AVSS to test at Bristol

The Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper Super Sprint Series is proud to make a major announcement in its brief history. The winged 410-powered sprint cars will be testing on October 14 at the legendary Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol TN. The decision...

The Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper Super Sprint Series is proud to make a major announcement in its brief history. The winged 410-powered sprint cars will be testing on October 14 at the legendary Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol TN.

The decision to test at the 36 degree banked track was made today and will include five top AVSS teams in a three-hour test. The test will help make the decision for both the Bristol management and AVSS regarding a 2004 race date at the World's fastest Half mile oval.

The AVSS has raced primarily in the Midwest at tracks in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Ontario, Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. The chance to run the fastest short track cars in the world on asphalt was too hard to turn down. This will mark the first time the AVSS winged warriors will visit the Volunteer State for this test. The test will determine what Hoosier Tire compound would be best for the concrete track and what minor modifications the AVSS cars might have to make.

The AVSS has raced at highbanked facilities such as Winchester and Salem Indiana and Toledo Speedway, so the racers of the AVSS are somewhat familiar with high-speed half-mile tracks. This should make the transition to Bristol somewhat reasonable for the five racers making the trip for the test.

The five teams making the trek south will be 2003 AVSS National Champion Tom Fedewa of Leslie MI in his Mike Katz Racing number 20 car. The 2003 AVSS champion has already captured ten feature wins in the first 20 AVSS events of 2003. The runner-up in 2003 points and also attending is Jason Blonde of Litchfield MI. Blonde will be driving his Jim Brown owned chassis at the test. He captured four AVSS features this season including the race at Salem this past July. The third lucky driver of this group is veteran Jeff Bloom of Bangor MI who finished third in points this season. Bloom an open wheel driver with nearly 40 years experience in many forms of cars will be testing the highbanks of Bristol Tuesday.

The fourth AVSS member to be testing is 2002 National champion Tim Cox of Park City IL in his B&D racing chassis. The long time sprint car driver who still races on both pavement and dirt has much experience on the highbanked AVSS tracks and Eldora Speedway in Rossburg OH as well. The fifth and final driver making the tour is high banked racing specialist Kevin Feeney of Oxford MI. Feeney has acquired much of the team he raced with the past several seasons from HMS Racing. He has set track records at Salem and Toledo the past two seasons and won the Salem race in 2002. He also won one feature this year at Auto City Speedway in Flint MI.

This test will occur Tuesday October 14 from 12-3 and will be witnessed by officials from both Bristol Motor Speedway and AVSS. After the testing is completed the discussions will turn to what needs to be done to the cars and how the tires cooperated. When those topics have been cleared up it will then be decided if and when an AVSS race would be scheduled at Bristol.

To keep up with the fastest short track cars in the country on pavement please try the official AVSS website at www.supersprints.com for more information. The press department of AVSS can be reached at mrmic@triton.net or call 269-672-7472 for more information.

The AVSS season will be completed this Sunday October 12 at Baer Field Speedway in Fort Wayne IN for the finale of the 2003 season. This is a rescheduled race from September 28. The 2003 AVSS National Championship Banquet is November 1 at the Holiday INN convention center in Lansing MI.

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