MWS: Wisconsin Dells: Round two preview

Pair of rookies look to get International Truck and Engine Corporation Midwest Series season righted at home track. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 28, 2003)--Kenny Richards (5 County Towing and Repair Pontiac) and Chris Bires (4 DC Angus Farms ...

Pair of rookies look to get International Truck and Engine Corporation Midwest Series season righted at home track.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 28, 2003)--Kenny Richards (5 County Towing and Repair Pontiac) and Chris Bires (4 DC Angus Farms Chevrolet) both have a lot of laps logged at the .33-mile Wisconsin Dells Motor Speedway. Both are rookies on the NASCAR Elite Division, International Truck and Engine Corporation Midwest Series. Both are coming off of rough series opening races and both are really looking forward to heading back home.

The NASCAR Midwest Series makes the first of two 2003 visits to Wisconsin Dells Motor Speedway, May 10, for the running of the Spring Sizzler 200.

Richards had a host of problems set him back at the series opener. His crew chief quit one day before the opening weekend, putting the team behind the eight ball. Come race day, Richards was the innocent victim of a chain reaction crash just four laps into the main event. That sent him to pit lane for several laps and relegated him to a 20th place finish.

"We were just behind all weekend at the opener," said Richards. "I feel a bunch more confident now having run laps in this type of car and coming to a track that I know very well."

Richards is the 2001 and 2002 Super Stock track champion at Wisconsin Dells Motor Speedway.

"I probably only have 10 laps in a late model at the Dells, but I still feel real comfortable there and I know what you have to do to pass people there," said Richards.

Twenty-four drivers are scheduled to take the green flag in the Spring Sizzler 200. The fastest 16 will advance via qualifying while the top four finishers in a 25-lap last chance race will advance to the main event. Four final provisional starters will make up the remainder of the field. Practice will run from 2:30 p.m. (CT) to 5:00 p.m. Qualifying is slated for 5:30 with the green flag scheduled to drop on the main event at 8:30.

For Bires, the trip back home will be a chance for he and his team to shine in front of a large group of partisan backers.

"The first race was tough because we didn't actually get the car until about two weeks before the race," said Bires. "Our goal was to come out of there in one piece, and we did, so now we can work on making the car faster. The Dells will be fun because it'll feel like home and we'll have a bunch of people up in the stands cheering."

A full program of Pure Stock and Super Stock racing is also on tap. Dells Motor Speedway is located just five minutes from the famous downtown Wisconsin Dells tourist area, three miles west of I-90/94, Exit 85, on Highway 12/16 toward Lyndon Station. You can contact the track by phone at (608) 254-7822 or reach them online at www.dellsmotorspeedway.com

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