SES: Montgomery race report

MONTGOMERY, AL. (May 18 2001) - Steven Howard won his first Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring event, in two years, on May 12 at Birmingham International Raceway and the following Monday morning the young driver was back to work trying to ...

MONTGOMERY, AL. (May 18 2001) - Steven Howard won his first Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring event, in two years, on May 12 at Birmingham International Raceway and the following Monday morning the young driver was back to work trying to secure additional team sponsorship.

"This is a tough series and takes lots of dollars to run a touring series," said Howard from his shop in Greer, S. C.

"My team consists of my family and some help from Dick Brooks Chevrolet and Greer Floor Center but it is not enough to be a top contender on the Gatorade All Pro Series. There are some high dollar teams running the series this year. Just look at the transporters some of the teams have."

"My team is basically myself working on the race car every day and my crew chief, Zack Gilbert, when he has time. Zack is a South Carolina highway patrolman and he is here working on the car on his off-time," continued Howard.

"Our win at Birmingham showed just what this team can do," continued Howard, a former NASCAR Weekly Racing Regional Champion. "With this win under our belt it should open somebody's eyes wanting to sponsor a good team who is dedicated and committed to NASCAR racing."

Howard and Randy Gentry of nearby Easley, S. C. are meeting the challenges of the Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring in 2001 and are definitely looking forward to returning to Montgomery Motor Speedway on June 2 for the Express Oil Change 200. But additional sponsorship for both drivers would give them a better shot at the 2001 championship.

The series ran in Montgomery in 2000, for the first time since 1994, with Gentry posting a fifth place finish. Howard didn't fair that well exiting the 200-lap event after 131 laps with handling problems.

These two young guns, who developed their racing skills at historic Greenville-Pickens Speedway, Greenville, S. C., the second oldest weekly racing track in NASCAR, are having an outstanding year racing in this NASCAR touring series.

Gentry, with his Carolina Painting Chevrolet is the only driver with the series in 2001 who has completed 100% of the laps run and is currently second in series points behind leader Wayne Anderson entering the Express Oil Change 200. With his win at Birmingham, Howard jumped from 15th in national points to a sixth place ranking.

Anderson, who calls Wildwood, Fla. home, is the man to beat in 2001. He leads all drivers with his Jani-King Chevrolet in wins with three in five starts, leads in laps led with 359 of 1008 for 35.6% and has recorded one Bud Pole start. When Anderson won at Greenville-Pickens Speedway on April 28th, he became the all-time winningest Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring driver to stop in victory lane with 18 victories. Anderson has 83 career starts.

Anderson is the defending champion of the Montgomery event taking the checkers ahead of David Reutimann, Zepher Hills, Fla., Jeff Fultz, Mooresville, N. C., Brian Smith, Mooresville, N. C. and Gentry. Alabama will be well represented for this event with two former champions in the field. Stanley Smith, Chelsea, Al. was the 1989 NASCAR All-American Challenge Series Champion and drives the Express Oil Change Chevrolet. Darrell Brown, Dora, Al. the 1984 All Pro Super Series Champion drives the Brown Racing Chevrolet. Richie Beasley, Brewton, Al. is making a name for himself with the series, leading the Wireway/Husky Corporation Rookie-of-the-Year points standing over Jody Lavender of Hartsville, S. C. and six other contenders. Beasley drives the Advance Construction Services/Willie's Restaurant Chevrolet.

Action begins at Montgomery Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 2, when the stars and cars of the Gatorade All Pro Series take to the track for practice at 1:00 p.m. Qualifying for Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring drivers is set for 5:30 p.m. The Express Oil Change 200 will take the green flag at 8:00 p.m.

A gigantic double-header night is on tap for race fans with the World Famous Tim Chitwood Stunt show starting at 7:00 p.m. Fans will see Chitwood blow a car to Smithereens with Chitwood's 6,000 horsepower Jet Truck. Grandstand gates will open at 4:00 p.m. Ticket prices will be $20.00 for adults and children 11 and under $5.00.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers David Reutimann , Jeff Fultz , Jody Lavender , Brian Smith , Wayne Anderson