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Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Cars Weekend Guide

Lonnie Wheatley

TULSA, Okla. (May 26, 2010) – The Lucas Oil ASCS National Sprint Cars presented by K&N Filters title contenders are chomping at the bit, ready to get back into action.

After all, it’s been nearly seven weeks since Zach Chappell topped a non-stop Lucas Oil Sprint Car 35-lapper at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway just to remind everybody of his $60,000 title intentions. But, with Riverside’s Rock ‘N Roll 50 originally scheduled for April 23-24 pushed back to October by rain, most of the series contenders have been picking and choosing their spots to stay sharp for the events that count.

Now, it’s that time. And a golf scramble, ASCS driver meet and greet, parade and more accompany two full nights of the Second Annual Boot Hill Casino Steve King Memorial at the Jetmore Motorplex in Jetmore, KS, on Saturday and Sunday night.

Weekend Weather:

Highs in the low to mid 80’s and lows around 60-ish with minimal chance of precipitation set up an ideal weekend of Lucas Oil ASCS National action atop the semi-banked, 3/8-mile Jetmore Motorplex dirt oval.

Track Facts:

Jetmore Motorplex – Jetmore, KS (Saturday and Sunday Night, May 29-30)

Location: Jetmore, KS

Directions: 6.6 miles south of SR 156 in Jetmore, KS, on US 283.

Size and Configuration: 3/8-mile semi-banked dirt oval

Race Time: 7:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday

Track Delicacy: Unknown, but how could there be a bad burger in southwest Kansas?

Phone: 541-778-8630 or 620-225-3929

Website: www.tbjpromotions.com

Last Lucas Oil ASCS Event at Lone Star Speedway: May 24, 2009

Past Lucas Oil ASCS Winners at the Jetmore Motorplex: Zach Chappell 1, Tim Crawley 1, Jack Dover 1, Travis Rilat 1.

Weekend Schedule of Events:

Saturday, May 29:

9:00 a.m. Golf Scramble (open to first 8 teams of 4)
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Steve King Display at Haun Museum
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Heritage of Hodgeman County Quilt Show – at the Courthouse
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ASCS Sprint Car Driver Meet & Greet on the Courthouse Square
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Pit Stop Bar-B-Q at the Jetmore City Building
12:30 p.m. Remote Control Mini Sprint Car Competition (CH Driveway on the south side)
2:30 p.m. Parade
7:30 p.m. Steve King Memorial

Sunday, May 30:

8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Breakfast to be served at the track by Jetmore FFA
9:30 a.m. Trackside Chapel Service
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Haun Museum Open
7:30 p.m. Steve King Memorial

Event Tickets:

Weekend passes are available for just $35, a savings of $10, if purchased in advance on-line at www.tbjpromotions.com. Tickets purchased at the track are $20 on Saturday and $25 on Sunday. Kids age 6-12 are just $5 on both Saturday and Sunday, with kids under 5 free.

The Competitors:

Just to get up to speed, currently there are 23 drivers that have announced intentions of pursuing the entire Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series National trail, including eight rookies. The 23 full-timers include the following:

2 Kenneth Walker (Sapulpa, OK)
3g Darren Long (Elida, OH)
5h Justyn Cox (Clarksburg, CA) – R
6 Kyle Hirst (Loomis, CA) – R
7 Don Young (Bartlett, TN) – R
9x Gary Wright (Hooks, TX)
10 Sammy Swindell (Bartlett, TN)
10a Ricky Logan (Little Rock, AR)
18 Tony Bruce, Jr. (Liberal, KS)
29 Travis Rilat (Forney, TX)
41 Jason Johnson (Eunice, LA)
44w Austen Wheatley (Lake Stevens, WA) – R
50z Zach Chappell (Talala, OK)
53 Jack Dover (Springfield, NE)
57 Shane Stewart (Bixby, OK)
71 Channin Tankersley (Highlands, TX) – R
74x Joshua Hodges (Tijeras, NM) – R
75 Jesse Hockett (Warsaw, MO)
88 Tim Crawley (Benton, AR)
93 Dustin Morgan (Tulsa, OK) – R
94 Danny Wood (Norman, OK)
95 Matt Covington (Glenpool, OK) – R
99 Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK)

While Sammy Swindell has piloted the Rolfe/Benjamin No. 10 entry in the opening three events of the season, it is not known yet if the entry will be in action this weekend.

This weekend’s pair of events at Jetmore, KS, also mark the season-opening pair of events for the ASCS Rocky Mountain Region.

A strong mix of Kansas contenders defending their home turf and other invaders will be in the mix over the weekend as well.

