CRA: North vs. South Late Model Challenge returns to Nashville

ASA promotes Sunoco Super Series / Southern All-Stars co-sanctioned race. Pendleton, IN (January 22, 2003) -- For years, the All American 400 late model race held at Nashville Speedway matched the stars from the North versus the stars from the...

ASA promotes Sunoco Super Series / Southern All-Stars co-sanctioned race.

Pendleton, IN (January 22, 2003) -- For years, the All American 400 late model race held at Nashville Speedway matched the stars from the North versus the stars from the South. It was among the biggest, most anticipated, short track stock car races in the country. The "Civil War on Wheels" concept will be revived in 2003 when the Indiana based Sunoco Super Series and Alabama headquartered Southern All-Star Series co-sanction a 200-lap race on the eve of the ASA Racing Series season finale at the Fairgrounds Speedway at Nashville.

On Saturday, January 18, during the Sunoco Super Series banquet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Indianapolis, Mark Gundrum, Executive Vice President and General Manager for the American Speed Association, announced that ASA would promote the North vs . the South late model event

"Tonight, along with R.J. Scott and Glenn Luckett of the Sunoco Super Series and Ben Atkins from the Southern All-Star Series, I'm proud to announce the North vs. South event will be reborn on Saturday, October 18 at the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville," said Gundrum, who along with Georgia businessman Steve Dale, recently became co-owner of ASA.

"In addition, ASA is working to finalize plans for highlights of the event to air the following day during Speed Channel's live coverage of the ASA Racing Series season finale. We're also devising a program that will allow the winner of the "Civil War on W heels" the opportunity to compete in the ASA finale with an all expenses paid ride."

The non-points race for both the Sunoco Super Series and Southern All-Stars Series is scheduled at 200 laps on the venerable .596-mile oval Fairgrounds Speedway. The ASA Racing Series season finale weekend, a 300-lap event, is scheduled for the following d ay, Sunday, October 19.

Gundrum guaranteed a cash purse of over $50,000 and indicated that with additional bonuses, the purse could approach $60,000. This amount is expected to be among the highest of the season for both the Sunoco Super Series and Southern All-Stars.

The Sunoco Super Series has previously run in companion with ASA, including the 2002 season final event at Winchester Speedway in Indiana.

For additional information on the ASA Racing Series, visit asaracing.com. ASA begins its 36th season of championship stock car racing with the 2003 season opener set for March 22 at USA International Speedway in Lakeland (FL).

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