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Louisville, Ky. - July 15, 2000 - Many people didn't give Cincinnati, Oh.'s Jeff Fultz a good chance of winning the $54,950 NAPA Auto Parts 300 after the motor blew in his primary car during afternoon practice. Perhaps no one asked Fultz or his...

Louisville, Ky. - July 15, 2000 - Many people didn't give Cincinnati, Oh.'s Jeff Fultz a good chance of winning the $54,950 NAPA Auto Parts 300 after the motor blew in his primary car during afternoon practice. Perhaps no one asked Fultz or his teammates about their chances though. At Louisville Motor Speedway on Saturday night, after switching some suspension pieces from the primary to the backup car, Fultz hung tough and took the victory, grabbing the Slim Jim All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring points lead in the process. The win was worth $9,525 to Fultz's JCR3 race team. "Well I've been coming here for years, and we've been third, we've been second, getting beat right at the end. We blew our motor about 10 laps into practice and my guys worked all day to get the backup car ready to race. This win's for all of them," stated Fultz. "Jon (Craig) made the best calls on the pit stops so we took two left side tires on the first pit stop and saved the rights for the end. The track, I love this place, it's been owing me one so we got it tonight," added the race victor. Bud Pole qualifying resulted in a new track record being set. A total of 18 drivers broke the record that was held by Concord, N.C.'s Conrad Burr. Best of the 18 was 1999 Slim Jim All Pro Series Champion Wayne Anderson of Wildwood, Fla. The second-generation driver pedaled his Jani-King Chevrolet around the 0.4375-mile d-shaped oval in a time of 14.415 seconds at an average speed of 109.261 mph to earn the right to start the 300 lap race from the pole position. For the second year in a row New Albany, Ind.'s Josh Clemons placed his SkySpy Chevrolet on the outside of the front row. Anderson grabbed the lead when the initial green flag waved, with Clemons tucking in behind the leader. On-track excitement heated up quickly, as it always does, on Louisville's tricky oval. A rear suspension piece broke on Steven Howard's car on the first lap and the Greer, S.C. driver was too quickly done for the evening. Points contender Lee Tissot bumped the wall on lap 14 and was forced to head to the pits for lengthy repairs. On lap 30 the caution was displayed when leading Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Casey Yunick backed hard into the frontstretch retaining wall. His day was done early as his crew was unable to repair the badly damaged car. On lap 37 Louisville, Ky.'s Jesse Harris went for a spin in turn one but made no contact. And on lap 60 the caution was again displayed when Summerville, S.C.'s Benny Gordon could not keep his Chevrolet off of the turn two wall when a right front tire went down. After this early rash of incidents the competitors began to settle down and it appeared that they began to do what they came for, and that was race to win. Anderson maintained the lead throughout and fellow Floridian David Reutimann got by Clemons on lap 93, then attempted to chase down the leader. The lead came to the Zephyrhills, Fla. resident on lap 111 when Anderson had a right front tire go down, forcing the leader to the pits, and resulted in Anderson losing three laps under green flag conditions. Reutimann then stretched out to a sizable advantage but his lead was erased on lap 134 when Tina Gordon spun in turn three. During the ensuing caution period all of the leaders pitted for tire changes, save for Fultz