Galaxy Food Centers 300

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Galaxy Food Centers 300
Venue Hickory Motor Speedway
First race 1982
Last race 1998
Distance 108.9 miles (175.3 km)
Laps 300
Previous names Mountain Dew 300 (1982)
Mello Yello 200 (1983)
Mountain Dew 200 (1984)
Mountain Dew 400 (1985-1993)
Sundrop 400 (1994-1995)
Sundrop 300 (1996)
Galaxy Foods 300 (1997)
Galaxy Food Centers 300 (1998)

The Galaxy Food Centers 300 was a NASCAR Busch Series (now Nationwide Series) stock car race held at Hickory Motor Speedway, a .363-mile (0.584 km) paved oval track located in Hickory, North Carolina. One of the inaugural events of the Busch Series from its 1982 season, it was one of five races the series ran at the track in 1982, four from 1983 to 1985, three in 1986 and, from 1987 to 1994, was the series' first of two annual visits to the track; from 1995 to 1998 it was the only visit to the track by the series annually. until Hickory Motor Speedway departed the series schedule after the 1998 season.[1] The race distance was 300 laps (108.9 miles (175.3 km)) in 1982 and from 1992 to 1998, 200 laps (72.6 miles (116.8 km)) from 1983 to 1990, and 276 laps (100.2 miles (161.3 km)) in 1992.[1]

Jack Ingram won the event three times, the most of any driver; his 1987 victory in the race would prove to be the final win of his Busch Series career.[2] Tommy Houston won the event twice, his victory in 1992 being the final win of his Busch Series career.[3] The 1992 running of the event was marred by track damage from poorly cured asphalt, resulting in 132 of the race's 300 laps being run under the yellow flag; both the number of caution laps and the 26 caution periods set all-time NASCAR records.[4] Jimmy Spencer scored his first career Busch Series victory in the 1989 Mountain Dew 400;[5] the final running of the race, the 1998 Galaxy Food Centers 300, was the first and only career Busch Series victory for Ed Berrier.[6]

Past winners[edit]

Year Date Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Laps Miles (km)
1982 April 10 Jack Ingram Jack Ingram Racing Pontiac 300 108.9 (1175.26) n/a n/a
1983 March 13 Tommy Ellis Ellis Racing Pontiac 200 72.6 (116.84) n/a 50.967
1984 March 11 Jack Ingram Jack Ingram Racing Pontiac 200 72.6 (116.84) 0:59:08 73.664
1985 March 10 Jimmy Hensley Thomas Brothers Racing Oldsmobile 200 72.6 (116.84) 0:57:32 75.712
1986 March 9 Ronnie Silver Silver Racing Pontiac 200 72.6 (116.84) 0:59:47 72.863
1987 March 15 Jack Ingram Jack Ingram Racing Pontiac 200 72.6 (116.84) 0:47:04 86.206
1988 February 28 Mike Alexander Alexander Motorsports Buick 200 72.6 (116.84) 0:58:30 74.462
1989 March 25 Jimmy Spencer Frank Cicci Racing Buick 200 72.6 (116.84) 1:08:56 63.191
1990 March 25 Tommy Houston Houston Racing Buick 200 72.6 (116.84) n/a 74.631
1991 March 31 Butch Miller Day Enterprises Chevrolet 276 100.2 (161.26) 1:43:22 88.184
1992 April 18 Tommy Houston Houston Racing Buick 300 108.9 (175.26) 2:01:20 53.852
1993 April 10 Steve Grissom Grissom Racing Enterprises Chevrolet 300 108.9 (175.26) 1:57:00 55.846
1994 April 3 Ricky Craven Ricky Craven Motorsports Chevrolet 300 108.9 (175.26) 1:43:24 63.191
1995 April 15 Johnny Benson, Jr. BACE Motorsports Chevrolet 300 108.9 (175.26) 1:43:31 63.120
1996 April 6 David Green American Equipment Racing Chevrolet 300 108.9 (175.26) 1:48:19 60.323
1997 March 29 Dick Trickle Shoemaker Racing Chevrolet 300 108.9 (175.26) 1:50:40 59.042
1998 April 11 Ed Berrier PRW Racing Ford 300 108.9 (175.26) 1:49:22 59.744

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Race Results at Hickory Speedway". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  2. ^ Mittman, Dick (July 30, 1991). "NASCAR vet calling it a career". The Indianapolis Star. Indianapolis, IN. p. A12. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
  3. ^ Gillispie, Tom (September 6, 2012). "Houston has great memories of Hickory Motor Speedway". Hickory Daily Record. Hickory, NC. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
  4. ^ Higgins, Tom (April 21, 1992). "Drivers: Lights may revolutionize NASCAR". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Spartanburg, SC. p. D2. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
  5. ^ "Mansell captures Brazilian Grand Prix". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Spartanburg, SC. March 27, 1989. p. D6. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
  6. ^ "Berrier wins Galaxy Foods 300". The Sunday Argus-Press. Owosso, MI. April 12, 1998. p. B3. Retrieved 2013-08-23.