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Anderson Becomes First Repeat Winner in Slim Jim All Pro Series Gainesville, GA - July 3, 1997 - Before an enthusiastic standing room only crowd Wildwood, FL's Wayne Anderson became the first 1997 repeat winner in the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro ...

Anderson Becomes First Repeat Winner in Slim Jim All Pro Series Gainesville, GA - July 3, 1997 - Before an enthusiastic standing room only crowd Wildwood, FL's Wayne Anderson became the first 1997 repeat winner in the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series as he won the Budweiser 200 at Lanier National Speedway in Gainesville, GA on Thursday night. Driving his Porter Cable Power Tools Chevrolet Anderson took the lead on lap 159 and held on to earn $8,175 for his third career Series win. Barely able to stand after running 200 laps in stifling heat Anderson did manage to discuss the event, "My car worked flawlessly. I had a good race car, but after about 125 laps I was ready for a relief driver. My car was good, but I would have settled for second place." When asked about his move to take the lead from Derrick Gilchrist he added, "I decided the bottom was the way to go, so I went for it down there on the restart. Derrick is going to get a win sooner or later," he said in closing. Gilchrist seemed happy with a second place finish, "Our car was a little tight all night. It started coming around at the end but there wasn't enough time." Busch Pole qualifying was equally exciting as 28 out of 47 cars that attempted to qualify beat the track record of 14.013 seconds. On the last of two qualifying laps, and as the last of 47 entries, Concord, NC's John Crow, wheeling his C&C Boilers/Cleaver Brooks Chevrolet, picked up the $300 check as he toured the newly paved 0.375 mile oval in a time of 13.696 seconds which equated to 98.569 miles per hour. It was Crow's first career pole position and he knocked off local drivers Gary McCoy and Todd Breedlove, who were then relegated to the second and third starting positions. McCoy avenged his pole loss by taking the lead at the drop of the green flag. He outdragged Crow to turn one and quickly established himself as the one to beat in his Catalina Carpentry Chevrolet. McCoy was dominant throughout the first half of the event, leading 99 laps, but it would not be McCoy's night as he fell off the pace with a broken rear end and failed to complete the 200 lap grind. Nipper Alsup assumed the lead after McCoy's departure, taking the lead for the fourth time in nine events, and appeared to have things well in hand. Alsup's lead was neutralized when the caution flag waved on lap 142 after Rick Roller, Ricky Turner and Steven Howard got together in turn three. On the lap 154 restart Alsup was tapped in the left rear corner entering turn one by John Metcalf, causing the balance of the field to check up to avoid Alsup's mount. Miraculously all of the cars got through without further incident and Gilchrist took over the top spot, with Anderson in second, at that point. Gilchrist's lead lasted during the ensuing caution period but once green flag racing resumed Anderson dove low and into the lead. From that point on Anderson dominated the balance of the event. Gilchrist and Metcalf settled for second and third while Hal Goodson notched a fourth place finish over Mike Harmon. Rounding out the top 10 were Alsup, Hank Parker, Jr., Larry Raines, Carl Long and Steve Allison. Points leader Jeff Fultz persevered to a 15th place finish after experiencing tire problems as a result of contact between Fultz and Harmon. The Milford, OH resident holds a 49 point lead over Harmon, while Alsup is eight points behind Harmon and Goodson is 13 points behind him. The big loser in the points chase was Ron young as he dropped from second to fifth in the standings after experiencing an accident during an early caution period. Young is now 86 points behind Fultz. With his win Anderson moved from 16th to ninth in the Series point standings. Zephyrhills, FL's David Reutimann further grew his lead in the Port City Racing Rookie competition to 20 points over Howard, who displaced Steve Mendenhall for the second position. Long earned the Rookie of the Race honors for the second time in as many races with his ninth place finish while Reutimann was rookie runner up after finishing 11th. After directing his team's effort to victory lane, Michael Williams earned $300 from Jasper Engines and Transmissions as well as the distinction of Crew Chief of the Race. It was Williams' third such honor this season, with the third win coming when Dick Anderson subbed for his son at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. Young's Crew Chief Larry Rapp continues to lead the season long points battle by six points over Williams who now moves into a tie for the second position with Fultz's head wrench Jimmy King. Young's team did receive a small consolation as they earned the $500 prize for winning the Hoosier Tire Pit Stop Challenge over seven additional teams prior to the Budweiser 200. Neither the pace nor the heat will let up as the next event for the Slim Jim teams will be Saturday night, July 5, at Volusia County Speedway in Barberville, FL.

-30- For further information contact NASCAR Public Relations at (770) 486- 3591. 7/4/97-jn

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Drivers Mike Harmon , David Reutimann , Jeff Fultz , Carl Long , John Metcalf , Wayne Anderson
Teams Williams