WWS: Kansas: Pre-race notes

2002 NASCAR Winston West Series Kansas Speedway.Com 150 * The KANSAS SPEEDWAY.COM 150 is the fourth race on the series schedule for 2002. It is the only visit to the Kansas track by the series this season. * This is the third of four ...

2002 NASCAR Winston West Series
Kansas Speedway.Com 150

* The KANSAS SPEEDWAY.COM 150 is the fourth race on the series schedule for 2002. It is the only visit to the Kansas track by the series this season.

* This is the third of four superspeedway races on the series schedule in 2002. Austin Cameron visited victory lane at Phoenix, while Eric Norris won at California Speedway. The series travels to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the season finale in October.

* Last year's event at Kansas Speedway marked the inaugural race for the beautiful 1.5-mile superspeedway. In addition to the NASCAR Winston West Series-- the Kansas facility was also visited by the NASCAR Winston Cup Series; the NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division; and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 2001.

* Frank Kimmel led the most laps, 29, en route to winning last year's event-- averaging 75.063 mph. Kimmel, who started third on the grid, had a scored a top-10 finish-- competing in the ARCA/NASCAR Winston West Series Shootout events in 1992 and 1993.

* Two cars entered at Kansas Speedway are part of a special challenge between two cities. Californian David Gilliland will be driving the Spirit of Fontana Chevrolet-- entered by the Mayor of Fontana, Calif., David Eshleman. The Price Chopper Pontiac driven by John O'Neal Jr., of Kansas City, Kan., will carry the Spirit of Kansas City banner, meanwhile.

* O'Neal, who made his only previous start in the series in this event last year, won the Late Model division championship last season at I-70 Speedway in Odessa, Mo., and also took the championship in the Heartland Region of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge. O'Neal has a special fondness for Kansas Speedway, having lived as a teenager where the track is now located.

* Many drivers from the series-- including Cameron, Brett Thompson and Kevin Richards-- are slated to join with O'Neal to meet fans and sign autographs at the Price Chopper Supermarket in Bonner Springs, Kan., from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 30.

* Orleans Racing will arrive in the Kansas City area early for a couple of appearances prior to the race. Cameron and his NAPA/Martin Senour Chevrolet will be at a NAPA Auto Parts store in Olathe, Kan., from 3 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28. The team will be at a NAPA distribution center in Kansas City, Kan., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29.

NOTES OF INTEREST:

* Hershel McGriff, who recently announced his retirement from the sport, posted his 236th career start in the modern era of the series (1971-present) at California Speedway. That number, which does not include races McGriff competed in prior to 1971, is second to the 237 career starts by Bill Schmitt.

* Jack Sellers made his 148th career start in the series at California Speedway, moving him into a three-way tie for third on the list of races started in the modern era (1971 to present). He is tied with 1978 series champion Jim Insolo and John Krebs, who now works as an advisor with Sellers' team.

* Cameron and Kevin Richards were the only drivers to complete all 463 laps of competition run in the first three races this season.

* Cameron has led the most laps of competition in the first three races, keeping the NAPA/Martin Senour Chevrolet out front for 174 circuits.

* Drivers celebrating a birthday during the month of June include Sammy Potashnick, who turns 28 on the 3rd; Jason Small, who turns 23 on the 7th; Kevin Richards, who turns 40 on the 13th; Rick Grissom, who turns 32 also on the 13th; Brett Thompson, who turns 25 on the 17th; Johnny Borneman, who turns 25 on the 30th.

STATS OF THE WEEK:

* Among drivers running the full series schedule, Richards has the most superspeedway victories with three.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Jason Small , Jack Sellers , Brett Thompson , Kevin Richards , David Eshleman , David Gilliland , Austin Cameron , Hershel McGriff