David Reutimann wins Cintas 200 rain delayed Hills Bros. All Pro Series, Nascar Touring event at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. GREENVILLE, S. C. (September 22 2002) - The third time was a charm for drivers on the Hills Bros. All Pro Series,...
David Reutimann wins Cintas 200 rain delayed Hills Bros. All Pro Series, Nascar Touring event at Greenville-Pickens Speedway.
GREENVILLE, S. C. (September 22 2002) - The third time was a charm for drivers on the Hills Bros. All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring at Greenville-Pickens (SC) Speedway finally completing the Cintas 200 Sunday afternoon with David Reutimann's Pennzoil Chevrolet stopping in victory lane.
The race, originally scheduled for August 17, was postponed due to inclement weather and set for Saturday, September 21. The event was again postponed on Saturday due to weather and set for Sunday afternoon. The field for Sunday's race was set per the NASCAR rule book putting series points leader Jeff Fultz's C & C Boiler/Cleaver Brooks Chevrolet on the point and Reutimann on the outside front row.
Finishing behind the winner was Billy Bigley Jr. with his Peerless Woodworking Chevrolet, Randy Gentry in his Nestea Chevrolet, Charlie Bradberry with his Bradberry Racing Chevrolet and Kevin Prince with his Uncle Yammy's Grillin Sauce/Paul Dogs's Chevrolet.
Fultz and Reutimann challenged each other when the green flag waved with Reutimann trying to take the point but Fultz's inside position in turn one kept his closest points challenger at bay for the first 14 laps. The first of seven race cautions waved on lap 2 when the cars of Toby Porter, Wayne Anderson, Wayne Bowen and Steven Howard got together exiting turn four. Howard was able to continue after repairs were mad to his car but the race ended early for the other three drivers.
It was obvious that Fultz's troubles at Greenville-Pickens continued as his car started falling back early in the race. During the second caution Fultz pitted for right side Hoosier rubber but that had little effect on the handling of his Chevrolet.
"The car just did not handle," said Fultz after the race. Bigley moved his car into the runnerup slot on lap 22 and gradually closed on Reutimann. When Reutimann's car pushed up on lap 78 in turn one Bigley took advantage and into the lead which was short lived when the third race caution waved on the next lap.
"I was having brake problems all night," said Reutimann. "I just about lost it in turn one when I pushed high and Billy (Bigley) went to the front. Bigley is a good racer and a tough racer."
"We will take this win and just keep trying for the championship. Jeff (Fultz) is tough and he is on top so we have to make things happen in order to catch him with only two races remaining."
A mandatory pit stop after lap 75 and before 175, saw almost the entire field making a stop during the caution putting Randy Gentry at the point for a lap then Jody Lavender assumed the lead when Gentry made his stop. The field was under green flag only three laps when the fourth caution waved involving the series points leader.
Lavender had the point when Fultz tried to go low in turn one and back into the lead. The two cars touched with Fultz's car spinning up the track. Before the field could slow, the car of Shane Sieg, with no place to go, clipped the front of Fultz's car. Fultz took his car to the pits numerous times to the attention of his crew. When the field went back racing Fultz's machine looked like a modified car.
When the field went back racing, Reutimann was back at the point with Gentry, Benny Gordan, Jarod Robie and Bigley making up the top five running cars.
Once his car was back on top Reutimann was not to be denied. He led the final 114 laps leaving other drivers challenging for position. His victory was his second this year and his second career series win. Two final cautions for Robie spinning in turn one and Lavender and Gordon making contact in turns three and four, caused the race to finish with a green-white-checked situation.
Rounding out the top ten finishers were Gordon, top finishing rookie contender Joe Aramendia, Robie, Lavender and Jason Hogan. Reutimann earned the Gatorade "FrontRunner" Award for leading the most laps with Aramendia being the top finishing rookie contender. The next event for the series will be a return to Southern National Speedway in Kenly, N. C. this Saturday for the postponed Hills Bros. 150.