Late Model Roundup - Presented By Five Star Racecar Bodies
A Compilation of News and Press Releases Including All of the Tours From A to W
ACT Late Models – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) and Thunder Road offices have announced the final changes to their 2009 schedules.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway has confirmed Saturday, September 19, 2009 for the inaugural ACT Invitational at the Northeast’s only super speedway. Thirty-six of the best Late Model race teams in the Northeast and Canada will be invited to participate over the Fall NASCAR weekend at NHMS in this $65,000 event.

Approved qualifiers will come from all 2009 ACT Tour events in the US; all the winners on the very successful Sërie ACT Castrol throughout Quebec; and additional invitations will be available to teams from ACT rules-affiliate tracks including champions from Thunder Road Speebowl (Barre, VT), Oxford Plains Speedway (Oxford, ME), Lee USA Speedway (Lee, NH), White Mountain Motorsports Park (Lincoln, NH) Seekonk Speedway (Seekonk, MA), Waterford Speedbowl (Waterford, CT), Twin State Speedway (Claremont, NH), Kawartha Down Speedway (Peterborough, ON) and Capital City Speedway (Ottawa, ON).

Additional non-point events will also award winners with invitations to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway which include the TD Banknorth 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway on July 19, 2009, the CARQUEST Vermont Governor’s Cup at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl on June 25, 2009, and the Showdown at Chaudiere All Star Race at Valle Junction, QC being held on August 29, 2009.

ACT Quebec Series – The Sërie ACT Castrol has announced a change in the opening date for Autodrome Ste. Eustache. Originally slated for Saturday, May 23, 2009, the event has been changed to Saturday, May 16, 2009.

ARCA Trucks – ARCA Truck veteran Nick Gullatta, took part in the Koni Sports Car Challenge "Roar Before the Rolex 24" at the World Center of Racing at Daytona International Speedway (FL).  Gullatta was driving a team car with Whelen Modified driver Glen Reen.  The day was cut short as the team lasted only five laps before a wreck sidelined them for the duration of the event. They finished 66th.

ASA Late Model Challenge Series – SS Green Light Racing is pleased to announce that sixteen year old Drew Brannon will pilot the ASI Limited #32 for the 2009 ASALMS Season. The team lead by three-time ASA National Champion Butch Miller is planning to compete for the ASA Late Model Southern Championship as well as the premier ASA Late Model Challenge Series Championship.

Although he’s only sixteen, the Florida native has been racing for over ten years beginning in go-carts when he was only five years old. During his six years racing carts, Drew put together a string of impressive National wins, was a three Time National Class runner-up and added six Florida State Championships in Junior Sportsman 1 Lite and Junior Sportsman Heavy. Drew moved into mini-stock and limited late models over the next several years before moving into the super late model ranks in 2008. Drew’s breakout late model race was winning an ASA North Series race at I-70 last year, becoming the youngest driver ever to win an ASALMS Feature race.

“I am so excited to get to work with Butch Miller for the 2009 season,” said Drew. “We ran two races together recently and the cars handled so good. We qualified fifth at the Snowflake, but we ended up pitting too late and we could only get back to 12th. We had an alternator fail while running up front in our second race, I really feel we could have won that race. I like how Butch communicates and I think we are going to have a very good 2009 season.”

Bob Brannon, Drew’s father has watched SS Green Light Racing over the last several years and is looking forward to 2009, “I have been very impressed with SS Green Light’s professionalism and their top-notch, experienced people. We couldn’t ask for anyone better than three time National Champion in Butch Miller to help with Drews’ development.”

Ken Smith, co-owner of SS Green Light Racing and President of ASI LIMITED is expecting the experience of Miller and the youthfulness of Brannon to be a great combination. “We are excited to welcome Drew to our Driver Development Program. He caught my attention earlier in 2008 when he hauled from Florida to the high banks of I-70 and won the ASA race going away. At only 15, that was quite an accomplishment. He is a talented driver with lots of drive and dedication. We are expecting many successes in 2009.” Miller is equally excited for the 2009 season, “I ran a late model race at Concord last year and somehow I qualified on the front row, the other driver on the front row was Drew. It was the youngest and oldest drivers in the field starting side by side. At the drop of the green, Drew went to the front and I went straight to the back,” Miller joked. “He is a very polite and exceptional young man and he is very eager to learn. I think we will have a great year together.

The 2009 ASA Southern Series season kicks off on March 14th Charlotte County Speedway Punta Gorda, FL

ASA Late Model North Series – 2008 Champion Eddie Hoffman Jr. and the rest of the ASA Late Model North series will kick off their season on April 25th Toledo Speedway (OH).

