SES: Greenville-Pickens race report

Anderson Triumphant Again In Gatorade All Pro Series, Nascar Touring At Greenville-Pickens Speedway GREENVILLE, S. C. (August 18 2001) - Wayne Anderson put his Jani-King Chevrolet back in victory lane Saturday evening for the first time ...

Anderson Triumphant Again In Gatorade All Pro Series, Nascar Touring At Greenville-Pickens Speedway

GREENVILLE, S. C. (August 18 2001) - Wayne Anderson put his Jani-King Chevrolet back in victory lane Saturday evening for the first time since April 28, at this same track, winning the Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Cintas 200 at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. Anderson's win at this historic ½-mile oval was his third consecutive stop in victory lane at Greenville-Pickens and increased his all-time win total to 19.

Finishing behind Anderson was David Reutimann in his Pennzoil Chevrolet, Randy Gentry with his Carolina Title Lending/Carolina Payday Chevrolet, Wireway/Husky Corp Rookie-of-the-Year Points Leader Jody Lavender in his H & R Block/Lavender Carpets Chevrolet and Kevin Prince with his Security Central Monitoring/Hooks Alarms Chevrolet.

This was Lavender's career best finish with the series and increased his rookie points lead over Charlie Bradberry. "We had an awesome car tonight," said Anderson in victory lane. "I owe everything to this Augie Grill led crew. Greenville-Pickens has been good to us and we always enjoy running at this track because of these great fans.

They really love their racing."

"When we practiced this afternoon the car just didn't handle well. Augie and myself made an educated guess on changing some things and they worked. The car was just not tracking well but this Frankie Grill car is the best.

This makes four wins for us this year and the season is only half over." "It is too early to think about another championship but we were able to pick up a few points on Randy (Gentry). But I can't say enough about David (Reutimann). We have raced so many times together and he is an excellent driver. He ran me hard and his car was just a little better off the corners but once we got out front I could feel the car coming to us. We will take this win."

The starting front row saw two new faces for this event. Benny Gordon, Charleston, S. C. put his Johnny's Hallmark Trailers/East Cooper Surgical Pontiac at the point with a time of 20.329 Secs (88.543 mph) to gain his second career Bud Pole start with Shane Sieg in his S & W Motorsports Chevrolet outside front row.

Gordon and Sieg went door handle to door handle on the first lap with neither driver giving in to the other before Sieg muscled his way to the front on lap 2 coming off turn two. Sieg was strong leading the field for the first time this year with Gordon settling into second followed by Steven Howard, Charlie Bradberry and Reutimann. Anderson started ninth on the 28 car field and by lap 20 had moved into the top five.

The second caution flew on lap 36 when Sieg made contact with the Michael Britt car in turn three with Britt's car spinning. Then Sieg's car shot toward the outside retaining wall making contact. With no place to go Steven Howard's car smacked the backend of Sieg's machine. The ended the night for the two front runners and put Anderson at the point after he had moved into third place just 8 laps earlier.

A mandatory pit stop between laps 50 and 175 saw every lead lap car pit for right side Hoosier shoes except for Greg Pope and Ken Weaver. They elected to stay on the track and make their mandatory stop at a later time to gain track position. The was the first time at the point for Pope in 2001.

Anderson led the field to the pit stops but Reutimann's crew got his car out first with Eddie Mercer second, Jeff Fultz third, Bradberry fourth and Gordon fifth. Anderson lost seven positions on the stop. When the field went back racing on lap 76 Reutimann was in third but quickly moved to second on lap 77. He chased Pope for 16 laps before taking his Pennzoil Chevrolet to the point on lap 94 followed by Pope, Mercer, Fultz and Bradberry.

But lurking in the field and on the move was Anderson who was back to second on lap 112. By lap 120 he was on the back bumper of Reutimann's Chevrolet.

Reutimann was able to keep Anderson in second however Anderson regained the point on lap 138. But Reutimann had two other opportunities for his first stop in victory when the seventh race caution waved on lap 189 and the final caution on lap 197.

The final caution waved when Lavender made a move to the inside of Mercer's Everwood/Phoenix/Quality Body Shop Chevrolet running fourth. The two cars touched with Mercer's car getting hung up on the inside curbing of the track. When the smoke cleared Mercer lost 10 positions finishing 14th. This caution brought out a green-white-checked finish extending the race by three laps.

Rounding out the top ten finishers were Gordon, Fultz, Stanley Smith, Bradberry and Ryan Crane, all on the lead lap with Weaver and Ken Alexander also finishing on the lead lap.

Anderson won the Gatorade "FrontRunner" Award for leading the most laps and also $1,000 from Gatorade for the Gatorade Championship Performance Award. His crew chief, Augie Grill, took home the Jasper Engines and Transmissions Crew Chief Challenge Award for the fourth time in 2001. Lavender was the top finishing Wireway/Husky Corp Rookie finishers.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers David Reutimann , Jeff Fultz , Ken Weaver , Jody Lavender , Shane Sieg , Wayne Anderson , Charlie Bradberry , Eddie Mercer