Daytona Beach, Fla. (August 2 2002) - The Hills Bros. All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring teams and drivers will have their nose to the grindstone for a week and a half starting with the CINTAS 200 on Saturday, August 17 at Greenville-Pickens (SC) ...
Daytona Beach, Fla. (August 2 2002) - The Hills Bros. All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring teams and drivers will have their nose to the grindstone for a week and a half starting with the CINTAS 200 on Saturday, August 17 at Greenville-Pickens (SC) Speedway with many drivers arriving early to participate in the Second Annual Shriner's Children's Hospital Golf Tournament on Friday before the CINTAS 200.
Then four days after the CINTAS 200, drivers and teams will make their way to Bristol (TN) Motor Speedway for the Charter/Hardee's 250 on Wednesday evening, August 21.
The second Annual Hills Bros. All Pro Series Golf Tournament will take place on Friday at Green Valley Country Club in Greenville as a charity tournament for the Greenville Shriner's Children's Hospital. Thirty-six teams have registered for the tournament that will have a shotgun start at 9:00 am on Friday.
With the golf tournament completed, drivers and teams will get down to business on Saturday at Greenville-Pickens Speedway for a 200-lap event that will take the green flag at 8:00 pm.
Wayne Anderson won three consecutive events at Greenville-Pickens but the Wildwood, Fla. driver no longer competes with the series, meaning a new name will surface in the Greenville-Pickens Speedway winner's circle for the fall event.
One of the favorites has to be hometown driver Toby Porter, driving the Baird Transportation/Mac's Auto Glass Chevrolet. Porter has three wins at the historic half-mile oval, more than any other current driver with the series. Porter won the spring event here then won the next event at Birmingham.
After missing the first race of the season Porter has been a strong contender on the series and currently is 11th in series points after eight races. He has two wins to his credit along with two top five and three top ten finishes.
"We were very fortunate to have Troy Beard come on board with our team," said Porter from his shop right across from the racetrack. "After our win here in April he was really pumped about what we can do and said order a speedway car. We are going to Nashville and Kentucky. And we did. We didn't do that well because the car was so new and finished a lap off the pace in both events but we will be in our short track car at Greenville and things will be different. We won here in the spring and we can win here in the fall.
Other local favorites who could do very well on their home track are Randy Gentry and Steven Howard. But not to be overlooked is 2000 Hills Bros. All Pro Series Champion Billy Bigley Jr. who had back-to-back wins here in 1999 and 2000.
Thirty-two drivers will take the green flag Saturday evening at 8:00 pm. In the CINTAS 200.
Four days later series drivers will check in at the fast .533-mile high banked Bristol Motor Speedway for the Charter/Hardee's 250 that will also see 32 cars in the starting field. The race should take the green flag at 8:30 pm Wednesday evening.
This will be the eighth series event at Bristol dating back to 1994 that has seen seven different drivers stop in victory lane. Jeff Fultz is the defending champion of this race taking the lead only 12 laps from the end when race leader Kevin Prince was involved in an accident with slower traffic coming off turn two.
Last year Bristol was not kind to David Reutimann who led the first 163 before exiting the event when the rearend failed on his car. Then Prince had his trouble and both drivers failed in their bid to earn their first career win. Reutimann resolved that fact earlier this year winning at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway.
Benny Gordan will make the Bristol race a personal endeavor for his team dedicating the race to the nine rescued coal miners in the Somerset, Pa. mine disaster. "My late grandfather was a miner just as those guys are," said Gordon, "so I am very familiar with what their families were going through during those dreadful days."
Gordon, a native of Dubois, Pa., has four crew members, also from Dubois, so they just wanted to do something for their fellow Pennsylvanians.