Caraway preview

COULD MICKEY YORK BE CLOSING IN ON HIS FINAL DASH EVENT Asheboro, N. C. (April 28 2000) - When hometown race driver Mickey York takes the green flag in the Spero Farms 125 on May 13, some think it might be...

COULD MICKEY YORK BE CLOSING IN ON HIS FINAL DASH EVENT

Asheboro, N. C. (April 28 2000) - When hometown race driver Mickey York takes the green flag in the Spero Farms 125 on May 13, some think it might be the final Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring, green flag the 29-year racing veteran might take at Caraway Speedway. York, the 1992 Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring National Champion, has been one of the mainstays of NASCAR's production sedan division since he ran his first race with the series, which ironically came at Caraway Speedway, in 1976. Then the series was referred to as the Baby Grand Division. His first series win came at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the final event of the 1979 campaign. "We have been competing for a long time", said York, from his race shop in Asheboro. "We have raced with the best and have many highs and lows through the years. But no doubt one of this teams greatest moments came in 1992 when we won the series championship." "Racing today is so expensive and without a good sponsor, a team is just not able to go up and down the road like we did 25 years ago. Back then we raced because that is all we had to do but as each year passes one has to look at priorities and without the necessary financial backing you just have to step back and look at the big picture." "I started in the Rookie Division at Caraway in 1971 then moved up to the Limited Sportsman Division. I have never owned a Late Model racecar but have driven in that division for other individuals. Through the years I guess I have started over 80 races at the .455 mile oval and have won 21 races out there. The track is located in Spero, N. C., just north of Asheboro. York has an illustrious racing career with NASCAR and this series in particular since running that first event. He made his 300th career NASCAR start with the series when they visited Caraway in May 1999 finishing 15th in the 28-car field but has competed in only five races since that date. Starting this event will give York 306 career starts. York has visited victory lane 28 times during his career, which places him fourth, on the all-time career win list behind Dean Combs' 60 career wins. However, those 28 wins do not include a stop in victory lane at Caraway Speedway. York has been voted "Most Popular Driver" with the series in three different years, 1985, 1991 and 1993. A strong field of cars is expected for the 125-lap event that has posted awards of $22,050. Leading the field will be three-time Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring National Champion Robert Huffman of Claremont, N. C. with his White House Apple Juice Pontiac. Huffman is the hottest driver in the series in 2000 winning three of the four events run to date along with one Bud Pole start. He is the only driver to finish in the top five in all four events. Additionally, he along with longtime series veteran Ned Combs, are the only two drivers who have completed 100% of the laps run. Huffman carries a 90-point lead into this event over second place in points Edward Howell. North Carolina will be well represented at Caraway by Tommy Ballard of Kannapolis, Ricky Bryant, Linwood, Johnny Chapman, Stoney Point, Ned Combs, Newton, Huffman, Claremont, Randy Humphrey, Cornelius, Joey Miller, Wilmington, Gary Moore, HorseShoe, Cam Strader, Wilson, Scott Weaver, Shelby, Angie Wilson, Nebo, and York of Asheboro. Other drivers in the field will come from Alabama, Florida and South Carolina. "Russell Hackett and his crew have completed a tremendous renovation project at the racetrack," continued York. "The track is always fan friendly and produces some great racing action. Our race will be exciting because there is such keen competition this year with some of the newer drivers running the series. There were a number of drivers at Daytona this year that I had not seen before." "I can't say enough about my family who have supported my racing career all these years. My wife Barbara Jo has always been there and my daughters Cindy and Donna have been raised at racetracks. But people just don't realize how expensive racing can be and without a sponsor, and at my age (52), you just have to step back." Gates will open at 10:30 a.m. with practice set for 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Bud Pole Qualifying gets underway at 5:30 p.m. The Goody's Dash Series drivers will sign autographs at 6:45 p.m. prior to racing action at the .455-mile speedplant. Robert Huffman established a new qualifying mark in 1999 with his speed of 95.347 mph. Nine NASCAR Touring Series blanket the United States, bringing special events to many NASCAR Weekly Racing Series tracks and some NASCAR superspeedways and road courses. NASCAR Touring Series are extremely popular with fans and competitors. NASCAR Touring Series can provide a competitor with an entire career, or they can provide valuable experience to competitors moving through the NASCAR ranks. Corporate sponsors make significant contributions to NASCAR Touring Series point funds. These sponsors include Anheuser-Busch, Featherlite, Goody's Headache Powders, Raybestos Brakes, RE/MAX International, Inc., Slim Jim and R. J. Reynolds brand, Winston.

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NASCAR
Drivers Cam Strader , Angie Wilson , Robert Huffman , Johnny Chapman , Joey Miller , Gary Moore