Hickory Post-Race Story

NASCAR GOODY'S DASH SERIES FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 7, 1997 HUFFMAN BREAKS EVERYTHING EN ROUTE TO DASH WIN AT HICKORY If it could be broken, Robert Huffman broke it Saturday night in Hickory, NC at the Elmer Killian Memorial 100...

NASCAR GOODY'S DASH SERIES FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 7, 1997

HUFFMAN BREAKS EVERYTHING EN ROUTE TO DASH WIN AT HICKORY

If it could be broken, Robert Huffman broke it Saturday night in Hickory, NC at the Elmer Killian Memorial 100 for the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series. But instead of broken parts and broken hearts, it was hugs and handshakes all around for the ecstatic White House Apple Juice Team as the yellow and green clad driver and crew celebrated in victory lane. You see, unlike the previous five races, where it was pieces and parts that were breaking on the number thirty seven, on this night, they were breaking records. Huffman got the hometown, packed house on their feet early when he cranked off a record breaking qualifying run to put the bright yellow Pontiac Sunfire on the inside front row for the start of the evening's main event. But that was just the beginning of the record breaking action that was to come. Taking advantage of his pole starting position, Huffman bolted from the pack to lead all one hundred laps of the Elmer Killian Memorial event, lapping all but four of the twenty six entries in the process and setting a new race record of 71.80 mph. Contributing to the record setting pace, was the conspicuous lack of yellow flags. Series flagman, Joe George pulled out the yellow linen only once on lap thirty-five for simultaneous crashes involving rookie point leader Charles Powell III and fellow rookie contender, Robert Luckadoo at opposite ends of the historic speedway. The yellow was briefly replaced by a red flag to aid track clean up crews in tidying up the racing surface. But after less than seven minutes in the pause mode, the teams were back chasing the speedy Huffman. Track records weren't the only things Huffman broke in this event. He also broke Mike Swaim Jr.'s incredible string of four straight victories in the Series. Swaim, who had started fourth in this race had actually caught and was pressuring Huffman by lap eighty. But as Swaim tried to pick it up a notch to get around Huffman, his Pontiac Sunfire was just a tick off in the balance and he heated up the right front tire, effectively ending his challenge for the lead. "We're happy with the second." said Swaim. "It would have been nice to pick up a fifth win tonight, but nobody gets around this place better than Robert. We gave him all we had." One other thing that Huffman broke in this event was his incredible string of bad luck. In virtually every race this season, Huffman has had a car capable winning. But the Sunfire had developed a nasty habit of spitting out critical engine or drive train parts somewhere prior to the checkered flag. The Claremont, North Carolina driver has, hopefully, turned all that around as he came to victory lane with all the necessary parts in place. "This car was awesome tonight." said Huffman. "It's been pretty frustrating having to call your sponsor five weeks in a row to tell them you broke something on a brand new race car. The next phone call will be a lot easier to make. Now we've got to forget about the points and just go out to win every race from here on out." That next race that Robert Huffman will be trying to win will be the "Goody's Dash 150" at the Bristol Motor Speedway, on Friday night, June 20th. But Huffman better load both barrels for this one. More than fifty NASCAR Goody's Dash Series teams are expected to be there to contend for the thirty starting positions in this nationally televised, live event. -30-

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