News and notes 2001-09-03

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 5, 2001) - News and notes regarding NASCAR Touring, the sanctioning body's nine regional touring series: NASCAR Winston West Series: Sammy Potashnick of Sikeston, Mo., scored his first career NASCAR Winston West ...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 5, 2001) - News and notes regarding NASCAR Touring, the sanctioning body's nine regional touring series:

NASCAR Winston West Series: Sammy Potashnick of Sikeston, Mo., scored his first career NASCAR Winston West Series victory in the Bank One 250 presented by NAPA and Hoosier at Rocky Mountain Raceways in Salt Lake City, Utah, this past Saturday. Potashnick grabbed the lead from Steve Portenga on lap 207 and held off several challengers to earn the victory. Kevin Richards finished second with Steve Portenga third. Brett Thompson and Bill Sedgwick rounded out the top five. Thompson scored the Bud Pole Award and Brendan Gaughan won the Gatorade Front Runner Award. Johnny Borneman was the NASCAR Winston West Series Rookie of the Race after finishing sixth.

Busch North Series: Dave Dion of Hudson, N.H., captured his first Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring victory of the season at Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, Vt., in the True Value 150 this past Saturday. Dion inherited the lead from series championship point leader Mike Olsen on lap 117 and went on to record the 12th victory of his career. Mike Johnson came home second with Kelly Moore finishing third. Olsen and Dale Shaw rounded out the top five. Olsen won the Bud Pole and Gatorade Front Runner Awards. Shaw was the Flowmaster Star of the Race. Brian Hoar captured the Raybestos Brakes Rookie of the Race Award.

Featherlite Modified Series: Eddie Flemke, Jr., of Southington, Conn., garnered his second Featherlite Modified Series, NASCAR Touring win of the season this past Saturday in the Waterford 150 at the .375-mile Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl. Flemke took the lead from Ted Christopher on lap 124 and collected his 11th career victory. Christopher finished second and series championship point leader Mike Stefanik finished third. Tommy Cravenho and Rick Fuller rounded out the top five. Christopher collected both the Bud Pole and Gatorade Front Runner Awards. Ricky Miller was the Featherlite Modified Series Rookie of the Race.

Featherlite Southwest Series: Craig Raudman of Redding, Calif., extended his series championship point lead as he earned his third Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring victory of the season in the Irwindale 200 at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway this past Saturday. Raudman took the lead from Auggie Vidovich, Jr., on lap 123 and went on to strengthen his series championship point lead. Scott Lynch finished second with Darrell LaMoure third. Frank Maronski, Jr., and Jimmy White rounded out the top five. Eric Holmes won the Bud Pole Award and Vidovich collected the Gatorade Front Runner Award. Scott Brandt was the Featherlite Southwest Series Rookie of the Race.

O'Reilly Auto Parts All-Star Series: Joe Kosiski of Omaha, Neb., scored his second O'Reilly Auto Parts All-Star Series, NASCAR Touring victory of the season at State Fair Raceway in Lincoln, Neb., in the Nebraska State Fair 50 this past Wednesday. Kosiski took the lead from Leon Zeitner on lap 25 and went to score his 45th career series victory. Dave Eckrich finished second with Gary Webb third. Zeitner and Ed Kosiski rounded out the top five. Joe Kosiski won the Gatorade Front Runner Award while Zeitner earned the Bud Pole Award. Brian Harris was the O'Reilly Auto Parts All-Star Series Rookie of the Race. Vic Lovejoy, Jeff French, Kyle Berck, Eckrich and John Hampel won the qualifying events.

Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series: Shane Biles of Woodinville, Wash., collected his first Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series, NASCAR Touring victory of the season in the Tri-City 125 at Tri-City Raceway in West Richland, Wash., this past Sunday. Biles wrestled the lead away from Joe Benedetti on lap 108 and went on to the third series victory of his career. John Dillon finished second with Jeff Jefferson third. Joe Benedetti and series championship point leader Kevin Hamlin rounded out the top five. Jefferson won the Bud Pole Award and Zach Niessner captured the Gatorade Front Runner Award. Troy Conrad was the Totem Travel Rookie of the Race.

RE/MAX Challenge Series: Steve Carlson of West Salem, Wisc., collected his 7th RE/MAX Challenge Series, NASCAR Touring event this past Saturday at Lebanon (Mo.) I-44 Speedway in the Ozark Challenge 150 this past Saturday. Carlson took the lead away from Eddie Hoffman on lap 147 and extended his series championship point lead. Hoffman finished second with Tim Schendel coming home third. Dan Fredrickson and Larry Middleton rounded out the top five. Hoffman won the Bud Pole and Gatorade Front Runner Awards. Dan Fredrickson was the RE/MAX Challenge Series Rookie of the Race.

Goody's Dash Series: Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring competitors have some time off before the Pepsi 150 at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C., on Friday, September 21. Cam Strader, who has held the lead in the series championship standings for much of the season, has visited victory lane on three occasions this season. Strader currently leads the series defending champion Robert Huffman by 109 points. Huffman, who has earned the series crown on four occasions, has visited victory lane on three occasions with his Toyota, including two superspeedway victories at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky., and Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

Gatorade All Pro Series: Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring competitors head to Louisville (Ky.) Motor Speedway this Saturday for the Louisville 250. Jeff Fultz of Cincinnati, Ohio, is the defending event champion. Fultz recovered from a blown engine in practice to win the event. This season will be the first time the series competes for a distance of 250 laps on the triangular shaped .4375-mile speedway. Previous Gatorade All Pro Series events at Louisville have been contested over a 300-lap distance. Fultz has collected four victories this season including two wins at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky., South Boston (Va.) Speedway and in the series most recent event at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.

NASCAR Touring blankets the nation with nine regional touring series that feature special events at many NASCAR Weekly Racing Series tracks, some NASCAR superspeedways and road courses. 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. The sponsors include Anheuser-Busch, Featherlite Trailers, Gatorade, Goody's Headache Powders, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Raybestos Brakes, RE/MAX International, Inc., and R.J. Reynolds brand, Winston.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Cam Strader , Brendan Gaughan , Jeff Fultz , Steve Portenga , Jeff Jefferson , Brett Thompson , Scott Lynch , Kevin Richards , Eric Holmes , Craig Raudman , Auggie Vidovich , Robert Huffman , Tim Schendel , Kevin Hamlin , Ted Christopher , Steve Carlson