Hooters Cup Race Report: Alan Kulwicki Memorial 207

9 September 1997

Milwaukee, WI - 1995 United Speed Alliance Racing Hooters Cup Champion Mario Gosselin piloted his Jackaroo Barby Sauce Chevrolet to victory in the Alan Kulwicki Memorial 207 at the fabled Milwaukee Mile. Mario made good use of pit stops and tire strategy to collect the win worth $12.000. On the last pit stop on lap 125, Gosselin put on a set of "scuffs", tires that had about 15 laps on them, and then took the lead and was never seriously challenged as he cruised to the checkered flag.

"Our last pit stop we put on a set of tires that had about 15 laps on them," Gosselin said afterwards. "From that point on the car was on a rail. I could go inside or outside. In turn four I could put the right side on the yellow line, and I suspect no one else could do that. Bobby Gill had me concerned. But he was too tight, especially off turn two. My crew had me right in the thick of things and fortunately we were able to stay out front."

Gosselin's margin of victory was .094 seconds over the Terminal Trucking Chevrolet of Bobby Gill. Gill led the race for 23 laps until making a pit stop. Finishing in third was series points leader Freddie Query who led the most laps during the race, 106. Query also won the Royal Purple Lubricants Halfway Challenge for holding the lead at the midway point.

1996 Hooters Cup Champion Billy Bigley Jr came home in fourth spot with Ronnie Sanders finishing in fifth. Scott Wimmer was the top rookie finisher in the 207 lap grind while Mike Garvey took the Hard Charger award for gaining the most positions.

ALAN KULWICKI MEMORIAL 207 FINISH ORDER
Pos Car  Driver                  Hometown                Laps  Purse    
1.  10   Mario Gosselin          Lake Wales, FL          207  $12000
2.   5   Bibby Gill              Dalton, GA              207   5000
3.   8   Freddy Query            Mooresville, NC         207   3000
4.  28   Billy Bigley Jr         Naples, FL              207   2500
5.  18   Ronnie Sanders          Fayetteville, GA        207   2000
6.   1   Jimmy Cope              St Petersburg, FL       207   1900
7.  25   Scott Wimmer (R)        Wausau, WI              207   1800
8.  15   Bill Plemons Jr (R)     Locust Grove, GA        207   1700
9.  40   Mike Garvey             Suwanee, GA             206   1600
10. 48   Fred Huckstorf          Huntley, IL             206   1500
11. 61   Junior Hanley           Campbellville, ONT      205   1400
12. 81   Tony Walls              Albertville, AL         205   1300
13. 71   Harold Fair Jr (R)      Romulus, MI             205   1200
14. 17   All Schill Jr           Franklin, WI            204   1100
15.  7   Eddie Hanks             Memphis, TN             203   1000
16.  6   Derrick Kelley          Auburndale, FL          203   1000
17. 04   Les Ferris              Northfield, MN          202   1000
18. 51   Brian Hoppe             Verona, MI              202   1000
19. 67   Lee Raymond             Dayton, OH              201   1000
20. 70   Dwayne Dempsey          St Petersburg, FL       200   1000
21. 21   Al Schill               Franklin, WI            200   1000
22. 94   Bob Fox                 S Milwaukee, WI         195   1000
23. 21   Dave Tomczak            Franklin, WI            188   1000
24. 46   Mike Hunter             Clarkston, MI           179   1000
25. 20   Jim Grzanna             Meno Falls, WI          178   1000
26. 53   Scott Hansen            Green Bay, WI           171   1000
27. 105  Scott Bryden            Durand, IL              150   1000
28. 37   Jason Schuler           Cambridge, IL           142   1000
29. 95   Paul Dyeon              Racine, WI              127   1000
30. 92   Dick Anderson           Wildwood, FL            123   1000
31. 16   Mardy Lindley           Greenville, SC          118   1000
32.  3   Nevin Jenkins           Homosassa, FL           85    1000
33. 89   Brad Mueller            Random Lake, WI         85     750
34. 88   Stan Boyd               Holly, MI               81     750
35. 35   Clark Ninneman          Fayetteville, GA        47     750
36. 13   Andrew Brocker          Milwaukee, WI           34     750
37. 90   Homer Heflin            Jackson, MS             32     750
38.  4   Jim Partipilo           Elmhurst, IL            12     750
39. 11   Race McComb             Hartford, WI             6     750

Fast Qualifier, $1,000 - Junior Hanley
Halfway Leader, $1,000 - Freddie Query
Top Rookie, $1,000     - Scott Wimmer
Hard Charger $500      - Mike Garvey
Lap Leaders            - Freddie Query 102
                         Mario Gosselin 60
                         Bobby Gill     23
                         Scott Wimmer   14
                         Scott Hansen    8

John Kaiser -- The Autochannel

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