51's Late Model Roundup
Presented by Five Star Race Car Bodies
Compiled from Series, Team and Track PR Reports
ACT Late Models – On September 19th, 2009, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) will become the 23rd different track to host an American-Canadian Tour Late Model event. It will also become the largest track (1.058 mile) to ever hold an ACT event, surpassing the 7/8ths mile Sanair Super Speedway in St. Pie, PQ.

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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 – Port City Racecars and Port City South owned by Harley Boeve and Port City Racing owned by Scott Keyser have resigned with all divisions of the ASA Late Model Series for 2009. This marks the seventh consecutive year that Port City has been a supporter of “America’s Premier Short Track Series”.

“We are certainly blessed to have sponsor’s like Port City Racecars, Port City South and Port City Racing, both Harley and Scott have been outstanding in their support of the series as it has grown from a small
Michigan based series into the national series it is today” commented series President Ron Varney.

“Port City Racecars has had great success in the ASA Late Model Series, especially with Jimmy Lang winning the South Championship last year, also Brian Campbell won several big races with our chassis in 2008. The ASA Late Model Series is a great place to showcase our chassis as they have some of the most competitive races in the country.” Stated Harley Boeve, owner Port City Racecars and Port City South.

“Port City Racing is one of the leading auto racing parts supplier in the business and the ASA Late Model Series is one of the best in the country, so this is a perfect fit for us,” commented Port City Racing owner Scott Keyser. “We are also going to focus on our “Integra” line of shocks as an affordable and dependable option for all the ASA Late Model teams,” continued Keyser.

“The Series depends on the help and support of company like Port City Racecars, Port City South and Port City Racing and we are thankful to have them as sponsors in our series and look forward to many more years of their continued support” finished Varney.

Port City Racecars has been a leader in the Chassis Manufacturing business for several years. Located in Muskegon, Michigan, Port City Racecars has supplied racers all over the United States with winning chassis's and chassis components. Port City Racecars has a complete state of the art facility and employees that are the best in the business. They employee the finest fabricators and machinists to ensure quality from top to bottom. They are constantly testing new things and acquiring the equipment to make Port City Racecars the leader in chassis construction for the short track racer. For more information on Port City Racecars or Port City South call 1-800-215-8074 or visit their web site at www.portcityracecars.com.

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 – Chase Elliott will mark a major career milestone this weekend when he climbs behind the wheel of the No. 9 Aaron's Lucky Dog Dream Machine for his first Late Model start at South Georgia Motorsports Park (Cecil, Ga.) in the ASA Late Model South Series on Saturday, March 28.

"I'm really excited about making my first Late Model start this weekend at South Georgia," Elliott said.  "We're just looking to get some more experience and seat time in this car.  We tested at Lanier last weekend, and everything went really well.  I think we'll make a good run this weekend as long as we can stay out of trouble.  I just can't thank everyone enough for giving me this opportunity, especially Aaron's, my mom and dad and everyone at the shop - I couldn't do any of this without them."

Thirteen-year-old Elliott tested the Aaron's Lucky Dog Dream Machine last weekend at Lanier National Speedway (Braselton, Ga.) for his first laps in an asphalt Late Model.  Elliott's crew chief Ricky Tuner, a former Late Model champion, was impressed by the second-generation driver's efforts.

"I was really impressed with Chase at the test," Turner said.  "Working with him on the car and listening to him communicate over the radio, he's definitely ready to make this next step.  I think this is going to be a big year for him."

The ASA Late Model Series, "America's Premier Short Track Series," has been a stepping stone for many NASCAR drivers, including 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year, Landon Cassill; 2009 ROTY candidate, John Wes Townley; Stephen Leicht; Kelley Bires; James Buescher; and Michael Annett.
Both Cassill and Townley are expected to start the South Georgia 100 at SGMP.

Gates at SGMP open Saturday at 5:00 pm with qualifying followed by an on-track "meet and greet" autograph session during pre-race ceremonies.

Racing is scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm.

ASA Midwest Tour – he third season of the American Speed Association Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment will kick off on Saturday, April 25 at Dells Raceway Park in Wisconsin Dells, WI.  The season opening event will kick off a new three race series called "Race For The Gold" in which the overall champion will earn a bonus of $4,000 in pure gold.

