Steve Carlson hopes to be singing Rocky Mountain High and get RE/MAX Challenge Series, Nascar Touring season DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (May 29, 2002)--When a baseball player is struggling at the plate he'll usually go back to a tried and true batting...
Steve Carlson hopes to be singing Rocky Mountain High and get RE/MAX Challenge Series, Nascar Touring season
DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (May 29, 2002)--When a baseball player is struggling at the plate he'll usually go back to a tried and true batting stance in hopes of getting his hitting stroke back on track. In racing, the best medicine for a driver in a bit of a slump is to go to a track where he has had success.
Such is the case with RE/MAX Challenge Series, NASCAR Touring competitor Steve Carlson. While being held winless in the series first three events is not considered a slump by most drivers, you have to go back to 1995 to find a year that Carlson was held winless this late into the season.
"Not winning just makes me more hungry," said Carlson of his winless streak. "We had a car to beat at Gateway and then had a problem on pit road. And last race at the Dells, I thought we had a real good car in practice and it just never got going in the race."
Carlson, however has dominated the last two times the RE/MAX Challenge Series has visited Colorado National Speedway in Erie. He has won at the .375-mile oval the last two years, leading 284 of the 300 feature laps, including all 150 in 2000.
Twenty-six competitors are scheduled to take the green flag in the Auto Trader 150 at 8:00 p.m. (MT), this Saturday, June 1. Practice is scheduled from noon to 2:00 p.m. with qualifying set for 5:15 p.m. The fastest 16 competitors will be locked into the main event with four additional drivers added via a 20-lap last chance qualifying race. Four provisional starting spots are up for grabs, based on current RE/MAX Challenge Series, Featherlite Southwest Series and Hills Bros. All-Pro championship standings.
"There's just something about Colorado National Speedway that I like," said Carlson. "Back in the early '90's I won a big year-end special they had and earned $10,000. At the time that was the most money I had made racing. I've liked the place ever since."
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.