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HOOSIER QUARTER MIDGET TIRES
CONTINUE TO AMASS WINS AT WINTERNATIONALS

3-10-05

Nigel Mathias finding success on Hoosiers!     COLUMBUS, OH (February 5, 2005) -- Hoosier quarter midget tires continued to rack up more wins at the Buckeye Indoor WinterNationals with three drivers collecting A-Main victories in the recent Region 4 Championship Series event. Nigel Mathias captured his first-ever Regional event in convincing fashion as the Columbus (OH) fifth grader "checked out" on the field. Racing in arguably the most competitive Senior Honda class against 57 other drivers, Nigel qualified fourth and dominated the 25-lap main event. His half lap margin of victory was the biggest of the day and carrying him to the checkered flag was a Hoosier A-50 right rear and A-40 right front tire. An honor student at Clintonville Academy in Columbus, the second generation driver commented, "I can't wait to get the Hoosiers outdoors."
 

Daniel Hall in front of his Hoosier-shod quarter midget.     "Cleaning House" is a racing term describing a driver who records the fastest qualifying time and then captures the main event. That is just what Daniel Hall (shown in the photo at the left) did in the Heavy Honda division. The ten year old who enjoys RC cars and video games when not strapped into his Beechwold Automotive racer, utilized Hoosier tires in his convincing drive in the WinterNationals. Like Nigel Mathias, the chassis of choice for Hall is a Nervo-Coggin unit and it served the youngster well as he outran a full field of drivers to claim the four-foot tall trophy. In other action, Daniel surprised more than a few pit-siders by qualifying second and finishing fourth in the always tough Heavy B class. 

Mike Melair continues to find success on the Hoosier brand.     A familiar face in a Hoosier neckband is Mike Melair. The Warrington, PA youth has accumulated three of the ceremonial "rights of victory" this indoor season and added another in his Jr Stock event. The little guy known as "Mikey" (shown at the right), piloted his Bullrider Chassis to the win with Hoosier D-30 tires on the all important right side. Earlier, the seven-year-old Melair had led much of the Jr Honda finale before an accident took him out of contention. That accident, ironically involving Melair and Hoosier driver Justin Peck, eliminated both youngsters' chances of victory. "Mikey" completed the event in fifth position, while the impressive Indianapolis, IN pilot, Peck, was credited with seventh.

     Jordan Conover established a new track record in the Light Modified class, while Tyler Tanner lowered four-year-old Heavy 160 mark--only to be narrowly outdone by Nick Diano (6.28 to 6.27).

     Other notable performances turned in by Hoosier advocates included Richie Streicher (Fast Time, 2nd in Jr Honda), Justen Garmen (3rd in Jr Honda), Chloe Konzer (4th in Sr Honda), Tim Coventry (4th in Heavy Honda), Zach Miller (4th in Jr Stock), Josh Yenser (4th in Heavy 160) and Tom Tolbert (5th in Heavy 160 and 4th in Heavy AA) as the number of little Team Hoosier members continues to grow.

     Hoosier Quarter Midget Distributor Jeff Nuckles is very anxious to get the outdoor season started. "With the changes that the Hoosier engineers have made since last Fall, I think people are going to be surprised," stated the former USAC National Midget driver.

      

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