Mansfield Motorsports Park news 2008-08-13

Unique NASCAR Doubleheader on Tap at Mansfield August 23 One of the most unique racing programs in the Midwest is on tap at Mansfield Motorsports Park on Saturday August 23 when the NASCAR Camping World East Series and the NASCAR Whelen ...

Unique NASCAR Doubleheader on Tap at Mansfield August 23

One of the most unique racing programs in the Midwest is on tap at Mansfield Motorsports Park on Saturday August 23 when the NASCAR Camping World East Series and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour take to the half-mile oval for twin 150-lap feature races. The Camping World East Series is NASCAR's top level development series while the Whelen Modifieds are NASCAR's only open-wheel stock car division and dates back to the formation of the sanctioning body.

"Last year was the first time we ran this doubleheader, and although we faced some weather issues we had a great crowd and the racing was spectacular," said Mansfield Motorsports Park public relations manager Charles Krall. "The Camping World Series did more beating and banging than we've seen here in a long time. Those guys are aggressive and they all want to win. There are some of the sport's future stars in that series now, just like there was last year. We saw Sean Caisse win here last year and Joey Lagano was third. You can't count out series regulars like Matt Kobyluck or Jerry Marquis either. This year it's guys like Trevor Bayne, Jeffrey Earnhardt, and Marc Davis that are getting all the eyeballs. These guys are all on track to be in the Sprint Cup Series someday. We should see a great field of drivers and one of the most competitive races of the year here."

The Whelen Modified Tour is NASCAR's oldest division and features low-slung cars with wide tires that aren't enclosed by fenders.

"We probably had more calls last year about the Modifieds than anything else," Krall said. "People came from Iowa and Illinois to see them. It had been many years since the Modifieds ran this far west. Back in the mid '80s they ran a couple of races at Indianapolis Raceway Park, but other than that, there's been nothing. It's a great division with a lot of history. The cars are very cool looking and are extremely quick. They can stop on a dime too. We had a first time winner last year with James Civali, and the second-place finisher Donny Lia went on to pick up a Truck Series ride and won the Ohio 250 right here at Mansfield. There are a lot of great racecar drivers in the Modifieds and I can't wait to see them growling down into turn one after the green flag waves."

Tickets are now on sale for $25 in advance and can be purchased via the track website, www.mansfieldmotorsportsonline.com. Fans can also call the track ticket office at (419) 525-RACE (7223), or visit the speedway office at 100 Crall Road.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Trevor Bayne , Matt Kobyluck , Sean Caisse , Donny Lia , Jeffrey Earnhardt