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Subject: NSJAPS Event #17, Winchester Speedway

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 22, 1997

Lucrative Winchester 400 On Tap for This Weekend:

Heading into the stretch run of the 1997 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series schedule, the stakes are rising on many fronts. The points chase to crown the series champion will likely go down to the wire, the remaining events carry large purses, and the battle to finish in the top 30 in points will be a challenge.

This weekend the $83,725 Roger Holdeman Memorial/28th Annual Winchester 400 will serve as a financial boon to many, with the event winner expected to earn over $14,000 in purse and contingency awards. An overflow field of cars is expected to vie for the 30 starting spots up for grabs in Busch Pole qualifying.

Leading the charge into Winchester will be series points leader Jeff Fultz who hails from nearby Milford, OH. On the strength of 14 top 10 finishes in 16 races the driver of the JaniKing Chevrolet will need to add to his string of solid finishes as Darlington, SC's Hal Goodson and Conyers, GA's Ron Young are 49 and 51 points behind him in the title chase respectively.

The final four events of the '97 campaign are critical to all of the drivers as they attempt to improve upon their current position, or at least make it into the top 30 in points by the time the checkered flag waves on the season ending event in Homestead, FL. Only the top 30 in '97 points will be eligible for provisionals during the first four events of the 1998 season. As a result, finishing out the season in a positive fashion is a must for many drivers. Winchester's high banked half mile oval represents the first step in achieving a solid stretch run to the '97 campaign.

Track activities get underway on Friday, September 26 with Registration & Inspection beginning at 9:00 a.m., with Practice running from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. First round Busch Pole qualifying, to lock in the top 20 qualifiers, will commence at 3:30 p.m. Saturday's schedule starts at 9:00 a.m., once again with Registration & Inspection, and is then followed by a one hour practice session commencing at Noon. Second round time trials, to determine starting positions 21 through 26 will follow ARCA Time Trials and a final practice session will follow second round qualifying, as time permits. The 28th Annual Winchester 400 will take the green flag at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. -30-

1997 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Race Facts

WHAT: Roger Holdeman Memorial/28th Annual Winchester 400 WHERE: Winchester Speedway, Winchester, IN, 0.500 paved oval WHEN: Sunday Afternoon, September 28, 1997, 1:00 p.m. DISTANCE: 400 laps (200 miles) POSTED AWARDS: $83,725 TV/RADIO: None

FIELD: 30 cars. Starting positions 1-26 will be determined by time trials (2 laps). Positions 27-30 will be available to any of the top 30 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 26 starting positions. If a starting position(s) remains unfilled, then that starting 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: Rolin Promotions, Inc.

CONTACTS: Jim Noltimier, NASCAR, (770) 486-3591 Linda Holdeman, Winchester Speedway, (765) 584-9701

SCHEDULE: Friday, September 26, 1997 Registration & Inspection 9:00 a.m. Practice 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. Time Trials 3:30 p.m. (Top 20 cars earn spots 1 thru 20) Saturday, September 27, 1997 Registration & Inspection 9:00 a.m. Practice 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Time Trials following ARCA Time Trials (Fastest 6 cars earn starting positions 21 thru 26) Practice following time trials as time permits. Sunday, September 28, 1997 Pits Open 8:00 a.m. Mandatory Drivers' Meeting 10:00 a.m. Winchester 400 1:00 p.m.

THE RACE: The Roger Holdeman Memorial/28th Annual Winchester 400 is the first of two 400 lap events within less than a month, and this particular event is a Fall classic in Indiana. This event is a test for driver and machine with high speeds and high banks taking their toll by the time the checkered flag waves.

RECORDS: Track Qual. Record: Wayne Anderson, Wildwood, FL, Chevrolet, 15.677 secs., 114.817 mph, 9/29/96 Fastest Avg. Speed: (400 lap) Mike Cope, Pinellas Park, FL, Oldsmobile, 2 hours, 22 mins., 59 secs., 83.296 mph, 10/3/93

1996 REVIEW: For the three previous events Mike Cope practically owned the event winning all three events from 1993 through 1995. In 1996 Cope finished as the runner-up, failing to conquer regional racer Scot Walters. Louisville, KY's Walters notched his first career NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series win, and it was a popular win as well. Rounding out the top five were eventual 1996 Port City Racing Rookie of the Year Steven Christian, Ron Barfield and Brian Rievley.

NOTES OF INTEREST: ? An overflow field of entrants are expected to contest for the 30 available starting positions in this event, which carries a minimum winner's purse of $10,000. ? A large fan turnout can also be expected with many cheering on the current points leader Jeff Fultz. Fultz hails from nearby Milford, OH while his team's base is nearly as close with a headquarters of Muncie, IN.

STAT OF THE WEEK: Since 1993 Scot Walters has never finished worse than fifth in this event, ultimately winning in 1996.

MEDIA SERVICES: NASCAR Online, NASCAR's Official Internet Site on the World Wide Web can be accessed at and offers up to the minute information on the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series and all of NASCAR's racing divisions.

HEADQUARTER MOTEL: Ramada Inn, 4700 National Road East, Richmond, IN 47374, Contact: Debbie Klinger, (765) 962-5551, 60 rooms, all Doubles, $59 + tax Unbooked rooms released to general public on August 28, 1997

Winchester Speedway is located 2.5 miles west of Winchester on SR 32 or approximately 23 miles north of Richmond, IN on SR 27 to SR 32 then west to track.

