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    Since 1979, more than 13 000 men and women have competed in the Dakar.

    In 2007: 39% are "rookies" on motorcycles - 27 women will start the rally - 70 % of the competitors are not French

    * 245 competitors at the start in the motorcycle category
    * 185 in cars
    * 85 in trucks

    Last year, 45% of the competitors in motorcycle, 39% in cars, and 48% in trucks have arrived in Dakar.
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    A sad loss for the NASCAR community.

    Hamilton, 49, dies after battle with neck cancer
    By Ryan Smithson, NASCAR.COM
    January 7, 2007
    09:35 PM EST (02:35 GMT)


    Bobby Hamilton, the 2004 Craftsman Truck Series champion and a four-time winner in the Cup Series, died Sunday. He was 49.

    Hamilton, a native of Nashville, had been battling cancer for nearly a year. He announced in March 2006 that he was undergoing treatment for neck cancer. He immediately turned over his driving duties in the Craftsman Truck Series to his son, Bobby Hamilton Jr.

    Liz Allison, a family friend who co-hosted a radio show with Hamilton, said he was at home with his family when he died.

    Jim Hunter, NASCAR's vice president for communications, saw first-hand the unlikely procession of Hamilton's career from Nashville short track champion to multiple winner in NASCAR's top series.

    "He meant an awful lot. He was old school and one of those guys that did it his way," Hunter said. "He was very popular in the garage area and in the industry because he worked real hard. He didn't believe anyone was owed anything."

    Hunter said the news hit the sanctioning body especially hard.

    "It came as a real shock. We knew [the cancer] was serious, and we knew he was fighting it, but you just never know these things," Hunter said. "He will be missed. He was a tough, tough guy."

    Truck Series driver Brendan Gaughan recalled a day last fall when Hamilton took him aside and asked him to drive for his team.

    "It floored me," said Gaughan, who eventually decided to turn down the offer. "He asked me to drive for his team, and it was quite an honor. That day will always sit in my head.

    "He was a great driver and a great owner. My heart goes out to the BHR organization."

    Hamilton was diagnosed with head and neck cancer in February after a malignant growth was found when swelling from dental surgery did not go down.

    He raced in the season's first three events, with a best finish of 14th at Atlanta Motor Speedway, before turning over the wheel to his son.

    "I love what I do; I love this business," Hamilton said when he disclosed that he had cancer. "NASCAR has been good to me, and I just don't feel comfortable when I am not around it."

    Hamilton quit driving in the Cup Series after the 2002 season to focus on his thriving Craftsman Truck Series team. He went on to win the Truck Series title in '04.

    "It is a terrible loss to us," said Larry McClure, Hamilton's team owner from 1998-2000. "I will miss him. I always thought of him as my friend."

    McClure said he had talked to Hamilton just a few weeks ago.

    "I asked him how he was dong and he said, 'Pretty good,' " McClure said. "Just amazing how it can turn like that."

    Jeff Purvis, a fellow Tennessean and a close friend of Hamilton's, was shocked at the news of Hamilton's death. A longtime Busch Series regular whose career was curtailed by a 2002 crash, Purvis visited with Ken Schrader on Friday and they had discussed Hamilton's progress.

    "We went to lunch and talked about Bobby," Purvis said. "[Schrader] had just left Bobby's shop and came from there to my house.

    "[Hamilton] was kind of what racing was supposed to be about. He was a racer's racer. You could talk to him about chassis. He understood racing and the racecars, the event. He really understood racing itself."

    Though he made his Cup debut in 1989 -- a one-race deal at Phoenix on Nov. 5 -- Hamilton probably is best known for the unusual way he broke into NASCAR's top series. He served as a stunt driver for the 1990 movie Days of Thunder, performing so well that he was soon hired to run the Cup Series full-time. He went on become rookie of the year in 1991.

    His big break, however, came in 1995 when Hamilton was hired to drive the No. 43 of Petty Enterprises. He resurrected the ailing team with 10 top-10 finishes in 1995, and in '96, he won at Phoenix, which helped him finish a career-best ninth in points.

    After winning at Rockingham in 1997, Hamilton moved to Morgan-McClure Motorsports for the 1998-2000 seasons. His only win during that time came in '98 at Martinsville.

    "He was a good driver and a good businessman," McClure said. "We spent three years with him and it was great. He got us our last win. It was probably the last time the team was competitive, and he kept getting better and better."

    Hamilton wrapped up his Cup career with a two-year stint driving for Andy Petree. Hamilton won at Talladega in 2001 -- a thrilling race that went green the entire way -- for Petree's first victory as a car owner, and Petree celebrated by diving across the hood as Hamilton drove into Victory Lane.

    "He definitely raced hard," Gaughan said of Hamilton. "I remember that race when he won at Talladega when everyone was falling out of the seat [from the oppressive heat]. That was a testament to how tough he was."

    Allison, the widow of former NASCAR star Davey Allison, said, "The thing I loved about Bobby Sr. so much is that he treated everybody the same. It didn't matter if you were one of the drivers he competed against or a fan he'd never laid eyes on before.

    "He didn't have a pretentious bone in his body. I think that's why people were drawn to him. He was just very real and had a way of relating to everyone."

