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Haseleu, Morrissey and Other ASAMT Drivers Taking Part in the MIS Triple Crown Challenge

July 9, 2012

By Kari Shear-Carlson
July 9, 2012 – Andrew Morrissey, Nathan Haseleu, Jeff Storm, Austin Luedtke and Travis Sauter have been using their “spare” time to race in the Madison International Speedway Triple Crown Challenge. The ASA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment and Lester Buildings opened their season at MIS and will return on Sunday, August 5th for a second event.

The Triple Crown Challenge is held on three separate Friday nights throughout the season with its own special points system. The top 24 drivers will be locked in for a 150 lap feature on Saturday, September 22nd.

ECHO and ECHO Bear Cat Touring Star, Nathan Haseleu swept Round One of the Triple Crown Challenge winning both of the Twin 50 feature events earlier in June. This past Friday night, Travis Sauter, who won the ASAMT Howie Lettow Memorial 150 at the Milwaukee Mile earlier this season, won Round Two of the Triple Crown Challenge just barely edging out Haseleu.

Haseleu took the lead over last year’s ASAMT Champion, Andrew Morrissey with four laps to go in the first 50-lap feature taking home his third win in a row in the Challenge. Sauter finished fourth.

Sauter put a stop to Haseleu’s winning streak when he won the second feature. Haseleu finished in fifth giving Sauter the overall win by only one position.

The two top qualifiers Friday night were ECHO and ECHO Bear Cat Touring Stars Nathan Haseleu and Jeff Storm. ASAMT regular Travis Sauter was third, last year’s ASAMT Champ Andrew Morrissey was seventh and ASAMT Rookie Austin Luedtke was 11th.

The ASA Midwest Tour will enjoy two more weeks of summer before they head to Grundy County Speedway in Morris, IL for the Wayne Carter Classic ECHO Bear Cat 100 on Friday night July 20th. Both the ASA Midwest Tour Super Late Models as well as the ASA Midwest SCAG Truck Tour will be racing. Qualifying begins at 5:00PM with racing at 7:00PM.

Be sure to follow the ASA Midwest Tour on Facebook (asamidwesttour) and Twitter (@asamidwesttour).

To learn more about the ASA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment and Lester Buildings, log on to asamidwesttour.com. For questions call the ASA Midwest Tour office at (630) 212-6022 or Tim Olson at (612) 327-5831 or e-mail Tim Olson at tim@asamidwesttour.com or Steve Einhaus at steve@asamidwesttour.com.

To learn more about the Daytona Beach, Florida-based Racing Speed Associates or the American Speed Association® Racing Member Track program, call (386) 258-2221 or send an e-mail to info@asa-racing.com. For news and information from racetracks and regional tours involved in the American Speed Association®, visit www.asaracing.com.

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ASAMT Rookie Matt Tifft Finishes Seventh in the World Crown 300

July 6, 2012

By Kari Shear-Carlson
July 6, 2012 – ASA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment and Lester Buildings Rookie of the Year point leader, Matt Tifft finished seventh in the famed World Crown 300 at Greshem Motorsports Park on Wednesday, July 4th.

The World Crown 300 is made up of three segments. Only those drivers on the lead lap and the first car a lap down continue on to each segment. Luck was on Tifft’s side as he received the lucky dog and stayed on the lead lap when he needed it most each time moving him on to segments two and three.

Tifft qualified tenth in his first ever trip to the track. With only 30 laps of practice experience, the biggest challenge for Tifft was getting the car set up for the long run. While running in fifth, Tifft and the team felt they had a decent car until it started to get really loose.

The heat and fairly new pavement made the track as slick as could be. That did not help Tifft’s situation. “We made huge adjustments but we just couldn’t shake the loose condition. But then ironically we came in to change four tires and could not get the left front to come off so we changed three and it solved all of our problems. It was just crazy,” laughed Tifft.

The key in the end was dodging wrecks and staying on the lead lap which is exactly what he did. “We were running with everyone in the end and honestly just being in the third segment was pretty cool,” said Tifft.

Matt Tifft is currently leading the ASA Midwest Tour Lane Automotive Rookie of the Year point standings. The next ASAMT event for Tifft is Friday, July 20th at Grundy County Speedway in Morris, IL. Follow asamidwesttour.com for event details.

