By Lonnie Wheatley
TULSA, Okla. (August 3, 2010) – The Lucas Oil ASCS presented by K&N Filters National series finishes off a five consecutive weekend stretch of competition in a big way with the 20th Annual ASCS Knoxville Nationals atop the storied Marion County Fairgrounds ½-mile clay oval in Knoxville, IA, this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
With the series championship battle taking place at the midway point of the season, this weekend’s focus will be on the approximately $100,000 that will be doled out over the course of three nights including $10,000 for Saturday night’s winner.
And a total of 111 entries from a total of 23 different states as well as Canada, Australia and New Zealand have been submitted as of Monday afternoon.
This weekend’s event marks the second of four events on the 2010 Lucas Oil ASCS presented by K&N Filters National slate that will offer up $10K or more to win. Current series points leader Jason Johnson of Eunice, LA, captured the first five-figure check with a $10,092 score in the July 17 Fred Brownfield Memorial at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, WA.
Other hefty Lucas Oil ASCS paydays include the 23rd Annual Short Track Nationals $15,000 to-win-finale on October 30 at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway and USA Raceway’s $15,000-to-win 43rd Annual Western World Championships finale in Tucson on November 20.
Among the current 111 entries for the 20th Annual ASCS Knoxville Nationals are all 16 drivers that have competed in each Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series event thus far in 2010, including current points leader Johnson and reigning series champion Shane Stewart of Bixby, OK.
Johnson, the lone representative from Louisiana, is seeking a first ASCS Knoxville Nationals crown while Stewart will try to add a second after reaching the top of the podium in 2007.
Other Lucas Oil Sprint Car title contenders include Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK), Jack Dover (Springfield, NE), Zach Chappell (Talala, OK), Tony Bruce, Jr. (Liberal, KS), Tim Crawley (Benton, AR), Danny Wood (Norman, OK), Kyle Hirst (Loomis, CA), Ricky Logan (Little Rock, AR), Matt Covington (Glenpool, OK), Darren Long (Elida, OH), Dustin Morgan (Tulsa, OK), Channin Tankersley (Highlands, TX), Austen Wheatley (Lake Stevens, WA) and Justyn Cox (Clarksburg, CA).
A half-dozen past ASCS Knoxville Nationals winners will be among this year’s contenders, including Stewart, Jesse Giannetto, Billy Alley, Dennis Moore, Jr., Gary Wright and Garry Lee Maier.
Currently sidelined by injuries, Terry McCarl captured his third ASCS Knoxville Nationals title last year by besting a field of 111 competitors.
Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters
When & Where:
20th Annual ASCS Knoxville Nationals:
Thursday, August 5 at 7:15 p.m. – Qualifying Night #1
Friday, August 6 at 7:15 p.m. – Qualifying Night #2
Saturday, August 7 at 7:15 p.m. – ASCS Knoxville Nationals Championship Features
Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA) – ½-mile, semi-banked dirt oval located at the north edge of Knoxville, IA on SR 14 at the Marion County Fairgrounds. Track phone: 641-842-5431.
Past ASCS Knoxville Nationals Champions:
2009 Terry McCarl (Altoona, IA)
2008 Wayne Johnson (Oklahoma City, OK)
2007 Shane Stewart (Bixby, OK)
2006 Jesse Giannetto (Palo, IA)
2005 Billy Alley (Lincoln, NE)
2004 Billy Alley (Lincoln, NE)
2003 Dennis Moore, Jr. (Grinnell, IA)
2002 Jeff Swindell (Bartlett, TN)
2001 Terry McCarl (Altoona, IA)
2000 Wayne Johnson (Oklahoma City, OK)
1999 Dennis Moore, Jr. (Grinnell, IA)
1998 Gary Wright (Hooks, TX)
1997 David Hesmer (Marshalltown, IA)
1996 Terry McCarl (Altoona, IA)
1995 Danny Lasoski (Dover, MO)
1994 Lee Nelson (Ames, IA)
1993 Garry Lee Maier (Cimarron, KS)
1992 Garry Lee Maier (Cimarron, KS)
1991 David Hesmer (Marshalltown, IA)
Pre-Entries: As of Monday afternoon, there are currently 111 Pre-Entries for the 20th Annual ASCS Knoxville Nationals according to www.knoxvilleraceway.com. Entries have been received from 23 different states as well as Australia and Canada. States represented include Iowa (24), South Dakota (12), Missouri (9), Oklahoma (9), Texas (7), Illinois (5), Nebraska (5), Kansas (4), Minnesota (4), Ohio (3), Washington (3), Arkansas (2), California (2), New Mexico (2), North Dakota (2), Tennessee (2), Arizona (1), Colorado (1), Florida (1), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (1), Mississippi (1), West Virginia (1). Also, the Canadian provinces of Manitoba and Alberta are represented along with Australia and New Zealand.
