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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.

#DecemberDirtWeek Announced

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Lee Staples an ASRS Winner!

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(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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

American Sim Racing Series Going “Back2Cup”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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”.

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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.

Pro Series Returns for Fall Short Track Season

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(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.

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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.

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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.

Buhala Stretches Fuel to Last Drop, Wins Michigan Sportsman Race

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(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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

Perch’n Becomes Sprint Car Series Title Sponsor

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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.

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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!

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