Category Archives: Short Track Series

Cross & Ward Take Home Track Wins

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(DE LEON SPRINGS, FL) The debut of the newly christened ASRS Home Tracks Series, a culmination of all short track racing at ASRS, came to the dirt track in Volusia County, FL.

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The Modifieds were up first and it was Brad Cross schooling the field of 19 drivers.  Brad Cross led the field to the green flag with Jared Mogard along side, but things didnt stay that way for long.  Mogard had trouble on the start and caused a stack up creating a quick caution.  Six cautions slowed the pace of the 40 lap race, Cross would come out the winner with John Kennedy second followed by Chad Chambers, Steve Ritter and Jeff Ward rounding out the top five.

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The Driven Designz Sprint Car Series was up next, featuring the 410 winged Sprint Cars.  Brad Cross again paced the field, but retired from the event after 11 laps and a trip outside of the raceway.  Jeff Ward inherited the lead and never looked back for the final 29 laps.  Ward, a standout driver in the upper series of ASRS in 2014 and 2015 returned to action this season and has made his presence known.  Jed Barton was second followed by Steve Rutter, Tim Knott and John Kennedy rounded out the top five.

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The championship standings look much like the race results in both series, however a new challenge this year is that all Home Tracks Series events count for points for an overall Home Tracks Series Champion.

Next up for the Home Tracks Series; the inaugural trip to the famed Knoxville Raceway.  Both the Modifieds and Driven Designz Sprint Car Series will be on track on January 17th.

 

Driven Designz Partners with Home Tracks Series & Sprint Cars

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(CLEVELAND, OH) The American Sim Racing Series has partners with Driven Designz to present the 2018 Dirt Racing Series 410 Sprint Car Series as part of the newly christened ASRS Home Tracks Series.

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The Driven Designz Sprint Car Series will be joined by Modifieds on Wednesday nights beginning January 10th and running through the end of February.  Among tracks on the 2018 slate are returning favorites Eldora Speedway, Volusia Speedway Park and Williams Grove Speedway along with December Dirt Week host track Lanier National Speedway.  Two new tracks are slated to join the schedule in 2018 as Knoxville Speedway will host it’s first ASRS sanctioned event on January 17th while Limaland Motorsports Park is expected to join the series on February 21st.

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Driven Designz is a custom paint scheme designer specializing in iRacing car designs founded by Jim Foose and Steve Buhala in 2013.  Both Foose and Buhala share painting duties along with providing graphical support for the American Sim Racing Series and other online racing ventures.

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“410 sprints have become a favorite of mine when I attend dirt races, the action is second to none as these daredevils defy all odds while wheeling these overpowered, under weight winged open wheel machines inches away from other cars, walls and the ever changing cushion, so this is a dream of mine to run 410 sprints on dirt” Jim Foose, ASRS President stated.  “Not only is this a perfect racing series for ASRS, its a great opportunity to spotlight Driven Designz and what we are doing over there merging two of my ventures together to promote something I believe in” Foose continued.

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The ASRS Driven Designz Sprint Car Series kicks off Wednesday, February 10th and will run through February 28th, racing seven events over the course of those eight weeks as part of the ASRS Home Tracks Series: Dirt Racing Series.  The series will be off February 14th, Valentine’s Day.

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The ASRS Home Tracks Series is a culmination of all short track championship series including the ASRS Dirt Series, ASRS Super Late Model Tour and ASRS Modified Tour.  Each series will have it’s own champion, while a Home Tracks Champion will be crowned at the conclusion of the 2018 season.  The ASRS Home Tracks Series features different types of short track racing and is intended to crown a “well rounded” short track champion.

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You can learn more about the American Sim Racing Series, which was founded in 2002, by visiting www.americansimracing.com

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.

Jim Foose Wins Finale Thriller, Hester Crowned Champion

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Richmond International Raceway: The stage was set to crown a champion. The points race came down to Ty Hester, Jared Mogard (-4) and Jason Stewart (-5). These drivers are no strangers to racing with each other but tonight there would be some extra fireworks thrown into their rivalry.

