ASA Late Model Series Press Releases
Leilani Munter will make her ASA Late Model Series debut in the Southern Division on Saturday May 20th at HMS
Indianapolis, Indiana (05/17/2006): Leilani Munter is scheduled to enter her first-ever ASA Late Model Series (ASALMS) event this Saturday. Munter with her SS Racing team will pilot the no. 57 Konica Minolta Chevrolet for the Hickory 100 at Hickory Motor Speedway in Newton (NC). Munter has only one other start with the SS Racing team, which is less than she would have liked heading into her first ASALMS event.
“We had several races planned but weather has been our fiercest competitor so far this year,” said Munter. “Three scheduled races were canceled due to rain.”
Munter knows that the lack of track time will be a challenge heading into Saturday. But she's confident they can still have a solid showing. “I'm looking forward to it. My crew chief Deon Deneau is very smart and I have a great team behind me, so that helps going into a new track and new series,” said Munter.
Deneau spent last season as one of the top known crew chiefs in the ASA Late Model Series, where he worked with Hendrick Motorsports Developmental driver, Chase Austin. And has prior experience working as the crew chief with 3-time ASA Champion Butch Miller. Deneau knows that it takes lots of seat time to get up front and is also disappointed about missing several scheduled races. But he also shares the belief that they can still run a good race.
“Leilani had a good first race at Illiana Speedway a few weeks ago. We had a plan to bring us up to Hickory and it's unfortunate that the plan was rained out several times,” said Deneau. “But racing always throws something unexpected at you. After being in the game this long I've come to realize that you have to take what comes at you and do your best with each situation.”
Even though Munter is making her first start in the ASALMS with little prior track time, she will gain lots of seat time in 2006. Munter has 30-40 races scheduled this year making it her longest full time season to date.
“I know it's a long season and I just have to be patient,” said Munter. “We're all just anxious to be racing week after week, where we can build off each race and gain momentum.”
The forecast for Saturday's race looks to be in Munter's favor. The report is currently calling for 78 degrees and sunny.
Qualifying for the Hickory 100 begins at 1pm with racing getting under way at 4pm. Click on www.HickoryMotorSpeedway.com for tickets. And be sure to stay locked in to www.SSRacingOnline.com for all the latest news and results.