It will be a classic short track battle of the ASAMT Touring Stars including 2008 ASAMT Champion Dan Fredrickson, Donnie Reuvers, Tim Schendel, Chris Wimmer, Jamie Iverson, Andrew Morrissey, Travis Sauter, Nathan Haseleu, Jonathan Eilen, Blake Horstman, Nick Murgic, Jeff Storm, Kyle Calmes and Steve Carlson taking on DRP stars that include 2008 track Champion Jeff Kendall, Steve Holzhausen, Dan Lensing, Don "Thunder" Turner, and Kenny Reiser.  In addition, the return of Bryan Reffner who returns to DRP after a long hiatus to compete in the 125-lap feature event.

Dells Raceway Park, an ASA Member Track, will host this unique three race event throughout the 2009 season.  The first will be the Bronze Race on Saturday, April 25.  The Silver Race will take place on Saturday, July 18 and the Gold Race will occur on Saturday, September 12.

"Tim(Olson, ASAMT President) and I are ecstatic about having our opener at Dells Raceway Park. With all the renovations that Joe Graziano and Lance Fielitz have put into the facility its an honor that they invited us for the first race," Steve Einhaus, ASAMT Vice-president stated. "DRP has a rich history as the place to be for Super Late Models in the spring and with the central Wisconsin location, fans are going to see the best drivers in the country come together and put on a great classic short track battle."

The event was put together by ASAMT and Dells Raceway Park officials, "As an ASA Member Track, its important to us at DRP to provide our fans with the finest entertainment in the country. This three race series with the ASA Midwest Tour will bring America's finest short track racers directly to central Wisconsin and provide our fans with a "can't miss" opportunity. We want this event to be the top racing event of the year for many years to come and we are certain it will all begin right here on Saturday April 25," Joe Graziano, DRP co-owner said.  "Race for the Gold represents the beginning of a new tradition for the best late model drivers in the region.  We at DRP are thrilled to play a role in this exciting new series."

"We wanted something attractive to the racers and exciting for the fans. The Race for the Gold will give our fans something to look forward to and allow them to attend an event that they can be a part of by keeping score of their favorite drivers and watching it come down to a nail biting last event in September," Einhaus remarked.  "For the drivers, its all about the prize and of course the tough competition that they face ahead of them. All three events will be exciting to watch."

Along with the $4,000 in pure gold to the overall series winner, officials have also created a bonus of $1,000 to the driver who receives the highest points that they can accumulate from the last chance races at all three events.   Drivers who compete in the last chance race and do not advance to the feature will receive points towards this bonus.

Each event in the three race series will consist of a 125-lap feature with a break at lap 75.  The top-18 from qualifying will automatically advance to the feature field with an inversion of eight(8) plus the roll of a one die.  Positions 19-24 will transfer from the 30-lap last chance race(s).  Positions 25 & 26 are awarded to the highest non-transferring cars from the last chance race that were also in the top-20 of 2008 ASAMT and DRP points.  The Bronze race will pay $3,000 to the winner and $600 to start.

The track will be open for ASAMT competitors on Friday, April 24 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.  On Saturday, the pit gates open at 10:00 a.m. with practice beginning at noon.  Qualifying will take place at 3:00 p.m. with the popular ASAMT autograph session taking place at 4 p.m.  The racing action will get underway at 5 p.m. 

ASA Northwest Tour – The American Speed Association Northwest Late Model Tour is ready to get the 2009 season underway on Saturday March 28. Thirty teams have registered for this history making event. Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA will host the event as they did 26-years ago when the original Northwest Tour started. The new ‘Thunder in the Northwest’ the ASA NWLMT was formed when the former Late Model Challenge Series and Northwest Tour came together to become the only premier traveling series in the northwest.

Over 36 year’s total of experience has been melded. The excitement of the merger is showing with 30-teams already registered and more are attempting to be a part of northwest racing history. What was thought to be impossible until LMCS Director Jerry Losch and NWT Director Scott Ellsworth were able to bridge the gap between the two series. Their dream of one touring division and large car counts is coming true.

The combined series is affording many different types of cars to be equally competitive. The old tour, spec headed compression and crate motors will be racing together on Saturday night. Losch said “We feel we have come up with a rules package that is equitable for everyone. Scott and I envisioned a traveling series that would let almost any type of Super Late Model Stock Car to be a part of the biggest touring series in the region. Our goal is to have our regular core of drivers be joined by teams from the different areas the series visits during the season.”  Ellsworth went on to say, “We have not only brought the best teams together but are putting the best officials together to present a well seasoned knowledgeable crew that has the same vision we do.”

