Late Model Roundup - Presented By Five Star Racecar Bodies
A Compilation of News and Press Release Including All of the Tours From A to W
Jimmy Lang at Colt James will go down to the wire for the ASA LM South Championship. (Chuck Gonzales Photo)
ACT Late Models – Patrick Laperle won The Milk Bowl at Thunder Road Speedbowl on September 28th. The victory also propelled him to the 2008 ACT Series championship.
ACT Quebec Series – Alexandre Gingras won the 2008 series championship despite not winning a race.
ARCA Trucks – Paul Hahn won the 2008 series championship he also won the title in 2006.
ASA Late Model Challenge Series – The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts is getting closer every week to our final events. Although it is tough to see a season come to a close, it is also met with a great appreciation of all our accomplishments of the season.
One of the most exciting things of the end of the season is the Awards Ceremony and year end banquet Celebration. This season we have 4 divisions to celebrate; ASA Late Model Series Challenge, North, South and USPRO. The ‘Weekend of Champions will be held this year on January 23rd and 24th and will be filled with Owner/Drivers Meeting, How to Clinics and Seminars, Meet and Greet Party, Awards Ceremony and ASALMS Annual Banquet Party. Details on location and times will be released shortly.
The Weekend of Champions gives us a chance to honor our teams and also the marketing partners that make so much of short track racing a reality for all of us. Each year they provide the ASALMS teams with an abundance of awards that are geared towards keeping the teams on the race track. In today’s economy many of these partners stay in these programs because of their dedication to the teams and the sport and we should never forget their contributions.
One new and exciting award this season is the Championship Rings that are provided by Hilderbrand Jewelers. This is truly a gracious gift to our Champions that will honor them with a keepsake that will last forever.
To find out more about our upcoming season check back to our site at www.asalatemodels.com, www.asalatemodelsnorth.com, www.asalatemodelsnorth.com. We are working towards once again having the best teams, partners and tracks as part of our 2009 program and will continue to grow as ‘America’s Premier Short Track Series”
ASA Late Model North Series – The final race of the season will be the Oktoberfest at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem Wisconsin. Eddie Hoffman leads the points by 93 markers over Jesse Saunders.
ASA Late Model South Series – ASA Late Model Series South driver Colt James takes another win narrowing the point’s battle with only two events left this season. A full house was on their feet to watch the exciting finish with the top three teams taking the checkered flag of; 15 Colt James, 31 Brian Blum and the 88 of Justin Larson.
Jimmy Lang finished 4th and continues to hold the points lead with two events still left in the season: New Senoia on October 11th and the Championship event at Charlotte County on October 18th. Chad Pierce finished in the 5th position driving his teammate’s car #3 after some engine troubles with his own car the #57 and some unexpected health issues with Blake Lehr that left the teams with one driver and one car for the evening.
The teams took the checkered on lap 101 after a caution on lap 99. There was a total of five cautions for the evening with a caution on the start causing the loss of 51 Stephen Nasse, 60 Chad Atkins, 26 Jessica Murphy, 9 Kurt Jett, 32 Gyuri Makai. Earlier in the day, the 92 of Danny Partelo hit the wall in qualifying and was unable to fix the car to compete and the 19 of Chris Gillespie had car troubles that took him out of competition.
ASA Midwest Tour – Throughout the season, racetracks around the Midwest host their weekly programs along with many touring series traveling around. It’s over a four-day weekend that the competitors and those touring series will all come together and compete at one race facility.
Oktoberfest has become a four-day All-Star weekend for the 19 divisions that will be competing. Guaranteed, you will see the best drivers in their respective divisions or series competing this weekend.
It will get underway on Thursday at 6 pm. This will be a busy night as seven Oktoberfest features will be raced that night. The divisions competing include: Super Late Models Futures, La Crosse Late Models, La Crosse Thunderstox, R.A.Y.S., Hornet vs. Bandit Challenge, La Crosse Sportsmen, and the famous Double-O.
