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NASCAR Testing at Richmond International Raceway

28 August 1997

RICHMOND, VA - Today marks the final day of testing at Richmond
International Raceway for next weekend's NASCAR Winston Cup Exide
Batteries 400 and that NASCAR Busch Series Autolite Platinum 250.

Hut Stricklin, Bobby Labonte, and Dick Trickle were on hand Monday to
shake down their Winston Cup cup rides. That trio was joined by
Michael Waltrip, Bobby Hamilton and Kyle Petty on Tuesday.

Mike Bliss will debut his Jim-Smith owned Winston Cup car #02 today at
the 0.750-mile track. Bliss plans to do double duty next weekend,
attempting to qualify for both the Winston Cup and NASCAR Craftsman
Truck Series races.

On the Busch Series side of the garage, Jeff Burton, Danny Edwards,
Jr., Greg Edwards, Lyndon Amick, Joe McCarthy and Jim Bown logged
track time.

Kyle Petty's #49 NWO Busch Series car is being put through its paces
by Kyle's 17-year old son, Adam, who is entered in the NASCAR Late
Model Stock Car doubleheader scheduled for November 1 at RIR.

As of Tuesday, Aug. 26, Richmond International Raceway had received 48
entries for next Thursday night's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
Virginia is for Lovers 200. Sixty entry blanks have been received for
the Busch Series Autolite Platinum 250 and 48 teams have signed up for
Saturday's Winston Cup event. The postmark deadline was Monday,
Aug. 25 so speedway officials are expecting to receive additional
entries over the next few days.

Tickets are still available for the Sept. 4 Truck event and the
Sept. 5 Busch Series race and can be obtained by calling 804-345-7223
or visiting the RIR ticket office which is operating seven days a week
due to demand for tickets.  (Hours: Monday - Saturday: 9:00 am-5:00
pm; Sunday: 12:00-5:00 pm). The Exide NASCAR Select Batteries 400 is
sold out.