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
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.