Late Model Roundup - Presented By Five Star Racecar Bodies
All of the Tours From A to W
ACT Late Models – David Avery’s race shop has become a busy place of late. Long time racer Denny Stampfl of Seekonk (MA) Speedway and Waterford (CT) Speedbowl notoriety drove to the Avery shop in North Woodstock, NH unannounced recently with a truck and trailer, looked the race car over, decided he liked it, and bought it on the spot. Look for Stampfl to compete in a handful of ACT events in 2008, something he has done since 2004.
Not long after the Avery shop was vacated, a deal was struck with Richard Moody Racing of Auburn, ME to purchase one of the team’s immaculately prepared Late Models driven by Ben Rowe. Rowe, you’ll recall, steered an Avery machine to four ACT Late Model Tour wins in 2006, while Avery has seen a fair amount of success behind the wheel himself. Who will be driving the former RMR car next year remains to be seen, so stay tuned.
ACT Quebec Series – Patrick Laperle will be feted as the Série ACT Castrol Champion for 2007 this weekend at the Best Western Hotel Universal in Drummondville, QC. The veteran American-Canadian Tour competitor put together one of the most consistently dominant seasons in recent memory to capture the title, and collects his honors – which include a check for $10,000 – Saturday night.
Laperle will be recognized along with the rest of the Top 15 Série ACT Castrol drivers, Rookie of the Year Eric St- Gelais, the to-be-announced Most Improved Driver and Sportsmanship award winners, and the winner of an ABC- approved body from Five Star RaceCar Bodies of Wisconsin.
Québec journalist Marc Patrick Roy of Speed51.com will emcee the event. Festivities include a social hour, dinner, and dancing, and will begin at 6:00pm.
ARCA Trucks – Bill Withers took center stage at the Park Inn in downtown Toledo, Ohio, Saturday night, where the Columbus, Ohio, driver was formally honored as the 2007 ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series champion.
The 2007 championship marks the second time that Withers, a veteran of ARCA competition, has earned the title. He also won the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series Championship during the inaugural season of competition in 1999 and is the only driver who has competed in all 120 ALWTS events. He was joined onstage by his wife and car owner Leslie and his son Justin, who also serves as crew chief for the family's No. 57 Ford Ranger.
On his way to the 2007 title, Withers established the most consistent on-track record of the season, completing 978 out of 980 laps, acquiring nine top-5 finishes and never finishing outside of the top-10 during the 13-race season. In 112 career series starts, Withers has 57 top-5 finishes and 89 top-10s. In addition to the 2007 ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series title, Withers earned the RE Lightning Challenge year-end award and was named the Bazell Race Fuels Sportsman of the Year.
Justin Withers was awarded the Holley Performance Crew Chief of the Year Award and Bud Wachholz earned Cometic Gasket Engine Builder of the Year honors.
In addition to earning accolades for finishing second in the season-ending point standings during his sophomore season of competition, Cleveland, Ohio's Gullatta was awarded the ARCA 2BKool Pole Award for amassing three poles during the season.
Fourth place points finisher Steve Cronenwett, a veteran of Late Model competition at ARCA-owned Flat Rock Speedway, earned Hoosier Racing Tire Rookie of the Year honors. Fifth place points finisher Robbin Slaughter was awarded the ARCA Lincoln Welders Spirit Award.
RE/MAX Series; traditional stops at venues which have become series fixtures such as Salem, Delaware, Flat Rock, Kentucky, Kil-Kare, Sauble and Springfield; a return to the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds; first time stops at Cayuga and Iowa; and the series finale ARCA Championship Weekend at Toledo Speedway on October 11. Series officials expect to release the full schedule in the coming weeks.
ASA Late Model Challenge Series – Eddie Hoffman won the non-points ASA Late Model race at Music City Motorplex as part of their All-American 400 weekend.
ASA Late Model Challenge Series – Eddie Hoffman won the non-points ASA Late Model race at Music City Motorplex as part of their All-American 400 weekend.
