51's Late Model Roundup
Presented by Five Star Race Car Bodies
Compiled from Series, Team and Track PR Reports
ACT Late Models – The 2009 version of the American Canadian Tour will show fans a major change from recent years. You would have to go all the way back to 2000, and the end of the Brian Hoar era, to find an ACT champion running for the 2009 title. Hoar will be looking for his sixth (6th) ACT title while driving for veteran car owner and crew chief Rick Paya. Paya helped lead all time ACT champion Jean Paul Cyr to seven championships, and knocked off 5 in a row between 2003 and 2007. Canadian star Patrick Laperle took home the honors in 2008. Laperle was the first Canadian ever to win an ACT Late Model crown. Laperle also won the ACT SERIE Castrol championship in his home province of Quebec in 2007. Neither Cyr nor Laperle will contend for the 2009 ACT Championship, which presents a ‘wild west - winner take all’ opportunity for many veterans and skilled young teams to challenge for the title in 2009.

Without question the coming season presents the greatest mix of veteran teams looking for their first titles, with a crop of young talent that is eager for their own breakout. Veteran Dave Whitcomb of Essex, Jct., VT will rejoin the TOUR in 2009 trying for his second ACT championship. Whitcomb won the original Late Model title in 1992, and has been a mainstay at Thunder Road weekly racing, winning the King of the Road title in 1995.

Joining Whitcomb are veterans Brent Dragon, form Milton, VT and Randy Potter from Groveton, New Hampshire. Dragon and Potter are early favorites to take their first ACT TOUR titles. Both have multiple weekly track championships to their credit. Dragon is a perennial favorite at Airborne Raceway in New York, and Potter has numerous wins at White Mountain Motorsports Park and put on a dominating performance opening day in 2007 at the Oxford Plains Speedway.

The top of the standings will likely see the two biggest rising stars at ACT, Scott Payea of Milton, VT who missed out on winning the 2008 ACT title by a single point, after leading the standing for the majority of the season. Payea and his Chris Companion led team know how to win and have extra incentive to take the honors in 2009. Payea has shown strength at Thunder Road, (a two time Merchants Bank 150 opening day winner), and at Oxford Plains Speedway with several top three trips around Maine’s tricky 4/10th mile oval. Joey Polewarczyk (Pole) was a two-time winner in 2008, and certainly has every incentive to win the ACT championship before moving on to other levels of racing in his career. Joey Pole, at 19 years old, now has the experience and talent to compete against the veterans, and to use the ACT title as a stepping-stone to other racing opportunities.

Other contenders that plan to compete for the title in 2009 include veteran John Donahue from Graniteville, VT, Thunder Road Champion and long time veteran campaigner Jamie Fisher will pilot the SD Ireland Chevrolet again in hopes of taking his first title. These two competitors are the only full time touring teams that compete weekly at Thunder Road and full time on the TOUR. If the old adage that practice makes perfect, both Donahue and Fisher should be favorites to contend for the ACT title in 2009.

The list of full time -first time entrants is longer than any other year in the history of ACT. Along with first timer Rolfe will be Jeff Zuidema, veteran driver from N. Brookfield, Massachusetts, Miles Chipman from New Hampshire, Mark Hayward, from Unity, New Hampshire.

Other teams that have filed full season entries include Tyler Cahoon (VT), Matt White (VT), Jimmy Linardy (MA), Eric Chase (VT), Ben Rowe (ME), Pete Potvin III (VT), Chip Grenier (VT) and Mark Hudson (MA).
Interest in the American Canadian Tour has increased throughout the Northeast with the announcement last fall that The ACT Invitational will be taking place at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19th over NASCAR Cup opening Chase weekend. The first qualifier for that event will be crowned on Sunday, April 19, 2009 at the running of the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at the Lee USA Speedway. Over 40 teams are expected to try and qualify for the event. Many of the track’s regular weekly competitors are expected to tackle the Tour invaders.  Two-time defending Track Champion J.R. Baril is among the early hometown favorites, along with 2004 Champion Ricky Wolf, Jr. Wolfe, who ran the ACT Tour in 2008 could well be the overall favorite to win the Governor’s Cup and in the process be the first to secure a spot at the ACT Invitational at NHMS.   A practice session will take place on Saturday, April 18th.

