ASA STARS now has a purse fund for its inaugural championship season.
Released on Tuesday, the national Super Late Model tour will pay $25,000 to its champion in November with $12,500 going to the championship runner-up with third place earning an additional $10,000 with each subsequent result inside the top-10 paying $9,000, $8,5000, $8,000, $7,5000, $7,000, $6,5000 and $6,000 respectively.
The 10-race championship within a championship borrows races from the Champion Racing Association, Southern Super Series and Midwest Tour under the revived American Speed Association banner. The three regional tours will continue to exist as is while crowning a combined champion for racers who choose to enter all 10 of the national races.
Each of the national races will pay no less than $15,000-to-win and $1,500-to-start with many of the marque events expected to pay considerably more. There will also be a winner’s circle and numerous contingency programs to be announced before the start of the season in March.
“We welcome all drivers to compete in the ASA STARS National Tour, and we want to enhance things for those who commit to the tour full-time by the top 10 in points,” said Bob Sargent, President of Track Enterprises, which operates ASA-STARS and its regional tours. “Our hope is that we are able to increase this point fund in the future, but we feel confident this will help the full-time teams.”
To be eligible for the championship payout, winner circle and contingency programs, teams must complete registration forms, which are available to download at www.asastarsnationaltour.com.
2023 ASA STARS Schedule
- March 11 Pensacola
- May 7 Madison
- May 16 North Wilkesboro
- May 25 Hickory
- July 11 Slinger
- July 15 Anderson
- August 1 Kaukauna
- September 16 Toledo
- October 15 Winchester
- November 5 Nashville
At least one notable Super Late Model driver, Bubba Pollard, has given a verbal commitment to running for the championship and intends to do the same in the Southern Super Series and SRL National as well.
“The way the schedules worked out, I tell you what, they’ve done a great job,” Pollard said on Racing America’s the Bullring last week. “I feel like, as a racer, they’re working together to make it where we will run all the SRL races, all the Southern Super Series races, all the STARS races and some in between. We’re doing all three series and then some Midwest Tour races, some dirt races. We’ve got a busy schedule.
“Sitting here, I only ran 30, I think, which is a lot. To be able to compete at that level, you’ve got to build a notebook and momentum. Momentum in racing is huge. Being in the seat, everything has to gel and work out perfectly.”
He also hopes the national tours can become everything it intends to be in providing pavement stars a relevant place to ply their crafts.
“I don’t want the SRL or the STARS to be just another series,” Pollard said. “I feel like I get that vibe. Hopefully, I’m wrong. I want it to be the caliber of a World of Outlaws or a Lucas [Oil Late Model Dirt Series]. I was disappointed neither of them have a TV deal with MAV or something to spotlight short track drivers.
“That’s what the ASA was. You have to get people excited about going to their local track when the stars come in. Hopefully it works out. I will support short track racing, I’m a racer no matter what. I just don’t want this to be another series.”