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Cloce at top of ASA Member Track Championship points

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By: Kevin Ramsell


DAYTONA BEACH, FL (September 17, 2009) – Tommy Cloce wrapped up his second track championship in a row this past weekend at Adirondack International Speedway, an ASA Member Track in New Bremen, NY, by winning the 50-lap feature event. His win along with capturing the championship vaults him past Jeremy Miller in the latest Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil ASA Member Track National Championship standings.


Like Madison (WI) International Speedway 2009 track champion Jeremy Miller, Cloce will have to wait until the final tally to see if he will be crowned the 2009 National Champion and have the opportunity for a test session with Joe Gibbs Racing.


“This is getting exciting!” Dennis Huth, ASA President exclaimed. “We have a driver from East Coast battling for the championship with a driver from the Midwest. Yet we also have a driver from Florida, Texas, and Arizona in the hunt. This is what I call a true All-American short track battle.”


Cloce had a great season at Adirondack as he had nine wins, 15 top-five and 15 top-ten finishes in 15 starts to hold off Andre Roggie for the title by 90 points.


In the battle for the National Championship, Cloce now has an average of 4.7266 over Miller’s 4.5264. Ralph Adams of Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, AZ is in third with 4.1484 and leads the West Region Standings. Jeff Mathews from East Bay Raceway Park in fourth with 4.0995 and Clint LaFont from Thunderhill Raceway in Kyle, TX rounds out the top-five with a 4.0362 average.


This may feel like déjà vu for Cloce as he found himself in the battle for the National Championship in the late stretch last year as well where he finished third overall in the standings with an average of 4.7599. Cary Stapp of Thunderhill Raceway won the 2007 National Championship with an average of 5.1794 followed by Linny White of Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, CA who had an average of 5.0947.


Like last year, (when Thunderhill Raceway's Cary Stapp won the championship) anything can change in the final few weeks as the ASA Member Tracks complete their 2009 season and report their results to the ASA Office for tabulation. A reminder, that in order to get an accurate point average each driver must have at least 14 events on file. To have a shot at the Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil ASA Member Track National Championship, the driver must also be a 2009 track champion.


“This is far from over,” Huth said. “It would not surprise me if we see this battle get tight and more drivers give Cloce and Miller a challenge in the last few weeks. The ASA Member Tracks will be buzzing this weekend as each driver will be racing their hearts out to compete for the Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil ASA Member Track Championship. I know many drivers would love to have that one shot with a high caliber NASCAR team like Joe Gibbs Racing.”


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 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.


ASA members in good standing are eligible for a $500,000 Excess Medical Benefit as well as a $20,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment Benefit. Coverage for the member begins while traveling to a location promoting an ASA-sanctioned event and continues until arrival home again. The American Speed Association, in conjunction with WSIB Motorsports Insurance, is the only sanctioning body to offer insurance coverage which extends beyond the boundary of the racetrack itself (complete details are available online at www.ASA-Racing.com).


The ASA Member Track program is comprised of more than 35 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.


ASA™, ASA Racing™ and American Speed Association® are trademarks of Racing Speed Associates, LLC. Racing Speed Associates, LLC is not related to or affiliated with ASA Late Model Series, LLC.


East Region Top 25 in ASA Championship Point Standings (Includes events through September 12, 2009)


