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There are three ASA Member Tracks in action this weekend:
 
Havasu 95 Speedway (Lake Havasu City, AZ)
 
March 29
Divisions:        Test and Tune sessions (all divisions)
Time:               6-9:00 PM
Admission:      This session is free and open to all grandstand spectators
 
March 30
Divisions:         Gene Price Late Models, ASA Street Stocks, The Goose Team Factory Stocks
Time:               Gates open at 4:00 PM; Racing at 6:00 PM
Admission:       General Admission - $12.00; Senior/Military/Handicapped - $10.00; Children (6-16) –
                         $6.

00; Children (5 and under) – Free; Family Pack (2 adults a& 2 children) - $25.00
Web:                 www.havasu95speedway.com
Facebook:         www.facebook.com/havasu95
 
 
EAST BAY RACEWAY PARK (Tampa, FL)
 
March 30
Divisions:         Limited Late Models; Open-Wheel Modifieds; Street Stocks; V8 Warriors; Florida Old-
                        Time Modifieds
Time:               Racing at 6:30 PM
Admission:      Adults - $12.00; Children (13-17) – $7.00; Children (12 and under) – Free
Web:                www.eastbayracewaypark.com
Facebook:        www.facebook.com/eastbayracewaypark
Twitter:             www.twitter.com/eastbayracepark
 
 
NORTH FLORIDA SPEEDWAY (Lake City, FL)
 
March 30
Divisions:         Open-Wheel Modifieds; Pure Stocks; Street Stocks; Sportsman; Box Stocks; Limited
                         Modifieds; Powder Puff/Rookies
Time:                Grandstands open at 5:00 PM; Racing at 7:00 PM
Admission:       Adults - $12.00; Senior & Military (active & retired with ID) - $10.00; Children (6-11) –
                         $5.00; Children (5 and under) – Free
Web:                 www.northfloridaspeedway.com
Facebook:        www.facebook.com/northfloridaspeedway
 
ASA Racing PR

It is with great excitement that we announce the merger of British Columbia’s two main Sportsman Racing Series. The alliance comes after months of hard work behind the scenes between OK Tire Sportsman series President Gary MacCarthy, Kendall Thomas, ASA Advance Testing BC Late Model Tour President John Ross and ASA President Dennis Huth.

The new series, titled “ASA OK Tire Sportsman Series presented by Advance Testing” is expected to increase car counts at tracks throughout the province and build the sportsman class back to its former strength. “We are so happy to have the continued support of ASA here in the province of BC,” says John Ross. “Their marketing support and national coverage give us a big advantage in getting exposure for our drivers and sponsors.”

The series will run the existing OK Tire Sportsman Series schedule throughout British Columbia on the Hoosier 970 tire run last season by the ASA Advance Testing tour. All other rules will remain unchanged.

Advance Testing and OK Tire will work in conjunction as the title sponsors, while previous ASA Series Contingency sponsors will be welcomed into the newly named series. “Our goal is to continue to build race & points purses with marketing partners throughout the province and the ASA gives us the greatest leverage for their exposure,” said series president Gary MacCarthy.

The payout structure will continue to work as it has in the past to encourage racers to come from all over, no matter the distance and we will be encouraging island racers with a $250 ferry payout for any that plan on making the trip. “This merger will really help increase our car counts and that’s what we’re most excited about!” exclaims Thomas. “It’s what our fans, our tracks and our race teams want… great turnouts, top level competitors and exciting shows.”

“We are proud to sanction the ASA OK Tire Sportsman Series presented by Advance Testing,” Dennis Huth, ASA Racing President said. “We feel that this merger will be beneficial for the racers and the fans of British Columbia short track racing. We look forward to an incredible 2013 season.”

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Back in April 2010, the ASA Truck Series opened their season under the ownership of Todd & Lisa McLauchlan. Their first event took place at Havasu 95 Speedway, an ASA Member Track in Lake Havasu City, AZ.  The winner of that race was a14-year-old who had a last name that many didn’t know how to pronounce, and had a major sponsor.
 
