Wednesday, Nov 30
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Many ASA Member Tracks are reaching the halfway point of their 2012 season.  Some of the competitors are showing their muscle early while many ASA Member Tracks have welcomed a variety of winners in victory lane.
Some of the ASA Member Track competitors are off to a strong start with their dominating performances.  The question that many are asking is whether or not their domination will continue during the second half of the 2012 racing season.
Meridian Speedway, an ASA Member Track in Meridian, ID, has two drivers that are or were on a winning streak.
Shelby Stroebel, has won all ten of the ASA Modified features so far this season.  Going back to last season, his winning streak is at 12 victories.  He currently leads the ASA Member Track National standings.
Dylan Caldwell had his five-win streak come to an end this past Saturday night in the Late Model division.  Chris Fenton beat Caldwell to the line by 0.16 seconds in their first of two feature events.  Caldwell did come back to start a new streak, as he won the second feature.
Lance Gatlin won his seventh and eighth Limited Late Model features this past Saturday night at Lonesome Pine Raceway, an ASA Member Track in Coeburn, VA.  Gatlin even had a $350 bounty for any competitor to end his streak.  That bounty is now up to $400 next Saturday night.
Eddie Hoffman is dominating the Late Model division at Illiana Motor Speedway, an ASA Member Track in Schererville, IN. He has won a majority of the feature events including his third Molenaar Classic in a row on July 7th and last month’s Elmer Musgrave Memorial.
Two generations are showing their muscle at Ace Speedway’s Late Model division halfway through their season.  Dustin Rumley, the 2010 track champion, already has three feature wins while Barry Beggarly, 2011 ASA Member Track National Champion and Ace Speedway Track Champion, has two wins.  Currently, Beggarly has a four-point lead over Rumley in the 2012 track standings.
JR Hotovy has won seven of the first ten UMP Late Model features at Hartford Motor Speedway, an ASA Member Track in Hartford, MI.  He had a dominating night on July 6th when he won both the UMP Late Model and UMP Modified feature events.
Skagit Speedway, an ASA Member Track in Algers, WA recently saw some domination by their four drivers currently leading their respective point standings.  In fact, at their last event on July 8, 2012, all four won their main events.  Eric Fisher leads the 410 Sprints while Trevor Turnbull leads in the 360 Sprints.  Steve Parker sits at the top of the Sportsman Sprint standings while Freddie Vela leads the Outlaw Hornets. Turnbull has been the most dominant over the other three point leaders, while Fisher, Parker, and Vela are in tight point battles.
“We are watching some great racing action throughout our ASA Member Tracks this season,” Dennis Huth, ASA President said.  “We have a great variety with drivers dominating at some ASA Member Tracks.  The other tracks have some very wide-open competition with multiple winners.  Nonetheless, the racing has been exciting to watch so far this season. The second half will be more fun to watch as many will have championships that will go down to the final lap.”

ASA Racing PR

This past weekend will be one looked back on after the season is over as one of the high points of the year for the MacDonald Motorsports team.  Jason Bowles drove another excellent race Saturday and brought home a 16th place finish for his American Majority No. 81 team in New Hampshire.  Also Saturday night, Harrison Rhodes made his first start for MacDonald Motorsports in the K&N Pro Series race, finishing 8th, and bringing the team its first top-ten finish.

That’s the short story of the weekend.  The speed in the MacDonald Motorsports cars is becoming more and more evident as the season goes on.  Despite adversity, the team has been working hard and earning strong results week-in-and-week-out.

Jason Bowles and the American Majority No. 81 Toyota team continue to be the strongest of all the one car teams in the Nationwide garage area.  This weekend was no different with the team qualifying 16th, and racing there the entire day, despite a broken right rear shock mount early on in the race.  Even with the car bouncing all over the race track, Jason drove like a veteran, never complaining and brought the team home the best finish possible.

“It was bouncing all over the place and Jason handled it like a veteran,” explained John Monsam, crew chief on the No. 81.  “He didn’t complain at all and brought us home another good finish.”

