Carlson Takes Challenge Opener

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ROCKFORD, ILL. - Steve Carlson had the car hooked up on the bottom of the track and outbattled Ron Breese to win the season-opener in the RE/MAX Challenge Series, one of NASCAR's touring divisions.

Breese finished second in the Rockford Speedway event, but Carlson - who earned his seventh consecutive win at the track - was the story.

Carlson, who started 10th, is the defending champion in the series.

Sunday's Results
(Finish position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver, car manufacturer, money won, reason out if any)
1. (10) Steve Carlson, West Salem, Wisc., Chevrolet, 253, 42.198 mph, Running, $6,400
2. (6) Ron Breese, Jr., Dekalb, Ill., Chevrolet, 253, $3,275
3. (8) J.R. Roahrig, South Bend, Ind., Chevrolet, 253, $2,225
4. (16) Jeff Kendall, Montello, Wisc., Chevrolet, 253, $1,800
5. (25) Jason Schuler, Cambridge, Wisc., Ford, 253, $1,800
6. (21) Mark Kraus, Stratford, Wisc., Ford, 253, $1,500
7. (17) Eric Peterson, South Beloit, Ill., Chevrolet, 253, $1,100
8. (12) Pete Moore, McFarland, Wisc., Chevrolet, 252, $1,300
9. (7) Ryan Hanson, Beloit, Wisc., Ford, 252, $1,000
10. (24) Jon Lemke, Greenfield, Minn., Chevrolet, 252, $1,350
11. (3) Tim Schendel, Sparta, Wisc., Chevrolet, 249, Accident, $1,150
12. (18) Boris Jurkovic, Orland Park, Ill., Chevrolet, 244, Running, $1,050
13. (11) Justin Diercks, Davenport, Iowa, Chevrolet, 243, $1,000
14. (23) Brian Hoppe, Madison, Wisc., Chevrolet, 239, $950
15. (2) Matt Mylin, Roscoe, Ill., Chevrolet, 236, $900
16. (13) Larry Middleton, Jr., East Hazel Crest, Ill., Ford, 222, Ignition, $850
17. (15) Dave Finney, Sycamore Ill., Chevrolet, 210, Running, $600
18. (5) Dudley Fleck, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Pontiac, 201, Accident, $750
19. (20) Les Ferris, Northfield, Minn., Chevrolet, 199, Accident, $750
20. (1) Paul Menard, Eau Claire, Wisc., Chevrolet, 185, $750
21. (4) Jeff Storm, East Troy, Wisc., Chevrolet, 169, Suspension, $1,000
22. (14) Eddie Hoffman, Wheaton, Ill., Chevrolet, 149, Running, $800
23. (19) Dale Nottestad, Cambridge, Wisc., Chevrolet, 45, Accident, $550
24. (9) Tim Rothe, Appleton, Wisc., Chevrolet, 45, Accident, $500
25. (22) Dan Fredrickson, Lakeville, Minn., Chevrolet, 45, Accident, $550
26. (26) Roy Aitchison, Deerfield, Wisc., Chevrolet, 17, Accident, $500

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