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By Tom Higgins and Tom Higgins,Charlotte Observer | April 13, 1993
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jimmy Hensley doesn't recall talking very much with Alan Kulwicki."Every time I saw Alan, especially at race tracks, he appeared to be concentrating so hard and was so deep in thought that I didn't want to bother him. . . I didn't want to interrupt," Hensley said. "We would just speak and that was about it. We were friendly, but we never stood around and had what you would call a long conversation."Yet, it was Hensley, 47, a fellow driver Kulwicki seemingly hardly knew, whom the Winston Cup champion personally picked within the past month to fill in for him "if something ever happened."
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By Tom Higgins and Tom Higgins,Charlotte Observer | April 13, 1993
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jimmy Hensley doesn't recall talking very much with Alan Kulwicki."Every time I saw Alan, especially at race tracks, he appeared to be concentrating so hard and was so deep in thought that I didn't want to bother him. . . I didn't want to interrupt," Hensley said. "We would just speak and that was about it. We were friendly, but we never stood around and had what you would call a long conversation."Yet, it was Hensley, 47, a fellow driver Kulwicki seemingly hardly knew, whom the Winston Cup champion personally picked within the past month to fill in for him "if something ever happened."
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August 26, 1991
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Alan Kulwicki overcame a flat tire early in the Saturday night race to win by a half-lap. It was his first Winston Cup victory of the year and the first short-track win of his career.The victory on the .533-mile, high-banked oval at Bristol International Raceway was Kulwicki's third career Winston Cup victory.1. (5) Alan Kulwicki, Charlotte, N.C., Ford Thunderbird, 500, $61,400, 82.028. 2. (14) Sterling Marlin, Columbia, Tenn., Ford Thunderbird, 500, $30,275. 3. (27) Ken Schrader, Concord, N.C., Chevrolet Lumina, 500, $22,950.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | February 10, 1993
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Alan Kulwicki hasn't had time to spend even $5,000 of the $2,322,561 he won last season as the Winston Cup champion. But the fact that he is the reigning champion and about to begin defending his title this Sunday has seeped in."I was in Detroit for a meeting at Ford, and Mario Andretti, the driver who has been named driver of the quarter century, came up to me and said, 'Congratulations,' " said Kulwicki, his eyes bright. "Not once, but two or three times he commented on it. When someone like that says something like that, it means so much more than money."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | June 15, 1992
LONG POND, Pa. -- Knock, knock. Who's there? Alan Kulwicki. Alan Kulwicki who? Alan Kulwicki, the man who blew the doors off the rest of the Champion Spark Plug 500 field yesterday and let just about everyone know he is ready to beat down the door for a little respect.It isn't just that Kulwicki won this Winston Cup 500-miler at Pocono International Raceway at a record-setting 144.069 mph. It isn't simply that he beat Mark Martin to the finish line by 2.34 seconds. It is both of those and more.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | June 15, 1992
LONG POND, Pa. -- Knock, knock. Who's there? Alan Kulwicki. Alan Kulwicki who? Alan Kulwicki, the man who blew the doors off the rest of the Champion Spark Plug 500 field yesterday and let just about everyone know he is ready to beat down the door for a little respect.It isn't just that Kulwicki won this Winston Cup 500-miler at Pocono International Raceway at a record-setting 144.069 mph. It isn't simply that he beat Mark Martin to the finish line by 2.34 seconds. It is both of those and more.
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April 6, 1992
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Alan Kulwicki regained the lead with 26 laps left and held on to win the Food City 500 NASCAR race yesterday by 78-hundredths of a second over Dale Jarrett.The big story going into the race was Bill Elliott's bid to win his fifth straight race, which would have tied a modern-era NASCAR record. But Elliott crashed on the 31st lap and again on lap 250 and was never a factor. He finished 20th.Kulwicki started from the pole after setting a track record of 122.474 mph in qualifying on Friday.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | December 4, 1992
The most successful men in Winston Cup stock car racing -- Junior Johnson and Bobby Allison among them -- told Alan Kulwicki he couldn't do it.But Alan Kulwicki did do it. Tonight, at the annual Winston Cup Awards banquet in New York, Kulwicki will pick up the $1 million bonus check that goes to NASCAR's Winston Cup champion.Instead of taking the road most traveled -- that of driver only -- Kulwicki drove his own route -- as car owner, chief mechanic and driver -- to the top."Everyone, and I mean everyone, told me 'It's too tough.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | November 16, 1992
HAMPTON, Ga. -- The last race of the Winston Cup Series turned into what looked like a three-ring circus yesterday.Richard Petty was celebrating the end of his 35-year career with a post-race victory lap in his battered STP Pontiac.Bill Elliott was in victory circle, celebrating his victory in the Hooters 500.And Alan Kulwicki was celebrating his first Winston Cup champion- ship and the culmination of his career by making a U-turn at the start-finish line and driving the wrong way around Atlanta Motor Speedway on what he called his "Polish Victory Lap."