Fast forward to 2013 and Dylan Kwasniewski is becoming a household name. Last year, he became the youngest NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion and is now looking at moving up to the higher levels when he turns 18.
 
Kwasniewski started racing in the ASA Truck Series in 2009 and started out the 2010 season by winning the first two races at Havasu 95 Speedway and I-10 Speedway.  He followed that up with a fifth place finish at Irwindale and a second place finish at The Bullring.  After that his career shot out of a cannon.
 
Looking back, he remembers how the ASA Truck Series really helped his driving skills.  “The ASA Truck Series is awesome! It is a good stepping-stone to go from Legends into the trucks and learn how to run bigger racecars like that,” Kwasniewski recalled. “It was good to get a feel in these style of heavier cars and trucks, after racing Legends, before going up to the big boys. It taught me a lot about car control and getting used to the style of racecars I would be driving in the future.”
 
He would encourage any future young drivers to look at the ASA Truck Series. “I would say definitely get into it.  It was a good series when I was competing with them before moving up. They have good competition and I learned a lot from it,” Kwasniewski said. “It was a good stepping-stone without jumping too far ahead into the next series. It really helped me get acclimated to the bigger cars.”
 
Kwasniewski also appreciates the effort that Todd & Lisa McLauchlan have put into the series. “They are great.  I see them at Havasu from time to time. I wish I had the time to go and run a couple of more races. They are great people and they treat their drivers and fans real well.  It is a well-run series.”
 
“Dylan is a perfect example of what the ASA Truck Series is all about. Our series is focused on helping propel the careers of young drivers like Dylan,” Lisa McLauchlan said. “Todd and I remember when Dylan won the first race we ran at Havasu.  We are proud that we were able to use our series to help further develop his career.  We wish him the best and are grateful to call him an ASA Truck Series Alumni.”
 
“Our series truly allows young talent to grow into mature racers,” Todd McLauchlan said. “We are proud to know Dylan and see the success he is having at his age, especially after winning the K&N Pro Series West championship last year. We appreciate that he realizes how much the ASA Truck Series has helped him move up to the higher levels. We encourage drivers to use our series to help them move through the ranks like what Dylan has done.  He is proof of what our series can do for young drivers.”
 
Along with the ASA Truck Series, Havasu 95 Speedway also played a major role in his development. “I did an interview on Showtime and they asked me what was my favorite track growing up and I said Havasu 95 Speedway.  It was the track that I ran at the most because I wasn’t old enough to run at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway,” Kwasniewski explained.  “The track is great. It taught me a lot about car control because it is such a small track. You definitely have to be easy on your tires there. Bill and Greg run a great show and treat everyone well.  Whenever I can get out there to run a race, I do.”
 
“Dylan is a real good kid and man can he turn the wheel of a racecar,” Bill Rohzon, Havasu 95 Speedway Promoter said. “It just amazes me with the talent he has and it is great that he is having the success he is having today.  He knows he is always welcome to come and race with us anytime his schedule allows.”
 
In 2013, Kwasniewski is running for the K&N Pro Series championship.  There are also plans in the works to run some ARCA events with the hope of getting into the Nationwide Series in 2014. 
 
You can learn more about Dylan by visiting www.dylankwasniewski.com.
 
You can also learn more about the ASA Truck Series at www.speedtruck.com and Havasu 95 Speedway at www.havasu95speedway.com.

ASA Racing PR

ASA Racing is proud to welcome North Florida Speedway, located in Lake City, FL, to the ASA Member Track program. The 3/8-mile clay oval becomes the third track in Florida to become part of the popular short track focused sanctioning body.

“We are very happy to be joining the ASA family,” Phil Guadagno, co-owner of North Florida Speedway exclaimed. “The big thing we like about their program is that their membership program is available to all of our racers in every division. We think that it is a really neat deal, and I think our competitors will enjoy being part of a national sanctioning body.”

