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ASA STARS season resumes on Thursday at Hickory

The third round of the ASA STARS national Super Late Model championship takes place on Thursday night at Hickory Motor Speedway with a star-studded roster that includes two Cup Series stars and many of the best short trackers in the country.

That list is headlined by 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott, driving for Ricky Turner, and multi-time Late Model Stock champion turned Stewart-Haas Racing full-timer in Josh Berry, driving for Kevin Harvick Inc.

Defending event winner Gio Ruggiero of Wilson Motorsports is also on the list alongside teammate Cole Butcher who leads the championship standings through two starts. Casey Roderick, who currently separates the two and is second in the standings, will also be in attendance with Anthony Campi Racing.

Also in the mix will be 2014 Southern Super Series Champion Bubba Pollard, two-time Southern Super Series champion Stephen Nasse, Midwest Tour regular Austin Nason, APC Pro Late Model series champion Kyle Steckly and emerging prospects in William Sawalich, Jett Noland, Brent Crews, Conner Jones, Dawson Sutton, Matt Craig, Caden Kvapil, Billy VanMeter and Michael Hinde.

In addition to ASA STARS points, the race will also serve as round five of the ASA Southern Super Series season.

The Tar Hill 250 will pay $15,000 to win and $1500 to start. The ASA national champion has a $100,000 points fund with the champion earning $25,000.

The race is scheduled for 7:30 on Thursday night and will air on following a full day of practice and a test day on Wednesday.


4 Josh Berry
7 Justin Crider
7 Jackson Boone
9 Chase Elliott
14 Austin Nason
14 Connor Okrzesik
22 Gio Ruggiero
23 Billy VanMeter
24 Brent Crews
25 Gavan Boschele
26 Bubba Pollard
26 Dawson Sutton
26 Casey Roderick
28 Cole Butcher
30 Kyle Steckly
32 Caden Kvapil
33 Albert Francis
33 Dustin Smith
44 Conner Jones
45 Kodie Conner
50 Jett Noland
51 Stephen Nasse
54 Matthew Craig
62 William Sawalich
69 Michael Hinde

Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He also has extensive experience covering NASCAR, IndyCar and Dirt Sprint Cars.

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