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2018 Off to Great Start

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When 52 drivers attempted to qualify for the 36 starting positions in Tuesdays Twitchy Race Reports Premier Cup Series #Back2Cup 200 at Richmond Raceway, it marked the start of another season for the American Sim Racing Series.  That number was backed up by over 20 drivers competing in the newly re-organized Home Tracks Series Dirt Racing Series.

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While 20 drivers is nowhere near the number the TRR Premier Cup Series and Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series draws, it marked an improvement over the dirt races of 2017.

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“It’s a culmination of many hours of hard work, dedication and doing follow ups with our members to find something that appeals to almost everybody” says Jim Foose, ASRS President.  “For years, I wanted to form a road course series, and never could get it to take off well enough to sustain it past a couple races, but when dirt came along I saw an opportunity to bring that form of racing to our members and the dirt has been equally beneficial to our other series in that it has attracted talent to the Cup and Truck Series as well as the asphalt side of the Home Tracks Series”.

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What seems to working well is the longer race formats, allowing drivers to race the track and play strategy games in these races.  “In a 100 lap or 100 mile race, you pretty much get one pit stop and you have to get it perfect to have a shot at the win, with these 200 mile races, you have two or three opportunities to pit the car, try to make up time and if it all falls right, you might be in a position to win the race” Foose stated.

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Foose still has a few remaining race sponsorships to cover, including the Cup races at Auto Club, Bristol, Texas, Darlington and Martinsville.  “We’ll get it done, I’m sure of that.  It’s just taking a bit longer than I wanted but it we will have sponsors on those races I’m sure”.

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Prime Time Racing TV has stepped in to broadcast all 41 Twitchy Race Reports Premier Cup and Sam Maxwell Truck Series, and brought a high level of professionalism to the broadcasts that was not seen with previous broadcasters.

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In Foose’s crystal ball, he sees a few things coming to ASRS, maybe as soon as later this year.  “Tom (Giannini) has started working on a few things that would allow us to host rallycross style events and the interest level seems very high from our membership, but finding the time slot that will work and where it would fit into our program is making the process a little slower than normal.  Midgets will be racing here later this year, but the issue is that we need some smaller dirt tracks like Limaland and Kokomo to give us the authentic midget racing feel.  Additionally, the Tour Modifieds are likely going to close out the inaugural Home Tracks Series schedule in the fall” Foose said.

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Home Track Series Announced, Super Late Models Returning in 2018

 

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(CLEVELAND, OH) Much of the news lately at ASRS has been about the Twitchy Race Reports Premier Cup Series #Back2Cup season but there has been plenty of work being done for the future of short track sim racing at ASRS.

Beginning in 2018, all short track series will be condensed under one banner as the ASRS Home Tracks Series is born.  What exactly is the Home Tracks Series? It is the combination of four quarterly series featuring the best asphalt and dirt short track racing.  For the first quarter of 2018, the Home Tracks Series will feature the Dirt Racing Series with the 410 Winged Sprints and UMP Modifieds filling the card for the months of January and February.  Once March rolls around, the Home Tracks Series will feature the Super Late Model Tour.

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The Super Late Model Tour will enter 2018 as one of the longest running series at ASRS, dating all the way back to the inaugural season in 2002.  There have been format changes, the schedules have changed and even the car has changed over the past 16 years, but the tradition of short track late model racing continues for ASRS.  The Super Late Model Tour will visit Myrtle Beach Speedway for the first time since 2010, and the first time on the iRacing service April 18th.  Irwindale Speedway will return after a one year absence on the schedule that will also see The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway return after a successful inaugural run in 2017.  The season finale moves to Southern National Motorsports Park on May 30th.

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“Short track racing is what ASRS was founded on, we’ve taken great pride in our short track program all these years and look to build on the foundation we have to include more” stated ASRS President Jim Foose.  “With the 20th running of the online All American 400 in the books for us, there is quite a bit left in the tank for us and these short tracks.  It almost didn’t happen, but many of the guys who took part in the many years of great short track racing here and myself just couldn’t let it go”.

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The remaining two seasons of the ASRS Home Tracks Series are still a work in progress.  Atleast one former short track series is likely to fill one of the slots but that has yet to be determined if it will be the Pro Series car or the Tour Modifieds.

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“I’d like to find a way to work the dirt midgets into the program this year and several of our members have requested the NASCAR Whelen Modifieds to be a part of the schedule.  Nothing is confirmed yet, but I was quite impressed with the exhibition race we put on with the Tour Modifieds during the off season” Foose continued.

