MWS: Grundy: Round three preview

Eddie Hoffman is in a slump, but home track is awaiting the International Truck and Engine Corp. Midwest Series champion. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 12, 2003) -Eddie Hoffman (M.R. Lee Building Materials Chevrolet) was the 1997 NASCAR Elite...

Eddie Hoffman is in a slump, but home track is awaiting the International Truck and Engine Corp. Midwest Series champion.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 12, 2003) -Eddie Hoffman (M.R. Lee Building Materials Chevrolet) was the 1997 NASCAR Elite Division, International Truck and Engine Corporation Midwest Series champion. His has captured 11 main event wins and is considered a threat to win at each and every series stop. Yet he hasn't won a Midwest Series race in a year and a half and he says he's in a slump.

"We're off a little bit, car wise," says Hoffman. "I hope it's nothing that the drivers doing, like a batter goes through when he's in a slump."

But if Hoffman is going to get back on the winning track, there would be no more likely place than the Grundy County (Ill) Speedway. Hoffman is a former late model track champion at Grundy and the series travels there, Sunday May 25 for the running of the All-Star 150.

"It feels good that I'm going to a track that I know well and I can sleep in my own bed that night," said Hoffman.

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.

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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