EARNHARDT, HILLENBURG WIN FIRST STOCK CAR RACES OF SPEEDWEEKS DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 12) -- Dale Earnhardt posted the 24th victory of his career at Daytona International Speedway Sunday when he won the Busch Clash of '95, the opening stock...
EARNHARDT, HILLENBURG WIN FIRST STOCK CAR RACES OF SPEEDWEEKS
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 12) -- Dale Earnhardt posted the 24th victory of his career at Daytona International Speedway Sunday when he won the Busch Clash of '95, the opening stock car race of Speedweeks '95.
Later in the day, Fast Track Driving School chief instructor Andy Hillenburg of Indianapolis, Ind., won his first superspeedway race when he captured the 32nd annual Daytona ARCA 200 Bondo/Mar- Hyde Supercar Series event.
Only a wobble in Turn Two of the 2.5-mile superspeedway on the next-to-last lap of the first 10-lap segment of the Clash prevented Earnhardt from sweeping both segments. He won $57,500 when he guided his GM Goodwrench Service Chevrolet Monte Carlo to the line .08 seconds ahead of defending Daytona 500 winner Sterling Marlin in another Chevy.
Earnhardt averaged 188.482 mph for 15 minutes, 55 seconds. Bill Elliott in a Ford Thunderbird, defending Clash winner Jeff Gordon in a Chevrolet and Clash rookie Todd Bodine in a Ford rounded-out the top five.
The race was marred by one caution period. On the first lap of the race, Mark Martin appeared to get forced down onto the flat apron in Turn Three. When he came back up on the track, he struck the nose of Greg Sacks' Pontiac and sent Kendall Oil-sponsored car straight into the outside wall. Sacks was uninjured but he was eliminated on the spot.
Martin returned to the garage area and retired, and Loy Allen, who was caught between Martin and Sacks, also suffered damage in the incident.
For the third straight day, NASCAR officials levied a fine against a NASCAR Winston Cup team, in this case the Sabco 40 car driven by Sacks. In inspections following the accident in the Busch Clash, officials discovered an unsecured 18 lb. weight, composed of an "exotic metal," in the driver's compartment. Crew chief Jeff Hammond was fined $5,000 and placed on indefinite probation.
In the Daytona ARCA 200, a caution with less than five laps remaining, which came out when former leader Bobby Bowsher and top 10 runner Andy Belmont tangled coming out of Turn Two, spoiled what looked to be no less than an eight-car shootout to the finish.
Car owner Ken Schrader won the race, the opener for the Bondo/Mar-Hyde Supercar Series, for the second year in a row. Hillenburg completed the 80 laps in one hour, 32 minutes and six seconds at an average speed of 130.293 mph in the Air Orlando Chevrolet Lumina.
Rounding out the top five were Gary Bradberry in a Chevrolet, defending race winner Mike Wallace in a Ford, former race winner Joe Ruttman in a Chevrolet and dirt track racer Bob Hill in a Chevrolet.
Speedweeks continues on Monday with Busch Beer Second-Round Qualifying for the Daytona 500 at 1 p.m. and practice for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, Busch Series and Goody's Dash Series; as well as True Value Dodge IROC practice.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The results of the 17th Busch Clash, held at the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway, listing finishing position, driver, car #, team/car, laps completed/reason out and money won:
1. Dale Earnhardt, #3 Goodwrench Service Chevrolet, 20, $57,500 2. Sterling Marlin, #4 Kodak Film Chevrolet, 20, $42,500 3. Bill Elliott, #94 McDonald's Ford, 20, $29,000 4. Jeff Gordon, #24 DuPont Auto Finishes Chevrolet, 20, $42,000 5. Todd Bodine, #75 Factory Stores of America Ford, 20, $18,000 6. Ricky Rudd, #10 Tide Ford, 20, $12,500 7. Ted Musgrave, #16 The Family Channel Ford, 20, $14,500 8. Rusty Wallace, #2 Miller Genuine Draft Ford, 20, 12,000 9. Jimmy Spencer, #23 Camel Cigarettes Ford, 20, 12,000 10. Rick Mast, #1 Skoal Classic Ford, 20, 10,000 11. Ward Burton, #31 Hardee's Chevrolet, 20, $10,000 12. Geoff Bodine, #7 Exide Batteries Ford, 20, $10,000 13. David Green, #95 Busch Beer Chevrolet, 20, $10,000 14. Loy Allen, #27 Hooters Ford, 18, $10,000 15. Greg Sacks, #40 Kendall Oil Pontiac, 0 (accident), $10,000 16. Mark Martin, #6 Valvoline Ford, 0 (accident), $10,000
BUSCH CLASH OF '95 NOTES
DALE EARNHARDT (#3 Goodwrench Service Chevrolet) -- We worked really hard. This kind of race you like to be out front, and the Goodwrench Chevrolet did a good job for us. We were right there where we wanted to be and the car would go there. I was worried about it breaking loose that last lap there. It was easier to get out front than it was to stay there. I was concerned with Marlin and I didn't know what Elliott could do. I was gone over there (in Turn Two in first segment) and It's good to know that he (Jeff Gordon) can let off a bit -- of course he got around me on the back straight.
