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World Racing Group has acquired the rights to the American Sprint Car Series. (TWC photo)

World Racing Group Acquires ASCS

CONCORD, N.C. — World Racing Group has acquired the American Sprint Car Series. The announcement was made Friday afternoon.

WRG, which also operates racing series such as the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series, Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota and Super DIRTcar Series, purchased ASCS from series founder Emmett Hahn, who had recently regained control of the sanctioning body he started in 1992.

World Racing Group officials hope the acquisition will of the national 360 tour and its regional groups will protect the future of sprint car racing for competitors, race track operators and fans.

“The ASCS is vitally important to Sprint Car racing, creating opportunities for tracks to have a big show while giving drivers a chance to compete and develop in regional and national events,” World Racing Group CEO Brian Carter said. “Emmett and his family have created something special, and we all agree how important it is to ensure the success of the ASCS in the larger scope of the sport. At World Racing Group, we have built the infrastructure needed to be in the unique position take on the ASCS as it exists and work with its tracks and competitors to solidify its future.”

Hahn, who sold ASCS to Terry Mattox at the end of the 2021 season, founded the group with a mission of growing sprint car racing.

1200x1200 Rl7u4yox23kjqfx912672“I have known Brian and his World Racing Group team for many years, and I know this is the right fit to take what we’ve built over the past 30-plus years and move it forward in conjunction with the tracks and drivers. They have been the backbone of our national series and regional tours, and I know that World Racing Group is the right home for the ASCS,” said Hahn, a member of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. “The ASCS is in great hands for the next several generations of promoters and drivers.”

The first official season was a combination of regional races in 1992. Garry Lee Maier  was the inaugural champion. Then, the series went national in 1993 with I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark., hosting the first event — won by Mike Ward. John Hunt won the series’ first national championship.

Regional racing is still an important element of ASCS with currently 12 regions, covering 14 states — spanning from Montana to Alabama. Under World Racing Group, those regions will continue to provide opportunities for their tracks and local stars to flourish.

More than 1,300 drivers have competed with ASCS since its inception, including national stars such as Jason Johnson, Daryn Pittman, Jason Sides, Tim Crawley, Shane Stewart, Aaron Reutzel, Wayne Johnson, Sam Hafertepe Jr. and Blake Hahn.

A more than 40–race tour across 10 states will make up ASCS’ 2024 national championship season. Of those includes the prestigious $20,000-to-win 360 Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway, Aug. 1-3.

The 2024 ASCS national championship season will commence at RPM Speedway, March 15-16, marking the series’ inaugural event under the World Racing Group banner.