Many teams have had ‘dream’ seasons this year at Lanier National Speedway and with the Georgia Asphalt Series. This Saturday night, September 5th, those racers, along with the competition look to make their names become the headliner as the 2009 points season is only weeks away from crowning champions all around. Heading into this Saturday’s event, the Georgia Asphalt Series has three points’ events remaining, as the NASCAR Whelen All American local divisions are heading into the points crunch as well with two events remaining.
One racer who has had a season that many dream of is Chase Elliott. Elliott, driver of the #9 Aaron’s Dream Machine Ford, from Dawsonville, GA, started off the 2009 Georgia Asphalt Series season with a respectable 7th and 3rd place finish from the season opening race at Watermelon Capital Speedway, in Cordele, GA, and Anderson Motor Speedway in Anderson, SC. As the adage goes, Chase found that the third start of the GAS season was the charm, as he recorded his first win on May 2nd at Lanier National Speedway. Elliott leads the Georgia Asphalt Series points’ heading into its last of six runs at the 3/8th’s mile asphalt oval. With the pressure that leading a National Late Model Series points can bring, Elliott also leads the Super 6 points as well; a separate point’s battle that counts on the six GAS races at Lanier National Speedway. If the thirteen year old can hold off to keep the points lead in both the Super 6, and the 2009 GAS points championship he can capture the big check of an additional $25,000.
Another racer that is slim markers from the top position for both the Super 6 and GAS points is Elliott’s teammate, Casey Roderick, driver of the #19 Bill Elliott Racing Ford. Roderick has recorded a victory in 2009 with the GAS Series, capturing the checkers on August 1st, at Lanier. Only a slim forty points keep Roderick from the top position, a position where he has sat for this year, and only nineteen points from capturing the Super 6 championship title from teammate Elliott.
TJ Reaid, resident of Acworth, GA, has quietly had an impressive year as he, like the Bill Elliott Racing team drivers, also has an opportunity to capture both the Super 6 championship, and the GAS points lead after the race on Saturday night. Reaid and his #41 team are only 8 exciting points away from leading the Super 6, while a slim 43 points is keeping him from the top spot of the national points. Reaid started out the year with a bang, as he captured the win at the season opening race on April 4th, at Watermelon Capital Speedway; along with bring home another victory on May 30th at Lanier. Throw in five top five finishes, and seven top ten finishes, for the season, keeping the teams and race fans alike on the edge of their seats, with the racing action as the decision will be made who will become the 2009 Super 6 champion.
The racing action on tap for Saturday, September 5th will feature the 100 lap Georgia Asphalt Series, as well as local action in the Bandoleros, Legends Semi-Pro, Masters, and Pro, Street Stocks, Mini-Stock, Sportsman, Open Wheeled Modified, Trucks, and the division is all about the fans, the ever popular Spectator Racing at the conclusion of the evening.
Pit gates will swing open Saturday at 10 am with tech for the Georgia Asphalt Series being at 11 am. Grandstand gates will open at 5 pm with the green flag dropping for the NASCAR Whelen Weekly Series and Georgia Asphalt Series events at 7 pm.
As the extended weekend of Labor Day is upon us, and discounted family fun, is hard to find, Lanier National Speedway has just the answer that you are looking for! Children 11 years old and under are absolutely free with the purchase of an adult ticket for this Saturday’s event. With a children’s play area including swings and slides to keep the future racers occupied, LNS also has one of the best concession stands that will keep the family full. For a different view of Georgia’s NASCAR Home Track, trackside parking and multi-tiered back straight parking will give you a different and up close and personal view of all of your favorite local heroes, for the ultimate tailgate party. Also each and every Saturday night, Lanier National Speedway owner Donnie Clack fires up the “Big Cheese” while all of the future race fans, climb aboard and circle the 3/8th’s mile oval.
For more information about Lanier National Speedway, or the Georgia Asphalt Series, call (770) 967-8600, or visit the fastest site on the web at www.lanierspeedway.com. Lanier is located off I-85 exit 129, directly across the street from the world famous Road Atlanta.