Slinger, WI - April 26, 2003 - During todays annual practice day, fans and drivers had their first taste of whats to come in at Slinger Super Speedway 2003. Representatives from all divisions of competition, including more than 30 Late Models, were on hand to get an early feel for the improvements made to the track during the off-season. In October of 2002, Slinger Super Speedways track owner and promoter, Wayne Erickson, resurfaced all four corners of the track in order to smooth the surface and create faster lap times. Track resurfacing could pave the way for a driver to break the current track record set by Tony Strupp on June 12, 1994 when Strupp navigated the high banks of Slinger Super Speedway in 11.095 seconds.
Today was the first time many drivers have tried their luck at taming the worlds fastest quarter-mile paved oval since the closing of the 2002 season last September. Track owner and promoter, Wayne Erickson, was happy to see such a great turnout for todays event and excited about the tracks resurfacing, which resulted in quicker lap speeds. Some of the guys here today are running four-tenths faster on old tires than they were running on new tires in 2002, said Erickson.
There was also some enthusiasm over the new faces in the garage area during todays practice session. Last nights Madison International Speedway Late Model feature winner, Dave Feiler, was in attendance for the days activities and expects to run at Slinger Super Speedway more frequently in 2003. In addition, American Speed Association (ASA) driver, Mike Garvey, is expected to start in tomorrows Miller Lite Twin 75s, although he had a stand-in driver at todays practice session. Garvey, who is starting 14th in tonights ASA race in Atlanta, GA, hopes to make it to Wisconsin in time for tomorrows 1:00pm time trials. In addition to the new faces, the usual Slinger Super Speedway fan-favorites, such as Lowell Bennett, Conrad Morgan, Donovan Morgan, Al Schill, Brad Mueller and Eric Fransen were also on hand to christen the track for 2003 race season.
The speedways Spring Opener, the Miller Lite Twin 75s will include Late Model and Midwest Sportsman events and will take place tomorrow afternoon, April 27, 2003. Tickets for the opener are now on sale at the speedway box office and at Pioneer Plaza in Richfield. Adult tickets will be available for $14 in advance and $16 on the day of the event. Student tickets for children ages 10-15 will be $8 and children ages 9 and under will receive free admission to each round when accompanied by an adult. Gates for the afternoons event open at 12 noon and the time trials will be held at 1:00pm with racing at 2:00pm.
The 2003 Miller Lite Twin 75s Spring Opener is a special event and will kick off season-long, Sunday night action at Slinger Super Speedway. Nightly competition during the regular season schedule includes an event lineup of the Late Model, Eldorado Trailer Sales Midwest Modified, Midwest Sportsman, Figure 8, Team Cruisers and Slinger Bees. Slinger Super Speedways schedule runs from April 27, 2003 through September 21, 2003. Advertising and sponsorship opportunities with the speedway still exist for the 2003 season. For more information, contact the speedways communication department at 414.425.6710 or visit our newly upgraded web-site at www.slingersuperspeedway.com.