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MOBILE, AL. (March 9 2001) - The season opening event for the Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring will definitely be homework time for many of the new competitors with the series. Six drivers have indicated their intentions to...

MOBILE, AL. (March 9 2001) - The season opening event for the Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring will definitely be homework time for many of the new competitors with the series.

Six drivers have indicated their intentions to compete for rookie honors with the Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring in 2001. These drivers are: Road Ammons, Acworth, Ga., Richie Beasley, Brewton, Al., Charlie Bradberry, Chelsea, Al., Michael Britt, Cumming, Ga., Chris Fontaine, Auburndale, Fla., and Jody Lavender, Harselle, S. C. These drivers will be lining up against five former champions with many years of experience with various NASCAR Divisions and together these champions have a combined total of 76 career wins in late model competition.

These new drivers and many others will have an opportunity to learn from some of the veterans of late-model competition at one of the oldest racing facilities in the south.

Led by one of the truly great short-track drivers ever, Jody Ridley, the 32-car ALLTEL Mobile 200 starting field will include five champions. Ridley leads the group with NASCAR Championships in 1991, '92 and '93, followed by Wayne Anderson, 1999 Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Champion, Billy Bigley Jr., 2000 Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Champion, Stanley Smith, 1989 NASCAR All American Challenge Series Champion and Darrell Brown, 1994 All Pro Super Series National Champion.

The Gatorade All Pro Series has competed at this fast ½-mile speedplant eight times since 1991 and Ridley has definitely been the driver to beat, winning races in 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994. He holds the track record for this series, set in 1992, with a fast lap of 102.337 mph.

"We have an awesome weekend planned for race fans in the Mobile area," commented Bob Harmon who is returning to the series as a consultant and promoter. "Since the series has not competed at this facility since 1996, Bill Roth, Mobile International Speedway promoter and myself wanted to do something special. So on Saturday, March 24, we are bringing in the Tim Chitwood Stunt Show for race fans and then on Sunday before the start of the ALLTEL Mobile 200, Chitwood is going to blow up a car using his jet car. This promises to be one awesome exciting extravaganza."

Action gets underway at Mobile International Speedway on Saturday, March 24, with practice for the Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring cars at 11:30 a.m. The Tim Chitwood show will start at 3:00 p.m. followed by qualifying for the Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring drivers at 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 25, the Tim Chitwood show will start at 1:00 p.m. with driver introductions for the ALLTEL Mobile 200 at 1:30 p.m. The ALLTEL Mobile 200 will take the green flag at 2:00 p.m.

Grandstands will open both days at 11:00 a.m. with ticket prices for Saturday set at $5.00 for all ages. Ticket prices for Sunday will be $20.00 for adults and children 11 and under, $5.00.

Billy Bigley Jr., driver of the Peerless Woodworking/Nevamar Decorative Surfaces Chevrolet is the defending champion of the Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring.

-Bill Desmond

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Billy Bigley , Jody Lavender , Wayne Anderson , Charlie Bradberry , Chris Fontaine