Derrike Cope Swept into Crash

Cope swept into crash at Las Vegas LAS VEGAS (March 8, 1999) State Fair Brand Corn Dogs Pontiac driver Derrike Cope wasn't counting on any luck in Sunday's Las Vegas 400. It's a good thing, because he sure didn't get any. Cope was...

Cope swept into crash at Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (March 8, 1999) State Fair Brand Corn Dogs Pontiac driver Derrike Cope wasn't counting on any luck in Sunday's Las Vegas 400. It's a good thing, because he sure didn't get any. Cope was swept into a crash midway through the Las Vegas 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and finished 34th. He retained 40th-place in the NASCAR Winston Cup point standings. Cope was speeding along on lap 131 of the 267-lap race when suddenly Kenny Irwin's Ford broke loose, nudging the Chevy of Kenny Wallace into the wall. Cope had nowhere to go and plowed into Joe Nemechek, who was also collected in the crash.

The Bahari' Racing team rushed to make repairs to Cope's vehicle. They replaced his radiator and made cosmetic repairs to his Pontiac's front end, allowing him to return to the race after 50 laps behind the wall.

"I got to running up there where I could race with people," Cope said. "We felt like we were becoming more competitive. But coming off turn two I was on the outside trying to get by Nemechek and it looked like somebody got turned around. They all stopped in front of Nemechek and I. I ran into the back of him and it just started an accordion affect. It tore the nose up and the radiator and we had to come in and change all that."

Cope qualified 24th for the event in Friday's time trials.

State Fair is one of four Sara Lee companies serving as rotating sponsors for Cope this season. The others are Jimmy Dean, Bryan Foods and Rudy' Farm. Next up for owner Chuck Rider' team is Sunday' Cracker Barrel 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Derrike Cope