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The battle for the 2013 ASA Member Track National Championship is unchanged this week with the Top 5 remaining the same for the first time since the standings were released for the first time on August 10.
Dalton Zehr of Norway Speedway leads the way for the seventh consecutive week followed by Jeremy Lepak (State Park Speedway), Ryan Stiltner (Lonesome Pine Raceway), Shelby Stroebel (Meridian Speedway) and Brian Blevins (Newport Speedway).
Due to a spring and summer that caused significant weather issues for many track operators, these standings are still considered early in the season and it is anticipated that significant change will be seen in the coming weeks.
The Top 5 in the ASA Member Track National Championship standings are:
Dalton Zehr, Norway Speedway – 4.3540
Jeremy Lepak, State Park Speedway – 3.1436
Ryan Stiltner, Lonesome Pine Raceway – 2.9690
Shelby Stroebel, Meridian Speedway – 2.1711
Brian Blevins, Newport Speedway – 1.8569
Zehr runs the Late Model division at Norway (MI) Speedway, a 1/3-mile asphalt oval, and has seen his average increase to 4.3540.

After vaulting into the standings just three weeks ago, Lepak continues to hold onto the second position with a 3.1436 average. He runs the Super Late Models at State Park Speedway, a 1/4mile asphalt oval outside Wausau, WI.
Stiltner has had a position in the standings since they debuted and remains in third with a 2.9690 average. He runs Late Models at Lonesome Pine Raceway, a 3/8-mile asphalt oval, in Coeburn, VA.
In fourth with a 2.1711 average, Stroebel runs the Modified division at the ¼-mile asphalt Meridian (ID) Speedway oval. He is the 2012 ASA Member Track National Champion.
Remaining in fifth is Blevins with a 1.8569 average running the Late Model Sportsman division at Newport (TN) Speedway, a 4/10-mile asphalt oval.
Throughout the season, drivers competing in the premiere divisions at eligible ASA Member Tracks are in the running for the 2013 ASA Member Track National Championship.  In order to have a chance for the national title, a driver must first win their 2013 track championship., for the sixth year in a row, will tabulate the National Championship standings.  Using a proprietary formula that creates an average based on wins, finishing positions, number of cars passed, car counts and events.  The driver who wins their track championship and has the highest average over the other ASA Member Track champions will win the 2013 ASA Member Track National Championship.


The Dover International Speedway FanZone is getting a big addition this fall, as the largest military expo in all of NASCAR, the MAVTV American Real Military Village, will make its debut at the Sept. 27-29, 2013 race weekend.

Presented in conjunction with the USO and USO Delaware, the expo will feature a number of visual and interactive displays from various branches of the military. In addition, more than 100 members from several military branches will be on site to discuss their jobs in the military and the roles they play in protecting the freedom of our country.

At more than 40,000 square feet, the scale of the Military Village is fitting for the Monster Mile, as Dover has long been a military town as home to the Dover Air Force Base, which includes the 436th Airlift Wing and 512th Airlift Wing. The Delaware National Guard also has a strong presence in the capital of the First State.

“We are excited to be bringing such a large-scale military display to the Monster Mile, not only giving our race fans a new, interactive display to enjoy on race weekend, but also providing those fans with the opportunity to learn about and appreciate what our armed services do to protect us and our country,” said Mike Tatoian, executive vice president and COO of Dover Motorsports, Inc.

The MAVTV American Real Military Village will be open in Dover International Speedway’s FanZone throughout the entire fall race weekend. Located just outside Turn 4 of the track, the eight-acre FanZone is also home to numerous interactive displays, games, free sampling stations, driving simulators, live music and much more.

“MAVTV is very proud of our military and of our relationship with Dover Speedway. Working with both of them for this event is something that we are very excited about and we look forward to many more successful events together” said Bob Patison, president of MAVTV.

Dover Motorsports PR

It’s difficult to find the correct word to describe Lee Pulliam’s season. Tremendous would work. So would amazing. Unprecedented? Well, that also could be argued.

