Southern National: Event preview and notes

Strader setting sights on Southern National Speedway. DAYTONA BEACH, FL (July 23, 2002) - Defending Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring Champion Cam Strader is looking forward to the next stop on the schedule. Saturday, July 27, 2002 marks the...

Strader setting sights on Southern National Speedway.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (July 23, 2002) - Defending Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring Champion Cam Strader is looking forward to the next stop on the schedule. Saturday, July 27, 2002 marks the series' return to Kenly, NC and Strader's home racing surface.

Cam began his competitive racing career at the tender age of 10. Since that time, his racing career has produced some awesome results. His first full-bodies stock car experience came in the Super Pro Truck Division at the Southern National Speedway in 1997. Then he moved to the Late Model Division in 1998. He wasted little time being recognized for his exceptional talent and received Motorsports Magazine's "Rising Star of the Year" award in 1998. In his first season with Late Models, he won two races, finished third in points and won Rookie of the Year honors. In 1999, he again won two feature events, and had four pole starts, and finished third in points before moving to the Goody's Dash Series in 2000.

Strader, who is from nearby Wilson, is poised to pounce. Winless in the 2002 campaign, yet on a streak of strong finishes, Strader has moved into third position in the Series' Championship Points. Strader says, "This is where I cut my teeth in late-model cars. The race at the Southern National Speedway will be a good race for us. It's always good to race at your home track."

Starting with this weekend at Kenly, the Goody's Dash Series will visit tracks that have been good for Strader's race team. After Southern National Speedway comes South Boston, Myrtle Beach, and then on to Bristol. Strader's prediction? "My crew guys are working hard and it's far being over. Jake (Hobgood) and Robert (Huffman) are running great, but we're headed to tracks that really compliment my driving style," Strader said.

It is interesting to note that in five races at SNS, there have been five different winners. Only two of the drivers currently in the top ten in the Series Championship Points have gone to victory lane at the speedway. Those two drivers are Scott Weaver (1997) and Robert Huffman (1998). Cam Strader has one Bud Pole at SNS (2000). No driver has won the race from the first starting position.

Southern National Speedway is located 4 Miles East of the I-95 Kenly Exit, on US 301. Then southeast on SR 581, then northeast on Newsome Mill Road. The track phone number is 919-284-1114.

The Goody's Dash Series teams will be practicing from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm with a lunch break in between. Qualifying is set for 5:00 pm with the AYCOCK AUTO AUCTION "150" Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring race getting underway at 8:30 pm.

WHO'S HOT?
Danny Bagwell feels that his race team is in it's best shape ever. Bagwell took the win at Memphis and came from behind, more than once, at Greenville-Pickens to finish third. Bagwell finished the 1996 season with a career high 4th place in the Championship Points. That year he had one victory to his credit. Currently he sits 6th in the race for the Series' Title. Another strong finish would move him even further up the ladder.

WHO's HOT BUT NOT?
Robert Huffman has won three out of the first eight races in 2002. Since his last win, he has one 2nd and two 4th place finishes. He is gunning for his 39th career victory and a record tying fifth Series' Title. (Dean Combs has 60 career wins and five Championships to his credit).

Scott Weaver continues to be the hot shoe trying to breakthrough with a win. Weaver has two top fives in the last two events. He has been a factor in most of the races in 2002. He has two career wins, with the first coming at Southern National Speedway in1997.

Mag Clip Rookie of the Year leader, Chuck Gafrarar is looking for his first career win. Since signing on with Highland Motorsports at Kentucky, he has posted one top ten and two top fives. He is itchy to add his name to the list of race winners.

FROM THE ARCHIVES:
When Scott Weaver made it to victory lane at Southern National Speedway on July 19, 1997, he was greeted by nearly every driver at the track. Weaver's win was popular for many reasons. The Weaver family is one of the few race teams that have been around since nearly the beginning of the Goody's Dash Series. Scott's father, Floyd Weaver, raced in the early years before turning the driving duties over to Scott in the late 1980's. Scott not only drives but also builds chassis' for many of his competitors. The Weaver family has always been quick to respond with assistance when one of the other teams is in need of parts or guidance. During the usual hat dance in victory lane, Scott took possession of each hat from the contributing sponsors, by tossing them through the window of his racing machine. "They are all mine, Scott said. "I earned them!"

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Cam Strader , Robert Huffman