<pre> WHAT: DISCOUNT AUTO PARTS 200 Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Race 3 of 16 Events WHERE: USA International Speedway, Lakeland, Fl., .750-mile oval WHEN: Saturday, April 21 2001 DISTANCE: 200 Laps (150 ...
<pre> WHAT: DISCOUNT AUTO PARTS 200 Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Race 3 of 16 Events
WHERE: USA International Speedway, Lakeland, Fl., .750-mile oval
WHEN: Saturday, April 21 2001
DISTANCE: 200 Laps (150 Miles)
POSTED AWARDS: $56,700
FIELD: </pre> 36 Cars. Thirty-one starting positions will be determined through two laps of qualifying. Four additional positions will be available to any driver in the top 30 2000 Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Championship point standings who has not qualified for one of the original 31 positions, provided eligible driver attempts to qualify in qualifying events. Provisional position 36 will be available to any past champion who did not qualify for one of the original 31 positions. If no champion spot the position then goes to the next highest qualifier from the top 30 in 2000 points. Official points standing and not time trial speed will determine these positions. <pre> SANCTION: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR)
PROMOTER: USA International Speedway
TELEVISION: Sports South TV (Tape Delay) Sunshine Network TV (Tape Delay) Airtimes on Sunshine Network, May 8, 7:30 PM, May 9 12:00 AM, May 17, 1:00 PM
SCHEDULE: Saturday, April 21 2001 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Gatorade All Pro Practice 5:00 p.m. - Gatorade All Pro Qualifying (2 Laps) 7:00 p.m. -- Green Flag Discount Auto Parts 200
THE RACE: </pre> The Discount Auto Parts 200 will be race 3 of 16 races on the 2001 Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Schedule. Cautions will count towards total laps and the race can end with a checkered flag or a green-white-checkered situation. <pre> RECORDS: DRIVER DATE TIME/SPEED Qualifying: Brian Smith April 29 2000 20.995 Secs/ 128.602 mph 200-Lap: Jeff Fultz April 29 2000 1 Hr 33 Min 58 Secs/95.779 mph
EVENT REVIEW: </pre> This will be the third 200-lap event for this NASCAR Division at this track. The 2000 event saw a first time NASCAR Bud Pole winner but it also saw an outstanding race between Smith and eventual 2000 Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring Champion Billy Bigley Jr. of Naples, Fla. Smith took an early lead in the race that had eight drivers finishing on the lead lap and 18 of 29 starters running at the end. By lap 12 Bigley had taken the point, after starting third, but through the next third of the race Smith and Bigley stayed in a tight dual. A major incident involving 10 cars on lap 85 with only two cars going to the garage for repairs. With Kevin Prince leading Smith stayed close and regained the point again on lap 127 when Prince had to pit for fuel. Over the final 25 laps, with Smith at the point, Jeff Fultz was able to get around the leader for the final 17 laps to take his first of two wins in 2000. 2000 Top 10 At <pre> Stats: USA International Speedway Bud Pole: Brian Smith 1. Jeff Fultz Time of Race: 1 Hr. 33 Mins. 58 Secs 2. Brian Smith Average Speed: 95.779 mph 3. Steven Howard Margin of Victory: .379 Sec 4 David Reutimann Caution Flags: 5 For 32 Laps 5. Shane Sawyer Lap Leaders: Brian Smith, Pole - 11, 6. Kevin Bryant Billy Bigley Jr., 12-47, Smith, 48-55, Bigley, 56-79, 7. Scott Carlson Kevin Prince, 80-128, Smith, 127-182, Jeff Fultz, 183-200 8. A. J. Frank 9. Kevin Prince 10. Casey Yunick
NOTE OF INTEREST: </pre>
(1) This will be the only visit for the Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring in 2001 at this facility.
(2) With two Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring events run at this facility, there have have been two different race winners and two different Bud Pole winners.
(3) Chris Fontaine, an outstanding Rookie of the Year Contender, will be making his second series start.
(4) Five series champions have entered this event led by three-time champion, Jody Ridley.