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1. ASA Advantage Benefit Plan Available to All in Motorsports
Daytona Beach, FL
When introduced last year the ASA Advantage Benefit Plan, an affordable health and life insurance plan, offered the best pricing usually found under a group plan versus purchasing under an individual plan. The program is available to all those racing in the ASA community and not just limited to ASA members.
The ASA Advantage Benefit Plan, a partnership with AmWINS Group Benefits -- a provider of association insurance for association members -- is available to individuals, families, and even employees if you own a small business.
The ASA Advantage Benefit Plan is available in every state and offers many of the familiar and prominent insurance names with options available in Health Insurance, Term Life Insurance, Simplified Issue, Dental Plan (not available in all states), Prescription Plan, Pet Insurance, and Small Business.
“I have been told that it is a shame that the benefit plan is limited to ASA members, so I have to constantly remind people that the plan really is available to anyone in motorsports,” Dennis Huth, ASA President said. “This is a first-of-a-kind product in short track racing and we are excited to provide this great opportunity.”
For more information contact ASA at 386/258-2221 or visit www.asa-racing.com.
2. Georgia Racing HoF Class Announced
The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame has announced the 15 semi-finalists for the 2013 class. They include: Dick Anderson of Chamblee, Georgia; Charles Barrett of Cleveland, Georgia; Hank Blalock of Decatur, Georgia; Dick Brannan of Dawsonville, Georgia; Charlie Burkhalter of Athens, Georgia; Frank Christian of Dahlonega, Georgia; Tommie Clinard of Macon, Georgia; Freddy Fryar of Chattanooga, Tennessee; Bobby Johns of Miami, Florida; Jabez Jones of Toccoa, Georgia; Huston Platt of Buford, Georgia; Sam Sommers of Sylvania, Georgia; Jimmy Thomas of Columbus, Georgia; Charles Tidwell of Macon, Georgia; and Frank Warren of Augusta, Georgia.
The 2013 Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Induction banquet will be held on December 13, 2013, at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, located inside the Dawsonville Municipal Complex in Dawsonville. For more information, visit www.georgiaracinghof.com.
3. TNT Speedway Owners Return for 2013
Three Lakes, WI
After leasing out the track to a group of racing enthusiasts for 2012, TNT Speedway owners Tim and Patti Rutzen have returned to the helm and will oversee the day-to-day operations of the speedway in 2013. The track enters its 19th season of racing and will again feature WISSOTA AMSOIL Dirt Track Series, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks, to go along with its Pure Stock and Stinger classes.
“The crew that leased the track last year did a great job,” Patti Rutzen said. “(Tim and I) are well rested after a year off and plan for an exciting season.” The 2013 season is slated to begin Saturday, May 18 and continue every Saturday night through September 7, with the exception of Labor Day Saturday.
4. Comp Cams and WISSOTA Team Up for 2013
In more WISSOTA news, the auto racing sanction and Comp Cams recently announced a partnership and sponsorship program for the 2013 racing season.
“We are pleased to be a part of WISSOTA. We’ve been working with the group for a few years and it feels great to have the program we have with WISSOTA,” said Comp’s VP of Marketing Chris Douglas.
WISSOTA’s Executive Director Terry Voeltz echoed Douglas’ comments: “We are also pleased to have the Comp Performance Group be on board as part of our sponsorship team including Comp Cams, Lunati, and Quarter Master. We have known Chris and the staff for quite some time and find them to be very knowledgeable as well as approachable and easy to work with. We look forward to a long standing relationship with entire group.”
5. Monteith Suspended By NASCAR
Daytona Beach, FL
NASCAR has suspended Whelen All-American Series competitor Nate Monteith until June 12 following an incident at Richmond (Va.) Int’l Raceway after the conclusion of the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown last Thursday.
Following the conclusion of the race, Monteith struck another car with his vehicle, resulting in the suspension. Monteith was also fined $500. Monteith was already on NASCAR probation after an incident during the UNOH Battle at the Beach at Daytona Int’l Speedway in February.
6. Hughes Joins the New Era in Racing Shocks with JRi
Award winning chassis manufacturer and champion Modified racer Jason Hughes has formed a technical partnership with JRi Shocks to offer Hughes Race Cars customers JRi Shocks. Additionally, Hughes Race Cars will be a distributor for the shock brand. Over the past several years, Hughes Race Cars has become one of the most renowned Open Wheel Modified chassis on the planet.
Since forming the technical alliance, both Hughes and drivers piloting a Hughes Racing Chassis have already found success with JRi Shocks on the racetrack. In addition to Hughes’s multiple podium finishes in USMTS competition, Chris Brown recently scored a USMTS victory in Texas.