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 the...

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 (EWT, Inc. Chevrolet) and Dave Finney (American National Bank of DeKalb County Chevrolet).

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 think It's the people that make Grundy so special to me. The track is close to home for me and that's nice, but the fans and the competitors and track personal have always been so good to me."---Dave Finney.

FROM THE ARCHIVES

September 7, 1975-The Midwest Series begins. Then known as the ARTGO Challenge Series, race enthusiast Art Frigo brings the best short track racers of the Midwest together in a 59-lap main event at Grundy County Speedway. Tom Reffner, the Blue Knight, wins the main event, the only one contested under the ARTGO banner in 1975.

All-Star 150 (NASCAR Elite Division, International Truck and Engine Corporation Midwest Series, Race 3 of 12).
Grundy County (Ill) Speedway.
8:00 p.m. CT, Sunday, May 25.

Points leaders: 1) Steve Carlson 180; 2) Ron Breese, Jr 170; 3) Justin Diercks 165; 4) Eric Fransen 160; 5) Tim Schendel 155; 6) Jeff Way 150; 7) Bryan Roach; 8) Josh Vadnais 142; 9) Mark Voigt 138; 10) Doug Klein 134.

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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Drivers Tim Schendel , Steve Carlson