Justin Hirt Joins NASCAR Autozone Elite Division, Midwest Series Auto Meter Rookie Chase DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 29, 2004) -- Eighteen-year-old Justin Hirt (EDS Motorsports Chevrolet) is the latest driver to throw his hat in the ring for 2004...
Justin Hirt Joins NASCAR Autozone Elite Division, Midwest Series Auto Meter Rookie Chase
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 29, 2004) -- Eighteen-year-old Justin Hirt (EDS Motorsports Chevrolet) is the latest driver to throw his hat in the ring for 2004 NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Midwest Series, Auto Meter Rookie of the Year honors. The Tigerton, Wis. driver recently signed on to compete in the full Midwest Series schedule behind the wheel of Dave Stammer's potent #45.
The announcement comes just days before the 2004 Midwest Series opener, the Spring Classic 250, April 3-4 at Rockford (Ill.) Speedway.
"This is just a great opportunity for me to take my racing career to the next level," said Hirt. "Everyone knows that Dave has great equipment."
Hirt brings with him three years of late model experience, most recently competing full-time on the Midwest All Star Late Model Series, claiming sixth place honors in the 2003 championship points chase.
"I've been working all off-season trying to put together a full-time deal with a good young driver and now all my hard work has finally come to fruition," said Stammer. "One of the biggest things I think this team offers is experience and a great notebook. Both of those will be of great help to Justin."
Stammer's team campaigned part-time on the NASACAR AutoZone Elite Division, Midwest Series in 2002 and full-time in 2003 with a variety of drivers, including Jason Schuler, Terry Baldry and Jeremy Lepak.
When the green flag drops at Rockford, Hirt will be eyeing a top-10 finish in the championship points, a trip to Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway for the second annual NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown and the Auto Meter Rookie of the Year honors.
New to the AutoZone Elite Division in 2004, the Auto Meter award carries with it a $2000 year-end cash bonus.
Entering its 30th season of racing, past Midwest Series Rookie of the Year recipients have included such standouts as Tim Schendel, Josh Vadnais, Eric Fransen, Justin Diercks, Schuler, Eddie Hoffman, Steve Carlson, Ron Breese, Jr. and Tim Fedewa.