Rockingham Sunday Notes

ACDelco 400 Notebook By Shawn A. Akers ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (Nov. 11, 1998) Some notes and quotes surrounding Sunday's ACDelco 400 at North Carolina Speedway: Bill Elliott fans are at it again. With a little more than a week left to go,...

ACDelco 400 Notebook By Shawn A. Akers

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (Nov. 11, 1998) Some notes and quotes surrounding Sunday's ACDelco 400 at North Carolina Speedway:

Bill Elliott fans are at it again. With a little more than a week left to go, Elliott once again leads the fan voting for the National Motorsports Press Association's NASCAR Winston Cup Most Popular Driver Award.

Elliott has won the award 12 times during his career, including the last seven in a row. A total of 25,318 votes have been cast for 43 different drivers as of Saturday.

Dale Earnhardt is currently second in the voting, followed by Jeff Gordon, Dick Trickle and Rusty Wallace. Voting ends on Nov. 9. You can still vote for your favorite driver by calling 1-900-903-0909, at 79 cents per call.

Going into Sunday's race, only two drivers were locked into their points position in the standings, regardless of their performance on Sunday: First-place Gordon and second-place Mark Martin.

Every other driver in the standings was separated from the position above or behind them by 151 points or less, the maximum points difference possible in a race. Five of the top-25 positions were separated by 25 points or less.

Martin's consistency over the years has never wavered, as this statistic will show. Martin will finish in the top-10 in the standings for the 10th consecutive year.

It is the third time during his career that he will finish second in the standings. He did so in 1990 and 1994, both to Earnhardt.

Talk about team consistency. Sterling Marlin was the only driver in the top-40 in the standings that had yet to post a DNF this season, prior to Sunday's race. Marlin did miss the race at Atlanta in the spring when he failed to qualify, but his last DNF occurred at Talladega Superspeedway in October of 1997.

Prior to Sunday's race, no driver had won the fall race at Rockingham from the pole since 1992, when Kyle Petty won the ACDelco 500. The last driver to win a race from the pole there was Gordon, in the spring GM Goodwrench 500 in 1995.

North Carolina Speedway honored the late L.G. DeWitt by naming its race control tower the L.G. DeWitt Center during a special ceremony prior to Sunday's race.

DeWitt, an original investor and president of the track, was acknowledged for his dedication to NASCAR racing and for his pioneering work in superspeedway construction and operations.

The L.G. DeWitt Center houses NASCAR race control, two television booths, the scoring stand, a first-aid station, corporate suites, and the Herman Hickman Press Box, named for the retired director of public relations who served with DeWitt for many years.

The speedway is assisting the Special Olympics World Games in its volunteer recruitment efforts and general awareness campaign. The games will be held in Raleigh, N.C., from June 26 through July 4, 1998.

Volunteer applications were available at the Special Olympics World Games Display at North Carolina Speedway this weekend.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Bill Elliott , Dick Trickle , Rusty Wallace , Kyle Petty , Sterling Marlin , Mark Martin