WHAT: THE 84 WHAS 150 Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Race 10 of 16 Events WHERE: Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Ky. 1.5-mile oval WHEN: Saturday, August 11 2001 DISTANCE: 100 Laps (150 Miles) POSTED...
WHAT: THE 84 WHAS 150 Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Race 10 of 16 Events
WHERE: Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Ky. 1.5-mile oval
WHEN: Saturday, August 11 2001
DISTANCE: 100 Laps (150 Miles)
POSTED AWARDS: $95,550
FIELD: 40 Cars. Thirty-five starting positions will be determined through two laps of qualifying. Positions 36 - 37 will be available to any driver in the top 30 2001 Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Championship point standings who has not qualified for one of the original 35 positions, provided eligible driver attempts to qualify in qualifying events. Provisional positions 38 - 39 are available to any top 30 car owner in the current 2001 points standing who has not qualified for one of the original 35 positions and provisional position 40 will be for a past champion who ran in 2000 on the series. Official points standing and not time trial speed will determine these positions.
SANCTION: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR)
PROMOTER: Kentucky Speedway, LLC
SCHEDULE: FRIDAY, AUGUST 10 2001
SATURDAY AUGUST 11 2001 7:00 a.m. - Registration Opens and Haulers Park 8:00 a.m. - Garage Opens/Inspection Begins 8:00 a.m. - Gates Open and Inspection begins 11:00 a.m. - Driver/Crew Chief Meeting 10:00 a.m. - Mandatory Rookie Meeting/Quaifying Draw 2:00 p.m. - The 84 WHAS 150 Green Flag 11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. Gatorade All Pro Practice 4:00 p.m. - Qualifying (2-Laps Fastest 35 cars)
THE RACE: The 84 WHAS 150 will be race 10 of 16 races on the 2001 Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Schedule. Cautions will count towards total laps and the race can end with a checkered flag or a green-white-checkered situation.
RECORDS: DRIVER DATE TIME/SPEED Qualifying: Brian Smith June 15 2001 35.413 Secs/152.486 mph 100-Lap: Jeff Fultz June 15 2001 1 Hr. 05 Mins. 52 Secs, 136.640 mph
EVENT REVIEW: In an event that was delayed over two hours due to an horrendous rainstorm that moved through the area four hours before race time, Jeff Fultz, originally from Cincinnati, Oh, and now calling Mooresville, N. C. home, returned to the track he considers his home track with the Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring and dominated the event by leading 66 of 100 laps. Fultz, starting outside front row with Bud Pole winner Brian Smith, swapped the lead with Smith over the first three laps before Smith forged ahead on lap four. Fultz dogged Smith as the two drivers stayed one-two over the next 28 laps with Fultz going to the front on lap 32. The only race caution waved on lap 39 allowing many of the lead lap cars to pit for tires and fuel. Wireway/Husky, Corp. Rookie-of-the-Year contender Richie Beasley did not pit and assumed the lead. When the green flag waved on lap 45, Fultz wasted little time regaining the point the next lap and leading the remainder of the race to secure his first win of 2001. This event marked the second appearance for this series at Kentucky Speedway.
2001 Top 10 At Stats: 100-Lap Race Kentucky Speedway Bud Pole: Brian Smith 1. Jeff Fultz Time of Race: 1 Hr. 05 Mins. 52 Secs 2. Wayne Anderson Average Speed: 136.640 mph 3. Eddie Mercer Margin of Victory: .212 Secs. 4 Brian Smith Caution Flags: 1 For 7 Laps 5. Steven Howard Lap Leader: Brian Smith, Pole; Jeff Fultz, 1; 6. Benny Gordon Smith, 2; Fultz, 3; Smith, 4-31; Fultz, 32-40; 7. David Reutimann Richie Beasley,41-45; Fultz, 46-100 8. Billy Bigley Jr. 9. Stanley Smith 10. Randy Gentry
NOTES OF INTEREST: (1) Brian Smith broke his own track record when the Series visited Kentucky Speedway for only the second time on June 15.
(2) Jeff Fultz, originally from Cincinnati dominated the June 15 event by leading 66 of the 100 laps run. His average winning speed set a new track record besting the previous mark by 25 mph.
(3) The will be the first time the Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring has ever run with the IRL Series.
(4) For this event all cars will run a restrictor plate.
(5) The event on June 15 had only one caution for seven laps