Be sure to follow the ASA Midwest Tour on Facebook (asamidwesttour) and Twitter (@asamidwesttour).

To learn more about the ASA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment and Lester Buildings, log on to asamidwesttour.com. For questions call the ASA Midwest Tour office at (630) 212-6022 or Tim Olson at (612) 327-5831 or e-mail Tim Olson at tim@asamidwesttour.com or Steve Einhaus at steve@asamidwesttour.com.

To learn more about the Daytona Beach, Florida-based Racing Speed Associates or the American Speed Association® Racing Member Track program, call (386) 258-2221 or send an e-mail to info@asa-racing.com. For news and information from racetracks and regional tours involved in the American Speed Association®, visit www.asaracing.com.

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Eilen’s Consistency Paying Off as the ASAMT Heads to Marshfield Motor Speedway

June 26, 2012

By Kari Shear-Carlson
June 26, 2012 – It seems that no matter where he is racing or where he starts in the field, Jonathan Eilen is a driver who silently and methodically makes his way to the front. He has always been a driver of consistency. Whether you are looking at one particular season or his ASAMT career overall, he has achieved a level of performance that has remained highly consistent over time.

After suffering a back injury at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in 2010 and making a solid return in 2011 with a victory at the very same track, the ECHO and ECHO Bear Cat Touring Star finds himself on top of the 2012 points standings as the ASA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment and Lester Buildings heads to Marshfield Motor Speedway this Saturday night, June 30th.

While the ASAMT is only one-third of the way into the season, Eilen has finished in the top ten in all but one event. He opened his season with a ninth place finish at Madison International Speedway following it up with a second place finish at State Park Speedway. He finished 15th at Berlin Raceway, seventh out of the ASAMT regulars.

Finally, while not his best finish, one of his most impressive accomplishments came a couple weeks ago when he finished fourth out of 42 drivers who started the Howie Lettow Memorial 150 at the Milwaukee Mile. He qualified tenth out of the 72 drivers from around the country who attempted to make the event.

Considering the competition level in the ASA Midwest Tour, it is obvious that finishing in the top ten is key to staying in contention for a championship which is the goal for most drivers. Consistency has always proven to be the key to success and even championships in racing, just ask last year’s champion Andrew Morrissey. He did not win a race the entire season but remained consistent week in and week out.

So what will Jonathan’s goal be this Saturday night in the Marshfield 100? No doubt the ultimate goal will be to put the Eilen & Sons Trucking sponsored Ford in victory lane and extend his point lead. Fans can be be assured that no matter where he starts the driver of the bright blue #77 will be methodically making his way to the front.

Qualifying for the ASA Midwest Tour Marshfield 100 begins at 5:00pm with an autograph session at 5:45 and racing at 6:30. For more information go to asamidwesttour.com

Be sure to follow the ASA Midwest Tour on Facebook (asamidwesttour) and Twitter (@asamidwesttour).

To learn more about the ASA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment and Lester Buildings, log on to asamidwesttour.com. For questions call the ASA Midwest Tour office at (630) 212-6022 or Tim Olson at (612) 327-5831 or e-mail Tim Olson at tim@asamidwesttour.com or Steve Einhaus at steve@asamidwesttour.com.

To learn more about the Daytona Beach, Florida-based Racing Speed Associates or the American Speed Association® Racing Member Track program, call (386) 258-2221 or send an e-mail to info@asa-racing.com. For news and information from racetracks and regional tours involved in the American Speed Association®, visit www.asaracing.com.

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Jason Weinkauf Hoping to Make it Two in a Row at Marshfield Motor Speedway on June 30

June 21, 2012

By Kari Shear-Carlson
June 21, 2012 – Jason Weinkauf may be running for the ASA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment and Lester Buildings Rookie of the Year title, but he is no rookie when it comes to Marshfield Motor Speedway. In fact, Weinkauf is looking to defend his 2011 ASAMT victory on June 30th for the Marshfield 100.

“I am really excited to run for Rookie of the Year in the Tour, but I can’t really claim that I am a rookie at Marshfield,” said a very humble Weinkauf. “I’m really looking forward to getting to Marshfield and hopefully gaining some ground,” he added.

