SES: Round #14 Race Report

Greenville, S.C. - August 14, 1999 - For the second week in a row, and the fourth time this season, Naples, Fla.'s Billy Bigley, Jr. deposited his Peerless Woodworking Chevrolet Monte Carlo in victory lane in Slim Jim All Pro Series, NASCAR...

Greenville, S.C. - August 14, 1999 - For the second week in a row, and the fourth time this season, Naples, Fla.'s Billy Bigley, Jr. deposited his Peerless Woodworking Chevrolet Monte Carlo in victory lane in Slim Jim All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring competition. This time the series veteran earned the winning laurels by besting 33 other drivers to win the $44,900 Upper State Fair 200 at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. The win was worth $7,900 to the 37-year-old driver. Bigley had to dodge several on-track incidents before seeing the checkered flag. "We were in amongst a couple of lead lap cars and they got together and spun right in front of me. I mean my dad did a fabulous job of spotting on the radio for us, the guys did a great job in the pits. I don't know…two in a row is like a dream come true," stated the winner in victory lane. "Greenville's been good to me, we've been fast we've just never had any luck here, maybe we've broken the streak," he added. Thirty-six cars were on hand to vie for the 34 available starting spots and Greer, S.C.'s Steven Howard came away with the Bud Pole Award. The driver of the Dick Brooks Automotive/Greer Flooring Center Chevrolet, and the 1996 NASCAR Winston Racing Series Blue Ridge Region Champion, turned a lap of 19.920 seconds at an average speed of 90.361 mph to grab the top starting position. It was his second career pole position as well as second of the year for the 1996 Greenville-Pickens Speedway track champion. Narrowly missing the pole position was outside front row starter Scott Kilby. He missed the top qualifying position by 0.088 seconds and earned the opportunity to start on the outside of the front row. Howard took off at the drop of the green flag as if he was shot out of a rocket. A few early cautions kept the drivers from getting a good rhythm going. After being involved in a six-car get together in turn two on lap 10, Kilby shredded a right rear tire on the lap 21 restart and crippled his hold on the fifth place points position, after going down several laps for repairs. It seemed that the competitors just couldn't seem to produce any long green flag runs. During the first half of the race there were six caution periods. When the fourth caution period occurred on lap 71, as a result of George Ingole's Chevrolet coming to rest on the backstretch, most of the leaders, except Howard, Wayne Anderson and Robert Burroughs, all barreled into the pit area to complete the race's mandatory pit stop and tire change requirements. Green flag racing resumed on lap 78 only to be interrupted again on lap 92, and again on lap 100. Howard stayed on the track, and in the lead, from lap one to 100, finally pitting when the caution was again displayed after Tina Gordon spun in turn two and collected Hal Goodson and Lee Tissot. Howard, Anderson and Burroughs pitted at this point handing the lead to rookie Brian Smith. Smith made the most of his first time at the front in Slim Jim All Pro Series competition by capturing the $400 Gatorade Front Runner Award on lap 109, for leading the fifth consecutive green flag lap after the race's halfway point, lap 100, was under caution. The Mooresville, N.C. driver continued to set the pace until lap 116 when he was spun out of the top spot after Colleyville, Tex.'s Patrick Lawler made contact with the leader while the duo were racing side-by-side on a lap 116 restart. Cincinnati, Oh.'s Jeff Fultz blazed to the front in his Multiple Tool Chevrolet and appeared to be headed to his first victory of the year. But Bigley, being fortunate and patient, dodging the various accidents that never seemed to go away, ran down Fultz and overtook the leader on lap 174. From that point forward Bigley had to survive one restart, and point leader Wayne Anderson on his rear bumper, to record his seventh career win. Bigley pulled away during the final green flag stretch to win by 2.169 seconds while Anderson recorded his 12th top five finish in 14 starts as he settled for second. Fultz held on for third while David Reutimann and Ron Young rounded out the top five. Howard rallied to take the sixth position, and the balance of the top 10 went to rookie drivers, Rodney Childers, Ken Weaver, Mike Franklin and Shane Sieg. The top 10 finishers were the only cars to complete all 200 laps. With the 14 caution periods consuming 80 laps the race was run in one hour, 52 minutes and 38 seconds with Bigley's winning average speed being a slow 53.270 mph. There were three lead changes among four drivers. With his win Bigley closed to within 112 points of leader Anderson with two races left on the 1999 Slim Jim All Pro Series schedule. After making repairs to his Nortel Networks Chevrolet Goodson returned to the track many laps down and wound up 22nd. The Darlington, S.C. driver remains in the third points position while Howard moves from sixth to fourth in the points after his sixth place finish. Ronnie Burkett dropped from fourth to fifth in the point standings. Bigley's father Bill, Sr. earned the $300 Jasper Engines & Transmissions Crew Chief-of-the-Race Award and moved to within 12 points of Anderson's team leader Augie Grill for the annual award. With Smith grabbing the Gatorade Front Runner Award, and being followed at the time by Fultz and Weaver, nothing changed amongst the leaders for the annual Gatorade payoff. Goodson continues to lead Howard by three points with Anderson three behind Howard. The best point race in the series is in the Rookie-of-the-Year category. Childers takes over the top spot from Coy Gibbs after he wheeled his Cleaver Brooks/C&C Boilers/Honeywell Chevrolet to Rookie-of-the-Race honors. The Mooresville, N.C. resident now leads Gibbs by two points while Lawler trails Gibbs by three points. For the second time in 1999 Slim Jim All Pro Series teams will race at Lanier National Speedway in Braselton, Ga. on Saturday, September 4. The Oral B 200 represents the 15th of 16 races on the 1999 series schedule. Bud Pole qualifying will get underway at 6:00 p.m. with the racing program getting the green flag at 8:00 p.m. On June 19, Naples, Fla.'s Billy Bigley, Jr. grabbed the victory at Lanier.

