1997 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Race Facts WHAT: Budweiser 200 WHERE: Lanier National Speedway, Gainesville, GA, 0.375 paved oval WHEN: Thursday night, July 3, 1997, 8:00 p.m. DISTANCE: 200 laps (75 miles) POSTED...
1997 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Race Facts
WHAT: Budweiser 200 WHERE: Lanier National Speedway, Gainesville, GA, 0.375 paved oval WHEN: Thursday night, July 3, 1997, 8:00 p.m. DISTANCE: 200 laps (75 miles) POSTED AWARDS: $43,360 TV/RADIO: None
FIELD: 30 cars. Starting positions 1-26 will be determined by time trials (2 laps). Positions 27-30 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 26 starting positions. 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 the event.
SANCTION: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR)
PROMOTER: SMFP, Inc.
CONTACTS: Jim Noltimier, NASCAR, (770) 486-3591 Dave Liniger, Jr., Lanier National Speedway, (770) 967-8600
SCHEDULE: Team Hauler Parking 8:00 a.m. Registration & Inspection 9:00 a.m. Practice 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Mandatory Drivers' Meeting 5:15 p.m. Time Trials (2 laps) 6:00 p.m. Budweiser 200 8:00 p.m. approx.
THE RACE: The Budweiser 200 is the ninth of 20 races on the 1997 series schedule. Consisting of 200 laps, the event is pivotal in the chase for the Gatorade Front Runner Award, which equates to $2,500 and is distributed to the driver who is leading the Series points after the Volusia 200 which will run on July 5 at Volusia County Speedway.
RECORDS: Track Qual. Record: Steve Holzhausen, Bangor, WI, Chevrolet, 14.013 secs., 69.339 mph, 5/25/91 Fastest Avg. Speed: (150 lap) Mike Miller, Marietta, GA, Pontiac, 52 mins., 12 secs., 64.665 mph, 5/25/91 (200 lap) Mike Garvey, Muskegon, MI, Chevrolet, 1 hr., 4 mins., 11 secs., 70.11 mph, 6/20/92 (250 lap) Wayne Willard, Buford, GA, Chevrolet, 1 hr., 22 mins., 19 secs., 68.33 mph, 6/10/95
1996 REVIEW: This event replaces the traditional midweek event which was previously held at nearby Peach State Speedway. In the last event held at Peach State Conyers, GA's Ron Young picked up one of his four '96 wins by besting NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series regulars Toby Porter, Mike Cope, Steven Christian and Tammy Jo Kirk in the BellSouth Mobility 200.
NOTES OF INTEREST: ? Over 45 cars have pre-entered this 200 lap event which carries a maximum starting field of 30 racers. ? Known as the "High Plains Drifter," Denver, CO's Rick Carelli has filed an entry for this race. Carelli, a full time competitor on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, is sponsored by Re/Max Realty in that series and will drive a Re/Max sponsored machine in this event as well. Lanier National Speedway is owned by Davy Lee Liniger, CEO of Re/Max. ? Lanier National Speedway Super Late Model Division drivers Todd Breedlove, Brad Correll and Jimmy Garmon have filed entries for this event. ? NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series regulars Steven Christian, Steve Allison, Ron Young and Scott Sutherland all have extensive experience at this 0.375 mile oval. ? The track was repaved over the off-season and the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series track record may be in jeopardy when Busch Pole qualifying gets underway at 6:00 p.m.
STAT OF THE WEEK: After eight races in 1997 there have been no repeat winners.
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: Jamison Inn, 3780 Merchants Way (near Hwy. 53), Oakwood, GA 30566, contact: Michael Castleberry, (770) 533-9400, 25 rooms, single or double, $65 + tax. *Jamison Inn is a new facility, ample rig parking in grocery store parking lot adjacent to motel. Lanier National Speedway is located 4.5 miles north of I- 85 (exit 49) on Highway 53.