Labor Day weekend notes

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 5, 2001) - NASCAR Touring competitors were busy over the Labor Day Holiday weekend as seven of the nine regional touring series competed in events. Those events signified that the championship chases in NASCAR...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 5, 2001) - NASCAR Touring competitors were busy over the Labor Day Holiday weekend as seven of the nine regional touring series competed in events. Those events signified that the championship chases in NASCAR Touring are in full swing.

Sammy Potashnick of Sikeston, Mo., scored his first career NASCAR Winston West Series victory at Rocky Mountain Raceways in Salt Lake City, Utah, this past Saturday in the Bank One 250 presented by NAPA and Hoosier. Potashnick held off several series veterans to earn his first victory while top point men Brendan Gaughan of Las Vegas, Nev., and Mark Reed of Bakersfield, Calif., finished 16th and 12th. Gaughan now holds a 25-point advantage over Reed with just two races remaining on the schedule.

"It will be interesting, that's for sure," stated Gaughan. "Everyone will be trying to defeat us because we are the defending champions. The two races that are left are on a superspeedway and a short track, so there is no telling what can happen. We just have to do our best and let the rest take care of itself."

Dave Dion of Hudson, N.H., returned to victory lane in Busch North Series competition in the series traditional appearance at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vt., in the True Value 150. Dion took the lead from series championship point leader Mike Olsen of N. Haverhill, N.H., on lap 117 of the 150-lap event and went on to record his first victory since May of 2000. Olsen finished fourth in the event and leads the series championship standings by 189-points over Kelly Moore with five races remaining.

"It feels great to win again," stated Dion. "I knew that we were capable of performances like this, but things haven't really come together. We're not in the points race this season, but we won it 1996. It's such an uphill battle. Sometimes, you have to put winning the race behind you and just finish. That's hard for a guy like me to do."

Eddie Flemke, Jr., of Southington, Conn., captured his second Featherlite Modified Series victory of the season in the Waterford 150 at the .375-mile Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl this past Saturday. Flemke wrestled the lead from Ted Christopher and then held him off to score the win. Series championship point leader, Mike Stefanik of Coventry, R.I., finished third in the 150-lap event and stretched his point lead slightly to 51-points over John Blewett, III. Stefanik is a four-time series champion and Blewett is seeking his first series title. Blewett finished seventh in the Waterford 150.

"Mike (Stefanik) is not going to give us anything," commented Blewett. "He has been in this position so many times that he just knows what it takes. He rarely makes mistakes and to beat him you have to be better than that. Our team is going to have to be mistake free if we want a shot at the championship over the last five races."

Craig Raudman of Redding, Calif., continues to close in on his first Featherlite Southwest Series crown. Raudman captured his third victory in the Irwindale 200 at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway this past Saturday and seeks to join his brother Chris as a Featherlite Southwest Series champion. With the victory, Raudman's lead has grown to 199-points over Auggie Vidovich, Jr., with just four races remaining on the schedule this season.

"It sounds easy, but it is very hard to execute," began Raudman. "Concentrate on winning races and the points will take care of themselves. That is the attitude that we've had all season. I don't know if we would be in the position we are in if M.K. (Kanke) hadn't been injured. He was off to a great start and it would have been a real nail-biter. With four races remaining, anything can happen."

Joe Kosiski of Omaha, Neb., scored his second O'Reilly Auto Parts All-Star Series victory of the season in the Nebraska State Fair 50 at State Fair Raceway in Lincoln, Neb., this past Wednesday and closed to within 27-points of leader Kyle Berck. Kosiski has won the series title on five occasions, while Berck is seeking his first championship.

"We just keep working at it," stated Kosiski. "This is the fun time of the year for me and our guys. We know what is on the line and just get after it. That's the best way to win a title in this series or in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series."

Steve Carlson of West Salem, Wisc., recorded his seventh victory of the season in the Ozark Challenge 150 at Lebanon (Mo.) I-44 Speedway this past Saturday and increased his point lead to 108 over Brian Hoppe. Carlson is seeking his third RE/MAX Challenge Series and second consecutive series championship.

Kevin Hamlin of Snohomish, Wash., finished fifth in the Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series event at Tri-City Raceway in West Richland, Wash., this past Sunday and maintained a 116-point lead over Joe Benedetti. Shane Biles of Woodinville, Wash., scored his first series victory of the season.

In the Goody's Dash Series, Cam Strader of Wilson, N.C., holds a 109-point lead over four-time series champion Robert Huffman. In Gatorade All Pro Series competition, Wayne Anderson of Wildwood, Fla., holds a slim 28-point margin over Randy Gentry. Anderson won the 1999 Gatorade All Pro Series title.

Nine NASCAR Touring series blanket the United States featuring special events at many NASCAR Weekly Racing Series tracks, 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 Anheuser-Busch, Featherlite Trailers, Gatorade, Goody's Headache Powders, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Raybestos Brakes, RE/MAX International, Inc., and R.J. Reynolds brand, Winston.


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Drivers Cam Strader , Brendan Gaughan , Mark Reed , Craig Raudman , Auggie Vidovich , Wayne Anderson , Robert Huffman , Kevin Hamlin , Ted Christopher , Steve Carlson