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All of the Tours From A to W
ACT Late Models – Information regarding the ACT/Thunder Road 2007 Banquet of Champions was released this week, including the date and time, ticket order forms, and dress codes. The annual dinner, honoring drivers and teams competing on the ACT Late Model Tour or in one of the four weekly divisions at Thunder Road, will be held at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center in Burlington, VT on Saturday, January 12, 2008. Social hour begins at 6:00pm, with dinner served at 7:00pm. Award ceremonies follow.
If anyone finished outside of the top 20 or is planning to compete in 2008 with the ASAMT and you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact Tim Olson or Mike Lemke so that your information can be discussed at this meeting. Competitors that are within the top 20 and cannot attend, may send an approved individual to represent your team or you are encouraged to send along your questions to Tim or Mike.
A formal series informational meeting will follow on Sunday January 27th at the Kalahari Resort the day after the Championship Awards Banquet. All teams will be invited to attend that meeting to learn more about the 2008 racing season and to register car numbers/ASA Memberships.
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ASA Northwest Tour – BJ Tidrick is the 2007 ASA Northwest Series champion.
ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour – The ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour will debut in 2008. CLICK HERE FOR STORY
Big 8 – Jeremy Miller is the 2007 Big 8 Series champion.
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.
Carquest Maritime Pro Stock Tour – Shawn Tucker is the 2007 CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour Champion.
CRA Super Series – Impact Racing, the Motorsports safety equipment company started by Bill Simpson, has agreed to renew its sponsorship of the CRA Super Series, Howe CRA Sportsman and CRA Street Stocks for the 2008 season. This will be the sixth consecutive season that Impact Racing has been a sponsor of the CRA Super Series and it will be the second season they have sponsored the Howe CRA Sportsman and CRA Street Stocks.
"We are very happy to have Impact Racing as a sponsor again for all three of our series for the 2008 season" remarked Glenn Luckett, of Champion Racing Association. "The Bill Simpson name has always stood for the best in safety equipment. Impact Racing’s safety products have been a very valuable addition to the competitors in all three CRA divisions!"
With more than 48 years of racing safety experience, Bill Simpson, a 2003 Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductee, is entering the next chapter of his life with renewed commitment in an industry he defined. Bill’s new company, Impact Racing, offers the latest and most innovative safety equipment from helmets, driving suits, driving gloves driving shoes, to restraint systems and crew gear. All of Impact Racing’s products are designed from the ground up to provide the ultimate in safety performance and comfort.
ISCARS Dash Series – To date, The ISCARS Dash Series has twelve events now confirmed for 2008, with the intention of confirming three more tracks.
For three of the events we will use the Twin 75's format with a hour or so break in between to make adjustments. Last year we successfully held the first such two-race format at Florence Motor Speedway. It offers a chance to gain points for two events while only having to spend one day at the same track.
Late Model Stock Cars – Denny Hamlin returned to his roots this past weekend and won the Thanksgiving Classic LMSC race at Southern National Speedway. For full results, visit the Southern National website by clicking here.
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:
PASS Sportsmen – Dan McKeage is the 2007 Pullen Heavy Industries PASS Sportsmen champion.
States Eddie, “David has a lot of talent, and is one of the best young drivers I have ever worked with. He’s a really good kid, and he’s focused and knows how to win. I like having him in my race car, and I’m looking forward to next season with him driving for me because I know he can get the job done.”
David feels fortunate to be driving for Eddie, "He's great to drive for- I feel really comfortable in his race car, and he's also a great teacher- I've learned a lot from him, we work really good together and I know we can win more races." says David.
David Currier Jr. and his family relocated from Massachusetts to North Carolina a year ago- in an effort to focus on David's racing career. David has proven in just a year that he can win and finish up front on tracks like Tri County Speedway and Hickory Motor Speedway, which are also speedways featured on the UARA tour.
This team is ready to go, and the UARA season begins in March. During the off season, David will be meeting with potential sponsors to partner up with his 2008 racing program.
Wisconsin Challenge Series – Nathan Hassleau is the 2007 Wisconsin Challenge Series champion.
