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JOHNNY BENSON FAST FACTS GOODY'S HEADACHE POWER 500/BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY EVENT: Goody's Headache Power 500 Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol TN .533-mile...


EVENT: Goody's Headache Power 500 Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol TN .533-mile oval, 266.5miles/500laps 1997 winner: Dale Jarrett

STARTING TIME: Saturday, Aug. 22, 7:30pm (ESPN) RADIO: MRN Radio


YEAR SERIES EVENT ST/FN STATUS WINNINGS 1996 Winston Cup Food City 500 DNQ 1996 Winston Cup Goody's 500 29/28 Running $24,635 1997 Winston Cup Food City 500 33/31 Running $21,815 1997 Winston Cup Goody's 500 22/18 Running $26,460 1998 Winston Cup Food City 500


REFLECTING ON DARLINGTON: Johnny Benson claimed eighth place, his third top-10 finish in his Cheerios Ford Taurus, at Darlington Raceway. "I'm real happy with the way the day went. We always want to do better, but we've been consistent. I couldn't be any happier. The whole day was decent for us. We did what we could with traffic. It was a brand new car and without as much track time or no testing on it, the car did really good. The Fords are running well. When asked about the spoiler difference, Benson commented, "No doubt about it. In traffic it was terrible. That's what the rules are and that's what you've got to deal with."

SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST: After an eighth place finish in his Cheerios Ford Taurus at Darlington, Benson heads to Bristol, Tenn., for the Food City 500. He will be driving the same car as last weekend. Since it brought him a top-10 finish last weekend, maybe a top-five finish awaits him next. How does Benson feel about this tough Bristol track? "It is a fast and bumpy track," Benson said. "It is a tough track and you just never know what to expect." Since this is challenging track, qualifying is crucial. "Track position is key, as it is with every race, but especially at Bristol since you have a better chance of wrecking if you have to move up through the field. Steve Hmiel and the guys put forth a great qualifying effort, they really work hard to get the car in a state of perfection." As the Cheerios team focuses on the high-banked half-mile bullring, "survival of the fittest" will be the motto of the weekend.

POINTS OF INTEREST: 1998 Winston Cup Series Lap Leaders: Jeff Burton 232 Mark Martin 191 Dale Jarrett 144 Jeff Gordon 129 Rusty Wallace 119 Kenny Irwin 113 Dale Earnhardt 111 Bobby Labonte 69 Rick Mast 61 Jeremy Mayfield 53 Johnny Benson 48

1998 Winston Cup Series Miles Led Leaders: 1. Jeff Burton 321.86 2. Dale Earnhardt 273.10 3. Mark Martin 236.96 4. Jeff Gordon 214.24 5. Dale Jarrett 204.67 6. Kenny Irwin 174.02 7. Rusty Wallace 146.63 8. Bobby Labonte 127.38 9. Todd Bodine 70.84 10. Jeremy Mayfield 68.38 11. Rick Mast 63.49 12. Johnny Benson 53.69


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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Dale Jarrett , Bobby Labonte , Jeremy Mayfield , Rusty Wallace , Todd Bodine , Johnny Benson , Rick Mast , Mark Martin