The legendary North Wilkesboro Speedway, home to the former NASCAR Winston Cup Series from 1947-1996, opened its' doors to race cars for the first time in 14 years and the Sunoco National Tour was a part of that historic weekend.
The fast 5/8s (0.625) mile semi-banked paved oval hosted a variety of machines at an open test session, which was held on Saturday and Sunday, March 6-7th. Cars from all types of weekly divisions and touring series were on hand to turn laps around the Tar Heel state facility.
Amongst the cars on hand was one of the first Sunoco National Tour cars, as the unmarked and unnumbered blue Ford Mustang was driven by ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards Points Leader, Justin Marks and Sunoco National Tour Rookie of the Year contender in 2010, Bryan Ortiz.
"The car looked great out there and I really appreciate Justin Marks and Bryan Ortiz for coming out and shaking down the car for us throughout the weekend," Ron Varney, President of the Sunoco National Tour said. "It was really neat to go down to North Wilkesboro and see everything. You can just feel the history at that place." He added.
In addition, Pat Zorn, a former competitor in the USPRO Cup Series during the 2008 racing season, was on hand testing his machine as well. Zorn's ride is a template body / crate motor style machine which will still be utilized in the ASA Late Model Series (Formerly Northern Division). The St. Clair, Michigan driver will be competing in the ASA Late Model Series in 2010.
The legendary North Wilkesboro, North Carolina speed plant will host the Sunoco National Tour's 2010 Season Championship race, the Kings Ransom 300 on Friday and Saturday, October 29-30th. More Details about this exciting weekend will be posted in the coming weeks.
The Sunoco National Tour will open the 2010 racing season, the eighth year overall for the Lexington, Michigan based series, on Friday and Saturday, March 26-27th down at New Smyrna Speedway, the historic 1/2 (0.500) mile high-banked paved oval located Southwest of Daytona Beach in Samsula, Florida for the running of the Florida 200. Support Divisions are "To Be Announced."
The ASA Late Model Series will kick off their 2010 campaign, the fifth anniversary of the Northern Series, on Friday and Saturday, April 16-17th with the running of the Glass Breaker 125 at the 1/2 (0.500) mile high-banked paved oval of Toledo Speedway, located just South of the Michigan / Ohio state line in Toledo, Ohio. The ARCA Gold Cup Outlaw Super Late Model Series will also be in action with a 75-lap feature of their own for a great afternoon of racing.
For more information about the Sunoco National Tour and the ASA Late Model Series, please visit each website. For the Sunoco National Tour, go to the newly revamped and still in progress site at: www.sunoconationaltour.com For the ASA Late Model Series, the website is located at: www.asalatemodelsnorth.com and for more information about Sunoco Race Fuels, visit them at: www.sunocoinc.com
The Sunoco National Tour and ASA Late Model Series are their own entity and not endorsed, sponsored or affiliated in any way with ASA Racing, American Speed Association or the ASA Member Track Program. The Sunoco National Tour and the ASA Late Model Series are operated by Ron Varney.