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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 29, 1997 Slim Jim All Pro Series Set to Battle Twice in Three Days DAYTONA BEACH, FL- On Thursday July 3 the competitors of the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series begin a six week odyssey that will take them to six states...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 29, 1997 Slim Jim All Pro Series Set to Battle Twice in Three Days DAYTONA BEACH, FL- On Thursday July 3 the competitors of the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series begin a six week odyssey that will take them to six states for seven events that will definitely test man and machine. Beginning with the Budweiser 200 at Lanier National Speedway in Gainesville, GA, then heading south to Volusia County Speedway in Barberville, FL for a July 5 event, the six week endurance test will get off to a roaring start with two events in three days. These two events will prove rewarding for one lucky driver as The Gatorade Front Runner Award will be awarded to the Series points leader after the completion of the Volusia 200. The recipient of the $2,500 Gatorade Front Runner Award is determined by which driver is leading the season long points standings at the midway point of the schedule. "There is no more appropriate athlete to represent Gatorade than a race car driver," said Bill Schmidt, Vice President of Sports Marketing for Gatorade Worldwide. "We're proud to sponsor the Gatorade Front Runner Awards to recognize athletes who perform under extreme conditions of heat and stress to reach their ultimate peak." NASCAR Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Brian France added, "The Gatorade Company's involvement (with NASCAR) through The Front Runner Award provides competitors in each of NASCAR's 12 divisions with an extra opportunity for recognition and prize money during the year-long charge toward the season championship." Entering the Budweiser 200 Milford, OH's Jeff Fultz, driver of the King Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo, has earned 1186 points and leads the Series points standings by 75 points over Conyers, GA's Ron Young. Young, Birmingport, AL's Mike Harmon and Mooresville, NC's Nipper Alsup are separated by a mere 13

points. Should Fultz experience any form of misfortune over the course of these next two events then the trio of Young, Harmon and Alsup are all in a position to capitalize on the opportunity, provided they can produce strong runs in these next two 200 lap battles. A couple of notable drivers will attempt to qualify for these events. Denver, CO's Rick Carelli, a full time competitor on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, will attempt to qualify a Re/Max Realty Chevrolet at Lanier while NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver Bobby Hamilton will attempt to qualify a Coastal Lubricants sponsored Pontiac at Volusia. In addition, former Series regulars Billy Bigley, Jr. and Bobby Gill have filed entries for the Volusia 200. In each of the next two events, 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 1997 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. Lanier's Budweiser 200 will get underway with two lap Busch Pole qualifying attempts, expected to include over 45 drivers, at 6:00 p.m., with the 200 lap event scheduled to begin at approximately 8:00 p.m. At Volusia, a similar schedule will unfold. -30- For further information contact NASCAR Public Relations at (770) 486-3591. jn

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Billy Bigley , Mike Harmon , Rick Carelli , Jeff Fultz , Ron Young