2004 to open at Lakeland in March

Pendleton, Ind. (November 10, 2003) - To kick off the 37th season of competition, the ASA Racing Series visits USA International Speedway in Lakeland, Fla., for a 200-lap event on Saturday, March 27, 2004. Florida's premier short track hosts the...

Pendleton, Ind. (November 10, 2003) - To kick off the 37th season of competition, the ASA Racing Series visits USA International Speedway in Lakeland, Fla., for a 200-lap event on Saturday, March 27, 2004. Florida's premier short track hosts the 2004 season opening event of the ASA Racing Series for the fifth time as the race marks ASA's sixth trip to the .75-mile oval.

Three-time ASA National Champion Butch Miller of Michigan won this past season's opener at USA International Speedway. Miller edged fellow podium finishers, eventual 2003 ASA Racing Series champion Kevin Cywinski and $50,000 Rookie of the Year Reed Sorenson, to claim the first of his three wins during the season. Ironically those three drivers finished in three of the top four points positions in the final standings of the 17-event 2003 season.

USA International Speedway has long been known as the "largest and most modern special events short track in the southeastern United States." The track hosts a number of special events and is often referred to as "paperclip-like," with two long straight-a- ways and tight turns. MUSCO TV lighting, aluminum grandstand seating, extensive free and convenient parking and free camping for self contained RVs are just some of the amenities greeting fans.

"USA Speedway has always been an excellent test for our drivers and the facility provides everything we need for an event as important as the season opener," said Steve Dale, ASA President/CEO. "I've enjoyed my experience there as the owner of a winning car (Joey Clanton in 2002) and with ASA for our 2003 opener. The proximity to Tampa and Orlando should be nothing but positive."

Seven-time ASA champion Mike Eddy captured the initial victory for the series at the track in February of 1996. Two-time champion Gary St. Amant won the historic 2000 race that featured the debut of the ASA 5700 fuel-injected engine and BFGoodrich Traction T/A radial tires package. Mike Garvey in 2001, Joey Clanton in 2002 and the previously mentioned Butch Miller round out the respective winners in ASA at USA International Speedway.

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 hotel Casino near Louisville, Ky.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Joey Clanton , Reed Sorenson , Mike Garvey