But one thing is certain: there have been only a small handful of drivers in the history of weekly short-track racing that ever matched the numbers Pulliam put up in 2013.

First, he backed up his 2012 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Championship with another in 2013. Only two drivers – Larry Phillips and Philip Morris – had previously won back-to-back national titles in the series’ history.

The statistics Pulliam stacked up on the way to the championship are mindboggling: 27 wins, 40 top fives and 44 top 10s in 47 starts. He scored the maximum number of points possible in the national rankings, only the fourth time that has ever happened.

“We have been extremely blessed this year,” Pulliam said Friday shortly after hitting the road for another weekend of racing. “At the beginning of the season our goal was to defend the title. We won some big races. Everything clicked for us. We made some good calls off the track and we made some good calls on the race track.”

With everything he’s accomplished, he’s got one more thing on his 2013 bucket list: a second win in the Virginia is for Lovers 300 Late Model Stock race at Martinsville Speedway on October 6.

The first step in that direction for the 25-year-old Pulliam comes this Wednesday, September 25, when more than 80 cars are expected at Martinsville Speedway for the annual open test for the Virginia is For Racing Lovers 300.

How important is the day of testing? Invaluable, said Pulliam, who won the race in 2011 and finished second to Morris last fall.

“Test day means a tremendous amount. That’s the time when we can try so many different things with our car,” said Pulliam, whose car is family owned and maintained. “I feel like the test day is when we get our edge. It’s always been about race set up for me in testing. We work hard to get the car so it works good 20 laps into the race.”

Despite all the victories he’s racked up this season, the second national championship and all the acclaim that comes with it, there’s plenty of motivation for Pulliam headed back to Martinsville. First there is the money, $25,000 to win with several thousand dollars more in bonuses available. Then there’s the iconic grandfather clock trophy that goes to the winner. Sure, he’s got one, but he’d love another.

But there’s more. He has the opportunity to do what no one has ever done: become the first national champion to win the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 in the championship year. He was one spot away last year. He wants to fix that this time around.

“It would be tremendous for us to win again … for everybody on my team,” said Pulliam. “And I would like to be the first one to break that spell, to win Martinsville and the national championship the same year.”

Cars will be on track for testing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday. The grandstands will be open to fans at no charge.

Martinsville Speedway PR

The members of the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel have unanimously decided today to uphold the original penalties issued by NASCAR to the No. 9 team that competes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.

This decision applies to all three (3) Appellants.

The No. 9 car was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); Section 12-4J (Any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules) and Section 20C-12.3T (All shock absorbers must compress or extend a distance of six (6) inches in a time span of 1-1/2 minutes or less with the external adjustment set in any position: Shock travel exceeded maximum time limit) of the 2013 NASCAR rule book. The violation was discovered during post-race inspection Saturday, Aug. 17, at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash.

Jeff Schrader, crew chief of car No. 9, was fined $2,500 and suspended from NASCAR until the fine is paid. Dylan Lupton, driver of car No. 9, was penalized with the loss of 12 championship driver points, and Bob Bruncati, owner of car No. 9, was penalized with the loss of 12 championship owner points.


