Friendship Motor Speedway signs on as member track

FRIENDSHIP MOTOR SPEEDWAY SNUGGLES UP WITH ASA RACING MEMBER TRACK DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 15, 2006) -- Continuing on a relationship forged in 2004, Friendship Motor Speedway remains a Level I partner with the ASA Member Track ...

FRIENDSHIP MOTOR SPEEDWAY SNUGGLES UP WITH ASA RACING MEMBER TRACK

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 15, 2006) -- Continuing on a relationship forged in 2004, Friendship Motor Speedway remains a Level I partner with the ASA Member Track Program.

"I think that anyone that looks at the ASA Member Track program would see why you would want to become part of it, or link with it like we are," said Randy Myers, promoter of Friendship Motor Speedway. "Unsanctioned racetracks simply cannot get the same insurance package -- the cost savings are enormous.

"People question me all the time and ask 'what are we getting with ASA?' The answer is simple. We get an insurance package for the drivers. We get a point fund for the drivers, with money paid into it by ASA. We get National Exposure. Plus, a major benefit, we get service from an organization that you can't find elsewhere. It really is a no-brainer," Myers added.

Located in Elkin, N.C., Friendship Motor Speedway is a 0.40-mile, D-shaped oval with tight turns that provides plenty of action for the fans, and is tricky enough to keep the drivers on top of things each time they make the circuit.

This season the track will return to a Friday night program with the Late Models as the feature division, but races will also see Mini Stocks, Chargers and Late Model Super Trucks in action. Special events will include the ASA SMRT Modifieds, USAC Ford Focus, Midgets, and other visiting programs.

"We are really looking forward to the move back to Friday nights for 2006," explained Myers. "We tried Saturday night last season and the competition from the Nextel Cup events, along with several other tracks operating on Saturday, seemed to cut down on our core group of fans. We have been operating for only three seasons and when you look at established tracks like Hickory Motor Speedway and Motor Mile Speedway as competition, you really have your work cut out to survive, not to mention another form of competition all "weekly" shorts tracks are up against in Saturday night motor sports TV packages. We hope we have found our niche in the sport by offering area race fans a quality program at affordable prices on Friday night.

"Mini Madness" will highlight the April 1 opening day action, and the track runs programs through late November. For full schedule details, or other track information, visit www.FriendshipMotorSpeedway.com or telephone (336) 835-RACE.

"I think that Randy and his partners did the right thing by switching back to a Friday night program," said Dennis Huth, president of Racing Speed Associates which now owns and operates the ASA Racing Member Track program. "Kudos to him for trying something different for his track, and even more-so, for quickly recognizing that it wasn't working and changing back again. Track promoters need to continue to try different things to break through the clutter that is grabbing at the attention of the customer. Randy proves that promoters can break out of the box and try something new, but they need to watch carefully to see what the results are. I consider Randy a very hard-working and respected operator -- and, I am proud to have Friendship aboard the ASA Member Track alliance"

Tracks and regional touring series that join as Level I members in the ASA Member Track program are eligible for contributions to their year-end point fund, marketing assistance, and enhanced participant accident insurance to the competitors.

-www.asa-racing.com.

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