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ACT Late Models – ACT Late Model driver Jamie Fisher of Shelburne, VT was honored with the Don MacTavish Award for his long-lasting and profound impact on stock car racing in the region. Fisher began his career in 1995 in the four-cylinder Street Stock division at Thunder Road, behind the wheel of a tiny yellow Chevrolet Chevette with sponsorship from the S.D. Ireland Brothers construction and concrete company based in Burlington, VT.
ACT Quebec Series – Canadian ACT racers Patrick Laperle and Spencer MacPherson have been nominated by Inside Track Motorsport News, one of Canada’s leading auto racing magazines in the 6th annual Readers’ Choice Awards presented by Castrol.
Laperle, the 2007 Série ACT Castrol Champion, is up for Canadian Stock Car racer of the Year against stiff competition from both asphalt and dirt surfaces, from the eastern Maritimes to western Alberta.
MacPherson, an 18 year-old Série ACT Castrol rookie and podium finisher in 2007, is in the running for Up and Coming Canadian Stock Car Racer of the Year. MacPherson finished in the Top 10 in three of his four Castrol starts, including a third-place run at Autodrome Montmagny in June. He was also the points runner-up (with five victories) at Ottawa’s Capital City Speedway. He faces young drivers from both the blacktop and dirt worlds in a geographical stretch that matches Laperle’s competition.
To vote for Laperle and MacPherson, visit www.insidetracknews.com and follow the link for the Readers’ Choice Awards, or click the link posted on www.acttour.com.
MacTavish raced – and won – regularly at Vermont’s Catamount Stadium and Plattsburgh, NY’s Airborne Speedway on his way to the ’66 championship. “Mac” earned his big break during the winter of 1968-69, when he landed a ride on what is now the Sprint Cup Series. During his debut at Daytona Int’l Speedway in February 1969, during the famous Permatex 300 support race, he was involved in one of auto racing’s most horrific crashes. MacTavish was killed instantly, ending a dream for New England race fans of the era to see one of their own make it big in the upper echelon of the sport.
The first Don MacTavish Award was given to NASCAR Founder William H. G. “Bill” France, Sr. in the year MacTavish’s life was tragically taken. Since that time, honorees have included drivers Tom Tiller (1971), Jean-Paul Cabana (‘74), Beaver (’79) and Bobby Dragon (’83), Robbie Crouch (’88), Claude Leclerc (’90), Jean-Paul Cyr (’96), Brian Hoar (2000), Joey Laquerre (’04), and Phil Scott (’05).
Other distinguished winners have included Thunder Road Founder Ken Squier (‘72), ACT President Tom Curley (’81), Thunder Road Chief Starters Archie Blackadar (’75), Dick Willett (’85), and Mike Wilder (’98), car owners C.A. Crouch (’77) and Smitty McKay (‘03), and officials Doc Nielsen (‘80), Bubby Wilder (’84), and Dean Gallison (’06).
In what was widely regarded as one of the toughest divisions within the ASALMS and even despite missing one event, Hintzsche finished a strong Fifth in the Rookie of the Year title chase behind four very strong drivers in 2007 Rookie of the Year, Jesse Saunders as well as fellow freshmen, Mike Heiss, Dave Gentile Jr., and Alex Kennedy.
For the 2008 racing season, Troy Hintzsche has joined forced with the Midlothian, Illinois based Lorz Motorsports Team and will make a run for the 2008 ASALMS Northern Division Championship beginning on Friday and Saturday April 11-12, 2008 at the Toledo (OH) Speedway in Toledo, Ohio in the running of the Glass Breaker 125.
ASA Late Model South Series – When your rookie season in the ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts shows you finished Fifth Overall and Third in the freshman title chase, most drivers would consider that a really good year considering the talent level of all the divisions within the ASALMS.
For Lakeland, Florida driver, Chris Fontaine though, he wasn't happy at all with 2007 and
for 2008 wants to prove that for one, there won't be a "Sophomore Slump" and two, he will
be going all out for the 2008 ASALMS Southern Division Championship!