1999 Point Standings (thru 8/14/99)                                                                     
        Car                                                             
Pos     #       Driver  Points  Starts  Poles   Wins    Top 5   Top 10  Earnings
1       86      Wayne Anderson  2313    14      0       4       12      14      $59,520.00 
2       28      Billy Bigley Jr 2201    14      0       4       10      12      $59,250.00 
3       16      Hal Goodson     2072    14      1       3       7       10      $57,860.00 
4       19      Steven Howard   1942    14      2       2       4       8       $38,090.00 
5       31      Ronnie Burkett  1892    13      0       0       5       10      $34,135.00 
6       45      Scott Kilby     1890    14      3       0       4       10      $24,280.00 
7       00      David Reutimann 1890    14      0       0       3       9       $22,445.00 
8       30      Jeff Fultz      1879    14      0       0       4       10      $23,565.00 
9       54     #Rodney Childers 1675    14      2       0       4       5       $17,655.00 
10      09      Randy Gentry    1671    14      1       0       3       3       $21,285.00 
11      53     Robert Burroughs 1668    14      0       0       0       4       $16,670.00 
12      44      #Coy Gibbs      1664    14      2       0       0       3       $16,595.00 
13      9       #Patrick Lawler 1615    13      0       0       0       4       $12,690.00 
14      4       Ron Young       1595    12      0       0       4       4       $20,250.00 
15      34      #Ken Weaver     1492    14      0       0       0       2       $12,310.00 
16      72      #Benny Gordon   1487    13      0       0       0       3       $12,470.00 
17      26      Keith White     1454    14      0       0       0       0       $13,735.00 
18      11      #A.J. Frank     1322    12      0       0       0       0       $8,810.00 
19      33      Conrad Burr     1251    11      0       1       1       2       $19,980.00 
20      1       Eddie Mercer    1220    11      0       0       2       2       $16,370.00 
21      83      #Tina Gordon    1220    9       0       0       0       0       $6,025.00 
22      3       David Bonnett   1162    12      0       0       0       0       $9,795.00 
23      77      #Chad Bland     1046    10      0       0       0       0       $6,005.00 
24      14      Josh Clemons    868     9       0       0       0       1       $6,670.00 
25      38      #Shane Sieg     839     6       0       0       0       1       $3,815.00 
26      20      #Brian Smith    834     7       0       0       0       0       $4,040.00 
27      1       Lee Tissot      740     6       0       0       1       4       $4,865.00 
28      61    #Mike Franklin Jr 658     5       0       0       0       4       $4,290.00 
29      04      Mardy Lindley   621     6       0       0       0       0       $5,050.00 
30      25      Mike Cope       617     5       1       0       1       2       $7,880.00 
31      10     Steve Mendenhall 559     4       0       0       2       2       $5,095.00 
32      87      Kevin Prince    534     6       0       0       0       0       $2,835.00 
33      18      #Strom Altman   500     4       0       0       0       0       $2,340.00 
34      96      Jeremy Thompson 492     4       0       0       0       0       $1,775.00 
35      6       #Robbie Pyle    485     5       0       0       0       0       $3,345.00 
36      23      #Lance Goodson  484     4       0       0       0       1       $3,055.00 
37      2       Robbie Ferguson 416     2       0       0       0       0       $1,145.00 
38      36      Rick Roller     355     3       0       0       0       0       $1,445.00 
39      05      Chip Rutherford 347     3       0       0       0       0       $1,495.00 
