Lakeland Mark Dismore Makes First Start a Good One

Lakeland, FL - Mark E. Dismore made his first career ASA ACDelco Series start in yesterday's running of the "BFGoodrich 200" at USA International Speedway. Dismore had an excellent run and finished an incredible and respectable 12th in his No....

Lakeland, FL - Mark E. Dismore made his first career ASA ACDelco Series start in yesterday's running of the "BFGoodrich 200" at USA International Speedway. Dismore had an excellent run and finished an incredible and respectable 12th in his No. 44 Monster.com Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

Dismore quickly moved up from his 15th starting position, placing as high as seventh. Just a few rookie mistakes cost Dismore some positions and the chance for a top-10 finish. "The only mistakes made were because of lack of experience," Dismore said.

Dismore was involved in two minor incidents during the race. The first one was on lap 87 when a traffic jam occurred in turn two. While maneuvering through, a car hit the front end of the Herzog Motorsports entry at the last second. Dismore thought there might be some damage made after the contact, but everything checked out okay and he continued on.

The second altercation happened with five laps to go while Dismore was pressuring for sixth position. A car spun out in front of him and while trying to avoid the incident, he accidentally got into the side of fellow rookie Robbie Pyle. "I thought I had him (Pyle) cleared, but somehow the car just came around on me," Dismore explained. Dismore would continue on and finish the race in 12th place, the last car on the lead lap.

"We had a great run. The car had no problems. We stayed in the top-10 all day until the end there. It was an excellent day, " Dismore said. "I want to thank my crew. They did a great job. We picked up a few positions in the pits and that helps out a lot."

Dismore had Jimmie Johnson, Herzog Motorsports' NASCAR Busch Series driver and former driver of the No. 44 entry, spotting for him. "Jimmie did a great job today. He kept me out of trouble and taught me a lot about driving these stock cars. He knows what he's talking about. He's been in my position before."

Co-owner for Herzog Motorsports Stan Herzog was very pleased with Dismore's effort. "He did a heck of a job out there today," he said. "For never driven an ASA car before in race conditions, Mark seems like he has mastered it already. Just a few rookie mistakes, but those are expected when we're working with a rookie. Howie (Lettow, crew chief) will get those ironed out and we'll be geared up for the next one. The team had an excellent day and we can't complain."

Herzog Motorsports is a successful, championship-winning race team. Based in Los Angeles, California; St. Joseph, Missouri; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Herzog Motorsports will again field two teams in the 2000 ASA ACDelco Series.

The next race for the ASA ACDelco Series is Saturday, April 8 at Lanier National Speedway in Gainesville, Georgia. The green flag waves for the "Discount Auto Parts 300" at 9PM EST. TNN Sports will carry the LIVE televised broadcast.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Mark Dismore , Jimmie Johnson