Midwest Jewel Madison International Speedway Joins ASA Racing Member Track Program DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 20, 2004) -- Madison International Speedway, one of the premier short tracks in the Midwest, has signed an agreement to continue with...
Midwest Jewel Madison International Speedway Joins ASA Racing Member Track Program
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 20, 2004) -- Madison International Speedway, one of the premier short tracks in the Midwest, has signed an agreement to continue with the ASA Racing Member Track program in 2005.
Located in Oregon, Wis., Madison International Speedway has long been a fixture in the short track racing scene, and is where many of the stars of stock car racing honed their skills, including former track champions Matt Kenseth, Travis Kvapil, and Todd Kluever who recently signed with Roush Racing after winning their "Gong Show" format to pick a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver.
"I am extremely pleased to have a facility such as Madison International Speedway as part of the ASA Racing Member Track program," said Dennis Huth, president of Racing Speed Associates which now owns and operates the ASA Racing Member Track program. "So much history and so many stars of stock car racing have raced there over the years. I'm sure that this year the fans will continue to have the opportunity to watch several superstars of the future learning the trade."
Madison International Speedway has a variety of changes in store as they head into the 2005 season, including two more race dates, a new promoter in Steve Einhaus, and the addition of a new class to the facility.
"We are adding the Area Sportsman cars this year," said Terry Kunes, who is starting his third year as owner of MIS. "It should be a pretty popular class -- what you would call a development class for new racers. What we are trying to do is help the young guys who are looking for an opportunity to run on a larger, faster track but still keep the expenses in check."
The half-mile racetrack is located on Sunrise Road just off Hwy 138, between Oregon and Stoughton, Wis. The 2005 season will open on May 1 featuring a weekly Friday night program with four regular classes, including Super Late Models, ASA Late Models, Midwest/Mid Am Trucks, and Area Sportsman. The 10,000 seat facility will also hold several special events during the season, including the ASA Late Model Series and the Hooter's Pro Cup Series who will make their first visit to both MIS and the state of Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.gotomis.com, or telephone (608) 835-9700.
Billed as an extremely family-friendly facility, children of all ages will enjoy the Madison International Speedway Kids Club in 2005 with weekly contests and prizes, rides in the pace truck, junior flag stand, and bounce house. Also, the track has established itself as home to one of the top fireworks displays in the Midwest and the tradition continues in 2005 with two exciting shows on June 24 and September 9 following the season-ending race. "The ASA affiliation was a great asset to our track last year, and we are really looking forward to seeing and hearing some of the ideas that Dennis Huth has," Kunes said about joining as a Level II participant in the ASA Racing Member Track program. "Our racetrack is bigger and better this year, and I think that part of that can be credited to our participation in the ASA program."
"What Dennis has in store in the near future for our racers makes my job a lot easier," Einhaus said. "It will attract more racers to our facility to participate. This (ASA Racing Member Track program) is an excellent program and we support it 100 percent."
Tracks and regional touring series that join the ASA Racing Member Track Level II program are eligible to receive marketing assistance, enhanced participant accident insurance, and will be the spot for today's fans to watch the stars of tomorrow learn the trade. Huth indicated that he has other exciting ideas and plans to help take the local racing programs to new levels and to further enhance the coverage of the tracks and series competitors.