<pre> 2000 Slim Jim All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Race Facts WHAT: Cintas 200 WHERE: Greenville-Pickens Speedway, Greenville, S.C., 0.500-mile oval WHEN: Saturday, August 12, 8:00 p.m. DISTANCE: 200 laps (100 miles) POSTED...
<pre> 2000 Slim Jim All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Race Facts
WHAT: Cintas 200 WHERE: Greenville-Pickens Speedway, Greenville, S.C., 0.500-mile oval WHEN: Saturday, August 12, 8:00 p.m. DISTANCE: 200 laps (100 miles) POSTED AWARDS: $48,350 (including $3,000 Slim Jim All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Championship point fund money.)
FIELD: 32 cars. Fastest 27 cars through time trials (2 laps). Five provisional starting positions, including either four or five based on the current Slim Jim All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring point standings and possibly one provisional position for a former champion of the series who will have also raced in a series points event in 1999.
SANCTION: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR)
SCHEDULE: Hauler Parking & Registration 9:00 a.m. Inspection Begins 10:00 a.m. Mandatory Rookie Drivers' Meeting 12:00 p.m. Practice 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Mandatory Drivers' Meeting 3:15 p.m. Bud Pole Qualifying, 2 laps, all positions 6:00 p.m. Cintas 200 Racing Program 8:00 p.m.
THE RACE: The Cintas 200 is the 11th of 17 races on the Slim Jim All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring 2000 schedule. This race is the second race at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in 2000 for the series' competitors. This race represents the 20th visit since 1991 to Greenville-Pickens Speedway for Slim Jim All Pro Series drivers.
1999 REVIEW: Billy Bigley, Jr. ran down Jeff Fultz in the late stages of the Upper State Fair 200 to capture a $7,900 win. Eventual 1999 Slim Jim All Pro Series Champion Wayne Anderson also got by Fultz to nab the runnerup spot. Fultz held on for third ahead of David Reutimann and Ron Young. Ten drivers completed all 200 laps while 22 of 34 starters were running at the finish. Bigley completed the race in one hour, 52 minutes and 38 seconds and his winning average speed was a slow 53.270 mph, no doubt a result of 14 caution flags for 80 laps. There were three lead changes amongst four drivers and Greer, S.C.'s Steven Howard led the first 100 laps from the Bud Pole position. In addition to Bigley and Fultz, Brian Smith was the only other driver to lead laps in the race.
RECORDS Qualifying: Rick Crawford, Mobile, Ala., Ford, 19.325 secs., 93.144 mph, 8/5/95 200 lap: Mike Cope, Pinellas Park, Fla., Olds, 1 hr., 20 mins., 57 secs. 74.11 mph, 8/7/93
NOTES OF INTEREST · Easley, S.C.'s Randy Gentry and Greer, S.C.'s Steven Howard, both former weekly drivers at Greenville-Pickens, can both use a strong finish at their "home track." Neither driver has been satisfied with his results so far in 2000. · Previous Bud Pole winners at Greenville-Pickens include Steve Holzhausen, Gary Balough, Hal Goodson, Donnie Bishop, Mike Cope (2), Marty Ward, Shane Hall, Billy Bigley, Jr. (3), Rick Crawford, Toby Porter, Mardy Lindley, Derrick Gilchrist (3), Randy Gentry and Steven Howard. · Previous race winners at Greenville-Pickens Speedway include Mike Garvey, Gary Balough, Jason Keller, Donnie Bishop, Jody Ridley (2), Mike Cope (3), Shane Hall, Toby Porter (2), Hal Goodson (2), Dick Anderson, Derrick Gilchrist, Lee Tissot and Billy Bigley, Jr. (2) · Bigley two Greenville-Pickens wins came in 1999. · A press conference featuring many of the top drivers in the Slim Jim All Pro Series will be held on Friday evening, August 11, at the Holiday Inn in Greenville on Augusta Road. Activities are slated to get underway at 7:00 p.m.
STAT OF THE WEEK: Billy Bigley, Jr. and Lee Tissot are the only previous Greenville race winners expected to enter the Cintas 200 while Bigley, Randy Gentry and Steven Howard are the only former Greenville Bud Pole Award winners likely to try to grab another pole award.
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