Mogard Takes Pro Series Opener

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(RICHMOND, VA) The debut of the ASRS Pro Series came in with a bang, as drivers headed to Richmond International Raceway to compete in the first ASRS Pro Series race since February 2015.

Jake Douglas was fast in qualifying and paced the 27 drivers in attendance, Justin Fuller joined him on the front row for the green flag.  The fun was short lived for both, as they crashed on lap two.  Both were able to continue, but Douglas never regained the speed he had at the start, Fuller on the other hand blasted through the field in his #54.

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Jared Mogard showed up as the man to beat early in his #10, taking the lead and holding it for a total of 77 laps.  Michael Atkins, Jr., Joe Johnson, Josh Buckley, Stephen Pearce and Jamie Vaughn also took turns leading the field.  Fuller’s run through the field came to an end on lap 69 after contact with Jim Foose sent the #54 spinning before making contact with the frontstretch wall.

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Eight cautions flew to slow the pace, but Mogard had the field covered the second half of the 100 lap race.  The amount of green flag racing increased as the race went on, with fewer cautions flying in the second half of the race.

Mogard sailed to victory, with Atkins, Jr. second followed by Jim Foose in third, Gary Nichols fourth and Joe Johnson fifth.

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Following the race, many drivers were ready to move on to Kansas Speedway October 12th.  Others were singing the praises of the newest addition to the ASRS line-up and saying the Pro Series is destined to grow over the course of the next two months.

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Next week the Pro Series is off while the Super Late Model Tour heads to Southern National Motorsports Park.

19th Annual Online All American 400 Entries are now Open!

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(CLEVELAND, OH) Entries have opened for the longest running online race, the 19th Annual Online All American 400!  Since 2012, the All American 400 has been run at USA International Speedway, after running various software packages at Nashville Fairgrounds before moving to iRacing in 2011 and running at Lanier National Speedway.

The event will run this year on a Wednesday and Thursday night with the Super Late Models taking to the track Wednesday, November 9th and the Pro Late Models hitting the 3/4 mile track on Thursday, November 10.

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Drivers can register to race by completing the Entry Form posted at: http://americansimracing.com/sites/asrs2016/all-american-400-entry-form/

 

Giannini Gambles for Vegas Win

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(LAS VEGAS, NV) Las Vegas is a desert oasis, paradise in the middle of a desert, for the ASRS Camping World Truck Series Las Vegas is home to one fantastic race track, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  The 1.5 mile speedway with high banked corners allows drivers to race side by side inches apart and that allows for entertaining racing.

Thirty-Seven drivers attempted to qualify for the 32 truck starting field, the five drivers who failed to qualify were: #04 Justin Levine, #52 Collin Penn, #95 Jared Morgan, #30 Brad Cross, and #25 Kris Titus.

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Pete Baskins led the field to the green flag after winning his first pole of the season.  Ben Nile, making his debut in the trucks lined up second for the start.  Baskins jumped to the early lead in the #3 Chevrolet.

Eight drivers took turns leading the 73 lap event, as drivers race inches apart throughout the field.  The close racing action brought about five cautions that ate 20 laps.  In addition to Pete Baskins (13 laps led), other leaders were: Tom Giannini (21) Jamie Vaughn (14), Sam Maxwell (11), Zac Bozanich (11), while Robby Baskins, Scott Haller and Ben Nile all led one lap.

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The final caution flew on lap 54 when Jamie Vaughn and Zac Bozanich crashed on the backstretch while battling for the lead.  The race went green on lap 58.  The final 15 laps were run under green flag conditions.  Tom Giannini saved his best for last as his #33 remained on the track under the final caution and took the track position to lead to the end.  Todd Kirkwood was second followed by Sam Maxwell, Allan Young and Danny Rodgers rounded out the top five.

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The Chase for the Championship drivers had a mixed bag of results with Jim Foose placing highest in the running order with his sixth place finish, while Justin Vaughn was seventh, Robby Baskins 10th, Zack Calloway 13th, Barry Zellmer 16th, Scott Haller 19th, Shawn Musick 20th, Jamie Vaughn was 23rd, Jared Mogard 24th and Jason Lindner finished 32nd, the the first truck out of the race.  Robby Baskins leads the championship by 21 points over Jim Foose as the series heads to Talladega Superspeedway October 18th.

Next Tuesday, the ASRS Xfinity Series is in action at Kansas Speedway.

