Racin For a Livin' Candidate, Hettinger Wins His First Feature of the 2006 Season

Chris Hettinger Racing

DRYDEN, Mich. -- Great Lakes State Open Wheeled rising star, Chris Hettinger has been extremely busy throughout the 2006 season as the current campaign reaches the traditional halfway point, the Fourth of July weekend.

It may have taken awhile this season, but that first feature win was exactly where Hettinger wanted it to happen! His home track of the Spartan (MI) Speedway was the site of the Dryden, Michigan drivers' first feature win of the 2006 season in Wolverine Outlaw Winged Midgets competition on Sunday June 25, 2006.

It was the Wolverine Outlaw Winged Midgets first of two appearances at the tight 1/4 mile paved oval of the Spartan (MI) Speedway, located South of Michigan's Capital City of Lansing, in Mason, Michigan.

After qualifying fourth, Hettinger would start the 30-lap feature from the outside of the second row. After chasing down early race leader, Isaiah Bross for the first 23 laps, Hettinger would get by Bross and then pull away to take home his first feature win of the 2006 season.

"It feels so good to finally win one at Spartan!" Exclaimed Hettinger as he reflected on his first feature win of a very busy 20006 season. "It's always the hardest to win in front of the hometown crowd, so to be standing in victory lane at Spartan Speedway was awesome!" He added.

With the feature win at Spartan, Hettinger pulled into a tie for the Points Lead in the Wolverine Outlaw Winged Midgets Series with 2005 WOWMS Champion, Nick Mitchell. Both pilots have registered 1185 points thus far in 2006.

So far during the 2006 season, Chris Hettinger and the Brantley Motorsports Team have been racing all over the Midwest in open wheeled Midgets events ranging from the USAC Regional Midgets Series, to the Wolverine Outlaw Winged Midgets Series.

In addition, Hettinger has filled his off weekends by racing as much as possible with appearances in the open wheeled Modified as he chases "Rookie of the Year" honors at the Dixie (MI) Motor Speedway driving for Gavin Hunyady Racing LLC.

Hettinger was also selected as one of the 50 finalists for the TV Reality Show "Racin For A Livin". The Top 15 Rookies will be selected by a careful analysis and the voting of the fans on the Racin For A Livin website. One will prove worthy of their shot, in the most popular and hardest to conquer US motorsports arena, NASCAR!

To vote Chris in as one of the 15 finalists for the Racin For A Livin Television show, log onto their website at: www.racinforalivin.com.

During the 2005 season, the 27-year-old Hettinger attempted his first serious pursuit of a series championship. Chris made a strong effort, picking up two pole awards and five Top Five finishes. However, the Dryden, Michigan pilot would fall 80 points shy of the championship, finishing a close second.

Hettinger's primary obligations for the 2006 season is in the Midgets car. The Midget is a Beast chassis powered by a new Esslinger ST engine with support for Esslinger Engineering who recently announced that they are joining forces with Ford Racing.

Hettinger's Midget sponsors include primary sponsor Coast to Coast Construction of Ladson, South Carolina, Cutting Edge Underground in Washburn, Illinois, as well as Chaney's Car Care of Lansing, Michigan, Webb's Roadhouse of Washburn, Illinois, Penske Racing Shocks of Brooklyn, Michigan, and M.P.H. Promotions of Ovid, Michigan.

Hettinger also has www.deal-host.com as a sponsor for 2006, which will handle all of the teams website needs. To learn more about Chris Hettinger and the Chris Hettinger Motorsports Race Team, log onto their website at www.chrishettinger.com.

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