racing unpredictable in Tar Heel state

Pendleton, IN (April 1, 2003) -- For the first ninth occasion in the 36-year history of the ASA Racing Series, the state of North Carolina will host America's premier short track stock car racing series. ASA will make its second appearance on the...

Pendleton, IN (April 1, 2003) -- For the first ninth occasion in the 36-year history of the ASA Racing Series, the state of North Carolina will host America's premier short track stock car racing series. ASA will make its second appearance on the challenging .50- mile track at Concord Motorsport Park on Saturday, April 19 in the BFGoodrich Tires 250.

The series that is known to build champions has competed in the state of North Carolina at four different tracks with eight different winners emerging from these events. 1996 ASA National Champion Tony Raines clinched his crown at Southern National Speedway with Mike Miller, 1997 ASA National Champion Kevin Cywinski and all-time victory leader Bob Senneker also grabbing wins at the Kenly (NC) track.

Two-time ASA National Champion Gary St. Amant scored the initial win at Orange County Speedway with 1998 ASA Rookie of the Year Jimmie Johnson winning the 1999 event. In April of 2000, Scott Wimmer of Wausau (WI) won the only event at Hickory Motor Speedway and Johnny Sauter was victorious at Concord Motorsports Park in 2001.

ASA made its North Carolina debut in November of 1996 at Southern National Speedway when 1996 ASA National Champion Tony Raines won the 300-lap season finale. Raines of La Porte (IN) passed Scott Hansen on the 211th circuit and powered to the victory, finishing 1.020 seconds in front of Ohio racer Joe Nott. Wisconsin youngster Matt Kenseth placed third.

Returning to the .400-mile track in Kenly (NC) for the 1997 ASA season-opening event, Georgia veteran Mike Miller pocketed his fifth career victory. Bypassing 1995 ASA Rookie of the Year Rick Beebe on lap 330 of 400, Miller wheeled his red number 18 car to the first of three victories in 1997. Kenseth finished second with Raines crossing the stripe in third.

For the second consecutive year, ASA held its season finale at Southern National with 1997 ASA National Champion Kevin Cywinski capturing his seventh victory. Completing a late-race pass around St. Amant on the 292nd lap, Cywinski then drove to victory by .908-second.

The fifth event of the 1998 campaign took place at the .375-mile Orange County Speedway with two-time ASA National Champion Gary St. Amant dominating the last portion of the event. The Columbus (OH) competitor muscled his way around Jack Landis on the 210th circuit and then won his ninth career ASA race.

One of the most memorable moments in ASA History occurred in September of 1998 when Bob Senneker captured the final win of his legendary career. Senneker of Dorr (MI) took leadership honors from Beebe on the 269th lap of the North Carolina SweetPotato 400. St. Amant finished second with Mike Miller and Adam Petty finishing behind the race winner. -more-

The 1999 season concluded with a 300-lap event at Orange County Speedway. 1998 ASA Rookie of the Year Jimmie Johnson collected his second career win at the race. Johnson snuck by St. Amant on the 318th of 400 laps to finished .744-second ahead at the checkers. Mike Miller and 1999 ASA National Champion Tim Sauter chased the race winner.

The only trip for ASA to historic Hickory Motor Speedway occurred in April of 2000 with rookie Scott Wimmer pulling off a surprising second consecutive victory in the series that is known to build champions. On the 235th go-around, Wimmer made the race- winning pass. St. Amant finished second, Beebe grabbed third-place honors with 2002 ASA National Champion Joey Clanton in fourth.

The most recent event in the Tar Heel State took place at the challenging .50-mile Concord Motorsport Park in May of 2001. Rookie sensation Johnny Sauter cruised to the victory after passing Florida's Travis Kittleson on the 205th circuit of the BFGoodrich Tires 300.

The BFGoodrich Tires 250 kicks off on Saturday, April 19 with the first of two practice sessions scheduled for 1 p.m. with qualifying at 4:30. ASA's On-Track Fan Autograph session begins at 7 p.m. with pre-race ceremonies starting at 8. Driver introductions are scheduled for 8:20 with the National Anthem and the command to start engines set for approximately 8:45. The BFGoodrich Tires 250 goes green at 9 p.m. (Eastern).

Tickets are available in advance through the ASA office at a cost of $25 for general admission seats. Discounts are available when purchasing in advance. For additional information, contact the ASA ticket line at 1-888-ASA-1020.

For additional information on the ASA Racing Series visit asaracing.com.