0 Jake Martens – Fairview, OK
1 Bronson Maeschen – Pleasantville, IA
1J Danny Jennings – Norman, OK
1m Chad Humston – Giltner, NE
2K Kevin Ingle – Huron, SD
2m Matt Moro – Polk City, IA
3 Nate Van Haaften – Otley, IA
3D Donovan Peterson – Brookings, SD
3P Rusty Potter – Boonville, MO
4B Eric Baldaccini – Keller, TX
4J Lee Grosz – Harwood, ND
5H Justyn Cox – Clarksburg, CA
5J Jamie Ball – Knoxville, IA
6 Kyle Hirst – Loomis, CA
6x Danny Heskin – St. Michael, MN
7 Dustin Selvage – Indianola, IA
7a Johnny Anderson – Indianola, IA
7K Robby Wolfgang – Sioux Falls, SD
7TAZ Tasker Phillips – Pleasantville, IA
8w Jordan Whitehead – Andover, KS
10A Ricky Logan – Little Rock, AR
11c Dakota Carroll – La Monte, MO
A12 Tommy Worley Jr. – Doe Run, MO
13JM Jordan Martens – Brandon, SD
14 Randy Martin – California, MO
14E Todd Evans – Georgetown, TX
18 Tony Bruce Jr. – Liberal, KS
19L Rob Kubli – Milo, IA
20 Casey Friedrichsen – Arthur, IA
20K Thomas Kennedy – Winnipeg, MB, Can.
21 Brian Brown – Grain Valley, MO
21T Ray Allen Kulhanek – Montgomery, TX
22 Billy Alley – Lincoln, NE
22H Matt Heinzerling – Sturgis, SD
27 Jody Rosenboom – Rock Rapids, IA
33 Alan Zoutte – Knoxville, IA
35AU Jamie Veal – Warrnambool, VIC, Aust.
38 Logan Walker – Andover, KS
41 Jason Johnson – Eunice, LA
44 Kelly Miller – Stirling, ALB, Can.
45K Kolt Walker – Graham, TX
50z Zach Chappell – Talala, OK
51 David Hall – Des Moines, IA
51s Lee Sowell – Lake Cormorant, MS
53x Joe Beaver – Knoxville, IA
54 Bryan Dobesh – Sioux Falls, SD
65 Jordan Goldesberry – Springfield, IL
71 RJ Johnson – Land O’Lakes, FL
71 Channin Tankersley – Highlands, TX
86 Don Droud Jr. – Lincoln, NE
95 Matt Covington – Glenpool, OK
98 Erin Crocker – Wilbraham, MA
99 Brady Bacon – Sapulpa, OK
0c Preston Peebles II – Lubbock, TX
1mx Jim Moughan Jr. – Springfield, IL
1s Sammy Swindell – Germantown, TN
1w Chad Meyer – Harrisburg, SD
1X Garry Lee Maier – Dodge City, KS
2 Josh Higday – Des Moines, IA
2T Colin Entwisle – Baypark, NZ
3c Cale Conley – Vienna, WV
3g Darren Long – Elida, OH
3x Mark Shirshekan – Farmington, MO
04 Chad Heimbaugh – Pleasant Hill, IA
4 Jon Agan – Knoxville, IA
4w Matt Wasmund – Jackson, MN
5 Dave Glennon – Casselton, ND
7 Don Young – Bartlett, TN
8H Joey Moughan – Springfield, IL
9 Rager Phillips – Pleasantville, IA
9M Ricky Montgomery – Lakewood, CO
9mx Jon Corbin – Kansas City, MO
9* Brian Parker – Midlothian, TX
10 Jesse Giannetto – Cedar Rapids, IA
11x Gregg Bakker – Sioux Falls, SD
D12 Dennis Moore Jr. – Grinnell, IA
14B Brooke Tatnell – Sans Souci, NSW, Aust.
