Watkins Glen Fellows to Defend Title

FELLOWS KICKS OFF HIS '98 TRUCK RACING CAMPAIGN AT WATKINS GLEN, SITE OF HIS TRIUMPHANT VICTORY IN '97 WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (May 22, 1998) - Canadian road racing veteran Ron Fellows, who certainly knows how to make the most out of a ...

FELLOWS KICKS OFF HIS '98 TRUCK RACING CAMPAIGN AT WATKINS GLEN, SITE OF HIS TRIUMPHANT VICTORY IN '97

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (May 22, 1998) - Canadian road racing veteran Ron Fellows, who certainly knows how to make the most out of a limited schedule on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, returns to historic Watkins Glen International Raceway on Friday and Saturday (May 29-30) as defending race winner of the Parts America 150.

In only his third race ever on the hotly competitive truck racing circuit, Fellows brought his AER Mfg. Chevrolet to The Glen last August and left with a victory and a permanent place in the NASCAR record books. He joined Winston Cup regulars Terry Labonte, Mark Martin and Ken Schrader as the only non-regulars on the Craftsman Truck Series circuit to win a race.

"That puts us in some pretty tidy company, doesn't it?" said Fellows, who returns to defend his Parts America 150 title in the No. 48 AER Mfg. Chevy co-owned by Billy Hess and Bob McGraw. "We'd sure like to win it again this year. I've had terrific success at The Glen over the years. It's one of my favorite circuits. But, being a non-regular on the circuit, I think the odds are definitely against us. There are some pretty talented guys out there who are there week in and week out. And that's what makes this series so great - it's one of the most competitive racing series around."

Of course, Fellows wishes he had the luxury of having raced a time or two this season before heading to The Glen this weekend. But he and the rest of Team Hess/McGraw are ready to take things in stride.

"We haven't raced yet this year, but in a lot of ways I think we're more prepared than last year for the Parts America 150," said Fellows, who earlier this year drove a Ferrari World Sports Car at the Daytona 24-Hour and a Porsche at the Sebring 12-Hour endurance classics. "We've made significant upgrades in our equipment, and we've done a good bit of testing. So in that sense, we're hoping those mechanical uncertainties you typically have going into your first race of the season will be kept at bay. Fortunately, for me, Watkins Glen is a very comfortable place to race.'

Fellows drove to SCCA Trans-Am victories at Watkins Glen in 1994 and 1995. He ranks fifth behind leader Mark Donahue on the all-time Trans-Am victory list, with 19 wins in 95 starts. (Donahue won 27 Trans-Am races in his career.)

Team Hess/McGraw, which competed in just five NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events in 1997, also plans a limited schedule this year. After the Parts America 150, the team heads for the Pronto Auto Parts 400 at the resurfaced Texas Motor Speedway on June 5.

Practice and qualifying for the Parts America 150 at Watkins Glen are set for Friday. Saturday's 62-lap main event around The Glen's 2.45-mile road course begins at 12 noon (EDT) and will be broadcast live by ESPN. Fellows' qualifying time of 75.149 seconds (117.387 mph) last year in the AER Mfg. Chevrolet is the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series record at The Glen.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Terry Labonte , Ken Schrader , Ron Fellows , Mark Martin