Top Row Seat - BristolDateline: 03/30/98
Congratulations to the Rainbow Warriors. When the heat was on and the race was hanging in the balance they got Jeff Gordon out front during the final pit stop and he never looked back.
Yup, Still Rusty
Although Gordon's second win of the year and Chevy's retaking of the lead in the manufacturers championship are big stories, the big news of the day was the return of Rusty's racing luck.
Through the first five races of 1998 Rusty Wallace has had everything fall his way. Although he has not visited victory lane yet this season, except in the Bud Shootout, Rusty came into this week's race with five top five finishes and a firm hold on the points lead.
He started this weekend off with a pole winning run on Friday and had lead the most laps during the big show on Sunday when his engine troubles of the last couple seasons came back to haunt him. Rusty dropped a cylinder and started to fall back in the standings.
But Rusty's streak of bad luck wasn't over yet. With about 60 laps to go he ran over a piece of debris which was kicked up by Ricky Rudd, blew a tire and ran hard into the first turn wall ending his day.
Well Rusty, look at it this way. You had two strokes of bad luck but they only screwed up one race for you. And because of your teammate's bad luck near the end of the race you are still the points leader. Your post race interview was bordering on whining. Suck it up! It could have been a lot worse.
I want to join the rest of the NASCAR community in sending my thoughts and prayers out to Dr. Jerry Punch and his family on the passing of his mother as well as Dick Trickle and the entire Trickle family. Chris Trickle passed away last week after a long battle with injuries sustained in a senseless shooting.