McGuire, Kohan, Brown and Stewart Transfer to All Star Showdown!

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(CONCORD, NC) The stars of ASRS headed to Charlotte Motor Speedway Tuesday evening for the Inaugural All Star Shootout, a race featuring non-winning drivers who made at least one race start  in 2016.  Among the field were 2015 ASRS Cup Series Champion Nick Kohan, who failed to meet the minimum start requirement to automatically qualify for the Driven Designz All Star Showdown which runs on December 13th.

Kohan was able to secure the pole position and speed to victory in the first segment, which went caution free until the competition caution was thrown to end segment #1 after 24 laps were completed.

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With Kohan transferred, Beau McGuire took command of the field, which saw the green flag return on lap 30.  McGuire would lead the final 24 laps en route to taking the victory and transferring into the All Star Showdown.  Mitch Brown finished second after a last lap pass on Lee Staples, transferring the #48 GoPro Chevrolet to the big show.

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Jason Stewart finished sixth, but picked up the fan vote with over 36% of the votes going to him.

Drivers have two weeks to prepare for the Driven Designz All Star Showdown, as the race takes place December 13th at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  All 2016 ASRS winners and past league champions are eligible to compete (league champions must have started five or more events in 2016 to qualify).

Mogard Takes Kentucky Win, Clinches Championship

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(SPARTA, KY) After a short break from racing, while the All American 400 was run, the Skeeber Flob’s Kettle Corn Pro Series was back in action at the 1.5 mile Kentucky Speedway.  Jared Mogard had build up a comfortable lead in the championship and looked to clinch his first ASRS championship.

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Mogard kicked off the 100 mile race on the right foot, leading the field in qualifying and leading the way to the green flag.  Mogard would lead 54 of the 67 laps and made a late race pass on Ernest Smith, Jr. to retake the lead and score the victory.

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With Mogard scoring the victory, Smith was second followed by James Poleske in third, Jordan Harnish and Tom Giannini rounded out the top five.

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With his victory, Mogard extended his championship lead to 40 points and clinched his first ASRS championship.  Jim Foose sits second in the championship with Ty Hester third just three points behind Foose.  The Skeeber Flob’s Pro Series heads to Five Flags Speedway on November 30th for the season finale.

Hester Wins at Homestead, Foose the Champion

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(HOMESTEAD, FL) While the spotlight was shining on Robby Baskins and Jim Foose as they raced for the championship in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Ty Hester snuck in and stole the show.  Six points separated the championship leader Baskins from Foose in second.

Justin Vaughn and Michael Atkins, Jr. led the field of 32 to the green flag, Vaughn jumped to an early lead in the #7 and led three laps.  Atkins took over the lead just before the race’s first caution flew for a crash that sent the #29 of Lee Staples flipping wildly.

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Early on it looked as if Robby Baskins would cruise to the championship as his #46 was running inside the top 10 while Jim Foose’s #42 was outside the top 20.  But as the race went green, Foose advanced his position and Baskins fell back.

Late in the going, things changed when Danny Rodgers, John Kennedy and Zack Calloway crashed coming out of turn 4, as the trucks spun both Jim Foose and Robby Baskins were collected in the carnage.  Baskins would lose a lap in the pits, but Foose remained on the lead lap and that’s where the championship battle swung a different way.

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On an ensuing restart, Baskins was collected in another incident, one that Foose narrowly avoided.  With a handful of laps left, Foose had to hold six drivers between himself and Baskins, however it wasn’t easy as the #42 had suffered heavy damage in the earlier incident.

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Meanwhile at the front, Ty Hester led the field in the closing laps after a three wide battle for the lead ended in Sam Maxwell’s #68 getting destroyed.  That set the field up for a green-white-checkered finish with Hester pulling away from Zac Bozanich and taking his first victory of 2016.

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With Hester taking the checkered flag, Bozanich was second, followed by Tom Giannini third, Justin Vaughn fourth and Allen McEwen rounded out the top five.

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Jim Foose was able to take the 2016 ASRS Camping World Truck Series Championship by four points over Robby Baskins.  It was Foose’s seventh Truck Series Championship.

