NASCAR BGN Series Kenwood Home & Car Audio 300 Report: #29, Elliott Sadler
20 October 1997
#29 Elliott Sadler, Phillips 66 Performance Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division Kenwood Home & Car Audio 300 Race Report California Speedway October 19, 1997 TREMENDOUS RUN FOR ALLEN IN CALIFORNIA FONTANA, CA - Luxaire driver Glenn Allen would have paid any price for just one more gallon of gas during Sunday's Kenwood Home & Car Audio 300. Trailing leader and eventual winner Todd Bodine by only a few car lengths on lap 147 of 150, Allen was smelling victory and at the worst a second place finish. As he exited turn one, the car sputtered, Allen wiggled the car hard and sucked enough gas out of his fuel cell to make it back to pit road for a splash of gas. Allen returned to the race and picked up a strong 7th place finish. "We knew it was going to be close on fuel, our calculations said we were going to be a lap and a half short, but we had to roll the dice and go for the victory," Allen said. "We gave it every bit of effort we had, I would have paid thousands of dollars for just one more gallon." Allen started the weekend by qualifying for the first Busch Series race ever in California in 12th place. This continued the string of strong qualifying efforts on the four new Busch Series tracks this year. Allen qualified in the top twelve for all four of the races. The team spent all day Saturday focusing on race setup and calculating fuel mileage for Sunday's race. When the team left the track Saturday night they knew they were going to have a chance to win on Sunday. Allen posted the 7th fastest lap during the final practice session. As the race began Allen quickly moved up into the top-five. Throughout the race Allen would maintain position inside the top ten, racing as high as second place for many laps. But in the end, Allen came up just a couple of laps short of a second place finish. "What a great weekend for this Luxaire Racing Team," Allen said. "We are working shorthanded and still producing tremendous results, that's a credit to John Monsam and the team for never giving up. I feel like we can score top ten finishes in the last two races, that would give us top tens in four of the last five races and tons of momentum for next season." Todd Bodine stretched his fuel mileage just far enough to claim the victory over Steve Park by 15.903 seconds. The Busch Series heads to North Carolina Motor Speedway for Saturday's ACDelco 200 at 2:00 pm Eastern time. In the spring race at Rockingham, Allen started 9th and finished 9th. By Events & Outings, Inc.