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J&J RACING ANNOUNCES DRIVER CHANGE FOR THEIR BUSCH GRAND NATIONAL TEAM
After a 29th place finish in Daytona followed by three DNQ's and a 36th place finish this past weekend in Darlingtion, SC the J&J Racing team announces that Bobby Hillin, Jr. is out as driver for their #99 Luxaire Chevrolet. The team announced the seat will be filled by Busch Grand National Series veteran Robert Pressley. Pressley finished 3rd, 5th and 8th from 1991-1993 for Alliance Motorpsorts but the team had a falling out towards the end of 1993 which led them to go with rookie Dennis Setzer in 1994. Pressley is more than capable of running up front so we will keep an eye out for the team's progress over the rest of this 1994 season.
Bobby Hillin, Jr. is running a complete schedule in the Winston Cup Series for Charles Hardy Racing and the J&J team wanted to put in a driver who would be 100% focused on the Busch Grand National Series. "I think this is a good fit for everybody involved. Robert needed a ride because he is too good a driver to be sitting at home. Bobby already is in Winston Cup so he should be more focused on that side of things. We as a team needed someone more focused on this side of the garage area is why this move took place. We wish Bobby nothing but success in the future."
1994 NASCAR SLIM JIM ALL-PRO SERIES SEASON PREVIEW
The 1994 NASCAR Slim Jim All-Pro Series will kick off Wednesday, March 30, 1994. This late model series will be running short tracks from all over the southeast and a couple midwestern short tracks on the schedule as well. It's lone stop on a non short track will be in July at The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, WI. That race will be a shared weekend with the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series so some are calling it the biggest race on the schedule. Some would say any of the final three races of the season would get that nod but I guess they all four are pretty big deals.
The defending champion of the series is Jody Ridley. Billy Bigley, Jr., Hal Goodson and Rick Crawford all finished in the top-10 in points last season and should be contenders again this year. Some other short track names like Mike Garvey, Gary St. Amant and Mike Eddy will be competing for the title as well.
The series also boasts a rookie class which includes a couple famous last names with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Adam Petty. Don't overlook Wisconsin's Matt Kenseth or Georgia driver Buckshot Jones as well as Steve Fulton who is fresh off a strong run in the Busch Series at Martinsville.
1994 should be a great season, hopefully the season lives up to the hype!
SLIM JIM ALL-PRO SERIES | MOBILE INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY | MARCH 30, 1994
NASCAR SLIM JIM ALL-PRO SERIES | PHILLIPS 66 250 | MARCH 30, 1994
The NASCAR Slim Jim All-Pro Late Model Series kicks off it's season in Irvington, Alabama just outside of Mobile at the Mobile International Speedway. There will be a 90-minute practice session followed by a single qualifying round. Here at Mobile there will be no DNQ's so the teams don't have to worry about qualifying speed and can work on race tuning if they choose to. Mike Cope was the 1993 winner here but he isn't in the field this year. Jody Ridley, the three-time defending series champion won this race in 1992 so he should be a favorite here tonight as well. It should be a great night for racing so lets head down to the track for all the action.
Steve Fulton was the fastest in practice by almost a tenth of a second over veteran Jody Ridley. He should be one to watch in the upcoming qualifying session.
Fan favorite Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was your fastest qualifier tonight. Hal Goodson will start beside him. Jody Ridley will roll off from the third position while fastest in practice, Steve Fulton, can't be pleased with his 14th place starting position. He has a fast car, but it should be interesting to watch him come through the field.
Jody Ridley was able to cruise to the victory after pole-sitter Dale Earnhardt, Jr. faded away in the second half of the race. Steve Fulton charged his way up to a runner-up finish which puts him out in front in the early running for the rookie of the year title in the series. Mike Swaim, Jr. who is also a rookie had a strong run as well coming home fourth.
Phillips 66 250 | Mobile International Speedway | Irvington, Alabama
Race 1 of 21
START: 14th | FINISH: 2nd
As the month of March came to a close we would kick off our season in the Slim Jim All-Pro Series in southern Alabama at the Mobile International Speedway. We got to the track and unloaded for practice. We were quickest in the session and really felt good about the race.
I have never been a good qualifier so I half way didn't expect to get the pole but to say I was disappointed in our 14th starting spot would be a major understatement. I dropped way off what I ran in practice by over driving the car a little bit and once I got the tires too hot there was no salvaging it. We would be starting on the outside as well and at these short tracks that can always be treacherous. Grandpa, who is also my crew chief, gave me a little talking to about trying too hard in qualfiying. He said "Remember son, sometimes you have to slow down a little to go fast". He has told me that before but just like him and my pops I am a little hard-headed I guess. Either way, we would have to be patient in the early going for sure.
