NWS: Magic Valley: Round two preview

NASCAR Autozone Elite Division, Northwest Series Enjoys Magic Valley SpeedwaY DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 8, 2006) -- Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls, Idaho is the destination for the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Northwest Series. The task...

NASCAR Autozone Elite Division, Northwest Series Enjoys Magic Valley SpeedwaY

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 8, 2006) -- Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls, Idaho is the destination for the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Northwest Series. The task at hand is the Pepsi 125.

Magic Valley is always a popular stop for the Northwest Series. John Bender, the winner of last year's Pepsi 125, says, "I love that place and I can't tell you why. What I can't tell you is why we seem to run well there, but I like the track because it is a great facility that is well taken care of and the people at the track and the fans are great."

Bender's thoughts are echoed up and down the roster of race teams in the series.

Current points leader Brandon Riehl likes the fan support. "The grandstand is always full. The entire town seems to look forward to our visit every time we go there. It's a great atmosphere."

"It's a long trip over there, but it is worth it," says former Magic Valley winner Wilbur Bruce. "The combination of the track and the fans really make it a special place."

While four of the six series drivers to have won a race at Magic Valley are slated to be on hand for this year's first trip to southern Idaho, nearly ten drivers on the pre-entry list have never raced a tour car at the track. The previous winners scheduled to be in attendance are Garrett Evans with four wins, Gary Lewis with two and Bender and Bruce with one each.

Current points leader in Magic Valley Speedway's Premier Series and Twin Falls resident Bobby Latham joins the likes of Brent Harris, Thomas Hill, Jay Sauls, Jason Fraser, Shane Mitchell, Shane Harding, Joey Decker and Bryan Warf as first timers in a Northwest Series event at the 1/3-mile banked oval.

Northwest Series events are always competitive there, but this one should be more so with the nearly even mix of veteran and young talent.

"This race is going to be exciting from the very start," says Riehl. "The laps go by pretty quick and there is no time to relax. One of the new guys could really surprise us. The veterans know what needs to be done there, but this bunch of new drivers seems talented. Everyone will need to be at the top of their game."

Ticket information for the Pepsi 125 can be obtained by calling Magic Valley Speedway at (208) 734-3700 or by logging onto www.magicvalleyspeedway.com.

-nascar

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Shane Mitchell , Gary Lewis