LMS: Pre-season news 2007-01-03

ASA Late Model Series Press Releases for Wednesday January 3, 2007 1. Toledo (OH) Speedway awaits the cars and stars of the ASALMS Challenge Division on April 13-14, 2007 for the Glass Breaker 200. Lexington, Michigan (01/03/2007): When going...

ASA Late Model Series Press Releases for Wednesday January 3, 2007

1. Toledo (OH) Speedway awaits the cars and stars of the ASALMS Challenge Division on April 13-14, 2007 for the Glass Breaker 200.

Lexington, Michigan (01/03/2007): When going over the 2007 schedule, several events stick out in the minds of the ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts Challenge Division Drivers, Fans, and Teams alike. Amongst the highlights is the ASALMS first ever appearance at the Bristol (TN) Motor Speedway as well as return visits to the Milwaukee (WI) Mile, the new Iowa (IA) Speedway, and several others.

There is one date on the 2007 ASALMS Challenge Division Schedule however that everyone associated with the ASALMS as well as short track racing around the Midwest Region of the United States has highlighted and circled over and over on their respective calenders and have been waiting for since the days of the USPRO Cup Series in 2003 and have finally gotten their wish;

In what is highly regarded in the racing circles as the "Official Opening Day of the 2007 Racing Season in the Midwest"; The ASALMS Challenge Division's third race of the 2007 season, the Glass Breaker 200 is set for Friday and Saturday April 13-14, 2007 at the famed ½ mile high-banks of the Toledo (OH) Speedway, located right across the Michigan/Ohio border in Toledo, Ohio.

"Toledo Speedway is so full of history and prestige, we are truly honored that the ASA Late Model Series will be racing at such a great facility." Remarked ASALMS Co-Founder/President, Ron Varney Jr. "What a great way to kick off the 2007 season in the Midwest than with an ASALMS Challenge Division show at the Toledo Speedway. I can't wait for this, it's been a long time coming for an ASALMS event in the Glass City." Varney Jr., added.

"Toledo is an ideal place for touring series, and the ASA Late Model Series fits right in." Stated Scott Schultz, General Manager of the Toledo Speedway and its' sister track, the Flat Rock (MI) Speedway. "Toledo had always been a popular stop for the old ASA for both the fans and race teams for many years, and we look forward to their return." Schultz added.

2. The ASA Late Model Series to return to the famed high-banks of the I-70 (MO) Speedway in 2007 with two shows in the Show-Me State.

Lexington, Michigan (01/03/2007): The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts Fifth Anniversary 2007 Schedules within all three divisions are coming together with just a couple of more events to be added before all three schedules are deemed complete.

Two events on the 2007 Calendar are set in stone as the famed wicked fast high-banks of the I-70 (MO) Speedway, located East of Kansas City in Odessa, Missouri is the site for two ASALMS events for the upcoming season. The first event will be an ASALMS Northern Division show, while the second and final race of the 2007 season in the Show-Me State will once again feature the cars and stars of the ASALMS Northern and Southern Divisions going head to head.

The first of two dates slated for the 0.543 mile high-banked paved oval will be the ASALMS Northern Divisions' third race of the 2007 season; The Missouri 100 on Saturday June 9, 2007. Joining the ASALMS Northern Division stars will be the I-70 Dash Cars and Enduros for an action packed night in Western Missouri.

In the second and final ASALMS appearance of the 2007 season, the drivers from both the ASALMS Northern and Southern Divisions will go head to head in the running of the North VS South Shootout/World Cup 200 on Saturday-Sunday September 22-23, 2007.

Also running during World Cup weekend will be the I-70 Speedway Season Championships for the track regular divisions of Super Trucks, Super Stocks, Dash Cars, and Enduros. As an added bonus, two of the dirt track divisions from the companion 3/8s mile clay oval, the IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Stock Cars will also take to the high banks in a special show of their own during the prestigious weekend.

3. 14-year-old Alex Kennedy looks ahead to the ASA Late Model Series for the 2007 season.

Aztec, New Mexico (01/03/2007): 14-year-old Late Model driver Alex Kennedy had an adventurous 2006 season. Starting the year in Legends cars at the Las Vegas Road Course in January, he would have never guessed that he would end the season making his debut in the ASA Late Model Series in Nashville. ESPN's "Outside the Lines" show would even feature Alex during a special about young drivers! Nicknamed the "New Mexico Rising Star" at his home track of Sandia Motorsports Park, Alex lived up to that moniker with more firsts in 2006.

Making History in 2006 - After a successful winter campaign in his Legends car, Alex was promoted to a Late Model racecar this spring. Alex won his first ever Late Model heat race on May 6th at Sandia Motorsports Park. Alex's first introduction to a touring Late Model series was in the United States Late Model Association (USLMA) campaigning at tracks in Colorado and New Mexico.

Alex would make history again becoming the youngest driver to post a top ten finish in the history of the series! His success over the summer earned him a chance to test for two different ASA Late Model teams. Alex would make his debut in an ASA Late Model race in Nashville for the historic All American 400 weekend!

Welcome to the Big Leagues - Alex Kennedy's previous experience in Late Model stock cars was limited to small, flat race tracks out west. Walking into the historic Music City Motorplex for the first time you might expect this youngster to be in awe. Past Winston Cup champions Rusty Wallace and Darrell Waltrip are just two of the famed names that have battled in the All American 400.

Alex impressed the crew with his Lorz Motorsports team with how quick he adapted to this super fast, high-banked, five-eighths mile track. The old saying at the Music City Motorplex is that if you can race here you can race anywhere and Alex felt right at home. Alex grabbed a top five finish in his first GM Performance Parts Shootout!

-credit: asa

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Series Stock car
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Rusty Wallace , Alex Kennedy