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HASELEU TAKES OVER ASAMT POINTS LEAD--AND OTHER NOTES Thursday, August 16, 2007 (Daytona Beach, FL) -- Following his third place finish at the Factory Motor Parts 150 at Wisconsin International Raceway and a fifth place finish at the...

HASELEU TAKES OVER ASAMT POINTS LEAD--AND OTHER NOTES

Thursday, August 16, 2007 (Daytona Beach, FL) -- Following his third place finish at the Factory Motor Parts 150 at Wisconsin International Raceway and a fifth place finish at the Shakopee 100 in Shakopee, MN, ASA Midwest Tour Touring Star Nate Haseleu has taken over the point lead with one event remaining on the 2007 ASA Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by Echo Outdoor Power Equipment schedule.

Haseleu, who has one win, 6 top-five's and 7 top-ten finishes in nine starts, now sits at top of the leaderboard with 1191 points.

Donny Reuvers, who has been sitting at the top, fell to second, 47 points behind Haseleu. Reuvers chances to re-take the top spot at Shakopee, a track he is familiar with, fell by the wayside on lap 62 of the Sunday night event when he was sidelined with engine problems. So far, Reuvers has 4 top-fives and 7 top-ten finishes in nine starts. He finished ninth this past Tuesday.

Dave Feiler, who finished eighth on Tuesday and sixth on Sunday, currently sits in third only 55 points behind Haseleu. Feiler has 5 top-five finishes and 9 top-ten finishes in ten starts this season.

Haseleu, Reuvers, and Feiler are the only drivers mathematically eligible to contend for the championship at Oktoberfest.

Jonathan Eilen, the current Rookie leader and Elko winner, sits in fourth, 142 points behind the leader. Eilen has one win, 4 top-fives and 5 top-ten finishes so far.

Dells winner, Kenny Richards, rounds out the top five sitting 148 points behind Haseleu. Richards has the one win along with 2 top-fives and 6 top-tens.

WHERE DID HE COME FROM?

Ken Schrader once again proved that he not only drives anything with an engine and four wheels, but he is competitive as well. Schrader started 20th for the Factory Motor Parts 150 at WIR and came home with a fourth place finish driving for car owner Jerry Gunderman.

Schrader was quiet throughout the event as he made his move from 13th on lap 120 to eighth by lap 126. With 10 laps to go, he worked his way past Steve Carlson and Jeff Vanderloop to take over seventh. When Kyle Calmes spun on the last lap, this allowed Schrader to get by Calmes and Jamie Iverson to come home with a fourth place finish.

PLEASE ROLL A "FIVE"!!!!

Dick Trickle keeps showing that he is not ready to quit racing. Trickle qualified into the Factor Motor Parts 150-lap main event through his qualifying time. Trickle qualified 13th with a time of 19.712 seconds, only 0.286 behind fast qualifier Nate Haseleu.

Trickle was hoping that Haseleu would roll a five in pre-race activities to set the inversion for the main event. Haseleu's roll added with the number 8 would determine who would start on the pole. If Haseleu rolled a five, Trickle would have started on the pole. But, suffice to say, Haseleu rolled a three, giving the pole to Steve Carlson. Trickle ended up starting 13th and came home with a 15th place finish.

SOME OTHER STARS DIDN'T SHINE ON TUESDAY NIGHT

Kyle Busch's win was one of the brightest moments for the visiting NASCAR stars at Wisconsin International Raceway. Ken Schrader also had a bright star shining with his fourth place finish. But some stars didn't shine bright for the others.

Johnny Sauter had an early exit in his qualifying race after getting caught up in an early wreck. Sauter made hard contact with the outside wall in turn two when he and Kris Kelly got together coming out of turn two while battling for second. Sauter's car sustained so much damage that he wasn't able to start the main event.

Ron Hornaday Jr. had a top-ten run going in his Matt Maynard owned, Settle Inn sponsored Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Hornaday stayed in close contact with his teammate Dave Feiler throughout the race. But his night would end on lap 125, when he succumbed to a broken hub.

Rich Bickle Jr. had the worse luck of any of the visiting NASCAR stars as his night ended on lap 55, when his Scott Ollerman owned Chevrolet succumbed to ignition problems. Bickle was running 12th when the problems occurred. Bickle did win the Odd Qualifier race earlier in the evening.

DOUBLE DUTY

Kris Kelly was the only driver to compete in both the ASA Midwest Tour and Big 8 Series this past Tuesday night. Kelly finished 13th in the Factory Motor Parts 150.

Kelly appeared to be on his way to claiming the Big 8 Series 38-lap feature event, but came up four laps short when he blew his engine. Gary Bock, who was running second at the time, took over the lead and went on to capture the event. Jeff Steenbergen was second and Mike Ehde was third.

FEST IS NEXT

After competing in two events in five days, the ASA Midwest Tour Touring Stars and competitors will get a nice break and prepare for the final event of the season at the 38th Annual Oktoberfest Race Weekend at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem, WI on Oktober 4-7th.

The ASA Midwest Tour will be one of 15 divisions competing over this four day race weekend. On Saturday, Oktober 6th, the stars of the ASAMT will take to the 5/8 mile oval for qualifying and qualifying races. Then on Sunday, Oktober 7th a champion will be crowned after the running of the Inaugural ASA Midwest Tour Oktoberfest 100.

Also, some of the ASA Midwest Tour competitors will also be competing on Friday, Oktober 5th in the Inaugural Dick Trickle 99 lap feature event. This unique event will be broken into three 33-lap segments. Points will be handed out after each segment with the first place driver getting one point, second place getting two points, etc. At the end of the 3 segments, the driver who has competed in the entire event with the lowest points will be the overall winner. This follows the same concept of the famous Milk Bowl race at Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, VT.

Make your plans now to be a part of the Oktoberfest Weekend, it's "Racing's Family Reunion." More information can be found at www.lacrossespeedway.com.

AND FINALLY--

The ASA Midwest Tour family would like to congratulate Clint and Jodie Smith from Wisconsin International Raceway on the birth of their son, Dillon on Tuesday, August 14th.

What is interesting to note is that Jodie was the driver of the Hummer vehicle that took Kyle Busch and Johnny Sauter from the pits to the VIP areas at WIR.

Who would have thought that two of the people in that vehicle would have big announcements a week later? Jodie has her baby and Kyle Busch signed on with Joe Gibbs Racing.

-credit: asamt

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Series Stock car
Drivers Rich Bickle , Dick Trickle , Ken Schrader , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Johnny Sauter , Steve Carlson , Kyle Busch
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing