Henry's Loudon ramblings

Well, it looks like the Busch Clash could have a 30 car field <G>....Ken Schrader becomes the 11th qualifier for next February's Dash for Cash. This was Kenny's first pole since Pocono in June of 1995. 4 Pontiacs in the...

Well, it looks like the Busch Clash could have a 30 car field <G>....Ken Schrader becomes the 11th qualifier for next February's Dash for Cash. This was Kenny's first pole since Pocono in June of 1995.

4 Pontiacs in the top-10....what's happening here?

Chad Little ties his best starting spot in the '90s with a 4th place effort. The last time he started this far up was at Bristol in August of 1991, in his own Bulls Eye BBQ Sauce #19 Ford.

Kyle Petty broke a string of 4 dismal qualifying efforts in a row with his 7th place run. And, Jerry Nadeau has a career best of 9th....and we're not talking a very long career here (4 starts).

Put those 3 guys together with Bobby Hamilton's outside pole run (this _is_ a flat track), and that Wooden Indian must be smiling tonight.

Steve Grissom had a solid run to put him in 6th...he's had to use provisionals to make the last 2 events.

At the other end of the spectrum, Jeff Gordon is guaranteed his worst starting position since 1994!!! He hasn't been outside of the Top-25 to start a race since that May Day in Talladega.

STREAKIN....Dale Jarrett has started in the Top-10 in 14 of the 16 races this season.

With lack of sponsorship and other reasons taking it's toll, we've only got a 43-car count this weekend (the 91 Spam Can is MIA). Unless something untoward happens (like a much faster track for 2nd round qualifying), we look like a 42 car field this week. There'll only be one car that'll have to pack it in early, and the best candidates for that dubious honor appear to be either Billy standridge (been a quick week, huh? <G>), or Randy MacDonald. Neither of those teams have a provisional available to them. With this in mind, I'd be surprised to see many teams even attempt 2nd round tomorrow. But, if both the #78 & the #79 make the field, that could make either Morgan Shephard or Dave Marcis' position tenuous at best.

Although this is only the fifth year of this event, we managed to get all 3 brands a win in the first 3 races. The 4 former winners are Rusty Wallace (93-Pontiac), Ricky Rudd (94-Ford), Jeff Gordon (95-Chevy), and Ernie Irvan (96-Ford).

Although this is a fairly new track as far as WC is concerned, it's always given me some weird vibes. It was the sight of Davey Allison's last race, but it was also the sight of Ernie Irvan's first victory in the #28 after his near-fatal accident. This weekend has gotta be something totally different for the RYR crew (lame-duck driver), and this Sunday is the 4th Anniversary of Davey's death. How can a place so far removed from Hueytown hold so many Allison references?

This is the first of two events this season at NHIS....we'll be back in September. If they can figure out how to get more people in and out of this place (if they can do that, they oughta bottle it <G>), they wanna add more seats. The tidal wave of popularity that NASCAR is riding continues.....

Henry Dubret (henry@nascarfans.com

NASCAR Fans Website http://www.nascarfans.com

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Bobby Hamilton , Ernie Irvan , Dale Jarrett , Rusty Wallace , Kyle Petty , Jerry Nadeau , Chad Little , Dave Marcis , Steve Grissom , Davey Allison