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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 25, 1997 MIKE'S "MIRACLE MONTH OF MAY" ROLLS ON Mike Swaim Jr.'s miracle month of May continued Friday night with a third consecutive win and a second consecutive record breaking ...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 25, 1997 MIKE'S "MIRACLE MONTH OF MAY" ROLLS ON

Mike Swaim Jr.'s miracle month of May continued Friday night with a third consecutive win and a second consecutive record breaking qualifying run in the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series. The twenty year old college student has been absolutely on fire this month with no signs of cooling off any time soon. The latest conquest for the youngster came at Tri-County Motor Speedway in Hudson, NC, where he scorched the rest of the field in the Ekamant Coated Abrasives 125 for the four cylinder, sub-compact touring series. Twenty of the twenty nine Dash Series entries broke the existing track record during the afternoon qualifying runs but it was Swaim's 16.213 sec. lap at 88.509 mph that took the pole and knocked more than seven tenths of a second off the previous record. When the main event got underway, Swaim took advantage of his inside, front row starting position by leading the first 98 laps. But Swaim was never able to open up any kind of sizeable lead and found himself constantly having to fight off challenges from Brown Summit, NC's, Brian Sockwell. With just over twenty five laps remaining, Sockwell was finally able to wrestle the lead away from Swaim. But on the very next lap, the number 28, Pontiac Sunfire of Mike Swaim Jr. was back on the inside of Sockwell trying to force the 1997 Daytona race winner up the track and out of the groove. The two raced side by side until the rubbing and pushing got a little too physical in turn three. Sockwell's Pontiac shot up the banking and Swaim had to fight for control of his fishtailing racer. That was the only break Will Hobgood needed. The 1994 Series Champion dove to the bottom passing both Sockwell and Swaim in turn four. Once in the lead though, Hobgood found himself with the challenge of now trying to keep the speedy Swaim behind him. Although he was able to hold off several attacks from Swaim, in the end, had to relinquish the lead back to Swaim on lap 113. "I just didn't have anything for him." Hobgood said after the race. "He was in a rocket ship tonight." Hobgood was able to fend off a last minute rush from Sockwell to hold on to the runner-up spot, while Monk Gulledge and "Doc" Brewer lined up to cross the line directly behind Sockwell. Brewer's fifth place finish garnered him the Rookie of the Race honors as the highest finishing rookie in this Ekamant sponsored event. Mike's three straight wins this month have been enough to vault him from fourth to first in the point race as the Series nears the mid-season awards. In those awards, Gatorade will present Half Way Challenge to the driver who is leading in points, and Series title sponsor, Goody's Pharmaceuticals will present the Mid-Season Consistency Award to the three drivers who are leading in laps completed. Jake Hobgood currently leads in the consistency category with 99.9% of the total laps completed, followed by Gary Moore and Ned Combs with 98.5% and 97.9%, respectively. The next race for the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series is the "Primestar 100" at the Florence Motor Speedway, in Florence, SC this Friday, May 30th. Qualifying gets underway at 5:30 pm and the Dash cars are expected to roll off the line at 9:00 pm.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Brian Sockwell , Gary Moore