It was in 2004 that he Hanson took a giant leap to compete in a Super Late Model where he earned Rookie of the Year honors at Fergus Falls Raceway (MN). In 2005, he finished fourth in the Midwest All-Star Racing Series point standings. In 2006, he was not only the July Spectacular and Governor’s Cup Champion at I-94 Raceway in Sauk Centre, MN but was also the track champion that year as well.
His 2007 season, was hampered to an injury he received while racing but was able to pick up a feature win at I-94 Raceway.
Butz has plenty of experience of working with young talented drivers. It was 15 years ago that he hired a young driver from Cambridge, WI named Matt Kenseth to drive his cars at Wisconsin International Raceway. Butz and Kenseth had nothing but success as Kenseth would earn Rookie of the Year honors in 1993 and then went on to claim the Fox River Racing Club championships in 1994 and 1995. The duo would also claim the 1995 WIR Red, White, and Blue Championship.
After Kenseth went on to further his racing career, Butz would hand the steering wheel over to Terry Baldry where that duo would win the FRRC championships in 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002. They would take home the Red, White and Blue Championships in 2001, 2002. He would pick up the 2003 Red, White and Blue honors with Jeff VanOudenhoven along with the 2003 MARS title.
“It means a lot when you have an owner like Mike Butz and a young talent such as Andy Hanson wanting to compete in the ASAMT,” Steve Einhaus, ASAMT VP stated. “I hope that this team, along with the other teams competing in our series, gets the sponsorship needed to compete.”
Both Hanson and Butz feel they have most of the ingredients needed to go for the ASAMT Championship. But, they just need that one main ingredient to make it all happen, a major sponsor.
Hanson pretty much sums up their plans for this season, “Our main goal for the season would be to become the ASA Midwest Tour Champion. My crew chief, Mike Butz, has been successful for many years now in the Midwest and we firmly believe we can attain these goals.”
ASA Northwest Tour – BJ Tidrick was the 2007 ASA Aero Exhaust Northwest Tour Champion.
ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour – Chris Fontaine and team are taking on a new challenge for the 2008 racing season by moving to the new ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour. Their first race will be at Mobile International Speedway on Saturday, March 22nd.
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ACT Late Models – ACT fans should get used to seeing the name Urlin again. Ontario youngster Jonathan “J.W.” Urlin, son of 1989 ACT Champion Russ Urlin, will pilot Ron Hohl’s Shear Metal Products #9ON car formerly driven by Robbie Thompson. Jonathan Urlin, 21, has filed full-season entries for both the ACT Late Model Tour and the Série ACT Castrol.
what the car is doing, but doesn’t know how to fix it. That’s when he’s at his best, fixing chassis problems, and it’s going to be a lot of fun working with him this summer.”
Urlin said he’s glad to have raced a full season at Delaware in order to get ready for his ACT debut.
“The local Late Model drivers say that if you can win at Delaware, you can win anywhere in Ontario, so that gives us some confidence,” Urlin said. “I’ve raced Kawartha and I really like it, it’s more like the oval racing I did with the open-wheel cars, if you can really compare the two. But I’m looking forward to seeing how Thunder Road compares to a place like Indy, that should be fun.”
ACT Quebec Series – American-Canadian Tour (ACT) stock car driver Patrick Laperle of St-Denis, QC was named the “Best Northeast Touring Racer” at the second annual SpeedwayEXPO trade show, Sunday, March 2, at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. Laperle recovered from a life threatening blood infection last year to win a pair of events and the Série ACT Castrol championship. He also won twice on the ACT Late Model Tour: the Summer Sizzler 200 at Ontario’s Kawartha Speedway and the 44th Annual Chittenden Milk Bowl at Vermont’s Thunder Road.
In just its second year, SpeedwayEXPO has established itself as the northeast’s premier annual stock car racing trade show and exposition. Hosted by the award-winning staff at Dick Berggren’s Speedway Illustrated magazine, SpeedwayEXPO’s “Speedy Awards” are designed to honor grassroots race teams, tracks, organizers, fans, and supporters. Race fans submit nominations and votes for 11 Speedy Award categories, with the winners determined by a combination of fan votes and Speedway Illustrated staff collaboration.