40      07      Greg Harrison   340     3       0       0       0       0       $1,475.00 
41      20      Jim Inglebright 312     3       0       0       0       0       $2,425.00 
42      98      Sean Studer     289     2       0       0       1       2       $3,675.00 
43      94      Scott Riggs     279     3       0       0       0       0       $2,585.00 
44      18      George Ingole   240     3       0       0       0       0       $1,245.00 
45      37      Larry Raines    216     2       0       0       0       1       $1,620.00 
46      88      Ricky Turner    207     2       0       0       0       1       $1,285.00 
47      89      Tony Ponkauskus 189     1       0       0       0       0       $400.00 
48      97      Philip Duffie   179     2       0       0       0       0       $1,040.00 
49      85      Robby Marhefka  176     1       0       0       0       0       $525.00 
50      75      Keith Brack     173     1       0       0       0       0       $625.00 
51      80      Toby Porter     165     1       0       0       1       1       $2,725.00 
52      90      Keith Gardner   155     1       0       0       1       1       $1,950.00 
53      07      Jimmy Garmon    142     1       0       0       0       1       $835.00 
54      7       Jason Schuler   142     1       0       0       0       1       $1,050.00 
55      8       Freddie Query   138     1       1       0       0       1       $1,415.00 
56      29      Jason Hogan     138     1       0       0       0       1       $785.00 
57      5       Jesse Harris    130     1       0       0       0       0       $925.00 
58      66      Gary McCoy      127     1       0       0       0       0       $635.00 
59      51      Brian Hoppe     124     1       0       0       0       0       $650.00 
60      62      John Gerstner   109     1       0       0       0       0       $700.00 
61      12      Bobby Parsley   106     1       0       0       0       0       $615.00 
62      0      Steven Christian 100     1       0       0       0       0       $875.00 
63      26      Jimmy Cope      94      1       0       0       0       0       $895.00 
64      10      Doug Klein      91      1       0       0       0       0       $775.00 
65      5       Jerry Awbrey    88      1       1       0       0       0       $800.00 
66      01      Derrick Kelley  88      1       0       0       0       0       $575.00 
67      1       Scott Sands     85      1       0       0       0       0       $545.00 
68      8       Chuck Winders   82      1       0       0       0       0       $535.00 
69      6       Jerry Russell   79      1       0       0       0       0       $480.00 
70      70      Kevin Gingrich  79      0       0       0       0       0       $0.00 
71      82      Donnie Wilson   76      1       0       0       0       0       $675.00 
72      72    Dennis Southerlin 73      1       0       0       0       0       $485.00 
73      48      David Probst    67      1       0       0       0       0       $520.00 
74      15      Dwayne Buggay   64      0       0       0       0       0       $0.00 
75      76      Earl Bergeron   58      0       0       0       0       0       $0.00 
76      18      Debris Brown    52      0       0       0       0       0       $0.00 
77      71      Ray Skillman    52      0       0       0       0       0       $0.00 
78      91      Richard Noda    46      0       0       0       0       0       $0.00 
79      75      #Billy Mills    40      0       0       0       0       0       $0.00 
80      39      Carl Hedin, Jr. 34      0       0       0       0       0       $0.00 
# denotes Rookie of the Year candidate.                                 $625,275.00 

