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WalTom Racing Wraps Up Bires Era at ASA Late Model Banquet Team Wins Their Second-Straight Title -- This Time with a Rookie Driver MILWAUKEE, WI (January 24, 2007) -- In just one season together, Kelly Bires and the WalTom Racing team have ...

WalTom Racing Wraps Up Bires Era at ASA Late Model Banquet

Team Wins Their Second-Straight Title -- This Time with a Rookie Driver

MILWAUKEE, WI (January 24, 2007) -- In just one season together, Kelly Bires and the WalTom Racing team have shared some pretty fond memories. WalTom signed the relatively unknown young driver after their 2005 championship driver Stephen Leicht was signed to a contract in NASCAR's big leagues by Robert Yates Racing. Despite being a rookie in the series, Bires delivered right away with eight victories in the ASA Late Model Challenge Series and Northern division.

Those wins led to even bigger things -- like the ASA LM Challenge championship that the team was honored for at the tour's annual awards banquet this past weekend.

Team and driver will go their separate ways in 2007. Like his predecessor, Bires has been picked up by a major NASCAR team and will run a schedule of NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races for the legendary Wood Brothers this year. Before heading to race at Daytona, though, Bires and his WalTom team got to enjoy their company one more time at the banquet.

"It was a special night for the WalTom team," said Bires. "It was nice to stand up there together. It's been about three months since the last race of the year when I got to really be with the team. The last time that I've seen everyone together was in October, and it was just nice to be back together at the same place. Our goal when we started the year was to win another championship and to do that was pretty awesome."

The competition in the ASA Late Model Challenge Series is tough. There were dozens and dozens of competitive cars that showed up for each event on the schedule. To dominate in that playground shows how good a team really is.

"In the ASA Series, it's pretty hard to win by outspending people," said Bires. "It's basically a spec car, so anyone can build one at a reasonable cost. The races are won by who makes the calls from on top of the pit box and who is working on the car. Some people can't get the whole thing to click, but at WalTom they really could. They kept everyone together for two championship years and won both times."

Bires was also impressed with the star treatment given to all competitors at the series banquet in Louisville, Kentucky. He enjoyed his night.

"It was very nice. ASA did a great job with it. They gave nice awards and gave quite a few contingency awards going back through all of the positions. A lot of people showed up, and it was a great night."

WalTom Racing, with Kelly Bires, were the 2006 ASA Late Model Challenge Series champions, and Bires was also named as the Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year winner.

-credit: wtr

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Series Stock car
Drivers Stephen Leicht , Robert Yates , Kelly Bires
Teams Yates Racing