1997 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Race Facts WHAT: Coca-Cola Shootout WHERE: Heartland Park Topeka, Topeka, KS, 2.1 mile paved road course WHEN: Saturday afternoon, July 26, 1997, 3:00 p.m. CDT DISTANCE: 60 laps...
1997 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Race Facts
WHAT: Coca-Cola Shootout WHERE: Heartland Park Topeka, Topeka, KS, 2.1 mile paved road course WHEN: Saturday afternoon, July 26, 1997, 3:00 p.m. CDT DISTANCE: 60 laps (126 miles) POSTED AWARDS: $93,100 TV/RADIO: TNN Live
FIELD: 32 cars. Starting positions 1-24 will be determined by European Style Qualifying. Positions 25-28 will be available to any of the top 40 eligible drivers in the current 1997 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Championship point standings, who have entered the event, but have not qualified for one of the original 24 starting positions. Positions 29-30 have been established for up to two additional starting positions which will be available to any of the top 40 drivers in the current 1997 NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour Championship point standings and positions 31-32 have been established for up to two additional starting positions which will be available to any of the top 40 drivers in the current 1997 NASCAR Reb-Co Northwest Tour Championship point standings, who have not qualified for one of the original 24 starting positions, provided eligible drivers attempt to qualify in qualifying events. In the event any of the above provisional starting positions are not used by that division's drivers, then that provisional starting position (s) will be available to the other division's drivers. If a provisional position(s) still remains unfilled, then that position(s) will become available to the next eligible car from the qualifying procedure for the event.
SANCTION: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR)
PROMOTER: Heartland Park Corporation
CONTACTS: Jim Noltimier, NASCAR, (770) 486-3591 Len Lehmann, Heartland Park Topeka, (913) 862-4781
SCHEDULE: Friday, July 25 Registration & Inspection 8:00 a.m. Drawing to determine order of qualifying 10:00 a.m. Practice 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Qualifying (European Style) 3:00 p.m. Saturday, July 26 Garage Opens 6:00 a.m. Mandatory Drivers' Meeting 12:00 p.m. Coca-Cola Shootout 3:00 p.m. CDT
THE RACE: The Coca-Cola Shootout is the 12th of 20 races on the 1997 series schedule. Consisting of 60 laps, this event is the only road course event for the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series in 1997. The Shootout is also the only event specifically designed to bring all three of NASCAR's Touring Series' late model competitors together to compete with and against each other. In last year's inaugural event the competitors raced on a 1.8 mile configuration, this year the configuration will equal 2.1 miles in length.
RECORDS: Track Qual. Record (1.8 mile config.): Ken Schrader, Fenton, MO, Chevrolet, 67.729 secs., 95.675 mph, 6/8/96 Fastest Avg. Speed (1.8 mile config.): Toby Porter, Greenville, SC, Chevrolet, 1 hr., 22 mins., 44 secs., 78.324 mph, 6/8/96
1996 REVIEW: Greenville, SC's Toby Porter picked up the inaugural win in the first ever road course race for the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series. Winston Cup star Kenny Schrader led many laps as did eventual '96 Series Champion Mike Cope and Series regular Rick Crawford. But it was Porter who persevered to top Ron Young, Crawford, Cope and Bill Baird.
NOTES OF INTEREST: ? Over 50 cars have pre-entered this event including nine Featherlite Southwest Tour drivers and three Reb-Co Northwest Tour competitors. ? This event is the fourth and final companion event with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 1997. ? Pinellas Park, FL's Mike Cope, the 1996 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Champion and Palmdale, FL's Ron Hornaday, Jr., the 1996 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion, have each filed an entry for this event. ? This event will be the first race of 1997 to be televised live. The event will air at 4:00 p.m. EDT on TNN
STAT OF THE WEEK: The top three drivers in NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series points, Milford, OH's Jeff Fultz, Darlington, SC's Hal Goodson and Zephyrhills, FL's David Reutimann have no NASCAR Touring Series road course experience.
MEDIA SERVICES: NASCAR Online, NASCAR's Official Internet Site on the World Wide Web can be accessed at http://www.nascar.com and offers up to the minute information on the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series and all of NASCAR's racing divisions.
HEADQUARTER MOTEL: Airport Value Inn, 3846 South Topeka Ave. (Hwy 75), Topeka, KS 66609, Contact: Sheila Wisecup, (913) 267-1222, 30 rooms, Single or Double, $30.99 + tax Other Possibilities: Best Western Candlelight Inn, 2831 S.W. Fairlawn, Topeka, KS 66614, Contact: Ed Foreman Sr. or Jr., (800) 223-8892
Heartland Park Topeka is located 4.2 miles south of I-335 (Kansas Turnpike) on US 75.