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Lucky Number 7 For Travis Sauter At Madison International Speedway

May 5, 2013
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Unofficial Race Results

Captures Joe Shear Classic And Guitar That Goes With It

by Gregg Paul

The ARCA Midwest Tour presented by Scag Power Equipment and Lester Buildings “5th Annual Joe Shear Classic is officially in the books.

Travis Sauter doesn’t believe in luck, yet he somehow managed to hold off Jacob Goede to capture his seventh straight feature win at the Madison International Speedway. Sauter was able to get around Goede with coming to the white flag lap and narrowly held on for the victory. The win was Sauter’s second straight Midwest Tour win as well.

Sauter and his uncle Johnny, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver seemingly had the field covered from just prior to the break at lap 64. The duo pulled away from the field on restarts until a yellow with just 23 laps to go. Dan Fredrickson had worked his way into the top three and pulled to the inside on the restart to get by both Travis and Johnny.

A spin two laps after that restart by Joel Thiesen set the stage for the late race drama. Johnny Sauter spun his tires on the restart and allowed Fredrickson to get away. Sauter would fight back on the inside and pulled back alongside Fredrickson. Sauter than appeared to hook the apron coming off of turn four, giving Fredrickson the advantage. Sauter kept his foot in the gas and made contact with Fredrickson that sent Sauter spinning down the front straightaway.

Jacob Goede utilized the cone to get to the outside of the front row on the restart. Goede would get the jump and pull ahead of Fredrickson coming off of turn two. Goede would pull away by a few car lengths, as Travis Sauter lurked behind.

Sauter would get by Fredrickson coming off of turn two with just twelve laps remaining. Sauter methodically began to reel in Goede, pulling closer and closer as the laps wound down. With just four laps to go, Sauter latched onto the rear bumper of Goede, setting the stage for an awesome finish.

Sauter would use the chrome horn at both ends of the track, only to see Goede hold onto the lead. Sauter would get a nose inside before Goede would slam the door on him. Coming to the White Flag, Sauter got underneath Goede as the came off of turn four. Sauter would clear Goede down the straightaway and ran the final lap with Goede just barely on his rear bumper. However, Goede could never mount that last ditched effort, as Sauter notched yet another victory at MIS.

“Johnny was the guy to beat in the second half,” said Sauter. “He had them covered, then I was loose after the break. Once he went out I still thought I had the best car. Restarting in the second row, Danny’s hard to pass and I got by him just in time, with like 8 to go. That was the perfect amount of time to catch Jacob.”

Sauter picked up the signature Guitar Trophy emblematic of the win in the Joe Shear Classic, something he was happy to avenge from last year’s bitter defeat.

Be sure to follow the ARCA Midwest Tour on Facebook (midwesttour) and Twitter (@midwesttour).

To learn more about the Automobile Racing Club of America Midwest Tour, log on toarcamidwesttour.com. For questions call the ARCA Midwest Tour office at (262) 729-4111 or Tim Olson at (612) 327-5831 or Steve Einhaus (630) 212-6022 at or e-mail Tim Olson at tim@arcamidwesttour.comor Steve Einhaus at steve@arcamidwesttour.com.

The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is among the leading auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country. Founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum, the organization administers more than 100 events each year in multiple racing series, including the ARCA

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Joe Shear Classic Race Day!

May 5, 2013
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Twitter Hashtag: #JoeShearClassic // Facebook // Speed51.com Updates
Qualifying: 1PM // Racing Begins at 2:30PM – Madison International Speedway

6:30PM – Unofficial Results of today’s Joe Shear Classic at Madison International Speedway

5:45PM
Travis Sauter leads at the 64 lap break. He is followed by Uncle Johnny Sauter and Jacob Goede. Tim Sauter and Dan Fredrickson round out the top five. There will be 10 minute break for teams to make some adjustments before the final 36-lap shootout in memory of Joe Shear.

