NASCAR BGN Series All Pro Bumper to Bumper 300 Report: #99, Glen Allen, Jr.
6 October 1997
#99 Glenn Allen, Jr., Luxaire Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division All Pro Bumper to Bumper 300 Race Report Charlotte Motor Speedway October 4, 1997 ALLEN TURNS IN ANOTHER SOLID PERFORMANCE CHARLOTTE, NC - RIS - One thing you can always count on when the Busch Series heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway, a large turnout of cars. Saturday's All Pro Bumper To Bumper 300 was no exception. With over 60 cars entered for 43 starting spots and 13 full-time Winston Cup drivers entered, the event can be a tough one for the younger Busch Grand National drivers. Luxaire driver Glenn Allen was determined to not let the tough competition stop him from accomplishing his goals. With a solid day of testing behind them, Allen and the team qualified 28th during Friday's First Round of time trials. Throughout the practice sessions prior to qualifying Allen had posted practice speeds within a tenth of a second of the pole speed. A slight looseness in the car developed during Allen's qualifying run, holding Allen back from a probable top-ten qualifying effort. With a beautiful afternoon full of sunshine, Allen began the race on Saturday with the goal of running all 200 laps and keeping his #99 Chevrolet Monte Carlo out of trouble. Allen was able to accomplish both of those goals enroute to a 17th place finish. With speedy work by his pit crew Allen was able to gain time during each pit stop and continue to improve on the track with the adjustments made by the crew. On lap 147 Allen received a scare, his window net came loose and unlocked from the top. Allen was able to hold the net in one hand and drive with the other for 3 laps before a timely caution came out for a wreck on the backstretch. Without the caution, it was only a matter of time before Allen would lose his grip on the net and be called to the pits by NASCAR to replace the window net. This would have caused Allen to lose a lap while in the pits. "We got a heck of a break when the window net came lose, the last thing I wanted was this net problem to ruin our solid run," Allen said. "I am real happy with the race," Allen said. "If we could have made one or two more slight adjustments to the car, we could have finished up closer to the top ten, but I am not complaining, with so many cars here, I almost feel like we scored a top ten." Jimmy Spencer held off Mark Martin by .231 seconds. The race was run at an average speed of 127.089 mph with 7 cautions for 38 laps. The Busch Grand National Series will take this week off before heading to The West Coast for the first Busch Series race ever in California on October 19th. By Luxaire Racing Public Relations