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Kenwood Home & Car Audio 300 Notebook Brett Borden FONTANA, Calif. (July 19, 1998) Brad Akin, a pit crew member from Elton Sawyer's team, suffered a broken ankle after being clipped by Mark Krogh while changing a right front tire. He went...

Kenwood Home & Car Audio 300 Notebook Brett Borden

FONTANA, Calif. (July 19, 1998) Brad Akin, a pit crew member from Elton Sawyer's team, suffered a broken ankle after being clipped by Mark Krogh while changing a right front tire. He went on to change Sawyer's other front tire before receiving medical attention.

Points leader Mike McLaughlin entered the Kenwood Home & Car Audio 300 leading the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division points race. He found himself in third after the race due to contact he made late in the race with Kevin Lepage.

"I got up in the back of the 40 car," McLaughlin said. "He checked up. Nobody checked up on him. He must not have known it was three- or four-wide or whatever was happening there. So, we ended up 24th, two laps down. Not a good day."

Race winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr., now has twice as many victories (four) as his closest rivals in that category. He also has won the MCI Fast Pace award seven out of the 19 races on the season..

Mike Wallace had a decent weekend. In his full-time job on Saturday, Wallace started The No Fear Challenge NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race 19th and finished 12th. In his moonlighting gig as a NASCAR Busch Series driver on Sunday, he started 39th and finished 21st.

David Green continued to turn around the fortunes of the No. 36 Stanley Pontiac almost single handedly. Before Green's arrival, the team had an average finish of 27.85 in 14 starts this season. After finishing fifth in the Kenwood Home & Car Audio 300, the team has an average finish of 3.75 in four races with Green behind the wheel.

Three drivers in Sunday's race were competing on their home turf. Brad Noffsinger is a native of Hollywood, while Ron Hornaday hails from Palmdale, Calif., which also happens to be the hometown of one Lance Hooper. Hooper finished fourth in Saturday's NASCAR Winston West Series California 200 and 25th in Sunday's race. Hornaday finished third in Saturday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series No Fear Challenge and 22nd Sunday. Noffsinger, meanwhile, finished 38thin Sunday's Kenwood Home & Car Audio 300.

Elliott Sadler may want to buy a lottery ticket on Monday. The driver of the No. 66 Phillips 66 Chevrolet started seventh and finished seventh Sunday.

Matt Kenseth has never finished worse than third in the Kenwood Home & Car Audio 300. Funny thing is, he's never finished better than third, either. Kenseth, who finished behind Todd Bodine and Steve Park in 1997, took the show money once again in 1998.

Fans at California Speedway were treated to all kinds of spectacular aerial feats on Sunday. The Xtreme Air Show, featuring six daredevils, pulled off aerial stunts such as 65-foot free-falls in the Air Bag Plunge, 50-foot flights off a catapult, and a quadruple somersault. Meanwhile, the Skydive Elsinore precision skydiving team landed along the front stretch before the race after jumping from an airplane high above the speedway.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Matt Kenseth , Todd Bodine , Steve Park , Kevin Lepage , Mike Wallace , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Mike McLaughlin , David Green , Elliott Sadler