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Lonesome Pine Partners With NASCAR, Kingsport Combined Management Creates New Opportunities

February 14th, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A NASCAR championship-producing Virginia short track rejoins the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series this year. The addition creates a two track, two state circuit for area drivers and fans.

Lonesome Pine Raceway, a .375-mile banked paved oval in Coeburn, Va., returns to NASCAR sanction this year. The track operates every-other Saturday night and features Late Model Stock Cars.

Lonesome Pine is now partnered with Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway. Kingsport, a .375-mile banked concrete oval, will continue weekly Friday night racing. Both tracks are now operated by Keith Stiltner. He appointed veteran Kingsport general manager Karen Tunnell as GM and promoter for both facilities. Stiltner was a two-time Late Model track champion at Kingsport 1998-99.

“The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series’ return to Lonesome Pine Raceway is exciting news,” said Bob Duvall, NASCAR senior director, business development. “There are so many great drivers and NASCAR enthusiasts in the region. Our partnership with Keith, Karen, Lonesome Pine and Kingsport is an ideal opportunity for competitors and fans alike.”

Stiltner has combined the tracks’ operations under one umbrella.

“This is the first time Lonesome Pine and Kingsport have combined efforts,” Tunnell said. “The tracks will share the same divisions, rules, officials and race director. Because of the uniformity and just 40 miles between them, drivers and teams can now easily cross-over between the two. We think the fans will follow. This is what we’ve needed here for some time.”

Tunnell said she’s heard a lot of support from the area’s Late Model drivers. She noted that 2011-12 Kingsport track and Tennessee champion Nate Monteith, and defending track and state champion Chad Finchum plan to race at both tracks. Lonesome Pine’s 2013 Late Model champion Ryan Stiltner has committed to run at both tracks.

“There are six championships our Late Model drivers can race for now: two track championships, two state championships, the national championship, and an overall championship covering both tracks,” Tunnell said.

Lonesome Pine was previously sanctioned 1990-99, 2002-04.

NASCAR Late Models are NASCAR Division I at both tracks. Other shared divisions include Street Stocks, Pure Fours and Rookie Fours. Other Lonesome Pine divisions that will appear in rotation at Kingsport include Modified Fours, Iron Warriors, Pure Streets and Legends. Twin 35-lap Late Model features dot Lonesome Pine’s schedule.

In addition to Ryan Stiltner, Lonesome Pine’s 2013 divisional champions include Rob Austin, Super Street; Dan Hall, Pure 4; Rusty Ratliff, Pure Street; Lori Meadows, Powder Puff; Kirby Gobble, Mod 4; and Emory Ratliff, Iron Warriors.

Open practice days are scheduled for April 5 and 10. Opening day is April 12

In the past, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series drivers who ran full schedules at both tracks have exceled. Wade Day won track championships at Kingsport (2000) and Lonesome Pine (2002) along with NASCAR regional championships in those years. Most recently, Steve Blackburn’s 2004 Lonesome Pine track championship was accompanied by a regional title. Earlier era NASCAR Late Model stars included Johnny Rumley who won a regional c

ASA Honored to Have Lonesome Pine Raceway as an ASA Member Track for Their 40th Season

March 22nd, 2012

DAYTONA BEACH, FL  – Harold Crook is getting pumped up and ready for the 2012 season at Lonesome Pine Raceway, an ASA Member Track in Coeburn, VA. Crook is especially excited, as LPR will be entering their 40^th season of racing on April 7.

“I am tickled to death and looking forward to the 2012 season,” Crook recently said. “We are looking good with sponsors this year and have some great events planned for our 40^th year of racing and we are excited to celebrate it under the ASA Member Track banner.”

Crook is more excited about their opening night on Saturday, April 7, which is sponsored annually by Food City. “This year, we are having an Easter egg hunt for the kids and we are welcoming all military personnel (past, present and their families) by giving them free admission,” Crook announced. “We will also be having our annual tailgate party at the nearby Food City on Friday, April 6 from 4-6pm.”

Another item that Crook is excited about is returning as an ASA Member Track for their 40^th season. “We have a great relationship with Dennis Huth and everyone at ASA,” Crook exclaimed. “They do everything they can to help their short tracks be successful and they are always available for advice and ideas.”

This year, LPR will also have a new premiere division with their Limited Late Models competing on the 3/8-mile asphalt oval. “We think this is going to be a great addition for us,” Crook said. “So far, we have 23 drivers pre-registered to race with us this season.”

Along with the Limited Late Models, the Street Stocks, Mod 4’s, Pure 4’s, Renegades and Iron Warriors will be part of their weekly Saturday night program. Plus, they will have special events as part of their racing program throughout the season.

“Everyone at ASA Racing congratulates Harold Crook and his staff at Lonesome Pine Raceway on their 40^th year of short track racing,” Dennis Huth, ASA President said. “We are very proud of our continued relationship with everyone at LPR. Harold, himself, has helped us gain more ASA Member Tracks and we are very grateful of his enthusiasm for ASA Racing. We wish them a very successful season.”

More information can be found by visiting www.thepineraceway.com. Also, look for them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter at@LPRaceway.

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You can also look for the nearest ASA Member Track, get the weekend schedule, ASA Series information right on your smartphone by downloading the ASA Racing App for the iPhone and Android phones for free. Just search for ASA Racing on iTunes and the Android Market and get the app today for FREE!

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 sanctions dirt and asphalt short tracks along with road courses around the United States, as well as a variety of regional and national touring series. For more information call (386) 258-2221, or send an email to info@asa-racing.com. The latest news and information from all the racetracks and tours involved in the ASA can be found by visiting www.ASA-Racing.com.