Darlington pre-race notes



RICK MAST (#1 Hooters Pontiac) -- (On Saturday announcement of new associate sponsor, Hughes Network Systems) Hughes are actually the people who own all those satellites in the sky that everybody rents transponder time from. This is their first venture into the retail market. We're real happy to have them with us. They're a big company, a big organization and they've been real excited so far about this association. Right now the only item they have for retail is the satellite dish, but they've got some new things coming out for people who use the internet on their personal computers that should be pretty neat. Plus, they're pretty big in all kinds of super-duper electronics. Who knows, we might be able to take advantage of some of their technology down the road. I don't really have a whole lot of know-how about computers. We have five of them we use in our family business. If I have a problem, I call one of my kids to help me out.

ENGINE CHANGES: There were engine changes this morning on the car of Wally Dallenbach (No. 15 Hayes Modems Ford) and Kenny Wallace (No. 81 Square D./T.I.C. Financial Ford).

LAKE SPEED (No. 9 Spam Ford) -- (The crew worked until 7 p.m. Saturday and resumed work this morning to prepare Speed's back-up car after an accident in Happy Hour practice Saturday involving Ward Burton resulted in damage to his primary car too great to repair. The crew completed an engine change, chassis set-up and various other work on the car. The back-up car is the same one Speed raced at Rockingham. Due to the switch Speed will drop to the tail of the inside line of the grid after it rolls off.)

CLYDE BOOTH (Team manager No. 22 MBNA America Pontiac) -- (On repairs of damage resulting from incident with Lake Speed.) We worked on the right side body damage so that it isn't very visible. As far as the other work, we changed the trailing arms, replaced the rear-end housing and also replaced most of the right side running gear.

POSTED AWARDS: Posted awards for today's TranSouth Financial 400 are $1,338,602. They include a $114,000 Unocal 76 Challenge bonus and a $30,000 Winston Lap Leader bonus.

STERLING MARLIN is the defending champion of the TranSouth Financial 400. DAVID PEARSON set the Darlington 400-mile race record in the 1968 Rebel 400.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ward Burton , Wally Dallenbach Sr. , Kenny Wallace