One thing that is unique about the Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil ASA Member Track National Championship is variety. With the variety of ASA Member Tracks hosting their unique group of divisions every week, this opens the door for many weekly competitors to compete for the National Championship where the winner will receive a tryout with Joe Gibbs Racing.
The pits at each ASA Member Track are full of unique and interesting stories. A unique story may be about the driver or the division standings that the driver is currently involved in at their specific track.
The top six in this week’s Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil ASA Member Track National Championship standings each have their own story for this week. The weekly racing action is unique and different. The stories we know this week could easily change over a weekend of great ASA Racing action.
Barry Beggarly continues to lead the overall standings with an average of 3.5954. The 61-year-old driver who leads the Late Model standings at Ace Speedway in Altmahaw, NC is in a tight point battle with Jason York. Beggarly holds a four-point lead going into this Friday’s racing action as they will be competing in a 100-lap feature event.
Shelby Stroebel picked up a feature win this past Saturday night in the ASA Modified division at Meridian Speedway in Meridian, ID. What made the win great for Stroebel was that his father Allen, who is battling leukemia, was able to join him in victory lane. Stroebel has an average of 3.2228 and a 271-point lead over Chris Fenton in the track standings.
There is a definite seesaw battle brewing in the Late Model division at Lebanon I-44 Speedway in Lebanon, MO. Ken Dickinson and Chrissy Wallace have been swapping the points lead back and forth over the last month. This week, Dickinson is back on top of the standings with a 25-point lead over Wallace. Dickinson is still looking for his first feature win of the year, while Wallace already has four wins. Dickinson is third overall with an average of 3.1481. By the way, if Wallace were leading the Late Model standings at I-44, she would be second overall in the National Championship standings with an average of 3.2541, which is the highest average in the West Region.
David Flynn is also in a tight point battle in the Late Model Sportsman division at Newport Motor Speedway in Newport, TN. His consistent runs lately are keeping him on top of the track standings over Wayne Webb and Zack Franks. Flynn has a five-point lead over Webb and a 14-point lead over Franks. Flynn has three wins so far while Webb has one and Franks has four. Flynn is fourth in the National Championship standings with an average of 3.1326.
Michael Hale has a five-point lead over Tyler Whetstone in the Maverik Modified standings at Rocky Mountain Raceways in West Valley City, UT. Hale and Whetstone have traded the point lead back and forth this season so far. Hale is currently fifth overall in the National Championship standings with an average of 2.8240. If Whetstone were the point leader, his average of 2.5753 would be sixth overall.
Mike Reichenberger backed up his feature win two weeks ago, by starting 14th and making a pass on the last lap in the last corner to win his second in a row in the Late Model division at Norway Speedway in Norway, MI. He is sixth overall with an average of 2.7432. Reichenberger could be a factor in the National Championship as the season progresses to the end of September. He has two less events so far compared to the overall leader.
The four remaining competitors in the top-ten didn’t compete this past weekend.
Randall Wilhorn leads the Late Model standings at Marshfield Motor Speedway in Marshfield, WI. They were rained out this past Saturday night. Wilhorn has an average of 1.8371.
Ryan Stiltner leads the Charger division at Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, VA. They had last Saturday night off. Stiltner has an average of 1.7576.
Mark Machesy will be competing in the Larry Detjens Memorial this weekend at State Park Speedway in Wausau, WI. He has an average of 1.5883.
Mark Shackleford, fresh off of his first feature win of the season two weeks ago, will be back in action at Orange Show Speedway on Saturday, August 6. He has an average of 1.4055.
“One thing that has made auto racing popular is character. Each track has its own character and many drivers have their own unique story to share,” Dennis Huth, ASA President said. “The drivers competing for the Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil ASA Member Track National Championship each have their own stories. The story may be personal or it may relate to the great battles they are having on the tracks each week. I would encourage all race fans to visit their local short tracks and get to know the drivers. You will find yourself absorbed in a community of unique individuals who simply love the sport of auto racing.”
Fans can look at their favorite driver statistics by visiting SpeedNetDirect.com’s Championship Insider at www.championshipinsider.com. It is a free membership site, sign up today!
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 shows the current track point leaders that would be eligible for the National Championship if it ended today. The East and West Region standings give 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The latest news and information from all the racetracks and tours involved in the ASA can be found by visiting www.ASA-Racing.com.
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ASA MEMBER TRACK NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
(As of 7/27/11)
1.Barry Beggarly (Ace Speedway) – 3.5954 2.Shelby Stroebel (Meridian Speedway) – 3.2228 3.Ken Dickinson (Lebanon I-44 Speedway) – 3.1481 4.David Flynn (Newport Motor Speedway) – 3.1326 5.Michael Hale (Rocky Mountain Raceways) – 2.8240 6.Mike Reichenberger (Norway Speedway) – 2.7432 7.Randall Wilhorn (Marshfield Motor Speedway) – 1.8371 8.Ryan Stiltner (Lonesome Pine Raceway) – 1.7576 9.Mark Mackesy (State Park Speedway) – 1.5883 10. Mark Shackleford (Orange Show Speedway) – 1.4055