Originally created 05/18/98

Fedewa wins Busch Series race at Nazareth

NAZARETH, Pa. -- Tim Fedewa continued a run of success at Nazareth Speedway, driving to his second career NASCAR Busch Series victory Sunday in the First Union 200.

Fedewa, who started second in a Chevrolet, took the lead from Jeff Purvis on the 175th of 200 laps over the .946-mile oval. He held off Purvis by 1.499 seconds. Fedewa's only other win came at Nazareth, in 1995.

Series points leader Mike McLaughlin was third, Matt Kenseth fourth and Joe Bessey fifth. All drove Chevrolets.

Fedewa took the lead on lap 66, but Purvis passed him out of a restart on lap 148.

Ed Barrier overtook pole-sitter Dale Earnhardt Jr. on lap 61 after Earnhardt was penalized and sent to the rear of the lead lap for running over the grass entering the pits.

Earnhardt, making his first career start at Nazareth, led from the opening green flag and built a six-second lead through the first 60 laps.

The race was marred by four cautions through the first 100 laps, including a nine-car crash on the third turn of lap 81.


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