4:45PM – Midwest Truck Tour Feature Results

Joe Shear Classic Starting Line-Up
# Driver Name
1 52 Chris Wimmer (TS)
2 77 Jonathan Eilen (TS)
3 8G Jacob Goede (TS)
4 99 Tim Sauter
5 5S Travis Sauter
6 11 Bobby Kendall (R)
7 5J Johnny Sauter
8 25K Ross Kenseth
9 8H Eddie Hoffman
10 25S Jeff Storm (TS)
11 75W Chris Weinkauf (TS)
12 36 Dan Fredrickson (TS)
13 87 Nathan Haseleu (TS)
14 53 Boris Jurkovic
15 75T Joel Theisen
16 76 Jason Weinkauf (TS)
17 28 Bobby Wilberg
18 78 Skylar Holzhausen (TS)
19 39 Andrew Morrissey (TS)
20 97 James Sawn (TS) (R)
21 58 Cardell Potter (TS)
22 9C Kyle Calmes
23 6L Austin Luedtke
24 63 Gary Lamonte
25 42 Dennis Prunty (R)
26 12 Nick Murgic
27 4 Thor Anderson
28 45 Rich Bickle (TS)

4:15PM – Last Chance Finish

3:45PM – Truck Qualifier Finish

3:30PM – Qualifier Results

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It doesn’t look like Miller will be racing anymore this afternoon. :/

2:30PM – SLM Qualifying // Truck Tour Qualifying
Johnny Sauter tops Joe Shear Classic Qualifying at Madison International Speedway. Racing Begins at 2:30PM.

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12:30PM – Sunday Practice
Nathan Haseleu tops final practice for today’s Joe Shear Classic at Madison International Speedway. Qualifying begins shortly after 1PM.

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Driver’s meeting. 34 drivers will attempt to qualify for the Joe Shear Classic

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The winner will be going home with this beautiful guitar

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The Wood Brothers ready to do some truck racing later this afternoon

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The calm before the storm

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Ross Kenseth preparing to go through tech

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Practice tech has officially begun. #joeshearclassic

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ARCAMT President, Tim Olson keeping an eye on tech

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New ARCA Midwest Tour apparel is for sale. Come and check it out.

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Check back today for updates from the Joe Shear Classic at Madison International Speedway in Oregon, Wisconsin. 34 drivers on the ARCA Midwest Tour SLM entry list for today, plus the Midwest Truck Tour.


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Joe Shear Classic Practice Day

May 4, 2013
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6:00PM Saturday – Practice Results

4:00PM Saturday – The sun’s been shining cars have been on track. Johnny Sauter out for the first time.

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Last year’s Midwest Tour Champion, Jonathan Eilen

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Defending race winner, Andrew Morrissey hoping to make it two in a row.

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Tim Schendel making repairs after a hard hit into the back stretch wall.

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Ross Kenseth making some adjustments before heading out on the track


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5th Annual Joe Shear Classic At Madison International Speedway

May 3, 2013
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Entry List // Race Event Information // Event Poster

ARCA Midwest Tour Set To Begin Points Race

by Gregg Paul
The ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment and Lester Buildings officially began their 2013 racing season back on April 20th at the Toledo Speedway with a combination event with the ARCA/CRA Super Series powered by JEGS. Despite the cold weather, the racing action was as hot as expected with Johnny Van Doorn narrowly holding off Chris Wimmer for the victory. An impressive field of 43 cars attempted to race at Toledo, but it was decided that all 23 of the cars from the ARCA Midwest Tour would receive equal points regardless of finishing positions.

The points battle will begin in earnest this weekend as the 5th Annual Joe Shear Classic is on tap at the Madison International Speedway May 4th-5th. Saturday May 4th will be an optional practice session from Noon until 5pm. A full day of racing action is set for Sunday May 5th with practice beginning at 11:30am. Qualifying will start at 1:15pm with racing action starting at 2:30pm. The SCAG Power Equipment Midwest Truck Tour will take to the track for their first action of the season. The INEX Legends cars will also be on hand to race at Wisconsin’s fastest half mile oval.

The 5th Annual Joe Shear Classic will be a 100 lap main event with a break at lap 64. This will leave a 36 lap shootout to honor the newly elected Southeastern Wisconsin Short Track Racing Hall Of Fame member, the legendary Joe Shear. The 36 lap segment is a tribute to the number 36 that adorned Shear’s race cars throughout his stellar career.

The previous winners of this prestigious event have been a testament to the talents and notoriety of the competitors within the ARCA Midwest Tour.

Andrew Morrissey is the defending race winner, who scored his first career victory in the series. Morrissey outdueled Skylar Holzhausen and Travis Sauter to take the checkers. All three drivers will return to continue their battles in hopes of adding this trophy to their mantles.

