NEWS OF NOTE * The Spring Sizzler 200 will mark the 45th time the Midwest Series has competed at Wisconsin Dells Motor Speedway. * This year marks the first under the series' new name: International Truck and Engine Corporation ...
NEWS OF NOTE
* The Spring Sizzler 200 will mark the 45th time the Midwest Series has competed at Wisconsin Dells Motor Speedway.
* This year marks the first under the series' new name: International Truck and Engine Corporation Midwest Series. For the past five seasons, the series was known as the RE/MAX Challenge Series. Prior to that it was known throughout the Midwest as the ARTGO Challenge Series.
* In 2002, after a four-year absence, the International Truck and Engine Corporation Midwest Series returned to Wisconsin Dells Motor Speedway. An event in May and another in June spiced the series schedule with Brian Hoppe (Gildan Activewear Chevrolet) winning both events.
* Both Steve Carlson (September 3, 1988) and Pete Moore (June 30, 1990) scored their first career series wins at Wisconsin Dells Motor Speedway. Active series drivers who have notched wins at the Dells include Steve Holzhausen (3 wins), Carlson (3), Brian Hoppe (2) and Moore (1).
* Title contenders Eddie Hoffman (Lisa Thomas Salon Chevrolet), Jon Lemke (K.C. Colors Chevrolet) and Hoppe all had trouble at the NASCAR Midwest Series opener and are in need of a good run to get their championship hopes back on course. Lemke sits 68 points behind leader Steve Carlson while Hoffman is 74 markers back and Hoppe trailing by 83.
* International Truck and Engine Corporation Midwest Series drivers have been busy racing, and winning, on their off weekends from the series. Clint Bowyer (Sonic Drive In Chevrolet) has won two in a row in the modified division at Lakeside (Kan) Speedway. Fellow Midwest Series rookie Jeremy Lepak (U.S. NAVY Chevrolet) was the late model feature winner last week at Golden Sands (Wis) Speedway while rookie classmate Eric Fransen (Sonya's Rose Chevrolet) won a late model special at Madison (Wis) International Speedway. Kenny Richards was the Super Stock feature winner last Saturday at the Dells Motor Speedway. Eddie Hoffman won the late model feature on Friday night at Grundy County (Ill) Speedway and Sunday afternoon at Illiana (Ind) Motor Speedway.
* POWERade Sports Drink is a welcome addition as a new contingency sponsor with the International Truck and Engine Corporation Midwest Series in 2003. POWERade will put $750 up for grabs at each event to the eligible driver who advances the most positions during the course of the race.
* Hoosier Tire returns as the tire of choice for the International Truck and Engine Corporation Midwest Series in 2003. The Indiana based company will give away over $4200 worth of their rubber at every series event. Other contingency sponsors include Anheuser-Busch, Auto Meter Products, Edelbrock Intake Manifolds, Five Star Stock Car Bodies, Flowmaster, G-Force, Goody's Headache Powder, Holley Carburetors, JE Pistons, Mac Tools, Mobil 1 Oil, Moroso, MSD, Penske Shocks, Quarter Master, Quick Car, Raybestos Brakes, "76" Racing Gasoline, Wix Air Filters and Victory Circle Chassis.
WHAT'S THE WORD?
* "The first three races on the year are at my kind of places, good old short tracks. The Dells can be a one groove track so you have to be really good and you might have to get a little physical." Eddie Hoffman
FROM THE ARCHIVES
* August 25, 1979--The NASCAR Midwest Series, then known as the ARTGO Challenge Series, makes its first ever stop at Wisconsin Dells Motor Speedway with twin 75-lap features the main attraction. Wisconsin driving legend Dick Trickle claimed both mains. The next afternoon the series traveled south an hour to Capital Super Speedway near Madison. Triple 50-lap features were the order of the day there and, you guessed it, Trickle won all three, capping off an amazing five feature wins in a 24-hour period.
Spring Sizzler 200 (NASCAR Elite Division, International Truck and
Engine Corporation Midwest Series, Race 2 of 12).
Wisconsin Dells Motor Speedway.
8:30 p.m. CT, Saturday, May 10.
Schedule: 10:00 am (CT) Haulers Enter; 2:30 pm to 5:00 alternating practice; 5:30 qualifying; 7:30 last chance qual. race; 8:30 Spring Sizzler 200.