The Mack Attack returns to Hickory Motor Speedway

HICKORY, N.C. (Sept. 7 2000) - Defending event champion B. J. Mackey didn't have a steady ride when the Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring visited Hickory Motor Speedway in 1999. Mackey and longtime series competitor and car owner Maxie Bush...

HICKORY, N.C. (Sept. 7 2000) - Defending event champion B. J. Mackey didn't have a steady ride when the Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring visited Hickory Motor Speedway in 1999. Mackey and longtime series competitor and car owner Maxie Bush hooked up for a race at Myrtle Beach prior to the Hickory event and came away with a third place finish. After that race the two decided to move on to Hickory for the next event. The decision was a good one as Mackey won his only race of the 1999 season. In 2000 Mackey has teamed with car owner Jeff Daly, and has secured a great sponsor in Van Camp's Beans/Horton Homes. He has one Bud Pole to his credit this year, has been to victory circle twice, has seven top five and 10 top ten finishes in his 14 starts and he sports the second best starting average with a 6.6 average. "This is the best year I have ever had with the Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring," said Mackey from his race shop. "This is a new team this year and it has taken awhile to make things jell. But it is coming together and thanks to our sponsors and car owner, Jeff Daly, we have been competitive this year. We look forward to next year cause we are going for the championship." This will be the 45th event the Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring has run at the track known as the "Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars" producing more NASCAR National Touring drivers than any other. No other racing facility has hosted more series events than Hickory Motor Speedway. Another graduate of the .363-mile oval is a young lady from nearby Nebo, N. C., Angie Wilson. Wilson had her career best finish at Hickory in 1999, a third, and carries the sponsorship of race sponsor Jim Cook Chevrolet. "Mr. Cook is like a second father to me," Wilson said. "He has been so supportive of my racing program and without his sponsorship and that of Hoss Sauce we would not be able to compete with a NASCAR Touring Series. I have learned so much in two years on this series and have the respect of other drivers because they know I am a competitor. We want to make this event the best for our team and nothing would make me happier than to be with Mr. Cook in victory lane." Competition will be keen for this event and one can't overlook the record of three-time series champion Robert Huffman of nearby Claremont, N. C. Huffman has four series victories at this track and he leads all drivers with seven Bud Pole starts. He has started from the pole twice and won, as has 1991 Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring Champion Johnny Chapman of Stoney Point, N. C. Huffman will carry a 112-point lead over Ricky Bryant of Archdale, N. C. into this event in his quest for a fourth national title. Bryant is still looking for his first win in 2000. Another longtime series veteran from nearby Newton, N. C. will return to the track he considers his home racecourse. Ned Combs has been competing with this division since the 70's and only this year, at Orange County Speedway, recorded his second career series stop in victory lane. Combs enters this event eighth in the national points standing. While these veterans are always in contention, NAPA Filter Rookie of the Year points leader Cam Strader of Wilson, N. C. is putting up some pretty strong numbers in his initial season. He has two Bud Pole starts, posted his first career victory, leads the series in laps led and ranks fifth in laps completed percentage. Gates will open for competitors at 10:00 am with practice set from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Bud Pole Qualifying will start at 5:45 p.m. and a driver autograph session will start at 7:00 p.m. For information on ticket prices contact the Speedway office at 828-464-3655.

Nine NASCAR Touring Series blanket the United States, bringing special events to many NASCAR Weekly Racing Series tracks and some NASCAR superspeedways and road courses. NASCAR Touring Series are extremely popular with fans and competitors. NASCAR Touring Series can provide a competitor with an entire career, or they can provide valuable experience to competitors moving through the NASCAR ranks. Corporate sponsors make significant contributions to NASCAR Touring Series point funds. These sponsors include Anheuser-Busch, Featherlite, Goody's Headache Powders, Raybestos Brakes, RE/MAX International, Inc., Slim Jim and R. J. Reynolds brand, Winston.

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Drivers Cam Strader , Angie Wilson , Robert Huffman