"Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex Albertson's/Greased Lightning 75 April 4, 1998"
WHAT: Homestead-Miami 50 WHERE: Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Comp., Homestead, FL, 1.5 mi. oval WHEN: Saturday, April 4, 1998, 12:00 p.m. DISTANCE: 50 laps (75 miles) POSTED AWARDS: $59,650 TV/RADIO: none
FIELD: 32 cars. Starting positions 1-28 will be determined by time trials (2 laps), positions 29-32 will be available to any of the top 30 eligible drivers in the final 1997 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Championship point standings, who have entered the event, but have not qualified for one of the original 28 starting positions. If a starting position(s) remains unfilled, then that starting position(s) will become available to the next eligible car from the qualifying procedure for the event.
SANCTION: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR)
PROMOTER: Homestead-Miami Speedway, LLC
Thursday, April 2 (Optional Day) Registration 9:00 a.m. Team Hauler Parking 11:00 a.m. Inspection (NO PRACTICE) 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday, April 3 Registration & Inspection 6:00 a.m. Drawing to determine order of qualifying 7:30 a.m. Mandatory Rookie Drivers' Meeting 7:30 a.m. Practice 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Time Trials (2 laps, all positions) 1:30 p.m. Final Practice (TIME PERMITTING) Following Time Trials Saturday, April 4 Garage opens 7:00 a.m. Mandatory Drivers' Meeting 10:00 a.m. Homestead-Miami 50 12:00 p.m.
THE RACE: The Homestead-Miami 50 is the second of 19 events on the 1997 series schedule. Consisting of 50 laps, the race will produce the highest per lap payout in 1998. The Series will return to the track for the season ending event, which will once again be 100 laps, equalling 150 miles.
1997 REVIEW: Mooresville, N.C.'s Nipper Alsup picked up his only career Slim Jim All Pro Series win in the 1997 season opener. Alsup grabbed the lead from Hank Parker, Jr. on lap 40 and held off the Denver, N.C. driver to win by 0.2 seconds. Alsup earned $7,100 for the victory. Parker held on for second over Derrick Gilchrist, Jeff Fultz and Shawn Hendricks.
NOTES OF INTEREST:
Scot Walters, Nipper Alsup and Hank Parker, Jr. have each won a series event at the 1.5 mile superspeedway. All have moved on to loftier NASCAR pursuits opening the door for a fourth winner in four events. Walters and Parker are running for rookie-of-the-year honors in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and Busch Series-Grand National Division, respectively. Alsup is now focusing his efforts on the NASCAR Winston West Series as well as an occasional start in the Craftsman Truck Series. The state of Florida is always well represented and this event will be no exception. Sunshine state drivers expected to compete include Jimmy Cope, David Reutimann, Billy Bigley, Jr., and Mike Franklin, Jr., as well as rookies Ronnie Burkett, Nevin Jenkins, Scott Bramlett and Carl Hedin, Jr.
STAT OF THE WEEK: A new points leader will emerge after the completion of this event. Wildwood, Fla.'s Wayne Anderson won the season opener at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. He is pursuing rookie-of-the-year honors in the Craftsman Truck Series and will be focusing his efforts on that event during the Homestead event. As a result he will likely surrender his points lead, but is expected to run selected Slim Jim All Pro Series events in 1998 with backing from his longtime sponsor Porter Cable Professional Power Tools.
New Winner To Be Crowned at Homestead
Daytona Beach, Fla. - When the cars and drivers of the Slim Jim All Pro Series, a NASCAR Touring Division, head south to Homestead, Fla. for the Homestead-Miami 50, a new winner will emerge at the completion of the 50 lap race at the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex. Scot Walters, Nipper Alsup and Hank Parker, Jr., each a winner in a Slim Jim All Pro Series event at the 1.5 mile superspeedway, have all "graduated" to loftier NASCAR pursuits. As a result, the lucky driver who comes away with a victory on April 4 will earn the distinction of being the fourth different winner in four Slim Jim All Pro Series contests at Homestead.
Wildwood, Fla.'s Wayne Anderson earned a hard-fought win in the series' season opener at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. By virtue of his win, the driver of the Porter Cable Power Tools Chevrolet sits on top of the Slim Jim All Pro Series point standings. Anderson is competing full time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 1998, while running selected Slim Jim All Pro Series events. His focus in 1998 is to win the Cintas Rookie-of-the-Year title in the trucks and he has chosen to run the Florida Dodge Dealers 400 at Homestead. He has opted to pass up the Slim Jim All Pro Series event, thus giving up the point lead in the late model touring series.
Mooresville, N.C.'s Freddie Query appears to be poised and ready to wrest the lead from Anderson as he currently resides in second place in the Slim Jim All Pro Series point standings. The driver of the W.J. Plemons Insurance Chevrolet has never competed at Homestead but the veteran late model campaigner should have no trouble figuring out the flat yet fast oval. Another driver with victory on his mind is Raleigh, N.C.'s Derrick Gilchrist. Gilchrist drives the Hamke Race Cars house car and is the only driver to have earned a top five finish in each of the three Homestead events. Sugar Hill, Ga.'s Steven Christian is the only other driver that is currently pre-entered that has earned a top five, having finished fourth in the Homestead 150 on November 2, 1996. Christian currently sits in fifth place in the point standings after winding up fifth at Volusia on February 2.
The rookie class of 1998 is laden with Florida residents and Sorrento, Fla.'s Ronnie Burkett leads Homosassa's Nevin Jenkins in the rookie points chase after the first event. St. Cloud, Fla.'s Scott Bramlett sits fifth in the rookie battle while Carl Hedin, Jr. of nearby Miami intends to register a strong run after failing to qualify for the season opener.
An overflow field of cars is expected to vie for Bud Pole honors and a starting berth in the 32 car field with qualifying set to begin at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 3. The green flag will wave on the Homestead-Miami 50 at high noon on Saturday, April 4, with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Florida Dodge Dealers 400 set to take the green flag shortly after the completion of the Slim Jim All Pro Series event.
Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex Homestead, FL 1.5 mile paved oval
Qualifying: Sean Studer, Concord, NC, Chevrolet, 37.572 secs., 143.724 mph, 11/8/97 (50 lap): Nipper Alsup, Mooresville, NC, Chevrolet, 5 0mins., 26 secs., 89.227 mph, 3/16/97 (100 lap): Hank Parker, Jr., Denver, NC, Chevy, 1 hour, 14 mins., 20 secs., 121.076 mph, 11/8/97