After capping an incredible Spring 2023 season, the top drivers of the ASL Elite Series head to North Wilkesboro Speedway for the 2023 edition of the ASL All-Star Race on Sunday, June 11. The NASCAR Next Gen cars will be used, and will preview what to expect in the upcoming Fall 2023 season.
All drivers will first compete in 30-lap heats to set the starting grid for the feature race. A 15-lap LCQ will be used to award any remaining spots.
Previous series champions, All-Star Race winners and race winners over the past two seasons will receive a guaranteed spot in the feature, which will be a 25-car, 100-lap race.
Tyler Saville passed Steve Yenisch with seven laps remaining and held on for his second career victory in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Saville was a savant at tire management, and a tight battle between Yenisch and Joseph McWhorter for the race win and championship ended up opening the door for Saville to pounce and steal the show.
Yenisch and McWhorter were the dominant cars for much of the evening, and ended up being seperated by only 3 tenths of a second in the final running order. In the final green flag run to the finish, McWhorter was able to get up to Yenisch’s bumper but wasn’t able to get past.
Bentley Glaser, one of the other Championship Four contenders put up a valiant effort, but ended up fading late to finish fourth. The other contender, Jesse Bunnell, finished 11th in his first championship appearance.
Jeff Yenisch and Todd Cray finished fifth and sixth, and looked to be in good shape to battle for the race win after a differing tire strategy put them up front heading into the final green flag pit stop. However, Cray’s pit road mishap and Jeff Yenisch’s lack of long-run pace took them out of contention late.
With the second place finish, Steve Yenisch claimed his third career Elite Series title, which is tops among drivers all-time.
The Elite Series heads into the offseason until the All-Star Race on June 11 at North Wilkesboro Speedway! ASL is accepting applications for its upcoming Fall 2023 season, which will use the NASCAR Next Gen cars, and starts on July 16. Head over to the Join ASL page for more info.