Also on Saturday, the MacDonald Motorsports K&N East Series team was racing in Clearfield, Pennsylvania at CNB Bank Raceway Park.  Harrison Rhodes showed he is someone to watch out for in the coming years, racing inside the top-5 for almost the entire race.  If not for a late race mishap which knocked Rhodes back to 14th, the team may have been looking at a top-5 finish. 

Sitting 14th with just 18 laps to go, Harrison got back up on the wheel and drove towards the front.  Rhodes passed 6 cars in those final laps, bringing home an 8th place finish.

The MacDonald Motorsports team is stronger now than ever, impressing on and off the track.  With the addition of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series team, partnership from American Majority, and help from Toyota, the team is going to the track more prepared than ever before.  The race cars are quick right out of the hauler, making it much easier at the track.  Now in the dead of summer, the team is hoping to continue this momentum throughout the rest of the year.


Penske Racing announced today that third-generation race car driver Ryan Blaney has joined the organization and he will compete in the No. 22 Dodge in selected NASCAR Nationwide Series events over the balance of the 2012 season.

Blaney, the 18-year-old son of current Sprint Cup Series driver Dave Blaney, will make his Penske Racing debut in the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger in the Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway on Saturday, August 4th. Blaney will also drive for the team in at least two other races this season. He will race the No. 22 Snap-on Dodge at Richmond International Raceway and he’ll drive the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge at Kentucky Speedway.

“Ryan is a driver with a great racing pedigree and we believe he has a very bright future in NASCAR,” said Tim Cindric, President of Penske Racing. “We’ve been keeping an eye on Ryan’s development and we feel he’ll be a great addition to the No. 22 Nationwide Series team.”

With a winning junior developmental track record established in Quarter Midgets, Bandolero and Legends cars, Blaney has also raced successfully in Super Late Models and the ARCA Series as well as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. Continuing his development in 2012, Blaney has made three Nationwide Series starts this season for Tommy Baldwin Racing and he was impressive in a seventh-place finish at Richmond earlier this year.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to drive for Penske Racing for the rest of this season,” said Blaney.”With the team’s strong tradition of success and the winning program they’ve established in the Nationwide Series, I believe I can learn a lot and hopefully we can produce some strong finishes in the No. 22 car.”

Penske Racing PR

Bob Osborne is transitioning away from his role as crew chief of the No. 99 Fastenal Sprint Cup team at Roush Fenway Racing, team owner Jack Roush announced today. Roush Fenway veteran Chad Norris will be the crew chief for the No. 99 effective immediately. Osborne will remain with the organization as a senior member of the organization’s management team and steering committee.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Carl Edwards for the past nine years and, during that time, my focus has been building a championship-caliber program,” Osborne said. “I’m proud of the 18 wins we’ve had together in Sprint Cup Series competition and our two second-place points finishes.”

“At this time in my life, however, concerns with my health have necessitated that I change my role within the organization,” Osborne added. “This transition is not an easy one, but I’m thankful to have the full support of Jack, Carl and the entire organization. I also have every confidence in Chad Norris, and I look forward to working with him as we continue to pursue a championship in 2012. I also appreciate the privacy and respect that the community will give me and my family during this difficult time.”

Osborne was Edwards’ first crew chief for his Sprint Cup debut in 2004, and the two have combined for 18 wins and two runner-up finishes in season-ending Sprint Cup Series point standings.

“I cannot say enough good things about Bob Osborne,” added driver Carl Edwards. “I’m so thankful for what he’s done for me as a driver, and he is without a doubt one of the smartest guys in the sport.  I’m also appreciative of the fact that he’ll continue to be a resource for me and our team as we focus on these final races. We’re very fortunate to have Chad Norris as part of our organization to take over for the No. 99. I’ve known Chad for a long time and he is a fierce competitor. We’ve got our work cut out for us over the next seven races, and I’ve got every confidence Chad can lead our team to where we need to be.”