The chase for the 2008 ASALMS Southern Division Championship begins in the Sunshine
State at one of the tracks where he recorded one of his three Fast Qualifier Awards; The
Bronson (FL) Motor Speedway. The Bronson 100, the 2008 ASALMS South Season
Opener is set for Friday and Saturday March 28-29, 2008 in Bronson, Florida.
The 2008 racing season for Fontaine and his Chris Fontaine Racing Team will actually
begin with the "Non-Points" Crate Late Model Challenge 100, which is a part of
SpeedFest 2008 on Thursday-Saturday, January 24-26, 2008 at the USA (FL) International
Speedway in his native Lakeland, Florida. Fontaine also plans on select appearances
within the ASALMS Challenge Division as well in 2008.
ASA Midwest Tour – Last year, Tim Olson and Steve Einhaus went out on a limb in
starting the new ASA Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by Echo Outdoor Power
Equipment. To say they exceeded their expectations would be an understatement, but
they are staying humble with their success and are already working overtime in
preparation for the 2008 season.
Olson, the ASAMT President and co-owner of I-94 Raceway in Sauk Centre, MN, is someone who rarely does interviews as he feels his work is better served behind the scenes working in the pits with the drivers and teams and assisting in the tech area. He recently sat down and shared his thoughts of the 2007 season and some of the plans for the 2008 season.
“I think we have exceeded our expectations from what Steve (ASAMT VP) and I thought,” Olson recently stated. “We were going to be happy with 30 cars average at each event and ended up with a 46 car average per event, so that was awesome. The drivers, the response from the sponsors, tracks, fans, along with everything else doubled our expectations.”
In 2007, the ASAMT had a total of 165 drivers earn points from 11 different Tour events. Of those, 117 of them made at least one feature start with eight different winners with 24 drivers having at least one top-five finish and 42 having at least one top-ten finish.
He feels that the Tour itself is one of the benchmarks for a weekly home track competitor to see where they stand out against the best drivers competing in the ASAMT. The rules package is designed to allow a home track competitor to come and race when an ASAMT event visits their track. “I would want everyone to come out and try it once and see if it’s any different then what they normally do,” Olson said.
Olson continued to explain where the ASAMT can be a great proving ground for the local home track hot shoe, “A traveling series will give you a benchmark of where you would stack up with toughest competition in the Midwest and I would encourage a home track hero to try our series just once,” Olson stated. “If I was a running my local track and a traveling series comes in, I would love the opportunity to try it once and show the visiting drivers that I can race against them. With the competition that the ASAMT has now where first through 30th in qualifying was separated by two-tenths of a second at many events, it would be huge for a local to come and say they competed with the best and possibly be in the top five.”
Along with the response from the competitors, Olson has heard very positive comments from the fans and sponsors as well. “Everybody I have talked to have expressed that they really have enjoyed the shows,” Olson exclaimed. “They haven’t seen that style of competition in a while. They like going out and knowing that when they show up at one of our events, that it will be a high caliber, high tempo, and high pace. It reminds them of the kind of racing they grew up on.”
Award winner. Car Owner Dick Poe was honored as the winner of the 2007 Darrell Teal Outstanding Dedication Award for his contributions to the series over the past 8 years as a car owner, track owner and series sponsor. Chris Gabehart was awarded the Harris Products Group Lap Leader Award. Jack Smith was awarded the Cometic Gasket Hard Luck Award while Ray Mooi was awarded the Cometic Gasket Hard Charger Award.
ISCARS Dash Series – Much of the 2008 ISCARS Dash Series schedule has been decided upon and is available on the ISCARS website.
Georgia Asphalt Series – The 2008 GAS Schedule is available now on the series website.
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 Model Stock Cars – Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) Track Management announced some additional guidelines for the Late Model Stocks Division for 2008. This season, Hickory Motor Speedway joins the majority of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series tracks by mandating the use of the 500 carburetor on “built” engines for Late Model Stocks cars, as per the 2008 NWAAS Rule Book.
Crate engines will still use the 650 carburetor, as in previous years. However, Hickory Motor Speedway will continue to use the same Shock Rules as in the 2007 NWAAS Official Rule Book. We do strongly urge our competitors to take advantage of this program by using up their existing stock of shocks, as HMS will probably follow suit with the NWAAS guidelines for shocks in 2009. 2008 marks the 58 the consecutive season of racing at Hickory Motor Speedway.