Laperle won the Best Northeast Touring Racer award over some of the continent’s finest short track racers, including NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion and current Craftsman Truck Series driver Donny Lia of Jericho, NY; four-time Northeast Midget Association (NEMA) Champion Ben Seitz of Pocasset, MA; six-time Mr. DIRTcar Champion Brett Hearn of Kinnelon, NJ; and International Supermodified Association (ISMA) Champion Chris Perley of Rowley, MA, the award’s inaugural winner.
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.
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 Goodyear Challenge Late Model Series opens their 2008 season this Saturday night at New Smyrna Speedway with 100 laps of some great late model racing.
Along with the Goodyear Challenge Late Models will be the Open Wheel Modifieds, Sportsman, Super Stock, Mini Stock and Strictly Stock.
Pit gates will open at 2 pm on Saturday, March 15, with practice for the Goodyear Challenge Late Models alone from 3 to 4 pm. Division practice will follow with the Goodyear Challenge Late Models included.
Grandstands open at 6 pm with racing action at 7:30 pm. General admission is $20.00, students and seniors (over 62) $15.00, children 11 and under free.
A good number of Late Models are expected for Saturday’s race and this being the first race of the year for the Goodyear Challenge, opening night will be exciting.
The Goodyear Challenge will see new driver pages added to their web-site along with live action on the internet when available for their races. This means you will be able to put faces and cars together on the site and those who cannot attend, will be able to keep up on the web with racing action when possible.
For more information on the Goodyear Challenge Late Model Series, go to www.fascartours.com.
Late Models – Allen Coates will be back in the #90 Late Model at Waterford Speedbowl this season. The three–time champion was one of several competitors dropping by the Speedbowl exhibit at last weekend’s Speedway Expo at the Eastern States Exposition Grounds in West Springfield, MA.
"Mainly the TV coverage we are going to get," Fontaine said of his reason for switching to the new series.
Ten races will be televised via tape delay across the United States via a network of leading sports channels on both cable and satellite.
The Tour consists of 15 points races covering a six state area, at several historic race tracks .
"Eighty percent of the tracks we got to run last year, so, hopefully the new track issue won't be as much. We are working with all the same people this year so everybody should know how to work together, and we are going to try and put a championship season together," Fontaine said.
Veteran Larry Goss will also return, again running a two-car operation with Ed Reed at the controls of the second ride. Goss is also looking forward to the ACT invasion.
Ron Yuhas will be pulling double-duty, wheeling the SK of Mike Murphy as well as the Late Model of Mike Sangermano. He states that while he’s driven two divisions in one night in the past, it was never a regular thing. “I think I’ll be able to handle it without any problems, and I’m really looking forward to it,” said Yuhas, a Whelen Modified Tour competitor the past couple of years. “Getting back to the Speedbowl on a regular basis is important to me. It is my home track.”
Late Model Stock Cars – Caraway Speedway will host open practice this Saturday in preparation for the Season Opener on March 15th. Open practice will be from 12 (Noon) until 5pm. Several teams will take advantage of this open test to fine tune their racing machines.
Several Late Model Stock teams have already been testing and tuning for the big season opener. Randy Benson of Rockingham, Tommy Lemons Jr of Troy, Robert Tyler of High Point, Rookie Ryan Wilson of Randleman, Rookie Jason Boaze of Greensboro, BJ Mackey of Rock Hill, SC and Ryan Robertson of Winston Salem have all had private test sessions. Brad Brinkley of Sanford will be driving Lucas Ransone of Madison’s second car.
Brinkley has ordered a new Marlowe Racing Chassis Late Model but unfortunately will not be ready until sometime late March. He will be competing for his second track championship title at the speedway, securing a ride with Ransone Racing has enabled him to do so.
The Season will officially get under way on Saturday March 15th featuring a 100 lap NASCAR Late Model Stock event.
Mid-American Stock Car Series - The 2008 MASCS season will kick off with the 31st annual Spring Classic at Rockford Speedway on April 13th.
Northwest Pro 4 Alliance – The Northwest Pro4 Alliance teams will take advantage of Meridian Speedway (ID) and get some practice time in when the tight quarter mile track opens March 29th. Teams will use this practice time to work on chassis set ups and to get the rust off. Meridian Speedway will host the 2008 Championship night on August 30th, 2008
Teams expected to be on hand for Alliance tech. and promotional photos are the #55
of Kale Freedman, the defending track champ.
Also expected to be on hand will be the #6 of Mike Bailey with his new driver Rob
Powers, Bailey and Powers will attempt to win both the Meridian Speedway Late
Model Lite Title and the Northwest Pro4 Alliance Title in 2008.