Marshfield Motor Speedway is Jason Weinkauf’s home track. He won the track championship in 2009 and 2010. In 2009, Jason and his brother Chris, an ECHO and ECHO Bear Cat Touring Star battled down to the wire for the championship. After Chris suffered some engine trouble in his own car he was able to jump in another car and Jason just edged him out for the championship.
While Weinkauf was not running for a track championship in 2011, he ran a few races leading up to the ASA Midwest Tour event. When he had some dreaded motor trouble in his own car, Jay VanDerGeest said, “You’re running my car!” And that’s exactly what he did.

The team was not off to a good start. They were not very high on the chart in practice that day but made a few changes before qualifying and it made a big difference. “We were able to get out front and never fade,” said Jason. “It was really cool after we won. I was proud to represent the locals and come out on top knowing how tough the ASAMT was,” he added.

Speaking of the ASAMT, Jason is running for the 2012 ASA Midwest Tour Rookie of the Year. He is currently third in the ROY standings only nine points out of the lead. Jason has always had a great respect for the competition in the ASAMT. “In my opinion, the ASAMT is one of the best series in the country. The guys are all top-notch. You have to be on your game. Being off just a little bit, makes a big difference,” Weinkauf said.

Jason Weinkauf is the first to say that he does not take all the credit for what he does. “I appreciate everything that Jay VanDerGeest does to allow us to run. Even though we [Chris Weinkauf] race against each other, we all work together in the shop as one big team and it wouldn’t be possible without VanDerGeest,” said Weinkauf.

When asked who else he would like to thank, Jason spoke with an incredible amount of thankfulness for the support of his wife Beth. “She has been with me from the start. I could not do it without her.” He also wanted to thank his co-crew chiefs, Dan Weinkauf (his father) and DJ Fritz as well of the rest of his crew.

Come on out to Marshfield Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 30th for the Marshfield 100 to see if Jason can make it two in a row.

For more information and details go to asamidwesttour.com.

Be sure to follow the ASA Midwest Tour on Facebook (asamidwesttour) and Twitter (@asamidwesttour).

To learn more about the ASA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment and Lester Buildings, log on to asamidwesttour.com. For questions call the ASA Midwest Tour office at (630) 212-6022 or Tim Olson at (612) 327-5831 or e-mail Tim Olson at tim@asamidwesttour.com or Steve Einhaus at steve@asamidwesttour.com.

To learn more about the Daytona Beach, Florida-based Racing Speed Associates or the American Speed Association® Racing Member Track program, call (386) 258-2221 or send an e-mail to info@asa-racing.com. For news and information from racetracks and regional tours involved in the American Speed Association®, visit www.asaracing.com.

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Jacob Goede Excited to Make a Return to Berlin Raceway

May 30, 2012

By Kari Shear-Carlson
May 30, 2012 – While it is the first time the American Speed Association® Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment and Lester Buildings is headed to Berlin Raceway, Jacob Goede is not new to the Marne, MI track. In fact, he recorded fast time at Berlin Raceway while racing there in an event in 2008.

That is a good thing because ECHO and ECHO Bear Cat Touring Star, Jacob Goede and the rest of the ASA Midwest Tour will be racing there on Saturday, June 2nd for the first time in the series’ history.

There is no denying that Berlin Raceway has a reputation of being a challenging race track to say the least. Even Goede was not quite sure what to expect the first time he visited the place. “I had heard horror stories about the track. It is definitely weird, but it was not as bad as I had been told,” said Goede.

Berlin Raceway has been described as having no straightaways, no wall on the backstretch and a track in which the drivers never stop turning. As Goede and his team started getting things ready for the upcoming event, they were talking about Goede’s experience there in 2008. “I remember the place. I remember turning a lot and always being in a circle but I’m just going to have to get back out there,” he said.

Things will be a little different for Goede when he returns on June 2nd. The ASA Midwest Tour cars are quite a bit different than the car he ran there in 2008. The ASAMT cars are going to have more power and the series is on a brand new tire. Goede is optimistic about the tires.

