MWS: Rockford Speedway October 19th preview

Re/Max Challenge Series, NASCAR Touring title to be determined at The Rock. DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (October 13, 2002) -- For the second year in a row, the RE/MAX Challenge Series, NASCAR Touring championship will be decided at the Rockford (Ill) ...

Re/Max Challenge Series, NASCAR Touring title to be determined at The Rock.

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (October 13, 2002) -- For the second year in a row, the RE/MAX Challenge Series, NASCAR Touring championship will be decided at the Rockford (Ill) Speedway. But unlike 2001, when Steve Carlson had to simply take the green flag in the main event to secure the championship, this year's title is expected to go right down to the last lap.

The Insight Digital 250 was originally scheduled for early April. After setting the field through time trials and a last chance qualifying race, two consecutive weekends of rain forced the race to be rescheduled for this Saturday, October 19.

"What this team needs to do at Rockford is exactly what we did today, keep our composure and win that race," said Brian Hoppe after capturing the most recent series event. "And then we'll just see where the points fall."

Hoppe, in search of his second career championship, trails defending RE/MAX Challenge Series titlist Steve Carlson by just 34 points heading into Rockford.

The Insight Digital 250 field will take the green flag at approximately 2:15 p.m. (CT), Saturday afternoon. A full race program for the National Short Track Series late models is also on tap.

Carlson is in search of his, unprecedented, eighth RE/MAX Challenge Series points championship.

"This championship is probably going to come down right to the wire," said Carlson. "I feel good that we get to finish the season off at Rockford, because I've had success there, but I also know that anything can happen there. Heck, anything happened last week at LaCrosse."

Carlson was referring to a rare, broken fuel vent tube in the most recent race. The faulty fuel vent tube didn't allow Carlson's crew to get as much fuel in his Chevrolet as they thought. Carlson ran out of gas while running second and was sent free falling to a 17th place showing in the final run down.

Carlson has won seven of the last eight series races held at the high banked .29167-mile Rockford Speedway oval. He can secure the crown with a sixth place run in the season finale, even if Hoppe wins.

"I think I've got something for them at Rockford, I really do," said Hoppe. "I thought we had a car last year that could have beat them, we were just a victim of circumstances."

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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