The Racing Career Of Steve Fulton: Year 1 (1988)

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Untitled.pngDAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

The Curb Motorsports team was in Daytona Beach, Florida this past week for a two-day open test with several drivers as they look to hire a driver for the 1988 season. The team is looking to return to full-time competition after only running partial schedules the last two seasons when Richard Petty left the team and took his STP sponsorship and famed #43 with him. Ron Bouchard, Ed Primm and Brad Noffsinger have all piloted the new #98 for the team over the past two seasons. The team announced in January that Sunoco would be on board their Buick's for the full 1988 season.

As for a driver for this upcoming season Mike Curb had this to say:

"We are looking at a couple of young drivers and a veteran guy as well. Ed Primm is down here along with Brad Noffsinger and a young kid by the name of Steve Fulton. We are going to have all three guys run some laps for us down here over the next few days and make a decision. We may look at someone who is already proven and not down here this week, we really don't have a direction we are pointing right now as far as a driver is concerned. Our main focus has been getting sponsorship to be able to run the full schedule this year."



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Ed Primm has driven for Curb Motorsports so he is obviously the favorite to land the job in the eyes of many experts in NASCAR Winston Cup racing but Brad Noffsinger has a good relationship with Mike Curb as well even though he only has one attempt for the team in the fall race at Riverside. He is 27 and looking to break into Winston Cup racing and we think the Curb Motorsports ride would be ideal for him.

Then there is the kid from North Carolina. An 18-year old driver who really opened some eyes on the short tracks of the Carolinas and southern Virginia. His name is Steve Fulton and by chance Mike Curb saw him race at a local event and thought he could be the next big star in NASCAR. That is why he is on the list as well to try and land this ride for 1988. Most experts don't think he will get it because they think he is too young but Fulton doesn't seem to care what nay-sayers think.

"I was doubted at 16 when I started running a late model at Caraway Speedway. I won the track championship. They laughed when I went to Martinsville for the biggest late model race in the southeast. I didn't win but they knew I was there when I led the most laps before my engine let go. I hope they take a chance on me but for sure this won't be my last opportunity." - Steve Fulton

It should be interesting to see who they go with and we will have the announcement when it's made.
 

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CURB MOTORSPORTS ANNOUNCES DRIVER FOR 1988

Owner Mike Curb held a press conference today to announce the driver of the #98 Buick for the 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup season. It will be the 18 year old from North Carolina, Steve Fulton. Curb stated that he wanted to go with a fresh start and give the kid an opportunity. Many experts feel the decision is a mistake and the team would have been better suited going with a veteran. Curb said he feels with the support from Sunoco and Buick behind his team that Steve Fulton can compete for 'Rookie Of The Year' honors as well as a few wins during the 1988 season.

Steve Fulton was obviously beyond excited at the opportunity to drive for Curb Motorsports. Fulton said he didn't expect to get an opportunity in Winston Cup so soon but he will run with it. Fulton doesn't have the experience as some of the drivers he was chosen over but where he lacks experience he makes up for with confidence and driving ability. Fulton said he has reasonable expectations for the coming season and feels the team can win 'Rookie Of The Year' and be competitive while possibly contending for a win or two.

Many in the NASCAR world don't share this same outlook and feel the team will struggle even with full sponsorship. One veteran driver was quoted with saying "We all have to earn our stripes, you can't just jump into the Winston Cup Series and be competitive day one. You race local, regional, Busch and then once you have proven yourself you come to run with the big boys". Steve responded with a chuckle and said "Well, like I've said before you will have your doubters and you just have to stay focused on yourself, your team and your career. I'm not going to say it's jealousy but I can see the frustration someone may have seeing someone so young get to this level so quick. I just have to go out there and prove myself worthy and all of the doubters wrong. It should be a fun ride".


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1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season Preview

The 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season is just around the corner and it should be a very exciting one. Here are some of the main storylines heading into the new season as we put 1987 in the rear view mirror.

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- Can Dale Earnhardt win his fourth title? He will be in the familiar Richard Childress Racing #3 but gone are the Wrangler colors as the team welcomes GM Goodwrench on board. The blue and yellow replaced with black and white should make 'The Intimidator' even more intimidating in the rear view mirrors of the competition. The other drivers will have their work cut out for them because Earnhardt won the championship in 1987 by a 489 point cushion over Bill Elliott. If 'Awesome Bill' hopes to dethrone the champion he will need to have better consistency. Other drivers looking to close the gap on the #3 are Terry Labonte, Darrell Waltrip and Rusty Wallace who all finished in the top-5 in points at season's end in 1987. It should be interesting to watch all year long!

