Mansfield to host June event

Pendleton, Ind. (May 23, 2003) -- For the first time in the 36-year history of ASA Racing, the state-of-the-art Mansfield Motorsports Speedway in Ohio will host America's premier short-track stock car racing series on ...

Pendleton, Ind. (May 23, 2003) -- For the first time in the 36-year history of ASA Racing, the state-of-the-art Mansfield Motorsports Speedway in Ohio will host America's premier short-track stock car racing series on Saturday, June 21. The ASA Racing Ohio 250 is the second Buckeye State stop this season for the series, which performed at the famed Toledo Speedway on Sunday, May 18.

"Having a primetime event with ASA on Speed Channel is a tremendous opportunity," said Jerry Smith, director of media relations for the Central Ohio facility. "This track is one of the best-kept secrets in American motorsports. Michael Druzilla and Dean Bolton have built a fabulous track and this type of event will greatly assist in making the general public aware of this great venue. ASA will bring us the national spotlight in June."

The former Mansfield Raceway was originally built in 1959 as a .375-mile, high-banked dirt track. In the late 1980s, the track was shut down. Attempts to rehabilitate Mansfield Raceway were made in the early 1990s, but bringing racing back to the track was unsuccessful. In 1998, Bolton purchased the track at auction and first on the agenda was changing the track's name to Mansfield Motorsports Speedway.

The old dirt track was converted into a .50-mile asphalt track that retained the high banking of the original layout. The new Mansfield Motorsports Speedway opened on May 9, 1999. Last year, new light poles, lights and grandstands were added to the facility. More than $16 million in improvements are still being made to restore the pride the track had when it first was built, including a six-story tower, 12 new suites, a new press facility, ticket booth and concession stand as well as bathrooms and 7,200 seats.

ASA has a long history of racing in Ohio, and Mansfield will be the 47th event run in the Buckeye State. The series that builds champions made its debut at Queen City Speedway, just north of Cincinnati, in June of 1973. Before it closed in the mid-1990s, the Queen City oval hosted 19 races to lead all Ohio tracks. Toledo has hosted 15 ASA events, with Columbus Motor Speedway (nine), Sandusky Speedway (two) and Dayton Speedway (one) also participating.

The Ohio 250 at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway kicks off on Saturday, June 21 with practice beginning at 1 p.m. with qualifying scheduled for 5 with the autograph session taking place at 7:45. Pre-race ceremonies set for 8:30 with the Ohio 250 going green at 9. (Eastern)

Tickets are available through the ASA office at a cost of $25 for general admission seats. Discounts are available when purchasing in advance. For additional information, contact the ASA ticket line at 1-888-ASA-1020.

For additional information on the ASA Racing Series visit asaracing.com.

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