<pre> WHAT: LOUISVILLE 250 Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Race 13 of 16 Events WHERE: Louisville Motor Speedway, Louisville, Ky., 7/16-mile oval WHEN: Saturday, September 8 2001 DISTANCE: 250 Laps (109.375 ...
WHAT: LOUISVILLE 250 Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Race 13 of 16 Events
WHERE: Louisville Motor Speedway, Louisville, Ky., 7/16-mile oval
WHEN: Saturday, September 8 2001
DISTANCE: 250 Laps (109.375 Miles)
POSTED AWARDS: $52,150
FIELD: 32 Cars. Twenty-seven starting positions will be determined through two laps of qualifying. Positions 28 - 29 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 27 positions, provided eligible driver attempts to qualify in qualifying events. Provisional postions 30 - 31 are available to any top 30 car owner in the current 2001 points standing who has not qualified for one of the original 27 positions and provisional position 32 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: Louisville Motor Speedway Associates, LLC
SCHEDULE: Saturday, September 8 2001 9:00 a.m. - Registration Opens and Haulers Park 10:00 a.m. - Gates Open and Inspection begins 12:00 p.m. - Mandatory Rookie Meeting 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Gatorade All Pro Practice 3:15 p.m. - Mandatory Driver/Crew Chief Meeting 6:00 p.m. - Gatorade All Pro Qualifying (2 Laps) 8:00 p.m. -- Green Flag Louisville 250
THE RACE: The Louisville 250 will be race 13 of 16 races on the 2001 Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Schedule. Cautions will count towards total laps and the race can can end with a checkered flag or a green-white-checkered situation.
RECORDS: DRIVER DATE TIME/SPEED Qualifying: Wayne Anderson July 15 2000 14.415 Secs/109.261 mph 250-Lap: New Race Record To Be Determined
EVENT REVIEW: No one gave Jeff Fultz much of a chance to win this event last year after the C & C Boiler/Cleaver Brooks car blew a motor during afternoon practice in the primary car. After hard work by his Jon Craig led team, Fultz qualified fifth in the starting field with Wayne Anderson winnning the Bud Pole start with New Albany, In. driver Josh Clemons outside front row. Eleven caution periods slowed the pace of the race on this tricky D-shaped oval with the first caution waving on the second lap. Anderson held the point until a flat tire forced him to the pits on lap 111 giving the lead to David Reutimann. Anderson lost three laps in the pits. Reutimann stayed out front until he went to the pits for fresh rubber during the eighth race caution putting Billy Bigley Jr. at the helm. But when the green flag waved Bigley's car and Randy Gentry's car made contact putting Kevin Prince at the point. Fultz got around Prince and back to the point 11 laps from the scheduled finish until the final race caution waved on lap 300 necessitating a green-white-checked finish with Fultz holding off Prince and Ken Weaver who earned career best finishes.
Shane Sieg had his career best finish at fourth.
2000 Top 10 At
Stats: Louisville Motor Speedway (300 Laps) Bud Pole: Wayne Anderson 1. Jeff Fultz Time of Race: 1 Hr. 43 Mins. 21 Secs (300 Laps) 2. Kevin Prince Average Speed: 77.975 mph 3. Ken Weaver Margin of Victory: .410 Sec 4 Shane Sieg Caution Flags: 11 For 59 Laps 5. Wayne Anderson Lap Leader: Wayne Anderson, 1-110; David 6. Gary Terry Reutimann, 111-135; Jeff Fultz, 136-164; 7. Greg Pope Reutimann, 165-253; Billy Bigley Jr., 254-257; 8. Chuck Winders Kevin Prince, 258-288; Fultz, 289-307. 9. Brian Smith 10. Jesse Harris
NOTE OF INTEREST:
(1) This will be the first 250-lap race for the Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring at this tough D-shaped speedplant.
(2) Jeff Fultz will return to defend his 2000 victory.
(3) An outstanding field of Rookie-of-the-Year candidates will be competing for one of the 32 starting spots.