Kenny Wallace Enters Gatorade All Pro Series Nascar Touring Bristol Event BRISTOL, TN. (August 6 2001) -- Bristol Motor Speedway is unique! It is has charisma with its layout, is challenging with its banking, and has speed that provides thrills...
Kenny Wallace Enters Gatorade All Pro Series Nascar Touring Bristol Event
BRISTOL, TN. (August 6 2001) -- Bristol Motor Speedway is unique! It is has charisma with its layout, is challenging with its banking, and has speed that provides thrills many short track competitors do not find at other tracks where they compete. Bristol Motor Speedway will once again feature The Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring drivers along with the Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring on Wednesday August 22 in a spectacular night of racing.
Only two of the top five finishers in the 2000 event, Wayne Anderson and Kevin Prince, will return for this event. Anderson is the current series points leader after nine events while Prince is ranked 20th in the points standing. Prince has not had a top-five run since his third place finish here last year.
They will have to contend with some tough competition, also returning in 2001, like Benny Gordon who started outside front row. Shane Sieg, who started third, David Reutimann, who started fourth, Jeff Fultz, who started fifth, and Ryan Crane who started seventh.
Strong finishes turned in by other drivers starting deep in the 32 car field will see the return of Ken Weaver who started 27th and finished seventh, Jeff Myers, started 26th and finished eighth, Casey Yunick started 16th and finished ninth and Josh Clemons, started 13th and rounded out the top ten finishers. Two other drivers will make a rare appearance with the series at Bristol for this event.
Kenny Wallace, former NASCAR Winston Cup driver and currently a regular on the NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division will make his first start with the series since 1994 when he competed at Winchester Speedway.
Wallace will be driving a Richie Wauters prepared Ford Taurus. Wallace is no stranger to Bristol having competed here numerous times with other NASCAR Divisions but never with the Gatorade All Pro Series. He has one career NASCAR Winston Cup Bud Pole start at Bristol in the 1997 Goody's 500 and he started outside front row in the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Food City 500.
Wallace has one NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Bud Pole start at Bristol in the 1992 Food City 250 and one series victory in the 1994 Food City 250 driving a Ford.
Also returning for his first start with the series in 2001 will be Freddie Query, the 1998 Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring National Champion.
Query has made only three starts with the series since winning his championship in '98 but those starts have been impressive. He started on the Bud Pole in all three starts, finishing fifth, ninth and 27th in this event last year after being involved in an accident. One of Query's three Bud Pole starts was this event last year with a time of 15.708 secs (122.154 mph). Several new drivers with the series in 2001 will compete on the highbanks of Bristol for the first time in their racing careers.
"Fast Eddie" Mercer, who hails from Pensacola, Fla., and competed for the first time in his racing career on a superspeedway this year is definitely looking toward his first trip to Bristol Motor Speedway. "This is the first year my team has compete full-time with a touring division so I have never competed on a high banked track like Bristol," commented Mercer, a winner at Montgomery Motor Speedway earlier this year. "I practiced at Bristol about four years ago so actual race conditions this time around will be new for my team."
"Some might not be excited about finishing third in any race but for this team to run third in our first superspeedway race was a great feeling," continued Mercer.
A strong battle is ensuing among an outstanding field of Wireway/Husky Corp. Rookie-of-the-Year drivers and Bristol could be instrumental in that competition. Only one of this year's contenders has competed at Bristol.
Jody Lavender who made this event one of his four starts in 2000 started 23rd and finished 28th. Other top rookie contenders making their first start at Bristol will be Charlie Bradberry, Richie Beasley, Roger Parker, Wayne Bowen, Chris Fontaine and Michael Britt.
Action for the Charter Communications 250 gets underway on Wednesday, August 22 with Gatorade All Pro practice starting at 11:30 with two practice sessions.
Qualifying will take place at 5:00 pm with the Charter Communications 250 taking the green flag at 8:30 pm.
The Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring is one of nine NASCAR Touring Series that blanket the United States, bringing special events to many NASCAR Weekly Racing Series tracks and 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 R. J. Reynolds, Anheuser-Busch, Featherlite Trailers, Goody's Headache Powders, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Raybestos Brakes and RE/MAX International, Incorporated.