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NO REST, NO PROBLEM FOR THE ASALMS CHALLENGE DIVISION AS THE IOWA (IA) SPEEDWAY IS UP NEXT WITH TRIPLE 50S
The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts boasts the fact that the three series’ within the ASALMS are the Premiere Traveling Series’ in the entire United States. “America’s Premiere Short Track Series”, the ASALMS Challenge Division will be visiting some of the most historical and prestigious facilities in the country during the Fifth Anniversary 2007 season.
In addition to those famed speed plants on the Challenge Division schedule as well as the ASALMS Northern and Southern Division’s schedule of events, the ASALMS Challenge Division is also starting a tradition of its’ own at the newest and most state of the art race track in the entire country.
For years Bob Milner took photos just like these with the ASA Late Models. (ASA LM Photos)
With last weekends' Barron Motor Supply/Crate Motor Classic 200 Presented by Cassill Motors at the Hawkeye Downs (IA) Speedway now in the rear view mirror, new ASALMS Challenge Division Points Leader and the Feature Winner in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Travis Dassow and the rest of the cars and stars of the ASALMS Challenge Division will stick around the Hawkeye State this weekend.
The ASALMS Challenge Division will invade the immaculate Rusty Wallace Signature Series facility; The Iowa (IA) Speedway, located East of Iowa’s capital city of Des Moines in Newton, Iowa on Friday and Saturday May 18-19, 2007 for the running of the Make-A-Wish 150 Presented by TMC Transportation and Northland Oil.
Joining the ASALMS Challenge Division during the weekend will be a NASCAR Grand National Division combination event pitting the East and West Divisions together in one show on Sunday May 20, 2007. In addition, the United States Super Trucks Series (USSTS) will join in on the festivities on Saturday night with the ASALMS.
In a unique format for this event, the Make-A-Wish 150 Presented by TMC Transportation and Northland Oil, which is the fifth event of the 2007 season for the ASALMS Challenge Division and the head-liners for the Saturday portion of the weekend, the 150-lap Feature will be split up into three 50-lap segments with breaks in between each segment while the USST Series will run twin 25-lap Features in between the Three 50-lap segments for the ASALMS Challenge Division. Also a note to ASALMS Competitors, this event is a Four (4) Tire Race!
“It should be a heck of a weekend, a busy weekend for sure.” Added Craig Armstrong, General Manager of the Iowa Speedway. “We’re looking forward to everyone from ASALMS coming back in May. It’ll be one of our biggest weekends of the year with all the great cars and trucks who will on hand. We’re looking to pack the place for the entire weekend, season ticket sales are just unbelievable” Armstrong added.
As for the unique format for the ASALMS Challenge Division at the Newton, Iowa speed plant, Armstrong smiled when asked about the “Triple 50s” format. “We’re enthusiastic about the format for this event between the ASALMS Challenge Division and the USST Series. It’s a 150-lap Feature for the ASALMS Challenge Division divided into three 50-lap segments with Twin Features for the USST Series in between the ASALMS segments.” Armstrong explained.
“This will provide a unique prospective with regards to strategy for the ASALMS Challenge Division teams. They’ll be planning their strategy for this show on a whole new level and won’t be thinking in terms of a whole 150-lap Feature, but instead where they want to be for the last segment. This will be very entertaining to say the least.” Armstrong ended.
1ST ANNUAL BOB MILNER MEMORIAL 125 PRESENTED BY BAILEY’S CARPET 1 HIGHLIGHTS THE MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY
The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts mourned the loss of a devoted official and a dear friend of the entire short track racing community back on August 31, 2006 when Bob Milner, the Official Photographer of the ASALMS, passed away due to a massive heart attack.
Milner, who resided in Angola, Indiana, was a dedicated ASALMS Official as well as a dear and devoted friend, to not only the ASALMS family, but to the entire racing community. He was 63 years old when he passed is survived by his wife, Claudette, as well four children and 11 grandchildren!
The last three seasons of his 40 plus years of award winning photography, was spent with the ASALMS and during the 2006 season, primarily with the ASALMS Challenge and Northern Divisions. Milner also filled in with the ASALMS Southern Division when his schedule allowed. Milner was widely regarded as one of the best in the entire country in the Motorsports Photography field.
