MWS: LaCrosse: Season finale qualifying notes

WEST SALEM, Wis. (Oct. 4, 2003) -- Ryan Hanson, of Beloit, Wis., won the Bud Pole award for Sunday's Oktoberfest 250, the 2003 NASCAR Elite Division, International Truck and Engine Corporation Midwest Series season finale. Hanson toured the...

WEST SALEM, Wis. (Oct. 4, 2003) -- Ryan Hanson, of Beloit, Wis., won the Bud Pole award for Sunday's Oktoberfest 250, the 2003 NASCAR Elite Division, International Truck and Engine Corporation Midwest Series season finale. Hanson toured the 5/8-mile oval at LaCrosse (Wis.) Fairgrounds Speedway in 19.377 seconds (116.117 mph) during Saturday afternoon's qualifying session to claim his second Bud Pole award of the season. Twenty-eight cars will take the green flag for Sunday's 250-lap event, scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. (Central Time) on Sun., Oct. 5. The top eight qualifiers will be inverted to start Sunday's feature event, with Steve Holzhausen, of Bangor, Wis., leading the field to the green flag.

The Oktoberfest 250, a highlight of the 34th annual Oktoberfest race weekend at LaCrosse, will settle the 2003 International Truck and Engine Corporation Midwest Series championship battle between two heavyweight contenders -- defending series champion Steve Carlson, of West Salem, and Eddie Hoffman of Wheaton, Ill. Carlson leads Hoffman in the championship standings by 34 points heading into Sunday's event and is seeking his fifth NASCAR championship in the last six years.

Outside of the two championship contenders, the top 10 drivers in the standings are also awaiting a significant honor that will become a reality at the conclusion of the season -- an invitation to the inaugural NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown, Nov. 6-8 at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway. As one of the four series that comprise the NASCAR Elite Division -- the Featherlite Southwest Series, Kodak Southeast Series and the Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series are the others -- the International Truck and Engine Corporation Midwest Series will send its top-10 drivers to this prestigious event.

The Toyota All-Star Showdown will include a 100-lap race on Sat., Nov. 8, featuring the top 40 drivers -- 10 from each series -- in the NASCAR Elite Division. Posted awards for the Toyota All-Star Showdown, which will also feature the top 15 drivers from the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series and the top 15 drivers from the NASCAR Grand National Division, Winston West Series, are $500,000. Both divisions will kick off the weekend with twin 50-lap qualifying races on Fri., Nov. 7. Friday night's qualifying races and Saturday's feature events will be televised live on NASCAR TV on SPEED Channel.

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