ASAMT Rookie Calmes Eager for Factory Motor Parts 150 at WIR Thursday August 2, 2007, (Daytona Beach, FL) -- It has been a rocky rookie campaign on the Kwik Trip ASA Midwest Tour presented by Echo Outdoor Power Equipment for Freedom, WI's...
ASAMT Rookie Calmes Eager for Factory Motor Parts 150 at WIR
Thursday August 2, 2007, (Daytona Beach, FL) -- It has been a rocky rookie campaign on the Kwik Trip ASA Midwest Tour presented by Echo Outdoor Power Equipment for Freedom, WI's Kyle Calmes. The turbulent waters may calm for Calmes and his team as they head into familiar territory at the Wisconsin International Raceway on August 7th for the Factory Motor Parts 150. "Our car seems to be really dialed in at Kaukauna right now," stated Calmes. "Hopefully I can whoop up on the touring drivers because they've been whooping up on me all year long," he added in jest.
Calmes has been one of the drivers to beat at WIR over the past two years. In 2006 Calmes dominated the limited late model division at WIR sealing the championship with four feature victories. No other driver had more than two feature wins on the season.
The success from the limited late model has carried over into the super late model effort for Calmes in 2007 at WIR. Calmes currently sits tenth in points and is the leading rookie contender. Calmes has steadily improved every week. In seven events he has two top fives, three top tens and had a season best second place finish on July 5th.
The decision to join the ASA Midwest Tour in 2007 was not difficult for Calmes and his team. "We went to the meeting in Wisconsin Dells and could tell that this was the series to be in," said Calmes. Calmes and his team are not shy to travel to any special event whether it is ASAMT sanctioned or not. Yet Calmes continues to sing the praises of ASA Midwest. "This is definitely the best series in the Midwest. If you want to be serious about racing this is the series to be in," he remarked.
"The Calmes race team has been one of those teams to earn a lot of respect from everyone within the series," Steve Einhaus, VP of Operations/Event Director stated. "They treat everyone they encounter with utmost respect and professionalism and that is something Tim and I look at and 'remember' each and every week."
"They have supported us week in and week out, through good times and the bad; they are still there for us each and every race. They have had their struggles but you can bet that after getting a year of traveling under their belt, they will be one of our top teams next year," Einhaus continued. "I just can't thank them enough for sticking it out all year long! Their sponsors should be proud of their accomplishments."
Unfortunately, Calmes has had a steep learning curve to deal with in ASAMT competition. In eight appearances Calmes has made four feature events with a best showing of 17th at the Dells Raceway Park on June 12th. The other three feature events have seen Calmes involved in an on track incident. Calmes is 19th in ASAMT points and sits seventh in rookie standings. "I've been fast but have been having a lot of tough luck. Aside from those wrecks, the car has been running really well and the crew has been doing a really good job with that," he said.
Despite the bad luck Calmes does not regret joining the ASAMT. "It's been really exciting. A lot of drivers are intimidated to make the big jump. To be honest, I was at first." Calmes has come to recognize the benefits of running the ASAMT. "I really like the competition. Everyone drives professionally and I've really learned a lot from racing the series," stated Calmes.
Calmes and his fellow ASA Midwest competitors will be joined by NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Kyle Busch, who two weeks ago made a surprise visit to WIR. Busch secured fast time on the evening over Calmes and won that night's feature event. Also on the docket are NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers Ron Hornaday Jr., and Ken Schrader, NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Johnny Saunter, Rich Buckle Jr. and four-time Dixieland winner, Dick Trickle.
Joining the ASA Midwest Tour will be the Big 8 Series. Fans will have the opportunity to see the best Super Late Model drivers compete in a 150-lap event along with the best Limited Late Model drivers compete in a 38-lap feature event all in one night. Advance tickets and VIP packages are on sale now through the ASA Midwest Tour's website at www.asamidwesttour.com.Qualifying will begin at 4:00 pm. The Autograph session at 5:30 p.m. and the racing action will get underway at 7:00 p.m. Wisconsin International Raceway is located on Highway KK just east of Highway 55 in Kaukauna, WI.