Following the Lee USA Speedway opener, the American-Canadian Tour travels to Thunder Road on Sunday, May 03, for the 11th Annual Merchants Bank 150 and the 50th opening of the ‘nations site of excitement’. For more information, call (802) 244-6963 or visit www.acttour.com.

ACT Quebec Series – The ACT Quebec Series, or more correctly Série ACT-Castrol if you are North of the border, will kick off their 2009 season with an event at Autodrome St-Eustache (QC) on May 23rd.

ARCA Trucks – The 2009 ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series schedule is coming together as the series prepares for its 11th consecutive season of competition.

ASA Late Model Challenge Series – The ASA Late Model Challenge Series starts their season on May 17th at The Milwaukee Mile.

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 got their season started this past weekend at Charlotte County Raceway Park.  Drew Brannon was the winner and you can click here to read all about it.

ASA Midwest Tour – It is well documented that Dan Fredrickson had a goal at the start of the 2008 American Speed Association Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment season, a championship. The consistency in the ASAMT makes him one of the top drivers to beat each and every week.

That consistency can easily be seen in his stats from last season. In 14 events, he had two ECHO fast time awards, three wins, nine top-five and 11 top-ten finishes.

The three wins he captured in 2008 each have their own story. The first one came at Madison International Speedway where he held off Steve Carlson for the win. Fredrickson came to MIS hoping to shake a monkey off his back and he did it in front of a huge crowd and beating the best super late model competitors including Kyle Busch, who finished third.

His second win could almost be a mirror image of how he dominated the point standings. At I-94 Raceway, he literally ran away from the rest of the field in the 100-lap event that only saw one caution flag. Fredrickson started tenth in that event and had the lead by lap 12. He would go on to lap just about the entire field except second place finisher Nate Haseleu.

The third win wrapped the championship as he again won in dominating fashion at the Oktoberfest Race Weekend at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway. It was Fredrickson's second straight win at the historic event. The first driver to do that since Eddie Hoffman completed it in 1999. In 2009, he will be looking for his third straight win and would join the late Joe Shear as a three-time consecutive winner. Shear accomplished this in 1994, 95, 96.

The championship run did get a little tense near the end of the season as Fredrickson had two bad finishes at Shakopee and at The Milwaukee Mile. This allowed Donny Reuvers to get within five points, but Fredrickson took advantage of Reuvers bad luck at Norway by coming home second to open up his points lead. His dominating run at Oktoberfest sealed the deal.

Along with his championship, Fredrickson will also be one of the Touring Stars to watch this season. It will not be a surprise if he is the one that everyone will be chasing this year.

The ASAMT Touring Star program was developed to help the series promote each special event prior to, during, and after each event. Each year a group of Touring Stars will be selected to the travel bonus program.

In 2009, the top-14 from the 2008 points standing will be eligible for the Touring Star program. Those drivers who are eligible will be required to sign an agreement with a promise to attend all ASAMT events and to participate in all promotional programs or opportunities. Failure to do so will result in removal from the bonus program. Touring Stars will be allowed one (1) excused absence due to unforeseen reasons that is approved by the ASAMT office.

Those eligible drivers must have their agreement signed by February 28, 2009 to be in the program. If an eligible driver declines, then the Touring Star offer will go to the next eligible driver in the 2008 points standing prior to the start of the 2009 season. If a star drops out during the season, it will go to the next eligible driver in the current 2009 points standing.

The 15th spot in the ASAMT Touring Star program is reserved for the highest finishing rookie at an ASAMT event. If they are the highest finishing eligible rookie at any 2009 ASAMT events, they will receive a Touring Star bonus at the next event.

"The Touring Star program accomplishes a major goal that Tim (Olson, ASAMT President) and I set when we started this series. That is we want to have our fans local heroes to compete against the best Midwest drivers," Steve Einhaus, ASAMT Vice-President stated. "When we come to compete at a track with our Touring Stars, we encourage the local competitors to race with us. This is a win-win for everyone. The fans get to see some great racing and the local heroes get to show their talent against some of the toughest competition in the United States."

