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HOOSIER'S NASCAR SEASON BEGINS IN PHOENIX
WITH EDDY MCKEAN BACK IN WINNER'S CIRCLE

1-26-04

Eddy McKean wins on Hoosiers! (Photo courtesy of www.racingwest.com)PHOENIX, AZ (January 25) -- Eddy McKean started the 2004 NASCAR Southwest Series right where he finished last season--in the winner's circle at Phoenix International Raceway. McKean, the 2002 series champion, led all but one lap of Sunday's season-opening "Winter Heat 100" en route to the win. Fifty-four cars were on hand looking to capture one of the event's 42 starting spots. The 100-lap race kicked off the 14-race NASCAR Southwest Series schedule which employs a Hoosier tire-rule in all its events and is one of five NASCAR Touring Divisions which Hoosier exclusively provides tires.

The race began with pole-sitter Burney Lamar jumping the start on the 1-mile desert oval and serving a stop-and-go penalty which handed the lead to outside pole-sitter Eddy McKean. From there, McKean led the remaining 99 circuits to capture the win. McKean, who won three of 14 races in the series last season, pocketed $10,400 in cash & prizes.

Finishing in second place was fourth starting Tim Schendel followed by Jim Pettit II, Jeff Jefferson and Craig Raudman rounding out the top five. Completing the list of top-ten finishers were Burney Lamar in sixth followed by NEXTEL Cup driver Ken Schrader, Eric Holmes Dan Holtz and Ed Hoffman. 

Last year's NASCAR Southwest Series champion, Auggie Vidovich, Jr. finished in 40th after electrical problems ended his day after 23 laps. The race had four cautions for a total of 31 laps. 

Competitors used Hoosier's Speedway set-up which included 26.5x11.0-15 2053 tires on the left side and 27.0x11.0-15 2157 tires on the right side. All NASCAR Southwest Series events are serviced by Hoosier Tire West out of Fresno, California. 

The series will next compete on March 13th, at Madera Speedway contesting a 125-lap race. Ironically, Hoosier Tire West owner Rick Gerhardt is also the promoter at Madera Speedway which will host two events this season in the NASCAR Southwest Series.

      

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