Gerloff did say that she is working on a few surprises for the teams at this year events that will enhance their visibility at each event.
“You could not have asked for better people to work alongside with such as Gary and Christa and the rest of the Kwik Trip staff,” Steve Einhaus, ASAMT VP stated. “Both the ASAMT and Kwik Trip have the same goal, and that is to get our race fans to use Kwik Trip as their top choice to fill up their gas tank, get their morning coffee, etc. along with having them enjoy an ASA Midwest Tour race when it comes to a nearby track. The exposure we provide for each other is a great win-win for both of us.”
The first Kwik Trip store was opened in 1965. The company shares a common philosophy with the American Speed Association Midwest Tour: “We are mindful of the past, but don’t live in it. We have our feet planted firmly in the present but we do not stand still. We have an eye on the future, because that’s where we’re going. Our goal is to be "Better Than The Best!"
The Kwik Trip convenience store concept, combines bright clean décor and a strong private label program with competitive “Kwik n’ Low” pricing to create a unique identity for Kwik Trip. Kwik Trip offers unleaded, E-85 fuel, and diesel fuel, convenient pay-at-the-pump capabilities, a large 16-head fountain drink wall, Cheese Mountain Take n’ Bake pizza, and a state of the art car wash at many of its locations.
ASA Northwest Tour – BJ Tidrick was the 2007 ASA Aero Exhaust Northwest Tour Champion.
ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour – The ASA Southeast Series will debut on March 22nd at Mobile International Speedway (AL).
Big 8 – Big 8 Series officials have formed a Minor’s Eligibility Panel for approval of those drivers ages 14-15 that would like to participate in Big 8 Series competition during the 2008 race season. The panel will consist of both track promoters and veteran drivers whom will review a driver’s resume prior to allowing them to partake in race day activities.
Those drivers between the ages of 14 and 15 that would like to have their eligibility reviewed by the panel are asked to submit a resume to the Big 8 Series offices at P.O. Box 1000, Rockford, IL 61105 or fax it to 815-654-8360. “We would like the up and coming stars of the industry to consider the Big 8 Series, meanwhile we want to ensure that they are ready to take this step in their career.” Stated Big 8 Series organizer Gregg McKarns. In addition, these drivers will be required to purchase a Supplemental Participant Accident Program Policy through Motorsports Corporation of North American MCNA (www.MCNAracing.com or 888-815-8765), as well as complete all necessary minor release forms as required by each individual venue.
Resumes should include driver’s name, birth date, contact information, divisions previously competed in, oval tracks they have competed at including length and surface, racing accomplishments and a current late model driver/car owner as a reference including phone number. Upon receipt of the resume, the panel will respond to the applicant with in ten days, applicants may be required to undergo an on-track evaluation at that time.
The 2008 Big 8 Series season begins on Sunday afternoon April 13 at Rockford Speedway and includes stops at Madison International Speedway, Golden Sands Speedway, Wisconsin International Raceway and Jefferson Speedway with the 2008 Champion being crowned during Oktoberfest Race Weekend at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway on Thursday October 2. For more information visit the series website at www.big8series.com.
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All of the Tours From A to W
ACT Late Models – The American-Canadian Tour boys are back from New Smyrna, Florida, and – after some long nights, some even longer days, and maybe a box or two of rivets – are in one piece. Eric Chase of Milton, VT led the charge with an opening night victory (the first of his career) in the ASA/Crate Late Model division at the “World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing” at New Smyrna Speedway on Friday, Feb. 8, while Hudson NH’s Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk was involved in one of the race’s three red-flag pileups and finished 25th. Chase came back the next night to finish 7th, while Pole and his family team spent the entire day and most of the evening to patch their car back together. They came home 13th.
“We had some fun, but I don’t know that we’ll be coming back in the future without someone else’s money to put into it,” Polewarczyk joked. “It was a long, long week, and my crew busted their butts to keep us going every night.”
Chase and Polewarczyk agreed that many of the week’s major accidents (two of the 25-lap features took more than one-and-a-half hours to complete, each with three red flags and lots of torn up race cars) were likely to blame from inexperienced drivers. As hard as it may be to believe, Polewarczyk, 18, and Nolin, 21, were two of the oldest drivers in the ASA/Crate division. Logan Ruffin, the division’s champion for 2008, is – get this – 13 years old! That’s not a misprint… THIRTEEN! Polewarczyk estimates that by the end of the week, no less than six cars would need new front clips after having been wrecked.
