Bristol: Chuck Gafrarar race notes

Lucky 7 for Gafrarar at Bristol BRISTOL, TN (August 23, 2003) -- Chuck Gafrarar, Mooresville, NC driver of the ...

Lucky 7 for Gafrarar at Bristol

BRISTOL, TN (August 23, 2003) -- Chuck Gafrarar, Mooresville, NC driver of the #14 NASCAR Goody's Dash Hobgood prepared car, returned to the Bristol Speedway Wednesday, August 20th with several goals. Focused on great coverage for his sponsors and a good solid finish, Gafrarar qualified in 14th spot out of 38 entries in the Bristol Speedways 150 lap event. The Crew had hope that 14th spot and his matching car number would be a lucky one. Last season Bristol was more commonly known as the Bristol Brawl and this years events were much tamer in brawls but tough racing for many with cautions throughout the evening. Gafrarar brought the #14 over the finish line with a solid seventh place finish!

Gafrarar stated, "when we hit the track for practice rounds, we kept making changes. Each time, Will Hobgood worked with us to dial it in. He's a great guy and works hard to keep all three cars ( 65, 64 and 14) running upfront. I really respect how he worked with me over the past several races. I can't thank Will and his family enough for the opportunity to run the third Hobgood car. We needed a good finish at Bristol and a top ten is good considering the event was more like an episode of Survivor."

At the start of the event, Gafrarar made a good move to break into the top ten and steadily worked his way into 8th. After a couple yellow flags, the 14 car was into 4th place and held onto it for the next 15 laps. Another caution was thrown and Crew Chief Mark Torbett made a call to pit. The Spears Craftsman Truck Team pitted the #14 car for another event, and we had a great pit stop.

Once again, Thanks to Will Hobgood and the Hobgood Family and Crew for all their help and support - they are awesome! Also thanks to my Crew Chief - MarkTorbett, and to Crew members: Dave Roope, Michael Johnson and Nikki Long for all the extra help! Gafrarar also stated " I would like to extend extra thanks to Danny (Spotter)and Tim (Gas Man) and Skip (Catch Can)from the Spears Truck Racing Crew for their Pit assistance. They are a great team and we appreciate their efforts to help us move forward."

The 150 lap event was packed with accidents. Gafrarar commented "I think one of the most important moves of the race was avoiding all of them. I drove through so many wrecks tonight and never put a scratch on the car! I really have to be happy to have made it through that event with the seventh place finish and the car in great condition." Gafrarar's Sponsor Team consists of: Travel Club International, Icehouse, I.H. Caffey, INC., Mobil 1, RWI - Sports Marketing INC., MeadWestvaco and Long Shifters. Gafrarar is working towards the 2004 Race Season and reviewing additional sponsors packages to come on board. Interested business associates may contact him at or in the Dash website - drivers site.


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