NASCAR Goody's Dash Series Miami-Homestead Speedway FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOVEMBER 9, 1997 BAGWELL BAGS FIRST WIN IN SEASON FINALE Danny Bagwell, of Cordova, Ala. took over the lead from Scott Weaver, of Shelby, N.C. on lap 32 of...
NASCAR Goody's Dash Series Miami-Homestead Speedway
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOVEMBER 9, 1997
BAGWELL BAGS FIRST WIN IN SEASON FINALE
Danny Bagwell, of Cordova, Ala. took over the lead from Scott Weaver, of Shelby, N.C. on lap 32 of the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series Homestead 50 at the Miami-Homestead Speedway and led the final 19 circuits to notch his first win of the 1997 season in the final event of the year.
Starting on the outside of the front row, Bagwell was most interested in tire management for the first half of the race. Bagwell's 1997 Ford Probe relinquished several positions over the course of the first dozen laps, dropping to eighth at one point just prior to halfway. But the 37 year old Dash Series veteran was just keeping his tires fresh enough to mount a come back in the second half of the event.
"We blistered four tires in only five laps of practice yesterday." said Bagwell. " I knew that wasn't going to work in today's race. So, we just slowed down a little in the early laps, kept the tires fresh enough to make a run at the end and took what the track would give us. It feels good to put a Ford back in victory lane."
Prior to today's win, Bagwell's best finish in 1997 had been an 11th place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway in April.
Brian Sockwell, of Brown Summit, N.C. followed Bagwell across the line a full 12 seconds behind the leader. Behind Sockwell, Robert Huffman, of Claremont, N.C., George Crenshaw of Lakeland, Fla. and Will Hobgood of Winnsboro, S.C. rounded out the top five.
Attrition also played a big part in the outcome of today's Homestead 50. Two of the six leaders in this race wound up watching the finish of this event from the garage area, including Busch Pole winner, Billy Bigley Jr. of Naples, Fla. who led the first three laps before the engine gave up on his Dodge Avenger. Bigley's teammate, Christian Elder of Minneapolis, Minn. also spent a short time at the point near the midway point, but carburetor problems sidelined his Pontiac Sunfire just before halfway.
NASCAR Busch Grand National driver, Dennis Setzer of Newton N.C. making his second Dash Series start, led 17 of the first 20 laps before turning the lead over to Elder on lap 21. Setzer eventually finished eleventh in the event. Robert Huffman and Scott Weaver also took short turns at the lead through the middle portion of the race, but neither was any match for Bagwell on this day, and had to settle for third and ninth place finishes, respectively.
The teams will gather together once more in 1997, this time on November 29 at the Charlotte University Hilton in Charlotte, N.C. to celebrate the crowning of the new champion, Mike Swaim Jr. at the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series Awards Banquet.