On This Date: 1998 Lycos.com 250/Miller Lite 400

June 14, 2018

Seth and Sutton Sharp

 

On this date in 1998, the Busch Grand National Series held the Lycos.com 250 at Pikes Peak and the Winston Cup Series drove the Miller Lite 400 at Michigan.

The Lycos.com 250:

  • Matt Kenseth, driving the No. 17 Lycos Chevrolet, dominated the weekend. He sat on the pole for the race, led 104/250 laps and ended the race in victory lane. The win propelled him to first place in the Busch Series standings.
  • Phil Parsons, Randy LaJoie, Elton Sawyer and Jeff Purvis rounded out the top-five.
  • Curtis Markham drove the No. 64 Schneider National Chevrole, since the team’s usual driver Dick Trickle was in Michigan for the Winston Cup race.
  • Ron Hornaday Jr. finished 8th in the No. 59 Kingsford Chevrolet for Tad Geshickter. It was his second of three races driving the car, which was normally driven by Winston Cup driver Robert Pressley, also in Michigan.
  • Patty Moise finished 12th. It was the final top-15 finish of her career.
  • Doug Taylor, car owner of the No. 40 Channellock Chevrolet driven by Stanton Barrett, finished 41st in a No. 04 Channellock Chevrolet after only completing 13 laps.
  • Rick Carelli made his Busch Grand National Series debut in a No. 41 for James Finch. He drove two laps and finished 42nd. Finch’s other car, driven by Jeff Purvis, finished fifth.
  • Clarence Brewer fielded a second Timber Wolf car (No. 87) for Johnny Chapman. He also completed two laps and finished 43rd.

Miller Lite 400:

  • Jeff Gordon led 132 laps, but Mark Martin led the final 19 en-route to winning at Michigan. Martin, who led 48 laps overall after starting seventh, picked up his fourth win of the season. Gordon finished third.
  • Winston Cup points leader Jeremy Mayfield finished fifth, leaving Michigan with a 26 point advantage on Gordon in the standings. Mayfield would go on to pick up his first career Winston Cup victory the following race at Pocono.
  • Dale Jarrett finished second, Gordon was third, followed by Jeff Burton and Mayfield. Bill Elliott, Bobby Labonte, pole-sitter Ward Burton, Joe Nemechek and Wally Dallenbach Jr. rounded out the top-10.
  • After starting 30th, Jimmy Spencer finished 11th, which moved him to ninth in the Winston Cup standings.
  • Morgan Shepherd finished 43rd in the No. 8 Circuit City Chevrolet for the Stavola Brothers.
  • Derrike Cope, Tony Raines, Dave Marcis and Todd Bodine failed to qualify for the race.
Updated: June 14, 2018 — 2:04 pm

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