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By: Kevin Ramsell


BURLINGTON, WI (Wednesday, September 03, 2008) – The final month of the inaugural Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil ASA Member Track National Championship is going to be intriguing to watch as many drivers reach the magic number of 14 events to get an accurate performance indicator. Not only do the drivers have to worry about where they sit in the national picture, they need to win their own track championship first.


“You can already see how quickly the standings will change when the local tracks reach their 14 events, thus allowing these great local drivers to get an accurate performance indicator which will be used to determine a National Champion,” Dennis Huth, American Speed Association President stated. “The tracks have done their part by providing 14 events for the drivers, now its time for their talents to shine as they go after their own track championship and ultimately an ASA Member Track National Championship.”


Even though the member tracks are divided into two regions, there will only be one National Champion. Jimmy Mullins continues to lead the East Region at Franklin County Speedway with a performance indicator of 4.6077. West Region leader, Cary Stapp at Thunderhill Raceway has a 4.3652. Only 0.2425 separate the top two going into the final month.

Mullins finished third this past Saturday night at the Callaway, VA track but only has an 18-point lead over Rick Sigmon, who won the feature event. They have one more point night left for this season and that will be this upcoming Saturday night.


Tommy Cloce of Adirondack International Speedway in Lowville, NY shot up to second in the East Region this past weekend with a 3.9010. The driver from Canton, NY has a 53-point lead over Andre Roggie in the ASA Late Model standings at Adirondack.


Last Saturday night, Roggie picked up the feature win while Close was right behind him in second place.


So far this season, Cloce has five wins, with nine top-five and nine top-ten finishes at the half-mile paved oval.


Stapp is in a tight battle for the West Region honors with his season long nemesis Gary Madsen, as the two have shared the top spot all year long. Stapp is ahead of Madsen by 0.1959 as Madsen has a performance indicator of 4.1693.


Stapp, from San Marcos, TX, is sitting pretty comfortable in the track standings at Kyle, TX facility as he holds a 232-point lead over Leander, TX driver Duane Toyne.


Last Saturday night, Stapp took home another feature win while Toyne finished third.


Madsen, from Salt Lake City, UT, has a 113-point lead over Michael Hale at the West Valley City, UT track.


Madsen and Hale enjoyed a nice Labor Day weekend off, but they will be back at it this Saturday night.


There will be two regional champions, one from the East Region and one from the West Region and there will only be one National Champion. For the National Champion, their name will go in the history as the first Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil ASA Member Track National Champion and a tryout with Joe Gibbs Racing.


If you haven’t visited an ASA Member Track this season, it’s highly recommended that you make plans to this weekend. Cheer on your favorites!!!


Remember this, when you visit a local ASA Member Track, you don’t need the latest high definition television or the latest surround sound, its real and right in front of you.


To view the entire Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil ASA Member Track National Championship, please visit: http://www.speednetdirect.com/points.php?t...av_step=results


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. Its driver lineup consists of Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch in the Sprint Cup Series; Stewart, Hamlin, and Busch in the Nationwide Series; and Joey Logano and Marc Davis in the NASCAR Camping World Series East. Based in Huntersville, N.C., and owned by Joe Gibbs - a three-time Super Bowl winner 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 American Speed Association Short Track National Championship is another step by the industry leader in creating new and innovative programs. This follows the recent announcement about extending the insurance coverage for ASA members traveling to, from, and during an ASA-sanctioned event. For updated ASA National Points, just click on the "Points" link at www.asa-racing.com.


The American Speed Association Member Track program is comprised of a network of short tracks 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 e-mail to info@asa-racing.com. For news and information from all the racetracks and tours involved in the ASA, visit www.ASA-Racing.com.

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