“It’s a whole different world down there, and it made me appreciate the quality of racers and officiating we have in New England,” he said.
“We got a win and some good top-ten runs out of it, and it didn’t make sense to me to risk it all on the last
night,” echoed Chase. “We accomplished a lot more than we expected to down here, our heads are held high, and our car is in good shape.”
All said and done, the efforts of Eric Chase and Ryan Nolin were good enough to place them 7th in final point standings, while Joey Polewarczyk finished 11th. Congratulations to the ACT trio, it’s good to have you back!
The three will be back in action at Lee USA (NH) Speedway on Sunday, April 20 for the ACT Late Model Tour’s 17th season opener, and then just six days later at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway.
ACT Quebec Series – Série ACT Castrol entries have recently been filed by veterans Claude Leclerc and Alexandre Gingras, young hotshoes Spencer MacPherson and Kevin Roberge, and ACT newcomer Patrick Hamel. Gingras was a three-time Castrol winner in 2007, finishing third in points. Leclerc, the Canadian “Iron Man,” placed 7th in the final tally. The Série ACT Castrol kicks off at Autodrome St-Eustache on Sunday, May 18.
ARCA Trucks – Bill Withers is the 2007 ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series champion.
ASA Late Model Challenge Series – 13-year-old Logan Ruffin has accomplished something no other driver in Florida Speedweeks history has been able to do at such a young age. Not only did he become the youngest driver in Speedweeks history to win a Feature, he won three races in a row to become the youngest Speedweeks Champion in history.
The 42nd annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing was held at the New Smyrna (FL) Speedway in Samsula, Florida from February 8-16, in the six Crate Late Model races, Ruffin started off with a Sixth Place finish on opening night and then rattled off an impressive three feature wins in a row.
Ruffin would then hang on to his 2008 Florida Speedweeks Championship with finishes of fourth and third in the last two features to secure the Crate/ASALMS Type Late Models title over part-time ASALMS competitor Will Thomas and David Wagner.
Now that Speedweeks are over, the 13-year-old will take some time off and prepare for the remainder of the 2008 season which will see the Ruffin make his first appearance of 2008 in the ASA Late Model Series in the ASALMS Challenge Division Season Opener on March 14th-15th.
“We’re going to take some time off and recover from Speedweeks and then get ready for the ASALMS Challenge Division opener in North Carolina.” Ruffin remarked. “I know the competition will be very tough in the ASALMS and I can only hope that some of what I learned and the additional seat time will help me out as the schedule moves forward.”
The 13-year-old then added; “I think I have more confidence in myself, but also know that if this was easy everyone would be doing it. I feel certain the learning process is about to really kick into high gear for me.”
“We went into Speedweeks with the idea of getting good seat time and racing experience against
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 GAS Series kicks off the 2008 Season on Saturday, March 29th at Peach State Speedway in Jefferson, Georgia, Home of the World Crown.
Goodyear Challenge Series - The 2008 Goodyear Challenge Series season starts on March 15th at New Smyrna Speedway.
Carquest Maritime Pro Stock Tour – Two-time and defending CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour champion Shawn Tucker has been nominated as a finalist for Canadian Stock Car Racer of the Year by Inside Track News – Canada’s top national motorsport news magazine.
Tucker, a resident of Fredericton, New Brunswick, became only the second multi-time champion on the series when he clinched his second title last year, having earned his first series championship in 2004 when he was also nominated for the same award.
CRA Super Series – – Four former winners in late models at the Music City Motorplex are some of the latest drivers to enter the CRA Super Series All American 150 in Nashville, Tennessee on March 29th.
Chip Harpe and the Harpe family and friends have joined with MediaFit Inc. in an effort to help grow this race into a premier Late Model Racing Event.
“We are glad that Chip asked us to be a part of this event,” said Melissa Lynes, Assistant Manager, Sport Marketing and Public Relations for MediaFit. “Everyone is working hard to make sure this event is bigger and better than last year.”
