NWS: Tri-City II: Race facts and notes of interest

2002 Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series WHAT: Costco 125 Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series Race No. 6 of 15 WHERE: Tri-City Raceway, West Richland, Wash. .500-Mile Paved Speedway WHEN: Saturday, June 8, 2002-- 8:30 p.m. PST DISTANCE: 125 ...

2002 Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series

WHAT:
Costco 125
Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series Race No. 6 of 15

WHERE:
Tri-City Raceway, West Richland, Wash.
.500-Mile Paved Speedway

WHEN: Saturday, June 8, 2002-- 8:30 p.m. PST

DISTANCE: 125 Laps/62.5 Miles

POSTED AWARDS: $30,250

FIELD: 28 cars possible. Fastest 21 cars through time trials with two provisional starting positions available to the top 30 drivers based on the current 2002 Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series, NASCAR Touring Championship point standings, two starting positions from the current top 30 car owners in the 2002 Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series, NASCAR Touring Championship point standings, one position for a former champion of the series who has not qualified in the original 21 positions, the final two positions will be filled by the top two finishers in the Qualifying Race.

SANCTION: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR)

PROMOTER: Williams Promotions, Inc.

SCHEDULE:
Saturday, April 27
2:30 to 5:00 p.m. Alternating Practice
6:30 p.m. Time Trials (2 Laps). All positions
7:15 p.m. 15-lap Qualifying Race
7:30 p.m. 15-lap Qualifying Race
8:30 p.m. Tri-City125

THE RACETRACK: Tri-City Raceway is a slightly banked .500-mile paved tri-oval.

RECORDS:
QUALIFYING: Jeff Krough 4/22/95 103.211 mph 17.440 seconds
RACE: Chris Hart 6/5/99 86.772 mph 43 min 13 sec

NOTES OF INTEREST:

* Kevin Hamlin is the Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series points leader heading into the Tri-City 125. He won his first career Bud Pole Award last season in West Richland, Wash. at this event. Hamlin has won six of the last nine series events held dating back to last season.

* Hamlin has won four of the first five series events in 2002. With his win at Yakima Speedway in the last series event, Hamlin has two straight wire-to-wire victories and has led 275 consecutive laps going back to his South Sound Speedway victory on May 11.

* Since 1994, John Dillon the 1990 series champion, has three wins, six top-5 finishes. Dillon has earned two Bud Pole Awards at Tri-City Raceway during his career. Five of his 14 career victories have come in West Richland, Wash. Dillon has become a part-time driver on the series over the last ten years.

* The series last visited the .500-mile tri-oval on April 27. Jeff Jefferson won the race, his first victory on the Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series. On that day, Jefferson had competed in a NASCAR Winston West race in California, just making into West Richland, Wash. in time for qualifying. This weekend Jefferson has no conflicts with other series' and will take part in the entire day's festivities.

* Chris Hart, who is second in the current points standings, picked up his first career win in West Richland, Wash. during the June 1999 event. Hart, a native of Yakima, Wash., has also captured one Bud Pole Award at the .500-mile speedplant.

* Garrett Evans and John Dillon are the leaders in career wins at Tri-City Raceway. Each has come home with the checkered flag five times during their respective careers. Evans has seven pole awards to his credit while Dillon has two. Ron Eaton and Gary Lewis are tied for the second highest win total at the West Richland track. Each driver has three victories apiece.

STAT OF THE WEEK:

* Chevrolet has dominated the competition at Tri-City Raceway. With 21 wins, the manufacturer has more than twice as many wins as Pontiac (8). Ford has captured six wins in West Richland, Wash. while Oldsmobile has one victory to its credit.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Kevin Hamlin , Gary Lewis
Teams Williams