Consecutive superspeedway events for Hills Bros. All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Drivers. SPARTA, KY. (May 31 2002) - I guess you could say drivers on the Hills Bros. All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring are stepping up in NASCAR racing circles,...
Consecutive superspeedway events for Hills Bros. All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Drivers.
SPARTA, KY. (May 31 2002) - I guess you could say drivers on the Hills Bros. All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring are stepping up in NASCAR racing circles, running back to back superspeedway events for the first time in history.
Drivers fresh from competing at the 1.333-mile Nashville Superspeedway on June 7 will take on the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway on June 14 in the $101,750 Lexington Herald Leader presents the Kentucky 150.
This will be the first of two events at Kentucky in 2002 and the fourth event run here since the track opened in 2000. Three drivers have their name in the record book for the Hills Bros. All Pro Series at this beautiful speedplant and two of the three will return for this event.
Jeff Fultz, who grew up in the Cincinnati, Oh. area, really looked forward to running at the new Kentucky Speedway when it opened.
"I consider this my home track," said Fultz who now lives in Mooresville, N. C. and is a body fabricator for the Jasper Engines NASCAR Winston Cup team.
"I had lots of family and friends here in 2000 for the first series event but things didn't turn out like we had hoped," continued Fultz. Fultz started on the outside front row in his C & C Boilers/Cleaver Brooks Chevrolet with Brian Smith earning the Bud Pole however mechanical woes relegated him to an 18 place finish.
That initial disappointment didn't stop a determined Fultz when he returned in 2001 for two more series races. He dominated both events leading over half the laps in both races. His winning time of 1 hr. 05 mins and 52 secs in the spring event last year stands as the race record. And since last year Fultz has gained more superspeedway experience making two NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division starts and he won an event at Lowe's Motor Speedway earlier this month.
Smith, who bettered his qualifying mark, each time the series has competed here will not be running the race this year. His qualifying mark of 34.591 secs (156.111 mph) stands as the fastest lap ever recorded on this series.
"We enjoy having these cars at our facility," said longtime promoter and Kentucky Operations Manager Andy Vertrees. These guys put on one heck of a show for our race fans and having a, so to speak, hometown boy win is not bad either."
This race will also be in conjunction with the NASCAR Busch Series for the second consecutive week.
Billy Bigley Jr., 2000 Hills Bros. All Pro Series Champion won the inaugural race here in 2000 and has returned full-time to the series. Bigley competed in 2001 with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and has gained valuable superspeedway experience as a driver.
David Reutimann who gained his first NASCAR touring victory in the first race of the season and is the current points leader will be challenged for that point lead by 2001 rookie-of-the-year Charlie Bradberry as well as the hottest driver on the series, Toby Porter. Porter is another driver returning full-time to the series in 2002.
Other drivers looking to do well who are in the top five in points are Eddie Hoffman, Randy Gentry, and Jody Lavender. Bigley, Fultz, rookie points leader Jason Hogan, Ken Weaver and Shane Sieg round out the top ten drivers in series points.
Action will take place for series drivers on Friday, June 14 with practice starting at 10:00 with qualifying to start at 2:00 p.m. The Lexington Herald Leader presents The Kentucky 150 should take the green flag at 9:00 p.m.
This event will be televised and shown tape delayed on July 22 on the Speed Channel.