PENDLETON, Ind. (February 9, 2004) -- ASA officials announced today several changes have been made to their 2004 racing schedules that gives a glimpse into the future of the series. The June 26 event at I-70 Speedway has been cancelled for the...
PENDLETON, Ind. (February 9, 2004) -- ASA officials announced today several changes have been made to their 2004 racing schedules that gives a glimpse into the future of the series.
The June 26 event at I-70 Speedway has been cancelled for the ASA National Tour. The July 24 date at Toledo Speedway for both the ASA National Tour and the ASA Late Model Series has also been removed from the schedule. Though no specific reasons were given for the cancellations, in both cases it was a mutual decision between the tracks and ASA staff.
The ASA National Tour schedule now consists of 16 events with a mix of both short tracks and the return to the superspeedways. The first race is the March 27 SK Hand Tool 200 at USA International Speedway in Lakeland, Fla. The event will be televised live on SPEED Channel.
"I have always said that 16 events is the proper number for our National Tour," said Steve Dale, ASA president/CEO. "This was the figure we had been eyeing for future schedules, but due to circumstances we were able to adjust things and reach it this year. For the foreseeable future, I think we will try to maintain 16 events for the National Tour and do the best job we can to make them all top-quality dates that the fans and competitors both look forward to.
"Some people might think that this is a step backwards for ASA, but in reality it is a step into our future," Dale continued. "A slightly reduced race schedule makes a stronger competitor base. As a former team owner, I realize that it takes a lot of money to run all the races and it takes a lot of time to prepare a car between events. Having 16 events gives our teams a little extra breathing room with regards to both the checkbook and the calendar. It also allows us (ASA) more time to work with our corporate partners to enhance the events and to assist in locating additional marketing partners for our team owners."
ASA officials are examining alternatives to replace the Toledo Speedway date for the Late Model Series. The schedule currently has 11 of the 14 events being announced. The first event for the ASA Late Model Series is Saturday, May 8 at Madison International Speedway in Oregon, Wis. Matt Kenseth, the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup champion is slated to compete in the event.
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