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Greg Sacks Wins All Pro Bumper to Bumper Challenge Event

3 October 1997

CONCORD, NC - Greg Sacks won the All Pro Bumper to Bumper Challenge
event today at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The 40-lap event was the
last-chance qualifying race to set positions 33-42 for tomorrow's All
Pro Bumper to Bumper 300 NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division

Sacks, who started 9th in the 24-car field, snatched the lead from
Lyndon Amick on lap 28 to lead the final 12 laps of the race and beat
Kevin Lepage to the checkered flag by 0.257-second. Sacks' average
speed for the event, which lasted 24 minutes and 30 seconds was
146.939 mph

"We were focused on the 300 for Saturday, not just running fast enough
to transfer," said Sacks who is piloting the No. 49 WCW Chevrolet this
weekend at Charlotte. This was an opportunity to see how well we did
with our preparation. When I passed Amick (for the lead), we actually
went three-wide down the backstretch. I had a good run down the back
and was able to get under and finish the pass on the front. I had one
close call around 18 to 20 laps when we were in about 8th spot. A
couple of cars got in the tri-oval grass and kicked up some dirt. I
actually hit the back of the 88 (Lepage) because I had no vision there
for a second."

A multicar accident on lap 25 destroyed the cars of Mike Skinner,
Shane Hall and Ed Berrier. Hall wiggled first coming off of turn
four. He almost had the No. 85 Lucks Chevrolet saved but Skinner spun
trying to check up behind Hall. Skinner clipped Hall and then went
head on into the outside wall. By the time the dust cleared, Skinner's
No. 7 Manheim Monte Carlo had heavy damage to both the front and rear
ends. Berrier was swept up in the aftermath. All three drivers were
forced to retire their cars.

On lap 31, a scramble for the tenth and final transfer position
triggered the second accident of the race. Morgan Shepherd, who was
desperately trying to maintain track position, clipped the No. 4
Phoenix Racing Chevrolet driven by Dale Shaw. Shaw came to rest up
against the outside wall. It was the second Monte Carlo he destroyed
today after a crash during this morning's practice sidelined his
primary machine. L.W. Miller's car car was also damaged too much to

The drivers who will transfer into tomorrow's  200-lap main event are:
Greg Sacks,   Kevin Lepage, Lyndon  Amick,  Mark Green, Terry Labonte,
Matt Kenseth, Robert Pressley, Robbie Faggert, Dennis Setzer and Jason

Larry Pearson will make the field by virtue of a former champion's
provisional starting spot.