NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Keepin’ it Short – Big racing in Montana

Montana Motor Speedway is ready for the biggest race weekend of the season as the 22nd Annual Coors Light Montana 200 gets ready to roll. The race will pay $15,000 to the winner this year but it is also going to assure them a starting spot in the All-American 400 at the Nashville Fairgrounds in October. Among the 45 drivers who have already registered for this weekend’s action is Shane Mitchell, who took the trophy home last season. He’ll be joined by former winners Gary Lewis, Jeff Jefferson, BJ Tidrick, Corey Wolfe and Tim Elliott. Drivers who make the starting field are guaranteed $1,000 in prize money.

Qualifying will take place on Friday evening with the top 14 drivers locking into the race. Those 14 drivers will run a 25-lap race on Friday night to determine their starting positions in the 200. There will also be a 40 lap consolation race with the top-5 finishers making it to the 200. Saturday evening will be the 40 lap Last Chance Qualifier, locking the final seven cars into the main event. The drivers will then have a 10 minute hot lap period followed by driver introductions, and then the Montana 200 will be contested.

With drivers from Illinois to Oregon making the trip to compete in the race, it should be a fantastic event for a coveted spot in the All-American. If you can’t make it to Montana Saturday night, live timing and scoring will be available on www.montanaracewaypark.com.

*Whelen All-American National Points Race*

Lee Pulliam pulled off another sweep this past weekend, taking both races at South Boston Speedway in twin 75 lap features. Unfortunately there were 16 and 15 cars in the races. As a result he moved into the lead of the National Points chase, but only by one point over C.E. Falk, III. With a couple of months left in the point scoring season, all of the drivers in the top 10 have competed in the maximum number of races, so it is now down to who can improve over low point races on their resumes. Falk has 19 top-5 finishes, so the point gains will be incremental at best. Pulliam has 16 top 5s, which affords him a little more room to add to his point total.

Keith Rocco, currently in third, is certainly not out of the quest. While he has 28 races in, he only has nine wins. If he’s able to go on a run and notch another nine wins, he’ll be a force to be reckoned with. Nate Monteith is beginning to lose touch with the leaders but that isn’t anything a couple of maximum point wins can’t fix. Ted Christopher is also still in the conversation, sitting in the fifth spot.

Position Name Races Wins Top 5s Top 10s Total Points

1. Lee Pulliam 19 12 16 17 678
2. C.E. Falk III 23 13 19 21 677
3. Keith Rocco 28 9 17 21 661
4. Nate Monteith 22 7 15 18 647
5. Ted Christopher 29 5 22 25 641
6. Deac McCaskill 19 11 17 19 617
7. Ryan Preece 27 7 18 23 609
8. Anthony Anders 35 2 22 32 577
9. Jase Kaser 20 6 13 16 572
10. Matt Bowling 21 1 14 19 551

A driver’s best 18 results through Sept. 16 are counted toward their states and national point totals, and the champions are decided on overall point total. Once a driver reaches 18 starts, their total would increase incrementally as they replace some poorer runs with better results.
Under the points structure for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, the race winner receives two points for every car in the event up to 20 cars. Second place receives two fewer points and so on through the field. Race winners receive an additional five points. For example, if 20 cars are in the field, the winner receives 45 points, second place 38 and third 36. If there are 15 cars, the winner receives 35 points, second 28 and third, 26.

*ASA National Points Race*

The ASA has a unique National Points Race, with two divisions competing roughly on the opposite sides of the Mississippi, although that isn’t the ‘official’ dividing line. Both divisions will crown a champion but the driver with the higher average will be the National Champion. At this point, there are two drivers who are on unbelievable runs, as the season is roughly half over. Shelby Stroebel has won 10 straight Modified races at Meridian Speedway this year while Lance Gatlin has taken eight straight Limited Late Model races at Lonesome Pine Raceway this year.

Having a driver who is still undefeated this far into the year is a rather surprising statistic, but having two of them is truly remarkable. Having them in opposite regions is going to make for a very stirring race right down to the final races of the season. While Gatlin and Stroebel have leads at this point in time, they both have drivers hot on their heels so they can’t let up.

