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Salem, IN (September 4, 2003) -- The Sunoco Super Series, with a star studded field of participants, will be the headline event of the 1st Annual Federated Auto Parts Buckeye Bash Presented By K95.5 this Sunday, September 7th at Columbus Motor ...

Salem, IN (September 4, 2003) -- The Sunoco Super Series, with a star studded field of participants, will be the headline event of the 1st Annual Federated Auto Parts Buckeye Bash Presented By K95.5 this Sunday, September 7th at Columbus Motor Speedway in Columbus, Ohio. Also competing in the Buckeye Bash will be the USA Modified Series and the Ohio Street Stock Championship.

The Federated Auto Parts 150 Presented By K95.5 will be the second visit to Columbus Motor Speedway for the Sunoco Super Series. Last season Junior Hanley, currently second in series points, came away with the win after a tough battle with 2002 Sunoco Super Series Champion Joel Kauffman. Hanley was the events fast qualifier, but had to come from his 5th place inverted starting position to get the win. Brent Downey was the early leader of the race until lap 8 when local racing legend Robbie Dean took control. Dean led until lap 64 when he was forced to pit under caution when his car started overheating. Hanley assumed the lead from that point, and went on to get the win.

This year Hanley and the rest of the Sunoco Super Series regulars will have some added obstacles to overcome at Columbus. NASCAR Winston Cup drivers Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace will be making there Sunoco Super Series debuts Sunday in the Federated Auto Parts 150 Presented By K95.5 after competing in the NASCAR Winston Cup event at Richmond International Raceway Saturday night. Schrader has become known for his racing and winning in all types of racecars whenever he gets the opportunity. Wallace has raced at Columbus Motor Speedway previously with the ASA Racing Series. Wallace still knows how to win in a late model, he won a NASCAR Southeast Series Late Model Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway last year.

Two-time ASA Racing Series Champion and Columbus, Ohio native Gary St. Amant will also be on hand in Mark Jordan's Sunoco Super Series car. St. Amant previously raced with the Sunoco Super Series in the Anderson 400 in July of 2001. St. Amant brings a lot of short track racing experience with him, many of those laps have been at Columbus Motor Speedway. Seville, Ohio native Tim Ice, the 2002 Columbus Motor Speedway Late Model Champion, will also represent the Columbus area. This will be the first Sunoco Super Series start for Ice, who was a two time Champion of the now defunct Iceman Late Model Series.

Springfield, Ohio's Kyle Jones will make his second Sunoco Super Series start of the 2003 season in the J-VEE --M Racing Howe Racing Enterprises/Texas Roadhouse Chevrolet. Jones raced with the series at Toledo Speedway in July finishing 15th. Jones made his Sunoco Super Series debut last year at the series Columbus Motor Speedway event in Joel Kauffman's backup car. Two other Ohio natives are also entered, Massillon, Ohio's Tim Sibila and Akron, Ohio's Scott Baker. Baker has raced in selected Sunoco Super Series events this season, including a 6th place finish last week at Angola Motor Speedway, while competing full-time with the Hooters Pro Cup Northern Series.

Pits open for the Federated Auto Parts Buckeye Bash Presented By K95.5 at 7:30AM. Practice will begin at 10AM followed by Terra Horticultural Services Qualifying for all three divisions beginning at 12Noon. The race program for the Federated Auto Parts Buckeye Bash Presented By K95.5 will begin promptly at 2PM. Additional information and $5 off General Admission coupons are available at www.sunocosuperseries.com.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Ken Schrader , Kenny Wallace , Joel Kauffman