Lonesome Pine: Toyota, Huffman preview

Huffman takes the series points lead into Lonesome Pine. COEBURN, Va. (May 8, 2002) - Four-time NASCAR Goody's Dash champion Robert Huffman takes a narrow series points lead into the Lonesome Pine 150 this Saturday, May 11, at Lonesome Pine ...

Huffman takes the series points lead into Lonesome Pine.

COEBURN, Va. (May 8, 2002) - Four-time NASCAR Goody's Dash champion Robert Huffman takes a narrow series points lead into the Lonesome Pine 150 this Saturday, May 11, at Lonesome Pine Raceway. Huffman hopes to stay atop the standings after winning two of the first three races in the 2002 season.

"This is a new venue for most of us, but I hear it's a really nice 3/8-mile track with a brand new surface," Huffman commented as he prepared his No. 37 White House Apple Juice Toyota Celica. "We were disappointed that some small things kept us from winning at Orange County a couple of weeks ago. The Celica should run really well here at Lonesome Pine."

In addition to leading the driver's points standings, Huffman, of Claremont, N.C., also leads the Goody's Headache Powder Consistency Award standings having completed all 371 laps this season. He is fourth in Gatorade Front Runner Awards standings as well.

Nick Pistone will be making his third start this season in the No. 77 Big Daddy's BBQ Sauce Toyota Celica. The Charlotte native is currently in seventh place for the Mag Clip Rookie of the Year award.

Another top rookie is Brandon Ward, who is currently tied for second in the rookie-of-the-year chase. He will be making his second start in the No. 11 Ram Fabrication Toyota Celica this weekend. Ward made a memorable debut in the Celica at Orange County by qualifying eighth and finishing 11th after an electrical gremlin dropped him back from third. The Winston-Salem, N.C., native is currently in 10th place overall behind Huffman.

They will be joined by up-and-comer Reece Milton in the No. 75 Food Country Toyota Celica. Milton, Blountville, Tenn., will be racing on his home track and that of his team, Highland Motorsports. Milton ran well in his two previous starts but fell victim to accidents in each race.

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