Late Model Roundup - Presented By Five Star Racecar Bodies
All of the Tours From A to W
ACT Late Models – With the racing season in hibernation, how about reviewing a few stats, courtesy of ACT PR guru Justin St. Louis… Brent Dragon has 13 Top 10 point finishes on the ACT Late Model Tour since the series’ inception in 1992, including the last eight seasons. Phil Scott, the 2002 Champion, has a dozen Top 10s, followed by 1992 Champion Dave Whitcomb at 11, five-time king Brian Hoar at 10, Jamie Fisher at nine, and current Champion Jean-Paul Cyr at eight.
The only time Jean-Paul Cyr finished in the ACT Late Model Tour Top 10 when he did not win the series’ championship was in 2002 when he finished 10th.
ACT Quebec Series – tock car driver Patrick Laperle of St-Denis-sur-Richelieu was honored at the Série ACT Castrol Banquet of Champions at the Best Western Hotel Universel in Drummondville on Saturday evening. The 31 year-old received a bonus check worth $10,000 for his efforts during the 12-race season sanctioned in Québec and Ontario by the American-Canadian Tour (ACT).
Laperle recovered from a life-threatening illness to compete at the first Série ACT Castrol event, the Paradis du Sport 100 at Autodrome Montmagny. Laperle went on an unprecedented streak of dominance and consistency during the year, earning two victories, four runner-up finishes, and top-ten finishes in 11 of the 12 events. His victories came in consecutive races, with a $6,000 ACTion Super Series 200 score at Autodrome St-Eustache in July, and in a 100-lap event at Circuit Ste-Croix in August.
With additional success at Autodrome Chaudière in Vallée-Jonction and Capital City Speedway in Ottawa, ON, Laperle outdistanced Sylvain Lacombe – the 2005 Série ACT Castrol Champion – by 16 points to secure the title.
Lacombe, known as “The Terror of Terrebonne,” earned three Série ACT Castrol victories during the season and received a $5,000 bonus for his runner-up effort. Alexandre Gingras of Québec, Jean-François Déry of Val-Bélair, and Karl Allard of St-Félicièn completed the top five in order. Éric St-Gelais of St-Nicolas was honored as the Série ACT Castrol Rookie of the Year. St-Gelais completed his first full season of Late Model stock car racing in 13th place overall on the Série ACT Castrol, with a top result of fifth place at Autodrome Montmagny in June.
Rookie Jonathan Desbiens of Levis was voted by competitors as the Série ACT Castrol “Most Improved Driver” for 2007. At just 16 years old, Desbiens qualified for all but one of the scheduled events, and earned his first top-ten finish at Autodrome Chaudière in the PRO-FAB 100 in August.
Allard was named the winner of the Série ACT Castrol “Sportsmanship” award, as voted by competitors. The multi-time Québec racing champion was an early title contender in 2007, and celebrated the birth of his daughter, Megan, in July.
Louis Larue, President of the Réunion Pilotes Québec (RPQ) driver organization, was given a special award recognizing his efforts. Larue was instrumental in ACT’s 2007 return to Québec racing, and was presented a plaque by ACT Vice President Darla Hartt in appreciation.
ACT President Tom Curley thanked all involved with the Série ACT Castrol in his remarks during the evening, and announced that his ACT group will return to Québec in 2008. A finalized race schedule should be expected in December.
ARCA Trucks – Bill Withers is the 2007 ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series champion.
ASA Late Model Challenge Series – Numbers for the upcoming 2008 season within all four divisions of the ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts as well as new and returning memberships are now open to the general public.
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 Fran Prestay and Carl Schultz, the owners of Five Star Race Car Bodies in Twin Lakes, WI, reflect back on the 2007 racing season, only one word will say it all…success. Not only have they seen success with their company but success within their company through the ASA Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by Echo Outdoor Power Equipment.
First, their success within the company came with the help of one of their 85 employees, Brandon Hill. Hill, who works in Five Star’s Shipping & Receiving department, competed as a rookie during the 2007 inaugural ASAMT season where he finished 11th in points with one win, one top-five and four top-ten finishes in eight feature starts.
