Subject: NSJAPS Event #16, Five Flags Speedway
Expected Entries Five Flags Speedway NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro 200 - September 13, 1997
# Driver Hometown Sponsor/Make/Model 00 #David Reutimann Zephyrhills, FL Sunstate Recycling Chevrolet Monte Carlo 03 Ken Alexander Central, SC Greased Lightning Cleaner Degreaser Chevrolet Monte Carlo 0 Steven Christian Sugar Hill, GA BellSouth Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1 Tracy Goodson Pensacola, FL Tracy's Sports Bar & Grill/Port City/ Professional Air of Pensacola Chevy 2 Steve Allison Snellville, GA Aucnet/Trammell Truck Sales/Oakbrook Homes Chevrolet Monte Carlo 4 Ron Young Conyers, GA Kendall Motor Oil/Heroes Super Cleaner Chevrolet Monte Carlo 6 #Billy Deckman Kansas City, MO Owens Corning Ford Thunderbird 14 Larry Raines Cumming, GA JaniKing/Schaeffer's Lubricants Chevrolet Monte Carlo 15 #Carl Long Roxboro, NC Austin Snack Crackers Chevrolet Monte Carlo 16 Hal Goodson Darlington, SC Greased Lightning Cleaner Degreaser Chevrolet Monte Carlo 17 George Ingole Lakeland, FL Freezer Radiator Cooling Agent Chevrolet Monte Carlo 18 Robert Powell Moncks Corner, SC Southern Insurance Agency Chevrolet Monte Carlo 19 #Steven Howard Greer, SC Bobby Wood Chevrolet/A&R Auto Parts Chevrolet Monte Carlo 20 #Ricky Sanders Stockbridge, GA Moody Bros. Jewelers/Moore Bros. Constr. Pontiac Grand Prix 21 #Steve Mendenhall Raleigh, NC CR Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 24 Mike Harmon Birmingport, AL Lonesome Pine Timber Co./Sierra Contracting Chevrolet Monte Carlo 25 Dick Anderson Wildwood, FL Porter Cable Power Tools Chevrolet Monte Carlo 26 Keith White Higginsville, MO Bayer Agricultural/Advantage Adulticide/ Performance Corner Chevrolet 27 Derrick Gilchrist Raleigh, NC Fairfield Inns/Tarheel Wood Treating/ BB&T Bank Chevrolet Monte Carlo 28 Billy Bigley, Jr. Naples, FL Budweiser/Royal Purple/Bilstein Chevrolet Monte Carlo 30 Jeff Fultz Milford, OH JaniKing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 33 Conrad Burr Concord, NC Southeastern Industrial Plating/ Burr Construction Chevrolet Monte Carlo 36 Rick Roller Sharpsburg, GA Roller Racing Pontiac Grand Prix 38 John Crow Concord, NC C&C Boilers/Cleaver Brooks Chevrolet Monte Carlo 39 #Carl Hedin, Jr. Miami, FL Sunrise Paint & Body Pontiac Grand Prix 40 Skip Pannell Albany, GA Florida Auto Auction/ Acord & Sons Auctioneers Chevrolet Monte Carlo 43 #Bobby Hamilton, Jr. Charleston, SC Coastal Power Clean Pontiac Grand Prix 48 Brett Oakley Middletown, OH Mar-Flex Waterproofing Systems Chevrolet Monte Carlo 53 Robert Burroughs Laurel, MS Burroughs Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 72 Eddie Mercer Pensacola, FL Fast Eddie's Speed Center/Mercer's Wholesale Cars Chevrolet 74 Nipper Alsup Mooresville, NC Lift Services Wire Rope Specialists Chevrolet Monte Carlo 79 #Spanks Overbeck Cincinnati, OH AutoLine Racing/Courtesy Chev./Aramark Uniforms Chevrolet M.C. 86 Hank Parker, Jr. Denver, NC Delco Voyager Batteries/Duragloss/NGK Chevrolet Monte Carlo 87 Kevin Prince Wilmington, NC Mega Power Chevrolet Monte Carlo 88 Scott Sutherland Jefferson, GA Nortel/Northern Telecom Pontiac Grand Prix 91 #Kevin Horton Suwanee, GA Wattyl Paints/Magbee Contractors Supply Chevrolet Monte Carlo 96 Dan Matthews Raleigh, NC Lacy Buffaloe Construction/ John Boy & Billy Big Show Chevrolet M.C. 98 #Sean Studer Concord, NC Old El Paso Mexican Style Foods Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Total - 38
# denotes Port City Racing Rookie of the Year Candidate
09 Randy Gentry Greenville, SC United Coatings Chevrolet Monte Carlo 12 John Covan Cumming, GA Reb-Co Racing Products/ Outlaw Disc Brakes Chevrolet Monte Carlo 38 Jeep Pflum Cincinnati, OH St. Jude's Childrens' Research Hospital Chevrolet Monte Carlo
1997 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Race Facts
WHAT: NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro 200 WHERE: Five Flags Speedway, Pensacola, FL, 0.500 paved oval WHEN: Saturday night, September 13, 1997, 8:00 p.m. DISTANCE: 200 laps (100 miles) POSTED AWARDS: $43,950 TV/RADIO: None
FIELD: 36 cars. Starting positions 1-32 will be determined by time trials= (2 laps). =20 Positions 33-36 will be available to any of the top 30 eligible drivers in= the=20 current 1997 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Championship point standings,=20 who have entered the event, but have not qualified for one of the original= 32=20 starting positions. If a starting position(s) remains unfilled, then that= starting=20 position(s) will become available to the next eligible car from the= qualifying=20 procedure for the event.