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.

ASA Northwest Tour – The choice to move up from a local track Late Model program to a premier-level regional touring program takes a lot of planning and commitment, and consideration of what is offered and gained at that next level of competition.  This season, rookie drivers participating in the American Speed Association Northwest Late Model Tour (ASA NWLMT) will again have the opportunity of earning the Port City Racecars ‘Rookie of the Year’ honors and a special year-end award.  Port City Racecars of Muskegon, MI in cooperation with Chuck Carruthers Industries of Prescott, WA has again pledged a straight-rail late model chassis to the top placing rookie driver in the ‘Rookie Challenger’ point standings at season’s end.

Spence Gatrell (Aurora, OR), Amanda MacDonald (Ellensburg, WA), Joey Tanner (Portland, OR), and Alan Cress (Albany, OR) have all registered for the 2009 ASA NWLMT ‘Rookie Challenge’.  20 year-old Gatrell’s racing roots are from quarter midgets and WMRA racing.  21 year-old MacDonald worked her way up from hobby stock & street stock divisions to participating in several limited LM divisions last season.  19 year-old Tanner got his first taste of LMs racing dirt late models and transitioned to asphalt LM racing last season.  Cress, the ‘elder’ rookie at 29 years-old, has gained experience running local Super Late Model and North State Challenge Series events at Douglas County Speedway in Roseburg, OR.  Additional drivers have also shown interest in participating in this season’s exciting ASA NWLMT Port City Racecar’s ‘Rookie Challenge’.

Last season, Jared Vorse of Olympia WA was the top challenger in the Port City Racecars ‘Rookie of the Year’ program and received a Port City LM chassis for his efforts.  Vorse had a very impressive rookie season, finishing second overall in championship points and collected his first LM win while competing at Montana Raceway Park with the LMCS.  Vorse will be a strong contender for this season’s championship.  In 2007, Erick Hargraves of Yakima WA was that season’s top rookie, and he plans to bring out his newly constructed Port City Late Model car to selected events throughout the 2009 season.

Headquartered in Muskegon, Michigan, Port City Racecars also has manufacturing, distribution and warehousing facilities in California and Georgia.  Port City Racecars (PCR) are constantly introducing innovative products to help teams reach victory lane.  With over 12,000 parts in inventory, PCR offers same or next day shipment of parts to racers nationwide. From parts to complete chassis to repair and rebuild, PCR meets the racers needs.  Chuck Carruthers Industries of Prescott WA is an authorized dealer for PCR, and offers complete racecar fabrication, repair and parts supply for LM teams throughout the Northwest.

The 2009 ASA NWLMT season opener is fast approaching, with the first race scheduled at the ‘Super Speedway of the West’, Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA on the super 5/8-mile oval, Saturday, March 28th.  For more information on the ASA Northwest Late Model Tour, contact Jerry Losch at 253-312-1080, ASA NWLMT Media at 360-659-5910 or visit www.ASANorthwestLateModelTour.com .

ASA RC Cola/Moon Pie Southeast Asphalt Tour – In an effort to stay ahead of the game in the safety department, the RC Cola / MoonPie American Speed Association Southeast Asphalt Tour has announced they are teaming up with Fast Track Medical Response for the 2009 season.  click here for the full story.

Big 8 –  The Big 8 Series starts their 2009 season at Rockford Speedway (IL) on April 19th.

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 2009 Carquest Maritime Pro Stock Tour season starts on May 23 at Scotia Speedworld (NS).

CRA Super Series – The CRA Super Series, in conjunction with Hoosier Race Tires, have announced that Creative Products Group will be the series Tire Dealer for the upcoming 2009 season. Creative Products Group replaces BRD Supply as the series dealer after one season. Rocky Anderson, a six year official with the CRA Super Series and Co-owner of Creative Products Group, will be managing the tire business for Creative Products Group as he did for BRD Supply last year. Anderson was praised throughout the 2008 season for the outstanding job he did in working with the CRA teams and their tire needs.

