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Everything is just a little bigger in Texas! $10,000 to win and $1000 just to start for the Alamo 200 at the San Antonio (TX) Speedway.

By: ASA Late Model Series Staff


Lexington, Michigan (03/24/2006): The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts has traveled to various parts of the country with plenty of success throughout its’ brief four-year history. With the concept of the ASALMS catching on all over the country, it was only a matter of time before the eyes and ears of the Southern and Western portions of the United States would want a piece of the proverbial ASALMS pie!


As a result, the ASALMS will venture off into uncharted waters and unfamiliar highways and bi ways of our great country during the 2006 season. A landmark event that will make history is now upon us for the ASALMS series. It’s only natural that everything is a little bigger in this great state and the ASALMS is right in the middle of it all.


The second event of the 2006 season for the ASALMS Challenge Division will give the cars and stars of the ASALMS a chance to see the sights and explore new territory en route to the longest trip in series history!


On Friday and Saturday March 31st and April 1st, the ASALMS Challenge Division will make the long haul to the great state of Texas and the San Antonio (TX) Speedway for the running of the Alamo 200. The cars and stars of the ASALMS Challenge Division will be very enticed to make the long haul to the Lone Star State. The teams will be heading out to Texas with a much bigger than normal purse on the line.


$10,000 to win and $1000 just to start will surely draw cars from all over the country for the ASALMS first ever appearance in the great state of Texas. The Southern Division is off and the Northern Division won’t get the green flag until May 6th at the I-70 (MO) Speedway.


Heading into the Alamo 200, Eddie Hoffman, the winner of the ASALMS Challenge Division’s first event of the 2006 season, the Waffle House 200 Presented by Dollar General at the Music City (TN) Motorplex, will headline a start studded field of cars that will make the trek to the Lone Star State.


2005 Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year, Brian Campbell, and Madison, Wisconsin veteran, Chad Wood, who finished second and third respectively in the final 2005 Points as well as behind Hoffman in Nashville, each hope to challenge Hoffman and cut short the Wheaton, Illinois’ veterans’ bid for two in a row to start the 2006 season.


Current Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie Points Leader, Kelly Bires leads a strong contingent of Freshman pilots hoping to dial into the San Antonio, Texas speed plant. Fast Qualifier from Nashville, Jake Ryan, hopes to continue his hot start in ASALMS competition as well.


The current crop of ASALMS Competitors will have to deal with the home state veterans such as Greg Davidson, and son, Chris Davidson. Also former multi-time track champion at San Antonio, Brandon Bendele, hopes to turn back the Northern invaders as well as Lloyd Alexander, Jeff Bedell, Kirby Caldwell, Tommy Grimes, Colt James, Matt Merrell, and Eddy Wallace.


“This is going to be a great day in the history of the ASALMS and it clearly shows how far we’ve all come in such a short time.” Stated ASALMS Founder/President, Ron Varney. “The growth and expansion of the ASALMS is just phenomenal! For the great state of Texas to become part of the ASALMS family, is truly a feather in the cap to everyone involved within the ASALMS.” Varney added.


“We’re expecting one of the largest car counts in the history of the track. Advanced tickets are selling like hot cakes and we’ve never even sold advanced tickets before!” Stated San Antonio Speedway C.E.O., Terry Dickerson, who also owns and manages the United States Racing Association (USRA) touring series’ in Texas.


“The purse is definitely worth racing for and the we’re pretty sure some of the Northern teams will really appreciate the April South Texas weather. When Ron and Sandy Varney picked up the ASALMS after getting away from the old National Tour, it became pretty obvious pretty quick that the decisions they were making and the direction they were taking made a whole lot of sense.” Said Dickerson.


“People all over the country are getting excited about how successful the ASALMS program has become. We’re definitely excited about the ASALMS program as well. San Antonio Speedway is looking forward to hosting the ASALMS teams.” Dickerson Continued.


“We’re so excited about the ASALMS concept that we’ve even made it possible for San Antonio Speedway Late Model teams and United States Racing Association Super Late Model teams that have converted to the crate engine to be part of the show.” He stated.


The San Antonio Speedway is a big ½ mile semi-banked paved oval sporting an impressive 18 degrees of banking in all four corners. San Antonio is one of two NASCAR sanctioned tracks in the state and also is the only asphalt half-mile track in Texas.


For the Alamo 200 weekend, the USRA Modifieds and Super Trucks will also join the ASALMS Challenge Division on Friday and Saturday, while the San Antonio Speedway’s Late Models and Sportsman will be on the card for the “Friday Night Frenzy”.


San Antonio runs on Saturday nights featuring a regular racing program of; Late Models, Sportsman, Road Runners, and Grand Stocks.


“San Antonio Speedway is the perfect size and configuration for Late Model racing.” Continued Dickerson. The track features long flat straightaways and 18 degree banks in the turns. Some teams find setting up for the turns a bit different than setting up for a half-mile track that has shorter straightaways and longer, less banked turns.” Offered Dickerson. “No matter what, it’s going to be a lot of fun! So come on down!” Dickerson ended.


San Antonio Speedway began construction in March 1977. The first race was held on August 22, 1977, and it was known as Highway 16 Raceway. The track was financed by 33 stockholders, and Don Bierschwale was named president of the board. San Antonio Speedway became a NASCAR sanctioned track in 1990. Former NASCAR Winston Cup Champion, Terry Labonte won the first Late Model Sportsman Championship in 1977.


Advance tickets are on sale for the Alamo 200. To learn more about the San Antonio Speedway, call the speedway hot line at (210) 628-1499 or you can log onto their website at: www.sanantoniospeedway.com.

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