Champions will be crowned in the La Crosse Sportsmen and Thunderstox divisions.
The Super Late Model Futures is a new division this year featuring some of the best up and coming Super Late Model along with some veterans. What makes this race unique is that it’s only open to Super Late Model drivers who have never started the Oktoberfest Main Feature Event (i.e. Oktoberfest 100, NASCAR Elite or Re/Max Feature, ASAMT, and ARTGO).
Fans that purchase a four-day wristband are invited to the drivers meeting in the Big Red Barn at 5 pm. The legendary Dick Trickle will be the guest speaker at the meeting.
Friday’s action will get underway at 5 pm with the three divisions competing. The highlight of the evening will be the Second Annual Dick Trickle “99.” This Super Late Model feature event will be raced in three 33-lap segments modeled after the famous Milk Bowl at ThunderRoad in Barre, VT.
Trickle will be on hand and will be a special pit reporter for this event.
The Super Sportsmen and Area Sportsmen will also have feature races on Friday night.
The evening will be capped off with a new event, the “Stubby 49 ½” semi-feature event for the Super Late Models that didn’t make the Dick Trickle “99” field.
It will be a “Super Saturday” at Oktoberfest with the action getting underway at 4 pm. The American Speed Association Midwest Tour will have their qualifying features that will help set the field for Sunday’s main event.
The ASA Midwest Tour will wrap their season up at the annual Oktoberfest at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway.
The ASA Late Model Series North Division will crown their champion at the conclusion of their 100-lap feature event. Will Eddie Hoffman, who will also be competing in the Dick Trickle “99” win the championship or will 2007 ASALMSN Rookie of the Year Jesse Saunders upset the veteran driver?
The Big 8 Series will also crown its champion on Saturday night at the conclusion of their 48-lap feature event. Jeremy Miller and Michael Bilderback’s point battle will come down to the final lap. Also, could 15-year-old Rookie Ross Kenseth improve on his impressive fourth place finish at Fest a year ago?
The Mid-American Series will be competing in a 30-lap main event with James Swan looking at another championship.
Yes, three champions will be crowned on “Super Saturday.”
The green flag will be waved at high noon on Sunday as the final day the 39th Annual event.
Dan Fredrickson will be looking at becoming the second ASAMT champion, but Donny Reuvers may have something to say about that as he is only 56 points behind going into this weekend. The champion will be determined in the 100-lap main event.
ASA RC Cola/Moon Pie Southeast Asphalt Tour – After an impressive season in the inaugural RC Cola / MoonPie American Speed Association Southeast Asphalt Tour, Jay Middleton is on the verge of wrapping up the series’ championship. After three wins and only two finishes outside the top ten, Middleton takes a 202-point lead into the next race at Southern National Raceway Park (NC) on October 4th. A fourth-place finish or better will lock up the championship for the Gainesville, Florida, driver.
“It feels great to be close to winning a championship,” said Middleton. “I’ve always been a very good points’ racer, the way I drive and keeping my head up during the whole race and try to be a smart racecar driver. That’s always real good for points.”
Middleton will have an advantage on the drivers that are chasing him in the points, as he is the only driver in the top five who has raced at Southern National Raceway Park. Like every other driver, Middleton has every intention of going to the Kenly, North Carolina, track to win the race.
“We are not going to Kenly to ride around and lock up a championship,” said Middleton. “We are going there to win the race. The track is a lot like New Smyrna, and I’ve had a ton of laps around that place. It’s a little bit shorter, but it has really tight corners, so it’s going to be a good racetrack for me.”
ASA SAT will look to draw a strong car count like at Lanier earlier this season. (51 Sports Photo)
One driver that Middleton might have to deal with is Jason Hogan. The Cleveland, Georgia, driver took home the victory in the last race at Hickory and was looking strong at Lanier before mechanical issues ended his night. Hogan also has made laps around the high banks of Kenly.
“This is one of those places where you have to be on the wheel the whole time,” said Hogan. “It’s a fast little track, and you have to stay on the wheel and keep going. If you lay back, those guys behind are going to catch you and run off and leave you.”
