Weekly udate 2001-10-02

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 4th, 2001) - News and notes regarding NASCAR Touring, the sanctioning body's nine regional touring series: Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series: Kevin Hamlin of Snohomish, Wash., became the Raybestos Brakes Northwest ...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 4th, 2001) - News and notes regarding NASCAR Touring, the sanctioning body's nine regional touring series:

Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series: Kevin Hamlin of Snohomish, Wash., became the Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series, NASCAR Touring champion as he captured his fourth victory of the season in the Northwest Racing Enterprises 150 at Wenatchee Valley's Super Oval in East Wenatchee, Wash., this past Saturday. Hamlin, who is also the youngest champion at 22-years old in series history, took the lead from Pete Harding on lap three and never looked back. Harding finished second and Garrett Evans finished third. Shane Biles and Joe Benedetti rounded out the top five. Evans scored the Bud Pole Award and Hamlin captured the Gatorade Front Runner Award. Troy Conrad was the Totem Travel Rookie of the Race.

Busch North Series: Brad Leighton of Center Harbor, N.H., scored his third Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring win of the season in the Carquest Fall Final 150 at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway this past Sunday. Leighton took the lead from Dale Shaw, who won the series most recent event at Dover (Del.) Downs International Raceway, on lap 87 and went on to his 17th career victory. Shaw finished second with Mike Johnson third. Martin Truex, Jr., and Bryan Wall rounded out the top five. Mike Olsen, who finished 11th, clinched his first series championship. Kelly Moore won the Bud Pole Award and Shaw took home the Gatorade Front Runner Award. Joey McCarthy was the Raybestos Brakes Rookie of the Race.

Featherlite Modified Series: Ted Christopher of Plainville, Conn., captured his first Featherlite Modified Series, NASCAR Touring victory at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway in the Carquest Fall Final 150. Christopher was dominant in the event, relinquishing the lead for only 13 of the 150 laps as he earned his fifth career series victory and capped off on outstanding week, which saw him earn the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series national championship. Rick Fuller finished second with Jerry Marquis third. Eddie Flemke and Mike Ewanitsko rounded out the top five. Ewanitsko scored the Bud Pole Award and Christopher took home the Gatorade Front Runner Award. Ricky Miller was the Featherlite Modified Series Rookie of the Race.

Gatorade All Pro Series: Wayne Anderson of Wildwood, Fla., scored his sixth Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring victory of the season in the True Value/The Tennessean 200 at Nashville (Tenn.) Speedway USA this past Saturday. Anderson took the lead from Eddie Mercer on lap 171 and went on to extend his series championship point lead. Scott Carlson finished second with Randy Gentry third. Shane Sieg and David Reutimann rounded out the top five. Stanley Smith recorded his first Bud Pole Award of the season. Anderson earned the Gatorade Front Runner Award. Jody Lavender was the Wireway Husky Corporation Rookie of the Race.

O'Reilly Auto Parts All-Star Series: Bill Frye of Greenbrier, Ark., scored his first career O'Reilly Auto Parts All-Star Series, NASCAR Touring victory in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 100 at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., this past Saturday. Frye went from third to first on the 34th circuit moving by Terry Phillips and Jeff Aikey to score his first career victory. Aikey held on to finish second with Joe Kosiski third. Gary Webb and Phillips rounded out the top five. Phillips captured the Bud Pole Award and Frye earned the Gatorade Front Runner Award. Brian Harris was the O'Reilly Auto Parts All-Star Series Rookie of the Race.

RE/MAX Challenge Series: Steve Carlson of West Salem, Wisc., scored his eighth RE/MAX Challenge Series, NASCAR Touring victory of the season this past Sunday in the Great Clips 200 at Elko (Minn.) Speedway. Carlson wrestled the lead away from Paul Menard on lap 103 and went on to increase his lead in the series championship point standings. Eddie Hoffman finished second with Dan Fredrickson third. Jon Lemke and Ron Breese, Jr., rounded out the top five. Fredrickson won the Bud Pole Award with Carlson earning the Gatorade Front Runner Award. Fredrickson was the RE/MAX Challenge Series Rookie of the Race. Tim Rothe won the 20-lap qualifying race.

Goody's Dash Series: Cam Strader of Wilson, N.C., moved closer to his first Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring championship as he captured the Toyota 150 presented by Wesson Cooking Oil and Peter Pan Peanut Butter at Coastal Plains Raceway in Jacksonville, N.C., this past Saturday. Strader inherited the lead on lap 142 when Shane Hmiel ran out of fuel. Jake Hobgood finished second and Robert Huffman wound up third. Scott Weaver and Justin Hobgood rounded out the top five. Jake Hobgood won the Bud Pole Award while Hmiel scored the Gatorade Front Runner Award. Tim Nichols was the Magklip Rookie of the Race.

