Mansfield gets 2004 race

NASCAR Back in Ohio for the First Time Since 1953; Mansfield Motorsports Speedway announces NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event in May 2004. Mansfield, OH: Mansfield Motorsports Speedway and NASCAR have reached an agreement that will bring a ...

NASCAR Back in Ohio for the First Time Since 1953; Mansfield Motorsports Speedway announces NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event in May 2004.

Mansfield, OH: Mansfield Motorsports Speedway and NASCAR have reached an agreement that will bring a national touring NASCAR series back to the State of Ohio for the first time in fifty years. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will visit the facility for the Inaugural Ohio 250, which is scheduled for Sunday May 16.

The event will be the first nationally sanctioned NASCAR event in Ohio since May 24, 1953 when Herb Thomas won a 100-mile Grand National (now Winston Cup) Series event at the Ohio State Fairgrounds in Columbus. In all, there were eleven Grand National Series events in Ohio at tracks in Columbus, Dayton, Toledo, and Canfield. There has not been a NASCAR Busch Series or Craftsman Truck Series event in the state, until now.

"We are extremely proud that NASCAR has selected our facility for this historic event," said Mansfield Speedway owner Mike Dzurilla. "Ohio is a fantastic destination. There are world-class amusement parks, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the NFL Hall of Fame. Lake Erie provides some of the best fishing and boating opportunities in America. There are several professional sports teams all across the state as well as several of the best college athletic programs.

"Ohio is a hotbed for motorsports of all types," Dzurilla continued. There are some of the best short track races in the country in Ohio, and many other motorsports series have events and teams located here. There are several successful NHRA and IHRA races in Ohio, and CART has had two of its best races here in Cleveland and Mid-Ohio. The Bullet Motorsports NHRA Pro Stock and Sportsman team is located right here in Mansfield, Team Rahal's CART and IRL teams are located near Columbus, and the ThorSport Truck Series team is located in Sandusky. We are so pleased to say we can now service the motorsports fans in Ohio with a major league NASCAR event, and it is right here at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway."

The Inaugural Ohio 250 will be the fourth race of the 25-race NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule in 2004. The series will visit 23 racetracks in 19 states, starting at Daytona International Speedway in February and ending at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November. The series will have twelve events in conjunction with the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, two in conjunction with the NASCAR Busch Series, and five in conjunction with the IRL IndyCar Series.

Tickets are now available for Inaugural Ohio 250 by calling the track office at (419) 525-RACE (7223).

For information on Mansfield Motorsports Speedway, please visit www.mansfield-speedway.com.

For information on the NASCAR Craftsman Trucks series, please visit www.nascar.com or www.truckseries.com.

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