Kingsport pre-race report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 26, 1997 THERE'S A FEUDIN' BREWIN' ON BAY'S MOUNTAIN It's been more than twenty-one years since the last shot was fired at this historic oval. But now, the feud is renewed. The teams of the NASCAR...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 26, 1997

THERE'S A FEUDIN' BREWIN' ON BAY'S MOUNTAIN

It's been more than twenty-one years since the last shot was fired at this historic oval. But now, the feud is renewed. The teams of the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series are loading up their war wagons and hauling them up the side of Bay's Mountain to once again, do battle at the Kingsport Speedway for the first time since 1976.

So far, in 1997, fans have witnessed two incredible Dash Series races at Daytona and Homestead, but the best race of this young season could very well be coming up April eleventh deep in the mountains of northeastern Tennessee. The tight little three eighths mile, high banked, concrete oval should be an ideal arena for this series and the teams are all geared up to begin the grueling short track portion of the schedule.

The Fairfield Ford 125 will mark the first appearance of the 300 plus horsepower four cylinder cars since November 1976. In that race, two decades ago, Dean Combs scored his eighteenth series victory at Kingsport and his thirteenth of the season on his way to a second consecutive series title. Combs went on to score an unprecedented sixty victories in the Series and a total of five championships before reti mains active in the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series as a car owner and builder and will be back at Kingsport with his number 11 Ford Mustang to try to recapture that moment, but this time, it will be Charlotte, NC's Pat Patterson at the controls.

Nineteen ninety-seven winners to date have been split between a former Series Champion and a first time winner after only seventeen starts in the Series. And, with the incredible talent in this year's rookie contingency, it wouldn't be any surprise to see several more first time winners this season. Rookie contenders like Christian Elder and Charles Powell III have already made their presence felt with top five finishes this year but other first year drivers like Robert Ham, Keith Wilson, Robert Luckadoo, Ernie Yarborough, Ricky Bryant and many, many more are all staging excellently prepared equipment and each driver is capable of putting their team in victory circle.

As the season points battle starts to take shape, it's Robert Huffman who jumped out to a quick twenty point lead with a win and a fourth in the first two races, but Jake Hobgood has also shown strength and consistency garnering a sixth and a second place finish in the first two outings. Although it's still much too early to tell how everything will shake out in November, two things are certain. With the talent and quality equipment we've seen lining up on the grid so far, this promises to be the most exciting season yet for the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series and the upcoming Fairfield Ford 125, April eleventh in Kingsport Tennessee will be a sparks flying, fender rubbing, high speed war to determine the new "King of Bay's Mountain."

####FOR MORE INFORMATION, Contact Tim Myers, NASCAR Public Relations 919-552-5823.9/26/97 tm

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Christian Elder , Robert Huffman