Notes 95-06-08

Dover Downs trivia: ------------- Kyle Petty's win in the Miller Genuine Draft 500 at Dover ended two long no-win stretches for both Petty and Pontiac. Kyle's last win was on June 13, 1993, at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, a string of 59 winless races.

Dover Downs trivia: ------------- Kyle Petty's win in the Miller Genuine Draft 500 at Dover ended two long no-win stretches for both Petty and Pontiac. Kyle's last win was on June 13, 1993, at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, a string of 59 winless races. Pontiac's last trip to victory lane was in November 1993, when Wallace won the season finale at Atlanta Motor Speedway, a string of 44 winless races.

Both Kyle Petty and Bobby Labonte moved up three position in the points race as a result of their finishes at Dover. However, in stark contrast, these two both differ greatly from their point standings at this point last year. Bobby Labonte is now 6th in points, but was 24th last year at this time. Kyle Petty is now 23rd in points, but was 10th last year at this time.

By virtue of his 35th place finish at Dover, Mark Martin has fallen from his season high of 2nd to now 4th in the point standings. The only consolation being that Mark was only 5th in points at this time last year.

Injuries in the Pits at Dover: ------------------- Skip Eyler, of Greg Sacks' team, suffered a possible broken left hand when it was run over.

Ned Grant, also on the Greg Sack's team, had a cut above his left eye when he was hit by the pit sign.

Ray Evernham, crew chief for Jeff Gordon, was hit on the bridge of the nose by a flying gas can. "If I have to have it fixed, I'm going to see if they can make me better looking,'' Evernham joked.

Quotes from Dover: -------------- John Andretti: "I don't know if I didn't leave enough room or what, but a guy got up into the side of me. I definitely got hit.''

Rick Ren, crew chief for Ricky Craven: "He lost the car, that's all there is to it. We never came close to touching him. Joe Nemechek was behind the incident and confirms he didn't get touched.''

Joe Nemechek: "The number-37 car (Andretti) got loose and spun.''

Rusty Wallace: "I flew into the corner on the top side and saw (Andretti) spun out. All those guys were bottle-necking like they was scared of the top of the track. Mark (Martin) saw the wreck and came up, and I was on the brakes but got right into his tail. It was a horrible wreck.''

Todd Bodine: "Typical Dover. When the track gets blocked, there's no place to go. I can't say if idiot stuff started it or not.''

Kyle Petty: "I started so far back I was able to avoid getting involved in the wreck. I wasn't running fast yet. My spotter yelled, 'They're wrecking in Turn 4!' So I practically stopped. I went from 37th to 20th because of the wreck."

Ted Musgrave, who finished 3rd: "We ran out of gas once and lost a little time, and I think we had a broken air wrench in the pits during the last stop, so this is a good showing for us. I'm tickled with our finish, because I really don't care about racing here."

Bobby Labonte, who finished 2nd: "Kyle was running really well down low, and I knew I wasn't going to be able to pass him on the bottom. I almost made it work."

Kyle Petty: {Kyle was exhausted after winning the race, and laid down beside his car in Victory Lane to be given oxygen after} "Our team has had a lot of tragedy. This win is for Barry Dodson. It has been a long time. We've been junk for two years, but Barry and the other guys have worked hard to bring us back. The 18 and 16 cars (Labonte and Musgrave) wore my butt out at the end. They were better than I was, but I was leading. I was like a sprinter who made his kick a little bit early. I took my brain out.''

Barry Dodson: "This keeps me alive. I'd felt like walking away and hiding. It's for my children. I felt like if I couldn't win a race for them this year, you know, maybe I'd do something else." {Dodson's teenage son and daughter were killed in an automobile accident in November of last year. Dodson dedicated Petty's triumph to his children's memory.}

More racing connections on the World Wide Web: ----------------------------------- For all you Joe Gibbs and Bobby Labonte fans, there is now an Interstate Batteries home page. Although lacking in substance at this time, I'm sure it will be improved over time. http:www.interstatebattery.com/ibsahome

For all you Bill Elliott Thunderbat, Batman Forever fans, there is now a Batman Forver home page. Not much in the way of racing, in fact nothing I found, but some stuff is interesting none-the-less. http://www.batmanforever.com/

And for those of you who just can't get enough news over the net, here is another free internet news service out of Raleigh, NC that has a server dedicated to Auto Racing News. You'll have to sign up and get a password, but its free. [[Sign up for password here: http://www.nando.net/subscribe/subscribe.html ]]. Here's the auto page: http://www.nando.net/newsroom/car/car/feat/car.html

Collectable News: ------------- Kellogg's Corn Flakes is offering a special collector's edition box featuring Terry Labonte and Darrell Waltrip standing next to a new 1995 Chevy Monte Carlo. The special box also is part of a contest with the grand prize of winning one of five new Monte Carlos. (Found on end cap at Wegman's on Holt Road in Webster.)

Kellogg's Pop Tarts is offering a special collector's edition featuring Terry Labonte and his #5 Chevy Monte Carlo. (The twin pack box was found at WalMart in Penfield/Webster.)

Misc. Ramblings.... ------------- My external home page is now active, with minor repairs still being worked on: http://www.catalog.com/bhunter/webpages/kcorpus/welcome.htm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers John Andretti , Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Darrell Waltrip , Bobby Labonte , Terry Labonte , Rusty Wallace , Todd Bodine , Kyle Petty , Joe Nemechek , Ted Musgrave , Ricky Craven , Ray Evernham , Greg Sacks , Mark Martin