ASALMS Official Photographer, Chuck Gonzalez has graciously stepped up and has admirably filled a void left behind with Milner’s passing. The ASALMS has not, nor will it ever forget Milner and all he did for the entire ASALMS as well as short track stock car racing in general. With that in mind, the ASALMS will honor the former Photographer with a Memorial race dedicated to his memory beginning with the 2007 season.
Over the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend on Saturday May 26, 2007, the ASALMS Northern Division will head to the Grundy County (IL) Speedway, located West of Chicago in Morris, Illinois for the running of the second race of the 2007 season for the ASALMS Northern Division. The Entry Form for the 1st annual Bob Milner Memorial 125 Presented by Bailey’s Carpet 1 of Morris, Illinois is available and due to the ASALMS Home Offices in Lexington, Michigan by Monday May 21, 2007 to avoid the late fees.
“Bob was and will always be an integral part of the ASALMS, this event means the world to me and to the entire ASALMS organization.” Declared ASALMS Co-Founder/President, Ron Varney. “From now on, there will always be a Bob Milner Memorial race in the ASALMS. He was and will always be considered the best there is in his field and him and the entire Milner family always a part of the ASALMS family.” Varney added.
20-YEAR-OLD TRAVIS DASSOW TASTES VICTORY AT THE LEGENDARY HAWKEYE DOWNS (IA) SPEEDWAY
Just one race after taking the checkered flag for the first time in his ASA Late Model Series Challenge Division career at Toledo (OH) Speedway (OH), 20-year-old Travis Dassow drove his #89 T.D. Racing Development entry to another victory on the tour this weekend.
That sounds simple enough - but it wasn’t just another victory. Dassow won at Hawkeye Downs (IA) Speedway in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, one of the most storied tracks in Midwestern asphalt tour racing. A track where everyone from Kasey Kahne to Gary St. Amant to Tony Raines to Bob Senneker has won. Now, Dassow can add his name to that impressive record book.
"It really didn’t hit me until after the race when we were in the tech area,” said Dassow. “There is a Wall of Fame there, where everyone who has ever won at the track has signed their name. I went to sign mine and started looking at the names up there. It was amazing. Everyone that you’ve ever heard of was there, and it was pretty cool to be up there.”
Dassow led every lap of the feature race, but his victory didn’t come as easy as the box score might indicate. First, the team had to sweat out qualifying and the resulting draw for an inversion number. hen, he had to fight off one of the stars of the former ASA National Tour to score the win.
“We had a really good car all weekend,” said Dassow. “We were quick when we unloaded it, but we had a really bad draw for qualifying. We went out third and the track was really dirty. We didn’t qualify as well as we would have liked. We ended up 10th, but the inversion worked out for us."
"The inversion is always a number from six through ten. We were hoping for an inversion of ten and that happened. So we got to sit on the pole and we never really looked back."
“At first we drove around and made laps. We just tried to stay out front. The second half, it got busier. With around 30 laps to go, Robbie Pyle moved into second. He was our biggest competition all weekend, and he made it interesting for the last 30 laps."
"The longest green-flag run that we had all day was around nine laps and our car was set up for the long runs. It would take about five or six laps for our work to come in, and Robbie was really good on the short runs. It would get pretty hairy there for a little while.” Battling with Pyle made the victory even more rewarding.
“It really does feel good,” said Dassow. “I really didn’t know Robbie until my Dad bought this team. Robbie used to drive for WalTom Racing, so I started to get to know him because of that connection. I found out that he is just a super guy. With him behind me in the race, I knew that he would race me clean."
"He’ll race you the right way and not move you out of the way for the victory. I have a lot of respect for him, and it feels good when you can win one against someone like that.”
Next up for Dassow and the T.D. Racing team is a stop this coming weekend at Iowa Speedway. In the inaugural appearance of the ASA Late Model Series there, both Dassow and what was then the WalTom team and is now the TD Racing Development team, had strong performances separately. Now that they have united, Dassow is hoping that they will be the ones to beat.
“I’m looking forward to Iowa. They won there last year [with Kelly Bires] and I set fast time there last year. So we’re really looking forward to going back there. We’ll have a Ford engine in the car, and that seems to have a little more power at the speedways, so I think that we’ll be pretty good.”
