ARA Racefacts Bulletin (7/5/98)
7 July 1998
AUTO RACING ANALYSIS RACEFACTS BULLETIN JULY 5, 1998 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s (AC Delco Earnhardt Chevrolet Monte Carlo) win in Sunday's Milwaukee DieHard 250 NASCAR Busch Grand National event was his third of the 1998 BGN season and came in the 17th race of the season! Dale, Jr. is well ahead of 1997 BGN Rookie of the Year Steve Park's racewinning pace as Park did not win his third race until race #25 of the 1997 BGN season on September 5 at Richmond! On Saturday, Mike Bliss (ASE Ultra Wheels Jim Smith Ford F-150) took his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck victory of 1998 in the Milwaukee DieHard 200. Jimmy Hensley finished second in the Petty Dodge Ram and Jack Sprague was third in the Hendrick Chevrolet; this Ford-Dodge-Chevrolet finish was the first with the three marques in that order since October 5, 1997 at Sears Point. Bliss' victory was his fifth in the series and 1998 is the fourth consecutive year Bliss has scored a NCTS, as he won in 1995 at North Wilkesboro, 1996 at Evergreen and I-70, and 1997 on October 18 at California Speedway. Bliss now has three "short track" wins, one superspeedway win and one "mile" speedway victory! Bliss had one previous victory at Milwaukee: on August 1, 1993 he won the Milwaukee 100 USAC Silver Crown event! Saturday's 76th running of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb produced victory for a variety of marques! Rod Millen won overall in an Unlimited Class Toyota Tacoma. Clint Vahsholtz became the first driver to win three consecutive Super Stock Car titles, driving a Ford Mustang. Jeff Zwart won High Performance Showroom Stock for the fifth consecutive time in a Porsche Twin Turbo. The only multiple-classwinning marque was Chevrolet, as Larry Ragland won Super Stock Truck in a Chevrolet S-10 4WD and Gary Lee Kanawyer won his fourth consecutive Open Wheel title driving a Chevrolet-powered Wells Coyote. Chevrolet has won at least one class of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb every year since 1966, a thirty-three (33)-year streak!