Portsmouth Raceway Park
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Aussie Champion Ready to Invade the U.S. in July
by Jeff Geesey
INDIANA, Pa. -- Craig Vosbergen, Perth Australia, a multi-time Australian PRO Dirt Series and track Champion opens his United States tour with his first sanctioned event with the Mid-Atlantic Championship Series on Saturday, July 4th at the Coleman Family’s Portsmouth Raceway Park, Portsmouth, Ohio for the Independence Day “Pepsi 75”. This event provides a top quality, one day purse, with $10,000 going to the winner and $700 to start from the $47,000 total. An added perk for the event is that all drivers attempting to qualify and failing to make the A Main will receive $200.00.
“Craig, is from Western Australia, and has made several Series appearances in his multiple trips to the United States. He has competed with us at several venues including Portsmouth and is eagerly looking forward to this year’s run. In fact, I believe of all the tracks Craig has been to here, he probably has logged the most number of laps at PRP”, stated Jeff Geesey, Series Race Director. Andy Geesey, Series President commented, “Craig and his entire family are great people; and the affinity that he has built for American racing, as well as the dedication to return here often is incredible. His father Bert is quite an Australian hot shoe in his own right, but along with Craig’s son, they will be turning the wrenches this year for the team.
Craig will be piloting a collective effort with a 2008 Rocket chassis purchased from Doug Drown , as well as utilizing a Malcuit Power plant owned by DJ Miller. The car is mounted with Genesis Shocks and shod with Hoosier Tires. The Rocket will carry a black paint scheme with the #1 on the doors. Craig’s number is usually #8; however after the July tour is over, then DJ will have the reins for this rest of the season, and the number is his. Craig’s mount for the month of July will be running out of the Drown Racing in Wooster, OH.
Making yet another trip to the states possible, which is the third in four years, is a fleet of sponsor’s including: Dave Poske’s Performance Parts and Hoosier Tire – Ohio Valley; R2C – Performance Air Filters; WRISCO Aluminium; Mike Farr and Genesis Shocks; UTI – Underground Tools Inc.; Magnum Pipe; Carson Underground; Trenchless Technology; Loudonville Family Vision; The Looking Glass; DCS Fluid Solutions; and DJ Directional Services.
July’s Tentative Schedule includes: 2nd, Unsanctioned show, Midway Speedway, Crooksville, OH;
3rd, Unsanctioned show, KC Raceway, Chillicothe, OH; 4th, MACS’ “Pepsi 75”, Portsmouth Raceway Park, Portsmouth, OH; 5th, – TBA; 10th, UMP Dirt Car Summer Nationals, Waynesfield, OH; 11th, UMP Dirt Car Summer Nationals, Oakshade, OH; 17th, – Twin Cites Raceway Park, IN; 18th, Lawrenceburg, IN; 23rd, World Of Outlaws, Muskingum County Speedway, Zanesville, OH; 24th, World Of Outlaws Attica, OH; 25th, World Of Outlaws, Sharon, OH; and finally the 26th, World Of Outlaws, Eriez Speedway, Erie, PA.
Past MACS winners at the Coleman Family’s Portsmouth Raceway Park include Dale McDowell (’04); Scott Bloomquist (’04/’06); Jackie Boggs (’05/ ’07); Jim Bernheisel (’05); R.J. Conley (’05); Jeremy Miller (two-’06); Billy Drake (’06); Doug Drown and Jason Covert (’07); as well as Eddie Carrier, Jr., and Josh Richards (08).
The pit gates at Portsmouth open at 4:00 p.m. with the drivers meeting at 6:00 p.m. Hot laps will be trackside at approximately 6:45 p.m. followed by the AlturnaMATS Shock the Clock Time Trials presented by JNJ Motorsports Media at 7:15 p.m. Racing is slated to begin at approximately 8:00 p.m. For more information on Portsmouth Raceway Park please visit www.portsraceway.com or www.macsracing.com. Craig’s website is Team Vosbergen Racing and he can be visited at http://teamvos.com/home.html.