ASA Late Model North Series – The tentative 2008 schedules are now available for all of the three ASA Late Model tours.
ASA Late Model South Series – Beau Slocumb closed out the 2007 ASA Late Model South season with a victory at Birmingham International Raceway.
ASA Midwest Tour – When you read Jonathan Eilen’s bio on his website www.eilenmotorsports.com, the first sentence says it all. It reads, “The word ‘success’ has been synonymous with his career.”
Fan, competitors and officials of the ASA Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by Echo Outdoor Power Equipment found out right away that he does live up to that sentence.
Carquest Maritime Pro Stock Tour - Scott Fraser has been announced as one of seven inductees in the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame class of 2007. Fraser will join the elite fraternity posthumously in the first year eligible since his death in 2004, at just 33 years of age.
In his 16-year racing career Fraser accomplished much more than many do in an entire lifetime, winning championships and races from Nova Scotia to Florida. Fraser was a fan favourite wherever he raced and always recognized as a force to be reckoned with on the track, no matter what league he was competing in.
Fraser's regional popularity carried to a national fever pitch in 2000 and 2001 when he competed on the ASA circuit in the U.S., carrying the hopes of Canadian race fans in his dream to succeed in racing's "big leagues." In 19 starts he scored eight top 10's and qualified second twice. That popularity was exemplified in the summer of 2001 when his fans raised over $39,000 in less than a month to sponsor the "Fans of Fraser" ASA racecar.
Fraser still holds the record for the most Riverside 250 wins - with five consecutive trips to Victory Lane at Riverside International Speedway between 1993 and 1997. In 1996 he won 12 of 15 MASCAR races, leading 59% of the total laps for the entire season, en route to the series championship. In 1999 he was named the Nova Scotia Male Athlete of the Year after repeated successes on both sides of the border. His richest win came in 2003 at the annual New Brunswick International Speedway 250-lap event, in which he collected a cheque for $24,500 - an event record that remains untouched. His last win came September 23, 2003 at
Late Models – Milestone seasons for the TD Banknorth 250 Presented By New England Dodge Dealers and Oxford Acceleration Series and the return of the L/A Harley-Davidson Late Model Challenge highlight the 2008 event schedule at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME).
This season's centerpiece, as always, is the 35th annual TD Banknorth 250. The lucrative late model extravaganza that launched in 1974 is scheduled for Sunday, July 20. It is again the hub event of Oxford's L/A Harley-Davidson Late Model Challenge, which includes American-Canadian Tour events on April 26, June 21 and September 13 (all Saturdays).
Roger Brown of Lancaster, N.H., is the defending champion of both the TD Banknorth 250 and L/A Harley-Davidson Late Model Challenge.
his home track (Scotia Speedworld, Halifax) where he drove a race that some called an exhibition of pure racing talent.
Scott Fraser died March 20, 2004 in a snowmobile accident.
CRA Super Series – John Van Doorn was the big winner in the CRA portion of the All-American 400 at Music City Motorplex.
Georgia Asphalt Series – Paul Kelley won Sunday's World Crown 250 at Peachstate Speedway (GA).
Goodyear Challenge Series - Friday night’s running of the FASCAR Goodyear Challenge Late Model 100 was all about a man on a mission. After a series of disappointments this season erased his chances for the championship, Daniel Keene, Jr. suited up at Orlando SpeedWorld with one goal: to show everyone a preview of coming attractions for next year.
Keene, Jr. powered past polesitter Justin Larson on lap 35 and cruised his way to his third victory in the Goodyear Challenge Series in 2007.
The late Scott Fraser (Norm Marx Photo)
"With 115 drivers making at least one qualifying attempt during our first L/A Harley-Davidson Late Model Challenge, it was a great testament to the depth of late model competition throughout New England and the draw of the TD Banknorth 250," Track owner Bill Ryan said. "That was a great way to start a new chapter in the history of this race, and once again I cannot wait to see what next season will bring."
The 2007 season begins with practice for all divisions at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 19. One week later, the season gets the green flag with the New England Dodge Dealers ACT 150 at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 26.
