In what is becoming a familiar sight at New Smyrna Speedway; 13-year-old Logan Ruffin has won the last Three Crate/ASALMS Type Late Model Features and leads the divisions points standings in the 42nd annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. (Speed51.com Photos) Lexington, Michigan (02/14/2008): Nashville, Tennessee based Total Performance Driver Development with Crew Chief, Chuck Moores knew going into the 2008 season that his star driver, 13-year-old Logan Ruffin would be learning a lot during his first full season in a Late Model.
What Moores and Ruffin’s Parents, Rick and Shelley Ruffin weren’t expecting was the total domination of the 2008 Florida Speedweeks at the New Smyrna (FL) Speedway in Samsula, Florida during the 42nd annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing by the Volunteer State teenager!
In four races conducted in the Crate/ASA Late Model Series Type Late Models division so far, the Brentwood, Tennessee pilot has won the last Three Features and currently leads the divisions Speedweeks Points Standings heading into the last Two (2) Speedweeks Features, by four points over Akron, Ohio driver, David Wagner (190-186).
Once Speedweeks are complete, the 13-year-old will take some time off and prepare for the remainder of the 2008 season which will see Ruffin make a run for both the Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year title in the ASA Late Model Series Challenge Division as well as the Rookie of the Year Championship in the ASALMS Southern Division!
After a regular 25-lap Speedweeks Feature on Thursday February 14, 2008 and providing that Ruffin still maintains his points lead, he will look to become the youngest Speedweeks Champion in the World Series’ 42-year history in the 50-lap Crate Late Models Speedweeks Finale on Friday February 15, 2008.
“I just can’t believe how well we’re doing.” An elated Ruffin stated in a phone interview from Florida in his hotel parking lot. “I never in a million years expected to be doing so well down here! This is by far the best time of my entire life, I just came down here to get used to these cars. I never thought that we’d be doing as well as we are!” The Volunteer State driver added.
After finishing Sixth on opening night of the 2008 version of the World Series, Ruffin has been on a tear in winning the last Three Crate/ASALMS Type Late Model Features! His first win came after starting next to ASALMS Northern Division regular, Steven Brooks on the front row. Ruffin beat Brooks to the first corner and coasted to his first Speedweeks Feature.
His second win came after a thrilling battle with Two-Time MAARA Series Champion and part-time ASALMS competitor, Will Thomas. Only a rain out on Tuesday February 12, 2008 briefly stopped Ruffin’s momentum. Then on Wednesday February 13, 2008 Ruffin again won, this time holding off Wagner and ASALMS Southern Division driver, Jimmy Lang for his third straight triumph.
His run for the 2008 Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year title begins with the 2008 ASALMS Challenge Division Opener at the Tri-County (NC) Motor Speedway, located Northeast of Asheville in Hudson, North Carolina on Friday and Saturday March 14-15, 2008 for the running of the Rumble in the Hills / North Carolina 200.
After a weekend off, Ruffin and crew will be back in action and the quest for the ASALMS Southern Division Rookie of the Year title begins with the 2008 ASALMS Southern Division Season Opener at the Bronson (FL) Motor Speedway in Bronson, Florida on Friday and Saturday March 28-29, 2008 in the running of the Bronson 100.
Overall during the 2008 season, Ruffin has between 35 and 40 races scheduled all around the United States. In addition to his ASALMS Challenge and Southern Division schedules, he’ll also make select appearances in the ASALMS Northern Division as well as the PASS South Series and CRA Super Series. On off weekends, he plans on running local shows around his Brentwood, Tennessee home.
During the 2007 season, Ruffin attempted to become the youngest driver in ASALMS history to Qualify for an event when he entered the Adam Petty Memorial / All-American 200 at the Music City (TN) Motorplex in Nashville, Tennessee on November 3, 2007.
Although he failed to Qualify for the prestigious race due to a broken Driveshaft during Qualifying, the lessons learned throughout the weekend proved to be beneficial as the teenager looks ahead to the 2008 campaign.
Also in 2007, Ruffin competed in the Pro Challenge Racing Series as well as 600 Racing Legends Series events all over the Southeast where he picked up several Feature Wins and an impressive 14 Top Five finishes.
Later in the season, Ruffin debuted his Late Model and a few races into his Late Model career, he qualified into the Mason-Dixon Meltdown at the Concord (NC) Motorsport Park to become the youngest driver to do so in the events’ history. He would close out the year with his first Late Model Feature Win at Lanier.
For the 2008 season, Ruffin will steer a Total Performance Driver Development / R Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo carrying primary sponsorship from; Torco Racing Fuels, Impact Racing, and Joe’s Racing Products.
In addition, more support comes from; Schoenfeld Headers, Basset Racing Wheels, Tiger Rear Ends, ARP Bodies, Hamner Racing Engines, FSR Radiators, Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil, Butlerbuilt Seats, M.P.H. Promotions, and AP Racing Brakes.
To learn more about Logan Ruffin, Total Performance Driver Development, and the 2008 racing season, go to the teams website at: R Motorsports