MACON, Illinois (November 16, 2022) — STARS National Series has named veteran racing official Joe Palach as Director of Race Operations for 2023. Track Enterprises President Bob Sargent officially announced the recently announced Super Late Model Wednesday.
“I am pleased to officially introduce Joe Palach as Director of Racing Operations,” Sargent stated. “Joe has been with Track Enterprises for some time now, and his experience with both the ASA and NASCAR makes him the right person to lead our competition and technical inspection efforts.”
Balash, a motorsports industry veteran who made his debut on the national scene with ASA in the late 1990s, served as Director of the NASCAR Busch and Nationwide Series from 2004 to 2012. Following his stint as Series Director with NASCAR’s Division II series, Balash served as Liaison Officer International Competition, oversees NASCAR’s interests in motorsports in Mexico, Canada and Europe.
Blash commented, “The opportunity to participate in the launch of the National Superstar Series is an exciting and exciting opportunity at the same time.” “I am excited to help build a strong and sustainable rules package to help pave the way for the racing of the future.”
Balash will be responsible for all aspects of competition and operations in connection with Track Enterprises’ Super Late Model pavement racing business. In addition to the STARS National Tour, Balash will also oversee rules packages, inspection process and racing procedures for the ARCA/CRA Super Series, ARCA Midwest Tour and Southern Super Series. Balash will debut in this newly appointed role in the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway December 1-4.
Track Enterprises, the Illinois-based Racing Promotions company, has been making news throughout the 2022 calendar year, announcing the acquisition of the CRA sanctioning body in January and then announcing the purchase of the ARCA Midwest Tour in July. In October, Sargent announced a partnership with Southern Super Series, which set the schedule for the STARS National Series to debut in 2023.
“I feel very fortunate to have a man of Joe’s caliber as part of our team, leading the competition side of the company,” Sargent continued. “Joe works closely with the Regional Tour Series Directors and Technical Directors, and will be a huge asset to us as we embark on this National Tour.”
Plans call for a STARS National Tour to publish and release rulebooks for the four series (the STARS National Series, ARCA Midwest Tour, ARCA/CRA Super Series and Southern Super Series) at the PRI Show in Indianapolis December 8-10.
National Star Series
The highly anticipated STARS National Series will debut in 2023 for Super Late Model racing in America. Announced in October, many of America’s top drivers are expected to compete in the 10-race National Tour with at least 100,000 points funded.
The National series consists of three races each of the Super Late regional model series under the Track Enterprises banner. ARCA/CRA Super Series, ARCA Midwest Tour, and Southern Super Series. The championship event will be the All-American 400 at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in Tennessee.
For more information, please visit the series’ website at starsnationalseries.comor be sure to follow the series on social media (Facebook: STARS National Series | Twitter: @racewithstars | IG:starsnational).
– National Star Series press release
– Photo credit: Will Bellamy/Racing America