By Lonnie Wheatley
TULSA, Okla. (May 24, 2010) – The American Sprint Car Series Midwest Region gets a head start on the nation’s Memorial Day holiday weekend racing festivities with a pair of events in the Cornhusker State on Thursday and Friday.
On Thursday night, the ASCS Midwest forces take to Nebraska Raceway Park’s I-80 Speedway near Greenwood, NE. Then, on Friday night, it’s off to McCool Junction’s Junction Motor Speedway.
The ASCS Midwest Region opened its season at the same I-80 Speedway between Lincoln and Omaha on April 16-17, with 21-year-old Dustin Morgan of Tulsa, OK, and 20-year-old Jack Dover of Springfield, NE, splitting victory honors.
With a rained out Missouri weekend since that time, Dover still sits atop the Midwest point charts with Gary Swenson’s familiar No. 24a his Regional ride.
Dover escaped the opening weekend of ASCS Midwest action atop the point charts with a 28-point edge over Giltner, Nebraska’s Chad Humston, who scored three series wins last year.
Aurora, Nebraska’s Ryan Roberts is third in points, with Morgan and Gregg Bakker of Sioux Falls, SD, rounding out the current top five. The balance of the current top ten in ASCS Midwest points includes two-time ASCS Northern Plains champion Lee Grosz (Harwood, ND), Robby Wolfgang (Sioux Falls, SD), Ryan Bickett (Ramona, SD), Billy Alley (Lincoln, NE) and Lou Kennedy, Jr. (Winnipeg, Manitoba).
Humston claimed the first of his three 2009 ASCS Midwest wins in last year’s Thursday night Memorial Day weekend card at I-80 Speedway, while Lucas Oil National champion Shane Stewart tuned up for the following Jetmore double with a win at Junction Motor Speedway.
Thursday’s card at I-80 Speedway goes green at 7:00 p.m., with Friday’s action at Junction Motor Speedway firing off at 7:00 p.m. as well.
Nebraska Raceway Park’s I-80 Speedway is located in Greenwood, NE, between Lincoln and Omaha off I-80 Exit 420, then 0.4 mile north on SR 63 then west. For more information, contact the track at 402-944-2233.
Junction Motor Speedway is located 5.6 miles south of York, NE, off I-80 Exit 353 on US 81, then 0.3 miles west on CR 4. For more information, contact the track at 402-773-5538.
The ASCS Midwest Region is slated for 23 nights of competition in 2010 at ten different tracks throughout Nebraska and the surrounding areas of Missouri, South Dakota and Iowa.
In its 19th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing, the American Sprint Car Series brings the best of Sprint Car racing to approximately 100 different tracks throughout 30 states and Canada. Anchored by the Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters, ASCS also consists of ten different Regions throughout the nation.
Past ASCS Regional Winners at I-80 Speedway:
4/17/10 – Jack Dover (Midwest)
4/16/10 – Dustin Morgan (Midwest)
7/2/09 – Brian Brown (Midwest)
5/21/09 – Chad Humston (Midwest)
4/11/09 – Jonathan Cornell (Midwest)
4/10/09 – Billy Alley (Midwest)
8/14/07 – Jack Dover (Midwest)
4/15/07 – Chuck Swenson (Midwest vs. Northern Plains)
4/14/07 – Brian Brown (Midwest vs. Northern Plains)
8/15/06 – Billy Alley (Midwest)
7/3/06 – Jake Peters (Midwest vs. Northern Plains)
4/8/06 – Brian Brown (Midwest vs. Northern Plains)
8/3/05 – Brian Brown (Midwest vs. National)
7/8/05 – Brian Brown (Midwest)
4/15/05 – Terry McCarl (Midwest)
Past ASCS Midwest Region Winners at Junction Motor Speedway:
5/22/09 – Shane Stewart
6/27/08 – Brian Brown
6/29/07 – Brian Brown
5/25/07 – Garry Lee Maier
6/30/06 – Brian Brown
5/26/06 – Jake Peters
5/27/05 – Jason Danley
Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com.