Myrtle Beach: Toyota Motorsports preview

Huffman back on top of the standings going into Myrtle Beach. MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (Aug. 9, 2002) - Four-time NASCAR Goody's Dash Series champion Robert Huffman heads to Myrtle Beach Speedway this weekend back on top of the driver's championship...

Huffman back on top of the standings going into Myrtle Beach.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (Aug. 9, 2002) - Four-time NASCAR Goody's Dash Series champion Robert Huffman heads to Myrtle Beach Speedway this weekend back on top of the driver's championship standings when he races in the 150-lap Goody's Dash race on the 0.538-mile tri-oval, Saturday, Aug. 10.

Huffman, of Claremont, N.C., has driven the No. 37 White House Apple Juice Toyota Celica to a tie in the NASCAR Goody's Dash standings with Jake Hobgood, but he also leads the series in victories with three. Huffman finished fifth in the last race in South Boston, Va., to regain the points lead, and he continued his string of six-straight top-five finishes and nine overall in 10 races this season. Huffman also leads the Gatorade Front Runner Award for laps lead.

"We were running second at South Boston before being spun out from behind, so fifth wasn't too bad," said Huffman, who is second in all-time Goody's Dash career wins with 37. "Myrtle Beach is one of my favorite tracks, and we have won twice there in the past."

Brandon Ward, Winston-Salem, N.C., moved up to 13th place in the standings with an impressive eighth-place finish at South Boston last weekend. In addition to winning the Mag-Clip Rookie of the Race award in the No. 11 Ram Fabrication Toyota Celica, he closed to within nine points of Chuck Gafrarar for rookie-of-the-year honors.

Fellow rookie contender Nick Pistone, Charlotte, N.C., impressively qualified fifth at South Boston, a career best, but his race ended early with a turn-one accident on lap 55. Pistone, racing the No. 77 Big Daddy's BBQ Sauce/BI LO Toyota Celica, is currently in sixth place in the rookie standing and 16th overall while having only raced in seven of the 10 events this season.

Wayne Edwards, Shepardsville, Ky., will be making his third start of the season this Saturday in the No. 75 Champion/Food Country Toyota Celica. The Goody's Dash veteran finished ninth overall in 2001 while running the No. 77 Toyota Celica for Weaver Racing.

Toyota made its debut in the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series at the Daytona International Speedway in 2000. Robert Huffman's victory at Kentucky Speedway last season in the Toyota Celica was the first for an overhead-cam, multi-valve engine in NASCAR history. The 27-year-old series is part of the NASCAR ladder system, designed to help promote and develop driver's skills at tracks as varied as Daytona, Charlotte and Bristol. Originally called "Baby Grands," Goody's Dash cars resemble a scaled-down version of a Winston Cup stock car, and each is equipped with a V6 powerplant. Series alumni include Michael Waltrip, Davey Allison, Robert Pressley, Hut Stricklin, Andy Houston and Shawna Robinson.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Shawna Robinson , Andy Houston , Hut Stricklin , Wayne Edwards , Robert Huffman , Davey Allison