Mogard Sweeps Virginia Pro Series Races

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(SOUTH BOSTON, VA) Four weeks ago Jared Mogard took the checkered flag in the opening round of the ASRS Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn Pro Series at Richmond International Raceway.  This week he completed the sweep of the Virginia tracks, taking the checkered flag at South Boston Speedway.

For the first time since returning to action in late September, the Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn Pro Series headed to a true bullring, the 4/10 mile South Boston Speedway.

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Twenty drivers headed to the track for the third race of the 2016 season. Mogard set the pace in qualifying and showed the way for 124 of the 125 laps, only giving up the lead once to Stephen Pearce.  The race featured seven caution flags.

Mogard was able to cruise to victory followed by Allan Young in second, Jonathan Holstein third, Scott Haller and Stephen Pearce rounded out the top five.

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The Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn Pro Series is off until November 16th, when the drivers head to Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Mogard holds a comfortable 27 point lead in the championship over Collin Penn.

Mogard Rises to Richmond Win

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(RICHMOND, VA) The Camping World Truck Series headed to the final short track race of 2016 at Richmond International Raceway, which also is the only short track in the Chase for the Championship.  After high speeds on the high banks of Talladega, the 3/4 mile track known as “Racing Perfection” provided drivers with a new challenge, short track racing.

Nick Kohan made his return to the Camping World Truck Series look flawless early on as the #21 Toyota led the field to the green flag and led 41 laps, but contact late in the going sent Kohan spinning and down the finishing order.

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Jared Mogard led a race high 44 laps, and was the beneficiary of Kohan’s misfortune as he inherited the lead and the victory as the final caution flag flew.  While Mogard had a good race, many championship chasers did not.  Zack Calloway entered the race second in points but fell to fourth after having multiple issues durign the race in the #45, Jim Foose entered third and ran inside the top 10 all race before he crashed with a handful of laps to go dropping to 9th at the finish, Scott Haller had trouble in his #5 and eventually retired from the race in the closing laps.

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When the dust settled, nine cautions slowed the pace as five drivers took turns leading through eight lead changes.

With Mogard sailing to victory under caution, Robby Baskins was second, followed by Sam Maxwell third , Jason Stewart was fourth and Bradley Cross in fifth.

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Robby Baskins extended his championship lead to 19 points as Jim Foose takes over second in the championship.  The Camping World Truck Series is back in action next week at Texas Motor Speedway.

Foose Vs. Vaade: A Battle 15 Years in the Making

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The two drivers battling for the Super Late Model Tour Championship have quite a history, it predates ASRS and has spawned one of the most intense championship battles ASRS has ever seen.

Both Jim Foose and Matt Vaade were at the first ASRS race, “The Million” in 2002, run at South Boston Speedway.  Both drivers have won their fair share of races along the way, and both have a friendship that goes back to both drivers’ teen years.

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“Matt and I might be fighting for this championship like bitter rivals, but the truth is that if I can’t win it, I’d like to see Matt carry the title of “Champion”.  It’s going to be a real battle to the last lap at Richmond” said Jim Foose, driver of the #42.

Vaade spoke of the upbringing and the journey the two have enjoyed from the time Foose was 16 and Vaade just 17 years old,

We kinda started at the same time…we’re both fast but not consistent enough to win races. When we got to Midvale in 2002 we found ourselves battling for wins weekly and a track championship. What had started out as a promising duo that was talking about teaming up quickly turned into an on-track rivalry. I got the Midvale title and then was the first to score a major win with the All American 300, it wasn’t long after that we found ourselves locked in battle for several more touring titles which Jim would get the better of” Vaade said. 

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Both drivers were asked about how much ASRS has changed since 2002.

Vaade commented; “It’s grown for sure, we had a different group back then and there was a lot of sour grapes when the founding father retired. To be here today still racing with ASRS and to see what’s in grown into is a testament to Jim’s hard work.