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- Ricky Rudd who finished 1987 in 6th place has parted ways with Bud Moore Engineering and will pilot the #26 Quaker State Buick for King Racing owned by drag racing legend Kenny Bernstein. Rudd said the move was "an offer too good to let pass by" and had nothing but kind words about Bud Moore and his team. The #15 will be taken over by Brett Bodine for 1988 as the team looks to move into the top-5 in points and maybe contend for the title.

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- The Rookie class this year is also looking really interesting. We have Ernie Irvan from California who is looking to break into the sport and finally has an opportunity to do so. We have brother of Winston Cup veteran Ron Bouchard, Ken making his debut in Winston Cup and hoping to have similar fortunes to his brother and being competitive in the series. Next, is a second generation driver with much bigger shoes to fill in Larry Pearson who is the son of 'The Silver Fox' David Pearson. Larry grew up around Winston Cup racing so he is no stranger to the series but time will tell if his dad's driving ability was passed down to the younger Pearson. Hut Stricklin and Mark Gibson are a little off the radar of the rookie class but hope to make this rookie class one of the best in some time. Last and definitely not least is the controversial rookie Steve Fulton who has many doubters and folks who just don't think he should be in the ride he is in. The young kid has potential for sure but we will find out if he can tap into that in his rookie season this year.

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- The last major story heading into 1988 is the comeback of Tim Richmond. Tim was suspended by NASCAR and also facing some health issues but looks to make his way back into the sport. He will be driving the #77 Ford for Marvin Ragan. They aren't one of the big name teams but with Richmond's ability behind the wheel they may sneak up and surprise some people this season so keep an eye on him throughout the season.

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DAYTONA 500 SINGLE CAR PRACTICE RUNS | FEBRUARY 7, 1988

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POS.NO.DRIVERSPEED
112Bobby Allison46.452
29Bill Elliott46.616
33Dale Earnhardt46.659
415Brett Bodine46.681
525Ken Schrader46.690
627Rusty Wallace46.701
728Davey Allison46.714
811Terry Labonte46.729
95Geoff Bodine46.730
1017Darrell Waltrip46.762
1121Kyle Petty46.857
128Bobby Hillin, Jr.46.862
136Mark Martin46.876
144Rick Wilson46.929
157Alan Kulwicki47.004
1630Michael Waltrip47.005
1710Ken Bouchard (R)47.064
1814A.J. Foyt47.084
1926Ricky Rudd47.125
202Ernie Irvan (R)47.189
2129Cale Yarborough47.224
2216Larry Pearson (R)47.432
2323Eddie Bierschwale47.551
2444Sterling Marlin47.605
2588Buddy Baker47.620
2657Hut Stricklin (R)47.620
2755Phil Parsons47.623
2877Tim Richmond47.670
2998Steve Fulton (R)47.673
3068Derrike Cope47.732
310Delma Cowart47.806
3297Morgan Shepherd47.810
3343Richard Petty47.828
3475Neil Bonnett47.861
3583Lake Speed47.922
3650Greg Sacks47.948
3771Dave Marcis47.956
3833Harry Gant47.998
3990Benny Parsons48.028
4052Jimmy Means48.028
4131Brad Teague48.032
4289Jim Sauter48.079
4395Trevor Boys48.154
4459Mark Gibson (R)48.155
4592Ralph Jones48.329
4670J.D. McDuffie48.489
4767Buddy Arrington48.539
4848James Hylton48.715
 

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1988 BUSCH CLASH RESULTS

The first race of 1988 is in the books. The Busch Clash is the annual exhibition race for the pole-sitters from the previous season. 13 drivers took part in this event and 'Awesome Bill from Dawsonville' Bill Elliott was able to pass sentimental favorite Tim Richmond on the final lap to capture the checkered flag. Bobby Allison came home runner-up while Richmond had to settle for third. Dale Earnhardt's late charge came up short and he finished fourth with Kenny Schrader rounding out the top-5 finishers in the event.

