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NASCAR BGN Series Notes of Interest

5 November 1997

 NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division
 Notes of Interest
 Week of November 3, 1997

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - With his sixth victory of the season, Mark Martin 
surpassed Jack Ingram's NASCAR Busch Series career record of 31 wins. 

 - Glenn Allen has improved his qualifying position over last year at 19 of 
the 25 races this year. His average starting spot in 1996 was 28.86 compared 
to 15.75 in 1997. At the four new tracks the NASCAR Busch Series attended in 
1997, Allen's averaged a starting spot of 10.5.

 - Big A Auto Parts will return for a second year as the primary sponsor of 
the No. 96 ford driven by Stevie Reeves. 

 - Mark Green will continue to drive the No. 37 Brewco Motorsports Chevrolet 
Monte Carlo in the 1998 NASCAR Busch Series. Timber Wolf, will remain as the 
primary sponsor of the Brewco Motorsports team in 1998. 

 - When Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 29 Phillips 66 Chevrolet, returns 
to the Metro-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex for the Jiffy Lube Miami 300 
it will be the one-year anniversary of his first top-five finish in the 
NASCAR Busch Series. Sadler has three wins, 6 top-fives and 10 to-10 finishes 
in 1997. 

 - A top-10 finish at Homestead would be the 10th straight top-10 finish for 
the NASCAR Busch Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year, Steve Park. After 
completing the first eight races of the 1997 season without a top-10 finish, 
Park has reeled off 17 in the last 21 races. 

 - Randy LaJoie became the first driver since Larry Pearson (1986 & 1987) to 
win back-to-back NASCAR Busch Series Championships and only the third driver 
in the 16-year history of the NASCAR Busch Series to accomplish the feat. If 
LaJoie were tow in the 1998 NASCAR Busch Series Championship, he would become 
the first ever back-to-back-to-back champion. 

 - Bill Baumgardner is the first owner in the 16-year history of the NASCAR 
Busch Series to three-peat as a car owner. Johnny Benson won the championship 
for him 1995 and LaJoie in 1996 & '97. 

 - Also for a third straight season, Katech Engineering has won the AE 
Clevite Engine Builder of the Year Award for their engine building for the 
BACE Motorsports Team. 

 - If Todd Bodine finishes third or higher in Sunday's Jiffy Lube Miami 300, 
he'll remain in second place in the point standings regardless of where Steve 
Park finishes. Bodine has a slim 16-point advantage over Park, who is third 
in the standings. 

 - Elliott Sadler has won the 1997 NASCAR Busch Series "Busch Pole" Award, 
regardless of what either Joe Nemechek or Mark Martin do in the final race. 
If Nemechek or Martin wins the pole at Homestead, Sadler wins the tie-breaker 
because of more outside poles in the season. 

 - Phil Parsons and Mike McLaughlin are both guaranteed to finish in the 
final top-10 point standings for a third straight season. Jason Keller, who 
is currently 11th and 68 points behind Hermie Sadler for the 10th spot, can 
join both Parsons and McLaughlin for that honor, if he finishes in the final 
top-10 point standings. 

 - Mark Martin's victory at Rockingham gave Jack Roush his 27th career win as 
a car owner in the NASCAR Busch Series. Roush is tied with Howard Thomas and 
Ed Whitaker for second on the all-time career car owner wins list. Aline 
Ingram holds the record for car owner wins with 30. 


Former NASCAR Busch Series driver Jack Ingram won 30 times with the No. 11 as 
his car number and Bill Elliott also added a win, for a grand total 31 wins 
for car No. 11. That is more wins than any other car number in Busch Series 
history. With a win at Homestead, Mark Martin could tie that record, as he's 
driven the No. 60 to victory lane 30 times. 

TOP 10 

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

 - NINTH: Tim Fedewa has finished no higher than ninth in the last seven 

 - EIGHTH: It's been 38 races since Buckshot Jones last visited victory 

 - SEVENTH: Elton Sawyer hasn't had a top-10 finish in the last eight races. 

 - SIXTH: Elliott Sadler hasn't finished higher than 14th in the last three 

 - FIFTH: After starting out the year with eight top-10's in the first nine 
races, Phil Parsons has only one top-10 finish in the last 11 races. 

 - FOURTH: Mike McLaughlin has four top-10 finishes in the last six races. 

 - THIRD: In the last 12 races, rookie Steve Park has only finished outside 
the top-10 once. 

 - SECOND: Todd Bodine has only one top-10 finish in the last five races. 

 - FIRST: Randy LaJoie sits on top of the points standings for the 11th 
straight week. LaJoie has not been lower than third-place in the point 
standings since March 23, 1996, when he was in fifth -- 51 races ago.


 - Mark Martin is the only driver to finish in the top-five in both Homestead 

 - A NASCAR Busch Series regular has never won the Busch Pole Award at 

 - Michael Waltrip's fourth-place finish in the 1996 Homestead race was 
Pontiac's only top-five appearance at Homestead. 

 - There have been a total of 17 cautions for 80 laps in the first two events 
at Homestead. 

 - Both races at Homestead have started the maximum number (43) of starting 

By NASCAR Public Relations