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NASCAR Winston Cup Series UAW-GM Quality 500 Report: #35, Todd Bodine

7 October 1997

 #35 Todd Bodine, Tabasco Pontiac Grand Prix
 NASCAR Winston Cup Series
 UAW-GM Quality 500 Race Report
 Charlotte Motor Speedway
 October 5, 1997


CONCORD, NC - In his official debut as driver of the Team Tabasco #35
Pontiac Grand Prix, Todd Bodine made a strong showing, finishing 26th
out of a field of 43 at the Sunday, October 5, UAW-GM Quality 500 at
the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina.

The race was the first NASCAR competition for Team Tabasco and its
sponsor, McIlhenny Company, maker of Tabasco brand Pepper Sauce. "With
only ten weeks to prepare for this race, Team Tabasco not only
qualified, but was able to move up ten positions during the race. We
are extremely pleased with the performance of Todd, the crew and the
car itself," according to Vincent J.  Pierse, President of McIlhenny

In commenting on the race, Todd Bodine said, "All in all it was a
successful day The guys in the motorshop all need to be patted on the
back because the engine is as good as anybody's out there. In the
beginning, the car wasn't handling as well as we wanted, but the crew
made several adjustments throughout the day, so by lap 290 the car was
running really well and I was able to keep up with the leaders for the
rest of the race."

Pat Tryson, crew chief commented, "We learned a lot about each other,
about Todd and about the car. The car pitted nine times during the
race with the crew getting better with every stop. The overall outcome
was a success, every situation was handled, and we now have a firm
foundation for bigger and better things. We have tests scheduled at
Rockingham and Atlanta, and will be practicing pit stops every day
between now and the Atlanta race."

Team Tabasco Racing is headed up by ISM Racing President L.G. "Bob"
Hancher, Jr. of Noblesville, IN, who said, "Team Tabasco Racing's
objective was to qualify for and finish the race, and we accomplished
both of those. We've done a lot in the past ten weeks and we're very
confident in the people we've assembled and their ability to
accomplish our objectives in the future."

Team Tabasco's next race will be at the NAPA 500 at the Atlanta Motor
Speedway on November 16th.

By Team Tabasco Public Relations