1. The 2006 ASALMS Awards Banquet and 2007 Drivers/Owners Meetings are fast approaching.
Lexington, Michigan (01/06/2007): The next official event for the ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts will be the 2006 ASALMS Awards Banquet and 2007 ASALMS Drivers/Owners Meeting, both are set for Saturday January 20, 2007 at the Clarion Hotel and Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
Tickets are going fast and they must be ordered by Wednesday January 10, 2007 so that the ASALMS can get a head count and also finalize seating arrangements. Attendance is mandatory for teams receiving Points Finds Winnings. Tickets for the banquet must be purchased in advance through the ASALMS Home Offices in Lexington, Michigan.
Teams can plan for a full weekend of activity starting with the 2007 ASALMS Meet and Greet Presented by GM Performance Parts and Ford Racing on Friday, January 19, 2007 in the Clarion Cocktail Lounge Christy's Grille & Bar. The Meet and greet will begin at 7:00pm and last until closing.
On Saturday, January 20, 2007, it all begins at 9:30am with the 2007 Drivers/Owners Meeting Presented by Port City Racing and McGunegill Engine Performance for all divisions. This informative meeting will run from 9:30am until 1:00pm with a break at approximately 11:15am. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend this meeting. Much of the 2007 programs will be discussed at this meeting and team participation is encouraged.
This meeting will be open for all three divisions and its' participants and the ASALMS management and staff encourages all teams that plan on running with any of the three traveling series in 2007 to attend or send a representative to the meeting.
Following the Owner's/Driver meeting, the celebrations of the 2006 season will begin at 4:30pm with a cocktail hour presented by the ASALMS Engine Rebuilders Groups of Race Engine Dynamics Inc. (R.E.D.I.), Clint Holmes Racing Engines, Spitfire Racing Engines and Performance Concepts. The cocktail hour will be complete with Hors D'oeuvres and will run until 6:00pm.
2. 17-year-old John Wes Townley signs Driver Development deal with Wood Brothers JTG Racing.
Watkinsville, Georgia (01/06/2007): Watkinsville, Georgia native John Wes Townley has signed a developmental driver contract with the Wood Brothers/JTG Racing Organization. The 17-year old up-and-coming sensation has a long list of racing credentials which precede him.
After beginning a karting career at the tender age of nine, Townley experienced immediate success, garnering several championships throughout Georgia, including a year 2000 Bandelero Title at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. With guidance from Team Manager and Wood Brothers/JTG driver Joey Clanton, Townley set his sights on a late model career primed for a run with backing from Zaxby's Chicken Restaurants.
Utilizing crew chief Wayne Hansard, of who formerly guided NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver Reed Sorenson, it didn't take long for John to make an impact towards the end of the 2005 late model season. Townley went full-bore into the ASA Late Model South Division in 2006, capturing a season best finish of fourth at Bronson (FL) Motor Speedway.
Townley quickly followed this up with a stunning performance at the Music City Motorplex in Nashville, Tennessee in mid-2006. After qualifying outside pole among 61 entries, Townley held his own during the All American 400, running in the top-ten all day.
John Wes Townley will continue his late model campaign in 2007 with backing from long-time sponsor Zaxby's, as well as BB&T Bank, Coca-Cola and Lang Signs. He intends to run the entire 2007 ASA Late Model South schedule in addition to five selected USAR Hooters Pro Cup events.
Currently, Townley is enrolled in the Future Stars in Racing Training and Development Academy, where he is working on his skills outside the race car. Townley is also looking forward to settling into his new role at Wood Brothers/JTG as a developmental driver for the famous organization. "It's a terrific opportunity and one that should help propel my career even further," said Townley. "A chance like this doesn't come along very often and I'm making it my 2007 goal to get the absolute most of it," he added.
3. RacingJunk.com Announces $55,000 Sponsorship Giveaway.
North Adams, Massachusetts (01/06/2007): RacingJunk.com, online classified service provider of the ASA Late Model Series, will give away $55,000 in sponsorships in the "Give Back to the Racers Tour 2007." The announcement, made at the Performance Racing Industry's (PRI) annual trade show in Orlando, FL by Jim Liberatore, Chairman of the Board of Raceway Media and former CEO of Speed TV, is exciting news for racers across the country.
"Finding sponsors is a real challenge for grassroots racers," said Liberatore, "it's an expensive sport and we get sponsorship requests all the time. We are thrilled to be able to offer this program as a way to show our appreciation for their continued support."
"Give Back to the Racers Tour 2007" will feature a weekly giveaway of $1,000 beginning March 1st and running for 30 consecutive weeks. Each week, a winner will be randomly selected from among the qualified entries. Each of the 30 weekly winners will be entered to win the Grand Prize, a $15,000 sponsorship.
RacingJunk members will vote for their favorite car and driver to determine the winner. In addition to the Grand Prize, two runners-up will also receive cash prizes, with $7,500 awarded for second place and $2,500 for third. The three winners will be flown to PRI 2007 and awarded their prizes at a special ceremony.
"Our members are our bread and butter," said Raceway Media co-founder Ryan Maturski. "These racers have helped RacingJunk.com to grow and thrive over the years and the company is now in a position to give something back. It's an exciting period of growth for us, and I am glad that the members will get to share in the benefits."
Since being incorporated in 2001, Raceway Media, which owns and operates RacingJunk.com, has experienced incredible growth, increasing its membership by more than 100,000 in the past year alone while more than doubling its monthly visitors to 1.4 million.
4. The 4th annual Michigan Short Track Racing Club Bowling Tournament to benefit Verwayne Greenhoe and the Persails Family.
Saginaw, Michigan (01/06/2006): The 4th annual Michigan Short Track Racing Club Bowling Tournament is just over a month away. The annual bench racing extravaganza for the short track racing community in the state of Michigan is once again fast approaching and promises to be bigger and better than ever.
The fourth edition of the MSTRC Bowling Tournament will be held at the brand new Capitol Bowl in downtown Owosso, Michigan on Saturday February 10, 2007. This years tournament will benefit two members of the racing community in the Great Lakes State.
The first benefactor is Verwayne Greenhoe of Sheridan, Michigan. Greenhoe, the Founder/Owner of Races on the Web.com and the webmaster of the Crystal (MI) Motor Speedway website as well as over 100 other drivers and racing related sites, has been battling an enormous amount of health problems over the last several years, yet continues to fulfill his obligations to the racing community.
The second benefactors will be the Persails family of Flint, Michigan. Mini Stocks Drivers, Gerry Persails Sr., and Gerry Persails Jr. Persails Jr., recently lost his son, Robert on December 31, 2006 due to an illness. In addition, Persails Sr., was involved in a car accident and is currently recovering at home.
This years benefactors was decided by the membership of the Michigan Short Track Racing Club as Nominations were presented on the MSTRC message board and decided on by members of the MSTRC Bowling Tournament Committee.
As for the fourth edition of the bowling tournament., Sign in will begin at "High Noon" and after drawing for partners, bowling will start at approximately 1:15pm. A $10 donation is all it costs to join in on the fun and all participants will bowl Two Games.
Following the 4th edition of the bowling tournament, the Awards Ceremony is set for approximately 3:30pm in the bowling alleys' adjacent lounge, "Capitol Bowl Hot Spot". After the Awards Ceremony, there will be some exciting racing action on T.V. to kick off the 2007 season also in the immaculate Capitol Bowl Hot Spot, which is the Bar and Grill located on the premises. Everyone is invited to stay and watch some racing on the giant Big Screen Television as well as bench race with the racing community.