The next three to four weeks will be interesting in the chase for the 2010 Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil ASA Member Track National Championship. The big reason is that many ASA Member Tracks have a tight points battle which could affect who will go on to challenge for the National Championship, as the National Champion has to be their track's 2010 champion.
Rodney Cook has been the top driver for the last month in the National Championship picture with the successful season that he is having. He was also enjoying a comfortable points lead at Ace Speedway in Elon, NC. That was until recently where they went to a chase style format and reset their points for the final four events. Cook currently has a 16-point lead over Dustin Rumley in the Late Model standings with two event remaining this season.
Dells Raceway Park in Wisconsin Dells, WI has been well represented by Corey Jankowski all season long. That was until last week. Jankowski is in a very tight points battle with the top-five competitors who are separated by 35 points. In fact, the top-four are separated by 11 points. Going into this weekend's action, Davey Pennel, who is 16-years-old and was recently invited to the Richard Petty Driver Search in September, has a two point lead over Rich Schumann Jr. Jankowski is six points behind Pennel and Mike Lichtfeld is fourth, 11 points back. Michael Ehde and Cardell Potter are tied for fifth, 35 points back. They also have two events remaining on their 2010 schedule.
Out west at Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, CA. Ron Daniel has a seven point lead over Jeff Peterson in their Late Model standings. Peterson has been on a hot streak lately. In the last five events, Peterson has three wins and two-second place finishes. They will be in action this weekend and then two events after that.
Orange Show does have a unique situation as their last points event for their Late Model division is on October 2nd. This is past the September 26th deadline for the Joe Gibbs Driven Oil ASA Member Track National Championship. The driver who is the points leader at the September 26th deadline will be the track representative towards the National Championship. It is possible that their representative and their 2010 track champion could be two different drivers.
At Rocky Mountain Raceways in West Valley City, UT, Bryan Wordelman has a 115-point lead over Jason Aposhian in the Modified standings. They are off this weekend but will be back on September 4th and battle until their championship is decided on September 18th.
The ASA Modifieds will be in action on Saturday night at Meridian Speedway in Meridian, ID where Thomas Hill has a 20-point lead over Shelby Stroebel in the standings. Jeffrey Hill is in third only 56 points behind his brother.
Down south at Thunderhill Raceway in Kyle, TX, the ASA A-Line Super Stocks will be in action on Saturday night. Clint LaFont, who finished second in last year's Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil ASA Member Track National Championship has an eight point lead over Mason Teague in the track standings. The last time the two battled on the track, it was Teague taking the win with LaFont in second.
Up in the Midwest at Madison International Speedway in Oregon, WI, Mother Nature has been winning over the last couple of weeks. Because of that, they have extended their racing season by one week. The Late Model division will be running twin 25-lap features this Friday night and twin 40-lap features next Friday as part of their Season Championship night. Jeremy Miller holds a four-point lead over Bobby Wilberg in the standings. Scott Broughton is in third, 39 points back.
Ken Dickinson currently has a 41-point lead over Mike Slone in the Late Model standings at Lebanon I-44 Speedway in Lebanon, MO. They will be in action this Saturday night with the season championships scheduled for September 4th.
State Park Speedway in Wausau, WI will be in action this Thursday night. Chris Weinkauf holds a 59-point lead over Jeremy Lepak in the Late Model standings.
"This is exactly what we hoped for when we developed our format for the Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil ASA Member Track National Championship," Dennis Huth, ASA President said. "The fans at our ASA Member Tracks are being entertained by some of the best racing we have seen in a long time, and you can see that by how close the point standings are at many of our tracks. You need to be there to see the action in person."
You can review the standings at www.speednetdirect.com by clicking on the ASA Member Track logo at the top of the page.
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