ASA Driver To Get Sneak Preview of AMS
Monday, November 17, 2003
When the American Speed Association (ASA) returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway in the fall of 2004, none of the series¿ regular drivers will have ever raced on the 1.54-mile oval.
One local ASA driver, however, will get a sneak peak at the track this Wednesday and Thursday.
BF Goodrich will sponsor a two-day tire test this week with Atlanta native Mike Garvey, who will be the first current competitor to run an ASA car at Atlanta Motor Speedway. ASA last raced in Atlanta almost two decades ago, before many of the series¿ young drivers were born.
Garvey, 41, has 17 victories in the ASA Series and has finished in the top 10 in points in five of his six ASA seasons.
ASA teams will run a 100-lap event on a modified version of the 1.54-mile track at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The race will be part of next fall¿s Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 weekend and will take place immediately following Nextel Cup qualifying on the Oct. 29 Georgia-Pacific Qualifying Night.
ASA, a late model national touring division, has a history of cultivating future NASCAR champions. Darrell Waltrip, Mark Martin, Rusty Wallace and Alan Kulwicki all got their racing starts in ASA.
Tickets for the Oct. 29-31, 2004 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 weekend will be on sale soon through the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office and Ticketmaster.