ALLSTAR: Rookies prepare for Paducah

Big Crop of Rookie All Stars Set for Season Opener at Paducah Int'l. Speedway April 2 CAMARGO, IL -- Nine sprint car drivers have expressed their intentions to compete for Rookie of the Year honors during the All Star Circuit of Champions 25th...

Big Crop of Rookie All Stars Set for Season Opener at Paducah Int'l. Speedway April 2

CAMARGO, IL -- Nine sprint car drivers have expressed their intentions to compete for Rookie of the Year honors during the All Star Circuit of Champions 25th anniversary sprint car season in 2004.

The All Stars will open their 66 race season with a visit to the Paducah International Speedway in Kentucky on Friday night April 2. The only other All Star event was held there on June 4, 1981, won by Lee Osborne

The nine drivers looking forward to the Kentucky race include Tim Hunter, Jon Agan, Chad Blonde, Brock Mayes, James High, Eddie Lynch, Jan Howard, Paul May and Ben Rutan.

Hunter, from Millersburg, OH drives the Hunter Racing #2H, a Maxim Chassis with a Griff's engine under the hood. The 26-year-old has been racing for seven years and is sponsored by Greber Racing Components, MPC, Dutch Harvest and First Merit Bank. Hunter has been competing regularly throughout Ohio for the past several seasons.

Agan, hailing from Knoxville, IA, will compete in the Agan Racing Eagle No. 4 with an Ostrich racing engine. The 26-year-old is sponsored by Dee Zee Truck Accessories, United Trailers, Bishop Buildings and Kin-Folks. Agan is a former Knoxville Raceway regular.

From the Wolverine State, Chad Blonde is an Attica Raceway Park regular aboard the No. 5B Maxim/Wesmar. The Litchfield MI. driver is sponsored by Tuckey Motorsports Graphix, TLC Auto Collision and Radio Shack.

Brock Mayes from Bucyrus, OH is another Attica and Fremont Speedway regular in the Brock Motorsports No. 11B Eagle/Griff's. The 24 year old graduate of the 305 sprint car ranks is sponsored by J&F Construction, Oberliners Tree & Landscape and Carter Electric. He was named the 2003 rookie of the year in the 410 sprints at both Fremont and Attica.

High, from Albuquerque, MN, is another 24 year old who will drive the High J&J with Gaerte power. He is the 2003 Sprint Car Owners of Arizona (SCOA) rookie of the year. Concrete Systems and Unitex sponsor his machine.

Lynch, from Springfield, IL, has been racing sprint cars since 1996. The 34 year old is sponsored by Dan's Performance Racing and Kunz Realty. His Maxim No. 29 sports a Gaerte Engine under the hood.

Howard, from Byhalia, MS, will be in his own No. 46 Maxim/Dynotech this year after driving the Webb No. 51 in several All Star events last summer. The 26 year old Howard is sponsored by Memphis Truck Parts Specialist.

Terre Haute Indiana's May won his first career All Star feature last season and is the 2002 GLOSS Champion. His No. 71m J&J/Gaerte is sponsored by Mike's Auto Wrecking, Scott's Custom Colors and Blue Collar Renovations. The 25 year old has been racing in several classes for 14 years.

Hudson, Michigan's Rutan is a 31 year old pilot who has been racing for ten seasons. He is a veteran of the SOD and NRA 360 sprint circuits, with his No. 75 Fisher Bothers J&J/Rutan sponsored by Wolverine Steel & Welding and Shook Brothers Officiating.

Other rookies expected to compete in several All Star races this summer are Chad Layton and Jimmy Weller III. Layton, from Harrisburg, PA is a 358 sprint car graduate and Weller, a big block modified graduate from Hubbard, OH drives the No. 23 J&J with Garrett power.

The Paducah event will be followed by a Saturday night show at St. Francois County Speedway in Farmington, MO on April 3.

-www.allstarsprint.com

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Series Sprint
Drivers Jimmy Weller III , Paul May