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NASCAR-GDS: GDS Fact Sheet-Charlotte Motor Speedway

16 May 1998

Goody's Dash Series
Fact Sheet


What: The Tom Johnson Camping Center/Easy Care Vehicle Service Contract 100 is Race No. 3 in the Goody's Dash Series 1998 Schedule.

Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC, is a 1.5 mile high banked asphalt oval. The Speedway is located from I-85 to exit 46, 47 or 48, then south on US 29.

When: Wednesday, May 20, 1998 - 8:30 p.m.

Distance: 67 Laps ( 100 Miles )

Promoter: Charlotte Motor Speedway

Sanction: National Association of Stock Car Automobile Racing Inc. (NASCAR)

Schedule: Tuesday May 19: Haulers Enter Garage 12:00 noon. Registration and Inspection 12:30 p.m. Mandatory Rookie Drivers Meeting 2:00 p.m. (at the Dash Trailer) Draw for Qualifying 2:30 p.m. Practice 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Garage Closes 5:00 p.m. Wednesday May 20: Garage Opens 7:00 a.m. Practice 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Qualifying (2 laps) 11:30 a.m. Final Practice 5:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Mandatory Drivers and Crew Chiefs Meeting 6:30 p.m.

Posted Awards: $75,600 Including Promoters Purse, Cash Contingency Awards, $6,000 Goody's Dash Series Championship Points Fund and $5000 Goody's Dash Series Top 20 Bonus Plan.

Participating Manufacturers: Goody's Pharmaceuticals, Moog Chassis Parts, NGK Spark Plugs, NAPA Oil Filters, Pontiac Racing, Pro Shocks, Toyota Racing, Victor Reinz Gaskets, Anheuser-Busch, Gatorade, Goodyear Tires, STP Oil Treatment, Unocal 76 Gasoline.

Notes of Interest:

Qualifying Record - July 24, 1997 - Mike Swaim, Jr. / Pontiac 34.826 / 155.056 mph.

++This race will start the 38 fastest qualifiers plus four provisional starting positions as determined by NASCAR.

++Practice speeds during testing here in April were unofficially, in excess of 158 mph for many of the cars, indicating that we could be looking at another new track qualifying record.

++Five former Series champions including Larry Caudill, who won the very first Dash Series event at this track in 1975 and won again, twice in 1988 are among the more than 50 Goody's Dash Series drivers expected to vie for the 42 starting positions. Mike Swaim Jr., David Hutto, Mickey York and Robert Huffman are the other former Series champions who are entered.

++Three former Series Rookie of the Year honorees are entered, Darryl Murray, Danny Bagwell and Robert Huffman.

++In the previous 12 Dash Series events here, six times the winner or pole sitter went on to win the Series championship. Dean Combs won the event here and the championship in 1977. Mike Swaim Sr. won both events here and the championship in 1985. Larry Caudill won both events and the championship in 1988. ++Hut Stricklin won here in a Dash Series car in 1987.

++This race has been won from the pole three times. J.V. Reins in 1976, Dean Combs in 1977 and Mike Swaim Sr. in 1985.

++Other drivers who have qualified on the pole here in a Dash Series car are; Shane Reins, Billy Standridge, Rob Moroso, Larry Caudill, Andy Belmont, Mickey York and Mike Swaim Jr.

++Mike Swaim Sr. has recorded the most Dash Series wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway with four. Mike is also the only multiple pole qualifier here with two poles, one in 1985 and one in 1986. Mike will be at this event in a coaching and spotting capacity for his son, the 1997 Goody's Dash Series Champion, Mike Swaim Jr.

++In 1997, Christian Elder became only the third Dash Series competitor to win their first event here as a rookie competitor. The aforementioned Larry Caudill and Jesse Samples Jr., cousin to the Jesse Samples of TV's "Hee Haw" were the other two.

++This year, no less than fifteen Rookie of the Year candidates are entered in this event in hopes of picking up their first Series win under the bright lights of Charlotte Motor Speedway. More importantly, they would like to impress a potential future boss, as the NASCAR Busch Grand National and NASCAR Winston Cup car owners will also be on hand preparing for their weekend events.

++From 1985-1988 the Goody's Dash Series carried the name of this speedway in its title. It was known then as the Charlotte-Daytona Dash Series.

TV: Live, Fox Sports Net at 8:30 P.M.

Rules Specific To This Track: All cars will run Goodyear 2372 on the left side and 2382 on the right side. All tires will have innerliners. Right side door windows required. Roof flap required. Restrictor plates required. (Supplied by NASCAR)

Ticket and Other Information: Available from Charlotte Motor Speedway 704-455-3209. Information about the Goody's Dash Series and the Drivers is available from NASCAR Public Relations, Tim Myers at 919-552-5823.