1999 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Statistics  
Lap Leaders (2590 total laps)   
Hal Goodson             459
Wayne Anderson          354
Billy Bigley, Jr.       345
Steven Howard           249
Scott Kilby             217
Coy Gibbs               124
Toby Porter             112
Mike Cope               106
Rodney Childers         105
Lee Tissot              93
Jerry Awbrey            81
Conrad Burr             75
Eddie Mercer            62
Jeff Fultz              58
Randy Gentry            38
Patrick Lawler          33
Shane Sieg              30
Brian Smith             15
Ronnie Burkett          14
Rick Roller             10
Jim Inglebright         5
Freddie Query           5
22 Different Lap Leaders                                

Wins Wayne Anderson 4 Billy Bigley, Jr. 4 Hal Goodson 3 Steven Howard 2 Conrad Burr 1

Laps Completed Percentage Top 20                        
(2590 Possible)                 
1       Wayne Anderson          2590    100.00%
2       Steven Howard           2539    98.03%
3       Scott Kilby             2534    97.84%
4       Billy Bigley, Jr.       2522    97.37%
5       Hal Goodson             2508    96.83%
6       #Coy Gibbs              2449    94.56%
7       David Reutimann         2444    94.36%
8       #Ken Weaver             2323    89.69%
9       Randy Gentry            2300    88.80%
10      Robert Burroughs        2262    87.34%
11      #Patrick Lawler         2261    87.30%
12      Jeff Fultz              2236    86.33%
13      #Rodney Childers        2178    84.09%
14      Ronnie Burkett          2176    84.02%
15      Keith White             2122    81.93%
16      #Benny Gordon           1940    74.90%
17      Ron Young               1881    72.63%
18      #A.J. Frank             1700    65.64%
19      #Tina Gordon            1568    60.54%
20      Eddie Mercer            1502    57.99%
1991 - 1999 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Statistics   
Career Bud Pole Positions       
Mike Cope               13
Toby Porter             9
Jeff Purvis             9
Hal Goodson             8
Mike Garvey             7
Freddie Query           6
Derrick Gilchrist       6
Bobby Gill              6
Billy Bigley, Jr.       5
Wayne Anderson          5
Tony Walls              5
Shane Hall              5
Randy Porter            5
Steve Holzhausen        4
Eddie Mercer            4
Robert Powell           4
Gary Balough            3
Ron Barfield, Jr.       3
Rick Crawford           3
Casey Elliott           3
Hank Parker, Jr.        3
Jody Ridley             3
Jeff Fultz              3
Scott Kilby             3
Nipper Alsup            2
Rich Bickle             2
Steven Christian        2
Matt Hutter             2
Bob Senneker            2
Jack Sprague            2
Sean Studer             2
Tammy Jo Kirk           2
Ron Young               2
Mardy Lindley           2
Conrad Burr             2
Coy Gibbs               2
Rodney Childers         2
Steven Howard           2
Bobby Hamilton, Sr.     1
Bubba Gale              1
Clay Brown              1
Daniel Keene            1
Dick Anderson           1
Donnie Bishop           1
Eddie Goodson           1
Jamie Prell             1
Jason Keller            1
Jimmy Garmon            1
John Crow               1
Ken Schrader            1
Kevin Evans             1
Marty Ward              1
Mike Harmon             1
Pete Orr                1
Randy Gentry            1
Scot Walters            1
Scott Hansen            1
Scott Sutherland        1
Terry Harris            1
Jerry Awbrey            1

Career Wins Freddie Query 17 Mike Cope 14 Hal Goodson 13 Jody Ridley 12 Bobby Gill 10 Mike Garvey 9 Toby Porter 9 Wayne Anderson 9 Jeff Purvis 7 Billy Bigley, Jr. 7 Ron Young 6 Steven Christian 6 Rick Crawford 5 Jason Keller 5 Derrick Gilchrist 4 Scott Hansen 4 Ron Barfield, Jr. 3 Hank Parker, Jr. 3 Rich Bickle 2 Jeff Fultz 2 Gary Balough 2 Donnie Bishop 2 Scott Sutherland 2 Scot Walters 2 Steven Howard 2 Brian Rievley 1 Carl Long 1 Clay Brown 1 Conrad Burr 1 David Green 1 Dick Anderson 1 Gary Bradberry 1 Gary Jones 1 Gary St. Amant 1 Lee Tissot 1 Mike Miller 1 Nipper Alsup 1 Randy Porter 1 Shane Hall 1 Steve Holzhausen 1 Terry Brooks 1 Tim Sauter 1 Tim Steele 1 Wayne Willard 1

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Rich Bickle , Bobby Hamilton , Jason Keller , Ken Schrader , Shane Hall , Robert Burroughs , Jack Sprague , Coy Gibbs , Rick Crawford , Jeff Purvis , David Green , Scott Riggs , Billy Bigley , Tina Gordon , Mike Harmon , Tim Sauter , Tim Steele , David Reutimann , Jeff Fultz , Gary Bradberry , Jason Schuler , Conrad Burr , Patrick Lawler , Mike Miller , Ron Young , Carl Long , Ron Barfield , Jim Inglebright , Ken Weaver , Brian Smith , Tammy Jo Kirk , Shane Sieg , Wayne Anderson , Randy Po , Mike Garvey , Eddie Mercer , A.J. Frank , Scott Hansen