DAYTONA WINNER EYES THE IDES OF MARCH FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 27, 1997 The NASCAR Goody's Dash Series travels to the beautiful Metro-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex March 15th for race number two of the 1997 racing ...
DAYTONA WINNER EYES THE IDES OF MARCH
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEBRUARY 27, 1997
The NASCAR Goody's Dash Series travels to the beautiful Metro-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex March 15th for race number two of the 1997 racing season. The Pennzoil 150 marks the third appearance for the Series at Homestead since the inaugural event in November, 1995, and the first of two appearances for the sub-compct series at the 1.5 mile facility this year. Brian Sockwell, coming off a stellar performance in the season opener February 14th at Daytona International Speedway, hopes to be able to repeat his good fortunes at the Homestead oval. The twenty eight year old, Brown Summit, NC native took the lead from pole sitter Mike Swaim Jr. with just three laps remaining in the Discount Auto Parts 200, then held off all challengers to pick up his first ever NASCAR Goody's Dash Series win. Going into this event at Homestead, Sockwell would like nothing more than to pad that early point lead before the teams head into the heart of the schedule. As many as sixty NASCAR Goody's Dash Series teams are expected to make the trek south to attempt to qualify for the Pennzoil 150. Included in those sixty entries are no less than sixteen rookies who have declared themselves eligible for the 1997 Rookie of the Year honors, four former series Champions and thirteen different drivers who, collectively, have amassed a total of 120 NASCAR Goody's Dash Series victories. Some names to watch in this event; Rookie Christian Elder, a strong second place at Daytona and with equipment prepared by David Watson, he will be a contender.
Will Hobgood, 1994 champion, claimed four wins in 1996 but with a disappointing 25th here last March, and an extremely disappointing 32nd this year at Daytona, he's a man on a mission.
Robert Huffman, 2nd in points in 1996 with 3 wins and 13 top five finishes and a very respectable run at Daytona will continue to be strong.
With Ronald Fox continuing to turn the wrenches on the Falcon Racing Pontiac, and expert coaching from Dad, Mike Swaim Sr., look for Mike Swaim Jr. to be a strong contender.
Darryl Murray's Ford Probe appears to be the fastest among the blue oval brigade.
Rookie David Amick got caught up in an accident at Daytona and finished 27th, but with Richard Mash heading up the Amick Farms crew, this car is fast, even sitting in the hauler.
Daytona marked the first round in the battle of the broadcasters. Bill Hennecy took round one, finishing two positions ahead Pat Patterson.
Homestead will mark the first round in the battle of the professionals between Tom "Doc" Brewer and Doug "The Counselor" Thompson.
Many of the names are familiar even if the faces aren't. The Houstons' are named Andy and Marty, the Yarborough is Ernie, not Cale and the Powell is still Charles, but it's Charles III.
For the veteran, the advantage is experience, for the youthful, it's exuberance but line them side by side, light the fuse and stand back because what comes next is 150 miles of total intensity delivered to you on the edge of your seat at roughly 130 mph. #### FOR MORE INFORMATION, Contact NASCAR Public Relations: Tim Myers at 919-552-5823 or P.O. Box 504, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526 tm 2-27-97