East Region Point Standings

Position Name Average Points

1. Lance Gatlin 3.1536
2. Dennis Queen 2.7713
3. Barry Beggarly 2.6302
4. Taylor Coffman 2.6091
5. Dustin Rumley 2.6057

West Region Point Standings

Position Name Average Points

1. Shelby Stroebel 3.5289
2. Mike Slone 3.0285
3. Rus Ward 2.7756
4. Matt Wallace 2.6985
5. Jentry Pisca 2.4791

Throughout the season, drivers competing in the premiere divisions at eligible ASA Member Tracks are in the running for the 2012 ASA Member Track National Championship. In order to have a chance for the national title, a driver must first win their 2012 track championship.

Speednetdirect.com, for the fifth 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 2012 ASA Member Track National Championship. Full standings are available at www.speednetdirect.com. Click on the ASA Member Track logo at the top of the page.

This Weekend’s Race Schedule

Fri : July 20th – Stafford Speedway ; Stafford Springs : CT – 9th Annual Carquest SK 150 Late Models
Fri : July 20th – Stafford Speedway ; Stafford Springs : CT – 9th Annual Carquest SK 150 Limited Late Models
Fri : July 20th – Stafford Speedway ; Stafford Springs : CT – 9th Annual Carquest SK 150 SK Lights
Fri : July 20th – Stafford Speedway ; Stafford Springs : CT – 9th Annual Carquest SK 150 SK Modifieds
Fri : July 20th – Orlando Speedworld ; Orlando : FL – Brighthouse Super Late Models
Fri : July 20th – Grundy County Speedway ; Morris : IL – ASA Midwest Tour Wayne Carter Classic 125
Fri : July 20th – Anderson Speedway ; Anderson : IN – Jeg’s All Stars Pro Late Models
Fri : July 20th – Bloomington Speedway ; Bloomington : IN – AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars
Fri : July 20th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Hornets
Fri : July 20th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Legends
Fri : July 20th – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford Plains : ME – Outlaws
Fri : July 20th – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford Plains : ME – PASS Mods
Fri : July 20th – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford Plains : ME – Rebels
Fri : July 20th – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford Plains : ME – Strictly Stock
Fri : July 20th – Hartford Motor Speedway ; Hartford : MI – World of Outlaws Late Models
Fri : July 20th – Chateau Raceway ; Lansing : MN – USRA Modifieds
Fri : July 20th – Chateau Raceway ; Lansing : MN – IMCA Stock Cars
Fri : July 20th – Chateau Raceway ; Lansing : MN – WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds
Fri : July 20th – Chateau Raceway ; Lansing : MN – WISSOTA Street Stocks
Fri : July 20th – Greenville Speedway ; Greenville : MS – Nesmith Dirt Late Models
Fri : July 20th – Malden Speedway ; Malden : MO – USCS 600 Sprint Cars
Fri : July 20th – Malden Speedway ; Malden : MO – Late Models
Fri : July 20th – Malden Speedway ; Malden : MO – Modifieds
Fri : July 20th – Malden Speedway ; Malden : MO – Street Stocks
Fri : July 20th – I-80 Speedway ; Greenwood : NE – Lucas Oil Late Models
Fri : July 20th – I-80 Speedway ; Greenwood : NE – USMTS National Championship Series Modifieds
Fri : July 20th – Carolina Speedway ; Gastonia : NC – NDRA Late Models
Fri : July 20th – Carolina Speedway ; Gastonia : NC – Late Models
Fri : July 20th – Carolina Speedway ; Gastonia : NC – Open Wheel Modifieds
Fri : July 20th – Carolina Speedway ; Gastonia : NC – Street Stocks
Fri : July 20th – Jackson County Speedway ; Jackson : OH – Mod Lites
Fri : July 20th – Jackson County Speedway ; Jackson : OH – Modifieds
Fri : July 20th – Jackson County Speedway ; Jackson : OH – Street Stocks
Fri : July 20th – Cottage Grove Speedway ; Cottage Grove : OR – Lucas Oil ASCS Sprints
Fri : July 20th – Big Diamond Speedway ; Minersville : PA – 358 Modifieds
Fri : July 20th – Big Diamond Speedway ; Minersville : PA – Sportsman
