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ACT Late Models – Heartfelt condolences go out to the family of ACT Late Model competitor Robbie Thompson.  Robbie’s father, John, passed away last week after battling cancer.  His loss creates a large void in not just Ontario stock car racing, but also in the Canadian trucking industry and in many local Ontario communities. 

Mr. Thompson was very much involved in his son’s successful racing career and new trucking business, and was an avid supporter of local hockey, lacrosse, and baseball teams, and other community events.  Former ACT Pro Stock Tour Champion Russ Urlin captured his 1989 title with sponsorship from Thompson Moving Systems, and a championship minor league AA baseball team bore the name “John Thompson Movers” in the early 1980s.  Mr. Thompson was honored with the Ontario Trucking Association’s Trailmobile Service to Industry Award in 1999, one of the industry’s highest achievements.

"John was one of the greatest guys on earth," said Ontario businessman John Prentice in the Owen Sound (ON) Sun Times.  John Thompson would have turned 69 years old last Friday.
Three dates have been reserved for special “non-points” events on the Série ACT Castrol schedule for 2008, beginning with the Summer Sizzler 200 at Ontario’s Kawartha Speedway on Sunday, July 13.  The Sizzler will be part of the ACT Late Model Tour Championship schedule.  Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine will hold the biggest “open competition” event for Late Models in North America on Sunday, July 20, with the $25,000-to-win TD Banknorth 250.

Autodrome Chaudière will see ten Série ACT Castrol drivers in action on Saturday, September 6, as they go head-to-head with the top ten ACT Late Model Tour drivers in the first-ever “ACT Showdown at Chaudière,” a 200-lap all star invitational event paying $5,000 to the winner and $1,000 to the last-place finisher.
Patrick Laperle of St-Denis-sur-Richelieu, QC won the 2007 Série ACT Castrol Championship, narrowly defeating Sylvain Lacombe of Terrebonne, QC, the 2005 Champion.
Autodrome St-Eustache, just minutes from Montréal.  A 100-lap event on Sunday, May 18 will open the season, while the 14th Annual St- Eustache 300 will draw the year to a close on Sunday, September 21.  A 200-lap event, which will offer a bonus purse for U.S. competitors, will take place on Saturday, July 26.

Autodrome Montmagny, a 3/8-mile, high-banked oval, will hold a 100-lap event on Saturday, May 31.  A long- distance, 250-lap race, which also offers a U.S. bonus, will be held Saturday, August 23.  The 1/3-mile, progressively banked Autodrome Chaudière in Vallée-Jonction, QC will also host the Série ACT Castrol twice, with a 100-lap event on Saturday, June 14, and a 150-lap contest on Saturday, August 16.

Autodrome St-Félicien, a 1/2-mile, semi-banked tri-oval, returns to the schedule for the first time in over two years on Saturday, July 5, with a 150-lap event.  Capital City Speedway in Ottawa will host a Série ACT Castrol event for the second consecutive season with a 100-lap race on Saturday, August 9.
ASA Midwest Tour –The ASA Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by Echo Outdoor Power Equipment is continuing to prepare for its 2008 season. The 2008 membership form is now available for all competitors at its website, www.asamidwesttour.com.

ASA Northwest Tour – The ASA Aero Exhaust Northwest Tour 2007 Season Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday January 26, 2008 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, Yakima, WA. In conjunction with the festive night there will be a 2008 pre-season meeting to discuss rules, upcoming events and the exciting new ASA Northwest Tour. The informational meeting at 3:00pm is open to everyone.

BJ Tidrick (Yakima, WA) the 2007 ASA Aero Exhaust Northwest Tour Champion will be honored at the Awards Banquet. The night’s festivities start at 6:00pm with a no host social hour followed by dinner and awards ceremonies.

The long anticipated awards ceremonies and informational meeting will close the first ASANWT season and the start of a new era for the foremost northwest racing series. With major rule changes and a full schedule of races at many of the Northwest’s best race venues there will be much to discuss with 2008 participants.

ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour – The ASA Southeast Series will featured on television in 2008  CLICK HERE FOR STORY

Big 8 – RK Race Promotions along with the Big 8 Series has announced that the Limited Late
Model series will be a part of the 4th Annual All-Star Challenge event on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at
Madison International Speedway in Oregon, WI. The Series will run in support of the Super Late
Model event that will feature NASCAR Nextel Cup Champions Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart.

“This is great honor for the Big 8 Series,” Gregg McKarns, Big 8 Series Promoter recently stated.
“Our competitors will have a great opportunity to compete in front of a large crowd, probably the l
argest crowd since the Series started. We appreciate and thank Roy Kenseth for allowing the Big
8 Series to be a part of his great event.”

Roy Kenseth, Promoter of the All-Star Challenge event, has been watching the Big 8 Series evolve
into a popular racing series in the Midwest. Last October, his 14-year-old grandson, Ross
Kenseth, competed in his first Big 8 Series event at the famous Oktoberfest Race Weekend.
The third generation driver captured the “Faster than a Speeding Bullet” fast time award and went
on to a fourth place finish in the 40-lap feature event. He will also be competing at the June 24,
2008 event as well in a Pathfinder Chassis prepared Limited Late Model.

“This is a very competitive series,” Roy Kenseth stated. “The competition was great at Oktoberfest
and they had 10 different winners in their 10 events last year. It cannot get more competitive than
that. We look forward to having the Big 8 Series as part of the All-Star event.”

The Big 8 Series will be competing on the fast half-mile oval with the length of the feature to be announced at a later date.

Blizzard SLM Series – Augie Grill won the 40th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida.  Speed51.com was on hand all week long.

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Carquest Maritime Pro Stock Tour – Scotia Speedworld and the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour announces the appointment of Ron J. Clarke as General Manager. Clarke replaces Ken Cunning, who has resigned in order to pursue racing with his son, Scott.

Clarke has many years of management experience and expertise in the automotive industry. He was a co-founder of C & R Auto Supply Limited in 1976 and has been the sole owner for the past 16 years. Clarke has been an avid stockcar racing enthusiast and promoter for many years and is greatly looking forward to his new duties as General Manager.

Clarke and his wife, Jackie, have been married for over forty years and live in the Halifax area, with strong ties to the South Shore. They have one son James and daughter-in-law Carol Ann. James will assume the leadership role in the family business, as Ron assumes his new position as General Manager of Scotia Speedworld and the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour.

Scotia Speedworld is a 3/10-mile asphalt oval stock car racing track featuring the Weekly Racing Series for six divisions and several special events during the race season, which runs from May to September.

CRA Super Series – Toledo Speedway and CRA Super Series officials have announced that the CRA Super Series will compete at the famed Toledo Speedway again in 2008. The 100-lap event is set to take place on the ½ mile banked oval on Friday, August 1st, 2008. That Friday will be Kids Night at Toledo Speedway, all kids 14 and under will get in free. In addition all kids 14 and under will receive a free hot dog, pop and chips that night. The Toledo Factory Stocks and 4 cylinder divisions will also be racing that night on the ¼ mile track.
series Champion Scott Hantz got the win in 2006, holding off series veterans Eddie Van Meter and JR Roahrig.

In last seasons A.P. Racing Engines 100 on Memorial Day Weekend at Toledo Speedway, 2007 series Champion Chris Gabehart brought a brand new Port City car he had just finished a few days prior to debut in that event.   Gabehart went out and set fast time in Appleton Rack & Pinion qualifying, but had to start the event fifth after the invert. 2007 Rookie Of The Year John Van Doorn grabbed the early lead from his pole starting position at the drop of the green flag. Veteran series racer JR Roahrig passed Van Doorn for the lead on lap seven. Roahrig held the lead until lap 21 when a hard charging Gabehart grabbed the lead and never looked back, getting a one second victory over Roahrig. Scott Hantz would finish in third, Brian Campbell in fourth with Van Doorn rounding out the top five.

