Bickle in No. 98 while Sacks heals By Shawn A. Akers CONCORD, N.C. (April 27, 1998)
Greg Sacks' physical condition continues to improve with time, but he still isn't healthy enough to drive the No. 98 Thorn Apple Valley Ford in this weekend's California 500 presented by NAPA NASCAR Winston Cup race, Cale Yarborough Motorsports Team Manager Marlene Emery said Monday.
"He's fine, but he's still healing," Emery said of Sacks. "When you injure nerves like that, it takes a while to get better. You can only heal so fast. He won't be driving this weekend, but he's chomping at the bit to get back and he should be back soon."
Sacks is still recovering from injuries caused by a hard jolt during an accident in the Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 5. Sacks stretched nerves in his neck, and that condition has kept him from getting back behind the wheel of the No. 98 Taurus.
Sacks has been undergoing physical therapy at his residence in Florida to help speed up the healing process. He's been unable to attend the races he's missed since the accident.
Emery said the target date for Sacks' return to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series is the weekend of May 16, the date of The Winston all-star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Rich Bickle, who subbed for Sacks at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway last weekend, will drive the car once again at California Speedway in Fontana this weekend.
After that, the NASCAR Winston Cup Series has an off-weekend, allowing even more time for Sacks' injuries to heal.
Bickle, who hadn't run a NASCAR Winston Cup event in 1998 prior to Martinsville, failed to qualify the Cale Yarborough-owned car at Talladega, where 51 cars attempted to qualify for the DieHard 500.
"Rich didn't run all that badly, but with that many teams there, it makes it kinda ugly and someone has to go home," Emery said. "It was just unfortunate for us. That's just the way it is sometimes." Emery said Bickle is testing the No. 98 Ford at Concord (N.C.) Motorsport Park this week in an effort to prepare for the California 500.
Source: NASCAR Online