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NASCAR Winston Cup Pennsylvania 500 Preview -- #98 John Andretti

17 July 1997

 #98 John Andretti, RCA Ford Thunderbird 
 NASCAR Winston Cup Series
 Pennsylvania 500 Advance
 Pocono Raceway

LONG POND, PA - Bill Elliott earned a new RCA TV. John Andretti earned
his first Winston Cup victory.

With the win in the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway, the
RCA Racing team earned some valuable momentum, it doesn't plan on
relinquishing any time soon.

"We may not know until three months from now exactly what the win
meant to us," Andretti said. "I feel really good about where we are
right now."

With good reason.

Following the win at Daytona, the RCA Racing team traveled to New
Hampshire and qualified eighth. Andretti was on his way to an
eighth-place finish when an accident involving the lapped car of
Jeremy Mayfield relegated him to 14th. But he still gained two spots
in the point standings to 22nd. And the prospect for another top-10,
or better, at Pocono this weekend are good.

Andretti qualified the RCA Ford ninth for the June Pocono event, but
an oil pump belt failure sent the team home early.

"That was the first time I have broken a motor with this team and it
wasn't the motor's fault, it was disappointing in one respect, but it
was very good in another," Andretti said. "It was a very good
qualifying effort for us and we had a good race car. We're looking to
go back with the same race car and try to step it up a couple of

The team had other reasons to be pumped up about the quality of the
Pocono car. It was the first car that the team had hung the body on
itself. Many teams send cars out to have the bodies hung, and the RCA
crew was among those. But it was time they gave it a try themselves.

It worked.

"When you know you have talented people and you can use them to do
other things, than to just try to get the cars to the race track,
that's important," Andretti said. "Without that we have no hope of
building into the team we want to be. Things don't happen
overnight. But the most important thing on a race team is the people
and they proved they can step up to any level at any job."

Andretti has been quick to thank Elliott for giving him the help he
needed to get around Mark Martin and win at Daytona. Elliott was a
couple of laps down at the time, so it was really a matter of who
Elliott wanted to see win.

"He said that he went with me because I had such a good race car, we
had run a really good race and we deserved to win," Andretti
said. "And, he said, 'I need a TV.'"

Andretti promised in numerous television and radio interviews to buy
Elliott a TV as a way to say thanks.

"I told him I'd get him an RCA catalog and get him whatever he wants."

NOTE - The RCA team will be testing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Monday and Tuesday, July 21 and 22nd.  Andretti will remain in
Indianapolis through the off weekend and Brickyard week.


  2-16-97  Daytona 500         32     25    $63,325  Running        25
  2-23-97  Goodwrench 400      25     34    $19,015  Running        32
  3-2-97   Pontiac 400         22     31    $20,615  Running        33 
  3-9-97   Primestar 500       33     15    $31,805  Running        28 
  3-23-97  TranSouth 400       33     25    $21,165  Running        30
  4-6-97   Interstate 500      30     12    $80,300  Running        27
  4-13-97  Food City 500       26     24    $23,490  Running        27
  4-20-97  Goody's 500         27     28    $19,615  Running        25 
  5-4-97   Save Mart 300       17     30    $31,710  Running        26
  5-10-97  Winston 500          1      4    $57,920  Running        22 
  5-17-97  Winston Open      **12      9     $7,500  Running   ** non-points 
  5-25-97  Coca-Cola 600       26     30    $28,450  Running        24
  6-1-97   Miller 500          23     29    $25,490  Running        26 
  6-8-97   Pocono 500           9     40    $17,265  Engine         26 
  6-15-97  Miller 400          40     37    $21,890  Running        27
  6-22-97  California 500      35     21    $34,975  Running        27
  7-5-97   Pepsi 400            3      1   $109,525  Running        24 
  7-13-97  Jiffy Lube 300       8     14    $33,425  Accident       22


    1997  Pocono 500      9       40     121/200    $17,265    Engine
    1996  Teamwork 500   20       16     200/200    $21,205    Running
    1996  Miller 500     36       23     199/200    $20,100    Running
    1995  Teamwork 500   29       30     195/200    $11,925    Running
    1995  Miller 500     36       38     136/200     $8,390    Engine
    1994  Teamwork 500   21       35       N/A      $11,450    Engine
    1994  Miller 500     36       25       N/A      $12,460    Running

By RCA Racing Public Relations