MT: Josh Vadnais to compete in new series

American Speed Association Signs Vadnais for Midwest Tour DAYTONA BEACH, FL (January 6, 2007) - The American Speed Association Midwest Tour is elated to announce the signing of 29-year-old Josh Vadnais of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, as a ...

American Speed Association Signs Vadnais for Midwest Tour

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (January 6, 2007) - The American Speed Association Midwest Tour is elated to announce the signing of 29-year-old Josh Vadnais of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, as a registered contender for the 2007 championship season.

"Everyone always talks about the glory days of short track racing when ASA and ARTGO were part of all the premier events in the Midwest. They set a high standard and when they disappeared there hadn't been anything that had come close until now," Vadnais expressed, grateful for the creation of the Tour.

Vadnais was a dominating competitor in the former NASCAR Autozone Elite Series and continues to top local contests in super late model racing. Vadnais trekked as far west as Irwindale, California and as far east at Greenville-Pickens, South Carolina in 2006, qualifying on the pole twice, setting a new track record at I-94 Raceway (Sauk Centre, MN), and sweeping the win in the NASCAR Autozone Elite Division Combined race at Colorado National Speedway.

While Vadnais enjoys traveling he is thrilled to have a series that competes close to home. He explained, "Until now there has not been a Midwest series that was actually in the Midwest. It will be great to have an opportunity for local fans to cheer for local drivers...I know my family is very excited to attend the majority of the races."

Josh started his racing career at the age of seven in Quarter Midgets. He moved up into the NASCAR Elite Division Midwest Series in 2002 and showed he was a driver to be reckoned with by winning the Rookie of the Year in what was the NASCAR Re/Max Challenge Series. In addition to that honor Josh also won the Larry Detjens Sportsman of the Year award, proving he not only could race with the hottest stars in the series but also earn their respect on and off the track. Vadnais's record consistently placed him in the top ten at a variety of racetracks and his qualifying ability has won him poles at Dells Raceway Park, LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway, I-94 Raceway and Colorado National Speedway.

"Josh and his father are two of the most supportive and dedicating guys that I know that run a traveling series," Tour VP Steve Einhaus beamed. "Josh is fan-friendly, sponsor-friendly, and media-friendly and one of the hottest names in racing today. His whole team is a class act and I couldn't be happier to have them supporting the program."

"I have watched Josh grow over the years and have raced against him many times," Tour President Tim Olson recalled. "He brings his 'A' game to each event and has proven that he is capable of being a superstar week in and week out."

Vadnais is a 2000 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a communications major and general business and marketing minor. He has given back to his community by speaking with young fans all over the Twin Cities Metro Area, in correlation with the area Fire Departments for a "Learn not to Burn" program. He combines his love of racing and the need for fire safety in this unique community program.

Josh was raised just outside St. Paul, Minnesota, where he currently lives with his wife, Katie and works for the family towing business. His plans include moving to the upper levels of NASCAR and driving in the Craftsman Truck, Busch, or Nextel Cup Series. His primary sponsor is Discount Taxi.

"For quite a while, the ladder leading to professional stock car racing was missing some rungs. The ASA Midwest Tour helps to pave a clear pathway for young drivers to make it to the professional level of our sport," Vadnais declared excitedly, "I think it is exactly what the Midwest needs. With losing the NASCAR Midwest Series -but actually before that when ARTGO left- there has been a huge void that the ASA Midwest Series will fill."

-credit: asamidwesttour.com

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