Contact: T. Coons (704) 552-6933 November 21, 1997


Mooresville, NC - Kevin Schwantz, driver of the #88 Ryder Driver Recruiting Chevrolet Monte Carlo, won the "Kraftiest Driver of the Race" award at the Jiffy Lube Miami 300 race at Homestead Motorsports Complex earlier this month. The "Kraftiest Driver of the Race" award is jointly sponsored by Kraft Singles and MRN Radio and is given to the driver who shows the "Kraftiest" move or strategy during a NASCAR Busch Grand National race. Five hundred dollars is given in honor of the driver to the charity of his or her choice. Schwantz has selected the Busch Series Grand National Ladies Association to receive the money. "I'm very honored to receive this award," stated Schwantz. "I am donating the money to the Busch Series Ladies Association. They are raising money to help out injured drivers and crews in our series. I know the money will be put to a very good use to help someone in the BGN family." Schwantz, driving in only his fourth NASCAR BGN event, led 39 laps of the 200 lap Jiffy Lube Miami 300 after Crew Chief C. R. Miller opted to take advantage of track position and not pit during the early stages of the race. Schwantz finished the day in eighth place, his first top- ten NASCAR BGN finish. The Busch Series Grand National Ladies Association was formed in November 1996 and incorporated in April 1997. The newly elected 1998 officers include Missi Sadler, President, Lisa LaJoie, Vice-President, Terri Fedewa, Secretary, Donna Lepage, Tresurer and Melissa Reeves, Corresponding Secretary. This is the fifth time the BSGNLA has been the reciptent of the "Kraftiest Driver of the Race" award. All donations go into the organization's trust fund which currently stands at $95,000. Drivers from the Busch Series and members of BSGNLA have participated in driver autograph sessions, auctions, golf tournaments, fashion shows, bowling tournaments and a skeet shoot in order to raise money for the organization's trust fund. In addition to fund raising, the BSGNLA has worked with The Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital, the North Carolina Center for Missing Persons and the Tennessee Organ Donor Program to help raise awareness of their various programs.