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Gatorade All Pro Series, Nascar Touring Drivers Return To Greenville-Pickens Speedway Will Include Golf Tournament To Benefit Shriner Children's Hospital GREENVILLE, S. C. (August 3 2001) -- As the 2001 Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring ...

Gatorade All Pro Series, Nascar Touring Drivers Return To Greenville-Pickens Speedway Will Include Golf Tournament To Benefit Shriner Children's Hospital

GREENVILLE, S. C. (August 3 2001) -- As the 2001 Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring enters the second half of its racing schedule, a tough battle is waging between the top five series drivers in points for the 2001 National Championship.

The tenth race of the season brings drivers and crews back to the second oldest racing facility in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series, Greevnville-Pickens Speedway on August 18 for the Cintas 200. Wayne Anderson, Wildwood, Fl., defending champion of the fall race at this historic .500-mile oval enters the Cintas 200 with a slim 34 point lead over Easley, S. C. driver Randy Gentry.

Anderson started the year strong in his Jani-King Chevrolet winning three of the first four races on the Gatorade All Pro Series schedule but did not move into the series points lead until after the fifth race of the year at Birmingham International Speedway where he finished second to Greer, S. C., driver, Steven Howard.

Anderson has one Bud Pole start in 2001 and has finished in the top five in seven of nine series events with top five finishes in the last three events. With two event finishes of 25th or higher Anderson still sports a fourth place ranking in laps completed percentage at 89.7%. Additionally he had led 25% of the laps run in 2001. Gentry, without a doubt, is having his finest NASCAR Touring racing season. He was the only driver to have completed 100% of laps run until he was involved in an early racing incident at South Boston Speedway on July 3 and spend 12 laps in the garage for repairs. He continues to lead in the category at 99.3%.

The driver of the Carolina Painting Chevrolet has one Bud Pole start for the season, four top five and seven top ten finishes in nine races. He is still looking for that elusive first visit to victory lane. The best Gentry has ever finished in national points was eighth in 1999.

Jeff Fultz trails Anderson by 103 points in his bid for his first NASCAR National Title. He has finished runner-up twice on the series in 1997 and 2000 and in 1999 ranked fifth in the final standing. His C & C Boiler/Cleave Brooks Chevrolet has earned two Bud Pole starts in 2001 which leads all drivers. Additionally he has recorded back to back wins at Kentucky Speedway and South Boston Speedway. He ranks third in laps led with 255 circuits paced and laps completed percentage with 90.3%.

David Reutimann, Zephyr Hills, Fl., driver of the Pennzoil Chevrolet, continues his steady pace toward a possible national title. Trailing Anderson by 137 points, Reutimann has three top five and seven top ten runs so far in 2001.

"Fast Eddie" Mercer of Pensacola, Fl. who is in his first year of a full NASCAR Touring season rounds out the top five drivers in series points. Carrying sponsorship of Everwood/Phoenix Construction and Quality Body Shop on his Chevrolet, Mercer has been a steady performer with one Bud Pole start, his first NASCAR Touring Series victory which came at Montgomery Motor Speedway in June, four top five and five top ten finishes and is ranked fifth in laps led and laps completed percentage.

Mercer is 170 points behind Anderson in his bid for a first NASCAR Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Championship Action gets underway for the weekend on August 17 2001 with the Gatorade All Pro "Cintas 200" Golf Tournament to be held at the Bonnie Brea Golf Course in Maulin, S. C. The tournament featuring Gatorade All Pro Drivers, Greenville-Pickens Speedway personnel, Shriners and Gatorade All Pro Series Officials will start at 10:00 am with a four man best ball format. All proceeds will be donated to he Shriner's Children's Hospital in Greenville.

Many companies are donating prizes for this event including Budweiser, Cintas, Gatorade, Greased Lightening, Nicholas Golf and Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet who will award a new Chevrolet to any driver making a hole in one on the first hole, a par three, at Bonnie Brea.

On Saturday, April 28, the Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring cars will take to the track for practice starting at 1:00 pm with qualifying starting at 6:00 pm. The Cintas 200 will take the green flag at 8:00 pm.

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 Charity , NASCAR
Drivers David Reutimann , Jeff Fultz