CRA: Mansfield preview

Salem, IN (June 26, 2003) -- The Sunoco Super Series is finally ready to make it's first ever appearance at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway this Saturday, June 28th. The series was originally scheduled to race at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway on...

Salem, IN (June 26, 2003) -- The Sunoco Super Series is finally ready to make it's first ever appearance at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway this Saturday, June 28th. The series was originally scheduled to race at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway on May 10th but that event was canceled because of wet weather. New track manager Jerry Smith worked out the details to get the Sunoco Super Series back at the newly refurbished half-mile facility for this Saturday's Mansfield 100.

Track owner Michael Dzurilla has transformed the half-mile oval at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway into one of the finest short track facilities in the country. The track has already been seen on national television twice this year with the May 3rd Hooters Pro Cup event that was televised taped delayed on Speed Channel and the June 21st ASA Racing Series event that was broadcasted live on Speed Channel.

Canadian Racing Legend Junior Hanley, last week's series winner at Winchester Speedway, is a former winner at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway in a template Late Model with the now disbanded Iceman Series. Hanley will have some stiff competition at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway from Fred Campbell who won the Sunoco Super Series event at Berlin Raceway on June 14th. Former series champion Brian Rievley has tested at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway and will have his dad Bill Rievley, the Crew Chief for 2002 Sunoco Super Series Champion Joel Kauffman who finished fourth in the Hooters Pro Cup Race at Mansfield on May 3rd, in his pits. Akron, Ohio's Scott Baker will make his second start of the season with the Sunoco Super Series Saturday night after a 6th place finish at Berlin Raceway that earned him the a Goodyear Performance Award and the Lane Automotive / ISKY Racing Cams Hardcharger Award.

There will be several drivers making their first appearance of the 2003 season with the Sunoco Super Series. Barry DeSalve Jr., a former competitor with the Iceman Series, will be the first ever driver from Pennsylvania to compete with the Sunoco Super Series. Mike Smith will also compete for the first time with the Sunoco Super Series this Saturday. Smith made a hand full of starts with the Iceman Series and use to compete against 2002 Sunoco Super Series Champion Joel Kauffman in the Allison Legacy Cars Series.

Kyle Edwards, who has made selected starts with the Sunoco Super Series over the past two seasons will make his first start with the series this Saturday. Edwards, form Grafton, Ohio, has competed at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway occasionally this season in their Keystone Light Super Cups Division, claiming a feature win a couple of weeks ago. Wadsworth, Ohio's Jack Smith, who competed in three series events in 2002, will make his first start of the season driving for car owner Dave Ehret. Smith has been thrashing to get his car fixed from a practice crash at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway several weeks ago when a right rear shock broke sending Smith hard into the outside retaining wall.

Pit gates will open for the Sunoco Super Series at 9AM, with their practice scheduled from 12Noon until 2PM. Yockey Motorsports Marketing Qualifying will take place at 3:30PM. The evening's race program is set to start at 7PM. More information on the track can be found at www.mansfield-speedway.com, or call 419-525-7223. More information on the Sunoco Super Series is available at www.sunocosuperseries.com.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Joel Kauffman , Jack Smith , Mike Smit