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NASCAR WCUP: Mother Nature Extends the Season, NAPA 500 'On Hold'

8 November 1998

By Terry Callahan
The Auto Channel
Dale Jarrett
HAMPTON, GA: For those who were having anxiety attacks due to the fact that the 1998 Winston Cup season was about to end, you can rest easy. Mother nature has provided an extension to the racing season.

As of 6:00 p.m. EST, NASCAR officials had not re-scheduled the final race of the season. The Atlanta Motor Speedway is equipped with lights, so officials are still playing the waiting game.

After two rain delays, the skies opened up relentlessly late in the afternoon. The cars were parked once again. The race is 59 laps old with Dale Jarrett as the leader.

After the first rain delay, John Andretti was the leader. He earned 5 bonus points. He stayed out on the track during a yellow flag in hopes of securing a top ten final finishing position in the championship points chase. Only the top ten Winston Cup finishers have a reserved seat on the stage during the Winston Cup Awards banquet in New York.

Updates relating to the NAPA 500 will continue as information arrives.

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