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Friday, March 1
Childress nears 1,000th start
LAS VEGAS -- Robby Gordon's No. 31 Chevrolet will represent the 1,000th start for the Richard Childress Racing team when he takes the green flag Sunday in the UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400.
"It's hard to believe that we've competed in this many races, but I'm proud of the fact that we've been around this long and had the success we've had," Childress said.
More than half of the team's cup starts were made by the late Dale Earnhardt with 529. Childress added 188 of his own.
Looks like a million
Kenseth, Hamilton, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart and Jeff Burton started the evening at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino with 50 $1 million nonlegal chips each and played five hands to determine the winner.
On Sunday, they'll be going for legal tender in the UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400, where a victory would pay $1 million to both the driver and fan partner.
The drivers qualified for the big payoff by finishing 1-5 in the final No Bull event last season at Talladega.
Kenseth is paired with Loren Carpenter of Decatur, Ill.; Hamilton with Barry Moore of Gallant, Ala.; Earnhardt with Franklin Bell of Hamilton, Ohio,; Burton with Robin Littlefield of Medical Lake, Wash., and Stewart with Jair Gensollen of White Plains, N.Y.
Eyes on Hooters
Hooters controlling owner Robert H. Brooks said the Atlanta-based restaurant chain is applying for a number and a license for a team the company plans to field this season.
Hooters sponsored Alan Kulwicki during his championship season in 1992 and was his sponsor when Kulwicki and three others, including Brooks' son Mark, were killed in a 1993 plane crash near Bristol, Tenn.
Brooks said Hooters plans only a limited schedule this year and next.
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