NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series - News & Notes DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 5, 2004) -- As springtime temperatures continue to rise, racing is underway at NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series tracks across North America. Drivers at 67 participating tracks have...
NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series - News & Notes
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 5, 2004) -- As springtime temperatures continue to rise, racing is underway at NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series tracks across North America. Drivers at 67 participating tracks have begun their quest for a NASCAR championship and a share of $1.7 million in post-season awards that will be distributed to competitors this fall. While several months of racing remain, here's a look at some of the early-season news from the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series...
* Hoffmans Hot at Big Diamond ... Brothers Doug and Keith Hoffman have dominated the competition at Pennsylvania's Big Diamond Raceway in recent years and their 2004 efforts show no signs of changing that trend. They own six Big Diamond track championships between them -- Doug in 1988-89 and 2003 and Keith in 2000-02 -- and they are both on track to compete for another. In the Big Diamond season-opener April 16, Doug, of Allentown, Pa., won the Modified feature race while Keith, a resident of Whitehall, Pa., finished second. In the track's next event April 30, it was Keith who reached the Winner's Circle while Doug finished second. Doug, 46, is the elder of the pair by nine years.
* More Winners ... John Zaretzke, of Monroe, Wash., has recorded three Super Stock victories in four starts at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe. ... In the Late Model Stock Car division at Virginia's Motor Mile Speedway, Chad Harris, of Stuarts Draft, Va., has recorded two wins and four top-five finishes overall in four starts. ... Andy Burgess, of Fall Creek, Wis., recorded a Late Model feature win May 1 at LaCrosse (Wis.) Fairgrounds Speedway. Burgess also recorded a fourth-place finish at the track April 10. ... 2003 NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series New England Region champion Dennis Gada, of Salem, Conn., has returned to full-time competition at Connecticut's Waterford Speedbowl, where he has recorded one win and three top-five finishes in five starts this season.
* Canada Kicks Off NASCAR Season ... At Delaware Speedway in Ontario, Jay Doerr, of London, Ontario, entered his name in the record books as the first NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series winner in Canada, after winning a Late Model feature event at Delaware April 16. At Autodrome St. Eustache in Quebec, Martin Lacombe, of Terrebonne, Quebec, won the track's inaugural NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Sportsman event April 25.
* Champions Moving Up ... Several former NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series champions have been actively pursuing their racing dreams by making moves into NASCAR's regional and national series. Reigning national champion Mark McFarland, of Winchester, Va., made his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season debut at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway April 17, where he finished 21st. ... 2003 Sunbelt Region champion Rip Michels, of Mission Hills, Calif., has advanced to the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series. To complement his upward move, Michels has even launched his own Web Site at www.ripmichels.com. ... Also moving into the Southwest Series is 2003 NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series ShorTrack Division national champion Todd Burns, of Riverside, Calif. Burns raced in the Late Model division at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway last season. ... Two-time Sunbelt Region champion Brandon Bendele, of Adkins, Tex., will make his debut in the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southeast Series May 8 at Houston (Tex.) Motorsports Park. ... 2002 Midwest Region champion Clint Bowyer, meanwhile, has landed one of the most high-profile jobs in the NASCAR Busch Series -- as the secondary driver of the No. 21 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing. Bowyer, of Emporia, Kan., shares driving duties with NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series star Kevin Harvick, also a NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series graduate from Mesa Marin Raceway.