CCS/ASRA: VIRginia Festival of Speed preview

Virginia Festival of Speed Returns to VIR This Weekend Alton, Va. (June 20) -- Two-wheeled enthusiasts in Southern Virginia area have a treat in store this weekend, June 24-25, as the American Sportbike Racing Association (ASRA)...

Virginia Festival of Speed Returns to VIR This Weekend

Alton, Va. (June 20) -- Two-wheeled enthusiasts in Southern Virginia area have a treat in store this weekend, June 24-25, as the American Sportbike Racing Association (ASRA) and the Championship Cup Series (CCS) descend on beautiful VIRginia International Raceway for the sixth annual Virginia Festival of Speed.

The ASRA, formerly known as Formula USA, is a premier motorcycle road racing organization for professional riders. The Championship Cup Series has been the leader in Sportsman-level motorcycle road racing since 1984. The Virginia Festival of Speed, the fifth stop in an eight-race series, will provide a combination of the best sportsman and professional motorcycle road racers going handlebar-to-handlebar at up to 160mph over the 2.25-mile VIR North Course for their share of purse and prizes.

CCS is comprised of four major displacement breakdowns (Lightweight, Middleweight, Heavyweight and Unlimited) and three major classes for each (SuperSport, SuperBike and Grand Prix). The ASRA adds even more to the mix with SportBike and SuperBike competition on the pro level and ThunderBike for both amateurs and experts.

Thunderbike will be the class to watch this weekend, with only six points separating the top three riders. The current points leader is 2004 champion Bryan Bemisderfer, riding a Buell XB12 for Harley-Davidson of Frederick. Mainline BMW's Nate Kern slipped to second place in the standings after drivetrain difficulties forced him to a stop during competition at Heartland Park in Topeka last weekend. Behind those two, defending champion Dave Estok has worked his way up to third place in the standings on his Veatch Buell XB12 after mechanical trouble struck at the season opener in Daytona and put his team in catch-up mode.

In the Sportbike and Superbike classes, defending national champ Jeff Wood looks to be well on his way to defending his titles. Wood won both championships last year on his Arclight Suzuki and currently sits atop the points standings in each series. The New Hampshire native still faces a potential threat from Triumph rider Mike Himmelsbach, who could still reel him in.

The action will get underway on Saturday morning with practice sessions for all groups. Qualifying will start at noon, followed by 25-minute races for the GT and CCS groups. Sunday morning will have warm-up sessions followed by feature races commencing at 10:00 am. The "quiet hour" will be observed between 11:00 a.m. and noon. ASRA events are very spectator-friendly, and fans are invited to visit the paddock to see the teams and riders preparing for the races.

"VIR is always a favorite for CCS and ASRA riders alike," said CCS communications director Ryan Hoyler. "The facility is spectacular, and the technical track layout demands both finesse and horsepower. We expect a large turnout of riders and spectators, and the competition will be fierce, as always."

Tickets for the Virginia Festival of Speed will be available at the gate, priced at $25 for a two-day (Saturday and Sunday) ticket and $15 for a single-day (Sunday) ticket. Children under 12 are admitted free with a paying adult. Ticket prices include onsite parking and pedestrian paddock access. Camping fees are $35 for the weekend.

VIRginia International Raceway is a multi-purpose road racing facility, located on the Dan River between Danville and South Boston, Va., and just north of historic Milton, N.C. In addition to its 3.27-mile natural-terrain road racing circuit, VIR is the cornerstone of VIR Club, America's first motorsports country club; the VIR Raceplex Industrial Park; the VIR Gallery, a sales showroom for high-end collector and racing cars; Plantation Valley Kart Track, a 5/8-mile paved karting circuit; The Lodge at VIR, a 27-room trackside hotel; the new VIR Paddock Suites and Garages, with 18 dual-purpose hospitality/lodging units and garages; and the Oak Tree Tavern, a full-service restaurant located within the circa-1840 Plantation Clubhouse.

For more information, visit the track's website at or contact VIR at 434-822-7700. For more information on ASRA and the Championship Cup Series, visit their website at


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