Plans have already been set in place for the race night. It will consist of a 200 lap LMSC race along with a tentative 50 lap non qualifier race and a 100 lap truck race.
Lap sponsorships have already begun being sold. They are selling again for $100 this year. $50 of that will go towards the late model purse and the other half will pay for two special hospitality passes and two tickets to the race for the sponsor. Sponsorships can be purchased through Caraway Speedway (336) 629-5803 or MediaFit (336) 945-0206. Many of last years sponsors will be returning this year. Other dollar and product sponsorship opportunities are available.
Mid-American Stock Car Series - Ryan Gutknecht and Mark Kissinger who call Slinger Super Speedway their home track are looking to have a little fun in the Mid-American Stock Car Series this year. Kissinger is a former Thunderstock champion at Slinger Super Speedway while Gutknecht was the 2007 Rookie of the Year in that class.
Kissinger, a rookie of the year contender, has set his sights on racing the full Mid-American Stock Car Series schedule, and is very excited about it. This year he has a new sponsor on board, Culligan, a company that offers state of the art products and local water professionals that delivers the right product for any kind of water needs.
Along with Culligan, other sponsors that came aboard to help make his first full time season running the series success full are Trendsetters, a company that provides vinyl and window tinting, Noey’s Pub and Grill in St. Lawrence WI, which offers after the races specials Sunday nights. Kissinger also stated that long time sponsors ASAP towing and hauling 24 hour service out of Hartford WI will be back on board for this year along with Hartford frame specialist, which specializes in frame work on cars and trucks. Uptown body shop located in Slinger Wisconsin, which did a awesome job at painting the car this year, and P.M.F Landscape supply which provides delivery of landscaping materials such as topsoil, woodchips, stone, and Christmas trees.
Kissinger credits his car owners Mark P and Lucille Kissinger and his crew, Matt Syzmack and Craig Kowloski, without whom racing wouldn’t be possible.
Kissinger and team are really looking forward to running the Mid-American Series this season with the goal of being the top rookie. He will be joining the ranks of the Mid-American series with one championship under his belt coming at Slinger Super speedway in the Thunderstock division and five feature wins along with number of top finishes. “Last year we focused on racing at Slinger in the Sportsman class which follows the Mid-American rules so we could get a handle on the car. It was a season of ups and downs learning the new car, we finished 10th but missed three races,” said Kissinger
“We raced a few of the Mid-American races last season and had a lot of fun, the team is
looking forward to the challenges of traveling to each of the different tracks on the
schedule.” When asked why Kissinger Motorsports decided to join the Mid American
series he stated, “Everyone is so friendly and willing to help, which is huge when you’re
the new kid on the block. And Doug and Julie are always more than willing to answer any
questions I or the team may have.”
Oak Creek’s other racing Gutknecht is looking to join the fun found in the Mid-American
Stock Car series, and will be another rookie contender. Ryan Gutknecht is the nephew
of Mid-American Stock car driver Bobby Gutknecht. The younger of the Gutknecht’s had
a successful 2007 season racing at Slinger Super Speedway in the Thunderstock division.
Finishing 4th in points and was named the 2007 rookie of the year, and had an average finish of 5.9.
“I figured I may as well go from the Thunderstocks to the Mid-Am class, racing is in my blood and we have always done it as a family. So jumping in to a Mid-Am car allows me to keep racing with my family. Last year racing at Slinger full time was hard on the family. They had to rush to make it back to some of my races at Slinger,” stated Gutknecht
“I’ve had other options but racing with Uncle Bob, Swan and the other big names found in the Mid-Am’s just seemed like the thing to do.” Gutknecht also stated. “I am really looking forward to finally getting a chance to race against the Shears, and Kissinger, we hang out all the time so this season should just be a lot of fun.”
Ryan Gutknecht is looking at running the full season, with the support of Bobby Gutknecht, and the rest of his family. Gutknecht also has sponsorship from Oak Creek Automotive, Lingford Construction and is in the process of finding other sponsors to help fund his 2008 Racing Efforts.
The Mid-American Stock Car Series will begin its “Sweet 16” season on Sunday, April 13th at Rockford Speedway in Love’s Park, IL.
