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Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Rookie Title To Be Decided At Nashville Superspeedway DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (November 1 2001) - The Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring is best known as one of NASCAR's premier short...

Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Rookie Title To Be Decided At Nashville Superspeedway

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (November 1 2001) - The Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring is best known as one of NASCAR's premier short track divisions.

So it is ironic that the 2001 series rookie of the year title will be decided, not on a short track, but on a superspeedway.

When the 2001 racing season kicked off in March, nine drivers committed to compete for rookie honors despite the fact that no sponsor had been named to support the rookie program.

"That was a positive commitment from nine young men who wanted to climb the ladder of success in NASCAR racing," said Bill Desmond, Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Media Coordinator.

"There have been some outstanding corporations sponsoring the series rookie program through the years and it was just a matter of time until a company could be found who wanted to expand their product line by being associated with NASCAR and this series," continued Desmond.

And that company was found before the second race at Nashville Speedway USA in April when NASCAR announced that Wireway/Husky Corporation of Denver, N. C. would sponsor this program.

Now seven months later, supported by Wireway/Husky Corporation, the rookie-of-the-year program still has seven drivers competing with two of them, Charlie Bradberry, Chelsea, Al. and Jody Lavender, Hartsville. S. C., driving to the final checkered flag tied for top honors.

The driver finishing the highest between Bradberry and Lavender will be named the 2001 Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Wireway/Husky Corp. Rookie-of-the-Year.

Both Bradberry and Lavender have waged a year-long battle to arrive at this point.

Bradberry failed to make the starting field in the first event of the season while Lavender was the second highest finishing rookie in the first race thus had a nine point advantage entering the second race at Nashille Speedway USA.

However it didn't take Bradberry long to catch up as he finished the second event as the highest finishing rookie earning 10 points for that honor.

Entering the final race on November 25 at Nashville Superspeedway, Bradberry has earned the top finishing rookie of the race award six times while Lavender has been named the highest finishing rookie four times. Lavender has been runnerup six times with Bradberry finishing runnerup four times.

Richie Beasley and Roger Parker led the rookie points early in the season but from the eighth race to the present, Lavender and Bradberry have challenged each other for the top spot.

Other rookie drivers competing in 2001 besides Parker of London, Ky. who will finish the season ranked third in the rookie points standing have been Beasley, Brewton, Al. who will finish the season ranked fourth and Wayne Bowen of Concord, N. C. who will wind up the year ranked fifth. Chris Fontaine, Lakeland, Fla. will finish sixth in the rookie points with Michael Britt, Cumming, Ga., ending the year seventh in rookie points.

The Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring is one of nine NASCAR Touring Series that blanket the United States, bringing special events to many NASCAR Weekly Racing Series tracks and some NASCAR superspeedways and road courses. NASCAR Touring Series can provide a competitor with an entire career, or they can provide valuable experience to competitors moving through the NASCAR ranks. Corporate sponsors make significant contributions to NASCAR Touring Series point funds. The sponsors include R. J. Reynolds, Anheuser-Busch, Featherlite Trailers, Goody's Headache Powders, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Raybestos Brakes and RE/MAX International, Incorporated.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Jody Lavender , Charlie Bradberry , Chris Fontaine