Greenville-Pickens: Toyota preview

Huffman takes the points lead into Greenville-Pickens GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 11, 2002) - With half the season in the books, four-time series champion Robert Huffman has claimed a share of the points lead going into this weekend's NASCAR Goody's...

Huffman takes the points lead into Greenville-Pickens

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 11, 2002) - With half the season in the books, four-time series champion Robert Huffman has claimed a share of the points lead going into this weekend's NASCAR Goody's Dash Series race at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, Saturday, July 13.

Although he is second all time in career Dash victories with 37, Huffman will be looking for his first win at the half-mile oval, the second longest running facility in NASCAR history. Huffman hopes to continue a run of six top-five finishes in seven races this season while improving on his second-place finish at Greenville in 2001.

Huffman, in his No. 37 White House Apple Juice Toyota Celica, is tied with Jake Hobgood in the championship points standings. He leads the series in victories this season with three. The Claremont, N.C., native is also on top in the Gatorade Front Runner Award with 132 laps lead this season. Huffman has also claimed the last two Bud Pole Awards at Sparta, Ky., and Memphis, where he finished fourth.

For the second consecutive race, three Toyota Celicas earned top-10 finishes. Brandon Ward's two consecutive top-10s, including a season-best sixth in Memphis, moved him back into third place in the Mag-Clip Rookie of the Year chase, only nine points from the lead. Ward, from Winston-Salem, N.C., has driven the No. 11 Ram Fabrication Toyota Celica into 11th place overall and 11th in laps led.

Fellow rookie-of-the-year candidate Nick Pistone will be back behind the wheel of the No. 77 Big Daddy's BBQ Sauce/BI LO Toyota Celica this weekend after earning his second top-10 finish this year at Memphis. The Charlotte, N.C., native moved into sixth place in the rookie standings and 19th overall while having raced in only four of seven events.

The 100-lap NASCAR Goody's Dash Race at Greenville-Pickens Speedway will be run at 9:30 p.m. EDT, and qualifying will be held 5:15 p.m.

Toyota made its debut in the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series at the Daytona International Speedway in 2000. Robert Huffman's victory at Kentucky Speedway last season in the Toyota Celica was the first for an overhead-cam, multi-valve engine in NASCAR history. The 27-year-old series is part of the NASCAR ladder system, designed to help promote and develop driver's skills at tracks as varied as Daytona, Charlotte and Bristol. Originally called "Baby Grands," Goody's Dash cars resemble a scaled-down version of a Winston Cup stock car, and each is equipped with a V6 powerplant. Series alumni include Michael Waltrip, Robert Pressley, Hut Stricklin, Andy Houston and Shawna Robinson.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Shawna Robinson , Andy Houston , Robert Pressley , Robert Huffman