Northwest Pro 4 Alliance – The 2008 Northwest Pro 4 Alliance season will start on May 24th at South Sound Speedway (WA).
PASS Outlaw Late Models – The 2008 PASS Outlaw Series will kick off on May 3rd at
Maine’s Speedway 95.
PASS North SLM – As of February 1st all numbers which have not been licensed for the 2008 season are now available on a first come basis. All PASS divisions are subject to the posted availability.
The Pro All Stars Series policy is that all previous year's numbers are held until the February 1st date of the following year allowing returning teams the opportunity to retain their respective numbers for the next season.
Teams are urged to submit their license and registrations for early season events in the upcoming weeks.
Late Models – Returning to New Hampshire’s Lee USA Speedway in 2008 will be the popular “Governors Cup 200” race which has been a Lee favorite since the 80’s. The race, in honor of the State of New Hampshire’s top official was revived last year with the Honorable John Lynch on hand for the event. This year’s race will highlight the two of the top touring divisions in the country, the ACT for Late Models and the TVMRS, for the open wheel modifieds. The early season special will take place Sunday afternoon April 20. The Allison Legacy and Northeast Legend Auto Racing Series will also be a part of the spring special.
Late Model Stock Cars – The second annual Rusty Harpe Memorial Race will take place on Wednesday, July 2nd at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, NC. The first race was held last year on July 4th in memory of Late Model Racer Rusty Harpe who lost his life to a farming accident in January of 2007. Harpe drove the #71 Late Model car at Asheboro and other local area tracks.
Monday, Feb. 11, Chase turned the controls over to teammate Ryan Nolin, whole proceeded to drive to a fine 8th-place finish. Pole, involved in another scrum, finished 22nd. Wednesday, the roles were reversed, as Pole finished 9th while Nolin was taken out by another competitor warming up his tires during pace laps. The car was damaged enough to be unable to continue, and Nolin was credited with a 21st-place finish. Pole finished 9th again on Thursday, while Nolin was boxed in heavy traffic to finish 16th. Friday, Feb. 15 was the 50-lap finale for the “Crate Lates,” and saw the field take trials to determine the starting order. Polewarczyk started fourth (after a handful of disqualifications were handed out to other competitors), and he turned in his best performance of the week by finishing there. Chase, who was back in the car, broke loose during qualifying, timed deep in the field, and decided to load his car rather than risk tearing it up.
“I figured, hey, we came all the way down here and only got torn up once, and even that was relatively minor,” Chase explained. “I don’t know that there was even one other car that sustained as little damage as we did for the week, and there were over 30 cars in our division here.”
Chad Finley (ASA LM Photo)
really good competition,” explained the Tennessee teenager. “We had basically brought a whole car in parts and pieces in the trailer expecting to have to change a nose, the fenders or spindles, but surprisingly we didn’t have to change or fix any body parts during the whole World Series.
“We had a great week. We thought we were off to a great start after the first night. In the second night we started outside pole, and in the race we took the lead on the start and never looked back. It was so totally unexpected.
“The second win was actually my favorite since I got to do some good racing against Will (Thomas) and was able to pass him at the end for the win. The fourth night we started on the pole and led every lap to our third straight win. At that point we were tied for the points lead.”
As for the remainder of the 2008 season, Ruffin has upwards of 40 races scheduled all around the United States. In addition to his ASALMS Challenge and Southern Division schedules, he’ll also make select appearances in the ASALMS Northern Division.
Plus the teenager also plans on racing in select events within the PASS South Series and CRA Super Series. Even on off weekends, Ruffin plans on staying busy as he looks to
ASA Late Model North Series – The 2008 racing season will soon begin and DeWitt, Michigan based Team Finley Racing, with driver 16-year-old Chad Finley, is gearing up for a full run at the 2008 ASA Late Model Series Northern Division Presented by GM Performance Parts Championship armed with Two major announcements.
Team Finley Racing and Car Owner, Jeff Finley are very excited to announce two important additions to the team for the upcoming 2008 racing season. Nationally know Aftermarket Auto Parts Chain, Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper Parts Stores and Certified Service Centers has signed on as a Major Associate Sponsor on the side of the Team Finley Racing machines for the 2008 racing season!
Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper Parts Stores and Certified Service Centers are no strangers to Motorsports Sponsorships as their colors are will be on the side of the #10 Gillette / Evernham Motorsports Dodges driven by Rookie contender, Patrick Carpentier in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
In addition, the #9 NASCAR Nationwide Series machine will also sport Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper colors at select races in 2008 with various drivers led by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran, Elliott Sadler. Auto Value has also been the title sponsor for several years of the Michigan based Auto Value Super Sprints Series.
In another major announcement from the DeWitt, Michigan based team; 2006 ASA Late Model Series Crew Chief of the Year, Bob Cumbow has joined Team Finley for the 2008 racing season after spending
It might be snowy where you live, but the Easter Bunny 150 will take place in less than one month's time.
Logan Ruffin celebrates one of his Florida Speedweeks victories.
The group includes Wheaton, Illinois driver Eddie Hoffman who has scored three victories with the ASA Late Model Series in the four ASA Late Model Series events that series had at the Music City Motorplex during the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Hoffman, driving for Tom Kmak’s 2005 CRA Super Series Owners Championship winning TK Racing, is still trying to claim his first Copley Guitar Trophy for winning a CRA Super Series sanctioned event in Nashville. The veteran Mid-west racer has seven CRA Super Series victories to date including SpeedFest 2007.
2005 Adam Petty Memorial All American 400 winner Jason Hogan has filed an entry. The Cleveland, Georgia driver came close to getting his second All American victory last November, John VanDoorn made a late charge after pitting and passed Hogan for the lead with eight laps to go, VanDoorn got the CRA Super Series event victory, Hogan would go on to finish second. The talented late model veteran is always a threat to win with his Hogan Motorports Team.
2007 Spring Clash 150 winner Nathan Haseleu has filed an entry to defend his spring Nashville victory. The Pardeeville, Wisconsin native will race again for Gary Schultz’s Illinois based team in 2008. Haseleu won the inaugural ASA Midwest Series Championship in 2007 and claimed back-to-back Wisconsin Challenge Championships in 2006 and 2007. The former Roush Racing NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver lead 149 of the 150 laps in last years spring event holding off Josh Vadnais to get the win, Haseleu worked the high groove, giving Vadnais the low groove over the last ten laps. Vadnais led lap 146, but Haseleu would grab the lead back for good on the next lap, going to get the exciting victory.
2006 Spring Clash 150 winner Eddie Mercer has also filed an entry for the All American 150. The Pensacola, Florida veteran looks to claim his second Copley Guitar Trophy, but will be using the All American 150 to get ready for his main goal of winning the All American 400 in November. The former Snowball Derby winner wants to add the All American 400 win to his list of achievements before ending his racing career.
Anderson, Indiana’s Donald Karr Jr. and Plainfield, Illinois’s Nick Baran have also now filed entries for the All American 150. Both drivers will be competing for the series Rookie Of The Year award in 2008 after competing part-time in 2007. Chelsea, Alabama native Josh Hamner has also filed an entry this week. The son of famed engine builder Jeff Hamner has become one of the top Southern late model drivers over the past couple of seasons. To date there are now 29 cars pre-entered for the All American 150, the first 45 entries for the All American 150 are guaranteed a pit stall inside the track.
The All American 150 for the CRA Super Series late models will be part of the big 2008 Spring Clash Weekend on March 28th and 29th at the Music City Motorplex, which will also include a 75-lap event for the O’Reilly USA Modified Series and a special-points 75-lap Shoot-out event between the CRA Street Stocks and the MCM Sportsman.
This will be the third season in a row that the CRA Super Series has opened its point’s season at the famed oval with a 150-lap event. The Saturday night, March 29th event will be a tune-up to the prestigious Adam Petty Memorial All American 400 on Sunday, November 2nd. The All American 150 will pay $5000 to win, but more importantly, the top three finishers will have a guaranteed start for the CRA sanctioned Adam Petty Memorial All American 400.