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<pre> ASA Racing Unpredictable in Tar Heel State

Pendleton, IN (April 1, 2003) -- For the first ninth occasion in the 36-year history of the ASA Racing Series, the state of North Carolina will host America's premier short track stock car racing series. ASA will make its second appearance on the challenging .50- mile track at Concord Motorsport Park on Saturday, April 19 in the BFGoodrich Tires 250.

The series that is known to build champions has competed in the state of North Carolina at four different tracks with eight different winners emerging from these events. 1996 ASA National Champion Tony Raines clinched his crown at Southern National Speedway with Mike Miller, 1997 ASA National Champion Kevin Cywinski and all-time victory leader Bob Senneker also grabbing wins at the Kenly (NC) track.

Two-time ASA National Champion Gary St. Amant scored the initial win at Orange County Speedway with 1998 ASA Rookie of the Year Jimmie Johnson winning the 1999 event. In April of 2000, Scott Wimmer of Wausau (WI) won the only event at Hickory Motor Speedway and Johnny Sauter was victorious at Concord Motorsports Park in 2001.

ASA made its North Carolina debut in November of 1996 at Southern National Speedway when 1996 ASA National Champion Tony Raines won the 300-lap season finale. Raines of La Porte (IN) passed Scott Hansen on the 211th circuit and powered to the victory, finishing 1.020 seconds in front of Ohio racer Joe Nott. Wisconsin youngster Matt Kenseth placed third.

Returning to the .400-mile track in Kenly (NC) for the 1997 ASA season-opening event, Georgia veteran Mike Miller pocketed his fifth career victory. Bypassing 1995 ASA Rookie of the Year Rick Beebe on lap 330 of 400, Miller wheeled his red number 18 car to the first of three victories in 1997. Kenseth finished second with Raines crossing the stripe in third.

For the second consecutive year, ASA held its season finale at Southern National with 1997 ASA National Champion Kevin Cywinski capturing his seventh victory. Completing a late-race pass around St. Amant on the 292nd lap, Cywinski then drove to victory by .908-second.

The fifth event of the 1998 campaign took place at the .375-mile Orange County Speedway with two-time ASA National Champion Gary St. Amant dominating the last portion of the event. The Columbus (OH) competitor muscled his way around Jack Landis on the 210th circuit and then won his ninth career ASA race.

One of the most memorable moments in ASA History occurred in September of 1998 when Bob Senneker captured the final win of his legendary career. Senneker of Dorr (MI) took leadership honors from Beebe on the 269th lap of the North Carolina SweetPotato 400. St. Amant finished second with Mike Miller and Adam Petty finishing behind the race winner. -more-

The 1999 season concluded with a 300-lap event at Orange County Speedway. 1998 ASA Rookie of the Year Jimmie Johnson collected his second career win at the race. Johnson snuck by St. Amant on the 318th of 400 laps to finished .744-second ahead at the checkers. Mike Miller and 1999 ASA National Champion Tim Sauter chased the race winner.

The only trip for ASA to historic Hickory Motor Speedway occurred in April of 2000 with rookie Scott Wimmer pulling off a surprising second consecutive victory in the series that is known to build champions. On the 235th go-around, Wimmer made the race- winning pass. St. Amant finished second, Beebe grabbed third-place honors with 2002 ASA National Champion Joey Clanton in fourth.

The most recent event in the Tar Heel State took place at the challenging .50-mile Concord Motorsport Park in May of 2001. Rookie sensation Johnny Sauter cruised to the victory after passing Florida's Travis Kittleson on the 205th circuit of the BFGoodrich Tires 300.

The BFGoodrich Tires 250 kicks off on Saturday, April 19 with the first of two practice sessions scheduled for 1 p.m. with qualifying at 4:30. ASA's On-Track Fan Autograph session begins at 7 p.m. with pre-race ceremonies starting at 8. Driver introductions are scheduled for 8:20 with the National Anthem and the command to start engines set for approximately 8:45. The BFGoodrich Tires 250 goes green at 9 p.m. (Eastern).

Tickets are available in advance through the ASA office at a cost of $25 for general admission seats. Discounts are available when purchasing in advance. For additional information, contact the ASA ticket line at 1-888-ASA-1020.

For additional information on the ASA Racing Series visit asaracing.com.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Adam Petty , Tony Raines , Jimmie Johnson , Tim Sauter , Johnny Sauter , Scott Wimmer , Mike Miller , Joey Clanton , Travis Kittleson , Scott Hansen