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VRA Sprint Car - Niemela Experience Takes Another Fourth At Ventura

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Ventura, June 19, 2011: The Markus Niemela Experience posted another strong performance at last night's VRA Pro Sprint round at Ventura Raceway. The Finnish flash, driving his signature electric blue #69 Steve Watt Enterprises/Maxwell Industries 360, delivered a P3 heat finish, then finished up P4 in the main.

"The car was good again, since the Watt/Maxwell guys really put a lot of effort into building great stuff. As a result, the car may have been the fastest car on the track in the main, and I was able to move up in both sessions.

"Unfortunately, the track surface was very fast for everyone, which made overtaking difficult. But, as I said, the car worked great thoughout, and this fact allowed me to run a couple of different lines that allowed me to get around the other guys. Although 4th isn't winning, it's pretty good, and it's nice to know that we are a very consistent top 5 team these days."

Last night's result moved Markus to 9th in the 2011 VRA Pro Sprint Championship with a total of 1400 points (unofficial). This showcases his obviously consistent pace and P3 finishing average to date, even though hampered by a series of conflicting 2011 event dates.

Next up, he will campaign at Ventura's Pro Sprint All Coast Construction Challenge next week. Following that, he will be returning to Finland to begin taping for the second season of reality TV's Markus Niemela Experience.

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