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Anderson Powers to Second Win in Three Days in Slim Jim All Pro Series Barberville, FL - July 5, 1997 - Coming off of a successful run at Lanier National Speedway on Thursday night July 3, and also becoming the first 1997 repeat winner on the ...
Anderson Powers to Second Win in Three Days in Slim Jim All Pro Series Barberville, FL - July 5, 1997 - Coming off of a successful run at Lanier National Speedway on Thursday night July 3, and also becoming the first 1997 repeat winner on the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series in the process, Wildwood, FL's Wayne Anderson backed up his Thursday night triumph with his third win of the season in the Volusia 200 at Volusia County Speedway in Barberville, FL. "This Porter Cable Power Tools team is just fantastic," an excited Anderson exuded in victory lane, "Two wins in three days is great, there's 10 races to go and we're on a roll!" Although Anderson had raced at the 0.500 mile oval many times in the past he had never visited victory lane, "I consider this my home track but until tonight we have never won any kind of race here in any division." When asked about his team's decision not to pit during the 200 lap slugfest he stated, "I've seen Freddie (Query) and Bobby (Gill) do it before and figured we could do it as well," adding further, "Once I got this Chevrolet out front I was able to set my own pace and it worked out for the best." Second place finisher David Reutimann of Zephyrhills, FL summed up his best career finish, "We used up our tires pretty good moving through the field so I'm very happy with second place. I was watching Wayne's car in front of me and he wasn't bobbling at all, there was nothing I could do to catch him so I focused on keeping my position and keeping Steve (Christian) behind me," the leading Port City Racing Rookie candidate added. Busch Pole qualifying was rained out as a sustained rain developed just after afternoon practice was completed. This forced series officials to line up the starting field based on current point standings. As a result, series points leader Jeff Fultz was afforded the opportunity to start from the pole, and it certainly enhanced his chances to earn $2,500 as Gatorade's Front Runner Award would be awarded to the driver leading the standings after the completion of the Volusia 200.
At the drop of the green flag Mike Harmon secured the top spot from his outside front row starting position and proceeded to lead the event's first 40 laps. During this span Anderson was moving forward quickly from his ninth starting spot. He moved into the fifth position by lap 20 and 10 laps later moved inside of Nipper Alsup to take over the fourth spot. After a caution brought out as a result of a spin by Sean Studer, Fultz looked low after a lap 40 restart and took over the top spot from Harmon while Anderson moved by Hal Goodson for the third spot by the 50th lap. Harmon pushed his Lonesome Pine Timber Co. Chevrolet by Fultz again on lap 76 to move into the lead for the second time and Anderson followed suit dropping Fultz to third. The lead changed hands again on lap 96 as Anderson planted his Chevrolet firmly out front. Reutimann and Christian moved through the field after pitting on lap 117, benefitting from other drivers' various misfortunes. Harmon and Larry Raines were penalized for jumping a restart, with Harmon eventually succumbing to engine ills. Billy Bigley, Jr. dropped out with ignition problems. Ron Young was penalized two laps for an encounter with Query and Alsup's Chevrolet developed a loose condition causing him to drop back several positions. Combining these events with the benefit of four fresh Hoosier tires enabled Reutimann and Christian to notch solid finishes but it was Anderson that dominated again as he streaked to the finish line 0.66 seconds ahead of Reutimann, and managed to do it all on just one set of tires. With Reutimann and Christian holding on to the second and third positions, series veterans Query and Goodson rounded out the top five. Fultz battled back to finish sixth and capture the $2,500 prize from Gatorade while Steven Howard, Raines, Alsup and Dan Matthews completed the top 10. Fultz extended his points lead to 66 points over Goodson, who jumped from fourth to second. Alsup trails Goodson by two points while Harmon slipped to 108 points behind Milford, OH's Fultz and 39 behind Alsup. Young is now 10 points behind Harmon while Reutimann continues to produce an excellent rookie effort, moving to within two points of Young and the top five. Reutimann expanded his lead in the Port City Racing Rookie competition to 21 points over Howard, with the duo earning the Rookie of the Race and Runner Up honors, respectively. It was Reutimann's fourth such distinction while Howard has now finished as Runner Up three times. After directing his team's effort to victory lane, Michael Williams earned $300 from Jasper Engines and Transmissions as well as the distinction of Crew Chief of the Race. It was Williams' fourth such honor this season, with the first win coming when Dick Anderson subbed for his son at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. After the completion of the Volusia 200, Williams has taken over the top spot in the season long $3,000 chase for crew chiefs. Williams now leads Young's Crew Chief Larry Rapp by four points. The next event for the Slim Jim teams will be Friday night, July 11, at Louisville Motor Speedway in Louisville, KY. -30- For further information contact NASCAR Public Relations at (770) 486-3591. 7/6/97-jn