Charlotte Pre Race Notes

UAW-GM Quality Wednesday Notes By Shawn A. Akers NASCAR CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 30, 1998) Some notes and quotes Wednesday surrounding Sunday's UAW-GM Quality 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway: For the second straight week, David Green...

UAW-GM Quality Wednesday Notes By Shawn A. Akers NASCAR

CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 30, 1998) Some notes and quotes Wednesday surrounding Sunday's UAW-GM Quality 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway:

For the second straight week, David Green will be behind the wheel of the No. 41 Kodiak Chevrolet in an attempt to make the field for this Sunday's UAW-GM Quality 500 at Charlotte.

A former NASCAR Winston Cup regular now driving the No. 36 Stanley Tools Pontiac in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division, Green missed making the field for last weekend's NAPA AutoCare 500 at Martinsville Speedway in his first venture this season in the No. 41 Kodiak Chevrolet.

The team is still looking for a regular driver after releasing Steve Grissom earlier this month.

Richard Childress Racing, Dale Earnhardt Inc., and Andy Petree Racing have entered into an agreement with Automotive Aerodynamics Inc. (AAI) and its founder, Louis Duncan, to exclusively handle the Aerodynamic engineering for the three NASCAR racing organizations.

The new venture, named RAD Aerodynamics for Richard, Andy and Dale, will focus on the aerodynamic packages for their NASCAR Winston Cup, NASCAR Busch Series, and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series teams. Each of the teams will have full access and share all information, including wind tunnel and track testing.

"We're looking toward the future," Childress said. "Dale, Andy and I have all worked together in the past. Together we felt we needed to do more to supplement what General Motors already provides for our race teams. Louis Duncan is a highly-respected Aero engineer and we are fortunate to have him in our camp."

Johnny Benson has not posted two straight top-10 finishes since finishing eighth at California and ninth at Charlotte in the Coca-Cola 600 in May. Benson hopes he can repeat his performance at Charlotte, if not better it, in this weekend's UAW-GM Quality 500.

Benson finished ninth last Sunday in the NAPA AutoCare 500 at Martinsville, Va.

"This race at Charlotte is run in the daytime, and that makes a lot of difference when it comes to the handling of the Cheerios Ford," said Benson, currently 19th in the NASCAR Winston Cup point standings. "We had a great finish here last time, and we are aiming for that again. The crew has been working extremely hard and building great race cars. This should be a great race."

Ricky Rudd was a double winner last weekend at Martinsville. Rudd started the weekend by winning the "Remington Riding Shotgun" award, by earning the starting spot on the outside of the front row next to Ernie Irvan for the NAPA AutoCare 500. He later went on to win the race to extend his streak of winning at least one race a season to 16 years.

Through a special program on MRN Radio, the Remington Arms Company will award a shotgun to the driver earning the number two starting position in each of the NASCAR Winston Cup races broadcast by MRN Radio. The program is known as the "Remington Riding Shotgun" award, which began in Daytona and will run through the entire 1998 season.

Tony Raines, a regular in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, will take to the 1.5-mile tri-oval of Charlotte Motor Speedway for the first time competitively, should he make the field for Sunday's UAW-GM Quality 500. The driver of Kurt Roehrig's No. 19 Yellow Freight Ford tested at Charlotte recently, and was impressed with the race track.

"It's as awesome as everyone describes," Raines said of CMS. "When you watch the race on TV or from the stands, the track looks so smooth, but in actuality, there are a few rough spots. It was pretty easy to figure out the right line, but it was also easy to see driving off turns three and four could cause trouble for anybody."

Ernie Irvan has been one of the most consistent drivers in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series over the second half of the season, as the statistics will show. The driver of the No. 36 Skittles Pontiac was 17th in the series' point standings at the halfway mark, but has moved up to 12th in the standings, and is only 48 points from 10th place with six races left.

Irvan has scored 1,253 points over the second half of the season, seventh-most in the series.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Ernie Irvan , Johnny Benson , Tony Raines , David Green , Andy Petree , Kurt Roehrig
Teams Richard Childress Racing