SBJ/June 4 - 10, 2001/No Topic Name

Britney takes her Pepsi show out to Daytona racetrack

Singing and dancing for Pepsi is apparently not enough. Britney Spears will be grand marshal for the 43rd annual Pepsi 400 NASCAR race at Daytona International Speedway on July 7. Spears will give the "start your engines" command to the 43 drivers at the speedway to kick off the Winston Cup Series race. This will be the first NASCAR broadcast of the year for NBC. More than 200,000 race fans are expected to attend.

  ALL MY HOCKEY CHILDREN: Tampa Bay goaltender Kevin Weekes, Boston Bruins right winger Bill Guerin and Florida Panthers center Rob Niedermayeron were to have appeared on ABC's "All My Children" Friday as themselves. The scene was to feature "All My Children" star and "Live with Regis and Kelly" co-host Kelly Ripa (who plays Hayley Vaughan), her real-life and soap husband Mark Consuelos (who plays Mateo Santos) and pop star Shaggy on the show's fictional talk show "WAVE." Weekes was also a guest star last week on "The View," joined in the studio by the Stanley Cup as he discussed the playoffs.

  LIKE FATHERS, LIKE DAUGHTERS: Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali have talked plenty of trash over the years, and their daughters, set to fight Friday, are taking up where their dads still, apparently, haven't left off. Despite an apology in a New York Times interview from Ali, Frazier, in TV Guide, has declined to accept the apology until it's made in person. Ali says that won't happen. "I'll kick his ass. ... he's still a gorilla," he says. Daughter Laila Ali has called Jacquelyn Frazier-Lyde "ignorant" and "ugly" and says, "It's not like this fool even belongs in the same ring with me." And Frazier-Lyde counters: "She hasn't been smashed like I'm going to smash her." Sticks and stones ...

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