Late Model Stock Cars – Entries for the Myrtle Beach 400 on November 16th-17th are now available by clicking here.
PASS Outlaw Late Models - Jimmy Rosenfield is the 2007 PASS Outlaw Late Model combination champion.
PASS South SLM – Preparations are underway and the entries are coming in for the second annual Mason-Dixon Meltdown, which will take place on this Friday and Saturday, November 16th-17th at Concord Motorsport Park. Click here for more information
PASS Sportsmen – Dan McKeage is the 2007 Pullen Heavy Industries PASS Sportsmen champion.
Sunbelt SLM – It is a sure sign that Thanksgiving is almost here and Christmas is on the way as the 42nd Governor's Cup 200 is set to run this Saturday, November 17, at New Smyrna Speedway. With one of the richest racing history's in Florida behind this race, many have come and tried to win the golden cup and this year is no exception.
Governor Hayden Burns commissioned the Governor's Cup in 1965 to pay tribute to Al Keller, long time promoter of Florida stock car tracks. Wayne Reutimann won the first race at Sunshine Speedway where the Cup was run until enviromental issues temporarily closed the track in 1979.
Sunshine Speedway hosted the race in 1979, with the race moving back to Golden Gate for the next three years, under the direction of Don Nerone. The DeSoto Speedway hosted the race until 1987, though the Cup was not officially competed for. It was at that time that Clyde Hart, the builder and owner of New Smyrna Speedway stepped forward and revived both the race and it's history.
The race has been run at New Smyrna's half-mile ever since. In 1998 the Governor's Cup was promoted for television by Terry Wall and Jack Smith, and was shown for the first time to fans all through the South via FOX and Sunshine Network
Jeff Scofield is a former winner of the Governor's Cup.
In 2001, the Governor's Cup was very special as then Governor Jeb Bush gave the command "Gentlemen Start Your Engines." It was only a few months after 9/11 and the Governor had already agreed to be the Grand Marshall. In spite of his staff's objections, Governor Bush came to the race to show the people of racing that we would continue and get over 9/11.
In 2002, Governor Bush asked Florida's most famous writer Patrick D. Smith to stand in his shoes as the Grand Marshall. In spite of a few health issues, Smith was there and autographing books before the opening ceremonies. Since 2002, we have seen many of Florida's finest be the Grand Marshall.
In 2005, we saw Jeff Scofield win the Governor's Cup 200 but previous winners have included James Powell, Mike Fritts, Dick Anderson, Wayne Anderson, Jeff Choquette, Jimmy Cope, David Rogers, Dumont Smith, Gary Balough, Dick Trickle, Jack Arnold, Billy Bigley Jr. just among some of those lucky enough to wint he 200 lap event.
Besides the Snowball Derby held at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, this is the race every Super Late Model driver wants to win. They come from far and near to compete on this one night for the honor of having their names added to the Golden Cup that is treasued by short track racers.
This year's Governor Cup is no exception to the rule. Expected are Wayne Anderson, Tim Russell, Jeff Choquette, Brian Finney, Ricky Carmichael, Chad Pierce, Dusty Cornelius, Blake Lehr, Sam Watts, Scotty Crockett, David Rogers, B.J. McLeod, and many more.
The "best of the best" will be in the field for the 42nd running, each wanting the win but only one going home as the winner.
Super Late Models – Taylor Barton of Las Vegas completed a thrilling last-lap pass on longtime race leader Tom Lovelady to win Saturday’s 140-lap Fall Classic Presented By Bank of America Super Late Model feature.
Superpro – To visit the website of the Rivernut Superpro Late Mode Series, PLEASE CLICK HERE
UARA-STARS – BJ Mackey won the race and Ross Furr won the championship in the season finale for the UARA-STARS Series at Caraway Speedway (NC) recently.
Wisconsin Challenge Series – Nathan Hassleau is the 2007 Wisconsin Challenge Series champion.
