Northeast Region update 2001-08-14

Bliss Edge Over Hoffman Narrows In Nascar Wrs N.E. Region Howard Leads Tier 2 With Better Cpi Than Bliss, Von Dohren Leads 3RD Tier Minersville, PA (August 14) - Vern Bliss of Arcade, N.Y., has maintained his advantage in the Competition ...

Bliss Edge Over Hoffman Narrows In Nascar Wrs N.E. Region
Howard Leads Tier 2 With Better Cpi Than Bliss, Von Dohren Leads 3RD Tier

Minersville, PA (August 14) - Vern Bliss of Arcade, N.Y., has maintained his advantage in the Competition Performance Index (CPI) standings in the Northeast Region of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series. Bliss, who competes in the Late Model Pro Stocks at Holland (N.Y.) Int'l Speedway, has visited victory lane on seven occasions at the 0.375-mile speedway this season. Bliss has 12 top-five finishes and 14 top-ten finishes in 14 starts at the high-banked oval.

Keith Hoffman of Whitehall, PA, remains second in the regional standings for another week. Hoffman, who competes in the dirt Modified division at Big Diamond Raceway in Minersville, Pa., has earned two wins this season. Hoffman has 11 top-five and 12 top-ten finishes in 13 starts at the 0.375-mile dirt oval.

(Hoffman holds a slim lead in the Big Diamond Raceway point standings over Duane Howard of Oley, PA and Craig VonDohren of Barto, PA. While Hoffman has closed the gap, without racing in the last two weeks due to rain-outs at Big Diamond, if Howard would be the track point leader his CPI would place him first in the Northeast Region. Von Dohren leads the region's third tier and is also in contention for the regional title if he should be able to overtake Hoffman and Howard in the track standings. Craig is also in a unique situation as he is currently the point leader at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, PA and standing second in their New England Region NWRS standings.)

Mark Cottone of at Motordrome Speedway in Smithton, PA, continues to hold third in the Big Diamond's Northeast Region. Cottone, who competes in the Late Models, has scored two victories this season. Cottone has accumulated 11 top-five and 12 top-ten finishes in 13 starts at the 1/2-mile oval.

J. R. Kent of Chemung (NY) Speedrome; Todd Patnode of Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH; Rick Groetsch of Lorain County Speedway in Amherst, Ohio; Neil Brown of Jennerstown (PA) Speedway; T. J. Potrzebowski of Spencer Speedway in Williamson, NY, and John Fortin of Riverhead (NY) Raceway round out the top nine in the first tier of the Competition Performance Index (CPI) standings in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Northeast Region.

NASCAR WRS $1.7 MILLION 2001 PT.FUND; NATIONAL CHAMP GETS $165,400

Officials for the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing have announced a $1.7 million point fund for the 2001 NASCAR Weekly Racing Series, America's premier weekly short track racing series. The NASCAR Weekly Racing Series will continue to have the highest paying point fund for short track racing throughout the nation for the nearly 90 participating tracks in 2001.

The 2001 NASCAR Weekly Racing Series season will see the national champion's minimum total point fund increase to a record $165,400 which is in addition to travel and accommodations for the year-end banquet, which will be held at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, November 16.

The national championship point fund includes contributions from 23 prize money and decal program sponsors which include: Anheuser-Busch, Berryman, CV Products, Champion, Cintas, Craftsman, Clevite, Earl's, Edelbrock, Goodyear, Holley, Hoosier, JE Pistons, Mechanix Wear, Moroso, Prestone, 76, Gatorade, Lincoln Electric, 3M, True Value, Raybestos, and Featherlite will all contribute to create the largest purse in NASCAR Weekly Racing Series history.

     "The NASCAR Weekly Racing Series continues to develop the best short tracks in the nation," stated Chris Boals, director of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series. "As NASCAR and stock car racing continue to expand, so does the significance of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series. More and more corporations, nationwide, are recognizing the value of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series."

The NASCAR WRS national champion will win a record $165,400, which includes the $123,500 national champion's point fund and $41,900 from the regional championship purse, as well as the coveted NASCAR Weekly Racing Series champion's trophy and NASCAR championship ring.

For 2001 NASCAR will contribute $20,000 to the national champion and Craftsman will contribute $10,000 plus a $1,500 credit for Craftsman tools, while 3M, Berryman, Champion, Cintas, Clevite, CV Products, Earl's, Edelbrock, Featherlite, Goodyear, Holley, JE Pistons, Lincoln Electric, Mechanix Wear, Moroso, Raybestos and True Value will each contribute $5,000; Gatorade will add $4,500; Prestone will contribute $4,000, Hoosier will contribute $3,000 and 76 will contribute $2,000.

Regional awards total $118,400, as NASCAR will award each regional champion $18,250; $14,150 to second place; $10,950 to third; $8,500 to fourth; $6,600 to fifth; $5,800 to sixth; $5,350 to seventh; $5,150; to eighth; $4,750 to ninth.

Several contingency sponsors will also make significant contributions to the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series regional point fund. Sponsors who are contributing to the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series regional point fund include: Prestone will contribute $35,000 to the regional point fund, True Value will add $25,000, CV Products, Champion, Craftsman, Earl's, Edelbrock, Goodyear, Holley, Mechanix Wear, Moroso, Lincoln Electric and 3M will each contribute $20,000, Anheuser-Busch and Hoosier will each add $17,000, Cintas, Clevite, JE Pistons, 76, Gatorade and Berryman will each contribute $15,000. (National and regional award monies from Goodyear and Hoosier are contingent on the use of either product.)

In addition, NASCAR will divide $200,000 for track championships earned from the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series. For each track, the champion of the feature division receives $1,000, and a specially painted NASCAR Weekly Racing Series championship helmet, second place will win $500, $250 to third place, $150 for fourth and $100 for fifth.

New for the 2001 season is also the Lincoln Electric National Champion Crew Chief Award. The crew chief for the national champion in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series feature division will receive $5,000 plus a Lincoln Electric welder.

NASCAR Weekly Racing Series track winners for places first through 20th also receive prize money from NASCAR through their local track according to the track's weekly total purse, with the first three places in each sanctioned division also receiving a trophy.

True Value will also present over $200,000 in posted awards to the Shortrack division and Charger division competitors at each of the nearly 90 race tracks throughout the nation. The national champion in the Shortrack division will receive a record $13,500 from True Value, $10,000 for the national championship and $2,500 from the regional point fund. Each regional champion in the Shortrack division will receive $2,500, while each NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Shortrack division winner will receive $1,000 for their respective track championship. Competitors in the Charger division will also be presented with an at track award of $500 to each track champion throughout the nation.

In addition, True Value will continue their Mechanic of the Year program where NASCAR members vote in a single ballot process through NASCAR's membership magazine to produce national and regional True Value Mechanics of the Year. This year the national champion will receive $6,500 from True Value, $5,000 for the national crown and $1,500 from regional awards. All regional winners will receive $1,500.

"The NASCAR Weekly Racing Series continues to provide the finest weekly short track racing in the country, and the competitors are rewarded with the largest season ending point fund in the nation," added Boals.

The NASCAR Weekly Racing Series consists of both dirt and paved tracks, and features nearly 90 selected short tracks from around the country. Divided into 10 geographic regions, the Series provides competitors with local, regional and national recognition and a $1.7 million point fund, the largest for any short track racing series. The regional champions will be decided following the conclusion of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series season on September 16. The NASCAR Weekly Racing Series national champion will then be determined by a ranking of the regional champions using the Competition Performance Index (CPI).  The top-50 drivers as rated by the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series CPI in the Northeast Region for the week of August 13 follow.

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