The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts will not be in Kansas anymore! Actually the series has yet to visit the state, but it’ll be as close as you can get as the ASALMS will make it’s first ever visit to the state of Missouri and the I-70 (MO) Speedway in Odessa, Missouri for it’s inaugural appearance on Saturday June 18th for the running of the Kansas City Star 100.
The ultra-fast 0.54 mile high-banked paved oval, slightly bigger than a ½ mile, is located just 40 minutes from the Missouri/Kansas state line just north of I-70 at exit 41, about 35 miles east of Kansas City, near Odessa, MO. The front straight is banked four degrees and the slight dogleg backstretch is banked seven degrees. The turns are banked at a blistering 30 degrees!
"With the high level of talent we have participating in the series and the fast speeds on this high banked oval, this is sure to be a crowd pleaser" commented Ron Varney the ASA Late Model Series President.
This will be amongst the longest road trips the ASALMS will make in 2005 as the series ventures into the Heartlands of the United States to give the fans a taste of template bodied/crate engine action! The ASALMS is looking forward to participating this season in the I-70 Speedway’s 35th Anniversary Celebration. That history has brought about a close relationship between the two entities throughout the years. The track has been in continuous operation since it opened in 1968, when it was the only paved oval track in Missouri.
Over the course of ASA’s history at I-70, ASA has held 28 events at the high-banked speed plant with Wisconsin legend, Dick Trickle atop the victory charts with five wins. Seven-time National Champion, Mike Eddy has visited the winner's circle on four occasions with Mike Garvey, Mike Miller and legendary Michigan pilot, Bob Senneker all winning two races apiece. Glenn Allen Jr., who is Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year candidate, Kris Stump’s crew chief, is a one time winner on the high-banks. Joey Clanton, Larry Detjens, Todd Forbes, Brad Loney, Mark Martin, Butch Miller, Adam Petty, Joe Ruttman, Johnny Sauter, Tim Sauter, Gary St. Amant and Dave Watson are also all single event winners over the years at I-70. Garvey, now running in the NASCAR Nextel Cup series, won the last event there in 2003 in a 250-lap affair.
2005 registered drivers that have already seen time on the ultra-fast high-banks include, Landon Cassill, who currently sits second in the ASALMS point’s standings as well as 15-year-old Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year candidates, Chase Austin and Garrett Stonum. Registered drivers, who have yet to see time with the ASALMS in 2005, but have experience on the high-banks include: Josh Krug, Rod Cordon, who set fast time recently at I-70 in a Midwest Auto Racing Series (M.A.R.S. series) event, and Austin Henry, Current series points leader, Stephen Leicht will see the high-banks for the first time as will Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year Points Leader, Brian Campbell. An expected field of 30+ cars will be on hand to entertain the rabid Show-Me State fans in what should be a very exciting 100-lap feature.
Up next on the ASALMS 2005 schedule will see the cars and stars of the ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts make the long haul to the ultra-fast high-banks of the I-70 (MO) Speedway in Odessa, Missouri for the series inaugural appearance in the Show-Me State. The Kansas City Star 100 will highlight the first ever appearance for the series in the state of Missouri on Saturday June 18th and the event will serve as race number three on the 2005 series tour. An expected field of 30+ cars will take on the ultra-fast high-banked paved oval located near the Missouri/Kansas state line!
For more information on the 2005 season for the ASA Late Model Series, log on to: www. asalatemodels .com