1997 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Race Facts
WHAT: 7/Up Slim Jim All Pro 250 WHERE: Myrtle Beach Speedway, Myrtle Beach, SC, 0.538 paved oval WHEN: Saturday night, June 14, 1997, 8:00 p.m. DISTANCE: 250 laps (134.5 miles) POSTED AWARDS: $44,400 TV/RADIO: None
FIELD: 30 cars. Starting positions 1-26 will be determined by time trials (2 laps), positions 28-30 will be available to any of the top 30 eligible drivers in the current 1997 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Championship point standings, who have entered the event, but have not qualified for one of the original 26 starting positions. 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: Speedway of South Carolina, Inc.
CONTACTS: Jim Noltimier, NASCAR, (770) 486-3591 Roy Gore, Myrtle Beach Speedway, (803) 236-0500
SCHEDULE: Saturday, June 14 Team Hauler Parking 9:00 a.m. Registration & Inspection 10:00 a.m. Practice 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mandatory Drivers Meeting 4:15 p.m. Time Trials 6:00 p.m. 7/Up Slim Jim All Pro 250 8:00 p.m. (approx.)
THE RACE: The 7/Up Slim Jim All Pro 250 is the seventh of 20 races on the 1997 series schedule. Consisting of 250 laps, the event closely parallels the last two events, each of which were 250 laps at Salem and I-70 Speedways. The major difference is that Myrtle Beach Speedway possesses a flat D-shaped configuration where Salem and I-70 were both high banked facilities.
RECORDS: Track Qual. Record: Steve Holzhausen, Bangor, WI, Chevrolet, 19.013 secs., 101.867 mph, 4/13/91 Fastest Avg. Speed: Ron Young, Conyers, GA, Chevrolet, 1 hr., 48 mins., 18 secs., 74.510 mph, 7/20/96
1996 REVIEW: Conyers, GA's Ron Young picked up the win in last year's event which was run on July 20. Trailing Young were '96 Series champion Mike Cope, Busch Series driver Shane Hall, Tammy Jo Kirk and '96 Series runner-up Toby Porter. Of this top five, only Young returns in '97.
NOTES OF INTEREST: Darlington, SC's Hal Goodson, the 1995 series champion and current series points leader who drives the Burdette Auto Sales/Black's Tire/Thorny's Steakhouse & Saloon Chevrolet, has returned to the series full time in 1997. To date, Goodson is the only series competitor who has completed all 1151 laps run this year. This event will equate to the sixth 250 lap NSJAPS event contested at Myrtle Beach Speedway and the 11th series event held overall at the 0.538 mile facility. Two previous events were 200 laps in length while there have also been three 400 lap events contested at the track. As of June 8, 46 drivers have pre-entered to vie for the event's 30 starting positions. 10 teams will have their cars on display at NASCAR Caf‚ on Friday, June 13. Participating drivers include Nipper Alsup, Wayne Anderson, Steven Christian, John Covan, Bobby Hamilton, Jr., Carl Long, Dan Matthews, Steve Mendenhall, Larry Raines and Scott Sutherland. An autograph session will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with the cars being on display from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
STAT OF THE WEEK: After six races in 1997 there have been no repeat winners.
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.
The NASCAR MEDIAFAX SERVICE is a 24-hour, 7-days-a- week, fax-on- demand system offering results, statistics, press releases, qualifying and race reports and other information. The number to call is 201/302-RACE (media use only). HEADQUARTER MOTEL: Super 8 Motel, 3450 Highway 17 ByPass, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29577, contact: Dick Scott, (800) 264-1140, 50 rooms, Single or Double, $70 + tax
TRACK DIRECTIONS: Myrtle Beach Speedway is located five miles west of Myrtle Beach on US 501