BUSCH: Charlotte Friday Notes

Charlotte Friday notebook By Shawn A. Akers CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 2, 1998) Notes and quotes Friday from both the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and the NASCAR Busch Series from Charlotte Motor Speedway: NASCAR senior vice president Brian...

Charlotte Friday notebook By Shawn A. Akers

CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 2, 1998) Notes and quotes Friday from both the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and the NASCAR Busch Series from Charlotte Motor Speedway:

NASCAR senior vice president Brian France and seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion Richard Petty will present a $50,000 donation, on behalf of NASCAR, to Farm Aid on Saturday night at the New World Amphitheater in Tinley Park, Ill., just outside of Chicago.

France and Petty will present the check to Willie Nelson live during the broadcast at approximately 9 p.m. EDT. The concert will be televised live on Country Music Television (CMT) from 6 p.m. to midnight EDT.

Since 1985, Farm Aid has staged 10 benefit concerts and granted more than $14 million to more than 100 farm organizations, churches and service agencies in 44 states.

There's just something about Charlotte Motor Speedway that doesn't quite agree with Andy Santerre. The rookie driver of the No. 47 Monro Muffler and Brake Chevrolet missed qualifying for only the second time this season on Friday -- both at Charlotte -- when he was involved in a crash on the sixth lap of the All Pro Bumper to Bumper Challenge Race.

He also missed making the field for the May CarQuest Auto Parts 300 after having troubles in that event's "challenge race." Santerre is the leading Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate in the NASCAR Busch Series with five races remaining this season with 1,636 points.

Santerre's closest competition for that award, both Wayne Grubb and Kevin Grubb, also failed to make the field for Saturday's race through Friday's challenge race.

Two crashes occurred in Friday morning's two-hour NASCAR Busch Series practice session. Kerry Earnhardt, driver of the No. 04 ChannelLock Chevrolet, and Hank Parker Jr., driver of the No. 53 B.A.S.S. Chevrolet, both crashed in separate incidents.

Earnhardt was forced to go to a backup car for the All Pro Bumper to Bumper Challenge race on Friday afternoon, but crashed again and didn't make the field for Saturday's race. The damage was heavy enough to Parker's car that he wasn't able to make the field for the challenge race.

TBS Superstation, which will air the NASCAR Winston Cup Series UAW-GM Quality 500 from Charlotte live beginning at 12:35 p.m. EDT Sunday, will rev up the weekend's coverage on Saturday with the NASCAR Busch Series All Pro Bumper to Bumper 300, scheduled to begin at 1:05 p.m. EDT.

The NASCAR Busch Series event will be followed by "NASCAR '98: Road to the Championship," a live 90-minute special featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes race coverage. The show includes live "Happy Hour" coverage of the final NASCAR Winston Cup Series practice, as well as updates on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series points leaders, driver and pit crew interviews and a tour of the garages.

"Darrell Waltrip's Racers," a motorsports-themed show produced by World Sports Enterprises, celebrated the airing of its 500th program on Friday. Hosted by three-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion Darrell Waltrip, the weekday program currently airs in 200 markets across the nation.

"I've loved the concept for 'Darrell Waltrip's Racers' since the first time we dicussed the show," said Waltrip, the winningest active driver in NASCAR Winston Cup Series competition with 84 victories. "Racing is a people sport and each person in the sport has a different story to tell. I'm proud we are able to bring those stories to fans around the country."

Angie Labbe, wife of Richard "Slugger" Labbe, crew chief for the No. 28 Texaco-Havoline Ford driven by rookie Kenny Irwin, gave birth earlier this week to the couple's second child. Kylie Marie Labbe was born Monday at University Hospital in Charlotte, weighing six pounds, seven ounces and measuring 20 inches in length.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Hank Parker Jr. , Kevin Grubb , Kerry Earnhardt , Richard Petty