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Archive for November, 2010

ASA Has Plenty to Offer for Young Generation Race Fans and Future Competitors

Monday, November 29th, 2010

asa-racing-logo.jpgDAYTONA BEACH, FL – Recent news reports are stating that viewership on televised race events are down 29% among the 18-34 audience. This is an audience that auto racing needs as it transitions from one generation to the next. Short track racing especially needs this generation of fans and competitors as well.

 

“We should not ignore this demographic, we need them to be involved as a fan, competitor or crew member,” Dennis Huth, ASA President said. “Our ASA Member Tracks and sanctioned series have many opportunities for that 18-34 age group. In fact, we have opportunities for those under the age of 18 with entry-level racing to being on a pit crew and earning a scholarship to Ohio Technical College. The sport of auto racing needs this generation.”

 

All ASA Member Tracks offer a cost effective entry level division. No matter if its an asphalt or dirt track, there is a division to start out in. For many, it’s a 4-cylinder street stock division or competing in a Legend or Bandolero car. At the track’s discretion, someone as young as the age of 14 can participate. Meridian Speedway, an ASA Member Track in Meridian, ID, has a Junior Stinger division for ages 11-14. Those young drivers must go through a screening before they can compete. If the interest falls in the area of compact cars like Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cobalt or Honda Accord, check out the ISCAR Dash Touring sanctioned by ASA series. This unique series competes at short track ovals in the Southeast using these styles of cars. Some may want to do more than turn left but may want to turn right as well. In the Southwest, ASA ProAutoSports and the Bondurant Championship Race Series has a variety of road course racing opportunities.

 

For high schoolers who are interested in working on a race car but may or may not be interested in racing, the ASA – Student Educational Series provides a great opportunity for a student to get involved at their local ASA Member Track. A student is assigned to a race team where they work as a pit crew member. Students can earn a scholarship to Ohio Technical College in Cleveland, OH, the 2009 School of the Year. Some have graduated and now are still racing weekly at an ASA Member Track or have gone on to participate in one of the ASA Sanctioned Series where they are traveling regionally and visiting different racetracks.

 

“We cannot overlook this age group, we need them for this sport to continue and grow,” Huth said. “ASA is committed to reaching out to the 18-34 ages of fans. We have a variety of opportunities for them to be involved. That also includes being a fan as they see the best live action and entertainment in their area. All for about the price of going to a movie.” The American Speed Association started as a single racing series in 1968 and is a fast growing racing sanctioning body today. The ASA Member Track program is comprised of asphalt and dirt short tracks along with road courses around the United States, as well as a variety of regional and national touring series. To learn more of the Daytona Beach, Fla.-based American Speed Association call (386) 258-2221 or send an e-mail to info@asa-racing.com. For news and information from all the racetracks and regional tours involved in the ASA, visit www.ASA-Racing.com.

Martins Dominates Top Gun at East Bay

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

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East Bay Raceway Park hosted the season finale for the Top Gun Sprint Series and the results were similar to the track’s weekly show last week. Danny Martin notched the 25-lap main to get his eighth series win of the year.

Martin inherited the point when early race leader Tyler Godwin spun on lap 4. Martin, who started fourth, was never headed in his quest for the win. The race started with a series of yellow flags before getting things rolling. Stephen Darvalics was chasing Martin until the car slowed on lap 13. Shawn Murray, racing with a nose wing damaged during the four-wide salute, picked up second and would never relinquish it.

Sport Allen rallied from an early race spin to gather third, ahead of Jimmy Ballew and Travis Bliemiester. Godwin had rallied back to third at the finish, but failed to meet the minimum weight in tech.
Rocky Sullivan, Murray and Martin won heat races. Sullivan brought out the red flag in the feature for a flip in turn one on the seventh lap.

Tim George came into the night with a 14-point lead over 2009 series champion Ryan Partin. George finished seventh, two spots ahead of Partin in ninth to claim the series title. George had won the 2010 East Bay championship last week.
Tim Gay notched his sixth win of the year by claiming the Q Auto & Injury Attorneys Limited Late Models main event. Gay, who blew a radiator hose on the last lap, cruised in ahead of John Bradley, John Gross, point leader Forrest Gough and Roger Crouse. Heats were won by Bradley and Daniel Woody.

Thomas Pratt recorded his ninth feature win of the year in the Precision Kia Street Stocks. Pratt went wire to wire to gain the win, ahead of James Hook, Donnie Reed, Eric Moon and Buck Woodhouse. Pratt and Reed bested the field in their heats.

