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COULD IT BE TIME FOR A CHANGE FOR NASCAR'S SEASON-END PARTY?

          NASCAR held its annual Winston Cup Awards banquet in
     N.Y. on Friday night.  Dale Jarrett was honored as the '99
     Winston Cup points champ and Home Depot won the "NASCAR
     Marketing Achievement Award."   In thanking his sponsors,
     second-place points finisher Bobby Labonte pulled out an
     Action Performance die-cast model of his No. 18 car so he
     wouldn't forget any of his team partners ("NASCAR Winston
     Cup Awards Banquet," ESPN, 12/3).  In Charlotte, David Poole
     wrote on the awards banquet and called it "all a little bit
     unreal ... and that's not altogether a good thing."  Poole
     wrote that the "whole thing comes off canned," and
     recommended putting some "sense of celebration" back into
     the ceremony by moving it from a N.Y. hotel to an arena and
     "then sell seats around that floor to fans" (CHARLOTTE
     OBSERVER, 12/5).  In Raleigh, Barry Svrluga wrote on
     NASCAR's celebration weekend at the Waldorf-Astoria. 
     Svrluga: "Everyone you meet, nearly everyone you see, is
     white. ... This is just an observation.  Observe NASCAR, and
     you're observing white folks."  Svrluga wrote that banquet
     host Mike Tirico and the Harlem Boys Choir at the event were
     a "few token gestures" (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 12/5). 
          NASCAR HITS THE BIG APPLE: NASCAR officials took "over"
     the NYSE on Thursday, as President Bill France "waved a
     checkered flag as trading finished," and Jarrett rang the
     closing bell (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 12/6).

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