If the racing in this event is any indicator we are in for a very competitive Daytona 500 as 11 of the 13 drivers took a turn in the lead during the event!

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FS#DRIVERINTLAPSLEDPTSSTATUS
179Bill Elliott200.219202Running
2512Bobby Allison-0.08202Running
31177Tim Richmond-0.13203*Running
463Dale Earnhardt-0.17201Running
5125Ken Schrader-0.25200Running
6127Alan Kulwicki-0.33200Running
7827Rusty Wallace-0.41202Running
81397Morgan Shepherd-0.43201Running
9311Terry Labonte-0.51201Running
10990Benny Parsons-0.51202Running
1145Geoff Bodine-0.60202Running
121028Davey Alliston-0.71202Running
13233Harry Gant-0.73202Running
 

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1988 DAYTONA 500 QUALIFYING | FEBRUARY 7, 1988

A big crowd was leftover from the Busch Clash exhibition race to watch time trials for the Daytona 500. Well, really it's just for the front row starting positions as there will be qualifying races Thursday to determine positions 3-30 for the 'Great American Race'. Bill Elliott backed up his Busch Clash win by winning the pole for the Daytona 500 edging out Dale Earnhardt who will start second next Sunday. The rest of the field will be trying to race there way in and those who weren't too quick in qualifying and have no points to fall back will be trying extra hard to lock into the 500 in the 125's on Thursday afternoon. The 125's can be some of the most exciting races just for that factor alone.

1988 Daytona 500 Pole Winner: Bill Elliott

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QUALIFYING RESULTS


POS.NO.DRIVERSPEED
19Bill Elliott46.351
23Dale Earnhardt46.387
355Phil Parsons46.431
417Darrell Waltrip46.462
533Harry Gant46.484
625Ken Schrader46.493
727Rusty Wallace46.533
857Hut Stricklin (R)46.633
915Brett Bodine46.635
108Bobby Hillin, Jr.46.639
1111Terry Labonte46.643
1221Kyle Petty46.652
1328Davey Allison46.689
1450Greg Sacks46.700
1512Bobby Allison46.717
166Mark Martin46.719
1743Richard Petty46.725
1844Sterling Marlin46.729
1926Ricky Rudd46.745
2023Eddie Bierschwale46.760
2175Neil Bonnett46.761
227Alan Kulwicki46.763
2352Jimmy Means46.768
245Geoff Bodine46.769
2588Buddy Baker46.800
2630Michael Waltrip46.844
2777Tim Richmond46.889
2859Mark Gibson (R)46.925
2971Dave Marcis46.925
3090Benny Parsons46.974
3183Lake Speed46.976
3214A.J. Foyt46.986
3329Cale Yarborough46.989
3468Derrike Cope46.989
3598Steve Fulton (R)46.997
3695Trevor Boys47.024
3797Morgan Shepherd47.053
3810Ken Bouchard (R)47.061
394Rick Wilson47.071
4089Jim Sauter47.095
4170J.D. McDuffie47.113
422Ernie Irvan (R)47.120
4392Ralph Jones47.237
4467Buddy Arrington47.242
4531Brad Teague47.307
4616Larry Pearson (R)47.404
470Delma Cowart47.531
4848James Hylton47.589
 

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Steve Fulton and Curb Motorsports are set to kick off their 1988 season with qualifying for the Daytona 500. The rookie driver and team don't have a good points position to fall back on from 1987 so qualifying will be a premium early in the season. They will need to make the races on speed or risk going home with a DNQ. Daytona is a little different though, you still want a good qualifying run but you have the opportunity to race your way into the race in the 125's. But, having a good speed will give you something to fall back on if the race doesn't go according to plans. So, although qualifying isn't the end all here for the Daytona 500 it is still very important.

We asked Steve about this and he had this to say.

Steve Fulton: We would like to qualify on the front row and be set for the 500 but realistically from our practice time we are looking to be mid-pack at best. We are looking to pick it up some in qualifying to feel better about possibly falling back on our time if we have trouble in the 125 on Thursday. If we can get into the top-30 in qualifying that will get us in the show every week of the season. Except here, which is what makes Daytona fun for the fans to watch and stressful for all the teams with no points to fall back on. You gotta love it!

