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ANDY BOZELL WINS $20,000 SUMMER SIZZLER

8-15-03

Andy Bozell with New Paris Speedway promoter Donny Klotz as Irish Saunders lurks in the background monitoring the winner's tires. (Photo courtesy of Ken Boyle)NEW PARIS, IN (August 14) -- Michigan's Andy Bozell battled some 60 other late model drivers to capture the biggest payday of his career Thursday night in the 2nd annual Summer Sizzler at New Paris Speedway. The 100-lap race was a test of skills of many of the areas best late model drivers with the #83 driver accepting the $20,000 pay check from track promoter Donny Klotz, Jr. Bozell, who started in the middle of the 22-car starting field, paced himself during the race's early stages saving his tires for a late race run to the front. The 6-time Kalamazoo Speedway track champion outran the likes of rising star and NASCAR Busch driver David Stremme, as well as, many local stars including veteran Bobby Blount in front of a near-capacity crowd. Local racing legend Denny Nyari was the Hoosier Dealer for the race. 

The huge crowd was treated to a spectacular night of racing in which tire-management played a crucial role. The competitors were required to use Hoosier's new 1055 compound tire on all four corners. The new tire had never been run under race conditions, but had been thoroughly tested in both laboratory and track testing under the watchful eye of Hoosier Late Model Asphalt Product Manager Terry Newton.

The event was a big success with the race not decided until the closing laps to the delight of the many fans in attendance. There were many representatives from Hoosier including Irish Saunders, Bruce Foss, Shannon Rush, Jason Perkins, Mike Haenes and Dave Garner from Hoosier Tire Midwest-Plymouth just to name a few in attendance.

After last season's inaugural Summer Sizzler in which some 30+ drivers competed, it would appear word is out on this being the feature late model racing attraction in the area with more than 60 drivers vying for their chance at the $20,000 payout. Next year, look for that number to increase yet again as more racers look to capture the spotlight as a future Summer Sizzler champion. For more information about the 2003 Summer Sizzler feel free to visit www.newparisspeedway.com

      

PICTURES FROM NEW PARIS SPEEDWAY'S SUMMER SIZZLER
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Hoosier Service Area manned by Monteith Tire

Denny Nyari & Irish Saunders discussing pre-race strategy (if they were racing)

David Streemme & Irish Saunders

2003 $20,000 Summer Sizzler finishing order

      

New Paris Promoter Donny Klotz & Irish Saunders

A smiling Andy Bozell after winning 20K

The entire Bozelli crew

Irish Saunders & Andy Bozell

      

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