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Orange County Speedway to Mark Halfway Point of the 2007 Season in the ASA Late Model Series Southern Division
Jan 12, 2007 - updated Jan 12th, 2007 11:35am
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Rougemont, NC --
The ASA Late Model Series Southern Division Presented by GM Performance Parts 2007 Schedule is now complete. From North Carolina to Florida to Missouri, with stops in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee, the ASALMS Southern Division Cars and Stars will experience a wide variety of speed plants during the ASALMS Fifth Anniversary Season.
With almost half of the 2007 Schedule on tracks that the ASALMS South didn’t visit during its’ inaugural season in 2006, some familiarity will be very important to the returning teams for the upcoming 2007 campaign. One track fits the bill for familiarity as aside from I-70 (MO) Speedway and the Music City (TN) Motorplex, this track hosted the longest distance race of the ASALMS Southern Division 2006 season.
The ASALMS Southern Divisions’ sixth race of the 2007 season, the extended distance Orange County 125 is set for Saturday August 11, 2007 at the fast 0.375 Mile High-Banked Paved Oval of the Orange County (NC) Speedway, located just South of the Virginia/North Carolina border and North of Raleigh/Durham in Rougemont, North Carolina.
In addition to the ASALMS Southern Divisions’ 125-lap Feature, which will mark the halfway point of the 2007 ASALMS Southern Division schedule, the OCS weekly divisions of Limited Late Model Stock Cars, Grand Stocks, Southern Ground Pounders, and Street Stocks will also be on the card.
“Our ASALMS Southern Division teams just loved going to Orange County last season and we knew when we were putting together the 2007 schedule that the Orange County Speedway was definitely returning one way or the other.” Remarked ASALMS Co-Founder/President, Ron Varney. “This will be a very exciting event and coming off our weekend at Bristol the weekend before, our teams will be hyped up to say the least.” Varney stated.
The weekend before, the crown jewel of the ASALMS, the Challenge Division will take on the historic high-banks of the Bristol (TN) Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee for the running of the Bristol 200. That event will give the cars and stars of the ASALMS Southern Division the rare opportunity to take on their Challenge Division counterparts in their part of the country.
In the ASALMS Southern Divisions’ first ever appearance to the fast 0.375 Mile High-Banked Paved Oval in Rougemont, North Carolina back on August 19, 2006; Colleyville, Texas pilot Ryan Lawler won his first career ASALMS Southern Division Feature in the extended distance Dr. Pepper 150 Presented by Zaxby’s Real Chicken.
Lawler took the win over 15-year-old, at the time, Dalton Zehr, who finished a career high second while Colt James, 2006 ASALMS Southern Division Champion and Rookie of the Year; 16-year-old James Buescher, and Josh Hamner completed the Top Five. Hamner also holds down the ASALMS track record at OCS with a 14.009.
“The ASALMS Southern Divisions’ visit in 2006 to OCS was exciting and provided some of our best racing for the year.” Added Kim Foushee, Director of Operations for the Rougemont, North Carolina speed plant. “The fans remained on their feet and eager to know when the ASALMS would return. We look forward to hosting the ASALMS Southern Division again in 2007.” She added.
The 2007 season begins at OCS with an all day Test and Tune on Saturday March 3, 2007. The regular season opens the following week on Saturday March 10, 2007. OCS will run bi-weekly featuring a full line-up of Late Model Stock Cars, as well as Limited Late Model Stock Cars. In addition, Grand Stocks, Southern Ground Pounders, and Street Stocks make up a Regular Racing Program at OCS.
The 2006 Track Champions at OCS were; Ronald Hill-Late Model Stock Cars, James Turner-Grand Stocks, Chuck Watkins-Pure Stocks, and Matt Lofton-Limited Sportsmen. Orange County Speedway is located in Northeastern Orange County on the site of the original Trico Motor Speedway, which was built in the early 1960s. What originally opened as a dirt facility was paved and is currently a 3/8ths mile (0.375) asphalt, high-banked oval track.
The oval has 16 degree banking in the straightaway and 19 degree banking in the turns. The banking and wide-sweeping turns make this facility the fastest 3/8 mile track in the country. The track averages 50 feet wide, which offers plenty of room for side by side racing among competitors.
Orange County Speedway has also, in the past, won a National Speed Award for 3/8 mile track and has won several awards from the Daytona Speedweeks and RPM Race Promoters Workshop Awards. The facility offers grandstand seating that follows the curvature of the track, along the front, from turn four to turn one, which means that there is an excellent view of the track from every seat.
There is a VIP box in turn four that will accommodate 40 people in air-conditioned comfort. This view offers a close up view of all the exciting turn four action, as well as a fabulous view of the entire track. The VIP seating in the Main Tower accommodates 15 fans with a bird’s eye view of the Finish Line as well as the remainder of the track.
Orange County Speedway was one of the first tracks in the area to have live televised Busch races. Some of the top Winston Cup stars of yesterday and today ‘cut their teeth’ in racing as regulars at OCS.
The list includes Jimmy Johnson (Now Defunct ASA National Tour), Bobby Labonte, Todd Bodine and Jeff and Ward Burton. Jeff Gordon won his first career Busch Pole at OCS in 1991. Most recently, Scott Riggs of Bahama, North Carolina, began his racing career here.
Over the years, many others have competed at OCS in Late Model Sportsman and Busch Races. Some other well-known drivers that have ran at Orange County Speedway include; Stacey Compton, Greg Davis, Peyton Sellers, Barry Beggarly, and Stacey Puryear as well as Maurice Hill, who is still amongst the most winningest drivers at OCS, and Timothy Peters the Late Model Stock Cars Champion in 2002 and 2003.
For more information about the Orange County Speedway, located on 9450 Highway 57 in Rougemont, North Carolina, please call during normal business hours at: 1 (336) 364-1222 or you can log onto the tracks website at: Orange County Speedway.
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