Greenville-Pickens race report

Greenville, SC (July 8, 2000) - The NASCAR Goody's Dash Series traveled to the Greenville-Pickens Speedway Saturday night for the running of the Expression Unlimited, Incorporated 100. Cam Strader piloted his Wesson Cooking Oil Mercury to the...

Greenville, SC (July 8, 2000) - The NASCAR Goody's Dash Series traveled to the Greenville-Pickens Speedway Saturday night for the running of the Expression Unlimited, Incorporated 100.

Cam Strader piloted his Wesson Cooking Oil Mercury to the eleventh starting spot, then picked up another top five finish, and won the "NAPA Rookie of the Race" award in the process.

Strader and crew worked feverishly to get the car's set-up dialed in to his liking, but the legendary half-mile speedway proved to be tricky for all of the competitors. "This place is hard to get a handle on," Strader explained. "It's really tough to get your car to stay on the bottom in the corners here. You carry so much speed down the straight aways, and the corners are so flat that the car just wants to slide up the race track on each end. I think Barry (Owen) has the car good for the race. We're hoping the track will come to us as the night goes on."

NASCAR mandated a pit stop for the teams between laps 25 and 90. On lap 25, the caution flag flew when Ricky Woodward crashed in turn two. Strader was one of the first cars to hit pit road for the mandatory stop from his ninth place position on the speedway. A quick splash of gas from the team and Strader was back onto the speedway in the fourth position. As the leaders realized that almost the entire field had taken advantage of the caution, they to decided to come onto pit road on the next lap handing the lead to Strader.

On the restart at lap 28, Strader led the field back to the green flag and a fierce battle ensued between Strader, Angie Wilson, and Ricky Bryant. Strader led the next 20 laps as Wilson and Bryant battled for the second spot. On lap 41, Bryant worked his way around the Wilson machine, and then set his sights on the rear bumper of Strader. As the two cars began to pull away from the field on lap 46, Bryant was able to get to Strader's inside entering turn one as the two cars had to go high around lapped traffic. Bryant was able to complete the pass for the lead as they exited turn four on the next lap.

As the race progressed, the cars of B.J. Mackey, Robert Huffman, Johnny Chapman, and Jake Hobgood were able to overtake Strader as the handling began to fade on the Wesson machine.

Strader maintained his sixth-place position until Hobgood spun his entry on the last lap; and Strader was able to avoid the crash and came home with his seventh top- five finish of the year.

"Although we haven't made it to victory lane yet this season, we can't be real upset, Strader said. We have been competitive each week and we are getting beat by the best drivers and teams this series has to offer."

"We are real happy that B.J. (Mackey) was able to pull off this victory. Last week both the ConAgra-sponsored cars finished in the top five, and this week we did it again. It's a good deal for the whole organization. This team is working hard, and we moved up another spot in the points tonight. Our focus is on consistency and doing a good job for the people at Wesson."

The 100-lap event lasted 51 minutes and 2 seconds, with an average speed of 58.785 mph. There were four lead changes among four drivers, and seven caution periods for a total of 28 laps.

The NASCAR Goody's Dash Series has a two-week break in the schedule and will return to the Southern National Speedway, Strader's home track, for the next event in Kenly, North Carolina on July 29.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Cam Strader , Angie Wilson , Robert Huffman