Mansfield on 2008 schedule

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series to Return to Mansfield for Fifth Annual Ohio 250 Mansfield, OH -- The Ohio 250 at Mansfield Motorsports Park will once again be a part of the 2008 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule. The sanctioning body ...

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series to Return to Mansfield for Fifth Annual Ohio 250

Mansfield, OH -- The Ohio 250 at Mansfield Motorsports Park will once again be a part of the 2008 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule. The sanctioning body released the series schedule, with the annual Buckeye State stop slated for May 23 and 24, 2008. Practice and qualifying will take place on Friday, and the 250-lap race will take place on Saturday. Starting times for all events will be announced at a later date.

"We are so proud to once again be a part of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule," said MMP owner Mike Dzurilla. "It has been the cornerstone of our schedule since 2004 and we look forward to the entire series returning once again in 2008. The weather really wasn't on our side last year, but the fans in attendance and the audience on television saw one of the best races ever here last spring. I know the race is over six months away but I already have a feeling we'll see an even better race this season."

Dennis Setzer won the 2007 Ohio 250 by not making a pit stop for tires or fuel throughout the duration of the race. Setzer took over the lead late in the going when Rick Crawford, who dominated the second half of the race, blew a right front tire with just a handful of laps remaining. Setzer, recently took over the No. 18 Fastenal Dodge for Bobby Hamilton Racing and is already counting down the days until the NCTS returns to Mansfield.

"We need short tracks like Mansfield Motorsports Park on our schedule," said Setzer. "Many of us cut our teeth on short tracks very similar to Mansfield. I'm thankful we haven't forgotten places like that. The fans come out for days there. It is really neat to see how excited they are about Truck Series racing. And they have one of the best trophies around. I already have one, but would love to have another."

The remainder of MMP's 2008 schedule is still being finalized.

"We are again working on a special-events schedule for next year," Dzurilla said. "The majority of our races in 2007 were a success. Weather hurt us on a couple of races, but I think it was a very solid first season with the specials. We look forward to announcing our schedule for 2008 shortly. The fans can again expect a great mix of events that offer a great variety of stock car and open wheel racing. As soon as we get all the details finalized we'll let everyone know. We hope it will be in the next few weeks."

Tickets for the fifth-annual NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will go on sale for renewals on Thursday November and run through Friday November 30. Sales to the remainder of the general public will start on Saturday December 1. Reserved tickets start at $40 with VIP seating priced at $55. General admission hillside seating is $35. For ticket information, call the track ticket office at (419) 525-RACE (7223) or log on to the track website at www.mansfieldmotorsportsonline.com.

-credit: mmp

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Dennis Setzer , Rick Crawford