1997 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Race Facts WHAT: Greased Lightning 200 WHERE: Concord Motorsport Park, Concord, NC, 0.500 paved tri-oval WHEN: Saturday night, October 4, 1997, 8:00 p.m. DISTANCE: 200 laps (100 ...
1997 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Race Facts
WHAT: Greased Lightning 200 WHERE: Concord Motorsport Park, Concord, NC, 0.500 paved tri-oval WHEN: Saturday night, October 4, 1997, 8:00 p.m. DISTANCE: 200 laps (100 miles) POSTED AWARDS: $44,960 TV/RADIO: Local Cable, Tape Delayed
FIELD: 34 cars. Starting positions 1-28 will be determined by time trials (2 laps). Positions 29-32 will be available to any of the top 30 eligible drivers in the current 1997 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Championship point standings, who have entered the event, but have not qualified for one of the original 28 starting positions. Positions 33 and 34 have been established for up to two additional starting positions which will be available to any of the top 15 drivers in the current 1997 Concord Motorsport Park Late Model Sportsman track point standings, who have not qualified for one of the original 28 starting positions, provided eligible driver attempts to qualify. Official point standings and not time trial speed will determine these starting positions. In the event either division's drivers do not use a provisional starting position, then that position will become available to the other division's drivers. If a starting position(s) remains unfilled, then that starting position(s) will become available to the next eligible car from the qualifying procedure for this event.
SANCTION: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR)
PROMOTER: Concord Motorsport Park, LLC.
CONTACTS: Jim Noltimier, NASCAR, (770) 486-3591 Bob Friedman, Concord Motorsport Park, (704) 782-4221
SCHEDULE: Team Hauler Parking 9:00 a.m. Registration & Inspection 10:00 a.m. Practice 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Mandatory Drivers' Meeting 4:15 p.m. Time Trials (2 laps) 6:00 p.m. Greased Lightning 200 8:00 p.m. approx.
THE RACE: The Greased Lightning 200 is the 18th of 20 races on the 1997 series schedule. This will be the first ever visit for the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series to the quick and tricky half mile tri-oval. This event will essentially be a "home track" event for several of the series regulars as Hank Parker, Jr., Nipper Alsup, Sean Studer and Conrad Burr all base their racing operations around the Charlotte, NC area. In addition a host of Concord Motorsport Park regulars should be quite strong in this event. Already pre-entered are locals Randy Anderson, Mark Reedy, Terry Brooks, Ronnie Jones and Royce Lane Vail. Brooks, Freddie Query, Bobby Gill and Parker have secured 1997 victories at the track and are expected to be contenders for the inaugural Concord Slim Jim All Pro Series event win.
RECORDS: Track Qual. Record: First visit to track, track record to be established.
NOTES OF INTEREST: * Over 40 cars have pre-entered this 200 lap event which carries a maximum starting field of 34 racers. * A large crowd should fill the stands as a result of race hungry NASCAR fans already being in the area for the NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch Series-Grand National Division events to be held at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
STAT OF THE WEEK: Denver, NC's Hank Parker, Jr., driver of the Delco Voyager Batteries/NGK/DuraGloss Chevrolet, became the 12th different winner in 17 series events after winning the Winchester 400 at Winchester Speedway in Winchester, IN. Parker drove the same car to victory at Winchester that he piloted to a win at Concord Motorsport Park on September 20th.
MEDIA SERVICES: NASCAR Online, NASCAR's Official Internet Site on the World Wide Web can be accessed at http://www.nascar.com and offers up to the minute information on the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series and all of NASCAR's racing divisions.
HEADQUARTER MOTEL: Hampton Inn, 2300 Highway 52 North, Albemarle, NC 28001, Contact: Sherry Cooper, (704) 985-1111, 30 rooms, Single or Double, $99 + tax, TWO NIGHT MINIMUM, ADVANCE DEPOSIT REQ.! Charlotte Winston Cup weekend. Rooms will be scarce and expensive!
TRACK DIRECTIONS: Concord Motorsports Park is located 4.1 miles north of SR 24 on US 601.