Fuller Wins, Zellmer Races Into Chase at Canadian Tire

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(BOWMANVILLE, ONTARIO, CANADA) Road racing is a bit of an abnormality for ASRS drivers, who spend most weeks turning left on tracks of various shapes and sizes, while each track is different the common ground is the left turns.  Only once in 2016 ASRS drivers were presented with right turns, this week at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

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Justin Fuller and Jake Douglas brought the field of 22 to the green flag and to the first corner, a right hander, proved exciting for all drivers except for Fuller who pulled away.  Fuller opened up a sizeable lead as many championship hopes were on the line for others including Barry Zellmer, Jason Stewart and Pete Baskins.

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Fuller led the first 17 laps before the competition caution flew.  Most of the drivers had pitted prior to the yellow flying, which set up a nine lap scramble to the finish of the race and the end of the regular season, as the Chase for the Championship begins in two weeks at Chicagoland Speedway.

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The restart saw action as drivers slipped off the track, slid sideways and battled for position in the closing laps.  One thing remained the same, Justin Fuller was putting on a road racing clinic at the front, it’s almost unfortunate the other drivers were struggling to keep up as they banged doors and ran off course.

The biggest move of the race came in the closing laps as Barry Zellmer and Jason Stewart battled for position on track, the two drivers entered the race separated by one point and were in line to send one of the two into the Chase field.  Stewart went wide and Zellmer took advantage, making contact with Stewart’s #1.

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The push was all Zellmer needed to ensure he made the Chase, as he drove away in his #17 Chevrolet.  Stewart gathered it up but lost three positions in the late stages.

Fuller took the checkered flag, David Boden charged from 11th on the starting grid to finish second followed by last week’s winner at Michigan Tom Giannini, Kansas winner Bradley Cross was fourth while Jordan Harnish rounded out the top five.

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The Chase for the Championship field is now set with Robby Baskins leading Jim Foose by nine points.  Zack Calloway, Scott Haller, Jason Lindner, Shawn Musick, Justin Vaughn and Barry Zellmer all are 12 points behind, Jared Mogard and Jamie Vaughn round out the field of 10, 54 and 57 points behind respectively.  Next up for the Camping World Truck Series, Chicagoland Speedway.

Xfinity Series Gets Darlington in 2017

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(DARLINGTON, SC) The ASRS Xfinity Series has gained a little identity for itself with the addition of Darlington Raceway to the 2017 schedule on August 29th, 2017.

Darlington replaces a strangely scheduled Michigan race (two months after the NASCAR Xfinity Series hits the 2 mile track) and now aligns the Darlington race in 2017 with the NASCAR date.  The move also provides ASRS drivers a chance to honor their favorite NASCAR Xfinity Series legends with retro inspired paint schemes.

Darlington will not be new to Xfinity competition, as the series hosted an event in 2014 at the “Track Too Tough To Tame”.

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“We tried to schedules races in 2016 that provided more uses for tracks than just one race, but that came at the cost of an identity for the Xfinity Series, which essentially raced at selected tracks from Camping World Truck Series.  For 2017, after much input from our members we have decided to add Darlington in as an Xfinity only track with plans to possibly add more tracks to that series that give it a unique identity” said ASRS President Jim Foose.  “I know many of our drivers enjoy Darlington and have asked for the track to be added to our schedule, so this move seems to fit well with what our drivers want, and I couldn’t be more excited about our return to Darlington after a two year absence”.

Giannini Surprises With Michigan Win

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(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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Mogard Overcomes Penalty to Win at Bristol

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(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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Blackdeer Scores First ASRS Win at Concord

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(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.

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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.

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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.

Foose Steals Iowa Win

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(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.

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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.

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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.

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Foose holds a 38 point lead over Robby Baskins heading into Chicagoland Speedway August 30th, with three races to go in the season.

Maxwell Takes Pocono Victory

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(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.

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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.

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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.

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Maxwell would cruise to the win under yellow with Zack Calloway in second, Robby Baskins third, John Kennedy fourth and Shawn Musick fifth.

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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.

ASRS and Grand American Sim Racing Association Form Partnership

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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. 

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“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.  

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“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”.