1998 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Race Facts
WHAT: Volusia Speedway Park 150 WHERE: Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, FL, 0.375 mile paved oval WHEN: Sunday night, February 8, 1998, 8:00 p.m. approx. DISTANCE: 150 laps (56.25 miles) POSTED AWARDS: $38,700 TV/RADIO: None
FIELD: 30 cars. Starting positions 1-26 will be determined by time trials (2 laps). Positions 27-30 will be available to any of the top 30 eligible drivers from the final 1997 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Championship point standings, who have entered the event, but have not qualified for one of the original 26 starting positions. If a provisional position(s) remains unfilled, then that position(s) will become available to the next eligible car from the qualifying procedure for this event.
SANCTION: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR)
PROMOTER: Volusia Speedway Park, Inc.
CONTACTS: Jim Noltimier, NASCAR, (770) 486-3591 Madge Logan, Volusia Speedway Park, (904) 985-4402
SCHEDULE: Team Hauler Parking 8:00 a.m. Registration & Inspection 9:00 a.m. Practice 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Mandatory Drivers' Meeting 3:45 p.m. Time Trials (2 laps) 6:00 p.m. Volusia Speedway Park 150 8:00 p.m. approx.
THE RACE: The Volusia Speedway Park 150 is the first of 20 races on the 1997 series schedule. Consisting of 150 laps, this race will serve as the inaugural NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series event on the facility's 0.375 mile paved oval. All previous NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series events contested at this facility were waged on the 0.500 mile oval, which was converted to a dirt racing surface during the off-season.
RECORDS 0.375 mile oval Track Qual. Record: To be established on February 8 Fastest Avg. Speed: To be established on February 8
0.500 mile oval Track Qual. Record: Wayne Anderson, Wildwood, FL, Chevrolet, 16.206 secs., 111.070 mph, 2/17/96 Fastest Avg. Speed: (200 lap) Rick Crawford, Mobile, AL, Ford, 1 hr., 11 mins., 58 secs., 83.37 mph, 2/17/96 (250 lap) Mike Garvey, Muskegon, MI,Ford, 1 hr., 35 mins., 44 secs., 78.34 mph, 6/19/93
1997 REVIEW: Wildwood, Fla.'s Wayne Anderson drove his Porter Cable Professional Power Tools Chevrolet to his third win in four events in the Volusia 200. The race almost had to be rescheduled as a result of a late afternoon rain storm. Eventual 1997 Port City Racing Rookie of the Year David Reutimann earned a career best second place finish ahead of Steven Christian, Freddie Query and Hal Goodson.
NOTES OF INTEREST ? Since 1991, Gary Bradberry, Jeff Purvis, Mike Garvey, Bobby Gill, Freddie Query, Rick Crawford, Mike Cope and Wayne Anderson have all found their way into victory lane on Volusia's 0.500 mile oval. On February 8, one driver will earn the distinction of becoming the first series winner on the newly paved 0.375 mile oval. ? Former series regulars Billy Bigley, Jr. and Bobby Gill are expected to return to the series full time in 1998. ? Hal Goodson, defending series champion, will be running the number 50 in 1998 in commemoration of NASCAR's 50th Anniversary.
STAT OF THE WEEK: 1997 was a record year for the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series with 14 different race winners (new series record) and 14 different pole winners (ties existing series record) over the course of the 20-event season.
PARTICIPATING MANUFACTURERS: Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser brand), Brodix Cylinder Heads, Carrera Shocks, Fel-Pro Gaskets, Gatorade Thirst Quencher, Holley Carburetors, Jasper Engines & Transmissions, Moroso Blue Max Ignition Wires and Oil Pans, MSD Ignitions, NGK Spark Plugs, Outlaw Disc Brakes, Reb-Co Racing Enterprises, Scott Performance Wire, Stef's Oil Pans, Tilton Engineering.
POINT FUND SPONSORS: Slim Jim, Anheuser-Busch, Inc. (Bud brand), Gatorade, Hoosier Tires, Jasper Engines & Transmissions, STP Corporation, 76 Race Gasoline.