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NASCAR BGN Series Notes -- Week of 7/28/97

29 July 1997

NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division
Notes of Interest
Week of July 28, 1997

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - Elliott Sadler, driver of the #29 Phillips 66
Chevrolet, became the first NASCAR Busch Series regular to win
back-to-back races since Chad Little in 1995.

 - Only 18 of the 42 cars in the Gateway 300 race this past Saturday
were running at the end of the race. That is the smallest amount of
cars, out of a 42-car field, to be running at race end in 1997.

 - There were seven NASCAR Winston Cup drivers in the Gateway 300
race. None of the NASCAR Winston Cup drivers finished higher than

 - Joe Bessey earned his first career NASCAR Busch Series pole on
Friday. It took him 80 races to accomplish this feat.

 - The 6/7 Connection: The last time a driver won back-to-back NASCAR
Busch Series championships was back in 1986 & 1987 (Larry
Pearson). Randy LaJoie won the championship last year in which the
year ended in a six and he is currently second in the point standings
and this year ends with a seven.

 - Raybestos Rookie of the Year Candidate Steve Park is one top-five
finish shy of setting a new rookie mark for most top-five finishes by
a rookie in a season. Park currently has six top-five finishes in
1997, which ties the mark David Green set in 1991.

 - There have been 10 different winners on the NASCAR Busch Series
after 20 races in 1997. In the last five races, every winner was a
repeat winner (Randy LaJoie (4), Elliott Sadler (3), Mike McLaughlin

 - Kevin Lepage, who started 39th, was looking to become the first
driver to win a race from a provisional starting position since Chad
Little (42nd) accomplished the feat back at Daytona in 1995. A broken
fuel pump with five laps remaining ended Lepage's quest.

 - Tracy Leslie currently has the longest winless streak among active
NASCAR Busch Series drivers. It's been 94 races since Leslie won his
last year, which was at Indianapolis Raceway Park on July 31, 1993.

 - Buckshot Jones team announced at Gateway International Raceway that
in 1996, the team will have a new sponsor --
Alka-Seltzer/Bayer. Currently, Alka-Seltzer and Bayer is the sponsor
of Terry Labonte's NASCAR Busch Series #5 Chevrolet.


 - Elliott Sadler has seven front-row starting appearances in
1997. That is more than any other driver in the NASCAR Busch Series
this year. Sadler has won two of his three races in 1997 after
starting the race from the pole position.

TOP 10

 - TENTH: With an 11th place finish at Gateway, Hermie Sadler remains
10th in the pint standings for the second straight week. Sadler has
two top-10 finishes in his last four races

 - NINTH: Kevin Lepage dropped one spot after finishing 12th this past
weekend. After three consecutive top-five finishes, Lepage has only
finished lower than 12th, once in his last four races.

 - EIGHTH: After his fourth-place finish at Gateway, Elton Sawyer
moved up one position to eighth in the point standings. Sawyer has
three top-five and five top-10 finishes in the last six starts.

 - SEVENTH: After spending four consecutive weeks in the fifth spot, Buckshot 
Jones drops two to seventh after finishing 25th at Gateway. He has five 
top-10 finishes in the last eight races.

 - SIXTH: Elliott Sadler followed up the win at Myrtle Beach two
weekends ago with a win at Gateway. This was his third career win for
Sadler. Sadler now has two wins and one second place finish in his
last three races run.

 - FIFTH: Mike McLaughlin has four top-10s in his last five races, and
has moved from 10th place in the point standings five weeks ago, all
the way up to fifth position.

 - FOURTH: Rookie Steve park has finished in the top-five six times
and in the top-10 11 times after 20 races. Eight of those 11 top-10
finishes have come in his last 12 starts.

 - THIRD: Phil Parsons' 23rd place finish at Gateway helped him
maintain the third spot in the point standings for the sixth
consecutive week.

 - SECOND: Todd Bodine was denied a shot for a third straight week, of
reclaiming the top spot in the point standings. Going into Gateway,
Bodine had completed all but 10.811 of the total miles run in 1997. He
missed 52.5 miles of the Gateway 300 race on Saturday due to an
accident he suffered mid-way through the race.

 - FIRST: With a 17th place finish, Randy LaJoie was able to add
another 21 points to his 37-point lead in the NASCAR Busch Series
point standings.  LaJoie has three wins, eight top-five, and 12 top-10
finishes in his last 15 starts. LaJoie has not been lower than
third-place in the point standings since March 23, 1996 when he was in
fifth -- 42 weeks ago.


 - If Elliott Sadler can win the Kroger 200 this weekend, he would
become the first NASCAR Busch Series regular driver to win three in a
row since Larry Pearson in 1987 (8/15 -- Orange County, 8/21 --
Bristol, and 8/30 -- Georgia International). Mark Martin did win three
in a row this season (2/22 -- Rockingham, 3/1 -- Richmond, and 3/8 --
Atlanta), but he's not considered a NASCAR Busch Series regular.

 - Morgan Shepherd is the only driver to win the Kroger 200 more than
once.  He's won three times (1982, 1984, 1986).

 - There have been 15 different Busch Pole winners in 15 years at IRP.

 - In 10 of 15 races run at IRP, drivers who started in the top-five
positions have won the race (2 -- pole, 2 -- second, 4 -- third, 0 --
fourth, and 2 -- fifth).

 - The Kroger 200 is the longest running NASCAR Busch Series race
sponsor -- 16 years. the race was tied with the Goody's 300 until the
start of this year.

By NASCAR Public Relations