Orange County: Event preview

Cam Strader, back home again? DAYTONA BEACH, FL (April 22, 2002) - Robert Huffman, of Claremont, NC, is two for two in 2002 Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring competition. But, even he will tell you there was a lot of luck involved in those ...

Cam Strader, back home again?

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (April 22, 2002) - Robert Huffman, of Claremont, NC, is two for two in 2002 Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring competition. But, even he will tell you there was a lot of luck involved in those two victories. A few weeks ago at Hardeeville, Cam Strader dominated the race but fell victim to low fuel pressure on the final restart, handing the win to Huffman. It will be interesting to see how the 2002 schedule plays out. Cam Strader dominated the North Carolina races winning four out of six.

The Goody's Dash Series heads to North Carolina for race number three of the young 2002 Season. The next stop is Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, Saturday, April 27th. Cam Strader, from nearby Wilson, NC, hopes to return to victory lane at the same track that produced the first of four wins in 2001, on his way to winning the Series' Championship title.

No doubt, Huffman's Toyota program is farther along than it was at this same point last year. But this 2002 season is not going to be a cakewalk for any driver. The level of experience in the top 10 is higher than any year in recent history. Hardeeville was a new track for the series, and Huffman had tested there. Most of the other drivers spent the entire event just trying to learn the right line around the track. But at Orange County Speedway, there is familiarity.

In 2001, the Orange County Speedway event produced seven lead changed among seven drivers. Jake Hobgood was the Bud Pole winner, but never led a lap. Cam Strader led the first four laps and then the final eight laps to score the win. Who led the most laps? The lucky guy driving the Toyota, Robert Huffman.

Robert Huffman, however, has never won a Goody's Dash Series' race at Orange County Speedway. Only two drivers have repeat wins at the track. That distinction goes to Michael Waltrip (twice in 1983, 1984) and Ricky Bryant (1998, 1999).

Orange County Speedway is located two miles west of US 501 on SR 57, north of Durham, NC. This will be the eleventh time the Goody's Dash Series has visited the .375 mile high-banked oval.

OTHER RACE FACTS FOR THE ORANGE COUNTY "150":


RACE DATE: Saturday, April 27, 2002 ? 7:30 p.m.
RACE LENGTH: 150 LAPS (56.25 MILES)

POSTED AWARDS: $31,450 (Including $1,700 Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring Championship point fund money.)

SCHEDULE (The following schedule is subject to change)

Saturday, April 27th:
12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m. Practice.
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Practice.
2:45 p.m. Mandatory Driver's & Crew Chief's Meeting at Dash Trailer.
4:15 p.m. Time Trials (2 Laps.)
(Fastest 24 cars will earn starting positions 1 thru 24.)
7:30 p.m. ORANGE COUNTY "150"

ARCHIVES:

Michael Waltrip won the first Goody's Dash Series event at Orange County Speedway on August 27, 1983. The Series returned to the track later that year, a race also won by Waltrip.

There have been seven different winners at Orange County Speedway. Four of the seven have recorded Goody's Dash Series Championships.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Cam Strader , Robert Huffman