ASCS Patriots Announce Test, Tune
and Tech Day at Genesee Speedway
Genesee Speedway, the only track the ASCS Patriots will visit for the first time in 2007, will play host to this first ever “Test, Tune and Tech” Session. It will also mark the first time in over a decade that a sprint car touches the 1/3-mile Batavia, NY oval.
This session will be held on Sunday, April 22, with ASCS Patriot Technical Inspector Dan Deming inspecting cars from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. After 3:00 p.m., the sprint cars will take to the speedway to test until 6:00 p.m. While all classes are invited to participate in the Speedway’s practice session, the final two hours will be reserved for sprint cars only.
“This will be a great opportunity for our teams to get ready for the exciting 2007 season,” noted ASCS Patriot Regional Director Mike Emhof. “It’s nice to have our test session at the only track most of our competitors have never seen.”
In addition to the teams having an opportunity to get use to the racetrack again, it will also be used to get drivers antiquated with the ASCS Patriot Officials, which now includes Emhof, Jerry Farrel and Steve Ansley as additions to the staff in 2007.
For those drivers and teams that have not registered with ASCS for the 2007 season yet, they will be available to do this on April 22 as well.
Mike Lauterborn, former ASCS Patriot Competitor, is the new promoter of the Genesee Speedway and will be playing host the first 1st Annual Western New York 360 Sprint Shoot-Out on August 25, a $2,000-to-win showdown between the Patriots and the Empire Super Sprints.
Fans are encouraged to get a glimpse of the ASCS Patriots at this event, which includes FREE general admission. Along with the racing, the speedway will be holding a top-level chicken barbeque, hosted by Clor’s. This will start at 1:00 and roll throughout the day.
For more information, visit the www.ASCSpatriotsprints.com on www.ASCSracing.com, or www.GeneseeSpeedway.com.
ABC’s of the ASCS Patriots
Opening night is just over a month away and here is the best way to properly prepare you for the best season yet with the ASCS Patriots.
ASCS- It’s the second year under ASCS ownership, but the first season to have the full feel of the greatest 360 sanctioning body in the country. Improvements include the open draw system, passing points in heat races, as well as the top two in Patriot points being invited to Devil’s Bowl in Texas in October to compete for a Wesmar Racing Engine.
Breen- Blake and Bobby Breen started their sprint car careers with the ASCS Patriots in 2004 and return to the tour full time in 2007. The 21 and 17-year-old brothers have combined to win three Patriot races in their careers and look to add to that total this season.
Cobra- Chuck Hebing dominated ASCS Patriot competition in 2006 and has all intentions of doing it again this season, the only problem is that he will face even stiffer competition. Cobra comes complete this season with a new teammate (Bryan Howland) and an early favorite for paint scheme of the year with his snaked-skinned No. 45. With more races at Chuck’s favorite places, last year may have just been an appetizer.
Don- Don Adamczyk finished last year third in the overall points, complete with an amazing 4th place finish in the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. His added aggressiveness was combined with a great string of consistency to help him achieve his best year in a sprint car, but he will need to do that, and more, to improve on his results in 2007. The “Williamsville Warrior” has no intention of slowing down though and now sets his sites on the championship.
Eriez- The second race in Patriot history was at Eriez Speedway. More than 50 races and 4 years later, they will return. On Sunday June 17, the ASCS Patriots will invade Erie, PA, a night after running Stateline Speedway. This two-race weekend has already been very popular among the drivers in the off-season and should be very crucial in deciding the champion.
Fulton- The 2007 Points Chase begins and ends at this famed 3/8-mile, a track with plenty of room to race, providing for plenty of excitement. The first race is just over a month away (May 5), with the season championship taking place on September 8.
