Gumout 200 Saturday Notebook By Dave Rodman LOUDON, N.H. - Notes following the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division Gumout Long Life Formula 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway: Defending race winner Mike McLaughlin failed...
Gumout 200 Saturday Notebook By Dave Rodman
LOUDON, N.H. - Notes following the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division Gumout Long Life Formula 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway:
Defending race winner Mike McLaughlin failed to defend his crown, but he came away from the "Magic Mile" with the lead in the NASCAR Busch Series' point standings when he finished seventh in the Gould's Pumps Chevrolet.
Point leader Matt Kenseth battled an ill-handling Lycos Chevrolet all day and ended up 16th, as 21 cars finished all 200 laps. The exchange put McLaughlin unofficially five points up on Kenseth.
Meanwhile, not only did Dale Earnhardt Jr. notch another top-10 finish with his 10th-place run in the ACDelco Chevrolet, he remained 30 points out of the point lead in third. Mirroring his father Dale's recent performance in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, he leads the unofficial NASCAR Busch Series money winning list with $262,880.
Winner Buckshot Jones is already licking his lips anticipating the NASCAR Winston Cup Series CMT 300 at New Hampshire on Aug. 30. Jones, who made his series debut in last season's finale at Atlanta Motor Speedway, plans to make five starts in the upper division this season.
Jason Keller soldiered into another strong finish, 12th, in the Gumout 200, and moved up to eighth in the series standings. He did it with Justin Boots on the side of the No. 57 Progressive Motorsports Chevrolet -- in a continuation of a three-race "one-race deal."
"We're working hard with the people from Justin Boots, we've got a great relationship developed and we're approaching it as a long-term business decision, as they are," Progressive Business Manager Steve DeSouza said. "They don't want to make a snap decision, and we don't want them to, either. They wanted to maintain some continuity in the program, but we hope to know something in maybe the next two weeks."
Hermie Sadler extended his consecutive starts record in the NASCAR Busch Series to 150 Saturday, but was frustrated by what the team thought was contaminated fuel. The problem knocked Sadler to 33rd at the finish and back to ninth in the standings from sixth.
For the first time this season, every NASCAR Busch Series regular team that signed-in at the track made the race. The DNQs for the Gumout 200 included Northern-based teams with drivers Joey McCarthy, Mike Olsen, Tom Bolles and Brian Simo.
The Hendrick Marrow Program -- which was sparked by Hendrick Motorsports' owner Rick Hendrick's battle with leukemia -- which raised more than $600,000 and added 17,000 new names to the national registry in its first year of existence, has now taken the fight against leukemia and other blood disorders to cyberspace.
Internet users can now access the Hendrick Marrow Program's home page at http://www.hendrickmarrow.com.
Among other things, the web site includes a mission statement, calendar of upcoming events, links to Hendrick Motorsports driver pages as we as other cancer-related health organizations, and a registration form for financial contributions.
While he was disgusted with his lack of horsepower Saturday, two-time defending series champion Randy LaJoie was upbeat about closing out his run as Ricky Craven's replacement in the No. 50 Budweiser Chevrolet in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.
"That just proved you can't race without a motor," said LaJoie, who led his first laps -- 14 of them, in fact -- of the 1998 season and finished fifth, his third top-five of the year.
He said he would skip The Winston next Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but that he would drive every other NASCAR Winston Cup Series race up to and including the Pontiac Excitement 400 at Richmond International Raceway on June 6.
At that point Hendrick Motorsports plans to use Wally Dallenbach in its car until Craven is able to return.
Source: NASCAR Online