(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.
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.
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.
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.
The ASRS Triple Crown returns to action this December, as three distinct dirt cars hit the same track over three nights of racing after the turkey dinner has settled and the holiday shopping rush has begun.
The #DecemberDirtWeek Triple Crown will feature the 410 winged sprints, non winged sprint cars and Super Late Models racing around the track in 30 lap feature events. Each event will feature qualifying heat races and last chance qualifiers if necessary that run before the feature event.
Tuesday, December 12th will feature the Non Wing Sprints as the feature event.
Wednesday, December 13th will feature the Super Late Model 30 Lap Main Event.
Thursday, December 14th will be all about the winged 410 sprints.
Originally, the dirt cars were going to hit USA International Speedway two weeks after the All American 400, however plans changed once the ASRS DIRT RACING SERIES raced on the ¾ mile track and the majority of drivers agreed the track was just a little too big for the close racing expected from the dirt cars. “I originally thought Lakeland would be perfect for this kind of event, but we didn’t put on very good races there in our first trip on dirt and for a marquee event like this I thought we would be better off at a smaller venue and one with actual dirt racing history” Jim Foose stated.
Eldora Speedway is expected to host the event. The Triple Crown will be the send off for the 2017 season, as it is the final event on the 2017 calendar.
(DAYTONA BEACH, FL) #64 Wins Daytona Sportsman Race The ASRS Sportsman Truck Series field rolled into Daytona for a little fun at the beach and then even more fun under the lights at the Daytona International Speedway. Scott Smith came in riding high after a recent surge of momentum has seen his #21 truck to the head of the points standings. Only two other drivers remain in contention and they are the #25 of Kris Titus (-3) and the #15 of Jeremy Banning (-12).
The series had been off since July 30th when Brandon Boyd dominated the field at Eldora winning the pole and then the race. The pole for this race would go to Pat Rusha and his #05 machine. Edward Bray nabbed the outside of the front row followed by points leader Scott Smith in 3rd, Lee Staples in 4th and Michael Cunic in 5th. The big one struck early when the #59 of Tyler Reed made contact with the #34 of Michael Cunic on lap 4. The #34 would slide down the front stretch on his roof in what would prove to be a scary accident. Unfortunately, points contender Jeremy Banning was involved in the wreck and his night was be over early. Kris Titus also received damage in the melee but he would continue on. Points leader Scott Smith lucked out when his #21 made it through the wreck unscathed.
After the wreck, only 11 of the 18 starters of the race were able to stay with the lead pack of cars on the restart. The field of competitive cars would dwindle down to just 7 by the time the field hit the halfway mark as some drivers lost the draft with their extensive damage. The class of the field was the two LA Simsport trucks of Edward Bray and Lee Staples. After a strong qualifying run, both drivers backed up their speed by dominating the field until the second caution flew on lap 24 when the #43 of Steve Buhala came down the track making contact with the #06 of Brandon Boyd. Boyd would make extremely hard contact with the inside wall. Buhala would come back up the track and collect the #5 of Scott Haller. On the ensuing pit stops, it would be Scott Smith that would find himself in the lead for the restart. Bray and Staples would use each other’s help to snatch the win from Smith. Calamity would ensue after the restart as there were several trucks that were wrecked but not badly enough to warrant a caution.
The race came down to five lead pack cars at the end of the race: Staples, Bray, Titus, Kennedy and Smith. Kennedy was the first victim to lose the draft with 4 to go, from there on out it was the LA Simsport tandem of Staples and Bray vs. the #25 of Titus and the points leader Scott smith. With 2 to go, Smith and Titus got to racing for 3rd leaving the battle for the win to the dominant cars of Staples and Bray.
Lee Staples held off his tandem partner for the win, his first in ASRS competition! Edward Bray finished a close second followed by Kris Titus, Scott Smith and John Kennedy. The series will roll into Myrtle Beach on August 27 for some close quarters short track action. Tune in!
The American Sim Racing Series has announced plans to bring back the “Cup Series” after a two year absence. The formula will change from what was used in 2015, the last season of Cup Series racing at ASRS. Race lengths are being increased to bring race lengths to 150-200 Miles.
While race lengths are being increased fuel loads are being decreased to 50% bringing more race strategy into the races, with tire and fuel management being at the forefront of the race winning strategy. The additional distance also allows a driver to overcome an early mistake.
Adding another wrinkle to the strategy of the races, a championship point will be awarded to the leader at the half-way point of the race. Additionally, bonus points will continue to be awarded for laps led and leading the most laps in a race.
