Federated Auto Parts 250 Friday Notebook By Brett Borden NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 14, 1998) Friday Notebook for NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Federated Auto Parts 250 at Nashville Speedway USA: Since the advent of the new pit stop...
Federated Auto Parts 250 Friday Notebook By Brett Borden
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 14, 1998) Friday Notebook for NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Federated Auto Parts 250 at Nashville Speedway USA:
Since the advent of the new pit stop rules for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, an already competitive series has gotten better in that department. The trio of events, at Pikes Peak International Raceway, Indianapolis Raceway Park and New Hampshire International Raceway, produced three different winners, record-matching numbers of lead changes and at mid-season a dramatic tightening of the championship chase. Fourteen different drivers led at least one of the three races, including three competitors Lance Norick , Randy Renfrow and Lonnie Rush who'd never before headed a NCTS lap. Despite the pit road challenge, teams responded with a whopping 36 lead changes an average of 12 per race and a lead lap finishing average of 16.33 teams.
Some of the biggest stories in the NCTS garage area weren't who made the field for Saturday's Federated Auto Parts 250, but rather who didn't. To wit: -- Jerry Glanville, vying to compete in the NCTS on the same night in the same city that his old NFL team, the Oilers, were to make their debut in Nashville, had the slowest time in both Friday practices and in qualifying. Nashville Speedway USA was Glanville's own personal "House of Pain" as he spun in the first practice and never recovered enough speed to make the field. -- Tom Hubert, who competed in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series this season at both road course events (Sears Point and Watkins Glen), was the second man to miss the cut. He was attempting to make the field in a Kevin Doran-owned truck. Doran managed the winning team in both the 224 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring.
Cindy Peterson, trying to give Tammy Jo Kirk company in her never-ending battle to uphold the standing of woman drivers everywhere, also was a little off the pace and had to pack up and leave.
It looks like Rick Crawford has found an engine builder to his liking. Some guy named Robert Yates built Crawford's engine for Saturday's race, and it paid immediate dividends as Crawford found enough horsepower to qualify third. Team owner Tom Mitchell has a long personal history with Yates, and Crawford ran Yates motors when he competed in the All-Pro Series back in 1995.
Pre-race events continue to draw crowds when they feature NCTS drivers and trucks. In downtown Nashville Thursday night in front of the NASCAR Cafe, the Tailgate '98 Ain't Nothin' but a Hound Dog Tour to feed hungry children featured NCTS trucks piloted by Stacy Compton, Ron Hornaday, Scot Walters, Mike Bliss, Wayne Anderson, Butch Miller and Rick Carelli. Compton, Hornaday, Walters, Bliss, Anderson, Miller, Joe Ruttman, Barry Bodine, Greg Biffle, Dominic Dobson , Bob Keselowski, and Lance Norick all signed autographs for fans, who enjoyed the entertainment provided by the Charlie Daniels Band, among others.
NASCAR Winston Racing Series Heartland Region points leader Joe Buford made the field, qualifying 18th in his Easy Care Motorsports/Town & Country Ford. Buford and team donate 10 percent of all their racing winnings to the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, while sponsor Town & Country Ford matches it.
Blake Bainbridge made the field in his No. 9 Jim Burke Auto Group Chevrolet, with no small influence from legendary NASCAR driver Donnie Allison, who happens to be his crew chief, and ex-NCTS crew chief Freddy Fryar, who assists Allison. Bainbridge previously competed in the NCTS earlier this season at Indianapolis Raceway Park, finishing 30th.
Kevin Harvick was unable to compete this weekend in Nashville, as he was defending his points lead in the Winston West Series at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash.
Another NCTS driver has cut his teeth in the announcing booth, as Stacy Compton made his behind-the-microphone debut Friday night for TNN, helping Eli Gold and Buddy Baker call the NASCAR Late Model and Nashville Super Truck races for delayed broadcast.
Source: NASCAR Online