We dropped back on the initial start of the race being on the outside but once we got to the bottom we made our way through the field nicely. We were running in 5th by the halfway point and just rode a little to conserve our tires since it was appearing to be a caution free race. With 20 to go we got back into it and were able to drive up to second and that is where we would finish because Jody Ridley had the field covered. Well, with the exception of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. who had to pit while leading for some reason but was able to still make it back up into the top-10 without the aid of cautions.
All in all, it was a great race for our team and I think we may have had something for Ridley with a better qualifying effort so that will be the goal each week moving forward. Not to mess up in qualifying. Hope you all join us for the next race and I will see you then!
A little note to the viewers of this thread. I want you all to know I'm not an atrocious speller but the 1994 Winston Cup carset I have is unable to be modified so I can't change the names. You will have to overlook this as it is most definitely hitting my OCD pretty hard.
I also had to switch up my monthy reviews a little since I can't add but so many pictures per post. I think I like the new way better anyway. It takes less time that's for sure.
I tried to record my first Slim Jim race but run into some issues with that so it is going to be a no-go on the videos. I will try to add some more race pictures to the posts from here on out as well. Well, the races I am running of course.
Thanks for checking it out, hope you are enjoying watching along.
NASCAR BUSCH SERIES RACING | HICKORY MOTOR SPEEDWAY | APRIL 3, 1994
SUN DROP 300 | HICKORY MOTOR SPEEDWAY | HICKORY, NORTH CAROLINA | APRIL 3, 1994
Points Leader: Hermie Sadler | ROY Points Leader: Dennis Setzer | 1993 Race Winner: Steve Grissom
Rookie of the year leader and hometown favorite Dennis Setzer led the way during practice for the Sun Drop 300. Dennis Setzer sure knows his way around Hickory Motor Speedway as he was the 1983 and 1993 Late Model Track Champion here. He should be one to watch in qualifying and the race.
Kenny Wallace was able to take his Red Dog Ford Thunderbird to the top spot in qualifying. Wallace and Green represent the last two winners in the series and should both be strong in the race. Point leader Hermie Sadler will roll off 14th just behind the top qualifying rookie of Dennis Setzer.
Did Not Qualify
16- Chad Chaffin (R)
83- Steve Fulton (R)
71- Kevin Lepage (R)
41- Johnny Rumley (R)
1- Mike Stefanik (R)
Kenny Wallace backed up his qualifying run and continued to be the fastest car on the track during the final practice session. Point leader Hermie Sadler clocked in 2nd quick but will have a lot of traffic to come through in the race to contend for the win. It should be a great race.
Kenny Wallace and David Green lead the field to green in the Sun Drop 300 from Hickory Motor Speedway.
Rober Pressley (99) passes Kenny Wallace (8) for the lead on lap 27 as the leaders deal with the lapped car of Tommy Ellis (05).
Robert Pressley (99) continues to lead at the halfway mark in his first start of the season. He works under the lapped car of Patty Moise(40) in turn 4.
Kenny Wallace (8) takes the lead back from Pressley (99) just after the halfway mark.
Kenny Wallace (8) navigates the lapped traffic heading through turns 1 and 2 with just 10 laps remaining.
Kenny Wallace (8) takes the win in front of lapped car Johnny Benson, Jr. (74). It's another strong performance by the Red Dog Ford tonight in Hickory.
Sun Drop 300 | Hickory Motor Speedway | Hickory, NC
Race 7 of 26
START: DNQ | FINISH: N/A
We were back in the Busch Series car this weekend in Hickory, NC just under a two hour drive from home. We were looking forward to getting another good run in after the Martinsville top-15 finish. We got news that there would be some drivers going home after qualifying as only the top-30 would lock in. We have no shot at a provisional so we needed to be in the top-30.
In practice we would be looking for speed. Well, we are still looking for speed because we just couldn't find anywhere. We threw some different setups in the car but it just wasn't going to be fast enough to get into the show. We were the slowest of all the cars there and felt more in the way than anything. We were going to have to have some luck with other drivers falling off to have a hope to make it in.
Our strategy for qualifying was to put down a get me by lap on lap one and then just drive as deep as we could and as hard as we could on lap 2. All without wrecking and destroying our only car. The good news is we don't race again in the Busch Series until July in Milwaukee so if we did wreck it we had plenty of time to fix it. The money would be the important thing. The sponsors weren't in the house this week but we were still at a somewhat local track so we wanted to get their name out there. We unfortunately were unable to pick up in qualifying and would be packing up the Carolina Marina Pontiac and heading back to Belews Creek, NC.
We will now turn our focus to the Slim Jim All-Pro Series and running for that championship.
