Local Young Race Driver Hopes To Make Name for Himself
By: Wade Champeno Racing
Imler, PA (03/07/2007)
Imler, Pennsylvania race car driver Wade Champeno knows it won’t be easy to perform well in the
minor leagues of stock car racing during the upcoming 2007 season. Unlike the past eight years, in which he competed full
time at the Jennerstown Speedway, Champeno has decided to compete in the ASA Late Model Series, a national touring asphalt
stock car series.
"After racing locally for eight years, my family and I decided that it was necessary to branch out and explore
more prestigious race events. The ASA Late Model Series is a good fit for me and my race team. I’m really excited to
show people what I can do."
Champeno will be showcasing his racing talent at famous tracks in Indianapolis, Nashville, Milwaukee, and
Bristol, Tennessee, as well as other tracks across the country. Since the 2005 season, the ASA Late Model Series has graduated
three drivers to the big leagues of NASCAR. Champeno hopes to become the fourth.
"The car I’ll be competing in is the same car that I’ve been racing at Jennerstown for the past
four seasons, so hopefully my experience will serve me well as we travel to different racetracks," remarked the 25-year-old.
Champeno’s first Late Model victory came in 2004, and he followed that up with a second place points
finish in 2005, just missing the Jennerstown Speedway track championship by a mere eight points. Engine woes plagued Champeno’s
#77 car in 2006, but a new engine and a renewed sense of confidence could mean a great future for this young driver.