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NASCAR BGN: Brewco Motorsports Disagrees With Fuel Ruling

12 September 1998

Richmond, VA (September 11, 1998) Following first round qualifying for the Autolite Platinum 250 NASCAR Busch Series race, Mark Green's seventh place time in the No. 37 Timber Wolf Chevrolet Monte Carlo was disallowed due to the fuel not matching exactly as the fuel supplied by the "76" Performance Products Company dispensing equipment at the track.

Based upon the following facts, Brewco Motorsports team owner Clarence Brewer Jr. disagrees with the ruling. "Several weeks ago, NASCAR officials informed our team that we would be using unleaded racing fuel at Richmond International Raceway for the first time this season," said Brewer. "We received a technical bulletin stating the type of fuel to be used. While attending the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Louisville Motor Speedway with the No. 37 Red Man/Brewco Motorsports Chevrolet, a local "76" Performance Products Company distributor approached all the teams to inform them they had the new unleaded fuel available.

"We purchased a 55 gallon drum of the approved unleaded fuel from the authorized distributor in order to have it available at the race shop for weighing and setting up the car prior to arriving to the track. We followed the proper procedure issued by NASCAR officials to 'clean' the tank of any leaded fuel residue.

"Evidentially, the fuel distributed at the track is not consistent with the fuel sold by the authorized distributor and we are paying the price because of it. This is the same manor in which we have purchased fuel since we joined the series in 1995. I can't stress enough this was not done in an effort to gain an advantage. NASCAR officials agreed no advantage was gained."