Georgia Asphalt Series – Vince Whitmire, the new director of the Georgia Asphalt Series has released a tentative 2008 GAS Schedule:
March 29 - Peachstate Speedway
April 12 - Watermelon Capital Speedway
May 3 - TBA
May 24 - Peachstate Speedway
June 14 - Senoia Speedway
July 3 - Peachstate Speedway
July 18 - Anderson Motor Speedway
August 2 - Watermelon Capital Speedway
Late Model Stock Cars – The pits were packed at Myrtle Beach Speedway (SC) this weekend with cars attempting to qualify for Sunday's Myrtle Beach 400 LMSC race. In the end though, it was local racer Sam Yarbrough who walked away with the race victory and the $10,000 winner's check. Yarbrough passed Marty Ward with eight laps to go for the race lead. 1) Yarbrough 2) Ward 3) Frank Deiny Jr. 4) Stuart Ricks 5) Rick Smith
PASS Outlaw Late Models - Jimmy Rosenfield is the 2007 PASS Outlaw Late Model combination champion.
PASS South SLM – Ben Rowe won the season-ending PASS South Mason-Dixon Meltdown at Concord Motorsport Park (NC). It was a wild race, so be sure to check out the full story:
August 16 - Senoia Speedway
August 30 - Peachstate Speedway
Sept 20 - TBA
October 4 - Peachstate Speedway (last points race)
Nov. 7-9 - World Crown Weekend
TBA dates will be at one of the following tracks: Lanier National Speedway, or South Georgia Motorsports Park
Goodyear Challenge Series - The recent 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.
Late Models – Marion Collins and Les DenHerder, president of HPS Mechanical and owner of Victory Circle Race Cars agreed to present the richest Late Model Stock Car event ever hosted in west coast racing.
The HPS/Victory Circle sponsored race will offer $100,000 in total prize money, with the winner taking home $30,000.
“We have never paid more than $30,000 total purse for a Late Model race, but we wanted to put on a race that elevated our sport and we are doing it with the support of HPS, Victory Circle and Lucas Oil”. Stated Collins.
“We are of course very enthused about the new raceway and this is our way of providing our support for the sport.” Added DenHerder.
The $100,000 Late Model race will be part of the 30th annual Lucas Oil October Classic at the new Bakersfield track currently known as “Kern County’s New Home to NASCAR”. Lucas Oil through their association with the Versus Network will provide national television coverage of the $100,000 Late Model event on its Lucas Oil Motorsports Hour.
The Lucas Oil October Classic will be a multi-day event featuring the NASCAR Late Models, the SRL Southwest Tour Series and the NASCAR Grand National West Series.
It's safe to start making plans to attend a GAS race in 2008. The Series schedule was released recently.
PASS Sportsmen – Dan McKeage is the 2007 Pullen Heavy Industries PASS Sportsmen champion.
Sunbelt SLM – Jeff Choquette won the season-ending Governor’s Cup at New Smyrna Speedway on Saturday night, while Tim Russell secured the 2007 Sunbelt Series championship.
Super Late Models – After a one year hiatus, the ASA Minnesota Late Model Challenge Series will return during the 2008 racing season. I-94 Raceway owner Tim Olson announced that the series will consist of three races, with one race at each of Minnesota’s three premiere race tracks, I-94 Raceway in Sauk Centre, Elko Speedway in Elko and Raceway Park in Shakopee.
Donny Reuvers won the 2005 and 2006 ASA Minnesota Late Model Challenge Series Championships. In 2006, Reuvers won a race at each of the three tracks in taking home the title. With a successful year in 2007, on the ASA Kwik Trip Midwest Tour Presented by Echo Outdoor Power Equipment, Reuvers might be one the favorites to win the 2008 Championship.
Race dates and times for the three race series will be announced in the coming weeks.
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 Laperle team stands on stage in recognition of their accomplishments. (ACT Photo)
The ASALMS Home Offices in Lexington, Michigan will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend beginning on Wednesday November 21, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. (EST). The ASALMS Offices will reopen on Monday November 26, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. (EST).