“I know the first time we were there we were scratching our heads a little bit because the place was pretty hard on tires. But I think this will be a really good test for our new tires,” added Goede.

Goede and the ASA Midwest Tour will be up against a tough group of local competitors. In fact, Jacob remembers the level of competition he was up against the first time and he knows that they are not going to make it easy on the Tour drivers.

“[local hotshoe] Brian Campbell and the other locals are going to make it a real challenge along with the entire group of ASA Midwest Tour guys. I remember the racing being really fun there with two-groove racing. In fact it is kind of like State Park Speedway, but blown up,” joked Goede.

If the race is anything like the one recently at State Park Speedway fans are going to be in for the night of their lives.

On Saturday, June 2nd, qualifying starts at 4:00PM followed by an autograph session at 6:00PM and racing at 7:00PM. More details will be available at asamidwesttour.com.

Be sure to follow the ASA Midwest Tour on Facebook (asamidwesttour) and Twitter (@asamidwesttour).

To learn more about the American Speed Association® Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment and Lester Buildings, log on to asamidwesttour.com. For questions call the ASA Midwest Tour office at (630) 212-6022 or Tim Olson at (612) 327-5831 or e-mail Tim Olson at tim@asamidwesttour.com or Steve Einhaus at steve@asamidwesttour.com.

To learn more about the Daytona Beach, Florida-based Racing Speed Associates or the American Speed Association® Racing Member Track program, call (386) 258-2221 or send an e-mail to info@asa-racing.com. For news and information from racetracks and regional tours involved in the American Speed Association®, visit www.asaracing.com.

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Wimmer Sets New Madison International Speedway Track Record

May 14, 2012

Earns a top-ten finish in ASAMT opener

Wausau, WI – Chris Wimmer and his Preval Chevy now hold the Madison International Speedway track record. The record fell a few times during qualifying, but it was Wimmer who broke it for the final time with a lap of 17.245 seconds, shattering the previous record of 17.417 seconds.

“The practice times were fast all weekend,” says Wimmer, “So I think everyone had a feeling the record was going to be broken. My car was pretty good in practice, but I was a little surprised to have that fast of a lap. To be able to break a track record feels pretty good and it was definitely an awesome way to start of the 2012 season.”

Wimmer, who is racing a brand new Pathfinder Chassis this year, started the 100-lap feature event from the 9th position. The first 64-laps went caution free, and Wimmer found himself in the 8th spot at the break. “The Prerval Chevy was pretty loose those first 64-laps,” says Wimmer, “We’re on a new tire compound this year, so it’s all about trying to figure out what adjustments will work with this tire. The tire has a lot of speed, which we showed in qualifying, but it definitely races different than the tires we had last year.”

Wimmer made a few adjustment to the Preval Chevy during the ten-minute break and in the final 36 laps worked his way just outside the top-five, for a 6th place finish. “I would have liked to get up and battle within the top-five,” says Wimmer, “But on that final run the car got a little tight towards the end and I just couldn’t quite catch those guys. “

After just one ASA Midwest Tour race in the books, Wimmer sits a comfortable 4th place in the overall point standings. “It’s definitely too early to be worried about points racing yet,” says Wimmer, “But to get a fast time and a solid finish in the first race of the year, especially with a new car and new tires feels pretty good. When you work so hard in the offseason building a new car and can come out and compete, it’s a rewarding feeling. I have a great group of guys that help me and we look forward to staying strong all season.”

Next up for Wimmer is his home track, State Park Speedway, this Saturday, May 19th. “It’s always nice when you race at home for many reasons,” says Wimmer, “We didn’t run that well at State Park last year, so we definitely want to turn that around this year. Last year the race at SPS was probably the best ASA race of the year, so hopefully we can put on an awesome show again.”

Fan gates open at 2pm on Saturday with qualifying at 4pm, autograph session at 5pm and racing at 6pm. For more information log on to www.stateparkspeedway.com or www.asamidwesttour.com

Wimmer is proudly sponsored by Preval Spray Guns, to learn more visit www.preval.com, RaceTeamGear.com, and Appleton Rack and Pinion. If you have any questions or would like to set up an interview with Wimmer, please contact Jana Jurkovich at jjurkovich@gmail.com