Barry Beggarly is just out there to have fun. That fun could turn into a tryout for Joe Gibbs Racing at the end of the season.
Beggarly, the 61-year-old Late Model point leader at Ace Speedway, an ASA Member Track in Altamahaw, NC, continues to be the overall leader in the Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil ASA Member Track National Championship with an average of 2.1367. But he is only 0.0038 ahead of Shelby Stroebel, the current point leader in the ASA Modified division at Meridian Speedway in Meridian, ID. Stroebel has an average of 2.1329.
Beggarly has had a great racing career so far. He is a 1993 NASCAR Weekly Series National Champion and a 1994 Regional Champion. He took a few years off but came back to race at Ace Speedway last season.
"They have some good people at Ace Speedway," Beggarly said. "Brad Allen has done a great job there. They have some good car counts and great crowds. I am out there just to have fun. I have nothing to prove."
Beggarly also enjoys the young competition he is facing. One person that he has been battling with the last few weeks has been Jeb Burton, son of 2002 Daytona 500 Champion Ward Burton. "It has been good racing with him. He is gaining experience and has some great equipment underneath him," Beggarly said. "Heck, I remember racing with his dad and Jeff at South Boston and Orange County."
Ace Speedway's Promoter Brad Allen noted that Beggarly is like a modern day David Pearson and his nickname is the "Southern Gentleman." When Beggarly was asked about the nickname, he chuckled. "They are trying to put that on me," he said. "All I can say is that if you race clean with me and I will race with you clean. If you want to race dirty, I won't be afraid to get dirty with you."
Beggarly isn't slowing down either as he won one of the twin 50-lap features last Friday night.
Stroebel continues to hold a 193-point lead over Chris Fenton in the ASA Modified point standings at Meridian Speedway.
Ken Dickinson continues to hold a 30-point lead over Chrissy Wallace in the Late Model point standings at Lebanon I-44 Speedway in Lebanon, MO. Wallace won the feature last Saturday night.
Dickinson is still third overall with an average of 1.9382 in the National Standings.
Tyler Whetstone is fourth overall with an average of 1.8983. He continues to lead the Maverik Modifieds standings at Rocky Mountain Raceways in West Valley City, UT.
David Flynn picked up the feature win last Saturday night in the Late Model Sportsman division at Newport Motor Speedway in Newport, TN. He holds a three-point lead over Wayne Webb in the track standings. He is fifth overall in the National Standings with an average of 1.8277.
Ryan Stiltner continues to dominate the Charger division at Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, VA as he won another feature this past Saturday night. Not only that, but he also won the Late Model feature as well. That Late Model victory will not be included in the National Standings. He has an average of 1.3551.
Mike Reichenberger is the new point leader in the Late Model division at Norway Speedway in Norway, MI. He finished second in the feature last Friday night. He has an average of 1.2676.
Mark Shackleford leads the Super Late Model standings at Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, CA. They will be in action this Saturday night. He has an average of 0.8975.
Mark Mackesy competed in the ASA Midwest Tour event at State Park Speedway last Friday night and won. Suffice to say, the race was a special event and not part of the National Championship. He has an average of 0.8404.
"It is still early, but we have a close battle for the National Championship," Dennis Huth, ASA President said. "With this being the Fourth of July weekend, the racing action at our ASA Member Tracks will be awesome. Many fans will probably see fireworks in the air and on the tracks. We hope everyone includes an ASA Racing event as part of their holiday plans."
Drivers from participating ASA Member Tracks across the United States have chosen one of their divisions as their premiere divisions. Those drivers in the premiere division, who are ASA members in good standing, will compete at their ASA Member Track to first win their track championship. Once they accomplish that goal, they will then be matched up against the other premiere division champions to determine the National Champion.
ASA has once again teamed up with speednetdirect.com to create a proprietary point system that is much like a batting average in baseball. Some of those factors used to create an average are wins, number of cars passed, finishes, car count, and number of events. No one knows what has more of a factor over another.
Race fans and competitors can follow the standings on www.speednetdirect.com. The opening page will show who are the current track point leaders who would be eligible for the National Championship if it ended today. The East and West Region standings gives a complete listing of all of the drivers participating this season.
Past National Champions are Cary Stapp, Thunderhill Raceway (2008), Tommy Cloce, Adirondack Speedway (2009), and Bryan Wordelman, Rocky Mountain Raceways (2010).
Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil, sponsor of the American Speed Association National Short Track National Championship, is the same oil developed and used by Joe Gibbs Racing. The team sells the oil so racers across the country can have access to the latest technology in racing lubricants.
Joe Gibbs Racing is one of the premier organizations in NASCAR, currently fielding three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams, two NASCAR Nationwide Series teams and a driver development program. Based in Huntersville, N.C., and owned by Joe Gibbs - a three-time Super Bowl champion as head coach of the Washington Redskins and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame - JGR has competed in NASCAR since 1992, winning three Cup Series championships and more than 80 NASCAR races, including three Brickyard 400s and the 1993 Daytona 500.
The ASA Member Track program sanctions dirt and asphalt short tracks along with road courses around the United States, as well as a variety of regional and national touring series. For more information call (386) 258-2221, or send an email to email@example.com. The latest news and information from all the racetracks and tours involved in the ASA can be found by visiting www.ASA-Racing.com.
JOE GIBBS DRIVEN RACING OIL
ASA MEMBER TRACK NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
(As of 6/29/11)
1. Barry Beggarly (Ace Speedway) 2.1367
2. Shelby Stroebel (Meridian Speedway) 2.1329
3. Ken Dickinson (Lebanon I-44 Speedway) 1.9382
4. Tyler Whetstone (Rocky Mountain Raceways) 1.8983
5. David Flynn (Newport Motor Speedway) 1.8277
6. Ryan Stiltner (Lonesome Pine Raceway) 1.3551
7. Mike Reichenberger (Norway Speedway) 1.2676
8. Mark Shackleford (Orange Show Speedway) 0.8975
9. Mark Mackesy (State Park Speedway) 0.8404