Foose Wins at Oxford Plains

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(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.

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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.

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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.

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Vaade holds a nine point lead over Foose as the Super Late Model Tour heads to Concord Motorsports Park August 10th.

 

Bozanich Wins Pocono Mountains 75!

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(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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Zack Calloway was third followed by Pete Baskins in fourth and Mitch Brown fifth.
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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.

1100th ASRS Race Tonight!

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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.

Vaade and Hart Take Langley Twins

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(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.

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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.

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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.

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Vaade leads the championship by 17 points as the tour heads to Oxford Plains Speedway July 27th.

Baskins Slips By Crash to Win at Lucas Oil

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(CLERMONT, IN) The Camping World Truck Series races on a wide variety of race tracks from the superspeedways to the road courses and the intermediate tracks in between, but one type of track built the series into what it is today, the short tracks.  When ASRS started the Camping World Truck Series in 2005, the 25 race schedule featured 8 short tracks, nowadays that number is down to five.  So when the Camping World Truck Series hits the short tracks, it’s a special treat for drivers.

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Ty Hester won the pole and was joined by Jim Foose on the front row for the green flag.  Hester took the lead from the get-go, but came down pit road on lap 16 handing the lead to Foose.  Foose would lead the way until lap 62 when Foose pitted.  Stewart would maintain the lead for just six laps before Foose’s #42 passed and began to distance himself from the field, leading by 2 seconds at one point before a caution flew on lap 77 for Stewart.

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Foose continued to lead but was battling with Hester late in the going when Hester made contact with Foose’s #42 sending the #42 spinning out of the lead and collecting Jason Stewart.  Robby Baskins took the lead as a result of the incident.

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Baskins would lead the final 12 laps en route to his fourth Camping World Truck Series win of 2016.  Eric Barile was second, Justin Vaughn third, Stewart was fourth while Todd Kirkwood finished fifth.

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Baskins extended his points lead over Foose to 40 points as the Camping World Truck Series takes a week break before returning to action at Pocono Raceway July 26th.

 

Fuller Makes Most of Kentucky Return

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(SPARTA, KY) Justin Fuller made the most of his ASRS Camping World Truck Series return, taking the checkered flag first in a heated battle with series regulars Zac Bozanich and Jared Mogard.

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Fuller, who won six times in 2015 including the season finale at Homestead-Miami, did not plan on competing in 2016 at ASRS, but a change of plans led the 27-year old back to action at Kentucky Speedway this week.

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Bozanich and Fuller led the field to the green flag and battled for many laps as each tried to get away from the other.  Fuller passed Bozanich on lap seven to take the lead.  Caution flew on lap 14 as the #43 of Steve Buhala and Steven Thomas’s #62 made contact sending the #43 airborne.  Another caution shortly after the restart for Tood Kirkwood’s spin that collected the already damaged truck of Buhala was the final caution of the race.

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Bozanich regained the lead on lap 27 and held the lead until lap 41 when Fuller retook the lead.  Just ten laps later Jason Stewart would take the lead on the round of green flag pit stops.  Michael Atkins, Jr., Pete Baskins and Zack Calloway all took shots at the lead before pitting and giving way to Fuller on lap 56.

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Fuller would hold the lead to the end, leading a total of 50 of the 75 laps.  Bozanich would finished second followed by Jared Mogard, Travis McQuistion fourth and Jason Stewart fifth.

After the race, the drivers raved about the Kentucky track and the racing action.  With only two cautions, drivers were given a chance to play strategy and put the race back in the drivers’ hands.

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Robby Baskins continues to lead the championship standings with five races before the Chase for the Championship kicks off.  Baskins leads Jim Foose by 34 points as the Camping World Truck Series heads to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis next week.

ASRS to Break Ground on Dirt Series

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(CLEVELAND, OH) The American Sim Racing Series is heading to the dirt tracks, and while no timetable has been set for that return the format will be something that will return to ASRS’s roots.

Wednesday Nights in 2017 are planned to be “short track racing nights” with the Super Late Model Tour racing bi-weekly once again, while the Dirt Late Models will take on the opposite Wednesday nights.

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That’s not all,  for most pavement races the Street Stocks will join the program for a 30-50 lap race, while the Super Late Models will race 75 laps at the majority of the events.  The Street Stocks will take off races where the Super Late Model Tour will once again hold “Twin 50’s or Twin 75’s”.

For the dirt races, which are planned to run as an Eldora Speedway Weekly Series the dirt late models will run the 75 lap main event, while the “Eldora Stocks” will run short 30-50 lap feature events.  As with the asphalt series, the Eldora Stocks will take weeks off to allow for a dirt late model “doubleheader”, when Twin 50 or Twin 75 lap races will be run.

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The evening schedule will not change much as the Street Stocks/Eldora Stocks will run from 8:30PM to approximately 9:20PM, while the Late Models will have an hour to run their portion of the event.

“We have many guys who have joined ASRS because we race short tracks, and that is their primary focus, guys like TJ Graves, Matt Vaade, Justin Blackdeer, Ernest Smith and AJ McCall run just the short track races and occasionally will join us at bigger tracks.  The short tracks also have brought us many guys who are racing in the upper series now, including myself, Shawn Musick, Steve Buhala, and Barry Zellmer” said ASRS President and driver Jim Foose.  “We want to continue to grow this short track program, because it has been a part of ASRS since 2002, in fact our first race was run at South Boston that year and short tracks were our primary focus for many years until we started the Camping World Truck Series in 2005, even after the short tracks were the bread and butter of ASRS until this past year when some ill-fated partnerships were made and the other party totally eliminated short track racing from the ASRS schedule, but after regaining 100% control of the league in January, I worked hard to bring it back to the point we are at now, where we can discuss expansion.”
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If no dirt tracks are ready at the beginning of the 2017 campaign, Foose says he will “find something to fill the time slot until we get dirt racing”.