WHAT: Coastal Plains 200 WHERE: Coastal Plains Raceway, Jacksonville, N.C., 0.400-mile WHEN: Saturday, September 16, 8:00 p.m. DISTANCE: 200 laps (80 miles) POSTED AWARDS: $48,350 (including $3,000 Slim Jim All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring...
WHAT: Coastal Plains 200
WHERE: Coastal Plains Raceway, Jacksonville, N.C., 0.400-mile
WHEN: Saturday, September 16, 8:00 p.m.
DISTANCE: 200 laps (80 miles)
POSTED AWARDS: $48,350 (including $3,000 Slim Jim All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Championship point fund money.)
FIELD: 30 cars. Fastest 25 cars through time trials (2 laps). Five provisional starting positions, including four based on the current Slim Jim All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring point standings and possibly one provisional position for a former champion of the series who will have also raced in a series points event in 1999.
SANCTION: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR)
PROMOTER: Coastal Plains Dragway, Inc.
<pre> SCHEDULE: Registration & Haulers Enter 9:00 a.m. Inspection 10:00 a.m. Mandatory Rookie Drivers' Meeting 12:00 p.m. Practice 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Mandatory Drivers' & Crew Chiefs' Meeting 3:15 p.m. Bud Pole Qualifying, 2 laps, all positions 6:00 p.m. Coastal Plains 200 Racing Program 8:00 p.m.
</pre> THE RACE: The Coastal Plains 200 is the 13th of 15 races on the Slim Jim All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring 2000 schedule. It also represents the second visit to the track in 2000. The first ever Slim Jim All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring race to be held at Coastal Plains was held on March 25, 2000.
MARCH 25 REVIEW: In the New Century Homes 200, Billy Bigley, Jr. earned his first of four wins in 2000. The Peerless Woodworking/Nevamar Decorative Surfaces Chevrolet driver outraced Lee Tissot, A.J. Frank, Billy Mills and Steven Howard for the victory. He had a sizable lead when the checkered flag waved, winning by a full three seconds. Bigley and Tissot were the only two drivers to complete all 200 laps. Eighteen of 28 starters were running at the end of the race. Bigley established the race record time completing the 200 lap, 80 mile race in one hour, 22 minutes and one second. His winning average speed was 58.170 mph. A.J. Frank earned his first career Bud Pole Award at this race. There were a total of seven caution periods for 63 laps and six lead changes amongst five drivers. Mills earned the Moroso Performance Products Rookie-of-the-Race Award while Bigley grabbed the Gatorade Front Runner Award. Bigley's crew chief Adam Heckelman won the Jasper Engines & Transmissions Crew Chief of the Race award.
Qualifying: A.J. Frank, Bluffton, S.C., Chevrolet, 15.161 secs., 94.981 mph, 3/25/00
200 lap: Billy Bigley, Jr., Naples, Fla., Chevrolet, 1 hr., 22 mins., 1 sec., 58.170 mph, 3/25/00
NOTES OF INTEREST
· Bigley left Coastal Plains in March with the Slim Jim All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring points lead. He returns this weekend, once again, having regained the points lead, now holding a 26 point lead over Jeff Fultz.
· 1999 Slim Jim All Pro Series Champion Wayne Anderson is on a hot streak…the Wildwood, Fla. driver has won the last three series races in a row, and four out of the last five.
· Anderson also has three Bud Pole starts in the last four races.
· Holly Hill, Fla.'s Casey Yunick, current points leader in the Moroso Performance Parts Rookie-of-the-Year category, wound up with his worst finish of the year at Coastal Plains in March. The Ugly Duckling Car Sales/Lou Ana Cooking Oil Chevrolet driver finished 28th. Undoubtedly, he'll be looking to improve on his previous Coastal Plains finish this time around.
STAT OF THE WEEK: Through 12 races in 2000 there have been 20 different lap leaders.
POINT FUND SPONSORS: Slim Jim, Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Gatorade, Hoosier Tires, Jasper Engines, Moroso Performance Products Rookie of the Year, 76 Race Gasoline
QUALIFYING AND SPECIAL AWARD SPONSORS: Budweiser, Carrera Shocks, Eibach Springs, Ford Motor Company, Five Star Stock Car Bodies, Gatorade, Holley Carburetors, Hoosier Tires, Jasper Engines, Moroso Blue Max Ignition Wires, Moroso Oil Pans, Moroso Performance Products Rookie of the Race, MSD Ignitions, NGK Spark Plugs, Scott Performance Wire, Tilton Engineering, Wiseco Pistons
DIRECTIONS TO TRACK: From Jacksonville, N.C. take Highways 24/17 south and west. Take a right onto Highway 258 west and north. Track will be located approximately five miles on the right.