All Pro Bumper to Bumper 300 Wednesday Notes By Shawn A. Akers CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 30, 1998) Some notes and quotes Wednesday surrounding Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division All Pro Bumper to Bumper 300 at Charlotte Motor...
All Pro Bumper to Bumper 300 Wednesday Notes By Shawn A. Akers
CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 30, 1998) Some notes and quotes Wednesday surrounding Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division All Pro Bumper to Bumper 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway:
It's been nearly two years since Johnny Benson has been in a NASCAR Busch Series car. He'll get behind the wheel of one this weekend for BACE Motorsports at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Benson, who drove the No. 74 Lipton Tea Chevrolet to a NASCAR Busch Series championship for BACE Motorsports in 1995, will attempt to qualify a Chevrolet with the No. 26 emblazened on the side for this Saturday's All Pro Bumper to Bumper 300. The car will be sponsored by Staff America, a company owned by BACE Motorsports owner Bill Baumgardner.
"Johnny has been bugging us for a weeks to put him in a car, so we finally decided to let him drive," said Steve Bird, team manager for BACE Motorsports. "This is more or less a points thing for next year, and it's just a one-race deal."
Should Benson make the field (he's a past champion eligible for a past champion's provisional) for Saturday's race, he'll earn owner points for Baumgardner, which will be an asset for the team next season.
Benson's car will be the third entry for BACE Motorsports this weekend, in addition to the No. 74 FINA Chevrolet, with driver Randy LaJoie; and the No. 33 Kleenex Chevrolet, with driver Tim Fedewa.
The new Jeff Gordon-Ray Evernham NASCAR Busch Series team that was formed recently will make an announcement on Friday about their plans for the 1999 season. The announcement is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at the Gordon-Evernham race complex on Weddington Road in Concord, N.C.
The announcement is said to include sponsorship plans as well as the amount of races the team will run and who will drive the car. Gordon, Evernham and Brooke Gordon, the team co-owners, as well as sponsor representatives, will be on hand for the announcement.. The event will be hosted by motorsports commentator Benny Parsons.
Matt Kenseth has been a busy man recently. He, Robbie Reiser and the No. 17 Lycos Chevrolet team spent two days testing at Gateway International Raceway this past week in preparation for the upcoming NASCAR Busch Series race there in two weeks.
Kenseth, a Wisconsin native, was also seen this past week at the Carolina Panthers-Green Bay Packers NFL football game at Ericsson Stadium in Charlotte. On Tuesday, his team announced that DeWalt Tools will be the primary sponsor on Kenseth's No. 17 Chevrolet for next season.
Mark Green said Wednesday he's not overly concerned about finding a ride for next season. Green, the current driver of the No. 37 Timber Wolf Chevrolet, and Brewco Motorsports recently announced that they will part ways at the end of the 1998 season.
"I'm a bit worried, but I know I'll land on my feet for next year," Green said. "It came down to the fact that it just wasn't going to be a good situation for Mark Green there (at Brewco Motorsports). Nothing's solid for right now, but I've been talking to a few people and I'm sure something will turn up for me pretty soon."
Brewco Motorsports will continue to field two teams for next season in the NASCAR Busch Series. Casey Atwood, the young phenom from the Nashville, Tenn., area, will drive one of the cars for the team in 1999. A driver for the other team has yet to be announced. Danny Gibbs will serve as the crew chief for the No. 99 Luxaire Chevrolet, driven by Glenn Allen, for the All Pro Bumper to Bumper 300 this weekend. Gibbs, who has been with the team all season, takes over for former crew chief Dan Glaus.
With five races to go this season, Mike McLaughlin, driver of the No. 34 Goulds Pump Chevrolet, has already set a few new career highs. McLaughlin has recorded double-digit top-fives (10) for the first time ever. He has also recorded more top-10 finishes (15) than ever before and he is bearing down on the $2 million mark in career earnings ($1,919,663).
Source: NASCAR Online