Gumout 200 Thursday Notebook By Dave Rodman LOUDON, N.H. (May 7, 1998) Notes and quotes prior to the Gumout Long Life Formula 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway: BACE Motorsports' two NASCAR Busch Series Grand...
Gumout 200 Thursday Notebook By Dave Rodman LOUDON, N.H. (May 7, 1998)
Notes and quotes prior to the Gumout Long Life Formula 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway: BACE Motorsports' two NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division teams were showing a lot of concern on Thursday afternoon at New Hampshire International Speedway, after team owner Bill Baumgardner suffered a "minor heart attack," during the previous 24 hours, according to team manager Steve Bird.
Bird reported that Baumgardner, whose cars have won the last three NASCAR Busch Series championships, underwent an angioplasty Thursday morning at a hospital in the Charlotte, N.C., area. At mid-afternoon Bird was recharging his cellular phone batteries and waiting for an update. Bird said both wings of BACE Motorsports were due for some good luck, and the three-time defending champions were preparing the best they could for the race, by bringing two brand new cars for drivers Randy LaJoie and Tim Fedewa.
"All we need is a little luck, and we haven't had any," Bird said. "We have a brand new car here for Randy that we tested real well with at Nazareth, and we've also got a brand new car here for Tim. We're ready to go."
In addition, BACE has a sponsorship press conference scheduled Friday morning at New Hampshire. Young Jimmy Foster, who underwent surgery to put a screw in his broken left foot a couple weeks ago, was in New Hampshire sporting a hinged cast on his foot that, by all accounts, would allow him to drive the No. 50 Dr Pepper Ford prepared by crew chief Darrell Bryant and crew. Foster reportedly had been cleared by his doctor to drive and was going to practice his car first thing Friday morning and determine if he was able to compete in Bud Pole Qualifying later that day and in Saturday's race.
New Hampshire was the site of Foster's best career finish in 1997 -- a 16th-place effort -- so he's anxious to compete on the "Magic Mile." Dennis Setzer, who recently has made a couple forays into the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series without qualifying and who scored an impressive NASCAR Winston Cup Series debut in the top-20 at Talladega Superspeedway two weeks ago, will attempt to make the Gumout 200 in the Sammy Kershaw Motorsports No. 48 UniFirst Uniforms Ford Taurus. Also on the sponsorship front, the Stegall Motorsports No. 85 Chevrolet for driver Shane Hall is arrayed in Big A Auto Parts livery for the Gumout Long Life Formula 200. The entry for the No. 96 Pontiac owned by John Andretti was canceled and the teams came to an agreement on switching the decals for this race.
In addition, Justin Boots' "race by race program" was again displayed on Jason Keller's No. 57 Chevrolet. "I feel really good about our chances in New Hampshire this weekend," said Glenn Allen, who has amassed his share of strong runs this season in the No. 99 Luxaire Chevrolet, though not as many positive results. "We are taking my favorite race car and I love racing on the flat tracks. We have run super at Loudon the past two years and ended up in an accident not of our own doing both times. Both of those accidents came on restarts and happened in Turn 2. I will be extra careful this year and hopefully make it to Victory Lane. "The team is real pumped up after running sixth in Talladega and all the other good runs we have had. I believe we are ready to create some good luck of our own and move back into the top-10 in points. Without all the crazy things we have had happen, we should be in the top-five right now. John Monsam has always had good cars in Loudon and I know he will have our Luxaire Chevrolet right on the mark from the time we unload. It should be a great weekend." Forty-seven cars were signed into the NASCAR Busch Series garage for Saturday's race; and some 60 Busch North Series Grand National Division cars were in the garages for the Gumout 100 NASCAR Touring Division event, also set for Saturday.
NASCAR Busch Series practice opens Friday from 8:30-9:30 a.m. EDT and alternates with Busch North Series practice in one hour sessions all morning.
NASCAR Busch Series Bud Pole Qualifying is at 2 p.m. EDT Friday, followed by NASCAR Busch North Series Bud Pole Qualifying at about 3 p.m., followed by final practice sessions as time permits. Matt Hutter, driver of the Stanley Tools Pontiac, is coming off his first top-10 finish two weekends ago at Talladega Superspeedway. His ninth place finish moved him up to first place in the battle for Raybestos Rookie of the Year. He has competed several times in Busch North Series races for the NASCAR Touring Division at the "Magic Mile."
"I've spent some time racing on this track and I'm pretty familiar with it," Hutter said. "Having a good motor program will help us here. This is a track where the turns slow you down, so you need a lot of horsepower in the straightaways."
Hutter is also another driver who's using a brand new car at New Hampshire. Mark Green had a very hectic schedule since the last NASCAR Busch Series race on April 25 at Talladega Superspeedway.
On Monday, April 27 Green tested at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va.; from Thursday, April 30 to Friday, May 1, he participated in the "NASCAR's Night in Hollywood" gala at the Wiltern Theater in Hollywood, Calif.; on Saturday, May 2 he Participated in 'Race for the Y Day' in Bowling Green, Ky., by competing in a celebrity go-kart race and signing autographs for two hours. The event benefitted the Bowling Green YMCA; and on Monday, May 4 - Tuesday, May 5, he tested at Watkins Glen International. Big Apple Food Stores, with 76 locations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, is an associate sponsor on the No. 37 Timber Wolf Chevrolet for the race at New Hampshire.
Source: NASCAR Online