The Florida Mini Sprint Association crowned its champion as former East Bay winner Brett O’Donnell earned the honor, but it was Pennsylvania racer Jim Young who won the 15-lap feature. Young, who blew an engine the night before, was clearly the class of the field, tuning up for his upcoming appearance during the 2011 Winternationals. Friday feature winner Gavin Thomas gave Young the best challenge, but settled for second. The rest of the top five included Eddie Moss Jr., new champion O’Donnell and Dylan Colding. Heats were won by Young, North Carolina racer Darren Hasty and 2010 Rookie of the Year Rae Moss.

A field of 35 cars presented for three heats in the motorstats.com 4 Cylinder Bombers. Heats were won by Gary Killeen, Jim Baker and Raymond Vann. A B feature, won by Brett Calonge, brought three more cars to the 24-car, 15-lap A main. Vann became a double winner, taking the feature lead from Patrick Fiore Sr. and scoring his division-best sixth win. Johnnie Alexander, last week’s feature winner Mathew Odell, Fiore and John Detamore rounded out the top five. The event was a rare start for Detamore, who is serving in the U.S. Navy, but was able to compete while home on holiday leave,.

ASA sanctioned racing returns to East Bay Raceway Park on Saturday, December 4, 2010. The David Reutimann Foundation 50 for Gagel’s Auto Parts Open Wheel Modifieds sees a 50-lap $1,00-to-win main. The Q Auto & Injury Attorney Limited Late Models, Outlaw 4s, motorstats.com 4 Cylinder Bombers and Dirt Daubers are also on the card. For more information, go to www.eastbayracewaypark.com or call the track office.

Rodney Wing Gets First Career PRO Series Win at Magnolia Motor Speedway

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Columbus, Mississippi – Whynot Motorsports Park promoter, Rodney Wing, continued his torrid late season pace behind the wheel of a Thrash Motorsports entry as he powered the #1c Thrash Motorsports/ Rocket Super Late Model to the $2,000 PRO Dirt Car Series feature win at Magnolia Motor Speedway (Columbus, Mississippi) on Saturday night.

Forty-eight Super Late Models entered the event as first year Super Late Model racer, Jason Brock, blazed to the Southern Belle Pole Award in time trials. He was joined on the front row for the feature event by fellow first year, Super Late Model racer, TK King from Columbus, Mississippi. At the drop of the green flag in the feature, Brock would bolt to the top spot with David Breazeale and Rodney Wing in pursuit as King began to fade.

Jason Brock held the top spot during the early laps of the event as Wing moved past Breazeale to take the second spot on lap four, and one lap later Wing would use a power move on the high side exiting turn four to take the lead from Brock as Breazeale began to work on Brock for second.

The leaders would enter lapped traffic by lap ten and the next five laps would see great racing through lapped traffic before the first caution of the event waved on lap 15 for Scott Flurry, who made hard contact with the turn four wall, bringing his night to an early end.

With Wing at the point and Breazeale and Jason Brock in tow the event got back underway as Neil Baggett launched himself from the fifth spot to the second spot on the restart. Baggett would start to reel in the leader before the caution flew on lap 19 for fourth running, Dane Dacus, who saw his night come to an end after hard contact with the turn four wall.

The top five running order for the restart consisted of Wing, Baggett, Breazeale, Wade Byars, and Jake Knight.

On the restart the running order would remain the same as the event would see a five lap run before the final caution flew on lap 25 as Tony Morris duplicated the feats of other competitors in the feature by making hard contact with the turn four wall.

As the field went green for the final time, it appeared that Rodney Wing was on his way to the comfortable win, but Baggett and Thrash would have other ideas as they caught the leader by lap 30 as they battled side-by-side for the second spot. Breazeale cleared Baggett with three laps to go as he set his sights on the leader. However, Wing would go on to lead the finals laps to claim the win over David Breazeale, Neil Baggett, Wade Byars, and Mathew Turner.

The PRO Dirt Car Series will wrap up their 2010 season on Sunday afternoon with a $3,000 to win/$200 to start, 40 lap event at Magnolia Motor Speedway. Gates open at 10a.m. with the driver’s meeting at 1pm and racing action to follow. For more information, please visit www.MagnoliaMotorSpeedway.net, http://www.PRODirtcarSeries.com www.PRODirtcarSeries.com, and http://www.NeSmithRacing.com> www.NeSmithRacing.com .