Pos. Car No. Name Track (Track Point Standing) Avg Points

1. 3 Tommy Cloce Adirondack International Speedway (1) 4.7266

2. 5M Jeremy Miller Madison International Speedway (1) 4.5264

3. 03 Andre Roggie Adirondack International Speedway (2) 4.1820

4. 33 Jeff Matthews East Bay Raceway Park (1) 4.0995

5. 28W Bob Wilberg Madison International Speedway (2) 3.9122

6. 93R Zack Riddle Madison International Speedway (3) 3.8743

7. 1B John Baumeister Jr. Madison International Speedway (4) 3.8117

8. 41F Dave Feiler Madison International Speedway (6) 3.7960

9. 78 Carl Guilefuss Adirondack International Speedway (4) 3.7736

10. 12 Brandon Kidd Adirondack International Speedway (3) 3.7154

11. 11 Jerry Dineen Adirondack International Speedway (5) 3.5214

12. 00K Jeffrey Kendall Dells Raceway Park (1) 3.4949

13. 82S Chad Stevens Madison International Speedway (7) 3.4895

14. 97B Scott Broughton Madison International Speedway (5) 3.4069

15. 2R Kenneth Reiser Dells Raceway Park (2) 3.2838

16. 39G Ryan Goldade Madison International Speedway (8) 3.2212

17. 75 Jim Southard Adirondack International Speedway (6) 3.2178

18. 33K Kevin Knuese Madison International Speedway (10) 3.1909

19. 71O John Ovadal Jr. Madison International Speedway (9) 3.1626

20. 22 Greg Roes Adirondack International Speedway (7) 3.1328

21. 1 Mike Reichenberger Norway Speedway (2) 3.0893

22. 18L Dan Lensing Dells Raceway Park (3) 3.0341

23. 2 Dillon Kralovetz Norway Speedway (5) 3.0152

24. 19 Troy Nelson Norway Speedway (1) 2.9828

25. 12 Jack Nosbisch East Bay Raceway Park (2) 2.9751


West Region Tpp 25 in ASA Championship Point Standings (Includes events through September 12, 2009)


Pos. Car No. Name Track (Track Point Standing) Avg Points

1. 73 RALPH ADAMS Havasu 95 Speedway (1) 4.1484

2. 23 Chris Fenton Meridian Speedway (2) 4.0831

3. 3 Clint LaFont Thunderhill Raceway (1) 4.0362

4. 28 Shawn Paul Lehman Thunderhill Raceway (2) 3.9067

5. 12 Thomas Hill Meridian Speedway (1) 3.6152

6. 58 Russ Ward Meridian Speedway (3) 3.5531

7. 30 Nick Parker Rocky Mountain Raceway (2) 3.5494

8. 77 Jeffrey Hill Meridian Speedway (6) 3.5261

9. 26 NATHAN HOVDAL Havasu 95 Speedway (2) 3.5010

10. 6 Charlie Ham Jr. Meridian Speedway (5) 3.4682

11. 55 Linny White Orange Show Speedway (1) 3.4678

12. 10 Jason Aposhian Rocky Mountain Raceway (5) 3.4430

13. 10 Mark Shackleford Orange Show Speedway (2) 3.4321

14. 50 Roger Wilson Rocky Mountain Raceway (6) 3.4304

15. 80 Allen Alexander Thunderhill Raceway (3) 3.4050

16. 79 Jeffrey Webster Rocky Mountain Raceway (12) 3.4027

17. 01 Michael Hale Rocky Mountain Raceway (1) 3.3956

18. 20 Dan McCoy Rocky Mountain Raceway (3) 3.3830

19. 40 JIM CARLO Havasu 95 Speedway (3) 3.3797

20. 24 Shelby Stroebel Meridian Speedway (4) 3.3737

21. 41 Michael Haddenham Rocky Mountain Raceway (10) 3.3231

22. 18 Johnny Luttmer Rocky Mountain Raceway (11) 3.3046

23. 95 Tony Ackerland Meridian Speedway (7) 3.2807

24. 29 RICKY MADDOX Havasu 95 Speedway (5) 3.2570

25. 99 Chase Stapp Thunderhill Raceway (4) 3.2010

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The stats will continue to change considerably over the next couple of weeks. Several of the tracks have already named their track champion and have already run the 14-race minimum required for the formula to work correctly.


Since THR has only run 12 races so far, the THR scores are "handicapped," so to speak. Following the September 26 THR double-feature runs, the THR driver point averages will increase considerably. And other tracks all over the country will also be running double features to meet the 14-race minimum championship deadline of September 27.


So, at this point, it's anybody's guess who will grab the national title.


Thanks for posting, Nick.

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