The 1998 Stihl 300 was the 30th race of the 1998 NASCAR Busch Series season. Mark Martin won his second and final race of the season, holding off points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. who had led the most laps. Earnhardt Jr., who was leading Matt Kenseth by 166 points, would need to qualify for the next race, the Jiffy Lube Miami 300, in order to clinch the championship.

1998 Stihl 300

General info
Series Busch Series
Location Atlanta Motor Speedway
Date November 7, 1998
Pole Sitter Dick Trickle
Pole Speed 186.193
Race Data
Winner Mark Martin
Margin of Victory .309 seconds
Average Speed 138.193 mph
Cautions 6 for 132 laps
Points Leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. (+119)

Qualifying notes Edit

56-year-old Dick Trickle won his seventh career pole in the Busch Series. Matt Kenseth qualified on the outside pole, and points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. started sixth.

Biggest gain in race: Casey Atwood (+25)

Failing to qualify were: Tracy Leslie (#97), Lyndon Amick (#35), Hut Stricklin (#92), Gary Bradberry (#86), Curtis Markham (#89), Randy MacDonald (#7), Nathan Buttke (#78), Ken Bouchard (#50), Jeff Finley (#79), Morgan Shepherd

Race NotesEdit

  • This race had was schedule to run in March 1998, but was delayed due to rain.

Leaders: 5

Time of Race: 2:10:23

Cautions: 6 for thirty-two laps

Margin of Victory: .309 seconds

  • Patty Moise made her final career start in this race. After the season, her sponsorship expired and her Michael Waltrip-owned team folded. She finished 23rd.

Results Edit

Finish Start No. Name Sponsor Make Laps Lead Status
1 1060Mark MartinWinn-DixieFord19531running
2 63Dale Earnhardt Jr.ACDelcoChevy195126running
3 444Tony StewartShell OilPontiac1950running
4 217Matt KensethLycosChevrolet1950running
5 1400Buckshot JonesBayer/Alka-SetzerPontiac1950running
6 1252Kevin GrubbGrubb MotorsportsChevrolet1950running
7 587Joe NemechekBellSouthChevrolet1950running
8 1510Phil ParsonsDura LubeChevrolet1950running
9 2421Michael WaltripBand AidChevrolet1955running
10 2115Ken SchraderOakwood HomesChevrolet1950running
11 3663Casey AtwoodLysolChevrolet19525running
12 3137Mark GreenTimber WolfChevrolet1950running
13 1138Elton SawyerBarbasolFord1950running
14 993Dave BlaneyAmocoPontiac1940running
15 2930Todd BodineSlim JimChevrolet1930running
16 276Joe BesseyPower TeamChevrolet1930running
17 2280Mark KroghClearwater Forest IndustriesChevrolet1930running
18 1749Gus WassonHoiles MotorsportsChevrolett1930running
19 3036David GreenStanley ToolsPontiac1930running
20 1995Bobby Hamilton Jr.Shoney's InnPontiac1930running
21 4147Andy SanterreMonro Muffler & BrakeChevrolet1920running
22 3557Jason KellerStihlChevrolet1920running
23 2614Patty MoiseRhodes FurnitureFord1920running
24 4077Ed BerrierLear Corporation/UAWFord1910running
25 1840Kevin LepageChannellockChevrolet1900running
26 3829Hermie SadlerDeWaltChevrolet1880running
27 3733Tim FedewaKleenexChevrolet1870running
28 3385Shane HallBig A Auto PartsChevrolet1830running
29 334Mike McLaughlinGoulds PumpsChevrolet1820engine
30 328Bobby Hillin, Jr.Clean ShowerChevrolet1800running
31 1659Robert PressleyKingsford/MatchlightChevrolet1790engine
32 4256Jeff KroghClearwater Forest IndustriesChevrolet1680running
33 3972Mike DillonDetroit GasketChevrolet1440engine
34 723Lance HooperWCWPontiac1290crash
35 134Jeff PurvisLance SnacksChevrolet1190handling
36 2561Derrike CopeIWX Motor FreightPontiac1130engine
37 2866Elliott SadlerPhillips 66Chevrolet1100crash
38 164Dick TrickleSchneider NationalChevrolet1068radiator
39 3420Blaise AlexanderLisa ExpressChevrolet950crash
40 2088Kevin SchwantzPhil-MartChevrolet470engine
41 4374Randy LaJoieFinaChevrolet370engine
42 832Dale JarrettWhite RainChevrolet370engine
43 2399Glenn Allen, Jr.LuxaireChevrolet26engine

Points Edit

  1. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (2nd) +166
  2. Matt Kenseth (4th) -166
  3. Mike McLaughlin (29th) -496
  4. Elton Sawyer (13th) -979
  5. Elliott Sadler (37th) -1017
  6. Randy LaJoie (41st) -1022
  7. Phil Parsons (8th) -1026
  8. Tim Fedewa (27th) -1046
  9. Buckshot Jones (5th) -1094
  10. Hermie Sadler (26th) -1198

External LinksEdit

Stats from Racing Reference]

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