Fultz finally strums his guitar with win at Nashville Superspeedway. LEBANON, TN. (July 19 2002) - Jeff Fultz has his racing program in high gear for the second half of the Hills Bros. All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring season. He turned the ...
Fultz finally strums his guitar with win at Nashville Superspeedway.
LEBANON, TN. (July 19 2002) - Jeff Fultz has his racing program in high gear for the second half of the Hills Bros. All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring season.
He turned the momentum up a notch Friday evening at Nashville Superspeedway becoming the first driver in track history to win an event at the 1.333-mile oval from the pole position when he took the checkered flag over series points leader Charlie Bradberry in the Hills Brothers 133.
The night definitely belonged to Fultz and his C & C Boiler/Cleaver Brooks Chevrolet when he set a new qualifying mark with a fast lap of 32.500 Secs (147.655 mph) besting the previous record set in June by Eddie Mercer. David Reutimann's Pennzoil Chevrolet started alongside Fultz on the front row for the 133-mile event.
Fultz's win shattered the 100-lap race record from 103.747 mph set in June by Ryan Hemphill to 131.402 mph.
Finishing behind the top two drivers was rookie contender Joe Aramendia, with his Lazano Brothers Porting/Aramendia Motorsports Chevrolet and his career best finish with the series, Shane Sieg, in his S & W Motorsports Chevrolet and Scott Carlson with his Advance Construction/Hamner Engines Pontiac.
"This is my first win ever in Nashville," said Fultz in victory lane. I have been coming to races in Nashville since I was eight years old watching the great All American 400 started by Bob Harmon. I have always wanted one of these Gibson Guitars and I dedicate this win to Bob who we all miss and who did so much to give so many a place to race."
"I started racing in the All American 400 in 1996 and had a couple of runner-up finishes at the fairgrounds but never won a race there. I just wish Bob would have been here to present this guitar. This will be very cherished in my house because it means more then just winning a race." When asked about pitting so early when he and seven other top cars came to the attention of their crews on lap 14 as the one to go signal was given after the first and only caution period in the event.
"That was a call of Jon Craig and Joe Shear Jr. and I agreed with the call. We knew we would have to make a stop and we were concerned about the weather which has been around us everyday. My car got stronger as the race went on. When we pitted the 12 car (Ryan Hemphill) did not pit and opened as much as a three second lead but we knew we would get stronger as the race went on."
Also pitting early with Fultz was Bradberry, Scott Carlson, Shane Sieg, Benny Gordon, Toby Porter, Billy Bigley Jr. and Jody Lavender. Most all cars took on right side Hoosier shoes. Bradberry had a long pit stop and was near the back of the field when racing resumed.
One of several cars that did not pit during the caution period was Hemphill and that decision proved costly with the race going green to the end. Hemphill's car ran out of gas seven laps from the end denying the young driver another possible victory. Hemphill was the race winner here in June with the series.
The night clearly belonged to Fultz and Bradberry. Both drivers had strong cars with Fultz regaining the top spot in 27 laps after his pit stop. Bradberry continued to pick off cars after his pit stop. By lap 70 he was fifth behind Sieg then went to fourth on lap 76. He had his sights on Joe Aramendia's car for third taking that /spot on lap 84 coming off turn 2.
When Hemphill's car ran out of gas Bradberry went to second and was closing on Fultz but he didn't have the laps remaining to overtake the leader.
One thing Bradberry did protect with his finish was his series points lead which Fultz narrowed to seven points entering the Kentucky Speedway WHAS 150 on August 10.
Rounding out the top ten positions was David Reutimann, Eddie Hoffman, Stanley Smith, Erik Darnell and Benny Gordon. Fultz led the most laps and is the recipient of the Gatorade "FrontRunner" Award with Aramendia earning top rookie honors