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NASCAR Busch Grand National Division Notes (Week of 10/13/97)

14 October 1997

NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division
Notes of Interest
Week of October 13, 1997

By NASCAR Public Relations

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - Only 159 points separate positions four through
nine in the NASCAR Busch Series point standings.

 - There have been 12 different race winners on the NASCAR Busch
Series in 1997. Five of those 11 are first-time winners.

 - Steve Park had his string of five consecutive top-five finishes
ended at Charlotte last week. Park still has a streak of seven
consecutive top-10 finishes.

 - Steve Park's sixth-place finish last Saturday at Charlotte gave him
his 18th top-10 of the season. That's the highest number of top-10's
for a NASCAR Busch Series rookie since Kenny Wallace finished with 16
in 1989.

 - Mark Green finished fifth Saturday, marking his first top-five
finish of his NASCAR Busch Series career.

 - Question? Which driver has completed the most laps among the three
new tracks (Las Vegas, Texas, and St. Louis) the NASCAR Busch Series
has visited in 1997?

Answer: Hermie Sadler. Sadler has completed 637 of 640 total laps or

 - Todd Bodine has a good chance of making up some ground on points
leader Randy LaJoie this weekend at California. Bodine's average
finishing position in the three races at the new tracks is 10th while
LaJoie's is 18th.

 - Even though Elliott Sadler's average starting position at the three
new tracks is tops among all drivers at 5th, his average finishing
position is 17th.

TOP 10 

 - TENTH: Hermie Sadler has just two top-10 finishes in his last nine
races.  But he has hung in the top-10 for five of those nine weeks.

 - NINTH: Tim Fedewa has finished no better than ninth in the last six

 - EIGHTH: Elton Sawyer has spend 23 of the 27 weeks in the top-10
point standings.

 - SEVENTH: Buckshot Jones' 10th-place finish Saturday was his fourth
top-10 in the last seven races.

 - SIXTH: Mike McLaughlin has only one top-five finish in the last
seven races.

 - FIFTH: Elliott Sadler trails fourth-place Phil Parsons by just one

 - FOURTH: Phil Parsons never has been lower than fourth place in the
point standings this season.

 - THIRD: In the last 11 races, rookie Steve Park has only finished
outside the top-10 once.

 - SECOND: Todd Bodine has only three top-10 finishes in the last
eight races.

 - FIRST: Randy LaJoie sits on top of the points standings for the
10th straight week. He has not been lower than third-place in the
point standings since March 23, 1996, when he was in fifth -- 50 races


Randy LaJoie could be the first driver since Larry Pearson (1986 &
1987) to win back-to-back NASCAR Busch Series Championships. LaJoie,
who has a 246-point advantage over second place Todd Bodine, could
clinch the title this weekend in California. If LaJoie wins the
Kenwood Home & Car Audio 300 and Bodine finishes ninth or lower,
LaJoie would clinch the title. There are 27 other scenarios for LaJoie
to clinch.