Sam Maxwell Ironman Award Coming to ASRS in 2018

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The American Sim Racing Series and Sam Maxwell Customs have announced an award for the 2018 season that will reward drivers who compete in and complete the most events.

As part of the Ironman Challenge, drivers will earn points by completing miles (1 mile=1 point) in any ASRS sanctioned points paying event.  Events such as the All American 400, December Dirt Week, All Star Race and qualifying races will not count towards a driver’s total miles driven.

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Sam Maxwell Customs will provide the driver completing the most miles with a one year iRacing.com Motorsport Simulation subscription (valued at $110).

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“Sam wanted to provide a prize for someone who competes in as many ASRS races as possible during the calendar year and this award not only promotes competing in all the races, but also in rewarding drivers who complete races competitively” stated ASRS President Jim Foose.  “The Sam Maxwell Customs Ironman adds value to ever lap run over the course of the year, that’s something Sam views as highly valued among competitors.  It is not enough to merely start each race, but finishing these races competitively is where the real value is and should be” Foose continued.

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Twitchy Race Reports Brings ASRS #Back2Cup in 2018!

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Twitchy Race Reports Bringing ASRS #Back2Cup The American Sim Racing Series drivers are back home resting up after the holidays and preparing for what is about to come. What is coming is a very exciting time for ASRS. The series is back to featuring the premier Cup Series racecars and the drivers and fans could not be more excited.

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On tap for this season is 16 races from tracks ranging from the tiny paperclip in Martinsville to the monstrous D-shaped oval of Talladega. The races will put the drivers to the test as they will be much longer than their Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series counterparts.

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An added treat for the upcoming season will be the addition of broadcasting by Prime Time Racing TV. Drivers always enjoy performing well in a spotlight and there can be no bigger spotlight than a broadcasted race. Broadcasted races are always appreciated by the iRacing community and cannot happen without the dedication of the sponsors. Twitchy Race Reports, Sam Maxwell Customs and all of our sponsors will play an integral role in the upcoming season through their series sponsorship and various race sponsorships. We at ASRS are very gracious for their willingness to bring more fun and excitement to the league.

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ASRS President Jim Foose commented when asked about the addition of the Premier Cup Series to the ASRS stable of series: “Bringing Cup back to ASRS has been a goal of mine the last two years, it’s something I’ve felt we needed to be a destination iRacing league. With the help of Twitchy Race Reports we are making it happen.”

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Competition director Tom Giannini was just as enthusiastic about the upcoming season: “I’m extremely excited for this season, not only as the competition director, but as a driver as well. I feel it is going to be one of our most competitive and fun seasons to date. With how the Cup cars drive, the length of the races and the level of competition, how can you not be excited to compete for a spot in the Chase and make some noise in the playoffs?”

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The Playoffs will return to ASRS for the upcoming season with a 12 race regular season followed by the Round of 10. The Round of 10 consists of three races and will determine the field for the Final Championship Four at the Homestead Miami Speedway. Be sure to tune into Prime Time Racing TV and follow along with all of the action when the series takes the first green flag of 2018 at Richmond International Raceway for the #Back2Cup 200! The green flag will fly at approximately 9:00 p.m. Eastern time on January 9th!

ASRS Gearing Up for Big 2018

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(CLEVELAND, OH) The dust has barely settled on the 2017 season, with the Inaugural December Dirt Week Presented by Ares Sportswear wrapping up the most competitive season to date of American Sim Racing Series action.

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Over 40 drivers visited victory lane during the 2017 campaign that saw the birth of the Dirt Racing Series, the continued growth of the Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series, and much more action in the Short Track Pro Series, Super Late Model Tour, Sportsman Truck Series and Xfinity Series.

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The growth of the Truck Series, highlighted by longer races in 2018 will expand the Playoffs to include 12 drivers in 2018. The growth of the Truck Series also brought about the addition of the Twitchy Race Reports Premier Cup Series to the 2018 slate which replaces the Xfinity Series with a 16 race schedule on Tuesdays when the Truck Series is off. The Cup Series will feature longer races with full fuel loads in an effort to add more strategy, reward drivers who race hard but also race with the “big picture” in mind. A bonus point will be awarded at the half-way point to the race leader. All Tuesday night events will be broadcasted on PrimeTime Racing TV, which got a head start on broadcasting with the final two races of the ASRS Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series. Drivers will have to race a little more carefully as the incident limit will be dropped by 4 incident points to 13.