SANCTION: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR)
PROMOTER: Five Flags Speedway
CONTACTS: Jim Noltimier, NASCAR, (770) 486-3591 Terry Spears, Five Flags Speedway, (904) 944-0480
SCHEDULE: Team Hauler Parking 9:00 a.m. Registration & Inspection 10:00 a.m. Practice 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Mandatory Drivers' Meeting 4:15 p.m. Time Trials (2 laps) 6:00 p.m. Pensacola 200 8:00 p.m. approx.
THE RACE: The NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro 200 is the 16th of 20 races on the 1997 series schedule. With this facility being a mainstay on the series schedule since 1991 expect series veterans to do quite well. This event was originally scheduled for July 19 but was postponed due to Hurricane Danny's presence in the area.
RECORDS: Track Qual. Record: Eddie Mercer, Pensacola, FL, Chevrolet, 17.206 secs., 104.614 mph, 5/24/96
Fastest Avg. Speed: (200 lap) Ron Young, Conyers, GA, Chevrolet, 1 hr., 22 mins., 38 secs., 72.904 mph, 5/24/96 (250 lap) Bobby Gill, Dalton, GA, Chevrolet, 2 hrs., 17 mins., 28 secs., 59.109 mph, 3/24/91 (324 lap) Rich Bickle, Edgerton, WI, Chevrolet, 2 hrs., 53 mins., 37secs., 55.99 mph, 12/3/91
1996 REVIEW: Conyers, GA's Ron Young picked up the win last year and established the race record in the process. The driver of the Kendall Motor Oil/Heroes Super Cleaner Chevrolet bested Wildwood, FL's Wayne Anderson, Pensacola, FL's Tracy Goodson, Snellville, GA's Steve Allison and Mobile, AL's Rick Crawford. Another Pensacola resident, Eddie Mercer, established the track qualifying record during this event.
NOTES OF INTEREST: ? An overflow field of cars is expected for this 200 lap event which carries a maximum starting field of 36 racers.
? NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series drivers that have visited victory lane at Five Flags Speedway reads like a who's who of short track superstars. Bobby Gill (4 times), Jody Ridley, Rich Bickle, Toby Porter and Ron Young have all been victorious at Five Flags.
? Conyers, GA's Young is the only previous Five Flags winner that is pre-entered for this event.
? Local drivers such as Eddie Mercer, Tracy Goodson and Jr. Niedecken should be expected to enter this event although they have not filed pre-entries.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 7, 1997
NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Season Winding Down
DAYTONA BEACH, FL- With just one fourth of the 20 race 1997 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series schedule remaining the points battle is shaping up to be undecided until the checkered flag waves on the final season event in Homestead, FL on November 8. Milford, OH's Jeff Fultz is the current series points leader, and has held that distinction since the seventh race of the season. Fultz's margin has been as high as 97 points over former series champion Hal Goodson but Goodson has shaved 24 points off of Fultz's lead, and Conyers, GA's Ron Young is just 12 points behind Goodson in third. Fultz has been the model of consistency in '97 having produced one win, seven top five and 13 top 10 finishes in 15 starts. Goodson and Young continue to pursue the sophomore standout after notching recent top five finishes. Before any of these top three series drivers, or any other series driver that may make a late season points charge, can think about championship champagne showers, they must first get through the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro 200 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL. As with all events on the '97 schedule thus far, an overflow field of entrants is expected and a few local hotshoes will attempt to defend their turf with vigor. Area drivers expected to participate in this 200 lap event include Eddie Mercer, the current NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Busch Pole qualifying record holder at Five Flags Speedway, Tracy Goodson and Jr. Niedecken. These late model pilots know the Five Flags facility well and will be using this race as an opportunity to get in some serious laps as a tuneup to the annual Snowball Derby which will be held later in the year at the 0.500 mile oval.
This event, the 16th on the series schedule, was originally scheduled for July 19, but was postponed due to the incursions of Hurricane Danny on the Gulf Coast on that weekend. The NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro 200 is scheduled for Saturday night,
September 13 and the activities on that date begin with Team Hauler Parking beginning at 9:00 a.m. followed by Registration & Inspection starting at 10:00 a.m. NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Practice will run from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and two lap Busch Pole Qualifying will get underway at 6:00 p.m. The green flag will drop on the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro 200 at approximately 8:00 p.m. ### In related news, a driver/car appearance is scheduled for Friday evening September 12 at Tracy's Sports Bar & Grill in Pensacola. Tracy's is one of Pensacola's newest eateries and is owned by part time NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series driver Tracy Goodson. The festivities will get underway after 5:00 p.m. and cars expected to be on display include Goodson's Professional Air of Pensacola/Port City Chevrolet, Carl Long's Austin Snack Crackers Chevrolet, Mike Harmon's Lonesome Pine Timber Co. Chevrolet and two or three additional series cars. This event will serve as the official grand opening of Tracy's and many series drivers are expected to attend and sign autographs in an informal, entertaining atmosphere. For more information on this event call Tracy's at (904) 476-4155 or tune in to WXBM 102.7 Country in the Pensacola area. WXBM 102.7 will be broadcasting live from Tracy's on Friday evening. -30- For further information contact NASCAR Public Relations at (770) 486-3591. jn