Mike's NASCAR Notes, 6/27/97, 2nd Edition Mike@NASCARFans.Com Tom Who? Tom Kendall is a 30 year old SCCA Trans-Am driver for Jack Roush, who is on the hottest run of his life, having become the first driver in his racing series to win the...
Mike's NASCAR Notes, 6/27/97, 2nd Edition Mike@NASCARFans.Com
Tom Kendall is a 30 year old SCCA Trans-Am driver for Jack Roush, who is on the hottest run of his life, having become the first driver in his racing series to win the first five events straight. Oddly enough, nobody in IndyCar or NASCAR seems to notice. What it all comes down to, though, is a car owner simply calling his number. "I feel I'm absolutely in my prime. Dale Earnhardt won his first championship at 30," Kendall said. "And I have 12 years of racing experience under my belt. You figure a lot of people are 40 when they have that much experience." Kendall does has limited Winston Cup series experience with several one-race deals at the Winston Cup road racing tracks.
Truck Testing at Watkins Glen
Trans-Am driver Dorsey Schroeder was second quickest in NASCAR Craftsman Truck testing. Schroeder will drive a Ford F150 for owner Tom Gloy in the truck race Aug. 24 at the Glen. And the quickest? Former Trans-Am driver Boris Said, who runs the full schedule in Ernie Irvan's Ford F150.
More California Notes
Greg Penske, CEO of the California Speedway, has thought of just about everything for the track's opening, from coloring books for children to pizza delivery in the paddock. He even considered a card stunt performed by the fans: it was going to say, "Welcome to the inaugural running of the California 500 presented by NAPA." Asked if that was a bit wordy, Penske replied, "That grandstand's a half-mile long-we could have added, "And please drive safely."
Jeff Gordon Quote on California Victory
"It was a nail-biter because I didn't know until the checkered flag that I would win it. They kept telling me I'd be a lap short on gas."
Mike Wallace Gets Spam-canned (sorry, couldn't resist the pun)
Mike Wallace was released from the LJ Racing Chevy, sponsored by Spam, after failing to qualify for his eighth race of the 1997 season at Fontana, California. The crew is also on their third different crew chief since the team started. Loy Allen will drive the Spam Chevrolet in the Pepsi 400 at Daytona. A permanent replacement has not yet been named.
Other Notable Racing News
In the most severe sanctions in NHRA history, Pro Stock driver Jerry Eckman and car owner Bill Orndorff were suspended at least two years and fined $25,000 Wednesday for using nitrous oxide, a banned and volatile fuel additive.
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