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“We’re coming off what is perhaps our best season ever, we saw close competition in each series, great races and overall I feel everybody had fun in 2017” said ASRS President Jim Foose. “We made a few changes for 2018 including bringing in a new Competition Director to take some of the burden off of me allowing a bit of free time and less worry each week. I believe one of the biggest changes for the league is going to be the longer races and that’s something I am very interested in watching play out all year.”

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Wednesday nights will continue to feature short tracks and dirt racing. The Dirt tracks will knock the dust off of the 2018 season as they will kick the Wednesday night series off January 10th.

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Kohan Wins 2017 All Star Race

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The stars were out in the afternoon in Joliet, Illinois for the 2017 edition of the American Sim Racing Series All Star Race. 24 drivers, all of which have won a race though out the past calendar year, found themselves racing for the title of “best of the best.”
Nicholas Kohan picked up where he ended in last year’s All Star event and that is first place. He laid down a blistering lap, edging out Sam Maxwell for the pole. The series utilized an open qualifying procedure for this event as a test of sorts for next season. Jordan Ashelin qualified third with rivals Ty Hester and Jared Mogard rounding out the top 5.

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The league instituted a smaller fuel tank for this one-off event and it paid off with multiple differing strategies. Some teams opting to short pit and maximize tire gains while some teams staying out as long as possible and trying to catch the field a lap down with a yellow flag. The latter is exactly what would happen halfway through the race. Nicholas Kohan and Mitch Brown were the biggest beneficiaries of the timely yellow flag. It would be Kohan and Brown that would lead most of the event with Kohan’s 83 laps led and Brown’s 40 laps led constituting for 91% of the race. The other lap leaders included Tom Giannini (5), Danny Rodgers (4) and Sam Maxwell (2).

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The last leg of the race would feature a thrilling battle between the #57 of Kohan and the #81 of Brown with Kohan eventually besting Brown , pulling away to a six second advantage at the drop of the checkered flag. Brown’s teammates Jason Stewart and Danny Rodgers finished 3rd and 4th with Scott Smith finishing 5th, respectively.

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We at ASRS are extremely excited to see what 2018 brings with the addition of the Cup Series cars. The racing tonight was phenomenal with a theme of “clean and green.”

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Congrats to Nicholas Kohan on his reclamation of the “best of the best” crown for 2017.

Twitchy Race Reports to Sponsor 2018 Premier Cup Series

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(CLEVELAND, OH) With the 2017 season coming to an end here at ASRS we got our sights set on the 2018 season. Coming off what was a successful 20th Annual All American 400 and with a big block buster #DecemberDirtWeek coming it’s only fitting to make even more news. It’s already been announced that in 2018 the Premier Cup Series featuring the Monster Energy Cup Cars on iRacing will take the place of the Xfinity Cars on Tuesday Night’s in 2018. The Cup Series will run on the Tuesdays in which the SMC Truck Series is off. The 16-race season which has already drawn lots of attention and excitement is sure to draw more.

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On behalf of Jim Foose and ASRS we are happy to announce that Twitchy Race Reports has come on board to be the title sponsor of the Premier Cup Series.

We caught up with founder and owner of TRR Jared Mogard. Jared had this to say about being the title sponsor in 2018, “I’m happy to come on board and be a bigger part of what Jim has put together at ASRS. TRR became a sponsor when iRacing released its dirt stuff being the title sponsor of the Twitchy Race Reports Triple Crown Late Model series. We followed that up with sponsoring the Championship in the Dirt Street Stocks, and recently announced TRR will again be a part of the big dirt race coming up in December. So, it was only fitting to take it a step further and become a title sponsor and the Cup Series seemed to be the perfect place to do just that. ASRS has one of if not the best racers in it with tight, hard, and competitive racing which is what basically sealed the deal to take it a step further and do something big. I look forward to the Cup Series and seeing who will be the 2018 Twitchy Race Reports Premier Cup Series Champion.”

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ASRS President Jim Foose stated “We put many hours into making improvements to our league and looking at what the next step would be, by mid-season we gained traction on the idea of going #Back2Cup and we started work on building what was the Xfinity Series in 2017 into the Premier Cup Series.  We had obligations to another league that ran “Cup Series” cars and didn’t want to step on toes or break our agreement with them, so the goal was set to do this in 2018 and Jared came to me in the early stages and offered his assistance and support.  League members were polled on tracks, a schedule was released and revised again when we polled league members in September regarding a particular track that had made the early cut but didn’t put on an entertaining race in the Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series, so that changed.  It’s been a total team effort getting this going and I’m really excited about the first green flag of 2018 being the debut of #Back2Cup and the ASRS Twitchy Race Reports Premier Cup Series!”

