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All of the Tours From A to W
ACT Late Models – A select group of stock car drivers has been nominated for the “Sportsmanship” and “Most Improved” awards in four racing divisions for the American-Canadian Tour and Barre’s Thunder Road. Competitors and race officials and have selected nominees for the special awards, with the winners to be announced at the annual ACT/Thunder Road Banquet of Champions on Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Sheraton-Burlington Hotel & Conference Center in South Burlington, VT.
The How to Clinics are a unique set of seminars designed for the ASALMS Racecar. The training and insight provided will provide an in depth look at the ASALMS Racecar and related rules. It will also provide teams with valuable marketing information, cost saving programs for travel and team budgeting. Safety recommendations and mandates as well as what is new and what is coming.
The Clinics will run all day on Friday, January 18, 2008 from 8:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. (EST) and will include the following topics; Shocks and Brakes, Building your Car, A-B-C Bodies, Communications, Marketing, Travel, Budgets, Memberships, Chassis, Safety, Ignition Systems, Tires and Fuel, The Crate Motor, and Engine Builders.
Lunch will be provided on site by Texas Roadhouse. The Clinics are open to all and we encourage teams and tracks that run the ASALMS rules package to attend. There are many benefits for track and series officials that have implemented ASALMS Rules as part of their weekly divisions; the clinics are designed to help the racer and the officials that work with them.
Autodrome Montmagny has two stops on the schedule, with a 100-lapper on May 31 and the Montmagny 250 – another “U.S. bonus” event – on August 23. Autodrome Chaudière in Vallée-Jct. will see the Castrol gang on June 14 and August 16, as well as at the previously-announced “ACT Showdown at Chaudière” on Sept. 6, featuring the Top 10 drivers from the Série ACT Castrol and the ACT Late Model Tour.
Autodrome St-Félicien returns to the Castrol schedule for the first time since 2006 on July 5, while Ottawa’s Capital City Speedway returns for the second year in a row on August 9. Dates have also been cleared to encourage Castrol teams to compete at Kawartha Speedway’s ACT Late Model Tour Summer Sizzler 200 on July 13 and at Oxford Plains Speedway’s TD Banknorth 250 on July 20.
ARCA Trucks – Bill Withers is the 2007 ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series champion.
ASA Late Model Challenge Series - The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts is proud to debut the ASALMS "How to Clinics" that will run in conjunction with our Owner/Drivers Meeting and Annual Awards Banquet as part of the ASALMS "Weekend of Champions".
The 2008 version will once again showcase the top drivers from all over the United States and Canada in Super Late Models, Late Models, Crate/ASA Late Model Series Type Late Models, SK Modifieds, NASCAR Tour Type Modifieds, Florida/IMCA Modifieds, and Advance Auto Parts Pro Trucks.
The Crate/ASALMS Type Late Models will be racing every night of 2008 Speedweeks except for Sunday February 10, 2008 and the last night on Saturday February 16, 2008. The 2008 Crate/ASALMS Type Late Models Speedweeks Champion will be crowned on Friday February 15, 2008 during Advance Auto Parts Night with a 50-Lap Feature.
The Crate/ASALMS Type Late Models were added to the Speedweeks program in 2007 and featured some of the most exciting action of the entire World Series! Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver, Jonathan Beason was the 2007 Champion for the division
ASA Midwest Tour – The 2008 ASA Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by Echo Outdoor Power Equipment season opener is a little more than four months away. Already, a total of 45 numbers have been registered for 2008 competition.
16 of the top 20 drivers from the 2007 final point standings have already registered their numbers for the 2008 season. This includes 2007 champion Nate Haseleu and runner-up Donny Reuvers.
ASA Northwest Tour – The ASA Aero Exhaust Northwest Tour 2007 Season Awards
Banquet will be held on Saturday January 26, 2008 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference
Center, Yakima, WA. In conjunction with the festive night there will be a 2008 pre-season
meeting to discuss rules, upcoming events and the exciting new ASA Northwest Tour.
The informational meeting at 3:00pm is open to everyone.
BJ Tidrick (Yakima, WA) the 2007 ASA Aero Exhaust Northwest Tour Champion will be
honored at the Awards Banquet. The night’s festivities start at 6:00pm with a no host
social hour followed by dinner and awards ceremonies.
The long anticipated awards ceremonies and informational meeting will close the first
ASANWT season and the start of a new era for the foremost northwest racing series.