Fri : July 20th – Williams Grove Speedway ; Mechanicsburg : PA – World of Outlaws Sprint Cars
Fri : July 20th – Estevan Motor Speedway ; Estevan : Saskatchewan – IMCA Modifieds
Fri : July 20th – Estevan Motor Speedway ; Estevan : Saskatchewan – IMCA Street Stocks
Fri : July 20th – Black Hills Speedway ; Rapid City : SD – Travis McDonnell Memorial Street Stocks
Fri : July 20th – Black Hills Speedway ; Rapid City : SD – Travis McDonnell Super Stocks
Fri : July 20th – Mountain Creek Speedway ; Grand Prairie : TX – IMCA Modifieds
Fri : July 20th – Mountain Creek Speedway ; Grand Prairie : TX – IMCA Sport Modifieds
Fri : July 20th – Mountain Creek Speedway ; Grand Prairie : TX – IMCA Stock
Fri : July 20th – Mountain Creek Speedway ; Grand Prairie : TX – Street Stock
Fri : July 20th – Manitowoc County Fairgrounds ; Manitowoc : WI – Wisconsin Dirt Late Models
Fri : July 20th – Manitowoc County Fairgrounds ; Manitowoc : WI – Sprint Cars
Fri : July 20th – Manitowoc County Fairgrounds ; Manitowoc : WI – Sport Modifieds
Fri : July 20th – Manitowoc County Fairgrounds ; Manitowoc : WI – Street Stock
Sat : July 21st – Huntsville Speedway ; Huntsville : AL – Modifieds
Sat : July 21st – Huntsville Speedway ; Huntsville : AL – Outlaw Late Models
Sat : July 21st – Huntsville Speedway ; Huntsville : AL – Sportsman
Sat : July 21st – Mobile International Speedway ; Irvington : AL – Pro Late Models
Sat : July 21st – Mobile International Speedway ; Irvington : AL – Super Stock Trucks
Sat : July 21st – Riverside International Speedway ; West Memphis : AR – 305 Winged Sprints
Sat : July 21st – Riverside International Speedway ; West Memphis : AR – 360 Winged Sprints
Sat : July 21st – Riverside International Speedway ; West Memphis : AR – Late Models
Sat : July 21st – Riverside International Speedway ; West Memphis : AR – Modifieds
Sat : July 21st – New Smyrna Speedway ; New Smyrna Beach : FL – Pro Late Models
Sat : July 21st – New Smyrna Speedway ; New Smyrna Beach : FL – E-Modifieds
Sat : July 21st – New Smyrna Speedway ; New Smyrna Beach : FL – Sportsman
Sat : July 21st – New Senoia Raceway ; Senoia : GA – Late Models
Sat : July 21st – Waycross Motor Speedway ; Waycross : GA – Late Models
Sat : July 21st – Peoria Speedway ; Peoria : IL – Late Models
Sat : July 21st – Peoria Speedway ; Peoria : IL – Limited Late Models
Sat : July 21st – Peoria Speedway ; Peoria : IL – Modifieds
Sat : July 21st – Peoria Speedway ; Peoria : IL – Street Stocks
Sat : July 21st – Anderson Speedway ; Anderson : IN – Redbud 300 CRA Super Series
Sat : July 21st – South Bend Speedway ; South Bend : IN – Late Models
Sat : July 21st – South Bend Speedway ; South Bend : IN – Sportsman
Sat : July 21st – South Bend Speedway ; South Bend : IN – Street Stocks
Sat : July 21st – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – 32nd Annual Hall of Fame and Sonny Thompson Memorial Late Model Figure 8
Sat : July 21st – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Hornets Figure 8
Sat : July 21st – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Stocks Figure 8
Sat : July 21st – Tri-State Speedway ; Haubstadt : IN – AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars
Sat : July 21st – Independence Motor Speedway ; Independence : IA – 6th Annual Dick Frye Memorial IMCA Late Models
Sat : July 21st – Independence Motor Speedway ; Independence : IA – 6th Annual Dick Frye Memorial IMCA Modifieds
Sat : July 21st – Independence Motor Speedway ; Independence : IA – 6th Annual Dick Frye Memorial IMCA Stock Cars
Sat : July 21st – Independence Motor Speedway ; Independence : IA – 6th Annual Dick Frye Memorial IMCA Sport Mods
Sat : July 21st – Corbin Speedway ; Corbin : KY – Late Models
Sat : July 21st – Corbin Speedway ; Corbin : KY – Sportsman
Sat : July 21st – Corbin Speedway ; Corbin : KY – Pure Street
Sat : July 21st – Corbin Speedway ; Corbin : KY – Mini-Stock
