(BROOKLYN, MI) Heading into Tuesday’s race at Michigan, nobody had heard of Tom Giannini but after the 100 mile race, everybody at ASRS knows who he is and knows he is a threat to win.
Sam Maxwell was fastest in qualifying and was joined up front by Marcus Napier for the green flag. The field took the green and immediately the race was on as drivers battled for track position early. Trouble struck on lap two and it had championship implications as Dylan Hickey spun collecting both Jason Lindner and Jim Foose. Lindner continued on but Foose was sent flipping into the fence.
On the restart, the heat was on as Jared Mogard, Zac Bozanich and Robby Baskins battled for the lead with Mogard and Bozanich both taking turns swapping the lead while battling side by side as green flag pit stops shook up the running order.
The caution flew just as the cycle of green flag pit stops was wrapping up, leaving some drivers on the track that hadn’t pitted. Those drivers were running short on fuel and Alex Bates and Jason Lindner ran out of fuel before they could pit. Tom Giannini’s #33 emerged as the leader.
Giannini was able to get away from the field on the restart, and never looked back. The #33 faced challenges from the #46 of Robby Baskins and the #10 of Jared Mogard but was able to hold on as the final caution flew with four laps to go.
Tom Giannini took his first ASRS win, with Mogard in 2nd, Jamie Vaughn third, Jake Douglas and Marcus Napier rounded out the top five.
Robby Baskins extended his points lead as Foose crashed early and finished 28th, both drivers had clinched Chase positions prior to Michigan along with Justin Vaughn. Jason Linder, Zack Calloway, Jared Mogard and Shawn Musick all have locked themselves into the Championship battle.
(BRISTOL, TN) The Bristol Motor Speedway is known as “The Last Great Colosseum” and the .533 mile concrete oval lived up to that reputation as the ASRS Camping World Truck Series hit the high banks.
Michael Atkins, Jr led the field to the green flag in the #01 Chevrolet and was joined by Jamie Vaughn on the front row. Vaughn would grab the lead for one lap, but Atkins fought back to lead four laps. Sam Maxwell, driving the #68 would then take the lead from Atkins on lap five.
Robby Baskins took the lead when Maxwell’s #68 team pitted under the race’s second caution flag, Baskins would lead two laps before Maxwell took over at the front once again. The early cautions damaged several trucks and led to a bit of hot tempers as the race hit the mid point. Baskins would once again take the lead on lap 27.
Jared Mogard started at the rear of the field and fought his way into the lead battle and on lap 46 took the lead and never looked back. A couple late race cautioned mixed up the running order. Mogard was able to hang on to the lead after the final restart with 18 laps to go and held off strong challenges from Maxwell and Atkins, Jr. in the the closing laps. Sam Maxwell was second, Michael Atkins, Jr. was third followed by Jim Foose and Robby Baskins who rounded out the top five.
Robby Baskins holds a 47 point lead over Jim Foose in the championship standings as the Camping World Truck Series has two races to go until the Chase for the Championship kicks off at Chicagoland Speedway.
(CONCORD, NC) Justin Blackdeer was one of the first ASRS drivers back in 2002, but he left racing for a bit and has returned full time in 2016 in the Super Late Model Tour. Concord Motorsports Park has had a spotty history in ASRS competition hosting races in the mid-2000’s before dropping off the schedule until one race in 2012 and returning again in 2015.
Rex Hoyle led the field to the green flag in the #50 Ford with Blackdeer’s #51 to the outside. Hoyle would jump to the lead off the line and held the lead through the first caution on lap 68, Hoyle would give up the lead to Matt Vaade in lap 74 before Blackdeer took over the lead on lap 75. Blackdeer would not look back as he would lead 26 laps en route to his first ASRS win. Vaade would bring his #8 home second, Andrew McCall was third, newcomer Cody Leland was fourth and Eric Spencer rounded out the top five.
Matt Vaade continues to lead the championship standings by 19 points over Jim Foose as the Super Late Model Tour has just two races to go until the Final 4 Chase for the Championship. Stafford Motor Speedway is up next on August 24th.
(NEWTON, IA) Last week, the ASRS Xfinity Series raced at a big 2.5 mile triangle in the fog, this week they headed to the heartland to race on the 7/8 mile tri-oval known as Iowa Speedway.
Ty Hester led the field to the green flag with Sam Maxwell on his outside. Hester would dominate the race’s first 40 laps as the #36 Toyota sped away from the field, even dodging contact with Jared Mogard that send Mogard spinning and crashing on lap five.