With major rule changes and a full schedule of races at many of the Northwest’s best
race venues there will be much to discuss with 2008 participants.
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 Boyne Machine Company of Jenison, Michigan has announced that the Third Annual Boyne Machine Weekend on September 12 & 13, 2008 will feature a $10,000 to win CRA Super Series 125 lap event at the famed Berlin Raceway located in Marne, Michigan. Last seasons CRA Super Series event at Berlin was originally scheduled for May 26 but that event was rained out. Boyne Machine's Mike Blackmer came forward to suggest adding the CRA event to his regular September weekend. Boyne Machine sweetened the deal for the CRA Super Series 125 lap event by raising the purse from the regular pay of $3,000 to win, all the way up to $7,500 to win. The 2008 non-pit stop event will go even further paying $10,000 to win, $5000 for second, $3000 for third down to $525 to start!
"We are really excited that we have been invited to be a part of the Third Annual Boyne Machine Weekend at Berlin Raceway," remarked Glenn Luckett, CRA Super Series Director. "We greatly appreciate Mike Blackmer and his partners at Boyne Machine for putting up an outstanding purse for this awesome event. Our events at Berlin Raceway have always featured great racing from the very talented group of local drivers who participate and from our series veterans. This race will be one of the premier template late model events held in the country this year!"
oval let 2007 CRA Super Series Rookie Of The Year John Van Doorn lead the first 104 laps, then used his better tires to reel in Van Doorn and pass for the lead on lap 105 and then cruised to a six second victory. The victory was the seventh for Campbell with the CRA Super Series and the third with the series at Berlin Raceway.
It looked like Fred's son Brian would be the car to beat last season, as he was at the top of the speed charts during most of the practices and lead a group of 13 drivers who broke the series track record in Appleton Rack & Pinion qualifying. The younger Campbell drew a five for the events invert putting Van Doorn from nearby Coopersville, Michigan on the pole. Van Doorn, a former full time competitor at Berlin, used his past experience to take the lead at the drop of the green flag, leading by as much as ten seconds at one point early in the race. Van Doorn would settle for second, with Chris Anthony in third, Alec Carl in fourth and Brian Campbell in fifth.
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 Models – Kevin Harvick has entered July’s TD Banknorth 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME). Click here for full story.
Late Model Stock Cars – Franklin County Speedway celebrated it's 2007 race season with their banquet on Saturday night January 5th, 2008 at the Woodland Place in Vinton, VA.
The highlight of the evening activities was when Richard Gluth, promoter of the track, announced that Franklin County Speedway would be a part of the ASA Member Track program in 2008.
Dennis Huth, president of Racing Speed Associates which owns the American Speed Association, attended the banquet after traveling from the ASA corporate office in Daytona Beach, FL.
Mr. Huth addressed the crowd of 230 in attendance and spoke genuinely about the direction the ASA is heading and how it could help Franklin County Speedway and other tracks in the nation.
All of the division champions were honored at the banquet with the top five in each division getting beautiful trophies. Jimmy Mullins(Late Model), Frankie Kelley (Street Stock), Travis Hurt(Limited Sportsman), Dakota Hogan(Mod4), Eddie Young(UCAR) and Robert Kuczmarski(Super Mini Cup) were the champions in their respective divisions.
PASS Outlaw Late Models - Pro All Stars Series (PASS) President Tom Mayberry has released the 2008 schedule for the PASS Outlaws, and the schedule contains a new look for the upcoming season.
"We've combined the various Outlaw divisions of seasons past into one single schedule for 2008", said Mayberry, "and we've tried to keep travel costs under control by scheduling the races in a closer proximity to the racers themselves. It's a solid schedule that will give the Outlaw Series plenty of racing while leaving some summer weekends free to enjoy other family activities as well."
The PASS Outlaws will visit five Maine and New Hampshire Speedways for a total of
eight events, with one possible additional date still under negotiation. The series will
open at Speedway 95 in Hermon Maine on Saturday May 3rd and travel to Groveton
New Hampshire's Riverside Speedway on Saturday May 10th. Epping New
Hampshire's All Star Speedway will host the PASS Outlaws on two occasions,
Saturday May 31st and again on Saturday August 23rd. Three Wiscasset (ME)
Raceway stops are on tap for the Outlaws, Sunday June 15th, Saturday August 16th
and the season finale championship event on Saturday October 4th. The winner of the
August 16th Wiscasset Outlaw date will earn a guaranteed starting spot in one of the
PASS season's premiere Super Late Model events, the DNK 250 at Wiscasset
Raceway on Sunday August 17th. The Outlaws will return to Scarborough Maine for
the PASS 400 Weekend at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on Friday September 19th
through Sunday September 21st.
