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IT'S ALL SMILES
AT INAUGURAL "LITTLE HOOSIER 100"

8-04-09
Overhead view of the temporary track at Newton Park for the Little Hoosier 100.LAKEVILLE, IN (August 1, 2009) -- The inaugural USAC Point .25  "Little Hoosier 100" event was held at Newton Park this past Saturday. 

The special event was the culmination of months of planning by the hard working staffs of the United States Auto Club and Hoosier Racing Tire. 

The event was also made possible through the extraordinary efforts of the many volunteers who donated their time to make the inaugural race a success. 

And judging by the smiles on the youngster's faces, it was a job well done. 
  

The fans enjoyed the show put on by the Point 25 drivers at Newton ParkThe special event attracted more than 60 drivers competing in eleven different classes. 

Boys and girls competing in the USAC Point .25 Series range in age from 5-15 years old.  

Each drivers got practice time on the track before their respective heat race action. 

Shane Hollingsworth, this year's winner of the "Hoosier 100" at the Indianapolis State Fairgrounds, was the honorary flagman for the inaugural "Little Hoosier 100."

Ironically, Hollingsworth began his racing career competing in the same .25 midgets at the age of nine.  
 

Gage Walker proudly stands atop the podium as a winner at Newton ParkAfter heat race action, the lineups were set for the feature events. 

Winners in each class received a 4' trophy--which was actually taller than many of the drivers on hand. 

Second place finishers took home a 3' trophy, while each 3rd place finisher was awarded a 2' tall trophy.

Winners in each of the competing classes included: Garrett Weil (Jr. Rookie), Dustin Anderson (Sr. Rookie), Tyler Garner (Jr. Honda), Gage Walker (Sr. Honda 100 lap Main Event), Josh Daugherty (Hvy. Honda), Daniel Hall (Half), Cooper Clouse (Lt. 160), Sydney Arnett (Hvy. 160), Callie Wolsiffer (Lt. 'AA) and Ryan Fleming (Hvy. 'AA).

Sadly, afternoon rain ended the event before the feature World Formula 100-lap race could be completed. It was rescheduled for August 9 at Kokomo.
  

Hoosier founder and CEO Bob Newton & Hoosier's Irish Saunders are all smiles for the inaugural "Little Hoosier 100" Saturday's event was under the direction of Hoosier's Irish Saunders who, with the full support of Hoosier founder and CEO Bob Newton, worked the phones asking for support from local businesses and from the racing community at large.

Saunders commented, "The support from the community has been overwhelming. I was frankly speechless at the amount of cooperation we received putting this thing together."

Saunders' powers of persuasion also produced enthusiastic support in the racing community with items donated by Tony Stewart, Jimmy Johnson, Ryan Newman, Kenny Schrader and Danny Lasoski to name just a few of the drivers who showed their support for the "Little Hoosier 100."
 

Two little guys watching and possibly dreaming about when they might be old enough to race.We hope that everyone in attendance had a great time watching the kids compete. We also hope the kids enjoyed their experience and they will take with them lasting memories of their participation in the inaugural "Little Hoosier 100."

Bob & Joyce and the entire Newton family would like to thank everyone who helped make this event a success. 

We thank the town of Lakeville for their patience and support.

We also extend our gratitude to USAC chairman  Johnny Capels who took time out of his busy schedule to attend Saturday's big event. .

Special thanks also goes out to James Spink and the entire USAC staff for their efforts to put on a great show.

The list could go on and on. 

But there are far too many of you to name individually. 

Please know that without your help the event would not have been the success it was.

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