Sat : July 21st – Corbin Speedway ; Corbin : KY – Outlaw Mini-Cup
Sat : July 21st – Corbin Speedway ; Corbin : KY – Baby Grand
Sat : July 21st – Corbin Speedway ; Corbin : KY – Pro Challenge
Sat : July 21st – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford Plains : ME – Strictly Stock
Sat : July 21st – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford Plains : ME – PASS North Super Late Models 150
Sat : July 21st – Berlin Raceway ; Marne : MI – Super Late Models
Sat : July 21st – Kalamazoo Speedway ; Kalamazoo : MI – Outlaw Super Late Models
Sat : July 21st – Kalamazoo Speedway ; Kalamazoo : MI – Super Stocks
Sat : July 21st – Kalamazoo Speedway ; Kalamazoo : MI – Pro Stocks
Sat : July 21st – Deer Creek Speedway ; Spring Valley : MN – Wissota Late Models
Sat : July 21st – Deer Creek Speedway ; Spring Valley : MN – Wissota Midwest Modifieds
Sat : July 21st – Deer Creek Speedway ; Spring Valley : MN – Wissota Street Stocks
Sat : July 21st – Deer Creek Speedway ; Spring Valley : MN – Wissota Super Stocks
Sat : July 21st – Deer Creek Speedway ; Spring Valley : MN – USRA Modifieds
Sat : July 21st – North Central Speedway ; Brainerd : MN – Wissota Modifieds
Sat : July 21st – North Central Speedway ; Brainerd : MN – Wissota Midwest Modifieds
Sat : July 21st – North Central Speedway ; Brainerd : MN – Wissota Street Stocks
Sat : July 21st – North Central Speedway ; Brainerd : MN – Wissota Super Stocks
Sat : July 21st – Columbus Speedway ; Columbus : MS – Super Late Models
Sat : July 21st – Columbus Speedway ; Columbus : MS – NeSmith Late Models
Sat : July 21st – Columbus Speedway ; Columbus : MS – Street Stocks
Sat : July 21st – Greenville Speedway ; Greenville : MS – Nesmith Dirt Late Models
Sat : July 21st – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – ASA Late Models
Sat : July 21st – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – Modifieds
Sat : July 21st – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – Sportsman
Sat : July 21st – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – Road Warriors
Sat : July 21st – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – Chargers
Sat : July 21st – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – Factory Stocks
Sat : July 21st – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – A-Mods
Sat : July 21st – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – B-Mods
Sat : July 21st – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – United Late Model Association Late Models
*Sat : July 21st – Montana Raceway Park ; Kalispell : MT – Montana 200 Super Late Models*
Sat : July 21st – I-80 Speedway ; Greenwood : NE – Lucas Oil Late Models
Sat : July 21st – I-80 Speedway ; Greenwood : NE – USMTS Casey’s Cup Qualifier Modifieds
Sat : July 21st – Oswego Speedway ; Oswego : NY – Race of Champions Modifieds
Sat : July 21st – Hickory Motor Speedway ; Newton : NC – Late Models
Sat : July 21st – Hickory Motor Speedway ; Newton : NC – Limited Late Models
Sat : July 21st – Hickory Motor Speedway ; Newton : NC – Street Stock
Sat : July 21st – Red River Valley Speedway ; West Fargo : ND – NLRA Late Models
Sat : July 21st – Red River Valley Speedway ; West Fargo : ND – Modifieds
Sat : July 21st – Red River Valley Speedway ; West Fargo : ND – Super Stocks
Sat : July 21st – Southwest Speedway ; Dickinson : ND – IMCA Modifieds
Sat : July 21st – Southwest Speedway ; Dickinson : ND – Wissota Street Stocks
Sat : July 21st – Riverside Speedway ; Antigonish : Nova Scotia – Parts for Trucks Pro Stocks
Sat : July 21st – Columbus Motor Speedway ; Columbus : OH – NASCAR K&N Pro East Series
Sat : July 21st – Sandusky Speedway ; Sandusky : OH – Main Event Super Late Models
Sat : July 21st – Emo Speedway ; Emo : Ontario – Wissota Midwest Modifieds
Sat : July 21st – Emo Speedway ; Emo : Ontario – Wissota Modifieds