MASCS - The Mid-American Stock Car Series will honor its 2007 front runners this Saturday, January 19th at the Wintergreen Resort and Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells, WI.
For the second year in a row, and for the third time in his career Genoa City, WI’s James Swan will be honored as the champion of the Mid-American Stock Car Series. Roscoe, IL’s Kyle Shear will be awarded the title of Mid-American Rookie of the Year.
The top ten in series points will also be recognized. Numerous door prizes and contingencies will be awarded to drivers and guests in attendance.
Several guest speakers will be on hand. One of those speakers will be the Editor of Racing Promotions Monthly, Stewart Doty. Doty and RPM are well known for the RPM Promoters Workshops held in Nevada and Florida.
Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. with awards to follow. Entertainment will be provided afterward. Rooms at the Wintergreen Resort are still available and range from $69 a night when you mention the Mid-American Stock Car Series.
PASS Outlaw Late Models - The 2008 PASS Outlaw Series will kick off on May 3rd at Maine’s Speedway 95.
PASS North SLM – The 2008 Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model North schedule is complete and the series’ eighth season is highlighted by some big new races, a change in the point format and a brand new series within a series.
Also, he feels that the fans interactions with the sponsors also help enhance an ASAMT event. “The fans think it’s neat that we get our sponsors to come out and support the events like they do,” Olson explained. “Some examples of this include bringing out the Echo Blowers and Scag Lawn Mowers, along with samplings from Kwik Trip and Hype Energy drink. The fans appreciate their involvement and in return, the sponsors have seen a positive return on their investment as the fans have purchased items directly from the local dealers that represented their product line at the track. It all comes down to our mission of giving the fans more entertainment above the racing itself and Steve has done an awesome job with this on the promotion side.”
On the competition side, Olson and the ASAMT staff are working on areas to keep the competition equal for low budget teams to compete with the high budget teams. “We are very aware that in order for us to put a good product on the track, we need to step up and do things to make sure that a low budget team has the same opportunities as a high budget team,” Olson stated. “Mike Lemke is constantly looking at what steps we
Teams that are chasing the 2008 PASS North Super Late Model Championship will count their 12 best finishes on the 14 race schedule towards the title, a new policy that should help teams that have a bad race or two keep competitive in the championship battle.
According to series President Tom Mayberry, “We’re going to try this format for 2008 and if it works like its intended it will keep the top ten in the PASS Super Late Model points even tighter as the season progresses. In the past, one bad race has taken some teams out of the points chase, but the two “mulligans” should be a big help. As always, consistency will be the key but a bad night or two won’t necessarily spoil your chances for a championship season.”
PASS South SLM – Also new for 2008 is the four-race PASS Super Late Model National Championship series that will pit the PASS North and PASS South series against one another for overall bragging rights. The designated national championship events are the Easter Bunny 150 at the legendary Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway on Saturday March 22nd, Orange County Speedway in Rougemount NC on July 18th and 19th, The PASS 400 weekend hosted by Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on Friday and Saturday September 20th and 21st, and The Howler at historic Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Easley SC on Sat October 18th.
All events are part of the PASS North or South regular season schedules so each event will feature a points race within the race. The best three finishes in the four race series will decide the National Championship. Drivers that finish in the top ten in PASS National points will receive cash and awards to be announced at a later date.
PASS Sportsmen – Dan McKeage is the 2007 PASS Pullen Heavy Industries Sportsman champion.
Sunbelt SLM – Tim Russell won the 2007 Sunbelt Series championship.
Super Late Models – The DNK Select 250 at Wicasset Raceway (ME) early bird entries are coming in now for the Aug 17th 2008 race. The defending winner of the DNK Select 250, #54 Johnny Clark, will be back to defend his win. Sam Sessions #00, the 2003 Big Dawg Challenge winner of $100,000.00 and former Bush Series racer #0 Billy Penfold will be mixing it up also. More entries are on the way like the one-and-only Stan the Man Merserve, wheeling a PT Watts entry alongside team driver multi-time champion Mike Rowe.
