MWS: Colorado: Eddy McKean preview

McKean Looking for Mile High Magic ERIE, Colo.(June 5, 2004) Eddy McKean, the 2002 NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series champion, is hoping a trip to Colorado National Speedway in Erie, Colo. spells success after a disappointing...

McKean Looking for Mile High Magic

ERIE, Colo.(June 5, 2004) Eddy McKean, the 2002 NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series champion, is hoping a trip to Colorado National Speedway in Erie, Colo. spells success after a disappointing finish last Saturday night at Irwindale (CA) Speedway where he finished 17th. McKean sits fourth in the Southwest Series point standings after six events and will use a weekend off to test with the best as he joins a stellar field of NASCAR champions as NASCAR's AutoZone Midwest series rolls into town.

McKean has had previous success at the 3/8-mile paved oval located North of Denver but he will have to contend with the Midwest Series regulars, including seven-time champion Steve Carlson.

Jeff Jefferson, the 2003 NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Northwest Series champion will make the trip from Naches, Washington to compete at the newly repaved Colorado National Speedway, and joining the championship driver lineup is former NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series champion Rick Carelli. Colorado drivers Roger Avants, Jerry Robertson and Bruce Yackey have all logged thousands of laps at the picturesque .375-mile oval. Robertson is a two-time and defending NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series regional champion while Yackey and Avants have each scored one weekly series regional championship in their illustrious careers.

In the last three Southwest Series starts at Colorado National, McKean has two top three finishes and looks to today's event as an opportunity to get momentum back on his side. "I love racing at CNS," McKean said. "It will be interesting how the new pavement makes the racetrack. I have a new car for this event that I know will competitive.

McKean also recognized the significance of the race as he joins other NASCAR champions. "This will be a great opportunity to race against Tim (Schendel), Jeff (Jefferson), and Steve (Carlson) before we meet again at the showdown," McKean said. These tours are tough and to get the chance to race with all these guys is going to be a lot of fun."

The Auto Trader "150" is set to take the green flag at 8pm tonight with a full field of NASCAR's rising stars and past champions.

McKean Racing is sponsored by: Magic Valley Pipe & Steel, NAAKE Motorsports, Victory Circle Chassis, and Ironclad Performance Wear. McKean's career AutoZone Southwest Series stats include: 51 career starts, 4 wins, 18 top five and 28 top ten finishes. McKean is also a three-time track champion at Magic Valley Speedway in Twins Falls, Idaho and a two-time NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series regional champion.

-mr-

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Rick Carelli , Jeff Jefferson , Jerry Robertson , Steve Carlson