DAYTONA BEACH, Florida -- Big news is coming from the Western States Supermodified Racing League (WSSRL) as they announce both a new association with the American Speed Association’s (ASA) racing program and a five race television package on the Outdoor Life Network.
The WSSRL began an 11-race season on Saturday, May 6 at Madera (Calif.) Speedway with the running of the annual “Vukovich Classic,” a memorial race for Billy Vukovich III. Other tracks on the campaign include ASA Member Tracks Meridian (Idaho) Speedway, and Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, Calif. Additionally, the series makes visits to Rocky Mountain Speedway (Salt Lake City, Utah), Altamont (Calif.) Speedway and Shasta Raceway Park in Anderson, Calif.
With more than 60 active members and 35 different teams, the ASA/WSSRL is one of the most anticipated shows of the season when they roll into town due to the unique styling of the race cars, the incredible speeds, and the reckless nature of the drivers.
“Our race teams are a bit like outlaws,” claimed WSSRL president/owner Rick Cameron. “This is old school, bare knuckles hard racing. Extreme racing with an attitude – thats Supermodifieds!”
“These guys are a bit like Jesse James rolled up into Mario Andretti,” Cameron added.
Supermodifieds are quite possibly the most exciting form of open wheel racing. With over 800 horsepower strapped to a light, nimble 1900 pound car, these vehicles can accelerate from 20 to more than 100 mph in just over three seconds. But even more impressive is the cornering speeds which are only slightly less than that on the straights due to the unbelievable downforce the top wing generates.
“Our drivers run flat-footed around some of the tracks. We are the fastest cars in the world on half-mile or less tracks. No other car is faster,” said Cameron. To further emphasize the speed of the ASA/WSSRL vehicles, Cameron said that when they competed at Phoenix International Raceway, the top qualifiers would have made the grid for the Indy Racing League’s event on the same track; these are the same cars that compete in the Indianapolis 500 at speeds well above 220 mph.
Because of this “edge of your seat” action, a television package was a natural fit to showcase the unique nature of the ASA/WSSRL vehicles and drivers. A deal was put together for a five race program in conjunction with the ASA Speed Truck Challenge, another ASA Regional Racing tour. The programming was brokered by Jay Rutherford, president of the ASA Speed Truck Challenge who indicated that another major announcement may be forthcoming shortly concerning the ASA/WSSRL.
Fans looking for more information on the ASA/WSSRL race cars, event and television schedule, and other information can visit www.wssrl.com, or telephone (559) 803-3194 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. (PT) on Tuesday through Friday.
“The ASA Western States Supermodified Racing League is unquestionably one of the most exciting regional touring series in the country,” said Dennis Huth, president of ASA Racing. “The drivers are fanatical to do what they do and the fans just eat up every single lap and go back and tell their friends what they missed. These races are one of those things in life that you really have to see to believe, and I think that the Outdoor Life Network broadcasts will really give them a boost in popularity and exposure and let the rest of the country see what we already know is some of the best motorsports action around.
“The ASA racing program is pleased to welcome them to the fold and look forward to many years of a great racing partnership. They bring to us the type of thrilling racing that ASA has been known for over the years, and we certainly are excited to do all we can to help move their program upwards,” Huth added.
“One of my goals has always been to get these drivers and the series more exposure,” said Cameron. “The benefits of partnering with a national organization helps bring us a great insurance package, national recognition, exposure and increased credibility. The ASA Racing program is the fastest growing short track organization in the USA, and they offer a lot of advantages to us. I also want to extend my thanks to the ASA Speed Truck racers and Jay Rutherford for including the Supermodifieds into their television programs.”
To learn more of the Daytona Beach, Fla.-based Racing Speed Associates or the ASA Racing Member Track program, call (386) 258-2221 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. For news and information from all the racetracks and regional tours involved in the ASA, visit www.asa-racing.com.