There will be more preseason news next week as we anticipate the unveiling of Team
The 2008 Northwest Pro 4 Alliance season will start on May 24th at South Sound
PASS Outlaw Late Models – The 2008 PASS Outlaw Series will kick off on May 3rd at Maine’s Speedway 95.
PASS North SLM – Cassius Clark is a racer through and through. The Farmington Mainer thrives on competition, and his team is one of a handful of Pro All Stars Series (PASS) regulars that travel all over the east coast to see how they match up against the toughest competition short track racing has to offer.
Just 26, Clark has to be considered a veteran in the super late model ranks. He has a dozen PASS North and South feature wins to his credit, and a slew of poles and top fives to back up those wins. He’s competitive wherever he goes, whether it’s Five Flags Speedway, South Boston (where he won the inaugural Mason-Dixon Meltdown) or Scotia Speedworld in Canada’s Maritimes.
“We’ll miss the first couple of events due to a long-overdue family vacation, but we plan on being there every week after that,” says Coates. “This season we’re going to try and have a good time, kind of a low-pressure deal. Should it lead to another battle for the title that’s fine. If not, that’s OK with us also.”
The Speedbowl kicks-off its 58th consecutive campaign with the 12th annual Budweiser Modified Nationals on April 12-13. Highlighted by the lucrative SK-150, the weekend also includes the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Models, Sportsman, and Mini Stocks. The NEMA Midgets, Legends, AllStar Race Trucks, Pro4 Modifieds, and Allison Legacy Cars are part of a busy agenda as well.
Defending Late Model champion Bruce Thomas Jr. is geared-up for a title defense, and is also looking forward to the June 7 ACT event. “I’m really excited about the ACT show. We usually do well in the long races, and it’ll give us a chance to really show our stuff. It’s always a competitive field and we really like the series. It’s also a great pay-off for our division,” he says.
While Russ Urlin may be familiar to long-time ACT fans, Jonathan Urlin might be as unfamiliar to them as he is to stock car racing. The second-generation driver has been behind the wheel for a long time, but his experience up until last year was entirely open-wheel. In fact, Urlin raced a season in the IRL Indy Pro Series, earning top-five and top-ten finishes at tracks like Homestead-Miami, Phoenix, Kansas, Pikes Peak, and the mecca of motorsports, Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He ran his first season of full-fendered racing last year at Delaware Speedway in his native Ontario, with added events at Flamboro, Sauble Beach, Kawartha, Holland, NY, and Lake Erie Speedway in Pennsylvania.
“Last season went pretty well after the halfway point. The problem in the beginning of the year was that I had never raced with fenders before, and I was way too excited to use them,” Urlin joked. “We had a pretty tough time early on, but we really got going and even won a couple of races. I’m looking forward to racing with ACT, and Burt and Mike McColl (of McColl Racing Chassis) have been a huge help to me. Burt will be our engineer for the season, and he needs an inexperienced driver like me who can tell him
Sims' former ride. (ASA LM Photo)
“What an honor it is to win that award,” said a shocked Laperle. “I found out that I had been nominated a while ago, and when I saw who I was up against, I sort of forgot about it because I didn’t think I would have a chance to win. It means a lot to me to be thought of that highly as a race car driver.”
“Patrick deserved to win the Best Northeast Touring Racer award,” said Speedway Illustrated Editor Karl Fredrickson. “He and his family team are hard workers, good racers, and fun people to be around. Speedway Illustrated would like to congratulate Patrick Laperle on his success.”
The Série ACT Castrol begins its fourth season at Autodrome St-Eustache near Montréal on Sunday, May 18.
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 2008 racing season is drawing closer and closer! The crown jewel of the ASALMS, the Challenge Division is ready to kick off the Sixth season of top notch short track racing in the United States.
The 2008 ASALMS Challenge Division Season Opener will be the Rumble in the Hills / North Carolina 200 on Friday and Saturday, March 14-15, 2008 at the 0.410 Mile Semi-Banked Paved Oval of the Tri-County (NC) Motor Speedway, located just 15 miles Northwest of Hickory and Northeast of Asheville in Hudson, North Carolina.
ASA Late Model North Series – Lorz Motorsports, based in the Chicago suburb of Midlothian, Illinois is moving forward with there plans for the upcoming 2008 racing season in the ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts.
