By Lonnie Wheatley
TULSA, Okla. (April 18, 2011) – The newly-formed American Sprint Car Series Southern California Region was slated to kick off its inaugural season of competition a couple of weekends ago, but Mother Nature had other ideas by nixing the April 9 card with excessive rain.
Now, the ASCS Southern California Region will try it again this Saturday night atop the 3/8-mile, high-banked Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway clay oval in Hanford, CA, with racing action set to go green at 6:30 p.m.
The inaugural slate of ASCS Southern California action includes a dozen nights of winged Sprint Car competition at four tracks including Kings Speedway, Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway, Santa Maria Speedway and Bakersfield Speedway.
Saturday’s card at Giant Chevrolet King Speedway, which will be the first step in crowning the first ASCS champion in California, marks the first of three consecutive Saturday nights of ASCS Southern Cal action with the series moving on to Thunderbowl Raceway on April 30 and then to Santa Maria Speedway on May 7.
While the American Sprint Car Series broke California ground with a pair of wingless Canyon Region events last year, the Lucas Oil ASCS National winged ranks kicked off the 2011 season with debut appearances at Thunderbowl and Kings Speedway in February.
The California shoes defended their turf quite nicely from the invading National forces in February, with Tim Kaeding tops at Tulare and then Kyle Larson winning at Kings.
Saturday’s card marks the first of five remaining scheduled ASCS Southern California events at Hanford’s Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway.
The high-banked, 3/8-mile Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway clay oval is located in Hanford, CA, south of SR 198 on 10th Avenue to the Fairgrounds. For more information, contact the track at 559-584-7223.
The 2011 season marks the 20th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing for the American Sprint Car Series, with approximately 200 nights of competition at tracks throughout the nation and into Canada. Anchored by the Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters, ASCS also consists of ten different Regions throughout the nation.
Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com.