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Winning in TSRS series is not getting 'old' for New

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April 26, 2007

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Winning in TSRS series is not getting 'old' for New


(Buda, TX) – Mark Martin of NASCAR’s NEXTEL Cup series and Bobby Joe New of the Texas Super Racing Series (TSRS) Late Models have both made it clear their not running for drivers’ championships this season.


Martin, who led the Cup points chase after the first four races of this season, sat out the next two races (at Bristol and Martinsville). Martin, who started his Cup career in 1981, emphasized he’s not driving for a championship because he wants to run a part-time schedule with Ginn Racing this season.


Bobby Joe New (Buda), who won the initial TSRS race (the AllState Texas Thunder 50 presented by Full Throttle Productions) back on March 31 at Thunder Hill Raceway, said he’s not particularly looking to win the ’07 series championship – but for a different reason than Martin.


“I’ve won championships over my career, and running for a championship tends to cause frictions between drivers,” stated the 57-year-old New. “I’m going to take this season night-by-night, but again, I’m not thinking about a (season) championship right now.”


New certainly has good reason to feel like a championship contender. That’s because the racing veteran (who started his racing career at age 16) enters Saturday’s TSRS race at Thunder Hill Raceway (Kyle, TX) – the Insty Prints 75 – riding a three-race win streak. Thunder Hill Raceway (THR), a 3/8th-mile paved oval, is an ASA-sanctioned race track.


That’s right – he won the last two TSRS races of the 2006 season (Oct. 21 at Houston Motorsports Park and Oct. 28 at THR) as well as this year’s season-opener.


“Junior (J.R. Krummer of Lockhart, TX) has the car hooked up incredibly well,” said New. “He started changing the way he hooked our car up – changing the springs, shocks, etc. – and the car has continued to get faster and faster with each race.”


New, who’s won championships at the former Highway 16 race track (San Antonio), the former Pan American Speedway (SA) and the former Longhorn Speedway (Austin), continued, “Junior is like a kid with a chemistry set. He’s been doing a lot of reading and a lot of experimenting and has been successful. The results has been a car that’s been a dream to drive; it comes off the turns like a rocket.”


Krummer and Buck Basey have been an instrumental part of New’s crew. “They’re the backbone of what I do on the track. I couldn’t do it without them.”


New is riding a wave of momentum but isn’t taking anything lightly. When asked about extending his win streak to four, he declared. “That’s going to take a lot of luck. This year’s field of TSRS drivers include some seasoned veterans like Joe Aramendia (who’s driven in NASCAR’s Craftsman Truck Series and Busch Series), Tommy Gural and James Reeder as well as up-and-comers like Bobby Teer, Jr. who’s a very good driver.”


Racing at THR this Saturday starts with qualifying and qualifying heat races at 5 p.m. (Central) with grandstands opening at 4 p.m. Admission is just $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12 and kids under 6 get in free. Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 7 p.m. THR will host a full night of racing which includes the TSRS Late Models; A-Line Super Stocks;THR Hobby Stock, Road Runners and Grand Stocks; Texas Pro Sedans; Lonestar Legacys; and, NASKARTS.


The Insty Prints 75 and Super Stocks feature race will be broadcast live on K-MAC Sports (kmacsports.com). Information about Thunder Hill Raceway can be found at the track’s Web site, www.thunderhillraceway.com, or by calling 512.262.1352. Information about TSRS can be found at www.manracingpromotions.com.


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