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ARA Racefacts Bulletin (3/29/98)

30 March 1998


	Jeff Gordon (DuPont Hendrick Chevrolet Monte Carlo) won
Sunday's Bristol Food City 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race,
becoming 1998's first two-time NASCAR Winston Cup
racewinner!  Teammate Terry Labonte (Kelloggs Hendrick
Chevrolet Monte Carlo) was the runnerup!
	Jeff has now become a Winston Cup season's first
two-time winner three times: 1995, 1997, and 1998!  When he
achieved the feat in 1995 and 1997 he went on to win that
season's Winston Cup title!
	Penske teammates Rusty Wallace and Jeremy Mayfield are
now separated by only one point as they continue to rank 1-2
in 1998 Winston Cup points but the Gordon-Labonte Hendrick
duo ranks 3-4 only 41 and 58 points, respectively, out of
	Adrian Fernandez (Tecate Patrick
Reynard-Ford-Firestone) won Saturday's CART Fed Ex
Championship series Budweiser 500 K event on Japan's new
oval, Twin Ring Motegi.  The victory was Adrian's second in
the CART series and first on an oval.  Adrian is no stranger
to oval victories, however, as three of his four 1992 Indy
Lights victories ( Phoenix, Milwaukee, New Hampshire) came
on ovals!
	For the second consecutive event, the powerplant order
was Ford-Mercedes-Honda but Penske chassis mounted the
podium in second with Al Unser, Jr. while the tire order
flipped from the first race's Goodyear-Firestone to
	1998 is following 1997's pattern: Newman-Haas won the
opener in 1997 and 1998 and Patrick Racing won the second
race of the season in 1997 (Scott Pruett, Surfers Paradise)
and in 1998 (Fernandez, Motegi)!
	Ford's best season CART start of the 1990s?  1995, when
Ford power won the first three events (the Green,
Newman-Haas, and Walker teams scored the wins with Jacques
Villeneuve, Paul Tracy, and Robby Gordon).
	Elliott Sadler (Phillips 66 Bechtel Chevrolet Camaro)
won Saturday's Bristol Moore's Snacks 250 NASCAR Busch Grand
National race.  The victory was Sadler's fourth in the
series and second on a short track; in 1997 he won on the
Myrtle Beach short track and on the Gateway and Nazareth
superspeedways.  The Saturday victory marks Elliott's first
BGN win on a Winston Cup venue.
	Sadler has won four of the last 24 NASCAR BGN races!
	The first six 1998 NASCAR Busch Grand National races
have been won by six different drivers!  This mark ties the
best 1990s performance of the series, achieved in 1991 and
again in 1992 when the first six races produced six
different winners.  The series' all-time mark?  Thirteen
winners in the first 13 races in 1988!  The first ten races
produced ten winners in 1987, the first seven races were won
by seven different winners in 1989, and the first six races
produced six different winners in 1982 and 1985.
	Chevrolet has won five of the 1998 BGN events, Pontiac
one.  Mike McLaughlin remains the point leader by seven
points over Dale Earnhardt, Jr. with Matt Kenseth third and
Elliott Sadler fourth.  1996 and 1997 champion Randy Lajoie
is sixth but only 71 points out of the lead.
	While the introduction of the Taurus has been a boon to
Ford's Winston Cup racers, the same is not the case in Busch
Grand National as Ford is winless through the first six 1998
races, its worst season start in the series since 1991 when
Ford was winless for the season!  Since Ford first took a
win in the series in 1987 in that season's ninth race, it
first won in race three in 1988, race 22 in 1989, race 15 in
1990, race 4 in 1992, race 2 in 1993, race 6 in 1994, race 1
in 1995, race 2 in 1996, and race 2 in 1997!  Mark Martin
was the Blue Oval's first winner of the season in eight of
these instances, the honor going to another driver only in
1992 (Jeff Gordon) and 1995 (Chad Little)!
	The 1998 SCCA NTB Trans-Am Series begins Sunday, April
5 at Long Beach.
	The 27 drivers entered for the season-opening 1998 SCCA
NTB Trans-Am Series event at Long Beach have amassed a total
of 63 major series or major event race wins!
	The 27 drivers have accounted for 25 SCCA World
Challenge victories, seven North American Touring Car
Championship Independents Challenge race wins, seven PSCR GT
race wins, six SCCA Runoffs victories, four SCCA Trans-Am
race wins, four PSCR Firehawk Endurance wins, three Nelson
Ledges 24 Hours victories, two SCCA American City Racing
League (ACRL) victories, one ACRL S2000 class win, two New
Zealand TraNZam race wins, one win in the SCCA U.S.
