Home Track Advantage? A Pair of Michigan Drivers Know Their Way Around WIR Tuesday July 31, 2007, (Daytona Beach, FL) -- Few drivers on the Kwik Trip ASA Midwest Tour presented by Echo Outdoor Power Equipment can brag that they hold a home track...
Home Track Advantage? A Pair of Michigan Drivers Know Their Way Around WIR
Tuesday July 31, 2007, (Daytona Beach, FL) -- Few drivers on the Kwik Trip ASA Midwest Tour presented by Echo Outdoor Power Equipment can brag that they hold a home track advantage at two venues on this year's tour. Especially when those two tracks are over two hours away and are in separate states. When the ASAMT rolls into Wisconsin International Raceway on August 7th for the inaugural Factory Motor Parts 150, two drivers from Michigan's Upper Peninsula will already know the fast way around WIR.
Both Escanaba MI's Jamie Iverson and Norway MI's Kris Kelly were well heralded before the Norway 100. The extra press was well warranted. Kelly finished a season best fourth and Iverson won the event in front of a very large, overwhelmingly pleased crowd. The story may be very similar at WIR as both drivers have experienced their share of success at the legendary half-mile.
It has been two years since Iverson was a regular at WIR on Thursday nights. He made the trek from Escanaba to Kaukauna every Thursday night from 2002 to 2005. "We've been fortunate to win a couple Red, White and Blue features and a couple 50 lap Budweiser Triple Crown features on Thursday nights," said Iverson. Iverson was left winless in his final season at WIR. He did, however, muster two second place finishes and one fast time. "WIR is a pretty tough track," stated Iverson. "They have a strong field of locals and I'm hoping most of them will be there. They should be right up front with the ASA guys."
Iverson has been enjoying a successful 2007 season on the ASA Midwest Tour. In eight appearances with the tour, Iverson has made the feature field seven times. Adding to his win at Norway, Iverson boasts a fourth place finish at Jefferson and additional top tens at Elko, Dells Raceway Park and I-94 Speedway. The only feature event Iverson missed was the Keith Fleck/Miller 100 at Hawkeye Downs Raceway in Cedar Rapids, IA. The ASA Midwest Touring Star is currently 7th in points trailing fellow touring star Travis Sauter by only ten points.
No driver has been as dominate at WIR in 2007 than Kris Kelly. The catch is that Kelly keeps his super late model parked on Thursdays and competes in the limited late model division. In seven race events, Kelly has recorded five wins and five fast times. On June 14th Kelly completed the clean sweep winning the fast dash as well. "Hopefully we'll have the same luck we've been having with the limited," said Kelly in reference to his super late model. "Set up should be a key deal. We should be able to steal a few notes off of the limited to put onto the super late," he added. Kelly also offered a prediction. "If I could get out of there tenth I'd be smiling ear to ear," he chuckled.
Kelly has enjoyed an up and down rookie campaign on the ASAMT. He is currently 17th in points and is the sixth leading rookie. In eight events Kelly has made four features. His best finish was his fourth place effort at Norway. Although Kelly has many late model races under his belt at Norway and ran on a limited basis at WIR in his super late model, he still sees the ASAMT as a valuable learning tool. "It's definitely made me a heck of a driver compared to where I considered myself before this year," he said. "I've learned a lot. I've learned to be a lot more patient and race door to door."
The Factory Motor Parts 150 will feature several guest stars. NASCAR Nextel Cup drivers Kyle Busch and Johnny Sauter, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers Ron Hornaday and Ken Schrader and Wisconsin short track legends Dick Trickle and Rich Bickle will join the stand outs of the ASA Midwest Tour.
Joining the ASA Midwest Tour will be the Big 8 Series. Fans will have the opportunity to see the best Super Late Model drivers compete in a 150-lap event along with the best Limited Late Model drivers compete in a 38-lap feature event all in one night.
Advance tickets and VIP packages are on sale now through the ASA Midwest Tour's website at www.asamidwesttour.com.
Qualifying will begin at 4:30 pm. Autograph session at 5:45 p.m. and the racing action will get underway at 7:00 p.m.
Wisconsin International Raceway is located on Highway KK just east of Highway 55 in Kaukauna, WI.