Hills Bros. All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring heads back to Greenville-Pickens Speedway. GREENVILLE, S. C. (September 6 2002) - The Hills Bros. All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring returns to historic Greenville-Pickens Speedway on September 21 to...
Hills Bros. All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring heads back to Greenville-Pickens Speedway.
GREENVILLE, S. C. (September 6 2002) - The Hills Bros. All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring returns to historic Greenville-Pickens Speedway on September 21 to complete the Cintas 200 that was postponed on August 17 due to inclement weather.
This event will be very pivotal in the outcome of the 2002 series championship being the next to last event on the 2002 schedule. Jeff Fultz, Mooresville, N. C., is in the driver's seat towards his first ever NASCAR title leading David Reutimann by 101 points and Charlie Bradberry by 134 points after the event at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Prior to the Greenville race the series will run a 150-lap race on September 14 at Southern National Speedway in Kenly, N. C.
"Greenville-Pickens has always been one of my favorites tracks," said Fultz, "and it is close to the C & C Boiler Company in Charlotte. There is no doubt we will have lots of company people at this event, being so close to Charlotte."
"We really have been in the hunt all year looking toward the championship. This team works so hard and they give me an excellent car every event. Our superspeedway program has been excellent and everyone is greatful to NASCAR for stepping this series up for these larger tracks."
"We really have something to prove at Greenville because that old lady has not been real kind to us. The best finish we have had here was a third in this event in 1999. We had a fourth in this same event in 2000 and a fifth in the spring race in 1999. This is one of the most historic short tracks anywhere in the country and has the greatest race fans anywhere this series runs and adding Greenville to your resume would be beneficial.
"Hey not too fast," said Reutimann when asked about his chances of capturing his first ever NASCAR Championship ring. "We have had a better average starting position at 6.1 compared to Jeff (Futlz) at 8.7 but he has been a little better on his average finishes with 4.3 compared to our 6.9. But across the board we are pretty much on an even keel. We have three Bud Pole Starts, Jeff has one. He has two victories through 10 races and we have one. He has seven top five finishes compared to six for us and has nine top ten runs compared to eight for us."
"And he leads the series in laps completed percentage by over 99% however we have led more laps by double the amount Jeff (Fultz) has led. So in my book with the Greenville race and then Memphis, anything is possible and we are not conceding anything with this Pennzoil Team."
Since the field had not been set when the event was postponed on August 17, all Hills Bros. All Pro Series drivers are eligible to enter and compete. The field will have a 32 car starting grid with qualifying taking place at 6:00 pm.
Another hotly contested award on the series is the rookie-of-the-year program. Jason Hogan has led the rookie points all season but has Joe Aramendia breathing down his neck just 10 points behind. Hogan would appear to have the edge in this race since only five drivers remain in the rookie program with one point being awarded each driver regardless where they finish in the race.
Drivers will park haulers at 9:00 am on Saturday, Sept. 21 with the pit gate and inspections starting at 10:00 am. The Hills Bros. All Pro Series will practice from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm with the Cintas 200 taking the green flag at 8:00 pm.