Lakeland USA Speedway preview

LAKELAND, FLA. (October 13 2000) - The Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring 2000 racing season is drawing to a close with only two races remaining on the schedule. One of Florida's premier racing facilities USA International Speedway will be...

LAKELAND, FLA. (October 13 2000) - The Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring 2000 racing season is drawing to a close with only two races remaining on the schedule. One of Florida's premier racing facilities USA International Speedway will be the next to last race. The fourth series event at this outstanding three quarter mile speedplant has seen three different drivers stop in victory lane since 1997, but for this event, the winning driver could be taking a back seat to the fourth national championship of Robert Huffman, Claremont, N. C. Huffman enters the Discount Auto Parts 150 needing only 22 points between Ricky Bryant and himself, at the end of the race, to put a lock on his third consecutive title and fourth overall championship. "This year has been one of our best," said Huffman from his race shop. "The competition has been excellent this year and frankly it has been tough to win an event on the series." "Heck I started out this year winning four of the first six events and haven't been able to find victory lane since the race at Lowe's Motor Speedway", continued Huffman. Huffman's record in 2000 speaks for itself as he has led the national points standing since winning the opening race at Daytona in February. In fact that was his first ever win on the high-banks of Daytona. He leads the series in top five finishes with 11 and he along with Bryant have the most top ten finishes with 14. Huffman is also the leading series money winner in 2000. Huffman and 1991 Goody's Dash Series National Champion Johnny Chapman will be the only former champions in the field for the Discount Auto Parts 150. Huffman holds the race record for these cars at USA International with a speed of 88.894 mph set in 1999. Charles Powell III holds the qualifying mark set in 1997 with a time of 22.339 Secs (120.864 mph). Florida drivers looking to do well in this event will be Jimmy Britts of Orange Park, Fla., Bobby Dayton, Homestead, Fla., Derrick Kelley of Auburndale, Fla., who has many laps at this facility, Doug Gainey of Bunnell, Fla., Keith Roggen of Winter Haven, Fla. and Roger Sawyer of nearby Orlando, Fla. Britts leads the series in Bud Pole Awards in 2000 with three and would like to wrap up that title with one more. He has also been to victory lane once this year. Roggen garnered his first Bud Pole in 2000 with Sawyer recording his first career victory in 2000 on the high-banks of Bristol Motor Speedway. Sawyer can also boast having the only female crew chief with the series, his mother Pat. Leading up to the Discount Auto Parts 150, drivers will have a busy week. On Thursday many drivers and NASCAR officials will participate in the annual George Crenshaw golf outing at the Huntington Hills Golf Club in Lakeland, Fla. Drivers will gather at 7:00 a.m. for registration with a shotgun start taking place at 8:00 a.m. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Goody's Dash Series Family Auxiliary. On Friday morning gates will open at 11:30 a.m. with practice commencing at 3:00 p.m. First round qualifying to set the first 20 starting positions will take place at 7:00 p.m. On Saturday, gates will open at 9:00 a.m. with practice set to begin at 2:00 p.m. Second round qualifying to determine starting positions 21 thru 32 will start at 4:15 p.m. Four additional provisional positions will bring the starting field to 36 drivers. A driver autograph session will be held at 6:00 p.m. prior to the Discount Auto Parts 150 taking the green flag at 7:30 p.m. For further information contact USA International Speedway at: 863-984-7223

-Bill Desmond

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Robert Huffman , Johnny Chapman