“It’s a whole different ball game now than it was back then for me, when I first started I used then NASCAR 3 to help me learn about racing through traffic to better my commitments to the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series, but within two years I was selling my equipment and racing online two, three, sometimes four nights a week and ASRS started as a once a week league, then grew to two nights and before too long we had four nights a week before contracting back down to two nights a week a few years ago.  When we came to iRacing in 2011 it actually got a little bit of legitimacy and you see that now as NASCAR stars like William Byron, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and others talk about how much sim racing has helped them become better drivers and that has driven the competition at ASRS big time.  My dad used to joke around about sim racing, but now he wants to get into it.  I told him I will not attach “Jr.” to my name so he will have to be “Jim Foose, Sr.”, and he hates being called senior.”  Foose said.

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Vaade echoes the thoughts on how sim racing has changed, “It was strictly a game at first. When we got to be online together it was a game changer, guys started making local tracks and it really started morphing into a way to sim practice. As its progressed it’s become more and more realistic and is the ultimate way for teams to test and practice without the massive expense.

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Foose has two prior Super Late Model Tour championships to his credit, winning the title in 2012 in a close fought battle with Doug Forgue that went down to the finale at Richmond, Foose picked up the win that night and 2015 when the championship came down to a tie going into the season finale at Irwindale Speedway with Ty Hester.  Foose and Hester collided during the race, crashing Hester’s car and crushing his hopes at the championship.

Vaade has focused his sim racing on the short tracks, making sporadic appearances on bigger tracks, while Foose has run several seasons in the Truck Series and Xfinity Series along with the Cup Series in 2014 and 2015, before refocusing his efforts on the truck, Xfinity car and the short track stuff.  Foose has seen many championships fall his way in those series over the years.  Vaade has an All American 400, something Foose has tried 13 times to bring back home.

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Regardless of the outcome November 2nd, a long time ASRS competitor will be crowned champion at Richmond International Raceway.  Foose holds a four point lead over Vaade heading to the 3/4 mile Richmond track.

Super Late Model Tour Gets 2017 Greenlight

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(CLEVELAND, OH) The ASRS Super Late Model Tour has received a greenlight for the 2017 season and will run Wednesday nights from March to June before giving way for the the summer series, which is expected to be the first ASRS series to race on dirt.

The Super Late Model Tour has seen a riveting championship battle, great short track racing and it’s fair share of action that only the short tracks could bring.

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The 2017 schedule calls for 16 races spread over 12 weeks and will feature four doubleheader races.  Lanier National Speedway, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Langley Speedway and Concord Speedway will all feature the doubleheader format, which will run Twin 50s at Thompson and Concord and Twin 75’s at Lanier and Langley.

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Each race will count as a full points event and will utilize different track conditions and time of day.  Race will be run in the late afternoon and night at Lanier, Thompson and Langley while Concord will feature an afternoon and late afternoon race.  The first races will feature a random track state before the second race will be heavily used (100% track state).

The Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn Pro Series kicks off the 2017 calendar on Wednesday nights from January to March.

Nile Takes Win #2 at Five Flags

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(PENSACOLA, FL) The Super Late Model Tour roared into Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway for the third round in the Championship Final Four.

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Justin Blackdeer led the field the green flag for the 100 lap main event.  Blackdeer led the race’s first 40 laps before handing the lead to Ben Nile. Nile led until the race’s first caution on lap 54 as Lee Staples was sent spinning after contact from Justin Fuller.  Championship leader Jim Foose and current runner-up Matt Vaade received damage in the incident.  The field hit pit road, except for Vaade, who remained on the track to gain a point for leading a lap.

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Vaade surrendered the lead two laps later as his #8 pitted for service and Nile retook the lead in the #72.  Nile never looked back, leading the final 42 laps to take his second win of 2016.  Jared Mogard was second, followed by Justin Blackdeer in third, Michael Atkins, Jr. in fourth and Andrew McCall in fifth.

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Foose expanded his championship lead by two points, now leading Vaade by four points as the Super Late Model Tour heads to the Championship Final 4 Finale at Richmond International Raceway on November 2nd.

Atlanta to Open 2017 Xfinity Series

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(CLEVELAND, OH) The 2017 ASRS Xfinity Series will kick off one week earlier than expected as Atlanta Motor Speedway will open the season January 3rd, 2017.

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The 1.54 mile quad oval hosted the Xfinity Series in 2016, as a capacity crowd watched Robby Baskins steer his #46 Camaro to victory.