For more information about the 2007 ASA Late Model Series Awards Banquet and Weekend of Champions with regards to Banquet Tickets, the ASALMS How To Clinics, and more, as well as the 2008 seasons within all four divisions of the ASALMS, you can call the ASALMS home offices during normal business hours Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (EST) at: 1(800) 385-2503.
ASA Late Model North Series – The tentative 2008 schedules are now available for
event,” Schultz remembered. “Brandon is really popular guy around here, but a lot of the employees knew that he raced but not at the level they thought. So, for them to see him compete and win was an eye opener for many of them.”
Hill’s win easily went down as the “Biggest Surprise Win in 2007” for the ASA Midwest Tour.
Along with the success it has shown on the track, Five Star recently received one of its highest honors to date as it was named Business of the Year for Kenosha County (WI). “This is a huge honor for us,” Schultz stated. “When you look at who we are competing against for this award, such as Chrysler facility, Snap-On Tools and the other factories, this is a great honor for us.” A sign showing this honor is now placed outside its front doors to anyone who comes and visits their facility.
Five Star has also been very instrumental to the successful growth of the ASA Midwest Tour in 2007. Carl Schultz is also a member of the ASAMT Advisory Board along with Dennis Huth and John McKarns.
“There’s no doubt that everyone at Five Star Race Car Bodies has been an integral part of the ASA Midwest Tour,” ASA VP Steve Einhaus stated. “Fran Prestay and Carl Schultz have led a fine organization with their precision on the quality of products they produce. Carl’s involvement on the advisory board has been one of the major components to the success of the 2007 season. We look forward to a longstanding relationship with Five Star and their continuation of the ‘No Bull’ events in 2008.”
Five Star also provided a $100 Hard Luck Award at each event and will also be giving away a full body and half body at the upcoming Championship Banquet on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI.
Five Star Race Car Bodies started as a side job for Prestay and Schultz in the 1970’s, today its supplies the racing community with high quality after market body panels specifically designed for racing from the short tracks to Daytona. The 150,000 square feet facility located at 36728 89th St. in Twin Lakes, WI, is dedicated to the design, manufacture, and distribution of body panels and accessories used in oval-based series as well as drag racing and road racing. They are in their 28th year of operation.
Five Star is always looking forward and coming up with new products. “We will be introducing our new Toyota Camry and Dodge Avenger bodies sometime in the next month,” Corey Schultz stated. “We are very excited about this.”
Along with the new products, they are expanding their business by adding a 35,000 square feet building.
ASA Northwest Tour - BJ Tidrick is the 2007 ASA Northwest Series Champion.
Blizzard SLM Series – The 40th Annual Snowball Derby is coming up on December 2nd and the history to this race runs very deep.
Carquest Maritime Pro Stock Tour - Shawn Tucker is the 2007 CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour Champion.
CRA Super Series - Champion Racing Association has announced that the 2007 Champion Racing Association Awards Banquet will be held at the recently remodeled Days Inn in Anderson, Indiana at 5901 Satterfield Rd, just off exit 26 of I-69. The 2007 Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday evening, January 12, 2008. The 2007 Champion Racing Association Champions will be honored in the CRA Super Series, Howe CRA Sportsman, CRA Street Stocks and Vore’s Welding & Steel CRA FWD Compacts, along with all the top fifteen teams in 2007 CRA Super Series Owners Points and the top ten finishers in Owner Points in the other three CRA Divisions.
It was his win back on Friday, July 20th at Madison International Speedway that makes this story so special. Five Star was one of the event sponsors that night and brought two busloads of their employees and families to MIS.
“It was exciting,” Corey Schultz, Carl’s son and Marketing Director for Five Star recalled from that night. “I remember watching him in practice and in the heat race and the car looked great in the turns. With him starting on the front row, there was no doubt that he would get a good finish, but a win just blew us all away.”
The party, that was going on in the hospitality tent off of turn four, quickly moved down to the start/finish line as all of the employees joined Hill in the victory celebration, showering him with a variety of beverages as he exited his car.
“His win brought a real upbeat attitude around the facility the week following that
Yarbrough's winning #87 car. (Jamie Williams Photo)
Barndon Hill in victory lane at Lake Geneva....and that wasn't his only big victory of the season. (Lake Geneva Speedway / Mark Melchiori Photo)