2001 RE/MAX CHALLENGE SERIES, NASCAR TOURING, RACE FACTS WHAT: Havill-Spoerl 250 RE/MAX Challenge Series, NASCAR Touring, Race ...
2001 RE/MAX CHALLENGE SERIES, NASCAR TOURING, RACE FACTS
WHAT: Havill-Spoerl 250 RE/MAX Challenge Series, NASCAR Touring, Race #4 of 17
WHERE: Madison International Speedway; Oregon, Wisconsin .50-Mile Paved Oval
WHEN: Friday & Saturday, June 15 & 16
DISTANCE: 250 Laps, (125 Miles)
POSTED AWARDS: $49,400 (Including $3,500 RE/MAX Challenge Series, NASCAR Touring Championship point fund money)
FIELD: 28 cars. Fastest 20 cars through time trials. Starting positions 21-24 filled by top 4 in 20-lap last chance qualifying race. Position 25 is reserved as a RE/MAX Challenge Series past champion provisional. Positions 26-28 are reserved as provisional starting spots based on current 2001 RE/MAX Challenge Series Championship point standings.
SANCTION: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR)
PROMOTER: Madison International Speedway, Inc.
SCHEDULE: Friday, June 15
9:00 a.m. (CT) Haulers Enter And Registration & Inspection Begins
1:00 p.m. Mandatory Rookie Drivers' Meeting
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Practice
6:00 p.m. Time Trials
9:00 p.m. 25-lap Last Chance Qualifying Race
Saturday, June 16
4:00 p.m. Mandatory Drivers' Meeting
5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Happy Half-Hour Practice
8:30 p.m. Havill-Spoerl 250
* The RE/MAX Challenge Series (RCS) has a storied history at Madison International Speedway (MIS). Over the 27-year history of the series, 56 feature events have been contested at the track, the last six of which have been sanctioned by NASCAR. The late Joe Shear won the series first event at MIS on May 30, 1977.
* The RE/MAX Challenge Series evolved from the ARTGO Challenge Series and, in 2001, is celebrating its 27th consecutive season of competition. The series joined the NASCAR Touring family in 1998.
* 2000 Event Champion: Jason Schuler. 2000 Event Bud Pole Winner: Travis Kvapil. In 2000 version of this event, Jason Schuler, making only his 3rd start of the season took the lead with just 2 laps to go, from Brian Hoppe, and stole the victory. Pete Moore passed Hoppe on the last lap to claim 2nd while Hoppe settled for 3rd place. At the time of the win, Schuler was a part-time NASCAR Busch Grand National Series competitor. Five different drivers took turns leading the 250-lap which was put under caution just 5 times.
* In the series most recent event, June 2 at Colorado National Speedway, in Erie, Colorado, Steve Carlson scored his 50th career victory. The win was his third of the season and in doing so became the first driver in the history of the series to win the first 3 races of the season. Carlson took the lead on the 17th lap and cruised to the win. Rookie Jeff Storm finished 2nd with Brian Hoppe rounding out the top 3.
* Expected entries with extensive ties to Madison International Speedway include, Brian Hoppe, Ron Breese, Jr, Pete Moore, Rick Nelson, Ryan Hanson, Jason Schuler and Eric Peterson.
* The series one-lap qualifying record at Madison International Speedway was set by Brian Hoppe on July 7, 1998 at 17.565 sec. (102.477 mph). The 250-lap series race record at MIS was set by Ron Breese, Jr on July 7, 1998 at 1:27:29 (85.731 mph)
Stat Of The Week Dating back to last September 2, Steve Carlson has won the last 6 series events.
<pre> 2001 Championship Standings Pts Wins Rookie Of The Year Standings 1. Steve Carlson #66 540 3 1. Jeff Storm 26 2. Ron Breese, Jr #01 480 2. Tim Rothe 22 3. Brian Hoppe #51 451 3. Dan Fredrickson 21 4. Jeff Storm #68 416 4. Ryan Hanson 16 5. Jeff Kendall #00 413 5. Eric Peterson 15 6. Tim Schendel #21 403 7. Jason Schuler #37 402 Gatorade Front Runner Standings 8. Boris Jurkovic #53 395 1. Steve Carlson 5 9. Justin Diercks #29 369 2. Jeff Storm 4 10. Jon Lemke #17 366 Brian Hoppe 4