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BERLIN RACE TO MARK HALFWAY POINT OF CHALLENGE SEASON
The ASA Late Model Series Challenge Division Presented by GM Performance Parts will mark the halfway point of the Fifth Anniversary 2007 Racing Season in its home state of Michigan.
A new tradition will begin within the AALMS as the cars and stars of "America's Premiere Short Track Series" the ASALMS Challenge Division will take part in the 1st annual Tradition 200 on Friday and Saturday June 15-16, 2007 at the famed Berlin (MI) Raceway.
The historic fairgrounds oval located West of Grand Rapids in Marne, Michigan will host the ASALMS Challenge Divisions’ Sixth Race of the 2007 schedule. Joining the ASALMS Challenge Division contingent will be Berlin's own Instant Cash Advance Sportsman division.
Heading into Marne, Michigan for the halfway point of the Fifth Anniversary 2007 Season in the ASALMS Challenge Division, West Bend, Wisconsin's Travis Dassow, the winner of Two ASALMS Challenge Division Features out of Five events conducted so far in 2007, has a 52 Point lead over Current Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year Points Leader, Derek Thorn, from Lakeport, California. (880-828). Thorn meanwhile holds a commanding 111-point lead in the Freshman title chase over Fort Lauderdale, Florida's Sean Murphy (828-717).
The Entry Form for the 1st annual Tradition 200 is available and due to the ASALMS Home Offices in Lexington, Michigan by Monday June 11, 2007 to avoid the late fees.
TWO TEAMS GET PENALIZED AFTER IOWA TECH INSPECTION
After pulling the engines of the top three finishers in the May 19th at Iowa Speedway and sending them out for a detailed technical inspection, ASA Late Model Series officials have released their findings and official results for the race.
Winner Jacob Goede and runner-up Travis Dassow checked out okay and kept their finishing positions after the tear-downs, but third place finisher Andy Hanson was disqualified. 23rd-place finisher Chris Seavey was also disqualified.
SOUTH GEORGIA RACE POSTPONED BY FIRES
The ASA Late Model Series Southern Division Presented by GM Performance Parts, as well as Officials from the South Georgia (GA) Motorsports Park have announced that the third race of the 2007 Season in the ASALMS Southern Division has been postponed due to the raging wildfires that have plagued Southern Georgia and Northern Florida.
The South Georgia 125 at the South Georgia (GA) Motorsports Park, which was set for Saturday June 2, 2007 has been postponed and rescheduled for Friday September 14, 2007 and will now be the sixth race of the 2007 season and part of what will now be a Doubleheader weekend in the Peach State.
The next day, Saturday September 15, 2007 the ASALMS Southern Division contingent will travel North to the New Senoia (GA) Raceway, located Southwest of Atlanta in Senoia, Georgia for the seventh race of the 2007 season and complete the Georgia Doubleheader weekend with the running of the Senoia 125.
"Because of the devastating damage done by the wildfires and due to the fact that they're not 100% contained as of this morning (Monday May 29, 2007) we're not going to take any chances with this." Stated Ron Varney, ASALMS Co-Founder/President. "The safety of our teams is our number one concern and we pray for the safety of everyone down there that's dealing with this tragedy."
The third race of the 2007 season in the ASALMS Southern Division will now be the
Florida 100 on Saturday June 23, 2007 at the famed New Smyrna (FL) Speedway located Southwest of Daytona Beach in Samsula, Florida.
RAIN WASHES OUT GRUNDY COUNTY EVENT
In what was supposed to be the second race of the 2007 Racing Season in the ASA Late Model Series Northern Division Presented by GM Performance Parts; The 1st annual Bob Milner Memorial 125 Presented by Bailey's Carpet One of Morris, Illinois at the Grundy County (IL) Speedway has been postponed.
Showers and Thunderstorms throughout the Chicagoland and surrounding areas as well as a forecast for an 80-90% chance of persistent weather throughout the Memorial Day Holiday weekend has forced ASALMS and Grundy County Speedway Officials to postpone the second race of the 2007 season in the ASALMS Northern Division.
A make-up date is "To Be Determined" at this time as ASALMS and Grundy County Officials as well as the Mid-American Stock Car Series and Central States Super Cup Series Officials are working diligently to come up with a date that is feasible to all parties involved. Stay tuned to the ASALMS Northern Division Website for further information as a Make-Up Date will be announced very soon.
The ASALMS Northern Division will return to action with what will now be Race Number Two on the 2007 Schedule on Saturday June 9, 2007 at the wicked fast 0.543 Mile High-Banked Paved Oval of the I-70 (MO) Speedway, located East of Kansas City in Odessa, Missouri for the running of the Missouri 100.