Genesee- The only new track on the 2007 ASCS Patriots Schedule. The last time the Batavia, NY oval held a sprint car race the Patriots weren’t even in existence. That race was won by Mike Lauterborn (or so he says), former Patriot competitor and the new promoter of the 1/3-mile. The August 25 event will be a challenge race with the Empire Super Sprints and will be the only 360-sprint race in New York with time trials in 2007.
Howland- “Flyin’ Bryan” was the 2005 Champion, mainly due to his dominance on slick tracks. Among his wins were Rolling Wheels and Ransomville, two tracks that have added a second Patriot race for this season. Add to it that the soon-to-be 20-year-old also won at Fulton, another slick track, and won two races on tackier surfaces and Howland may have the complete package to become the first repeat champion in Patriot history.
International Flare- Four ASCS Patriot Point races this season are being run in Canada this season (Ohsweken, Humberstone and 2 at Brockville), but the Northern presence does not stop there. Rob Pietz, Stan Zanchin, Joe and Rob Middlemiss, Glenn Styres, Steve Poirier, Alain Bergeron and 2006 ASCS Patriot Rookie of the Year Tim Zack are just some of the Canadians that will compete with the Patriots this season. There is another Patriot, listed below, that is the pride of the North.
Joyceville Jet- Rick Wilson has a storied history with the ASCS Patriots, including 14 A-Main wins; it would be quite a surprise if he doesn’t add to that total in 2007. Wilson is undefeated in Patriot races at Thunder Alley, and has won 2 of the 3 races held at Brockville, one of the tracks to add a second Patriot show this season. The open draw format being used this season will also benefit the popular Canadian, even though both of his wins last year came from a ninth place starting position.
King of CNY- The centrally located seven race series, sponsored by A-Verdi Storage Containers, continues to gain momentum as more money and drivers continue to flock towards this event. The point fund has already quadrupled in size since it was first announced. Add to it the fact that more than a half-dozen drivers not running the entire tour have announced that they will run this entire series and you have one of the best series within a series ever. Don’t forget to pick up your A-Verdi King of CNY t-shirt at any ASCS Patriot Race this year.
Lampron- He doesn’t speak much English, but that doesn’t stop him from racing with those who do. The St. Valere, Quebec competitor plans on competing for ASCS Patriot Rookie of the Year honors in 2007 as he moves up from the Central New York Mini Sprints. Lampron already got his feet wet in ASCS competition back in January at the East Bay Winternationals.
Merchandise- Thanks to ASI Sportswear, the ASCS Patriots have a sharp line of clothing available to wear. The 2007 Schedule Shirt, “Fans Win Too” Shirt, Bully Hill NY Nationals Shirt and King of CNY Shirts will be available in the all-new ASCS Patriots Merchandise Trailer, which will be present at all races this season. Also included in the trailer will be hats, stickers, and other memorabilia.
New York Nationals- This event, sponsored by Bully Hill Vineyards, has moved from September to May to bring more of the best in the country to the Finger Lakes Region. Two full days of world-class 360 racing will be held at the Black Rock Speedway on May 18 and 19, with the Saturday Night winner walking away with a cool $4,000. This will be the first time that the O’Reilly ASCS National Tour will run in the Northeast.
Ohsweken- This popular stop on the tour will hold their annual Patriot race July 6 this year. The “Big O” is currently over going improvements to the facility for some larger races at the 3/8-mile track this season. In addition to the Patriot show, Ohsweken will once again play host to the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals on September 14 and 15. For the second straight year, Ohsweken is an ASCS Patriot Associate Sponsor.
Penn Can- This speedway has been a mainstay on the Patriot tour since 2004, and every year Chuck Hebing has gone home the winner. Cobra has led all but two laps of A-Main competition at the 3/8-mile. New this year to Penn Can will be the North/South Shootouts. The inaugural season of the ASCS Mid-Atlantic Region will include three races with the Patriot Region. Both events at Penn Can Speedway (June 8 and August 17), as well as the August 11 race at Black Rock will be regional duels. All races will pay at least $1,500-to-win, with the first Penn Can race paying $2,000-to-win.