Among the 30 teams registered are former champions, veterans and rookies from each series. Names that have been a fixture of northwest touring division racing have readied their skills to not only challenge the monster .625-mile oval of Evergreen Speedway but also be the first champion of the new Tour.

Former Touring Series Champions Gary Lewis, Pete Harding, Wes Rhodes and Brad Stanwood will be in top form to get the eleven race series started. Veterans with strong credentials are set to go such as: Harold Raczynski, Jason Fraser, Jay Sauls, Darrell Midgley, Brent Harris and Kelly Mann.

Throw into the mix Mike Longton the 2008 Yakima Speedway champion. A total of seven Evergreen Speedway Super Stock Championships have been garnered by two drivers readying for the opener Tom Moriarity (5) and Shane Harding (2).

A talented group of rookies will be led by Joey Tanner, Amanda MacDonald and Allen Cress.

There another first for either of the series. There will be three fathers competing against their sons, Rod Schultz Sr & Jr, Pete & Shane Harding and Wes & Dan Rhodes.

The American Speed Association Northwest Late Model Tour season opener is scheduled for Saturday March 28, 2009 at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds. The distance on the .625-mile oval is 125-laps. The popular Northwest Legends traveling series will have their season opening race in conjunction with the tour.  ASA registration begins at 9:30am, back gate opens at 11:00am and practice starts at 1:00pm. Front gates open at 4:00pm with qualifying beginning at 4:00pm. Racing gets the season officially started at 7:00pm.

ASA RC Cola/Moon Pie Southeast Asphalt Tour – The ASA RC Cola/Moon Pie Southeast Aphalt Tour opener at Five Flags Speedway (FL) has been postponed from tomorrow night until 3:30pm due to potentially dangerous weather that is predicted to move through the area.  Saturday's ASA SAT event at Mobile International Speedway (AL) will remain on schedule.

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 – Officials of the CRA Super Series, in conjunction with representatives of K & N Filters, announced today that K & N Filters would once again be the sponsor of the CRA Super Series Rookie Award Program for the upcoming 2009 race season. The 2009 K & N Filters Rookie Award Program will consist of the K & N Filters Rookie Of The Race Award at each series event during the 2009 season and the K & N Filters Rookie Of The Year Award.

“This is going to be a great program again for all our rookie competitors for the 2009 season,” remarked Glenn Luckett, CRA Super Series Director. “The program that K & N Filters is supporting will benefit the rookie competitors at each series event during the season and at the end of the season when we crown the K & N Filters Rookie Of The Year at the series Awards Banquet. We greatly appreciate a great company like K & N Filters continuing to support this program for our outstanding 2009 rookie class!”

The K & N Filters Rookie Of The Race Award will go to the highest finishing registered rookie at each CRA Super Series points event during the 2009 season, beginning with the season opener at Anderson Speedway on Saturday, April 11th. K & N Filters will award each events top finishing registered rookie a $100 cash bonus and a $25 Product Certificate. In addition, the top-finishing rookie at each series event will also receive a $50 Product Certificate from VDL Fuel Systems, while the second highest finishing registered rookie will receive a $25 Product Certificate from Cometic Gasket.

The highest finishing registered rookie in the K & N Filters Rookie Of The Year Standings, which will be the driver who accumulates the most points in their best 11 series point races of the 13 scheduled during the 2009 season, will receive the K & N Filters Rookie Of The Year Award at the 2009 Champion Racing Association Awards Banquet which will include a $1000 cash bonus, a jacket and a $100 Product Certificate from K & N Filters.

The K & N Filters Rookie Of The Year will also receive a race ready Carburetor from VDL Fuel Systems, an ABC Body from Five Star RaceCar Bodies, a complete website with hosting and domain registration as well as maintenance for the entire 2009 race season from Speed Media, a $500 Product Certificate towards a Racing Uniform from Hinchman Racing Uniforms, a pair of AP Brake Rotors from AP Racing Brakes, a $200 Product Certificate from Cometic Gasket, a $100 Product Certificate from Hawk Performance, a $100 Product Certificate from AFCO, a $100 Product Certificate from JOES Racing Products, a $100 Product Certificate from Shively High Performance and a $50 Product Certificate from PitStopUSA.com.

The second place finisher in the K & N Filters Rookie Of The Year standings will receive a $300 Cash Bonus from Cometic Gasket.

