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Million-man march leads with Jarrett

Look for Dale Jarrett to pull out all the stops at Darlington in September. He'll be going for the Winston Million bonus, a prize that will outweigh any thoughts of playing it safe to achieve precious series points.

"How many chances do you get in a lifetime for an opportunity at winning a million dollars?" said Jarrett, who has been in the hunt for the series points lead all season. "It will be a tough call, but I think we've got to go and try to win this race."

The hype for the million-dollar chase has begun. Darlington officials had Jarrett in town last week to promote the race. Part of the hoopla included Jarrett popping out of an armored car holding bags of phony money.

HILL'S BIG HEART: NHRA Top Fuel driver Eddie Hill will donate $500 to charity in the name of the winning driver and owner of each Top Fuel and Funny Car race for the rest of the season.

The donations begin today with the Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals in Denver.

DID YOU KNOW?: While Jimmy Vasser leads the IndyCar World Series standings, his teammate, Alex Zanardi, has led the most laps with 389. Next is Paul Tracy with 214.

PUNT OR PASS?: Apparently the key to Talladega Superspeedway moving its July race to October is a date that won't conflict with a big college football game.

"If we lose 10,000 seats on Saturday at $35 a head because of college football and pick up 10,000 seats on Sunday at $60 a head because it's cooler, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out we'd come out better in that deal," Talladega spokesman Jim Freeman said.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: IndyCar driver Michael Andretti, talking about the death of fellow driver Jeff Krosnoff last weekend in Toronto: "Even when you feel your heart has dropped to the bottom of your stomach, the sun comes up and the game goes on. That's what's so difficult to accept."

LOCAL BOYS MAKE GOOD: Tampa's Massari-Muller Racing had a good showing last weekend at the IMSA Toyo Endurance Championship series race in Sonoma, Calif.

Drivers Scooter Gabel of Tampa and Terry Borcheller of Crystal River finished second in the three-hour race after qualifying 16th. They led during the late stages until the sway bar broke on their Mustang Cobra.

The team plans to compete in the IMSA race in Dallas next month.

OLYMPIC HONOR: Ken Schrader's team is getting into the Olympic spirit.

Starting with today's race in Pocono, Schrader's car will carry the number of medals won by U.S. athletes during the Atlanta Games. At each race, the totals will be updated.

FOREIGN VISITORS: Four Asian drivers were in America last week getting some stock car racing experience in preparation for the Winston Cup exhibition race in Japan in the fall.

The drivers tested at Charlotte Motor Speedway to get a feel for oval racing, then went to Watkins Glen for some road-course work.

The NASCAR Suzuka Thunder Special 100 is scheduled for Nov. 24 at Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka City.

STAT OF THE DAY: Dale Earnhardt makes his 500th consecutive start today at Pocono. Only Richard Petty (513 straight) and Terry Labonte (522) have more consecutive Winston Cup starts.

_ Information from other news organizations was used in this report; Darrell Fry's e-mail address is frysptimes.com.

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