LM: The series looks toward season's final races

How did the ASALMS become the ASALMS? The ASA Late Model Series presented by GM Performance Parts has just two races left in the 2005 season. The first one is at Rockford Speedway this coming weekend for the 40th Annual National Short Track...

How did the ASALMS become the ASALMS?

The ASA Late Model Series presented by GM Performance Parts has just two races left in the 2005 season. The first one is at Rockford Speedway this coming weekend for the 40th Annual National Short Track Championships and the next and last of the season is at the Lacrosse Fairgrounds on October 7th.

The end of the season will offer much to celebrate for the teams, sponsors and officials. It has been an impressive year for the ASALMS. The series still in its infancy with just three seasons on the books has spread like a wildfire. The success can be attributed to the many players involved within; teams, sponsors, tracks and series owners and officials.

What makes this series so fortuitous? If you go back through the history of the series you will see that much of what the series is today was based on input from drivers and owners. That was the 1st ingredient that helped to form this awesome series; The Crate Motor, Template Body package with cost limitations on parts.

The concept and rules package was impressive in theory but the series needed somewhere to run and really see if the package could stand up to competitive racing. Many track owners in the first year took the gamble and booked the show for the 2003 season when the series ran under the USPRO Racing banner. The series 1st year in action visited Kalamazoo, Spartan, Tri City, Auto City, Angola, Midvale, Thundervalley and Owosso Speedway. There were a total of nine events that year.

Today the series is far reaching throughout the Midwest and not only does the series run the Crate Motor, Template Body package with cost limitations on parts, but many tracks throughout the USA have developed this same programs to appeal to their weekly divisions. One of the best examples of success comes from Madison International Speedway, they run an ASALMS weekly division and their car counts averages over 30 per week.

To continue on and really make the splash that it did, the series needed sponsors and that is exactly what they got. Many of these marketing partners have been with the series since inception and many more continue to join on as the series grows. The ASA LMS has received tremendous support from some of the largest companies in the racing industry.

These companies not only see the value of the series to short track racing, but they also see the value of the hundreds of teams that participate within. They all have a strong commitment to short track racing and especially to the people that keep it alive. Please visit the sponsor link on our website at www.asalatemodels.com <http://www.asalatemodels.com/> and let these companies know we appreciate their support.

Behind the scenes are a special group of people that make all these things happen on a daily basis, those people are the series owners and officials. These folks work tirelessly to see that all the things that need to happen to make sure the series is operational is done. These folks do not normally get any recognition and usually they get a lot of opposition for their efforts. Regardless of this, they continue on with such a raw determination that should make us all stand up and take notice.

For the series where each and every year gets better, it looks as though 2006 will be no different. The series will see more tracks, more teams, more sponsors and of course more officials. The Series will have divisions in northern and southern United States as well as a Challenge Division that will be run by the top teams in the country. Each day more and more of the local tracks around the country are adopting our rules and strengthening short track racing to bring it back to its heyday.

To think that just a few people with a good idea could launch such a successful campaign to help with the revival movement of short track racing. What started as a vision has become a reality because so many people believed that they could make a difference and they did something about it. The series, teams, sponsors, officials and tracks across the country have successfully re-introduced drivers to the short tracks and got them back behind the wheel. No matter what else, that is a good thing for all involved; to keep short track racing alive!

Upcoming off season events:

The Southern Allstar Series will co-host the All American 400 again this year in Nashville on November 4th, 5th and 6th.

The ASA Late Model Series will be at the PRI show in Orlando on December, 1st, 2nd and 3rd. We urge teams, promoters and marketing partners to stop by our display and get all the 2006 details.

The 38h Annual Snowball Derby will be held at Five Flags Speedway on December, 1st through 4th. ASALMS teams are compatible to run the Snowflake 100 on Saturday, December 3rd and the Southern Allstar Series will be compatible to run the Snowball Derby on December 4th. For more details go to www.snowballderby.com <http://www.snowballderby.com/>

The ASA Late Model Series Annual Awards banquet will be held on January 14th 2006 in Fort Wayne. All teams, sponsors, track official and participants are welcome. Details will be released soon.

The ASA Late Model Series Owner and Driver Meeting - January 14th 2006 - Fort Wayne, Indiana - 9:00am to 12:00pm. Details will be released soon.

For more information about the ASA Late Model Series, visit our website at www.asalatemodels.com or call the office at 800-385-2503. More information about the 2006 season will be forthcoming over the next few weeks.


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