The ASA Pro Trucks will crown its 2013 champion this weekend at Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls, Idaho with Johnny Pierre leading the championship point battle.
Since struggling at his hometown track when the ASA Pro Trucks raced there in July, Pierre’s season has turned around and he currently leads Hannah Newhouse, his closest competitor, by 28-points in the standings.
Pierre is an unfamiliar position leading the chase as he has finished runner-up in the championship four times.
Drew Reitsma sits in third in the point chase and hopes to repeat his last run at Magic Valley where he was fastest qualifier and won the race on July 27.
Of the ASA Member Tracks in action this weekend, Southern Oregon Speedway will be hosting its Championship Night. A breakdown of ASA Member Tracks in action this weekend follows:
1/5-Mile Asphalt Oval
Divisions: Late Models; Sportsman; Grand American Modifieds; Mod 4; Super Stocks; Junkyard Warriors
September 21 Scheduled: Super Stocks; Mod 4; Junkyard Warriors; Late Models; Grand American Modifieds
Time: Gates Open at 3:00 PM; Racing at 6:00 PM
1/3-Mile Clay Oval
Divisions: Late Model; Limited Late Model; Open Wheel Modifieds; East Bay Sprints; Street Stocks; Outlaw 4s; 4-Cylinder Bombers; V8 Warriors
September 21 Scheduled:  Late Models; Limited Late Models; Street Stocks; V-8 Warriors; 4-Cylinder Bombers
Time: Gates open at 5:00 PM; Racing at 7:30 PM
Twitter: @eastbayracepark
1/3-Mile High Banked Paved Oval
Divisions:  Late Models; Mid-American Sportsman; Street Stocks; 4-Cylinders
September 21Midgets; Legends; Modifieds; Super Cups
Time:  Gates open at 6:00 PM; Racing at 8:00 PM
3/8-Mile Asphalt Oval
Divisions:  Late Models; Mod 4; Super Street; Pure 4; Pure Street; Iron Warriors; Young Guns; Powder Puff
Of Interest:  Lonesome Pine Raceway is hosting a Modified Motorsports Driving Experience on Saturday.
Twitter: @LPRaceway
1/2-Mile Asphalt Oval
Divisions:   Super Late Models; Super Stocks; 4-Cylinders; Bandits; 6-Cylinder Rockets
September 21 Scheduled:  Spectator Drags
Of Interest:  Marshfield Motor Speedway is hosting a car show this Saturday.
Twitter: @MarshfieldMS
1/4-Mile Asphalt Oval
Divisions:  Winged Sprints; Sprints; Late Models; ASA Modifieds; Super Stocks; B Modifieds; Pro-4s; Street Stocks; Mini Stocks; Hornets; Legends; Stingers; Thunderdogs.
September 20 Scheduled:   Modifieds; Sprints; Street Stocks; Legends
September 21 Scheduled:   Sprints; Late Models; Legends; Thunder Dogs; Hornets
Time:  Gates open at 4:00 PM; Racing at 6:30 PM (both nights)
Of Interest:  On Friday, the third annual Alan Stroebel Open Show for Modifieds will attract the best racers in the area and beyond as the Intermountain Outlaw Modifieds Series comes out to play with hometown ASA Modifieds at Meridian Speedway.
3/8-Mile Semi-Banked Clay Oval
Divisions: Late Models; Sportsman; Street Stock; Box Stocks; Modifieds; Front
Wheel Drive; Mod-4
September 21 Scheduled:  Open Wheel Modifieds; Mini Sprints; Sportsman; Box Stocks; Pure Stocks
Time:   Gates open at 5:00 PM; Racing at 7:00 PM
.333-Mile, Semi-Banked Clay Oval
Divisions:  Modifieds; Pro Stocks; Super 4s; Sprint Cars, Mini Stocks; Dwarf cars
September 21 Scheduled:  Modifieds; B-Modifieds; Super 4s; Street Stocks; Mini Stocks; Dwarfs
Time: Gates open at 4:00 PM; Racing at 7:15 PM
Of Interest:  Saturday night is Championship Night at Southern Oregon Speedway.


X Games and reality TV star turned NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Travis Pastrana is giving fans a new reason to follow him in NASCAR. Pastrana, regarded as one of the most talented motorsports competitors in the world, will participate in a fan Q&A session prior to making his NASCAR Nationwide Series race debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, November 16.

Well known among action sports fans, Pastrana has raced just about everything with wheels, from motorcycles to monster trucks. The 11-time X Games gold medalist is currently running his first full NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule.  He drives the No. 60 Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Racing.