Previous winners of the Joe Shear Classic

2012 Andrew Morrissey

2011 Ross Kenseth

2010 Steve Carlson

2009 Nathan Haseleu

The Sauter family will be well represented in the Joe Shear Classic as Travis Sauter, who has won the last six straight races he has entered at MIS, will be joined by his father Tim, and his Uncle Johnny Sauter. Johnny, who drives in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series won the first two events of the season and is currently tied for second in points.

There are thirty two cars entered for the 2013 Joe Shear Classic. Thirty two drivers racing to make a name for themselves while hoping to win the race named after a legend.

Be sure to follow the ARCA Midwest Tour on Facebook (midwesttour) and Twitter (@midwesttour).

To learn more about the Automobile Racing Club of America Midwest Tour, log on toarcamidwesttour.com. For questions call the ARCA Midwest Tour office at (262) 729-4111 or Tim Olson at (612) 327-5831 or Steve Einhaus (630) 212-6022 at or e-mail Tim Olson at tim@arcamidwesttour.comor Steve Einhaus at steve@arcamidwesttour.com.

The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is among the leading auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country. Founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum, the organization administers more than 100 events each year in multiple racing series, including the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the ARCA Truck Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour, plus weekly racing at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways.

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Ross Kenseth Returns To Home Track For Fifth Annual Joe Shear Classic

April 25, 2013
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by Gregg Paul

The ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment and Lester Buildings is proud to announce that Ross Kenseth is coming back to his home track to race in the 5th Annual Joe Shear Classic at the Madison International Speedway on May 4th-5th. Kenseth won the 2011 event and is elated to return after not racing at MIS in 2012.

“I couldn’t be any more excited,” said Kenseth. “I love racing at Madison in front of the people who watched me get started in late models and it’s so close to Blain’s Farm and Fleet’s headquarters. It’s that much sweeter to have a good run. I feel like MIS is the track I run best at as a driver. It’s a lot of fun to race on. I was fortunate enough to win the event in 2011, it will be fun to get back to my home track after not racing there in 2012.”

Kenseth was scheduled to race in the 2012 event, however rain forced a postponement to a date that Kenseth had a prior commitment for.

Not being able to race at MIS in 2012 has lit a fire underneath Kenseth, as he is eager to show off his talents once again at the famed half mile. A win in the Joe Shear Classic is one that Kenseth would definitely savor.

“It would mean a lot,” said Kenseth. “Farm and Fleet have been supporting me for about 5-6 years now and it would mean a lot to me to get another win in their main area.”

While it is always good to win a race in your sponsor’s back yard, Kenseth also knows about the legacy of Joe Shear and how a win in a race honoring a legend is an important one for anyone’s racing resume.

“I wasn’t lucky enough to meet Joe Shear but I have a good relationship with the Shears,” said Kenseth. “They’re really good people so it would be special to get another guitar with the Shear name on it.”

Perhaps someday there may be a trophy with the name Kenseth associated with it, but in the meantime, Ross knows that racing with the stars of the ARCA Midwest Tour is a challenge. A challenge that if successful, will show that you are among racing’s elite.

“The ARCA Midwest Tour has tremendous competition,” said Kenseth. “Winning any of their events is an accomplishment for any driver. It’s a really fun series to race in because it is one of the few series that have 15-20 drivers week in and week out that really respect their fellow competitors and their equipment, which is why you don’t see a lot of cautions in their events. It’s always a pleasure racing with the ARCA Midwest Tour, because you know you can race hard without beating up your equipment.”

The hard racing in the ARCA Midwest Tour at the Joe Shear Classic gets underway with a practice session on Saturday May 4th. Then on Sunday May 5th, a full day of practice qualifying and racing highlights the day.

Be sure to follow the ARCA Midwest Tour on Facebook (midwesttour) and Twitter (@midwesttour).

To learn more about the Automobile Racing Club of America Midwest Tour, log on toarcamidwesttour.com. For questions call the ARCA Midwest Tour office at (262) 729-4111 or Tim Olson at (612) 327-5831 or Steve Einhaus (630) 212-6022 at or e-mail Tim Olson at tim@arcamidwesttour.comor Steve Einhaus at steve@arcamidwesttour.com.

