DAYTONA BEACH, Florida — The seesaw battle between Barry Beggarly and Chrissy Wallace continues for the 2011 Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil ASA Member Track National Championship. Shelby Stroebel became the first eligible driver for the National title as he clinched the ASA Modified Track Championship at Meridian Speedway this past weekend.
"This is a great example of why the Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil ASA Member Track National Championship is designed the way it is."— Dennis Huth
The battle between Beggarly and Wallace continues to go back and forth. Over the last few weeks, each driver would win their feature event and then take over the lead in the National Standings.
The streak continues as Beggarly won the Late Model feature last Friday night at the Ace Speedway located in Altamahaw, NC. Beggarly now sits at the top with an average of 4.9934.
Wallace had a strong run going last Saturday night at Lebanon I-44 Speedway in Lebanon, MO. She would be involved in a late caution, while battling for the lead in the Late Model feature, which relegated her back to an 11th place finish. She has an average of 4.6601, which is only 0.3333 behind Beggarly.
Stroebel became the first driver to be eligible for the opportunity to win the tryout with Joe Gibbs Racing as he won his sixth feature event last Saturday night at the ASA Member Track in Meridian, ID. The win secured the 2011 ASA Modified track championship, one of the requirements a driver needs in order to have the opportunity to win the National title. His average is 4.2425.
Wayne Webb will be back in action this Saturday night at Newport Motor Speedway in Newport, TN after a brief break. He continues to sit in fourth with an average of 4.0465. He is in a tight points battle in the Late Model Sportsman division. Webb is not far behind the other leaders and could become a factor.
Mike Reichenberger finished third this past Friday night in the Late Model feature at Norway Speedway in Norway, MI. He has moved up to fifth overall with an average of 3.9664. Norway’s season championships will be decided this Sunday night.
Michael Hale also had this past weekend off but will also be back in action this Saturday night at Rocky Mountain Raceways in West Valley City, UT. He is sixth overall with an average of 3.6419.
Mark Mackesy took home a third place finish last Thursday in the Late Models at State Park Speedway in Wausau, WI. He will be looking to increase his National average this Friday night. Mackesy is currently seventh overall with an average of 2.6453.
Randall Wilhorn won his first feature of the year in the Late Models this past Saturday night at Marshfield Motor Speedway in Marshfield, WI. He currently has a three-point lead over Ronnie Rihn in the track standings. He is eighth overall with an average of 2.3341.
Ryan Stiltner is ninth overall with an average of 2.1222. He still leads the Charger division at Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, VA.
Mark Shackleford picked up another second place finish in the Super Late Models this past Saturday night at Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, CA. His National average is 1.6908.
“This is a great example of why the Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil ASA Member Track National Championship is designed the way it is,” Dennis Huth, ASA President said. “This is not even close to being over. Right now, many will say that it will come down to two drivers. I disagree as we could see more drivers rising to the top. Some of our ASA Member Tracks have a busy September schedule and could catch up to Barry Beggarly and Chrissy Wallace. We still have a long ways to go.”
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Drivers from participating ASA Member Tracks across the United States have chosen one of their divisions as their premiere divisions. Those drivers in the premiere division, who are ASA members in good standing, will compete at their ASA Member Track to first win their track championship. Once they accomplish that goal, they will then be matched up against the other premiere division champions to determine the National Champion.
ASA has once again teamed up with speednetdirect.com to create a proprietary point system that is much like a batting average in baseball. Some of the factors used to create an average are wins, number of cars passed, finishes, car count, and number of events. No one knows what has more of a factor over another.
Race fans and competitors can follow the standings on www.speednetdirect.com. The opening page shows the current track point leaders that would be eligible for the National Championship if it ended today. The East and West Region standings give a complete listing of all of the drivers participating this season.
Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil, sponsor of the American Speed Association National Short Track National Championship, is the same oil developed and used by Joe Gibbs Racing. The team sells the oil so racers across the country can have access to the latest technology in racing lubricants.
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 champion 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.
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ASA MEMBER TRACK NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
(As of 8/31/11)
1. Barry Beggarly (Ace Speedway) – 4.9934
2. Chrissy Wallace (Lebanon I-44 Speedway) – 4.6601
3. Shelby Stroebel* (Meridian Speedway) – 4.2425
4. Wayne Webb (Newport Motor Speedway) – 4.0465
5. Mike Reichenberger (Norway Speedway) - 3.9664
6. Michael Hale (Rocky Mountain Raceways) - 3.6419
7. Mark Mackesy (State Park Speedway) – 2.6453
8. Randall Wilhorn (Marshfield Motor Speedway) - 2.3341
9. Ryan Stiltner (Lonesome Pine Raceway) - 2.1222
10. Mark Shackleford (Orange Show Speedway) – 1.6908
* - Clinched 2011 ASA Member Track Championship