The American Speed Association® Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment and grandstay.net is excited to announce the return to Iowa Speedway in 2011. Not only will this be the biggest event of the year, but all of the ASAMT drivers and teams will gain an incredible amount of exposure before an anticipated record-breaking crowd.
This will be the third time in four years that the ASA Midwest Tour has made a visit to the central Iowa venue. In the previous two events, some of the most exciting racing has taken place. In 2008, Tim Schendel won the event holding off Jonathan Eilen and Matt Kenseth, NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion and father of the ASAMT's very own Ross Kenseth. In 2009 Tim Schendel was in the hunt to back up his 2008 victory as he and Jonathan Eilen battled side-by-side. Chris Wimmer was patiently waiting and snuck past the two with five laps remaining earning his first victory in 2009.
"We are ecstatic about going back to Iowa Speedway in 2011. This is our Super Bowl, and to be able to showcase our drivers on the same weekend as the Nationwide Series, is going to be awesome for everyone involved. Tim and I would like to especially thank Jerry Jauron, Craig Armstrong of Iowa Speedway, and our sanctioning body (ASA Racing) President, Dennis Huth for helping us get back to Iowa Speedway," said ASA Midwest Tour Vice President, Steve Einhaus.
In 2008 drivers competed in front of a crowd of 14,888 fans. In 2009, 22,095 fans. In 2011, as many as 30,000 are expected to attend the ASA Midwest Tour event. In addition to the potential 30,000 live fans, as the ASAMT works to secure its national TV package, this will give millions of viewers across the US a great opportunity to see this event. If that is not enough, because the NASCAR Nationwide race is the same weekend, chances are NASCAR Nationwide drivers with short track teams will cross over to compete in the ASAMT race on Friday night. In 2010, the NASCAR Nationwide race at Iowa Speedway was a sold-out event.
Iowa Speedway President and Chief Financial Officer, Jerry Jauron said, "There are a lot of pavement late model fans in the upper Midwest, and we've heard from many of them who wanted the ASA Midwest Tour to bring their wide-open style of racing back to Iowa Speedway," Jerry Jauron stated. "We listened, and we responded. Coupled with the 'US Cellular 250' Nationwide Series race, this weekend will be exactly what the fans ordered."
Iowa Speedway is known as "America's Place to Race," and was designed by NASCAR Champion, Rusty Wallace. The 7/8-mile oval will not only be host to the biggest and most highly attended events of the year, but it will also be the fastest track on the 2011 ASA Midwest Tour schedule. While drivers will be reaching speeds in excess 130 mph, Iowa Speedway was designed as the first track in the world to protect fans and drivers through the use of SAFER barrier technology surrounding the entire perimeter of the track.
ASA Midwest Tour drivers and officials are looking forward to heading back to Iowa next year and adding the event to the already impressive schedule. Be sure to add August 5th to your calendar now and make plans to attend what is sure to be one of the most exciting and thrilling ASA Midwest Tour experiences yet.
To learn more about the American Speed Association® Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment and GrandStay Residential Suites Hotels and Crossings by GrandStay Inn & Suites, log on to www.asamidwesttour.com or call the ASA Midwest Tour office at (262) 514-3880 or e-mail Tim Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Steve Einhaus at email@example.com.
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