Races will be held at NASCAR’s greatest race tracks, including Daytona, Martinsville, Texas and Indianapolis. Furthermore, a short “Raceoff” for the championship will take place with the final four races being contested with an elimination round prior to the season ending championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
“The schedule is very similar to 2014 in terms of us taking the best tracks and the most historical tracks and give them races while eliminating some redundancy with intermediate tracks” said ASRS President Jim Foose. “As it sits with the preliminary schedule we sent out to our drivers, Atlanta, Dover , Kansas, Michigan, Phoenix, Sonoma and Watkins Glen got left off the schedule. My plan is to rotate Atlanta and Texas each year, and possibly a rotation between a mile and a half track like Kentucky or Chicagoland will allow Michigan to be added to future schedules”. The Charlotte “Roval” also does not appear on the schedule and is awaiting an official iRacing scan of the exact layout being used.
Broadcasting is on the horizon for the ASRS Premier Cup Series, but is dependent on funding. Foose stated that “everything is on schedule to get that done before the current season wraps up”.
The official hashtag for the ASRS Cup Series will be #Back2Cup and several announcements will be coming throughout the remainder of the 2017 season as anticipation builds for the 2018 season.
(CLEVELAND, OH) Short tracks are making a come back this fall as the Short Track Pro Series is headed back on track. The 2017 Fall schedule will pay homage to the NASCAR Busch Series and will stop at many of the former bullrings that built the foundation of that racing tour.
The series will race 10 points paying races, using the NASCAR K&N Pro Series car and will add three new tracks to the rich history of the Short Track Pro Series with new stops at Myrtle Beach Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and the wildcard event at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Race lengths will remain nearly the same as in previous seasons, with most races running 100 laps or 100 miles. The Short Track Pro Series will race on Wednesday nights beginning September 13th.
By Tom Giannini
(BROOKLYN, MI) Sunday was a beautiful 78 degree in Brooklyn, Michigan. For the competitors of the ASRS Sportsman Series, the competition would prove to be a lot hotter. Tim Knott paced the series coming into the event with Scott Smith hot on his heels only 2 points back. Kris Titus was in 3rd only 12 points behind, Jeremy Banning was 4th behind 13 points, and John Kennedy rounded out the top 5 with a 20 point deficit.
Tim Knott would look to extend his points lead and things looked good for him early when he blew the field away for his second consecutive pole. Kris Titus started 2nd followed by Scott Smith, Travis Wright and Andrew Hoeft.
The race got off on the wrong foot when the #18 of Dominic Lee turned points contender Scott Smith on lap 1. Both competitors would save their racecars and continue on with minimal damage. The ensuing restart would see phenomenal side-by-side racing between Tim Knott and Kris Titus. Tim Knott would lurch out ahead of Titus and would hold the lead for several laps until another caution came out when the #05 of Pat Rusha sandwiched the #29 of Gary LaViolette into the wall. Under that caution, Tim Knott would pit but Kris Titus and several others would remain on track. From that point forward it would seem as if Kris Titus would not be denied.
The worst wreck of the day took place when the #39 of Josh Siddon was turned up the track in front of the #10 of Travis Wright. The heavy impact would send Siddon’s truck into the air.
On the ensuing restart, Kris Titus was still leading in his #25 Toyota. He would lead a race high 25 laps on the day. His lead would come to an end when green flag pit stops began. Several cars including Dominic Lee and Steve Buhala would remain out on the track as long as possible in an effort to catch a caution since neither driver could make it to the end. That effort would pay off as the #06 of Brandon Boyd would bring out a yellow with 5 to go when he spun exiting pit road following his green flag stop. The race would not go green following the spin but the race was far from over. With 5 to go, the leaders would have to stretch their fuel in order to complete the remaining laps. Coming to the white flag, Dominic Lee ran his #18 out of fuel. Steve Buhala would assume the lead on the last lap and would continue to clutch the car to victory. That would be the only lap led for the #43 en route to victory, his first in ASRS competition since 2012!
Scott Smith snatched the points lead from Kris Titus. Jeremy Banning, Tim Knott and John Kennedy fill out the rest of the top 5 as the series travels to Eldora to slide on some dirt. That race will take place on the night of July 30th, tune in!
ASRS is proud to announce a partnership with Perch’n, the leader in off-campus housing! Times are about to get exciting for fans and competitors of the American Sim Racing Series as the summer dirt season will soon be upon us. Perch’n has come to an agreement to sponsor the five race Sprint Car Series circuit which will begin on June 14th at Volusia Speedway.
Perch’n is a company specializing in helping college students all over the country find affordable off-campus housing. With the help of its intuitive website, students can search for housing options around their college, connect with other students in search of roommates, and buy or sell household belongings. Best of all, it is completely free to sign up for! It is an excellent alternative to the rising costs associated with college room and board. Check them out at www.perchn.com today!
By Tom Giannini
(FORT WORTH, TX) Coming into the fifth race of the Sportsman Truck Series, we have had two winners across four events. The dominance of John Kennedy and Michael Adkins on the season so far was the major storyline going in. Both drivers had won two races in a row and were in contention every week.