Phil, along with his wife Elizabeth, purchased the facility located three miles south of Lake City, FL over eight years ago. During that time, they have made many improvements to North Florida Speedway. Last week, they installed new aluminum bleachers in time for their season opener on January 25-26.

Elizabeth said that they have made improvements with lighting, track surface, installing concrete walls and more. “We are very proud of the improvements we have made to the track,” Elizabeth Guadagno said. “When we bought it, it was almost a junkyard and we have invested a lot back into the track to make this a very family friendly facility.”

For both Phil and Elizabeth, the decision to join the ASA Member Track program was easy for multiple reasons. “One thing that really stood out for me was the extra protection that is available to our drivers through the ASA membership,” Phil said. “As a Promoter, it eases my mind to know that our competitors have very good protection while they compete at North Florida Speedway.”

“I am excited about joining the ASA Member Track program because I feel that it will help take North Florida Speedway up to that next level,” Elizabeth said. “Phil and I feel that we are doing something right for the track. Plus, we really appreciate the flexibility that Dennis Huth and everyone made at ASA Racing to make this win-win partnership work for both of us.”

Throughout the year, the TQ Lates, Pure Stocks, Street Stocks, Sportsman, Box Stocks, Limited Mods, Open Wheel Modifieds Late Models, Florida Mini Sprints Association and more will challenge the 3/8-mile clay oval on Saturday nights.

“We are proud to welcome Phil, Elizabeth, their staff and competitors of North Florida Speedway to the ASA Member Track family,” Dennis Huth, ASA Racing President said. “Our conversations with Phil and Elizabeth have been very enthusiastic and we are pleased to do what he can to help their vision of taking North Florida Speedway up to a higher level. Like we do with all of our tracks, we were able to put together a unique program what will work for them and help achieve their goals. Welcome and we look forward to a long partnership together.”

North Florida Speedway will kick off their 2013 season on January 25-26 with the 2013 Nationals for the Locals.

Fans can learn more about North Florida Speedway by visiting www.northfloridaspeedway.com.

ASA Racing PR

ASA Racing congratulates Steve Beitler and Harold Crook as finalists for the 2012 Racing Promotion Monthly Auto Racing Promoter of the Year award.  Each won their respective region award to be a finalist.
 
With their nominations, ASA Racing is proud to have two well-respected ASA Member Track promoters nominated for this prestigious award. Each track has a great staff supporting these individuals.
 
Beitler operates Skagit Speedway, an ASA Member Track in Algers, WA. This is the third time in the last four years that he has won the Rocky Mountain West Region award. 
 
“It is really gratifying.  It just shows that hard work does pay off,” Beitler said. “I’m blessed to have a great staff out here at Skagit Speedway. I get the credit because I am the promoter, but I have a staff that backs me up every day. Without those people, there is no way that we would ever get these awards. This may be a promoter award, but it is for the whole track.”
 
Crook is a first-time nominee won the Southeastern Region award.  He promotes Lonesome Pine Raceway, an ASA Member Track in Coeburn, VA, that celebrated their 40th anniversary this past season.
 
“I am honored just to be mentioned with folks who have won this in the past along with the nominees for this year,” Crook said earlier today. “We had a great season last year and this is a great icing on the cake.
 
“You see people get nominated like this all the time and you need to be in the right place at the right time.  I have promoted at other tracks, but Lonesome Pine has always been my home and it is great to celebrate our season with this honor.”
 
“Steve Beitler and Harold Crook are two great friends who deserve this recognition,” Dennis Huth, ASA Racing President said. “Both are great examples of the fine promoters we have operating our ASA Member Tracks all across the United States. We are very honored to have them up for the 2012 Auto Racing Promoter of the Year. Congratulations to both of them along with all of the RPM nominees from the entire ASA Racing family.”
 
The 2012 Auto Racing Promoter of the Year will be announced on February 18, 2013 at the Plaza Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach, FL during the 40th Annual RPM Speedweek National Workshop.

