On Monday, Feb. 18, the American Speed Association (ASA) announced the merger of British Columbia’s two main Sportsman Racing Series. The alliance comes after months of hard work behind the scenes between OK Tire Sportsman series President Gary MacCarthy, Kendall Thomas, ASA Advance Testing BC Late Model Tour President John Ross and ASA President Dennis Huth.
The series will run the existing OK Tire Sportsman Series schedule throughout British Columbia on the Hoosier 970 tire run last season by the ASA Advance Testing tour. All other rules will remain unchanged.
Advance Testing and OK Tire will work in conjunction as the title sponsors, while previous ASA Series Contingency sponsors will be welcomed into the newly named series. “Our goal is to continue to build race & points purses with marketing partners throughout the province and the ASA gives us the greatest leverage for their exposure,” said series president Gary MacCarthy.
The payout structure will continue to work as it has in the past to encourage racers to come from all over, no matter the distance and we will be encouraging island racers with a $250 ferry payout for any that plan on making the trip. “This merger will really help increase our car counts and that’s what we’re most excited about!” exclaims Thomas. “It’s what our fans, our tracks and our race teams want… great turnouts, top level competitors and exciting shows.”
“We are proud to sanction the ASA OK Tire Sportsman Series presented by Advance Testing,” Dennis Huth, ASA Racing President said. “We feel that this merger will be beneficial for the racers and the fans of British Columbia short track racing. We look forward to an incredible 2013 season.”
The American Speed Association began as a single racing series in 1968 and is a fast growing racing sanctioning body today. The ASA Member Track program sanctions dirt and asphalt short tracks along with road courses around the United States, as well as a variety of regional and national touring series. Follow ASA Racing on Facebook at and on Twitter.
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