TO BRUSH FIRES IN FL

          Daytona Int'l Speedway (DIS) officials announced today
     that NASCAR's Pepsi 400 race, scheduled for Saturday night,
     has been postponed until Saturday, October 17, due to brush
     fires in central FL.  DIS President John Graham: "The
     wildfires plaguing Daytona Beach and surrounding communities
     intensified Wednesday night to a level that makes postponing
     this race the right thing to do.  Our manpower, facilities
     and resources will remain completely devoted to our
     community until this crisis is over."  All Pepsi 400 tickets
     will be honored on the rescheduled date.  The cancelation is
     the first in the event's 39-year history (NASCAR).  On
     Thursday, NASCAR Dir of Communications John Griffin said,
     "Sure, we've been concerned about the situation, but we're
     not making any decisions about the race until we're on the
     site."  Earlier in the week, DIS officials "were confident
     that the fires wouldn't affect" the race, but as the race
     nears, they became "more worried" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 7/2).
          OF NOTE: CBS was scheduled to broadcast the race on
     Saturday, and CBS Dir of Communications LeslieAnne Wade told
     THE DAILY this AM that the net will air its regular Saturday
     night programming.  Wade said the net will decide next week
     whether it will cover the race live in October (THE DAILY).

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