Although on track activity is still weeks away, the Midwest TQ Racing League™ presented by Vincennes University kicked off its second season with a meeting at the Shelby County Fairgrounds on Saturday, February 27. The 65 attendees included owners, drivers, officials, sponsors and interested parties. MTQRL President Mark Frechette, Marketing Director Gary Lee and Chief Official Charlie Dwenger offered an overview of the upcoming season.
Many new contingency programs were announced that will put more money and product in the hands of the MTQRL participants. Chuck Leary, representing Green Tech Lubricants, explained his sponsorship of the $1000 to win Green Tech Shootout at Rushville on July 4th and the Green Tech Tail Gunner Challenge that will give pole sitters a chance to earn bonus money by starting at the back of the pack.
Peter Cozzolino of Cozzolino Motorsports spoke of his sponsorship of the perfect attendance contingency for car owners that will offer cash awards and shop time on the Cozzolino chassis dyno.
Other programs will include Rookie of the Year, which will award the top finishing rookie in every race a $50 bonus and end of year cash awards for the top three rookies.
The Wards Apparel Hard Charger Award will be a $50 gift certificate to the driver that advances his position the most in the feature.
Steve Brown's Paradise Performance will once more present the owner's Hard Luck Award as voted on by the owners, drivers and officials.
Jackson Oil will again present the Duel for Fuel for the fastest four qualifiers.
A 20 race schedule was announced and on track activity will begin with a test and tune day at Shelbyville on April 3 and the first race on April 24 at Twin Cities.