Goody's Dash Ready for Historic South Boston

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 1 2000) - It has been over a decade since the production sedan division of NASCAR competed at the historic 4/10-mile oval of South Boston Speedway. The South Boston Speedway 125 also marks the first time the series...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 1 2000) - It has been over a decade since the production sedan division of NASCAR competed at the historic 4/10-mile oval of South Boston Speedway. The South Boston Speedway 125 also marks the first time the series has competed separately, in 2000, with the NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division. Many changes have taken place since the last time the series competed at South Boston. In 1989 the series was known as the Charlotte/Daytona Dash Series. Today the title sponsor is Goody's Pharmaceuticals or the Goody's Dash Series. In 1989 cars ran the four-cylinder engine while today almost all drivers will have V-6 powerplants under the hood of their car. "This will be an exciting weekend of racing at one of Virginia's most popular short-tracks," said Tom Deery. "We are pleased to be returning to this facility which has been in the Day family for generations. The series has a tradition of great racing action at this track and race fans will certainly see plenty of thrilling excitement on a full weekend of racing at South Boston." Only three drivers presently competing with the series have competed at South Boston in the past. Gary Moore, Mike Watts, and Scott Weaver continue to support the series on a full-time basis while Larry Caudill and Mickey York still compete infrequently with the series. Many new drivers will test the tough racing surface at South Boston for the first time including three-time Goody's Dash Series National Champion Robert Huffman with his White House Apple Juice Pontiac. Huffman has been virtually untouchable this year in his efforts to gain a fourth national title. Through the first six series events he has four wins to his credit, two Bud Pole starts, six top five and top ten finishes and is the only series driver to complete 100% of the laps run. Two of his four victories have been superspeedway wins at Daytona and Lowe's Motor Speedway. Ricky Bryant is currently second in series points behind Huffman. The Archdale, N. C., driver with sponsorship from Washington Apple is still looking for his first win in 2000. His best finish in 2000 was at Caraway Speedway, in May, when he finished second to Scott Weaver. Bryant sports the second best finishing average of 7.8 behind Huffman's incredible 2.0 through the first six events for drivers making every start in 2000. One of the most consistent drivers this year has been Roger Sawyer of Orlando, Fla., currently third in points. That consistency has propelled him into the top three in series points for the first time. Sawyer has four runs in the top 10 giving him a 10.0 finishing average through six races. Another consistent driver currently fifth in national points is Keith Roggen with a 10.8 finishing average in six starts. Four of those six starts have been in the top ten. One of the hottest drivers on the series is also leading the NAPA Filter Rookie of the Year standings. After not making the race at Daytona in February, Strader has been awesome in his newly sponsored Wesson Cooking Oil Mercury Cougar. In five starts he has four top five finishes giving him a 7.8 finishing average. He is ninth in series points. Other top ten point drivers looking to make a strong showing will be Edward Howell, currently fourth in points, Ned Combs, sixth, Weaver who would like to make it win number three in his career, B. J. Mackey, eighth, and Johnny Chapman in tenth. Competition is keen in 2000 as 131 points separate second and tenth places with only 38 points separating fifth and tenth places in points. Gates open for the 125-lap event at 10:00 a.m. Practice will be from 1:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Bud Pole Qaulifying will take place at 5:00 p.m. with the 125-lap race taking the green flag at 7:30 p.m.

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.

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Drivers Robert Huffman , Johnny Chapman , Gary Moore