BUSCH: Hickory Race Story

Berrier picks up first win in 208th start HICKORY, N.C. (April 11, 1998) Ed Berrier, who has been racing in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division since 1984, earned his first career victory today when he held off Hermie Sadler's ...

Berrier picks up first win in 208th start

HICKORY, N.C. (April 11, 1998) Ed Berrier, who has been racing in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division since 1984, earned his first career victory today when he held off Hermie Sadler's challenge in the Galaxy Foods 300 at historic Hickory Motor Speedway.

It was Berrier's first win in 208 starts on the NASCAR Busch Series. He became the eighth different winner in eight races this season.

"It's been a great day," Berrier said. "It was a wreck there at the end because Mike Dillon was there. I made some adjustments in the last stop."

Berrier notched the first series win for a Ford this season, and the first for a NASCAR Busch Series regular in a Ford since 1996. He edged out Sadler by 1.645 seconds and was never lower than second throughout the race. He took the lead for good on lap 194 and held on the rest of the way.

Sadler, who was running in his 148th consecutive Busch series event, drove his Chevrolet to the runner-up finish from the 17th starting position.

The next nine positions were filled by Chevrolets. Tim Fedewa, Mike Dillon and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top-five finishers.

Bud Pole winner Robert Pressley, who was consistently among the top-five during the race, settled for sixth. Mike Cope was seventh, while points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr., who won last week's Coca-Cola 300, finished eighth from his 16th starting spot.

Shane Hall and Jason Keller completed the top-10, while defending race winner Dick Trickle was 11th. Buckshot Jones and Tony Stewart, both in Pontiacs, were 12th and 13th, respectively.

Two-time defending series champion Randy LaJoie, who has not led a single lap this season, continued his early struggles by coming in 23rd. He started last as a past champion's provisional entry.

The field was limited to 31 cars on the .363-mile oval. The 300-lap race covered 108.9 miles and took just over two hours to complete.

The series takes next week off, then continues April 25 with the Touchstone Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway. Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Dick Trickle , Jason Keller , Shane Hall , Buckshot Jones , Robert Pressley , Hermie Sadler , Ed Berrier