14S Bobby Mincer – Burlington, IA
15 Joe Riedel – Ramona, SD
17 Jared Horstman – Cloverdale, OH
18 Ryan Roberts – Aurora, NE
18H Mike Hess – Springfield, IL
20AU Domain Ramsay – Newtown, VIC, Aust.
20s Kyle Sager – Las Cruces, NM
21K Lou Kennedy Jr. – Winnipeg, MB, Can.
22J John Gaston – Phoenix, AZ
22N Nate Mosher – Prairie City, IA
23W Scott Winters – Butterfield, MN
24 Terry McCarl – Altoona, IA
24AU Ricky Maiolo – Adelaide, S.AUS
28 Jonathan Cornell – Sedalia, MO
31P Travis Porter – Rock Island, IL
33A Austin Alumbaugh – Higginsville, MO
35 Ronnie Blair – Troy, OH
40 Clint Garner – Sioux Falls, SD
44W Austen Wheatley – Lake Stevens, WA
45c Russ Hall – Pleasant Hill, IA
45x Johnny Herrera – Albuquerque, NM
47T Tony Shilling – Knoxville, IA
53 Jack Dover – Springfield, NE
56 Davey Heskin – St. Michael, MN
57 Shane Stewart – Bixby, OK
57x Jake Peters – Sioux Falls, SD
88 Tim Crawley – Benton, AR
91x Taylor Milton – Fargo, OK
93 Dustin Morgan – Tulsa, OK
94 Danny Wood – Norman, OK
94z Zach Zimmerly – Ridgefield, WA
98m Mitch Olson – Tacoma, WA
99J Jake Ossenfort – Rapid City, SD
Current Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters Points:
Top Twenty: 1. Jason Johnson (Eunice, LA) 1,933, 2. Shane Stewart (Bixby, OK) 1,866, 3. Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK) 1,842, 4. Jack Dover (Springfield, NE) 1,781, 5. Zach Chappell (Talala, OK) 1,695, 6. Tony Bruce, Jr. (Liberal, KS) 1,672, 7. Tim Crawley (Benton, AR) 1,669, 8. Danny Wood (Norman, OK) 1,622, 9. Kyle Hirst (Loomis, CA) 1,617, 10. Ricky Logan (Little Rock, AR) 1,543, 11. Matt Covington (Glenpool, OK) 1,506, 12. Darren Long (Elida, OH) 1,330, 13. Dustin Morgan (Tulsa, OK) 1,320, 14. Channin Tankersley (Highlands, TX) 1,317, 15. (tie) Austen Wheatley (Lake Stevens, WA) and Justyn Cox (Clarksburg, CA) 1,244, 17. Travis Rilat (Forney, TX) 1,152, 18. Gary Wright (Hooks, TX) 999, 19. Andrew Marshala (Shawnee, OK) 823, 20. Sean McClelland (Tulsa, OK) 579.
Brodix Rookie of the Year Points: 1. Kyle Hirst (Loomis, CA) 1,617, 2. Matt Covington (Glenpool, OK) 1,506, 3. Dustin Morgan (Tulsa, OK) 1,320, 4. Channin Tankersley (Highlands, TX) 1,317, 5. (tie) Austen Wheatley (Lake Stevens, WA) and Justyn Cox (Clarksburg, CA) 1,244.
2010 Lucas Oil Sprint Car Feature Winners:
Brady Bacon 4, Jason Johnson 4, Zach Chappell 2, Shane Stewart 2, Matt Covington 1, Sammy Swindell 1, Danny Wood 1.
Lucas Oil Sprint Cars presented by K&N Filters – A Look Ahead:
August 27 – Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, IL)
August 28 – I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR)
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 17 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 ten different Regions throughout the nation.
Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com.