ASA Midwest Tour Releases Their 2008 Schedule
14 Tracks Featured Starting With April race at Elko
ASA Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by Echo Outdoor Power Equipment officials have released the tentative schedule for the 2008 season. 13 events have been confirmed with a 14th to be announced at a later date. The Tour will visit 14 different tracks in 2008.
“We have been working overtime on getting our schedule set in stone,” ASA VP Steve Einhaus stated. “We have so many exciting things planned for 2008 that our race teams, sponsors, and our fans will be chomping at the bit to get the season kicked off.”
The season will begin on Saturday, April 19th at Elko Speedway in Elko, MN for a 125-lap feature event. Last year’s opener set a record attendance at the 3/8 mile oval. In fact, officials had to close the pits to the fans with so many wanting to get up close and personal with the race teams. It was a familiar Elko name, Jonathan Eilen, who took home the inaugural win. Eilen went on to become the ASAMT Rookie of the Year.
Madison International Speedway in Oregon, WI will host the second event of the season on Sunday, May 4th. The ASAMT event will serve as the season opener for Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile Oval with a 100-lap feature event. Last year, Brandon Hill surprised
everyone when he went wire-to-wire to collect his first ASAMT win holding off Eilen and three-time MIS track champion Dave Feiler.
It is known as Wisconsin’s Action Track, and it will live up to its name as the ASAMT invade the Jefferson Speedway in Jefferson, WI on Saturday, May 17th. Last year, ASAMT Champion Nate Haseleu, returned to the place where his racing career started to pick up his only win of the season. This tight quarter-mile oval with its unique design will provide some of the best side-by-side racing in the Midwest in a 100-lap event.
The only Friday night event on the schedule will take place on June 13th at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids, IA for the Fleck Memorial 100. Last year, it was 2007 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champion Steve Carlson holding off Haseleu for the win in a thrilling finish.
The ASAMT will visit the Chicagoland area on Sunday, June 22nd for its return visit to Grundy County Speedway in Morris, IL for a 100-lap feature. This will be a big weekend in the Chicagoland area as many of the ASAMT stars will be competing the night before in the Musgrave Memorial at Illiana Speedway. Last year, Dan Fredrickson picked up his first three ASAMT wins over Nate Haseleu at the checkered flag.
Dells Raceway Park in Wisconsin Dells, WI will host the sixth stop of the 2008 season on Saturday, June 28th. Last year, 53 super late models made a qualifying attempt into this event, the second highest car count in the short ASAMT history. It was local favorite, Kenny Richards holding off a pair of Sauter’s, Johnny and Travis to his first ASAMT victory. The 1/3 mile oval will once again host a 100-lap feature event.
The ASAMT caravan will make their way across the St. Croix River to their second Minnesota appearance at I-94 Raceway in Sauk Centre, MN on Saturday, July 5th.
Nathan Haseleu (#87) is the 2007 ASA Midwest Series champion.
Jacob Goede held off Fredrickson for his first ASAMT win last year. 2007 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion, Ron Hornaday Jr., came home third. Make sure you make this part of your Independence Day weekend plans as the ASAMT stars compete in a 100-lap feature event around the 3/8 mile oval.
Sunday, July 20th is one date to circle on your calendar as the ASAMT makes its first visit to the new Iowa Speedway in Newton, IA. This will be the first time that super late models will be competing on this fast 7/8 mile oval. Keep watching for future information on this event. The best drivers are expected for this event, and don’t be surprised to see some NASCAR stars come and race on their off weekend.
Last year, it was the return of a tradition, and it will continue in 2008 as the ASAMT returns to Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna, WI for its special and only Tuesday night event on August 5th. Last year, a large crowd was on hand to see NASCAR Nextel Chase for the Cup contender, Kyle Busch, take home the win in this 150-lap event around the “D” shaped half-mile oval.
Raceway Park in Shakopee, MN will host the third and final Minnesota visit for the ASAMT on Sunday, August 17th. This quarter-mile oval showcases some of the best short track racing around. Last year, Dan Fredrickson took home his second win, while Haseleu moved to the top of the point standings en route to the ASAMT championship.
The Tour will go from a quarter-mile to The Milwaukee Mile, as the ASAMT will make its debut at America’s Legendary Oval on Sunday, August 24th for a 100-lap feature event on the famous Mile oval. 2003 NASCAR Sprint Series champion, Matt Kenseth, will be back to defend his 2007 win. This event will highlight the second day of the famous Governor’s Cup Weekend at The Mile.
The ASAMT will visit its fifth state on Sunday, August 31st as the Tour heads north to Norway, MI for a 100-lap feature event on the 1/3 mile oval. Last year, Jamie Iverson showed his way around as he picked up his only 2007 win in front of a record breaking crowd.
Series officials will announce a September event at a later date.
The 2008 season will come to a close at one of the Nation’s famous racing events, Oktoberfest Race Weekend at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway on Sunday, October 5th for a 100-lap season finale. Will Dan Fredrickson repeat his 2007 win? Will Nate Haseleu repeat as the ASAMT champion? Those questions will be answered after the l00-lap feature event.
"This schedule will showcase the best of the Midwest in super late model asphalt racing," ASAMT President Tim Olson stated. "With the variety of tracks that we will visit in 2008, it’s safe to say that the ASAMT competition on the track will provide the fans with the best racing available, and for many it will be right in their backyard."
“We had a heck of a year in 2007 and we broke attendance records at nearly half of our events,” Einhaus stated. “It’s our goal to continue that streak and provide the Midwest race fans with the finest racing organization in the country. When they see one of our events, they’ll remember it and look forward to attending the next one. We are bringing the whole package to the race track and the race tracks want us to be there because they know it will be successful.”
The ASAMT will hold an owners/drivers meeting for the top 20 in 2007 points on Sunday, December 16th from noon to 3 p.m. at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI.
The ASAMT Championship Banquet will take place on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at the Kalahari Resort.
2008 ASAMT Schedule (Tentative)
Saturday, April 19 Elko Speedway Elko, MN 125 laps
Sunday, May 4 Madison Int’l Speedway Oregon, WI 100 laps
Saturday, May 17 Jefferson Speedway Jefferson, WI 100 laps
Friday, June 13 Hawkeye Downs Cedar Rapids, IA 100 laps
Sunday, June 22 Grundy Cty Speedway Morris, IL 100 laps
Saturday, June 28 Dells Raceway Park Wisconsin Dells, WI 100 Laps
Saturday, July 5 I-94 Raceway Sauk Centre, MN 100 laps
Sunday, July 20 Iowa Speedway Newton, IA 150 laps
Tuesday, August 5 Wisconsin Int. Raceway Kaukauna, WI 150 laps
Sunday, August 17 Raceway Park Shakopee, MN 100 laps
Sunday, August 24 Milwaukee Mile West Allis, WI 100 laps
Sunday, August 31 Norway Speedway Norway, MI 100 laps
Sunday, October 5 La Crosse Speedway West Salem, WI 100 laps