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Carrier To Start Up Front in USA Nationals Xtreme DirtCar Race NEW RICHMOND, Wisc., (Aug. 7, 2004) -- Eddie Carrier Jr. will lead the field to the start of the USA Nationals Stacker2 Xtreme DirtCar Series race at Cedar Lake Speedway. Carrier,...

Carrier To Start Up Front in USA Nationals Xtreme DirtCar Race

NEW RICHMOND, Wisc., (Aug. 7, 2004) -- Eddie Carrier Jr. will lead the field to the start of the USA Nationals Stacker2 Xtreme DirtCar Series race at Cedar Lake Speedway. Carrier, of Ona, W.V. won a six-lap race for the top qualifiers Friday to claim the pole position in Saturday's main event.

"It felt pretty good to win the dash and get the pole," Carrier said. "I know it's 75 laps (in the main event), but when you get an advantage and start on the front, then you don't have to work through traffic."

Goodyear is the exclusive tire supplier for the Xtreme organization and Carrier said the exclusive agreement makes race day easier for the teams. Goodyear will supply the X-300 compound for the Cedar Lake weekend.

"Instead of worrying about whether I have the wrong tire on or do I need to do something to the tires, you can work on your racecar more and get it better," Carrier said. "You can concentrate on getting the car better instead of thinking 'This tire might be the wrong tire,' or something like that."

The race, now in its 17th year, drew 55 cars. Friday's action drew a large, appreciative crowd. Saturday's schedule will include two B-main races and the 75-lap feature event. The winner takes home $40,000 and every starter in the 26-car feature field earns a minimum of $2,000.

Freedom Tire, a Gemini Car Care Center store in Iowa, took advantage of the picturesque surroundings to tape portions of the event for use in a television commercial to be shown in Iowa during the weeks leading up to Xtreme's national championship event at Knoxville Raceway.

"Freedom Tire is taking advantage of an opportunity that is open to all Gemini store owners," said Justin Fantozzi, Goodyear's marketing manager, late model dirt. "Our motto is "Race all night and sell all day," and our association with the Xtreme organization fits perfectly with that philosophy."

The success of the Goodyear Driver Assurance Program, which allows local drivers to compete with the national stars of the Stacker2 Series at little cost, is evident in the close nature of the competition. Carrier said having only one tire supplier makes it easy for the local stars to test themselves against the biggest names in the sport.

"I think it's better to have one supplier," Carrier said. "You might have some guys that might not be as competitive or have the budget to buy the tires they would need if there was an open tire rule or something like that. With the one tire rule, they can be more competitive. Usually, at an Xtreme race, six tires will get you through the weekend. I just think it's a whole lot better. It makes for more competitive racing. There are not many places you can go now where you can see three- or four-wide racing, like you can with this series. I think that has a lot to do with the tires."

Saturday's main event will be taped by cable network SPEEDChannel and will be shown at a later date.

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