Norris has been with Roush Fenway Racing since 2005, and since 2011 has led Roush Fenway’s research and development test program that has seen him serve as crew chief for Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., in his limited Sprint Cup Series schedule and Trevor Bayne in his limited Nationwide Series schedule.

Norris’ first role as crew chief at Roush Fenway came in 2005 with the No. 17 Nationwide Series team. In his eight years with Roush Fenway, Norris has led multiple teams to victory lane, including Bayne’s inaugural Nationwide Series win at Texas Motor Speedway in November of 2011.

“Our commitment to winning a championship with the No. 99 in 2012 has not waivered,” said team owner Jack Roush. “I’m committed to providing the resources to Carl and to his team to do that, and this restructuring of Bob’s role and the introduction of Chad Norris as the crew chief for the No. 99 will put us in the best possible position for these final seven races before the ‘Chase’ begins.”


David Reutimann finished in 33rd-place in the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 after an engine failure ended his day early. Reutimann started from the 26th position in the Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) No. 10 Mohawk Northeast Chevrolet at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and battled the car's handling before the engine expired on lap 229.
Reutimann took the green flag from the 26th position on Sunday. By lap 12, the Zephyrhills, Fla., native radioed that the car had low voltage and was loose into the corner. By lap 15, the No. 10 Mohawk Northeast Chevrolet fell to the 29th spot. As the run went on, he began posting laps as fast as the leader when he was in clean air. He moved into the 27th position by lap 45.
On lap 50, he told the crew that the No. 10 Chevrolet was still free on entry and would not turn in the corner. Crew Chief Ryan Pemberton called the Mohawk Northeast Chevrolet down pit road on lap 65 for a green-flag pit stop. The crew changed four tires and made a wedge adjustment.
The No. 10 Mohawk Northeast Chevrolet returned to the track in the 27th position. On lap 90, NASCAR Officials called a caution for debris on the one-mile track. Reutimann held the 28th position, a lap down. Pemberton called Reutimann down pit road for a four-tire stop, and the No. 10 Chevrolet restarted 28th on lap 94.
On lap 104, Reutimann radioed that the No. 10 was very free and about to spin out, while the voltage was still low. He held on during the next run and fell to the 30th position by lap 120. As the run continued, the handling improved, and he drove the No. 10 Mohawk Northeast Chevrolet into the 26th position by lap 150.
Pemberton called the No. 10 down pit road for the team’s third stop on lap 158. The crew made a four-tire stop and trackbar adjustment under green flag conditions. The No. 10 Mohawk Northeast Chevrolet returned to the track in the 28th position. The car continued to struggle with the voltage while Reutimann ran in the 28th position until NASCAR Officials called another caution for debris on the track on lap 191.
Reutimann drove down pit road, and the No. 10 team changed four tires. The TBR team restarted in the 29th position on lap 197. By lap 211, Reutimann radioed that the car was really struggling with the handling, more than on any other run. He continued on lap 221 that the voltage was still fluctuating. On lap 229, the engine expired on the No. 10 Mohawk Northeast Chevrolet. Reutimann finished 33rd.
The No. 10 team is currently 32nd in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Owner Points and locked into the top-35 by 110 points. The team is 31 points behind the No. 38 and seven points ahead of the No. 83. Reutimann is 33rd in NSCS Driver Points. He is trailing Landon Cassill by 10 points and ahead of teammate Dave Blaney by eight points.
“We struggled a bit with the handling but could have had a decent finish,” explained Reutimann. “It was disappointing that we couldn’t finish the race. Tommy’s team is usually good here, so I think we had a chance of improving the handling for a solid finish. Thanks to Mohawk Northeast, Relyco and TMone for their support. We’ll go out and try to make something happen at Indy in two weeks.”


Richard Childress Racing has advised its employees, drivers and key sponsors that Chartwell Investments is considering exiting its minority equity position in RCR.


"Since 2003, I have had a minority partner at RCR in Chartwell Investments," said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. "Like any private equity business, Chartwell has a duty to its investors to return capital and maximize profits in a reasonable timeframe. With my support, they have determined that now is an appropriate time to exit their investment in RCR. Chartwell has been a great partner and I will always be appreciative of our partnership. We will remain good friends.