ISCARS Dash Series – Much of the 2008 ISCARS Dash Series schedule has been decided upon and is available on the ISCARS website. CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE ISCARS DASH WEBSITE

Georgia Asphalt Series – The 2008 GAS Schedule is available now on the series website.

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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. 

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Late Models – The LAMOT Late Model class will be calling Holland Speedway in Holland New York the Home track in 2008. A board of directors made up of Drivers both past and present founded the LAMOT series. The purpose of the series is to establish a set of cost effective rules along with maintaining a level playing field for all competitors. After many weeks of discussions, the track is pleased to make this announcement. They have a few small details to finalize, but should be able to have the rules buttoned up in a short time.

Late Model Stock Cars – Hickory Motor Speedway Track Management announced the appointment of a new Race Director for their 2008 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series events.

Tony Wilson, of Conover, NC, will be the 2008 Race Director. Wilson has worked
with Hickory Motor Speedway for the past few years as a NWAAS Tech Official. He
started his racing career in Florida in 1987 as a crew member of a race team, then
began driving in 1989. He competed in many different divisions at tracks across
Florida, then moved to North Carolina in the Fall of 2004. With a “hands-on” background in both driving and officiating, he brings valuable experience to the job, and welcomes the challenges that come with the demanding position.

2007 HMS Race Director Jason Sherrill will be returning to his “first love”: The Flagstand. Regarded as one of the best short-track Flagmen in the business, Sherrill was picked this year to flag the “Bailey's 300” Late Model Extravaganza at Martinsville, VA. With a demanding “day job” and a busy family life, Jason looks forward to a less stressful raceweek.

2007 HMS Tech Director Paul Deyo will take on the duties of Chief Steward in 2008, in addition to his Tech Director's position. Chief Steward is responsible for all rules, rulings, personnel, and race day scheduling.

2007 marks the 58th consecutive season of racing at Hickory Motor Speedway.

PASS Outlaw Late Models - Jimmy Rosenfield is the 2007 PASS Outlaw Late Model combination champion.

PASS North SLM – Ben Rowe is the 2007 PASS North champion.  Click here for more.

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:

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PASS Sportsmen – Dan McKeage is the 2007 Pullen Heavy Industries PASS Sportsmen champion.

SRL – To visit the SRL website, PLEASE CLICK HERE

Sunbelt SLM – Jeff Choquette won the season-ending Governor’s Cup at New Smyrna Speedway recently, while Tim Russell secured the 2007 Sunbelt Series championship.

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"We are very excited about returning to Toledo Speedway again in 2008," remarked R.J. Scott, Managing Partner of the CRA Super Series. "The track has a lot of great history and we have had some of our best races ever there. We are looking forward to being a part of the big Kids Night promotion as well, we hope the Toledo area race fans will really get out and support this event!"

The CRA Super Series has now had nine events at Toledo Speedway since August 4th, 2000 when Harold Fair Jr. won his first ever CRA Super Series event. Canadian racing legend Junior Hanley has had the most success at Toledo Speedway with the series at Toledo, capturing one win in 2001 and one win in 2002. Joel Kauffman won his first ever series event in May of 2002 at Toledo Speedway on his way to winning the 2002 series Championship. Veteran Michigan driver Fred Campbell cruised to victory at the series event at Toledo Speedway in 2003, taking over the lead from Jeff Lane on lap 24 to get the win. Jeff Lane beat Scott Hantz in a very exciting series event in 2004 that featured several laps of side by side racing action for the lead. Johnny Belott beat Eddie Van Meter in a classic side-by-side battle that ended early because of rain in 2005. Two-time
The 2007 marked the 25th anniversary of this event, know as the “Super Bowl of Short Track Racing”, and the first year that the event was dedicated to the memory of the late Adam Petty and to raise awareness of the Petty’s Victory Junction Gangâ Camp, located in Randleman, North Carolina.