The Hot List – 6 Carrying Momentum into the Weekend:

#57 Shane Stewart (Bixby, OK) – The defending champ is out to the early lead although he’s already used one provisional

#75 Jesse Hockett (Warsaw, MO) – Just three points out of the Lucas Oil ASCS National points lead, “The Rocket” is leading TNT points

#18 Tony Bruce, Jr. (Liberal, KS) – The racer/slash promoter is just 13 points out of the lead in third and has finished among the top-ten in 12 of 12 overall ASCS feature starts

#99 Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK) – Podium finishes in two of three features helped negate missing the Kilgore cut

#50z Zach Chappell (Talala, OK) – An ASCS winner at Jetmore in 2002, Chappell tries to parlay his I-30 win into more

#53 Jack Dover (Springfield, NE) – The defending Steve King Memorial champ will tune up for the Jetmore double with a pair of Midwest events in Nebraska, where he leads ASCS Midwest points

Rebounders – 3 Looking to Make Up Ground this Weekend:

#88 Tim Crawley (Benton, AR) – Just outside the top ten, the three-time series champ was an ASCS winner at Jetmore in 2002

#29 Travis Rilat (Forney, TX) – A pair of DNF’s at Kilgore and Little Rock dropped last year’s prelim winner at Jetmore to 14th in points

#9x Gary Wright (Hooks, TX) – Back to a standard car, last weekend’s Lone Star winner at Texarkana needs a good weekend just to get back in the tow money

Current Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters Points:

Top Twenty: 1. Shane Stewart (Bixby, OK) 373, 2. Jesse Hockett (Warsaw, MO) 370, 3. Tony Bruce, Jr. (Liberal, KS) 360, 4. Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK) 342, 5. Jason Johnson (Eunice, LA) 340, 6. Sammy Swindell (Bartlett, TN) 331, 7. Zach Chappell (Talala, OK) 328, 8. Danny Wood (Norman, OK) 318, 9. Matt Covington (Glenpool, OK) 313, 10. Jack Dover (Springfield, NE) 309, 11. Tim Crawley (Benton, AR) 301, 12. Brian Brown (Grain Valley, MO) 300, 13. Kyle Hirst (Loomis, CA) 290, 14. Travis Rilat (Forney, TX) 286, 15. Ricky Logan (Little Rock, AR) 283, 16. Johnny Herrera (Albuquerque, NM) 263, 17. Sean McClelland (Tulsa, OK) 254, 18. Dustin Morgan (Tulsa, OK) 252, 19. Gary Wright (Hooks, TX) 249, 20. Channin Tankersley (Highlands, TX) 240.

Brodix Rookie of the Year Points: 1. Matt Covington (Glenpool, OK) 313, 2. Kyle Hirst (Loomis, CA) 290, 3. Dustin Morgan (Tulsa, OK) 252, 4. Channin Tankersley (Highlands, TX) 240, 5. Austen Wheatley (Lake Stevens, WA) 238, 6. (tie) Justyn Cox (Clarksburg, CA), Joshua Hodges (Tijeras, NM) and Don Young (Bartlett, TN) 195.

2010 Lucas Oil Sprint Car Feature Winners:

Zach Chappell 1, Matt Covington 1, Sammy Swindell 1.

Lucas Oil Sprint Cars presented by K&N Filters – A Look Ahead:

June 4 – Outlaw Motor Speedway (Muskogee, OK)
June 5 – I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR)
June 11/12 – Eagle Raceway (Eagle, NE) – VERSUS/MavTV
June 26 – Lake Ozark Speedway (Eldon, MO)

Lucas Oil Sprint Cars on the Web:

Those unable to catch all the action in person can listen to every Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters live at www.racinboys.com.

Also, the Lucas Oil ASCS Show airs on www.racinboys.com each Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. ET, recapping the previous week’s events while also previewing upcoming action.

Official results, championship point updates, photos and race notes will be available at www.ascsracing.com.

Lucas Oil Sprint Cars on TV:

The Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters will be featured in ten one-hour shows broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on the VERSUS Network and MavTV.

Events to be aired on VERSUS and MavTV include the following:

Event Date – Track (Location) – VERSUS Air Date & Time (All Times Eastern & Subject to Change):
March 19 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX) – 6/6/10 @ 6:00 p.m.
March 20 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX) – Rained Out
June 11 – Eagle Raceway (Eagle, NE) – 11/21/10 @ 4:00 p.m.
June 12 – Eagle Raceway (Eagle, NE) – 11/21/10 @ 5:00 p.m.
September 25 – Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, MO) – 11/28/10 @ 6:00 p.m.
October 1 – Riverside Speedway (W. Memphis, AR) – TBD
October 2 – Riverside Speedway (W. Memphis, AR) – TBD
October 28 – I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR) – 12/5/10 @ 5:00 p.m.
October 29 – I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR) – 12/5/10 @ 6:00 p.m.
October 30 – I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR) – 12/19/10 @ 4:00 p.m.

The Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters is currently slated for 36 nights of racing action at 18 different tracks throughout the nation, with the country’s top Sprint Car drivers set to battle it out for their share of the $250,000 points fund.

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 eleven different Regions throughout the nation.

Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com.