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Southern National 200, Kenly, NC, May 2, 1998 Expected Entries "Southern National Speedway - Southern National 200 - May 2, 1998" ...

Southern National 200, Kenly, NC, May 2, 1998

Expected Entries "Southern National Speedway - Southern National 200 - May 2, 1998"

# Driver Hometown Sponsor/Make/Model Times 0 Steven Christian "Sugar Hill, GA" BellSouth Chevrolet Monte Carlo 4 Ron Young "Conyers, GA" Cofer Brother Building Materials Chevrolet 8 Freddie Query "Mooresville, NC" W.J. Plemons Insurance Chevrolet Monte Carlo 21 Steve Mendenhall "Raleigh, NC" John Boy & Billy Rock 'n' Roll Racing Chevrolet 22 Bob Ward "Raleigh, NC" Dupont Refinishes Chevrolet 25 #David Moyer "Simpsonville, SC" Austin Cracker Sandwiches Chevrolet Monte Carlo 26 Keith White "Higginsville, MO" Bayer Agricultural/Advantage Flea Adulticide Chevy 27 Derrick Gilchrist "Raleigh, NC" Hamke Race Cars Chevrolet Monte Carlo 28 "Billy Bigley, Jr." "Naples, FL" Bilstein Shocks/Team ASE Chevrolet Monte Carlo 31 #Ronnie Burkett "Sorrento, FL" Big Daddy's BBQ Sauces & Spices Chevrolet 32 #Trent Owens "Charlotte, NC" Richard Petty Driving Experience Pontiac 45 #Scott Kilby "Statesville, NC" Arndt & Herman Windows Pontiac Grand Prix 50 Hal Goodson "Darlington, SC" Nortel/Northern Telecom Chevrolet Monte Carlo 61 Jimmy Cope "Pinellas Park, FL" McDonough Plumbing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 80 Toby Porter "Greenville, SC" Mac's Auto Glass Chevrolet Monte Carlo 84 #Josh Clemons "New Albany, IN" E.T. Sharp Trucking Chevrolet Monte Carlo 86 Mardy Lindley "Greenville, SC" JaniKing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 92 #David Jude "Kermit, WV" Cline Resources Chevrolet Monte Carlo 94 Scott Riggs "Bahama, NC" Horizon Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 95 Steven Howard "Greer, SC" Statewide Amusements Chevrolet Monte Carlo 96 Dan Matthews "Raleigh, NC" Lacy Buffaloe Construction Chevrolet Monte Carlo 98 Sean Studer "Concord, NC" Old El Paso Mexican Style Foods/Hi-C Chevrolet 00 David Reutimann "Zephyrhills, FL" QMI Pontiac Grand Prix 03 Ken Alexander "Central, SC" Greased Lightning Cleaner Degreaser Chevrolet 06 "Bobby Hamilton, Jr." "Mt. Juliet, TN" Cunningham Motors Chevrolet Monte Carlo 08 #Nevin Jenkins "Homosassa, FL" Futronix Chevrolet Monte Carlo 09 Randy Gentry "Easley, SC" Carolina Painting/Quality Lift Chevrolet Monte Carlo Total - 28 # denotes Rookie of the Year candidate

1998 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Race Facts

WHAT: Southern National 200 WHERE: Southern National Speedway, Kenly, NC, 0.400 mi. oval WHEN: Saturday, May 2, 1998, 8:00 p.m. DISTANCE: 200 laps (80 miles) POSTED AWARDS: $46,500 TV/RADIO: None

FIELD: 30 cars. Starting positions 1-26 will be determined by time trials (2 laps), positions 27-30 will be available to any of the top 30 eligible drivers in the current 1998 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Championship point standings, who have entered the event, but have not qualified for one of the original 28 starting positions. If a starting position(s) remains unfilled, then that starting position(s) will become available to the next eligible car from the qualifying procedure for the event.

SANCTION: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR)

PROMOTER: Southern Motorsports, Inc. Mike Lamm, Southern National Speedway, (919) 284-1114

SCHEDULE: Team Hauler Parking 8:00 a.m. Registration & Inspection 9:00 a.m. Practice 1:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Time Trials (2 laps, all positions) 6:00 p.m. Southern National 200 8:00 p.m.

THE RACE: The Southern National 200 is the sixth of 19 races on the 1998 Slim Jim All Pro Series schedule. This race represents the third time that the Slim Jim All Pro Series will compete at the high banked 0.400 mile oval.

RECORDS: Track Qual. Record: Wayne Anderson, Wildwood, FL, Chevrolet, 14.672 secs., 98.146 mph, 5/4/96 Fastest Avg. Speed: Toby Porter, Greenville, SC, Chevrolet, 1 hr., 12 mins., 49 secs., 66.24 mph, 5/4/96

1997 REVIEW: Jefferson, Ga.'s Scott Sutherland picked up his second career win in last year's race. Hal Goodson finished second ahead of Raleigh area drivers Dan Matthews and Derrick Gilchrist while Mike Harmon rounded out the top five. Nine cars finished on the lead lap and Steven Christian earned the Bud Pole Award for the event.

NOTES OF INTEREST: * While Scott Sutherland no longer competes on the series, Toby Porter has returned to the series and will be the only driver to have a chance at repeating as a Southern National race winner.

* After five races the point standings feature a blend of experience and youthful exuberance. Veteran late model campaigner Freddie Query heads up the list with Steven Christian and David Reutimann, 1996 and 1997 Rookies of the Year respectively, tied for second. Trailing them is yet another seasoned driver, Billy Bigley, Jr., while third year driver Derrick Gilchrist rounds out the top five.

STAT OF THE WEEK: After five events, encompassing a total of 801 laps, only one driver has completed all of the laps run. Zephyrhills, Fla.'s David Reutimann, the 1997 Slim Jim All Pro Series Rookie of the Year, has been running on the lead lap at the end of each 1998 event. Reutimann now resides in a tie for second place in the series point standings with Steven Christian, just 73 points behind leader Freddie Query. While Reutimann has completed every lap, he has not lead a lap so far in 1998.

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Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Scott Riggs , Billy Bigley , Mike Harmon , Richard Petty , Trent Owens , David Reutimann , Ron Young , Bob Ward , Wayne Anderson