Henry's Bristol rumblings

RUMBLINGS -- BRISTOL ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------- Well, in what was a typical slam-bang Bristol affair, Dale Jarrett...


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Well, in what was a typical slam-bang Bristol affair, Dale Jarrett emerged triumphant tonight. In earning his first short-track win, DJ now has 12 lifetime victories, good enough for 41st on the all-time list. He has won 4 races this season....that ties his high-water mark from last year.

Junie Donlavey oughta be a happy man tonight....Dick Trickle had his best finish (3rd) since Dover of 1990, when he also finished 3rd driving for Cale Yarborough in the #66 Trop-Arctic Pontiac.

Trickle's run tonight now brings to 25 the number of drivers who have scored a Top-5 finish this season, and 36 different drivers now have a Top-10 effort this year.

Too many Crew-Chiefs & not enough Indians....no surprise that Pat Tryson took a hike, Tim Brewer is not used to someone else calling the shots. This could be an interesting team to watch....there'll probably be some fallout over this move, and I'm sure this won't be the last personnel shift on the QVC car. So much for 2-weeks notice <G>.....

STREAKIN....Dale Jarrett has 4 Top-5's in the last 5 races. Mark Markin has 15 Top-10's in the last 16 races.

In the money dept, the Unocal Bonus will be worth $91,200 next Sunday at "The Lady in Black".....the Winston Winner Bonus will be work $30,000....oh yeah, and somebody's got a shot at a measly $1M next week (I'm not gonna tell you who, cause you'll be tired of hearing about it before they even start the engines.) Think ISC will include that $1M in the posted awards? <G>

Only 5 leaders today....there were only 6 drivers that led the Spring race. Martinsville in April had the fewest leaders of any race this year....3.

This weeks elevator....UP: Operator of the week is Bobby Labonte (+30), Steve Grissom (+29), Dale Earnhardt (+20), Bill Elliott (+20), and Ricky Rudd (+20). DOWN: The big dropper was pole sitter Kenny Wallace (-38), Jeff Gordon (-33), David Green (-32), and Derrike Cope (-23).

Besides the obvious change at the top of the point standings, the other significant moves went to Grissom (27th to 24th), and Ken Schrader (16th to 14th). Falling 2 spots each this week were Darrell Waltrip (15th to 17th) and Mike Skinner (24th to 26th).

Next week we go to a re-configured Darlington Raceway and the Grandaddy of 'em all....the Mountain Dew Southern 500. Lets see....old turn #3 was a one-groove turn....and that's now turn #1. Betcha this weeks drivers meeting is gonna be one for the books <G>.

Henry Dubret (henry@nascarfans.com) NASCAR Fans _______________________________________ NASCAR Fans Website http://www.nascarfans.com

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Derrike Cope , Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Dale Jarrett , Darrell Waltrip , Bobby Labonte , Dick Trickle , Mike Skinner , Ken Schrader , Kenny Wallace , David Green , Tim Brewer , Steve Grissom