LMS: Pre-season news 2007-01-15

1. The 2007 ASA Late Model Seres Owners/Drivers Meeting and the 2006 ASALMS Awards Banquet is this weekend; Friday and Saturday January 19-20, 2007. Lexington, Michigan (01/15/2007): The next event for the ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM...

1. The 2007 ASA Late Model Seres Owners/Drivers Meeting and the 2006 ASALMS Awards Banquet is this weekend; Friday and Saturday January 19-20, 2007.

Lexington, Michigan (01/15/2007): The next event for the ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts will be the 2007 ASALMS Drivers/Owners Meeting and the 2006 ASALMS Awards Banquet. Both are set for Saturday January 20, 2007 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Attendance is mandatory for teams receiving Points Finds Winnings. 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, beginning at 9:30am will be the 2007 Drivers/Owners Meeting for all divisions Presented by Port City Racing and McGunegill Engine Performance. 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 Fifth Anniversary 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. Mansfield, Ohio Sophomore, Mike Osgar to make a run for the 2007 ASA Late Model Series Northern Division Championship.

Mansfield, Ohio (01/15/2007): The ASA Late Model Series Northern Division Presented by GM Performance Parts is gearing up for its' second season of competition beginning on Friday and Saturday April 27-28, 2007 at the famed O'Reilly (IN) Raceway Park at Indianapolis for the running of the A.S.I. Limited 100 Presented by Lucas Oil Products.

One driver has high hopes heading into the 2007 Racing Season in the ASALMS' Fifth Anniversary campaign. Mansfield, Ohio driver, Mike Osgar is ready for his Sophomore Season as coupled by two big announcements for his Triton Motorsports Team, Osgar has high hopes for the upcoming campaign and expects to be a title contender!

For the 2007 season, Osgar and his Triton Motorsports Crew will focus their efforts on running for the 2007 ASALMS Northern Division Championship. In addition, the Buckeye State Sophomore will also make select appearances in the crown jewel of the ASALMS, the Challenge Division.

An announcement is being planned for Osgar and his Triton Motorsports Team with regards to a major sponsor coming on board for the 2007 season. In addition, Daryle Smith, formally of the UB Machine Racing Team, will be announced as the new Crew Chief for Osgar and Triton Motorsports for the upcoming 2007 season.

Both the sponsor announcement and the introduction of Smith as the new Crew Chief will be made at the 2007 ASALMS Drivers/Owners Meeting and the 2006 ASALMS Awards Banquet, which is this upcoming weekend; Friday and Saturday January 19-20, 2007 at the Clarion Hotel and Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

3. Former Karting and Legends Car Champion; A.J. Fulgenzi to make ASA Late Model Series debut in 2007.

Jacksonville, Florida (01/15/2007): Jacksonville, Florida based A.J.F. Motorsports has announced plans today to field a single car entry to compete in the full schedule in the ASA Late Model Series Southern Division in 2007. At the wheel, young A.J. Fulgenzi looks to build on the past successes of this family based team when he takes the green flag for the 2007 season.

At only 17 years of age, A.J. brings 10 years of racing experience and he has built a resume that boasts accomplishments that rival those of seasoned veterans. Since taking his first win in karts at the age of seven and earning over 50 wins at the local level by the age of 10, A.J. quickly became a force to be reckoned with in the W.K.A Dirt Series at both the State and National level.

By the age of 13, A.J. had been credited with 4- Florida State Championships, 3- Georgia State Championships and 1 National Dirt Championship by claiming 40 plus wins at events that regularly averaged 20-30 top level competitors.

At the age of 14, A.J. began racing asphalt Legends Cars and by the age of 15 had earned the title of the Florida State Semi-Pro Champion by claiming 7 wins and 17 total top 3 finishes in his first full season of INEX competition that averaged nearly 30 competitors in each event.

At the age of 16, A.J. spent nearly a full season testing and running a limited schedule of Late Model events where the main focus was seat time and understanding the effects of chassis tuning as the team began making preparations to build a new ASALMS car for 2007.

4. Hooters Pro Cup is the next step up the racing ladder for Matt Hawkins as the 19-year-old Snowflake Winner ready for rookie season with veteran team behind him.

Canton, Georgia (01/15/2007): Matt Hawkins is one of the most promising young talents in the short track world. The 19-year-old ended 2006 with a bang, as he claimed victory in the Snowflake 100 event as part of the Snowball Derby weekend. Now Hawkins is announcing his intentions to compete full-time in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Southern Division and challenge for the "Rookie of the Year" crown.

"I am really excited to go Pro Cup racing this year," said Hawkins. "It is a really good series, and it will be nice to follow a competitive schedule and not have to jump around a bunch of different series to get that experience. It's just a really good and professional series, and I think everything will work out really well.

"I really like the schedule. I have run well at a lot of those tracks, like Peachstate (GA) and Lakeland (FL), and some of them I have never even seen before. Mike Garvey will be able to help at those tracks, because every single one that I haven't seen, he has raced at before."

Mike Garvey will be returning to the Matt Hawkins Racing team as the Driving Coach and consultant for young Hawkins. In addition to his duties of helping set up the car, he will also be able to give Matt some "on-track" schooling as he too, will be competing full-time in the Pro Cup Series.

"Two heads are better than one," said Garvey. "We can go the racetrack, all try different things, and we can put our heads together and come up with what we think is best. I think Matt will come up to speed really quickly. I don't know that I will be as much as a coach, because we will be pooling information together and just working to make both of us better, and I think that he will do a good job at it."

-credit: asalatemodels.com

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