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DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY | GATORADE 125'S | STARTING LINEUPS

RACE 1


POS.NO.DRIVER
19Bill Elliott
255Phil Parsons
333Harry Gant
427Rusty Wallace
515Brett Bodine
611Terry Labonte
728Davey Allison
812Bobby Allison
943Richard Petty
1026Ricky Rudd
1175Neil Bonnett
1252Jimmy Means
1388Buddy Baker
1477Tim Richmond
1571Dave Marcis
1683Lake Speed
1729Cale Yarborough
1898Steve Fulton (R)
1997Morgan Shepherd
204Rick Wilson
2170J.D. McDuffie
2292Ralph Jones
2331Brad Teague
240Delma Cowart

RACE 2

POS.NO.DRIVER
13Dale Earnhardt
217Darrell Waltrip
325Ken Schrader
457Hut Stricklin (R)
58Bobby Hillin, Jr.
621Kyle Petty
750Greg Sacks
86Mark Martin
944Sterling Marlin
1023Eddie Bierschwale
117Alan Kulwicki
125Geoff Bodine
1330Michael Waltrip
1459Mark Gibson (R)
1590Benny Parsons
1614A.J. Foyt
1768Derrike Cope
1895Trevor Boys
1910Ken Bouchard (R)
2089Jim Sauter
212Ernie Irvan (R)
2267Buddy Arrington
2316Larry Pearson (R)
2448James Hylton
 

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DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY | GATORADE 125 RESULTS

RACE 1

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FS#DRIVERINTLAPSLEDPTSSTATUS
1427Rusty Wallace194.879253*Running
2728Davey Allison-0.04251Running
3943Richard Petty-0.08250Running
41477Tim Richmond-0.14251Running
51898Steve Fulton (R)-0.28250Running
61729Cale Yarborough-0.39250Running
71997Morgan Shepherd-0.39250Running
8255Phil Parsons-0.47252Running
9611Terry Labonte-0.49251Running
101026Ricky Rudd-0.56251Running
111683Lake Speed-0.58252Running
12515Brett Bodine-0.64250Running
131252Jimmy Means-0.73252Running
141388Buddy Baker-0.83251Running
1519Bill Elliott-0.92252Running
16204Rick Wilson-0.96252Running
17812Bobby Allison-1.02253*Running
181175Neil Bonnett-1.11251Running
192292Ralph Jones-1.17250Running
202331Brad Teague-1.21250Running
211571Dave Marcis-1.36250Running
22333Harry Gant-1.50253*Running
23240Delma Cowart-1 Lap240Running
242170J.D. McDuffie-1 Lap240Running

RACE 2

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FS#DRIVERINTLAPSLEDPTSSTATUS
11330Michael Waltrip195.251252Running
213Dale Earnhardt-0.05251Running
31023Eddie Bierschwale-0.09253*Running
41895Trevor Boys-0.15250Running
5117Alan Kulwicki-0.17251Running
61614A.J. Foyt-0.25250Running
71590Benny Parsons-0.25252Running
82267Buddy Arrington-0.35250Running
958Bobby Hillin, Jr.-0.35252Running
102089Jim Sauter-0.44251Running
11457Hut Stricklin (R)-0.47250Running
1286Mark Martin-0.53251Running
13750Greg Sacks-0.57251Running
14325Ken Schrader-0.64250Running
15125Geoff Bodine-0.75251Running
16217Darrell Waltrip-0.78251Running
17621Kyle Petty-0.86251Running
18212Ernie Irvan (R)-0.96251Running
191910Ken Bouchard (R)-1.06251Running
201768Derrike Cope-1.15253*Running
21944Sterling Marlin-1.27253*Running
221459Mark Gibson (R)-1.46250Running
232316Larry Pearson (R)-44.77250Running
242448James Hylton-1 Lap240Running
 

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DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
GATORADE 125 RACE 1
START: 18TH | FINISH: 5TH

Rookie driver Steve Fulton was able to work his way through the draft and finish in a very strong 5th place in his qualifying race. He is locked into the field and will roll off the grid 11th for the 1988 Daytona 500. The team was very pumped up over the run and thinks they have a shot to run well on Sunday.

Steve Fulton: "Well, we had to kind of lay back at the beginning of the race because we were running hot. We had a little too much tape for the warmer weather so we had to keep feeding the engine some air or risk losing the motor. With under 10 to go we just had to go for it though. The car will be good in the draft and if we can stay out of trouble and have good pit stops then there is no reason we shouldn't be sitting in the top-10 when the checkered flag falls on Sunday."


