SPARTA, Ky. (June 19, 2004) - The NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southeast Series completed the first half of its 2004 schedule Friday, with the Kentucky 150 presented by Insight Communications at the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway. 2002 Southeast ...
SPARTA, Ky. (June 19, 2004) - The NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southeast Series completed the first half of its 2004 schedule Friday, with the Kentucky 150 presented by Insight Communications at the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway. 2002 Southeast Series champion Jeff Fultz (No. 54 C&C Boiler Chevrolet) notched his second win of the season and took over the series' points lead in the process. Fultz now leads Jason Hogan (No. 92 Universal Chevrolet/Hogan Motorsports Chevrolet) by four points in the standings.
* Auto Meter rookie class enjoys successful night ... Auto Meter rookie of the year contender Chris Davidson (No. 41 Royal Purple Chevrolet) finished second to Fultz at Kentucky, the best finish of his fledgling Southeast Series career. Davidson, of Pearland, Tex., led a trio of rookies who finished in the top five. J.R. Norris (No. 5 Victor Ford/Ebsco Printing Chevrolet) finished third and another Texan, Robert Richardson (No. 33 Richardson Racing Chevrolet), was fourth.
* Car switch pays off for Richardson ... Richardson's fourth-place finish at Kentucky was, by far, the best of his Southeast Series career. Through the first five races of the season, Richardson's best previous finish was 10th at the season-opener in Nashville, Tenn. One difference may have been Richardson's race car, a backup car he used for the first time this year. Due to damage sustained to their primary car at Nashville Superspeedway June 11, Richardson's team brought a different car to Kentucky. The backup, a used Hamke Chassis that was once driven by Coy Gibbs when he competed in the series during the 1990s, helped Richardson race in the top five throughout the Kentucky 150.
* Kevin Prince continues top-five streak ... Kevin Prince (No. 1 Land O Frost Chevrolet) recorded his third consecutive top-five finish on Friday. Overall, it was Prince's fourth top-five finish of the season. At this rate, Prince is on track for a career year in the Southeast Series. Prince, a Wilmington, N.C. native who has raced with the series since 1995, had never recorded more than three top-five finishes in any previous season.
* Fultz out front ... Fultz, who led laps 14-107 of the Kentucky 150, has now led 263 laps this season. The Southeast Series has raced 807 total laps through six events, meaning Fultz's No. 54 C&C Boiler Chevrolet has been out in front for nearly one-third of all laps this season.
* Next stop: Lanier National Speedway ... The Southeast Series next event is July 1 at Lanier National Speedway, a 3/8-mile oval in Braselton, Ga. After two consecutive superspeedway events, the return to short track racing could be a welcome sight for Hogan, who raced in Lanier's Super Late Model division before tackling the Southeast Series in 1999. The big tracks have not been kind to Hogan - after claiming his first two Southeast Series wins on short tracks, at Hickory (N.C.) Speedway and Houston (Tex.) Motorsports Park, Hogan finished 11th at Nashville Superspeedway and 12th at Kentucky. The results dropped him out of the points lead but a return to his home track may be just what Hogan needs to get his championship effort back on track. The July 1 event marks the Southeast Series' first visit to Lanier since May 2000.