NASCAR GOODY'S DASH SERIES For Immediate Release April 12, 1997 Like Father, Like Son, Love Kingsport It was a beaten and battered Pontiac Sunfire, but it was a jubilant Will Hobgood that climbed from...
NASCAR GOODY'S DASH SERIES
For Immediate Release April 12, 1997
Like Father, Like Son, Love Kingsport
It was a beaten and battered Pontiac Sunfire, but it was a jubilant Will Hobgood that climbed from it following Friday night's Fairway Ford 125 at Kingsport Speedway, in Kingsport, Tennessee. Hobgood had just completed a miracle comeback to win his first NASCAR Goody's Dash Series race of the 1997 season. But this victory was just a little sweeter because he was sharing it with his son, Jake, who had just pulled off somewhat of a miracle of his own in finishing second in the same event. Adding just a bit more mystique to the celebration was the fact that this was the first time a father and son had finished one, two in a Series event. "This is my kind of track," recounted the elder Hobgood, "but it's not an easy place to get around. You've got to get two big handfuls of steering wheel and hold on tight to get around here fast. ....I'm as happy for Jake as I am about the win." Jake's reaction was equally enthusiastic, "Man, this is great. The only thing that could have made it better would have been to beat Dad." Punching his father in the arm, "Maybe next time I can win and Dad can follow me across the line." Hobgood's strongest challenge in this race came from Charlotte, North Carolina's, Pat Patterson. Hobgood and Patterson swapped the lead several times in the closing laps before Patterson found a slick spot in turn one of lap 121 and wound up nosing his Ford Mustang into the wall in turn two. It was Patterson's crash on lap 121 of the scheduled 125 laps that resulted in the race extension. When the green flag fell again on lap 132, for the green, white, checker finish, the senior Hobgood checked out leaving son Jake to battle with High Point, North Carolina's Mike Swaim, Jr for second. Swaim was able to get along side the younger Hobgood but could not hold it in the lower groove and had to back out, settling for third. Robert Huffman of Claremont, North Carolina also had a good run going until he twisted a drive shaft in half on a lap 53 restart. Huffman was leading at the time and the sudden lose of power triggered a massive 11 car pile-up on the front straight away, including the eventual winner and requiring a 17 minute red flag period to clean up the debris. Scott Weaver's 1997 racing woes continued as he got caught up in a tangle between rookie Ernie Yarborough and Daytona winner, Brian Sockwell on lap 44. Weaver went hard into the turn four retaining wall, putting an end to his racing for the evening. Three drivers led a NASCAR Goody's Dash Series event for the first time in this race. Rookie Ricky Bryant paced the field for 21 circuits. He was also Rookie of the Race. Monk Gulledge. of Batesburg, South Carolina, put his Chevrolet up front for 6 laps and Patterson's Ford made it's first appearance as a lap leader, chalking up five laps on the point. Heading into Myrtle Beach this weekend, Jake Hobgood is atop the series point standings and the Goody's Consistency Award standings having completed one hundred percent of the laps raced to date. Robert Luckadoo of Ellenboro, North Carolina moved into the lead of the series rookie standings over Charles Powell III. Mike Swaim, Jr's pole winning effort in the Fairway Ford 125 makes him the only Busch Pole Award winner this year with two.