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NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Preview: Kroger 200 at Lanier National Speedway

18 August 1997

NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series
Kroger 200 Presented by Old El Paso Advance
Lanier National Speedway


DAYTONA BEACH, FL- After a three week break, the participants in the NASCAR 
Slim Jim All Pro Series will resume their nine month odyssey across the south 
and midwest with a return to Lanier National Speedway in Gainesville, GA on 
Saturday night, August 30. The $43,360 Kroger 200 presented by Old El Paso 
represents the 15th event on the 20 race schedule and just making the 
starting field will be a major challenge.

On July 3, 17 teams were sent packing as 47 drivers attempted to secure one 
of 30 starting positions in the Budweiser 200. Next weekend similar 
circumstances should prevail as a large field of series regulars, challenged 
by a generous group of Lanier local drivers, and spiced up by some one-time 
invaders, should produce an outstanding 30 car starting field for the 200 lap 
Labor Day weekend grind.

Mobile, AL native Rick Crawford, who finished second in the 1996 NASCAR Slim 
Jim All Pro Series point standings, and is now a Cintas Rookie of the Year 
contender in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, is expected to return to the 
series to run in this event.  

Along with the return of Crawford, Suwanee, GA's Mike Garvey is also 
expected. Garvey, who is slated to drive Jerry Awbrey's StreetWires 
Chevrolet, holds the 200-lap race record as he notched a win on June 20, 1992 
in a time of one hour, four minutes and 11 seconds.

NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour driver John Metcalf will also return to 
pilot the Re/Max Chevrolet which he drove to a third place finish on July 3 
at Lanier in his first Slim Jim All Pro Series start. The Englewood, CO 
resident will be accompanied by Davy Lee Liniger, a rookie on the NASCAR 
Featherlite Southwest Tour and the owner of Lanier National Speedway. Liniger 
will be attempting to make his first oval track start in the series after 
making his series debut earlier this year at the Heartland Park Topeka road 

In addition to the Kroger 200, Hoosier Tire will once again sponsor the 
Hoosier Tire Pit Stop Challenge. Several teams from the NASCAR Slim Jim All 
Pro Series will be pitted against one another in a $500 winner-take-all 
contest of pit stop prowess. A timed two tire pit stop will be executed on 
the front straightaway at Lanier prior to the running of the Kroger 200. Back 
in July, Ron Young's team, under the leadership of Larry Rapp snagged the 
$500 prize in their homestate and many teams are dedicating extra practice 
time to their pit stop efforts in order to dethrone the home state favorites.

Registration and Inspection for the Kroger 200 begins at 9:00 a.m. on 
Saturday, August 30 with Practice scheduled to run from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. 
Busch Pole qualifying gets underway at 6:00 p.m. and the 200-lap slugfest 
begins at approximately 8:00 p.m.


On Friday, August 29, BellSouth and driver Steven Christian have organized a 
driver autograph session at Malibu SpeedZone in Kennesaw, GA. Numerous NASCAR 
Slim Jim All Pro Series drivers will have their racing machines on display 
and will be on hand to sign autographs in an entertaining setting from 6:00 
to 9:00 p.m.  Malibu SpeedZone is located at 3005 George Busbee Parkway and 
can be reached by exiting off of Interstate 75 at Exit 116, then turning 
right on Barrett Parkway and executing an immediate right on to George Busbee 
Parkway. The complex is located approximately one half mile on the right. The 
12-acre park is dedicated to racing and speed and is loaded with 
action-packed attractions for licensed drivers over 18, plus special 
children's attractions which can be accessed prior to 9:00 p.m. each day.


Austin Quality Foods will be conducting a special promotion during the 
at-track festivities at Lanier. A promotion entitled "Let's Say Thanks" will 
take place and will enable those in attendance to express their gratitude and 
support to the men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces worldwide via e-mail 
through the American Red Cross intranet computer sites.

By NASCAR Public Relations