The 1998 Sam's Town 250 was the exciting season finale of the 1998 Craftsman Truck Series that occured at Las Vegas. Jack Sprague won the race, but fell three points short of beating Ron Hornaday for the championship. After the race, the two friends did donuts in the infield to celebrate their accomplishments.
|1998 Sam's Town 250|
|Series||Craftsman Truck Series|
|Location||Las Vegas Motor Speedway|
|Date||November 8, 1998|
|Pole Sitter||Jack Sprague|
|Pole Speed||161.749 mph|
|Margin of Victory||.3 secs|
|Average Speed||130.801 mph|
|Cautions||11 for 52 laps|
|Points Leader||Ron Hornaday (+3)|
Qualifying notes Edit
Eventual race winner Jack Sprague won the pole at 162 mph. Mike Bliss, in his last race for Ultra Motorsports, qualified on the outside pole. Points leader and eventual championship winner Ron Hornaday started tenth.
The following drivers failed to qualify for the race: Danny Bagwell (#28), Chris Horn (#58), Austin Cameron (#4), David Starr (#9), Jerry Robertson (#12), Ricky Logan (#36), Mike Clark (#38), Richard Hinds (#81), Milan Garrett (#85), Rob Morgan (#46)
Additional race data Edit
- Leaders: 8
- Time of race: 1:56:07
- Average Speed: 130.801 mph
- Margin of Victory: .3 sec
- Most Spots Improved: B.A. Wilson (+20)
- NASCAR touring champion Mike Stefanik made his Truck Series debut in this race for Dale Phelon, and scored a top-ten finish.
- Four drivers made their final Truck Series starts in this race. Tammy Jo Kirk finished 36th and shut her team down the next season, before resurfacing in the Busch Series in 2003 as a driver for Jay Robinson Racing. Blake Bainbridge made his final NASCAR start, and returned to the sport in 2004 as a crew chief for Rusty Wallace, Inc.. Chuck Bown and Sammy Potashnick also made their final starts in the trucks as well.
- Kurt Roehig made his final start in the Trucks in this race as an owner. He tried to start a Winston Cup team during the 1999 and 2000 seasons, which fell through. Walker Evans' final start as an owner came in this race as well.