Nile Motors to New Smyrna Win

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(NEW SMYRNA, FL) The first round of the Final Four Championship Series for the ASRS Super Late Model Tour hit New Smyrna Speedway.  Cody Leland and Jake Douglas led the field to the green flag as eight drivers had championship hopes on the line.

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Jake Douglas took the from Cody Leland six laps into the race and appeared to have things under control until Ty Hester put up a fight on a restart, the two made contact on lap 50 and again on lap 52.  Hester would get away clean, but Douglas was done for the night as the #49 suffered damage.

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Hester saw his lead last a total of 44 laps but it wasn’t enough to get him to the end as he was passed by Ben Nile with a handful of laps remaining.  In all five drivers took turns at the lead, changing the lead a total of 10 times.  The race was slowed by five cautions for 25 of the 100 laps, which is a big improvement over the previous New Smyrna race.  Nile would score his first ASRS win, while Hester would settle for second, Tom Giannini was third, AJ McCall was the highest Finale Four driver in fourth while fellow Final Four driver Jim Foose rounded out the top five.

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The Final Four Championship drivers struggled a bit with Matt Vaade, the #1 seed finishing sixth and watching his point lead drop from three to two points over Foose.  McCall is third 17 points back, Ernest Smith, Jr,. fourth 20 markers back while Justin Blackdeer sits fifth -24 points.

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The Super Late Model Tour heads to Southern National Motorsports Park October 5th for the second round of the Final Four Championship.

Douglas Scores First ASRS win at New Hampshire

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(LOUDON, NH) New Hampshire Motor Speedway hosted the second round of the ASRS Camping World Truck Series Chase for the Championship and 36 drivers attempted to qualify for the 32 truck field.  Four drivers missed the race; Kris Titus, Steve Trombly, Kevin Mingus and Todd Kirkwood.

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Jake Douglas led the field to the green flag in the #49 with Bradley Cross alongside for the green flag.  One truck, Mitch Brown, did not fire on the grid and was relegated to a 32nd place finish.  The race went green for the first 12 laps before the first caution flew.

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Pete Baskins took the lead under the caution and held it for three laps before giving way to Douglas shortly after the restart.  Shawn Musick was the only other driver to lead a lap, as he also remained on the track under a mid-race caution.

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Jake Douglas had the field covered at New Hampshire, as the #49 Silverado was the class of the field, although it wasn’t easy.  Douglas had to fend off challenges from Sam Maxwell and Jared Mogard late in the going.

A late race green flag run of 32 laps brought the field to the checkered flag and Douglas wore the field out, building his lead to over 4 seconds at the finish.  Sam Maxwell was second, followed by Jared Mogard in third, Brad Cross fourth and Danny Rodgers fifth.

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The Chase for the Championship battle saw a shake up as Robby Baskins continues to lead, Zack Calloway now is second by 23 points.  Calloway moved up in the standings as a result of Jim Foose’s 20th place finish after being caught up in a crash mid-race.  Next up for the Camping World Truck Series, the annual trip to the desert oasis known as Las Vegas!

Pro Series Gets Green Light Early!

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(CLEVELAND, OH) The ASRS Pro Series will get an early kick off, as the series will run a short five race warm-up season before taking the green flag in January, 2017.  The Pro Series was recently announced as the first portion of the Wednesday night short track plus program that ASRS will be running in 2017, where a different series will occupy Wednesday nights for the 12 week iRacing seasons, rotating through cars and tracks.

Dirt cars are expected to join the line-up which already has has confirmed the Pro Series (National Series Impala) and Super Late Model Tour to each run 9-10 races each.

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The first Pro Series race will launch September 28th at Richmond International Raceway.  Races at Kansas Speedway, South Boston Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway and Five Flags Speedway will fill out the schedule, which will crown a champion November 30th.

The Pro Series will allow for 32 car starting fields and will utilize fixed setups, 60% fuel and realistic weather.  A tire rule has not been announced, but series officials mentioned the possibility of a tire limit being enforced in the series.

Galvin Debuts in Victory Lane

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(IRWINDALE, CA) The 2016 ASRS Super Late Model Tour closed out it’s regular season Wednesday at Irwindale Speedway, after a dismal showing at Stafford last month, the drivers knew the Super Late Model Tour needed a shot in the arm.