A strong group of racers have already indicated they will be competing for the 2009 K & N Filters Rookie Award Program. Three former Howe CRA Late Model Sportsman Series competitors including Nick Lay from Cicero, Indiana, Zach Hulvey from Ossian, Indiana and 15 year old Damon Ecoff from Greenfield, Indiana will compete in the Rookie Program. Brandon Fagin from Evansville, Indiana and Tyler Roahrig, son of series veteran JR Roahrig, from Mishawaka, Indiana will also compete, both ran limited CRA Super Series schedules in 2008. Justin Matson from Cromwell, Indiana will also compete after racing a dirt modified for several seasons and racing some outlaw late model pavement events last season.

The 2009 K & N Filters Rookie class is a talented group that will continue the tradition of top rookie competitors the CRA Super Series produces every season. The series began naming a Rookie Of The Year award winner in 1998, the second season for the series. The winner of that first award was Ohio competitor Spanks Overbeck. From that point on a new rookie star was born each season including the following former series Rookie Of the Year Award winners: 1999 Peter Cozzolino, 2000 Scott Hantz, 2001 Joel Kauffman, 2002 Andy Ponstein, 2003 Chuck Barnes Jr., 2004 Chris Gabehart, 2005 Tommy St. John, 2006 Danny Jackson, 2007 John Van Doorn, and the latest star 2008 winner Aaron Pierce.

CRA Super Series (South) – The first-ever CRA South season will start at Watermelon Capital Speedway (GA) on April 4th.

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 – For the third straight year, Oxford Plains Speedway owner Bill Ryan has announced that early entries into the TD Banknorth 250 Presented by New England Dodge Dealers will be entered into a drawing for three sets of eight Goodyear tires.

All race entries received by Friday, May 15 will be free. OPS will draw three tire winners from that pool of drivers.

New England’s richest short track tradition gets the green flag at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 19.

“The tire drawing became a new TD Banknorth 250 tradition back in 2007. With well over 100 early entries both years, it showed the enthusiasm that Late Model teams throughout New England have for this race,” said OPS owner Bill Ryan. “Plus, I think we’re all looking out our windows and anxious to hear anything to remind us that racing is right around the corner.”

Saving $75 on the race day entry fee is not only a wise idea as we approach the dreaded tax deadline day. Given the limit on the number of tires every team may buy on TD Banknorth 250 weekend, eight is a huge reward that will cover a majority of that bill for three lucky drivers.

The entry blank for the 36th annual TD Banknorth 250 will be available online soon, or by calling the Speedway office at (207) 539-8865. (You must have the current version of Adobe Acrobat Reader to download the entry blank.)

This year’s TD Banknorth 250 again features the traditional three days of racing, all presented by New England Dodge Dealers.

It begins with a full card of Oxford Championship and Acceleration Series competition on Friday, July 17, followed by a day of TD Banknorth 250 practice and the Maine-Ly Action Sports 100 for the True Value Modified Racing Series on Saturday, July 18.

One of NASCAR’s legendary families filed the first official entries for the TD Banknorth 250. Kenny Wallace will compete in the event for the first time since 1992, while nephew Steve will make his first attempt. Steve’s father, 1989 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Rusty Wallace, is grand marshal of this year’s race.

NASCAR star Kevin Harvick won the 2008 edition.

Reserved seats are available at $50, $40 and $30.

For more information about specific seat availability or to purchase tickets, please stop by the Speedway office on Route 26 or call (207) 539-8865 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Late Model Stock Cars –  The Custom Steel Fabricators Season Opener 200 Lap NASCAR Late Model Stock feature started out with Winston Salem’s Jerame Donley capturing the Bud Pole Award.  After a mandatory re-draw of the top six qualifiers, Jason York of Reidsville and Brad Brinkley of Sanford would lead the 28 car field to the green.

Brinkley lead the last 67 laps winning the big $5,000 pay off and giving him the point lead.  York finished in second with a tire nearly flat.  Ryan Rhodes of Sanford, Mack Little Of Kernersville and R.D. Smith III of Burlington rounded out the top five finishers.  Pole winner Donley started third and was the fastest car in the field but would fall victim to a flat tire and end up finishing in the 14th spot.

In the 50 Lap Late Model Super Truck event Reedy Creek’s Jimmy Wallace captured the Pole Award and the victory.  Nathan Bess of Lexington, Buddy Allred of Randleman, Gene Kepley of Lexington and Destry Gardner of Asheboro rounded out the top five finishers.