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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    What a shock. I thought he was getting better.

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    Very sad. I hope Benny Parsons will be ok.
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    Daytona Testing Day 1

    DAY 1- Jan 8, 2007 AM Speeds
    rank car# driver manu time speed laps run
    1 96 Tony Raines Chevy 48.920 183.974 11
    2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 48.948 183.869 14
    3 22 Dave Blaney Toyota 48.978 183.756 29
    4 26A Jamie McMurray Ford 48.992 183.703 14
    5 20B Mike McLaughlin Chevy 48.993 183.700 9
    6 66H Jeff Green Chevy 48.993 183.700 12
    7 88A Ricky Rudd Ford 49.057 183.460 8
    8 20 Mike McLaughlin Chevy 49.060 183.449 12
    9 16A Greg Biffle Ford 49.116 183.240 15
    10 8A Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 49.128 183.195 24
    11 22A Dave Blaney Toyota 49.239 182.782 17
    12 25A Casey Mears Chevy 49.262 182.697 17
    13 60B Boris Said Ford 49.276 182.645 8
    14 44B Dale Jarrett Toyota 49.284 182.615 20
    15 88B Ricky Rudd Ford 49.336 182.423 6
    16 60A Boris Said Ford 49.340 182.408 17
    17 14 Sterling Marlin Chevy 49.342 182.400 17
    18 41X Reed Sorenson Dodge 49.392 182.216 17
    19 14X Sterling Marlin Chevy 49.397 182.197 17
    20 7A P.J. Jones Ford 49.298 182.194 8
    21 96A Tony Raines Chevy 49.405 182.168 8
    22 16B Greg Biffle Ford 49.409 182.153 6
    23 8B Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 49.410 182.149 3
    24 66 Jeff Green Chevy 49.419 182.116 16
    25 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 49.420 182.113 8
    26 10B Scott Riggs Dodge 49.483 181.881 12
    27 13B Joe Nemechek Chevy 49.514 181.767 8
    28 43B Bobby Labonte Dodge 49.535 181.690 9
    29 26B Jamie McMurray Ford 49.536 181.686 8
    30 13B Joe Nemechek Chevy 49.544 181.657 14
    31 10A Scott Riggs Dodge 49.599 181.455 12
    32 1A Martin Truex Jr. Chevy 49.612 181.408 18
    33 1B Martin Truex Jr. Chevy 49.642 181.298 9
    34 83B Brian Vickers Toyota 49.688 181.130 2
    35 9A Kasey Kahne Dodge 49.701 181.083 12
    36 37 Bill Elliott Dodge 49.704 181.072 8
    37 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge 49.750 180.905 5
    38 33A Scott Wimmer Chevy 49.755 180.886 18
    39 07 P.J. Jones Ford 49.789 180.763 5
    40 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge 49.790 180.759 15
    41 83 Brian Vickers Toyota 49.808 180.694 5
    42 04 Eric McClure Chevy 49.846 180.556 18
    43 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 49.864 180.491 9
    44 25 Casey Mears Chevy 49.882 180.426 5
    45 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota 49.887 180.408 7
    46 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 50.033 179.881 5
    47 9B Kasey Kahne Dodge 50.253 179.094 6

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    Robby Gordon took 1st in stage 6 today in the Dakar. The Hummer was able to make up great time on the flats in Africa. Lets hope the upcoming dunes don't kill it. Great shot of him tapping the bumper of a slower car like he was at daytona, on the Outdoor Channel today.
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    Benny Parsons Dies of Cancer at Age 65



    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?p...xIg&refer=home

    Parsons, Nascar Driver and Announcer, Dies of Cancer at Age 65

    By Gene Laverty

    Jan. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Benny Parsons, who won the Nascar stock-car racing championship in 1973 and more recently worked as a race broadcaster, died while being treated for lung cancer. He was 65.

    Parsons was in the intensive care unit of Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, since Dec. 26. His death today was confirmed by Nascar spokesman Ramsey Poston in a telephone interview.

    A North Carolina native, Parsons was diagnosed with lung cancer in July, a month before returning to his job with General Electric Co.'s NBC and Time Warner Inc.'s TNT. He remained with the networks until the last race of 2006.

    Parsons, the first driver to qualify a stock car at more than 200 miles (322 kilometers) an hour, started his Nascar career in 1970. He was the champion of the 1973 Winston Cup, as the sport's top series was then known, and won the Daytona 500 in 1975. He had 21 wins in 526 starts before he retired in 1988 with $3.9 million in career earnings.

    A resident of Charlotte, Parsons is survived by his wife, Terri; sons Kevin and Keith; and two granddaughters.

    To contact the reporter on this story: Gene Laverty in Calgary at glaverty@bloomberg.net .

    Last Updated: January 16, 2007 10:51 EST

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    That's a real shame about Benny. He'll be missed greatly in NASCAR nation.

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    Thats a real downer for the world of NASCAR. I remember when he ran his last race, he burned his car up in an accident at Pocono.
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    I wasn't into Nascar that much while he was still racing but it's that voice in the broadcast booth that I'm going to really miss.
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