Late Model Series unveils new format for season-finale

PENDLETON, Ind. (August 9, 2004) - An exciting season-ending championship format for the ASA Late Model Series has been announced as part of the 39th Annual NAPA National Short Track Championships on September 24 and 25 at Rockford (Ill.) ...

PENDLETON, Ind. (August 9, 2004) - An exciting season-ending championship format for the ASA Late Model Series has been announced as part of the 39th Annual NAPA National Short Track Championships on September 24 and 25 at Rockford (Ill.) Speedway.

In what could turn out to be one of the most difficult races to make the field, the ASA Late Model Series will finish the year by racing 25-lap qualifying races on Saturday, September 25. These races will determine the starting lineup for Sunday's 100-lap feature. Two drivers not already in the field will have one final "Last Chance Race" to work their way into the starting field on Sunday as well.

Once the lineup is set, it will be pure racing for 100-green flag laps on Sunday, September 26. In ASA Late Model Series competition, caution flags do not count so fans are going to get their money's worth as the final point standings will be determined in Rockford. The 2004 ASA Late Model Series champion will be crowned following the race.

There will be a $1,000 bonus awarded if a driver is able to win both their qualifying race as well as the main event. Officials have also indicated that the purse for the championship race will also be upped from the normal payout.

"The NAPA National Short Track Championships is one of the premiere post-season events in the Midwest and crowning our Late Model Series champion at this event is the perfect way to conclude our inaugural season," said Steve Dale, ASA president and CEO. "With the overwhelming success of the series this season, a special final event is a must. This new format is an exciting way to finish off a great season."

Jody Deery, president of Rockford Speedway, stated, "We were excited to welcome the ASA Late Model Series to the NSTC and their special format will make the weekend for the fan even better. Fans will see the top five Midwest series at one track on one weekend, fitting into our 'One Great Racing Weekend' motto." Deery indicated that presenting sponsorship for the two races remains available.

The 39th Annual NAPA Auto Parts National Short Track Championships is set for September 22 through 25, and features 15 divisions of racing over the four day event including the ASA Late Model Series, Sunoco Super Series Late Models, Mid-American Series, CAR Series Stock Cars and Trucks, Weekly Late Models, Area Sportsman, IMCA Modifieds, Big 8 Late Models, Midwest Modifieds, Grand Nationals, American Short Trackers, Roadrunners, Winged Women on Wheels and Hornets.

The American Speed Association is based in Pendleton, Ind., and has offered stock car racing programs since 1968, including the ASA National Tour, ASA Late Model Series, several regional touring series, and the ASA Member Track programs. For additional information, visit asaracing.com.

For event information, contact the Rockford Speedway at www.rockfordspeedway.com , phone (815) 633-1500 or e-mail to NSTC@rockfordspeedway.com.

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