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BRUTON FROM THE HIP: MOTORSPORTS CHAIR IDEAS FOR NASCAR

          Speedway Motorsports Chair Bruton Smith "is pressing"
     NASCAR to split its Winston Cup schedule into two divisions,
     allowing for more races to accommodate new tracks, according
     to Larry Woody of the Nashville TENNESSEAN.  Smith said that
     he has been talking with NASCAR President Bill France about
     the idea for "three or four years," but "so far, nothing has
     happened."  Smith: "Sponsors like to see their car win or
     run in the top five.  Increasing the races would increase
     their chances."  The Winston Cup series currently has 34
     races per season (TENNESSEAN, 1/13).  Smith said that one
     league could race in the East, one in the West, and both
     televised as a Sunday doubleheader (DETROIT NEWS, 1/13).  
          NASCAR'S CRYSTAL BALL: Speaking at NASCAR's Media Tour
     in Charlotte, Speedway Motorsports President Humpy Wheeler
     said he "believes" NASCAR racing in the year 2020 will
     include drivers earning up to $50M a year, HDTV putting
     "fans in the driver's seats" and satellite TV producers able
     to "bankroll" ten int'l races (PHILA. DAILY NEWS, 1/13).

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