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June 15, 1991
LONG POND, Pa. -- Mark Martin won his third pole of the season as the fastest among 17 drivers who broke the track qualifying record yesterday for the NASCAR Champion Spark Plug 500 stock car race.Martin's lap of 161.996 mph came as radial tires made their debut on the 2 1/2 -mile tri-oval at Pocono International Raceway.So many drivers broke Alan Kulwicki's 3-year-old record of 158.806 mph that two -- Sterling Marlin and Hut Stricklin -- didn't even officially nail down starting spots.Only the first 15 positions were set for the race tomorrow.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | December 4, 1992
The most successful men in Winston Cup stock car racing -- Junior Johnson and Bobby Allison among them -- told Alan Kulwicki he couldn't do it.But Alan Kulwicki did do it. Tonight, at the annual Winston Cup Awards banquet in New York, Kulwicki will pick up the $1 million bonus check that goes to NASCAR's Winston Cup champion.Instead of taking the road most traveled -- that of driver only -- Kulwicki drove his own route -- as car owner, chief mechanic and driver -- to the top."Everyone, and I mean everyone, told me 'It's too tough.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | November 16, 1992
HAMPTON, Ga. -- The last race of the Winston Cup Series turned into what looked like a three-ring circus yesterday.Richard Petty was celebrating the end of his 35-year career with a post-race victory lap in his battered STP Pontiac.Bill Elliott was in victory circle, celebrating his victory in the Hooters 500.And Alan Kulwicki was celebrating his first Winston Cup champion- ship and the culmination of his career by making a U-turn at the start-finish line and driving the wrong way around Atlanta Motor Speedway on what he called his "Polish Victory Lap."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | June 15, 1992
LONG POND, Pa. -- Knock, knock. Who's there? Alan Kulwicki. Alan Kulwicki who? Alan Kulwicki, the man who blew the doors off the rest of the Champion Spark Plug 500 field yesterday and let just about everyone know he is ready to beat down the door for a little respect.It isn't just that Kulwicki won this Winston Cup 500-miler at Pocono International Raceway at a record-setting 144.069 mph. It isn't simply that he beat Mark Martin to the finish line by 2.34 seconds. It is both of those and more.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | June 15, 1992
LONG POND, Pa. -- Knock, knock. Who's there? Alan Kulwicki. Alan Kulwicki who? Alan Kulwicki, the man who blew the doors off the rest of the Champion Spark Plug 500 field yesterday and let just about everyone know he is ready to beat down the door for a little respect.It isn't just that Kulwicki won this Winston Cup 500-miler at Pocono International Raceway at a record-setting 144.069 mph. It isn't simply that he beat Mark Martin to the finish line by 2.34 seconds. It is both of those and more.
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April 6, 1992
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Alan Kulwicki regained the lead with 26 laps left and held on to win the Food City 500 NASCAR race yesterday by 78-hundredths of a second over Dale Jarrett.The big story going into the race was Bill Elliott's bid to win his fifth straight race, which would have tied a modern-era NASCAR record. But Elliott crashed on the 31st lap and again on lap 250 and was never a factor. He finished 20th.Kulwicki started from the pole after setting a track record of 122.474 mph in qualifying on Friday.
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By Bill Free | September 14, 1991
Aging drivers who have lost their nerve or young drivers who just can't handle the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit usually find themselves dropped by sponsors. Not drivers such as Alan Kulwicki, who had a career-best season in 1990.But sure enough Kulwicki, 36, found himself without financial backing last December, even though he had finished eighth in the 1990 Winston Cup points. That was six places higher than his previous top performances of 14th in 1988 and 1989."Zerex antifreeze had been my sponsor, but they decided to get out of the race car business," said Kulwicki.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Evening Sun Staff | September 13, 1991
Alan Kulwicki had a contract in his hand for a major NASCAR sponsorship with Maxwell House Coffee last fall, only to see it swiped from under him by legendary car owner Junior Johnson in mid-FAX.This afternoon, Kulwicki was to get the last laugh -- or is it hoot? At Dover International Raceway, where Kulwicki was trying to win the pole for Sunday's Peak Anti-freeze 500, Hooters of America Inc. was to announce it has signed a three-year deal with Kulwicki to run through the 1994 season."I haven't spent one day crying over what happened," said Kulwicki, who is as likely to kill his foes with kindness as anything else.
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By Bill Free | September 14, 1991
Aging drivers who have lost their nerve or young drivers who just can't handle the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit usually find themselves dropped by sponsors. Not drivers such as Alan Kulwicki, who had a career-best season in 1990.But sure enough Kulwicki, 36, found himself without financial backing last December, even though he had finished eighth in the 1990 Winston Cup points. That was six places higher than his previous top performances of 14th in 1988 and 1989."Zerex antifreeze had been my sponsor, but they decided to get out of the race car business," said Kulwicki.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Evening Sun Staff | September 13, 1991
Alan Kulwicki had a contract in his hand for a major NASCAR sponsorship with Maxwell House Coffee last fall, only to see it swiped from under him by legendary car owner Junior Johnson in mid-FAX.This afternoon, Kulwicki was to get the last laugh -- or is it hoot? At Dover International Raceway, where Kulwicki was trying to win the pole for Sunday's Peak Anti-freeze 500, Hooters of America Inc. was to announce it has signed a three-year deal with Kulwicki to run through the 1994 season."I haven't spent one day crying over what happened," said Kulwicki, who is as likely to kill his foes with kindness as anything else.
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August 26, 1991
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Alan Kulwicki overcame a flat tire early in the Saturday night race to win by a half-lap. It was his first Winston Cup victory of the year and the first short-track win of his career.The victory on the .533-mile, high-banked oval at Bristol International Raceway was Kulwicki's third career Winston Cup victory.1. (5) Alan Kulwicki, Charlotte, N.C., Ford Thunderbird, 500, $61,400, 82.028. 2. (14) Sterling Marlin, Columbia, Tenn., Ford Thunderbird, 500, $30,275. 3. (27) Ken Schrader, Concord, N.C., Chevrolet Lumina, 500, $22,950.
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