Bristol Thursday Notes

Goody's Headache Powder 500 Thursday Notebook By Dave Rodman BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 20, 1998) Notes and quotes previewing the opening of the Goody's Headache Powder 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway: Food City, the supermarket chain...

Goody's Headache Powder 500 Thursday Notebook By Dave Rodman

BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 20, 1998) Notes and quotes previewing the opening of the Goody's Headache Powder 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway:

Food City, the supermarket chain that has 79 stores located in Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee, announced Thursday that it had extended the sponsorship of Bristol Motor Speedway's spring NASCAR Winston Cup Series race, the Food City 500, through the year 2002. Food City began its sponsorship of the Bristol race in 1992.

In addition to numerous associate sponsorship deals with race teams, Food City also sponsors the Food City 250 NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division race that will be held Friday night at the .533-mile Bristol oval.

Dennis Setzer, who earlier this season was primarily team owner/driver Bill Elliott's designated test driver, has been named to drive the Elliott-Marino Racing No. 13 FirstPlus Financial Ford for the second straight race. Setzer, who made his NASCAR Winston Cup Series debut in an Elliott-owned Ford Thunderbird at Talladega Superspeedway with a top-20 finish, ran the car in the Pepsi 400 presented by DeVilbiss at Michigan Speedway and finished 35th after starting 28th.

Former NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year Ken Bouchard is scheduled to make a return to the series in the Goody's 500 driving a Ford Taurus owned by Thee and Frances Dixon. Bouchard has made limited outings in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series this season and has also been keeping busy working with the Richard Petty Driving Experience at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Johnny Benson was scheduled to unveil a new paint scheme for his No. 26 Cheerios Ford at a "Food City Family Race Night" celebration in downtown Bristol, Va. -- the "twin city" to Bristol, Tenn. The car will debut on the track on Friday in NASCAR Winston Cup practice, along with a remake of the "Elvis Presley" paint scheme that Rusty Wallace first ran at Las Vegas earlier this season.

Two Greeneville, Tenn., transportation companies have signed a multi-year deal with Morgan-McClure Motorsports as associate sponsors for the No. 4 Kodak Max Film Chevrolets driven by Bobby Hamilton. Landair Transport, Inc., a high service level truckload carrier; and Forward Air Corporation, a high service level contractor to the air cargo industry, are both "ecstatic" to join the NASCAR racing family, Scott Niswonger, chairman of both companies, said in making the announcement.

"The last time we announced a new sponsor, we won the race here," team owner Larry McClure said, to which Hamilton shot back, "Nothing like pressure, right?"

Forty-seven entries are scheduled to vie for 43 starting positions in the Goody's 500. Bud Pole Qualifying, to lock in the first 25 positions, is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. EDT on Friday.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Bobby Hamilton , Rusty Wallace , Johnny Benson , Dennis Setzer , Richard Petty