ASCS Carolina: $1,000 Up for Grabs in Inaugural Blue Ridge Bash Saturday at Harris

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — official release — The ASCS Carolina Sprint Series 305 Sprint Cars will make their debut at Harris Speedway in Rutherfordton, N.C. on Saturday, July 19th with the running of the 1st Annual Blue Ridge Bash.

The 20-lap feature race, which will follow qualifying heats and the Ti22 Dash race for the sprint cars, will pay $1000 to win. A bonus of $500 will be awarded to the driver who is the highest average finishing non-winner of this show combined with the October 16th and 17th Monster Mash show at Harris later this year.

“All of us at ASCS are excited to be working with Scott Childress and his staff at Harris Speedway to launch a new era in open wheel racing in the Carolinas by giving us two shows this year,” Series Owner/Director Tom Baker said. “We’ve put together a strong operations team for the series and we’ve got some really talented local sprint car racers that will have the opportunity now to showcase their abilities in a touring series environment and to allow sprint car fans from throughout the greater Carolinas region the chance to get to know our racers and enjoy watching them compete on different tracks throughout the season. We have five shows right now and a couple of more still possible. We welcome all 305 racers and would love to see some from outside the region come and challenge for the $1000 to win!”

Fans can expect to see local stars such as Jason Troutman, Shawn Mott and Sonny Stroud in action at Harris. 2013 Carolinas 305 Champion Johnny Petrozelle was scheduled to run but suffered a compression fracture in his back in a race at Carolina Speedway earlier this season and is still recovering.

“Johnny wanted to be on the track in the worst way,” Baker explained. “But it’s going to be another month or so at least before he is able to get back and I am sure when he does he’s going to be loaded for bear. Meanwhile, we have drivers like Shawn who haven’t raced yet this year who are mighty anxious to put the pedal down and get after the guys who’ve had a few months head start running other shows. It should be a wild night!”

Several announcements have also been made regarding companies who have joined forces with the series to spur even further growth.

A $200 “Farthest Tow” Award will be paid out to the racer who comes from furthest away to compete in the Blue Ridge Bash on Saturday, courtesy of Gregory’s Original Restaurant in Rutherfordton, N.C.

Racing Electronics has agreed to become the series’ official communications partner.

802 Solutions, manufacturer of the Crash Pad risk reduction driver safety line of products, has signed on as the first company in the series’ “Safer Racer” program promoting driver safety.

LJ Dezigns is the official staff apparel supplier for the Carolina Sprint Series.

The Carolina Sprint Series also welcomes Saldana Racing Products, and DMI as motorsports partners for this race and the 2014 season.

“We are very thankful for each and every one of our motorsports partners, ” Baker said.  “We look forward to building and growing with each of them as we do our best to provide racers and fans with the finest in open wheel racing in the Carolina region and beyond!”

The July 19th “Blue Ridge Bash” race will provide a valuable tune-up for the two-day ASCS 305 Sprint Car Show to be held on the track’s Monster Mash Weekend October 16th an 17th.

For more information about the ASCS Carolina Sprint Series including the updated season schedule, go to and click on the Carolina 305 page.

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