Dirt Becoming a Little Clearer

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When iRacing announced that dirt racing was coming to the service, many questioned the timeline of “later this year”.  Last week, iRacing showed off three shiny new dirt cars.

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The Dirt Late Model represents one of the most competitive racing divisions on dirt.  Several sanctioning bodies hold races and thousands of racers strap into their dirt late models each weekend at small tracks across America.

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The fan favorite dirt car and arguably the most popular dirt series is the Sprint Car.  From the World of Outlaws to weekly short track racing the Sprint Car is a universal platform.  Each series may have different rules pertaining to engines, tires and other technical elements, but the bare car is raced just about everywhere in the country, and internationally in places like Australia.

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That brings us to the grassroots racers, racing in Small Town USA at bullrings that dot the map quite heavily.  The Street Stock ranges from an entry level racing series to big dollar traveling series depending on the geographical location.  It’s usually a fan favorite since the drivers generally are lesser experienced and action occurs all over the track.

So what does all this have to do with ASRS?  The dirt series is expected to hit full throttle in the upcoming summer.  But first, iRacing has to release the first wave of dirt cars and tracks, and that is coming in three weeks.

All Star Race Announced

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Calling all 2016 ASRS race winners!  The ASRS Driven Designz All Star Showdown is coming December 13th at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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And non-winners are going to run a Shootout to qualify for the All Star Showdown on November 29th.

Both races will use the Cup Series car and will run at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Additionally there is a “Fan Vote” going on at http://americansimracing.com/sites/asrs2016/fan-vote/.  One driver will qualify for the All Star Showdown by receiving the most votes.

 

Owen and Galvin Take 19th All American 400 Crown

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(LAKELAND, FL) The 19th Annual Online All American 400, one of the longest running online races, is now in the books.  The 19th edition of the race brought about a new format and new date, after running Saturday nights since 2006, and running last year a week later in the year.  This time around, the All American 400 settled on a Wednesday-Thursday format with 200 lap events for the Super Late Model Tour Wednesday and the Pro Late Model on Thursday.

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Dale Owen led 138 laps en route to victory in Wednesday’s Super Late Model 200 after starting on the pole.  That race featured 10 cautions for 50 laps as 30 drivers took to the 3/4 mile USA International Speedway.  Jared Mogard was second, followed by Ty Hester third, Travis Wright and Jonathan Holstein rounded out the top five.

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Thursday’s Pro Late Model 200 saw more cautions, as drivers adjusted to a car many had not driven since 2013.  15 cautions flew and slowed the field for 77 of the 200 laps.  Jordan Harnish led 108 laps but it was Jason Galvin taking the win.  Jonathan Holstein was second, Mitch Brown third, Jordan Harnish fourth and Pete Baskins fifth.

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The 20th Annual Online All American 400 will run the same format, with dates confirmed to be November 8th and 9th, 2017.

Rodgers Storms to Phoenix Victory

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(AVONDALE, AZ) The penultimate round of the 2016 ASRS Camping World Truck Series hit the diamond in the desert, the one mile Phoenix International Raceway.  Phoenix provided drivers with an opportunity to pay tribute to legends of the sport, the founding fathers of the truck series, and their favorite drivers with retro paint schemes.  With 34 drivers attempting to qualify, Jake Morris and Steve Buhala failed to qualify for the 32 truck field.

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Michael Atkins, Jr. led the field to the green flag in his #44 One Main Financial Chevrolet, paying tribute to Bobby Hamilton’s final NASCAR win, the 2005 Ohio 250.  Robby Baskins joined Atkins on the front row in the Jeff Gordon, Buddy Baker, Scott Lagasse tribute truck.

Early race cautions gave way to a moderate period of green flag racing mid-race, but the amount of cautions put a premium on track position since drivers could not pass under caution.  Several drivers established themselves as favorites for the win, Ty Hester led a race high 25 laps in the #36 Spears tribute Toyota.

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Championship leader Robby Baskins was involved in the race’s biggest crash on lap 45 when Jamie Vaughn spun off turn 4 and came up the track collecting Baskins.  Jim Foose, sitting second in the championship, was collected in the incident, but continued on.  Baskins was damaged beyond repair and relegated to a 27th place finish.

