Saturday, March 5, 2005
Marathon Hoosier Outlaw Sprint Series “Right on Track” for 2005
by Race Author
ATWOOD, Ind. -- The Marathon Hoosier Outlaw Sprint Series is clearly moving ahead in 2005! The series which features the “Pavement Kings with Wings” is the fastest pavement short track series and is growing by leaps and bounds year after year. This year the HOSS expands into Pennsylvania, returns to Michigan and adds three new speedways to the schedule while retaining every speedway showcased during the 2004 tour.
With title sponsor Marathon fueling the series, the HOSS will be “Taking in Back to the Track” all across the Midwest. HOSS associate sponsors have also flocked to support the series and its drivers.
April 23 opens the season as the HOSS will chase off the frost at the Mansfield Motorsports Speedway in Mansfield, Ohio. The half mile will host the HOSS a total of four times in 2005. Mansfield is a great place to catch a race in 2005. Don’t forget Mansfield hosts the NASCAR Craftsman truck series event in mid May.
The month of May is always a favorite month of open wheel racers as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway rumbles to life in preparation for the Memorial weekend spectacle. Kalamazoo Speedway hosts the second round of HOSS racing May 21. The Series is excited to bring the thrill of Hoosier Outlaw Sprint Series racing to the four tenths mile speedway during this exciting month. May 22 is Bump Day at the Speedway, but the HOSS will be racing at Winchester (IN) Speedway. The hills of Winchester were once a mandatory scratching post for any young buck headed to Indianapolis. Sunday’s racing action will definitely be spectacular with the best drivers, teams and equipment from across the country in town to challenge the Kings for thirty green flag laps of winged thunder. Be sure to mark Winchester on your calendar for May 22. While you’re at it, go on and make plans to see the Little 500 at Anderson Speedway on Saturday the 28th.
Racing heats up in June as the HOSS tackles the Salem Speedway in a June 11 showcase race. The wing cars take to Salem extremely well and the fans pour into the venerable speedway to see the action firsthand. Drivers and teams will be fresh from the May race at Winchester and set to thrill in another great night of racing. Leaving Salem, the wagons will once again circle up and head west to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and the Hawkeye Downs Speedway. The Friday June 17 event draws fans from Iowa and beyond to the big asphalt half mile. Father’s Day June 19 will see the HOSS family invade Rockford (IL) Speedway for a Sunday go. The “jetfighters in a gymnasium” moniker definitely applies as lap times fall deep into the 11 second bracket. The Buckeye Bandit Joe Rebman’s record lap of 11.672 seconds will no doubt be in jeopardy as teams return armed with setup and track knowledge gained at the series’ first Rockford visit in 2004. The! HOSS will converge on Rockford’s sister track, the Anderson (IN) Speedway, June 25 for round seven racing June 25. The Saturday night show it always a ‘bump and run’ contest, and with open wheels the wrong ‘bump’ can quickly erase the ‘run’ for any driver. Jimmy McCune’s stunning 10.444 second qualifying lap in 2004 will be hard to beat and every driver will be looking for an edge here before the series returns for another whirlwind in September.
By July the points chase will be a tremendous fight as the HOSS returns to Mansfield July 3 for a Sunday night special during the Fourth of July weekend. This round of racing will break up the month of quarter mile combat as the racers celebrate Independence Day. New Paris (IN) Speedway will host the series on Saturday, July 9, for a night of racing the way it used to be. New Paris hosted the supermodifieds and cut down coupes in the 60‘s and 70’s, and the winged sprint cars maintain that tradition for 2005. Busch series star David Stremme is a more recent product of New Paris Speedway. The final quarter sister speedway is the venue July 24 as the series rolls into South Bend Motor Speedway for a Sunday afternoon show. South Bend Speedway is no stranger to Stremme or Ryan Newman, who still finds the little track on Western Avenue from time to time. The final round of HOSS racing in July goes down on the 29th at Madison (WI) Speedway. The return to the big tracks will no doubt see the drivers and cars flying as they stretch their legs on the big Badger half mile. The Madison race begins a month of half mile speedway action set to challenge the bravest of short track speedway superstars.
August will be a hot month for racing as the HOSS goes to Illiana Speedway in Schereville, Indiana, on Saturday August 6 for the Chicagoland Showdown and round number twelve of racing. Qualifying laps here dip into the fifteen second bracket at the almost flat half mile. Illiana’s wide racing lanes and excellent lighting combined with a good racing surface make this Saturday night at the races a sure bet for excitement in 2005. August 12 is the third race at Mansfield Speedway for the HOSS series. Mansfield separates the contenders from the pretenders with its high speed and intense forces on driver and equipment. The driver who succeeds at Mansfield will be a good bet for the 2005 HOSS Championship title. High speed and intense forces will be the order of the day on Saturday the 13th as the HOSS enters Pennsylvania for its first ever race at Jennerstown Speedway. Jennerstown is the “Beast of the East” for the series ! in 2005, as the half mile’s super long straightaways and tight corners will present a new challenge for the teams who are already locked in the points battle. The HOSS returns to Mansfield August 27 for the last half mile event of the year. Drivers will be looking to bank big points at the big track before returning to smaller speedways in September.
Labor Day weekend racing kicks off September action with round sixteen at the recommisioned Angola Motor Speedway. Spurning competition in 2004 to concentrate on building a showcase facility, the people at Angola have succeeded in their efforts and will host the HOSS Sunday September 4. The HOSS makes its second appearance of the season September 10th at the Anderson Speedway. Drivers will converge for the seventeenth round of racing with hopes of gaining late season points. Close competition is always the word of the day at Anderson and any misstep could reshape the Championship chase. Be sure to see it yourself September 10th.
The October winds will feel a new challenge as the Marathon Hoosier Outlaw Sprint Series travels to Lake Erie (PA) Speedway for Championship Weekend at the Cavalcade October 8th and 9th. Lake Erie Speedway is yet another new venue for the Kings with Wings, and the speedway’s great fans will be out in force. Lake Erie Speedway hosts many great forms of racing throughout the season, and being invited to race the Cavalcade will be a great experience for the HOSS.
The site for all of your Hoosier Outlaw Sprint Series news information, and to see the ever growing list of associate sponsors, drop by www.hossracing.com !!!!!
DAY DATE SPEEDWAY LOCATION
Sat 23-April Mansfield Motorsports Speedway Mansfield, Ohio
Sat 21-May Kalamazoo Speedway Kalamazoo, Mich
Sun 22-May Winchester Speedway Winchester, Ind
Sat 11-June Salem Speedway Salem, Ind Fri 17-June Hawkeye Downs Speedway Cedar Rapids, Iowa Sun 19-June Rockford Speedway Rockford, Ill Sat 25-June Anderson Speedway Anderson, Ind Sun 3-July Mansfield Motorsports Speedway Mansfield, Ohio Sat 9-July New Paris Speedway New Paris, Ind
Sat 16-July TBA
Sun 24-July South Bend Motor Speedway South Bend, Ind
Fri 29-July Madison Speedway Stoughton, Wis
Sat 6-Aug Illiana Speedway Schererville, Ind
Fri 12-Aug Mansfield Motorsports Speedway Mansfield, Ohio
Sat 13-Aug Jennerstown Speedway Jennerstown, Penn
Sat 20-Aug TBA
Sat 27-Aug Mansfield Motorsports Speedway Mansfield, Ohio
Sun 4-Sept Angola Speedway Angola, Ind
Sat 10-Sept Anderson Speedway Anderson, Ind
Sat/Sun 8&9-Oct Lake Erie Speedway North East, Penn