2002 Nascar Busch Series, Grand National Division Race Facts: WHAT: STACKER 2 200 NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division Series Race ...
2002 Nascar Busch Series, Grand National Division Race Facts:
WHAT: STACKER 2 200 NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division Series Race #12 of 34
WHERE: Nazareth Speedway 1-Mile Paved Oval
WHEN: Sunday, May 19, 2002
DISTANCE: 200 Miles / 200 Laps
POSTED AWARDS: $784,032
FIELD: Field consists of the fastest 36 cars through time trials. Also, seven provisional starting positions based on 2002 owner points, for maximum 43-car field. The 43rd position is reserved for a past NASCAR Busch Series champion, if needed. If unused, it will go to the next eligible owner.
SANCTION: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR)
PROMOTER: Pennsylvania International Raceway, Inc.
TV: FX (Live)
Race Airtime: 1:00 p.m. ET
RADIO: MRN Radio (Live)
Airtime: 12:30 p.m. ET
SCHEDULE (ALL TIMES LOCAL)
Friday, May 18:
9:50-11:50 a.m. - NBS Practice
1 p.m. - NBS Bud Pole Qualifying; (all positions)
5:30-6:30 p.m. - NBS Final Practice
Saturday, May 19:
12:30 p.m. - NBS Driver Introductions
1 p.m. - Start of STACKER 2 200
Qualifying: 132.404 mph - Jeff Green, Chevrolet, July 15, 2000
Race: 104.772 mph - Chuck Bown, Pontiac, May 11, 1991
THE TRACK: The Nazareth Speedway joined the NASCAR Busch Series schedule in 1988 and has hosted one race a year every season. The track is uniquely shaped with a 1-mile lap length and has 3 degrees banking in Turn 1, 4 degrees in Turn 2, 6 degrees in Turns 3 & 4, 2.7 degrees on the backstretch and 3 degrees on the frontstretch. The frontstretch is 800 feet in length and backstretch length is 1200 feet.
PARTICIPATING AWARD SPONSORS:
Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Clevite, Autolite Spark Plugs, Auto Meter Products, Bowman Distribution, Competition Cams, Ford Motor Corporation, Gatorade, Goodyear Eagle Tires, Goody’s, Holley Carburetors, JE Pistons, Jesel Rocker Arms, Kar Products, Mac Tools, Mechanix Wear, Moog Chassis Parts, Moroso Ignition Wire Set, MSD Ignitions, Penske Shocks, Raybestos Brakes, Simpson Firesuits, 76 Race Gasoline, 76/NASCAR High Performance Motor Oil, Wix Air Filters.
* The first NASCAR Busch Series race at Nazareth Speedway was in 1988, won by Rick Mast.
* In the 14 NASCAR Busch Series races held at Nazareth, there have been 13 different winners. Tim Fedewa is the only repeat winner in the race's history, winning in 1995 and' 98.
* Greg Biffle is defending champion of the Stacker 2 200. He won last year, averaging 103.961 mph in a Ford.
* In the NASCAR Busch Series' first three years at Nazareth, its race was 300 miles; in 1991 the race was shortened to 200 miles.
NOTES OF INTEREST:
* After 11 races in the parity-filled 2002 NASCAR Busch Series season, there have been seven different winners, a list topped by three-time winner Jason Keller.
* Scott Riggs leads a stellar Raybestos Rookie of the Year class thus far, having won two races. Riggs is fourth in the overall series points standings.
* Series points leader Jack Sprague is making a championship run on the strength of consistency. Sprague has yet to win a race, but he has a series-high eight top-10 finishes.
* The NASCAR Busch Series officially began in 1982 but the circuit has 52-year-old roots. The series originally was known as the NASCAR Sportsman Division when it was formed in 1950; it became the NASCAR Late Model Sportsman Division in 1968, and then became the NASCAR Busch Series in 1982. The first NASCAR Busch Series race was held Feb. 13, 1982 at Daytona International Speedway, won by Dale Earnhardt. Jack Ingram was the first NASCAR Busch Series champion. The Stacker 2 200 will be the 608th race in the history of the NASCAR Busch Series.