Expected Entries (as of 9/22/97) Winchester Speedway Roger Holdeman Memorial/28th Annual Winchester 400 - September 26-28, 1997

# Driver Hometown Sponsor/Make/Model 00 #David Reutimann Zephyrhills, FL Sunstate Recycling Chevrolet Monte Carlo 03 Ken Alexander Central, SC Greased Lightning Cleaner Degreaser Chevrolet Monte Carlo 0 Steven Christian Sugar Hill, GA BellSouth Chevrolet Monte Carlo 4 Ron Young Conyers, GA Kendall Motor Oil/Heroes Super Cleaner Chevrolet Monte Carlo 6 #Billy Deckman Kansas City, MO Owens Corning Ford Thunderbird 7 Ray Skillman Greenwood, IN Kendall Motor Oil/Dupont Chevrolet Monte Carlo 14 Larry Raines Cumming, GA JaniKing/Schaeffer's Lubricants Chevrolet Monte Carlo 15 #Carl Long Roxboro, NC Austin Snack Crackers Chevrolet Monte Carlo 16 Hal Goodson Darlington, SC Greased Lightning Cleaner Degreaser Chevrolet Monte Carlo 17 George Ingole Lakeland, FL Freezer Radiator Cooling Agent Chevrolet Monte Carlo 19 #Steven Howard Greer, SC Bobby Wood Chevrolet/A&R Auto Parts Chevrolet Monte Carlo 24 Mike Harmon Birmingport, AL Lonesome Pine Timber Co. Chevrolet Monte Carlo 25 Wayne Anderson Wildwood, FL Porter Cable Professional Power Tools Chevrolet Monte Carlo 26 Keith White Higginsville, MO Bayer Agricultural/Advantage Adulticide/Performance Corner Chevrolet 27 Derrick Gilchrist Raleigh, NC Fairfield Inns/Tarheel Wood Treating/BB&T Bank Chevrolet Monte Carlo 30 Jeff Fultz Milford, OH JaniKing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 33 Conrad Burr Concord, NC Burr Construction Chevrolet Monte Carlo 34 Ken Weaver Mishawaka, IN Wickes Lumber/Weaver Electric Pontiac Grand Prix 36 Rick Roller Sharpsburg, GA Roller Racing Pontiac Grand Prix 37 Scot Walters Owensboro, KY Timber Wolf/Brewco Collision/Penske Shocks Chevrolet 38 Jeep Pflum Cincinnati, OH St. Jude's Childrens' Research Hospital Chevrolet Monte Carlo 48 Brett Oakley Middletown, OH Mar-Flex Waterproofing Systems Chevrolet Monte Carlo 53 Robert Burroughs Laurel, MS Burroughs Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo 74 Nipper Alsup Mooresville, NC Lift Services Wire Rope Specialists Chevrolet Monte Carlo 79 #Spanks Overbeck Cincinnati, OH AutoLine Racing/Courtesy Chev./Aramark Uniforms Chevrolet M.C. 84 Josh Clemons New Albany, IN Rally's Hamburgers/Big Buford Chevrolet Monte Carlo 86 Hank Parker, Jr. Denver, NC Delco Voyager Batteries/Duragloss/NGK Chevrolet Monte Carlo 88 Scott Sutherland Jefferson, GA Nortel/Northern Telecom Pontiac Grand Prix 91 #Kevin Horton Suwanee, GA Wattyl Paints/Magbee Contractors Supply Chevrolet Monte Carlo 98 #Sean Studer Concord, NC Old El Paso Mexican Style Foods Chevrolet Monte Carlo

Total - 30

# denotes Port City Racing Rookie of the Year Candidate

02 Jamie James Marshall, NC Cajun Mountain Motorsports Ford Thunderbird 09 Randy Gentry Greenville, SC United Coatings Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1 Tracy Goodson Pensacola, FL Tracy's Sports Bar & Grill/Port City/Professional Air of Pensacola Chevy 2 Steve Allison Snellville, GA Aucnet/Trammell Truck Sales/Oakbrook Homes Chevrolet Monte Carlo 12 John Covan Cumming, GA Reb-Co Racing Products/Outlaw Disc Brakes Chevrolet Monte Carlo 18 Robert Powell Moncks Corner, SC Southern Insurance Agency Chevrolet Monte Carlo 20 #Ricky Sanders Stockbridge, GA Moody Bros. Jewelers/Moore Bros. Constr. Pontiac Grand Prix 21 #Steve Mendenhall Raleigh, NC CR Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo 28 Billy Bigley, Jr. Naples, FL Budweiser/Royal Purple/Bilstein Chevrolet Monte Carlo 38 John Crow Concord, NC C&C Boilers/Cleaver Brooks Chevrolet Monte Carlo 39 #Carl Hedin, Jr. Miami, FL Sunrise Paint & Body Pontiac Grand Prix 40 Skip Pannell Albany, GA Florida Auto Auction/Acord & Sons Auctioneers Chevrolet Monte Carlo 43 #Bobby Hamilton, Jr. Charleston, SC Coastal Power Clean Pontiac Grand Prix 72 Eddie Mercer Pensacola, FL Fast Eddie's Speed Center/Mercer's Wholesale Cars Chevrolet 87 Kevin Prince Wilmington, NC Mega Power Chevrolet Monte Carlo 96 Dan Matthews Raleigh, NC Lacy Buffaloe Construction/John Boy & Billy Big Show Chevrolet M.C.

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Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Robert Burroughs , Billy Bigley , Mike Harmon , David Reutimann , Jeff Fultz , Conrad Burr , Ron Young , Carl Long , Ron Barfield , Ken Weaver , Wayne Anderson , Eddie Mercer , Ricky Sanders