GAS Pounding New South Alabama Speedway Pavement on April 7th
New Surface Poses New Threats to Last Year’s Winner Fredrick Moore
Frederick Moore hopes to make it a repeat this year at South Alabama. (51 photos)
The new asphalt gives the GAS racers a new challenge, but one driver who is ready for it is the winner of last year’s Georgia Asphalt Series race at South Alabama, Fredrick Moore. Moore was declared the winner last May after the first car across the checkered flag was disqualified. Now, Moore is headed back to South Alabama ready to win on his own terms, as long as he can get a grasp on the new SAS surface.
“We had good car, qualified third and took the lead about 30 laps into it and led pretty much the whole race there up until the last 15 laps,” said Moore. “I slipped on a restart and left the door open for him (Stephen Davis), but we ended up winning anyway after he was disqualified.
“But back then, it was back on the old asphalt, so it could be completely different this time around. I haven’t had a chance to get on the track yet, but I’ve heard it’s a heck of a lot faster. It’s getting close to about a full second faster now than it used to be. Hopefully the new asphalt will put on a good show.”
Already this season, the defending Georgia Asphalt Series Champion Moore has gotten off to a flying start. In three starts, he has not finished any worse than ninth, with a season’s-best finish to date coming in the most recent GAS race, a third on March 24th at Watermelon Capital Speedway (GA).
Moore currently sits second in points to Russell Fleeman, who won the first two races of the year at Birmingham (AL) and Five Flags (FL) and finished second at Watermelon Capital. In order to take a chomp into the 102-point deficit he faces, Moore is hoping for a repeat performance from last year that will carry him into South Alabama victory lane.
“It’d mean a lot to win it again,” said Moore. “That place has a lot of history to it and a lot of big-name people have raced down there back in the day. The Allisons and a lot of other NASCAR guys have been good there before. It would mean a lot to go back down there and win and back up our win there last year.”
South Alabama Speedway has seen its fair share of legendary racers take to its rugged old pavement over the years. Some of the biggest names in the sport cut their teeth on the track that annually hosts some of the biggest short track events in the country. The Georgia Asphalt Series competitors got to know the lay of the land on the tough old track, too.
But, like all tracks must do, the staff at South Alabama Speedway re-paved their legendary surface before the 2007 season. Now, when the Georgia Asphalt Series stars head back for a return engagement at SAS on April 7th, it will be a whole different racetrack.
Race four of the Georgia Asphalt Series season will take place on Saturday, April 7th at South Alabama Speedway. Tickets for adults are priced at just $10, while kids age 6-15 are only $5. Grandstand gates will open at 5pm local time.
This season, GAS competitors will race for a $70,000 point purse, up from $35,000 in 2006. The 2007 GAS champion will receive a whopping $20,000 and every payoff thereafter has been doubled from 2006.
The $70,000 is one of the strongest points funds for a short track series throughout the country to begin with, but drivers also have the opportunity to race for even more at the end of the year with the addition of contingency money put up by several companies loyal to the series, including Champ Oil Pans, Circle Racing Wheels, VDL Fuel Systems, Joe Gibbs Performance Oil, ARP Race Car Bodies, Garrison Racing Equipment, Sunoco Race Fuels/Bearden Oil, PitBoxes.com, TrickFab.com, RaceTrailerSales.com and Charles Caudell Photography.
For more information on the Georgia Asphalt Series, contact Matt Kentfield at (704) 455-2051 x 5 and visit www.georgiaasphaltseries.com.
Russell Fleeman is the man on top of the GAS standings heading into South Alabama.