Here are the latest entries: #1 Albert Hammond, long time Oxford Plains driver joins the mix. Travis Benjamin #17 of Belfast, ME. - Alan Wilson #53 of Hebron, ME. - Scott Chubbuck of Wiscasset, ME in the Hight Motorsports #77. - Gary J. Bellefleur, Jr. #40 of Stetson, #2 Charlie Colby of Newcastle, #11 Scott King of Livermore Falls, #47 Corey Williams from Boothbay and North Carolina where he works for Andy Santerre. #14 Rick Martin of Taunton, MA. Long time Maine Pro Stock driver and Oxford 250 winner #37 Larry Gelinas of Scarborough and Pro All Star Series regular #33 Richie Dearborn of Hollis will be there. Jan. 6th update: #22 Aaron Ricker of Tamsworth, NH, #88 Alan Tardiff of Lyman, last years 100 Lap Crocker and Son LMS winner #60 D.J. Shaw of Center Conway, NH, multi-time PASS champion #4 Ben Rowe of Turner, Palermo's #25 Dale Cullivan and the #35 of Derek Ranstrom of Boylston, MA. #59 John Phippen of Bar Harbor has a lot of experience and wins at Wiscasset Raceway
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UARA-STARS - Ross Furr is the 2007 UARA-STARS Late Model champion.
Wisconsin Challenge Series – Nathan Hassleau is the 2007 Wisconsin Challenge Series champion.
The fastest full bodied race cars in the northeast will tackle a fourteen race schedule with stops at eight of the top short track racing venues in New England and Maritime Canada.
The season kicks off Saturday April 19th at Beech Ridge Speedway, and the PASS SLM racers will return to the fan-friendly Scarborough Maine oval on Saturday July 5th and Friday and Saturday September 20-21 for the big PASS 400 weekend. Speedway 95 has been a part of the PASS schedule since the series’ inception and PASS will be back at the Hermon ME oval on May 3rd.
Doug and Becky White’s Wiscasset (ME) Raceway will host the PASS Super Late Models on four occasions. The coastal oval will see PASS in action on Sunday May 18th for the Ray Haskell Ford 150, Saturday June 15th, Sunday August 17th for the DNK Select 250 and the season ending Fall Brawl PASS weekend of champions on Saturday and Sunday, October 4th and 5th.
PASS returns to North Woodstock NH and the quarter-mile high-banks of White Mountain Motorsports Park for two dates on Saturday May 24th and Saturday September 13th. All Star Speedway in Epping NH has a two day event on tap for Friday and Saturday June 27th and 28th and Groveton NH’s Riverside Speedway will complete the Granite State portion of the schedule on Saturday July 26th.
PASS heads to southern New England for its annual visit to Don Hoenig’s Thompson (CT) Speedway for the popular “Full Fendered Frenzy” event on Saturday July 12th. PASS rounds out its 2008 schedule with its annual excursion to the beautiful Canadian maritime for the Atlantic Cat 250 at Scotia Speedworld in Halifax Nova Scotia on August 8th and 9th.
Since his humble beginnings, Fisher’s trademark yellow #18 car has become one of the most popular and recognizable race cars in New England.
Fisher was the 2003 “King of the Road,” the 2001 ACT Late Model Tour runner-up, and a three-time Rookie of the Year (1999 ACT, 1999 Thunder Road Late Model, 1997 NAPA Tiger Sportsman). He is a four-time winner in ACT competition, and owns more than 20 feature wins in weekly events across three divisions.
MacTavish was a young racer from Dover, MA that first made his mark in demolition derbies. He was even featured on ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” and the game show “To Tell The Truth” for his car-smashing exploits. But MacTavish is best known as one of open-wheel Modified racing’s all-time greats. He captured the 1966 NASCAR National Sportsman Championship by competing in an exhaustive schedule of 122 events, winning the title by more than 3,000 points over Connecticut’s “Wild” Bill Slater.
Car counts were high in the ASA Midwest Series this year.
