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NASCAR Drivers and Local Favorites Headline ASA Midwest Tour Entry List for LaCrosse DAYTONA BEACH, FL July 1, 2007 -- Entries have been pouring in for the Independence 100 ASA Midwest Tour Super Late Model event Tuesday July 3 at Wisconsin's ...

NASCAR Drivers and Local Favorites Headline ASA Midwest Tour Entry List for LaCrosse

DAYTONA BEACH, FL July 1, 2007 -- Entries have been pouring in for the Independence 100 ASA Midwest Tour Super Late Model event Tuesday July 3 at Wisconsin's LaCrosse Speedway sponsored by Kwik Trip Stores Inc. The entry list includes the toughest drivers the north woods have to offer.

Johnny Sauter was the 2001 American Speed Association National Tour Champion and is presently competing in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series in the #70 Chevrolet for Haas CNC Racing with sponsor Yellow Transportation. Johnny competed in the American Speed Association part-time three seasons before dominating the Series with the most wins, most money won in a season, Rookie of the Year honors, and the much coveted Championship. That same year Johnny broke into the NASCAR Busch Series entering six races for Richard Childress Racing, recording a top-five finish in his first event at Richmond. In 2002, Johnny made a full-time commitment to NASCAR Busch Series racing and picked up his first win at the 1.5 mile Chicagoland Speedway. Since then, Sauter went on to win a second race at Richmond (2003), and at The Milwaukee Mile (2005) and record 44 NBS top-ten finishes. Johnny qualified third quick in time in the ASA Midwest Tour event at the Dells Raceway Park June 12 and has proved he is a fierce in Super Late Model competition as he is on the NASCAR circuit. He will be piloting the No. 119 Coleman car that his nephew, Kwik Trip Touring Star Travis Sauter, normally drives.

Hometown hero Tim Schendel will make a triumphant return to Super Late Model racing driving the familiar black No. 21 Mathews Solocam, TexPar Energy, Shades Body Studio, Wehrs Machine, Boldon Brothers Masonry, Ripp Distributing, Lawrence Transportation and Wayne Bohl Trucking sponsored Chevrolet. Schendel's resume is spectacular and his experience at LaCrosse gets him to the Winner's Circle when he comes back to town. He has won prestigious Oktoberfest events 3 times, and had a break out year in 2006 finishing second in the ARCA RE/MAX Challenge Series race at the legendary Milwaukee Mile, winning the 2006 Toyota All Star Showdown at Irwindale Speedway in California and capturing the Championship crown in the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division Midwest Series. Regarding his ASA Midwest Tour debut Time commented, "I'm really looking forward to running in the Tour and getting back in a Super Late Model. They are always fun to drive, not to mention starting my first race in the Tour at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway."

1993 NASCAR Busch Series Champion Steve Grissom will be making his racing comeback after some time off with a bang in Midwest high horsepower competition. He will be driving the No. 79 Echo Outdoor Power Equipment sponsored Chevrolet. Grissom is as athletic as they come. He turned down a scholarship at the University of Alabama to focus his efforts on racing.

Two-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion and the winningest driver in Series history Ron Hornaday will pilot the No. _96 Heat N Glo/Settle Inn sponsored car owned by Maynard Motorsports at LaCrosse as a teammate to Kwik Trip Touring Star Dave Feiler. Hornaday is coming off a second place finish at the legendary Milwaukee Mile June 22 and is also competing part time in the NASCAR Busch Series under Kevin Harvick.

LaCrosse ASA Midwest Tour Race Week Kicking Off

To kickoff race week in LaCrosse, ASA Midwest Tour drivers LaCrosse point leader Steve Carlson and ASAMT point leader Donny Reuvers will be signing autographs at Kwik Trip located at 9421 HWY 16 in Onalaska from 4-6PM. CC 106.3 out of LaCrosse will also be there doing a live radio remote with chances to win tickets to Tuesday's Independence Day 100.

Tuesday's race is sure to be a big one with the NASCAR guests and local favorites J. Herbst, Mark Eswein, Chris Weinkauf, Adam Degenhardt, Steve Holzhausen, Andy Niles, and Rich Bickle joining the best in the Midwest for a 100-lap Super Late Model special that will rock the holiday that celebrates America's freedom and will be raising funds for Special Olympics.

"Kwik Trip has partnered with Special Olympics since 1998 by being involved in the Polar Plunge, the Law Enforcement Torch Run and many other fundraisers. With our involvement in these events we are able to witness first hand the benefits of our commitment to this organization. Athletes with the leadership of staff members are able to take part in activities that at one time may have seemed impossible. The long term partnership of Kwik Trip and Special Olympics has been taken to the next level with the added involvement of the ASA Midwest Tour and we look forward to the many great things that are yet to come," explained Christa Gerloff, Marketing Projects Manager, Kwik Trip Inc.

Qualifying is set for 4PM with a free autograph session and concert by the Back Home Boys to follow. Racing will start at 7PM. Watch NASCAR drivers Johnny Sauter, Ron Hornaday, and Steve Grissom test their short track skills against the top drivers in the region. The event will start a minimum of 26 cars on the 5/8 mile paved oval.

The American Speed Association Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by Echo Outdoor Power Equipment stays up North for the rest of the week to race at Minnesota's I-94 Raceway Saturday July 7 before heading eight-and-one-half hours South to Morris, IL to race in the prestigious Appleton Memorial Friday July 13.


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Series Stock car
Drivers Rich Bickle , Kevin Harvick , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Johnny Sauter , Steve Grissom , Tim Schendel , Steve Carlson
Teams Richard Childress Racing