For the 2008 racing season; Malta, Illinois driver, Troy Hintzsche and Algonquin, Illinois freshman, Josh Lane will team up and make a run at the 2008 ASALMS Northern Division Championship. Lane will also look to capture the 2008 Rookie of the Year title as well.
A third driver has now joined the Lorz Motorsports stable and in breaking with the theme of Illinois based drivers for the Prairie State based team, this driver is not only not from Illinois, he's not even from the United States!
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario / Canada driver, 17-year-old Jordan Sims has signed with the veteran team and will run a partial schedule within all three divisions of the ASALMS to gain experience for a full schedule in 2009 with hopes of winning the Rookie of the Year title in the ASALMS Northern Division.
"Jordan is young driver looking to get some experience in the ASA Late Model Series. He is going run a partial schedule with us in 2008. We are building a new Lefthander car for him to drive." Explained Lorz Motorsports Car Owner, Mike Lorz. Sims will be steering a new number for Lorz; #99 and the car will be a Chevrolet.
ASA Late Model South Series – The ASA Late Model Series Southern Division Presented by GM Performance Parts grew rapidly during the 2007 racing season as the average car count nearly doubled while the series visited some new and exciting tracks.
Hanson in his Super Late Model at Winchester. (AndyHansonRacing.com Photo)
Patrick Laperle's #91 (Jamie Williams Photo)
The schedule begins at Mobile International Speedway Saturday, March 22nd. The track, which is based in the heart of the Deep South racing community, draws some of the best drivers from around the Southeast. This Fast oval has seen great races over the years and the inaugural Southeast Asphalt Tour 100 lap Event is posed to be one of the finest.
The series also includes a unique points program that is divided into three five race points segments that are geographically grouped. For those who want to travel to all the races, there is also an overall points payout.
"It is great, first we have got to put together wins and wins will turn into a championship. So one race at a time, and that is how we are going to go into it," Fontaine said.
The new ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour is similar to the old ASA National Tour, which helped launch many careers in the world of NASCAR, including Rusty Wallace, Mark Martin, Alan Kulwicki, Dick Trickle, Jimmie Johnson, David Regan and Reed Sorenson, and made stars of short track legends such as Butch Miller, Mike Eddy, Bob Senneker and Gary St. Amant.
Big 8 – Big 8 Series officials have released the entry form for the first event of the 2008 season. The Spring Classic 100-lap feature is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, April 13th at Rockford Speedway in Loves Park, IL.
The entry form can be found at: http://speedthrills.big8series.com/pdfs/08ENTRY_01.pdf.
The 100-lap event will feature a 24-car field with a starting pay of $225 and $1,500 to the winner. The full payoff is also available on the entry form.
The schedule for that day is: Pit gate opens at 6:30 a.m.; mandatory driver’s meeting at 8:45 a.m.; practice from 9:30 – 11:05 a.m.; qualifying at 11:15 a.m.; and first race at 1:00 p.m.
Along with the Big 8 Series, the Mid-American Series will also be competing that afternoon in a 50-lap feature event.
The track will be open for practice on Saturday, April 5 and Saturday, April 12th for practice.
Carquest Maritime Pro Stock Tour – Riverside International Speedway will open it’s doors June 7, 2008 when the CARQUEST Maritime Pro Stock Tour Ron MacGillivray Chevrolet 100 will come to town for round two on the tour schedule. Joining them in June with be the Riverside Sportsman series. As in the past this event will be a Saturday night deal with Rain date Sunday afternoon. Ticket sales expected to start some time late April early May.
CRA Super Series – Open wheel racer Aaron Pierce has decided to go stock car racing with the CRA Super Series for the 2008 racing season. Pierce will be competing for the series Rookie Of The Year honors and the 2008 Season Points Championship for long-time series car owner Ken Muller and the Muller Motorsports Team out of Indianapolis, Indiana. The team will have legendary Crew Chief Bill Rievley turning the wrenches. Muller Motorsports has competed with the CRA Super Series for several seasons mostly with Eddie Van Meter up until June of last season and 1998 series Champion Brian Rievley who took the team to victory lane last season in the series event at Angola Motor Speedway.
