GAS 'n Go - News From the Georgia Asphalt Series from series PR reports
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GAS OPENER THIS SATURDAY
The Georgia Asphalt Series for Pro Late Models will kick off its 2008 touring season on Saturday evening, March 29th at Peach State Speedwayin Jefferson, Georgia. The GAS Series drivers will compete in a 100 lap event on the 1/2 mile high banked oval.
“There has been a lot of ‘sprucing up around the speedway during the off season,” said Vince Whitmire, GAS Series and Peach State Promoter. “We want to make the speedway more fan friendly.”
The 2008 Rookie class includes Max Gresham of Griffin, Georgia, Kyle Mitchell of Hampton, Georgia, Matt Swarts of Jasper, Alabama, Rusty Evans of Cairo, Georgia, J.R. Tippens of Covington Georgia and many more.
In addition, Russell Fleeman, the 2007 GAS Series Champion is expected to defend his championship with stiff competition from series regulars such as, Bubba Pollard of Senoia, Georgia, Michael Pope of Dublin, Georgia, Taylor Satterfield and Nick Potts of Jefferson, Georgia, Kyle Fowler of Smyrna, Georgia, Chris Dilbeck of Hampton, Georgia, David Elliott of Suwanee, Georgia, former GAS Champion Fredrick Moore of Gainesville, Georgia, Jimmy Garmon of Houshton, Georgia, Shane Nalley of Canton, Georgia, Billy Chancy of Kathleen, Georgia, Malon Winstead of Williamson, Georgia, Roger Delp of Newnan, Georgia and many, many more. Also, Chris Whorton of Boaz, Alabama and 2007 Lanier National Speedway Pro Late Model Champion and former super truck competitor Josh Atkins will join the fray.
"The GAS Series has really cut back on the traveling in 2008 due to rising fuel prices. "We really want to get back to a working man's racing series," said Vince Whitmire, GAS Series Director. "Diesel fuel for the haulers is now $4 a gallon and racing fuel keeps rising in price and we needed to get back to what the GAS Series was originally based on."
In addition to the GAS Series, the Outlaw Late Model, Pro Challenge, Sportsman, Super Trucks, Bandits and Mini-Stocks will compete.
Adult grandstand tickets will be only $12. Racing begins at 7PM. Peach State Speedway is located off I-85 at Exit 140.
The Official Motel of Peach State Speedway and the GAS Series is The Dandelion Inn of Commerce at Exit 149.Race teams and fans may contact the inn at 706-335-5183 to make reservations. Ask for the special "Peach State Speedway" rate.
GAS ESTABLISHES A “MULLIGAN” RULE
Teams who travel Georgia Asphalt Series understand that sometimes missing a race can really mess up their season, especially if they are running for points. GAS Series officials have taken a serious look at this issue and have come up with a solution though a "Mulligan Rule."
"We understand that sometimes you can't make a race due to family issues or failing to qualify for a race or not getting you car back together due to an engine failure or accident," said Vince Whitmire, GAS Series Promoter. “We're also going to allow teams to throw out their worst finish, even if they run all the GAS Series races."
In a nutshell, only 11 of the 12 races will count for drivers who compete in all 12 events, enabling drivers to throughout their worst finish.
The Mulligan Rule will go into affect at the first GAS Series race at Peach State Speedway in Jefferson, Georgia on March 29th.
CHECKERED FLAG PERFORMANCE JOINS GAS & PEACH STATE
The Georgia Asphalt Series and Peach State Speedway are pleased to announce Checkered Flag Performance of Hoschton, Georgia, has signed on as a contingency sponsor.
2007 GAS Champion Russell Fleeman is expected to be a threat again in 2008.
David Elliott is expected to be a threat once again in 2008 on the GAS tour.
"We are thrilled to have Checkered Flag and Owner Jeff Guthire on board with the series," said Whitmire.
Checkered Flag offers a full line of racing equipment for all types of racing including asphalt and dirt tracks, drag racing, road racing, safety, pit and shop equipment. In addition, a full line street and performance car parts is offered.
Checkered Flag is located just south of Hoschton at 55 Pearl Industrial Avenue, Suite 400. They can be reached at 706-824-0467.
DANDELION INN NAMED OFFICIAL SPONSOR OF GAS & PEACH STATE
Peach State Speedway and the Georgia Asphalt Series are pleased to announce that the Dandelion Inn in Commerce, Georgia as its Official Lodging provider. The Dandelion Inn is only 15 minutes from Peach State Speedway, just off I-85.
Race teams and fans may contact the inn at 706-335-5183 to make reservations. Ask for the special "Peach State Speedway" rate.
The Dandelion Inn's website is www.dandelioninn.com.
WHITMIRE COMES TO GAS WITH CREDENTIALS
When Georgia Asphalt Series and Peach State Speedway owner Paul Kegel began to look for a director last season, he was looking for an experienced individual to run his programs. Veteran Promoter and race driver Vince Whitmire of Jefferson came to the top of the list.
Whitmire began his racing career in the early 70's in go-carts winning numerous events. In the 80's, Whitmire switched to Late Model racing where he was Rookie of the Year at Peach State Speedway (known as Georgia International Speedway then).
In 1984 - 1985, Whitmire was hired to be the Promoter at Peach State Speedway.
"That was a true learning experience to me," said Whitmire. "I didn't know a whole lot about promoting a track when I was hired."
In 1986, Whitmire worked with Rupert Porter at Anderson Motor Speedway in Anderson, South Carolina. Whitmire has also competed with the late Bob Harmon's All-Pro Super Series (Late Models), Hooters Pro Cup, PARTS Pro Trucks, Southern All Star Super Trucks ,and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
Whitmire has the best interest of the fans and the competitors in mind every time he makes a decision. His goal is to make Peach State Speedway a more "fan friendly" racetrack. Work is currently under way at the speedway. For the competitor, Whitmire is trying to get racing more affordable for the local classes with some rule changes.
The GAS Series is going through some changes also.
"I want to get the GAS Series back to what made it", said Whitmire. "We've cut back on the traveling and putting rules in place to keep the drivers cost down."