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Ty Hester claimed the pole for the event but Jared Mogard would not let him get very far. Mogard qualified second. Stewart would start his quest for the championship from the 7th position. Stewart would not be in contention long when he was involved in a melee early in the race. Although the team did make necessary repairs, the car was just never the same. He would ride around and pray for issues to befall both Hester and Mogard. Issues would come to Mogard when he spun multiple times throughout the event. He would rebound from all of them until a late race restart when he made contact with the #81 of Mitch Brown. That race would end the night for the #00. From then on, it was Ty Hester’s championship to lose and he would not lose it. The championship would be Hester’s second consecutive in the ASRS Pro Series.

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Although the championship ended with fireworks, the race would end with even more. A late race restart pitted Allan Young against Ty Hester. AJ Garrels was third followed by Tom Giannini. Giannini had far fresher tires and made quick work of Garrels and Hester but would struggle to pass Allan Young. In turn 3 of the last lap, Giannini would make contact with Young sending them both spinning. Jim Foose threaded the needle and claimed his first win of the ASRS Short Trace Pro-Series season. Foose was elated with his victory. We caught up with Jim after the race in Victory Lane: “We had a fast car tonight and ran in the top 5 pretty much all race, when the seas parted it just fell in my lap. I’m excited to end the season. Congrats to Ty on the championship and thank you to all our great partners this season.”

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And with that the ASRS asphalt season has come to an end. December Dirt Week will cap off a buy year for ASRS competition but it is expected to be one of the biggest events in league history. Make sure to tune into that! The dirt races will be broadcasted on SR Broadcasting and it figures to be quite the show!

Rookie Burrchett, Veteran Mogard Winners of 20th Annual All American 400

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(LAKELAND, FL) It’s been several months since the drivers of the American Sim Racing Series have fired up their Super Late Models, but that would change on Wednesday night when it was time to kick off the first of two races that comprise the All American 400. The All American 400, in its 20th season, attracted all of the best drivers of the series. Even SLM champ Justin Blackdeer dusted off his #51 to make a run at the trophy.

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Wednesday night started off with uncertainty when iRacing issues put the race into doubt. The issues would be resolved and qualifying for the event began on time. Rookie Joe Burchett won the pole for the race followed by Zac Coyer, Jonathan Holstein, Jordan Harnish and Justin Blackdeer rounding out the top 5. The race would be marred by wrecks, some wrecks being huge pileups.

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One of the major wrecks happened when Jamie Moore made an outside pass on Matt Vaade on a restart. Vaade would move to block the run but would make contact with the left front of Moore. Vaade would go careening into the outside wall and then back down to the inside wall. Contact with other cars along the way would turn the racing surface into a junkyard. The wreck would take out race contenders, one of which was early race leader Allan Young.

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From there the race would belong to Justin Blackdeer. He would lead a majority of the second half until a late race surge from Joe Burchett put an end to Justin Blackdeer’s lead. Burchett would walk away from the field and claim the win in his first ever American Sim Racing Series start. Justin Blackdeer finished 2nd followed by Brad Cross, Jordan Harnish and Tim Knott.

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Thursday night played host to the Pro Late Model portion of the All American 400. The cars are drastically different from their SLM cousins so naturally they produced a different crop of front runners and contenders. Carson Hocevar won the pole for the event but would then shock the field by packing up the race hauler and driving away. That would then give the pole to 3rd place qualifier Allan Young. Zac Coyer started 2nd, Jared Mogard 4th and Jim Foose rounded out the top 5. T

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he night would belong to several different drivers. Allan Young, Jared Mogard, Tim Knott and Jim Foose found themselves in the top 5 for most of the night. Thursday night’s race would be run under green far more than Wednesday’s race.

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Jared Mogard was the class of the field, coming back from an early technical issue to claim the lead for a second time late in the race. He would go on to storm away from the field and claim the second leg of the 20th Annual All American 400. John Kennedy finished 2nd followed by Tim Knott, Jim Foose and Matt Handley rounded out the top 5.

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With that, the 20th version of this prestigious ASRS race is now in the books. The Turkey Bowl is next week, stay tuned to ASRS to see how it goes!

Hester Wins, Makes Points Battle Interesting

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(NEWTON, IA)  What once was a two-horse race with two races remaining has suddenly become a three-horse race going into the ASRS Short Track Pro-Series Finale. The series rolled into Iowa with both Jared Mogard and Jason Stewart looking to put more distance between them and 3rd place Ty Hester before settling the championship amongst themselves at Richmond. The outcome of the race would be the complete opposite.