The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is among the leading auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country. Founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum, the organization administers more than 100 events each year in multiple racing series, including the ARCA

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WHY JOE SHEAR IS A LEGEND: a series

April 10, 2013
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by Kari Shear-Carlson
Wednesday, April 10, 2013-When I was asked to write a couple stories about my dad leading up to the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment and Lester Buildings “5th Annual Joe Shear Classic,” my initial response was one of hesitation. It felt, for lack of a better word, selfish, to be writing about my dad as a racing legend even though I know that he was. However after some discussion and organization of my thoughts I came to this conclusion, “My dad or not, the dude has a race run in his honor every year with one of the most prestigious racing series in the country! He must have been something!” So I’ve tried to narrow it down to a few of the most memorable races; not an easy task.

Of course in my mind there will never be anyone better than Joe Shear. But I believe it is important for new generations of fans and drivers to understand why past generation drivers are still honored and remembered. Racing may have changed a little over time, but what makes a driver a legend remains the same.

When my dad was young he stood outside the fence at Rockford Speedway on a weekly basis. One day he simply said, “I can do that.” And that he did. So it seems most appropriate that the most memorable race in his career came during the 1997 National Short Track Championship.

We had a great car the entire race and then as happens to every driver at some point, he got caught up in a wreck. Thankfully it wasn’t race-ending damage. So he came in the pits and anyone who could rushed over to help get the car back on the track. The team pulled the entire nose and then some off the car. He was then blocked in the pits and by the time he went back out he was the last driver on the lead lap. If you’ve ever been to or raced at Rockford Speedway, you know this is never a good place to be, especially nearing the end of a race.

So here he was racing a modified from the rear of the field at Rockford Speedway, one of the most physical tracks in the Midwest. He maneuvered his way to the the top five fairly quickly. When he got to second his greatest challenge was ahead of him…none other than Steve Carlson.

My dad was a very patient person and driver. He would do a lot of intimidating, but anyone who raced against him knew that they could trust him and that he would push their driving skills to the limit. He and Steve had raced against each other who knows how many times. They were probably the two most competitive drivers in the Midwest at the time.

One of the most amazing things about my dad’s driving that day was his ability to adapt to the fact that there was no front end. He knew how far under a car his nose, or shall we say, duct work would go and he would use it to his advantage. So when it was time, coming out of turn two, he made his move, sliding under Carlson and doing what Steve eventually named the “Joe Shear Slide.” He had a way of getting underneath a car and smoothly sliding without making contact. He crossed the finish line in a half modified, half late model after coming all the way from the rear of the field. The crowd went crazy!

It was one of the most amazing races in Rockford history. In fact, tears were shed that day. You see, my dad died six months later after losing a three-year battle with cancer. He was so sick that day, but he still drove like he was 20 years old. He could barely talk when he got out of the car and holding up the wreath of flowers that he had done so many times before felt like a weight bearing down on him.

My dad was a wheelman, had a passion for what he did, never made excuses even when he had every right to. But was it this one race that made him a legend? No. Legends do not become what they are because of one race, it is a career of consistency that builds over time and a lifetime of earning the respect of drivers and fans. I’d be lying if I said this was an easy memory to write about and I look forward to looking back a little deeper in his career in the next story. But I believe it was this final victory of his life that captured everything that he was as a driver and person.

The “5th Annual Joe Shear Classic” is Sunday, May 5th. There is an all-division open practice on Saturday, May 4th. For complete weekend details, see the schedule on arcamidwesttour.com.

Be sure to follow the ARCA Midwest Tour on Facebook (midwesttour) and Twitter (@midwesttour).

To learn more about the Automobile Racing Club of America Midwest Tour, log on toarcamidwesttour.com. For questions call the ARCA Midwest Tour office at (262) 729-4111 or Tim Olson at (612) 327-5831 or Steve Einhaus (630) 212-6022 at or e-mail Tim Olson at tim@arcamidwesttour.comor Steve Einhaus at steve@arcamidwesttour.com.

The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is among the leading auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country. Founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum, the organization administers more than 100 events each year in multiple racing series, including the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the ARCA Truck Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour, plus weekly racing at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways.

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John Wood Powers His Way to Victory Lane at MIS

June 29, 2012

John Wood took the lead on lap 15 and never looked back as he held off a field of eighteen ASA Trucks to win the 40 lap feature on Salute to America Night at Madison International Speedway.