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Dirt racing and road course racing are on tap for this weekend in ASA Racing. East Bay Raceway Park’s “Clay By the Bay” action is scheduled for Saturday night. ASA ProAutoSports will have their annual Member Appreciation Day on Saturday at Firebird’s East Track.

Here is the weekend schedule. Please visit your favorite ASA Member Track or Series website for the latest information. Schedule is subject to change.

ASA PROAUTOSPORTS
Twitter: @ProAutoSports
Firebird International Raceway (Chandler, AZ)
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Divisions: Go Karts, Open Wheel, Stock Cars and more.
Time: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Admission: FREE

www.proautosports.com

EAST BAY RACEWAY PARK (Tampa, FL)
Twitter: @EastBayRacePark
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Divisions: Limited Late Models, East Bay Sprints, Outlaw 4’s, and 4 Cylinder Bombers.
Time: Gates open 5:00pm, Racing 6:30pm.
Admission: Adults $12, Seniors 55 & Up $10, Teens 13-17 $7, Kids 12 & Under FREE.

www.eastbayracewaypark.com


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If you are looking for a way to work off that great Thanksgiving meal, why not cheer on some of best short track competitors at three ASA Member Tracks and ASA’s premier road course series this weekend. These four live ASA Racing events are all family friendly with great affordable pricing. 
 
Here is the weekend schedule.  Please visit your favorite ASA Member Track or Series website for the latest information. Schedule is subject to change.
 
For those visiting the Phoenix area and are a fan of road course racing, ASA ProAutoSports will fill your appetite this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, AZ. There is FREE admission to watch a wide variety of cars competing on Firebird’s main track.  Everything from go-karts, open wheels, stock cars, street cars, exotic cars and more.
 
ASA PROAUTOSPORTS
Firebird International Raceway (Chandler, AZ)
Friday, November 23 – Sunday, November 25, 2012
Divisions: Go Karts, Open Wheel, Stock Cars and more.
Time: 8:00am to 5:00pm each day
Admission: FREE
 
www.proautosports.com     
 
Heading to central Florida this weekend, check out Desoto Super Speedway in Bradenton, FL. Their Saturday night racing program on the 3/8-mile asphalt oval starts at 7pm SHARP! This Saturday night, they will have their weekly racing program along with the popular School Bus Figure 8’s.
 
DESOTO SUPER SPEEDWAY (Bradenton, FL)
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Divisions: School Bus Figure 8’s, DS Trucks, Bombers, Trophy Dash, Flyin 4’s, Magic 4’s, Mod Minis, Mini Stocks.
Time: 7pm Sharp!
Admission: Adults $15, Kids 12 & Under FREE.
 
www.desotosuperspeedway.com   
 
For those visiting family and friends in the Tampa Bay area, head over to East Bay Raceway Park on Saturday night.  East Bay is known as the “Clay by the Bay” and will have a great program this Saturday night with the Top Gun Non Winged Sprints headlining the program.
 
EAST BAY RACEWAY PARK (Tampa, FL)
Twitter: @EastBayRacePark
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Divisions: Top Gun Non Winged Sprints, Outlaw 4’s, 4 Cylinder Bombers, and Old Time Mods.
Time:  Gates open 5:00pm, Racing 6:30pm.
Admission: Adults $12, Seniors 55 & Up $10, Teens 13-17 $7, Kids 12 & Under FREE.
 
www.eastbayracewaypark.com
 
If you are spending the weekend around the Arizona/Nevada border, check out the racing action this Saturday afternoon at Havasu 95 Speedway.  The action will get underway at 2pm with a full racing program.  By the way, Havasu 95 Speedway is currently doing their annual Toys for Tots drive where they hope to donate more than 100 bikes to the United States Marines organization.  Please feel free to give a monetary or a new bike donation if you attend their racing action this Saturday afternoon.
 
