BOWTIE TIME: The top 10 starting positions in Saturday's Goody's Headache Powder 300 are filled by Chevrolet drivers. NATIONAL ANTHEM: Country music artist Mark Collie will sing the National Anthem for the Goody's Headache Powder 300.
BOWTIE TIME: The top 10 starting positions in Saturday's Goody's Headache Powder 300 are filled by Chevrolet drivers.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: Country music artist Mark Collie will sing the National Anthem for the Goody's Headache Powder 300. Collie's latest single is "A love to Burn" from the "NASCAR Hotter than Hot" album on Columbia records.
TELEVISION: ESPN will culminate its 50 hours of televised coverage of Speedweeks '96 with a same-day tape-delayed telecast of the Goody's Headache Powder 300. It will be shown from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Eastern time.
FORMER WINNERS: Defending winner Chad Little is the only former Goody's 300 titlist in Saturday's race. Little started the 1995 edition 42nd after using a provisional. This year, Little will start 30th.
JEFF GREEN (No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Chevrolet) -- First of all, I'm looking to get through the first couple laps. I've got a lot of company with me back there (he starts 27th) so I think we'll be in good shape to get up there. Man, it's going to be a real tight field! From what I've seen yesterday in practice you can hardly pass. It's going to be interesting to see how we can get to the front. I think you'll see a Busch guy win. We outnumber them, so the odds are in our favor. I'm looking for a Busch guy 'cause I hope it's me!
JAMIE AUBE (No. 41 QMI International Chevrolet) -- We're not real fast so we're going to try to get out there and stay in the draft, just to try to run and finish the race. I'm not going to be a hero here -- that's for sure -- but I'm looking for a good solid finish. Anything can happen in this race. If we get the car comfortable today, we should be in good shape. I've raced here once before. I learned an awful lot then and I'm looking to do the same this year. I've won at Loudon (New Hampshire International Speedway) before, but it isn't anything close to this as far as a superspeedway goes.
KEVIN LEPAGE (No. 71 Lepage Motorsports Chevrolet) -- We haven't even been approached (by a sponsor). Maybe after Saturday's race, if we do well, who knows? Obviously we'd like to run for the (NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division) championship but we'll have to evaluate things on a race-by-race basis. Isn't that something, to qualify that well (without a major sponsor)? It just proves what the car is capable of doing. It represents a lot of hard work and determination. We've run pretty good (since Busch Pole Qualifying). We've run some good times (in the draft) with some good cars. I'm still not 100 percent comfortable. Running in the middle of the draft, coming out of the corner, we've got a problem but we hope to get that ironed out (in the final practice session). We want to finish the Goody's Headache Powder 300 and bring the car home whole. You don't make any money in the pits.
TRACY LESLIE (No. 11 Cracker Barrel Country Store Chevrolet) -- Ever since we got here we've had an oil leak and that's been hurting us on horsepower. We took the engine out last night and sent it back up to Charlotte. We should have it back tonight for tomorrow's race. Otherwise, we haven't touched the car. It's kind of a Cinderella story -- not having to make major changes after very little testing. I think we've got something for everybody. We could still run with 'em, even running on 7-1/2 cylinders. (ON HIS QUALIFYING EFFORT.) This is the best we've ever done for this race, although we once qualified on the outside front row for the ARCA (Daytona ARCA 200) race. (ON ENTERING THE SEASON WITH HIS OWN TEAM.) I struggled here with the team that I was with. Paying the bills myself, I think a driver-owner can do it better. At least for me that's the way it is. I've seen some drivers who could drive for other people and who don't care about the equipment, take chances and win races. Then, there are others who don't take chances. I guess that's what I was. I don't mind tearing up my own equipment. That doesn't make me feel bad. I've run my own business for 20 years. I ran my own racing team for 10 years so I feel like I know what we're doing. Having Cracker Barrel Country Stores with us is a big plus. We're hoping to do a good job for them Saturday.
JASON KELLER (No. 57 Slim Jim Chevrolet) -- (PR representative Dick Conway reported that driver Tim Fedewa, who was a race winner on the 1995 NASCAR Busch Series, will spot for Keller in Saturday's Goody's Headache Powder 300.)
SPONSOR CHANGES: Among the sponsor changes that have been made for Saturday's Goody's Headache Powder 300: Jimmy Spencer's No. 20 will be the Zippo Chevrolet, Todd Bodine's No. 81 will be the Pro Motion Chevrolet and Jamie Aube's No. 41# will be the QMI International Chevrolet. Aube's car owner for this event only is former NASCAR Winston Cup team owner (Bahari Racing) Dick Bahre.
CHUCK BOWN (No. 16 31-W Insulation Pontiac) -- I'll probably run one lap and then pit and let Darryl Sage get into the car. They (car owner Wayne Day) want to get him some experience. It's probably better that way because I haven't had much practice in the car to get it adjusted like I would like it to be.