Swaim selects driver \ The man selected to carry the colors of Swaim Racing Enterprises colors in 1991 is Troy Beebe, a native Californian.

Beebe, 29, will drive the Swaim-prepared Chevrolet Lumina in all 31 Grand National events. It all kicks off with the 300-mile Busch race at Daytona Saturday.Beebe comes well recommended. He won 15 races in five seasons on the NASCAR Southwest Tour, finishing third in the 1986 points race and second in 1988. Also, he has competed in four Winston Cup events.

Beebe started his stock car career in 1984 at Stockton (Calif.) Speedway, where he was named rookie of the year. He won the track championship the following year.

His first try at Winston Cup racing came at the Sears Point road track in 1989. He also has had experience at Pocono, Mich., and Phoenix tracks.

``Troy's success in the competitive Southwest Tour series is indicative of the talent he brings to Grand National Racing,' says team owner Mike Swaim.

``He's developed a taste for winning races and that's the type of attitude we feel is important on our team.'

As is the case with many racers, Beebe is a second-generation driver. His father, Allen, a leading franchisee in the Taco Bell restaurant chain, was a noted sprint car and super modified driver on the West Coast. Taco Bell will provide sponsorship for his Grand National ride.

- AL THOMY

See Hornets play \ The High Point Parks and Recreation Department still has a few remaining seats on its March 12 trip to see the NBA's Charlotte Hornets play the Washington Bullets in Charlotte.

Cost of the trip is $25 per person which includes transportation and admission to the game. The group will leave High Point via charter bus at 5:30 p.m. and return after the game at around 11 p.m.

For more information, call 883-3483 or 883-3469.

Basketball classic \ Team registrations for the 10th annual Leonard Street Men's Basketball Classic are now being accepted by the High Point Parks and Recreation Department. The Classic will be held March 11-15 at the Leonard Street Recreation Center.

The Classic is a single-elimination tournament consisting of three divisions. Division A teams may have former college, semi-professional and high school players. Division B teams may have high school and recreational players with a maximum of two former collegiate players who have been out of college for at least five years. Division C teams may have recreational and high school players, but no former collegiate players.

Registration, $75 per team, may be made by paying the fee at the Leonard Street Recreation Center.

For more information, call the Leonard Street Center at (919) 883-3506 or the High Point Parks and Recreation Department at (919) 883-3469.

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