SES: Lomesome Pine: Inaugural event preview

Stars and cars of Hills Bros. All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring make inaugural visit to Lonesome Pine Raceway. COEBURN, VA. (June 19 2002) - It is back to the bullrings of grass roots racing on June 29 for drivers on the Hills Bros. All Pro Series,...

Stars and cars of Hills Bros. All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring make inaugural visit to Lonesome Pine Raceway.

COEBURN, VA. (June 19 2002) - It is back to the bullrings of grass roots racing on June 29 for drivers on the Hills Bros. All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring when they make their inaugural appearance at Lonesome Pine Raceway, in Coeburn, for the running of the Kinzer Drilling 200.

NASCAR's only Late Model Touring Division in the south has had back-to-back races on superspeedways in Lebanon, Tn. and Sparta, Ky. in their last two outings with the 3/8-mile facility at Coeburn the smallest track the series will compete on in 2002.

Charlie Bradberry, Chelsea, Al., the 2001 rookie of the year, is off to a very fast start in 2002 and leads the series points entering this event with a 42 point edge over second place driver Jeff Fultz. Bradberry is the only driver on the series to complete 100 percent of the laps run and in five races is the only driver to have four top five and five top ten finishes.

"This is the kind of track that everyone on the series cut their teeth racing on,"said Jeff Fultz, one of the longtime veterans of the series who has competed on just about every size track in the south. "Lanier National Speedway is another short track where so many drivers have turned laps over the years and a track that has been a mainstay on the Hills Bros. All Pro Series over the years.

"There will certainly have to be adjustments made coming from a 1.5-mile superspeedway to a 3/8-mile oval but for race fans they will see great racing action with this series," commented Stanley Smith, a NASCAR Champion in 1989.

The series has run five races with three different drivers winning Bud Poles and four drivers winning races. Only Toby Porter has won twice this year.

"I like the bullrings," commented Eddie Mercer who is fresh off a win at Kentucky Speedway. "I have raced nothing but short tracks in the south until I started touring with the Hills Bros. All Pro Series on a regular basis. There will be fender rubbing happening but Lonesome Pine will be new to every driver in the field so racing action will be wide open for 200-laps. Getting the right set up on the car will be important because the series has not run on a track this size since June 2000."

"Also we have been running with restrictor plates in the last two races which changes so much and especially the motor program," continued Mercer.

Early season points leader David Reutimann was raised on the short track in Florida and he is looking forward to this race to turn things around for him. He car had the engine let go at Kentucky after entering the event only one point behind Bradberry. With his 30th place finish he now trails Bradberry by 88 points.

"We need to get out of this month of June," quipped Reutimann. "The last time my car had an engine let go was at Montgomery in June 2001."

Rookie-of-the-year candidates in 2002 hail from San Antonio, Tx. to Candia, N. H., and the competition for that honor has been tight. Jason Hogan of Cleveland, Ga. is leading that standings but the other four candidates are right on his heals. These drivers have tremendous talent and all five are ranked in the top 20 in series points.

Action gets underway at Lonesome Pine Raceway for the Hills Bros. All Pro Series drivers on June 29 when the garage opens at 9:00 am. Practice will be from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm with qualifying starting at 6:00 pm. The top 27 qualifiers will have their starting position locked in. The Kinzer Drilling 200 is set to fire off at 8:30 pm.

For information on ticket prices contact the Lonesome Pine Raceway at 276-395-5001.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers David Reutimann , Jeff Fultz , Charlie Bradberry , Eddie Mercer