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1/10/06 - Jeep Van Wormer Finds Success in New Zealand, Tackles Chili Bowl this Weekend

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Jeep Van Wormer Finds Success in New Zealand, Tackles Chili Bowl this Weekend

January 10, 2006

(PINCONNING, MICHIGAN) Following a successful trip to New Zealand of the holidays to compete in their Super Saloon class, Jeep Van Wormer will get behind yet another kind of racecar this week at the Tulsa Expo Raceway in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The wildly popular ‘O’Reilly Chili Bowl Midget Nationals’ is being held for the twentieth year and draws a huge number of competitors each year. The event will be held on January 11-14, 2006 and there are already 270+ entrants slated to compete in the indoor event, which surpasses the race record of 249 set last season.

Jeep will pilot a #21j entry, which will be out of the Ellis Race Cars stable and owned by Dave Ellis of Phoenix, Arizona. Sponsorship on the #21j machine will come from Ellis Race Cars, Star 21 Sportswear, Bayline Fire Protection, Globe Technologies, Delph Communications, Scott Performance Wire, Sanders, Advanced, and Quick Change. Jeep is scheduled to compete in the preliminary action on Thursday night at the Tulsa Expo Raceway. In action with Jeep on Thursday evening at the indoor facility will be Bud Kaeding, Jason Leffler, Jay Drake, defending ‘O’Reilly Chili Bowl Midget Nationals’ Champion Tracy Hines, and Dirt Late Model standouts Steve Francis, Bart Hartman, and Rick Eckert.

“I am very excited to be back here in Tulsa,” said Jeep earlier today after entering the exposition center in Tulsa. “I didn’t have any midget experience when I came here last year, so I feel like I am much better prepared for this year’s event. We should have the kind of equipment we need to make a serious run at the starting field for the Chili Bowl. It is a great atmosphere out here and it would really be satisfying just to make the big race on Saturday. With 270+ cars here, you have to worry about making the show first and then you can think about posting a good finish or even winning it.”

Jeep joins fellow Dirt Late Model drivers Tim McCreadie, Rick Eckert, Steve Francis, Josh Richards, and Bart Hartman in announcing their intent on competing in the 20th Annual ‘O’Reilly Chili Bowl Midget Nationals.’ The action will kick off with three straight nights of qualifying features set for January 11-13. Last Chance events and the ever-popular ‘Chili Bowl’ A-Main will then take place on Saturday evening, January 14. All four nights of racing action will be webcast live at www.racinboys.com.

Tracey Hines won his first ever ‘Chili Bowl’ last season and the winner’s list of the annual event is a virtual “who’s who” of open wheel racing. Those who have captured A-Main wins in the ‘Chili Bowl’ include: Sammy Swindell (1998, 1996, 1992 and 1989), Cory Kruseman (2004 and 2000), Dan Boorse (2003 and 1999), Tracy Hines (2005), Tony Stewart (2002), Jay Drake (2001), Billy Boat (1997), Donnie Beechler (1995), Andy Hillenburg (1994), Dave Blaney (1993), Lealand McSpadden (1991), Jon Heydenreich (1990), Scott Hatton (1988), and Rich Vogler (1987).

You can get all of the news and information that you need to keep up with the ‘Chili Bowl’ by visiting www.chilibowl.com. You can also learn more about Jeep and the Iron Motorsports team by logging onto their official home on the web, located at www.jeepvanwormer.com.

Jeep recently returned to the states after a very successful trip to the other side of the world, as he was able to capture a victory in the USA Super Saloon division at the BayPark Speedway in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand. Jeep outlasted fellow American Steve Casebolt to win a thrilling A-Main event on January 2. The two American’s raced side-by-side throughout the feature event, with Jeep holding off Casebolt by a mere 0.4 seconds. In the opening two nights of racing action on December 26 and 29, Jeep fell out of competition with mechanical failures on his #55 GTO. You can view pictures from Jeep’s down-under experience by clicking on www.jeepvanwormer.com.

“I had a great time down in New Zealand and I would love to go back down and do it again,” Van Wormer went on to say. “The racing was very good, but it was tough and a lot different that it is in the states. The cars are much different, but they were a lot of fun to drive. I have to thank promoter Willie Kay for inviting Steve (Casebolt) and myself there this year. We both enjoyed racing down there this year and that battle we had on January 2 was a great one and I am sure the fans enjoyed every lap of it!”

The latest news and information concerning Jeep Van Wormer and the Iron Motorsports team can be found online at www.jeepvanwormer.com.

Media Contact: Ryan Delph – Delph Communications
www.delphcommunications.com

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Jeep Van Wormer Readies for New Zealand Debut

PINCONNING, MICHIGAN - December 22, 2005 - Dirt Late Model driver Jeep Van Wormer is heading to the other side of the world this holiday season, as he will be competing in the USA Super Saloon division at the BayPark Speedway in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand. The Pinconning, Michigan native will join fellow Dirt Late Model driver Steve Casebolt in traveling to New Zealand to compete against the stiff competition “down under.” BayPark Speedway promoter Willie Kay was instrumental in getting Van Wormer to New Zealand this holiday season.

“I really have to thank Willie (Kay) and all of his staff down there for giving me the opportunity to race at BayPark,” commented Jeep this week in a telephone conversation. “He has been great to work with and I can’t wait to get down to New Zealand and race next week. It should be a lot of fun and Steve (Casebolt) and I plan on representing the United States very well. The cars are a whole lot different than we are used to running here, so it should be very interesting and exciting!”

Jeep will first take to the BayPark Speedway track on Monday, December 26 for the opening round of racing action. He will also be in action at the first-class facility on Thursday, December 29 and Monday, January 2. You can learn more about the track, as well as the schedule of events for the USA Super Saloons by visiting speedway.baypark.co.nz.

In other news, Jeep has also inked a deal to run in the prestigious ‘O’Reilly Chili Bowl Midget Nationals’ at the Tulsa Expo Raceway in Tulsa, Oklahoma from January 11-14, 2006. This will be Jeep’s second trip to the popular midget event, as he also entered the race last season. He will be driving for car owner Dave Ellis of Ellis Race Cars out of Phoenix, Arizona during the mega-event. More details will be forthcoming after Jeep returns from his trip to New Zealand. You can learn more about the upcoming 20th Annual ‘Chili Bowl,’ by logging onto www.chilibowl.com.

The latest news and information concerning Jeep Van Wormer and the Iron Motorsports team can be found online at www.jeepvanwormer.com.

Media Contact: Ryan Delph – Delph Communications
www.delphcommunications.com


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