ASA Late Model South Series – The ASA Late Model South Series will start their 2009 season on March 14th at Charlotte County Speedway (FL).  Jimmy Lang was the 2008 ASA LM South Champion.

ASA Midwest Tour – Dan Fredrickson capped off a great evening at the American Speed Association Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment Championship Banquet as he was honored as the series 2008 champion. The top-20 and others were also honored this past Saturday evening at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI.

Fredrickson was honored to be the second champion in the ASAMT. Along with thanking his friend, family and sponsors, he also thanked his fellow competitors for the competition he faced this past season. One of the thoughts he shared was the history of him and Tim Schendel going back to 2006 when the two were in a tight battle for the NASCAR Elite Division Midwest Series championship. Fredrickson came up short in that battle and he stated it was great to see what its like on the other side with his ASAMT championship. Along with a $6,000 championship check, he also received over $3,500 in additional rewards including a new 5.5 inch clutch from Powertrain Technology.

Nick Murgic, who recently turned 18, was honored as the 2008 Lane Automotive Rookie of the Year presented by Red Line Synthetic Oil, Hypercoils, and Roltek Racing Transmission. Murgic took home nearly $10,000 in product awards including a new Roltek transmission valued at $5,000.

ASA Northwest Tour – The season will start on March 28th at Evergreen Speedway (WA).

ASA RC Cola/Moon Pie Southeast Asphalt Tour – The RC Cola / MoonPie American Speed Association Southeast Asphalt Tour crowned Jay Middleton as the 2008 overall Tour champion Saturday night at the Georgia Mountain Center in Gainesville, GA.  Middleton won three races in 2008, with six top-five finishes and nine top-10 finishes on his way to the championship. 

“I’m very proud to be the ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour Champion,” said Middleton.  “We won a Florida Pro Series title back in 2003, and that was special, but this is one of the biggest highlights of my career.”

In addition to the overall series championship, Middleton also pocketed the title in the Carolina Clash Region.  He also finished second in both the Beach Tour Region and the Blue Ridge Region; not a bad way to go out for Middleton, who announced his retirement shortly after capturing the championship last season. 

Regional championships were also handed out to Texas’ Stephan McCurley (Blue Ridge) and North Carolina’s Preston Peltier (Beach Tour).   

McCurley did it the hard way by towing from Humble, Texas, every single week.  To short-hand himself even more, his crew consisted of only him and his dad.  Down the stretch, McCurley logged five-straight, top-10 finishes, including a pair of third-place runs at Watermelon Capital Speedway (GA) and Hickory Motor Speedway (NC).

“After you get time to sit back and think about how the year has gone, you really realize what you accomplished,” said McCurley.  “We ran against some tough people this year.  We had to do it from a long ways away, and we had not seen a lot of these tracks before.”

Preston Peltier will forever be a part of history in the ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour, as he won the first-ever race at Mobile International Speedway (AL) last spring.  He backed up a solid season with a championship in the Beach Tour Region.

“We had some ups and downs,” said Peltier.  “Money is tight right now.  I love what they are doing here in ASA SAT, with the TV package and everything.  I really enjoyed racing with Jason (Hogan), Jay (Middleton) and all the guys, and maybe we’ll mix it up again.”

Big 8 – The BRP Big 8 Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet has released the 2009 schedule for the popular Midwest based group which highlights the best weekly drivers from tracks across Wisconsin and Illinois. Rockford Speedway will host the opening event with the running of the 32nd annual Spring Classic featuring a 108 lap feature event for the Big 8 Series contingent.

“We are pleased with how the schedule is developing, all of these events are turning into annual stops for us, sometimes we headline the event, other times we join the ASA Midwest Tour, but I know our style of racing is sure to bring out the best that short track racing has to offer.” Commented Series Director Gregg McKarns. “Our hope is to announce one if not two additional dates in the near future.”

As the BRP Big 8 Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet enters its fifth year of competition, many feel Jeremy Miller has a strong chance of claiming his third championship in a row, even though he secured his second straight title over Michael Bilderback by a mere point at the conclusion of 2008. Other challengers joining Bilderback in the quest to knock Miller off the top spot include Mid-American Stock Car Series Champion James Swan, Madison International Champion Bobby Wilberg, Jefferson runner-up Steve Dobbratz, Rockford top shoe Ryan Carlson and 2008 Rookie of the Year Ross Kenseth.

For more information on the Big 8 Series including rules, marketing and history, visit www.big8series.com.

