NASCAR Goody's Dash Series American General Finance 100: Fact Sheet
16 September 1997
NASCAR GOODY'S DASH SERIES FACT SHEET AMERICAN GENERAL FINANCE 100 What: The American General Finance 100 is Race No. 18 in the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series 1997 Schedule Where: Hickory Motor Speedway Hickory, NC 0.363-mile asphalt oval. The Speedway is located by taking I-40 to exit 128 (Fairgrove Church Rd.), then .5 mile south to US 70. The Speedway is .5 mile on US 70. When: Saturday, September 20, 1997 6:00 p.m. Distance: 100 Laps (36.3 Miles) Promoter: Turn One Promotions, Inc. Sanction: National Association of Stock Car Automobile Racing Inc. (NASCAR) Schedule: Saturday, September 20 - Registration and Inspection: 9:00 a.m. Mandatory Rookie Drivers Meeting: 10:00 a.m. Practice: 11:00-1:00 p.m. Time Trials: 3:30 p.m. Mandatory Drivers' Meeting: 4:15 pm (THIS IS A CHANGE FROM THE ENTRY BLANK) Posted Awards: $17,750 Including Promoters Purse, Cash Contingency Awards, $1150 NASCAR Goody's Dash Series Championship Points Fund and $2500 NASCAR Goody's Dash Series Top 20 Bonus Plan. Participating Manufacturers: Goody's Pharmaceuticals, MAC Tools, Moog Chassis Parts, NGK Spark Plugs, Pro Shocks, VDO Instruments, Victor Reinz Gaskets, Anheuser-Busch, Gatorade, Goodyear Tires, STP Oil Treatment, Unocal 76 Gasoline. Notes of Interest: The "American General Finance 100" is race No. 18 of the 21 race NASCAR Goody's Dash Series schedule and the second visit for the Series to the historic Hickory Motor Speedway this season. In June, Robert Huffman broke all the existing Series records in a flag-to-flag victory that was run with only one caution period for seven laps. The qualifying record was established at 15.104 seconds at an average speed of 86.520 mph and a new race record of 30 min. 20 sec. at an average speed of 71.802 mph was also set. Huffman again, appears to be gathering momentum as we head into the American General Finance 100 posting an eighth, a second and a win in the last three races. Brian Sockwell is another driver that is incredibly hot right now, recording only one finish outside the top five (a sixth at Southern National) in the last nine races. During that same stretch, he has picked up three more wins to go with his Daytona victory and established himself second in the Series Championship Point Standings and closing on point leader Mike Swaim Jr. Three of Sockwell's four wins have also come in front of national television audiences on ESPN and ESPN2. Will Lady Luck continue to smile upon those who she has courted so far in 1997, or will this fickle lady be off flirting with someone new as the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series season begins to wind down? We may know the answer to that question following the American General Finance 100, Sept. 20 at Hickory Motor Speedway, Hickory, N.C. Special Note: Sound Requirement: 95 DBA maximum @ 100 Feet. TV: ESPN2 (Tape delayed) Broadcast scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 8:30-10:30 pm. Ticket and Other Information: Available from Hickory Motor Speedway at 704-328-1050.