New Hampshire; Ricky Craven wants a repeat of 1991

LOUDON, N.H. - As the NASCAR Busch Series invades New Hampshire International Speedway for the Busch 200 this weekend, Ricky Craven will try to duplicate his "near perfect" weekend of 1991. A perfect race is qualifying on the pole and ...

LOUDON, N.H. - As the NASCAR Busch Series invades New Hampshire International Speedway for the Busch 200 this weekend, Ricky Craven will try to duplicate his "near perfect" weekend of 1991. A perfect race is qualifying on the pole and leading every lap en route to victory. In the 1991 Chevy Dealers of New England 250, Craven proceeded to win the pole, lead 85 of 250 laps and win the race while battling 1990 Busch Series champion Chuck Bown and Winston Cup star Harry Gant. Craven, driver of the No. 23 AGREE Shampoo and Conditioner Chevrolet, remembers entering that weekend full of confidence. He had recently locked up the Busch North Series championship and was going to "celebrate" by attempting to make his first Winston Cup start the following week at North Carolina Speedway. "We entered that weekend on a roll," Craven said. "The biggest asset for a team is confidence, and we came into Loudon having won six of the past nine events on the Busch North circuit. We had won a Busch Series/Busch North conjunction event earlier that year at Oxford Plains and wanted to win this conjunction event to prove it was no fluke." Craven began the weekend on a high note by capturing the pole. With the championship already secured, the team could concentrate on strategy and preparing a fast car without having to worry about points. "We started from the pole and were strong early but had to fight for track position during the middle stages of the event," Craven said. "While our strategy helped, we were also lucky several times during the event. A strong car, good strategy and good luck put us in a position to race for the win in the closing laps. "Racing Harry Gant and Chuck Bown for the win and coming out on top was a great feeling. We also ended Harry Gant's three-race Busch Series winning streak that weekend in front of our hometown fans. "A win this weekend is something I think the fans would enjoy. A win this weekend is something I know I would enjoy."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ricky Craven , Harry Gant