Mid-American Stock Car Series –  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.  Click here to preview their season.

PASS South SLM – Ben Rowe won the opening race of the PASS South season - the South Carolina Clash at Dillon Motor Speedway.  Click here for the full story.

Pro Late Models - Pensacola's Johanna Long established a new track record in the Pro Late Model division racing at Mobile International Speedway Saturday Night.  Long toured the half-mile track located in Irvington, AL, in 17.372 seconds eclipsing the old mark of 17.427 set August 30, 2008 by Steven Davis

Long capped off the evening taking the checkered flag in a special 35 lap feature race for the Pro Late Models.  She battled Davis for most of the race as they exchanged the lead a couple of times.

Davis wrapped up the evening in second place followed by David Jones, Donald Crocker and Josh Bragg.  Wyatt Web had finished the night in third place, only to fail post race technical inspection and was disqualified for the night.

During one of the practice sessions prior to the competition, Tuffy Hudson of Pensacola had the throttle hang up in the open position.  His modified race car exiting the track over the top of turn one at full speed, launched into the air finally landing nose first.  The high speed landing caused his car to tumble end over end several times flipping over the top of the retaining barriers.  Hudson was not hurt, his race car suffered extensive damage.

Mobile International Speedway will be back in action Saturday night March 28, 2009 as the ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour moves in the speedway for a 100 lap late model race. 

SRL – The entire top 10 from the 2008 SRL Southwest Tour Series championship have planned their return to the SRL in 2009.  With the season opener less than two weeks away, we caught up with some of the top 10 drivers from 2008 to see where they are in preparation for the 2009 SRL Southwest Tour championship season.

Defending series champ, Jim Pettit will bring his entire team back for 2008, with the same cars and a new sponsor.   “It’s not broke so we’re not fixing it…the team has done a great job for us over the years…last year everyone worked hard to give us a car which completed every lap of the series and was capable of winning each race…so team wise we’ll make no changes.  Our cars have a lot of laps on them, but we know what works so we’re staying with them (the cars) for 2009.” stated the 2008 series champ.  “The biggest news for us is a new sponsor for the season which we will debut at Roseville.” 

2008 series runner-up Craig Raudman and his team are ready for 2009, except for a few new sponsor decals to add to the car.  Testing is scheduled this week for all three Bob Strandwold Racing teams at Roseville, where Raudman will be joined by team mates Dave Byrd and Troy Ermish.  “We’re ready and looking forward to another successful season driving for Bob.” stated Raudman.

Greg Voigt says the car, the driver and the crew are ready to go.  “We didn’t test the SRL car, but we ran opening night at Irwindale in our Super Late to help get back in the swing of things…we are excited about the upcoming SRL season”.

2008 SRL Rookie-of-the-Year Josh Combs said, “We are still preparing the car for the first race, and will not test until later this week.  We have a new motor by Freightrain Racing Engines and a new approach that our rookie season is done, now it’s time to contend for wins and keep the respect of the other drivers.  We are very excited about Roseville as it is our home track.”

Todd Bammer had this to say regarding preparation for 2009 season opener.  “The 18 car is ready to go racing.  We tested on the 14th (March) at Roseville and we were pleased.  We have a new crew chief, Jeff Strandwold…car chief Howard Hoffman and John Morrison are returning this year, with Byron Decker as well. Car owner is Quentin Bammer with sponsorship from Moeller Bros. Body Shop, Maas Brothers Powder Coating, Hur Racing Engines and Strandwold Properties.  We ran second at Roseville last year to Troy and this year we’re going for a win.”              

According to driver Joe Farre’, the #54 Sigma Engineering Solutions Chevy Monte Carlo is poised and ready to go after the long winter break.  The Farre’ Racing team put many hours into chassis, motor, and suspension upgrades in preparation for the upcoming SRL season.  “We are very pleased with the help and support that the veteran teams, drivers and crew chiefs have offered during the off-season.  Even though this is one of the most competitive series in the West, the veteran teams of the SRL take care of their own, and the Farre’ Racing team would like to thank everyone for the help and support that they have shared during the winter break.” stated Farre’.  “We look forward to building on our successes from last year and are very excited about the schedule and opportunity that the SRL has presented for the 2009 season.”

Tenth place in the SRL standings in 2008, Justin Westmoreland feels ready for the 2009 season.

