All Pro Bumper to Bumper 300 Saturday notebook By Shawn A. Akers CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 3, 1998) Notes and quotes following Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division All Pro Bumper to Bumper 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway: ...
All Pro Bumper to Bumper 300 Saturday notebook By Shawn A. Akers
CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 3, 1998) Notes and quotes following Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division All Pro Bumper to Bumper 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway:
Mike McLaughlin and his No. 34 Gould's Pump Chevrolet team weren't the only ones who gambled on fuel mileage Saturday. Jimmy Spencer, in the No. 12 All Pro Bumper to Bumper Chevrolet, also counted on not running out of fuel at the end, and the strategy worked for him as well. Spencer finished fourth behind McLaughlin, Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. after taking on fuel during the final caution of the afternoon, which occurred on laps 106 through 109. "We knew we didn't have the best car to win today," said Spencer, who won last year's fall race at Charlotte. "I saw we couldn't win this thing. So, I said, 'Let's try to conserve fuel and see what we can do.' that's an old trick I learned from Darrell Waltrip. That's hard to ride around at 6500 RPM and let the other cars pass you. I think we ran out of gas there at the start-finish line (on the last lap)."
There were several lawbreakers during Saturday's race. NASCAR handed out more than a few 15-second penalties for exceeding the 45-mph speed limit on pit road. Ricky Craven, Jeff Burton, Mike Dillon, Randy LaJoie and Dale Jarrett were among 11 drivers who were penalized for speeding. Jarrett was also penalized 15 seconds for running over an air hose. Amazingly, Jarrett wound up only one lap down to McLaughlin, finishing 12th.
McLaughlin's win marked the first time in seven races that a non- NASCAR Winston Cup Series regular won a NASCAR Busch Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Chad Little was the last NASCAR Busch Series regular prior to Saturday to record a victory at CMS, in the Red Dog 300 in the spring of 1995. Since then, Mark Martin won three in a row, Joe Nemechek, Jimmy Spencer and Martin again visited Victory Lane at CMS in the NASCAR Busch Series.
Johnny Benson, driving his first NASCAR Busch Series race since winning the series championship in 1995, carried the torch, sort of, for BACE Motorsports on Saturday. Driving a third car for the team that has won three straight series championships, Benson finished 17th. Two-time defending series champion Randy LaJoie struggled once again and finished a disappointing 29th. Tim Fedewa finished right behind LaJoie in 30th. Neither LaJoie nor Fedewa will be back at BACE Motorsports next season.
With approximately 10,000 tickets remaining for Sunday's UAW-GM Quality 500, speedway officials confirmed the race will be "blacked out" unless fewer than 1,000 tickets remain by 11 a.m. EDT Sunday. The blackout will affect a 50-mile radius surrounding Charlotte Motor Speedway. However, the race will be available to local fans with Direct TV mini-satellites. The $9.95 package includes five channels of coverage with four in-car cameras and one TBS feed. The complete TBS telecast will be shown on a tape-delay basis locally throughout the week. Check with your local cable company.
Jeremy Mayfield, driver of the No. 12 Mobil 1 Ford Taurus, was the fastest car in NASCAR Winston Cup Series "Happy Hour" final practice. Mayfield clicked off a fastest lap of 176.800 mph. Martin was second-fastest Saturday at 176.620 mph, followed by Ernie Irvan (176.050), Jerry Nadeau (175.290), and Rusty Wallace (175.267).
Source: NASCAR Online