2001 RAYBESTOS BRAKES NORTHWEST SERIES RACE FACTS & NOTES OF INTEREST
WHAT: Tri-City 125
Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series Race No. 11 of 14
WHERE: Tri-Cities Raceway, West Richland, Wash.
0.500-Mile Paved Speedway
WHEN: Sunday, September 2, 2001 -- 9:00 p.m. PDT
DISTANCE: 125 Laps/62.5 Miles
POSTED AWARDS: $26,050
FIELD: 28 cars possible. Fastest 21 cars through time trials with two provisional starting positions available to the top 20 drivers based on the current 2001 Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series, NASCAR Touring Championship point standings, two starting positions from highest 30 car owners in the current 2001 Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series, NASCAR Touring Championship point standings, one position for a former champion of the series who has not qualified in the original 21 positions, the final two positions will be filled by the top two highest finishers in the Qualifying Race.
Sunday, September 2
12:00 noon Registration and inspection
1:00 p.m. Drawing to determine order of qualifying
1:15 p.m. Mandatory Crew Chiefís Meeting
3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Practice
6:00 p.m. Mandatory Rookie Driverís Meeting
6:45 p.m. Mandatory Driverís Meeting
7:00 p.m. Time Trials (2 Laps). All positions
TBA Trophy Dash
TBA 15-Lap Qualifying Race
9:00 p.m. Tri City 125
THE RACETRACK: Tri-City Raceway is a slightly banked .500-mile paved tri-oval.
QUALIFYING: Jeff Krough 4/22/95 103.211 mph 17.440 seconds
RACE: Chris Hart 6/5/99 86.772 mph 43 min 13 sec
2000 TOP 10 IN THE EVENT
1. Gary Lewis
2. John Dillon
3. Kevin Hamlin
4. Ken Kaltschmidt
5. Joe Benedetti
6. Chris Hart
7. Ron Eaton
8. Garrett Evans
9. Gaylon Stewart
10. Wes Rhodes
PAST 10 RESULTS OF THIS EVENT
2000 Gary Lewis
1999 Gary Lewis
1998 John Dillon
1997 Kelly Tanner
1996 Marc Groskreutz
1995 Ron Eaton
1994 Garrett Evans
1993 Tobey Butler
1992 Dirk Stephens
1991 Tobey Butler
2000 RACE STATISTICS
Bud Pole: Gary Lewis
Time of Race: 53 min. 2 sec.
Average Speed: 70.710 mph
Margin of Victory: 0.76 seconds
Caution Flags: 5 for 30 laps
Lap Leaders: Hamlin (1-47), Dillon (48-88) Lewis (89-125)
NOTES OF INTEREST:
- Kevin Hamlin leads Joe Benedetti by 121 points for the 2001 Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series championship. Benedetti moved up one position on the strength of his top-5 performance at the series last event, the Pepsi 125 in Tenino, Wash.
- Wes Rhodes is quietly having a breakthrough season on the Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series, where he ranks seventh in the points standings. Rhodes, from Lacey, Wash., ranks third in laps completed with 1,280 from a possible 1,293 circuits. At the Pepsi 125, Rhodes captured his best career finish with a third place effort. His worst finish of the season is 18th, but the Lumbermanís/Knight Fire Protection team has not had a DNF in 2001. Rhodes had only one DNF during the 2000 season.
- Troy Conrad has closed to within two points of John Bender for the 2001 Totem Travel Rookie of the Year award. Conrad has collected the rookie maximum of 10 points per race in each of the last two events. Conrad has also closed the gap between he and Bender in the overall points standings. Bender currently holds fifth place with 1,380 points, while Conrad sits in sixth place, 39 points behind.
- Chevrolet leads all manufacturers in victories at Tri-City Raceway. In 36 events, Chevrolet has 21 wins followed by Pontiac with eight. Ford has captured six wins while Oldsmobile has one.
STAT OF THE WEEK:
- Kevin Hamlin has built his championship points lead on the basis of ten consecutive top-15 finishes. Hamlin had a 13th place outing at Portland International Raceway in June, his lowest finish this season. Joe Benedetti recorded a 21st place run, his worst finish of 2001, in the season opener. Since that time, Benedetti has finished every event in the top-10.
2000 IN REVIEW:
- Gary Lewis captured his sixth consecutive Bud Pole Award of the season with a lap of 17.762 seconds around the .500-mile tri-oval of Tri-Cities Raceway. Kevin Hamlin led the first 47 laps of the event before John Dillon took over the point. Lewis passed Dillon for the lead on lap 88 and never looked back with a winning margin of .76 seconds. Hamlin finished third followed by Ken Kaltschmidt. Joe Benedetti rounded out the top-5.
2001 RBNWS Manufacturersí Championship
1. Chevrolet 84 8
2. Pontiac 66 2
3. Ford 40