Quackenbush- “Duck Shrub” was fifth in Patriot points in 2006, this year he hopes to finish in the top-five in two regions. The Warwick, NY shoe will compete in all of the Patriot Region races and plans on running the majority of the Mid-Atlantic Region events. Geoff is very happy about the three North/South Shootout events that help him kill two birds with one stone.
Rolling Wheels and Ransomville- Two tracks, two races at each this season. Ransomville is known as the “Big R”, but Rolling Wheels is the track that is 5/8-mile in size. Rolling Wheels has the only mid-week show on tour this season, being held July 3 to celebrate the Patriotic Holiday. Ransomville, one of only two tracks to host a Patriot race every year since 2003, has added a second date this year for those teams not able to travel to Knoxville.
Stone’s Snow Sled/ Suzuki/ Shuttleworth- S is also for Sponsor. To keep racing safer in 2007, the ASCS Patriots will have two brand-new 4-wheelers to use for on-track incidents. Stone’s Snow Sled is located in Newark, NY and is a 2007 ASCS Patriot Associate Sponsor. Shuttleworth Asphalt Sealing is giving each A-Main winner this season an extra $100 for Sealing the Deal.
Troutman- Gary Troutman has been around since the inception of the Patriots; this year will be no different. The only difference is in his paint scheme. A new light blue format will be campaigned by “The Big Catch” in 2007, with Wile. E. Coyote ready to ride along on the wing of the No. 44.
Undercard- The customary breeding ground for the ASCS Patriots, and sprint car racing in general, has been the mini sprint ranks. The Central New York Mini Sprints will be the under card at two ASCS races in 2007, including the Bully Hill NY Nationals on May 19 and at Cayuga County on July 29. Patriot competitors that have run with CNYMS include Bryan Howland, Blake and Bobby Breen, Matt and Doug Norrie, Daniel Lampron, Jeff VanDusen and Justin Barger. Look for even more to make the same move before 2007 is over.
Veteran VanDusen- Mike VanDusen is celebrating his 20th season in sprint cars by gunning for the 2007 ASCS Patriots Title. He has won plenty of races throughout his storied career, but none in the past few years, not to say he wasn’t close though. In his only Patriot start in 2006, VanDusen started 18th and tailed a top-5 at Utica-Rome. Hopefully on his way up from his Engelwood, FL home he will bring up some sunshine and warm weather to the Northeast.
Wickham- The savvy veteran returns for another season with the ASCS Patriots. He’s been around since the inception for the Patriots, and well before that. Before missing a month of 2006, Dave was fourth in ASCS Patriot points. Wickham was very pleased to see more races in his backyard with the King of CNY and will likely contend for a share of the prize pool in that seven race series.
X-Factor- I know this one is a stretch, but it’s X, come on! This year’s x-factor will be the installment of the passing points process. If you don’t understand how it works just remember this: your work is never done in a heat race. The Patriot Region adopts this traditional ASCS format in 2007, which rewards drivers for strong finishes in their heat, as well as those that moved forward during the 8-lap races. This will help to ensure even more excitement for the ASCS Patriot Fans this season, the question is: what drivers will it benefit?
Youth Movement- This doesn’t just have to do with the rookie crop for 2007; it is about the young face of the ASCS Patriots. Competitors like Scott Kreutter, Kyle Inman and Coleman Gulick will take on the likes of Bryan Howland, Nick Bashford, Geoff Quackenbush, Jared Zimbardi and Blake and Bobby Breen, all of whom are still under the age of 21.
Zimbardi- Missing one race last season kept him out of the top-five for a second consecutive year, “The Juice” has no intention on missing any this year. The 20-year-old has yet to grace victory lane with the ASCS Patriots, something that could definitely change this year. Interesting note on Zimbardi: he had a streak last year of four races in a row finishing in fourth place, not bad.
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