Diamond Hill Plywood 200 Notebook Shawn A. Akers - NASCAR Online DARLINGTON, S.C. (March 21, 1998) Some notes and quotes from Darlington Raceway and the NASCAR Busch Series Diamond Hill Plywood 200: Gene Nead, crew chief for the No....
Diamond Hill Plywood 200 Notebook Shawn A. Akers - NASCAR Online
DARLINGTON, S.C. (March 21, 1998) Some notes and quotes from Darlington Raceway and the NASCAR Busch Series Diamond Hill Plywood 200:
Gene Nead, crew chief for the No. 10 Dura-Lube Chevrolet driven by Phil Parsons, has been suspended indefinitely by NASCAR for "actions detrimental to the sport of stock car racing."
Nead was involved in an altercation on Friday evening involving NASCAR Busch Series rookie driver Blaise Alexander, driver of the No. 20 Rescue Engine Formula Chevrolet. The incident apparently stemmed from an altercation that took place in the pits between the two race teams during last weekend's BellSouth Mobility/Opryland 320 at Nashville Speedway USA, when it appeared that Alexander spun Parsons out late in the event and Parsons hit the wall in Turn 3.
The two teams' pit stalls were directly next to each other, and words were exchanged between crew members. No replacement for Nead has been named yet, and it is not known how long Nead will be suspended.
There's a new leader in the NASCAR Busch Series point standings after five races. Mike
McLaughlin, winner of last Sunday's race, now leads the chase after finishing eighth in Saturday's Diamond Hill Plywood 200.
McLaughlin heads a tight race with 673 points, followed by Buckshot Jones, who finished 14th Saturday (670) and Randy LaJoie (664). LaJoie had led the point standings coming, but was involved in an accident early on and was relegated to a 23rd-place finish in his No. 74 FINA Chevrolet.
LaJoie, the two-time defending NASCAR Busch Series champion, still has not led a lap in five races this season.
It didn't take long for trouble to find Kevin Schwantz and Jim Bown on Saturday. Schwantz and Bown got together on lap No. 2, causing the day's first caution flag to fly. Both were forced back to the garage area.
Schwantz wound up finishing 43rd, last, and Bown finished 42nd. Neither made it back into the race.
"It looked like the No. 51 car checked up and we got together with it and then got into the wall pretty hard," Schwantz said. "I'm disappointed for the team. This certainly didn't turn out to be much of a day for us."
For the second straight week, David Green's substitute run for Derrike Cope ended in heartbreak. Last week, Green failed to qualify the No. 92 Kraft Chevrolet at Nashville Speedway USA. On Saturday, Green was involved in an accident on lap 45 and wound up finishing 39th.
Green is subbing for Cope, who continues to heal from injuries suffered in a crash at Atlanta two weeks ago. Cope did, however, qualify his No. 30 Gumout Pontiac and will start Sunday's NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at Darlington from the inside of Row 16.
"Our car was pretty decent, but we slid to the back a little bit," said Green, who started the race from the 11th position. "We got going good on the restart and Dale (Earnhardt) Jr. was behind me. I looked up and saw (Jeff) Krogh spinning and started waving and waving but I guess Junior didn't see me and got into the back of me. But it's awful tough out there and the racing is real tight. I feel bad for the team, but Derrike (Cope) is getting better and should be back for Bristol."
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