AJF Racing Returns To Its Roots
2/16/06 - Dirt track auto racing has a unique way of infiltrating the rudimentary senses of a driver. Jason Smith hasn't forgotten.
The perpetual feeling of dirt clumps smacking off his visor as he speeds through the pack. The rumbling sensation of the car as he handles the wheel while sliding into another sharp turn. The thrill and satisfaction of cheering fans in victory lane.
Smith has felt it all before. Following a brief stint asphalt racing in NASCAR's Weekly Racing Late Model Series, Smith and the AJF Racing Team are ready to experience it all again, returning to dirt competition for the 2006 season.
With a new car, a new shop and renewed focus, AJF plans to race in the Limited Dirt Late Model Division (Late Model Sportsman) at Hagerstown Speedway during the 2006 season. The team also will compete at Susquehanna Speedway Park, Williams Grove Speedway and Lincoln Speedway this season.
"We are all really excited about our return to dirt racing in 2006. It
is the best decision for the team and our sponsors who recognize the superior
loyalty that dirt track racing fans exhibit on a week-to-week basis."
AJF's last venture was in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Late Model
Division, but a lack of sponsorship, coupled with the influence of a strong
local fan base, pointed the team back in the direction of dirt track racing.
In 1998, Smith switched to the Pure Stock Division at Hagerstown Speedway, where he gained more dirt track experience and finished in the top-five often.
Next, the Finksburg, Maryland resident ascended to asphalt competition, when Smith joined AJF Racing and landed a ride with a team in the All-Star Racing Truck Series in 2001. The success in the Truck Series led to the offer to drive in the NASCAR Late Model division.
Smith said, "I am glad to have had the opportunities that I have in my
racing career. The plan to return to dirt racing opens the door for many new and
exciting opportunities that local asphalt racing doesn't provide.
AJF has not ruled out the possibility of asphalt racing in the future, but the team's return to its roots provides a great place to race competitively within budget limits. And it gives Smith a chance to renew his unforgettable love of driving on dirt tracks, where he launched his career.
The AJF Racing Team Web site (www.ajfracing.com) will be updated with photos of the new car and shop. Stay tuned.
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