(CLEVELAND, OH) The American Sim Racing Series is heading to the dirt tracks, and while no timetable has been set for that return the format will be something that will return to ASRS’s roots.
Wednesday Nights in 2017 are planned to be “short track racing nights” with the Super Late Model Tour racing bi-weekly once again, while the Dirt Late Models will take on the opposite Wednesday nights.
That’s not all, for most pavement races the Street Stocks will join the program for a 30-50 lap race, while the Super Late Models will race 75 laps at the majority of the events. The Street Stocks will take off races where the Super Late Model Tour will once again hold “Twin 50’s or Twin 75’s”.
For the dirt races, which are planned to run as an Eldora Speedway Weekly Series the dirt late models will run the 75 lap main event, while the “Eldora Stocks” will run short 30-50 lap feature events. As with the asphalt series, the Eldora Stocks will take weeks off to allow for a dirt late model “doubleheader”, when Twin 50 or Twin 75 lap races will be run.
The evening schedule will not change much as the Street Stocks/Eldora Stocks will run from 8:30PM to approximately 9:20PM, while the Late Models will have an hour to run their portion of the event.
“We have many guys who have joined ASRS because we race short tracks, and that is their primary focus, guys like TJ Graves, Matt Vaade, Justin Blackdeer, Ernest Smith and AJ McCall run just the short track races and occasionally will join us at bigger tracks. The short tracks also have brought us many guys who are racing in the upper series now, including myself, Shawn Musick, Steve Buhala, and Barry Zellmer” said ASRS President and driver Jim Foose. “We want to continue to grow this short track program, because it has been a part of ASRS since 2002, in fact our first race was run at South Boston that year and short tracks were our primary focus for many years until we started the Camping World Truck Series in 2005, even after the short tracks were the bread and butter of ASRS until this past year when some ill-fated partnerships were made and the other party totally eliminated short track racing from the ASRS schedule, but after regaining 100% control of the league in January, I worked hard to bring it back to the point we are at now, where we can discuss expansion.”
If no dirt tracks are ready at the beginning of the 2017 campaign, Foose says he will “find something to fill the time slot until we get dirt racing”.