Eighteen-Race Schedule Features New Events in Pensacola, Opp and Senoia
When the Georgia Asphalt Series (GAS) was created in 2004, it was done so to ensure the health of Late Model racing in the Peach State. Since that time, GAS racing has not only kept the excitement of Late Model racing alive, it has grown to become one of the most successful and healthiest Super Late Model series in the country, with strong car counts and a loyal fan base in the Southeast.
shaping up to be a breakout season for the Georgia Asphalt Series.
“Eighteen races – that’s tops for this series,” said Micky Cain, Director of the Georgia Asphalt Series. “The series has grown and grown since we started it in 2004. We did so to ensure the survival of two racetracks, Peachstate and Senoia, to accommodate us both with better Late Model car counts. Fans want to see Late Model racing. Then the people at Watermelon Capital came on board, and from there it exploded. I’m really excited about this season and with the additions we have made to the schedule.”
The first two races of the 2007 GAS season take place at two new facilities for the series, and both tracks are synonymous with short-track racing in the Southeast. The season kicks off with a rebirth of one of the most historic Super Late Model events, as the Georgia Asphalt Series will now be the premier division at “The Early Bird” event at Birmingham International Raceway on February 24th and 25th.
The GAS stars will hit another new facility for its second event on March 10th with the series’ first-ever appearance at the historic Five Flags Speedway, home of the prestigious Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 events each December. The Snowflake 100 is one of the biggest two-barrel carburetor Pro Late Model races in the country, but with the addition of a Georgia Asphalt Series event at Five Flags, Late Model drivers from all over the Southeast will be converging on Pensacola, FL, in March as well as in December for the Snowflake.
In 2007, the Georgia Asphalt Series will continue its rapid growth, as the series announced today its largest schedule to date - 18 races (17 of which are GAS point events) – and the addition of events at the historic Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL, and Birmingham International Raceway in Alabama, as well as one of the founding tracks of the series, Senoia Speedway in Georgia.
With new events on the schedule and dozens of registrations coming in to GAS headquarters, 2007 is
“Pensacola, that place is the mecca of short track racing every December,” said Cain. “They get 60-plus cars there for a Pro Late Model show. Honestly, it wouldn’t surprise me if we get more than that come March 10th when we get there. They got 60 cars there for the Snowflake, and I know there are 125 that ran with GAS Series last year. That makes for over 200 Pro Late Models in the Southeast that are ready to go racing. All that they’re looking for is a fair and honest shake on the track, and that’s what they have with GAS.”
Also new in 2007 is a second date at South Alabama
Speedway in Opp, AL, in addition to two dates at Senoia Speedway (GA). Senoia’s two events in April and October, plus four dates at Peachstate Speedway, mean a multitude of chances for victory for the GAS stars at the two tracks that formed the foundation of the series.
“It started out, just like our name states, the Georgia Asphalt Series. Then we started getting calls from South Carolina, Alabama and more. The people at South Alabama (Speedway) were nice enough to add us to the schedule next year. They were real pleased with our event that before we even finished qualifying that night he was inviting us back, so this year we gave him two races.”
The Georgia Asphalt Series will also be making two appearances at both Watermelon Capital and Lanier National Speedways in Georgia, in addition to one event at South Carolina’s Anderson Motor Speedway, before the series’ final event of the year, a 250-lap, non-points event during the World Crown Weekend at Peachstate Speedway in November, which is annually one of the most prolific Late Model events in the country.
“All of our competitors are really excited about the upcoming season. We’ve had a lot of drivers renew numbers from last year, and we’ve had a bunch of drivers call us up to get information on the series for this season. We’ll have a season full of great events at some of the best tracks in the South, plus we’ll wrap it up with a huge event at the World Crown at Peachstate.”
Driver registration forms, as well as 2007 Georgia Asphalt Series rules, are available on the official online home of GAS, www.georgiaasphaltseries.com.
For more information on the Georgia Asphalt Series, contact Matt Kentfield at (704) 455-2051 ext. 5 and visit www.georgiaasphaltseries.com.
2007 GEORGIA ASPHALT SERIES SCHEDULE
Feb. 24-25Birmingham International RacewayBirmingham, AL100
March 10Five Flags SpeedwayPensacola, FL100
March 24Watermelon Capital SpeedwayCordele, GA100
April 7South Alabama SpeedwayOpp, AL100
April 21Lanier National SpeedwayBraselton, GA100
April 28Senoia Motor SpeedwaySenoia, GA100
May 12South Alabama SpeedwayOpp, AL100
May 26Peachstate SpeedwayJefferson, GA100
June 9Watermelon Capital SpeedwayCordele, GA100
June 23Peachstate SpeedwayJefferson, GA150
July 14Anderson Motor SpeedwayAnderson, SC100
July 21Peachstate SpeedwayJefferson, GA100
Aug. 4Lanier National SpeedwayBraselton, GA100
Aug. 18Peachstate SpeedwayJefferson, GA100
Sept. 1Watermelon Capital SpeedwayCordele, GA100
Sept. 22Peachstate SpeedwayJefferson, GA100
Oct. 13Senoia Motor SpeedwaySenoia, GA100
Nov. 9-11Peachstate Speedway *Jefferson, GA250
* (non-points – World Crown weekend)
Series officials reserve the right to change schedule without prior notice