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                  NASCAR announces rule changes

                 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 2, 1998)
     NASCAR officials announced Monday that new rear spoiler heights 
     and front air dam ground clearances will go into effect on all 
     four NASCAR-approved makes of cars in the NASCAR Winston Cup 
     Series starting Feb. 20.
     NASCAR Winston Cup Series teams were notified Monday through a
     technical bulletin that the following changes would go into effect
     at all tracks, except Daytona International Speedway here and 
     Talladega Superspeedway.

     The Chevrolet Monte Carlo will have a new rear spoiler height of 
     5.0 inches, which is down from 6.0 inches from the NAPA 500 at 
     Atlanta Motor Speedway at the end of the 1997 season. 
     The Monte Carlo's front air dam ground clearance will be raised 
     from 3.875 inches to 5.0 inches.

     The Ford Taurus will have exactly the same measurements as the
     Monte Carlo.

     The Ford Thunderbird will now have a rear spoiler height of 4.75
     inches and a front air dam clearance of 5.0 inches. The Thunderbird
     had a 5.75-inch spoiler and 3.875-inch front air dam clearance at 

     The Pontiac Grand Prix will now have a 5.375-inch spoiler, which 
     is down from 6.5 inches; and a 4.625-inch front air dam ground 
     clearance, which is up from 3.875 inches last season.

     These changes came after intense research with NASCAR officials 
     and several NASCAR Winston Cup Series teams at various race 
     tracks in recent weeks. These changes, in effect starting with 
     the GM Goodwrench Service Plus 400 at the North Carolina Motor 
     Speedway in Rockingham, will be continually evaluated throughout
     the season and will remain in effect until further notice.
     The NASCAR Winston Cup season opens with the Daytona 500 on Feb. 15.