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
J.W. Urlin in his office (OTM Motorsports Photo)
Pierce's USAC Silver Crown car. (CRA Photo)
Ron Yuhas in his NASCAR Modified. (Jamie Williams Photo)
The Ed Chapman owned race team has championship aspirations in 2008 and they’ll haul to North Carolina for the PASS South season opener. In addition to kicking off the PASS South season, The March 22nd Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway is the first race of four that make up the inaugural PASS National Championship Series, a title chase that has drawn interest from super late model racers everywhere.
Clark plans to challenge for that title and he has to be considered one of the favorites to take down the crown. He already has two PASS South races in his win column, including last seasons’ “Howler” at Greenville-Pickens (SC) Speedway. This season’s version of the popular event is the penultimate round of the PASS National Championship Series. When the checkered flag falls and the dust settles at Greenville-Pickens, the first ever PASS National Champion will be crowned.
The fourteen race 2008 PASS North Super Late Model season will get under way on April 19th at Scarborough Maine's Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, and Clark has his eye on a championship that very few drivers can lay claim to. Seven PASS seasons have passed and only three men have earned the title; "Sud'n Sam" Sessions in 2001, Ben Rowe in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2007, and Johnny Clark in both 2004 and 2006. It's an elite group that Cassius Clark wants to join. His best points result is a third place finish in 2005, but Clark and his team are on a mission to add his name to that list.
The winter snows are still deep on Maine, but the Billy Clark led team has been hard at work preparing for a full blown assault on both PASS titles. Their E.J. Prescott/PEP Transportation Ford Fusion has received a thorough freshening from nose to tail and their engines are prepared and ready. Says Clark, “There are no excuses. The team has worked hard all winter to get ready for the PASS season, and we’re the best prepared that we’ve ever been. PASS super late model racing is really tough; there’s so much talent and experience in every field. But we’ve proven that we can beat the best and with a little luck 2008 could be our year.”
PASS South SLM – – Leavitt Racing Components is the latest motorsports company to team with The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) as a supporting manufacturer.
Leavitt Racing Components will award a $50.00 product certificate to the 5th place finisher in every 2008 PASS North and South super late model event. An additional $50.00 certificate will be presented to the driver who most improves their starting position when the checkered flag flies. Plus, one lucky driver who participates in 85% of each series’ races will receive a $250.00 product certificate, chosen by random draw.
“I’m particularly pleased to welcome Steve Leavitt and Leavitt Racing Components to the PASS family of sponsors,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry in announcing the new program.” Steve’s parents Gardiner and June Leavitt and their company Action Racing have been loyal PASS supporters for eight years now. To have Steve, his own family, and the entire team at Leavitt Racing Components on board as well means a great deal to me, and I know our super late model competitors appreciate their support.”
Well known as manufacturers of high quality chassis and chassis components for all forms of circle track racing, Leavitt Racing Components has expanded their product line to include Fuel Safe Fuel Cells, Earl’s Performance plumbing products and Woodward Precision steering components. In addition Leavitt Racing Components manufacturers an extensive line of shop tools and fixtures that are second to none.
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 – On July 18/19 The IWK 250 presented by DuPont & Steve Lewis Auto Body at Nova Scotia’s Riverside Speedway. This event in the past has been a PASS race, however that will change for 2008. The 2008 edition will be Maritime Pro Stock Sanctioned event. There will be some slight additions to the rules for this event only to accommodate any out side cars that may want to run this weekend. Plans are now underway to bring at least one current NASCAR driver to run in the event. We have had a lot of interest from a few of the top runners in the PASS series to come up and run as this is an off weekend for the PASS North series.
We are hopping to draw cars from the newly named New Brunswick track Speedway 660. Negations are on going for them to take that night off to allow for some of there pro stocks to come down. One of the biggest purses will be offered to the more than 40 race teams we would expect to attend this premier event of the summer. (As of Feb 29th 39 Teams have paid the pre registration fee).
Full details of the event will be posted on our web site and future newsletter as they are finalizes. For those planning to attend a rough schedule is as follows: Friday night a Sportsman show along with a second support class yet to be named. There is also a chance we would have some kind of an open practice for the Pro Stocks on Friday. Saturday would be all heat races time trials and the main event for the Pro Stocks. We are also working on a second support class to run on Saturday also. Advance Tickets sales will be available starting late April early May.