“It’s great to have a company like Creative Products Group to get involved with our series as our tire dealer for the 2009 season,” remarked R.J. Scott, Managing Partner of the CRA Super Series. “Rocky has several years of hands-on experience as the series Tire Impound Director, so he knows the needs of our racers and what a dealer needs to provide with racing tires at every event. Having Rocky in charge again will greatly benefit the series and our racers throughout the season.”

As previously announced, the series will be using Hoosier 3035’s and 3045’s at every event except at the highbank track events at Winchester Speedway, Salem Speedway and Toledo Speedway, the series will use Hoosier F 45’s and F 56’s at those events. Hoosier Racing Tire will be testing some possible new tires for our series during the 2009 season in an effort to continue to have the series on the best available tire. If a better combination is found, there could be a switch during the upcoming season.

Rocky will have tires available at the open practice at Anderson Speedway on Friday, April 10th and at the open practice at Winchester Speedway on Saturday, April 18th. Teams wanting to pre-order tires for events or practices during the season can contact Rocky by cell phone at 574-596-3603 or fax orders to him at 574-822-4823. More information is available on Creative Products Group at www.creativeproductsgroup.net.

CRA Super Series (South) – Champion Racing Association officials have announced that Circle Racing Wheels has agreed to become a sponsor of the CRA Super Series South for the upcoming 2009 race season. The inaugural 2009 season for the CRA Super Series South is set to begin with the Watermelon 125 at Watermelon Capital Speedway located in Cordele, Georgia on Saturday, April 4th. That event will also feature a 125-lap event for the G.A.S Series.

Circle Racing Wheel will award a $75 Product Certificate to the eighth place finisher at every CRA Super Series South event during the 2009 race season. In addition, Circle Racing Wheels will award one set of four wheels by random draw of the top 15 finishers in final 2009 CRA Super Series South points at the 2009 series awards banquet.

"The folks at Circle Racing Wheels are proud to be a supporter of the CRA Super Series South in 2009,” remarked Randy Rabinowitch of Circle Racing Wheels." We feel the CRA Super Series South and its events will provide us a great opportunity to present our products to some of the greatest Super Late Model Racers in the USA. Our line of Wide 5 and 5 on 5 Short Track Racing wheels are second to none!"

“We are very happy to have the support of Circle Racing Wheels with our new South series for the 2009 season,” remarked Glenn Luckett, Managing Partner of Champion Racing Association. “It is going to be an exciting year with our new South series and we appreciate companies like Circle Racing Wheels stepping up to help support this new venture. We are expecting a lot of the top late model racers from the South to compete with us in 2009 and we are looking forward to a great season!”

Since the beginning of 2006, Circle Racing Wheels has been doing business under new ownership—as a division of Wheel Vintiques Inc., located in Fresno, California. Circle Racing Wheels president Mike Stallings has been involved in racing since childhood. Today, he campaigns both a 360 and 410 winged Sprint Car at local central California tracks, and occasionally runs with the big boys on the World of Outlaws tour. From a manufacturing standpoint, Mike's participation this is no doubt a "best of both worlds" situation, as it gives Stallings direct contact with racers and actual hands-on experience with the company's products —plus he has the flexibility to promptly transfer this input to Circle's design.

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 Georgia Asphalt Series will race next on April 4th at Watermelon Capital Speedway (GA).

Late Models – Jim Peterson has teamed up with Joe Hamm for a return to the Stafford Speedway Late Model division in 2009.  Peterson is a former two-time Stafford Motor Speedway Late Model track champion and he is second to Ryan Posocco in all-time Late Model feature wins at SMS.  Peterson held the record for all-time victories for a brief time before Posocco moved to the top of the list.

For years Peterson was behind the wheel of the familiar #17 Pontiac that was a family owned car.  For the 2009 season, Peterson will jump into the #13 that is owned by Joe Hamm.  The Peterson/Hamm team will be a combination of teams that know their way into CARQUEST Victory Lane at Stafford.

