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ANCHOR=Keith

UP next on NEWS 7 at SIX:
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G-E's Drive Systems plant is shut-down at the moment... with lay-offs expected when work does resume.
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ANCHOR=Keith


A late report on that... and the Governor of Virginia says he won't stand for hazing of future V-M-I female cadets.
Sports-Head
ANCHOR=Mike


Tonight in sports, the Packers are worried about at least one aspect of the Super Bowl, Darrell Waltrip is all set for his 25th anniversary season in NASCAR.
Bobby Ross has a new job--
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while his alma mater has a new head football coach in Ted Cain, who leaves N.C. State to take over the Keydets.
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WX-Head
TALENT=Robin
SS=None


Temperatures stay well below normal this week and by Thursday, a mix of snow and sleet will arrive in the mid-Atlantic. Your forecast and WeatherSchool are just ahead.

G-E


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#96-100
GRAPHIC=General Electric


Workers at the Salem G-E plant remain concerned about upcoming layoffs.
A number of them have called us.
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Newsroom


Len Besthoff reports G-E is still assessing the situation, but workers believe a decision has already been made. Here's Len.
Live=Len Full/Newsroom
SUPER=@Len1;


Keith the G-E Drive Systems plant in Salem is one of the Roanoke Valley's better paying, and largest employers, with roughly 800 hourly, and 1200 salaried people.
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(( Right now the plant is in the middle of an involuntary two week vacation due to low demand for the various drives, controls, and automation systems it provides for steel mills, paper mills, and power generation stations.
But an employee who says he's very familiar with the situation expects when everyone returns to work, nearly two- hundred people will be greeted with pink slips.
208 was the exact number.
But that figure may now be down to 188, because the company has apparently "pulled in some work".
G-E admits "the production workload situation is more serious than in years past" but emphasizes it "doesn't have an announcement to make at this time", and it continues to meet with union leaders.
The source notes if G-E does lay off, those affected may return by late June.
G-E confirms things should improve by then.
The employee in the know says the plant has been plagued by an "unbalanced load" of customer orders for the past few years...something G-E also confirms. ))
Live=Len Full/Newsroom


G-E can't stress enough that it doesn't have an announcement to make at this time.
Union leaders weren't available for comment.
Without the current shutdown, G-E officials said they would have had to lay off 100 people.
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Microwave




Chris-Gammon


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=tal
TAPE#96-98
GRAPHIC=Christopher Gammon


"I loved my dad, but he put me through hell."
The words of a Carroll County teenager who admittedly shot his father and stepmother and is asking a judge for leniency.
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SUPER=03-Carroll Co./File Tape;


18 year- old Chris Gammon was 16 at the time of the offense. During tearful testimony today, he said his father beat him and sexually abused him for most of his life.
He says he and his older half- brother Willie Gammon decided to pack their bags and leave their dad's home, but their efforts to hot- wire a car failed.
Chris says Willie then pulled a gun and said they'd have to kill Gary and Rebecca Gammon when the couple returned home.
Chris says he didn't want to but was afraid Willie would shoot him.
Their father died at the scene. Rebecca Gammon is still in a wheelchair from her injuries.
Both brothers pled guilty.
Their sentencing hearing continues tomorrow.
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VMI


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=equ
TAPE#96-109
GRAPHIC=The Citadel


Two of The Citadel's four female cadets announced they would NOT be returning for the spring semester at the South Carolina school.
That's after they alleged incidents of hazing and assault.
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SUPER=03-Richmond;


Would the same thing be tolerated at Virginia Military Institute this fall?
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SOT 12:44:58
IN Q=Oh absolutely

((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: OH ABSOLUTELY NOT. I WON'T TOLERATE IT AS GOVERNOR. THE BOARD OF VISITORS WILL NOT TOLERATE IT. THE ADMINISTRATION AT VMI WON'T TOLERATE IT. AND MORE IMPORTANTLY THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA WON'T TOLERATE IT. THAT'S WHY I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANYTHING ANALOGOUS TO WHAT HAPPENED AT THE CITADEL.))
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The Governor says VMI has taken the slow approach to co-education to help ensure that it has the best chance for success.
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L'burg-Shooting


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#96-99
GRAPHIC=Shooting


Lynchburg police are still searching for two suspects who shot and robbed a man late last night.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Last Night;


18- year- old Steven Spinner told police he was approached by two men on Jackson Street who demanded money.
Spinner refused and had turned around to walk away when he was shot once in the back with a small caliber weapon.
The robbers got away with a small amount of money.
Spinner is listed in serious condition at Lynchburg General Hospital.
No arrests have been made.
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Schools