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DAYTONA 500 STARTING LINEUP

POS.NO.DRIVER
19Bill Elliott
23Dale Earnhardt
327Rusty Wallace
430Michael Waltrip
528Davey Allison
623Eddie Bierschwale
743Richard Petty
895Trevor Boys
977Tim Richmond
107Alan Kulwicki
1198Steve Fulton (R)
1214A.J. Foyt
1329Cale Yarborough
1490Benny Parsons
1597Morgan Shepherd
1667Buddy Arrington
1755Phil Parsons
188Bobby Hillin, Jr.
1911Terry Labonte
2089Jim Sauter
2126Ricky Rudd
2257Hut Stricklin (R)
2383Lake Speed
246Mark Martin
2515Brett Bodine
2650Greg Sacks
2752Jimmy Means
2825Ken Schrader
2988Buddy Baker
305Geoff Bodine
3117Darrell Waltrip
3233Harry Gant
3321Kyle Petty
3412Bobby Allison
3544Sterling Marlin
3675Neil Bonnett
3771Dave Marcis
384Rick Wilson
3970J.D. McDuffie
4068Derrike Cope
4131Brad Teague
4248James Hylton

DID NOT QUALIFY

0 - Delma Cowart
2 - Ernie Irvan (R)
10 - Ron Bouchard (R)
16 - Larry Pearson (R)
59 - Mark Gibson (R)
92 - Ralph Jones
 

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DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY | DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA

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1988 DAYTONA 500 | FEBRUARY 14, 1988

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RACE RESULTS


FS#DRIVERINTLAPSLEDPTSSTATUS
123Dale Earnhardt191.949501180Running
2895Trevor Boys-0.01500170Running
32383Lake Speed-0.10503170Running
41329Cale Yarborough-0.18500160Running
5188Bobby Hillin, Jr.-0.28501160Running
63233Harry Gant-0.37501155Running
71911Terry Labonte-0.44501151Running
8977Tim Richmond-0.55502147Running
92988Buddy Baker-0.64500138Running
103675Neil Bonnett-2.06500134Running
11384Rick Wilson-2.10500130Running
122752Jimmy Means-2.17500127Running
13305Geoff Bodine-2.18508129Running
14246Mark Martin-2.26501126Running
15430Michael Waltrip-2.27500118Running
163321Kyle Petty-2.36500115Running
173117Darrell Waltrip-2.37500112Running
18623Eddie Bierschwale-2.55500109Running
193412Bobby Allison-5.98500106Running
202257Hut Stricklin (R)-6.08500103Running
212825Ken Schrader-6.15500100Running
221755Phil Parsons-6.2350097Running
23743Richard Petty-6.2450199Running
241198Steve Fulton (R)-6.335030*101Running
251490Benny Parsons-6.4250088Running
262126Ricky Rudd-6.4550085Running
273544Sterling Marlin-6.5050082Running
28327Rusty Wallace-6.5550184Running
2919Bill Eliott-6.6050076Running
303771Dave Marcis-6.6450073Running
311214A.J. Foyt-6.7050070Running
322650Greg Sacks-6.7550067Running
333970J.D. McDuffie-7.1350064Running
344248James Hylton-8.6350061Running
354068Derrike Cope-11.0750058Running
36107Alan Kulwicki-11.1650055Running
372089Jim Sauter-11.2450052Running
382515Brett Bodine-11.3450049Running
39528Davey Allison-11.4350046Running
401667Buddy Arrington-23.6750043Running
411597Morgan Shepherd-23.8350040Running
424131Brad Teague- 1 Lap49037Running


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LEAD CHANGES: 21 (11 DRIVERS)
WEATHER: CLEAR, 65 DEGREES, NORTHEAST 5 MPH
 

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DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY | DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA | DAYTONA 500
RACE 1 OF 29
START: 11TH | FINISH: 24TH


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MIKE JOY: I'm in the pits here after the Daytona 500 with Steve Fulton who surprised the world in the first half of this race but fell back after pit stops and came home 24th in his first career start. Steve, you led a lot of laps but fell back at the finish after pit stops. How are you feeling after your first race?

