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As Re/Max Challenge Series, Nascar Touring point chase tightens, Brian Hoppe eager to head to home track. DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (August 18, 2002)--Steve Carlson has the RE/MAX Challenge Series, NASCAR Touring Championship point lead and is in ...

As Re/Max Challenge Series, Nascar Touring point chase tightens, Brian Hoppe eager to head to home track.

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (August 18, 2002)--Steve Carlson has the RE/MAX Challenge Series, NASCAR Touring Championship point lead and is in search of an unprecedented eighth series title. Brian Hoppe is the young challenger, sitting second in the championship chase, and inching closer to the veteran.

The RE/MAX Challenge Series travels next to Madison (Wis) International Speedway, August 23-24. Hoppe raced weekly at the track early in his driving career and notched his first series win at the ultra fast .50-mile oval in 1998.

"It's home," Hoppe says of the track. "I'll have a bunch of family and friends up in the stands. It's always good to run at a track that you're so familiar with."

Hoppe won the last time the RE/MAX Challenge Series competed and shaved Carlson's championship point lead to 60 markers.

"We were disappointed with the way we ran at Gateway and Pikes Peak and that got us a little behind in the point battle," said Hoppe. "I'm fired up, however, about the way we ran last race and the way we ran at an open test they had last week at Madison. We can still make this chase interesting."

The RE/MAX Challenge Series competitors will practice and qualify, Friday, August 23 as part of the Speedway's regular Friday night program. The fastest 16 cars will automatically transfer to the Howie Chaussee Automotive 250, Saturday night, August 24. The remainder of the 28-car field will advance via provisional starting berths and a 20-lap last chance qualifying race, also to be run as part of the track's regular Friday night program. The green flag for the 250-lap main event is scheduled to fly over the field at 8:15 p.m. (CT), Saturday, August 24.

The RE/MAX Challenge Series is one of eight NASCAR Touring Series that blanket the United States. NASCAR Touring Series are extremely popular with fans and competitors. They can provide a competitor with an entire career, or they can provide valuable experience to competitors moving through the NASCAR ranks. Corporate sponsors make significant contributions to NASCAR Touring Series point funds. These sponsors include Anheuser-Busch, Featherlite, Goody's Headache Powders, Hills Bros Coffee, Raybestos Brakes, RE/MAX International, Inc., and RJ Reynolds brand, Winston.

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Drivers Steve Carlson