Series Showdown set for May at Lanier

PENDLETON, Ind. (April 2, 2004) -- For the second consecutive season, the ASA National Tour will compete at the action-packed Lanier National Speedway in Braselton, Ga. The 250-lap showdown is set for Saturday, May 1, marking the first of two...

PENDLETON, Ind. (April 2, 2004) -- For the second consecutive season, the ASA National Tour will compete at the action-packed Lanier National Speedway in Braselton, Ga. The 250-lap showdown is set for Saturday, May 1, marking the first of two trips to the state of Georgia for the series that builds champions.

Snapping a two-year winless streak in ASA, Georgia's Mike Garvey returned to the winner's circle at Lanier in April of 2003. Garvey took the lead from Robbie Pyle on the 245th of 250 laps, using the high groove to grab first-place honors.

Pyle held firm on the inside for second, but entering Turn 3 on the 248th lap, third-place runner Scott Lagasse Jr. tapped the rear of Pyle's CITGO car. Pyle spun and Lagasse had to brake to avoid him, but the Floridian kept second place.

At the checkers, Garvey finished .534 seconds ahead of Lagasse with Texas hotshot Casey Smith rounding out the podium. Reed Sorenson and Butch Miller comprised the remainder of the top five.

ASA held its inaugural event at the .375-mile Georgia track in April of 2000 with Wisconsin native Scott Wimmer turning in a memorable performance, winning in just his second appearance with the series. The current NASCAR Nextel Cup rookie candidate bypassed 1999 ASA National Tour Champion Tim Sauter on the 179th circuit and then drove to the win fending off challenges from veterans Mike Miller, Butch Miller and Scott Hansen. Garvey became the second different winner at Lanier in '03.

Since 1982, Lanier National Speedway has provided the Southeast with some of the finest racing action. The modern RE/MAX Tower contains the 100-person RE/MAX Suite, along with eight personal VIP Suites. Each suite is equipped with air conditioning, private restrooms, refrigerators, PA sound and a spectacular view of the racing action. Multiple racing divisions provide fans and guests with wheel-to-wheel racing action every Friday and Saturday night.

ASA returns to Lanier National Speedway for the ASA Racing Lanier 250 on Saturday, May 1, with the first of two practice sessions beginning at 11 a.m. Jani-King Pole Qualifying is set for 3 p.m. with a fan autograph session scheduled for 6. The ASA Racing Lanier 250 goes green at 8 p.m. (local)

Advance Tickets are available through the ASA office at a cost of $18 for admission. Kids, age 10 and under, will be admitted for just a $5 admission price. For additional information, contact the ASA ticket line at 1-888-ASA-1020.

The American Speed Association is based in Pendleton, Ind., and has offered stock car racing programs since 1968, including the ASA National Tour, ASA Late Model Series and ASA Member Track programs. For additional information, visit asaracing.com.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Tim Sauter , Scott Wimmer , Mike Miller , Scott Lagasse Jr. , Reed Sorenson , Butch Miller , Mike Garvey