Good enough to be the ones to beat, just like at Hawkeye Downs? “I hope so. I hope that it’s just like last week,” said Dassow. The ASA Late Model race at Iowa Speedway takes place this Saturday May 19, 2007 in the running of the Make-A-Wish 150 Presented by TMC Transportation and Northland Oil.
COLT JAMES HAS BAD LUCK AT HAWKEYE DOWNS. NOW LOOKS AHEAD TO THE IOWA (IA) SPEEDWAY.
The true test of a champion is not how they handle the good times but how they come back from adversity. Until the Barron Motor Supply/Crate Motor Classic 200 Presented by Cassill Motors last Saturday night, the 2007 season was off to a great start for Colt James. He was leading the point’s standings, brought consistently fast cars to the track, and had been on the right side of the luck factor too.
But last Saturday night is a race Colt would like to forget. “We qualified really bad and that buried us in a big hole,” said Colt James. “The car was actually running great in the race but I got around one of the local guys. I gave him half of the race track but he wanted more.”
Travis Dassow in victory lane. (Chuck Gonzales Photos)
Dickerson Machinery joins Colt’s other sponsors that include Magnum Trailers, Wells Cargo, Design Welding, and RaceTalkRadio.com. Also coming onboard to help out is Aero Speed Wheels and Day Motorsports: Day Motorsports
Meet Colt James: Despite missing the first two races in the ASA Late Model Series Southern Division last season, this twenty-three year old from Buda, Texas finished seventh in the point’s standings with one win in the Kenly 100 at Southern National Raceway Park.
Colt won the 2007 season opener in the Challenge Division at San Antonio. His family oriented race team is allowing Colt James to chase his racing dreams. Colt has his sights set on the Challenge Division championship this season! When he is not driving in races, Colt James is working on engines at the famed Roush-Yates Engine Department. After four weeks of the 2007 season Colt has one win and is fourth in the Championship point’s standings.
THE SOUTH GEORGIA (GA) MOTORSPORTS PARK AWAITS THE ASALMS SOUTHERN DIVISION
The 2007 season for the ASA Late Model Series Southern Division Presented by GM Performance Parts is now two races old. The much anticipated season has found a home down South with record car counts of 41 and 43 teams respectively in the series’ first two events.
The drivers and teams of the ASALMS Southern Division visit some of the most immaculate facilities that rival their counterparts in the ASALMS Northern Division and the next event on the schedule is no exception.
Colt drops out of the top spot in the standings for the first time all season and is headed to Iowa Speedway this weekend to bounce back. “We got behind the eight ball here but that is going to happen with our little family team. We head to Iowa Speedway and know we can get things turned around and gain on these guys again.”
Next up for the cars and stars of the ASA Late Model Series Challenge Division is the Make-a-Wish 150 Presented by TMC Transportation and Northland Oil. The race will be presented in a unique three-part format of fifty laps each and will take the green flag at 7:30 pm Saturday night at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.
Colt James Thanks his Sponsors: Colt James Racing is proud to add Dickerson Machinery as a sponsor this season. “I want to thank Terry Dickerson for helping us out. Our sponsors are keeping us going and we couldn’t do this without them,” said Colt James.
Colt James on track.. (Chuck Gonzales Photos)
The cars and stars of the ASALMS Southern Division will visit the great state of Georgia for the second straight event, this time on Saturday June 2, 2007 at the beautiful South Georgia (GA) Motorsports Park, located 30 minutes North of the Florida/Georgia state line in Cecil, Georgia for the running of the South Georgia 125 the third race of the 2007 season for the ASALMS Southern Division.
“South Georgia Motorsports Park is just an awesome facility and if last years race was any indication, the great fans in Southern Georgia and Northern Florida are in for a real treat.” Remarked ASALMS Co-Founder/President, Ron Varney. “Our ASALMS Southern Division is off to a great start and will continue to be a great series to watch in 2007.” He added.
“This is our second time hosting the ASALMS Southern Division we are very excited about having them back at our track.” Stated Richard Hall, Director of Operations for the SGMP. “The 2006 race showed some great racing from up and coming young talent that many people will see on TV in the next few years and we’re looking forward to the return appearance by the ASALMS Southern Division, it should be another great show!” Hall added.