Goodson Showing Consistency in Slim Jim All Pro Series Daytona Beach, Fla. - August 24, 1998 - When the drivers in the Slim Jim All Pro Series, part of NASCAR's Touring Division, roll in to Louisville Motor Speedway this Friday for the $54,200...
Goodson Showing Consistency in Slim Jim All Pro Series
Daytona Beach, Fla. - August 24, 1998 - When the drivers in the Slim Jim All Pro Series, part of NASCAR's Touring Division, roll in to Louisville Motor Speedway this Friday for the $54,200 BellSouth 300, defending Series Champion Hal Goodson will be looking for a repeat win and will also be looking to extend his top two finishing streak to six races in a row. Since the Darlington, S.C. native finished second at Myrtle Beach Speedway on June 13, essentially his home track, he has reeled off three more second place finishes and his first win of 1998 at Caraway Speedway on August 8. In the process he has closed the gap on points leader Freddie Query to just 32 points. Query led the Slim Jim All Pro Series point standings by as many as 170 points just a couple of races ago. There are some striking similarities between Goodson's title chase last year and the current point battle this year. Goodson trailed Milford, Oh.'s Jeff Fultz entering the Louisville race by 66 points, then narrowed the gap to 41 points after picking up his lone 1997 win at the tricky 7/16 mile track. With just 32 points separating Query and Goodson if Goodson can secure his third win at Louisville in as many tries he could close the gap further, or possibly move to the top of the standings. Goodson certainly seems to have a handle on the Louisville layout. He won in 1995, did not participate in 1996, then repeated his '95 finish in 1997. Two wins in two tries leaves the Citadel graduate thinking three-peat. The Fain Enterprises team has gelled over the last few races and Goodson attributes much of the team's success to the addition of crew member Jimmy King. "The entire Fain Enterprises team has been doing a great job this year. When Jimmy King came on board it seemed to complete the package. Jimmy was Jeff Fultz's crew chief last year and we battled with their team to the last lap of the last race to ultimately win the championship. Jimmy and crew chief David Honney are working very well together and everything is going in the right direction," stated Goodson. Buoyed by solid sponsorship from Nortel/Northern Telecom, Goodson appears to be a formidable candidate to secure a third series championship. Query and his Greased Lightning Cleaner Degreaser team will continue to pose an obstacle to Goodson's championship quest. With six wins in 12 races Query is likely to get back on track and be in the hunt for race wins after two recent disappointing outings. Should either of these hard chargers falter Raleigh, N.C.'s Derrick Gilchrist, Sugar Hill, Ga.'s Steven Christian and Naples, Fla.'s Billy Bigley, Jr. are all within striking distance. Christian is the only winless driver of the top five drivers and a win at Louisville would likely please race sponsor BellSouth, which also serves as Christian's team sponsor. Bud Pole Qualifying for the BellSouth 300 gets underway at 2:30 p.m., and with the track having been repaved over the offseason, the track record previously established by Louisville native Scot Walters is in jeopardy.
An autograph session with the Slim Jim All Pro Series drivers will be held from 6:15 p.m. until 6:45 p.m., preceding Bud Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers which will get underway at 7:00 p.m.
The green flag will wave on the BellSouth 300 at 8:30 p.m. The race will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on Fox SportsChannel Ohio on October 1 at 8:00 p.m. and October 2 at Noon, Fox Sports South on September 18 at 8:00 p.m. and September 23 at 1:00 a.m. and The Sunshine Network on September 22 at 10:00 p.m. and September 23 at 4:00 a.m.
Air dates and times for Home Team Sports are still to be determined.
1998 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Race Facts
WHAT: BellSouth 300
WHERE: Louisville Motor Speedway, Louisville, Ky., 0.438 mile oval
WHEN: Friday, August 28, 1998, 8:30 p.m.
DISTANCE: 300 laps (131.25 miles)
POSTED AWARDS: $54,200
TV/RADIO: Tape delayed Fox SportsChannel Ohio, October 1 at 8:00 p.m. and October 2 at Noon, Fox Sports South, Sept. 18 at 8:00 p.m. and Sept. 23 at 1:00 a.m. The Sunshine Network, Sept. 22 at 10:00 p.m. and Sept. 23 at 4:00 a.m. Air dates and times for Home Team Sports are still to be determined.
FIELD: 32 cars. Starting positions 1-26 will be determined by time trials (2 laps). Positions 27-30 will be available to any of the top 30 eligible drivers in the current 1998 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Championship point standings, who have entered the event, but have not qualified for one of the original 26 starting spots. Positions 31 and 32 have been established for up to two additional starting positions which will be available to any of the top 10 drivers in the current 1998 Louisville Motor Speedway Late Model track point standings, who have not qualified for one of the original 26 starting positions, provided eligible driver attempts to qualify. 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: Louisville Motor Speedway and Associates, LLC.
SCHEDULE: Team Hauler Parking 7:00 a.m. Registration & Inspection 8:00 a.m. Mandatory Rookie Drivers' Meeting 10:00 a.m. Practice 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Time Trials (2 laps, all positions) 2:30 p.m. Mandatory Drivers' Meeting 5:30 p.m. Drivers' Autograph Session 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. BellSouth 300 8:30 p.m.
THE RACE: The BellSouth 300 is the 13th race on the 19-race 1998 Slim Jim All Pro Series Schedule. This race represents the fourth year in a row that the Slim Jim All Pro Series will compete at the 0.438 mile oval.
Track Qual. Record: Scot Walters, Louisville, Ky., Chevrolet, 14.864 secs., 105.840 mph, 8/17/96
Fastest Avg. Speed: Hank Parker, Jr., Denver, N.C., Chevrolet, 1 hr., 55 mins., 15 secs., 68.329 mph, 8/17/96
1997 Review: Darlington, S.C.'s Hal Goodson, after falling one lap down, roared back to pick up his first and only win of 1997. Milford, Oh.'s Jeff Fultz picked up his first career Bud Pole Award in this event and led the first 116 laps until choosing to pit. Hank Parker, Jr. then assumed command until lap 151 when he and the other leaders pitted. Goodson then took the lead and never looked back enroute to his fourth career win. Rounding out the top five were David Reutimann, Steven Christian, Ron Young and polesitter Fultz.
NOTES OF INTEREST
* Local drivers, pre-entered and capable of running up front with the Slim Jim All Pro Series regulars, include Keith Gardner, Joe Williamson and Chuck Winders.
* Should Goodson win the BellSouth 300 he would be three-for-three at Louisville. In addition to last year's victory he also won in 1995. Goodson did not enter the 1996 event. Goodson also earned the Slim Jim All Pro Series points championship in '95 and '97.
* The Slim Jim All Pro Series drivers will participate in an autograph session in front of the main grandstands from 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., just prior to Bud Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series which will get underway at 7:00 p.m.
* This event represents the fourth of five events that the Slim Jim All Pro Series runs in conjunction with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
* Louisville, Ky. native Scot Walters, now a Cintas-Rookie-of-the-Year candidate in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, picked up his first and only Bud Pole Award in Slim Jim All Pro Series competition at Louisville on August 17, 1996. Walters holds the track record for Slim Jim All Pro Series cars. He toured the 7/16 mile oval in a time of 14.864 seconds equating to an average speed of 105.840 mph.
STAT OF THE WEEK: Defending Slim Jim All Pro Series Champion Hal Goodson is the hottest driver on the series right now. The driver of the Nortel/Northern Telecom Chevrolet has one win and four additional second place finishes in the last five races.
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