Two Minnesota tracks join member track program

Minnesota Doubles Down In ASA Member Track Program With Renewal Of I-94 Raceway And Fergus Falls Raceway; Devises Unique Entry Level Class Format DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 23, 2007) -- The ASA has had a long history of racing in the state of...

Minnesota Doubles Down In ASA Member Track Program With Renewal Of I-94 Raceway And Fergus Falls Raceway; Devises Unique Entry Level Class Format

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 23, 2007) -- The ASA has had a long history of racing in the state of Minnesota, and Sauk Centre's I-94 Raceway was one of the first to join the ASA Member Track Program when it was announced. Now, news comes that this racetrack, and their sister facility Fergus Falls (Minn.) Raceway, have both renewed their ASA Member Track participation for the 2007 season.

I-94 Raceway is coming off an interesting season which saw a reversal of what many might expect from a short track. The 0.375-mile oval has had more vehicles entered into the featured divisions than the entry-level classes.

"We have had some awesome car counts in the upper classes, but for some reason been struggling a bit bringing in the beginners," said Tim Olson, who is co-owner of the facility with his brother Ted. "We need to improve the car counts in the entry level divisions and, I think, have come up with an interesting concept to help bring about more interest and a whole lot more fun for both the competitors and the fans."

Starting in 2007, three divisions -- the "Just 4 Fun," "4 Tracker," and "Pro 4 Trucks" -- will all run together in a Grand Prix style event. These classes are based on UCAR (which stands for "U Can Afford Racing") rules.

"This should be a whole lot of fun as there will now be three races in one," Olson explained. "Even though all the cars will be on the track at the same time, we will have three separate 'winners' -- one for each division." The competitors will get points scored only from how they finish in their own class, not overall in the race.

The new event will incorporate three different sets of rules with all three types of cars or trucks competing in the "race within the race," Grand Prix style. The "Just 4 Funs" will have the simplest set of rules allowing cars to be built just like they were in the early years of the class. No prize money will be awarded, but trophies will be presented to the winners. The "4 Trackers" will run with rules that closely resemble those that the UCAR division has been running the last few years. Most of the cars that raced in 2006 will fit into under these rules. The "Pro-4 Truck" rules will apply to the trucks and Mustangs that will be running in the UCAR class.

"What Tim and Ted (Olson) are implementing with the Grand Prix style events for the entry level divisions is certainly unique to oval track racing and I think it will be a blast for the drivers as they will now have to battle three times as many cars on the same size track. The action will be non-stop all around the racetrack for the fans, which will easily make this one of the most-anticipated races of the night. And I have a feeling that many of the other short track promoters around the country will be keeping an eye on this concept and thinking about how they might be able to implement it at their own track in 2008," said Dennis Huth, president of the ASA Member Track program.

"It is unique ideas like this, and track owners like Tim and Ted who are fearless in trying new ideas that make the ASA Member Track program such a fun thing to be part of. I am very pleased to have them remain part of the ASA Member Track family," Huth added.

Other classes in the I-94 Raceway regular Saturday night program include ASA Late Models, Modifieds, Thunder Cars and legends. Opening day is Saturday, May 5 and the complete 2007 schedule can be found online at www.tntraceways.com/i94raceway/schedule.php. Special events during the season include a July 7 visit by the new ASA Midwest Tour.

"We are excited to be the oldest ASA Member Track and want to continue this association for a long time to come," Olson said. "We are looking forward to working with all the other short tracks already in the ASA Member Track program and those thinking about joining the family."

-credit: asa-racing.com

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