Martinsville Spencer not Brother by Delay

Rainy days don't get Spencer down By Shawn A. Akers MARTINSVILLE, Va. (April 19, 1998) Rain and postponement of the Goody's Headache Powders 500 at Martinsville Speedway Sunday couldn't dampen the spirits of Jimmy Spencer. The driver of...

Rainy days don't get Spencer down By Shawn A. Akers

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (April 19, 1998) Rain and postponement of the Goody's Headache Powders 500 at Martinsville Speedway Sunday couldn't dampen the spirits of Jimmy Spencer.

The driver of the No. 23 Winston/No Bull Ford is on a roll these days, and he said he'll be ready to race Monday, April 20 when the engines fire up at 11 a.m. EDT at the .526-mile oval.

"I think the Winston car is in the best shape it's ever been for Martinsville," said Spencer, currently 11th in the standings. "Last night (Saturday) driving home, I was excited about coming back here today and getting the race in. You wanted to race, but now we have to wait another day.

"I don't think the weather's going to change anything very much, and I think our car is still going to run really well in the race. We were excited about things when we left here last night, so it's just a day later."

NASCAR officials made the postponement announcement at approximately 12:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday. It's the second straight race at Martinsville that's been moved back a day due to the weather.

Spencer will start Monday's 500-lap event from the outside of Row 13 -- the 26th position. He has three top-10 finishes in 1998, including a seventh-place effort at Texas Motor Speedway two weeks ago.

He's still trying to recover from a two-race slide at Atlanta and Darlington, where he finished 41st and 21st, respectively. Prior to that, Spencer had made his way up into the top-five in the standings. At this time last year, Spencer was 33rd in the points.

"This week is a big week for Team Winston because we feel like we've proven that we belong in the top 10 in points," Spencer said. "Now the challenge is to be consistent. If you can run in the top 10 week in and week out, you're going to have some chances to win races. We've been successful and we're using that confidence."

Spencer was fifth-fastest in the final practice session on Saturday afternoon.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jimmy Spencer