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NASCAR Winston Cup ITW DeVilbiss 400 Report: #99, Glenn Allen

18 August 1997

 #99 Glenn Allen, Luxaire Chevrolet Monte Carlo
 NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division
 Detroit Gasket 200 Race Report
 Michigan Speedway
 August 16, 1997


BROOKLYN, MI --The combination of Luxaire driver Glenn Allen and crew chief 
John Monsam continued on a forward roll this weekend in Michigan. In the 5 
races the combination have been together, Allen's worst finish has been 16th 
in Milwaukee, a race he spent half of inside the top seven. Saturday, in the 
Detroit Gasket 200, Allen finished 15th.

After experiencing mechanical trouble during practice on Thursday, Allen 
qualified the #99 Luxaire Chevrolet in the 29th position.

"We really got behind the 8-ball during practice on Thursday, I believe with 
more time on the track we could have had a top-ten qualifying run," Allen 
said. "With only one caution in the race, track position kept us from running 
up front."

During the race, Allen worked hard to maneuver his #99 Chevrolet into 
position. Allen seemed to cruise through the long sweeping Michigan Speedway 
corners with ease, but was lacking horsepower down the staightaways. With 
only 1 caution being displayed in the event, the pit crew got one chance to 
improve the car during its pit stop. A near-perfect pit stop gained Allen 5 
positions as he returned to the track.

As the race came to an end everyone's attention turned to gas mileage. Some 
teams were scared they would need to pit for fuel before the end of the race. 
Crew Chief Monsam made the call for Allen to remain on the track, his 
calculations indicated The Luxaire Chevrolet could make it on fuel. Monsam 
was correct and Allen sped across the finish line with a 1/2 gallon of fuel 
remaining in his 22 gallon fuel cell.

"I have to say I am happy to record another strong finish," Allen said. "This 
team has really grown up over the last 2 months and we are getting closer to 
pulling into victory lane everyday.

"With a better starting spot and a different gear in the car I believe we 
could have been right in the middle of things, but overall, it was another 
good run for us," Allen said.

Steve Park held off Jimmy Spencer for the win, his second of the year. The 
Busch Series now heads to Bristol, Tennessee for a race under the lights on 
Friday night. The Food City 250 begins at 7:30pm Eastern time on ESPN and 

By J&J Racing Public Relations