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STEVE FULTON: Well, we started in a pretty good spot and were fortunate enough to get out front pretty early and stay out there until time for pit stops. I guess I was a little slow on my entry to pit road compared to most others and that cost us. We wouldn't have guessed it would go caution free but I need to work on that pit entry some more so it doesn't bite us in the butt again. We can't really complain about the day but once you get up front and run there a while and don't win it's always a little disappointing. The real tests are coming up at these tracks we have to qualify for the race because we don't have any points to fall back on so speed will be at a premium. We will head to Richmond and hope to get in the field and go from there.

 

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RICHMOND FAIRGROUNDS RACEWAY | RICHMOND, VIRGINIA | PONTIAC EXCITEMENT 400

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The NASCAR Winston Cup Series has left Daytona Beach and Speedweeks and travelled north to Virginia and the Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway in Richmond, Virginia for the Pontiac Excitement 400. This is the final race on this configuration of the track as there will be a new configuration in place for the fall race here this year. So, who will take home the final trophy from the fairgrounds layout here in Richmond? Short track ace Darrell Waltrip will be a favorite heading in along with 'The King' Richard Petty and of course Daytona 500 champion Dale Earnhardt.

The field will consist of 32 drivers, so we will have 16 drivers heading home after qualifying. There will be one round of qualifying and the top-26 make the show. There will be 6 provisionals based on the 1987 point standings to makeup the 32 car field. Hope you enjoy the weekends action here in Richmond!

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QUALIFYING RESULTS

POS.NO.DRIVERSPEED
13Dale Earnhardt22.729
244Sterling Marlin22.746
326Ricky Rudd22.774
443Richard Petty22.782
527Rusty Wallace22.787
655Phil Parsons22.789
75Geoff Bodine22.790
89Bill Elliott22.793
97Alan Kulwicki22.804
1028Davey Allison22.814
1111Terry Labonte22.824
1257Hut Stricklin (R)22.848
1325Ken Schrader22.855
148Bobby Hillin, Jr.22.861
156Mark Martin22.863
1630Michael Waltrip22.867
1717Darrell Waltrip22.875
1821Kyle Petty22.877
1952Jimmy Means22.890
2098Steve Fulton (R)22.903
2175Neil Bonnett22.909
2271Dave Marcis22.912
2350Greg Sacks22.923
2483Lake Speed22.925
2568Derrike Cope22.932
2690Benny Parsons22.968
2733Harry Gant22.976
2897Morgan Shepherd22.989
292Ernie Irvan23.046
304Rick Wilson23.055
3177Tim Richmond23.056
3212Bobby Allison23.097
3315Brett Bodine23.105
3488Buddy Baker23.207
3510Ken Bouchard (R)23.223
3659Mark Gibson (R)23.326
370Delma Cowart23.383
3829Cale Yarborough23.448
3967Buddy Arrington23.514
4089Jim Sauter23.527
4195Trevor Boys23.530
4223Eddie Bierschwale23.538
4392Ralph Jones23.560
4431Brad Teague23.575
4570J.D. McDuffie23.598
4614A.J. Foyt23.604
4716Larry Pearson (R)23.709
4848James Hylton23.742
 
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1988 PONTIAC EXCITEMENT 400 STARTING LINEUP

POS.NO.DRIVERSPEED
13Dale Earnhardt22.729
244Sterling Marlin22.746
326Ricky Rudd22.774
443Richard Petty22.782
527Rusty Wallace22.787
655Phil Parsons22.789
75Geoff Bodine22.790
89Bill Elliott22.793
97Alan Kulwicki22.804
1028Davey Allison22.814
1111Terry Labonte22.824
1257Hut Stricklin (R)22.848
1325Ken Schrader22.855
148Bobby Hillin, Jr.22.861
156Mark Martin22.863
1630Michael Waltrip22.867
1717Darrell Waltrip22.875
1821Kyle Petty22.877
1952Jimmy Means22.890
2098Steve Fulton (R)22.903
2175Neil Bonnett22.909
2271Dave Marcis22.912
2350Greg Sacks22.923
2483Lake Speed22.925
2568Derrike Cope22.932
2690Benny Parsons22.968
2712Bobby AllisonProvisional
2897Morgan ShepherdProvisional
2933Harry GantProvisional
3088Buddy BakerProvisional
3167Buddy ArringtonProvisional
324Rick WilsonProvisional