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=sly
TAPE#None
GRAPHIC=School Information


We have a few school announcements to pass along to you tonight. Take Schoolwatch Fullscreen
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ANCHOR=Keith
SS=NONE


Still to come on News 7 at 6-- Tomorrow is Election Day in some parts of Southwest Virginia--we'll explain--
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and a popular summertime festival is getting a major facelift..
Lynchburg's Festival by the James will now be known as the FAIR by the James...and will expand from a one- day event to FIVE days over the Memorial Day weekend.
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Budget-Hearing


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=equ
TAPE#96-108
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal


There is never a shortage of demands on the state budget -- even if less than one percent of the state budget's up for grabs.
Ellen Qualls has the last public input.
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SUPER=01-Cheri James/Va. Education Assoc.; :14
SUPER=01-John Moore/Higher Ed. Supporter; :38
SUPER=@Marye; :48
SUPER=01-Judy Mason/Va. Council on Poverty; 1:00
SUPER=@Ellen1; 1:12
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OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.


(( They prayed for guidance.
sot 12:02:07 earl tape

((REV. CLAUDE DYKES/ROANOKE'S FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH: GRANT THAT THEY MAY BE WISE AS A SERPENT AND HARMLESS AS A DOVE.))
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They'll need it.
Virginia teachers' salaries started the decade 423 dollars behind national average.
sot 04:34:16 BUDGET TWO

((CHERI JAMES/VA. EDUCATION ASSOC.: TODAY WE'RE MORE THAN THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS BELOW THE NATIONAL AVERAGE. THE REVERSAL OF A DECADE'S PROGRESS TOWARD REACHING THE NATIONAL AVERAGE SALARY FOR VIRGINIA TEACHERS IS A STRONG DETERRENT TO ATTRACTING ACADEMICALLY STRONG, QUALIFIED PERSONS.))
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College presidents want the other half of the 400 million dollars Democrats promised last year.
Governor Allen has budgeted only 116- thousand more.
sot BUDGET TWO 04:30:28

((JOHN MOORE/HIGHER ED. SUPPORTER: THE CHOICE TO FUND HIGHER EDUCATION IS ALWAYS THE DECISION THAT HAS A PAYBACK. AND EDUCATION IN GENERAL IS THE ONLY GIFT THAT HAS THE POWER TO MAKE US ALL EQUAL.))
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sot 04:18:49

((SEN. MADISON MARYE: I FOR ONE SENATOR WOULD VOTE FOR A TAX INCREASE IF IT WAS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO DO SO.))
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Then there's social services.
SOT 04:24:35

((JUDY MASON/VA. COUNCIL ON POVERTY: THE AVERAGE COMMUNITY ACTION STAFF PERSON MAKES LESS THAN 13- THOUSAND A YEAR...MEET THE INCOME QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES THEY PROVIDE.))
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((ONE MAJOR FIGHT HAS BEEN SET ASIDE: LAG PAY FOR STATE WORKERS. THE GOVERNOR AND ASSEMBLY LEADERS HAVE AGREED TO SWEETEN THE GOVERNOR'S DEAL BY ABOUT 21- MILLION DOLLARS, KEEP 24 PAYCHECKS A YEAR, AND ONLY MOVE PAY DAY SIX DAYS BACK STARTING IN JULY.))
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That and the Governor's change of heart on Goals 2000 have cleared the decks for new fights lawmakers have yet to pick.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))

James-Festival


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#96-105
GRAPHIC=None


This Memorial Day weekend, central Virginia residents will get a taste of what the State Fair of Virginia has to offer without having to make a trip to Richmond.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-File Tape;


Lynchburg's long- running Festival by the James will be replaced by a FIVE- day event known as the "FAIR by the James".
The regional fair will bring the same kind of agricultural events, displays and entertainment to the city's riverfront.
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SOT 3:29:21//3:44:50
IN Q=To some degree

((OTIS BROWN/ATLANTIC RURAL EXPOSITION: TO SOME DEGREE THIS COMMUNITY CAN DEVELOP A PROTOTYPE. I THINK WE'LL LEARN A GREAT DEAL HERE OF THINGS TO DO AND THING NOT TO DO.)) ((DR. JOSEPH FREEMAN/LYNCH'S FERRY AUTHORITY: REVITALIZATION.. VITALIZATION MEANS HAVING LIFE THERE, A LOT OF PEOPLE WALKING AROUND FOR FIVE DAYS BY THE THOUSAND IS GREAT REVITALIZATION.))
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SUPER=01-Dr. Joseph Freeman/Lynch's Ferry Authority; :13
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OUT Q=is great revitalization.
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The annual bateaux festival, which has long been a feature of the Festival by the James, will now be held separately, two weeks AFTER the regional fair.
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Danville-Police


