SES: South Boston Speedway race preview

SOUTH BOSTON, VA. (June 12 2001) - One of the most historic short tracks in the NASCAR family, South Boston Speedway, will host a gigantic racing triple header on July 3 when two of NASCAR's Touring Divisions, The Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR...

SOUTH BOSTON, VA. (June 12 2001) - One of the most historic short tracks in the NASCAR family, South Boston Speedway, will host a gigantic racing triple header on July 3 when two of NASCAR's Touring Divisions, The Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring and the Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring join with Late Model Stock type cars to give race fans 400-laps of exciting racing action.

The two NASCAR Touring Divisions will run 150-lap events while the Textilease Late Model Stock cars, the main division at South Boston Speedway, will compete in two 50-lap races.

The Gatorade All Pro Series has not competed at the tough 4/10 mile oval since 1998 when Freddie Query led all 200-laps in dominating style to beat Billy Bigley Jr., to the finish line by .04 secs in one of the closest races in series history. This will be the first series event run at South Boston less then 200-laps.

Wayne Anderson, Bud Pole winner in 1996, and Bigley, Bud Pole winner in 1995 have entered this event and will be two of the favorites to become the sixth different race winner in seven races at this speedplant. Query, the only double winner here, had wins in 1994 and 1998. Other winners since 1992 have been Bobby Gill, Brian Rievley, Hal Goodson and Rick Crawford.

Bigley, the 2000 Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Champion, is competing full-time with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 2001 but his consistency and tenaciousness have kept him in the top five in points despite missing one race earlier in the season.

"We have been very fortunate this year with scheduling between the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring," said Bigley from his home in Naples, Fla. "As defending series champion I will compete in as many Gatorade All Pro races as my Craftsman Truck Series commitment will allow. We have more starts than anyone in the series and short track competition is what got me where I am today. Besides I owe it to my crew so they can stay where their racing roots have been."

"I have raced at South Boston in every series event except the 1996 event. I have seen the track as a .357-mile and a .4-mile track and no matter the size it is a tough race track. This track has produced some outstanding NASCAR Winston Cup drivers in Jeff and Ward Burton and Elliott Sadler and his brother Hermie in the NASCAR Busch Series.

Bigley has more laps at this track than any other series driver completing 85.7% of laps run. Longtime series regular Conrad Burr follows Bigley with 508 laps run for 63.5%. Other current series drivers who have made starts include Anderson, Jeff Fultz and Greg Pope in '96 with Josh Clemons, Randy Gentry, Steven Howard, Mardy Lindley and David Reutimann making their lone start in the 1998 event.

Racing action will start at 7:30 p.m. with a 50-lap Textilease Late Model Stock race followed by a 150-lap Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring race. A second 50-Lap Late Model Stock event will follow the Dash event before thirty-two Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring drivers take the green flag in their 150-lap event.

At the conclusion of the Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring 150-lap event everyone at South Boston Speedway and the surrounding area will be treated to a gigantic fireworks display, a tradition at the track. Qualifying for the 550 horsepower cars will take place at 4:45 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 12:00 p.m. Ticket prices will be $20.00 for advanced reserved and $30.00 at the gate for reserved. General admission advanced tickets are $15.00 and $20.00 at the gate.

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 Ward Burton , Rick Crawford , Billy Bigley , David Reutimann , Jeff Fultz , Conrad Burr , Wayne Anderson , Elliott Sadler