ALLSTAR: Ohio Speedweek preview

Ohio Sprint Speedweek stage is set for 20th time. Columbus OH (6/19/02) - The 20th Annual $200,000 Ohio Sprint Speedweek, which will kick off Sunday, June 30th and run through Saturday, July 6, 2002, already has 35 drivers on the pre-entry list...

Ohio Sprint Speedweek stage is set for 20th time.

Columbus OH (6/19/02) - The 20th Annual $200,000 Ohio Sprint Speedweek, which will kick off Sunday, June 30th and run through Saturday, July 6, 2002, already has 35 drivers on the pre-entry list for the All Star Circuit of Champions sanctioned event.

Those drivers who entered early will share in the largest point fund ever paid in Speedweek history with the Champion collecting a cool $5,000 for earning the most points during the hottest summer series in the country.

There has never been a clean sweep of all seven features by any driver, however, if that should happen this year, it would be worth $43,000 just in purse money alone.

Five drivers on this year's pre-entry list know what it's like to win the opener and will be trying to recapture that glory. They include -- Jack Hewitt, Mark Keegan, Kenny Jacobs, Jeff Shepard and Byron Reed. Of these drivers, Reed, was the one on top of his game for last year's Speedweek - collecting two wins, two second place finishes and one fast time award.

The action starts at Attica Raceway Park on Sunday, June 30 with a $5,000-to-win show and moves to Wayne County Speedway at Orrville for equal pay on Monday night, July 1. First place money gets bumped up to $6,000 for the Tuesday , July 2 show at Fremont as a result of a previously rained out All Star show.

On Wednesday, July 3, the tour swings down to K-C Raceway, south of Chillicothe, then the July 4th Holiday show on Thursday returns to Fremont for another $6,000 prize. The high banks of Limaland Motorsports Park will host the Friday night activities, again with the winner pocketing $6,000.

The whole Ohio Speedweek concept was laid out and put in motion 20 years ago by Eldora's owner Earl Baltes and he has chosen Portsmouth Raceway Park as the site for the Saturday wrap-up show paying $10,000 to win.

Because the event is open to all cars that meet All Star specs, drivers may choose to run one or all nights. Close to 50 cars are expected nightly with a complete show of time trials, qualifying heats, a dash and a C, B and A-Main feature at each track. Overnight campers are welcome at all facilities.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Kenny Jacobs