Sat : July 21st – Emo Speedway ; Emo : Ontario – Street Stocks
Sat : July 21st – Mosport Speedway ; Bowmanville : Ontario – OSCAAR Super Late Models
Sat : July 21st – Cottage Grove Speedway ; Cottage Grove : OR – Lucas Oil ASCS Sprints
Sat : July 21st – Little Diamond Speedway ; Minersville : PA – Slingshots
Sat : July 21st – Little Diamond Speedway ; Minersville : PA – Thunder Cars
Sat : July 21st – Mountain Speedway ; St. John’s : PA – Sport Modifieds
Sat : July 21st – Mountain Speedway ; St. John’s : PA – Late Models
Sat : July 21st – Mountain Speedway ; St. John’s : PA – Factory Stocks
Sat : July 21st – Williams Grove Speedway ; Mechanicsburg : PA – World of Outlaws Sprint Cars
Sat : July 21st – Clayhill Motorsports ; Atwood : TN – USCS 600 Sprint Cars
Sat : July 21st – Rocky Mountain Raceway ; West Valley City : UT – SRL Southwest Tour Late Models
Sat : July 21st – Motor Mile Speedway ; Radford : VA – Late Models x2
Sat : July 21st – Motor Mile Speedway ; Radford : VA – Limited Sportsman
Sat : July 21st – Motor Mile Speedway ; Radford : VA – Street Stock
Sat : July 21st – Cedar Lake Speedway ; New Richmond : WI – Late Models
Sat : July 21st – Cedar Lake Speedway ; New Richmond : WI – Modifieds
Sat : July 21st – Cedar Lake Speedway ; New Richmond : WI – Midwest Modifieds
Sat : July 21st – TNT Speedway ; Three Lakes : WI – Wissota Midwest Modifieds
Sat : July 21st – TNT Speedway ; Three Lakes : WI – Wissota Street Stocks
Sun : July 22nd – Edmonton City Centre Airport ; Edmonton : Alberta – NASCAR Canadian Tire Series
Sun : July 22nd – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford Plains : ME – Late Models
Sun : July 22nd – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford Plains : ME – Outlaws
Sun : July 22nd – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford Plains : ME – Strictly Stock
Sun : July 22nd – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford Plains : ME – 39th Annual TD Bank 250 ACT Late Models
Sun : July 22nd – Spartan Speedway ; Mason : MI – Slugfest #3 Late Models
Sun : July 22nd – Nobles County Speedway ; Worthington : MN – USMTS National Championship Series
Sun : July 22nd – Lebanon Valley Speedway ; West Lebanon : NY – World of Outlaws Sprint Cars
Sun : July 22nd – Thunder Mountain Speedway ; Bottineau : ND – Wissota Midwest Modifieds
Sun : July 22nd – Thunder Mountain Speedway ; Bottineau : ND – Sport Stocks
Mon : July 23rd – Autodrome Granby ; Granby : Quebec – DIRTCar Big-Block Modifieds
Tue : July 24th – Grundy County Speedway ; Morris : IL – USAC Mopar D1 Stars
Tue : July 24th – Stateline Speedway ; Busti : NY – Lucas Oil Late Models
Tue : July 24th – Autodrome Drummond ; Drummondville : Quebec – DIRTCar Big-Block Modifieds
Wed : July 25th – Placerville Speedway ; Placerville : CA – Lucas Oil ASCS Sprints
Wed : July 25th – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford Plains : ME – Outlaws
Wed : July 25th – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford Plains : ME – Rebels
Wed : July 25th – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford Plains : ME – Renegades
Wed : July 25th – Deer Creek Speedway ; Spring Valley : MN – USMTS World Modified Dirt Track Championship Qualifying
Wed : July 25th – Utica Rome Speedway ; Vernon : NY – Lucas Oil Late Models
Wed : July 25th – Auto Clearing Speedway ; Saskatoon : Saskatchewan – NASCAR Canadian Tire Series
Thu : July 26th – Thompson International Speedway ; Thompson : CT – MRS Modifieds
Thu : July 26th – Lucas Oil Raceway Park ; Clermont : IN – Jeg’s All Stars Pro Late Models
Thu : July 26th – CJ Speedway ; Columbus Junction : IA – Cornbelt Clash Late Models
Thu : July 26th – Deer Creek Speedway ; Spring Valley : MN – USMTS World Modified Dirt Track Championship Qualifying
Thu : July 26th – Fonda Speedway ; Fonda : NY – Lucas Oil Late Models

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