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JACKSONVILLE, N. C. (September 25 2000) - Defending race champion Robert Huffman is anxious to return to Coastal Plains Raceway and try to put a lock on his fourth Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring National Championship. The Claremont, N....

JACKSONVILLE, N. C. (September 25 2000) - Defending race champion Robert Huffman is anxious to return to Coastal Plains Raceway and try to put a lock on his fourth Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring National Championship. The Claremont, N. C. driver won here in April but has not been to victory lane since winning at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May and with only three events remaining, on the 2000 schedule, Huffman knows that time is running out to put the White House Apple Juice Pontiac in victory lane. "We have had a good year but it has been an up and down year," said Huffman. "Goodness knows we have been looking for victory lane but the series has been tougher this year than in a long time. Just look at the first time winners we have had this year and some of these drivers have won twice." "And what about Ned Combs and Scott Weaver. They have been supporting the series longer than anyone. It took Ned over 20 years to win his second career victory and for Scott, it has been four years." "I don't care to go anywhere else to compete," continued Huffman. "We have done very well here and have made a good living so why go anywhere else to run. We will be back next year with a brand new program that will be announced soon. I am excited about next year and White House Apple Juice will be our primary sponsor again in 2000. "We haven't won this championship yet and I know that Ricky Bryant is running hard in every race to get a win this year and close the points spread," stated Huffman. "I would like to see him get a win this year but we intend to be just as tough." This will be the third series event run at the new 4/10-mile speedplant. Jimmy Britts, who won his first of 2000 at Hickory Motor Speedway in the last series event, won the first event here in October 1999 with Huffman winning the second series event run herein April 2000. Britts would like to go back-to-back and improve his top ten points standing with only three races remaining for the NAPA Autoparts/Southern Speed/Horsepower by Hedrick team. While Huffman and Bryant have been battling for points other drivers have been having their own challenges in the points standing. B. J. Mackey, who finished second in the first event at Coastal Plains, has been on a roll since that race. He had back-to-back wins at Greenville-Pickens Speedway and Southern National Speedway and he won his first Bud Pole of the season on the tough high-banks of Bristol Motor Speedway. Mackey, now fourth in the national points chase, can be a top five contender in the end of year points standing with his Van Camp's Beans/Horton Homes/Daly Motorsports Pontiac. He has 11 top ten finishes in his 15 starts in 2000. Another top contender, currently third in the national points standing, is Roger Sawyer of Orlando, Fla. Sawyer also has recorded 11 top ten runs in his 15 series starts in 2000 and can boast the only female crew chief on the series with his mother, Pat, calling the shots for the Orlando Orange County Auto Auction Pontiac team. She made the call at Bristol Motor Speedway that gave Sawyer his first career NASCAR victory. In the spring event at Coastal Plains, Sawyer finished seventh. Cam Strader finished fifth in the first event at Coastal Plains but since then has been one of the cars to beat in every event. In 14 starts he has 10 top five runs and leads all drivers in laps led. He leads the NAPA Filter Rookie of the Year standings and he also leads the Gatorade "FrontRunner" Award standings. Strader has two Bud Pole starts this year and he earned his first NASCAR career win at Myrtle Beach Speedway in August with his Wesson Cooking Oil/Children's Miracle Network Mercury. Pit gates will open on Saturday, October 7 at 10:30 a.m. Practice for these powerful six-cylinder production sedan division cars of NASCAR gets underway at 1:30 p.m. for two hours. Bud Pole qualifying takes place at 5:30 p.m. Series drivers will sign autographs for race fans from 7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. before the start of the M & N Rentals 125. Nine NASCAR Touring Series blanket the United States, bringing special events to many NASCAR Weekly Racing Series tracks and some NASCAR superspeedways and road courses. NASCAR Touring Series are extremely popular with fans and competitors. 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. These sponsors include Anheuser-Busch, Featherlite, Goody's Headache Powders, Raybestos Brakes, RE/MAX International, Inc., Slim Jim and R. J. Reynolds brand, Winston.

Bill Desmond

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