The 2008 PASS Outlaws rules are posted now at www.proallstarsseries.com. Questions regarding the series should be directed to Scott Reed at 207-625-3230 between the hours of 6:00 and 9:00 PM.
PASS South SLM – Ben Rowe won the season-ending PASS South Mason-Dixon Meltdown at Concord Motorsport Park (NC). It was a wild race, so be sure to check out the full story:
PASS Sportsmen – After a remarkable inaugural season the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Pullen Heavy Industries Sportsman division will return in 2008 with a seven race confirmed schedule that will see the popular class in action at four Maine and New Hampshire speedways.
The Third Annual Boyne Machine Weekend will also have racing action from the USA Modifieds joining the five local divisions from Berlin Raceway including the Outlaw Late Models, Super Stocks, Pro Stocks, Sportsman and 4-Cylinders. Feature racing will be held on both nights. The event will draw over 200 racecars for all the divisions. The purse payout for the weekend will be over $130,000. The event will be managed by the Boyne Machine Company, which will be leasing the track for the weekend from West Michigan Whitecaps Racing.
"When we first started hosting this race two years, we wanted to make this the track's signature event," said Mike Blackmer. "If we are going to be investing this must into this race, then we want to promote it. We have formed a committee and are going to lease the track this time. We now want to make this event one of the biggest short track racing events in the country!"
Battle Creek, Michigan veteran late model racer Fred Campbell used his years of experience at Berlin Raceway to capture last seasons Boyne Machine 125 Presented By Centennial Wireless and Spray Power. The ten-time track champion at the tricky
northeast race this type of car at their home tracks," said Mayberry," and I felt that they deserved to get out to a few new tracks to showcase their talents. The Sportsman division provided some of the closest competition of any PASS division in 2007, and I expect more of the same for 2008."
The 2008 PASS Sportsman division rules are available now by visiting www.proallstarsseries.com. For further information contact Scott Reed at 207-625-3230 between the hours of 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM.
SRL – First off, the SRL Series will officially drop its former identity of SRL Late Model Wild West Shootout, to be known as the SRL Southwest Tour Series. With the new series sponsor in place, the official title for 2008 will be the “FLASHCO SRL Southwest Tour Series”.
$100,000 Event: What was the most exciting announcement made at the annual awards banquet in December; the FLASHCO SRL Southwest Tour Series will compete for a $100,000 payout at the season ending Lucas Oil October Classic at the new raceway in Bakersfield, CA. $30,000 to win the race, with a special $10,000 bonus award to the top placing SRL Southwest Tour Series competitor who competes in all FLASHCO SRL Southwest Tour Series events in 2008.
Official Vehicles: Pontiac and GMC will become the official car and truck respectively of the FLASHCO SRL Southwest Tour Series. The official pace car of the SRL will be the yet to be released 2008 Pontiac G8.
Schedule of Events: The 2008 FLASHCO SRL Southwest Tour Series will begin March 29th at the historic All-American Speedway in Roseville, CA. The SRL will share the race weekend with the NASCAR Camping World Grand National West Series at All-American Speedway. The series’ next race will take place at what is arguably the finest short-track in America, Irwindale Speedway on April 26th. The SRL will then venture to Altamont Motorsports Park on three occasions, the new Bakersfield track on five occasions, and once to Colorado National Speedway. A race date at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is pending. Three series events will make up the Stock Building Supply Challenge, which will offer a bonus award to the overall top performing driver of the three designated races.
About the Series: Celebrating its eighth season in 2008, the FLASHCO SRL Southwest Tour Series is a regional stock car series competing on paved ovals in the southwestern portion of the U.S. The series utilizes cars based on the former NASCAR Elite Division Series rulebook.
Sunbelt SLM – Tim Russell won the 2007 Sunbelt Series championship.
Super Late Models – – New Smyrna Beach, Florida. All Orlando Speedworld divisions with the exception of Legends and Bandoleros will participate in the FASCAR banquet scheduled for Saturday January 19, 2008. The banquet will be held in the Bill France Grand Ballroom at The Shores Resort and Spa in Daytona Beach. Tickets for the banquet are $38.00 per person if you RSVP and purchase your tickets prior to January 11, 2008. After January 11, 2008 tickets will be $50.00 per person.
