Worlds Greatest Race: Day 4

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Today’s Race: RacingOne 500
Track: 1-mile paved oval in Tupelo, Miss. (just south of Threepelo, Miss.)
Race Length: 500 miles
Today’s Highlights: Laps 151-200

TUPELO, Miss. – While sitting through another lengthy red flag on Lap 150, the attrition continued in the World’s Greatest Race.

NASCAR, after being less than active on some safety issues for years, now makes changes each time the wind blows, and some of the new changes (invented during this red flag) cost a few drivers their chance to win.

The first driver asked to leave the race because of new rules was Benny Parsons – who couldn’t fit into the newly-required composite seats.

“How is an over-grown man like myself supposed to fit into these itty-bitty seats,” said Parsons as he squeezed out of the car. “It’s discrimination against size, and that’s not fair. Next thing you know, they’ll discriminate against hair styles or something.”

Without hesitation, word came from above that pony tails were now illegal in Winston Cup racing, and Kyle Petty was immediately eliminated from the competition.

“It’s just as well,” Petty said. “I got a call on my Sprint phone a few minutes ago from my wife, and through the clicking and fuzz I heard her say the entire team had left the track and gone to our house for dinner anyway.”

Though not because of any rules violations, the red flag pause would be enough of a break to force another driver out.

“Tiger Tom” Pistone, who took his break in the infield media center, was cornered by his nephew Pete Pistone – Senior Editor at RacingOne.com – and didn’t make it back to his car in time for the green flag.

Sources say the Pistones were discussing Christmas plans, and neither could come up with the perfect gift for Pete’s new wife.

After they finally decided that the four packs of Goody’s Headache Powders, seven Slim Jims and two Ford writer’s notebooks left on the tables in the media center would be good enough, “Tiger Tom” headed back to the track and realized the race had already gone green.

So back to racing we went, finally, on Lap 151… and drivers on the move towards the front included Fireball Roberts, Tim Richmond and David Pearson.

Through the next 40-or-so laps, the drivers battled door to door all around the 1-mile oval, and caution wouldn’t fly again until Lap 196.

On that lap, Jimmy “Mr. Excitement” Spencer started swerving down the backstretch, hit the wall in Turn 3, got it back together, swerved down the frontstretch, and then crashed hard into the wall again in Turn 1.

“OK, OK, so I spun myself out this time,” Spencer said. “But I never forget. Remember that, I NEVER FORGET!!!

"I can’t wait to get on the track again and pay myself back for spinning me out. I don’t know who I think I am being so aggressive with me so early in a race. If I catch myself alone in the garage, I just might have to settle this me to me.”

Apparently, Spencer rushed to the NASCAR hauler and proposed a protest against himself, and asked that he be fined for his actions against himself.

NASCAR felt that made perfect sense, but would need to hire a committee, find a committee sponsor and set up an office near Charlotte before determining its position officially.

As the cars rolled around under caution, LeeRoy Yarbrough pulled his machine behind the wall and into the garage, apparently done for the day.

“The car is fine and I’m fine,” Yarbrough said as he walked towards his motor home. “I’m just tired of racing against guys who deserve to be here when I don’t.

“You see, NASCAR doesn’t always update its mailing lists, and because of that I keep getting invited to things like this that they really only want Cale Yarborough for. If you don’t believe wrong mailings have anything to do with who makes races and who doesn’t, how the heck do you explain Kyle Petty being invited to this race, too? Heck, how do you explain guys like Kenny Wallace and Michael Waltrip being invited to races at all?”

With the real Yarborough leading the way, the now 30-car field got set to take the green again on Lap 201. We’ll be back with the restart – and all the action – tomorrow.

Current Running Order (Lap 200)
1. Cale Yarborough
2. Davey Allison
3. Fireball Roberts
4. Dale Earnhardt
5. Richard Petty
6. Lee Petty
7. Tim Richmond
8. Jeff Gordon
9. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
10. Harry Gant
11. Rusty Wallace
12. A.J. Foyt
13. Curtis Turner
14. Bobby Allison
15. David Pearson
16. Alan Kulwicki
17. Bill Elliott
18. Ricky Rudd
19. Ned Jarrett
20. Buck Baker
21. Buddy Baker
22. Jeff Burton
23. Bobby Labonte
24. Darrell Waltrip
25. Neil Bonnett
26. Terry Labonte
27. Dale Jarrett
28. Sterling Marlin
29. Fred Lorenzen
30. Dave Marcis
31. LeeRoy Yarbrough (out)
32. Jimmy Spencer (out)
33. Tom Pistone (out)
34. Kyle Petty (out)
35. Benny Parsons (out)
36. Mark Martin (out)
37. Bobby Isaac (out)
38. Herb Thomas (out)
39. Junior Johnson (out)
40. Tony Stewart (out)
41. Ernie Irvan (out)
42. Speedy Thompson (out)
43. Joe Weatherly (out)
44. Tim Flock (out)
45. Bill Rexford (out)
46. Red Byron (out)
47. Rex White (out)
48. Wendell Scott (out)
49. Jim Paschal (out)
50. Tiny Lund (out)


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