Goodson Leads the NSJAPS Pack into Myrtle Beach

DAYTONA BEACH, FL- Over 45 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series drivers, led by series points leader Hal Goodson who hails from nearby Darlington, SC, have pre-entered the $44,400 7/Up Slim Jim All Pro 250, scheduled for this Saturday at Myrtle Beach Speedway in Myrtle Beach, SC. The 250 lap event will be the seventh event of the 20 race series schedule. Goodson's best finish in series competition at the 0.538 mile D- shaped facility was a third place finish in 1995. When asked about his difficulty in finding victory lane at Myrtle Beach, Goodson responded, "Back in the late 80's we were leading a NASCAR Winston All American Challenge Series race when, with about 10 laps to go, the right front tire blew sending the car into the wall. Outside of that, we have been competitive every time we have run at the track but it just seems like one or two drivers have been a bit better than us." The series points leader went on to say, "We won a lot of local races there in the 80's, late model sportsman events, but I feel that the team is really ready for this weekend. This is basically our home track, as far as the series goes, and we'll have a lot of fan support this weekend. With the support of Burdette Auto Sales, Black's Tire and Thorny's Steakhouse & Saloon I think we've got a great shot at getting our Chevrolet into victory lane Saturday night," he added. In last year's event Conyers, GA's Ron Young picked up one of the four wins that he earned in '96. Young bested Mike Cope, Shane Hall, Tammy Jo Kirk and Toby Porter. Cope, Kirk and Porter have all moved on to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series while Hall now battles in the NASCAR Busch Series-Grand National Division. Of the 46 drivers pre- entered for the event, only Goodson, Young and Freddie Query have notched top five finishes at the track, with Query having secured a win in the fall of 1995 in a 400 lap marathon event. The Busch Pole qualifying record, held by Bangor, WI's Steve Holzhausen since April 13, 1991, may be in jeopardy since the track has recently been repaved. When time trials begin at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday night, cooler temperatures and the right setup may allow one of the series competitors to etch his name into the track and series record books. On Saturday, team hauler parking will take place 9:00 a.m. Registration and Inspection begins at 10:00 a.m. with Practice being held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.. Time trials get underway at 6:00 p.m. with the green flag waving on the 7/Up Slim Jim All Pro 250 at approximately 8:00 p.m. The starting field will consist of 26 starters, with up to four additional starting positions available to any of the top 30 eligible drivers in the 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. In addition to Saturday's racing action, 10 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series teams will place their racing machines on display at the NASCAR Caf‚ on Friday, June 13. Drivers Nipper Alsup, Wayne Anderson, Steven Christian, John Covan, Bobby Hamilton, Jr., Carl Long, Dan Matthews, Steve Mendenhall, Larry Raines and Scott Sutherland will represent the series at this function. 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. -30- For further information contact NASCAR Public Relations at (770) 486- 3591. jn 6/8/97