The $120 package -- valued at more than $200 if priced individually -- will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 

It includes:

► One ticket to the Ford EcoBoost 300 on November 16

► One ticket to the Ford EcoBoost 400 on November 17

► Question and answer session with Pastrana before the Ford EcoBoost 300

► Pre-Race Pit Pass (valid for Saturday and Sunday)

► Donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation

“It is our pleasure to announce our partnership with Travis Pastrana for Ford Championship Weekend,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer. “Travis brings a wave of new fans to NASCAR from his success in other forms of racing and his reality TV show, Nitro Circus. This is a tremendous opportunity for fans and the Miami community to come out and meet one of NASCAR’s most popular drivers before he gears up for the season finale. Best of all, it’s a chance for all of us to support him and his desire to be a ‘wish granter” for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.”


C&C Audio, Video, and Appliances joins Tommy Baldwin Racing for a four race deal as an associate sponsor on the No. 36 Chevy of JJ Yeley.

Founded in 1975 by Roger and M.A. "Chic" LeBlanc, C&C started out as a small appliance store. Over the years, they expanded to add audio and video to their business. The service provided is unmatched, and the expertise is the top of the line. C&C prides themselves on quality products, reasonable prices, and service before and after the sale.

Owner Roger LeBlanc commented on the sponsorship with TBR, "Our first partnership with TBR and JJ Yeley was in 2012, we are very excited to have the opportunity to team up with them again."   
In addition to their four race sponsorship, C&C is giving away two tickets to the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The giveaway will include two hot passes, hotel accommodations for two nights and round-trip transportation to and from the track. The winner will also have a meet and greet with Owner Tommy Baldwin and driver JJ Yeley. To enter, visit C&C Audio, Visual and Appliances on Facebook. 

Phoenix Racing announced today that SEM Products, Inc. will sponsor the No. 51 Chevrolet SS driven by Michael McDowell in this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

SEM Products, Inc., whose partnership with Phoenix Racing begins in 2014, will provide adhesives, sealers and paint products to the organization's NSCS team. SEM Products is a leading manufacturer of products for automotive body repair and refinishing. The company, which was founded in 1948, manufactures a wide array of automotive repair products including adhesives, fillers and sealers; flexible coatings; rust and corrosion prevention and treatment; trim paints and truck bed liners.
"The employees at SEM Products are excited to be on the No. 51 entry in Loudon," said Brian Joyner, SEM Products Business Development Manager. "We value our relationship with teams in NASCAR and we're looking forward to adding Phoenix Racing to our family. It should be a great race."
Michael McDowell, who has been running in the NSCS since 2008, has participated in 24 Sprint Cup Series events this season, earning a best finish of ninth at Daytona International Speedway in February.
"I'm really excited about the opportunity to drive for Phoenix Racing this weekend in Loudon," said McDowell. "It's a great organization that has only gotten stronger with the addition of Harry Scott. I appreciate SEM's support this weekend and I hope we can go out and give them a great performance."
The Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will take place on Sunday, September 22 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. The race will air live on ESPN, PRN and SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.
Phoenix Racing PR

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) currently holds the first and second position in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship standings, and now fans will have a unique way to follow the team over the next nine weeks with the launch of a new digital magazine.

The magazine will be available on both Apple and Android devices including tablets. It will be available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store and accessed through the following direct link:

The magazine, which will be updated throughout the Chase and through the conclusion of the season, will feature profiles on each of Joe Gibbs Racing’s three teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. 

“NASCAR has some of the most savvy, passionate fans in all of sports and they crave content about their favorite drivers and teams,” said Dave Alpern, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Joe Gibbs Racing. “By creating this Chase App, we have packaged tremendous content into a fun, interactive format. This app has everything from information on the Chase tracks and car set ups, to never seen before photos and driver profiles. Every feature is designed for interaction with the fan and I think they will discover something new each time they open it. Our digital team hit it out of the park with this one."

The digital magazine will be informative for all NASCAR fans and not just those passionate about JGR’s three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams. It includes educational pieces that provide in-depth and interactive aspects of the sport including the importance of camber and toe to the performance of a race car. In addition, there is an infographic on each of the race tracks featured in the Chase. Of course there is plenty of information specific to JGR, including photo essays, video profiles of each driver, a feature on driver Darrell Wallace, Jr. and statistical analysis of each driver.



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