Four generations of Pettys have competed at Nashville’s Music City Motorplex, including Lee Petty, Richard Petty, Kyle Petty and Adam Petty.

Nearly 60 Championship Racing Association super late model competitors from a dozen states vied for one of racing’s most prestigious short-track titles.  The winner earned one of racing’s most unique trophies, a custom-made Copley guitar, in addition to the winner’s purse.

Superpro – To visit the website of the Rivernut Superpro Late Model Series, PLEASE CLICK HERE

UARA-STARS - The UARA-STARS hosted their first booth at the 20th annual PRI show in Orlando last week and it was a great success.  Kerry, Wink, Harold and Sam manned the booth and made many exciting contacts. 2007 UARA Champion Ross Furr was on hand Saturday signing autographs.

There was much interest in the series and we look forward to making announcements on new contingency sponsors and race sponsors in the near future.  Many of our 2007 contingency sponsors have already renewed their relationship with the UARA-STARS for 2008. Several have shown interest on upgrading their sponsorship. Ultra Pro Machining has already signed on as a new contingency sponsor for 2008.  Wallace Industrial Technologies has signed on as an event sponsor for the Dillon race in May.

Wisconsin Challenge Series – Nathan Hassleau is the 2007 Wisconsin Challenge Series champion. 

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Super Late Models – The Adam Petty Memorial All American 400, presented by Superior Oil & Gas, was held at Nashville’s Music City Motorplex on Sunday, November 4th, 2007

A one hour program, based on the event, will air on Comcast Sports South on Saturday, December 22nd at 5pm Eastern / 4pm Central.  Additional air dates and times on other Comcast regional networks will be announced.  Commentary is provided by veteran racing broadcaster Mark Allen, late model competitor Scott Sutherland, and Malcolm West.
ACT Quebec Series – ACT Quebec Series – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) stock car racing organization has announced a nine- race schedule for the 2008 Série ACT Castrol in Québec and Ontario.  Launched under the name “Série Nationale Castrol” in 2005, the short track Late Model tour took ACT sanction in 2007 and enjoyed a very successful year.

“We are very excited to return to Canada in 2008 to support the race teams that have continually supported ACT throughout the years,” said ACT President Tom Curley.  “This past season was proof that short track racing is doing very well in the region.”

The 2008 Série ACT Castrol season begins and ends at the fan-friendly 4/10-mile
Chris Gabehart is the 2007 CRA Super Series champion.
Travis Dassow will be honored as the 2007 ASA Late Model Challenge Series champion at the upcoming series banquet.
ARCA Trucks – Bill Withers is the 2007 ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series champion.

ASA Late Model Challenge Series  - The next official gathering for the entire ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts will be the 2007 ASA Late Model Series Awards Banquet and Weekend of Champions, which is set for Friday and Saturday January 18-19, 2008 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Banquet Tickets are still available! Banquet tickets must be ordered by Monday January 7, 2008 for seating arrangement purposes. Attendance is mandatory for teams receiving Points Finds Winnings. Tickets for the banquet must be purchased in advance through the ASALMS Office.
The Clarion Hotel and Conference Center is offering rooms for the ASALMS at a special discount from Thursday January 17, 2008 through Saturday January 20, 2008 for $69.95.

These special rooms must be booked by Sunday December 30, 2007 by calling the Clarion at; 1 (502) 491-4830 and letting them know you are part of the ASALMS Awards Banquet and Weekend of Champions. Upgrades to Suites are available for $89.95.

A plethora of special awards, voted on solely by our ASALMS Teams will also be handed out as well.

ASA Late Model North Series – The tentative 2008 schedules are now available for all of the three ASA Late Model tours.  CLICK HERE FOR 2008 SCHEDULES

ASA Late Model South Series – Beau Slocumb closed out the 2007 ASA Late Model South season with a victory at Birmingham International Raceway.

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