2009 Big 8 Late Model Series Schedule
(Tentative - Subject to Change)

Sunday Apr 19 Rockford Speedway Loves Park, IL 108
Sunday May 3 Madison Int’l Speedway Oregon, WI 38
June To Be Determined TBD TBD
Friday Jul 24 Golden Sands Speedway Plover, WI 58
Tuesday Aug 4 Wisconsin Int’l Raceway Kaukauna, WI 38
Fri-Sat Sep 18-19 Jefferson Speedway Jefferson, WI T 50's
Saturday Oct 3 Rockford Speedway Loves Park, IL 108
Saturday Oct 10 La Crosse Fair Speedway West Salem, WI 48

Blizzard SLM Series – The 2009 Blizzard Series will kick off on April 10th at Five Flags Speedway (FL).  2008 Blizzard champion Josh Hamner will be back to defend his title and hopes to repeat as champion in the five-race series that leads up to December's Snowball Derby.

Carquest Maritime Pro Stock Tour – The CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour is pleased to officially announce that Tim Terry will be taking over the microphone as the voice of the Pro Stock Tour. Tim started his announcing career calling races online using video game simulations in 2004. In 2005 Tim and his crew at the Sim Racing Network landed the DMP-Racing league – a series started and frequented by NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr. The DMP-Racing league is also frequented by other NASCAR stars including; Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin, and Brad Keselowski. Branching out from the online world, Tim moved to the thrill of live stock car racing in 2007 when he joined the team at Scotia Speedworld. Joining Tim on the Tour is roving reporter Mike Kaplan who again will bring us Reports from the Pits.

Pixie Keizer will not be returning as one of the Tour’s Technical Coordinators for the 2009 season. Pixie is stepping down in order to devote more time to his family. We want to thank Pixie for his many years of dedication to the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour and wish him a relaxing summer. Taking over for Pixie is Kirk Alexander. Kirk has been involved in the Maritime racing community for more than 30 years and is recognized as a knowledgeable resource for anything late model race car related. Joining Kirk in the tech shed will be Tim Bruce who has confirmed his return for the 09 season, welcome back Tim!

CRA Super Series – SpeedFest 2009 is in the books.  click here for all the info

ISCARS Dash Series – 2008 series Champion Danny Bagwell and the rest of the stars of the ISCARS Dash Series will start their season May 9th at Lonesome Pine Raceway in Virginia.

Georgia Asphalt Series – The 2009 Schedule was released last week.  click here for more

Late Models – Mike Johnson of Covina, Calif. won the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown Whelen All-American Late Model race at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale on January 24. Andrew Myers of Huntington Beach finished in second place and Kevin Vernon finished third. The race was originally scheduled for 75 laps but was shortened to 55 laps because of because of time restrictions.

Late Model Stock Cars –  March is fast approaching and several tracks will kick off their Late Model Stock Cars seasons on that weekend.  Caraway Speedway (NC) will host the first of there dozen extra distance races for Late Model Stocks on March 15th. 

Mid-American Stock Car Series – The Mid-American Stock Car Series ended its “Sweet 16” season at the Wintergreen Resort and Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells, WI Saturday night while providing some exciting news for the 2009 season.
 
Guest speaker Chuck Deery, who is the promoter of La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway, gave an inspiring speech about the state of short track racing and how drivers at every level can contribute to its promotion and success.

Derry then presented James Swan with the Showmanship Award for his spectacular burnout after winning the Oktoberfest 35.  He then presented MASCS co-owner Doug Strasburg with the Larry Wehr’s Dedication to Racing Award for his commitment to the sport and Oktoberfest Race Weekend for the past two decades-plus.
 
The awards portion of the ceremony continued with MASCS Rookie of the Year Mark Kissinger.  Kissinger thanked his sponsors, crew, family and competitors.  He ended his speech by stating that he will return for his sophomore season in 2009. 
 
The final trophy of the evening was presented to Mid-American champion James Swan.  It was the fourth time overall that Swan has claimed the title and his third in a row.  Swan was quick to thank his sponsors, crew, and fellow competitors.  Although Swan will move to the Big 8 Late Model series in 2009, he ensured that he will be keeping close tabs on his Mid-American “family” and will return to visit drivers at the track.
 
The awards ceremony was brought to a close with the presentation of the Sportsman of the Year Award.  For the first time in the new era of Mid-American, two drivers split the award.  Not surprisingly, it was the two drivers who won the award the previous two years.  Good friends Bobby Gutknecht and Lyle Nowak will share the honor in 2008.  Nowak was unable to attend due to a wedding in his family. Gutknecht accepted on his behalf.
 
