Owners and Drivers Get Answers On ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour
Questions About Rules, Schedule And Television Package Answered At Informational Meeting
With the introduction of the new ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour to the racing landscape, series officials held an informational meeting for all prospective teams, owners and drivers this past weekend, hoping to answer any questions and give everyone a better idea of what can be expected from the new Late Model tour.
Approximately 35 race teams and over 90 people were in attendance for the meeting, held just outside of Atlanta, where the series is headquartered.
“The Tour was created and decisions are made taking four factors into consideration and how it will effect each of the four prongs needed to make a series successful, including the fans, drivers, tracks and the series itself,” said Stan Narrison, Promotions Manager. “Every track we go to has something different to offer both on and off the track, like varied racing venues and entertainment for the drivers and families.”
The Tour introduced the series officials to those in attendance. Introduced were John Kee, the Founder of ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour; Micky Cain, head of Race Operations; Narrison, Promotions Manager; Mark Mapp, Technical Director; Ken Cooper, Tech; Roger Cain, Tech and Pace Car Driver; series scorers Don Hallford,
Debbie Hallford and Wynona Geohagen; Blake Thomas, Marketing & PR and the Reverend Phillip Martin with Raceway Ministries.
“We are looking for consistency and the top people to put together great shows, that’s why we have assembled this team,” added Narrison.
Cain spoke about operations, rules package, tech and how the races will run. The series announced that most events will be 100 green-flag laps and will utilize double-file restarts. The top-10 qualifiers in each event will redraw for their starting spot in the feature event.
Several questions arose regarding engine builders for the series. There are five engine builders, whose engines are currently certified for competitions, including Phil Harper Motorsports, Pruitt Performance, Hamner Racing Engines, McGunegill Engine Performance and Stanton Racing Engines.
The races will pay a minimum of $3,500 to win and $600 to start and drivers will be paid at track after event. The series will have an overall ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour Champion and three regional Champions, along with payoffs for those first through 10th in the standings. However, drivers must run a minimum of eight races to qualify for the overall points fund.
Several comments were made on the schedule, which has been announced and is still receiving some final touches. Almost every race will have an open practice on the Friday before the event. The road course event at Carolina Motorsports Park in South Carolina will be a two-day show with Saturday instruction and practice and Sunday qualifying and a 40-lap event on the 2.2-mile road course. There will also be no limit on testing.
Cain also announced that the Hoosier F-45 Racing Tire would be the official tire of the series. Cain noted that the tire has a better construction to allow for more accurate measurements. Teams will not be able to pre-select race tires before an event. There will be no extra fee for first mount and dismount of tires.
Racing Radios will be the series official Two-Way Communications provider for the Tour, while Victory Circle Communications will be the at-track service provider. Scanners will be available for sponsors and fans to listen to driver/crew chief/spotter interaction to enhance their experience.
Finally, John Kee spoke to those in attendance about some of the things the series is going to do as well to help promote and build the drivers. Kee once again went over the basics of the television package of the Tour, which will work with veteran motorsports broadcaster Rick Benjamin and his Carolinas Production Group Inc.
The Tour will have a “ride along” Late Model that it will bring to the tracks to allow fans, local media and sponsors to get a better feel for the world of short track racing.
More announcements about the ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour will be released in the coming weeks. The series rules are already available for downloading at the series official website, www.asasoutheastasphalttour.com. The website is currently being redesigned and will be re-launched in the near future.
For more media inquiries regarding the ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour, contact Jeremy Troiano at (704) 788-2134 and be sure to visit www.asasoutheastasphalttour.com for all ASA Southeast Tour news. For technical and rules and information on the entire series, call Micky Cain at (678) 373-9851. For sponsorship and promotional information, please contact Stan Narrison at (678) 910-7726.
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