Both Middleton and Hogan will have to deal with the rest of the ASA SAT regulars like Texas native Stephen McCurley, Georgia’s Taylor Satterfield and Tyler Millwood and Kentucky’s Jerrod Foley.
Round number 11 of the RC Cola / MoonPie ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour will be on Saturday, October 4th, at Southern National Raceway Park (NC). If you would like more information regarding the event and upcoming TV coverage, please visit the official website of ASA SAT at www.asasoutheast.com.
Big 8 – Will be racing at this weekend’s Oktoberfest at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem, Wisconsin.
Blizzard SLM Series – Josh Hamner won the championship as Ryan Crane took the victory in the final Blizzard race of the season.
Carquest Maritime Pro Stock Tour – Wayne Smith won the 2008 series championship for his second title in the series.
CRA Super Series – The advance entries are rolling in for the 37th Annual Winchester 400 Presented By Ed Martin Auto Group and Renegade on Sunday, October 12th on the famed High Banks of Winchester Speedway. NASCAR Stars Kyle Busch and David Stremme were the first two competitors to enter the event, both drivers will compete in their own racecars trying to add there names to the list of famous winners of this prestigious event including Mark Martin, Rusty Wallace, Ted Musgrave, Mike Eddy, and Bob Senneker, Butch Miller, Gary St. Amant and Brian Ross.
Who will win this year's Winchester 400? (51 Sports Photo)
Several of the top late model drivers from around the country have also already entered the event including current CRA Super Series point leader and winner of the 2006 Winchester 400 Scott Hantz. Other CRA Super Series regulars who have entered include Rick Turner, winner of the CRA event at Winchester on Labor Day Weekend, Boris Jurkovic, Jason Dietsch, top K & N Filters rookie competitors Zach Taylor and Aaron Pierce, along with John VanDoorn, Jason Shively, and Kenny Tweedy. Several part-time series competitors have entered including 2004 series Champion Chuck Barnes Jr., Tommy St. John and Brian Rievley, all three are former winners at Winchester Speedway.
Jeff Fultz leads a strong group of outside competitors already entered for the 400. Fultz, a former regular at Winchester Speedway before moving to North Carolina, was a winner at Winchester with the CRA Super Series in 2007 at Winchester, and got second to Turner this past Labor Day. Other top late model drivers from around the country who have already entered includes Florida’s Justin Drawdy, Alabama’s Stanley Smith, Oklahoma’s Donnie Wilson and Colorado native Mitch Cobb driving for NASCAR great Bill Elliott’s Driver Development Team.
This Thursday, September 25th is the deadline for the early entry period for the Winchester 400. Any entries sent in after that date
will have to pay an additional $50 as part of the late entry fee. Teams can contact the CRA office at 812-883-0455 about entering the event or with any event questions. Series rules and event information are available at www.craracing.net.
The Winchester 400 will pay the winner $12,000, plus there are several bonuses available including a $3,700 bonus if the 2008 winner is a past event winner or a non-regular CRA Super Series competitor. There will also be $3000 in travel bonuses to the top three traveling non-regular CRA Super Series competitors, and up to $10,000 available in lap leader bonuses!
For more details on tickets, camping and other information about the Winchester 400 Weekend, October 10-12, be sure to visit www.winchesterspeedway.com.
Georgia Asphalt Series – It'll be a big night night of racing at Peach State Speedway on Saturday, October 4th. Not only will it be the season finale for the Georgia Asphalt Series, the National Vintage Racing Association has been added to the card.
The GAS Series season will come to a close with the Hedman Husler Hedder 100. The 2008 series points championship is coming down to the wire between 2007 GAS Series Champion Russell Fleeman and Ryan Seig. T.J. Reaid of Acworth, Georgia has pretty much sewed up the GAS Series Five Star Race Bodies Rookie of the Year Championship.
