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Kilby Takes Over Rookie Points Lead as Slim Jim All Pro Series Heads into Myrtle Beach DAYTONA BEACH, FL- After finishing seventh in the Price Chopper 250 at I-70 Speedway on May 22, Statesville, N.C.'s Scott Kilby vaulted over Sorrento, Fla.'s...

Kilby Takes Over Rookie Points Lead as Slim Jim All Pro Series Heads into Myrtle Beach

DAYTONA BEACH, FL- After finishing seventh in the Price Chopper 250 at I-70 Speedway on May 22, Statesville, N.C.'s Scott Kilby vaulted over Sorrento, Fla.'s Ronnie Burkett and into the points lead in the Rookie-of-the-Year standings in the Slim Jim All Pro Series, part of NASCAR's Touring Division. With his third top 10 finish of the season, Kilby also moved into seventh place in the overall point standings for the touring late model series. Kilby is a former track champion at Hickory Motor Speedway, having earned the champion's trophy in 1992 and 1996. He is considered one of the top late model stock drivers in the country and before moving into the Slim Jim All Pro Series you could find him chasing the big money purses at late model stock specials throughout the southeast. In 1997 Kilby tested the waters in the Slim Jim All Pro Series making four starts and preserving his rookie status for a run at the rookie championship in 1998.

Kilby has qualified for six of the seven races run in 1998 and has managed to attain one top five and three top 10 finishes to date. He has toiled in two different race cars this season, a feat that is rarely successful, let alone for a first year driver. Kilby is splitting time between his family-owned Arndt & Herman Windows Pontiac Grand Prix and Joe Frasson's Electric Lite/Southern Insurance Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

As the Slim Jim All Pro Series heads into Myrtle Beach, S.C. for the Harris Teeter 250 on Saturday, June 13, Kilby finds himself leading a talented and hungry pack of first year drivers. He is being chased by Burkett who drives the Big Daddy's BBQ Spices & Sauces Chevrolet. Burkett was as high as second in the overall series point standings, reaching the lofty position after four events. He has run into some bad racing luck over the last couple of events and has slipped some in the standings, ultimately relinquishing the rookie points lead to Kilby. Burkett is now two points behind Kilby with Homosassa, Fla.'s Nevin Jenkins just four points behind Burkett. Jenkins has steered his Futronix Chevrolet Monte Carlo to two top 10 finishes in six starts and can frequently be found mixing it up in the top 10 week in and week out. David Moyer resides in the fourth position in rookie points, trailing Jenkins by seven points. The driver of the Austin Cracker Sandwiches Chevrolet has one top 10 finish in six starts. Brian Sockwell and David Jude are tied for the fifth position in rookie points, trailing Moyer by three points. Trent Owens and Josh Clemons round out the rookie competition with Owens having earned 28 points and Clemons now having 25 points after seven events.

What makes this group of talented first year drivers different from previous seasons is that most of them are visiting many of the tracks on the Slim Jim All Pro Series for the first time. In previous seasons some rookies may have competed on several of the tracks that the series runs on over the course of one or more seasons, never running more than five races in any one season and thus maintaining their rookie status. This year's rookie crop are taking to the highways for the first time and appear to be meeting the challenge head on.

On Saturday June 13, team hauler parking will take place at 8:00 a.m. Registration and Inspection begins at 9:00 a.m. with practice being held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.. Time trials get underway at 6:00 p.m. with the green flag waving on the Harris Teeter 250 at 8:00 p.m.

The starting field will consist of 26 starters, with up to four additional starting positions available to any of the top 30 eligible drivers in the 1998 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Championship point standings, who have entered the event, but have not qualified for one of the original 26 starting positions.

In addition to Saturday's racing action, many Slim Jim All Pro Series teams will place their racing machines on display at the NASCAR Café on Friday, June 12. An autograph session will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with the cars being on display from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. After the autograph session the drivers will move to the NASCAR SpeedPark, an entertainment complex in its final stages of construction, for an opportunity to race against the clock, and each other. The drivers will set the track records that the public will take a shot at when the facility opens for business in the near future. The SpeedPark is located on property adjoining the NASCAR Café.

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