Big Diamond's Hager leads NE region

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 27, 2000) - Short track racers across the nation look forward to scoring local and regional recognition in the Exide ShorTrack Series by NASCAR. Each week competitors at nearly 100 NASCAR Weekly Racing Series facilities...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 27, 2000) - Short track racers across the nation look forward to scoring local and regional recognition in the Exide ShorTrack Series by NASCAR. Each week competitors at nearly 100 NASCAR Weekly Racing Series facilities display their talents on a local stage in exciting short track events. Each competitor looks for an advantage to make their way to the top of the regional Competition Performance Index (CPI) standings.

Gary Hager of Stewartsville, N.J., has moved to the top of Competition Performance Index (CPI) ratings in the Northeast Region of the Exide ShorTrack Series by NASCAR. Hager, who competes at Big Diamond Raceway in Minersville, Pa., in the Sportsman division, has five wins in 12 starts. Wayne Lent of Towanda, Pa., slipped to second in the regional standings. Lent, who races in the Sportsmodified division at Tioga Speedway in Owego, N.Y., has recorded four wins in 12 starts. Bob Manko, Holland (N.Y.) International Speedway; Phil Cox, Flemington (N.J.) Speedway and Aaron Hill, Jennerstown (Pa.) Speedway round out the top five in the Northeast Region of the Exide ShorTrack Series by NASCAR.

The Exide ShorTrack Series by NASCAR was developed in 1998, NASCAR's 50th Anniversary year, to provide regional and national recognition for another NASCAR Weekly Racing Series division.

Each of the nearly 100 NASCAR Weekly Racing Series tracks across the country have designated a feature division that competes for local, regional and national recognition and a $1.7 million point fund. These same tracks have designated another division to compete in the Exide ShorTrack Series by NASCAR. The Exide ShorTrack Series by NASCAR includes divisions such as Limited Sportsman, Sportsman, Street Stock, Modified and Truck classes.

With the support of Exide, who announced their series sponsorship last season, those competitors will be racing for their share of nearly $130,000 in posted local, regional and national awards. Local track champions will receive $500, while regional champions will receive $2,500 with the national champion to earn another $5,000.

To be eligible for regional and, therefore national championship recognition, Exide ShorTrack Series by NASCAR drivers must compete in at least 16 events. The same rules and geographic regions are administered as in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series. Regional standings, using the same formula to calculate the Competition Performance Index (CPI) as the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series, are posted on Thursdays.

Each of the ten regional champions and the national champion will be recognized and receive their awards at the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series banquet in November at the Peabody Hotel and Resort in Orlando, Fla.

<pre> NASCAR EXIDE SHORTRACK SERIES NORTHEAST REGION 07/27/00 Pos Driver Name Home Track Starts Wins T-5 T-10 CPI Regional Track Leaders 1 HAGER GARY BIG DIAMOND RACEWAY 12 5 9 11 0.7917 2 LENT WAYNE TIOGA SPEEDWAY 12 4 10 11 0.7824 3 MANKO BOB HOLLAND INTERNATIONA 12 4 11 11 0.7001 4 COX PHILIP FLEMINGTON SPEEDWAY 10 4 8 10 0.6829 5 WILL AARON JENNERSTOWN SPEEDWAY 11 5 8 11 0.6653 6 HEBING BILL SPENCER SPEEDWAY 8 2 7 7 0.6422 7 KLINGER BUTCH FIVE MILE POINT SPEE 11 0 10 11 0.6200 8 EGAN SEAN RIVERHEAD RACEWAY 12 1 8 12 0.6162 9 BRUNELL DAVE MOTORDROME SPEEDWAY 13 3 10 13 0.5906 2nd Tier 11 EDGAR DON BIG DIAMOND RACEWAY 12 1 8 10 0.6875 12 WISMER JIM FLEMINGTON SPEEDWAY 10 3 9 10 0.6829 13 HARDER ROB FIVE MILE POINT SPEE 11 2 8 11 0.6200 14 FALESKI PAUL HOLLAND INTERNATIONA 12 1 10 12 0.6168 15 RYPKEMA DEAN TIOGA SPEEDWAY 12 0 6 10 0.6158 16 ENGLERT GEORGE JENNERSTOWN SPEEDWAY 11 1 9 10 0.5972 17 SHIVERS GREGORY RIVERHEAD RACEWAY 12 0 7 11 0.5745 18 YOUNG ROBERT MOTORDROME SPEEDWAY 13 1 11 13 0.5714 19 BURROUGHS JON SPENCER SPEEDWAY 8 1 5 6 0.5484 3rd Tier 21 CHAPMAN ALAN TIOGA SPEEDWAY 12 1 6 8 0.6366 22 COX CLYDE FLEMINGTON SPEEDWAY 10 0 10 10 0.6329 23 CRASSI NICK HOLLAND INTERNATIONA 12 1 8 11 0.5751 24 LEIBOLD LENNY BIG DIAMOND RACEWAY 12 0 3 6 0.5625 25 MANNS BRANDON MOTORDROME SPEEDWAY 13 2 8 13 0.5329 26 MCKERNAN GREGORY FIVE MILE POINT SPEE 11 1 5 11 0.5291 27 REIBER DAVE SPENCER SPEEDWAY 8 1 4 8 0.5172 28 TOOKER STEVE RIVERHEAD RACEWAY 12 1 2 11 0.4912 29 PRICE TODD JENNERSTOWN SPEEDWAY 11 1 4 11 0.4835 4th Tier 31 ERIKSEN PETER RIVERHEAD RACEWAY 11 2 7 9 0.6200 32 MATHEWS OREN FLEMINGTON SPEEDWAY 10 1 8 10 0.6079 33 FITZPATRICK SHAWN BIG DIAMOND RACEWAY 11 1 3 7 0.5852 34 VAN SAUN DAN TIOGA SPEEDWAY 12 0 4 8 0.5741 35 HAMILTON JIM MOTORDROME SPEEDWAY 13 1 11 13 0.5714 36 STEURRYS ROGER SPENCER SPEEDWAY 7 3 4 6 0.5656 37 CARD GARY FIVE MILE POINT SPEE 11 2 5 9 0.5519 38 BROWN JEFFERY HOLLAND INTERNATIONA 12 0 6 11 0.5126 39 COUGHENOUR JOSH JENNERSTOWN SPEEDWAY 11 0 6 11 0.5063 5th Tier 41 OXEE R J RIVERHEAD RACEWAY 12 3 6 9 0.6162 42 KEEHLE RICHARD FIVE MILE POINT SPEE 10 2 7 10 0.6019 43 COUGHENOUR SCOTT JENNERSTOWN SPEEDWAY 10 2 8 10 0.6017 44 MATUSZAK JOHN HOLLAND INTERNATIONA 12 2 8 9 0.5959 45 MOYER BILL BIG DIAMOND RACEWAY 11 0 3 7 0.5625 46 COY RICHIE FLEMINGTON SPEEDWAY 10 1 6 10 0.5579 47 ABBOTT KEITH TIOGA SPEEDWAY 12 0 2 8 0.5324 48 MARROW DAVID MOTORDROME SPEEDWAY 13 0 7 13 0.4752 49 GREGG JOSHUA SPENCER SPEEDWAY 8 0 3 8 0.4547

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