"We have informed the key people and sponsors of RCR about Chartwell's decision and assured them this will have no impact on the current affairs at RCR or our continued vision for strong performance on and off the track. We have advised them that if a new investor comes on board as RCR's new partner they will be strategically chosen to help RCR continue to grow. Our family of corporate partners has all been very appreciative of our letting them know and remain committed to moving forward. I love what I do and plan to be involved in NASCAR and in running RCR for many years to come."


"RCR is one of the elite NASCAR organizations and we are honored to be a part of the RCR family and partners with racing icon Richard Childress for close to ten years," said Michael Shein, Managing Partner of Chartwell Investments. "During this period, RCR has continued to prosper, more than doubling the size of its business.  We are equally optimistic about RCR's future performance both on and off the track, remaining confident in NASCAR's long-term potential.  We have engaged The Raine Group to explore the potential sale of our interest in RCR in order to monetize our investment."


The Raine Group is a global merchant bank focused exclusively on the digital, media & entertainment and sports & lifestyle sectors.



There was great racing action all across the United States and Canada this past weekend.
Here are the results from ASA Series and ASA Member Tracks.
Saratoga Speedway (Courtenay, BC, Canada)
Saturday, July 14, 2012
1. Wade Bland
2. Tom Berrow
3. Rory Smith
4. Tyler Clough
5. Brandon Carlson               
ACE SPEEDWAY (Altamahaw, NC)
Twitter: @AceSpeedway
Friday, July 13, 2012
Rained out.       
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Super Stocks: Mark Kelly
Mod 4’s: Darin Clark
Warriors: Chris Rosentreter
Grand American Modifieds: Shawn Trackwell
Drifters: Chad Sheridan           
Twitter: @DillonSpeedway
Saturday, July 14, 2012
CARS Pro Cups: JP Morgan
Late Models: Justin Hicks    
Twitter: @EastBayRacePark
Saturday, July 14, 2012
East Bay Sprints: AJ Maddox
Street Stocks: Tim Gay
4 Cylinder Bombers: Bubba Puyear
Florida Old Time Modified Series: Roger Herbach
V8 Warriors: Tim Miller      
Twitter: @HartfordMotorSP
Friday, July 13, 2012
UMP Late Models: JR Hotovy
UMP Modifieds: Frank Marshall
UMP Pure Stocks: Austin Smith
B-Mods: Justin Pauley 
I-25 SPEEDWAY (Pueblo, CO)
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Please visit their website for results.       
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Late Models: Eddie Hoffman
Turbo Stox: Ed Ligue
Pure Stocks: Craig Urban
Legends: Chris King
Bandoleros: Sam Cornman              
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Limited Late Models: Lance Gatlin (won both features)
Street Stocks: Roger Neece
Mod 4’s: David Brown
Pure 4’s: Jackie Jackson
Renegades: Brian Herraney
Iron Warriors: Jamie Meadows  
Twitter: MarshfieldMS
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Super Late Models: Steve Holzhausen
CWMSA 4 Cylinders: Charlie Nickel
Bandits: Phil Malouf      
Twitter: @MeridianSpeed
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Street Stocks: Chad Bess
Sprint Cars: Josh Allen
Late Models: Chris Fenton (First Feature), Dylan Caldwell (Second)
Super Stocks: Dennis Brodigan (First Feature), Justin Ellis (Second)
Thunderdogs: Bootlegger         
Saturday, July 14, 2012
UARA Late Models: Ronnie Bassett Jr.
Street Stocks: Allen Rick
Front Wheel Drive: Dakota Slagle
Mod 4: Josh Beal           
Friday, July 13, 2012
Late Models: Dalton Zehr
Super Stocks: Jim Stahowicz
DQ Dogs: Matt Adams           
Twitter: @RMRSLC
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Maverik Modifieds: Bryan Wordelman
Super Stocks: Eric Rhead
Hornets: Daniel Calligaro
Figure-8 Cars: Tim Fahrner
Figure-8 Trains: Shake Rattle and Roll
Thursday, July 14, 2012
Modifieds: Jimmy Zacharias
Late Models: Jerry Dineen
Sportsman: John Wilber
Street Stocks: Lee Sharpsteen
4 Cylinders: Brandon Ameigh          
Twitter: @skagitspeedway
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Big Rigs: Scott Zahn
Sportsman Sprints: Colton Heath
Outlaw Hornets: Travis Meins  
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Modifieds: Mark Wauge
Pro Mods: Mark Wauge
Super 4: Joe Guider
Street Stocks: Duane Orsburn
Mini Stocks: Bob Burkett         
Twitter: @SPSRaces
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Big 8 Series: Jeremy Miller
Super Stocks: Marv Flick
Pure Stocks: Kurt Guralski
Mini Stocks: Josh Klopotek
Mini Mods: Phil Malouf
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Rained out.                     

