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1997 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Race Facts WHAT: 17th Annual Manheim Auctions All American 400 WHERE: Nashville Speedway, U.S.A., Nashville, TN, 0.596 mile paved oval WHEN: Sunday afternoon, October 19, 1997, 1:30 p.m.

1997 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Race Facts

WHAT:        17th Annual Manheim Auctions All American 400
WHERE:        Nashville Speedway, U.S.A., Nashville, TN, 0.596 mile paved oval
WHEN:        Sunday afternoon, October 19, 1997, 1:30 p.m. (CDT)
DISTANCE:        400 laps (238.4 miles)
POSTED AWARDS:        $128,575
TV/RADIO:        TNN Same Day Tape Delayed, 10:00 p.m. (EDT)

FIELD: 40 cars. Starting positions 1-28 will be determined by time trials (2 laps). Positions 29-32 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 28 starting positions. Positions 33-36 will be available to the top two finishers in each of two last chance qualifying races who elect to transfer to the All American 400. Positions 37-38 will be available to the next two fastest qualifiers from time trials who did not make the All American 400 through either time trials or the last chance races. Positions 39-40 have been established as Promoter's Option positions.

SANCTION: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR)

PROMOTER: Nashville Speedway, U.S.A., Inc.

CONTACTS: Jim Noltimier, NASCAR, (770) 486-3591 Dave Kohler, Nashville Speedway, U.S.A., (615) 726-1818

SCHEDULE: All times are Central Daylight Time Thursday, October 16 Team Hauler Parking 6:30 a.m. Registration & Inspection 8:00 a.m. Alternating Practice Sessions 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 17 Registration & Inspection 8:00 a.m. Practice 9:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Busch Pole Time Trials 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 18 Pits Open 8:00 a.m. Practice 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 1st 20-Lap Last Chance Race 1:00 p.m.

2nd 20-Lap Last Chance Race 1:30 p.m. Sunday, October 19 Pits Open 8:00 a.m. Mandatory Drivers' Meeting 9:00 a.m. All American 400 1:30 p.m.

THE RACE: The All American 400 is the 19th of 20 races on the 1997 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series schedule. At 400 laps around the 0.596 mile paved oval, the event is the longest on the series schedule, and with posted awards of $128,575, is also the most lucrative.

RECORDS: Track Qual. Record: Matt Hutter, Chardon, OH, Chevrolet, 18.133 secs., 118.325 mph, 3/16/96 Fastest Avg. Speed: Wayne Anderson, Wildwood, FL, Chevrolet, 3 hrs., 24 mins., 25 secs., 77.563 mph, 10/13/96

1996 REVIEW: Wayne Anderson earned his first career NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series win, and did it in an event record time. Rounding out the top five were Matt Kenseth, series regular Ron Young, Scot Walters and three-time winner Jeff Purvis.

NOTES OF INTEREST ? As of Monday, October 13, 67 cars have pre-entered this event, which has a maximum starting field of 40 cars. ? A tight points race is on the line in the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series. Darlington, SC's Hal Goodson leads Milford, OH's Jeff Fultz by a mere 10 points with two races left on the '97 schedule. Conyers, GA's Ron Young trails leader Goodson by 86 points.

STAT OF THE WEEK: In the 18 different races run in 1997, there have been 13 different winners and 12 different pole sitters.

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.

HEADQUARTER MOTEL: Holiday Inn Brentwood, 760 Old Hickory Boulevard, Brentwood, TN 37027, Contact: Barbara Wolke, Sales Manager, (615) 373-2600, ext. 2600, 35 singles/90 Doubles Reserved @ $55 per night plus tax.

Nashville Speedway USA is south of I-40 on I-65 to Wedgewood exit (#81) then « mile east.

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