who pitted during a prior caution period. On the restart Fultz set the pace but was run down by Reutimann on lap 165. Again Reutimann moved out to a comfortable margin, and appeared to be well on his way to his first career Slim Jim All Pro Series victory. At times his lead was well over 10 car lengths. On lap 251 his comfort zone was taken away when the eighth caution period occurred after contact between Greg Pope and Gordon sent Gordon spinning, collecting A.J. Frank as well. The leader then made a pit stop for right side tires, as did Fultz and Ken Weaver. The lead was then handed to series points leader Billy Bigley, Jr. and Bigley's four tire change during the seventh caution period appeared to be the perfect strategy. Bigley kept his Peerless Woodworking/Nevamar Decorative Surfaces Chevrolet out front just until the race was restarted. He and Gentry got together heading into turn one when the green flag was again displayed, sending both cars into a lazy spin. Wilmington, N.C.'s Kevin Prince then took over the top spot on lap 258, and just like Reutimann, seemed to have his first series win in sight. All the while, Fultz seemed to be biding his time at the wheel of the Cleaver Brooks/C&C Boilers/Honeywell Chevrolet, letting others set the pace. When it was time to go though, he definitely did. He grabbed the lead from Prince on lap 289, and just before the scheduled distance was about to be completed, the caution waved for the 11th and final time when Louisville, Ky.'s Chuck Winders and Reutimann got together. Fultz had to hold off Prince and Weaver during the green-white-checkered dash to the finish and managed to sweep under the checkered flag 0.410 seconds ahead of the duo for his second win of 2000, and fourth of his career. Prince and Weaver earned career-best second and third place finishes respectively while 17-year-old Shane Sieg also secured a career-best finish of fourth. Rounding out the top five was persevering polesitter Anderson. Rounding out the top 10 were Gary Terry, Pope, Winders, Brian Smith and Harris. Fultz's victory march was run in race-record time of one hour, 43 minutes and 21 seconds for a winning average speed of 77.975 mph. The top three finishers completed all 307 laps and there were 12 cars running at the finish. Five drivers swapped the lead six times and the 11 caution periods ate up 59 laps. Winning the race also propelled Fultz into the points lead for the first time this year. He now holds a 10 point lead over Bigley, while Reutimann is just 22 points behind Bigley. The fourth and fifth points positions are now occupied by Frank and Tissot. Reutimann led twice for a total of 114 laps to capture the $500 Gatorade Front Runner Award. Bigley continues to lead the points chase in this category with an eight point lead over Smith. Jon Craig snagged his second $300 Jasper Engines & Transmissions Crew-Chief-of-the-Race Award after coaching his race team to its second win of 2000. Bigley's crew chief Adam Heckelman leads Craig by 12 points after nine races. Pope's seventh place finish, tops for the four rookies in the race, earned him the $250 Moroso Performance Products Rookie-of-the-Race Award. Pope closed to within seven points of rookie points leader Yunick. Next weekend the Slim Jim All Pro Series drivers head to Myrtle Beach Speedway in Myrtle Beach, S.C. for a 250-lap race. The Myrtle Beach 250 will take the green flag at 8:00 p.m. as the drivers take to the 0.538-mile D-shaped oval.

<pre> Race #9 of 17 $54,950 NAPA Auto Parts 300 Louisville Motor Speedway - 0.4375 mile oval July 15, 2000 Louisville, Ky.

