The Callahan Report: Mark Martin Favored in the West
30 April 1998
By Terry Callahan
FONTANA, CA: It's the gold rush of 1998. The NASCAR
teams are heading West this weekend. They have already struck it rich.
Their weekly shows are the fastest growing spectator sport in the world.
Their sport is truly "golden." This weekend will be a marketing
extravaganza as NASCAR "goes Hollywood" on Saturday night. They will
follow their Hollywood celebration with a high speed show at the year-old
California Speedway in nearby Fontana, California.
The Auto Channel
The series is coming off a weekend of high speed "restrictor plate" racing in Talladega, Alabama. The race this weekend will be of the traditional horsepower variety. The Ford Taurus will most likely shine once again at this sparkling new facility owned by Roger Penske.
There are several prospective candidates to lead the way in Fontana. At the top of the favorite's list is Mark Martin. The Valvoline Ford Taurus colors were scarred a bit last weekend in Talladega. They will shine bright in the California sun. Martin has already captured two victories this season...both races were West of the Mississippi. With his bad luck from last weekend out of the way, Martin will be powering his way to the front of the pack this weekend.
It is time for Jeff Burton to have some good luck. Burton has had none in his last three outings on the circuit. He is always fast. He is part of the Roush Racing Super Team. As a teammate to Mark Martin, Burton should challenge his teammate for the checkered flag.
As always, the power team of Rusty Wallace and Jeremy Mayfield will be strong. This team has it all together. Either driver is capable of finding victory. If they fall behind, they have a knack of returning to the front of the pack. Just as they have been in every NASCAR race this season, Wallace and Mayfield will be threats in Fontana.
Rusty Wallace: Winston Cup Point Leader
Jeff Gordon: Defending Winston Cup Champ
1. Mark Martin
2. Dale Jarrett
3. Jimmy Spencer
4. Jeff Burton
5. Jeremy Mayfield
Darkhorse: Ricky Rudd
Callahan's Results From Last Week's Picks:
1. Dale Earnhardt (finished 36th, crashed)
2. Bobby Labonte (finished 1st)
3. Jeremy Mayfield (finished 13th)
4. Rusty Wallace (finished 12th)
5. Jeff Gordon (finished 5th
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Darkhorse: Jimmy Spencer, (finished 2nd)