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=THa
TAPE#96-104
GRAPHIC=None


The Danville Historical Society is committed to preserving the past as well as the future.
If you need proof, consider the fact the society has donated part of its new headquarters to the Danville Police Department.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
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IN Q=The Danville
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SUPER=01-Larry Adkins/Training Coordinator; :25
SUPER=01-Silas Crews/Danville Police Officer; :44 SUPER QUICK!!!!
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SUPER=01-Neal Morris/Danville Police Chief; 1:00
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OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7, Danville.

(( The Danville Historical Society's decision to purchase the historic Redman building on North Main Street is having a community- wide impact. nat sound
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The organization recently donated part of the building for use as a police training academy.
Right now, 38- recruits from Danville and surrounding areas are enrolled in school.
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((LARRY ADKINS/TRAINING COORDINATOR:THE REASON WE'RE IN DANVILLE WITH THE ACADEMY IS THAT DANVILLE GOT A GRANT FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO HIRE 19- OFFICERS AND THEN I THINK THEY HAD SOME VACANCIES TO FILL SO THEY HIRED A TOTAL OF 24 OFFICERS. ))
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((RICHARD THOMAS/DANVILLE POLICE OFFICER: ))
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Local residents will also benefit from the historical society's generosity. end su
The Danville police department recently established a community policing precinct within the building.
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((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF:WE'RE TICKLED TO DEATH TO HAVE THAT BUILDING FOR AN OFFICE, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE AREA ARE CERTAINLY GOING TO RECEIVE BENEFITS FRO IT AND WE WANT TO HAVE COMMUNITY EVENTS THERE THAT PEOPLE WHO COME IN FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND MEET WITH THE POLICE OFFICERS AND THE INTERACTION I THINK IN THE LONG RUN WILL PAY BIG DIVIDENDS FOR ALL OF US. ))
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Although the precinct is just getting off the ground, Morris says he's already receiving positive feedback from the community. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))

Stocks


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=tbr
TAPE#=None
GRAPHIC=NONE

The stock market finished higher today, setting more records. The Dow gained five points, closing at 67 hundred nine. NASDAQ lost a point.
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Day-Plaster


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=eea
TAPE#96-97
GRAPHIC=None


The election to replace the man who replaced Virgil Goode will take place tomorrow in the tenth district.
And as Eric Earnhart reports, the two men fighting for they job are also out to prove there can still be honor in politics.
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SOT
IN Q=It's a race
SUPER=03-Stuart; :00
SUPER=01-Barnie Day/(D)Candidate For Delegate; :20
SUPER=01-Phil Plaster/(R)Candidate For Delegate; :32
SUPER=@Eric1; 1:18
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OUT Q=EE, News 7


(( It's a race between two men who seem more suited to be running-mates, than opponents.
Phil Plaster is the republican, and Barnie Day describes himself as an ultra conservative Democrat.
One of the few issues that separated the two, Governor Allen's refusal of federal Goals 2000 money, now a rather moot point.

SOT 3:03:37
IN Q=Certainly education

(( BARNIE DAY/(D)CANDIDATE FOR DELEGATE; CERTAINLY EDUCATION HAS BEEN THE TOP ISSUE, I'M TERRIBLY RELIEVED TO SEE THE GOVERNOR REVERSE HIS STAND ON THE GOALS 2000 ISSUE, THAT WILL PUT ANOTHER HALF A MILLION DOLLARS OUT HERE INTO SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA FOR OUR COMMUNITY'S SCHOOLS. ))
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SOT 4:51:45
IN Q=he held out

((PHIL PLASTER/(R)CANDIDATE FOR DELEGATE; HE HELD OUT TO A PRINCIPLE, AND WE GOT THE MONEY, SO WE ALL WIN, EVERYBODY WINS ON THIS.))
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The two are so close, Day actually gave Plaster a campaign contribution and glowing endorsement in the Martinsville paper when Plaster ran against Roscoe Reynolds in 1995 saying preprod
"we don't always agree on every issue-but I have never once doubted that he was anything but straight-up honest and sincere in his beliefs."

SOT 3:04:51
IN Q=I endorsed him out of

((BARNIE DAY/(D)CANDIDATE FOR DELEGATE; I ENDORSED HIM OUT OF A SENSE OF PERSONAL FRIENDSHIP AND LOYALTY, WE HAVE A TENDENCY TO PUT THAT ABOVE PARTISAN POLITICS OUT HERE. ))
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AND PLASTER HAS REFUSED TO USE THAT ENDORSEMENT AGAINST DAY IN THIS CAMPAIGN.