The 2008 Spring Clash Weekend will kick off with an open practice for all three divisions on Friday, March 28th. Pits will open at 12noon Central Time; practice will start at 3:30pm and will go until 7:30pm. Pits will open on Saturday, March 29th at 9am, practice will begin at 12noon, with qualifying starting at 4pm. The race program will begin at 7pm on Saturday with last chance races first, then the three feature events starting with the 75-lap event for the O’Reilly USA Modified Series, followed by the All-American 150 for the CRA Super Series, and ending with the 75-lap CRA Street Stock/MCM Sportsman Shoot-out.
Eric Chase in victory lane at New Smyrna.
Jason Hogan (top) and Eddie Hoffman (Bottom) have both entered the Spring Clash.
The Late Models at Lee USA Speedway. (51 Photo)
PASS South SLM – The Easter Bunny 150 will kick off the PASS South, and PASS National Super Late Model Championship, seasons on March 22nd at Hickory Motor Speedway.
PASS Sportsmen – Dan McKeage is the 2007 PASS Pullen Heavy Industries Sportsman champion.
SRL – The 2008 Flashco SRL season starts on March 28th-29th at All American Speedway (CA).
Sunbelt SLM – Tim Russell in the 2007 Sunbelt Series champion.
Super Late Models – With five months to go before the IWK 250 to be held at Riverside Speedway in Antigonish, Nova Scotia on July 18th-19th , there are already 34 cars pre-entered for the event. The list of drivers who have already paid the $350 pre registration fee include Americans Johnny Clark, Travis Benjamin and Kirk Thibeau. Canadian drivers who are entered for the race include Shawn Tucker, John Fleming, Wayne Smith, Lonnie Sommerville and Rollie MacDonald.
The Pro Stock/Super Late Model event will pay $10,000 to the winner with up to an additional $13,500 in bonus money available.
Superpro – To visit the website of the Rivernut Superpro Late Model Series, PLEASE CLICK HERE
UARA-STARS – Eighteen year old racing stand-out David Currier, Jr. will be driving for legendary late model racing crew chief and team owner Gary Hargett for the 2008-2009 season.
The team will be racing the #3 and will run a full season in the 2008 NASCAR Whelen late model stock car division at Concord Motorsport Park, in Concord, NC. They will also race in selected '08 UARA events, with plans to go full UARA in 2009.
There is a bit of nostalgia surrounding this effort. Gary Hargett is well known for his work with the Earnhardts, particularly Dale Earnhardt, Jr. when he drove for Gary in the early 1990's in the NASCAR late model division, running the Sundrop and Mom n' Pops #3.
Gary Hargett of Marshville, NC is now celebrating 50 years in the sport of stock car
racing; still winning with his own equipment. He has decided to bring back the #3 on
his car in 2008. Gary was looking for a young and talented driver to put behind the
wheel, who is capable of winning and chasing championships.
Gary met David Currier Jr. - through his PR agent, and the two hit it off immediately.
David and his family moved to Lincolnton, NC about a year ago at the suggestion of
NASCAR team owner Richard Childress. Childress was impressed with the young
racer when he saw him race in the Mini Stock division a few years back in
Massachusetts- and told the Curriers that their son definitely has potential, and they
should seriously consider moving South to advance his career in stock car racing.
They did just that; and in 2007 David competed in Limited Late Model races in NC. He
raced primarily at Hickory Motor Speedway, Tri County Speedway and Caraway
Speedway. In his first season in North Carolina, David brought in a win, one pole, two
third place finishes, one fourth and several fifth place finishes.
During the off season, David was looking for opportunities to move up into the late model division. As luck would have it- the opportunity was available for him to drive for the legendary Gary Hargett.
This will be an exciting combination; Hargett, the #3 and Junior! David Currier, Jr. that is. Gary is returning the #3 on his car, and he has an 18 year old, red - headed, talented youngster behind the wheel who is a "Jr"! Sound familiar?? It may be nostalgic, but both Gary and David are very serious about winning races and going after titles in 2008-2009.
"I am very impressed with David" says Hargett, "He may be young, but he is focused and mature about his racing. I also like the fact that he knows how to work on the race car. That means a lot. I know with this car, the team I have and David and his family coming on board- we plan on a long term program, and we are going after titles. I figure I been at this for 50 years; and I'm going to make my last hurrah one that will be remembered."
