Gatorade All Pro Series, Nascar Touring First Superspeedway Challenge of 2001 at Beautiful Kentucky Speedway SPARTA, KY. (June 3 2001) - Wayne Anderson really has nothing to prove to anyone except that he would like to win an event at Kentucky...
Gatorade All Pro Series, Nascar Touring First Superspeedway Challenge of 2001 at Beautiful Kentucky Speedway
SPARTA, KY. (June 3 2001) - Wayne Anderson really has nothing to prove to anyone except that he would like to win an event at Kentucky Speedway. In fact he thought he had accomplished that last year when his Jani-King Chevrolet took the checkered flag in the Kentucky 150 presented by The Lexington Herald-Ledger.
That was the good news first but then came the bad news. Anderson's car failed the post-race inspection and was disqualified moving his finishing position from first to last with no NASCAR points or posted awards.
"To tell the truth I wish I could say what the problem was," stated the 1999 Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Champion. " I was certainly unaware of anything wrong until after the race. But that is water over the damn this year and we can only go on with this year."
Even though Anderson finished the 2000 racing season with more wins than any other driver, (five), more Bud Pole starts (four), and led the most laps at 22%, he only finished sixth in the national points standing.
"We had our ups and downs last year and losing 180 points really hurt. Taking 10 away from Billy (Bigley) and adding 180 to our end of year total would have made the championship much closer and who knows what might have been, could have been, should have been, you know the story."
Anderson will get his chance to redeem last year's results when he leads the field into this year's event as the series points leader. And once again he is the man to beat on the series, posting three wins, one Bud Pole and he has led the most laps through six races.
Bigley will return to the series for this event defending his win last year. He is not running for another championship this year as he is competing on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series full-time in 2001.
"We were able to run the first four series events this year and led the points until we had to miss the event at Birmingham," commented Bigley from his home in Naples, Fla.,
"We just couldn't pass up the opportunity to run full-time with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. At my age, 38, not too many chances come along. We are having a good year with the trucks but I owe it to my crew to run as many Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring events as possible since they have been with me so long."
Jeff Fultz, originally from Cincinnati but now calling Mooresville, N. C. home, will return to Kentucky Speedway for his second appearance. Last year Fultz started outside front row, finishing 18th after completing only 79 of 102 laps due to mechanical problems. Also returning from the Cincinnati area is Spanks Overbeck who started 21st and finished 25th after exiting the race after 21 laps with engine woes.
A number of drivers will see the Kentucky Superspeedway for the first time in this event including Stanley Smith, a former NASCAR Champion. Darrell Brown, a former All Pro Super Series, Champion and a strong contingent of Wireway/Husky Corporation Rookie-of-the-Year contenders led by Jody Lavender of Hartsville, S. C. Other top contenders include Richie Beasley, Brewton, Al., Charlie Bradberry, Birmingham, Al., Wayne Bowen, Concord, N. C., Roger Parker, London, Ky., Michael Britt, Cumming, Ga., Chris Fontaine, Lakeland, Fla. and Chris Myers, Asheville, N. C. Also expected to enter this event will be Ron Breese, Jr., DeKalb, Ill and J. R. Roahrig, South Bend, In., of the RE/MAX Challenge Series, Matt Crafton, Tulare, Ca., of the Featherlite Southwest Series, and longtime racing legend Ray Skillman, Greenwood, In. This will be a two-day event for series competitors.
On Thursday, June 14, the Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring cars will take to the track for their first practice session starting at 4:00 pm. On Friday, June 15, practice will run from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. Qualifying will take place at 2:00 locking in the 35 fastest qualifiers of the 40-car field. The Kentucky 150 presented by The Lexington Herald-Ledger will take the green flag at 9:00 pm.
The Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring is one of nine NASCAR Touring Series that blanket the United States, bringing special events to many NASCAR Weekly Racing Series tracks and some NASCAR superspeedways and road courses. NASCAR Touring Series can provide a competitor with an entire career, or they can provide valuable experience to competitors moving through the NASCAR ranks. Corporate sponsors make significant contributions to NASCAR Touring Series point funds. The sponsors include R. J. Reynolds, Anheuser-Busch, Featherlite Trailers, Goody's Headache Powders, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Raybestos Brakes and RE/MAX International, Incorporated.