ANNETT TO MAKE ARCA DEBUT
Michael Annett has partnered with Country Joe Racing to field the No. 32 ARCA RE/MAX Series entry for the upcoming “Prairie Meadows 250” at Annett’s home track of Iowa Speedway.
Annett, a twenty year-old Iowa native, is in his second year of ASA Late Model competition with the No. 12 TMC Transportation Ford Fusion team that carries associate sponsorship support from Benson International, Allstate Peterbilt, Marmon Highway Technologies, Pilot Travel Centers, Northland Oil and the Barnes Group Inc. and has a 60% average for Top-10 finishes in the premier ASA Late Model Series’ Challenge Division. Annett has had previous success at Rusty Wallace’s paved showplace, Iowa Speedway, and is excited to make his ARCA RE/MAX debut at the same hometown venue where he made his ASA Late Model Series’ entrance in 2006.
“The ASA Challenge Series is our #1 focus this season but I am very excited about this opportunity to branch out into the ARCA RE/MAX Series,” stated Annett. “The ARCA RE/MAX Series has created the reputation as the feeder series for NASCAR’s elite divisions and has a lot of very talented drivers – both independents and those backed by development programs. The Country Joe Racing Team has great equipment and a skilled crew in place that have put some of the proven best cars on the track. They are a great bunch of guys to work with! Hopefully we can get a momentum going early and have a strong debut in this series for all of our generous sponsors who have came on board for this ARCA event. TMC Transportation, Benson International, Allstate Peterbilt, Marmon Highway Technologies, Northland Oil, Pilot Travel Centers, the Barnes Group – the entire list plus all of the people behind the scenes who are involved with our team – they make this all possible and I can’t thank them enough for letting me have the opportunity.”
Annett will enter the June 2nd Iowa appearance with the No. 32 Country Joe Racing fielded entry emblazoned with his loyal sponsors from his successful ASA program.
ASA Late Model Series Southern Division Overall and Rookie title contender, Chris Fontaine of Lakeland, Florida finished 17th driving through the raindrops during the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series’ Ohio 250 at Mansfield Motorsports Park in Mansfield, Ohio on Saturday May 26, 2007.
Fontaine moved cautiously through the field and put his Ford in sixth place, but was unable to keep it there. “We were fast enough to run up front at the end,” said Fontaine. I made a mistake on our pit stall and had to go to the end of the longest line and that really put us in the back. We tried to makeup positions as much as we could.”
Fontaine drove the Xpress Motorsports owned Ford on the 0.500 Mile Progressively Banked Paved Oval in Mansfield, Ohio that slowed many drivers from advancing. The average speed of this race was only 52.873 mph and the margin of victory was .522 seconds with only three lead changes.
“It was pretty intense, there was beating and banging all around,” said Fontaine. Those guys are another type of animal, they’re not afraid to hit each other. I’m looking forward to coming back here.”
This was Fontaine’s second race at Mansfield. In his first race he finished 17th after qualifying 27th in the late Bobby Hamilton owned Bobby Hamilton Racing Dodge. Dennis
Setzer won the race in a 36 truck starting field with 23 drivers finishing on the lead lap. There were 13 race cautions.
Fontaine’s next ASALMS Southern Division race of 2007 will be the third event of the season; The Florida 100 on Saturday June 23, 2007 at New Smyrna Speedway in Samsula, Florida.
Travis Dassow has won twice this season in ASA Late Model Series action. He is currently leading the ASA LM Challenge Series points thanks to those victories.
Chris Fontaine wheeled the #16 Xpress Motorsports truck at Mansfield. (ASA LM Photo)
John Wes Townley is one of the ASA Late Model Southern Division drivers who will have to wait until September to race at South Georgia.
TEEN DRIVER TO RETURN TO ASA LM ACTION AT I-70
Aztec, New Mexico’s Alex Kennedy had an adventurous 2006 season. Starting the year in Legends cars at the Las Vegas Road Course in January, he would have never guessed that he would end the season making his debut in the ASA Late Model Series in Nashville.
ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” show would even feature Alex during a special about young drivers! Nicknamed the “New Mexico Rising Star” at his home track of Sandia Motorsports Park, Alex lived up to that moniker with more firsts last season. Alex was named a National Ambassador for Dream Factory Inc in the off-season.
Alex kicked off his 2007 Northern Division season by qualifying 15th at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis. Next up for Alex is the Missouri 100 at the I-70 (MO) Speedway on Saturday June 9, 2007.
ASA SOUTH RACER GAINS TRUCK SERIES EXPERIENCE
Michael Annett (ASA LM Photo)