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Atlanta fills a gap in the schedule, as Charlotte Motor Speedway was the lone quad oval on the 2017 schedule prior to the opening round being set for Atlanta.

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“There were discussions about taking this event to Texas for 2017 and alternating between Texas and Atlanta each year, so the schedule wasn’t over loaded with all three of the quad oval tracks, but Atlanta has proven itself a worthy host and we expect great racing once again in 2017” said Jim Foose.  “This is the earliest start that I think we have ever had at ASRS, but our drivers asked for more races in the Xfinity Series and for the occasional longer race, so we added the 200 lap race at Bristol and bumped a few of the 1.5 mile tracks to 150 mile races”.

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Other date alignments made to the 2017 schedule include pushing the Daytona race to February 14th, it was scheduled for February 7th, and moving the Las Vegas event that was originally scheduled for February 28th to February 7th.  Chicagoland has switched dates with Kansas, moving Chicagoland to the season finale.

Harnish Takes Talladega Thriller

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(TALLADEGA, AL) The Camping World Truck Series kicked off the “home stretch” of the 2016 season, as the tailgaters invaded Talladega, Alabama for the first of five straight races to end the 2016 campaign.  With championship hopes on the line and the “big one” looming the championship contenders just hoped to escape Talladega with minimal damage.  Five drivers failed to qualify for the Fred’s 125 at Talladega: Jared Morgan, Allen McEwen, Jake Douglas, Kris Titus and Travis Wright.

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Jamie Vaughn led the field to the green after scoring the Driven Designz Pole Award, Baskins-Vaughn Motorsports teammate Pete Baskins started outside the front row.  Jamie Vaughn would fail to lead a lap in the #19, but Pete Baskins took the lead early.  Jason Stewart drafted his #1 Chevrolet to the lead on lap three and held it for two laps before Pete Baskins drafted by to retake the lead briefly.  Five lead changes occurred in the first eight laps as the competition raced door to door through much of the 32 truck field.

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The first caution flew on lap eight as the #33 of Tom Giannini and #10 Jared Mogard made contact collecting Steve Buhala’s #43 Chevy.  The green flag flew once again on lap 12 before the second and final caution flew three laps later as the #84 David Boden and Danny Rodgers collided causing a multi-truck pile up in the tri-oval.

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The green flag flew once again on lap 20.  The crew chiefs knew that none of the drivers could stretch the fuel to the end of the race.  Two incidents failed to bring out the caution flag.  Robby Baskins’ #46 came to a stop on the backstretch but refired before drawing a caution, Baskins’ entered the Fred’s 125 as the championship points leader and would be relegated to a 21st place finish.

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The battle at the end of the race came as Zack Calloway stretched his fuel as far as he could, before pitting on lap 39, handing the lead over to Jason Stewart.  Stewart would give up the lead two laps later as Jordan Harnish led a pack of Toyotas into the top five.

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Harnish would hold on to win his first Camping World Truck Series race of 2016, holding off Zac Bozanich at the finish line, Ty Hester was third followed by Ben Nile and Calloway in fifth.

Robby Baskins continues to lead the championship standings in the #46, but lost a sizable amount of points as Zack Calloway moved to second in the championship 10 points back, while Jim Foose fell to third -11.  The Camping World Truck Series heads to Richmond International Raceway next week.

Pro Series Gets Twin 75 mile races at Daytona for 2017!

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(CLEVELAND, OH) Fresh off a successful visit to Talladega SuperSpeedway last Wednesday, the ASRS Skeebe Flob’s Kettle Corn Pro Series is adopting a short track feel to it’s biggest race in 2017.

The February 15th Daytona race will now run 150 miles, that sounds simple enough.  But, the Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn Pro Series will adopt the highly popular twin race format from the Super Late Model Tour, splitting the 150 mile race into two 30 lap, 75 mile events paying full points.

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The lead lap drivers will be inverted following the first twin (which will be run in the late afternoon sun) setting the grid for the second twin (run under the lights at night).  All remaining drivers will be lined up in their finishing position for the second event.  Drivers who are knocked out of the first race will be eligible to compete in the second twin.

