MT: Jake Ryan signed for new series

Ryan Brings "A-Game" to American Speed Association Midwest Tour DAYTONA BEACH, FL (February 16, 2007) -- The American Speed Association Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by Echo Outdoor Power Equipment has signed 24-year-old Jake Ryan of ...

Ryan Brings "A-Game" to American Speed Association Midwest Tour

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (February 16, 2007) -- The American Speed Association Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by Echo Outdoor Power Equipment has signed 24-year-old Jake Ryan of Farmington, MN for the inaugural 2007 season.

"The Tour is a good deal because it's close to home. You're not driving all over the country and you get to compete against a lot of the same drivers you would at home. It keeps it local," said Ryan.

"We are excited to have such a great competitor as Jake joining the mix of drivers looking to be the first Tour Champion," stated ASAMT President Tim Olson, "He is a rising star in the Midwest racing community and he is always a contender for the win. He is exciting to watch."

Ryan has been racing since 1999. He was the Rookie of the Year in the Sportsman division at the Elko Speedway (MN). He stayed in the Sportsman division through 2001 when he finished fourth in point standings as a result of numerous fast time qualifying and three wins. In 2002, he won the first feature he ever entered in the Mid-American Stock Car Series and lead points all season long until experiencing a mechanical failure on the last night of competition. He finished the season third in points and was named Rookie of the Year. In 2003 he won the Mid-American Stock Car Series event at the Milwaukee Mile and also picked up five other wins in the series. Jake moved into late model racing in 2004 and was the Super Late Model Rookie of the Year at Elko Speedway, ranking third in the point standings with four wins and 10 fast times. He was also voted Most Popular Driver. Ryan competed in the AC Delco Super Summer Series and finished second in points. Jake repeated at Most Popular Driver at Elko Speedway in 2005 and had a stellar season with six straight wins (eight total for the year) and ranking third in championship standings. In 2006 he competed in 17 events at Elko Speedway in NASCAR Weekly Racing and 8 events in the ASA Late Model Series with a combined five wins and 16 top-five finishes.

"There are good people running the Tour. Tim (Olson, President) and Steve (Einhaus, Vice President) both have a lot of experience," Ryan stated.

Ryan will make his ASA Midwest Tour debut April 28, 2007 at his home track, Elko Speedway.

"Elko is a sweet deal because it's right in my backyard - it's my home track. Everyone gets all jacked up for the opener and there should be a big car count with drivers bringing their A-game. It will be a good night and it would be cool to win the first race at Elko with the ASA Midwest Tour running it," Ryan concluded.

More information and statistics about Jake Ryan are available online at www.dprmotorsports.com or by calling the race shop at (507) 664-9122. Genz-Ryan Plumbing & Heating is the major sponsor on Jake's car.

To learn more about the American Speed Association Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by Echo Outdoor Power Equipment please contact the ASA Midwest Tour office by calling (262) 514-3880 or by e-mailing Tim Olson at tim@asamidwesttour.com or Steve Einhaus at steve@asamidwesttour.com.

To learn more of the Daytona Beach, Florida-based Racing Speed Associates or the American Speed Association Racing Member Track program, call (386) 258-2221 or send an e-mail to info@asa-racing.com. For news and information from all the racetracks and regional tours involved in the American Speed Association, visit www.asa-racing.com.

-credit: asa

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