B. J. MACKEY DOMINATES GOODY'S DASH SERIES, NASCAR TOURING AT COASTAL PLAINS RACEWAY By Bill Desmond JACKSONVILLE, N. C. (Oct. 7 2000) - The Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring, made their second stop in 2000 at the beautiful Coastal...
B. J. MACKEY DOMINATES GOODY'S DASH SERIES, NASCAR TOURING
AT COASTAL PLAINS RACEWAY
By Bill Desmond
JACKSONVILLE, N. C. (Oct. 7 2000) - The Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring, made their second stop in 2000 at the beautiful Coastal Plains Raceway Saturday evening for the third series event in two years at the beautiful 4/10-mile oval. A third different winner in three events emerged as B. J. Mackey of Rock Hill, S. C. won the M & N Rentals125 in his Van Camp's Beans/Horton Homes/Daly Motorsports Pontiac. Mackey left a solid impression in the minds of race fans, dominating the event by leading 111 of 125 laps. "We had a great race car tonight," said Mackey in victory lane. "I can't say enough about this awesome Jan Smith motor. It was so strong on all the restarts and we were able to build a good lead over the second place car. This team has really came together this year and I have got to thank Daly Motorsports for believing in me enough to driver their car." "We wouldn't be here if it weren't for the sponsors like Van Camp's Beans and Horton Homes," continued Mackey. "This crew has worked very hard this year and that work it paying off." Finishing Mackey was Jake Hobgood in his Wynn's/Precision Engines Pontiac, series points leader Robert Huffman in his White House Apple Juice Pontiac, Roger Sawyer in his Orlando Orange County Auto Auction Pontiac and Johnny Chapman in his Old Milwaukee Non-Alcoholic Pontiac. Mackey's dominance started when he secured his second Bud Pole Award of 2000, turning the 4/10-mile oval in 16.203 Secs (88.872 mph) to establish a new track record for these cars at Coastal Plains Raceway. The previous record of 16.276 Secs (88.474 mph) was set by Jake Hobgood in April this year. Justin Hobgood was second fastest in his Wynn's/Precision Engine Performance Pontiac with brother Jake qualifying third in his Pontiac. Ricky Bryant was fourth fastest in his Washington Apple Pontiac. In the pre-race qualifying draw used by the series Mackey moved to the outside of the front row with Jake Hobgood taking the point. Bryant moved up to third for the start with Justin Hobgood dropping back to fourth. Jake Hobgood grabbed the point when Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring flagman Brian Simons waved the green flag to start the race with Mackey close behind, Huffman taking third on the first lap followed by Bryant and Justin Hobgood. Mackey stayed tight on the back bumper of Hobgood's machine finally diving to the lowside of turn 1 on lap 14 to make the pass for the lead. He led the remainder of the race. Huffman challenged Hobgood for second finally securing the runner-up spot just as the third race caution waved when the Joey Miller car spun on the backstretch. "B. J. (Mackey) was just too strong for us tonight," said Jake Hobgood after the race. "I just couldn't get my tires to hook up on those restarts and he would pull away and give himself some running room with the lapped cars. He deserved to win because he could put his car anywhere he wanted to run. He worked the lapped traffic well." Robert Huffman trying to lock up a fourth national title with this NASCAR division will have to wait for the next event at USA International Speedway to find out his outcome. He will carry a 159 point lead into the next to last race of the 2000 season over Ricky Bryant. "I just couldn't get a good restart with all those lapped cars around us tonight," said Huffman. "The White House Apple Juice car was strong and ran well all night but B. J. (Mackey) really had his car working well. My hat is off to that team because they have been very strong this year." A total of seven caution periods for 34 laps kept the field in check for Mackey as he picked off cars one by one after each restart. At times he opened a ¼ of the racecourse lead on the second place cars of Huffman and Jake Hobgood who challenged each other back and forth for the second spot. Mackey, by virtue of leading the most laps took home the Gatorade "FrontRunner" Award while Ricky Woodward was the top finishing NAPA Filter Rookie of the Year driver. Cam Strader, despite his worst finish of the year in 15 starts, locked up the NAPA Filter Rookie of the Year honors. Strader and all series award winners will be honored at the 2000 Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring Awards Banquet at the Greensboro (N.C.) Hilton on December 2 2000.
The next event for the Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring will be the Discount Auto Parts 150 on October 21 at USA International Speedway in Lakeland, Fla.