MWS: Mansfield is ready for inaugural race

NASCAR Midwest Series Coming to Mansfield MANSFIELD, Ohio - Fans who enjoyed the first major NASCAR race in Ohio in 50 years, won't have to wait long for an encore. The NASCAR Elite Division Midwest Series comes to Mansfield Motorsports ...

NASCAR Midwest Series Coming to Mansfield

MANSFIELD, Ohio - Fans who enjoyed the first major NASCAR race in Ohio in 50 years, won't have to wait long for an encore. The NASCAR Elite Division Midwest Series comes to Mansfield Motorsports Speedway for the Ohio 150 on Sunday, July 18.

"This promises to be another great weekend of NASCAR racing at the Mansfield Motorsports Speedway," said Jerry Smith, speedway president. "The NASCAR Elite Division Midwest Series is a very competitive division. This race will be a chance of the racing fans of Ohio to see tomorrow's stars today, racing against some of the best veteran short track racers in the country."

Among the well-known drivers who formerly competed in the NASCAR Elite Division Midwest Series are 2003 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth, reigning NASCAR Nextel Cup Raybestos Rookie of the Year Jamie McMurray and 2003 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Travis Kvapil.

Current headliners in the series include nine-time and defending circuit champion Steve Carlson and 1999 series titlist Brian Hoppe. Ron Breese, Jr., who won the inaugural Toyota Shootout national championship race for this type of NASCAR vehicle, is also entered.

The Ohio 150 is a single-day event on a date without a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series event, meaning NASCAR fans don't have to choose between watching a race on television or being at the Mansfield Motorsports Speedway to watch a race in person.

Practice begins at 1 p.m., with Qualifying at 5 p.m. Racing will get under way at 7:15 p.m. with a full program of 305 sprint cars joining the NASCAR Elite Division Midwest Series on the docket. Tickets are available for $15 by calling the Mansfield Motorsports Speedway ticket office at (419) 525-RACE or the MMS business office at (419) 524-0183.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Steve Carlson , Travis Kvapil