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Stock Car Racing


Matt Panure
Mid American Stock Car Series
October 19, 2007

(Fort Atkinson, WI) October 19 -- Early in 2007 Mid-American Stock Car Series co-owners Doug and Julie Strasburg were forced to remove a late June race at Road America in the best interest of the Series and its drivers. However, the Strasburgs did not give up hope of an event at the famed circuit in Elkhart Lake, WI. Along with officials from Road America and the American Cancer Society, the Strasburgs decided to schedule the event in association with the annual Cancer Walk/Run which takes place next Saturday, October 27th.

“My initial thoughts were falling leaves and frost!” said Julie Strasburg of the late October date. “Then I thought ‘what a great opportunity to be involved with a charitable organization.’ It's doubtful that any one of us has not been touched by the cancer disease. The thought that Mid-American can help do even a little towards fighting this kind of melts the frost. Getting the teams involved in the days events would be great exposure for them and their sponsors,” she added.

Strasburg and Mid-American could have decided to sit on the sidelines during the walk, but she and several officials and drivers decided to get active. “Since I will be there for the day, why not get involved and challenge our racing family to participate as well,” she added. The “Mid-American Marauders” have raised $536 dollars for the event. If you wish to donate to the team or to any other please visit the event's website.

Bob Lindorfer, co-chair of the event, was excited to be a part of bringing stock cars to Road America along with the annual walk/run. “I was able to attend my first Mid Am race this summer at 141 Speedway. It brought back all of the good memories I had from my racing experiences in the Minneapolis./St. Paul area from the 70's and early 80's. We ran a similar class car back then at Raceway Park in Shakopee and the track in Elko, MN. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the show and realized how much we both missed the sport,” said Lindorfer.

A long time supporter of the event, Lindorfer stressed the importance of a team effort to fight cancer. “The thing I look forward to the most on the 27th is knowing that our efforts are making a difference for thousands of people who are counting on the American Cancer Society. Funding the research and education is making a difference and EVERYONE needs to be involved because cancer impacts EVERYONE,” he said. “The fact that Mid-Am, the Cancer Society, and RA can come together for this event has got to be a win/win/win situation.”

This will be the final event of the 2007 season for the Mid-American Stock Car Series and one of the last events of 2007 to see live, local Stock Car Racing. Mid-American has opened up the event to other classes ranging from Area Sportsman to Classics to Super Late Models. Those cars will participate in three open sessions while the Mid-American Stock Cars will race in the “Fight For the Cure Fall 40.”

General admission is $20 for the paddock area and $25 for a “hot pit” pass. Five dollars of each admission will be donated to the American Cancer Society. For more information on the event including a FULL SCHEDULE or other series information including the final 2007 standings, past results, photos or driver information please visit www.midamericanracing.com

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