May 22, 2018
Seth and Sutton Sharp
The Meridian Advantage 200 at Nazareth Speedway was the 11th race on the 28 race Busch Grand National Series schedule. The race also was a Busch North Series combination race, with 11 Busch North drivers joining the field.
Facts and Info:
- Kenny Wallace sat on the pole for the event, while Ken Wallace Jr. (no relation) started last.
- Toby Tobias Jr, Ashton Lewis Jr and Tim Steele failed to qualify.
- Ricky Craven started ninth and led 77/200 laps en-route to his fourth and final Busch Series victory.
- Craven became the seventh different driver in seven Busch races at Nazareth to win at the track.
- One week after failing to qualify at New Hampshire, Elton Sawyer led 14 laps and finished second.
- Martin Truex Sr. picked up a career-best 12th place finish, after starting 36th. He was also the highest finishing Busch North driver.
- Kenny Wallace held on to the Busch Series points lead following an eighth place run. David Green (-70 points behind Wallace), Craven (-98), Hermie Sadler (-117) and Bobby Dotter (-136) rounded out the rest of top-five.
- The race was held on the Sunday following the running of The Winston in Charlotte (Winston Cup Series) for the second consecutive year. This tradition would continue through the 1999 season.
- Mike Joy and Buddy Baker called the action for TNN for both The Winston Select Open and The Winston Select in Charlotte, and the Meridian Advantage 200 in Nazareth.
- Mike Wallace was the only driver to compete in both races. Mike finished 24th in The Winston Select Open and third at Nazareth.
- Doug Heveron finished 40th after he crashed on lap-55. After climbing from his car, he waited on the track and tossed his helmet at Ronald Cooper’s No. 56 Chevrolet.
- Following the race, Jeff Fuller won the Pennsylvania 150, a Winston Modified Tour event. TNN showed the race on tape-delay in June.