IN -- After months of speculation, the Mid-America Racing Series (M.A.R.S.) and Hoosier Racing Tire
Corp. will team up for another exciting season of racing in 2004 in
which Hoosier will be the exclusive tire run in the growing series. In
addition to keeping Hoosier the series tire supplier for the upcoming
season, M.A.R.S. founder and President Mooney Starr has increased the
number of race dates to 35 and increased the point fund by $20,000 to
an impressive $120,000 for 2004.
The Arkansas-based Mid-America Racing Series began in
2000 after weekly Late Model racing was discontinued at several local
dirt tracks including Batesville Speedway and West Plains Motor
Speedway at the end of the 1999 season. Each year, M.A.R.S. has
steadily increased the number of scheduled events and the payouts to
its competitors. In 2004, events winners will receive $3,000 with
every driver making the feature getting $500 to start.
Hoosier Late Model Dirt Product Manager Shanon Rush
commented on the agreement, "Hoosier is extremely pleased that
Mooney (Starr) has decided to continue the successful relationship
that has developed between M.A.R.S. and Hoosier since its
inception." Rush added, "Under Mooney's guidance, M.A.R.S.
has become one of the premier Late Model series in the country in just
four seasons and we're proud that he has opted to run Hoosiers in 2004
The Mid-America Racing Series will employ a Hoosier
tire-rule on all four corners and will once again use the Hoosier WRS tire. The series will begin its 2004 35-race
campaign on April 9th, at Memphis Motorsports Park in Millington, TN
with racing continuing through October.
Bill Frye of Greenbriar, Arkansas was the 2003
M.A.R.S. champion winning the title by 12 points over Springfield,
Missouri's Terry Phillips in the closest battle ever in series
history. Charlie Randolph Jr., of Muskogee, OK was the M.A.R.S. Rookie
of the Year finishing in seventh place in the final driver standings.
For more information about the series you can visit
their website at www.midamericaracingseries.com.