“We tested at Madera Speedway on March 14th.  It was more of a shake down than a test, but for being on old tires I was pretty happy with the way the car ran.  We made a few updates to our car in the off-season and I am really excited about Roseville.  We feel that this is the most prepared we have been for an up coming season. The stands were packed at Roseville last year which makes it exciting as well.”

The SRL Southwest Tour Series will start its ninth season on Saturday, April 4th at Roseville’s All-American Speedway in the “Riebes Auto Parts 125 presented by AmeriPride Uniform Services”.

Southern Pro Late Model Series – Russell Fleeman won the first-ever SPLMS race, which was held last weekend at New Senoia Speedway (GA).  Click here for the full story.

Super Late Models – Change is constant in motorsports.  Its one of the few things every racer and race fan can count on. It’s unusual to see long term relationships in the sport, but for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) , there’s been one fuel in every racer’s fuel cell since it’s’ inception.

Sunoco Race Fuels and their distributor New England Racing Fuel have been on board since that first PASS Super Late Model race at Lee USA Speedway in 2001. Their Sunoco Standard and Supreme products are back as the official fuel of PASS for a ninth season.

“John Holland, Charlie Holland and Mike Joy of New England Racing Fuel were one of the first to step up to the plate and support our series,” said series President Tom Mayberry” They taught us how to control the cost of race fuel by testing fuel samples at our events, and they have assisted us in every way possible throughout our relationship. They’re good friends of PASS, as well as motorsports in general. We are proud to represent Sunoco once again in 2009.” Visit New England Racing Fuel on line at www.newenglandracingfuel.com or dial 1-860-673-9555. Their address is 271 Spielman Highway, Burlington CT 06013.

The PASS North Super Late Models get their fourteen event 2009 schedule off and running on  Sunday April 19th at Speedway 95 in Hermon Maine. The PASS Sportsman, Mod and Super Late Models will all be in action at Speedway 95. Watch for a major announcement concerning sponsorship for this and other 2009 PASS events in the days to come.

Many PASS North teams will get in the racing groove on Saturday April 11the for the fourth annual PASS SOUTH Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway. It’s also round one of the 2009 PASS National Championship series, a four race tilt that will award a Leavitt Racing Components super late model chassis and a Quarter Master clutch and bell housing package to the national champ. Cassius Clark is the defending PASS National Champion, and he’s expected to challenge for the title once again in 2009.

UARA-STARS – Things are looking bright for the 2008 UARA-Stars Champion. In preparation for the UARA's first race of the season at Bristol Motor Speedway, 17 year old Jake Crum announced signing a letter of intent with Venturini Motorsports as a developmental driver in the ARCA RE/MAX Series.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to join Billy Venturini and everyone else at Venturini Motorsports,” said Crum. “The Venturini's have been around the sport and the series for a long time. I know their experience makes them a strong team and I am looking forward to being able to race for them.”

Crum will be joining the likes of Joey Logano, Sean Cassie and Alex Yontz in the Venturini shop, poised for an ARCA schedule later this year pending sponsorship. 

“We were very pleased with Jake's performance at Bristol,” said team owner Billy Venturini. “He is an extremely talented young driver and we are looking forward to having him on board as part of our driver development program.”

Crum qualified 4th on Thursday but when the race started on Saturday night it did not take him long to takeover 2nd place. Crum ran there for most of the night. With 31 laps to go Crum made a play on leader Matt McCall and was able to pull ahead. His lead was short-lived when the front right tire blew several laps later. This sent Crum to the outside wall where he sustained substantial amounts of damage to the front right side of his car, ending his night early with a 20th place finish.

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).

When Drew Brannon won in ASA Late Model South compeition recently it was in a Port City car.  (ASA LM Photo)
2008 CRA Super Series Rookie of the Year Aaron Pierce
The Georgia Asphalt Series begins its season on April 4th at Watermelon Capital Speedway (GA).
Chase Elliott and his ride.
Johanna Long  (Jamie Williams Photo)
Chris Wimmer (#52), Jonathan Eilen (#77) and Nick Murgic (#12) are among the ASA Midwest Tour drivers who are all prepping for The Race for the Gold.
The ASA Northwest Tour gets its start to the season in a few weeks at Evergreen Speedway (WA).
The Blizzard Super Late Model Series gets started at Pensacola's Five Flags Speedway next month.
Heat race action from the 2008 TD Banknorth 250 at Oxford.