The 2007 Lincoln Welders Truck Champion Bill Withers with wife and owner Leslie and son and crew chief Justin. (Robert Costanzo Photo)
David Avery sold his #10 from last year (Top - 51 Photo) and bought a car with quite a record for his stable. (Bottom - Jamie Williams Photo)
Paul Young, car owner of the No. 23 Chevrolet driven by eighth place points finisher and rookie driver Mike Young, was awarded the Stoner Car Care Products Best Appearing Truck award. The award is voted on by fellow competitors.
Tim Schafer was the Holley Performance Most Improved driver.
Lincoln Electric Motorsports Marketing Representative Kent Johns accepted the ARCA Golden Circle Award on behalf of the company.
As season champion, Withers picked up prize money as well as a plethora of special awards, including a leather championship jacket. Withers' award package included a Lincoln Wires Welder and an Intercomp Scales digital air gauge. The traditional ARCA championship ring, which has been presented consecutively to every champion in both the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series and the ARCA RE/MAX Series since 1967, was presented to car owner Leslie Withers by ARCA President Ron Drager.
In a drivers/owners meeting earlier in the day, ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series officials held an informational session for series owners and drivers and disclosed a sneak peak of the 2008 season. The tenth season of competition for the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series will be highlighted by several companion events with the nationally touring ARCA
“It’s awesome to not only win the inaugural race but to also be the first Rookie of the Year for a series that is big and good as its going to be,” Eilen stated after the season finale at La Crosse. “I wouldn’t do another series unless something better came along for me. My crew guys and I had a blast. Every race, we left the track and couldn’t wait to get to the next track.”
Eilen shows no fear behind the wheel and can race with the best of them as he showed at the July 20th event at Madison International Speedway.
While fellow ROY contender Brandon Hill was driving away to his first win, Eilen was in an intense battle with multiple time MIS track champion, Dave Feiler for the runner-up spot. The two put on a great short track battle that kept the fans on the edge of their seats throughout the 100-lap event. Eilen would go on to win that battle and take home the second place finish while Feiler settled for third.
“I think Feiler and I ran side-by-side for about half the race,” Eilen stated after the MIS event as he and Feiler smiled and shook hands.
"Jonathan was a very big advocate of our series and how we ran things,” ASAMT VP Steve Einhaus stated. “It didn't matter if he was interviewed on the radio, at the track, or in the newspaper, he always spoke very highly about the ASAMT. That goes to show his professionalism and dedication to us and we can’t thank him enough.”
“He's 22 years old, has a bright future, and he is always in contention to win and his equipment always looks so good and is well prepared,” Einhaus continued to say. “He'll be knocking on the door for that Championship in 2008, just wait and see.”
Eilen will receive his Rookie of the Year honors on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI.
ASA Northwest Tour - BJ Tidrick is the 2007 ASA Northwest Series Champion.
Blizzard SLM Series – Eddie Mercer won the finale Blizzard Series event of the season, while Steve Carlson locked up the 2007 championship. CLICK HERE FOR RACE STORY
The 22-year-old Hampton, MN driver surprised many back on April 28, 2007 by becoming the inaugural ASAMT winner at Elko Speedway in Elko, MN. A track where has seen a lot of success.
In 2001, Eilen was the Rookie of the Year in the Thunder Car division where he finished tenth in points. A year later, he was the champion of the same division.
He moved up to the Sportsman division in 2003, where he claimed another Rookie of the Year title with 17 top-ten finishes at Elko.
In 2004, he competed in the Mid-American Series where took home five wins and 14 top-ten finishes.
It was in 2005, that he got behind the wheel of a Super Late Model and finished 15th in points at Elko. He competed in many Super Late Model events around the Midwest in 2006.
In 2007, he along with his Eilen Motorsports team committed to compete in the newly formed ASAMT. He made his presence known by winning the first event and then going on to finishing sixth in the final point standings with the one win, four top-five and five top-ten finishes and taking home another Rookie of the Year honor.
The Late Models are back in a big way at Oxford for 2008. (51 Photo)
Jonathan Eilen (Eilenmotorsports.com Photo)