Pendleton, Ind. (November 4, 2003) - The 2004 American Speed Association (ASA Racing Series) will make a return appearance at the famed Atlanta Motor Speedway after a 20-year absence. The 100-lap event will be part of...
Pendleton, Ind. (November 4, 2003) - The 2004 American Speed Association (ASA Racing Series) will make a return appearance at the famed Atlanta Motor Speedway after a 20-year absence. The 100-lap event will be part of next fall's Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 weekend and will take place immediately following qualifying on the Oct. 29 Georgia-Pacific Qualifying Night. The event will serve to close ASA's 37th season of championship stock car racing.
The late October race for ASA on the 1.54-mile oval will mark the first time since April, 29, 1984 for the series at the track. That outing saw Jim Sauter of Wisconsin take the checkered flag in the Dana Dixie Double 200. Sauter edged Dick Trickle for the win after taking the lead from Mark Martin on lap 88 and leading the balance of the race.
The other ASA appearance at Atlanta came on April 17, 1983 and featured a battle between a pair of future Winston Cup champions, Rusty Wallace and Alan Kulwicki. The eventual 1983 ASA champion Wallace outlasted Kulwicki on his way to a win in the Kraco Dixie 200.
Atlanta Motor Speedway is one of the premier motorsports facilities in the country. Built in 1960, the Speedway encompasses an 870-acre area.
The track hosts a pair of NASCAR Winston Cup races each year, which are the two most highly attended single day events each year in the state of Georgia. Along with a number of other major racing series to compete at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the track is in use more than 300 days each year hosting corporate events, driving schools, concerts, air shows, dog shows, circuses, weddings and car shows. The facility generates more than $450 annually for the Atlanta area economy.
"With a number of our 2004 events being run on larger tracks than we've generally competed upon, I believe that Atlanta Motor Speedway fits any standard we may have," said ASA President/CEO Steve Dale. "It will allow our drivers, sponsors and fans an extraordinary opportunity to experience a first rate venue."
ASA has also competed at other Atlanta area tracks in recent years; Peach State Speedway near Gainesville, Ga. and Lanier National Speedway in Braselton, Ga.
Atlanta area residents Mike Garvey and Mike Miller, along with Wisconsin short track ace Steve Carlson and the late Alan Kulwicki, have won the four events at Peach State Speedway. Garvey and current NASCAR driver Scott Wimmer have captured the two ASA races at Lanier in 2000 and 2003 respectively.
The ASA Racing Series completed its 36th season last month at Nashville, Tenn. Kevin Cywinski of Wausau, Wis. was crowned the series 2003 National Champion while Reed Sorenson of Peachtree City, Ga. won honors as the $50,000 Rookie of the Year.
Both Cywinski, previously the 1997 series champion, and Sorenson will be honored at the ASA National Awards Banquet on Saturday, January 24, at Caesars Indiana near Louisville, Ky.