ASC Sears Point round five preview

With the fifth round of the 2003 American Stockcar Challenge (ASC) Championship less than two weeks away, the entry list for the June 28-29th event grows daily. Exactly one weekend after the NASCAR event at Infineon Raceway, the ASC stockcars will...

With the fifth round of the 2003 American Stockcar Challenge (ASC) Championship less than two weeks away, the entry list for the June 28-29th event grows daily. Exactly one weekend after the NASCAR event at Infineon Raceway, the ASC stockcars will be running the longer sportscar circuit in a weekend presented by the National Auto Sport Association (NASA).

But with recent rules changes, team mechanics have been busy updating the cars. This will be the first race for the new weight guidelines which allow ASC cars to weigh in at a lean 2700 pounds, a 100 pound reduction from the previous rules. Additionally, ASC officials are planning a tire comparison test this weekend at Buttonwillow Raceway Park. "We have been working with Goodyear tire engineers in an effort to find a longer lasting tire that doesn't sacrifice grip" says Jerry Brown, ASC Race Director. Results of this tire comparison test may indicate a new spec tire from Goodyear before the end of this season.

2001 and 2002 ASC Champion Dave Brown (Castro Valley, CA), who has been absent from the series this year will be driving in the NASCAR Southwest Tour race at the same track this weekend. Brown, who has been working on a full-time SWT ride will be driving the #63 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Brown's lap times in practice earlier this month have already placed him among the fastest of the SWT cars.

This will also be the first round that the ASC cars will be running alone. For the first four rounds this year, the ProTruck (PT) series has been running with ASC, resulting in some of the most exciting racing around. But for their fifth round, the ProTruck series travels to Buttonwillow Raceway Park on June 21st-22nd as part of another weekend presented by NASA.

Both the American Stockcar Challenge and ProTrucks utilize stockcars and trucks in a West Coast spec series dedicated to road racing. All competitors use a spec sealed crate engine with strict weight restrictions on the cars (2700# for ASC and 2600# for PT). ProTrucks also run on a spec final drive ratio, while ASC cars must run on a single set of spec Goodyear tires all weekend long. Both series boast drivers from diverse backgrounds including: NASCAR's Winston West, Southwest and Northwest Tours, ASA, ARCA, West Coast Speed Trucks, SCCA World Challenge, FIA, amateur Porsche Cup Racing, Viper Challenge, Quarter Midgets and even WKA karting. For more information about ASC, visit the official website at: www.ascracing.com

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