“I’m bringing some of my old crew guys together with some of Joe’s crew guys, and I can’t wait to get started,” said Peterson.  “Joe’s car is a winning car, and it will be nice to be able to just focus on driving rather than driving and maintaining the car.  My brother is going to be managing the team and Rick Sura is going to be the crew chief, so things will be set up like we had it before.  Rick is a great crew chief and I’m looking forward to being able to work with him.”

As a two-time Late Model track champion, Peterson has seen his fair share of championship battles and he knows what it takes to be champion at season’s end.  But as he and his team prepare for the 2009 season, unlike most drivers, their focus is not on winning another championship.  Peterson and the team are looking to reach victory lane, and reach it very often during the 2009 season.

“We’re not really worried about the championship,” said Peterson.  “Our main goal is to win races.  We want to have a strong season and not tear up the car, but our main goal is to win as many times as we can and have the car up front all season long.  We’d like to have around five or six wins this year. If we can do that, and keep the car up front all year long, I think we will be in the championship mix.”

After a season away from the Late Model division at Stafford, Peterson is confident that his team has everything in place to allow them to reach their victory lane goal during the 2009 season, even after a year away from the track.

“We have a lot of really great people helping us out this year,” said Peterson.  “Flamingo Motorsports, Ben Dodge, and Brad LaFontaine are all helping us out with the car this year, so we will have everything in place
that we will need to go out and win races.  I have so many laps around Stafford, I could drive the track blindfolded.  We’re all excited about getting started at the Sizzler.”

Peterson and the Joe Hamm team will kick off their 2009 quest at the 38th annual Tech-Net Spring Sizzler presented by CARQUEST, scheduled for April 24-26.  Tickets for “The Greatest Race in the History of Spring” are now on sale at the Stafford Motor Speedway box office.  Tickets are priced at $35.00 for adult general admission tickets, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, $38.00 for reserved seats, and free for children ages 5 & under.  Tickets are good for admission to the Saturday April 25, and Sunday, April 26 portions of the Tech-Net Spring Sizzler, with the Friday, April 24 practice session open the public free of charge.

Late Model Stock Cars –  A 200-lap Late Model Stock Car race that was rained out last weekend at Caraway Speedway (NC) will now take place this Saturday at the track.

Mid-American Stock Car Series – Mid-American Stock Car Series officials have made several changes to the 2009 schedule which was released earlier this season.  Two tracks were forced to relinquish their Mid-American events; one track has added a MASCS event and another changed their date.

On Friday, June 26th Mid-American is scheduled to make its first appearance at Norway Speedway in Norway, MI since Doug and Julie Strasburg purchased the series in 2006.  Mid-American made several appearances at the 1/3 mile on the Dickinson County fairgrounds in the early to mid-1990s.

The weekend will be a trying two days for MASCS competitors as they will make the trek south to 141 Speedway on Saturday, June 27th for the Vercauteren Memorial.  Fortunately, Mid-American drivers will have almost a month to prepare, after a May 30th date at Dells Raceway Park, and a month to recover from the events, before a July 25th date at DRP.

The Norway to 141 Speedway swing will replace the Golden Sands to Marshfield doubleheader weekend, which was slated in late May, as the only back-to-back weekend of the 2009 schedule.  Marshfield Motor Speedway (formerly Marshfield Super Speedway) found a conflict in their scheduling date with Mid-American and was forced to remove MASCS from that date.  The two sides were unable to find a replacement date, but will look toward an event in 2010.

Road America was also forced to relinquish its Mid-American event.  “I received a very nice letter from Road America explaining their financial situation regarding our fall race,” said MASCS co-owner Doug Strasburg.  “Unfortunately the economy won’t allow a feasible option for an event in 2009, but we certainly will leave that door open for the future.”

Mid-American’s other headlining track, the Milwaukee Mile, also caused a change to the 2009 schedule.  Mid-American will now head to Milwaukee toward the end of the summer season, as it has in seasons past, to run in conjunction with the Wisconsin All-Star 100 super late model event on Saturday, August 29.

Milwaukee, however, may not have made its final changes to Mid-American’s schedule.

“There are still two possible race dates at Milwaukee that may be added,” Strasburg claimed.

Final details are still in the works.  Three appearances would mark the first time in Mid-American’s 17 year history that it held more than one race day event at the historic Mile.  More information on those dates will be released as it becomes available. 