With 39 drivers in the pits attempting to qualify for the 24 car starting grid, big names were sure to miss this one.  Drivers who failed to qualify were: Jeremy Bohne, Eric Spencer, Barry Zellmer, Donovan Johns, Zac Coyer, Danny Rodgers, Kris Titus, Scott Haller, John Kennedy, Todd Kirkwood, Steve Buhala, DJ Beverly, Jake Douglas, Mitch Brown and Jamie Vaughn.

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Justin Fuller led the field to the green and was joined by Brandon Short on the front row.  Right off the bat, the race took a green flag feel to it as the first 39 laps were run without incident.  Cody Leland’s #75 brought out the first caution of the race, which saw the majority for the drivers pit for service.  The lone exception on the lead lap was AJ McCall, who led the field back to the green flag.

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McCall led the field back to the green flag, but spun the tires on the restart setting up a mad dash to turn one that saw Brandon Short make it four wide before colliding with Fuller as they raced for the second position behind Jason Galvin.  The ensuing crash dashed many drivers’ hopes of winning at Irwindale.

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Fuller spent the final 55 laps trying to overcome damage and the track position deficit that the crash put him in.  Meanwhile, at the front Galvin showed the way in his #11.  Three more cautions flew that slowed the pace and bunched up the field.

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The final caution flew on lap 80 as Jordan Harnish was sent spinning in his #2 Toyota.  The restart came with just under 15 laps to go and Galvin again had to fend off his competition.  In the end Galvin picked up the win, with Travis Wright second, Fuller recovered to finish third, Ashton Crowder was fourth and Tom Giannini rounded out the top five.

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The Final Four Race to the Championship kicks off next week at New Smyrna Speedway.  Eight drivers will duel it out for the championship.  Those eight drivers are: Matt Vaade, Jim Foose, Justin Blackdeer, TJ Graves, Rex Hoyle, Ernest Smith, Jr., AJ McCall and Collin Penn.

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The Final Four Race to the Championship tracks are New Smyrna (Sept. 21), Southern National Motorsports Park (Oct. 5), Five Flags Speedway (Oct. 19) and Richmond International Raceway (Nov. 2)

Atkins Win Crazy One at Chicagoland

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(JOLIET, IL)  The Chase is on for the Camping World Truck Series and Tuesday’s race showed that even the drivers outside of the Chase field are racing hard for wins.

Michael Atkins, Jr. is one of those drivers that missed the Chase, but you wouldn’t have known that Tuesday as he put on a driving clinic for all 32 drivers who took the green flag.  Atkins would set the fast time and start on the pole for the 113 mile race.  Two drivers; Danny Rodgers and Mitch Brown failed to qualify for the 32 truck field.

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Atkins led the field to the green with Jake Douglas joining him on the front row.  The first caution flew early as Cody Leland and David Morin were caught up in a lap one incident, both drivers finished single digit laps.

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The race’s most interesting moment came on lap 32 when the first and second place drivers; Jake Douglas and Zac Bozanich, made contact on the backstretch.  Kris Titus was collected in the incident as well.  Atkins took the lead as the two drivers crashed and the caution flew.  Another caution would fly on lap 40, setting up a 32 lap dash to the checkered flag.

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The race went green to the end, Atkins dropped to the end of the lead lap drivers, as he made a late pit stop to top off the fuel in his #44 Silverado.  It was a gamble, and it paid off on lap 62 when Atkins passed leader Tom Giannini and held on for the final 13 laps.

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The win was Atkins’ first ASRS victory.  Atkins was followed across the finish line by Giannini in second, Jamie Vaughn third, Robby Baskins fourth and Jason Stewart fifth.

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Robby Baskins leads Jim Foose, who finished sixth, by 11 points as the Camping World Truck Series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway next week!

Pro Series Returning in January!

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(CLEVELAND, OH) The Pro Series, which came into existence in 2012 and has run off and on since in various capacities, using different cars and different tracks.  For 2017, the Pro Series will be on track first.

The new 2017 plan for Wednesday nights has been slightly revised to include 12 week series, one of which may include two bi-weekly six race championships that will include dirt and asphalt racing, and crown an overall champion.

For now, we know the Pro Series will be back on track with a new schedule, quite different than years past when the series was based on the short tracks or in 2014 when it was built around the Cup Series.  The 2017 slate now includes four short tracks, two 1.5 mile tri-ovals, two totally different mile tracks, and one super speedway.  The Pro Series will run nine races due to the Christmas holiday.