The Mid-American Stock Car Series’ 17th season begins on Sunday, April 19 as part of the 32nd Annual Spring Classic at Rockford Speedway in Love’s Park, IL.  Stay tuned to www.midamericanracing.com for more announcements and news regarding Mid-American’s 2009 season.

Northwest Pro 4 Alliance – The Northwest Pro4 Alliance will enter 2009 with the best schedule of events this young series has seen to date.

The fastest four-cylinder late model stock cars in the country will visit the best race tracks in the Northwest, as the Summer of Excitement Series II will kick off their season on May 2nd at the fast Wenatchee Valley Super Oval.

The Alliance will share the card with the new ASA Northwest Late Model Tour, giving the fans what is sure to be one of the best stock car racing shows of the season.

Yakima Speedway will host the Alliance on June 20th, for their first visit to the half-mile track. The race teams can’t wait to show the fans just how quick these Pro4 cars are on the open half mile.

If Yakima Speedway isn’t quite enough of a speed rush, then the July 18th event at the newly reopened Spokane County Raceway will give the Alliance teams even more flat out racing. This also gives the Alliance an opportunity to show the new management staff at SCR just how exciting our form of racing really is!

The Alliance will then be returning to a track that we have all enjoyed from day one, Stateline Stadium and Speedway in Post Falls, Idaho, for the 4th Annual Northwest Pro4 Nationals where we share the night with the hottest show in Northwest sprint racing, the ASA/NSRA Sprint Car tour.

Labor Day weekend, September 5th, will see the Alliance right in the middle of Pro4 country, as championship night will be held at South Sound Speedway in Rochester, Washington, where a new champion will be decided for 2009.

The Alliance is entering its third season and even in these tough economic times we’re still experiencing growth with new teams continuing to enter into the series every week , making this program one of the strongest touring groups on the road.

PASS North SLM - The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) has announced several changes to the 2009 PASS North super late model schedule.

On Saturday May 16 the super late models will tackle Maine’s toughest oval, Unity Raceway.  Sunday August 23 the traveling pros will return to Canaan Fair Speedway. Unity action gets the green at 3:00 PM and the first heat race at Canaan will take to the speedway at 2:00 PM.
The scheduled distance for both events will be 150 green flag laps. The PASS Mod and Sportsman series will join the fastest full fender race cars in the east on both cards.
In other schedule news, the PASS Mod and Sportsman series will travel to Riverside Speedway in Groveton New Hampshire on Sunday August 16.

PASS South SLM – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) President Tom Mayberry is proud to announce that the PASS South Super Late Models will compete at the New Senoia Speedway in Senoia, GA in 2009. 

The race will be on Saturday, June 20th and will mark the first visit for the Nation’s top Super Late Models to the 3/8 mile oval.  In addition to the PASS South Super Late Models racing, New Senoia support divisions will also race including the Outlaw Late Models, Sportsman, and Modified Mini Stock.  The race at New Senoia Speedway continues PASS’s commitment to racing in the South and throughout the Eastern Seaboard,      

“Stock car racing has a long and storied history in Georgia.  We are very glad that the PASS South Super Late Models will be racing at New Senoia Speedway and look to continue the great heritage of racing in Georgia,” said Mayberry.  “There are a lot of great Super Late Model racers in Georgia and we can’t wait to bring guys from all over the Southeast to race at New Senoia.

There is one date left to be filled on the fourteen race 2009 schedule for the PASS South Super Late Models.  Expect an announcement in the coming weeks of a major event to be added to the schedule for the month of September.

PASS South Super Late Model action kicks off in 2009 with the running of the 4th  annual South Carolina Clash at the Dillon Motor Speedway on March 13th & 14th.  Practice will be on Friday, March 13th from 3 to 6 PM with the PASS South Awards Banquet to follow that evening at the Kintyre House in Dillon, SC.  On Saturday, March 14th, the PASS South Super Late Models will practice and qualify, followed by racing in local divisions and the 4th Annual South Carolina Clash.  Dillon Motor Speedway is located in Dillon, SC, just off Interstate 95 exit 191 on SC Highway 9.

SRL – The season opener for the SRL Southwest Tour Series is over four months away, but race teams are already making moves to be ready for the first event on April 4th.

Two such drivers who are making plans to make their first full-time assault on the SRL in 2009 are NASCAR Southwest Tour veteran Darrell LaMoure of Phoenix, AZ and series rookie, Kevin Callahan of Bakersfield.

