MWS: Grundy: Round three preview

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 21, 2003)--The Grundy County Speedway, on the fairgrounds in Morris, Illinois, will play host to the International Truck and Engine Corporation Midwest Series, Sunday, May 25. It is not the newest facility on the tour, but...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 21, 2003)--The Grundy County Speedway, on the fairgrounds in Morris, Illinois, will play host to the International Truck and Engine Corporation Midwest Series, Sunday, May 25. It is not the newest facility on the tour, but few can argue that the venerable old speedway doesn't provide some of the best racing action available today.

"The bottom of turns one and two got repaved a few years ago," said Eddie Hoffman (Lisa Thomas Salon Chevrolet). "It's sort of wearing out and isn't as big of an advantage, but still, if you get pushed to the outside over there, you're in a bad spot. But in turns three and four you can run side-by-side."

First time fans will also notice that the Grundy oval has steel walls, a feature found on only a handful of tracks throughout the country.

The action at Grundy gets under way at 1:30 p.m. (CT) with practice. Qualifying is slated for 5:00 p.m. with a 15-lap last chance qualifying race scheduled for 7:00. The All-Star 150 will take the green flag at 8:00 p.m.

Twenty-six Midwest Series drivers are scheduled to compete in the All-Star 150. The fastest 18 qualifiers will automatically earn a spot in the main event with four starters coming via the last chance race. Up to four additional drivers will earn provisional starting berths based on series point standings.

"The important part of Grundy is to stay on the bottom," said current Midwest Series point leader and Grundy County Speedway graduate Ron Breese, Jr (EWT, Inc. Chevrolet). "And it usually causes some pretty exciting racing. You kind of have to root the guy up to get underneath him and then you pretty much have the spot."

Dave Finney (American National Bank of DeKalb County Chevrolet) agrees. "It's typical Chicagoland racing, you have to work hard for your position because it's such tight, close racing."

An exciting feature to the card is the addition of the 5th Annual George Appleton Memorial 100 for Chicagoland Late Models. Several International Truck and Engine Corporation Midwest Series drivers are expected to compete in both events and if one can win the All-Star 150 and the Appleton Memorial, they will pocket an extra $1000.

"I'm going to run both events," says Hoffman. "It's a chance to have a really good day."

The Grundy County Speedway is located just north of I-80 on Route 47 at the fairgrounds in Morris, Illinois. Advance sale tickets can be ordered by calling (920) 606-9389.

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