“Restrictor plate racing is a different animal for sure, but our group feels we can bring a little more spice to this race by adopting this format and creating two action packed races instead of one race with an action filled final few laps” ASRS President Jim Foose said.  “There is no time to lag back in a 30 lap race, it becomes a priority to get to the front as soon as possible for these drivers and that’s what we are here to see”.

Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn to Sponsor Pro Series

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(CLEVELAND, OH) The ASRS Pro Series is just two races into it’s return and already has a name change, Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn has joined ASRS to become the title sponsor of the ASRS Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn Pro Series.  (Yes, that’s a mouthful but once you try Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn you will have a mouth full of tasty kettle corn!)

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The partnership which became active this week, will sponsor the remaining races on the 2016 schedule as well as the entire 2017 schedule and will include sponsorship of the October 26th event at South Boston Speedway.

“The Pro Series features many of the local short tracks and Skeeber Flob’s knows the importance of supporting local businesses” said Jonathan Holstein, driver of the #70 Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn Chevrolet.

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Team owner Lee Staples of L.A. SimSport had the following to say about ASRS and the Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn Pro Series;  “The ASRS is on an upward trajectory and the sky”s the limit. Our team just left a league with dwindling car counts to join Jim Foose”s league and the difference is like night and day. Jim puts in the hard work that’s required to run this thing everyday and it shows. His dedication to this league over many many years has been unwavering.The Pro Series provides a platform to bring life back to cars that were discarded years ago. Cars aren’t made for museums, or to rust in junkyards, they are made to race. I can speak for all of my teammates at L.A. Simsport that we are truly excited to be racing in a league for the first time in a long time. We look forward to competing in the Pro Series and all ASRS Series for 2017.”

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ASRS President Jim Foose called the partnership “the biggest thing to happen to ASRS this year, to have a partner join us in this great series and help us build it is excellent, our drivers already know that we have great racing here at ASRS, but now we have even more resources to spread the word and grow the series along with growing the Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn brand”.

An additional prize is now on the table for drivers, if a race goes caution free Jonathan Holstein has donated $5 to a random driver in the field, so you don’t have to win the race to collect the prize.

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The ASRS Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn Pro Series heads back to the track Wednesday, October 26th at South Boston Speedway, before heading to Florida for the final two races at Homestead-Miami Speedway November 16th and Five Flags Speedway November 30th.

Rodgers Tops Talladega Pro Series

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(TALLADEGA, AL) The ASRS Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn Pro Series roared into Talladega Superspeedway for the series debut on a superspeedway.  With 26 drivers in attendance for the 100 mile “high speed chess match”, the Pro Series impressed for the second race in a row.

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James Poleske led the field to the green flag in the #93 and was joined by Jake Douglas on the front row.  Poleske showed early speed, leading five laps in the race’s first 14 laps before a mechanical failure sent the #14 to the garage and out of the race.  Jordan Harnish in the #2 emerged as a contender for the win early on, battling with Poleske and Douglas for the lead as the three shuffled back and forth several times.

The first of four cautions flew on lap 7 as Justin Fuller’s #54 got turned in the tri-oval and sent airborne after contact with the wall.

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Another caution flew quickly, on lap 12, as Justin Vaughn and Gary Nichols crashed, ending both drivers’ races early.  That set up pit stops for all the drivers, with  22 drivers remaining on the track.  Another caution set up a nine lap dash to the checkered flag.

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The green flag remained out until the race’s final caution brought the race to a close when the infamous “big one” occurred.  Second place Jake Douglas and Jim Foose made contact, sending both drivers spinning into the pack and collecting nearly 15 cars.  Danny Rodgers was able to squeak by the crash to take the lead and the win.

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Rodgers scored his first ASRS win in the #22 car, Lee Staples was second, Jared Mogard third, Jamie Vaughn and Allan Young rounded out the top five.

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Mogard, the winner at the Richmond season opener leads the championship by nine points over Foose, Michael Atkins, Jr., Collin Penn and Ty Hester all reside in the top five all separated by 14 points.

Next up for the ASRS Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn Pro Series; South Boston Speedway and the Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn 125 October 26th.