Cincinnatian Jeff Fultz Claims Kentucky 150 Crown
Cincinnati native Jeff Fultz led the last 54 laps of the Gatorade ALL-PRO Series, NASCAR Touring, Kentucky 150 presented by the Lexington Herald Leader to claim his first win of 2001. The race concluded early Saturday morning after rain delayed the start of the race.
Fultz, who started outside Row One, took the lead for good one lap after starting third on a restart on Lap 45 in his No. 54 C&C Boilers Chevrolet Monte Carlo. He had taken his first lead from pole sitter Brian Smith (No. 20 CRD Engines/Smith Fabrications Pontiac Grand Prix) on Lap 31. The Sycamore High School graduate lost the lead when pitting on the caution that began on Lap 39.
"We're just happy to be back here," Fultz said. "Last year we had a failure, so this was great. The car was good. We went qualifying and needed to go one more lap to go faster."
Wayne Anderson (No. 86 Jani King Chevrolet Monte Carlo) finished second and Eddie Mercer (No. 27 Everwood/Phoenix Construction Chevrolet Monte Carlo) was third. Smith ended the race in fourth.
Anderson made quite a charge at Fultz down the stretch, turning his fastest lap of the day on the final lap at 136.624 MPH. He crossed the finish line .212 seconds behind Fultz in front of 22,418 fans.
The weekend at Kentucky Speedway will continue Saturday with the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division "Outback Steakhouse 300" will begin at 8 p.m. Qualifying for that race was postponed Friday due to rain and will begin at noon Saturday. The Busch race will be followed by the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series "Kentucky 100."
Saturday's race is sold out with the exception of some standing room only seats that were released late Thursday. Tickets for all the action at Kentucky Speedway are available by calling 1-888-652-RACE, online at www.kentuckyspeedway.com or www.tickets.com, in person at the speedway office at 2216 Dixie Hwy., Suite 200, in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., or at major retail outlets of Meijer, Hader Hardware and Play It Again Sports stores.