Wayne Anderson Dominates Louisville 250 For Win No. Five In 2001 Gatorade All Pro Series, Nascar Touring Competition LOUISVILLE, KY. (September 8 2001) - Wayne Anderson visited victory lane in 1999 at Louisville Motor Speedway winning a coveted...
Wayne Anderson Dominates Louisville 250 For Win No. Five In 2001 Gatorade All Pro Series, Nascar Touring Competition
LOUISVILLE, KY. (September 8 2001) - Wayne Anderson visited victory lane in 1999 at Louisville Motor Speedway winning a coveted Louisville Slugger Trophy.
Saturday evening he needed just one pit stop for right side tires and fuel to dominate the Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Louisville 250 to earn his second Louisville Slugger trophy.
This event was sort of a vindication for the Wildwood, Fla. driver who was a top contender late in the 2000 event when he suffered a flat tire and eventually finished fifth behind Jeff Fultz, the eventual winner. This time Anderson held a comfortable lead over Fultz and cruised to his fifth win of the 2001 campaign. Anderson, the all-time career win leader on this series has 20 career wins.
"I felt good this time coming to Louisville. What can I say about this Jani-King team. They have been totally behind me and always give me a great racecar, " said Anderson.
"This is a tough race track and it will jump up and bite you in a hurry. I dodged a few bullets out there tonight like almost losing it in turn one when Kevin (Prince) got under me and took the lead on lap 47," commented Anderson.
The 250-lap event was the first time the series has run an event under 300-laps at the tough .438-mile D-Shaped oval. Anderson was dominate leading 214 laps losing the point one other time when he pitted for right side tires and fuel.
When asked why he waited so long to pit for fresh Hoosier tires compared to other drivers, Anderson replied.
"I knew we had good car and it handled excellent tonight. A lot of drivers were having problems so I figured that as long as we were running strong and had a comfortable lead I wanted to put as many cars behind me as I could," said Anderson.
Asked about a possible second NASCAR Championship this year, Anderson said. "We come to a race to win races. The points will take care of themselves as long as you can be consistent and we have been doing that this year.
Finishing behind Anderson was Jeff Fultz, Kevin Prince, Benny Gordon and Randy Gentry in the top five.
Two local drivers made an impact on this race. Josh Clemons, an infrequent competitor with the series, earned his first NASCAR Bud Pole Award in his 39th career start when he turned in a fast lap of 15.117 Secs (104.306 mph) in qualifying with Shane Sieg starting outside front row.
But the crowd favorite certainly was Keith Gardner, five-time Louisville Motor Speedway track champion. Gardner started 19 in the field and worked his way to fourth and then second before Stanley Smith's Chevrolet swerved in turn one and tagged Gardner's car. Gardner eventually finished seventh.
Another hard luck driver was David Reutimann who took the lead when Anderson pitted with 78 laps to run. However on the restart of the seventh race caution, Reutimann's car fell off the pace finally going to the pits. He was forced out because of a rear end problem, the same type of failure when he was leading at Bristol, Tenn. two weeks earlier. Rounding out the top ten finishers were Jody Lavender, Gardner, Shane Sieg, Crane and Ken Weaver.
Anderson was the receipient of the Gatorade "FrontRunner" Award leading 214 of the 250 laps while his Crew Chief Augie Grill won his fifth Jasper Engines and Transmissions Crew Chief Challenge Award. Jody Lavender was the top finishing WirewayHuskey Corp Rookie of the Year Finishers. He now leads Charlie Bradberry by two points for Rookie-of-the-Year honors.
The next event for the Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring will be the Tennessean 200 on September 29 at Nashville (TN) Speedway USA.