WINSTON SELECT 500 PRE-RACE NOTES
TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY PRESIDENT GRANT LYNCH (Announcement made in pre-race prior to the Food World 500k.) "We do want to make you fans aware of one thing when you go back to your hotels. There is probably going to be a conflicting date in 1996 between the DieHard 500 and the Olympics in Atlanta. The hotel rooms are going to be at a premium and it looks like, right now, the best date on the Winston Cup schedule we can give you to get your hotel rooms now so you'll be sure to have a room in 1996, in July, would be the weekend of July 28. When you go back to your hotels tonight, check with them and go ahead and try to book your room if you want to be with us in July of 1996 for the DieHard 500."
BOBBY ALLISON (team owner #12 Straight Arrow Ford) -- (Jimmy Hallett, the uncle of Bobby Allison and his brother, Donnie Allison (crew chief for ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Supercar Series driver Kevin Ray), passed away on Thursday. Funeral services will be on Tuesday, May 2. Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. It is located at 5600 Lindora Canyon Rd.; West Lake Valley, CA 91362. Phone is 805-495-0837.)
GARY BECHTEL (team owner #29 Meineke Chevrolet) -- (Diamond Ridge Motorsports owner Bechtel has joined forces with "Feed the Children," a worldwide disaster relief agency. In an effort to support the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing, Bechtel is seeking a cooperative effort among NASCAR Winston Cup owners. Bechtel has pledged a $1,000 donation to the Feed the Children Disaster Relief Fund and has asked driver Steve Grissom and sponsor Meineke Discount Muffler Shops to match it. In a letter sent Friday to fellow Winston Cup owners, Bechtel has asked each of them to do the same. The Diamond Ridge team members will wear four colored ribbons on their uniforms today; purple, blue, yellow and white. They are the universal symbol of support for those affected by tragedy. The Feed the Children Disaster Relief phone number is 800- 741-1441. For further information call Greg Hall at Feed the Children in Oklahoma City at 405-945-4004.)
MIKE WALLACE (#90 Heilig-Meyers Ford) -- (In Victory Lane following yesterday's win in the Food World 500k, Wallace announced his wife, Carla, was expecting the couple's third child in November.) We're as happy as can be. Only a few people knew about it. Before I left home I told her if I won a race here I was going to tell the world! I don't know what happened, but Victory Lane didn't make the broadcast! (Due to a major accident during the ARCA race, the broadcast had run over its time allotment by the time the checkered flag fell on Wallace. When he ran out of gas trying to get to Victory Lane that put the celebration even later.) Now (putting comments in pit notes), I hope they know.
WARD BURTON (#31 Hardee's Chevrolet) -- (After breaking engine obtained from Morgan-McClure Motorsports in final practice Saturday.) We had to put in a motor we used in the Busch Clash (in February at Daytona International Speedway). We had a real hard time keeping up in the draft. We didn't run good yesterday even with the Morgan-McClure motor. We've got some body problems. We're all kind of concerned about it. We hope we can hang on to the draft, 'cause if we don't it'll be a long day. This is a brand new body here and it's not very good so I guess we'll have to try to hang another one on it for the Pepsi 400 (on Saturday, July 1, at Daytona).
GEOFF BODINE (#7 Exide Batteries Ford) -- (Paul Mecca, PR representative for Exide, reported that the team was installing an engine borrowed from brother Todd's Butch Mock Motorsports team. "Geoff was just not happy with any of the ones they put in yesterday, so he talked with Butch Mock and Todd. They borrowed one and they're putting it in.")
UNOCAL 76 CHALLENGE BONUS: The Unocal 76 Challenge Bonus stands at $53,200. Jeff Gordon was the last bonus winner via his victory from the pole at the Goodwrench 500 at North Carolina Motor Speedway in Rockingham. Gordon won $91,200 there. The last driver to win at Talladega from the pole was Dale Earnhardt in the 1990 DieHard 500 ($68,400).
DEFENDING RACE WINNER: Dale Earnhardt is the defending winner of the Winston Select 500. Earnhardt won the May 1 event in 3 hrs., 10 mins., 32 secs. at an average speed of 157.478.
PREVIOUS TALLADEGA WINSTON CUP EVENT WINNERS IN TODAY'S RACE: Dale Earnhardt (7); Darrell Waltrip (4); Bill Elliott (2); Dave Marcis (1) Ken Schrader (1); Terry Labonte (1); Jimmy Spencer (1).
FRONT ROW WINNERS: Of the previous 51 NASCAR Winston Cup races at Talladega Superspeedway, 25 have been won from the front row.
WINSTON SELECT BONUS: A $100,000 bonus goes to the NASCAR Winston Cup Points leader after today's race.
WINSTON SELECT MILLION BONUS: Sterling Marlin can assure himself of at least $100,000 of the Winston Select Million Bonus cash with a victory in the Winston Select 500. To earn the $1 million bonus, a driver must win three of the four "crown jewel" races on the NASCAR Winston Cup tour. The races: Daytona 500 (most prestigious); Winston Select 500 (fastest); Coca Cola 500 (longest); Southern 500 (oldest).