MT: Racing season news 2007-06-26

ASA Midwest Tour Takes The Reigns In Super Late Model Racing DAYTONA BEACH, FL (June 25, 2007) -- What an amazing first five races the ASA Midwest Tour has had in its inaugural season so far in 2007! There have been five features with five very...

ASA Midwest Tour Takes The Reigns In Super Late Model Racing

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (June 25, 2007) -- What an amazing first five races the ASA Midwest Tour has had in its inaugural season so far in 2007! There have been five features with five very deserving winners at five different tracks in four states over the course of eight weeks. There are 102 unique drivers in the point standings and the new point leader is a rookie who has enjoyed four top ten finishes but is still waiting on the big win.

While there isn't a running total on how many fans have attended multiple events, the races have been held in front of full-house crowds at every venue and with good reason. The ASA Midwest Tour has brought fans a huge season opener, a program with a highlight reel first-lap crash preceded by multiple rain delays earlier in the evening, a special that was loaded with locals and an inch of rain before qualifying, a mid-week sellout show with six NASCAR drivers, and the biggest crowd a racetrack in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan has ever seen and the biggest of the season for the Tour thus far last Friday night. One of the keys to the success of the Tour falls upon the word experience. There are well over 70 championships between the regular competitors. That experience has also led to just one yellow flag caution period for an accident in every race after five programs, something simple unheard of these days in racing and it shows the quality of clean competition in the upper Midwest.

The Tour has seen some of the hottest drivers in the Midwest miss making the feature and some underdog local standouts make it in on qualifying time. Nothing has been predictable except the quality of the programs given the joint effort to pull them off. There have been series sponsors, event sponsors, lap sponsors, and race team sponsors and to see them all joining in for one common cause has been astounding. The Tour has drawn on resources across the board from manufacturers, to promoters, to the race teams themselves to create a dream series of sorts -- the kind of Tour that is win-win for everyone involved and brings the most racers and the most fans to the sport of auto racing.

Race drivers have taken vacation days from their day jobs and put in their effort to do autograph signings at Kwik Trip Stores and Echo Outdoor Power Equipment dealerships, go bowling in the community with fans, supply a two-seater ride-along car and pace truck, and race midweek to cater to what the fans and tracks want to see. The ASA Midwest Tour has created a media buzz and it's just getting started. Nascar competitors are asking to compete in this series and when they do, they want to come back because they enjoy it. People love 500 plus horsepower Super Late Models and tight competition where only half the cars (most events) get to take the big dance and the rest go home. The cars that go home are championship racers but the starting grid is an elite group, where just making the feature is a win in itself. The magic seems to be in the revival of built engine Super Late Model Racing. The fans want noise, raw horsepower, experienced drivers with a history of success, and passing in every event that rolls out onto the track.

Car counts have topped 50 in two events, 40 in two separate events, and 33 cars made up the fifth event with a combined average of 46. At the inaugural event, the pits were closed down at 4:30 because they were full and at the latest event the stands closed before the racing program even started because the stands only had seating for 4,000 on Friday night. Only 4,000. The Tour is approaching halfway on the 2007 schedule and is looking forward to what can happen from here.

-credit: asa

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