ANDY PETREE (Crew chief #3 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet) -- Yeah, we're happy to win our first race with the Monte Carlo, even if it is just a quickie. This is going to be a good car for us. We've just got to learn how to tune on it a little bit. I think we missed the chassis set-up just a little bit. It got a little loose in that first segment. He hung on to it there in the second one. I think we can get it a lot better for Sunday. (On Earnhardt's big wobble near the end of the first segment, in Turn Two.) That was just an aero thing. We'll get it better.
RICHARD CHILDRESS (Car owner #3 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet) -- It's a great way to break-in a new car. These guys have worked their hearts out all winter and for the last two years trying to get this thing done. Our friend Neil Bonnett did the very first test with this thing, and we're just happy to have it in Victory Circle. The thing about it is, we've been behind with our cars for several years now. The Lumina was a great car but we had carried it as far as we could. Now, we've got something with a little more room to adjust than we did with the Lumina. The Monte Carlo has always been a great car.
JEFF GORDON (#24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Chevrolet) -- It's real hard to pass. I didn't want to win the first segment but Dale (Earnhardt) got real loose off (turn) two and I had to go by him. He tried to keep me from going by and we bumped. I think he wanted to win 'em both. I wanted to start ahead of him in the second segment, and hope he'd push me to the front. Nobody was going to pass him. I was surprised I got by in the first half. (On the second segment restart.) I don't know if we don't have it geared right for second gear. I got on it when I thought I should but it wasn't soon enough. Those guys got between me and Earnhardt. I don't know, it might have ended up the same way if I'd been right there. It's one of those deals.
TODD BODINE (#75 Factory Stores Ford) -- I knew Rusty (Wallace) was coming and I was hoping he'd give me just the right amount of push to get me around Ricky (Rudd). It just worked out for the best. I was just thankful to come out of with a fifth. We learned a lot, that's the main thing. (On his first segment ``save'' coming out of the trioval.) Everybody gets lucky, once in awhile!
TED MUSGRAVE (#16 Family Channel Ford) -- In the second half, we weren't able to get up through to the lead pack like we wanted. Once it got strung out, all we could do was ride.
JIMMY SPENCER (#23 Camel Cigarettes Ford) -- I learned a lot today that I can use on Thursday, that's the important thing. I wanted to finish better, but at least we got a top 10.
RICK MAST (#1 Skoal Racing Ford) -- We went through all our good motors (four of them), burning up pistons. This was a pit stop practice motor -- it was all we had left. We sent all the others back to Ashville, and we'll get one back to requalify Tuesday. The car's really handling good.
DAVID GREEN (#95 Busch Chevrolet) -- I didn't finish last so I'm happy with how I did. I was just trying to hang on. I had to go as fast as I could, as quick as I could. The last three days these guys worked real hard to get this car going. Our real job starts tomorrow. Kenny (Schrader, car owner) and his guys are also doing an ARCA deal so this is just another chance for them to get together and work a bit.
GREG SACKS (#40 Kendall Motor Oil Pontiac) -- It was scary (Turn Three accident on first lap of first segment.). It's a long way to go to hit that wall. I guess that's the hardest hit I've ever hit. It's a tribute to NASCAR and the job Bill France has done with the safety of these cars. There is no way for me to know what happened back there. We didn't use our primary car (for the Clash).
MARK MARTIN (#6 Valvoline Ford) -- It's a short little race and you've got to make stuff happen quick. I just got caught up in it.