New Thunder--Unified Title - Marysville, WA
The newly formed American Speed Association Northwest Late Model Tour has combined two longstanding programs--the 25-year-old Northwest Tour and the 10-year-old Late Model Challenge Series--to create the Northwest's only Super Late Model Stock Car touring division. Along with the merger came a 2008 champion of each series. The LMCS champion is Wes Rhodes of Olympia, WA, while Brad Stanwood of Portland, OR, holds the NWT title. The pair will join a whole host of Super Late drivers vying for the unified title. For more information, www.asanorth ASANWLMT

New Make-A-Wish Promo - Corona, CA
Officials of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series recently announced that the series will partner with ASI Racewear and the Make-A-Wish Foundation in a promotion to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The promotion will consist of a special raffle at all Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned events in 2009 where fans can purchase a $2 raffle ticket for a chance to win three special prize packages from ASI Racewear and Lucas Oil that will be drawn at the series season finale at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA, on October 8 and 9. First Prize is a special Lucas Oil apparel prize package valued at $165. One hundred percent of all monies collected through purchase of raffle tickets will be donated to the Make-A-Wish foundation in the name of the Fans of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and ASIRacewear. The total donation amount will be posted on Fans can purchase as many raffle tickets as they would like throughout the season by visiting the series official vendor trailer at all series-sanctioned events. Lucas Oil

Shocking Closure - Phoenix, AZ
One of the nation's most famous racetracks closed its doors on April 11. For more than 50 years, Manzanita Speedway has hosted some of the best dirt track racing in the country with some of the biggest names in motorsports visiting Victory Lane. Boasting both a -mile clay oval as well as a 1?3-mile track, Manzy, as it was affectionately known, began operations in 1951. Circle Track contributor Vahok Hill has an in-depth story on the track as an exclusive on Fire up that computer and go check it out. Vahok Hill

Richmond Honored - Mansfield, OH
Mansfield Motorsports Park officials recently announced that the June 20 ARCA RE/MAX Series race will be named in honor of the on-track accomplishments of the late Tim Richmond, NASCAR star and Ashland, Ohio, native who died of AIDS in 1989. The Tim Richmond Memorial ARCA RE/MAX 200, race number nine of the 22-race ARCA RE/MAX Series, will roll off at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 20.

"Two-thousand-nine marks the 20th anniversary of Tim's death and I believe it's time to share his memory with new fans and give his still-existent fan base an opportunity to remember many of his great and precious moments," said Richmond's sister, Sandy Welsh.

One of the most talented drivers to climb behind the wheel, Richmond's racing career included not only Rookie of the Year honors in the 1980 Indy 500, but 13 wins, 42 Top 5s, 78 Top 10s, and 14 pole awards in just 185 career starts in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, before his untimely death in 1989. Richmond made one start in the ARCA series in February 1981 at Daytona International Speedway. He won the race. For more information, visit or Circle Track Archives

Ascs Canwest Set For 2009 - Tulsa, Ok/Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
As racing is under way for several of the ASCS regions, the newest ASCS affiliate is still waiting for the snow to clear and weather to warm. In 2009 the ASCS banner will be waved proudly north of the border with the creation of the new ASCS CanWest division. Based out of Edmonton, Alberta, the first ASCS Canadian sanction is putting the finishing touches on its schedule that includes supporting events with the ASCS Northwest, Rocky Mountain, and Northern Plains divisions. The upstart CanWest region will be hosting the majority of the events at the home track of Castrol Raceway, including the 55th year of the Gold Cup Weekend paying a hefty $5,000-to-win. For more on the ASCS CanWest division, please visit CANWEST