1998 NASCAR Winston Cup
Race Start Finish Notes
Sonoma 42 16 See articles below
Watkins Glen 30 17 Drove the #46 Money Store Chevrolet owned by Felix Sabates

Championship: 56th

 
Team SABCO Hires Kendall for Sonoma (Team Press Release)
    In an effort to assemble the most competitive racing package available for upcoming road course races, Team SABCO also announced today that it has hired former SCCA Trans-Am Series champion Tommy Kendall to drive the No. 46 First Union entry during the June 26-28 Sonoma, Calif., and the Aug. 7-9 Watkins Glen, N.Y., events. Kendall’s racing accomplishments on the road course lists nine drivers’ championships, including four Trans-Am (1990, ‘95, ‘96, ‘97) and the 1991 IMSA GTP Triple Crown championship. Kendall won an impressive 11 consecutive SCCA Trans-Am events in 1997.
     “Team SABCO and I have some unfinished business to settle on a road course… especially at Sears Point. I was filling in for (SABCO driver) Kyle (Petty) in 1991 after he’d broken his leg at Talladega. We qualified 5th and ran in the top-five for most of the race. Then I cut a tire while leading the final lap. It was a total heartbreaker. I’m literally counting the days when I get to go back (to Sears Point) in a Felix Sabates-owned car again. That place definitely owes us one.”

    Kendall never did get his revenge on Sears Point in a SABCO car; he failed to qualify in the #46 entry. However, in a strange twist of fate, NASCAR team owner Joe Falk learned that his current driver, Kevin LePage, had signed a contract with none other than Roush Racing. Falk canned LePage after qualifying at Sears Point and put Kendall behind the wheel for the race.

Kendall has Strong Finish for LJ Racing at Sonoma (Press Release)
    Joe Falk’s decision to put road racing ace Tommy Kendall in the #91 Chevrolet Monte Carlo at Sears Point gave the team a few new records to boast. They led the first two laps of Winston Cup competition in team history, and won the Exide All Charged Up Award for the first time this season.
    ”Tommy drove a competative race all day, and Crew Chief Doug Richert made the calls for pit strategy which allowed the team to stay in the top ten for most of the afternoon,” said team owner Joe Falk. “We started 42nd on the grid and finished 16th, winning a $1,000 bonus for the Exide Award. It was a great afternoon for LJ Racing.”
    The highlight of the day was Kendall leading two laps of competition, a first for the 2nd year team. “The entire team was cheering as Tommy raced for the front, led a few laps, and remained at the front of the pack, until the tires gave way in the final 15 laps” said Falk. “We even moved up two positions in owner points with the great finish.”

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