Superpro – To visit the website of the Rivernut Superpro Late Model Series, PLEASE CLICK HERE
UARA-STARS – The UARA-STARS are gearing up for another spectacular season in 2008. Some very familiar faces will be returning this year along with many new faces that have some very impressive resumes on file. There will also be new UARA faces on hand for 2008. During the 2007 championship banquet, Alan Dietz presented the new Miss UARA: Brittany Poe. Brittany is the younger of two daughters of Darrell and Shawn Poe. She as with her co-queen Tabitha Cloer is no stranger to the racing circuit. We are very happy to have Brittany joining the UARA-STARS family. Another new addition to the UARA family will be announcer Doc Love.
Ross Furr has his mind set on being the first repeat champion for the UARA. Furr finished
his 2007 Championship season with a top five average finish for the year. Furr will have his
job cut out for him in 2008 with the return of Jamey Caudill and Jamie Yelton, both past
UARA regulars. Caudill has more wins to his credit than any other UARA drivers to date.
He has 9 career UARA wins and 11 poles. Jamie Yelton has 6 career UARA wins and 6
poles to his credit. Yelton finished second in points in 2004 and Caudill followed suit in
2005. Both would like to increase that to a championship. A host of other drivers are
aiming to gain their first championship or to land a strong top ten position come season
end at Concord in October.
JR Motorsports will be running cars with the UARA this season, along with Larry
McReynolds’ son Brandon, Randy LaJoie’s son Corey and a host of other newcomers
that will be highlighted in the weeks to come.
Young gun, Darrell Wallace Jr. will be heading the Melling Select Rookie challenge for 2008.
Wallace has had an impressive run with the UARA in his pre rookie qualifying session
at the closure of the 2007 season with a second place finish at the Greenville race.
A new twist to the driver roster for 2008 will be the first full time female contender.Young
23 year old Tiffany Daniels is coming on board along with her brother Cliff.
Cliff is bringing an extensive resume to the table with him.
The UARA-STARS will begin their 2008 action at Concord Motorsport Park Saturday
March 29, 2008. The teams will have an open practice from noon until approximately 5 p.m. Friday March 28th to shake down their cars and prepare for the season opener.
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.
Hanson feels that he could be a great marketing tool for a sponsor.
“We could offer a moving billboard throughout the Midwest by putting their name on the trailer,” Hanson stated. “A show car could be on display at the track or location of the sponsor’s choice. One of my favorite ways to help sponsors is talking to the fans during the race weekend, answering any questions they may have in a professional manner; however these are just a few ways to gain exposure for the sponsor.”
Hanson started his career by racing quarter midgets where he has over 150 wins and several championships from 1999-2002.
In 2003, he graduated up to the Legends where he was ranked sixth nationally and picked up multiple championships and Rookie of the Year titles. He also received Most Popular Driver honors.
The 2008 season for the ASALMS Southern Division is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever with the addition of more new tracks for the upcoming campaign. One of those new facilities is held in high regard within the Southeastern United States racing circles!
The cars and stars of the ASALMS Southern Division will make there first ever appearance at the fast and uniquely shaped 0.500 Mile High Banked Paved Tri-Oval of the Concord (NC) Motorsport Park, located Northeast of Charlotte in Concord, North Carolina on Saturday, July 12, 2008 in the running of the Super-Sonic 100.
Joining the ASALMS Southern Division will be Concord Weekly Divisions "To Be Announced." The Super-Sonic 100 Entry Form will be available beginning on Wednesday June 25, 2008.
A special guest will also be making an appearance and taking on the cars and stars of the ASALMS Southern Division as Two-Time NASCAR Busch (Now Nationwide) Series Champion, Randy LaJoie will get behind the wheel for the Fifth Race of the 2008 season for the Southern contingent.
ASA Midwest Tour – Andy Hanson just wants a shot; he wants the opportunity to further his racing career. He feels that his best opportunity could come by running for the championship in the ASA Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by Echo Outdoor Power Equipment.
Hanson, a Ramsey, MN native, has teamed up with one famed car owner Mike Butz to make a run for the championship this season in this ASAMT. “The ASA Midwest Tour will help advance my career due to the competitive nature of the series,” Hanson recently stated. “There are many experienced and highly talented drivers competing, and it can only help me behind the wheel.”
But recently, the team suffered a setback with the loss of a potential major sponsor for this season. But neither Hanson nor Butz are giving up as they keep preparing for the April 19th opener at Elko Speedway in Elko, MN.
Mike Bailey's #6 machine (NW Pro 4 Photo)
Fontaine spent his 2007 season competing in the ASA Late Model Series.