Nadeau earns victory in Orleans 150 LAS VEGAS (March 6, 1999) Jerry Nadeau was just hoping to get some laps in Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as a tune-up for Sunday's Las Vegas 400. What he didn't anticipate was winning a NASCAR Winston...
Nadeau earns victory in Orleans 150
LAS VEGAS (March 6, 1999) Jerry Nadeau was just hoping to get some laps in Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as a tune-up for Sunday's Las Vegas 400.
What he didn't anticipate was winning a NASCAR Winston West Series race in his very first attempt. Nadeau led the most laps after starting on the Bud Pole, and beat NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday to the checkered flag by a margin of .0644 seconds to win the Orleans 150.
Nadeau won the Bud Pole with his No. 9 Melling Ford on Thursday with efforts from just himself and his NASCAR Winston Cup Series crew chief, Jeff Buice. The crew of his NASCAR Winston Cup Series team joined him on Friday for the race.
"We basically came down here just to do this test (the Orleans 150), to basically take it as a test for the Winston Cup race," Nadeau said. "We came out of the box quickly and figured that since we got on the pole we figured we'd just work on a good race setup. If we didn't win the race, it would have been fine because we were looking at it as a good test.
"We just had a good race car. We were just fast and, yeah, this does a lot confidence-wise. It's been a long time since I've won a race since getting into stock cars. It's my first win and it would be nice to do it again Sunday."
This is Nadeau's second visit to Las Vegas. However, in his first trip, he was only able to log about 10 laps in practice last year for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series event, and didn't qualify for the race.
Hornaday, who has six career NASCAR Winston West Series victories, never led a lap but hounded Nadeau's bumper in the final laps.
Nadeau, who had a solid qualifying effort for Sunday's Las Vegas 400 and will start from the eighth position in the No. 9 Cartoon Network Ford, earned $18,250 for his efforts in the Orleans 150.
Bobby Hamilton Jr., whose intent was to get some seat time on the 1.5-mile paved oval prior to the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division race, finished third, followed by Sammy Potashnick and Austin Cameron.
Hamilton Jr. crashed in NASCAR Busch Series practice Friday and did not make a qualifying attempt for Saturday's Sam's Town 300.
Other notables' results in the NASCAR Winston West Orleans 150 were: Rick Carelli, a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series regular, finished 16th; former NFL football coach Jerry Glanville finished 18th; NASCAR Winston Cup Series regular Ricky Craven finished 23rd after engine problems sidelined him after 81 laps of the 100-lap event; and former NASCAR Busch Series regular Bobby Dotter finished 28th.
Sean Woodside, who won the season-opener at Tucson, Ariz., last month, finished 15th, one lap down to Nadeau.
Source: NASCAR Online