Midwest Tour 2007 schedule announced

American Speed Association Midwest Tour Announces 2007 Schedule American Speed Association Midwest Tour President Tim Olson and Vice President Steve Einhaus are happy to announce a 12-race schedule for the upcoming 2007 Inaugural Season. The...

American Speed Association Midwest Tour Announces 2007 Schedule

American Speed Association Midwest Tour President Tim Olson and Vice President Steve Einhaus are happy to announce a 12-race schedule for the upcoming 2007 Inaugural Season. The Midwest Tour, developed in the fall of 2006 will focus on reincarnating the lull in short track racing throughout the Midwest.

"We are very excited about our 2007 season schedule and there is no doubt in our minds that the ASA Midwest Tour will be the Premier Regional Series in the upper Midwest", stated series President Tim Olson. "Things are falling in to place very nicely and over the next month or two, the racers and their fans will see what they are able to look forward to at every event", added Einhaus.

"We all know that many racetracks across the country are struggling with fan counts and Tim and I are committed to finding new and innovative ways to help each of the facilities we attend to be successful", stated Einhaus. "We are designing a very intriguing racing program for our racers and our fans so it's not about showing up and putting on a race anymore, it's about bringing the whole package", added Einhaus.

The Midwest Tour will work hand and hand with its partnering facilities, the racers, their crews, and most importantly the fans. "It's our job as series operators to make sure we give the race facilities that host an event everything that they need", Olson stated. "We will be supplying them with pre-cut radio commercials, $500 in added advertising funds, event flyers, track visits four weeks prior to their event, and autograph/show car signings at area businesses the week of their ASA Midwest Tour race program", Olson continued. "These types of things along with the quality of our show will help make each event successful", He added.

"The biggest piece of the puzzle is to provide the opportunity to allow the locals the chance to race against the traveling stars", stated Olson. "Allowing the locals to compete will be the make or break point and our series is designed strictly on a success factor", Einhaus noted. "Every track on our schedule has some sort of Limited Late Model or Super Late Model division and our rule package, similar to the original ARTGO Series, will allow everyone the opportunity to race", He added.

The Midwest Tour schedule will consist of 12 series point events with the possible addition of a few non-point special events. Currently the schedule will see visits in five states (IL, IA, WI, MN, and upper MI) with only one series point event at each facility. "We had the opportunity to visit some of the tracks more then once but we felt it was important to keep our schedule limited to 12 events with a wide variety of track design", stated Olson.

Racers have the opportunity to apply for the Touring Stars Program by February 1, 2007. The Touring Stars Program will see a group of 10 selected drivers to be included in a special per race bonus program with the highest finishing Rookie of every race filling out the 11th position. The 12th and final Touring Stars position will be drawn from a hat during the drivers meeting at each event allowing all of the pre-registrants and ASAMT members an opportunity to win added bonus money. Those that finish in the top 15 of season championship points will automatically be included in the 2008 Touring Stars Program. The current Advisory Board members will select the 2007 Touring Stars following the February 1st deadline.

The 2007 American Speed Association Midwest Tour Schedule is listed as follows and is tentative or subject to change.

Saturday/April 28, 2007- Elko Speedway (Inaugural Event) 125 Laps

Saturday/May 19, 2007- Jefferson Speedway- Jefferson, WI 100 Laps

Friday/June 8, 2007- Hawkeye Downs- Cedar Rapids, IA (tentatively set for June 6th or June 8th) 100 Laps

Tuesday/June 12, 2007 Dells Raceway Park- Wisconsin Dells, WI 100 Laps

Friday/June 22, 2007- Norway Speedway- Norway, MI (tentative) 100 Laps

Tuesday/July 3, 2007- TBA 100 Laps (Summer Shootout! Non-Points)

Saturday/July 7, 2007- I-94- Sauk Centre, MN 100 Laps

Friday/July 13, 2007- Grundy County Speedway- Morris, IL 100 Laps

Friday/July 20, 2007- Madison International Speedway- Oregon, WI 100 Laps

Tuesday/August 7, 2007- Wisconsin International Raceway- Kaukauna, WI 150 Laps

Sunday/August 12, 2007- Raceway Park-Shakopee, MN 100 Laps

September- TBA 100 Laps

Sunday/October 7, 2007- LaCrosse Speedway Oktoberfest- LaCrosse, WI 100 Laps

-credit: asa

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