Sean Murphy in victory lane. (ASA LM Photo)
ARCA Trucks – Bill Withers is the 2007 ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series champion.
ASA Late Model Challenge Series – 2007 ASA Late Model Series Challenge Division Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year, Sean Murphy will return to SS Racing in 2008 under the new team joint venture SS-Green Light Racing.
Murphy will focus on the ASA Late Model Series Challenge Division Championship. In addition the team has promoted Murphy to their NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Team, where he'll race Six (6) events.
Murphy raced with Green Light Racing in the Truck Series for 15 races spanning from 2004-2006. He then signed with SS Racing in 2007, where he compiled Four (4) Fast Qualifier Awards, Three (3) of those were track records, a mass of top fives and finished Fourth in the overall championship in addition to taking the Rookie of the Year title.
ASA Late Model North Series – Every driver who runs in any of the four divisions within the ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts strives to become a champion! For that to happen, all the right pieces to the puzzle have to fall into place and even a little luck is always welcomed.
In the case of 24-year-old Troy Hintzsche, after Two years of stringing together limited appearances in the ASALMS in 2005 and 2006, the Malta, Illinois driver put together a run for the ASALMS Northern Division Rookie of the Year title for the 2007 season
Chris Fontaine (ChrisFontaine.com Photo)
Chip Grenier's #9VT ACT Late Model.
Spencer MacPherson celebrates one of his 2007 victories. SpencerMacPherson.com Photo)
need to take to keep the ASAMT competitors on a level playing field, and I think the competitors will appreciate what we are looking at and may announce at our Sunday, January 27th meeting at the Kalahari Resort.”
Many competitors have already praised the ASAMT officials for their work during the last season in making sure that they do have a level playing field. “I think we have a lot of good honest officials and there won’t be any type of favoritism. Its only going to get better from here on out and it will be fun to see what happens.” ASAMT competitor Dan Fredrickson recently stated.
The overall goal is simple, Olson would like to see the ASAMT continue to grow and feels that the ASAMT is on that route, “I would love everything to grow and I think with what has been going on during the off season, I think it will grow,” Olson said. “Hopefully, the competition will stay just as fierce and competitive and I think that the tracks and fans will see awesome races at all of the events we are at.”
The ASAMT Championship Banquet will take place on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at the Kalahari Resort. Race teams are encouraged to visit the ASAMT website for more information on making their hotel reservations.
ASA Northwest Tour – BJ Tidrick was the 2007 ASA Aero Exhaust Northwest Tour Champion.
ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour – The ASA Southeast Series will featured on television 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 Maritime Pro Stock Tour champion.
CRA Super Series – The 2007 Champion Racing Association Awards Banquet was held this past Saturday night at the Days Inn in Anderson, Indiana. The top 15 in 2007 CRA Super Series points, and the top 10 in the 2007 Howe CRA Sportsman points, CRA Street Stocks points and the Vore's Welding & Steel CRA FWD Compacts were all honored at that banquet along with special awards for all four divisions.
The Hendricks County Motorsports Team with driver Chris Gabehart were officially crowned 2007 Champions of the CRA Super Series. It was the second Championship for owner Jim Winters who won the 1998 series championship with driver Brian Rievley. It was the first series Championship for driver Chris Gabehart, capping off a spectacular season that saw him lead every statistical category with the series during the 2007 season.
"We had a great season that a lot of hard work went into," remarked Gabehart. "I have to thank a lot of people including my car owner Jim Winters for taking a chance on me when I didn't have any other doors opening for me. My spotter Brandon Lines for doing a great job at every race. My family for sticking behind me all these years, and a great crew that have really worked hard to help us get this Championship!"
John Van Doorn was honored as the 2007 Full Throttle Driver Development Services Super Series Rookie Of The Year and runner-up to Gabehart in series Championship points. Jason Shively was the 2007 TDR Screen Graphics Sportsman Of The Year
Jamie Fisher's familar #18. (51 Photo)
Chris Gabehart is the 2007 CRA Super Series champion.
The PASS North Super Late Models will race all over in 2008 - from the high banks of White Mountain Motorsports Park )Top) to the tricky flat Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. (Bottom)