NEWS OF NOTE * The race . The Orleans 222 is the second of 13 events on the series schedule for 2003. * The track . The Bullring is a 3/8-mile paved oval with turns banked 12 degrees, six degrees banking in the front straight and eight ...
NEWS OF NOTE
* The race . The Orleans 222 is the second of 13 events on the series schedule for 2003.
* The track . The Bullring is a 3/8-mile paved oval with turns banked 12 degrees, six degrees banking in the front straight and eight degrees banking in the dogleg on the backstretch. It has hosted two series events, 2001 and 2002.
* Last year's event . Last year's event was filled with much of the same close, short-track action that dominated the inaugural race in 2001. Austin Cameron led things off by winning the Bud Pole Award. He led the initial laps - but soon gave way to Sean Woodside, Kevin Richards and series rookie Greg Pursley. After leading nearly 100 laps of competition, Pursley faded late in the event with a punctured tire. Cameron charged into the lead and went on to win his second consecutive race of 2002.
* Only visit to Las Vegas in 2003 . This event is the only visit by the series to Las Vegas this season.
* Top marks . Woodside and Cameron are the only drivers to score top-five finishes in both series visits to The Bullring.
* Returning to series . Mark Reed, who set the track record and won this event in 2001, is slated to return to action in the series - driving the Royal Bath & Body Products Pontiac owned by Christina Adair.
* Stat of the race . Although both series races at The Bullring were won by the Bud Pole winner, the two events featured plenty of action. The race in 2001 included 13 lead changes among seven drivers, while last year's event had six lead changes among four drivers.
* Best finish . Three rookie drivers registered their best career finish in the series in the season opener at Phoenix. In only his fifth race in the series, Clint Vahsholtz finished 10th. Scott Schmidt came home 12th in his fourth start in the series. David Eshleman registered a 14th-place finish in his debut race, meanwhile.
* Blow out the candles ... Drivers celebrating a birthday during the month of April include David Gilliland, who turned 27 on the 1st; and Dusty Fielden, who turned 19 on the 1st; Ken Kaltschmidt, who turns 41 on the 19th; and Bob Howard, who turns 59 on the 22nd.
* From the archives . On May 9, 1971, Jim Insolo nabbed the victory and $790 in prize money at Craig Road Speedway in North Las Vegas.
NASCAR Grand National Division, Winston West Series Race #2 of 13
The Bullring, Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Race: 8 p.m., Saturday, April 12.
TV: SPEED Channel
(tape-delay, April 19, 10 a.m. ET)
Pre-race schedule: Saturday - Practice, 12:30-2 p.m. Qualifying, 4:15 p.m. (Times subject to change.)
Field: 24 cars possible. Fastest 19 through time trials. Two provisional positions based on final 2002 Winston West Series championship owner point standings, two additional positions based on final 2002 Winston West Series championship driver standings, one provisional starting position to series champion.
Records: Qualifying: Mark Reed, March 1, 2001, 87.999 mph, 15.341 sec.; Race: Austin Cameron, April 13, 2002, 59.500 mph, 1 hr 23 min 57 sec