A look at some of the notes and numbers to get fans ready for the 31st Annual World Crown 300 presented by Victory Junction at Jefferson, Georgia’s Gresham Motorsports Park Saturday.
4: Number of World Crown 300s won by Georgia racer Paul Kelley. He won three of four at the end of the last decade and is the only driver to win it four times.
11: This will be the 11th start in the World Crown 300 for Bubba Pollard. He has led the race six times for a total 188 laps, but he has yet to visit victory lane in the event.
15.981: The track record in seconds for the World Crown 300 pole held by Cale Gale. That record is safe as that was on brand new asphalt in 2010.
19: Number of lead changes in the World Crown 300 a year ago. That’s more than the Winchester 400, All American 400 and the Snowball Derby.
50: The number of laps that the Gresham Motorsports Park Outlaw Late Models and Trucks will go around the half mile Saturday as part of the World Crown 300 event.
86: Number of laps led by Augie Grill last year in the World Crown 300. Grill has never won the race, but finished sixth in 2013. Surprisingly that is the first time he’s finished the full distance.
300: The race will run 300 laps for the third straight year. In the past it’s been run at 200, 250 and 300. in 1985 the race was shortened to 208 laps of the 300 scheduled laps.
1983: The inaugural World Crown 300 was held on November 27, 1983 and featured such short track royalty as Alan Kulwicki, Darrell Waltrip, Mark Martin, Jody Ridley, Rusty Wallace, Bob Senneker, Neil Bonnett and three members of the Allison family, Bobby, Donnie and Davey. Dick Trickle won the first-ever Crown.
$15,000: Will be on the line for the World Crown 300 which marks the seventh time in the last eight years that the Crown has paid $10,000 or more to win. The first World Crown paid over $50,000 to the winner.
One for One: Concord, North Carolina driver Preston Peltier is batting 1.000 in the World Crown 300 after his win in 2013. He’ll be back looking to make it two straight.
How Fast is Too Fast: Winning the pole at the World Crown 300 could be considered a bad omen. Only twice on record has the pole winner gone on to win the race. Fredrick Moore did it in 2004 and Chase Elliott pulled off the feat in 2012. Elliott led 199 laps that year on his way to the win.
Slinger & the World Crown: Earlier this year 2011 World Crown 300 winner Chris Wimmer won the Slinger Nationals to join the likes of Rich Bickle and Dick Trickle as the only other drivers to win both events.
– By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Operations Manager. Photo credit: Speed51.com