HAVASU 95 SPEEDWAY (Lake Havasu City, AZ)
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Divisions: Gene Price Late Models, ASA Street Stocks, Factory Stocks, Team Factory Stocks.
Time: Gates open noon, Racing 2pm.
Admission: General Admission: $12, Senior/Military/Handicapped $10, Children 6-16 $6, Children Ages 5 & Under FREE, Family Pack $25, V.I.P. $25.
 
www.havasu95speedway.com      

ASA Racing PR

This week, as we honor our veterans for their service, ASA Racing is proud to share the story of a veteran who competes at Norway Speedway, an ASA Member Track in Norway, MI. ASA Racing thanks all of our competitors, officials, track owners and fans who have served in the United States military. We thank you for your dedication and service.

There is a smile on his face. There is laughter in the air along with his mother smiling and being his biggest cheerleader. The smile, the laughter, and his mother are only a few things that catch your attention. His purple and yellow #33 Super Stock catches your eye. All of these things make you want to walk up and start a conversation with Derek Gagne. What you learn from that conversation will make your heart swell with pride and proud to know the driver of the “Purple Heart Express.”

Gagne competes every Friday night at Norway Speedway during the summer. The 25-year-old driver from Menominee, MI recently completed his fifth season of racing. It is a fun adventure for him, compared to the adventures he endured in November 2006 and on January 22, 2007.

While stationed near Baghdad International Airport in Iraq, Gagne lost his hearing in his left ear in November 2006 after he was near a mortar blast. He would stay at his base and continue the positive work he was doing there.

On January 22, 2007, ”We were coming back from dropping off some Humvee’s to get fitted for more armor,” Gagne recalled. “On the way back, our vehicle got hit by an EFP (Energy Force Projectile).”

Gagne said that an EFP is the worst version of an IED (Improvised Explosive Device). It shoots at an object and blasts the Humvee at the same time, doing a lot of damage.

He was the gunner and saw it coming, “I saw some guys sitting off to the side and by the time I could open my mouth…BOOM! At least I got to say I love you to my driver before he lost his life. But at least I got to say that to him.”

He lost half of his left foot, his right leg below the knee, vision in his left eye, whole nasal cavity, nose and a lot of scarring from shrapnel. He would spend nine months recovering and going through rehab at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

The doctors told him he would not walk for 18 months. He was walking in three months. “It’s bad to tell me that I can’t do something, because I am going to prove them wrong.”

When he came home from leave at WRAMC, he sat in his truck and told his dad that he was going to teach himself how to drive the truck with a manual transmission. “I told my dad that I am going to learn how to drive it,” he recalled. “I spent 18 hours making sure I can drive it. I only stalled it once but I was happy when I accomplished that. I said to myself, if I can do this, I could do anything.”

He grew up watching his father race at the local short tracks and thought to himself that he could do that as well. He would go out and buy a Slammer car and in 2008, strapped into the car and started his racing career.

“I was pretty nervous getting on the race track for the first time,” Gagne said. “I didn’t want to hit anybody and get them mad at me. I was just worried.”

He has to do more than his fellow competitors while behind the wheel. “I watch my foot a lot more making sure I don’t miss my pedals,” he said. “I do a lot more head moving than other drivers out there.”

For him, getting behind the wheel has helped his long recovery. “It makes me learn more about my depth perception every time I get on the track. With only having one eye, my depth perception was so messed up. When you think you are two feet away, you are actually ten feet. Racing is making me get better. My instincts are coming back, and it is helping my brain’s healing process.”

His “Purple Heart Express” is dedicated those who sacrificed their lives for this country, some who were good friends.

“A purple heart is not a medal that people seek, but it carries the most honor. I have two purple hearts and a bronze star,” Gagne explained. “I race as a dedication to my fallen heroes. That is why my car is called the Purple Heart Express and that is why I race.”

Earlier this year, he won his first race of the season at Sands Speedway in Marquette, MI. It wasn’t a main event win, but it was a win. It was a win that brought tears to his mother’s eyes and a personal victory.

The emotion he felt with that win was the same emotion he felt when serving over in Iraq. He gave up a basketball scholarship to go over with his local National Guard unit. He was not over there to fight a war, but help a country in need of his help.

