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DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (July 9 2001) - A strong rookie of the year program is the foundation of any racing organization and Wireway/Husky, Corp of Denver, N. C. has been the cornerstone for new drivers competing in 2001 with the Gatorade All Pro ...

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (July 9 2001) - A strong rookie of the year program is the foundation of any racing organization and Wireway/Husky, Corp of Denver, N. C. has been the cornerstone for new drivers competing in 2001 with the Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring. Seven drivers continue to pursue the coveted Wireway/Husky Corp.

Rookie-of-the-Year title with four different drivers leading the rookie points standing through the first eight races. Competition has been keen but one driver has consistently been near the top or on top of the rookie points all season. Jody Lavender, Hartsville, S. C. has led the rookie points standings after four events and has earned rookie of the race honors in two events.

"We are definitely looking forward to the Myrtle Beach 320 this Saturday night, " stated Lavender in an interview from his race shop. "The Gatorade All Pro Series is tough and there are so many outstanding drivers competing for rookie honors that we have to be sharp to stay in the points.

"Since I started racing in 1996, Myrtle Beach Speedway and Florence Motor Speedway have been the two tracks I have concentrated on the most because they are close to home. A traveling circuit is really tough especially when you have to hold down a full-time job, but we have managed to hold our own."

"I think we have a good shot at winning at the beach," continued Lavender. We tested with the Gatorade All Pro car there and Myrtle Beach is the type of track that you can run wide open. I like the D-Shaped oval."

Entering this weekend's event, Lavender is 16th in the national points standing only 56 points from a top ten ranking. Chelsea, Al. driver Charlie Bradberry is tied with Lavender with 62 points at the top of the rookie standings and ranks 11th in the national standings.

Other Wireway/Husky Corp. Rookie-of-the-Year contenders and their ranking are Richie Beasley, Brewton, Al., 61 points, Roger Parker, London, Ky., 56 points. Wayne Bowen, Concord, N. C., 46 points, Chris Fontaine, Lakeland, Fla. 34 points, and Michael Britt, Cumming, Ga., 30 points.

Prior to the Myrtle Beach 320 on July 14, the NASCAR Cafe located on Hwy 17-A By-Pass in Myrtle Beach will host Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring drivers with an autograph session from 5:00 - 7:00 pm on Friday, July 13. Drivers will have the same car racing at Myrtle Beach Speedway on Saturday available for race fans to look at during the autograph session.

Immediately after the autograph session, race fans will be able to test their driving skills against some of NASCAR's finest short track stars at the NASCAR SpeedPark adjacent to the NASCAR Cafe.

On Saturday, July 14, practice will get underway at 1:00 pm for Gatorade All Pro Series drivers with qualifying starting at 6:00 pm. The Myrtle Beach 320 is set for 8:30 pm when thirty-two 550 horsepower cars take the green flag.

The Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring is one of nine NASCAR Touring Series that blanket the United States, bringing special events to many NASCAR Weekly Racing Series tracks and 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 R. J. Reynolds, Anheuser-Busch, Featherlite Trailers, Goody's Headache Powders, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Raybestos Brakes and RE/MAX International, Incorporated.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Jody Lavender , Charlie Bradberry