FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 25,1997 CHRISTIAN ELDER TOPS CHARLOTTE FIELD CHARLOTTE, NC (July 24) - After a 24 hour delay to get rid the torrential rains that pounded the Charlotte, NC area Tuesday night and all ...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 25,1997
CHRISTIAN ELDER TOPS CHARLOTTE FIELD
CHARLOTTE, NC (July 24) - After a 24 hour delay to get rid the torrential rains that pounded the Charlotte, NC area Tuesday night and all day Wednesday, the teams of the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series finally got to strut their stuff in front of the Charlotte Motor Speedway fans Thursday evening in the much anticipated, Charlotte 100. The one day postponement created a few headaches for some of the teams with work related commitments, but after a couple of Goody's powders and some delicately worded phone calls to their respective bosses, the show went on, and what a show it was. Pole winner, Mike Swaim Jr. led the first fifteen laps of the 100 mile feature. But that's when the High Point, NC driver had to give up the point to the incredibly fast rookie, Christian Elder. Swaim then spent the remainder of the race trying to reel the young Minneapolis, MN native back in. Elder held the lead until he came to the pits for gas under the first of two caution periods half way through the race. On the restart, Goose Creek, SC's Charles Powell III led the 34 car field to the green but Elder again, streaked past Powell on the backstretch to regain the lead. The twenty nine-year-old racer was never seriously challenged from that point on, as he went on to win his first NASCAR Goody's Dash Series event of the 1997 season. "We were fast all day long." said Elder. "I knew we had a car capable of winning. It was just up to me to put the car where it needed to be." While Elder was showing the way around the mile and a half super speedway, the race for the rest of the top five finishing positions was a hotly contested battle between Swaim, Will Hobgood, Brian Sockwell and, for much of the race, Charles Powell III. Powell, unfortunately, started to fade late in the race and eventually finish tenth. That left a spot open in the top five that was filled by Jake Hobgood who came from his thirteenth starting position to pick up his fifth top five finish this year. Robert Huffman also moved into the top five at one point, coming from his tenth starting spot. But the 1990 Champion cut a tire down mid way through the race and lost a lap getting fresh rubber. Huffman was able to fight his way back into the top ten, and eventually finished ninth. Also in the top ten, finishing sixth through eighth, was Darryl Murray, Ned Combs and Jon Redman. The next race for the four cylinder touring series is scheduled for Myrtle Beach Speedway, August 2. Going into this next event, Mike Swaim Jr. holds a commanding 145 point advantage over Will Hobgood in the Series Championship point battle. Hobgood won the Spring contest at the Beach and will need another good run here this week to try to close the gap between himself and Swaim. Charles Powell, as a result of the Charlotte race, will carry a ten point lead over Ricky Bryant in the Series rookie race as he returns to the sight of his first NASCAR Goody's Dash Series win. -30-