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Defending Champ Needs Peach State Win JEFFERSON, GA - To say the least, it's been a disappointing season for Greg Marlowe. The defending American Racing Association (ARA) Kool Seal Challenge champion hasn't won a single race, but still has high...

Defending Champ Needs Peach State Win

JEFFERSON, GA - To say the least, it's been a disappointing season for Greg Marlowe. The defending American Racing Association (ARA) Kool Seal Challenge champion hasn't won a single race, but still has high hopes heading into the Kool Seal Twin 125 on Sunday, Sept. 2. at Peach State Speedway.

His hopes are buoyed by the fact that he finished fourth in the ARA's last race at Peach State on Aug. 12th and by a strong run in the last race, Aug. 18th in the Bobby Isaac Memorial 200 at Hickory, when he qualified a disappointing 15th but charged to a fourth-place finish.

"Maybe, just maybe, things are turning around," Marlowe said after the Hickory run. "But it's really been a rough season. We just can't figure out why we haven't run better."

Despite the lack of a victory, Marlowe ranks a strong fourth in the Kool Seal standings with 401 points, thanks to seven top 5 finishes in his #07 Southern Pride Chevrolet. But he remembers a disastrous month of May when he finished 24th, 22nd and 7th in three events.

"We got behind and we've never caught up," says the Troutman, NC, short track veteran. "We'd like to get at least one (win) before the season is over."

Marlowe can still influence the outcome of 2001 ARA Kool Seal championship. He is still a strong threat to qualify on the front row, and pick up five bonus points. Those are points that both Scott Kilby and Keith Bumgarner desperately need as they battle for the title.

Kilby, of Statesville, NC, has won the last two races - and earned a maximum number of points possible in each - to boost his lead to 495-475 over Bumgarner, of Conover, NC. Westley Huffman of Blytheville, SC, ranks third with 415 points, followed by Marlowe with 401, Keith Stiltner of Grundy, VA with 324, Frampton Ferguson of Furman, SC with 284 and 14-year-old Stephen Leicht of Asheville, NC., with 277.

Kilby has boosted his lead by 19 points in the last two events. Kilby won the Bobby Isaac Memorial 200 and the U.S. Auto Sales 125 Aug. 12th at Peach State in his #30 A&H Windows Chevrolet, while Bumgarner finished second at Hickory and third at Peach State in his #95 Country Chair Ford.

This will mark the second time Peach State has hosted an ARA Kool Seal Challenge and Southern Thunder doubleheader. Each race will be for 125 laps.

Gates open at 10 a.m. Sunday, with ARA practice starting at Noon. Time trials start at 4 p.m., and the Kool Seal Challenge race is set for a 7 p.m. start. Local division races are set for 8 p.m. and the Southern Thunder feature is at 9 p.m.

-ARA-

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