Indiana Dirt Late Model Speedweek Tri-State preview

April 29, 2004 - When the 2004 Indiana Dirt Late Model Speedweek opens at Tri-State Speedway this Sunday, it will begin four intensive nights of racing compressed into seven days. Featuring the Northern Allstars Late Model Series, Indiana Dirt...

April 29, 2004 - When the 2004 Indiana Dirt Late Model Speedweek opens at Tri-State Speedway this Sunday, it will begin four intensive nights of racing compressed into seven days. Featuring the Northern Allstars Late Model Series, Indiana Dirt Late Model Speedweek boasts a $4,100 point fund, and pays $2,000 to the Speedweek champion.

Two sponsors have contributed toward a bigger payday for Speedweek racers. Hometown Online, an internet provider in Seymour, has introduced the Hometown Challenge. They will pay a $250 bonus if a driver wins both the 30-lap features at Bloomington Speedway on Friday and at Brownstown Speedway on Saturday. Additionally, Oval Craft, Inc. of Tunnel Hill, GA, will present the Speedweek Champion with a certificate for a new level-2 driver's seat.

The racers are ready for Speedweek to commence. With a win each, Mike Jewell and Don O'Neal top the Northern Allstars Late Model Series points following the first two events of the season. Jewell claimed the opener at Scott County Speedway and O'Neal won the Vermillion County Speedway event last weekend. O'Neal earned the inaugural Indiana Dirt Late Model Speedweek title, with back-to-back wins at Bloomington and Brownstown Speedways in 2002. Defending Northern Allstars champion Steve Barnett is only seventh in the standings at this early stage in the season.

However, with four races falling so close together, every driver and team with aspirations of claiming the 2004 Northern Allstars championship will be primed for action.

Although Vincennes' Kevin Claycomb hasn't been in Northern Allstars action yet, he considers Haubstadt's Tri-State Speedway, site of Sunday's action, his home track. His victory in this race last year clinched the 2003 Indiana Dirt Late Model Speedweek title.

Indiana Dirt Late Model Speedweek will open at Tri-State Speedway on Sunday, May 2. A Wednesday night event at Twin Cities Raceway will be followed by back-to-back races at Bloomington Speedway and Brownstown Speedway. Each 30-lap feature will pay $2,000 to win and $200 to start. The point fund will award $2,000 to the series champion, with second through fifth earning $1,000, $600, $300 and $200.

2004 Indiana Dirt Late Model Speedweek
May 2Tri-State SpeedwayHaubstadt, IN
May 5Twin Cities Raceway ParkNorth Vernon, IN
May 7Bloomington SpeedwayBloomington, IN
May 8Brownstown SpeedwayBrownstown, IN

Sunday's racing program at Tri-State Speedway will include the Midwest Sprint Car Series. Ticket prices are $18 general admission and $25 pits. Students (13 18 years) are $10 and children 12 and under are free. Hot laps will start at 6:30 with racing at 7 pm. The Speedway is located 16 miles north of Evansville, IN, on Hwy 41. More information is online at www.tristatespeedway.com, or phone (812) 768-5995 (track) or (812)-768-6025 (tickets).

Seymour, IN's Hometown Online is a provider of computer and internet services for home and business. Hometown Online's products include wireless internet, broadband DSL, dialup access, home and business networking support and website hosting. More information about Hometown Online is available at http://www.htonline.net/, or by calling 812-524-1492.

Oval Craft is a highly respected provider of superior aluminum racing components to oval racers from NASCAR to late models. More information is available at http://www.ovalcraft.com or from a nearby dealer.

-www.northernallstars.org

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