Tuesday 28 May 2013

ASA OK Tire Advance Testing race 2 - THUNDER MOUNTAIN

Race 2 2013 ASA OK Tire Series presented by Advance Testing
Williams Lake was the destination for ASA racers for round 2 of the ASA OK Tire Series Presented by Advance testing .Unfortunately the day started with clouds and rain, pushing the practice and qualifying later and later. During the rain, the track officials were tasked with an unexpected repair to the timing loop. With the never give up attitude, the local officials and ASA officials were able to get the system working before qualifying began. Special thanks to Earl Thomas and his electronics expertise. With a short 20 minute practice, eighteen sportsman cars began to qualify. The advantage seemed to go to the drivers with years of experience on the technical 3/8 mile track. Local Ryley Seibert held onto the fast time until 2012 Champion Mark Berriau turned a 15.872. Not to be outdone on his home track, Korbin Thomas in the 05 car broke the track record with a 15.745.
With weather still putting pressure on the show, the heat races began as quickly as possible. The B heat had Joe Cornett-Ching on the pole with John Ross on the outside. Cornett-Ching lead the pack until the 5 car of Bob Williams made the pass. Racing hard side by side, the one car of Matt Stephenson touches the five and the front of the one car bounces into the air, Stephenson is fighting hard to not to hit the wall and misses by inches. Williams takes the checkered, with Cornett-Ching in second and the 49 or Warren Bergman in third.
The A heat is on the track next with the 6 of Sheldon Mayert bringing the group to green. The 86 of Tom Berrow holds the high groove and passes for the lead. Berrow’s car is strong as he begins to pull away.  Mayert holds on for second with Dave Olson picking up third.
The feature event is hurried to the grid as the weather is clearly not done wreaking havoc on the day. The die-hard fans have packed the speedway and are ready for the feature. The 36 car of Joe Cornett-Ching sits on pole as the twelve car invert sets the field. The flag waves and a spinning car brings out the first caution. A full field restart is setup and the second attempt sets the race in motion. Cornett-Ching slips back and the one car takes the early lead. 36 of Cornett-Ching in second and the 5 of Williams third. The 86 of Berrow and the 71 of Olson slip past the 36 car and chase down the 1 of Stephenson, Clearly a sense of urgency as the clouds swirl. The 5 car and the 92 of Logan Jewel battle as the traffic backs up behind them. Jewel putting relentless pressure on the 5 as the lead pack begins to pull away. In the front Stephenson defends as Berrow tries all of the tricks in the book. Stephenson slides off the track on the backstretch, but Berrow can’t quite sneak in. Olson sits in third hoping to be the beneficiary of contact, but so far, no luck. The racing is tight through the pack. The group starts to run through lapped traffic. Berriau is up on the high side but the rain hasn’t left any high traction. The battle for fourth between Williams and Jewel finally boils over as contact is made and Williams spins through three and four. The caution flies at lap 36 and the field regroups. Back to green, rain drops are starting but the track is holding. The battle up front continues, nose to tail, and a little rubbing. Stephenson is holding on to the lead, but Berrow is running strong. Olson tucked in third. Jewel, Thomas, Berriau, and Seibert charging hard as the rain starts to wet the track. The caution flies, as the track can no longer hold the cars. The race is over at lap 67. Stephenson wins, Berrow second, Olson third. Jewel fourth, the 05 of Thomas fifth. Berriau sixth, Seibert seventh. Sheldon Mayert in the six car eighth. Bobby Mear ninth. Ian Graham rounds out the top 10. Trevor Adelman 11th, Cornett-Ching in the 36 twelfth. The 5 of Williams thirteenth , 2012 rookie of the year Jeff Cameron fourteenth, rookie Dave Howarth moves into 2013 rookie points leader in fifteenth, Long time racer Warren Bergman in sixteenth, John Ross in seventeenth. The 74 Lordco machine of Dan Ursel unable to start due to fuel gremlins.
A huge thank you to the Thunder mountain staff as everyone worked hard to get it all done before the rain. Also thanks to all of the fans who stuck it out and filled the stands, and to the racers and teams for being flexible and hustling to get lined up.      
This series is shaping up as we head to the “hub of the North”, Prince George. Be sure to come out and see who will be leading the points at the half way point. Can Matt Stephenson do the near impossible and win three in a row? See you at the track.        

