Jon Lemke heads home as the Re/Max Challenge Series NACAR Touring competitors travel to Elko Speedway DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (May 12, 2002)--When the RE/MAX Challenge Series, NASCAR Touring competitors travel to Elko (MN) Speedway, Friday, May 17...
Jon Lemke heads home as the Re/Max Challenge Series NACAR Touring competitors travel to Elko Speedway
DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (May 12, 2002)--When the RE/MAX Challenge Series, NASCAR Touring competitors travel to Elko (MN) Speedway, Friday, May 17 for the running of the Windsor Windows 250, the trip will be special for Jon Lemke. It won't be special because the track was the site of his first series win or his biggest racing accomplishment. Instead, it will be special because Lemke will be going home.
"Elko is my home track," said Lemke, the 1991 Elko Speedway late model Track Champion. "When it comes right down to it, it's just another race on the schedule, but at the same time, I'll probably put more pressure on myself to do well because I'll have more family and friends and fans there than at any other race."
Twenty-six competitors are slated to start the Windsor Windows 250. The fastest 18 competitors will earn starting spots in the main event with four additional starters coming from a 30-lap last chance qualifying race, scheduled for 7:45 p.m. (CT). The final four starting positions are reserved as provisional starting berths, based on final 2001 RE/MAX Challenge Series championship point standings. Qualifying is slated for 4:00 p.m. with the green flag flying over the Windsor Windows 250 at 8:30 p.m.
Lemke has competed at Elko Speedway once this year in the track's late model division.
"The weekly late models are a bunch different than the RE/MAX cars," said Lemke. "But the plan is to get seat time at the track and just learn it again. It has changed since they repaved it before last season. But the weather in the Minneapolis area has been so rotten, we've only been able to race once."
In addition to Lemke and the rest of the RE/MAX Challenge Series stars, the field will be spiced with a mix of visitors. Expected are 2001 series Rookie of the Year, Dan Fredrickson, 1995 series titlist, Kevin Cywinski and the all-time series victory leader, Dick Trickle.
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.