Nearly a dozen ASA Late Model Challenge Series drivers took to the Milwaukee Mile last Thursday in preparation for next weekends Governor’s Cup race weekend. The ASA Challenge Series will headline on Saturday, August 26, with a 150-lap main event.
minds,” admits Bires. “But starting here at Milwaukee, we think we’ve got some good race tracks coming up for us.”
While Bires, who’ll turn 21 on Governor’s Cup race weekend, doesn’t have many Milwaukee Mile memories, fellow Badger state competitor Chad Wood has a soft spot in his heart for the venerable speed plant.
Eddie Hoffman (#8) and Travis Dassow (#92) were two of the drivers who spent last Thursday practicing at Milwaukee. (John Weidemann photos)
“We took my 10-year-old car to New York for the last race just so we could have this car for Milwaukee,” said Wood. “We’re really focusing on this race. The coolest thing is just being here. It’s one of those things where race car drivers that grow up in Indiana dream about racing at Indy and if you’re a race car driver growing up in Wisconsin, you dream about running at Milwaukee.”
Fellow Wisconsin drivers Charlie Menard, Terry Shoppenhorst, Jeff VanOudenhoven, Travis Dassow and Ken Wills were joined by Ohio’s Jason Dietsch on Thursday. Port City Racing drivers Matt Hawkins, Jack Smith and Cassill tested at the Milwaukee Mile on Wednesday.
Kelly Bires had a "new look" at The Milwaukee Mile test on Thursday.
“It’s a lot better when you can get six hours of your own time, what you want, when you want, for a test,” said Eddie Hoffman, who owns three ASA Late Model wins already in 2006. “This is the first time for me on these big tracks this year. Normally we’re on these type of tracks three or four times, so I’ve got to get myself acclimated to the speedway and doing things a little bit differently.”
Growing up in Wisconsin, current ASA Late Model Challenge Series championship point leader Kelly Bires had been to the Milwaukee Mile before, but never as a driver.
“We’re just trying to get used to what we have here,” said Bires. “I’ve run at Charlotte before in an ARCA car, but this is a completely different feel. We’re just trying to get the right gear in the car, get the camber on the front end right…just a lot of little things that you don’t know until you test.”
With four races remaining in the 2006 national chase, Bires holds a dominating 201 point advantage over runner-up Landon Cassill.
“We think about the championship in the back of our
In addition to the ASA Late Model Challenge Series, the ARCA RE/MAX Series, Wisconsin Challenge Series and Mid-American Stock Car Series will all be in action as the Governor’s Cup weekend brings down the curtain on the 2006 season at the Milwaukee Mile.
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