Atlanta Saturday Notes

NAPA 500 Saturday Notebook By Shawn A. Akers HAMPTON, Ga. (Nov. 7, 1998) The following are notes and quotes from the NAPA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. During Bud Beer Second-Round Qualifying for Sunday's race, driver Harris DeVane...

NAPA 500 Saturday Notebook By Shawn A. Akers

HAMPTON, Ga. (Nov. 7, 1998) The following are notes and quotes from the NAPA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

During Bud Beer Second-Round Qualifying for Sunday's race, driver Harris DeVane crashed hard into the wall coming out of Turn 2. DeVane had to be cut out of the car and was transported to Georgia Baptist Medical Center for a precautionary CAT scan.

The accident caused a short delay in action.

DeVane was treated at the hospital and released later Saturday afternoon.

Team Monte Carlo drivers will be gunning for their 13th manufacturer's championship in the past 16 seasons on Sunday in the NAPA 500 at AMS. Chevrolet takes a two-point advantage over Ford -- 231-229 -- going into Sunday's season-finale.

Points are awarded on a 9-6-4 basis, with only the highest finisher for each manufacturer receiving points. Chevy must finish ahead of Ford on Sunday to win the 1998 title. A

Pontiac-Ford-Chevy finish would deadlock the standings at 235-235 between Chevy and Ford.

The tiebreaker is the number of season victories, and that would be tied 15-15. The second tie-breaker is the number of second-place finishes, and Ford currently holds a 20-8 lead on Chevy in runner-up finishes.

While the regular season ends Sunday for NASCAR Winston Cup Series drivers, Jeff Gordon will still be a busy man over the next few weeks. After a weekend off, Gordon and his team will head to Japan for the exhibition race over there on Nov. 22. He'll then return home and spend Thanksgiving with his family and his wife Brooke's family.

Then it's off to New York, where Gordon will be honored for his third NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship in the last four years.

"We've got a little down time, but not much at all really," Gordon said. "We've go to New York for the banquet and have a lot of fun for the week. There's nothing greater than going to New York as the champion. I've been second before and there's a big difference between second and first. I'm looking forward to it. To me, that's part of the off season, being able to enjoy that banquet. I've got a to do a little shopping for Brooke and the family and then maybe I'll celebrate New Year's. Then it'll be time to go back racing."

The Lowe's Chevrolet team took time off from the track for a pit stop in downtown Atlanta on Thursday afternoon to help announce the newest member of the team: Kobalt tools.

Leading the nationwide announcement of this one-of-a-kind partnership forged between Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse and J.H. Williams, a division of Snap-On Tools, the team was on hand to unveil the No. 31 Chevrolet Monte Carlo -- painted to reflect the team's newest addition.

"Whether on the race track, in our aisles, or in your garage, Team Lowe's strives to provide excellence in quality, service and reliability," said Bob Tillman, president and chief executive officer of Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse. "The launch of the Kobalt brand is another illustration of our commitment to the consumer."

Scott Barbour, the car owner for Ricky Craven's new ride that was announced on Saturday during at press conference at AMS, has a special affinity for the number that NASCAR has assigned him.

The No. 58, which will be emblazened on Craven's Ford next season, is the same number worn by former Pittsburgh Steelers' Hall of Fame linebacker Jack Lambert. A native of Pittsburgh, Barbour said he is a huge Steelers' fan and Lambert was one of Barbour's favorite Steeler players of all-time.

With only three days left to go, Bill Elliott still holds the top spot in the race for the NMPA NASCAR Winston Cup Most Popular Driver contest. A total of 30,626 votes have been cast for 44 different drivers.

Elliott is an 11-time winner of the award. The driver of the No. 94 McDonald's Ford leads second-place Dale Earnhardt, who is followed by Gordon, Dick Trickle, Rusty Wallace, Dave Marcis, Mark Martin, Ernie Irvan, Dale Jarrett and Darrell Waltrip.

Voting ends at midnight on Monday, Nov. 9. The number to call to cast your vote is 1-900-903-9309, and the cost of each call is 79 cents. Proceeds from the voting program are used to help the Joe Whitlock Memorial Scholarship for the School of Journalism at the University of South Carolina.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Dale Jarrett , Darrell Waltrip , Dick Trickle , Rusty Wallace , Ricky Craven , Dave Marcis , Mark Martin
Teams Williams