2017 ASRS PRO SERIES SCHEDULE (Tentative, subject to change)

1/4 Phoenix International Raceway (Night)
1/11 Iowa Speedway (Night)
1/18 Southern National Motorsports Park
1/25 Rockingham Speedway
2/1 Kentucky Speedway (Night)
2/8 New Smyrna Speedway (Night)
2/15 Daytona International Speedway
2/22 Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis (Night)
3/1 Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Full Schedule: http://www.danlisa.com/scoring/season_schedule.php?season_id=5768

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“The Pro Series has provided us with many great championship battles and this schedule gives us an opportunity to build on the history of the series and the league and showcase our drivers on a diverse mix of tracks, the only thing missing is a road course and a dirt track” stated Jim Foose.  “Our team met with many drivers in the league and the road course was decided against for now, but the dirt track that was an intriguing conversation and will continue to be”.

“The new 12 race segments for Wednesday nights should help us with our attendance and keep the championship battles close, plus we aren’t crossing over iRacing seasons, and like 2016 we aren’t racing on Week 13, so it simplifies things like setups and track conditions for our drivers”.

A look at the 10 Chase Drivers

SEED #1: #46 Robby Baskins

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The Freeland, MI resident made a splash in the first three races and found victory lane as recently as July at Lucas Oil Raceway.  While Baskins has been up front, the #46 has been lacking a little of the early season speed.  Nonetheless Baskins is the favorite to win the championship, in his first Chase appearance.

SEED #2: #42 Jim Foose

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No driver has as much experience at the Chase format as Jim Foose, who has appeared in all ten Chase for the Championships (the chase format was not used in 2011 or 2012).  With 268 starts in the Camping World Truck Series, Foose has the experience to back up being a serious contender and he has wins in the truck at 5 of the eight tracks that make up the Chase.  Look for the #42 to be in contention come Homestead.

SEED #3: #45 Zack Calloway

Calloway doesn’t get much press, and he isn’t flashy but the driver of the #45 is consistent and over an eight race championship with close competition consistency could win the championship.  To be a true contender Calloway needs to find victory lane over the next eight races.

SEED #4: #5 Scott Haller

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Haller has flown under the radar, and for good reason: the driver oft he #5 is a true rookie in 2016.  Haller had very little iRacing experience prior to 2016 and it has shown, but Haller has powered through and now has a chance to contend for the championship.  To do so, the driver of the #5 needs to eliminate mistakes and find a bit of speed.

SEED #5: #13 Jason Lindner

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This is a driver who has been bounced around this year, starting out the year on a team that folded just a month into the season and then joining another team that fell apart a short time later.  Jason landed at JF2 Racing and has run consistently good since making the move, although the first win has been elusive.  We expect to see the #13 contend for the championship.

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SEED #6: #12 Shawn Musick

Shawn Musick’s season has been much like the picture above, while the #12 has led laps and shown some speed, but crashes and DNF’s have prevented the #12 from being there at the finish.  Musick has struggled this year, running a single truck operation with nobody to lean on for help can be very challenging to overcome.

SEED #7:  #7 Justin Vaughn

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The speed has been there for the West Virginia native, but the consistency and finishes have not.  Justin Vaughn did win his first ASRS race in the Xfinity Series earlier this year, but he has not found that in the trucks.  He was forced to miss a few races over the summer due to other commitments and the terrible flooding in West Virginia in early July.

SEED #8: #17 Barry Zellmer:

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Nobody will forget how Zellmer got into the Chase.  It wasn’t exactly a clean pass, but both drivers agreed that it was hard racing and Zellmer came out ahead of Jason Stewart.  Sure, road courses bring out the best (and sometimes worst) in stock car racing, and nobody can hold it against Zellmer for moving his competition.  Afterall Zellmer qualified for his first Chase.  That’s racing!

SEED #9: #10 Jared Mogard

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Mogard has two wins to his credit this year, but he missed the first five races of the season and was hit with a points penalty for not meeting the attendance requirement.  He is fast, but to overcome a 60 point deficit if going to be hard.

SEED #10: #19 Jamie Vaughn

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Jamie Vaughn, like Mogard, was hit with a points penalty and it will be virtually impossible for the driver oft he #19 to overcome.  He found victory lane once this year at Milwaukee and has shown speed but consistency has left the #19 tumbling in the standings.  Jamie also faced the flooding in July and was out of action for nearly a month.