DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (September 14, 2002)--For RE/MAX Challenge Series, NASCAR Touring rookie driver Josh Vadnais, just competing from week to week was an accomplishment. So as Vadnais prepares to head to his home track, with 2002 series Rookie of...
DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (September 14, 2002)--For RE/MAX Challenge Series, NASCAR Touring rookie driver Josh Vadnais, just competing from week to week was an accomplishment. So as Vadnais prepares to head to his home track, with 2002 series Rookie of the Year honors already secured, you can understand his excitement.
"This is just really, really neat," said Vadnais with a smile. "Winning the rookie deal was our goal at the beginning of the year, however, at the same time, we were on such a tight budget that our program was truly week to week."
Vadnais dominated a talented rookie class and secured the rookie title with three races remaining on the 2002 schedule. The series travels next to Vadnais's home track, Elko Speedway, in Elko, Minnesota, September 29 for the running of the Great Clips 300.
"To go back to the track were I started racing late models weekly is always fun," said Vadnais. "But to go back with the RE/MAX Challenge Series Rookie of the Year title under my belt is icing on the cake."
Vadnais is the second consecutive Elko Speedway graduate to capture the series Rookie of the Year award, following in the footsteps of Dan Fredrickson.
"I think Dan set the table on the RE/MAX Challenge Series for a number of years to come," stated Vadnais. "After he had success on the series, younger drivers in Minnesota took notice and said, 'If Dan can do that, I can do it to.' There is a lot of great young driving talent in the state of Minnesota that is going to keep the series stocked for years to come."
The Great Clips 300 will mark the second series trip of the season to the beautiful, newly remodeled, .375-mile Elko Speedway oval. The track is located just minutes south of the twin cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Former series champion Kevin Cywinski notched the win when the RE/MAX Challenge Series traveled to Elko Speedway in May. Twenty-six drivers are scheduled to compete in this stop. Gates open at 7:00 a.m. (CT) on September 29 with practice running from 10:00 to 10:45 and qualifying slated for 11:30 a.m. The green flag will fly over the 300-lap main event at 3:30 p.m. The RE/MAX Challenge Series drivers will cap off the speedway's three-day, 12th annual Fall Festival of Speed. The Mid-American Trucks and the Twin Cities Featherlite Shootout is also on tap for Sunday, the 29th.
The RE/MAX Challenge Series is one of eight NASCAR Touring Series that blanket the United States. NASCAR Touring Series are extremely popular with fans and competitors. They can provide a competitor with an entire career, or they can provide valuable experience to competitors moving through the NASCAR ranks. Corporate sponsors make significant contributions to NASCAR Touring Series point funds. These sponsors include Anheuser-Busch, Featherlite, Goody's Headache Powders, Hills Bros Coffee, Raybestos Brakes, RE/MAX International, Inc., and RJ Reynolds brand, Winston.