NASCAR Winston West Series: NASCAR Winston West Series will return to action on Saturday, October 13 in the Las Vegas 150 on the 1.50-mile Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway. Brendan Gaughan of Las Vegas, Nev., who is the defending series champion, currently leads the series championship point standings by 25 points over Mark Reed. Reed, who is in his first full season of competition in the series, has captured one victory this season. Steve Portenga of Sparks, Nev., who has two series victories this season, is currently third in the series championship standings. Eric Norris and Johnny Borneman round out the top five in the series standings.

Featherlite Southwest Series: Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring competitors have another weekend off before their next event, the Las Vegas 100 on the 1.50-mile Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway. Craig Raudman of Redding, Calif., currently leads the series championship point standings over Auggie Vidovich, Jr., by 199 points. Raudman has earned three victories this season. Darrell LaMoure is currently third in the series championship standings. LaMoure's previous highest finish in the point standings was seventh in 1999. Jon Nelson and Bob Lyon round out the top five in the series championship standings. Lyon finished fifth in the series championship standings in 1996.

NASCAR Touring blankets the nation with nine regional touring series that feature special events at many NASCAR Weekly Racing Series tracks, some NASCAR superspeedways and road courses. 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. The sponsors include Anheuser-Busch, Featherlite Trailers, Gatorade, Goody's Headache Powders, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Raybestos Brakes, RE/MAX International, Inc., and R.J. Reynolds brand, Winston.

NASCAR TOURING FEATURE - WEEK OF OCTOBER 2nd, 2001 AUTUMN SIGNIFIES THE CLOSE OF CHAMPIONSHIP IN NASCAR TOURING COMPETITION

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 4, 2001) - As temperatures cool and leaves change colors across the nation, NASCAR Touring competitors turn their focus to the championship chase in their respective series. Two series titles have already been clinched by first time NASCAR Touring champions.

Kevin Hamlin of Snohomish, Wash., who is just 22-years old, captured his first Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series, NASCAR Touring championship in the series final event of the season at Wenatchee Valley's Super Oval in East Wenatchee, Wash., in the Northwest Racing Enterprise 150. Hamlin lead 150-laps of the event and topped Joe Benedetti in the championship standings.

"We have had a great season," stated Hamlin. "The team has worked so hard. It's quite an honor to be a champion in any NASCAR division. Each week we were competitive and we finished consistently. That's what it takes to win a championship."

Hamlin finished the season with four victories and became the youngest champion in series history. Mike Olsen of North Haverhill, N.H., who has been competing in the Busch North Series for a number of years, clinched his first series crown this past Sunday at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway with an 11th place finish in the Carquest Fall Final 150. Ironically, Brad Leighton of Center Harbor, N.H., who has won the Busch North Series crown for the past two seasons, won the race on the final day of his championship reign.

"I can't believe this has happened," offered Olsen. "We have worked so hard over the years to get here. It's awesome. I thought winning a race this season was incredible, but to back it up with the championship is outstanding. This is what our sport is all about."

Olsen, who is the grandson of Busch North Series icon Stub Fadden, visited victory on two occasions this season and locked up the title with one race remaining on the 2001 Busch North Series schedule.

Mike Stefanik of Coventry, R.I., currently leads the series championship standings in the Featherlite Modified Series. Stefanik is seeking to achieve a record fifth series title, which would also be his seventh overall NASCAR title. Stefanik has back-to-back Busch North Series championships in 1996 and 1997. Stefanik currently leads John Blewett III of Howell, N.J., by 80-points in the series standings. On Sunday, Stefanik finished sixth in the Carquest Fall Final 150 at Stafford.

"We didn't have a great race, but we maintained the point situation," explained Stefanik. "Each week you hear others say that they are not worried about the points, but with a couple of weeks left in the season you start looking at them. In fact, you look at them a lot. From here on out we just have to put our best foot forward and do the best that we can."

In one of the closest series championship battles in recent NASCAR Touring history, Joe Kosiski of Omaha, Neb., and Kyle Berck of Marquette, Neb., are tied for the O'Reilly Auto Parts All-Star Series championship lead with just two events remaining this season. Kosiski has captured five series titles, while Berck is in search of his first crown. Kosiski finished third in a 100-lap event at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., to even up the gap on Berck.

"We're just getting after it," stated Kosiski. "We've been pretty fortunate during the second half of the season. Kyle (Berck) got out of the gate quick when the season began, but we've hit our stride now. It's going to be very exciting over the next two races. It will probably come down to the last event of the season."

Nine NASCAR Touring series blanket the United States featuring special events at many NASCAR Weekly Racing Series tracks, some NASCAR superspeedways and road courses. 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. The sponsors include Anheuser-Busch, Featherlite Trailers, Gatorade, Goody's Headache Powders, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Raybestos Brakes, RE/MAX International, Inc., and R.J. Reynolds brand, Winston.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Bill Frye , Shane Hmiel , Cam Strader , Brendan Gaughan , David Reutimann , Martin Truex Jr. , Paul Menard , Bryan Wall , Steve Portenga , Mark Reed , Darrell LaMoure , Auggie Vidovich , Shane Sieg , Wayne Anderson , Robert Huffman , Kevin Hamlin , Justin Hobgood , Ted Christopher , Eddie Mercer , Steve Carlson