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The TRR Premier Cup Series is scheduled to kick off its 16-race season January 9th. If you want to get in on the action be sure to check out americansimracing.com to get into the league and take part in what is already shaping up to be a bigger and better 2018 season at ASRS!!!!

Ares Sportswear Sponsors Broadcast of December Dirt Week

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(CLEVELAND, OH) Ares Sportswear, a Columbus, Ohio screenprinting and embroidery business, will be the presenting sponsor of the American Sim Racing Series December Dirt Week event, bringing the event live to everyone through a live broadcast on SR Broadcasting.

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December Dirt Week Presented by Ares Sportswear is a three day event featuring six types of iRacing Motorsports Simulation dirt track race cars.  The event will feature the 410 Winged Sprint Cars, Super Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Non-Winged Sprint Cars, Street Stocks and Legends Cars battling at iRacing’s Lanier National Speedway dirt track.

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Several ASRS regulars and quite a few dirt track specialists have submitted entries for what will be the official sendoff event of the 2017 season.  ASRS Dirt Racing Series Champion Brad Cross, who swept all three dirt championships plus the Twitchy Race Reports Triple Crown Late Model event joins other dirt winners Stephen Pearce, Kris Titus, Jim Foose, Matt Vaade, John Kennedy and Brandon Boyd.

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“I can’t thank Ares Sportswear and Steve Ritter enough for their support of this event, I had the pleasure of meeting Steve at a dirt race this summer and am very happy to see him return to ASRS this fall after a two year absence” ASRS President Jim Foose said.  “The work that Ares Sportswear does is top notch and anyone looking for high quality team shirts, hoodies, etc. should check them out first”.

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Additionally Adrenaline Fix Karting, Kirkwood Transportation and Twitchy Race Reports have joined as #DecemberDirtWeek Sponsors

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Areswear.com allows customers to create and to customize their own designs in ways not currently possible on the Web and to see what the designs will look like on their T-shirts, sweatshirts, uniforms and more. Close-ups of garment features, real-time price quotes and size charts on the new site also give customers more reasons to choose Ares.

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The only question that remains to be answered is: “Who Will be the King of December Dirt Week Presented by Ares Sportswear”, you’ll have to tune into OffCamberTV December 12th, 13th & 14th to find out!

Kirkwood Transportation Kicks Off December Dirt Week Championship Prize

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(CLEVELAND, OH) Kirkwood Transportation has joined the American Sim Racing Series as a championship prize sponsor for the Inaugural December Dirt Week event set to run December 12-14th at iRacing’s Lanier National Speedway dirt track.

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“I’ve known Todd (Kirkwood) for many years, we’ve raced together and have partnered on several projects over the years. He wanted to give the drivers an incentive to race the entire six races that make up December Dirt Week” said ASRS President Jim Foose.

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Kirkwood put up the first $25 for the driver earning the most points in five of the six events.  A driver’s worst finish (or one DNS) will be dropped from the final tally.  Drivers receive points based on finishing position with the Winner receiving 15 points, 2nd place receiving 10 points, third 9 and down to a single point awarded for all drivers finishing outside of the top 10.  No bonus points will be awarded for leading laps.  In the event of a tie for the championship; the number of wins will be the first tie-breaker, with the sixth event finish being the second tie-breaker.

Registration for the Inaugural December Dirt Week are ongoing at www.americansimracing.com, look for “Dirt Week” on the top menu.

Foose Takes Sportsman at Myrtle Beach

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(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) Jim Foose is the all time win’s leader at ASRS, but was winless for over a year before venturing into Myrtle Beach Speedway and the Coffman Racing Graphics Sportsman Truck Series.

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Jonathon Holstein led the field to the green flag with Jim Foose along side for the green flag.  Holstein would shoot to the lead with Foose on his tailgate.  Foose’s race would take an unexpected turn midway through the race when Steve Buhala made contact with Foose’s #42 and sent both drivers spinning.  Both drivers were able to continue on.

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The race was on as Holstein remained on the track without pitting.  The battle for the lead heated up after the 3/4 mark, with Foose closing in fast on Holstein.  The two made contact with less than 20 to go, Foose cleared Holstein to take the lead while Holstein’s #70 slammed the outside wall.

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Foose would fend off Jeremy Banning in the closing laps, but in the end it was Foose adding to his win total.  Banning was second, Austin Foutch finished third Josh Siddon and Steve Buhala rounded out the top five.