NASCAR Night in the WIS Tent
NASCAR fans should converge on the South Carolina State Fair Wednesday night, for NASCAR Night in the WIS 10 Tent.
Featured Wednesday, Oct. 21 in the WIS Tent from 7 pm - 9 pm
Never say never, but NASCAR is unlikely to see another racer quite like Harry Gant, a short-track driver who spent more than 20 years beating around the Friday and Saturday night bullrings before finally getting a shot at the big time midway through his life. The North Carolinian didn't get his first full-time Cup Series ride until he was 40, an age when some of today's top drivers are looking to wind down after being in Cup for upward of 20 years. Gant made 11 Cup starts for eight owners between 1973 and 1978, and then did 26 of 32 scheduled races – driving for Kenny Childers and Jack Beebe – in 1979. But it wasn't until 1980 – the year he turned 40 – that he ran the first of his 15 full seasons at NASCAR's top level.
An American stock car racing driver, Jeff currently drives the No. 19 Toyota Camry as a start and park driver in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for TriStar Motorsports, and he also drives the No. 30 Chevrolet SS for The Motorsports Group in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on a part-time basis. Green's 1990 Nashville Speedway USA championship led to his first foray in NASCAR. For several years, he raced part-time in the Busch Series before thriving as a full-time driver in 1995 and 1996. He then went through a two-year Sprint Cup stint with Diamond Ridge Motorsports and Felix Sabates. Green returned to the Busch Series in 1999. In three seasons, he won the 2000 championship by 616 points, a series record which stood until 2006, and finished second twice. Green participated in IROC's 25th season in 2001, and has raced with four different Sprint Cup teams since 2002.
JAMES HYLTON AND HIS CAR
Now retired, James Hylton is a two-time winner in NASCAR Winston Cup Series (now Sprint Cup Series) competition and was a long-time competitor in the ARCA Racing Series. Hylton finished second in points in NASCAR's top series three times. He has 2 wins in the NASCAR Cup Series. Although he only had two wins, he collected 140 top 5s and 301 top 10s in 601 races. Hylton was in the championship hunt several times in the 1960s and 70's, finishing second in points in 1966, 1967, and 1971.
JEREMY CLEMENTS RACING AND HIS CAR
Jeremy began his racing career at the age of seven in go-karts and is already a racing veteran at twenty-four years old. Jeremy was one of the youngest drivers to ever qualify for a NASCAR Nationwide Series event (18) and recently participated in several NASCAR development scouting programs. The Joe Gibbs Racing Organization has a strong belief in Jeremy and has entrusted Kyle Bush's No. 18 Nationwide car to Clements. Jeremy has qualified the car as high as second and looks forward to the opportunity to do the same for his own team on day soon.
JORDAN ANDERSON AND HIS CAR
Professing that he was born to race since the age of 6, this Forest Acres (Columbia, SC) continues to impress everyone he comes in contact with in the racing world. Determined is how most would describe him, a focused competitor with a passion, a gentleman off the track but a force of recognition during races. Jordan's prowess behind the wheel caught the attention of legendary promoter H.S. Humpy Wheeler, who is now his official advisor. Wheeler believes that if Jordan continues to develop, he could well join ex-Legend drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr, Kyle Busch, and David Ragan at the Cup level. "It's time we saw a new bright star develop from the Palmetto State and follow in the footsteps of Little Bud Moore, David Pearson, Cale Yarborough, Larry Frank and Butch Lindley," says Wheeler.