Action and Celebration This Holiday Weekend in ASA Racing

Friday, November 26th, 2010

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL – The American Speed Association hopes that everyone is having a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend. If you are tired from shopping and eating, three ASA Member Tracks have some racing action this Saturday night while one celebrates their 2010 season. Here is a look at what is happening…

 

DESOTO SUPER SPEEDWAY (Bradenton, FL) A great night of racing is on tap this Saturday night with the School Bus Figure 8′s highlighting the night’s activities. Plus, the Pure Stocks, Bombers, Street Stocks, Flyin 4′s, Magic 4′s and Trophy Dash Cars will be in action. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. www.desotosuperspeedway.com

 

EAST BAY RACEWAY PARK (Tampa, FL) ASA sanctioned racing returns to East Bay Raceway Park on Saturday, November 27, 2010. The Top Gun Sprints return, along with the Florida Mini Sprints, Q Auto & Injury Attorney Limited Late Models, Precision Kia Street Stocks and motorstats.com 4 Cylinder Bombers. www.eastbayracewaypark.com

 

HAVASU 95 SPEEDWAY (Lake Havasu City, AZ) The Havasu 95 Speedway will once again be presenting their annual Thanksgiving weekend special race this Saturday, November 27th. Sanctioned by ASA Racing, the quarter mile paved oval is located within the Sara Park complex in Lake Havasu City-Arizona. Local race fans need to note that this special event is a day race that gets underway at 1 pm.On the race schedule for this Saturday will be action from the Gene Price Motorsports Late Model River Series, the ASA Street Stocks, the SME Bandoleros and the Factory Stocks. www.havasu95speedway.com

 

LONESOME PINE RACEWAY (Coeburn, VA) LPR will celebrate it’s 2010 season this Saturday night with their Championship Banquet at The Inn. Social hour begins at 6:00 p.m. with dinner at 7:00 p.m. Awards ceremony at 8:00 p.m. 2010 Champions to be honored include: Blake Jones, Late Models; Brad Ball, Mod 4; Brad Housewright, Charger: Roger Neece, Street Stock; and James “Moonshine” Mills, Pure 4. www.thepineraceway.com

 

The American Speed Association started as a single racing series in 1968 and is a fast growing racing sanctioning body today. The ASA Member Track program is comprised of asphalt and dirt short tracks along with road courses around the United States, as well as a variety of regional and national touring series. To learn more of the Daytona Beach, Fla.-based American Speed Association call (386) 258-2221 or send an e-mail to info@asa-racing.com. For news and information from all the racetracks and regional tours involved in the ASA, visit www.ASA-Racing.com.

ASA Well Represented at 2010 Western Auto Racing Promoters Association Conference

Friday, November 26th, 2010

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Several racetrack and racing series promoters gathered his past weekend at the Embassy Suites in Lynnwood, WA for the 42nd Annual Western Auto Racing Promoters Association conference. The American Speed Association was well represented as two ASA promoters received their highest awards.

Adam Nelson, Promoter of Meridian Speedway, an ASA Member Track in Meridian, ID, received the Reg Midgley Perpetual First Class Promotion Award for their annual Diamond Cup event. “It’s just great to get recognition from your piers,” Nelson said. “There are a lot of great events on the list of past winners and we are happy to have Meridian Speedway finally included on the list.” Scott Ellsworth received the Orval the Clown Award, an award for dedicated support and service to the motorsports promotion industry. He was honored for his 40 years of promotion in the Northwest, part of it was promoting the ASA Northwest Late Model Tour.

George Wade, Promoter of Grays Harbor Raceway, an ASA Member Track in Elma, WA, was re-elected as the WARPA President and Nelson returns as Vice-president. Brad Allen, Promoter of Ace Speedway, an ASA Member Track in Altamahaw, NC was the
featured speaker and received high praise from the other promoters as he shared his story from going from a driver to a promoter this past year. Nelson stated that Allen took a lot of notes for himself at the conference. “Congratulations to Adam, Scott, and George on their honors at this year’s WARPA conference,” Dennis Huth, ASA President said. “It is great to see the promoters in the Northwest get together every year to help make short track racing more successful and ASA is excited with the honors that our promoters received this year. We are also excited to have Brad Allen visit their conference as their featured guest speaker.
ASA is proud to be working with many promoters in the Northwest as well as all over the United States with our ASA Member Tracks and sanctioned series. We are proud to have to have these individuals as part of our family of promoters at ASA.”

The American Speed Association started as a single racing series in 1968 and is a fast growing racing sanctioning body today. The ASA Member Track program is comprised of asphalt and dirt short tracks along with road courses around the United States,
as well as a variety of regional and national touring series. To learn more of the Daytona Beach, Fla.-based American Speed Association call (386) 258-2221 or send an e-mail to info@asa-racing.com. For news and information from all the racetracks
and regional tours involved in the ASA, visit www.ASA-Racing.com.