MWS: Madison preview

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (June 10, 2001)-RE/MAX Challenge Series, NASCAR Touring competitors Brian Hoppe and Ryan Hanson are both graduates of the weekly wars at Madison (Wis.) International Speedway (MIS). Both drivers have had success at MIS in the...

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (June 10, 2001)-RE/MAX Challenge Series, NASCAR Touring competitors Brian Hoppe and Ryan Hanson are both graduates of the weekly wars at Madison (Wis.) International Speedway (MIS). Both drivers have had success at MIS in the past, and they hope a dose of home cooking will help their respective RE/MAX Challenge Series teams get back on track. Madison International Speedway graduates Hoppe, Hanson, Ron Breese, Jr, Pete Moore, Eric Peterson and Jason Schuler, along with the rest of the RE/MAX Challenge Series top drivers, will all be chasing Steve Carlson when the green flag flies over the Havill-Spoerl 250, Saturday night, June 16 at 8:30 p.m. (CT). Carlson has won the first three races of the RE/MAX Challenge Series season as the late model tour heads to MIS. Qualifying for Saturday's 250-lap main event will take place on Friday night, June 15, with the fastest 20 drivers earning spots in the main event.

The final eight positions will be filled via a last chance qualifying race, also on Friday night, and via current RE/MAX Challenge Series point standings.

"The last two races we've been back in the top three, but we need a win," said Hoppe. "Things are clicking with Steve Strasburg, my new crew chief, we've got more laps at Madison than probably anyone else in the field, and I don't see any reason why we can't win." Although Hoppe currently sits third in the championship standings, he hasn't won since August 8, 2000, a string that doesn't sit well with the 1999 series champion.

"We're here to win a championship and we can't do that unless we win some races," said Hoppe. "Steve has won the first three and now we need to answer."

While Hoppe struggles to win, RE/MAX Challenge Series rookie Ryan Hanson hopes just to turn his season around with a solid run. "To date this season has been real disappointing, especially because we know we have a team that can compete," says Hanson. "Knowing the Madison track like I do, I'm looking for a solid top five run." Hanson was the runner-up in the MIS weekly late model point standings in 2000 before moving full-time to the RE/MAX series this year. So far a top-10 run in the opening event has been the highlight while Hanson has failed to finish the last two events, the victim of motor woes.

-NASCAR

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Jason Schuler , Steve Carlson