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NASCAR BGN Series ACDelco 200 Report: #99, Glenn Allen

29 October 1997

 #99 Glenn Allen, Luxaire Chevrolet Monte Carlo
 NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division
 ACDelco 200 Race Report
 North Carolina Motor Speedway
 October 25, 1997


ROCKINGHAM, NC - Luxaire driver Glenn Allen had his hopes for a strong finish 
in The ACDelco 200 taken away early on in the race here Saturday. After 
qualifying in the 14th position and having a strong final practice Allen had
reason to expect another top ten-finish.

As the team began their final chassis setup on raceday morning they were
presented with a tough decision. All of their practice sessions had been
conducted under cloudy conditions. The sun was shining now, two hours before
the race, but cloudy weather was in the forecast. These conditions can
drastically change the way a car handles on the race track. The team went with
their best guess and at first it looked as if they had made the right
decision. For the first 25 laps, Allen maintained his place in a long line of
cars, then the sun came back out and Allen began to have handling problems. 

About this time Allen was greeted by another problem. He had all but lost his
brakes and those breaks are super important at Rockingham. Allen kept his cool
and stayed out of trouble for the remainder of the race, finishing in 21st

"We just missed on our race setup and losing the brakes killed us," Allen
said. "When the weather changes like that and you are forced to guess, it
presents two possible results, either you are real good or you are real bad." 

"We will take our finish and head to Homestead for the last race of the season
in two weeks,' Allen said. "I really think we can be a contender for the win
down there."

Mark Martin led a sweep of the first four positions by Winston Cup regulars. 
Dick Trickle, Ricky Craven and Jeff Burton followed Mark to the finish line.
Martin's average speed was 100.426 mph with 8 caution flags for 50 laps.

The Busch Series heads to Homestead, Florida in two weeks to close out the
1997 racing season.

By Luxaire Racing Public Relations