KENLY, N. C. (July 17 2000) - After a well deserved break in the 2000 racing schedule, drivers on the Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring will be anxious to return to competition on July 29 with the Southern National Speedway 125 at...
KENLY, N. C. (July 17 2000) - After a well deserved break in the 2000 racing schedule, drivers on the Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring will be anxious to return to competition on July 29 with the Southern National Speedway 125 at Southern National Speedway in Kenly, N. C.
The fast 4/10-mile oval at Southern National will host NASCAR's production sedan division for only the fourth time and the first time since 1998. Drivers and teams know it is crunch time on the series with seven events remaining on the 2000 schedule.
Many different drivers have excelled during the first half of the season in various areas but as the season winds down it is time to put up numbers that will carry them toward end of year awards.
One driver looking to return to his home track with his eye on his first series victory is Wilson, N. C. native Cam Strader. Strader competed in the Super Pro Truck Division at Southern National in 1997 before moving to the Late Model Division in 1998. He wasted little time being recognized as an up and coming star being named by Motorsports Magazine as "Rising Star of the Year" for 1998. In his first season with Late Models he won two races, finished third in points and won Rookie of the Year honors. In 1999 he again won two feature events, had four pole starts and finished third in points before moving to the Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring in 2000. Strader has been turning some heads with the Goody's Dash Series this year. Although he didn't make the starting field at Daytona, he came back at the next event winning his first Bud Pole start. In 10 series starts, he is ranked sixth in the national points standing, has recorded seven top five finishes and is the leading NAPA Filter Rookie of the Year candidate. Entering this event, Strader, holds a 13 point lead over Eric Van Cleef in the NAPA Filter Rookie of the Year program with Ricky Woodward, third, Doug Gainey, fourth and Tommy Ballard, fifth.
Other drivers who have excelled this year are Justin Hobgood who leads all drivers in laps led with 237 circuits paced of 1230 run for 19.3%. Hobgood, Jimmy Britts and Robert Huffman are tied in Bud Pole Awards at two each with the annual Bud Pole Award up for grabs. Veteran driver Ned Combs, the oldest driver with the series at 55 years, leads all competitors in laps completed percentage with an outstanding 99.4%.
Huffman will lead the series into this event trying to extend his 63-point lead over Ricky Bryant, a former track champion at Southern National Speedway. It would appear that the championship run is a two-man battle between Huffman and Bryant who enter this event with the two best finishing averages through the first 11 races. Huffman carries an outstanding 4.6 average into the race while Bryant is not far behind with a finishing average of 6.5.
Although he has yet to find victory lane in 2000, Bryant leads the series in top five finishes with eight and top ten finishes with 10. In his last 10 races, eight of the 10 have been top five finishes and he is the only driver to have 10 consecutive top ten runs.
B. J. Mackey, the series most recent winner at Greenville-Pickens Speedway on July 8, Johnny Chapman, 1991 Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring National Champion and Roger Sawyer round out the top five drivers in points with only 38 markers separating the three drivers.
Past winners of the three previous events at Southern National Speedway have been Lyndon Amick, Scott Weaver and Robert Huffman. Ironically, two of the three have been series champions.
Action gets underway at Southern National Speedway when gates open at 11:00 a.m. Practice will take place between 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. with Bud Pole Qualifying starting at 5:30 p.m. An autograph session with all drivers will be held between 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. The Southern National Speedway 125 should take the green flag at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Nine NASCAR Touring Series blanket the United States, bringing special events to many NASCAR Weekly Racing Series tracks and some NASCAR superspeedways and road courses. NASCAR Touring Series are extremely popular with fans and competitors. NASCAR Touring Series can provide a competitor with an entire career, or they can provide valuable experience to competitors moving through the NASCAR ranks. Corporate sponsors make significant contributions to NASCAR Touring Series point funds. These sponsors include Anheuser-Busch, Featherlite, Goody's Headache Powders, Raybestos Brakes, RE/MAX International, Inc., Slim Jim and R. J. Reynolds brand, Winston.