WHAT: THE KENTUCKY 150 presented by THE LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Race 7 of 16 Events WHERE: Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Ky. 1.5-mile oval WHEN: Saturday, June 15 2001 DISTANCE: 100 Laps (150...
WHAT: THE KENTUCKY 150 presented by THE LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Race 7 of 16 Events
WHERE: Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Ky. 1.5-mile oval
WHEN: Saturday, June 15 2001
DISTANCE: 100 Laps (150 Miles)
POSTED AWARDS: $95,550
FIELD: 40 Cars. Thirty-five starting positions will be determined through two laps of qualifying. Positions 36 - 37 will be available to any driver in the top 30 2001 Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Championship point standings who has not qualified for one of the original 35 positions, provided eligible driver attempts to qualify in qualifying events. Provisional positions 38 - 39 are available to any top 30 car owner in the current 2001 points standing who has not qualified for one of the original 35 positions and provisional position 40 will be for a past champion who ran in 2000 on the series. Official points standing and not time trial speed will determine these positions.
SANCTION: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR)
PROMOTER: Kentucky Speedway, LLC
FRIDAY, JUNE 15 2001 11:00 a.m. - Registration Opens and Haulers Park 9:00 a.m. Garage Opens/Inspection Begins 12:00 p.m. - Inspection begins 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Practice 3:00 a.m. - Mandatory Rookie Meeting/Qualifying Draw 2:00 p.m. - Qualifying (All Positions - 2 Laps) 4:00 p.m. - 4:55 p.m. Gatorade All Pro Practice 6:30 p.m. - Driver/Crew Chief Meeting 9:00 p.m. - Garage Closes 9:00 p.m. - Kentucky 150 Green Flag
THE RACE: The Kentucky 150 presented by The Lexington Herald-Leader will be race 7 of 16 races on the 2001 Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Schedule. Cautions will count towards total laps and the race can end with a checkered flag or a green-white-checkered situation.
RECORDS: DRIVER DATE TIME/SPEED Qualifying: Brian Smith June 16 2000 35.991 Secs/150.038 mph 100-Lap: Billy Bigley Jr. June 16 2000 1 Hr. 22 Mins. 09 Secs, 111.747 mph
EVENT REVIEW: This 2000 event had a twisted ending. Wayne Anderson led 51 of 102 laps run, took the checkered flag then was disqualified as the race winner when his car failed post-race technical inspection. The win went to 2000 Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Champion Billy Bigley Jr. The largest crowd to ever witness a Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring event, 36,210, witnessed a touch battle that involved 12 lead changes among seven drivers. Jeff Fultz grabbed the point at the green Brian Smith but had to exit the event on lap 6, taking his car to the garage for repairs. Bigley also had to make some adjustments in the pits which cost him track position. He was able to work his way back to the front with others making pit stops for tires. Then when two late race cautions bunched the field Bigley was able to change tires. With fresh rubber he worked his way back into contention but had to settle for second at the checkered flag. That second place at the checkered gave him the victory after Anderson's car failed post race technical inspection.
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Stats: 100-Lap Race
Kentucky Speedway Bud Pole: Brian Smith 1. Billy Bigley Jr. Time of Race: 1 Hr. 22 Mins. 09 Secs 2. Gary Terry Average Speed: 111.747 mph 3. Lee Tissot Margin of Victory: .248 Secs. 4 Ken Weaver Caution Flags: 4 For 24 Laps 5. Benny Gordon Lap Leader: Brian Smith, Pole; Jeff Fultz, 1; 6. Greg Pope Smith, 2-3; Fultz, 4-5; Billy Bigley Jr., 6-23; 7. Ryan Crane Scott Carlson, 24-34; Bigley, 35-43; Carlson, 44; 8. A. J. Frank Ken Weaver, 45; Kevin Prince, 46; Wayne 9. Casey Yunick Anderson, 47-66; Bigley, 67-71; Anderson, 72-102. 10. Tina Gordon
NOTES OF INTEREST:
(1) This event saw Brian Smith win his second Bud Pole Award with the Gatorade All Pro Series.
(2) Bigley's victory helped propel him to his first ever NASCAR Touring Series Championship.
(3) A strong contingent of Wireway/Husky Corp. Rookie-of- the-Year drivers will be making their first start on a superspeedway.
(4) For this event all cars will run a restrictor plate.