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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 5, 1997 SWAIM MOVES UP WHILE MORE RECORDS FALL Mike Swaim Jr., from Archdale, NC, grabbed the lead from Claremont, NC's Robert Huffman on lap 82, of ...


Mike Swaim Jr., from Archdale, NC, grabbed the lead from Claremont, NC's Robert Huffman on lap 82, of Saturday's American General Finance 100 at Lanier National Speedway in Braselton, Georgia, and then sped on to capture his first NASCAR Goody's Dash Series victory of the 1997 season. When the green flag fell on the evening's main event, Monk Gulledge of Batesburg, SC bolted from his inside, front row starting position and impressively, led all challengers for the first thirty five circuits until his engine let go on lap thirty five, putting the Love Chevrolet on the trailer. Gulledge had, just moments earlier, posted a new track qualifying record of 14.133 seconds around the new asphalt surface at an average speed of 95.521 mph. to earn the honored starting position. His record setting run shattered the previous mark set in 1995 by Robert Huffman of 15.400 at 87.662 mph. In fact, twenty three of the twenty six qualifiers broke the existing mark. The former record holder was next to take a turn at the point following Gulledge's misfortune and it appeared that Huffman might be on the way to picking up a second Series win in 1997. But misfortune, once again, reared it's ugly head. Shortly after a lap seventy eight restart, Huffman's White House Apple Juice Pontiac cut down a right rear tire entering turn one sending Huffman sliding up the race track, and narrowly missing a hard collision with the outside retaining wall. That was the only break Swaim needed as he swept to the inside of Huffman claiming the lead and the eventual victory. "The car was perfect all night." said the young driver in the post race interview, "I haven't had a car like that since Volusia County last year. It would go anywhere I wanted it to go. All those restarts had me a little worried because I was having a problem with the throttle trying to stick. I couldn't get the last bit of pedal travel in the throttle, but luckily we didn't need it." Eight cautions slowed the race for a total of 56 laps and littered the pits with battered race equipment. But fortunately, there were no injuries, just a lot of work for some of the teams to get ready for Charlotte testing later in the week. Will Hobgood, Larry Caudill, Jake Hobgood and Scott Weaver, followed Swaim across the finish line, to round out the top five in this event. Each seemed grateful just to have survived the wreckfest. As a result of the American General Finance 100, Jake Hobgood reassumes the point lead over Robert Huffman. Mike Swaim Jr. moves up one position to third, Will Hobgood drops to fourth and Brian Sockwell moves up one spot to fifth. The next event for the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series takes place May tenth at Caraway Speedway, in Asheboro NC.

From 103735.3402@CompuServe.COM Mon May 5 18:16:47 1997 Received: from by (8.6.12/1.37) id OAA27704; Mon, 5 May 1997 14:16:42 -0400 Received: by (8.6.10/5.950515) id OAA11420; Mon, 5 May 1997 14:13:04 -0400 Date: 05 May 97 14:12:16 EDT From: "James R. Hyneman" <103735.3402@CompuServe.COM> To: BlindCopyReceiver:; Subject: PR Atlantic - Nearburg Heads to Le Mans Message-ID: <970505181215_103735.3402_JHR77-2@CompuServe.COM> Status: RO X-Status:



DALLAS, Texas (May 5) - - KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic driver Charlie Nearburg, of Dallas, Texas, announced that he will co-drive the RSR Racing Ferrari 333SP prototype in the 65th annual 24 Hours of Le Mans at Le Mans, France, on Saturday, June 14-15. Nearburg was in France this past weekend to assist in pre-qualifying the RSR Ferrari. "Racing a prototype Ferrari at Le Mans is the fulfillment of a life-long dream," said Nearburg. "Le Mans is the world's premier sports car race and Ferrari is the premier sports car manufacturer. I look forward to competing with a first-class team against many of the fastest drivers in the world." Nearburg is building on his recent success at the 12 Hours of Sebring where he co-drove the Downing/Atlantic Kudzu Mazda World SportsCar to a fourth-place finish. In a field of 63 cars, Nearburg ran in third place for several hours before a late race misfortune cost the team a position on the podium. Nearburg's success at Sebring was instrumental in securing his position with the RSR Racing Team. The Le Mans, France-based RSR Racing Team, which is co-owned by co-driver Michel Ferte, has successfully competed in many Le Mans races including a second-place overall finish in 1991. Former Formula One driver Adrian Campos, of Spain, will be the third driver of the Ferrari 333SP, which will compete in the fastest racing class with top speeds exceeding 200 mph. In his 10-year professional career, Nearburg has been a consistent front-runner in all forms of auto racing including his current schedule in the SCCA Pro Racing sanctioned KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship, and the Bosch Super Vee, SCCA Trans Am and IMSA Racing series. Nearburg has successfully competed and shared the podium with notable drivers such as reigning PPG CART champion Jimmy Vasser and Formula One star Jacques Villeneuve.

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Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Jimmy Vasser , Michel Ferte , Robert Huffman , Brian Sockwell , Adrian Campos
Teams RSR Racing