BUSCH: McFarland to Make Third BGN Start at Richmond June 5



Winchester, VA, June 3, 1998 - Mark McFarland and the #82 Carolina Shoe Monte Carlo will make their third start on the NASCAR Busch Grand National Circuit in the Hardees 250 at Richmond International Speedway.

Mark McFarland and the #82 Carolina Shoe Chevrolet has run two races to date; New Hampshire and Nazareth. "We have made considerable improvements with each race we have run. We are qualifying and running some great laps." Said McFarland. "Had it not been for some problems we could not control, we would have certainly had two top 20 finishes.

These problems are all part of racing, but for this young team, these problems can bring bright spots to their future. After starting 43rd at New Hampshire International Speedway, McFarland, which had one of the fastest cars on the track, got tangled with Jason Jarrett and Casey Atwood on lap 101. "We were just getting into a groove. We had moved up from 43rd to 28th when I got mixed up with the #37 and #41 cars." They left me with no where to go but into the wall." Said McFarland. "We did exactly what we set out to do, qualify and run fast laps during the race."

McFarland started the second Busch race of his career at Nazareth Speedway in the 31st position. He quickly moved up to the 23rd position before being nudged and spun around in the grass. "The #89 car got underneath me and spun me into the grass. We lost some positions but we got them back, we were lucky he did not hit us." McFarland said.

On a day where there were 7 cautions and many banged up cars, McFarland managed to stay out of trouble and finish 28th after completing 182 of the 200 laps. On the 162nd lap, the alternator started acting up forcing McFarland to leave the track with 18 laps to go. "We were headed for a top twenty finish", crew chief Donnie Miller said. "These are the type of problems that drive you crazy. There is really no way of preparing for this. The Carolina Shoe Chevrolet was running great. It was unfortunate but we are making great strides."

This was the first time McFarland had been on the very difficult Nazareth track, and considering this, the team feels as though they accomplished a great deal. McFarland said, "If we keep making the kind of progress we have made during our first two Busch starts, we will make some noise soon and we hope that noise will be heard June 5th in Richmond."

The team practiced in Richmond a month ago and was able to click several fast laps during the practice. They completed 250 laps with several times of 22.8 (the Busch pole time last spring was 22.137). Miller spent the majority of time working on the chassis and shocks. "We found the right setup at the end of the session, so we know the car will be ready. Richmond will be a tough deal because the Cup guys will take several spots in the Busch race but we will be ready," Miller said.

"The Carolina Shoe Chevrolet feels great. We will be ready for Richmond. With every lap we are gaining more and more confidence. McFarland said. "We are very excited about getting back out there." For this young team, confidence is what it is all about. Once you have that beat, every thing else falls right in to place.

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Drivers Jason Jarrett , Mark McFarland