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 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.

PASS North SLM - The PASS North Super Late Models, Mods and Sportsman will kick off their season on Sunday, April 19th at Speedway 95 in Hermon, ME.

PASS South SLM – The South Carolina Clash at Dillon Motor Speedway kick off on Friday, March 20th with gates opening at 1 PM and practice for both the PASS South Super Late Models and PASS Late Model Trucks from 2 PM to 6PM.  The PASS South Awards Dinner will then be held at 8:30 PM on Friday night at the Kintyre House in Dillon.  On Saturday, March 21st, practice for both divisions will be from 11 AM to 1:30 PM, qualifying will be at 2:30 PM, and racing will start at 3 PM.  Dillon Motor Speedway is located on SC Highway 9 just off Interstate 95, exit 193.  For more information go to racewithpass.com.

SRL – As the SRL Southwest Tour Series looks towards the start of the 2009 season, many indications show that this will be the best year in the history of the nine year old tour series.

* Teams:  There are an increased number of teams committed to the SRL for 2009.  The entire top 10 from the 2008 SRL championship will return; Jim Pettit II, Craig Raudman, Greg Voigt, Keith Spangler, Troy Ermish, Josh Combs, Dave Byrd, Joe Farre’ and Justin Westmoreland will be back, in addition to full-time efforts from tour series veterans Darrell LaMoure, Terry Henry and Mike Kanke.  Many new teams have submitted registrations for 2009, including a new team structure for NTS Motorsports Brennan Newberry, Corsaro Motorsports now has rookie Kevin Callahan behind the wheel, and rookie Scott Sanchez will bring a brand new team to the SRL in 2009.

* Big Incentives:  SRL drivers will chase a bigger carrot in 2009, as prize money has increased to a minimum $3,000 to win each event.  An additional $1,000 bonus provided by Rub It Enterprises and Graphics will be awarded at each Madera and Stockton race, which will take the winner’s prize money to $4,000.  The Las Vegas events will also pay a $1,000 bonus.

* New Site:  The new SRL website has been launched at www.SRLSouthwestTour.com.

* Web Cast:  Production crews will be on hand to provide a web cast of the SRL Southwest Tour Series events in 2009, including series presenting sponsor GoLiveStream.TV.

* Schedule:  The SRL will visit five tracks over its ten race 2009 schedule; Roseville’s All-American Speedway–April 4th, The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway–May 3rd & October 31st, Madera Speedway–May 23rd, July 4th &September 5th, Toyota Speedway at Irwindale–July 18th & October 10th and the New Stockton 99 Speedway–August 8th & October 3rd.

* Rookie-of-the-Year Award:  Victory Circle Chassis and Parts will once again sponsor the Rookie-of-the-Year chase, and present an elite chassis to the winner of the Rookie-of-the-Year title.

* 2009 Season Opener:  For the second consecutive year the SRL Southwest Tour Series will start its season at All-American Speedway in a companion show with the NASCAR Camping World West Series.  SRL practice and qualifying on Friday, April 3rd with the “Riebes Auto Parts 125 presented by AmeriPride Uniform Services” on Saturday night, April 4th.

* Hard Luck:  Ron’s Rear Ends will once again award $100 cash to last place finisher in each main event.  

* More Awards:  Port City Race Cars of Muskegon, MI, a new SRL sponsor for 2009 will award a chassis to one of the top fifteen drivers of 2009 by way of a reverse drawing at the SRL championship awards banquet. Also, Melo’s Gas and Gear will be awarding a Miller Electric Renegade 180 Welder to a crew chief whose team finishes in the Top 15 at the year end award’s banquet.

For more information about the SRL Southwest Tour Series, go to www.SRLSouthwestTour.com.

Southern Pro Late Model Series – The Southern Pro Late Model Series will kick off their inaugural season this weekend at New Senoia Speedway in Senoia, Georgia.  