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Danny Rodgers emerged as a contender over the final third of the race, leading 21 laps in the #22 Chevy Silverado and holding off teammate Jake Douglas who finished 2nd.  Jared Mogard led 12 laps en route to a third place finish, Tom Giannini was fourth and rookie Kevin Mingus finished fifth.

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Robby Baskins still leads the championship standings as the Camping World Truck Series heads to the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway next week, by just six points over Jim Foose who took advantage of an eight place finish to cut the points lead down from 25 entering Phoenix.

19th Annual All American 400 is Here!

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Fifty entries were received from drivers looking to compete in the 19th Annual All American 400, which this year will run as a mid-week special featuring two-200 lap main events for the Super Late Model Tour and the Pro Late Models.

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Among the entries received are three-time All American 400 Champion Chuck Chamblee, 2003 winner and newly crowned 2016 ASRS Super Late Model Tour Champion Matt Vaade, and Jim Foose, who is entered in his 14th All American 400.

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“As one of the longest running online races, this event has seen many formats and several changes over the years” said ASRS President Jim Foose.  “This year’s line up is one of the most competitive I have seen in my 14 years of racing in it, it’s a prestigious race and one that every short track iracer wants to win, it’s like the Daytona 500 for us, when you win the race you don’t become just a winner, you become a champion!”

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“There’s been much discussion of the hosting track for this event each year, and I would like nothing more than to return it to Nashville in 2017 for the 20th running, but that depends on many factors, some of which are out of my control” Foose continued.  “USA International has been a great host for the race and gives us that feel of the glory days at Nashville, it’s just a bit bigger and really suits these cars.  No other track on the iRacing service has that feel for us”.

 

Mogard wins at Richmond, Vaade takes Tied Championship

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(RICHMOND, VA) The season finale for the ASRS Super Late Model Tour took place Wednesday night at Richmond International Raceway  and nobody could have prepared for what was going to happen when the lights came on at the 3/4 mile d-shaped oval.  Jim Foose entered the night with a four point advantage over Matt Vaade in the championship standings.

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Jonathan Holstein led the field the green flag in the #70 Skeeber Flob’s Chevrolet as the field of 23 prepared for 100 laps of short track racing.  It didn’t take long for action to take place and championship battles to heat up.  Through it all seven cautions slowed the pace, while six drivers swapped the lead nine times.  Mogard took the lead for 81 laps and drove to victory at the end of the race.  Jordan Harnish was second, followed by Allan Young, Brad Cross and Ben Nile who rounded out the top five.

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Matt Vaade finished ninth after leading a lap mid-race, while Foose finished 12th after a penalty with 20 laps to go sent the #42 back down pit road.  Vaade and Foose tied for the championship lead, with Vaade winning out on the tie breaker (3 wins to Foose’s 2 wins).

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Next week the ASRS Super Late Model Tour is on track as part of the 19th Annual All American 400, running a 200 lap main event on Wednesday evening.  No points will be awarded for the All American 400.

Giannini Takes Texas Tussle

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(FORT WORTH, TX) Three races remained for the Camping World Truck Series as the tailgaters headed to Texas Motor Speedway, with a championship on the line drivers headed to one of the fastest tracks on the schedule.  35 drivers headed to Texas to qualify for the Longhorn 175K, three drivers failed to qualify: John Kennedy, Justin Levine and Brad Cross.

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Robby Baskins fired the first shot in his #46 Chevy as he won the pole for the 73 lap race, he was joined by Sam Maxwell on the front row.  Baskins jumped to an early lead before handing it off to Ty Hester.

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The race was slowed by none cautions, which kept the field behind the pace car for nearly half of the race.  The number of caution laps kept the lead changes down to three, Baskins, Hester and eventually Tom Giannini led the field, each for one time.  Baskins led a race high 47 laps.

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Giannini took the lead with 10 laps to go and never looked back as he scored his third win of the 2016 season.  Texas native Danny Rodgers was second, Sam Maxwell third, Jared Mogard was fourth with Brett Ladehoff rounding out the top five.

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Next up for the Camping World Truck Series, the penultimate round at Phoenix International Raceway Tuesday, November 8th.  Robby Baskins holds a 25 point lead over Jim Foose in the championship standings.