The American Speed Association® Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment and GrandStay Hospitality has had some recent changes to the 2011 schedule, including the addition of a few events.
"We felt that we should get some of the recent changes out to all of the teams and fans. We are very fortunate to have many good things happening. The schedule continues to grow in all three divisions. It is going to be one heck of a year in all three series," said ASAMT VP, Steve Einhaus.
One of the most exciting additions to the 2011 ASAMT schedule is the National Short Track Championships at Rockford Speedway. This has been a long time in the making and showcasing the stars of the ASAMT in a new market is something the ASAMT is really looking forward to.
Tim Olson, ASAMT President had this to say, "The fans that attend the event will be pleased with the lineup of drivers heading to the bullring from the ASAMT."
After being approached by Mike McGrath of McGrath Racing and Dudley Fleck about continuing the tradition of the ASAMT at Hawkeye Downs in Cedar Rapids, IA, the Hawkeye 100 along with the Trucks and Sportsman divisions have been added on August 12th, 2011. Olson, Einhaus, McGrath, and Fleck all came together to develop a plan to make the event successful.
"We are all honored to continue the tradition of competing at Hawkeye Downs, and the race teams have expressed their excitement about returning to the traditional venue once again in 2011," added Einhaus.
When Wayne Brevik of Marshfield Motor Speedway saw the opportunity to be added to the ASAMT schedule, he jumped at the chance. The ASAMT will return to the speedway on July 2nd, 2011.
"Marshfield Motor Speedway allows for three-wide racing and close side-by-side racing throughout the field. It is a great family atmosphere, with a playground for the kids, free camping, and nightlife in the speedway bar," said an enthusiastic Brevik.
The original date at Grundy County Speedway in September conflicted with the NASCAR Camping World Truck event at Chicagoland, so after discussions it was decided that Friday night, June 3rd will be the return of the Wayne Carter Classic. The "Wayne Carter Classic 125" is an event that the late ARTGO's John McKarns' made historic. This event will be on the eve of the NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Chicagoland Speedway.
Einhaus shared, "This is sure to be a win-win situation for the ASAMT and local fans who will enjoy an exciting event of the ASAMT Stars and Cars and a good chance of a NASCAR star or two racing in the ASAMT event."
In addition to all of the ASAMT changes, a track that was repaved around ten years ago and has not seen any action in almost as many years, will be back in action in 2011. Tomah's Excalibur Speedway will host two ASA SCAG Power Equipment Midwest Truck Tour events, and one ASA Midwest Sportsman Tour event in 2011. The 3/8's-mile track will be one of the most competitive, largest, and fastest tracks the Truck and Sportsman drivers will compete on in 2011.
The underlying theme for the 2011 ASAMT racing season has been that this will be the biggest season yet, and the changes and continued growth continue to prove it.
Everyone with the ASAMT is looking forward to these new changes and additions and will continue to keep you posted as more information becomes available.
Do not forget the "3rd Annual Joe Shear Classic", season opener at Madison International Speedway is just around the corner. Open practice will be Saturday, April 30th, with all three teams beginning their season on Sunday, May 1st, 2011.