NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series: Five Flags Event Fact Sheet
8 September 1997
1997 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Race Facts WHAT: NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro 200 WHERE: Five Flags Speedway Pensacola, FL 0.500-mile paved oval WHEN: Saturday, September 13, 1997 8:00 pm (EDT) DISTANCE: 200 laps (100 miles) POSTED AWARDS: $43,950 TV/RADIO: None FIELD: 36 cars. Starting positions 1-32 will be determined by time trials (2 laps). Positions 33-36 will be available to any of the top 30 eligible drivers in the current 1997 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Championship point standings, who have entered the event, but have not qualified for one of the original 32 starting positions. If a starting position(s) remains unfilled, then that starting position(s) will become available to the next eligible car from the qualifying procedure for the event. SANCTION: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) PROMOTER: Five Flags Speedway SCHEDULE: Team Hauler Parking: 9:00 am Registration & Inspection: 10:00 am Practice: 2:00 - 4:00 pm Mandatory Drivers' Meeting: 4:15 pm Time Trials (2 laps): 6:00 pm Pensacola 200: 8:00 pm approx. THE RACE: The NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro 200 is the 16th of 20 races on the 1997 series schedule. With this facility being a mainstay on the series schedule since 1991 expect series veterans to do quite well. This event was originally scheduled for July 19 but was postponed due to Hurricane Danny's presence in the area. RECORDS: Track Qual. Record: Eddie Mercer; Pensacola, FL; Chevrolet; 17.206 secs; 104.614 mph; 5/24/96 Fastest Avg. Speed: (200 lap) Ron Young; Conyers, GA; Chevrolet; 1 hour, 22 minutes, 38 seconds; 72.904 mph; 5/24/96 (250 lap) Bobby Gill; Dalton, GA; Chevrolet; 2 hours, 17 minutes, 28 seconds; 59.109 mph, 3/24/91 (324 lap) Rich Bickle; Edgerton, WI; Chevrolet; 2 hours, 53 minutes, 37 seconds; 55.99 mph; 12/3/91 1996 REVIEW: Conyers, GA's Ron Young picked up the win last year and established the race record in the process. The driver of the Kendall Motor Oil/Heroes Super Cleaner Chevrolet bested Wildwood, FL's Wayne Anderson, Pensacola, FL's Tracy Goodson, Snellville, GA's Steve Allison and Mobile, AL's Rick Crawford. Another Pensacola resident, Eddie Mercer, established the track qualifying record during this event. NOTES OF INTEREST: - An overflow field of cars is expected for this 200 lap event which carries a maximum starting field of 36 racers. - NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series drivers that have visited victory lane at Five Flags Speedway reads like a who's who of short track superstars. Bobby Gill (4 times), Jody Ridley, Rich Bickle, Toby Porter and Ron Young have all been victorious at Five Flags. - Conyers, GA's Young is the only previous Five Flags winner that is pre-entered for this event. - Local drivers such as Eddie Mercer, Tracy Goodson and Jr. Niedecken should be expected to enter this event although they have not filed pre-entries. STAT OF THE WEEK: Zephyrhills, FL's David Reutimann, the leading Port City Racing Rookie candidate, leads the laps completed percentage in the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series. The driver of the Sunstate Recycling Chevrolet has completed 2926 out of a possible 2970 laps for a laps completed percentage of 98.5%.