Monday 27 May 2013

Tune into Racing radio

For an interview with Matt Stephenson, Asa ok tire series race 2 winner

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Thursday 23 May 2013


ASA OK Tire Series Presented by Advance Testing, In the ASA news.

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Monday 20 May 2013

Thunder Mountain Speedway ASA Day Schedule

Gearing up for Thunder Mountain Speedway in Williams Lake. The local track and fans are already looking forward to seeing the ASA OK Tire Series in action for their season opener.  Below is the day schedule for this Saturday. The pit gates will be open Friday night by 5.00 to allow campers to enter. The track will also be doing early sign in Friday night to ease the sign in process Saturday.

 1:00 pit gate open
 1:45 – 2:30 ASA 45 minutes
 2:30 - Bone Stock
 2:45 - Pro Mini
 3:00 - Street Stock
 3:15 – 3:35 ASA 20 minutes
 3:35 - Bone Stock
 3:45 - Pro Mini
 4:55 - Street Stock
 4:05 – 4.20 ASA 15 minutes – sets qualifying order
 4:25 - Driver's Meeting
 5:00 - Qualifying
 6:00 – Racing
* Rain date for Sunday noon.

Wednesday 15 May 2013

Race Writeup for Lordco Auto Parts 125

Race 1 2013 ASA OK Tire Series presented by Advance Testing

The first race of the season is in the books for the ASA OK Tire Series presented by Advance testing. Twenty four well prepared sportsman cars showed up to try their chances on the half mile D shaped oval at the Vernon Motoplex Speedway. The Lordco Auto Parts 125 was the first 125 lap race ever run by the series.
Qualifying had the tightest field in years with the top 16 cars within a half of a second. Korbin Thomas in the 05 car had what looked like the fast time of the day until current track record holder Ian Graham bettered Thomas’ time by 18 one hundredths, for a time of 18.813.
The heat races brought action as always at Motoplex as the start of the B heat had the 10X car of Paul Turond and the 89 of Superdave come together, removing the bumper cover of the 89. Both cars were able to line back up for another restart and the green flag brought the 44 of Scott Morgan on pole and the 2012 rookie of the year Jeff Cameron outside pole to full race speed.  Dan Ursel and Steve Lengert battle in behind. Cameron is stuck in the high groove, and Ursel passes for second. The race finishes with 44 of Morgan up front, Ursel in the 74 Lordco machine second and Steve Lengert in the 56 Third.
Continuing the action, the A heat did not disappoint. Joe Cornett-Ching in the 36 and Bob Williams in the 5 brought the field to the stripe. Cornett-Ching running hard and Williams in chase the race began to sort itself out. Clearly some of the cars in the back are saving tires for the 125. Seibert is racing hard on the white flag lap and something goes wrong into turn 3. Unable to control the car he spins through the grass and back onto the track in front of Ian Graham. Seibert finds the outside wall hard and Graham hits the fence alongside the 09.The 09 is towed to the pits and is deemed un-repairable due to a heavily damaged frame. The 18 crew goes to work with help from surrounding teams, and though not pretty, is ready to race the main while missing the entire front nose, fenders and hood.
The Lordco 125 lined up on the front straight and gave driver introductions. Engines were fired and cars lined up. The three wide salute to the fans was an awesome display of ASA sportsman cars. On the pole after the invert was Sheldon Mayert, outside pole the 56 of past WCSS champion Steve Lengert. Mayert takes the green and leads Lengert for two laps. Lengert makes the hard pass and takes the lead on lap three. Immediately the 92 of Logan Jewell and the 1 of Matt Stephenson start to work forward. The 36 of Joe Cornett-Ching heads to the pits as the air comes out of a tire. Behind the front group careful racing among the top qualifiers as they save tires and size each other up. Williams, Thomas, Loudoun, Olson and Berriau all planning strategy. Lengert is leading and pulling away. Lap 23 Logan Jewel puts the pass on Lengert and races forward. The 1 of Stevenson into second and 33 of Dave Hemrich in third. The 1 and 92 pressure each other and Stephenson gets high into the marbles out of four, spinning the car down the front stretch and taking up last position. Restarts and cooling tires has the 33 of Hemrich slide low on the 92 and takes the lead on lap 83. Thomas and Berriau race into the top group, as is the hard charging Bob Williams. Tom Berrow and Matt Stephenson not far behind. Great mid pack racing and two wide challenges are sorting out the short run and long run setups. Caution on lap 102 tightens the field with the top group being, 33,92,27,5,1,05,86. Quite a lineup of champions in the battle. Yellow on lap 110, cools the tires and resets another side by side lineup. Now the game is on and no driver is giving an inch.
With 10 to go Berriau and Hemrich battle for the lead, Berriau makes the move to the high side out of two, he has a run and they race for the lead, the two touch, sending Berriau spinning into turn three, Thomas, Graham, Williams, and loudoun make it through, mid pack is coming though sending cars spinning. 47 of Adelman is overheating from a damaged nose, Lengert slides through, Berrow running good takes a hit and gets a flat, action is heavy on pit road as cars come and go for repair. The 71 of Olson after battling back from a broken trailing arm bracket is collected as Joe Cornett-Ching slides sideways. The lineup is completely shuffled and the race is anyone’s. Graham manages to miss the wreck and is now in contention with the battered 18. The crowd cheers as the 33 is sent to the back and the cars double up for the last few laps. The 05 of Thomas leads the pack to the green, Stephenson racing hard, Williams in the 5 pushing hard, three wide out of turn two, the race is on, Stephenson backs out Williams and Thomas touch on the backstretch sending Williams spinning. The last restart Stephenson is strong, Thomas tries high but can’t make it stick. Graham and the twelve car dice for third and fourth. Lengert solid in fifth, Sheldon Mayert sixth, Berriau races into seventh, Tom Berrow into eighth, Top finishing rookie is les Hein in ninth, Jewel stays on lead lap in tenth. Bob Williams 11th, Bobby Mear 12th, Cornett-Ching 13th, Rookie Wes Mader 14th in the 2 car, 33 of Hemrich 15th, 16th Trevor Adelman,  44 of Scott Morgan in 17th, Dave Haworth 18 spot, 19th Dave Olson, 20th Kyle Day. 21 Jeff Cameron, 22 Dan Ursel, 23 Paul Turond. The fans were treated to a great race, with many of the best drivers in western Canada showing their stuff. The next ASA race is in Williams Lake at Thunder Mountain Raceway, May the 25 the. Come on out and see who will collect the trophy on the superfast and technical 3/8 mile oval.

