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NASCAR Winston Cup Notes following Goody's Headache Powder 500

25 August 1997

NASCAR Winston Cup Series
Goody's Headache Powder 500
Bristol Motor Speedway
August 23, 1997


The last time Steve Grissom visited Bristol Motor Speedway in April, he left 
with a broken foot after an accident late in the race. This time the team 
rolled the dice on a late race pit stop and the Gadsden, AL driver came home 
fifth after a dismal 35th-place qualifying effort. 

"I limped out of here last time," said an excited Grissom. "It's a lot better 
to be able to walk out of here on both feet. Actually, I could probably float 
out of here tonight because I'm on cloud nine right now. Anytime you have a 
top-five at Bristol, you've had a good day."

Grissom was running fourth, one of nine cars remaining on the lead lap, when 
the 12th and final caution flew on lap 471 for oil on the track. Crew chief 
Charley Pressley called Grissom in for fresh tires in the hopes of being able 
to chase down the leaders. "Charlie made a heck of a call to come in there on 
the last caution flag and take on four tires," said the driver of the #41 
Kodiak Chevrolet, who was one of three drivers who chose to pit at that time. 
"That was our only shot to win and we went for it. We gave up a little track 
position by pitting there at the end but that was our only shot to win. After 
cautions came out and stuff, our car was better on the long runs."


Dick Trickle, who describes himself as "55 years young" looked fresh as a 
daisy after climbing from his #90 Heilig-Meyers Ford having just finished 
third and posted his best finish of the season. Not at all bad for a man who 
spun out nearly halfway through the event and lost a lap.

After making up his lap and carving his way through the field, Trickle took 
advantage of the final caution to have his crew bolt on new tires after 
having found the set he was on was not to his liking. On the ensuing restart 
on lap 479, he lined up 8th and quickly charged to third before running out 
of time when the checkers flew.

"The set of tires on the car didn't feel good from the start," Trickle 
explained. "They just weren't gripping. We didn't have nothing to lose. A 25- 
or 30-lapper, that's a Saturday night car fight. I said, 'I'll start at the 
back of that baby.' I want to share this with all my fans, who have stuck 
with us through the years and all the sponsors and my family. This is for 


Kenny Wallace was hoping to celebrate his birthday in Bristol Motor 
Speedway's victory lane. Unfortunately for him, it didn't quite work out that 

After starting from the pole for the second time this season, Wallace was 
bypassed on the first lap by Jarrett but hung on to a top-ten position 
through the first 60 laps of the event. On lap 90, Wallace made contact with 
Steve Grissom and wiggled coming off of turn four. The #81 Square D Ford hit 
the outside wall, came back across the track and collected the #17 Western 
Auto Chevrolet driven by Darrell Waltrip who, in turn, hit the inside 
retaining wall. 

"Steve Grissom ran all over me," said the youngest of the Wallace brothers 
who turned 34 on race day. "It's the same old deal at Bristol. I'm clear on 
the bottom of the race track and he just ran me up into the wall. It's a 
shame. I don't know how I could get any lower to get underneath him, but 
coming off of (turn) 4, I just got run into and put into the wall."

"I'm not exactly sure what happened," said Waltrip about the incident. "It 
looked like the 18 (Bobby Labonte) and 3 (Dale Earnhardt) were on the 
outside and the 81 (Kenny Wallace) got into the wall and came back across 
and got me. Waltrip's crew repaired his car and returned him to the race but 
Darrell retired the car after completing only 115 laps total. He finished 
42nd in the 42-car field. 


It was not a good weekend for Winston Cup rookies. 

Robby Gordon was the first to have trouble as he failed to qualify his #40 
Coors Light for the race. 

After starting 8th, David Green's night ended early when his #96 Caterpillar 
Chevrolet was the focal point of a multi-car accident on the frontstretch on 
lap 259. The race was red-flagged while Green was removed from his battered 
machine and transported to a local hospital suffering from a sore shoulder 
and a bump on his head. The preliminary report from Bristol Regional 
Medical Center indicated that Green has a broken right scapula. He was 
credited with a 40th place finish. 

Mike Skinner, pilot of the #31 Lowe's Chevrolet found himself involved in a 
turn one melee which resulted in his Monte Carlo slamming hard into the 
outside wall. Skinner exited the car under his own power but had to be helped 
to the ambulance by safety workers. "It knocked the wind out of me," said 
Skinner after leaving the infield care center. "I can't say enough for the 
safety equipment. My head hit real hard on the seat, but I'm all right. I 
banged my knee on the steering column and it's a little sore. The car was 
running good, and I really love this place. I can't wait to come back." 
Skinner recorded a 34th-place finish. 

The newest member of the rookie class, Jeff Green, had the best showing of 
the group in spite of the fact that he was caught up in the accident 
involving David Green which red-flagged the event. Green salvaged a 
21st-place finish, 8 laps behind the leaders, and was the recipient of the 
NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Race award for his efforts.