Wednesday, August 17, 2011

ASA Midwest tour at Raceway Park

The ASA Midwest tour is back in Minnesota and racing at the famed 1/4 mile at Raceway Park in Shakopee.

Jonathan Eilen (#77) is coming off a big win last weekend at Hawkeye Downs in Cedar Rapids IA.  It was a sweet win for Jonathan because one year ago he had a terrible wreck at that track and spent most of 2010 recovering from his injuries.

Eilen has had mixed sucess with the ASA Midwest tour at Raceway Park, he finished second place in 2008 but has struggled the last couple years.
Donny Reuvers (#41) has won the Shakopee race twice, 2008 & 2009.  He is not racing the full schedule with the ASA Midwest tour this year and has not dominated at Raceway Park like in the past, but he has more laps at this track than anyone in the field.  Dan Fredrickson won the 2007 race, muscling his way past Adam Royle with just a few laps to go.

Last year (#87) Nathan Haseleu won the 125 lap race at Shakopee, he thrilled the crowd by taking the lead by passing Steve Carlson on the high side at lap 118.  Iowa native Thor Anderson finished 3rd.  Ross Kenseth (photo below) tangled with Michael Bilderback on lap 70 and both went to the tail end of the field, Kenseth made a furious charge through the field to finish 4th.

The top Minnesota finisher in 2010 was Ryan Johnson, Dan Fredrickson and Chris Wimmer both were hampered with brake problems.

Steve Carlson is having a tough 2011 season and Raceway Park might be the remedy.  Carlson has been great in Shakopee over the years, he finished 3rd in 2007 and 2008 and 2nd in both 2009 and 2010.

Andrew Morrissey is the current point leader in the ASA Midwest tour, he leads Ross Kenseth by 47 points with Tim Schendel and MN driver Jacob Goede tied for third 68 points back, Nathan Haseleu is fifth and Jonathan Eilen sixth place in points.

Hobby Stocks and the "Wild and Crazy" figure 8's will also be racing Sunday night.

Qualifying begins at 4pm, Driver Autographs at 5pm and racing begins at 6pm Sunday night Aug 21st.  Jason and Dean will be interviewing all the top drivers for Speedtalk on 1360 radio Saturdays 10-11am on KRWC radio and  also full race coverage on

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