The NVRAVintage Racing Association average from 25 to 30 cars per race with members coming from NC, SC, FL, AL, TN, KY, GA and one long-time loyal member who tows from Delaware to race with the NVRA.
The "Vintage Thunder" racing series is just that, "a racing series", not a group of old race cars parading around the track. Race fans witness an authentic presentation of stock car racing the way it use to be "back in the day."
Not only will the two touring series be on hand, Peach State's local classes will also compete. The Outlaw Late Models, Toyota Tundra Super Trucks and Mini Stocks will all compete in feature races.
After the nights racing concludes, there will be a free concert in the pits that all fans and race teams are welcome to attend.
Late Models – The Birmingham International Raceway proudly presents The Neil Bonnett Memorial 100 on Friday, October 3rd and Saturday, October 4th. The weekend’s events will end with round 7 of The Birmingham Super Series 100 lap Neil Bonnett Memorial and the Alabama State Demolition Derby Championship.
This year, we welcome Susan Bonnett Northcut, Neil's widow along with David Bonnett, son, and Kristen Bonnett Ray, daughter, to the event on Saturday night. We will have a presentation for them on the stage thanking them for their support of BIR and let them share some of their memories of when Neil raced at the historical track.
Also, Neil's grandson and David's son Justin is a regular competitor at BIR and will once again be racing in the Hoosier Tire Honda in the competitive Mini Modified division. And Justin's sister, Jessica will serve as trophy presenter for the evening’s races. Jessica is a student at Hueytown High School and a member of the Golden Gopher band.
Friday, races begin at 8:00 pm with double points for the Mini Stock, Renegade, Mini Modified, Street Stock and Sportsman. Also, all the drivers in the Mini Stock that have not won a feature this year will run a special race as the evenings final event with a Winner-Take-All 10 lap event.
Saturday, the 4th, The Birmingham Super Series will gear up for their 100 lapper along with the Open Wheel Modified. There will also be features in the Sportsman, Street Stock, Mini Modified, Renegade and Mini Stock. The final event of the evening will be The Alabama State Championship Demolition Derby with $1,000.00 going to the winner. All races begin at 7:00 pm.
For more information, contact me at 205-337-3803 or the track phone at 205-781-BIR1.
Late Model Stock Cars – Jason York won the Bailey’s 300 this past weekend at Martinsville Speedway (VA).
PASS North SLM – The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Model regulars have crisscrossed the Northeast for five months, racing from Connecticut to Nova Scotia and every place in between. Now, there’s just one chance left to visit PASS North victory lane when Ray Haskell Ford presents the Fall Brawl at Wiscasset (ME) Raceway on Saturday October 4th.
The winners’ list to date includes several you’d expect to see and a bunch of newcomers too. Johnny Clark leads the way in the win column with four; he’s already scored twice at Wiscasset, including a $30,000.00 plus payday in the Toyota Tundra 250. Clark is coming off another big win at PASS 400 weekend where he claimed the $10,000.00 winner’s check in the season’s longest event. Ben Rowe and rookie D.J. Shaw both have a pair of wins; Shaw scored his first career PASS win at Wiscasset, so he’s got to be considered one of the favorites at the Fall Brawl as well. Travis Benjamin, Derek Ramstrom and Adam Bates all broke through for their first PASS wins this season and Mike Rowe visited victory lane in the season opener back in May.
Johnny Clark is looking for his third career PASS North title. (Jamie Williams Photo)
The list of drivers that haven’t made their way to victory lane is just as impressive. Cassius Clark leads the PASS National Championship Series, even though he’s winless so far. Obviously he’s been knocking on the door, and no doubt he’ll go all out to finish his PASS North Season on a winning note. Same goes for Kelly Moore who finally had a good run on PASS 400 Weekend, coming home third. Moore cut his racing teeth at the coastal oval and if the car is right he’ll challenge for the win. Richie Dearborn consistently runs up front but has a goose egg in his 2008 win column, too. Same goes for multi-time Wiscasset champion Scott Chubbuck and Steve Berry, one of the fastest PASS regulars yet to visit victory lane. Travis Kittleson has run up front in Jay Cushman’s ride on several occasions and he’ll make the trip from North Carolina to try and make his first visit to victory lane. This combination certainly has the potential to score at Wiscasset.
