Former Champion Mark Kortz Returns to the ASA Late Model Series Mark Kortz of Brooklyn will return to the ASA Late Model Series in 2005. Mark was the former 2003 Champion for the USPRO Series as team ...
Former Champion Mark Kortz Returns to the ASA Late Model Series
Mark Kortz of Brooklyn will return to the ASA Late Model Series in 2005. Mark was the former 2003 Champion for the USPRO Series as team #113 the team will retain the same number for the 2005 season.
Mark Kortz, has had nothing short of a storied career in Super Late Model racing all across the midwest. Mark began racing almost twenty-one years ago in the Street Stock class at the Butler Motor Speedway, in Quincy, Mi. He was very successful in that class winning several features during this period.
A few years later in 1987, he started racing Super Late Models at several tracks throughout the region, driving at the 1/4 miles of Galesburg(MI) and Spartan(MI) Speedway, and the 3/8 miles of Angola(IN) Motor and Owosso(MI) Speedway. A few years later he got the opportunity to race part-time with the Jim Knutson Grand Marque team, which was a support division for the ASA National Tour. During this time Mark kept up regular appearances at the local tracks whenever it fit into his busy racing schedule.
In 1993 Mark returned to full time competition at the Owosso Speedway, taking the Super Late Model track Championship in his first full year. Around 1994 Mark made a effort at running with the Iceman series, but could not afford the costs, since he ran the team on his own. Mark made his ASA National Tour debut in 1998 driving two races for Tom Darling, at Berlin(MI) Raceway and Kenley(NC). During the Berlin race Mark was the top finishing rookie, landing in the 15th position. From then until 2002 Mark hung mainly around Owosso, finishing second in points to Roger Wing in 2002.
In 2003 Mark decided to build a team and join the upstart USPRO racing organization, heading into 2003. If you ask Mark, he will tell you himself, 2003 was one of his best seasons. During this seasons, one of the most emotional moments for Mark occurred, when his wife Lisa brought Mark's twins for the first time to Owosso, on the Saturday before Father's Day. Mark's two little ones cheered him on as he took the feature, one of eventually Five feature wins that season in the Outlaw bodied Super Late Models.
2003 brought two wins in the USPRO series, including one at Owosso in the Budweiser 50, in which one crazed fan gave Mark a Krispy Kreme Doughnut for his victory. Those two wins propelled Mark to the 2003 inaugural USPRO Series Championship, winning over Rookie sensation Mike Carter, who dueled with Mark in some late race fireworks at the Owosso race. That same season Mark picked up third in the Owosso Speedway final Super Late Model points, despite the fact he missed several shows due to USPRO commitments.
In 2004 Mark ran a limited schedule with the ASA Late Model series, while chasing the MISS SuperPro series championship, taking third in their points behind Jack Landis, and Jake Louden, Louden is also a part time ASA Late Model series competitor.
Mark has many plans to keep himself busy for the 2005 racing season. Mark will run a partial ASALMS schedule, racing at Calhoun County Speedway, Kalamazoo Speedway, the two races at Baer Field Speedway, and the races at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway and Sandusky Speedway. Mark also plans on chasing the SuperPro series Championship, and taking in five or six Outlaw Super Late Model specials if he can find the time.
Mark would like to thank his team, car owner/wife Lisa Kortz, Crew chief Lee Alley and the other members of the crew Charlie Woodruff, Glen "Shorty" Stevens, and Dan Eggleston. Mark would also like to thank his many sponsors on the side of the familiar number 113: Willbee Transit Mix, Jackson, Michigan, Liberty Environmental Landfill, Clarklake, Michigan, Phelp's Towing, Michigan Center, Michigan, Charlie's Pub and Grill, Jackson, Michigan, Jim's Collision and Service, Napoleon and Michigan Center, Michigan and ARP Bodies, Greenbriar, Tennessee