Pendleton, Ind. (September 30, 2003) -- The American Speed Association (ASA Racing Series) season will make a pair of appearances at the state-of-the-art Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky. in 2004. Officials have announced that events on...
Pendleton, Ind. (September 30, 2003) -- The American Speed Association (ASA Racing Series) season will make a pair of appearances at the state-of-the-art Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky. in 2004. Officials have announced that events on Friday, May 7 and Saturday, September 18 will make up two of an expected 18 races on the '04 ASA Racing Series schedule.
"A third of our 2004 schedule will be run on larger tracks than we'll race in 2003," said ASA President/CEO Steve Dale at the Kentucky Speedway test. "Our goal is to take as many as 25 to 30 percent of our tracks off the schedule and add some newer larger facilities. From a marketing standpoint, I wanted to add facilities where we could bridge the gap for our young guys who want big track experience. This also gives our fan base the opportunity to enjoy some new facilities like Kentucky Speedway. It's a beautiful place and we need to be here."
A tire test conducted by ASA Racing on September 15 at Kentucky Speedway was the second time the sanctioning body has been to a super speedway facility to determine the elements necessary to move some races to bigger tracks in 2004. Lowe's Motor Speedway in North Carolina was the other track that hosted an ASA test back in July.
It will mark the first time for ASA in the Commonwealth of Kentucky since an event at the now-closed Louisville Motor Speedway in June of 2000. Short track legend Butch Miller won that race making it the 14th time for ASA in it's 36-year history to compete in Kentucky. Stock car greats Dave Sorg, Ed Howe, Mike Eddy, Charlie Glotzbach and Joe Shear are among the top drivers that won at Louisville. Twelve of the 14 races were held there during the 1973 through '79 time period.
ASA had competed from 1973 through 1987 at Queen City Speedway in Butler Co. Ohio, just north of Cincinnati. The high-banked .50-mile oval produced some fabled battles in the 19 races conducted in that era. Winners included Miller, Bob Senneker, Butch Lindley, Mark Martin, Shear and Dick Trickle.
Kentucky Speedway boasts a 1.5-mile tri-oval racing surface that has hosted events and racing series sanctioned by nearly every major racing organization in the United States since its opening in 1999. The facility has competitor and fan amenities second to none including more than 66,000 grandstand seats. It is located directly off I-71 in the middle of the Cincinnati, Louisville and Lexington metropolitan areas.
The ASA Racing Series events will be among the featured races during the respective May and September weekends at Kentucky Speedway. For complete details visit www.kentuckyspeedway.com. The entire 2004 ASA Racing Series schedule is planned to be released in October.
The 2003 ASA Racing Series returns to action at Salem (Ind.) Speedway for the Pep Boys 300 presented by Greased Lightning Orange Blast on Saturday, October 4. The event goes green at 8 p.m. (Central) and will be telecast live on SPEED Channel.