Pendleton, Ind. (November 12, 2003) - America's Legendary Oval, The Milwaukee Mile, will host the American Speed Association (ASA Racing Series) in 2004, marking the first time ASA has visited the facility since 2000. The 200-lap event...
Pendleton, Ind. (November 12, 2003) - America's Legendary Oval, The Milwaukee Mile, will host the American Speed Association (ASA Racing Series) in 2004, marking the first time ASA has visited the facility since 2000. The 200-lap event is scheduled for Sunday, August 29 and will mark the 34th time that the ASA Racing Series will have competed at the 1-mile oval on the west side of Milwaukee.
"With the spectacular improvements that have been made at the facility coupled with the track's long and successful history with ASA, it became a great time to reunite ourselves with The Milwaukee Mile," said ASA President/CEO Steve Dale. "It gives our drivers, sponsors and fans another special opportunity to show their stuff at a first-rate venue."
Keeping The Milwaukee Mile among the sport's elite facilities, the venerable grand dame of racing underwent a massive $20 million facelift over the past two years. Prior to the 2002 season, the track replaced 20,000 bleacher seats along turns one and four. During the spring of 2003, a completely new, state-of-the-art center grandstand area was completed in time to celebrate the facility's 100th anniversary.
Since 1903, The Milwaukee Mile has been one of the premier venues in American motorsports. Nearly every major auto racing sanction body has hosted events at The Mile through its century of existence. The roster of past winners at the track includes the greatest names in both open wheel and stock car racing. A listing of ASA drivers that have won at Milwaukee is also stacked with accomplished "name" competitors.
Starting with the May 7, 1978 race that saw ASA all-time win leader Bob Senneker record a victory at The Milwaukee Mile, other winners through the years have included Wisconsin legend Dick Trickle, Mark Martin, the late Alan Kulwicki, Jim Sauter, Rusty Wallace, Butch Miller, Mike Eddy, Johnny Benson Jr., Joe Shear and 2003 ASA National Champion Kevin Cywinski.
The August 27, 2000 race saw Mike Garvey, of Atlanta, lead Mike Cope and Canadian Scott Fraser across the finish line in the Time Warner Cable 200. The event featured Wisconsin native Johnny Sauter setting fast time with a lap of 30.296 seconds at 118.828 mph and starting from the pole. Sauter went on to capture the 2001 ASA Championship and now competes in the highest divisions of NASCAR.
The ASA Racing Series completed its 36th season last month at Nashville, Tenn. Kevin Cywinski, of Wausau, Wis., was crowned the series 2003 National Champion while Reed Sorenson, of Peachtree City, Ga., won honors as the $50,000 Rookie of the Year.
Both Cywinski, previously the 1997 series champion, and Sorenson will be honored at the ASA National Awards Banquet on Saturday, January 24, at Caesars Indiana hotel Casino near Louisville, Ky.