Star Drivers Helping Kick Off ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour at Mobile
2007’s Best Southeastern Late Model Drivers Excited About New Series
Drivers and teams from across the Southeast have spent the winter getting their cars ready for the kickoff of the inaugural ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour season.  Series officials announced today a star-studded list of names have committed to the Tour’s first event on Saturday, March 22nd, at the historic Mobile International Speedway.

Some of the most successful Late Model racers in the South during the past few years will be tackling the tough Alabama racetrack.  Among those who will do battle are Russell Fleeman, the two-time champion of the Georgia Asphalt Series Pro Late Models, and Preston Peltier, a consistent threat for victories and a runner-up points finisher in the PASS South during 2007.  Both have aspirations of kicking off the new Tour in grand style at Mobile.

“We’ve been concentrating on getting the cars ready all winter, but now we’re ready to go racing,” said Fleeman, a Dacula, Georgia, native.  “Everything’s just about 100 percent, so it’s time to go to Mobile and get the season started.”

“Last year was definitely a breakthrough year for me, so I’m excited for 2008,” said Peltier of Concord, North Carolina.  “Everything just seemed to go right, most of the time, at least.  We had some bad luck a couple times, but last year was just an awesome year for me, so I’m excited to get the new year going.”

Both Fleeman and Peltier are household names around the Southeastern short track circles thanks in large part to their past successes.  With the start of a new Tour and a new season, both drivers are looking to continue progressing toward even more success in the first year of the ASA SAT.

“I feel like the bad luck is gone and that I’ve got the monkey off my back,” said Peltier.  “The way we capped off the year at Concord last year, finishing well with the car all beat up, was a sign of that.  I’m getting some product support from Chevrolet this year and that’s awesome, so that will help a lot running well in the ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour. 
I’ve been paying for this stuff for the last five or six years out of my own pocket and that’s still happening now.  I’m hoping the TV deal will open a few doors on the sponsorship side, but we’ll be ready to go every time we go to the track.”

“The series looks like it’s going to be pretty big,” added Fleeman.  “I keep hearing a bunch of names of some guys that are coming that are big-name guys.  Having big names at the race really makes you step up your game.  There are good, quality Late Model drivers in the Southeast and I think I’m one of them, too.  The ASA tour will really be a top-notch series, and I’m looking forward to being a part of it.”

Mobile International Speedway is one of the most historic half-mile ovals in the Southeast.  A popular track with the fans and the racers alike, Mobile has a longstanding tradition of Super Late Model racing.  While neither driver has much experience at Mobile in the past – both have plenty of knowledge of the one main thrill that Mobile offers – speed.

“I’ve never been there, but I’ve heard it’s fast,” said Peltier.  “I live for speed, so I’m excited about it.  That’s why I love Concord so much.  It’s small, but it’s incredibly fast and everything happens so quickly.  I love Nashville because of the same thing, only it’s a little bigger.  I am definitely looking forward to Mobile because I love high-speed tracks.”

“That place is fast,” said Fleeman.  “I went to watch at Mobile once a few years back and then I went there to race once last year with the Super Late Model, but I blew the head gasket that night.  It’s a nice place to race because it’s so fast.  For somebody wanting to get started and to visit a variety of tracks, the ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour is the way to go.  It’s going to be a good thing for someone to make a career out of racing.  A lot of the young guys are going to do well in this series because it’s going to be good exposure and good experience for them.”
Mobile International Speedway and the ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour provide family entertainment at a very reasonable price.  Tickets for the inaugural ASA SAT event at Mobile are $15.00 for general admission and kids 12 and under are free.  Hospitality and Group discount tickets are available by contacting Stan Narrison or by calling (678) 910-7726.  Gates open for a pre-race concert at 3:30pm with racing beginning at 7:30.

While continuing to seek out that elusive sponsor, Preston Peltier hopes to make a splash on the ASA SAT.
Russell Fleeman is a frequent visitor to victory lanes in the Southeast.  He hopes to add more trophies to his mantle in the ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour.  (51 Photos).