“When we were over there, we helped start schools, especially where women could go past sixth to eighth grade. Now they get to go to at least 12 full grades and more,” Gagne said. “80% of the country cannot read and they follow the people in power that can read. Those 20% in power can claim that the Koran says things that it actually doesn’t, and we are helping to change that.”

Another thing he remembers helping the children over there. “We did some basketball and soccer tournaments for the kids. A lot of the Iraqi kids can play soccer very well. They would help us out over there by telling us where the bad people were and where they were hiding weapons.”

He has absolutely no regrets of going over to Iraq, in fact, he is very proud of what he did over there. He feels he made a very positive impact in Iraq.

Today he is a racecar driver, homeowner, golfer, a basketball player and much more. He may not win every time he is out there, but he will give it his all and still smile when he drives under the checkered flag.

Derek’s Native American name is “Soaring Eagle.” It is safe to say that what he does on the track and in his life that this fits him very well.

No matter if he is the first one to cross the finish line, Derek Gagne is a winner. His “Purple Heart Express” reminds us all of more winners who served our country and made the ultimate sacrifice.

“We salute Derek and everyone in the military who has made a sacrifice for this great country,” Dennis Huth, ASA President said. “We have many veterans who compete at our ASA Member Tracks and Series and we are very proud to share one of their stories.”

ASA Racing PR

It was a weekend of “firsts” in ASA Racing.  The ASA Truck Series welcomed a first time winner on Saturday night as Cole Loftsgard took home a big win.  Jeff Mathews won his first Late Model feature of the year at East Bay Raceway Park and Jeremy Orozco picked up his first ever ASA Street Stock win at Havasu 95 Speedway.
 
Here are the results.
 
ASA TRUCK SERIES
Havasu 95 Speedway (Lake Havasu City, AZ)
Saturday, November 10, 2012
1. Cole Loftsgard
2. Jeff Bischofberger
3. Shawn Steele
4. Louie Pagano
5. Jeremiah Wagner
 
www.speedtruck.com          
           
DESOTO SUPER SPEEDWAY (Bradenton, FL)
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Please visit their website for results.
 
www.desotosuperspeedway.com   
           
EAST BAY RACEWAY PARK (Tampa, FL)
Twitter: @EastBayRacePark
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Late Models: Jeff Mathews
Open Wheel Modifieds: Kyle Bronson
Outlaw 4’s: Jesse Brown
V8 Warriors: Marco Reyes
 
www.eastbayracewaypark.com    

  
 
HAVASU 95 SPEEDWAY (Lake Havasu City, AZ)
Twitter: @H95Speedway
Saturday, November 10, 2012
ASA Street Stocks: Jeremy Orozco
Factory Stocks: Chris Blackwell
Team Factory Stocks: Nathan Hovdal
 
www.havasu95speedway.com      
 
ASA Racing PR

The American Speed Association – ASA Racing has announced that they will not be renewing their licensing agreement with the Midwest Tour Super Late Model Series and the Midwest Truck Tour for the 2013 season. 
 
The decision comes after a six-year relationship with the series that started in 2007. Working together, the Midwest Tour has become one of the popular super late model series in the United States.
 
“ASA Racing has decided not to renew our licensing agreement with the Midwest Tour in 2013,” Dennis Huth, ASA President said. “We wish Tim Olson and Steve Einhaus all the best with their future endeavors.”
 
Huth purchased the ASA name and licenses in 2005.  Since that time, ASA Racing has sanctioned tracks and series all over the United States and Canada.  When the Midwest Tour started in 2007, they became sanctioned with ASA Racing creating a series that quickly became recognized by fans and competitors who were familiar with the rich history of ASA in short track racing.
 
Champions under the ASA banner in both the Midwest Tour and Midwest Truck Tour included: Nathan Haseleu, Dan Fredrickson, Steve Carlson, Andrew Morrissey, Jonathan Eilen, Jerry Wood and James Swan.

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