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Ron Fellows Wins "Lysol 200" At Watkins Glen - June 25, 2000

June 25, 2000
(Photo; mrn.com)
Ron Fellows of Toronto led 35 of 82 laps Sunday to win the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series "Lysol 200" at Watkins Glen International for the second time in three years. Fellows beat another road-racer, Butch Leitzinger, by .901 seconds. Fellows, who started on the pole Sunday, won in 1998 and finished second the previous year.

Driving the No. 87 Bully Hill Vineyards/Joe Nemechek Chevrolet, Fellows led the last 10 laps and survived a one-lap, green-and-white flag dash to the finish after a caution. In last year's race, Fellows was passed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. under similar circumstances.

Fellows, who won $31,575, raced his purple-and-gold car to a double-digit car-length lead, and when David Green's spinout brought out the caution flag on lap 12, Fellows and most of the field went to the pits. Fellows then worked his way back up through the field, even passing cars that had stayed out on the track when he had pitted, and took over the top spot on lap 36.

Ron Hornaday, who took his final pit stop earlier than most, assumed the lead from laps 48 to 58 until being forced to the pits with a blown cylinder. After Fellows' second pit stop, he stood 20th with 35 laps to go.

"I was still confident, but you never know when you're that far back," said Fellows, who steadily moved through the field.

"I was concerned with one, not having enough time, and two, getting caught up in somebody else's mess. You have to be cautiously aggressive, and it worked out OK." 

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