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Return trip to Wisconsin International raceway up next for Re/Max Challenge Series, Nascar Touring competitors. DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (July 29, 2002) - The championship chase heats up as the RE/MAX Challenge Series, NASCAR Touring competitors...

Return trip to Wisconsin International raceway up next for Re/Max Challenge Series, Nascar Touring competitors.

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (July 29, 2002) - The championship chase heats up as the RE/MAX Challenge Series, NASCAR Touring competitors return to Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, August 6, for the running of the Oneida Bingo & Casino 250.

The Oneida Bingo & Casino 250 returns to its traditional first Tuesday in August date after a one-year hiatus. The event will be the 10th of 14 that make up the 2002 championship chase. Steve Carlson, in quest of his eighth series crown, currently sits atop the RE/MAX Challenge Series points, 70 markers ahead of Brian Hoppe. Carlson has won the last three times the series has visited Wisconsin International Raceway, including this event last year.

"I've been coming to this event since 1988," recalls Carlson. "I had a bunch of bad luck there for awhile and it really wasn't until the last few years that I've gotten a good handle on the track."

Race-day activity will kick off, this Tuesday, when pit gates open at 10:00 a.m. (CT). Practice will run from 2:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. with qualifying scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Preliminary events start at 7:00 p.m. and will include a 20-lap qualifying race. The green flag is slated to fly over Oneida Bingo & Casino 250 at 7:45 p.m.

The series has a storied history at the unique .50-mile D-shaped oval, having contested 62 previous features there.

"Rarely do you see someone come to W.I.R. for the first or second time and have success," said Carlson. "The corners are so different that you have to give up something on one end in order to gain on the other end. When you are off in the set up at W.I.R. you're off a mile."

In addition to Carlson, former Wisconsin International Raceway winners entered include Eddie Hoffman, Brian Hoppe and Scott Hansen as well as first year phenom, Jeremy Lepak.

Former RE/MAX Challenge Series standout and current NASCAR Winston Cup front runner, Matt Kenseth will be on hand to meet and greet the fans.

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.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Steve Carlson , Scott Hansen