Super Late Models – Tickets are on sale to the general public for all 2009 TOYOTA Speedway at Irwindale NASCAR Whelen All-American Weekly Racing Series events including this Saturday’s (March 21) NASCAR Opening Night  presented by the Southern California Toyota Dealers. In celebration of opening night Los Angeles and Orange County area Toyota dealers are conducting a special service department customer complimentary ticket promotion subject to availability and while quantities last. 

Considered one of the best sports and entertainment values in Southern California, TOYOTA Speedway at Irwindale has maintained the same $15.00 adult general admission ticket price since the facility opened in March, 1999.  But with the current economic climate financially challenging many families, the Speedway will make its NASCAR Saturday night events even more affordable during the 2009 season by reducing ticket prices for youngsters including admitting children 12 years of age and under for free and students 13 – 18 years of age at $7.50.

Speedway officials are also in the process of finalizing details on added-value promotions including a frequency purchase and special food and beverage discount programs. Details will be forthcoming in the near future. Special discount coupons for adult ticket purchases will also be available to download on the Speedway’s web site.

Senior general admission tickets are priced at $12.00. Reserved seat tickets are $25.00. Parking is $5.00. Southern California Auto Club members receive a 10% discount off of the purchase of up to four (4) adult general admission tickets for Saturday NASCAR oval racing events when they show their AAA membership card. Tickets are available for purchase on line at www.toyotaspeedwayatirwindale.com, by telephone at (626) 358-1100 or in person at the Speedway ticket office.

UARA-STARS – Below are the eligible teams for the March 21 Bristol UARA-Stars event.  This does not guarantee a starting spot .The field will be set by qualifying on Thursday

Car # DRIVER          
1 52 Brad Queen          
2 '01 J.R. Allen          
3 '04 Ryan Gray          
4 2 Keith Stiltner          
5 5 Dan Estes          
6 7 Caleb Roark          
7 8 Brennan Poole          
8 11 Joey Bryant          
9 12 Garrett Campbell          
10 13 Lance Gatlin          
11 15 Michael Rouse          
12 17 Rob Fuller          
13 19 Kyle Moon          
14 21 John King II          
15 22 Justin Boston          
16 51/23 Matt McCall          
17 24 Luke Laney          
18 28 Brandon McReynolds          
19 29 Andy Loden          
20 30 Jordan McGregor          
21 31 Ryan Robertson          
22 32 Kyle Grissom          
23 33 Roger Lee Newton          
24 44 Matt DiBenedetto          
25 48 Scott Turlington          
26 50 Jamey Caudill          
27 54 Clay Rogers          
28 59 Coleman Pressley          
29 73 Owen Kelly          
30 74 Caleb Holman          
31 75 Paul Bryant          
32 76 Darrell Wallace, Jr.          
33 77 Clint Mills          
34 81 Paddy Rodenbeck          
35 83 Dylan Presnell          
36 88 Richard Boswell II          
37 92 Matthew Godley          
38 97 Bryan Dauzat          
39 XX  Tam Topham          
40 XX  Peyton Sellers          
41 XX  Brian Levant          
42 XX  Mark Davis          
43 84 Clay Greenfield Top 20 in 2008 UARA Owner Points  
44 98 Chris Carlsen          
45 1 Jake Crum          
46 55 Kenny Yontz          
47 X Tom Hartensveld          
48 X DPM Performance          
49 25 Tim Furr          
50 71 Dillon Smith          
51 X Nate Monteith Furnished Cars for the Pro Race    
52 18 Wayne Hale          
53 X West Racing          
54 X Pip Racing          
55 53 Tissot          
56 XX  Greg Bohanan          
57 XX  Casey Holt  

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).

Joey Pole won last season's opening ACT race at Lee.  (Top - Rick Ibsen Photo, Bottom - Jim Dupont Photo)
2008 CRA Super Series champion Scott Hantz
The Georgia Asphalt Series begins its season on April 4th at Watermelon Capital Speedway (GA).
Late Models head into turn one at Lee.
The ACT Quebec Series starts off on May 23rd.
Dan Frederickson
The ASA Northwest Tour gets its start to the season in a few weeks at Evergreen Speedway (WA).
The Blizzard Super Late Model Series get started at Pensacola's Five Flags Speedway next month.
Dan Frederickson's #36 machine.