ASA Racing PR

Jason White came to Iowa with his sights set on another strong run as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series nears the middle point of the season.  White would fight the handling of his No. 23 Ford all weekend before settling for a 14th place finish in the running of the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway.

Before an enthusiastic crowd of 24,000 fans, White started the 200-lap event from the 22nd position as a result of his qualifying effort earlier in the day at the .875 mile track.   As they had done in the two practice sessions for the event, White and his team battled finding the balance on their Ford F-150 during the first half of the 175-mile event.  However, as the Doug George led team has already proven this year, the team made some adjustments during pit stops and the handling improved throughout the race. The combination of the improved handling and being a “Lucky Dog” recipient helped White bring home his No. 23 Ford to a hard fought 14th place finish.

“It has become a common theme but we battled as a team tonight and brought home a decent finish,” stated White. “We could not get a good grip on the handling of our truck and some of that needs to be attributed to the track – it can be a tricky one to find that right balance on your truck.  But this team has shown all year that they thrive under pressure and once again we all battled and were able to salvage something decent.  We just seemed to encounter small issues, but we kept our heads down and brought our Ford safely home.”

The 14th place finish kept Jason in the 11th position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers’ standings – now only two points out of the top-10. 

Jason and his team will return to action this weekend as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series visits Chicagoland Speedway for the running of the American Ethanol 225 on Saturday July 21st at 8:00 p.m. ET.


John Wes Townley and his RAB Racing team were able to overcome a pre-race setback that saw them go to their backup Toyota Tundra due to a practice crash to finish 20th in Saturday's American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway.


His fifth top-20 finish of the 2012 season allowed Townley to advance two positions, to 20th, in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point standings.


Townley's weekend began on a promising note by posting the sixth-fastest time in Friday's opening practice session. The following morning, with minutes remaining in the final practice session, Townley spun his Toyota Tundra and made heavy contact with the outside retaining wall. After a thorough investigation, the Chris Rice-led RAB Racing team determined the damage was too severe to repair, forcing them to unload their backup truck.


Despite not turning a lap around the 7/8th-mile oval prior to qualifying, Townley was able to record the 29th-best qualifying time of the 39 drivers on hand.


From the drop of the green flag later that night, Townley showed the setback would not ruin his race as he advanced four positions in the opening 10 laps. As the laps clicked off, Townley maintained his position inside the top 20. Despite spinning as a result of a bad set of tires at Lap 136, Townley was able to overcome the challenges of the weekend to take the checkered flag in the 20th position.


"Our Toyota Tundra was really fast in practice and it's a shame we had to go to the backup," said Townley. "As a whole though, I feel like we ran well and I'm extremely proud of these guys. They got the backup ready for the race and I'm thankful for all their hard work."


RAB Racing PR

Texas Motor Speedway, in partnership with Cowtown Marathon, Inc., unveiled its sanctioned course layout and event logo today for the venue's inaugural "No Limits" Half Marathon and 5k running events on Saturday, Oct. 27, that benefits Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter.

