PENDLETON, Ind. (August 31, 2000) -- Officials from the American Speed Association and South Boston Speedway have announced the ASA ACDelco Series will visit the .40-mile in 2001. The race is tentatively scheduled to begin Saturday night, April 7,...
PENDLETON, Ind. (August 31, 2000) -- Officials from the American Speed Association and South Boston Speedway have announced the ASA ACDelco Series will visit the .40-mile in 2001. The race is tentatively scheduled to begin Saturday night, April 7, 2001 at 9 p.m. (Eastern) and will be televised LIVE on TNN Sports. It is the first announced track on the 2001 schedule, which will is expected to be released in full in September.
"We are pleased to announce this relationship between South Boston Speedway and the American Speed Association for 2001," said ASA Executive Vice President Brian Robbins. "With the Vortec ASA 5700 engines and BFGoodrich Traction T/A radial tires, we feel South Boston is an excellent track for the series.. Its stature and history matches that of our series."
Earlier this week, South Boston Speedway announced that it planed on hosting a minimum of six national touring series events in 2001, with at least three events expected to be televised nationally. It also announced that Busch Grand National Series would not return to the track, where it has raced dating back to the early '80s. For the last two years the Busch event has been known as the Textilease/Medique 300. The first step that South Boston Speedway has taken to achieve these goals for 2001 is the building of a long-term relationship the growing ASA ACDelco Series.
"ASA has consistently strived to be innovative in their mission to take stock car racing to new heights. The professionalism of the entire ASA family is incredible and the show they will provide our fans will be second to none," said South Boston General Manager, Cathy Rice. "We strive to provide our guests with the best in affordable family entertainment and that is exactly what the ASA ACDelco Series will allow us to do. An added benefit of this event is the fact that it will bring TNN Sports back to South Boston and allow us to showcase, this, Virginia's Racing Region," Rice concluded.
Along with the 300-lap race on April 7th, there will also be a 100-lap qualifying event held on Friday, April 6th. These events will coincide with the April 8th Winston Cup event at Martinsville. With Martinsville only an hour away, race fans will be able to enjoy Martinsville during the day and South Boston's ASA ACDelco Series events in the evening.
Several of the current stars in the ASA ACDelco Series have raced at the legendary Virginia oval in the Busch Series, including Butch Miller and Glenn Allen Jr. Two of the drivers in the LaFavre Racing Teams stables have raced at the track and look forward to the addition of South Boston to the 2001 schedule.
"It's one of the great short tracks to compete at," said Kevin Cywinski, who sits second in the current ASA National Championship point standings. "It has a progressive-style banking to it. I think with our cars, we will easily be able to run two- and possible three-wide there."
Teammate Mike Garvey has also competed at the facility. "If I remember right, it is a real handling track," said Garvey. "There are two, maybe three good groves to run in there. It will be a great experience for the drivers and the series, as well as the fans that have never been exposed to a live ASA race."
Formerly a .357-mile, South Boston Speedway was increased to a .400-mile oval in 1994 and was resurfaced in 1998. Massive improvements to the facility, including improved spectator accommodations and a new pit wall have made South Boston one of the premier short track facilities in the United States. Teaming the facility with the premier short track stock car series in the country will greatly benefit the race fans of the Northeast and introduce them to real short track racing that's as good as it gets.