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NASCAR Announces 1998 Winston West Series Schedule

18 November 1997


SCOTTS VALLEY, CA - Two new superspeedway events will highlight other 
additions to the NASCAR Winston West Series schedule for 1998.

The season, which will celebrate NASCAR's 50th Anniversary, will feature six 
superspeedway races -- including a visit to Phoenix International Raceway and 
a second race at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Also new for 1998 
will be a visit to the nation's heartland for a road-course race. 

The series will travel to the one-mile superspeedway in Phoenix, Ariz., on 
April 18 for a companion race with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. The 
NASCAR Winston West Series previously visited PIR for stand-alone races 
between 1977 and 1984.

The series will make two visits to California Speedway in Fontana, Calif., in 
1998. The first event will be May 2 as a companion race with the NASCAR 
Winston Cup Series. The second visit to the two-mile superspeedway will be 
July 18 as a companion race with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the 
NASCAR Busch Series. 

"These additional events on the NASCAR Winston West Series schedule reflect 
the continued growth of this series," said Dennis Huth, NASCAR vice president 
for administration. "We look forward to the series going back to a facility 
as spectacular as Phoenix International Raceway, which hosted series races in 
the late 1970s and early 1980s. The Phoenix event is a great addition to the 
lineup of superspeedway races that are on tap for 1998."

The schedule includes a return on Aug. 2 to the beautiful D-shaped one-mile 
superspeedway of Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host two events for the series in 1998. The 
first visit will be on Feb. 25. The series will return to the 1.5-mile 
superspeedway to conclude its season on Nov. 7.

The 1998 schedule also includes an inaugural visit by the series to Heartland 
Park Topeka (Kan.) on May 17. The 2.1-mile track will provide a second road 
course race for the series, in addition to the Sears Point Raceway event in 
Sonoma, Calif., on Oct. 11. 

"With six races at major superspeedway facilities, this schedule will offer 
increased exposure for the growing number of teams in the series," Huth said. 
"We also look forward to our visit to Heartland Park Topeka. The two road 
courses will offer an exciting added ingredient for the competitors."

The series will kick off its season on Jan. 11 at Tucson (Ariz.) Raceway 
Park, with an event that is part of that venue's Winter Heat Program. Other 
events in 1998 include two stops at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, 
Calif.; a race at Portland (Ore.) Speedway; a race at Evergreen Speedway in 
Monroe, Wash.; and a race at Altamont Raceway Park near Tracy, Calif.

In addition to the six superspeedway events on tap for 1998, there are six 
short-track races, along with the two road course events. The series will 
visit 11 tracks in seven states during the year. 

Invited NASCAR Winston West Series drivers will join competitors from the 
NASCAR Winston Cup Series, the NASCAR Busch Series and the NASCAR Craftsman 
Truck Series in a trip to Japan in November for a two-race stop at the 
1.4-mile Suzuka Circuit road course in Suzuka City and the Twin Ring Motegi 
1.49-mile superspeedway.

By NASCAR Public Relations