MT: NASCAR stars to compete in Summer Shootout Series

NASCAR Stars Highlight ASA Midwest Tour Shootout Series DAYTONA BEACH, FL (May 21, 2007) -- With two events complete in the inaugural season of the American Speed Association Midwest Tour, a major announcement was made today about its NASCAR...

NASCAR Stars Highlight ASA Midwest Tour Shootout Series

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (May 21, 2007) -- With two events complete in the inaugural season of the American Speed Association Midwest Tour, a major announcement was made today about its NASCAR Star Summer Shootout Series.

"We have put together a fantastic group of Nascar drivers to compete in the "Summer Shootout Series" this summer and it gives our fans a wide variety of entertainment value while helping our participating race facilities pay the bills. We are doing everything we can to revive the sport and the list of drivers that will be racing with us shows how important it is to them to help everyone stay successful. We are honored that they chose our series and especially happy to pass it along to each race track," stated series VP Steve Einhaus

The ASA Midwest Tour is driven to help short tracks succeed by bringing in the stars and caliber of shows that sell out grandstands. So far the Tour has been quite successful and it will only be getting bigger with the Summer Shootout Series. Some of the hottest names in NASCAR -- Busch, Sauter, Hornaday, Trickle, Wimmer, Kvapil, Schrader and Darnell will be entertaining fans dueling the local favorites and Touring Stars in the roots of their racing foundation -- hardcore Super Late Model short track racing.

On Tuesday, July 3, Wisconsin's LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway will host the first of five Shootout events in the running of the Independence Day 100. Johnny Sauter, Ron Hornaday and Steve Grissom have been secured for the event that will be raising money for the Wisconsin Special Olympics on behalf of Kwik Trip Stores.

Minnesota's I-94 Raceway in Sauk Centre will host the second Shootout on Saturday July 7 with Hornaday and more stars to be announced soon. The July Spectacular 100 program is scheduled to start at 7:00PM.

Round three of the NASCAR Star Summer Shootout Series is scheduled for Friday, July 13, at Illinois' Grundy County Fairgrounds. Johnny Sauter, Rich Bickle, and others will take a break from the NASCAR Chicagoland weekend to run in the George Appleton Memorial Echo Power Blower 100.

The stars of NASCAR and the ASA Midwest Tour head back to Wisconsin's Madison International Speedway Friday July 20 for the fourth Shootout event, the Echo Chain Saw-Five Star Race Car Bodies No Bull 100 presented by Briggs and Stratton and Lancaster Toyota. Kyle Busch, Johnny Sauter, Ron Hornaday, Rich Bickle and Dick Trickle will test their game against local favorites on Wisconsin's fastest half-mile paved oval. This will be the second charity fundraiser for Wisconsin Special Olympics on behalf of Kwik Trip Stores.

The American Speed Association Midwest Tour will wrap up its NASCAR Star Summer Shootout Series at the Wisconsin International Raceway Tuesday, August 7, in the Factory Motor Parts 150. With the event still over two months away, Kyle Busch, Ken Schrader, Johnny Sauter, Ron Hornaday and Trickle have been secured for the final round scheduled for 7PM in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. This will be the third and final charity fundraiser for Wisconsin Special Olympics on behalf of Kwik Trip Stores.

Before the Shootout begins, Wisconsin's Dells Raceway Park will be host to six NASCAR stars at the ASA Midwest Tour event Tuesday June 12. Johnny Sauter, Scott Wimmer, Erik Darnell, Travis Kvapil, Tim Sauter, and Chris Wimmer will be taking on the locals and Kwik Trip Touring Stars on the third-mile oval. General admission will be $24 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and children under 10 are free with a paid adult admission.

All the legends started somewhere. That somewhere is the common root of short track racing, just like the programs on the ASA Midwest Tour.

Two-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion Ron Hornaday set a new NASCAR Truck Series record for most wins at 30 with his most recent win at Lowe's Motor in mid-May. "Short track racing is my favorite and I'm really excited about this summer. I love the fans in the Midwest and the atmosphere is so much different from NASCAR -- it's always nice going back to where you started. I like talking one-on-one with the fans and you can do that at the short tracks. The atmosphere is so personable and the fans are great. These are my roots and I've never let that get away. My wife and I made a pact when we moved out to North Carolina that if we forgot where we came from none of this would be worth it," Hornaday explained, smiling all the while.

Scott and Chris Wimmer are Wausau, Wisconsin natives. Scott competed in the American Speed Association National Tour in 2000 and was discovered by Bill Davis to race in NASCAR. He now drives the #29 Busch Series Holiday Inn Monte Carlo part time for Richard Childress Racing. Younger brother Chris also competed in the American Speed Association National Tour and set the track record at Minnesota's Elko Speedway and finished twelfth in 2003 point standings. Chris now competes in the NASCAR Busch Series.

Johnny and Tim Sauter are Necedah, Wisconsin natives. Johnny 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. Older brother Tim was the 1999 American Speed Association National Tour Champion. He has raced part-time in the NASCAR Busch Series over the past seven seasons and is driving the #07 Green Light Racing truck full-time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series this year. Tim's son Travis is an ASAMT Kwik Trip Touring Star this year.

Erik Darnell hails from Beach Park, Illinois. He pilots the #99 NASCAR Craftsman Truck for Roush Fenway Racing and was the 2006 Rookie of the Year. He recorded his first NCTS win earlier this year at Kansas. Teammate Travis Kvapil, Janesville, Wisconsin native, was the NCTS Champion in 2003 and was Rookie of the Year in 2001.

Kyle Busch grew up racing at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and was the 2004 NASCAR Busch Series Rookie of the Year and the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Rookie of the Year. Ken Schrader currently drives the #21 Little Debbie Ford Fusion for Wood Brothers in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. He also appears as a television analyst on Inside Nextel Cup on the Speed Channel.

Bringing NASCAR's hottest stars back to the local scene at ticket prices people can afford is crucial in the keeping the vitality of short track racing strong. The NASCAR Star Summer Shootout Series provides great opportunities to see the television heroes race at home on bullrings as small as and smaller than fan-favorites Bristol and Martinsville.

Limited VIP packages are available for sale for preferred seating and autograph opportunities. Advance tickets for all events are available by visiting www.asamidwesttour.com and clicking on the "Click and Print" logo or by visiting any of the participating racetrack websites for these events.

-credit: www.asamidwesttour.com

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Series Stock car
Drivers Rich Bickle , Dick Trickle , Ken Schrader , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Tim Sauter , Johnny Sauter , Scott Wimmer , Steve Grissom , Chris Wimmer , Erik Darnell , Kyle Busch , Travis Kvapil
Teams Richard Childress Racing , Roush Fenway Racing