The organizers of the Cowtown Marathon, recognized as one of the premier running events in the state, surveyed the 1,500-acre site with Texas Motor Speedway officials to provide a 13.1-mile course that accommodates the needs of the runners from a competition standpoint while showcasing many of the signature elements of the state's largest sports venue. The 5k event will feature a portion of the speedway's infield road course as well as the final lap coming on the 1.5-mile oval as the focus of that layout.


The course (click here to download) has been officially certified and sanctioned by United States Track and Field (USAT&F) and is now available on the event website as well as registration sign-up.


In addition to the unveiling of the course, Texas Motor Speedway revealed its "No Limits" Half Marathon and 5k logo for the upcoming event. The "No Limits Run" logo, featuring multi-colored sneaker sole prints, will be branded on all event materials, from competitor and finisher t-shirts to special registration packet bags.


The "No Limits" Half Marathon will open inside the immense facility, allowing for convenience with competitor parking, entry packet pick-up and the starting line all within close proximity. Registration will begin at 6 a.m. and the half marathon and 5k will begin at 7:30 a.m.


The starting line for the "No Limits" Half Marathon will take place in front of Fuzzy's Taco Shop on Allison Avenue, which bisects the infield, and competitors will then head out of the North Tunnel to begin their run. Among the highlights during various mile markers:

  • Mile 1 - After coming out of the tunnel, the runners will run on the backstretch past the Burnout Alley exclusive RV area and enjoy an elevated look of the track and the vast frontstretch grandstands and suites.
  • Miles 3-6 - While on the outer ring road, the runners will pass the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track and Lil' Texas Motor Speedway as well as run across the Tony Stewart Bridge and past The Speedway Club building as they move to the inner ring.
  • Miles 7.5-9 - The runners will take a quick swing through Pit Stop Park, an exclusive area for race week tailgaters.
  • Mile 9 - The runners will have a long stretch on the concession/souvenir concourse beneath the 112,522 seats on the speedway's frontstretch.
  • Mile 10.5 - The runners will head back through the North Tunnel and then onto a portion of the speedway's infield road course layout.
  • Mile 12 - The runners will have a wide lane that cuts through the Liftmaster Garage, which will house the race expo, past cheering fans and onto the pit lane area for the final stretch. Similar to Olympic marathons, the runners will close out the half marathon by completing their final lap on the 1.5-mile oval. They will run around the oval on the wide, flat apron portion of the track surface and then receive the checkered flag from a flag man at the actual start/finish line. 

In addition to the various points of interest in and around the speedway, the "No Limits" Half Marathon will feature a variety of entertainment every 1.5 miles of the run. The post-race party also will have a special musical act that will be announced at a later date.


The motorsports theme will be highlighted by one of most distinctive and unique medal presentations in the running community. The major category winners (Overall Male & Female, Overall Male & Female Masters for Half Marathon and Overall Male & Female, Overall Male & Female Masters, Overall Male & Female Youth for 5k) will be treated to the same post-race celebration in Victory Lane as the race winners in NASCAR and INDYCAR. In addition to the medal presentation, each major category winner will receive a cowboy hat and fire a pair of Turnbull 45 Colt-style, single-action revolvers in celebration just like the NASCAR and INDYCAR race winners.


The Liftmaster Nationwide garage will play host to the expo that will be open from 6 a.m. - 1 p.m. CT on race day as well as the post-race party. Free parking will be available in the infield for competitors and a free shuttle tram service will be available for friends and family as well as overflow competitor parking just outside the infield's South Tunnel.


Entry cost for the "No Limits" Half Marathon is $85 through July 31; $95 through Sept. 30; $100 through Oct. 25 and $125 on race day. The 5k entry is $25 through July 31, $30 through Oct. 25 and $35 on race day. There also is separate pricing for corporate and open teams in both the "No Limits" Half Marathon and 5k, and school teams for the 5k. Each participant's race packet also will include a special promotion for race tickets for those interested in attending the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Nov. 4.


To register or for more information on the "No Limits" Half Marathon and 5k, please visit


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