LM: Mid-Michigan double final summary

Mid-Michigan Doubles a Great Weekend for ASALMS The ASA Late Model Series presented by GM Performance Parts has completed the Mid-Michigan Double weekend at Kalamazoo and Calhoun County Speedway. This was the series only 2005 visit to home ...

Mid-Michigan Doubles a Great Weekend for ASALMS

The ASA Late Model Series presented by GM Performance Parts has completed the Mid-Michigan Double weekend at Kalamazoo and Calhoun County Speedway. This was the series only 2005 visit to home state Michigan for the season. It was an awesome homecoming for the series, teams, fans and partners and we look forward to returning in 2006.

As promised the two races at two tracks in two days did not disappoint.

The Kalamazoo 100 presented by Tough Coat Powder Coatings saw Jack Smith #28 of Urbine Racing win the feature and dominate the field. The GMPP Shoot-out at Kalamazoo was won by none other than hometown team Bill Tomlinson #3. The Kalamazoo Fast Qualifier was Hank Miller in the #80, another home track favorite.

The Snap-on Tools 100 presented by Lane Automotive at the Calhoun County Speedway was one of the most thrilling events of the season. The Snap-on Tools Feature was won by Mike Satkowiak #88 of Kawkawlin, Michigan. The GMPP Shoot-out was won by Doug Mahlik #15 from Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Fast Qualifier, who also set a new track record was Chad Wood #2 of Wood Brothers Racing out of Madison Wisconsin.

What was really amazing about the Calhoun County event on the 2nd night of racing was the performance of the teams and series. Almost everyone averaged from 0 to 4 hours of sleep the night before and still put on one of the best shows of the season. The caliber of skill and competition in the series is astounding and still growing.

The ASA Late Model Series Challenge which would award the team that won both events additional cash and awards was not won. The weekend saw two different winners for the feature and two different winners for the GMPP Shoot-out. This is a series with a level playing field and that is proven by the stats; with five races in, we have had five different feature winners, five different GMPP Shoot-out winners and five different fast qualifiers.

With an average of 35-40 teams at each event making the field can be a challenge for even the most experienced teams. Although discouraging for some, it is not a deterrent for our teams who know that racing against some of the best short track teams in the county is where they want to be. Many of our teams are past track champions, rookies of the years and leaders at their home tracks. The teams have walked away from being a big fish in a small pond and embraced the next level of professional racing.

For these teams short track racing is more than a hobby, it is professional competition to hone their skills and continue the climb to the top. For the fans, this is an amazing time to get out and see us, get an autograph when we come to your town. Many of our teams are the rising stars in racing and will someday be the top dogs of racing in the county.

Where would you like to see us race when we come to Michigan in 2006, we would like to know! Drop us an email at mprieur@asalatemodels.com with your suggestions. To learn more about the series and teams, go to www.asalatemodels.com or give us a call at 800-385-2503.

The ASALMS teams and officials would like to thank the weekend sponsors of the Mid-Michigan Doubles which include; The Michigan Racing Scene, Snap-on Tools, Lane Automotive, Tough Coat Powder Coatings, Five Star Bodies, Aruba Shades, ATI, Auto meter, Races on the Web, Ringer Gloves, Racing Electronics, Motive Gear, Phil Harper Motorsports, Crane Cams, Hoosier Tire and DTS.

Our upcoming events are:

The Mansfield 100 on July 16th at the Mansfield Motor Speedway

The Gibson Chevrolet 100 on July 23rd at the Illiana Speedway

The ASI Limited 100 presented by Howe Racing on July 30th and the Indianapolis Raceway Park (IRP)

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