Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

BRIEFS Kenny Wallace Earns Spot in Bud Shootout

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

BRIEFS Kenny Wallace Earns Spot in Bud Shootout

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Winning the pole last weekend at Rockingham earned Kenny Wallace an invitation to next season's Budweiser Shootout all-star race at Daytona.

But it wasn't until Dale Earnhardt Inc. promised him a car to drive this week that his entry was secure.

Wallace has been substituting for Steve Park in the DEI-owned No. 1 Chevrolet since Park was injured in a wreck in the Grand National series race at Darlington last month.

SPRAGUE, RIGGS FINED -- NASCAR fined two Truck series drivers for their actions on pit road during last weekend's season finale at California Speedway.

Series champion Jack Sprague was fined $5,000 and driver Scott Riggs $2,500 for hitting each other while on pit road.

-- COLLEGE

DOLPHINS PAIR WIN SOCCER AWARDS -- Jacksonville University's Hamdy Bonin and Mike Miller were named the Atlantic Sun Men's Soccer Players of the Week.

Bonin, a sophomore forward from England, had three goals and an assist in an 8-0 win over Lipscomb University. Miller allowed one goal in two games, lowering his goals against average to 1.35.

-- OLYMPICS

OLYMPICS PROMISE ROCKING PARTY -- The Winter Olympics will showcase not only the world's best athletes but some of its best performers: Bon Jovi, 'N Sync and Christina Aguilera.

Singers Harry Connick Jr., Josh Groban and Charlotte Church also will make appearances at the closing ceremony on Feb. 24.

Organizers are keeping the Feb. 8 opening ceremony under wraps, but to promote ticket sales for the closing ceremony they announced some of the talent and said ticket prices would be slashed for end-zone seats in the Olympic stadium.

Closing ceremonies draw fewer Olympic spectators than the opening but are less formal and more fun.

SWIMMER SUSPENDED FOR FOUR YEARS, RETIRES -- World-ranked freestyle swimmer Michael Picotte, 29, has been suspended from competition for four years after refusing to take a drug test, the United States Anti-Doping Agency said yesterday. Picotte refused to take part in an out-of-competition test June 20, the agency said. …

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