Tuesday 14 May 2013

ASA OK Tire Series presented by Advance Testing 2013 Drivers

left top: Bob Williams, Korbin Thomas, Kalvin Loudoun,Sheldon Mayert, Dave Olson, Joe Cornett-Ching, Ian Graham, Ryley Seibert, Les Hein, Matt Stephenson, Steve Lengert, Dave Howarth
Left bottom: Tom Berrow, Bob Mear, Wes Mader, Logan Jewell, Dave Hemrich, Trevor Adelman, Mark Berriau, Dan Ursel, Paul Turond

ASA OK Tire Series - Rookie Results

#             Name          Points

57        Les Hein            61

02       Wes Mader         42
89        Dave Howarth    32

10X     Paul Tourond      19

73        Kyle Day            15

Monday 13 May 2013

Matt Stephenson on Race Time Radio tonight

Lordco 125 winner Matt Stephenson talks to Joe Chisholm tonight on Race Time Radio just before 7:00 PST

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Saturday 11 May 2013

Unbelievably tight field for Asa OKTire Lordco 125

ASA OK Tire Sportsman Series First Race Today - LORDCO Auto Parts 125

Come on out to Motoplex Speedway and see the best racers in west compete for the big trophy tonight.

Spectator gates open at 5.00.
Qualifying at 5.30
Racing at 6.00

If you can't make it you can follow live timing and scoring at www.finishline.ca

Wednesday 1 May 2013

Lordco Auto Parts 125

ASA OK Tire Series Racers will be competing for a $12000 dollar purse come May 11th. This will be the largest single day purse ever paid out by the series. The series will continue to pay 25 cents per kilometer travelled, both ways, and the remainder of the purse will be split by points among all competitors. The series will also run the longest race ever at 125 laps. There is no doubt BC racers are getting ready for the biggest ASA OK Tire Series event ever. See you at the track.

Practice Well Attended by ASA Racers

14 sportsman racers were out on the weekend testing and preparing for the Lordco Auto Parts 125
on May 11. Fast time was around 19.0 and shared by different treams throught the day. There was no doubt the drivers and teams were glad to be back on track. Also no doubt that many racers have their eye on the big prize.