No one is conceding Hall site

By wire services
Published March 3, 2006

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Atlanta and Daytona Beach still feel good about their chances to land NASCAR's Hall of Fame, even though a report from Charlotte says the city has locked up a deal to build the shrine.

"We've heard rumors in the past. Almost three weeks ago we got calls from all over that Atlanta was getting the nod and that proved to be not true. Two weeks later we're hearing Charlotte got the nod. Maybe two weeks from now the rumor will be Daytona," said George Mirabal, the local official in Daytona Beach working to bring the Hall of Fame to NASCAR's birthplace.

The Charlotte Observer reported Wednesday Charlotte had won the race for the stock car racing museum and an official announcement was expected Monday. The paper reported that final logistics still must be worked out but "it's going to happen."

The Associated Press reported later Wednesday that although Charlotte is the leading candidate, the deal isn't complete and talks were ongoing.

HORSE INJURES DRIVER: Second-year Busch series driver Michel Jourdain Jr., 29, injured his left leg Tuesday while attempting to pose for a picture on horseback for the Mexican sports tabloid Record. Other Mexican drivers also climbed into saddles for the photo, part of the run-up to Sunday's Busch series Telcel-Motorola 200 at Mexico City's Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez road course. Andy O'Hara, director of sponsor relations at Jourdain's ppc Racing, said: "Michel is fine from the incident and will drive." He did not provide further specifics on the injury.