This race weekend at Texas Motor Speedway started out with Kris Titus on the pole. Kris Titus has been on a qualifying hot streak after coming off a pole in the previous week’s Sam Maxwell Customs event at Rockingham. Following Titus to the line would be Dominic Lee, an up and coming driver on the ASRS circuit of series. Scott Smith qualified 3rd, Tim Knott 4th and Brett Matthews rounded out the top 5.
Kris Titus would not have the kind of day he had hoped for off the pole. He would find trouble on the backstretch and be relegated to a DNF after leading 14 laps of the event. Overall, 6 out of the 17 drivers that entered the race would lead laps. That’s an astounding number showing just how competitive the field in the Sportsman Truck Series is. The other lap leaders included Scott Smith, Jeremy Banning, Pete Baskins, point leader John Kennedy and Scott Haller. The night would not be littered with many cautions but the ones we did have were for serious incidents. One incident saw the 04 of Thomas Wagner flipping down the backstretch in a spectacular wreck.
The last green flag run saw a thrilling battle between John Kennedy, Scott Smith, Jeremy Banning and Pete Baskins. John Kennedy appeared to be coasting to the win but the field would catch up to him when he used up his tires too quickly. Scott Smith would have to defend the lead from a charging Jeremy Banning and a pesky Pete Baskins who stayed among the leaders even though the driver of the 3 had not pitted on the last sequence of stops. Scott Smith went on to win the event under caution. Jeremy Banning finished 2nd, Pete Baskins held on for 3rd, John Kennedy amazingly held onto 4th after hitting the wall 3 times on the final run and Steve Buhala finished his late race charge with a top 5.
John Kennedy still remains atop the points standings followed by Scott Smith, Kris Titus, Tim Knott and Jeremy Banning. The series gets back underway on June 18 at Phoenix for the Father’s Day 60. Make sure to tune in! These up-and-comers have been putting on thrilling shows!
While other racing series are winding down their seasons, the Skeeber Flobs Kettle Corn Pro Serie will be coming to life with a new schedule and fun events planned for the fall season.
The schedule will be a throwback to the heyday of the now NASCAR Xfinity Series, featuring races at historic venues such as South Boston Speedway, Rockingham Speedway and the latest addition to the iRacing track offering: Myrtle Beach Speedway. This historic venues will be matched with newer tracks to the series such as Iowa Speedway and Kentucky Speedway for a well balanced schedule that features the tracks of yesterday and today.
The Skeeber Flobs Kettle Corn Pro Series will use the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Chevy Impala, fixed setups and limited fuel. The series will adopt a few additional regulations such as pit road limits (more to be decided as the series opener nears).
“When you look back at the Xfinity Series history, you see many smaller venues that held races until as recently as the early 2000s, those are the places the Xfinity Series has outgrown but we have not forgotten” said ASRS President Jim Foose. “Places like Myrtle Beach, IRP, South Boston and Rockingham built the then Busch Series into a national tour. Other tracks that we have available to us that previously held those races are Gateway, Lanier, Milwaukee, Oxford Plains, and Road Atlanta. These were all happening places for many years and my goal is to bring awareness that these tracks are historical landmarks and that they aren’t that far removed from having the big shows and I plan to do that by providing a racing series that hits these places and plays on that tradition. Some of my favorite races growing up were the Busch and Truck Series races at tracks off the beaten path, and my very first NASCAR national touring race was at a track that only the trucks raced on in Mansfield, Ohio”.
Wednesday nights will see the Dirt Racing Series on track for the summer months before the dirt side will take a break for the fall. “Wednesday nights are our short track night, we’ve done an okay job on these races in the past but this time around we have to promote these races a little more and get the word out about what we have to offer. Some of the most exciting races we’ve run in the 16 year history of this league have been on the short tracks and I plan to add a few more to that list this fall” stated Foose.
(MARTINSVILLE, VA) Michael Atkins, Jr. had a near perfect day at Martinsville Speedway, winning the pole and the race at the .526 Mile paperclip shaped speedway.
24 drivers entered the Martinsville 100 and put on a great race that showcased side by side racing and close racing on a true short track that usually see’s its share of cautions. The race was not without incident as eight cautions flew during the 100 laps.
Four drivers shared the lead, swapping four times. Atkins, Jr. led the most laps, but nearly lost the race to Devin Serra who had the dominate truck in the middle stage, before a restart violation and the subsequent penalty would put Serra one lap down until the final 10 laps. Serra simply did not have enough time to come up through the field and when the final caution flew with a handful of laps remaining, his fate was sealed.
At the checkered flag it was Michael Atkins, Jr. taking the win, even though he is not eligible for championship points. Tim Knott was second, followed by Travis Wright, Dominic Lee and Scott Smith who rounded out the top five.
John Kennedy continues to lead the championship, despite missing Martinsville and becoming ineligible for points in the series. Kennedy currently holds a five point lead over Kris Titus. Next up for the Sportsman Truck Series; Texas Motor Speedway on June 4th.