August 14, 1997 in Sports

$5 Million Offered

Compiled From Wire Services

Speedway Motorsports Inc. said it would put up a $5 million purse if it was given a second Winston Cup Series date at the Texas Motor Speedway.

The race would be the highest-paying event in NASCAR history, surpassing the $4.9 million paid at the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway two weeks ago.

The 1998 Winston Cup schedule is expected to be released Labor Day weekend at Darlington, S.C.

In Pfafftown, N.C., memorial services were held Wednesday for Robert Joe “Bob” Welborn, a NASCAR pioneer who won the pole for the inaugural race at Daytona International Speedway in 1959. Welborn died Sunday at age 69.

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