MARK SCHANOWSKI WINS CHICAGO SUN-TIMES KING OF THE TRACK, WHILE RACE FANS WIN HERALD NEWS KING OF THE TRACK

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The King of the Track Challenge wasn't your typical weekly pick-to-win column in your local newspaper. Motorsports means excitement and because of the large number of race fans in the Chicago area, the excitement Chicagoland Speedway has brought, as well as the increased motorsports coverage in the media, Chicago's top media personalities took part in the inaugural King of the Track Challenge. The weekly pick-to-win the race-of-the-week challenge was featured in the Chicago Sun-Times, one of the 10 largest daily newspapers in the country, as well as Joliet's Herald News. One race each week from either the NASCAR Winston Cup Series or IRL IndyCar Series was selected as the race of the week. In an attempt to be King of the Track, race fans went head-to-head with Chicagoland Speedway's VP/GM Matthew Alexander and Chicago's top media personalities with picking which driver they thought would win the race of the week. The driver who received a majority of the votes cast online was the race fan's chosen driver. Points were based on the total number earned by the chosen driver during the race of week. Points also accumulated throughout the year to determine who was the 2003 season King of the Track.

Inaugural King of the Track Champions:
Chicago Sun-Times Edition: Mark Schanowski (NBC 5 Sports Anchor and Host of SpeedSunday)
Joliet's Herald News Edition: Race Fans

Chicagoland Speedway would like to thank all those who participated in the 2003 King of the Track Challenge, especially the race fans for taking the inaugural King of the Track Challenge in Joliet's Herald News.

KING OF THE TRACK - THE CHICAGO SUN TIMES

In the King of the Track Challenge for the Chicago Sun-Times, race fans went head-to-head with Matthew Alexander, vice president/general manager of Chicagoland Speedway; Dan Cahill, racing expert for the Chicago Sun Times; Mark Schanowski, NBC-5 Sports anchor and host of SpeedSunday; Jurko, ESPN Radio 1000 host; and Rambling Ray, US*99.5 morning radio host, with picking which driver they thought would win the race of the week. It was a hard fought battle up until the last race, but Shanowski took home the inaugural crown.

Mark Schanowski of NBC - Inaugural King of the Track Champion:

"The King of the Track competition was a lot of fun, but it also created a lot of pressure every week. Winston Cup racing is so balanced that any miscalculation or bad break can send a driver from near the lead to well back in the pack. And unlike so many other sports, the favorites don't always run well every week, making it extremely difficult to decide which driver to pick. So, just like the race crews, you have to decide whether to go all out for the win, or just stay near the lead to pick up points every week.

"It always is a nice honor to win an inaugural competition. We had some good fortune along the way and I had a lot of help from my crew chief, SpeedSunday Producer, Barry G. Hohlfelder. We made a great run during the late summer schedule, and had enough top ten finishes to hang on."

"No question, we would love to be part of next year's competition and try to add the NEXTEL Cup title to our trophy case here at NBC-5. It's been a blast, and we look forward to Daytona next February."

FINAL STANDINGS:
1. Mark Schanowski (NBC 5 Sports Anchor and Host of SpeedSunday): 3,517
2. Dan Cahill (Chicago Sun-Times): 3,492 (-25)
3. Ramblin Ray (US*99 Morning Radio Host): 3,405 (-112)
4. Race Fans: 3,385 (-132)
5. Matthew Alexander (Chicagoland Speedway VP/GM): 3,306 (-229)
6. Jurko (ESPN Radio 1000 Radio Host): 3,211 (-306)


KING OF THE TRACK - THE HERALD NEWS

In the King of the Track Challenge for the

Herald News it was the race fans who came out on top. Race fans went head-to-head with Chicagoland Speedway's VP/GM Matthew Alexander, Joliet's Herald News' Sports Editor Dick Goss and 1340-AM WJOL's afternoon host Chip Ramsey, with picking which driver they thought would win the race of the week.

FINAL STANDINGS:
1. Race Fans: 4,045
2. Dick Goss (Joliet's Herald News): 3,933 (-112)
3. Chip Ramsey (1340-AM WJOL): 3,784 (-261)
4. Matthew Alexander (Chicagoland Speedway VP/GM): 3,749 (-296)

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