MWS: Milwaukee: Pre-race notes

* Midwest Series headed to the Milwaukee Mile after four-year absence * Southeastern and Southwestern drivers to challenge Midwest Series stars * "Emerging Stars Series" includes Milwaukee musical performance DAYTONA...

* Midwest Series headed to the Milwaukee Mile after four-year absence

* Southeastern and Southwestern drivers to challenge Midwest Series stars

* "Emerging Stars Series" includes Milwaukee musical performance

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 11, 2005) -- When the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Midwest Series takes on The Milwaukee Mile Aug. 27-28, the usual host of Midwest Series stars will be joined by other top drivers from throughout the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division.

The division features Late Model race cars under the same set of rules, for four different series in four corners of the country -- Midwest, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest. The chance to race on the famous Milwaukee Mile track has attracted drivers from the other series to challenge the Midwest stars, such as Steve Carlson (No. 66 Lubricants/Gordon Epping CPA Chevrolet), Justin Diercks (No. 29 Iowa-Illinois Taylor Insulation Chevrolet) and Eddie Hoffman (No. 8 Lisa Thomas Salon/MR Lee Building Chevrolet), on their home turf.

J.R. Norris (No. 5 Victor Ford Ford), the current Southeast Series points leader from Mulga, Ala., is scheduled to compete in the Milwaukee 200, driving for car owner Richie Wauters. The team's primary sponsor, Victor Ford, is located in Wauconda, Ill., just over an hour's drive from Milwaukee. Eddy McKean (No. 19 Magic Valley Pipe & Steel/Twin Stop Pontiac), the 2002 Southwest Series champion from Jerome, Idaho, is also scheduled to race in the Milwaukee 200. McKean is ranked fifth in the Southwest Series standings.

The Milwaukee 200 marks the Midwest Series' first visit to the track since Aug. 2001, when Scott Hansen drove to the win over Hoffman, Brian Hoppe, Ryan Hemphill and Carlson in fifth place.

The upcoming event will feature a two-day format, with Midwest Series practice and Bud Pole qualifying on Sat., Aug. 27. The Milwaukee 200 will take the green flag at approximately 3:00 p.m. (CT) on Sun., Aug. 28.


* The Milwaukee 200 race weekend will also feature a performance by rock artist J-Henry, as part of the "Emerging Artists Series." Henry is scheduled to perform a selection of songs off his new album on Friday evening at the track, during a driver autograph session with Dick Trickle and other drivers beginning at 6 p.m. (CT). Admission is free. Henry has also performed at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race weekend. J-Henry's debut album, Another Long Day, was released nationwide Aug. 9.

* Justin Diercks, the defending Midwest Series champion from Davenport, Iowa, has led 396 of a possible 900 laps this season. Other drivers who have led laps include Steve Carlson (145 laps led), Erik Darnell (No. 7 Simply WOW Cleaner Degreaser Chevrolet) (77 laps led), David Finney (No. 26 Fiberglass Wicker/Lovett's Towing Chevrolet) (29 laps led), Brent Kirchner (No. 88 City Auto Sales / Hometown Furniture Chevrolet) (22 laps led), Tim Schendel (No. 21 Mathews Archery/TexPar Energy Chevrolet) (20 laps led) and Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Dexter Bean (No. 25 5 Star Telecom /Badger Environmental Chevrolet) (5 laps led).

* Speaking of Sunoco rookie candidates, Andrew Morrissey (Perry Dahl Soil Test/RU21/Sellars Chevrolet), of DeForest, Wis., continues to lead the contest with 59 rookie points earned the first six races. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award is contested by a points system, with the highest-finishing eligible rookie receiving 10 points, the second-highest finishing rookie receiving 9 points and so on. Dexter Bean is ranked second with 52 rookie points, followed by Josh Bauer (No. 1 Azko Nobel Chevrolet) with 51 points and Nick Schumacher (No. 16 Sonya's Rose/Custom Fleet Maintenance Chevrolet) with 14 rookie points. The 2005 Sunoco Rookie of the Year will collect a $1,500 bonus from Sunoco, the Official Fuel of NASCAR. <pre> Midwest Series Top 10 Driver Points (after 6 of 8 races): 1. Justin Diercks 1,004, 2. Steve Carlson 1,001 3. Andrew Morrissey 897 4. Tim Schendel 869 5. Brent Kirchner 863 6. Eddie Hoffman 810 7. Dexter Bean 805 8. Josh Bauer 793 9. Russ Blakeley 779 10. Greg Fowler 763


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Drivers Dick Trickle , Ryan Hemphill , Tim Schendel , Justin Diercks , Dexter Bean , J.R. Norris , Steve Carlson , Scott Hansen