DID NOT QUALIFY

0- Delma Cowart
2- Ernie Irvan (R)
10- Ken Bouchard (R)
14- A.J. Foyt
15- Brett Bodine
16- Larry Pearson (R)
23- Eddie Bierschwale
29- Cale Yarborough
31- Brad Teague
48- James Hylton
59- Mark Gibson (R)
70- J.D. McDuffie
77- Tim Richmond
89- Jim Sauter
92- Ralph Jones
95- Trevor Boys
 

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1988 PONTIAC EXCITEMENT 400 RESULTS

FS#DRIVERINTLAPSLEDPTSSTATUS
11111Terry Labonte74.53520048180Running
2326Ricky Rudd-2.5120060*180Running
313Dale Earnhardt-3.0720028170Running
4148Bobby Hillin, Jr.-5.332000160Running
51325Ken Schrader-12.172000155Running
689Bill Elliott-12.242000150Running
71821Kyle Petty-12.872000146Running
8244Sterling Marlin-13.212000142Running
9156Mark Martin-13.402000138Running
10324Rick Wilson-13.812000134Running
1197Alan Kulwicki-14.352000130Running
123088Buddy Baker-17.952000127Running
132350Greg Sacks-18.312000124Running
141630Michael Waltrip-18.762000121Running
152175Neil Bonnett-19.272000118Running
161717Darrell Waltrip-19.442000115Running
172690Benny Parsons-19.822000112Running
1875Geoff Bodine-20.3920040114Running
192712Bobby Allison-20.532000106Running
202483Lake Speed- 1 Lap1990103Running
21527Rusty Wallace- 1 Lap19923105Running
221028Davey Allison- 1 Lap199097Running
23655Phil Parsons- 1 Lap199094Running
24443Richard Petty- 1 Lap199091Running
252098Steve Fulton (R)- 1 Lap199193Running
261257Hut Stricklin (R)- 1 Lap199085Running
272933Harry Gant- 1 Lap199082Running
282897Morgan Shepherd- 2 Laps198079Running
293167Buddy Arrington- 6 Laps194076Running
302568Derrike Cope- 76 Laps124073Running
311952Jimmy Means- 126 Laps74070Suspension
322271Dave Marcis- 175 Laps25067Piston

CAUTION FLAGS: 4 (20 LAPS)
LEAD CHANGES: 7 (6 DRIVERS)
WEATHER: CLOUDY, 52 DEGREES, SOUTHEAST 12 MPH
 

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RICHMOND FAIRGROUNDS RACEWAY | RICHMOND, VIRGINIA | PONTIAC EXCITEMENT 400
RACE 2 OF 29
START: 20TH | FINISH: 25TH

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CHRIS ECONOMAKI (TBS): We are with the Curb Buick and rookie driver Steve Fulton after the race. It wasn't the best of days for you today but at least you were the top-finishing rookie. How was it out there?

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STEVE FULTON: Well Chirs, after practice we were on the outside looking in on even making the race in qualifying so we were just happy to be out there to be honest. We really hung it out there in qualifying just to get in. As for the race we weren't the slowest by any means but we just struggled a bit with handling on top of being an underfunded team compared to some of these big dogs. We were able to get up there and lead a lap under caution for some bonus points. I would say we were using that race as a test session but this is the last race on this layout here in Richmond so we all will be rookies when we come back here in the fall.
 

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NORTH CAROLINA SPEEDWAY | ROCKINGHAM, NC | GOODWRENCH 500

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The NASCAR Winston Cup Series heads to the sandhills of North Carolina this week and the North Carolina Speedway for the running of the Goodwrench 500. Dale Earnhardt leads the points heading into the weekend after winning the Daytona 500. Terry Labonte won at Richmond and is second in the points with surprise Bobby Hillin, Jr. sits third for the Stavola Brothers. Dale Earnhardt is the defending champion of this race so that doesn't bode well for the competition as he looks to stretch out his points lead.

Qualifying will two rounds this weekend with the top-25 from round one locking into the race while the remaining drivers will be back Saturday morning for second round qualifying which will fill positions 26-36. The rest of the 42 car field will consist of provisionals bases off of 1987's owner standings.

It should be a great weekend of racing here in Rockingham, North Carolina!

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