Tim Olson and Steve Einhaus, owners of the American Speed Association Midwest Tour Super Late Model Series has announced the formation of the new American Speed Association Midwest Sportsman Tour. The first touring division for the popular Area Sportsman division styles of cars that race weekly at your favorite local track.
"Tim and I were talking with some competitors at one of our events and a group of Area Sportsman drivers cornered us and asked how we can help develop a traveling division for their style cars," Einhaus, ASAMT Vice-president said. "It's a division that seems to get overlooked and there are many future and current stars that race in this type of car. Many times it's because of lack of funding and they are doing everything they can to keep their racing career alive."
"These cars have put on some of the best competitive two and three wide racing that we have ever seen at our ASA Midwest Tour events," Olson, ASAMT President said. "We felt that this was a great opportunity to build a support division for up and coming drivers and to give them great recognition by being a part of the American Speed Association name."
With this being the first time that many competitors in this division will be traveling, both are aware of the cost, "The series will be very cost prohibitive and that is one of our main topics of discussion," Einhaus said along with that the event schedule will be set as late as possible on race day to save on travel expenses. "It's going to incorporate travel and that is something that many have not experienced in the past but for most it will be an exciting new venture. We feel that the fans are going to be in for a very nice treat at our events."
They will have a very competitive purse that will pay a minimum of $500 to win and $125 to start and can vary depending on the track size and amount of laps along with a full contingency package that will be announced later. A point fund will also be announced for those competing in 75 percent of the events and finish in the top-20 in series points along with a Rookie of the Year award.
Following the precedence set by the Big 8 Series, The ASA Midwest Sportsman Tour's schedule will be designed so that the competitors can still compete at their weekly track. The Tour's focus will not be to battle against the local tracks but to work with them and their schedules as much as possible. Most of the events will occur early and late in the year with a few events during the summer. They plan on releasing a schedule by mid-November. The events will take place at a wide variety of tracks in the Midwest, similar to the ASA Midwest Tour's current schedule.
The rules for these types of cars can be all over the board around the Midwest. Their hope is to work hand in hand with all of the Midwest tracks to develop a common set of rules like what is seen now in Super Late Models and like what the Big 8 Series has done. This includes allowing teams the opportunity to miss an event or drop their worst event in order to help them race locally or minimize the travel.
Tire testing is still going on for the series and the official tire will be announced after the testing has been completed. "We are currently testing tires with Hoosier for this series and our results have been very positive," Olson said. "The new ribbed style Hoosier has been exceptional with great repetitiveness and after 100 laps runs they look like new. They are also labeled with a bar code that will allow us to restrict the amount of tires that teams buy during the season."
The ASA Midwest Sportsman Tour will be sanctioned by the American Speed Association and drivers will be required to have an ASA membership in order to compete. Memberships will be highly recommended for pit crew members. ASA members in good standing are eligible for a $500,000 Excess Medical Benefit as well as a $20,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment Benefit. Coverage for the member begins while traveling to a location promoting an ASA-sanctioned event and continues until arrival back home again. The American Speed Association, in conjunction with WSIB Motorsports Insurance, is the only sanctioning body to offer insurance coverage which extends beyond the boundary of the racetrack itself (complete details are available online at www.ASA-Racing.com). If you currently race at an ASA Member Track, your membership will be transferable. Drivers competing on a temporary basis can purchase single event driver memberships for $20 up to three times. If a driver would like to continue racing at more then three events they can transfer the temporary license purchases and put them towards a full membership.
"This is a great idea and I think the time has come for a touring series for the Area Sportsman competitors," Dennis Huth, ASA President said. "Tim and Steve have a great foresight when it comes to looking at the future of racing. This Tour will help build car counts and interest for the weekly tracks and it places a new spin on the tier system for drivers looking at moving up in the racing ranks."
One driver who is looking forward to the ASA Midwest Sportsman Tour is Joey Miller from Lakeville, MN who has competed in the ARCA Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events, "Ambitious young drivers interested in moving up will really appreciate the ASA Midwest Sportsman Tour," Miller said. "Not quite ready for the late model class, these eager drivers will have the opportunity to travel and drive at their favorite tracks at a reasonable cost. What a wonderful way for newer drivers to become familiar with multiple tracks. I've built an Elko Speedway Thunder Car specifically for racing locally and in the tour and plan to show my full support by participating in the races. This is an exciting opportunity and I'm anxious to put the new car to the test!"
Registration is now open for the 2010 season, you can register online at: http://www.asamidwesttour.com/node/1179.
Drivers interested in the ASA Midwest Sportsman Tour are invited to attend a meeting at the Midwest Motorsports Auction on Saturday, January 9th at the Dane County Coliseum in Madison, WI. More details will be available at that meeting.
All Sportsman technical questions can be referred to Don Heelein by contacting him at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 920-222-9524.
To learn more about the American Speed Association Midwest Sportsman Tour log on to sportsman.asamidwesttour.com or call the ASA Midwest Tour office at (262) 514-3880 or e-mail Tim Olson at email@example.com or Steve Einhaus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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