Strader Records Fifth Top 5 Finish of the Season Louisville, KY (June 2, 2001) Cam Strader rolled to his fifth top 5 finish Saturday night at the Louisville Motor Speedway. "Wow, what a slug-fest," said the current points leader. "We're just...
Strader Records Fifth Top 5 Finish of the Season
Louisville, KY (June 2, 2001) Cam Strader rolled to his fifth top 5 finish Saturday night at the Louisville Motor Speedway. "Wow, what a slug-fest," said the current points leader. "We're just glad to get out of this one with another good finish and all the fenders still attached."
Jake Hobgood started from the pole after the top four were shuffled in the pre-race inversion, a standard format for NASCAR Goody's Dash Series. Hobgood dominated the first 37 laps, until his younger brother, Justin, challenged him. Series defending Champion, Robert Huffman, took the lead on lap 80 and held on until lap 145, when Justin Hobgood reclaimed the lead. The race was slowed by nine caution periods, typical for the tight track at Louisville. Most of the early cautions involved single car spins. On the final two restarts Justin Hobgood was able to make a charge at Huffman passing him on lap 146, but Huffman was able to stay right on his bumper. Their duel over the remaining laps found them in constant contact with each other. Hobgood was determined to keep the lead, and Huffman was determined to get it back.
The track was slippery with a remnant of oil dry, and made it difficult for either car to get the grip needed to drive hard off the corner. After taking the white flag Huffman got into the rear of Hobgood's machine going into turn one. The sight of Hobgood's car turned sideways and Huffman's car sliding right along with him, brought the fans to their feet. Meanwhile Roger Sawyer dove underneath the third place car of Shane Hmiel as they came up on the sliding machines of Huffman and Hobgood. Hmiel was blocked on the outside allowing Sawyer to pass and go on to take the checkered flag. "The Wesson / Peter Pan Mercury Cougar was in good shape tonight. The track was not," an exasperated Strader explained. "Our car was pretty good on long runs, but the track stayed so slick that we never really got a chance to run a long green flag run."
"I was content to ride there in third place, but someone was leaking oil and when I hit it, I just spun out. There were only eight or ten cars still on the lead lap by that point, and we were fortunate enough to work our way back up to fifth," he said.
"I'm real happy for Roger Sawyer and his crew. They work hard, and after the week that family had at Charlotte - they deserve it," he said. Top Ten Point Standings
1) Cam Strader 827 2) Roger Sawyer 773 3) Shane Hmiel 717 4) Justin Hobgood 703 5) Joey Miller 670 6) Larry Caudill 645 7) Scott Weaver 632 8) Jake Hobgood 629 9) Wayne Edwards 611 10) Jimmy Britts 596