FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 11, 1997 SWAIM SWEEPS CARAWAY FIELD Mike Swaim Jr. made the short trip from his home in High Point, North Carolina down highway 311, to the tiny village of Sophia, North Carolina this weekend to do battle...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 11, 1997
SWAIM SWEEPS CARAWAY FIELD
Mike Swaim Jr. made the short trip from his home in High Point, North Carolina down highway 311, to the tiny village of Sophia, North Carolina this weekend to do battle with twenty three of the best short track drivers in the Country. Once there, the twenty year old college student set about sweeping the honors in the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series' Yadkin Valley Chevrolet-Geo / Brigman Clinic 125 at Caraway Speedway. Starting from the pole with a record breaking 17.613 seconds, at 92.999 mph., Swaim jumped into the lead at the drop of the green and led all but fifteen of the one hundred twenty eight laps run, to claim his second consecutive Dash Series victory this season. Swaim's toughest challenge in the event came from Claremont, North Carolina's Robert Huffman. Starting third on the grid, directly behind Swaim, Huffman hounded the youngster for the first ninety laps before Swaim's Pontiac Sunfire slipped up a groove exiting turn four allowing Huffman to dive underneath and grab the lead. Huffman was able to stretch out his advantage over the next ten, or so, laps, but the powerplant on the White House Apple Juice Pontiac began to go south on lap 105, leaving Huffman helpless to defend his position from the hard charging, Swaim. With the number 37 misfiring badly on the straightaways, Swaim was, quickly, able to close the gap and recapture the lead. "We're on a roll right now. The win last week really gave us some momentum, then to be able to go out and get the pole and the win tonight, it's almost too good to be true. Robert (Huffman) and Mickey (York) were real tough. In fact, Robert was probably a little better than we were tonight. We seemed to be better at the beginning of the race, but after halfway, my car got pretty loose and Robert's tightened up. I think they were set up a little better for long green runs. I've never won two in a row before. This is really a great feeling." Hometown favorite Mickey York, was strong in this event. The 1992 NASCAR Goody's Dash Series Champion had to fight his way back through the field after spinning the Motorsports Design Pontiac in turn two just passed the halfway mark. But, the Champion never looked better as he worked his way, masterfully, through the traffic to finish, a very respectable, second. Monk Gulledge of Batesburg, South Carolina also came on strong at the end of the race, as the Love Chevrolet picked up two positions in the closing laps to claim the third spot. Gary Moore of Horse Shoe, North Carolina also showed extremely well in this race coming all the way from twenty first on the grid to bring the Torbet Trucking Pontiac home in the fourth spot. Charles Powell III brought his Jazzy Power Chair entry to the finish line fifth, winning Rookie of the Race honors and placing him in a dead heat in the Rookie of the Year race with Linwood, North Carolina's, Ricky Bryant. After six races in the 1997 season, Jake Hobgood continues to lead the point standings and the race for the Goody's Consistency Award. After Saturday's event, Jake holds on to a ten point advantage over Mike Swaim Jr. who moves up one position with his win here. Will Hobgood also picked up a spot, as a result of his sixth place finish in this race. Robert Huffman had the biggest change in position. He dropped from second to fourth in the Series point standings, following his, disappointing, eighteenth place finish. Still, Huffman is just two points behind the elder Hobgood and, he holds a sixty five point advantage over Brian Sockwell, who also recorded a top ten outing here at Caraway. Gary Moore tightened up his position in the points race. He, now, trails Sockwell by only one point in sixth. The next race for the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series is the Ekamont Coated Abrasives 125, scheduled for May 23, at Tri-County Motor Speedway, in Hudson, North Carolina. Time trials start at 6:30, racing will get underway at 8pm. -30- FOR MORE INFORMATION, Contact Tim Myers at NASCAR Public Relations, 919-552-5823. tm