MT: Haseleu commits to new series

American Speed Association Commits Haseleu to Midwest Tour DAYTONA BEACH, FL (February 2, 2007) -- The American Speed Association Midwest Tour presented by Echo has signed Nathan Haseleu of Pardeeville, WI as a championship contender for the...

American Speed Association Commits Haseleu to Midwest Tour

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (February 2, 2007) -- The American Speed Association Midwest Tour presented by Echo has signed Nathan Haseleu of Pardeeville, WI as a championship contender for the inaugural 2007 season.

"This is really exciting for the whole team. My car owners Gary and Jo Schultz had a car that Larry Schuler drove for them in ARTGO. This series sounds a lot like that and we're all happy to see John McKarns so involved with it. We're looking forward to having a super late model series that travels across the Midwest. It will give my sponsor The Swiss Colony more exposure and that's great," Haseleu energetically expressed.

Nathan has a winning record with 74 feature wins to his credit. In 2006 he won his second consecutive Wisconsin Challenge Series championship with a four-win streak mid-season. He is the only driver to record two championships in the WCS and holds the record of most total wins. One of those 2006 WCS victories included the event at the legendary Milwaukee Mile where 71 cars registered. In the same season he also won the Champions Invitational at the Madison International Speedway (WI), the CRA Super Series event at the Illiana Speedway (IN), and finished third in Madison Late model point standings.

Haseleu started racing in 1994 at the age of 16 in the Hobby Stock division. He won Rookie of the Year honors at both the Columbus 151 Speedway (WI) and Jefferson Speedway (WI). He won the season championship at Columbus 151 in 1994 and again in 1995, also picking up the championship at Jefferson in 1995. In 1996 he focused on late model competition at Columbus 151, finishing third in points, winning the Hard Charger award for passing the most cars in feature events, and capturing Rookie of the Year honors. He won the track championship in 1997 and repeated as Hard Charger. Nathan broadened his horizons in 1998 and started traveling. He won a feature race at the Madison International Speedway in only his second career start in a super late model. He also competed in four NASCAR RE/MAX Challenge Series. Haseleu was really on a roll by 1999, claiming six super late model feature wins at the Dells Motor Speedway (WI), winning the Miller Classic at Madison, and finishing the NASCAR RE/MAX Challenge Series with one Bud Pole award, two top five, and seven top ten finishes.

In 2000, Nathan competed in 17 super late model races, winning nine of them and recording top five finishes in thirteen of them. He built on the previous year with a repeat win of the Miller Classic, one Bud Pole, one win, seven top five, and ten top ten finishes in the NASCAR Midwest Series (as it was then known).

The local success put Nathan in the national spotlight. He landed a ride in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for 12 races in 2001 and recorded four top ten finishes.

Haseleu returned to super late model racing in 2002, competing in 33 feature races and winning nine. Three of his wins were in the Midwest All-Star Racing Series and he finished second in championship standings for the series. He again won the Miller Classic at Madison and recorded twenty-one top five and 25 top ten finishes for the year. In 2003 Nathan won two races at Madison and ran a limited 10-race schedule in 2004 but added another win to his resume at Madison.

Nathan pulled off a full effort in 2005 competing in both super late model and Madison Late Model activities. He won the Wisconsin Challenge Series championship with three wins. He won nine super late model feature races and five Madison Late Model races, finishing second in division standings despite missing two events. In 2005, he also won the coveted Miller Lite Nationals 250-lap late model feature at the Slinger Speedway (WI). Fifty cars timed in for the event, including Rich Bickle, Erik Darnell, Dick Trickle, Ron Hornaday, Todd Kluever, Kelly Biers, and Kerry Earnhardt.

"The ASA Midwest Tour has a lot of great people involved. Steve is a real go-getter and has a lot of ideas. The Advisory Board has a lot of great people who are going to make things happen and keep this growing," Haseleu responded about how the ASAMT is going to be different from his previous experiences, "We're going to get a chance to race against the best drivers and we'll be good."

Haseleu is hoping to be chosen as one of the Touring Stars and qualifying for the Traveling Incentive Program for the 2007 season. "It will really help out with travel and will ensure a core group of top competitors at every race," Nathan said.

"Nathan has all of the pieces of a puzzle put together with great car owners in Gary & Jo Schultz and a fantastic sponsor in The Swiss Colony. The ASA Midwest Tour has to offer a series that will help all of the race facilities we attend to be successful and having Nathan on board with us shows that we have a lot to offer to our fans. He treats the officials with respect and races very clean with his competitors, showing why he is a winner," commented ASAMT Vice-President Steve Einhaus.

Haseleu will be making his debut at the ASA Midwest Tour inaugural season opener at Elko Speedway April 28, 2007. He is particularly excited about the Tuesday night race at the Wisconsin International Raceway August 7. "It's going to be a pretty big night for the series and I'm looking forward to it," Nathan concluded.

More information about Nathan Haseleu is available online at www.nathanhaseleu.com.

-credit: asa

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Series Stock car
Drivers Rich Bickle , Dick Trickle , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Todd Kluever