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Hoosier Racing TireLAKEVILLE, IN (October 24, 2001) -- Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. and NASCAR have entered into an agreement which has the Indiana-based tire manufacturer tapped as the "exclusive tire supplier" to the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series through the 2004 season. 

Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. was actually the "unofficial" tire supplier to the series during the 2001 season, as no other tire company elected to provide tires to the series competitors. 

The "official" announcement of the 3-year pact comes just as the popular east coast series completed it's final event at Thompson International Speedway on Sunday, October 21. The last race was the setting for the culmination of a season-long battle between three drivers for the series championship as  Mike Stefanik, Jerry Marquis and John Blewett, III would finally settle who would wear the 2001 series crown. 

Mike Stefanik's second place finish at Thompson earned him the 2001 championship with 2993 points. Jerry Marquis captured runner-up honors with 2968 points, as John Blewett, III took third with 2891 points, in one of the most exciting points battle ever. This also marked the second consecutive year a Hoosier-shod driver would claim the series title, as Jerry Marquis won the 2000 NASCAR Featherlite Modified championship while riding on USA-made Hoosier tires. 

The highly competitive season had 10 different race winners in 20 events, as four drivers tied with three wins apiece for most wins. Tony Hirschman, Mike Stefanik, Jerry Marquis and Mike Ewanitsko each won three events during the 2001 season.

Hoosier Modified Tire Product Manager, Irish Saunders, commented on the 3-year agreement, "It has been an extremely successful season, 10 different winners in 20 events, with three drivers battling it out in the series' final race to determine the champion, only in NASCAR and only in America could this happen!" Saunders continued, "This season, Hoosier got an opportunity to showcase the kind of safe, consistent and competitive tires we have available. I think NASCAR recognized this, as did the competitors." 

Saunders added, "With the long term deal, we will also be able to provide tires to all the competitors at significantly less cost than this year. Tires will sell for $140 per tire, regardless of size or position on the car, and Bobby Summers and the entire Hoosier Tire East organization will also continue to provide tires and track service to the many teams competing in the series." 

Hoosier President and CEO, Bob Newton, added, "This season was somewhat of a test for us in the series, a test I am pleased to say we passed with flying colors." Newton continued, "All the work our entire organization put into this year's effort was rewarded by way of this long term agreement."

Operating as the oldest division of race cars in the history of NASCAR, the Featherlite Modified Series is the only open-wheeled series in the NASCAR Touring Division. NASCAR established the current touring format in 1985, after Modified race cars became the feature attraction at many race tracks throughout the Northeast. 

All Hoosier tires are proudly "Made in the USA". To learn more about Hoosier and the products they offer, visit www.hoosiertire.com



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