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The night started out well for Jared Mogard when he put his #01 Maxxed Out Motorsports Chevy on the pole. Flanked to Mogard’s outside would be the championship race underdog Ty Hester. Tim Knott, Devon Armstrong and Dominic Lee rounded out the top 5. The night went sour quickly for Mogard who lost major track position when he experienced mechanical issues.

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He would not have a chance to recover when he was involved in a mid-race pile-up relegating him to a 17th place finish. Jason Stewart would have similar fortunes. Stewart was running well and passing cars quickly after starting a disappointing 10th place. He would later be heavily damaged on a restart later in the race. Stewart would go on to finish 12th. Ty Hester would not be denied in this one. He led 90 of the 100 laps, fending off a late charge by Tom Giannini and then later blowing by him on fresher tires following a late race restart.

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Giannini and Mogard would be the only other two drivers to lead laps on the night. Hester’s win was the gravy on top of a stellar team performance. Dominic Lee finished 2nd, a 1-2 finish for Alpha Tango Racing. Andrew Garrels, Tom Giannini and Bruce Pearson rounded out the top 5. Ty Hester, in this race, started this race a championship race underdog and a longshot; he would end it as not only a serious contender, but the championship leader and new favorite. He leads Jared Mogard by 4 points with Jason Stewart sitting in 3rd a mere 5 points out of the lead.

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The championship will come down to the last lap at Richmond where all 3 drivers have a legitimate shot to win the race and the championship. The next race will be in two weeks as the series is off for the first leg of the 20th annual All American 400. Stay tuned!

Mogard Wins Texas, Assumes Points Lead

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With the short 10 race season entering the final stretch, the ASRS Short Track Pro-Series took a trip to the biggest track listed on the 2017 schedule, Texas Motor Speedway. Coming into the event, Jason Stewart had a loose grip on the Series points lead. After not winning a race, the ever-consistent Stewart still held a lead of 5 points over Jared Mogard. Up until the Texas race, Mogard was sitting on 3 wins but that number would go up even further Wednesday afternoon. Qualifying saw the hometown boy, Tim Knott, claim the pole. Jared Mogard flanked Knott to the outside. Pat Rusha, Ty Hester (3rd in points) and Allan Young rounded out the top 5.

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The race got off to a quiet start but Jared Mogard assumed an early lead from Tim Knott.  Although he led a lot, he would not hold the lead all night. A total of 6 drivers led laps but no driver led nearly as many laps as the 43 laps led by Mogard. Lee Staples led the second most laps by pacing the field for 13 circuits. The race was far from a caution-fest but there were plenty of yellow flags sprinkled in throughout the night.

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These yellows would supply the race with many different fuel strategies. Andrew Garrels led the field to a late race restart on old tires but would quickly be swallowed up by Tom Giannini. Giannini would then surrender the lead to Mogard just one lap later.

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That would be the final lead change of the night as the #01 drove to the win. Pat Rusha followed Mogard to the line followed in 3rd by Allan Young, Ty Hester and then Dominic Lee in 5th. Jared Mogard now leads the points standings by 5 over Jason Stewart. Ty Hester sits 16 points back in 3rd. Jim Foose and Bruce Pearson now round out the top 5 in points.

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With a 55 point lead to 4th place and only two races remaining, it is now safe to say the points race is a three horse battle. Ty Hester will have to make some magic happen in week 9 to have a legitimate shot to win the championship in Richmond. The series rolls into Iowa next for the penultimate race of the short season.

Giannini Rides Late Race Strategy Gamble to Win

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(CLERMONT, IN) When we last took a look at the ASRS Short Track Pro-Series, Jared Mogard just finished the second of two wins in a row. The win at Rockingham was the third of the short season for Mogard. With only 6 races completed so far, Mogard had accounted for an astounding 50% winning percentage. We have not seen a driver so dominant in a single series since Justin Blackdeer dominated the Super Late Model Series earlier in the year.

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Although Mogard has won half of the races, the season has really belonged to Jason Stewart with his masterful consistency shown so far. Stewart leads the series by 4 points over Jared Mogard. Ty Hester (-8), Dominic Lee (-28) and Scott Smith (-28) round out the top 5, respectively. The race on tap for this Wednesday was at Lucas Oil Raceway, a track the drivers tackled just the night before in the Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series. There were fireworks in that race as their Chase for the Cup was well under way but here were certainly fireworks flying again in this race.

