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DeHart Grabs Third RCA Award, Helps Labonte to Seventh Top-5 Finish IN PEPSI 400

13 July 1997

CHARLOTTE, NC - They haven't been making it very easy on themselves, but in 
the end Terry Labonte and the Kellogg's crew keep finding ways to grab 
top-five finishes. 

The defending Winston Cup champion started the Pepsi 400 35th, but despite 
hitting a tire on pit road and struggling throughout the day, Labonte's crew 
chief Gary DeHart never let his crew give up. They made the right adjustments 
and sent Labonte to a second place finish. For the efforts, DeHart picked up 
his third RCA Pit Strategy Award of the season.

DeHart will be presented with a 36" Nipper dog and a check for $5,000 during 
pre-race ceremonies at New Hampshire International Speedway this weekend.

The second-place finish was Labonte's second straight runner-up finish, and 
seventh top-five of the season. He moved up to second in the points 
standings, 54 points in arrears of teammate Jeff Gordon.

"Considering we struggled all week, it was a real good run," Labonte said. "I 
hit a tire on pit road. I really didn't mess it up, it looked worse than it 
was. We thought it was really going to be a problem for us, but it wasn't."

DeHart now owns the lead in the chase for the year-end $50,000 RCA Pit 
Strategy Award. He has won the award for his and his crew's work in the 
Daytona 500 and the Save Mart 300 at Sears Point this season.

                           POINTS LEADERS

                CREW CHIEF          CAR #     POINTS
                Gary DeHart           5         3
                Jimmy Fennig          6         2
                Jim Long             10         2
                Robin Pemberton       2         2
                Marc Reno            28         2
                Paul Andrews         37         1
                Ray Evernham         24         1
                Larry McReynolds      3         1
                Todd Parrott         88         1
                Ryan Pemberton       36         1

By RCA Racing Public Relations