Next Busch Series Race for Fulton Motorsports: Havoline 250 | The Milwaukee Mile | West Allis, WI | July 3, 1994
NASCAR SLIM JIM ALL-PRO SERIES | MONTGOMERY MOTOR SPEEDWAY | APRIL 9, 1994
PRO GOLD 200 | MONTGOMERY MOTOR SPEEDWAY | MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA | APRIL 9, 1994 | RACE 2 OF 21
Points Leader: Jody Ridley | ROY Points Leader: Steve Fulton | 1993 Race Winner: Hal Goodson
The Slim Jim All-Pro Series is back in action tonight at the Montgomery Motor Speedway in Montgomery, Alabama. It is the second race of the young season and Jody Ridley is the points leader heading into this event following his dominating performance at Mobile to open the season. Steve Fulton is your leading rookie after his runner-up finish in race one. Hal Goodson, who finished third last time out, is the defending race winner so he is looking to make a return trip to Victory Lane this weekend. No DNQ's this week to worry about so let's head down to the track for all the action.
Point leader Jody Ridley picked up right where he left off at Mobile and was the fastest in the practice session this evening with a time of 20.097. Rookie Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was second followed by Ron Barfield Jr., Mike Eddy and Steve Fulton to round out the top-5 speeds.
Ron Barfield, Jr. was able to jump from third quickest in practice to capture the pole position for tonight's Pro Gold 200.
Ron Barfield, Jr. and Jody Ridley would lead the field to green tonight. Rick Crawford, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Billy Bigley, Jr. would round out the top-5 starters.
Pole-sitter Ron Barfield, Jr. was also your halfway point leader as the race ran caution-free up to this point.
Ron Barfield, Jr. was able to cruise to victory in Montgomery, Alabama tonight.
Wisconsin native Matt Kenseth (17) was the top finishing rookie coming home in the 8th position.
Pro Gold 200 | Montgomery Motor Speedway | Montgomery, Alabama
Race 2 of 21
START: 13th | FINISH: 18th
With our season focus adjusted to the All-Pro series we made the long trip south to Montgomery, Alabama. Going to tracks we've never been to is fun on one hand and nerve-racking on the other. Thankfully, most of the races on this tour will have nobody missing the show so that takes a ton of pressure off of us. We were going to get right to work on race setup in practice.
In practice we had one of the quicker times but our long run speeds weren't where we needed them to be to have a shot at a good run tonight. We changed some stuff around and were able to make the car stay a little quicker on the long run but we ran out of time in practice to do much more so we were going to hope for a caution or two during the race to adjust/get new tires. We should be good for qualfiying though on our short speed.
Well, our qualifying struggles continued as we were unable to match our practice speed and would roll off 13th. Not terrible but had we ran close to what we did in practice we would have been up near the front. At least we are on the bottom line which is always a plus on these short tracks. We were going to hope for a caution or two around the midway point in the race if we were going to have a shot tonight.
The race started and we were good early on. Moving up into the 7th position in the first 15-20 laps. We would hold there until about halfway and would fall steadily for the rest of the race and by the end our right front tire was almost ready to blow. We would develop a push on the long run and just didn't get the problem addressed in the practice session. It didn't help there were no cautions to adjust on it or get new tires. I think with a caution at the right time we could have had a top-10 car for sure and even challenged for a top-5. As it was we were relegated to an 18th place finish and ready to get the heck out of Montgomery.
Our next race is back in my neck of the woods at Martinsville Speedway so we hope to rebound from this disaster of a race with a good showing.
Next Slim Jim All-Pro Series race for Fulton Motorsports: Hanes 150 | Martinsville Speedway | Martinsville, VA | April 23, 1994
NASCAR BUSCH GRAND NATIONAL SERIES | BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY | APRIL 9, 1994
GOODY'S 250 | BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY | BRISTOL, TN | APRIL 9, 1994
Points Leader: Hermie Sadler | ROY Points Leader: Dennis Setzer | 1993 Race Winner: Michael Waltrip
Practice was rained out but the weather cleared and the track crew was able to get the track ready for qualfiying.
David Green (44) and Chad Little ( 23 ) led the field to green followed by Kenny Wallace (8), Johnny Benson (74) and Ricky Craven (2) rounding out the top-5.
Jim Bown ( 63 ) got loose and triggered a massive accident which collected several drivers. Drivers involved were: Mike Wallace (9), Shawna Robinson (46), Michael Waltrip (30), Mike Garvey (0), Tom Peck (51), Steve Grissom (31), Johnny Rumley (41), Dale Jarrett (32) and Terry Labonte (14).
Leader David Green (44) made contact with Tracy Leslie (72) and crashed into the end of the pit road wall, ending his day.
Chad Little ( 23 ) inherited the lead after David Green had his troubles. He would lead the field to the restart of the race.
Dick Trickle (64) got loose and triggered another huge accident. Drivers involved were Joe Bessey (97), Tommy Ellis (05), Nathan Buttke (66) and Elton Sawyer (38).
Tim Fedewa (55) was your halfway leader but was holding off a charge by rookie Johnny Benson, Jr. (74).
Johnny Benson, Jr. (74) was able to pick up his first career win over Tim Fedeway (55). Hermie Sadler, Randy Porter and Randy Lajoie rounded out your top-5.