Bill Collins and Camden Murphy brought the eighteen truck field to the green flag for their 40 lap feature event. Murphy pulled ahead for the lead at the start followed by Collins and Vince Wilkinson, but the caution came out on lap 2 when the truck of Jacob Van Wazer hit the wall coming out of turn four.

Murphy retained his lead after the green waved again with Collins and Wilkinson still chasing him. John Wood and Chad Wood were up to fourth and fifth on lap 4 with John Wood getting by Wilkinson for third on lap 5 while Murphy coasting out front.

On lap 7 John Wood moved past Collins for second with the hard charging Chad Knaus going by Collins one lap later. Murphy, Wood, and Knaus built up a large lead over the field with Wood working his way to the inside of Murphy on lap 14 to take the lead one lap later.

Knaus was able to take the second spot on lap 18 after moving his way to the inside of Murphy. On lap 21 Knaus was up to challenge Wood for the lead and the duo were set to do battle.

Wood gradually increased his lead to five truck lengths as he and Knaus worked their way through lapped traffic. Murphy remained a distant third followed by James Swan and Jeff Watters.

By lap 33 Wood’s lead had increased to ten lengths and it appeared that the only thing that would stop the local favorite would be a caution flag which never happened as Wood cruised to victory lane beating Knaus by 1.055 seconds. The best race on the track was for third between Murphy and Swan who raced the final two laps side by side with Murphy getting the nod at the stripe
In the first heat, Steve Schulz took the early lead but charging through the field was Dann Barber who pulled to the outside Schulz on lap four and the two raced side by side. On lap 5 Barber cleared Schulz to take the lead while Jerry Wood was up to battle Schulz for second. Barber led the rest of the way to pick up the win with Wood edging Schulz for the runner-up position.

Camden Murphy took the lead from the start in the second heat race and put some major real estate between himself and the second place truck of Bill Collins. On lap 5 Chad Wood and John Wood both passed up Collins for second and third place. But eight laps would not be enough to catch the leader as Murphy easily picked up the win.

Watters set fast time with a lap of 18.791 followed by Chad Wood (18.862), Swan (18.868), John Wood (18.990) and Knaus (19.000). Rounding out the top ten in qualifying were Wilkinson, Becker, Murphy, Collins, and Corso.

Bob Heine won the 10 lap feature for the Midwest Vintage cars. Jim Heiland started on the pole with Heine on the outside. Heine grabbed the lead on the first lap with Gary Mitidiero quickly up to second place. Mitidiero tried everything he could to cut the gap between himself and the leader but Heine proved to be too strong and led all the way to victory lane. Jerry Schneider finished in third place with Heiland in fourth.

Racing at MIS continues next Friday night with Round Two of the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge and the Johnny Ziegler Tribute. See the super late models in 93 laps of feature racing (50 + 43) plus the Ho Chunk Gaming Madison Sportsman and Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends. Pit gates open at 3:30, practice at 4:45, qualifying at 6:15 with racing to follow. For more information about racing at MIS please checkout our website at madisoninternationalspeedway.com.

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ASA Midwest Truck Tour Making First 2012 Trip to MIS this Friday Night

June 24, 2012

By Kari Shear-Carlson
June 24, 2012 – The ASA Midwest SCAG Truck Tour heads to Madison International Speedway this Friday, June 29th for its third event of the 2012 season.

There have only been two events so far this season after Marshfield Motor Speedway was rained out on Saturday, June 16th. This has kept the points battle very tight. Only seven points separate the top five. The current point leader is James Swan with 312 points. Dan Barber is second only two points behind Swan (310) followed by Chad Knaus with 309. Brothers Jerry and John Wood are tied for fourth with 305 points.

This Friday night the Trucks will head to Madison International Speedway for their third event. In 2011 they made three trips to the the track with three different winners. Bobby Wilberg, Austin Luedtke, and Dan Lensing each made it to victory lane in 2011, none of which have yet competed in 2012.

Will James Swan be able to hold on to his point lead and get his first ever Truck win, or will one of the veteran Wood brothers defend their home turf and get a first win of the season?

Head on out to Madison International Speedway this Friday night, June 29th. Qualifying starts at 6:00PM followed by Madison’s regular night of weekly racing.

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.

This article was posted to the website on June 25th, 2012