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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 15,1997 HURRICANE HUFFMAN BLOWS INTO SOUTH FLORIDA HOMESTEAD FL, (March 15,1997)--Robert Huffman of Claremont, NC may have picked up a new nickname over the weekend during the Pennzoil 150 at the Metro-Dade...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 15,1997

HURRICANE HUFFMAN BLOWS INTO SOUTH FLORIDA

HOMESTEAD FL, (March 15,1997)--Robert Huffman of Claremont, NC may have picked up a new nickname over the weekend during the Pennzoil 150 at the Metro-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex. "Hurricane" Huffman unloaded his '97 Pontiac Sunfire at the beautiful, south Florida facility and then proceeded to blow by the rest of the competition enroute to his first win of the young NASCAR Goody's Dash Series season. "We were pretty fast in the practice sessions, and the car felt good so we were happy. We just made a few minor adjustments and we were ready to go racing.", said Huffman. "I really like this type of track. It's a driver's track. You've got to stay on top of it all the time. If you let your concentration slip for just an instant, you're going to lose a couple of positions right now. Some of those guys found that out today." Unofficially, Jake Hobgood of Winnsboro, SC picked up the second spot, Shane Jenkins, Mickey York and Rookie contender Charles Powell III round out the top five. The unofficial race finish is the result of a discrepancy discovered during the post race inspection involving the, apparent, second place finisher, Dave Stacy of Enon, OH. In a news release, NASCAR officials in Daytona announced that Stacy was penalized for using a tire that did not meet NASCAR specifications. The penalty included forfeiture of his finishing position and the points he would have received for that position and placing him in the last finishing position for this event. According to NASCAR Goody's Dash Series rules, Stacy can appeal the decision, so, until everything is settled, the race results will remain unofficial. Rain had washed out the qualifying attempts scheduled for Friday afternoon, so the field had to be set by a combination of 1996 points, past winners and1997 points. Ironically, Huffman, who had been the fastest all weekend, started this event from the pole anyway, by virtue of his 1996 points standings. Huffman was one of six drivers who took a turn at the point over the course of the 100 lap event and tied Winnsboro, South Carolina's Will Hobgood for most laps led with 30. Other drivers with a stint at the front included Danny Bagwell of Cordova, Alabama, Christian Elder, from Minnesota, Fairfax, Virginia pilot, Jon Redman and Statesboro Georgia's Shane Jenkins. Jenkins, Redman and Elder all lead their first NASCAR Goody's Dash Series laps during this event. Jenkins had come from his 32nd starting position to take the lead from Hobgood on lap 32. He eventually, finished 3rd. Six caution periods slowed the field for 39 laps. Two of the cautions involved race leaders. Both, Jon Redman and Christian Elder were forced to retire after being involved in accidents. The pair, unofficially, finished 17th and 20th, respectively. Other drivers out as a result of accidents included Daytona winner, Brian Sockwell who was driving with a broken hand he suffered in an off-road ATV accident, Donnie Duchesne and Wally Leatherwood. Following The Homestead event, the unofficial point standings have race winner, Robert Huffman as the new point leader with 340 points. Jake Hobgood moves into second with 315 points. Brian Sockwell drops to third with 283 points. Charles Powell III and Christian Elder round out the top five. The next event for the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series scheduled for Kingsport Speedway, Kingsport, TN on April 11th. This will mark the first appearance of the series at the concrete 3/8 mile since November 1976. Five time Series Champion, Dean Combs was the winner of that event. Combs remains very active in the Series as a car owner for Pat Patterson's number 11 Ford Mustang. ###

For further information contact NASCAR Public Relations: Tim Myers 919-552-5823 or fax 919-552-0824.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Christian Elder , Robert Huffman , Brian Sockwell