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ARA RaceFacts bulletin (07/12/98)

13 July 1998


JULY 12, 1998

	Jeff Burton's victory (Exide Batteries Roush Ford
Taurus) in Sunday's New Hampshire Jiffy Lube 300 NASCAR
Winston Cup event was the first 1998 Winston Cup win for
Jeff, the fourth Winston Cup win of his career, and his
second consecutive in the event!
	The victory was the 30th Winston Cup win for the Roush
Racing team, 26 by Mark Martin, four by Burton.
	Five of Burton's fellow "breakthrough" winners in 1990s
Winston Cup competition have thus far failed to take any
further Winston Cup wins following their breakthrough win(s)
seasons: John Andretti (1997), Brett Bodine (1990), Ward
Burton (1995), Derrike Cope (two wins in 1990) and Jimmy
Spencer (two wins in 1994).
	Ron Hornaday, Jr.'s (NAPA Brakes Earnhardt Chevrolet)
win in Nazareth's NASCAR Craftsman Truck event was his
fourth victory of the 1998 NCTS season and marked the second
consecutive season Ron has been the first driver to reach
the four-victory mark!
	In 1995, Mike Skinner was the first four-time winner,
achieving the feat in the eighth race of the season; Mike
was also the first four-time winner in 1996, achieving the
total in race #13.  Hornaday was the first four-time winner
in 1997, also reaching the figure in race #13.  His fourth
victory in 1998 came in race #11 and moved Chevrolet to
within one victory of Ford, 6 to 5.
	Bill Saunders (Autolink Rocketsports Chevrolet
Corvette) won Cleveland's Medic GP SCCA NTB Trans-Am Series
race Saturday over Brian Simo (Valvoline Racewerx Ford
Mustang Cobra), scoring Saunders' career-first Trans-Am win
while Simo earned his fifth Trans-Am runnerup finish without
a win!
	The Cleveland win by Bill Saunders set a new record;
Saunders took his first Trans-Am win in his 69th Trans-Am
start, a new record for the "latest into a career" victory
for a first-time Trans-Am winner.  Paul Miller set the
previous mark, not winning until start 38 of his Trans-Am
career, September 9, 1984 at Mosport Park.  Miller made his
first start on April 15, 1973 at Road Atlana.
	Brian Simo's fifth runnerup finish without a victory is
still two short of tying the record for most runnerup
finishes before a win!  Tom Kendall achieved seven runnerup
finishes (1987 Long Beach, Kendall Mercury Capri; 1989 Long
Beach, Cleveland, Des Moines, St. Petersburg and 1990 Sears
Point and Dallas (Addison) in C&C Chevrolet Berettas before
winning in his 21st start, July 7, 1990 at Cleveland!
	The all-time Trans-Am record for MOST RUNNERUP FINISHES
posted six runnerup finishes in a 25-start Trans-Am career
spanning the 1967 through 1970 seasons.
	Saunders' 0.193 second victory margin over Simo ranks
sixth all-time on the Trans-Am Closest Victory Margins list
and was the CLOSEST EVER on a Trans-Am "street or temporary
circuit" venue, eclipsing the 0.204 second victory margin of
Tom Kendall's July 16, 1994 Toronto win!
	Chris Neville led the rookies with a fourth-place
finish (ARCO Derhaag Chevrolet Camaro), tying his
career-best achieved in the 1998 Long Beach race. 
First-time polesitter Michael Lewis (Red Line Oil Ford
Mustang Cobra) finished third as three models (Corvette,
Mustang, Camaro) finished in the top four positions!  With
Leighton Reese's Pontiac Grand Prix ninth, three marques and
four models finished in the Top Ten; Don Sak's Oldsmobile
Cutlass was eleventh, the final car on the lead lap, as four
marques and five models posted lead-lap finishes!
	While Paul Gentilozzi (Autolink Rocketsports Chevrolet
Corvette) led the race at the point his engine blew,
retiring him with 35 of 42 laps completed, Paul set a new
Trans-Am record!
	Gentilozzi has "opened" the 1998 SCCA NTB Trans-Am
Series season with SEVEN consecutive Fastest Lap honors, a
new Trans-Am Fast Lap streak!
	This Fast Lap streak has replaced the previous record,
George Follmer's "season-opening" Fast Lap streak of six
races, the first six races of 1972!  During that streak,
Follmer "shared" the Fast Lap in the first race of the
	Rocketsports scored its 18th Trans-Am win, tied for
sixth-ranking all-time in Entrant Wins with Brumos Racing
and ranking fifth all-time on the "top class" Entrant Wins
	Randy Lajoie (FINA BACE Chevrolet Monte Carlo) won
Saturday evening's Myrtle Beach NASCAR Busch Grand National
event, scoring his first win of the 1998 BGN season!  Randy,
whose first major pro racing victory took place on July 2,
1983 in an American-Canadian Tour (ACT) event at Catamount,
won five BGN races in each of his 1996 and 1997 championship
seasons.  In 1996, he had achieved three wins by July 12
while in 1997 he had four wins by July 6.
	Luiz Garcia, Jr. (Brian Stewart Racing) became the
fourth consecutive first-time Dayton Indy Lights winner with
his victory at Cleveland!
	Garcia, the 1991 Formula Ford 1600 Champion of Brazil,
moved to England in 1992 to contest the British Formula
Vauxhall Lotus series.  He ranked eleventh in 1992 points
for the Seikel team.  In 1993 he scored two victories in the
series, on July 25 at Knockhill and on September 19 at
Silverstone, en route to third in points for the LJR team;
the 1993 series champion was current CART driver Dario
	Garcia moved on to British Formula 3 in 1994, driving a
Vauxhall-powered Dallara for the Edenbridge team; he
finished eleventh in points with a best finish of second on
April 10 at Donington Park, setting Fast Lap en route to
losing by 2.35 seconds to former Stewart F1 driver Jan
Magnussen.  In 1995 he drove a Mugen Honda-powered Dallara
for David Sears Racing, placing fifteenth in points.
	Luiz joined the Super Nova British Formula 2 (Formula
3000 cars) team in 1996, partnering Gareth Rees.  Rees and
Garcia finished 1-2 in the championship, with Garcia winning
on October 13 at Brands Hatch and on October 27 at Donington
Park.  His ten starts in the 1996 series produced two wins,
five runnerup finishes, one third (eight "podium" finishes)
and two accident-caused retirements.
	In 1997 Garcia came to North America for the Indy
Lights series, ranking 13th in the point standings.  He
achieved one Top Five finish, a fourth at Savannah, and six
Top Ten finishes.