MWS: Grundy: News of note, schedule

NEWS OF NOTE * After a one-year absence from the series schedule, the Midwest Series returns to Grundy County Speedway. This event marks the 54th feature event the series has contested at the .33-mile oval. * This year marks the first under...

NEWS OF NOTE

* After a one-year absence from the series schedule, the Midwest Series returns to Grundy County Speedway. This event marks the 54th feature event the series has contested at the .33-mile oval.

* This year marks the first under the series' new name: International Truck and Engine Corporation Midwest Series. For the past five seasons, the series was known as the RE/MAX Challenge Series. Prior to that it was known throughout the Midwest as the ARTGO Challenge Series.

* Grundy County Speedway veteran Biff George is scheduled to return to the Midwest Series for the running of the All-Star 150. George has not competed on the series since 1998.

* The total purse and posted awards between the NASCAR Midwest Series and the Appleton Memorial totals over $72,000, a Chicagoland record.

* Steve Carlson (Lefthander Chassis Chevrolet) is the International Truck and Engine Corporation Midwest Series defending champion.

* The last time the Midwest Series visited Grundy County Speedway, the race saw four different leaders. Eddie Hoffman ended the night in victory lane with Steve Carlson and Brian Hoppe (Gildan Activewear Chevrolet) rounding out the top three.

* In addition to Hoffman and George, Midwest Series drivers who have extensive experience in weekly racing at Grundy County Speedway include Ron Breese, Jr, Dave Finney and Erik Darnell (AMI Trailer Leasing Chevrolet).

* The Midwest Series last competed, May 17, at Wisconsin Dells Motor Speedway. Eddie Hoffman broke a streak that had seen him go winless on the series since October of 2001. Brian Hoppe finished second with rookie Eric Fransen rounding out the top three. Ron Breese, Jr finished fifth, and combined with a ninth place run by Steve Carlson, vaulted Breese into the championship points lead.

* POWERade Sports Drink is a welcome addition as a new contingency sponsor with the International Truck and Engine Corporation Midwest Series in 2003. POWERade will put $750 up for grabs at each event to the eligible driver who advances the most positions during the course of the race.

* Hoosier Tire returns as the tire of choice for the International Truck and Engine Corporation Midwest Series in 2003. The Indiana based company will give away over $4200 worth of their rubber at every series event. Other contingency sponsors include Anheuser-Busch, Auto Meter Products, Edelbrock Intake Manifolds, Five Star Stock Car Bodies, Flowmaster, G-Force, Goody's Headache Powder, Holley Carburetors, JE Pistons, Mac Tools, Mobil 1 Oil, Moroso, MSD, Penske Shocks, Quarter Master, Quick Car, Raybestos Brakes, "76" Racing Gasoline, Wix Air Filters and Victory Circle Chassis.

WHAT'S THE WORD?

* "I haven't raced there before, but I took the virtual tour on the Internet, so I think I have the setup dialed in." Eric Fransen (Sonya's Rose Chevrolet) speaking of Grundy County Speedway.

FROM THE ARCHIVES

* June 3, 1978--Grundy County Speedway has played host to some memorable Midwest Series events and this one was no exception. Wisconsin driving legends Tom Reffner and Dick Trickle end the 50-lap feature in a dead heat; the only one in series history.

* August 7, 2001--At 19 years old, third generation racer Erik Darnell makes his International Truck and Engine Corporation Midwest Series debut at Grundy County Speedway where he finishes 18th. Today Darnell is one of the top young driving talents on the Midwest Series.

All-Star 150 (NASCAR Elite Division, International Truck and Engine Corporation Midwest Series, Race 3 of 12).
Grundy County (Ill) Speedway.

Race: 8:00 p.m. CT, Sunday, May 25.
Schedule: 11:00 a.m. (CT) Haulers Enter and Registration Begins; 1:30-2:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Practice; 5:00 p.m. Qualifying; 7:00 p.m. Qualifying race; 8:00 p.m. All Star 150.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Dick Trickle , Erik Darnell , Steve Carlson