Scott Carlson dominates Hills Bros. All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring WHAS 150 at Kentucky Speedway. SPARTA, KY. (August 2002) - Scott Carlson dominated the Hills Bros. All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring WHAS 150 Saturday afternoon at Kentucky Speedway...
Scott Carlson dominates Hills Bros. All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring WHAS 150 at Kentucky Speedway.
SPARTA, KY. (August 2002) - Scott Carlson dominated the Hills Bros. All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring WHAS 150 Saturday afternoon at Kentucky Speedway leading 96 of 100 laps around the 1.5-mile oval.
Carlson left no doubt that his record shattering qualifying run on Friday of 34.335 secs (157.274 mph) was no fluke as his Advance Construction Services/Hamner Engines Pontiac was untouchable in an event that saw five cautions wave for 30 laps. Carlson erased the previous record held by Brian Smith of 34.591secs (156.111 mph) set in this event last year. Finishing behind the winner was Jeff Fultz, Toby Porter with his Baird Transportation/Mac's Auto Glass Chevrolet, David Reutimann with his Pennzoil Chevrolet and Ray Skillman with his Dupont/Kendall Ford. This was Skillman's career best finish with the series.
Carlson relinquished the top spot one time during the event when he pitted on lap 20 during the first caution period. Two-time Hills Bros. All Pro Series Champion Wayne Anderson stayed on the track assuming the lead for four laps.
"We took on gas only during that stop," said Carlson. "We knew our car was so strong over the first 19 laps so we wanted track position. We go that with that stop."
"This is such a great facility and the track gave us no problems at all. When we ran here in June, I finished fifth but this time we wanted to do better. And obviously when you can beat a strong field like we had today you have done something right."
Carlson's car was so strong and on every restart it did not take him long to widen his lead on Erik Darnell, Stanley Smith, Toby Porter and David Reutimann running in the top five.
After the half-way point in the 150-mile race, Jeff Fultz has his C & C Boiler/Cleaver Brooks Chevrolet on the move and closing on the front runners. He was running third by lap 65 and closed on Darnell when the Beach Park, ILL driver slowed for the lapped cars of Keith Gardner and Chad Bland. With Darnell behind the slower traffic, Fultz closed within two cars lengths then took second on lap 78.
With laps winding down, Darnell's car fell off the pace on lap 88 with transmission problems ending an excellent run for the young driver. Darnell's woes moved Fultz to second but the two-time winner at Kentucky was not able to challenge Carlson.
Rounding out the top ten finishers were Smith, Roger Parker, Gary Helton, with an excellent run in his first series start, Joe Aramendia, the top finishing rookie of the year candidate and Eddie Hoffman who started 37 after taking a provisional spot due to mechanical problems during qualifying on Friday.
Jeff Fultz took over the series points lead by 42 points with his second place finish with Bradberry falling to second with a 14th place finish. "Our car just didn't handle today for whatever reason," said a dejected Bradberry after the event. "We changed tires and that didn't help, we took out wedge and that didn't help, we changed air pressure and that didn't help. No matter what we tried nothing worked so we will just have to work hard and regain the points lead with four races remaing."
Carlson earned the Gatorade "FrontRunner" Award for leading the most laps and Aramendia was the top rookie-of-the-year finishers.
The next event for the Hills Bros. All Pro Series will be the Cintas 200 this Saturday evening at Greenville-Pickens (SC) Speedway.