You can call New Smyrna Speedway at (386) 427-4129 to RSVP or mail your RSVP and check to New Smyrna Speedway, P.O. Box 1500, New Smyrna Beach, Florida 32170. Please note on the RSVP your choice of Bronzed Chicken Breast or Braised Short Ribs for each member of your party.
On January 19, we will have a cocktail hour beginning at 6:00 pm with a cash bar. Dinner will be served at 7:00 pm. Dress for the banquet will be business casual.
For room reservations or information on The Shores Resort and Spa call (386) 767-7350 or visit www.shoresresort.com When making a reservation, please let the resort know you are there for the banquet.
Superpro – To visit the website of the Rivernut Superpro Late Model Series, PLEASE CLICK HERE
UARA-STARS - Ross Furr is the 2007 UARA-STARS Late Model champion.
Wisconsin Challenge Series – Nathan Hassleau is the 2007 Wisconsin Challenge Series champion.
Their 2008 campaign gets underway on April 19th at Beech Ridge Speedway, and returns to the Scarborough Maine oval on September 19-21 for the big PASS 400 weekend. Sportsman racers will make the drive to Speedway 95 on May 3rd for their only 2008 appearance at the Hermon Maine speed plant. Three trips to Wiscasset (ME) Raceway are on tap for June 15th and August 17th as well as the season's grand finale championship event on October 5th. All Star Speedway in Epping NH rounds out the confirmed schedule with a June 27th date. One additional Sportsman division date is currently under negotiation.
Seventy-six racers attempted to qualify for one or more PASS Sportsman division events in 2007, a tremendous turnout for a new touring series by any measure. But PASS President Tom Mayberry wasn't surprised by the popularity of the new division, or by the level of competition it provided." Honestly, I think some of the best racers in the
Thunder Road Rookie of the Year Chip Grenier of Northfield heads the list for the ACT Late Model division, receiving votes in both categories. Joining him on the list of top nominees for Sportsmanship are Vermonters Brent Dragon, Jamie Fisher, and Shawn Fleury, and ACT Late Model Tour regular Donald Theetge of Boischatel, QC.
Grenier is joined on the Most Improved ballot by Rusty Berger, Mike Bailey, Marcel Gravel, and Tour racer Ron Henry of New Gloucester, ME. A.J. Begin was the 2006 Sportsmanship Award winner, while Joey Polewarczyk was the Most Improved Driver.
ACT Quebec Series – Autodrome St-Eustache, just minutes from the city of Montréal, will open the Série ACT Castrol 2008 season with a 100-lap contest on May 18, then close the curtain with the 14th Annual St-Eustache 300 on September 21. The 4/10- mile oval will also hold a 200-lap show on July 26, with an extra bonus purse attached for American race teams that compete.
Fred and Brian Campbell know a thing or two about racing at Berlin. (51 Photo)
The Ponstein Racing #00. (ASA LM Photo)
ASA Late Model North Series – Ponstein Racing is accepting resumes from funded drivers wanting to compete in the very competitive ASA Late Model Series Challenge or Northern Division for the upcoming 2008 racing season.
The team has been highly competitive with the CRA Super Series for several seasons including winning Rookie Of The Year in 2002.
The team has also compiled large amounts of wins and championships around the Midwest in other late model competition even has experience in the “old ASA” touring series.
Ponstein Racing has had a commitment to building and maintaining top-notch racecars and equipment since its inception.
From their fully outfitted 7,000 square foot shop complete with fabrication shop, machining area, shock dyno etc, Port City racecars, and full team of personnel we are fully committed to showcasing a drivers talent, and our team's ability to run up front week in and week out.
ASA Late Model South Series – The 42nd annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing is set for Friday February 8 through Saturday February 16, 2008 at the famed 0.500 Mile High-Banked Paved Oval of the New Smyrna (FL) Speedway, located Eight miles West of New Smyrna Beach and 15 miles South of Daytona Beach in Samsula, Florida.
Nathan Hassleau will be back with his #87 in ASA Midwest Series action this year.
Chip Grenier's #9VT ACT Late Model.
If you race a car like this, you might be able to learn a few things in ASA LM's "How To Clinic:"