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NASCAR Winston Cup Series MBNA 400 Preview: #36, Derrike Cope

17 September 1997

 #36 Derrike Cope, Skittles Pontiac Grand Prix
 NASCAR Winston Cup Series
 MBNA 400 Advance
 Dover Downs International Speedway
                 DERRIKE COPE NOTES & QUOTES: MBNA 400

DOVER, DE - After earning a victory during the 1990 Budweiser 400 at Dover, 
Derrike Cope in the #36 Skittles Pontiac looks to bring his winning ways back 
to Dover Downs International Speedway during the MBNA 400.

On the tough mile track, Cope claimed his second and last Winston Cup victory 
and he now is more than ready to return to victory lane. Running well during 
the June race on the concrete track of Dover Downs, the Skittles team had 
hoped for a better finish than 20th, but will seek revenge on "The Monster 
Mile" this weekend during the 400-lap race.

 - "The Monster Mile provides some challenges but I've been able to accept 
those and leave Dover with some decent finishes including a victory," said 
Cope, who has qualified during first-day time trials in all but four attempts 
at Dover. 

 - "During our last visit to Dover, we had a few mishaps but still managed to 
salvage a 20th-place finish out of if," said Cope, who currently stands 28th 
in the Winston Cup points standings. "During that race we preserved the car 
and learned something new, so that makes a productive day."

 - Skittles crew chief Ryan Pemberton, who has been a pit crew member on 
other teams for numerous years, now has taken on the added responsibility of 
rear tire carrier for the Skittles team during pit stops. "I missed being a 
part of the pit action and am excited to be back in the trenches," said 
Pemberton. "I'm real good at it and don't miss a lick."

 - For the remainder of the Winston Cup season, Skittles will sponsor the 
NASCAR hour on One-on-One Sports Radio Network. The Skittles Pontiac now will 
carry the network's logo on the brightly colored side panel. The NASCAR show, 
hosted by Steve Czaban, is aired weekly every Monday and Friday at 8:30 a.m. 
One-on-One Sports Network is America's largest 24-hour sports radio network 
with more than 350 affiliates across the United States and owns radio 
stations in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Cope's Record at Dover Downs International Speedway

Best Finish: 1st; 1990 Budweiser 500 
Top-5 Finishes: 1
Top-10 Finishes: 4
Best Start: 6th; 1993 Splitfire Spark Plug 500
Biggest Payday at DDIS: $55,050; 1990 Budweiser 500

     YEAR  EVENT                      Start  Finish   Earnings     Reason
     1997  Miller 500                   15     20     $22,440      Running
     1996  Miller 500                   17     23      24,065      Running
           MBNA 500                     15     31      23,090      Accident
     1995  Miller 500                   41     12      18,940      Running
           MBNA 500                     18      7      22,155      Running
     1994  Budweiser 500                24     23      10,965      Running
           Splitfire Spark Plug 500     17     12      13,415      Running
     1993  Budweiser 500                 6     31      12,375      Accident
           Splitfire Spark Plug 500     14     32      12,205      Accident
     1992  Budweiser 500                11     33       6,065      Accident
           Peak Antifreeze 500          31      9      11,355      Running
     1991  Budweiser 500                24     27      12,550      Accident
           Peak Antifreeze 500          28     36      11,975      Accident
     1990  Budweiser 500                15      1      55,050      Running
           Peak Antifreeze 500          25     13       9,775      Running
     1989  Budweiser 500                28     28       2,200      Engine
           Peak Antifreeze 500          19      8       7,875      Running

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