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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 8 2000) - The Grand Strand is best known as one of America's premier vacation retreats. Fabulous golf courses, great beaches, wonderful restaurants and exciting entertainment can be found throughout the region. ...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 8 2000) - The Grand Strand is best known as one of America's premier vacation retreats. Fabulous golf courses, great beaches, wonderful restaurants and exciting entertainment can be found throughout the region. But another entertainment opportunity dots the map of the Grand Strand and it provides access to America's greatest spectator sport, NASCAR stock car racing. Race fans will see the third NASCAR touring series in 2000 in Myrtle Beach this Saturday at the huge Myrtle Beach Speedway located on Hwy 501 when the Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring drivers take to the track. Two other NASCAR Touring Series that have been at Myrtle Beach in 2000 are the NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division and the Slim Jim All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring. Originally a dirt track at the present site, Myrtle Beach Speedway was converted to an asphalt racing facility in 1987 and over the past 14 years has played host to some of NASCAR's greatest drivers. The Skoal Bandit, better known as Harry Gant, made his last official NASCAR start with the Slim Jim All Pro Series here in 1994. Another driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., has brought much publicity to Myrtle Beach Speedway. He raced locally at the track from 1993 - 1996 then moved up to NASCAR's Busch Series, Grand National Division. He wasted little time showing the abilities he honed at Myrtle Beach winning back-to-back National Championships in 1998 and 1999 with that division. Today, with greater experience, he is competing on NASCAR's premier national division, the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. "Little E", as he is known among his peers, is currently the leading Rookie of the Year driver with that division. Many of the drivers seen today with NASCAR's Winston Cup Series, Busch Series, Grand National Division and Craftsman Truck Series have competed at this .538-mile oval in the last decade including local favorite Ron Barfield Jr. Race fans will see many of NASCAR's stars of tomorrow at the Van Camp's/Piggly Wiggly Goody's Dash 100 Saturday evening as 35 drivers have filed entries for this event. Leading the field will be three-time series National Champion Robert Huffman, Claremont, N. C., who won series events here in 1998 and 1999. Huffman enters this event as the series points leader looking toward a possible fourth National title with his White House Apple Juice Pontiac. Trailing Huffman by 87 points and looking for his first win in 2000 is Ricky Bryant, Archdale, N. C. Bryant leads the series in top ten finishes with 11 consecutive runs. He drives the Washington Apple Pontiac. Another top driver enters this event with back-to-back victories in 2000. B. J. Mackey of Rock Hill, S. C., currently third in points, had wins at Greenville-Pickens (SC) Speedway and Southern National Speedway in Kenly, N. C. Mackey, having his career best racing year, trails Huffman by 144 points. He will be in the Van Camp's Beans Pontiac. Joey Miller, Wilmington, N. C. is another top series driver returning to his home area. Miller, currently 15th in points, earned a Bud Pole Start at Summerville Speedway and has recorded one top five and four top ten finishes in 2000. Other South Carolina drivers expected are brothers Jake and Justin Hobgood of Winnsboro, S. C. Jake is ninth in series points with Justin only 10 points behind his older brother in 10th place. Greg Goodell and Brent Moore, of Easley, S. C. have also filed entries. Racing action will get underway at 7:30 p.m. for Mini-Stock, Street Stock and Charger Division drivers. The Van Camp's/Piggly Wiggly Goody's Dash 100-lap event should take the green flag at 9:00 p.m. For further information contact the speedway at 843-236-0500.

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 Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Robert Huffman , Joey Miller , Harry Gant