I-70 Speedway to Host American Stockcar League Opener I-70 Speedway management is proud to announce that the inaugural season of the newly formed American Stockcar League (ASL) will open at the high banks of I-70 in Odessa, MO on Saturday night...
I-70 Speedway to Host American Stockcar League Opener
I-70 Speedway management is proud to announce that the inaugural season of the newly formed American Stockcar League (ASL) will open at the high banks of I-70 in Odessa, MO on Saturday night April 30th. The ASL is made up of former American Speed Association car owner and drivers and is sanctioned by Mid-American Stock Car Series, Inc. under the leadership of Gary Vercauteren. Mid-American Stock Car Series, Inc. is based out of Wisconsin, also operates the successful Midwest All-Star Racing Series, Mid-American StockCar Series, Mid-American Truck Series & Stock Car Classics.
Vercauteren stated in a recent phone conversation, that because this is the first race of the season and a points racefor the ASL, a good turn out is expected. 56 teams have already registered to race in the series. Plans right now call for a mandatory yellow flag at halfway through the 150-lap event to allow teams to make any adjustments needed. Except for tires new tires. Similar to the way the Craftsman Truck Series ran their initial season.
Former ASA veteran and local standout Rick Beebe from Shawnee, KS., who will head the Pat Schauer Rookie of the Year committee, said that with the ASL being cheaper to run, 40 to 50 cars are possible for the opener. He also stated that there is a good possibility that some other ASA standouts could return to the high banks. Kevin Cywinski, Butch Miller & Mike Garvey along with the 'Polar Bear' Mike Eddy were just some of the drivers mentioned. The cars owners for Robbie Pyle & Stephen Leicht have also expressed interest.
Track owner Brad McDonald said he's happy that the ASL is returning to where the ASA started, with its' short track roots. He said that the ASA had a strong fan base here in Kansas City and believes the I-70 fans are looking forward to the return of many of its stars, saying that the ASL is the rebirth of the ASA of old.
Local Late Model favorite & former I-70 Speedway World Cup winner Jenny White of Topeka, KS. has registered with the American Stockcar League becoming their first female competitor and is looking forward to the series' visit to Missouri's only asphalt track. "We were thrilled that the ASL had picked up the ASA touring series. We're already looking forward to the season opener at I-70."
The ASA had a long relationship with I-70 Speedway producing such notable winners as Gary St. Amant & the late Adam Petty. Dick Trickle, Mark Martin, Ted Musgrave and Bob Senneker have also turned laps at 'America's fastest weekly racetrack'. The management at I-70 hopes that a new tradition begins with the arrival of the American Stockcar League.