LaMoure, a regular of the NASCAR Southwest Tour for 12 years with over 180 starts is looking forward to getting back to his kind of racing.
“We love the tour cars and I can’t wait to get back to racing the entire season,” stated LaMoure.

“We ran a couple of SRL races in 2008 and really had a great time…there’s a lot of camaraderie among the drivers and that makes for a great atmosphere in the pits, which seems to carry over to the racetrack.” LaMoure added.

The 20 year old Callahan came up through the go-kart ranks, making his first Late Model appearance at the 2005 October Classic at Mesa Marin Raceway.  Callahan has spent the past three seasons in the NASCAR Late Model division at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale.

Callahan made one SRL Southwest Tour Series start in 2008 and has made the move to full-time in 2009 as part of the NTS Motorsports multi-car operation with teammate Brennan Newberry.

“We wanted to take the next step and the SRL offers great competition at great racetracks.” Callahan stated.

“When we looked at the SRL we were amazed to find out that the budget to run the tour car all year will cost no more than running a full Late Model season.”  Callahan added.

The SRL Southwest Tour Series will begin its ninth season of competition on April 4th when the SRL will be part of the NASCAR Camping World Series West season opener at All-American Speedway in Roseville, CA.  In 2009, the SRL Southwest Tour Series will make stops at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Toyota Speedway at Irwindale, Madera Speedway, the New Stockton 99 Speedway and All-American Speedway.

For more information on the SRL Southwest Tour Series 2009 season, please contact the SRL offices at 916-687-7284, or go to www.srllatemodels.com .    

Southern Pro Late Model Series – Will kick off their inaugural season on March 15th at New Senoia Speedway in Senoia, Georgia.  

Super Late Models – Travis Thirkettle of Newhall was declared the winner in the lap shortened NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown Whelen All-American Super Late Model race at TOYOTA Speedway at Irwindale on January 24. T

he race was originally scheduled for 150 laps but was shortened to 15 laps because of time restrictions. Nick Joanides of Thousand Oaks who won the 2008 Super Late Model division championship at Irwindale finished in second place while Dan Moore finished in third place. Fifty-one cars competed in race.

Superpro –  The SUPERPRO Series and Baer Field Speedway Promoter Tom Isch has announced that the legendary 1/2 mile paved oval in Ft. Wayne, Indiana will host three SUPERPRO races in 2009.

Friday, August 7 will be the date for the crown jewel event of the SUPERPRO Series - the International Gold Cup 100. Baer Field will also host 75 lap feature events on Saturday, May 30 and Saturday, June 27.

"We are honored to be part of the Baer Field schedule in 2009," said SUPERPRO Director Bill Lackey. "The International Gold Cup is the premier race on our schedule and it is the one all our drivers want to win."

More races will be announced as they are scheduled.  For more information, go to the web at www.superproracing.com.

UARA-STARS – The UARA-Stars will be gearing up for the start of their season in March. On March 2nd, the teams will be at Rockingham Speedway (NC) for an open test.  The first race will be on March 14th at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC).

USPRO – Dave Gentile Jr. won the 2008 USPRO series championship.

Wisconsin Challenge Series – Will kick off their 2009 season on May 25th with the Memorial 100 at Golden Sands Speedway (WI).







The Big 8 Series is ready for its fifth year. (Mark Melchiori Photo)
The Big 8 Series will visit Rockford twice in 2009. (Mark Melchiori Photo)
2009 will be the 17th year for the Mid-American Stock Car Series. (Fastlapphoto.com)
Can 2008 Champion Patrick Laperle keep winning on the ACT Tour?
The ASI Limited #32 will have a new driver in 2009.
Drew Brannon won last year in the ASA Late Model North Tour. He will run the ASA Challenge Series in 2009.
Dan Fredrickson cleaned up at the ASA Midwest Tour banquet.
2008 Champion Jay Middleton took home some big money from the ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour banquet.
Stephan McCurley won the Blue Ridge region title on the ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour.
2008 Tour Champion Wayne Smith.
The Georgia Asphalt Series will run six times at Lanier National Speedway in 2009.
2009 will be the 17th year for the Mid-American Stock Car Series. (Fastlapphoto.com)
Johnny Clark won the last PASS North race at Unity Raceway back in 2007.
Georgia native Justin Wakefield will have new tracks like New Senoia Speedway which is in his home state.
SRL Southwest Tour Series will start on April 4th.
The Southern Pro Late Model Series will kick their season off on March 15th.
UARA-STARS will race at both Rockingham and Bristol in 2009.