Strader second in Memphis. MEMPHIS, TN (June 23, 2002) - Cam Strader, the 2001 NASCAR Goody's Dash Series Champion drove his Wesson Cooking Oil-Peter Pan Peanut Butter sponsored Mercury Cougar to a second place finish at the Memphis Motorsports...
Strader second in Memphis.
MEMPHIS, TN (June 23, 2002) - Cam Strader, the 2001 NASCAR Goody's Dash Series Champion drove his Wesson Cooking Oil-Peter Pan Peanut Butter sponsored Mercury Cougar to a second place finish at the Memphis Motorsports Park last weekend.
"We had a great car today," said Strader. "Our team came out here prepared to win, and we wanted to cash-in for our new associate sponsor, Heritage Bank. The Wesson plant is nearby and we would have liked to win one for all those guys too."
"Danny(Bagwell) had a real fast race car and when he short pitted it really worked in his favor," he added. "Danny's one of the few Mercury drivers in the field, and it's always good to see a Mercury in victory lane."
All of the drivers were excited about the series making its first visit to Memphis Motorsports Park. This three-quarter mile, high-banked oval offers a track surface conducive to side-by-side racing for the Goody's Dash Series' cars. On the initial start Huffman and Hobgood dueled for the lead through turns one and two with Hobgood taking over sole possession of the top sport heading into turn three.
The first caution came out on lap 8, when Arlene Pittman looped her car in turn as a result of losing her brakes. This bunched the cars back together when they returned to racing conditions on lap 15. Hobgood and Huffman quickly pulled away from the rest of the pack. Huffman took over the top spot on lap 18, but Hobgood refused to be denied. He charged back by Huffman on lap 20 and held onto the lead until lap 32. After a short caution during laps 27-30 Danny Bagwell moved into position to battle Hobgood for the lead.
On lap 34, Weaver moved by Hobgood for the lead. But, as they entered turn four Weaver hit a slick spot on the track and slid up out of the racing groove. Danny Bagwell dove low and took over the lead. From this point forward the track stayed slick and played into the exciting conclusion of the event.
Bagwell led lap 33, with Huffman moving into first place on lap 34. He would hold the lead until lap 44. Strader took over the lead on lap 45 and led for the next 27 circuits. A caution on lap 49 brought Bagwell, Zach Brewer, Ned Combs, Nick Pistone, Gary Moore, and Randy Humphrey to pit road for fuel. On the restart, Strader was able to stay out in front, as Huffman and the Hobgood brothers battled behind him. Both Hobgoods got by Huffman, then Huffman battled back to retake second place. Then on lap 72 he regained the lead.
On lap 74, the leaders headed down pit road to make a green flag pit stop. This placed them one lap down to Bagwell. On Lap 86, race leader Bagwell got together with the lapped machine of Roger Moser and the two spun in turn four, bringing out the caution. Mike Watts took over the lead. Bagwell was able to get his machine going quickly enough to stay in the second spot. During the caution, Watts came to pit road handing the lead back to Bagwell.On the restart, Huffman was able to get by the leader to put himself back on the lead lap.
The final 25 laps of the event brought plenty of action throughout the lead pack. While Bagwell was dueling with Scott Weaver, Huffman, Brewer, and the Hobgoods were battling hard to salvage a strong finish.
On lap 110, Zach Brewer bumped Justin Hobgood at the end of the frontstrech causing both cars to spin. Hobgood made contact with the inside wall while Brewer was able to continue. Scott Weaver moved passed Bagwell to lead lap 116, but Bagwell came right back and retook the lead on lap 117. All the while, Strader was looking for a way to get around the top two. Huffman and Jake Hobgood were having a battle of their own. They were racing for the lead in the Championship Points standings. As a result of Huffman finishing one position ahead of Hobgood, they are now tied for the top spot.
Brandon Ward, Zach Brewer, Randy Humphrey, Kelly Sutton, and Nick Pistone rounded out the top ten.
The next race for the Series will be held at the Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville, SC on Saturday, July 13, 2002.