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Jeff Fultz scores second NASCAR Elite Division Kodak Southeast Series victory of 2003 with win at Kentucky Motor Speedway. WHITESVILLE, KY. (June 28 2003) - 2002 NASCAR Elite Division Kodak Southeast Series Champion Jeff Fultz took his C & C ...

Jeff Fultz scores second NASCAR Elite Division Kodak Southeast Series victory of 2003 with win at Kentucky Motor Speedway.

WHITESVILLE, KY. (June 28 2003) - 2002 NASCAR Elite Division Kodak Southeast Series Champion Jeff Fultz took his C & C Boiler/Cleaver Brooks Chevrolet to victory lane Saturday evening at Kentucky Motor Speedway winning the Southern Pride 150.

The event was the first time any touring series ran at the 3/8-mile oval since NASCAR's former All American Challenge Series visited the track in 1988 when it was a quarter mile track. That event was won by Mark Green who now competes on the NASCAR Busch Series.

Finishing behind Fultz was Terry Mason Jr. in his CCC Group/M & R Pipe/Hamner Engines Chevrolet, Bradberry with his Bradberry Racing Chevrolet, Kevin Prince in his Land O'Frost Lunch Meats/Uncle Yammy's Grillin Sauces Chevrolet and Brian Smith with his Power Screen/S & J Boring/Accent Marble Chevrolet.

"We really had a fast car tonight," Fultz said in victory lane. Winning here is special because I have never raced here and I am from the Cincinnati area. I hope the fans saw a good race tonight because anytime you are on a track this tight there is bound to be some rubbing. No one is out to wreck anyone on a track like this and you just have to pick the right time to try and improve your position."

"McGinnis is an excellent competitor and he knows there will be some rubbing. You just have to concentrate a little harder in a race like this compared to being on a larger track," continued Fultz. "I know one thing," said Fultz, "I didn't have any brakes at the end of the race." Fultz was fourth fastest qualifier behind Bud Pole winner Randy Gentry then started third when the top six qualifiers were inverted for the start. Gentry set a new qualifying mark with a lap of 15.690 secs (86.042 mph) to lead the 25 car field.

The inversion put long time short track driver Billy McGinnis at the point with his Rush/Idle Aire Chevrolet for the start with series points leader Charlie Bradberry outside front row.

Bradberry had lots of incentive to win and maintain his series points lead as he turned 21 on Saturday.

McGinnis, in a full-time ride this year with car owner Buddy Bean, found himself leading the field right from the green flag. Bradberry tried to take the lead in turn one with an outside move but McGinnis quickly closed the door with Bradberry settling in second followed by Fultz, Mason and Jarod Robie.

The field played follow the leader over the first half of the event with only Robie and Gentry challenging each other for position. At the half-way point McGinnis still had the lead with Bradberry and Fultz in constant pursuit.

The tight 3/8-mile track did not provide much room for passing over the first half of the race but as a second groove was worked into the track drivers started testing their ability to pass.

Fultz was the first to make a move when he took his mount to the inside of Bradberry's Chevrolet in turn three on lap 82 to take second. Fultz had his sights on McGinnis and finally on lap 89 in turn four, Fultz rubbed to the inside of McGinnis's car and taking the points.

McGinnis backed out of the gas and let Fultz go falling back to second as others also backed off avoiding contact with other cars.

On lap 100 the top seven cars running were the top seven cars that started the race with Gentry up to third and Bradberry in sixth.

"I was losing the brakes on my car," said Bradberry after the event. "This track has such tight corners and long straightaways that you are always working the brakes. Then when someone gets out of shape you are on the binders trying to avoid any contact. We are happy where we finished because we maintained our points lead."

Gentry tried to make his move around the McGinnis car on lap 105 in the same place that Fultz made his move earlier but this time contact was made between many cars. The McGinnis car spun off the track where he lost two laps trying to get his car refired. The incident ended Gentry's night of racing.

The field finally went back to racing with the eighth and final race caution coming out when Mason's car and Robie's car rubbed in turn four with Robie's car receiving heavy damage. Robie took his car to the garage ending his night of racing.

Over the final 23 laps Fultz maintained a wide margin between himself and Mason and Bradberry picking up his second win of the season.

Rounding out the top ten finishers were Louisville, Ky. driver Keith Gardner, Lee Tissot, who was driving David Reutimann's Pennzoil car, while he ran the NASCAR Busch Series in Milwaukee where he finished fifth, Justin Wakefield, Jason Hogan and John Wilkinson III. Mason was the top finishing Victory Circle Chassis Rookie-of-the-year contender and Dusty Williams improved the most positions in the race to earn the POWERAde "Power Move Of The Race Award".

The series visited Ocala Speedway on Wednesday, July 2 for their first appearance at Tim Christman's 3/8-mile track.

Race Statistics:

Time of Race: 1 Hr. 00 Mins. 16 43 Secs
Winner's Average Speed: 56.001 mph
Margin of Victory: .465 Secs
Caution Flags: Eight for 50 Laps (7-10, 14-19, 44-49, 77-80, 84-87, 96-103, 105-111, 117-127.
Lead Changes: One Lead Change Among Two Drivers
Lap Leaders: Billy McGinnis, 1-89; Jeff Fultz, 90-150

PowerAde "Power Move Of The Race Award" Dusty Williams
Victory Circle Chassis Rookie-of-the-Race: Terry Mason Jr.

NASCAR Elite Division, Kodak Southeast Series Top 10 Points Standing: As Of June 28 2003; (Unofficial), 1. Charlie Bradberry, 744; 2. John Wilkinson III, 703; 3. Jeff Fultz, 689; 4. Brian Smith, 657; 5. Terry Mason Jr., 654; 6. Jason Hogan, 642; 7. Johnny Brazier; 604; 8. Cecil Chunn, 597; 9. Justin Wakefield, 595; 10. Dusty Williams, 594.


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Drivers Mark Green , David Reutimann , Jeff Fultz , Brian Smith , Charlie Bradberry , John Wilkins
Teams Williams