Fin Strt #   Driver            Sponsor/Make/Model                                           Laps Pnts Earnings Status
1    5   54  Jeff Fultz        Cleaver Brooks/C&C Boilers/Honeywell Chevrolet Monte Carlo   307  180   $9,525  running
2    13  87  Kevin Prince      Wells Transmission Service Chevrolet Monte Carlo             307  170   4800    running
3    16  34  Ken Weaver        Square D/Low Bob's Discount Tobacco Chevrolet Monte Carlo    307  165   3600    running
4    11  39  Shane Sieg        S&W Automotive Chevrolet Monte Carlo                         306  160   2450    running
5    1   86  Wayne Anderson    Jani-King Chevrolet Monte Carlo                              304  155   2925    running
6    3   3   Gary Terry        Quality First Diecast Chevrolet Monte Carlo                  303  150   2000    running
7    21  63  #Greg Pope        Galloway Trucking/R.C. Retail Concepts Chevrolet Monte Carlo 302  146   2050    running
8    18  08  Chuck Winders     Ortho/Round-Up Chevrolet Monte Carlo                         301  142   1200    running
9    19  20  Brian Smith       Juba Glass Chevrolet Monte Carlo                             301  138   1600    running
10   12  5   Jesse Harris      Tobacco Road/R.C. Cola Chevrolet Monte Carlo                 299  134   1000    running
11   7   00  David Reutimann   Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo                               298  130   2125    accident
12   20  10  #Ryan Crane       Fresh Frozen Foods Chevrolet Monte Carlo                     289  127   1300    running
13   8   28  Billy Bigley, Jr. Peerless Woodworking/Nevamar Decorative Surfaces Chevrolet   284  124   1550    rear end
14   10  09  Randy Gentry      B&B Pools/Carolina Painting Chevrolet Monte Carlo            261  121   1025    accident
15   23  66  Tina Gordon       Line-X/InLand Buildings/Phillips 66/Enginewear Chevrolet     243  118   1000    accident
16   17  77  Chad Bland        Jasper Engines & Transmissions Chevrolet Monte Carlo         229  115   675     running
17   9   11  A.J. Frank        Coastal Medical Associates Chevrolet Monte Carlo             205  112   1250    accident
18   2   14  Josh Clemons      SkySpy/Tech Star Chevrolet Monte Carlo                       202  109   625     rear end
19   26  18  George Ingole     Southern Insurance Agency Chevrolet Monte Carlo              138  106   1015    overheat
20   22  17  Roger Parker      Brock Excavating Chevrolet Monte Carlo                       76   103   605     accident
21   6   72  Benny Gordon      Johnny's Haulmark Trailers Chevrolet Monte Carlo             64   100   1095    suspen
22   14  8   #Casey Yunick     Lou Ana Cooking Oil/Orlando Action Auto Chevrolet            31   97    1085    accident
23   15  01  Lee Tissot        Brinkley Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo                        13   94    1175    accident
24   25  0   Kevin Bryant      Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo                               11   91    865     ignition
25   24  47  Jim Brinkley, Jr. Brinkley Racing Pontiac Grand Prix                           9    88    555     engine
26   4   19  Steven Howard     Dick Brooks Automotive/Aloe Luya Chevrolet Monte Carlo       0    85    1045    suspen

Time of Race: 1 hour, 43 minutes, 21 seconds (NRR) Winner's Average Speed: 77.975 mph Margin of Victory: 0.410 seconds Bud Pole Award: Wayne Anderson, Wildwood, Fla., Chevrolet, 14.415 seconds, 109.261 mph (NTR) Gatorade Front Runner Award: David Reutimann Caution Periods: 11 cautions for 59 laps, 2-4, 31-35, 39-42, 61-67, 80-84, 134-140, 191-196, 251-257, 259-261, 264-269, 300-305 Lead Changes: 6 lead changes amongst 5 drivers Lap Leaders: Anderson 1-110, Reutimann 111-135, Fultz 136-164, Reutimann 165-253, Bigley 254-257, Prince 258-288, Fultz 289-307 Moroso Performance Parts Rookie of the Race: Greg Pope # signifies Rookie Contender Jasper Engines & Transmissions Crew Chief of the Race: Jon Craig

