ASA announces management reorganization

PENDLETON, Ind. (February 28, 2002) -- Rex Robbins, founder and president of the American Speed Association, LLC, announced today a partial restructuring of the sanctioning body's upper management, effective March 1. The restructuring involves two...

PENDLETON, Ind. (February 28, 2002) -- Rex Robbins, founder and president of the American Speed Association, LLC, announced today a partial restructuring of the sanctioning body's upper management, effective March 1. The restructuring involves two current m anagement members: Brian Robbins and Larry Kemp.

Brian Robbins, who has served as executive vice president of ASA for the past 12 years, will be named president of a new company formed by Rex and Rebecca Robbins. Brian will be responsible for overseeing various real estate properties and business interes ts owned by the Robbins family. While the younger Robbins will depart from an active role in the day-to-day operations of ASA, he will serve as a member of the board of directors and as a consultant to management.

"I have reached the conclusion that I need Brian to move into a position that will allow him to oversee more of our family business interests, which include properties other than ASA," Rex Robbins stated. "With Brian's role expanding, we needed to fill som e of the void at ASA, and Larry Kemp is a perfect fit to handle many responsibilities Brian previously administered."

Kemp, a highly decorated short track operator before joining ASA last spring, will be promoted to the position of vice president of operations. He will be responsible for supervising all aspects of race operations and administration for the nationally tour ing ASA Racing Series, as well as spearheading the company's efforts regarding the ASA Member Track Program.

Kemp is a former two-time winner of the ASA Promoter of the Year Award, earning the honors in 1996 and again in 1998 as the promoter of Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In addition, Kemp earned the R.P.M. Promoters Workshop "Promoter of the Ye ar Award" in 1998.

"One year ago, when I came to ASA to begin formulation of its new Member Track Program, I was excited just to be part of America's premier short track series," commented Kemp. "With the support from the Robbins family and Mark Gundrum (ASA vice president o f sales and marketing), I know that we can provide value to our marketing partners, a level playing field for our teams and exciting short track racing for our fans in the stands or in their living rooms watching on TNN."

ASA begins its 35th season of competition on March 23-24 at USA International Speedway in Lakeland, Fla.

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