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The night started out with Ty Hester laying down a blistering lap. Hester’s lap beat second place Jared Mogard by over a full tenth of a second. Tim Knott, Tom Giannini and Evan Osbourne rounded out the top 5. The fastest two drivers on the night would be the #36 of Hester and the #01 of Mogard.

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Both drivers were greased lightning and gapped the field by almost 4 seconds on the first green flag run which consisted of less than 30 laps. Tom Giannini showed his willingness to be on a separate pit strategy early when he was the only driver not to pit under the first caution. He would soon get overtaken by Hester and would settle into 6th place. Giannini would then pit under the next yellow flag whilst everyone else stayed out.

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The driver of the #33 climbed back into the 4th position but would remain there until a caution flew with less than 20 laps to go. He would stay out and regain the lead. He would not look back when 2 more cautions slowed the pace of the race at the very end. One of those yellows was for the #36 and the #01 when they made contact exiting turn 2 on the ensuing restart. That wreck would have major points implications. Jason Stewart, who was involved in a different wreck, would salvage a 4th place, yet another impressive run for the driver of the #1. The top 5 would extend his points lead late into the short season.

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The drivers of the ASRS Short Track Pro-Series will roll into Texas next week for a big race at a big track. Make sure to tune into ASRS.com to see how that turns out!

Mogard Wins at Rockingham

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(ROCKINGHAM, NC) Mogard Wins Again, Dominates Rockingham For the duration of the ASRS Short Track Series season, the drivers have tackled tracks that were a mile in length or shorter. Most tracks on the circuit are composed of tight spaces and bullring like atmospheres.

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Wednesday’s race at Rockingham would offer a change of pace for the competitors. Although the track is a mile long, it offered some extra room for drivers to maneuver around in. That difference would not matter to the series’ front runners as fans in attendance would find out. Coming into the race, the season has been a dogfight between Ty Hester, Jason Stewart and Jared Mogard. The three drivers were separated by a mere 10 points atop the standings.

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There would be a shakeup in the points standings before the race was over. An open qualifying format was instituted for the first time this season and Dominic Lee took advantage of the extra qualifying laps. He put his #18 NOS Chevy on the pole. Qualifying second was Lee’s team mate and points leader, Ty Hester. Jared Mogard, Allan Young and Travis Wright all rounded out the top 5.

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The biggest story on the day was Ty Hester finding trouble early on in the event when his #36 Chevy was heavily damaged in an accident. He would not be able to continue in the event and was relegated to an 18th place finish. From there on the race was on for the points lead. Jared Mogard dominated the event but Jason Stewart was not going down without a fight. Stewart led laps late in the race and had a chance to win but the hard charging and dominant Mogard would not allow Stewart the victory.

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Mogard passed Stewart late in the race and went on to win the event. Allan Young followed Mogard around Stewart for a second place finish. Stewart went on to finish 3rd, well enough to claim him the points lead. Alex Geise finished 4th and pole sitter Dominic Lee went on to finish with a top 5 result. Jared Mogard, although dominant, would not beat Jason Stewart by enough positions to claim the points lead.

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Stewart now sits atop the series. The model of consistency is quickly becoming a championship favorite. Ty Hester will try to rebound next week as the series rolls into Lucas Oil Raceway. Time is ticking as only four races remain on the schedule!

Mogard Takes Myrtle Beach Victory

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(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) When the Short Track Pro Series announced it’s schedule for the fall season, Myrtle Beach was the big question mark in many drivers’ minds as the track was a brand new addition to the schedule.

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Many questions were answered early on in the evening as the usual suspects found speed at the oddly shaped 4/10 mile track.  Jared Mogard and Ty Hester qualified on the front row and for the majority of the race those two battled for the win.  Stephen Pearce was the only other driver to lead a lap and break up the domination up front.

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In all Mogard would lead 63 of the 125 laps, scoring the victory in a race that saw 10 cautions slow the pace for 49 laps.  Hester was second followed by Tyler Reed, Scott Smith and Travis Wright rounded out the top five.

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Hester took over the championship lead, now leading Jason Stewart by four points as the series heads to Rockingham Speedway.