Endurance Championship, and one victory in the SCCA
Volkswagen Cup!  Drivers entered for the season-opener have
also scored race wins in SCCA National, Divisional, and
Regional competition and in the NASPORT series.  Lou
Gigliotti has achieved three SCCA World Challenge season
point titles while Steve Petty won the 1996 North American
Touring Car Championship Independents Challenge title. 
Drivers entered for the season-opener have also scored
season titles in SCCA Divisional class competition.
	The 27 drivers include twelve Long Beach Trans-Am
"rookies" and fifteen drivers with previous Long Beach
Trans-Am experience.
	The fifteen drivers entered with previous Long Beach
Trans-Am experience have amassed 32 starts in the event,
scoring one win, two Top Three "podium" finishes, four Top
Five finishes, and nine Top Ten finishes.
	Jim Derhaag, Paul Gentilozzi and Mark Pielsticker lead
the way in experience with five Long Beach Trans-Am starts
	The event has a six-race history; the first event was
held in 1987, followed by races in 1988 and 1989.  The
series returned to Long Beach for 1992 and 1993 events and
again in 1996.  Six races - and six faces in Victory Lane! 
Three of the six winners - Paul Gentilozzi in 1988, Robby
Gordon in 1992, and Jamie Galles in 1996, scored their
career-first Trans-Am wins at Long Beach!
	Only one Long Beach racewinner went on to take that
season's Trans-Am championship: inaugural racewinner Scott
Pruett in 1987!
	Paul Gentilozzi and Bill Saunders are entered in
Rocketsports Chevrolet Corvettes in the pro road racing
debut of the "fifth generation" Vette!
	The Chevrolet Corvette first appeared in the SCCA NTB
Trans-Am Series in 1973; a rules change allowed the Corvette
to compete in the series for the first time.
	Three Corvettes appeared in the 1973 season-opener,
held April 15 at Road Atlanta.  J. Marshall Robbins was Fast
Qualifier in a Corvette and took the pole.  He finished
third in the race, one lap down.  Tony DeLorenzo started
alongside Robbins in another Corvette as the model made its
debut with a 1-2 start!  DeLorenzo crashed out on lap six,
however, and placed 25th.  The third Corvette entered in the
race, driven by Joe Pirrotta and Richard Dagiel, started
24th but retired after 25 laps with battery problems,
placing 20th.
	Chevrolet's Corvette took its first Trans-Am win in its
fifth race as John Greenwood started second on July 28, 1973
at Road America and won the race!  Greenwood took a second
consecutive victory on August 19, 1973 at Edmonton; he won
from the pole and also set Fast Lap!
	Chevrolet Corvettes have won 38 Trans-Am races, tied
for third-ranking all-time with Porsche's 911 models behind
the all-time leader Chevrolet Camaro's 87 wins and the Ford
Mustang's 79 victories!
	Chevrolet Corvette drivers have won four SCCA Trans-Am
season point titles!  John Greenwood was the first Corvette
pilot to win the title, in 1975!  Greg Pickett won the "top
class" Category II title in 1978 driving a Corvette.  Gene
Bothello won the 1979 Category I championship driving a
Corvette.  The most recent Corvette-driving Trans-Am
champion, Eppie Wietzes, won his title in 1981.
	The Corvette's most recent Trans-Am win was scored on
June 17, 1989 in the Detroit Trans-Am by Greg Pickett in a
Morrison entry.  He started seventh and won the 40-lap event
after leading only the final two laps.
	The most recent pole position achieved by a
Corvette-driving Fast Qualifier was achieved by David Hobbs
on May 20, 1984 at Summit Point driving a DeAtley Corvette. 
David was Fast Qualifier, started from the pole, and led the
first nine laps (of 50) before finishing second.
	The most recent Trans-Am Top Ten finish by a Corvette
driver was achieved in the August 16, 1992 Trois Rivieres
event by Jerry Simmons.  Jerry started fifteenth and
finished ninth, completing 47 of 50 laps and winning the
race's Hard Charger award.
	Steve Kinser's (Quaker State Kinser Maxim Chevrolet)
March 21 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Sprint Car A Feature
victory at Devils Bowl requalified Steve for a 1998 position
on the ARA Consistent Winners list!  Steve's major series
win streak began in 1978 in WoO and includes wins in
ALL-STAR, NSCA, USA, and USAC Sprint Cars and USAC Silver
Crown and a 1994 IROC win at Talladega.
	Mark Kinser won Friday night's Tulsa WoO event and
Steve won Saturday night at Oklahoma City!

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