October 3, 1996 in Sports

Sports People

Compiled From Wire Services

Edwin “Banjo” Matthews, NASCAR’s most prolific chassis builder in the 1970s and 1980s, died in Hendersonville, N.C. He was 64. Matthews’ health had been failing for two years. … Daymond Forney, 21, a Fresno State basketball recruit who already is charged with felony battery, was arrested for investigation of hit-and-run, drunken driving and obstructing a police officer in a separate incident in Fresno, Calif. Forney was cited after a pickup crashed through a fence last weekend. Police said he gave officers a false name. … Bobby Labonte, continuing a late-season surge to give car owner Joe Gibbs his first victory of 1996, captured the pole for the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Labonte guided a Chevrolet Monte Carlo to a fast lap of 184.068 mph to easily outpace defending Winston Cup champion Jeff Gordon for the top starting position in Sunday’s race.

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