FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 21, 1997 HOBGOOD, MOORE SHARE MID-SEASON HONORS Jake Hobgood of Winnsboro, SC and Horse Shoe, NC's Gary Moore finished in a dead heat for the Goody's Mid-Season Consistency Awards in...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 21, 1997
HOBGOOD, MOORE SHARE MID-SEASON HONORS
Jake Hobgood of Winnsboro, SC and Horse Shoe, NC's Gary Moore finished in a dead heat for the Goody's Mid-Season Consistency Awards in the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series by completing one thousand one hundred and eleven laps each, of the possible, one thousand one hundred and twenty five laps. The $15,000 consistency award was set up by series title sponsor, Goody's Pharmaceuticals to reward the top ten drivers in the laps completed statistics for their outstanding performances over the first half of the season. As a result of the tie, Hobgood and Moore will share the $5,000 first place, and $3,000 second place money being offered. Going into the Goody's Dash 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway Friday night, Hobgood had a ten lap cushion over Moore in the laps completed category. But mechanical problems plagued the twenty one-year-old Hobgood throughout a major portion of the race, forcing him to the pits on several occasions to try to correct the problems. The final blow to Hobgood's chances of winning the Mid-Season title outright, came as the caution flag flew on lap 149 when Will Hobgood, Jake's father, and Brian Sockwell got together while battling for the lead. The contact sent the elder Hobgood slamming into the inside retaining wall. Since NASCAR Goody's Dash Series rules do not allow the race to end under caution, the race was extended five laps to clear the racing surface and go back to racing and the green, white, checker finish. During those last five laps, Hobgood sat helplessly in the garage area, the victim of a broken rear end and watching his chances for the $5,000 first place money quickly going away. Hobgood eventually finished in nineteenth position, sixteen laps down to the winner, Brian Sockwell. Moore, on the other hand, was able to hold on for an eighth place finish, taking the checkers six laps down to the leader. The fifteen year series veteran had completed just enough laps to be able to split the winner's share of the rewards. Ned Combs of Newton, NC also finished in the money and was closing the gap between himself and the two top contenders. Combs finished the Goody's Dash 150 in fifth place, four laps off the pace. But more importantly, with one thousand one hundred and nine laps completed in the ten races to date, for the $2,000 third place award. Mike Swaim Jr. compiled eleven hundred and six laps completed over the ten race span to take fourth place and the $1,000 share. Will Hobgood, despite his crash at the end of Friday's race, took home fifth place money of $900 for his one thousand sixty six laps completed. Larry Caudill finished sixth in the awards. That netted the twenty two year series veteran an extra $800 for his evening's work. Christian elder, Brian Sockwell, Ricky Bryant and Charles Powell III round out the top ten and will receive $700 for seventh, $600 for eighth and $500 each, for ninth and tenth.