Hester would lead 40 of the first 63 laps before he was involved in a crash that started off turn two and ended on the backstretch with Hester flipping wildly, Sam Maxwell suffered damage in the crash that took him out of contention for the win as well.
The incident handed the lead to Robby Baskins, with championship leader Jim Foose riding in second. Baskins held the lead for several laps before pitting with 19 laps to go, which turned the lead over to Jared Mogard. Mogard’s #10 would lead the field to the final restart, which came with two laps to go.
On the restart, Mogard and Baskins lined up on the front row and Foose lined up third, Mogard and Baskins battled for the top lane, while Foose dove under both drivers to pass in turns 1 and 2, Baskins would hold the lead on the backstretch before Foose took it exiting turn 4 just as the race’s final caution flag flew, allowing Foose to coast to victory.
The win was Foose’s first Xfinity Series win since the Xfinity Series made the move to iRacing in 2013. Robby Baskins was second followed by Mogard in third, Shawn Musick and Jason Stewart rounded out the top five.
Foose holds a 38 point lead over Robby Baskins heading into Chicagoland Speedway August 30th, with three races to go in the season.
(LONG POND, PA) Racing at Pocono Raceway is as unpredictable as the weather in the Pocono Mountains. Last week, the Camping World Truck Series showed that “the tricky triangle” provides one of the most action packed races of the season in that series. This week, it was time for the Xfinity Series to return to action and make it’s debut at the 2.5 mile, three turn triangle.
When we left off at Kentucky in June, Justin Vaughn led the championship standings but his #7 team cut back their schedule.
Sam Maxwell sped to the pole and was joined by Michael Atkins, Jr. on the front row. Maxwell jumped to the early lead before Ty Hester took the lead and then the #01 of Atkins took the lead as the two raced hard. The green flag stayed out for 21 laps before the first of two caution flags flew, that shook up the field through a round of green flag pit stops.
Jim Foose remained on the track under the caution to take the lead, which he held for three laps, on the restart Sam Maxwell made a charge at Foose going into turn 1 but could not complete the pass before making a run on the inside going into turn 2 that moved the #68 to the lead. Foose touched the side of Maxwell’s Ford and smacked the wall off turn 2 collecting several drivers in the race’s biggest crash and bringing out the second caution of the event.
Maxwell would cruise to the win under yellow with Zack Calloway in second, Robby Baskins third, John Kennedy fourth and Shawn Musick fifth.
Foose took the championship lead and now holds a 34 point lead over Robby Baskins as the Xfinity Series heads to Iowa Speedway next week.
In an unprecedented move, the ASRS has entered into a partnership with my the Grand American Sim Racing Association. GASRA Grand American Series, bringing Gen-6 racing into the fold at ASRS.
The move will open up the Grand American Series, which fields the Chevrolet SS, Toyota Camry, and Ford Fusion, to anyone who would like to undertake the challenge of handling the 3,000 pound stock car as we follow the real-life Sprint Cup Series schedule through the end of the season. Currently we are six races from our Inaugural Grand American Chase for the Championship and everything is still up for grabs as no one is locked in to the championship field thus far.
“Everyone at GASRA is extremely excited to be announcing this partnership, and we are looking forward to competing with all of you on Monday nights! For more information please check out www.gasraracing.com“. said GASRA President Robby Baskins.
“We are always looking for up and coming leagues to help out, it’s become something ASRS and myself have done for some time, I like to see new leagues offering racing and GASRA offers something we do not currently at ASRS” said ASRS President Jim Foose. “Robby and myself met about this a month or so ago and came to an agreement that ASRS would assist GASRA is growing and GASRA would provide ASRS with a place for Cup Series style racing, in return neither league will schedule against the other and the rulebooks will virtually mirror each other moving forward. I think this partnership will help us grow ASRS long-term, out hope is that this also help grow GASRA and add even more drivers into both leagues”.
(OXFORD, ME) The Super Late Model Tour headed to Maine for it’s annual Oxford Plains event, this year expanded to 125 laps over the recent 100 lap main events.
Justin Fuller led the field to the green flag with Jim Foose alongside, Fuller jumped to the early lead over Foose as the race stayed green for 66 laps.
