GREENVILLE, S. C. (April 24, 2002) - Billy Bigley Jr. has run one race with the 2002 Hills Bros. Coffee All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring this year and he is returning to one of his favorite short tracks, which he hopes will propel his team towards...
GREENVILLE, S. C. (April 24, 2002) - Billy Bigley Jr. has run one race with the 2002 Hills Bros. Coffee All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring this year and he is returning to one of his favorite short tracks, which he hopes will propel his team towards another series championship.
Greenville-Pickens Speedway, the second oldest NASCAR racing facility in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Presented by Dodge, hosts the Hills Bros. All Pro Series on April 27 with the $51,750 Ingles 200.
Bigley, driving the Peerless Woodworking Chevrolet, enters this event second in series points behind David Reutimann who won his first NASCAR touring event in the opening race of the season. He has 164 career series starts leading all series drivers.
Bigley's record at this historic one-half mile short track has been excellent and he would have to be the odds on favorite to win. In 22 series events at Greenville-Pickens, dating back to 1991, he has started more races than any other driver in the field with four starts from the Bud Pole, more than any other driver, and one of those four starts came in this event in 2001. With back to back wins here in the fall of 1999 and spring of 2000, Bigley joined Hal Goodson, Toby Porter and Jody Ridley as one of four drivers to win two events. Wayne Anderson and Mike Cope have each won three events with Anderson winning the last three races at Greenville.
Bigley, the 2000 All Pro Champion, has returned to the series full-time in 2002 after competing last year with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. "Greenville-Pickens has always been one of my favorites tracks," commented Bigley. "It is a tough track and you have to be on your toes especially in turns one and two but with long straightaways, like Martinsville, you can race hard. There is no doubt race fans at Greenville are among the best because every time the series competes there, 12 to 14 thousand are in the stands. That kind of support excites every driver. It is just a great short track facility."
Three local drivers who will have lots of fans supporting their racing efforts will be Randy Gentry of Easley and Steven Howard of Greer. Gentry, finished second in the 2001 All Pro Series final points standing and Howard finished ninth. Greenville's Toby Porter, who won an All Pro event at Greenville Pickens back in 1997, is scheduled to compete in Saturday's Ingles 200 as well.
Defending race winner of the Ingles 200, Wayne Anderson, is not with the series this year and is pursuing other racing interests. Thirty-two drivers will take the green flag for the Ingles 200 including Eddie Hoffman of Wheaton, IL. and John Nutley of Midlothian, IL. Both drivers finished in the top ten in the first race of the season.
Other top drivers competing at Greenville will be 2001 All Pro Series Rookie-of-the-Year Charlie Bradberry, Eddie Mercer, Jeff Fultz, Shane Sieg, Ken Weaver, A. J. Frank, Jody Lavender, Greg Pope, Kevin Prince, Wayne Bowen, Benny Gordon, Stanley Smith, Michael Britt, Roger Parker, Chris Fontaine, Allen Karnes, Ray Skillman and Chad Bland.
Longtime racing veteran Joe Frasson, who has many laps at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, will have young gun Brandon Butler of Richmond, Va. in his Southern Insurance Agency Chevrolet for this race. Butler, the 2001 Late Model Track Champion at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway and the Atlantic Seaboard Regional NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Presented by Dodge Champion will be in Frasson's car for the second straight race of 2002. He finished 14th in the car at South Boston Speedway in March.
Four outstanding Rookie-of-the-Year registered contenders, with NASCAR, will be taking on the challenges of this track led by rookie points leader Jason Hogan of Cleveland, Ga. Hogan finished 11th in the season opener with Dusty Williams of Savannah, Ga. finishing 14th. Jarod Robie of Candia, N. H. will see this track for the first time along with Joe Aramendia of Sequin, Tx. Pre-race action will start on Friday, April 26, with drivers visiting the Greenville Shriner's Children's Hospital followed by a gigantic Ingles 200 All Pro Starting Line Party at Brew's Restaurant. Hills Bros. All Pro drivers will attend along with several track and NASCAR officials. WESC Radio will host live remote broadcasts from Brew's throughout the evening. Officials from Ingles and other event sponsors will be in attendance. For ticket information and other information, contact Greenville-Pickens Speedway, (864) 269-0852.