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FEATHERLITE SOUTHWEST SERIES NOTES: . 2002 Champion Eddy McKean plans to defend his Featherlite Southwest Series championship in 2002. Only Ron Hornaday Jr. has successfully defended a Featherlite Southwest Series championship (92, 93). .

FEATHERLITE SOUTHWEST SERIES NOTES:

. 2002 Champion Eddy McKean plans to defend his Featherlite Southwest Series championship in 2002. Only Ron Hornaday Jr. has successfully defended a Featherlite Southwest Series championship (92, 93).

. M.K. Kanke of Frazier Park, Calif. is the all-time leading money on the series with more than $340,000 in career winnings.

. Bob Lyon of Agua Dulce, Calif. has started more Featherlite Southwest Series races then any other driver. At PIR, Lyon will make his 250th career start. He has 193 consecutive starts.

. Darrell LaMoure returns to the series after recuperating from a neck injury sustained in a pre-season testing accident at PIR in January 2002. LaMoure continues to bring awareness to the public regarding missing children through his Racing for the Missing program. LaMoure has teamed with long-time sponsor NAPA Auto Parts and Yerf-Dog Fun Karts for a full campaign in 2003.

. Since 1988, six drivers have multiple wins on the d-shaped oval. Scott Hansen (4), Rick Carelli (4), Ken Schrader (3), Garrett Evans (2), Dick Trickle (2), and Ron Hornaday Jr. (2).

. 2001 Series champion Craig Raudman returns to the series after sitting out much of 2002. Raudman formed a new team during the past year and will attempt to become the third driver in series history to win a second championship. Only Ron Hornaday Jr. and Steve Portenga have won more than one series championships with two apiece.

. More than 60 cars from all of NASCAR's four Regional Late Model Touring series have pre-registered for this annual event including Ed Hoffman, Stanley Smith, Erik Darnell, Jason Hogan, John Dillon, and Jason Jefferson. Jefferson will introduce the first Dodge Intrepid to compete in a NASCAR Regional Touring event.

. Featherlite Southwest Series drivers and teams will greet race fans at Speedway Raceway Indoor Karting Center at 2425 21st Street, Phoenix AZ on Friday, January 31 at 7pm for Go-Kart racing, barbecue, and autograph session.

. Hoosier Racing Tire Company has posted award tires for all events in 2003, which include 32 tires to be distributed to eligible Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring car owners per event.

. 2003 Featherlite Southwest Series contingency sponsors include: Anheuser Busch, Autometer, Edelbrock, Five Star, Flowmaster, G-Force, Holley, Hoosier, JE Pistons, MAC Tools, Mobil 1, Moroso, MSD, Penske Shocks, Powerade, Quartermaster, Quick Car, Raybestos, 76 Race Gas, Victory Circle Chassis, Wix Air Filters.

NASCAR Online, NASCAR's Official Internet Site on the World Wide Web can be accessed at www.nascar.com and offers up to the minute information on all NASCAR Touring divisions.

SCHEDULE:

Saturday, February 1
7:00 a.m. Garage opens
7:45 a.m. Mandatory Rookie Meeting
8:00 a.m. Drawing for Qualifying Order
8:30 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. Practice
12:30 p.m.TimeTrials (2-laps)(All Positions)
3:30 p.m. 20-Lap Qualifying Race
5:00p.m.- 5:30 p.m. Second Practice

Sunday, February 2
7:00 a.m. Garage Opens
8:30 a.m. Mandatory Driver and Crew Chief meeting
9:15 a.m.-10:30 Autograph Session at the Oasis
12:00 p.m. Featherlite Southwest Series "100"

NOTE:

PIR Winter Heat Traffic Advisory

Getting to Phoenix International Raceway for NASCAR Winter Heat on February 1-2 could be difficult unless race fans and teams do some planning ahead.

The City of Avondale has performing much needed construction on 115th Avenue South of Interstate 10. The actual construction is a two-mile stretch between Interstate 10 and Maricopa County (MC 85) Road. While 115th Avenue has always been one of the main arteries into and away from PIR, fans are now encouraged to find alternate routes, including:

Exit I-10 at either Litchfield Road or Estrella Parkway, travel south, and follow the directional signs to the track. All signs leading to PIR will be orange with black letters.

The road construction is expected to continue throughout the spring and summer, but once completed, will result in a six-lane road from I-10 to MC 85. These improvements will greatly enhance the flow of traffic for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series race in early November.

As a reminder, tickets for all the remaining 2003 season, are available for purchase by phone (602-252-2227) or in person at the track's downtown Phoenix ticket office at the Arizona Center (3rd Street and Van Buren).

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Dick Trickle , Ken Schrader , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Rick Carelli , Steve Portenga , Darrell LaMoure , Craig Raudman , Erik Darnell , Scott Hansen