On to Louisville Motor Speedway for a doubleheader with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series..."horse" power of a different variety! 1997 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Race Facts WHAT: Porter Cable Professional Power Tools 300 WHERE: ...
On to Louisville Motor Speedway for a doubleheader with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series..."horse" power of a different variety!
1997 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Race Facts
WHAT: Porter Cable Professional Power Tools 300 WHERE: Louisville Motor Speedway, Louisville, KY, 0.438 paved oval WHEN: Friday night, July 11, 1997, 8:30 p.m. DISTANCE: 300 laps (131.25 miles) POSTED AWARDS: $50,700 (Including $3,000 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Championship point fund money.) TV/RADIO: None
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 1997 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Championship point standings, and 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 1997 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. Official point standings and not time trial speed will determine these starting positions. *In the event either division's drivers do not use a provisional starting position, then that position will become available to the other division's drivers. If a starting position(s) still 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, Inc.
CONTACTS: Jim Noltimier, NASCAR, (770) 486-3591 Frank Scott, Louisville Motor Speedway, (502) 966-2277
SCHEDULE: Registration & Inspection 7:00 a.m. Mandatory Rookie Drivers' Meeting 11:00 a.m. Drawing to determine order of qualifying 11:00 a.m. Practice 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Time Trials (2 laps) 4:15 p.m. Mandatory Drivers' Meeting 5:30 p.m. Porter Cable Professional Power Tools 300 8:30 p.m. (approx.)
THE RACE: The Porter Cable Professional Power Tools 300 is the 11th of 20 races on the 1997 series schedule. Consisting of 300 laps, this event marks the beginning of the second half of the series schedule.
RECORDS: Track Qual. Record: Scot Walters, Louisville, KY, Chevrolet, 14.864 secs., 105.840 mph, 8/17/96 Fastest Avg. Speed: (300 lap) Hank Parker, Jr., Denver, NC, Chevrolet, 1 hr., 55 mins., 15 secs., 68.329 mph, 8/17/96
1996 REVIEW: Orchestrating a successful last lap pass, Port City Racing Rookie candidate Hank Parker, Jr. bested Tammy Jo Kirk to earn his first ever NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series event. Parker denied Kirk her first win in the process. Polesitter Walters wound up third ahead of '96 Series Champion Mike Cope and Roland Isaacs.
NOTES OF INTEREST: ? Over 35 cars have pre-entered this 300 lap event which carries a maximum starting field of 32 racers. Expect additional area entrants to attempt to qualify as well such as Brian Rievley, Brian Ross and Chad Bland. ? Although hometown talent Scot Walters has relocated to Owensboro, KY and is now participating in a limited schedule in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, the driver of the Timber Wolf Chevrolet makes an occasional start with the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series and is very competitive wherever he goes. ? This will be the third series event to be held at Louisville Motor Speedway. Both previous winners, Parker, Jr. and Hal Goodson are pre-entered, with Walters being the only other driver pre-entered to have a top five finish in either of the first two events. ? Some series drivers jokingly call the track's configuration one of two road course events that they will run on this year due to its unique d-shaped configuration.
STAT OF THE WEEK: After one half of the season has been completed, 98 different contestants have attempted to qualify for one or all of the first 10 series events. The record for most different drivers making qualifying attempts is 185 in 1996.
MEDIA SERVICES: NASCAR Online, NASCAR's Official Internet Site on the World Wide Web can be accessed at http://www.nascar.com and offers up to the minute information on the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series and all of NASCAR's racing divisions.
HEADQUARTER MOTEL: Fairfield Inn, 9400 Blairwood Road, Louisville, KY 40222, contact: Debra Ravis, (502) 339-1900, 60 rooms, 15 single & 45 double, $64.95 + tax, hotel is located at Hurstbourne Lane exit off of I-64, east of I-264 (Watterson Expressway). Louisville Motor Speedway is located off of I-65 at exit 127, then west 1 mile on SR 1065 (Outer Loop Road).