David is actively looking for sponsors to partner up with his racing. David has proven that he can win races, and has the consistency to win championships. The partnership with Gary Hargett and the nostalgia behind it is a really unique and high profile opportunity for companies getting behind his program. "I'm really excited and honored to have the opportunity to drive for Gary Hargett," says David, "I hope to learn as much as I can, and I want to win races and championships. The Earnhardts are my heroes, and to drive for someone of Gary's caliber who worked with them is a dream come true for me."
David Currier Jr. is a young race driving star on the rise. Keep an eye on this red-haired young man- he is on his way to the top! Gary and David's first race with the #3 late model will be at Concord Motorsport Park, on March 22, at the UARA opener. Photos of the car and team will be available soon.
USPRO – The 2008 USPRO season starts on April 11th-12th at Toledo Speedway (OH).
Wisconsin Challenge Series – Nathan Hassleau is the 2007 Wisconsin Challenge Series champion.
Last season, many of the race teams became familiar with Christa Gerloff, Marketing Project Manager of Kwik Trip Stores, Inc. Christa and her support staff were visible at each event by promoting the Kwik Trip name not only to the fans, but also to the race teams as well.
For Gerloff, it was a pleasant welcome to the sport of auto racing. “Gary approached me and wanted to know if I wanted to take on this project and I never watched a lap of racing in my life,” Gerloff recalls. “I remember having my apprehensions being a young female coming into this sport and the rumors you hear, but I found myself surrounded with a great group of people who welcomed me and my staff with open arms at each event. When I went to their championship banquet in January, and got to see everyone, it got me all pumped up for this season, I can’t wait for it to start.”
the last two seasons calling the shots for 2006 ASALMS Northern Division Champion, Jesse Smith, who is concentrating on the ARCA RE/MAX Series as well as the ASALMS Challenge Division.
ASA Late Model South Series – The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts is proud to announce that Hoosier Racing Tires will once again be the Official Tire for all three divisions within the ASALMS for 2008 season and in addition, will also be the Official Tire for the USPRO Cup Series.
For the 2008 racing season, Richmond, Michigan based R.V. Performance, which is owned and operated by Co-Founders / Presidents, Bob and Gretchen Varney, will once again serve as the Official Hoosier Racing Tires Distributor for all three ASALMS divisions as well as the USPRO Cup Series.
As a special bonus to all 2008 ASALMS / USPRO Cup Registered Teams and in an effort to jump start every teams' 2008 racing season; Throughout the month of February, R.V. Performance is offering $5.00 off of any and all ASALMS Tires!
Whether it's the ASALMS Challenge Division Radial Tires (ASALMS6040 and ASALMS6060) or the ASALMS Northern and Southern Division tires (ASALMS35 and ASALMS45) and finally the USPRO Cup Series tires (Hoosier 1080s), all Hoosier rubber throughout the month of February will be discounted by $5.00.
"We're looking forward to another great season with our ASALMS family and all the great people at Hoosier." Stated Bob Varney of R.V. Performance. "They build the best tires in the business and I'm very proud to be the Hoosier Distributor for all of our ASALMS teams and the USPRO Cup Series as well." He added.
To place a Hoosier Tire order and take advantage of the $5.00 off offer throughout the month of February, please call R.V. Performance, during normal business hours at: 1 (586) 615-8763 or you can also fax in your order at: 1 (586) 727-5237.
ASA Midwest Tour – ASA Midwest Tour officials along with Kwik Trip Stores, Inc. are proud to announce that Kwik Trip will return as the title sponsor for the 2008 season. For the second year in a row, the full series title name will be the ASA Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by Echo Outdoor Power Equipment.
“This is a very good match for us,” Gary Gonczy, Marketing Director for Kwik Trip Stores, Inc. stated. “The support we got from everyone, especially the drivers and the race teams was phenomenal. They all did a great job of helping to market Kwik Trip to the race fans. We are very happy to be back as the title sponsor.”
Ryan Gutkecht (#01) in action. (Lake Geneva Raceway / Mark Malchiori Photo)
The Blizzard Series at Five Flags Speedway (FL) is ready for the 2008 season.
David Currier, Jr. (L) and car owner Gary Hargett (R).