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NASCAR BGN Sears Auto Center 250 Race Report -- #99, Glenn Allen

8 July 1997

 #99 Glenn Allen Luxaire Chevrolet Monte Carlo
 NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division
 Sears Auto Center 250 Race Report
 The Milwaukee Mile
 July 6, 1997


WEST ALLIS, WI - "This is what we needed to get back on track," said
Luxaire driver Glenn Allen. Those words followed an action-packed
Sears Auto Center 250 for Allen. Allen charged from a 29th starting
spot all the way to 6th position in just 60 laps on Sunday.

With new crew chief John Monsom on board, the team worked hard all
weekend to overcome adversity and prepared a strong car for Allen to
drive. There were a few doses of bad luck though, a loose oil line
during first round qualifying forced the team to participate during
the second round of time trials. During the second round, Allen laid
down a lap that would have been good enough for the 7th starting spot
if it came during the first round.

With qualifying behind them, Allen began the race in 29th
position. From lap one Allen began to move forward, picking off one
car after another before settling into the top ten. The pit crew
pulled off one of their best stops of the year to gain Allen two more
positions under the first pit stop. From there Allen continued to
chase the leaders while riding between 6th and 8th position. From lap
122 till the end the race would go green the whole way, forcing teams
to pit under green flag conditions. These green flag pit stops led to
what many believed was confusion in the scoring system. After all the
pit stops some cars that Allen and others had lapped seemed to gain
their lap back on the scoring monitors. Allen was able to fight his
way back to an unofficial finish of 16th. These results are unofficial
pending review by NASCAR, this review could possibly lead to a better
finishing position for Allen.

"We performed really well all weekend, John and the whole crew rolled
up their sleeves and worked hard to give me a good car," Allen
said. "Something doesn't seem right with the scoring, yet regardless,
everyone knows we were there today and they saw what this team can do
without a blow of bad luck."

"It was great charging through the field like that," Allen said. "For
once we were finally racing where we have the talent to race, I
believe with John on board we will continue to run up front."

Randy Lajoie won the race and regained control of the Busch Series
points lead. Elliott Sadler and Hermie Sadler rounded out the top
three positions.  The Busch Series heads to Myrtle Beach, South
Carolina for an 8pm EST race this Saturday. Allen looks forward to
returning to the half mile short track, in which he raced inside the
top five for much of the day last year.

By J&J Racing Public Relations