It’s championship day for both the PASS North Super Late Models and the PASS Mods. Both races are tight, with several contenders for each title.
350’s, 305’s and Stock Fours will complete Saturday’s card. PASS 400 weekend rules apply for these divisions; contact Scott Reed at 207-625-3230 with tech questions. The action goes green at 4:00 PM on Saturday October 4th. The PASS 150 is scheduled to start at approximately 6:15 PM.
PASS South SLM – The next race will be at The Howler at Greenville-Pickens Speedway (SC) on October 18th.
SRL – SRL points leader Jim Petit won the most recent race at Almont Raceway Park
Sunbelt SLM – Wayne Anderson won the most recent race at the Columbia Motorsports Park (FL)
Super Late Models – The 2nd annual Dick Trickle 99 will be run on Friday October 2nd at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway (WI) The race is three 33 lap segment with the lowest number of finishing positions wins. Steve Holzhausen won the event despite not winning any of the three segments in 2007.
Superpro – Veteran Jack Landis scored two wins in the SUPERPRO Series at Plymouth Speedway while Tommy Cook duplicated last season by winning the 2008 championship.
UARA-STARS – To see the UARA-STARS in full action, be at Greenville Pickens Speedway on October 4, 2008 for the Melling Select 150. The STARS will be putting on one more fantastic show as the season winds down to the last three events with four drivers in contention for the Championship
Richard Boswell II captured his first win after many second and third place finishes at Lonesome Pine Raceway and also managed to slip past Jake Crum to a four point lead for the championship. Boswell has been like a cat on the prowl just watching and waiting to get to the top. With such a tiny lead he will have his hands full of trying to hang on. Crum, Boswell’s teammate Jamey Caudill, and Alex Yontz will all be breathing right down Boswell’s neck waiting for the least little mistake to take the point.
Jake "The Snake" Crum is second in UARA points.
Fifth place point contender Roger Lee Newton and family have been on a bad luck streak recently.
The worst being when Roger (the Dad) had a accident while working on a bobcat and overturning it.
Mr. Newton suffered a broken back, leg and foot injuries plus many bangs and bruises. As that wasn’t enough to have Roger Lee upset, he had a spoiler issue during pre-tech at Lonesome Pine Speedway and had to start in the rear of the field. Newton was gaining ground on the field when on lap 74 luck once again ran out and his evening ended with him in the pits suffering from a broken sway bar. Newton will bounce back and continue to give the front runners a run for the money. Whether or not he can gain enough for the championship is doubtful but you can be assured he will put the heat on to try and get further up in the final standings.
Sixth thru tenth in points are Jamie Yelton who has been like a rocket lately, Darrell Wallace, Jr., Brandon McReynolds, B.J. Mackey and Clay Greenfield.
Not only will the STARS have each other to contend with, but Greenville Pickens 2008 track Champion Marty Ward will be there to show them just how he achieved that accomplishment. Hats off to Ward who also won the S.C. State Champion ship and placed third in the National points battle for the NASCAR circuit. Ward is not a stranger to the UARA but will have a whole new crowd to contend with.
Former Melling Select Rookie Barry Andrews will be on hand to challenge the STARS and see how he stands with the young guns that are giving the veterans a lot to worry about. The rookies have been hanging right near the front of the pact all season long. Darrell Wallace, Jr. holds the rookie lead by 42 points but rest assured he isn’t on easy street. Brandon McReynolds is giving him a steady chase. McReynolds is also the only Melling Select Rookie to win an event so far in ’08. Wallace, however, has had a fourth, third and second place finish and seems to have his game going and a win on his mind.
USPRO – Dave Gentile, Jr. is the 2008 USPRO champion.
Wisconsin Challenge Series – Steve Holzhausen won the 2008 series championship