American Speed Association Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment officials have announced that the 1995 American Speed Association Champion and 1996 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year is returning to the Midwest to compete this season. Bryan Reffner can't wait to get back on the Midwest tracks behind the wheel of a Super Late Model.
Reffner has been busy putting together his Hamke Chassis Ford Fusion for the season opener on April 25 at Dells Raceway Park, "Its definitely my own team and we are going to be sponsored by raceteamgear.com and The Swiss Colony, our two major sponsors," Reffner recently stated. "We are working on some associates. We have a limited schedule and we are trying to improve on that. We are going to run a Ford engine 9:1 and a Hamke chassis we got through Steve Strasburg's Race Car Help."
Many have been wondering what the former ASA champion has been up too, "Not enough racing that is for sure," Reffner chuckled. "Working for a living and seeing what we can piece together and go back to do my favorite passion, racing. Been working a full-time job and ran a few ARCA races for Bill Hendren in southern Illinois. That is about the only racing I did."
When asked if coming back to run in a Super Late Model series like the ASAMT will be fun, Reffner had a different answer, "I always like to try to say you have fun, but it never works out for me," Reffner said with a smile. "Not saying that its not fun, but I take is serious. Its not my hobby, but there is no two ways about it, I like to win and I work as hard as I got too and has hard as I have to and do what I need to win. That is half the reason I never put a late model together cause I didn't have the right pieces and the people back around me to make it happen and do it right. That is where I am now. We got some of the stuff to come back to where we can run strong."
For Reffner, the ASAMT reminds him of the former ARTGO series that helped developed his career, "Oh yeah definitely. The layout, the 100-lap races, yeah it does remind me of that." He also appreciates that the ASAMT is filling a void that he felt was missing, "Anytime there is racing going on in Wisconsin, you definitely keep your eye on it, especially late model racing, most of my career revolved around late model racing in the Midwest. I was happy to see a series that was wanting to take over in this area because we kind of lost everything. Other than a few specials that tracks were putting on, there was nothing. For as long as I have been around racing, it was a sad thing to see."
As far as the 2009 schedule, he has his eyes on a few tracks, "The definite highlights for me are Madison and looking forward to going to Iowa. You know the Dells, I ran there a lot but they tell me it has changed tremendously since the last time I was there as far as the grandstands, the pit area and stuff. Its been a long time since I have been there. Hopefully, the track itself hasn't changed."
"This announcement is a major boost for the series and the tracks that we attend. Anytime you can add a driver of Bryan Reffner's caliber, history, and success, to an already stellar list of competitors, its huge for everyone," Steve Einhaus, ASAMT Vice-president stated. "When I heard he was contemplating a return to ASA Racing, it was on top of my list to see that he joined us in the ASA Midwest Tour. He's so well respected, and a gentleman racer that will be a major fan boost for the race tracks on our schedule. The Reffner name has a lot of history and we are honored to have him aboard."
The season opening event will take place on Saturday, April 25 at Dells Raceway Park in Wisconsin Dells, WI with the Race for the Gold - Bronze Race.
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