Little rounds out triple top-10 for Roush By Shawn A. Akers BROOKLYN, Mich. (Aug. 16, 1998) Chad Little earned every bit of his pay from Jack Roush on Sunday. The driver of the No. 97 John Deere Taurus, who started the NASCAR Winston...
Little rounds out triple top-10 for Roush By Shawn A. Akers
BROOKLYN, Mich. (Aug. 16, 1998) Chad Little earned every bit of his pay from Jack Roush on Sunday. The driver of the No. 97 John Deere Taurus, who started the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Pepsi 400 presented by DeVilbiss in the 40th position, turned in an impressive 10th-place run at Michigan Speedway and gave Roush Racing another triple -- three drivers who finished in the top-10.
In 20th place in the NASCAR Winston Cup point standings, Little hadn't posted a top-10 since coming in sixth in the California 500 at California Speedway on May 3. His last top-15 finish was at Richmond when he finished 13th in the Pontiac Excitement 400 in early June.
"That's our first top-10 in a long time," said a relieved Little. "We're very happy with that. We didn't qualify well, but we certainly had the car, it's just that the driver didn't do his job on Friday. We had good pit stops, the best we've had all year long, so that was a good deal."
Little was forced to take a provisional following Bud Second-Round Qualifying on Saturday, relegating him to a starting position near the back of the field. He stayed patient throughout the afternoon on Sunday, and by lap 50, he had made his way up to 15th position.
By lap 100, Little had moved up to 12th, and by lap 150, he had made his way all the way into the top-10 in 10th position, a lap down to the leaders. There were only nine cars that finished the race on the lead lap.
"We were a little loose in and little tight off all day long," Little said. "We still keep working on trying to get more downforce and see what we can do to get that 24 car (Jeff Gordon) out of victory circle." Little's teammates, Mark Martin and Jeff Burton, finished fourth and fifth, respectively, on Sunday. His other teammates, Kevin Lepage and Johnny Benson, finished 17th and 34th, respectively.
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