NOTE: The above figures are based on team winnings, and include racing purse and cash contingency awards from participating manufacturers. Next Race: Myrtle Beach 250, Myrtle Beach Speedway, Myrtle Beach, S.C. July 22, 2000

2000 Point Standings (thru 7/15/00) Slim Jim All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Car Pos # Driver Points Starts Poles Wins Top 5 Top 10 Earnings 1 54 Jeff Fultz 1325 9 1 2 4 6 $34,410.00 2 28 Billy Bigley,Jr 1315 9 1 4 4 5 $53,325.00 3 00 David Reutimann 1293 9 0 0 3 6 $23,595.00 4 11 A.J. Frank 1242 9 1 0 2 6 $20,360.00 5 01 Lee Tissot 1233 9 0 0 3 6 $26,700.00 6 20 Brian Smith 1204 8 2 0 4 5 $22,995.00 7 34 Ken Weaver 1179 9 0 0 4 4 $18,715.00 8 3 Gary Terry 1158 9 1 0 1 3 $17,740.00 9 72 Benny Gordon 1155 9 1 0 2 4 $21,670.00 10 8 #Casey Yunick 1149 9 0 0 1 6 $14,775.00 11 19 Steven Howard 1130 9 0 0 3 3 $18,400.00 12 63 #Greg Pope 1113 9 0 0 0 5 $13,765.00 13 87 Kevin Prince 1085 8 0 0 2 5 $15,440.00 14 18 George Ingole 1037 9 0 0 0 1 $10,215.00 15 10 #Ryan Crane 1036 9 0 0 0 1 $11,180.00 16 86 Wayne Anderson 1028 9 1 1 2 4 $23,830.00 17 66 Tina Gordon 1004 9 0 0 0 2 $11,440.00 18 09 Randy Gentry 945 8 0 0 2 2 $11,440.00 19 39 Shane Sieg 914 8 0 0 1 3 $10,750.00 20 75 #Billy Mills 866 8 0 0 1 1 $9,655.00 21 98 #Kevin Bryant 671 6 0 0 0 1 $6,375.00 22 57 #Scott Carlson 583 4 0 0 0 2 $6,430.00 23 35 #David Stremme 514 4 0 0 1 1 $6,460.00 24 62 #John Gerstner 500 5 0 0 0 0 $4,005.00 25 47 Jim Brinkley,Jr 428 4 0 0 0 0 $2,875.00 26 45 Scott Kilby 423 3 0 0 2 2 $5,325.00 27 96 Jeremy Thompson 391 4 0 0 0 0 $2,225.00 28 52 Scott Hansen 360 2 1 2 2 2 $26,000.00 29 24 Shane Sawyer 355 3 0 0 1 1 $2,940.00 30 14 Josh Clemons 324 3 0 0 0 0 $3,095.00 31 77 Chad Bland 315 3 0 0 0 0 $2,745.00 32 32 Robbie Ferguson 246 3 0 0 0 0 $1,575.00 33 7 Mike Franklin 233 2 0 0 0 0 $2,925.00 34 33 Conrad Burr 223 2 0 0 0 1 $3,115.00 35 71 Donald Long 221 2 0 0 0 0 $1,250.00 36 50 Joe Aramendia 218 2 0 0 0 0 $1,830.00 37 84 Jody Lavender 215 2 0 0 0 0 $1,180.00 38 17 Roger Parker 203 2 0 0 0 0 $1,165.00 39 37 Larry Raines 191 2 0 0 0 0 $1,595.00 40 71 Ray Skillman 164 1 0 0 0 0 $1,860.00 41 08 Chuck Winders 142 1 0 0 0 1 $1,200.00 42 5 Jesse Harris 134 1 0 0 0 1 $1,000.00 43 88 Bobby Fain 127 1 0 0 0 0 $800.00 44 60 Donny Morelock 121 1 0 0 0 0 $1,550.00 45 97 Brian Weeks 112 1 0 0 0 0 $625.00 46 2 Slick Yoemans 106 1 0 0 0 0 $575.00 47 21 Derrick Kelley 103 1 0 0 0 0 $650.00 48 47 Kris Frost 97 1 0 0 0 0 $830.00 49 21 Steve Mendenhall 94 1 0 0 0 0 $935.00 50 5 Scot Walters 91 1 0 0 0 0 $960.00 51 79 Spanks Overbeck 88 1 0 0 0 0 $950.00 52 31 Ronnie Burkett 85 1 0 0 0 0 $1,540.00 53 99 Jeff Myers 82 1 0 0 0 0 $500.00 54 2 Ricky Sanders 82 1 0 0 0 0 $930.00 55 44 Michael Britt 79 1 0 0 0 0 $520.00 56 80 Toby Porter 79 1 0 0 0 0 $500.00 57 85 Robby Marhefka 79 1 0 0 0 0 $920.00 58 47 Chip Rutherford 76 1 0 0 0 0 $500.00 59 9 Patrick Lawler 76 1 0 0 0 0 $1,510.00 60 76 Earl Bergeron 73 1 0 0 0 0 $520.00 61 64 #Bobby Newling 73 1 0 0 0 0 $900.00 # denotes Moroso Performance Products Rookie-of-the-Year candidate.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Billy Bigley , Tina Gordon , Donny Morelock , David Reutimann , Jeff Fultz , Conrad Burr , Patrick Lawler , Joe Aramendia , Ken Weaver , David Stremme , Jody Lavender , Brian Smith , Shane Sieg , Wayne Anderson , A.J. Frank , Ricky Sanders , Scott Hansen