Mansfield Motorsports Park Ohio 250 Weekend Schedule Announced The complete weekend schedule for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Ohio 250 at Mansfield Motorsports Park has been announced. As has been the case in years past, practice and ...
Mansfield Motorsports Park Ohio 250 Weekend Schedule Announced
The complete weekend schedule for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Ohio 250 at Mansfield Motorsports Park has been announced. As has been the case in years past, practice and qualifying runs will take place on Friday May 23 with the 250-lap race on Saturday May 24.
Spectator gates will open on Friday at 9 A.M. and the on-track action kicks off with the first practice session on Graham Auto Mall Pole Day at 11:30 A.M. That ninety minute session will be followed by the final hour of practice at 1:30 P.M. The teams will then have a break to work on getting their trucks ready for qualifying, with each driver taking two timed laps starting at 6:30 P.M.
Spectator gates will open on race day at 9 A.M. Fans will have a chance to walk the track from 9 A.M. until 10:30 A.M. when security will close the track and pre-race preparations will start to pick up pace. At 11 A.M. the driver and crew chief meeting will take place adjacent to the grassy hill overlooking turns three and four, with the public welcome to listen in as the drivers are given their instructions for the day by NASCAR officials. Driver introductions will take place at the start-finish line at 12:30 P.M. with the green flag for the fifth annual Ohio 250 expected shortly after 1 P.M.
"We have a lot of action on the track over the course of two days," said MMP public relations manager Charles Krall. "The practice sessions on Friday are always intense because there are ten or twelve teams entered that need to make the field based on qualifying speed. They are doing everything they can to find that last tenth of a second and sometimes they push the envelope in practice. Then we set the 36-truck starting field with qualifying on Friday evening. Even if you can't make it out for practice, it's fun to watch the drivers go out and go against the clock and see who makes the race and who has to load up and head for home.
"On race day, the fans' experience at Mansfield Motorsports Park is unmatched at any other track on the circuit," Krall continued. "No other track allows the fans to walk on the track and really get up close to the teams as they start getting ready for the day. A lot of the drivers will be out signing autographs too. Then the fans can move to the hillside and listen in to the drivers meeting. Again, Mansfield is the only track on the schedule where you can do that. Once all the pre-race ceremonies are finished we have 250 of the hardest fought laps the drivers will run all season long. It's close quarters racing on the smallest track on the schedule. We expect a lot of bent fenders and some hurt feelings, but that all adds up to one great show from the grandstands."
Tickets for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Ohio 250 are now on sale, and can be purchased via the track website, www.mansfieldmotorsportsonline.com. Fans can also call the track ticket office at (419) 525-RACE (7223), or visit the speedway office at 100 Crall Road.