Justin Blackdeer remained on the track as the rest of the drivers pitted for service. Blackdeer led the field back to green and until lap 75, when Fuller retook the lead. A caution on lap 97 changed everything up front, as Foose was running second when the caution flew for the #10 of Jared Mogard.
Foose elected to stay on the track as did Matt Vaade and Ernest Smith. Fuller charged from the fourth position on the restart, while Vaade and Foose battled up front. Fuller would battle Vaade for several laps, allowing Mogard to get by for second. Mogard tried everything he had to pass Foose’s #42, but couldn’t. Mogard eventually spun around on lap 110, setting the race up for a 10 lap dash to the finish.
Foose and Fuller both got great restarts, with Fuller battling Foose on the outside, but Foose pulled away to a small lead just as Ernest Smith’s #34 spun after contact with Mogard on lap 122.
Foose scored his second victory of the 2016 season, Mogard second with Fuller third, Blackdeer was fourth and Vaade ended the race fifth.
Vaade holds a nine point lead over Foose as the Super Late Model Tour heads to Concord Motorsports Park August 10th.
(LONG POND, PA) The ASRS Camping World Truck Series has been visiting Pocono Raceway since 2010, with the 2011 race being skipped, since moving the series to iRacing in 2012, the trucks at Pocono have produced “must see” racing each year. From the four and five wide restarts to the wild and crazy passes for the lead, Pocono has become the action track for the trucks.
Pocono’s short distance (75 miles) and it’s wild restarts led to many different pit strategies. Many of the drivers praised the format following the race for offering so many options to play out.
Jared Mogard started on the point with Mitch Brown along side. Mogard would lead the first six laps in the #10 Chevrolet before giving way to Michael Atkins, Jr. when the #10 pitted under the race’s first caution.
Atkins would lead the field back to green before slipping in the tunnel turn, allowing Jim Foose to slip by for the lead. Foose held the lead until lap 15 when as he was preparing to make a pit stop he dropped to the bottom of the track and was clipped by Robby Baskins, who went three wide with Jason Stewart as the three trucks exited the tunnel turn. The resulting crash would involve several drivers. Stewart took the lead as a result of the melee, but several laps later his scoring transponder quit scoring laps sending the #1 to a 16th place finish.
One more caution flew as Zac Bozanich led the way ending the race under caution. Bozanich picked up his fourth win of the season and was followed by Sam Maxwell, who made his first start of the season in the #68 Chevrolet.
Zack Calloway was third followed by Pete Baskins in fourth and Mitch Brown fifth.
Robby Baskins now has a 47 point lead over Jim Foose in the championship standings. Next up for the Camping World Truck Series, the World’s Fastest Half Mile, Bristol Motor Speedway on August 16th.
What started on the short tracks 14 years ago has grown into today’s American Sim Racing Series. From the humble beginnings to the current season, which has shown renewed competition, close race finishes and an all around feeling of racing for fun, ASRS has been versatile and has not only survived 14 years, it has thrived.
The start of the 2016 season was a challenge, but the league began to turn the corner in April. Since then, more drivers have found ASRS and made it their home.
Through 1,099 races, ASRS has seen 210 different winners.
The average life span of an online racing league is just under one year, many don’t make it past the first ten races and for ASRS to adapt and reach 1,000 in 2015 and now 1,100 today, it speaks volumes for the commitment of league owner Jim Foose and his right hand man, Steve Buhala, who made ASRS his home beginning in 2006.
(LANGLEY, VA) The ASRS Super Late Model Tour ended a three year hiatus from Virginia’s Langley Speedway with not one, but two races in the same night, as the Twin 75 format moved to the .395 mile oval.
A new twist was added to the race format, as drivers were not permitted to pit for tires during each 75 lap event.
Matt Vaade played his strategy well in the first race, run as the sun was setting on the nearly flat track. Vaade led all 75 laps to win the first race, Justin Blackdeer was second followed by Josh Hart, Rex Hoyle and Chandler Hoyle rounding out the top five.
Prior to the second race, the led lap finishers were inverted putting newcomer David Phillips on the pole with Ben Nile alongside. Phillips crashed on the start after contact from Jim Foose sent his #97 spinning. Nile would lead the first 28 laps, but Josh Hart took the lead with 44 to go and never looked back to score his second Super Late Model Tour win in three starts, Jim Foose was second followed by Blackdeer, Rex Hoyle and Nile rounded out the top five.
Vaade leads the championship by 17 points as the tour heads to Oxford Plains Speedway July 27th.