Lafayette County Speedway joins Member Track program

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 4, 2005) -- Dennis Huth, owner of the ASA Racing Member Track program, is pleased to welcome the historic Darlington, Wisconsin, Lafayette County Speedway to the national network of racetracks and touring ...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 4, 2005) -- Dennis Huth, owner of the ASA Racing Member Track program, is pleased to welcome the historic Darlington, Wisconsin, Lafayette County Speedway to the national network of racetracks and touring series.

"There are more Darlington's out there than people realize, and they all offer exciting racing action," Huth stated. "Lafayette County Speedway has resurrected itself from being shut down into one of the most thrilling clay ovals in the Midwest, and the surrounding area is very picturesque and even includes a park-like setting. I am delighted that a track from Darlington is part of the ASA Racing Member Track program."

A Level II member of the ASA Racing Member Track Program, Lafayette County Speedway is a 0.375-mile dirt oval which runs a Friday night program of Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, limited Stocks, 4-Cylinders and open-wheeled Modifieds. The track is located at the Lafayette County Fairgrounds, just a half-mile east of Darlington on Highway 81. More information can be found online at www.LafayetteCountySpeedway.com or telephoning Robert Yonkee at (630) 400-7191 or Mike Duenser at (815) 222-8415.

Initially constructed in the 1940s, Lafayette County Speedway was a regular fixture on the Wisconsin racing scene for more than three decades. It then went silent until 2000 when a group of dedicated volunteers, assisted with the support from the community, re-opened the racetrack.

"Back in 2000 a group of people from the community gathered together to re-open the racetrack," explained Yonkee, Lafayette County Speedway promoter/competition director. "They were all in their 30's and 40's and most of them had grown up as kids by going to the Speedway. They wanted to see it re-opened as a place that they could take their families to, and so that future generations could enjoy the facility just as they did."

The Pecatonia River runs along the back of the track and the moisture that seeps into the clay makes this one of the most "aggressive" tracks according to Yonkee. Another area that makes Lafayette County Speedway so difficult to tame are the turns.

"Turns 3 and 4 are symmetrical and perfect," Yonkee explained. "Turn 1 is different. There is a slight dogleg in the first turn that makes it a real challenge, especially if a driver is trying to pass on the high side. The start of the races is also interesting," Yonkee added with a chuckle.

Duenser, the track's race director, said "We don't want to grow real fast. We want to make this one of the most professional dirt tracks in the United States, and a strong sanctioning body like ASA is essential to our survival. Dennis (Huth) has made us extremely comfortable as this is the first year in these roles for Bob and me. Being affiliated with the ASA Racing Member Track program gives us a ton of credibility."

Tracks and regional touring series that join the ASA Racing Member Track Level II program are eligible to receive marketing assistance, enhanced participant accident insurance, and will be the spot for today's fans to watch the stars of tomorrow learn the trade. The ASA Racing Member Track program is now under the ownership of the Racing Speed Associates.

To learn more of the Daytona Beach, Fla.-based Racing Speed Associates or the ASA Racing Member Track program, call (386) 258-2221 or send an e-mail to asaracingmt@earthlink.net. A new Web site is currently under development and should be live within the next couple of weeks.

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