Gatlin Earns ASA East Region Title

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Lance Gatlin was a contender all season long for the ASA Member Track National Championship.

He went toe-to-toe with eventual national champion Shelby Stroebel as he won the first nine feature events of the season at Lonesome Pine Raceway, an ASA Member Track in Coeburn, Va. He finished second overall in the standings and won the East Region Championship presented by SpeedNetDirect.com.

“It was a great season, probably the best season I have ever had as far as my racing career goes,” Gatlin said when he found out that he was the East Region Champion. “I really can’t complain with 10 wins.”

Gatlin ended the 2012 season with a national average of 4.9374. He had ten feature wins, 12 top-five and 14 top-ten finishes at the three-eighths-mile semi-banked asphalt oval.

“I love the race track, it definitely fits my driving style. This is the type of track where you have to race the track and not the drivers, or the track will beat you,” Gatlin said about Lonesome Pine Raceway. “I enjoy racing up there. The competitors I race against are a good group of drivers. We can run side-by-side for many laps and not worry about taking one another out. It has been fun overall and it was a good season.”

“Lance is a gentleman, a scholar and overall a good young Christian man,” Harold Crook, promoter of Lonesome Pine Raceway said. “Lance is probably one of the best racers I have seen compete around here. It is a pleasure to visit with him and his family. He will be a great representative as the 2012 ASA Member Track East Region Champion.”

Gatlin dominated the limited late model season at Lonesome Pine Raceway. He won the first nine feature events and was in a tight battle with 2012 ASA Member Track National Champion Shelby Stroebel until Gatlin’s streak ended at nine wins.