He nodded back. In his first time out Cary was only two tenths off of Davis' time. Impressive, especially when you consider it was Cary's first experience in this type of car and on South Boston's pavement.

Sibley and the Gibbs crew let him make some changes before sending him back out on the track with a set of new rubber. He proceeded to shock everyone and run a 15.98. Cary was making the most of his opportunity. He would spend almost two hours in the car before they called it a day, hitting a fast time of 15.9 while consistently running 16.0s. After the test, Cary strutted around the pit area talking with crewmembers grinning from ear to ear.

"We could not have asked for a better representative for our first year of doing this," said Dennis Huth. "Cary exemplifies everything that the ASA stands for." I would have to agree, Cary was extremely down to earth and I would love to see JGR take the next step and put him in a car next season.

For now, Cary is planning on running in a Texas Late Model Touring Series next year. "I will never forget this and I want to thank Joe, J.D. Gibbs, and ASA for giving me this experience," said Cary. ASA is planning on making this an annual event, so keep racing at the local level. You never know where it could lead!

So, you want to get in on the action like Cary Stapp and win the ASA Short Track National Championship and the prestigious tryout with Joe Gibbs Racing? Well, read carefully, as this is how to do it.

For starters you have to race at an American Speed Association Level 1 Member Track. Each track nominates one class to be its featured division and you must not only be competing in that class, but you must also be the current year track champion in that class. From there, it's all about gathering points. Do that by passing lots of cars on the racetrack. Actually, pass lots and lots of cars.

The points formula used to calculate the ASA Short Track National Champion is, naturally, extremely complex. Think of the ASA point structure a little like a batting average in baseball. But, while a baseball average is shown in a decimal form (like .250), the ASA number will be a digit extended to four decimal points (such as 4.4321). Most competitors will see their ASA number somewhere in the 5 to 6 point range. Cary Stapp won with an average of 5.179. The next closest competitor was Linny White at Orange Show Speedway in California who had an average of 5.095. That, my friends, is the number you need to be looking for to have a chance at winning the ASA National Short Track Championship. For a complete explanation of the points system, head over to www.asa-racing.com.