With only a few races left until the Chase for the Sprint Cup in NASCAR's top division, race fans all across the country are starting to wonder who might be the next great champion. That isn't only the case in the big leagues, however, as short tracks all over the USA are starting to tabulate their championships as well. With another week in the 2013 ASA Member Track National Championship under our belts, Norway (MI) Speedway’s Dalton Zehr remains atop the standings for the fourth consecutive week.
The Top 3 remain unchanged from a week ago with Mark Mackesy of State Park Speedway in Wausau, WI in second place and Ryan Stilltner of Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, VA in third. New in the Top 5 is Brian Blevins of Newport (TN) Speedway who sits fourth in the national standings after unseating fellow track competitor Taylor Coffman. Last year's champion Shelby Stroebel of Meridian (ID) Speedway dropped a spot to fifth in the national standings.
Due to a spring and summer that caused significant weather issues for many track operators, these standings are still considered early in the season and it is anticipated that significant change will be seen in the coming weeks.
The top five in ASA Member Track National Championship standings are:
Dalton Zehr, Norway Speedway – 3.0639
Mark MacKesy, State Park Speedway – 2.6850
Ryan Stiltner, Lonesome Pine Raceway – 2.3258
Brian Blevins, Newport Speedway – 1.8569
Shelby Stroebel, Meridian Speedway – 1.5633
Zehr runs the Late Model division at the 1/3-mile asphalt oval Norway Speedway and currently sports a 3.0639 average. Mackesy, who joined the national standings last week, remains in second with a 2.6850 national championship average. He runs the Super Late Models at State Park Speedway, the 1/4mile asphalt oval just outside Wausau, WI. Stiltner, who runs the Limited Late Models at the 3/8-mile asphalt oval in Coeburn, VA, currently has a 2.3258 average.
While Newport Speedway remains in the Top 5 of the national standings a new face in Blevins represents the track. Blevins runs the Late Model Sportsman at the 4/10-mile asphalt oval and sits fourth in the standings with a 1.8569 average.
Merdian Speedway’s Stroebel joined the Top 5 last week and this week drops from fourth to fifth with a 1.5633 average. He runs the ¼-mile asphalt oval track’s Modifieds division.
Throughout the season, drivers competing in the premiere divisions at eligible ASA Member Tracks are in the running for the 2013 ASA Member Track National Championship. In order to have a chance for the national title, a driver must first win their 2013 track championship.
Speednetdirect.com, for the sixth year in a row, will tabulate the National Championship standings. Using a proprietary formula that creates an average based on wins, finishing positions, number of cars passed, car counts and events. The driver who wins their track championship and has the highest average over the other ASA Member Track champions will win the 2013 ASA Member Track National Championship.
You can also look for the nearest ASA Member Track, get the weekend schedule, ASA Series information right on your smartphone by downloading the ASA Racing App for the iPhone and Android phones for free. Just search for ASA Racing on iTunes and the Android Market and get the app today for FREE!
The American Speed Association started 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.
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