FRIENDSHIP MOTOR SPEEDWAY CONTINUES TO SEE BENEFITS OF ASA MEMBER TRACK PROGRAM
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 5, 2007) -- Randy Myers, promoter of Friendship Motor Speedway, is a supporter of the ASA Member Track program. He sees the benefits of the partnership, and understands the value that his track and racers receive is far more than he could obtain with another sanction or on his own as the operator of a short track.
"We have been part of the ASA Member Track program almost since the beginning," Myers said. The 0.40-mile, tight D-shaped oval in Elkin, N.C., first opened as a dirt track in 1982. It operated as such for several years, and then was paved in 2003. The following year, Myers and his partners Danny Baker and Thomas Needham began their association with the ASA Member Track program.
"We've been with Dennis (Huth, president of the ASA Member Track program) and ASA for three years now and I hope that we will be with them for a very long time. The things that Dennis is able to do are something that we as individual track operators cannot do by ourselves. He is able to customize the ASA program for every track. Each one of us needs different things and he can do that for all the different tracks," Myers explained.
As a Level I participant, Friendship Motor Speedway is entitled to marketing assistance, enhanced participant accident insurance, and contributions to their year-end point fund, an issue that Myers says is extremely popular with the competitors.
"The points fund contributions goes a long way for our guys," Myers said. "We are able to help to put something back into their pockets and for nearly everyone racing at the short track level it helps to go a long way in keeping them on the track year after year."
"The new TOPIC insurance program has also been great for Friendship and all the tracks under the ASA program, really. I am just tickled to death to have Dennis at the helm and are very satisfied with what is going on."
The ASA insurance program, always noted for its excellent, has been further enhanced by the recently announced partnership with TOPIC Motorsports Insurance (TMI). ASA Member Track operators are able to purchase general and excess liability, automobile, an expanded ASA-exclusive $500,000 participant accident medical, workers compensation and health insurance directly from TMI. Details are available online at www.TOPICinsurance.com.
Friendship Motor Speedway experimented with a Saturday night program in 2005, but last season returned to their traditional Friday night schedule. They will maintain this schedule in 2007 now having found their niche. Myers explained that their four main weekly divisions which compete at Friendship Motor Speedway will all be back on the schedule and race under the same rules packages.
"The ASA Late Models are our featured class and they are really popular with the fans. They put on a heck of a show and it will be fun to see if the other drivers can catch Terry Gaither, our track champion, next year," he said. "The ASA Mini Stocks is also one of our main divisions. "06" Champion, Brady Williams, is retiring but young drivers like Andrew Durham and Jake Creed will insure the divisions continued growth. Last season we saw a lot of growth in the both the ASA Super Chargers and the ASA Chargers and I think that the car count will be even better in 2007 in these classes, at least it looks that way."
In addition to the weekly program, a variety of touring series will visit Friendship Motor Speedway including the ASA Southern Modifieds, Rolling Thunder Modifieds, Allison Legacy Series, Flathead Fords and Vintage race cars. Sprint car fans will be glad to hear that the USAC Midgets will be making a return visit as well.
Though the schedule has not been released, it will be shortly and posted on the track web site at www.FriendshipMotorSpeedway where fans and teams can find all types of information, including directions, point standings, rules, and much more. The track office can also be reached by phoning (336) 972-4362.
"I'm really glad that Randy Myers and the competitors and fans at Friendship Motor Speedway have come back aboard the ASA Member Track program for their fourth consecutive season," Huth said. "I consider Randy a true friend and with short track racing so popular in the Southeast, and especially in North Carolina, and the competition so close and exciting that I know one of these days Randy is going to be calling all excited about how some of his drivers are moving up and tearing it up in the professional ranks. ASA has such a great history of helping drivers to learn about racing and improve their skills and Friendship Motor Speedway is helping to continue that legacy."