Strader dominates finishes third. Hardeeville, SC (April 6, 2002) Wilson North Carolina native, Cam Strader, stole the show Saturday night in the running of the South Carolina 150 at the Hardeeville Motor Speedway in Hardeeville ...
Strader dominates finishes third.
Hardeeville, SC (April 6, 2002) Wilson North Carolina native, Cam Strader, stole the show Saturday night in the running of the South Carolina 150 at the Hardeeville Motor Speedway in Hardeeville South Carolina.
Strader served notice early that the Wesson Cooking Oil - Peter Pan Peanut Butter Mercury Cougar was strong, by winning the Bud Pole Award at an average speed of 121.098 mph. He started from the third position, after the top eight cars were shuffled in the pre-race inversion, a standard format for the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series.
After dominating the race by leading the most laps, Strader would fall victim to an empty gas tank in the waning laps of the event.
Strader was leading when the final green flag waved, he stepped on the gas but his car failed to respond. He quickly recovered, re-fired his machine, and finished third behind Jake Hobgood who also got by on the restart.
Robert Huffman was able to capitalize on Strader's misfortune and went on to win the event.
"This was one of those nights when total laps run was the whole issue. We had figured the gas mileage and had enough fuel to make it to the finish, but when we had to run all those extra laps because of the late cautions it just ran the thing dry," he explained. "I have an awesome team led by crew chief, Billy Owen and great engines prepared by Jan Smith," Strader said. "It's very seldom that a car is that dominant, but when you hit the right combination it's incredible. The Wesson team had this car dialed in tonight on those Goodyear Tires and the cooler it got, the faster the car ran. I am so excited that we are having this much success so early in the season for all of our sponsors at ConAgra Grocery Products."
Strader led 136 of the 159-lap event that lasted 1 hour, 4 minutes and 42 seconds. There were two lead changes among two drivers, and eight caution periods for a total of 51 laps. Only three cars were on the lead lap at the conclusion of the event.
The NASCAR Goody's Dash Series travels to the tight bullring in Rougemont, NC for the next event on April 27th.