Elko: Labor Day Classic preview

Seven former champions converge at Labor Day Classic Pendleton, Ind. (August 21, 2003) -- The Labor Day Greased Lightning Orange Blast 400 at Elko Speedway in Minnesota will feature an all-star field of ASA drivers including what ...

Seven former champions converge at Labor Day Classic

Pendleton, Ind. (August 21, 2003) -- The Labor Day Greased Lightning Orange Blast 400 at Elko Speedway in Minnesota will feature an all-star field of ASA drivers including what may possibly be an unprecedented seven former series champions in a single event field.

1984-85 ASA Champion Dick Trickle will join the expected entry of 1999 Champion Tim Sauter and the 2002 Champion Joey Clanton as the returning series kingpins along with current full-time competitors and former champions Kevin Cywinski, Butch Miller, Bryan Reffner and Gary St. Amant.

Trickle has long been a fixture of the Labor Day event in Minnesota, although this will mark the first year in decades that event hasn't been held at the State Fair Speedway. The facility closed after the 2002 race as fair officials decided there were too numerous and expensive structural challenges with the facility.

Clanton, now competing in the Busch Series, is the defending champion of the ASA event at Elko Speedway. He, Trickle and Sauter will all make their 2003 debuts with the ASA Racing Series.

The Greased Lightning Orange Blast 400 will also feature an appearance of the Minnesota Teen Challenge Choir. The collection of youth will perform the National Anthem prior to the event. For the second consecutive year Steve Sviggum, Speaker of the Minnesota State House of Representatives will join the pre and post race festivities.

The Impact Racing National Pit Stop Contest Presented by BFGoodrich Tires and SK Hand Tool will be take place on Saturday and Sunday on Labor Day Weekend. The opening round will be held at Burnsville Shopping Center from 2-5 p.m. The top-10 finishing teams will compete in the championship round at Elko Speedway on Sunday evening, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday at Elko, MARS and ASA begin practice starting at 11:30 a.m. ASA will set the field for the 400-lap event on Monday with pole qualifying at 4:30 p.m. The Impact Racing ASA National Pit Stop Contest Presented by BFGoodrich Tires and SK Hand Tool rolls off at 7:30 with the 100-lap MARS event going green at 9.

On Monday, ASA's on-track fan autograph session and live musical entertainment are scheduled for noon with pre-race ceremonies set for 1 p.m. The Greased Lightning Orange Blast 400 goes green at 1:30 p.m. (Local).

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Series Stock car
Drivers Bryan Reffner , Butch Miller