Lake Erie Speedway has hosted Legends Cars since it opened in 2001.
?Lake Erie Speedway is a perfect facility for Legends Car racing,? said Darrel Krentz, executive director of INEX. ?It is a wide, smooth track, and allows for spectacular racing. We expect record car counts, and an incredible level of competition at this year?s Asphalt Nationals.?
The track has a 60 foot racing surface with a 12-foot apron all the way around the three-eights-mile oval with compound banking in the corners and six percent banking on the straights. The track can accommodate 7,000 race fans in its grandstands.
?We are extremely excited to be hosting the RACEceiver Legends Car Asphalt Nationals this year,? said Joe Lewandoski, general manager of Lake Erie Speedway. ?We feel that Lake Erie Speedway will be the perfect venue to showcase the talent or all of the top INEX competitors.?
Lewandoski worked with the Legends Cars at his former job as general manager of New Jersey?s Wall Township Stadium, and is no stranger to the close competition of the series.
Fred Somers has been named race operations director for Lake Erie Speedway, and will be in charge of the Legends program at the track. Somers worked for nine years at Lancaster Raceway Park in Buffalo, N.Y. before coming to Lake Erie.
Lake Erie Speedway Legends regulars Rodney Harrower and James Rader, the 2004 track champion, are expected to be tough to beat during the event. Several Canadian drivers have expressed interest in competing for the coveted Nationals title including Andy Warbutton and Shaun Jennison.
More than $30,000 in purse money will be up for grabs at the Asphalt Nationals.
The 2004 Asphalt Nationals were held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway?s Bullring, and featured more than 250 cars competing for the title.
?In 2004, the Asphalt Nationals featured some of the best, most competitive racing I have ever witnessed,? said Krentz. ?I expect nothing less from this year?s event. The fans at Lake Erie Speedway will not be disappointed.?
In addition to the Legends Car and Bandolero program, Lake Erie Speedway hosts late models, trucks, street stocks and figure-8s on a weekly basis. The track also hosts special events including the ARCA RE/MAX Series, USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series and NASCAR Busch North Series for stock cars. It is part of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series.
The Legends Cars, Bandoleros and Thunder Roadsters are exclusively produced by 600 Racing, a subsidiary of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: TRK), a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States.
For more information about Lake Erie Speedway, visit www.lakeriespeedway.com.