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NASCAR BGN Series Notes (Week of 9/15/97)

16 September 1997


DAYTONA BEACH, FL - This season's NASCAR Busch Series Rookie of the
Year Champion Steve Park currently is fifth in most miles led with
399.122. He's led 19 different times in 12 of the 25 races so far this

 - Todd Bodine's 25th-place finish at Richmond two weeks ago was only
the fifth time this season that Bodine has finished outside the

 - Steve Park is riding a streak of four consecutive top-five finishes
into Dover this weekend. He has two wins, a second and fifth-place
finishes in his last four races.

 - Hermie Sadler, who is 10th in the NASCAR Busch Series point
standings, is the only driver in the top-10 with less than four
top-five finishes. His only top-five finish in 1997 came this July in
Milwaukee, where he finished third.

 - Since tying Jack Ingram's career win record at 31 in the NASCAR
Busch Series, Mark Martin is 0-for-4 in his attempt to break the

 - Only 18 point separate positions five through seven in the NASCAR
Busch Series point standings.

 - There have been 11 different race winners on the NASCAR Busch
Series in 1997. Four of those 11 are first-time winners.

 - Dale Jarrett is one top-five finish away from becoming only the
third driver in NASCAR Busch Series history to record 100 or more
top-five career finishes. Tommy Houston holds the record with
123. Jack Ingram is second with 122.

 - Dale Shaw is enjoying a successful first season in the NASCAR Busch
Series. After 11 starts, Shaw is finishing in the top-10 approximately
64% of the time.

 - Only twice since 1984 has a driver not in first or second place
with five races remaining gone on to win the NASCAR Busch Series
Championship. Larry Pearson came from 96 points down in third place to
win the 1986 title, and the late Rob Moroso came all the way from
fifth place, 127 points down to win the 1989 championship.


Looking back at previous points races, Todd Bodine still has a shot at
snatching the 1997 NASCAR Busch Series Championship away from points
leader Randy LaJoie. Bodine trails LaJoie by 179 points with five
races remaining.  The good news for Bodine is that the driver leading
with five races remaining has failed to win the NASCAR Busch Series
Championship four times since 1984.  LaJoie was one of those four
drivers who benefitted from the leaders' misfortune as he overcame
David Green's 128-point lead last year to win the title. That 128
points is the most ever to be made up by a driver in the last five

TOP 10 

 - TENTH: Hermie Sadler moved back into the top-10 for the first time
in five weeks. Sadler is riding a streak of two straight consecutive
top-10 finishes.

 - NINTH: Tim Fedewa spends a fifth consecutive week in the ninth
spot.  Fedewa has three top-10 finishes in his last eight starts.

 - EIGHTH: Following five top-10 finishes in seven weeks, Elton
Sawyer's average finishing position in his last four races is 24th.

 - SEVENTH: Buckshot Jones has two top-five finishes in his last four

 - SIXTH: In his last 10 starts, Mike McLaughlin has only finished
higher than 13th place three times.

 - FIFTH: Elliott Sadler trails fourth-place Phil Parsons by just 90
points.  After winning two races and finishing second in two others in
a period of four consecutive races, Sadler's average finish in his
last four starts is 22nd.

 - FOURTH: Phil Parsons never has been lower than fourth place in the
point standings this season.

 - THIRD: Rookie Steve Park recorded his fourth consecutive top-five
finish.  The rookie has ten top-five and 16 top-10 finishes after 25
races. Park is currently tied with Kenny Wallace for most top-10
finishes by a rookie with 16.

 - SECOND: With a 25th-place finish at Richmond, Todd Bodine lost
ground in the hunt for the 1997 NASCAR Busch Series Championship point
race with Randy LaJoie. Bodine now trails LaJoie by 179 points with
five events remaining. To win the championship, Bodine would have to
beat LaJoie in each remaining race by an average of 36 points.

 - FIRST: Randy LaJoie sits on top of the points standings for the
eighth straight week. He has four wins, 11 top-five, and 15 top-10
finishes in his last 20 starts. LaJoie has not been lower than
third-place in the point standings since March 23, 1996, when he was
in fifth -- 48 races ago.

Turning to Dover and the MBNA 200

 - NASCAR Busch Series drivers have won the last five MBNA 200's (Fall
Race) at Dover Downs International Speedway.

 - Todd Bodine has the most NASCAR Busch Series victories (three) of
any driver at Dover Downs International Speedway.

 - In 27 NASCAR Busch Series races held at Dover Downs International
Speedway, only one driver (Morgan Shepherd, 1986 fall race) has won
from the pole position.

 - When Bobby Labonte won the spring NASCAR Busch Series race at Dover
earlier this year, it was the first win by a Pontiac at Dover Downs
International Speedway since Michael Waltrip won the Budweiser 200 in
the spring of 1990.

 - DID YOU KNOW? BACE Motorsports owner Bill Baumgardner's drivers
(Johnny Benson - 1994 & Randy LaJoie - 1996 (twice)) have won three of
the last six NASCAR Busch Series races held at Dover Downs
International Speedway.

By NASCAR Public Relations