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Mid-America Racing Series (M.A.R.S.)LAKEVILLE, 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 and beyond."  

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


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