SOT 4:40:15
IN Q=Barnie did

((PHIL PLASTER/(R)CANDIDATE FOR DELEGATE; BARNIE DID A LOT OF WORK FOR US IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS AND I APPRECIATE THAT AND I WON'T SAY ANYTHING NEGATIVE ABOUT IT. ))
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standup 5:04:43
Both men have remained good friends throughout the campaign, and they say they'll stay that way, no matter who comes out on top.
In Stuart, Eric Earnhart, New 7.))

Sports Tease


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#sports tease
GRAPHIC=NONE


Coming up tonight in sports, Bobby Ross takes over the Lions, while his alma mater also names its latest head football coach.
We'll hear what Packers head coach Mike Holmgren fears most about the Super Bowl.
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Plus, we'll check in with Darrell Waltrip who is set to begin his 25th year in NASCAR Winston Cup racing.
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S-Cain


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=FB96-3
GRAPHIC=VMI football


A new era began today for VMI football
SS=Ted Cain


as Ted Cain was introduced as the new head coach. Steve Mason has more.
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SUPER=01-Ted Cain/New VMI Football Coach; :09
SUPER=01-Davis Babb/VMI Athletic Director; :42
SUPER=03-Raleigh, NC; :50
SUPER=01-Maj. Gen. Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent; 1:08
SUPER=01-Jabarr Bean/VMI Junior Tailback; 1:17
SUPER=@Steve1; 1:25
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OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
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((VMI unveiled Ted Cain in the Marshall Library, quite appropriate, considering he's one of the country's top offensive scholars. ((:))
VMI worked hard fora month to find what the school feels is a nice fit. Cain has succeeded as a bigtime college assistant but his military background was also attractive to VMI. ((DAVIS BABB:))
He comes to VMI from his N.C. State 11 year offensive coordinator's position. 7 of the Wolfpacks'top passing yardage seasons came under his guidance, making him even more of a welcome addition to a a team that had only 5 touchdown passes this past season. ((JOSIAH BUNTING:)) ((JABARR BEAN/SENIOR TAILBACK:)) ((STEVE MASON:)) ((CAIN:))
cain keeps the entire VMI assistant coaching staff and adds two restricted earnings coaches. In Lexington, Steve Mason, News 7 sports.
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S-Ross


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S6-24
GRAPHIC=DETROIT LIONS


VMI had hoped Bobby Ross would come back to his roots and take over the Keydets, but Bobby
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SUPER=03-Pontiac, MI; :00


formally accepted the Detroit Lions head coaching position today in Pontiac.
He says although the Lions struggled this year, they have two of the best offensive players in the league.
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IN Q="You've got...

((BOBBY ROSS/NEW DETROIT LIONS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bobby Ross/New Detroit Lions Head Coach; :00
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OUT Q=...QUITE WELL."
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SUPER=03-Charlottesville/1990;


Herman did have game that day, but Ross failed to mention that his Georgia Tech not only won the game, but knocked UVa out of the number one spot in the nation.
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S-Packers


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S6-22
GRAPHIC=PACKERS


Fresh off their win over the Panthers, the Green Bay Packers have been tabbed early 14 point favorites to beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 31.
And at this point head coach Mike Holmgren is more worried about his players spouses than he New England.
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IN Q="You know it's

((MIKE HOLMGREN/PACKERS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Mike Holmgren/Packers Head Coach; :00
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OUT Q=...MAD AT ME."
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S-Waltrip


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#R-35
GRAPHIC=NONE


The 1997 NASCAR media tour wrapped up over the weekend, but in the next few weeks, we'll have plenty more Winston Cup racing news for you as the countdown to Daytona continues.
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SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :00


Tonight I want to give you a look at Darrell Waltrip's Western Auto-Parts America Chevrolet that is not just silver, but chrome!
The paint job commemorates Darrell's 25th year in Winston Cup racing, but it isn't an indication that he's ready to quit.
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SOT
IN Q="In a couple of...

((DARRELL WALTRIP/25TH YEAR IN WINSTON CUP:))
SUPER=01-Darrell Waltrip/25th Year In Winston Cup; :00
RUNS=:22
OUT Q=...COUNT IT OUT."
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Besides driving the chrome car, Waltrip's car will feature several throwback paint schemes, commemorating his success in the Gatorade, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Budweiser and Tide cars.
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IN Q="There will be...

((DARRELL WALTRIP:))
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OUT Q=...GATORADE PAINT JOB."
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