SRL – On Saturday afternoon, December 8th, the top drivers of the 2007 SRL Late Model Championship Series will be honored at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace in Bakersfield.
Dave Byrd of Seaside, CA will take top honors as the 2007 Series Champion, adding to his already impressive career of twelve track and series titles. Steve Belletto finished a close second in the 2007 championship chase with 316 points to Byrd’s 323. Rookie-of-the-year, Bryan Herzog was third in the 2007 championship standings, followed by; Jeff Belleto, Porter Smith, Mike Mendenhall, Tracy Bolin, Troy Ermish, Greg Voigt and Todd Bammer rounding out the top ten. Jeff Belletto will be honored as the Qualifying Points champion.
In addition to honoring the top teams and drivers of 2007, the SRL Championship Banquet will also serve as an opportunity for the series to make some very significant announcements regarding the upcoming 2008 season. Announcements regarding a new series name and title sponsor, changes in the management of the series and schedule details will be made on December 8th.
“The series will kick off March 28th and 29th with a big event for us at Roseville’s All-American Speedway where we will be competing on the same night as the NASCAR Grand National West Series,” stated series director Steve Fensler.
“The new Bakersfield track will play a major role in 2008 including hosting our season finale during their October Classic.” Fensler added.
“We have never been more excited about an upcoming season; we can’t wait to share with everyone our important announcements for 2008.” Fensler concluded.
Everyone is welcome to join the SRL teams, their families and sponsors at the banquet on December 8th at 12:30pm. For details contact the SRL office at (916) 687-7284.
Denny Hamlin in victory lane for the Thanksgiving Classic. (Southern National Photo)
Impact Racing will award the 2008 CRA Super Series Champion with an Impact Racing Helmet, which features the industries newest computer designed safety and comfort features. In addition, Impact Racing will award the 2008 CRA Super Series Rookie of The Year with a set of Impact Racing Restraint Belts, the third place finisher in final CRA Super Series points with a pair of Impact Racing Driving Shoes, and the eighth place finisher in final CRA Super Series points with a pair of Impact Racing Drivers Gloves. In addition, Impact Racing will provide a Standard Drivers Uniform that will be given away by random draw of the top 15 in final series points in 2008. All the above items will be awarded at the 2008 CRA Awards Banquet.
Impact Racing will be marketed as the Official Racing Uniform Company of both the CRA Sportsman and CRA Street Stock Series. Impact Racing will award a Standard Drivers Uniform and a set of Driving Shoes by random draw of the top ten finishers in 2008 points for both the Howe CRA Sportsman and CRA Street Stock Series at the 2008 CRA Awards Banquet.
In the meantime, ISCARS is working to finalize plans for next season in order to give teams enough leeway in seeking sponsorship for their racing program.
For the list of nine events, note the schedule section on the home page of our website.
Georgia Asphalt Series – The 2008 GAS series Drivers registration is now available. You should get your drivers registrations in ASAP. You may download it from the top right hand column of the GAS website.
Please print or type clearly so it is easily readable. This year we are asking for everyone's email address. This is so that if any last minute incidents, we can contact everyone via email with updates, etc. We feel this is a valuable tool to have to be able to contact everyone at once, and not count on drivers coming to the web site to find info, or by getting info via word of mouth.
Please fill out the form and get it back with the registration fee ASAP. Drivers that competed in 2007 have until February first to have their 2007 numbers held, after that they will become available to anyone.
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 – Lanier National Speedway in Braselton, Georgia will host its 1st Annual Ice Cold Shriners Bowl racing event, January 12-13. During the event, the Pro Late Model, Super Truck, Sportsman, Open Wheel Modified, Mini Stock, Thunder Roadster, Legend and Bandelero classes will compete on the 3/8 mile oval.
Saturday afternoon events will consist of Practice and Qualifying for all classes followed by feature races on Sunday afternoon for all classes. In addition, the Shriners will hold a parade at the track on Sunday afternoon.
Still up in the air are plans for finalizing the Series Championship for 2007. ISCARS postponed a race scheduled for October at Tri-County Speedway due to contract arrangements that were difficult to finalize.
Tri-County Speedway has scheduled three events with ISCARS for 2008.
Cooler weather is upon us along with the holdiays. ISCARS has communicated this concern to all the teams as we work on where and when to hold a final event. Florida is certainly an option, but the cost of travel necessitates a larger purse. ISCARS is talking to several potential sponsors to see what can be arranged.
Danny Bagwell leads the points and Joey Miller has a mathematical chance to overtake him. Both drivers would like to settle it on the track. In addition, there is the Rookie of the Year honors that come into play with two drivers vying for that title.
The ISCARS Dash Series is looking ahead to 2008. (ISCARS Photo)
Tickets are $35.00 per person, payable by cash, check, or Visa, MasterCard, or Discover at the ACT/Thunder Road office in Waterbury, VT, or by phone, Monday-Thursday, 8:00am-5:00pm. The order deadline is Tuesday, January 1, 2008.
Attendees should dress in semi-formal or business-casual attire (meaning no jeans, t-shirts, or ball caps). For more ticket information, call (802) 244-6963. To reserve rooms, call the Sheraton at 1-800-325-3535 or (802) 865-6600, or follow the Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center link on the ACT website at www.acttour.com.
ACT Quebec Series – Patrick Laperle is the 2007 ACT Castrol Quebec Series champion.
ARCA Trucks – Bill Withers is the 2007 ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series champion.
ASA Late Model Challenge Series - The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts will participate in the 20th annual Performance Racing Industry (P.R.I.) Trade Show on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday December 6-7-8, 2007 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.
ASALMS Co-Founders/Presidents, Ron and Sandy Varney as well as other ASALMS team
members will be on hand throughout the three day show in the Sunshine State in an effort to jumpstart the 2008 Racing Season, the Sixth Year of Racing for the Lexington, Michigan based series. The ASALMS will be located in Booths #5912 and 5914.
The P.R.I. Trade Show is the single biggest Motorsports Trade Show of it’s kind! Everything Happens Here First! 45,000 Buyers From 40 Countries! 1,450 Exhibiting Companies! 4,200 Booths! 1,000,0000 Square Feet! More New Racing Products Than Anywhere On Earth.
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.
ASA Midwest Tour – The ASA Midwest Tour will hold a meeting for Drivers and Owners that finished in the top 20 in points during the 2007 racing season. The purpose of this meeting is to have an open discussion about 2008 rules, race procedures, scheduling, and many other important topics. Teams that finished in the top 20 in final points will be allowed to send two individuals to represent their team. (ie, Owner and Driver) The meeting will be held at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI on Sunday December 16th from 12:00-3:00 pm.
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.
Super Late Models – Augie Grill won the 40th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida this past Sunday. Speed51.com was on hand all week.
Superpro – To visit the website of the Rivernut Superpro Late Model Series, PLEASE CLICK HERE
UARA-STARS - 17 year old race driving sensation David Currier Jr. of Lincolnton, NC and veteran race team owner Eddie Cox of Taylorsville, NC will be teaming up as driver and crew chief for the 2008 UARA-Stars Tour. David raced Eddie's #4 Tri-Star Racewear/ Orion Motorsports car in the limited late model division in 2007 with much success. They raced primarily at Hickory Motor Speedway, Tri County Speedway and Caraway Speedway. In his first season with Eddie, David brought in a win, one pole, two third place finishes, one fourth and several fifth place finishes.
Eddie and David are prepared to make the jump to the highly competitive late model stock car division, on the UARA- Stars Tour, which travels to four Southeastern states; NC, SC, VA and TN-- including the famous Bristol Speedway.
There were plenty of fireworks both on and off the track during Snowball Derby week.
The CRA Super Series will see Impact Racing return as a contingency sponsor for 2008.
The top 20 in the ASA Midwest points, including champion Nathan Hasleau, will get to discuss the series rules next weekend.
Jean Paul Cyr's #32 team won the 2007 ACT Late Model Championship. (51 Photo)