By Bryan Hulbert
Tulsa, OK (April 22, 2012) – The last time the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV competed in Oklahoma was 2008. Even longer than that was the last time the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV raced the Salina Highbanks in just outside Pryor, Oklahoma.
In what could be easily classified as a homecoming for the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV, the single night affair on Friday April 27th will be the first time since July 17, 2001 that the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV has graced the Salina Highbanks; a race that saw Oklahoma’s own Wayne Johnson victorious.
This Friday night’s event will mark round eight in the 2012 hunt for the Lucas Oil ASCS National Title and the 78th held in the “Sooner State”. Of the 77 dates that have seen competition in Oklahoma since 1993, twenty-seven drivers have visited victory lane at eleven tracks.
Standing atop the list of winners in Oklahoma is Gary Wright who has visited Victory lane twenty-seven times with a pair of those wins coming at the Salina Highbanks in 1999 and 2000. With 127 national tour triumphs to his credit, Oklahoma accounts for just over twenty-one percent of Wright’s national tour victories.
Jason Johnson currently sits runner up to “The Texan” with ten wins at six Oklahoma ovals. To date Johnson has yet to visit victory lane at the Salina Highbanks with the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV.
Rounding out the podium of winners is Oklahoma’s own Wayne Johnson who has claimed five victories at four tracks; a pair of which came at the Salina Highbanks 2001.
Other drivers that have multiple wins in the state of Oklahoma include Darren Stewart and Tim Crawley with four. Kevin Ramey has a trio of wins while Paul White and Shane Stewart each have a pair of wins.
Oklahoma Winners – Gary Wright (27), Jason Johnson (10), Wayne Johnson (5), Darren Stewart (4), Tim Crawley (4), Kevin Ramey (3), Shane Stewart (2), Paul White (2), Danny Jennings (1), Danny Lasoski (1), Danny Wood (1), Daryn Pittman (1), Garry Lee Maier (1), Gary Taylor (1), Jack Dover (1), John Hunt (1), Mike Peters (1), Mike Ward (1), Pete Butler (1), Phil Gressman (1), Roger Crockett (1), Ronald Laney (1), Tim Montgomery (1), Tommie Estes Jr. (1), Travis Rilat (1), Wayne Pennington (1), Zach Chappell (1)
Oklahoma Tracks Visited: Creek County Speedway (16), Clinton Motorsports Park (1), Lawton Speedway (9), Mid-American Speedway (1), Muskogee Motor Speedway (4), Oklahoma Sports Park (1), Outlaw Motor Speedway (1), Salina Highbanks (6), State Fair Speedway (28), Tri-State Speedway (5), Tulsa Speedway (5)
Salina Highbanks ASCS History – The Salina Highbanks in Pryor, Oklahoma first hosted the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV on May 9, 1998. The Lucas Oil ASCS has visited the Salina Highbanks a total of six times with four different winners: Paul White (5/9/98), Tim Crawley (5/15/99), Gary Wright (7/17/99, 7/27/00) and Wayne Johnson (5/5/01 – 7/17/01).
Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV
When and Where:
Friday April 27th – Salina Highbanks Speedway – Pryor, Ok – Pit open @ 5pm / Racing begins @ 7pm
Salina Highbanks Speedway – Located 7.1 miles east of Pryor, OK on HWY 20 then south.
Address: 3164 East HWY 20 Pryor, OK 74361
Phone #: 918-434-RACE (7223)
Current Driver Points (Top 10): 1. Jason Johnson 976; 2. Wayne Johnson 942; 3. Brady Bacon 928; 4. Gary Wright 824; 5. Tony Bruce Jr. 822; 6. Johnny Herrera 808; 7. Dustin Morgan 772; 8. Danny Wood 770; 9. Brad Loyet 756; 10. Jack Dover 723
Current Owner Points (top 10) 1. Stenhouse/JJR 976; 2. Wayne Johnson 942; 3. Brady Bacon Racing 928; 4. Wright Racing 824; 5. One Eight Motorsports 822; 6. Herrera/Main 808; 7. M&M Motorsports 722; 8. S.W.S. Racing 770; 9. Loyet Motorsports 756; 10. Team Dover 723
2012 Feature Winners: Jason Johnson-3, Tony Bruce Jr.-1, Dustin Morgan-1, Danny Wood-1, Wayne Johnson-1
Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV – A Look Ahead
April 28 Riverside International Speedway (West Memphis, AR) – Rock ‘N Roll 50
May 11 I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR)
May 12 I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR)
May 23 Valley Speedway (Grain Valley, MO)
May 24 I-80 Speedway (Greenwood, NE)
Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV on the web:
All Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series national events are broadcast live on www.racinboys.com for anyone who is unable to attend the races live.
Official results, points, and race notes are posted at www.ascsracing.com. The Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
Lucas Oil ASCS on TV: A full schedule of tape-delayed races for the 2012 season can found at www.lucasoil.com.
The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MavTV is scheduled to compete 68 times throughout the United States with divers competing for their share of a $250,000 points fund.
The 2012 season marks the 21st year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing for the American Sprint Car Series, which brings the best of Sprint Car racing to dozens of different tracks throughout the nation and into Canada. Anchored by the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series, ASCS also consists of ten different Regions throughout the nation.
Lucas Oil Products is the title sponsor of the American Sprint Car Series. More information can be found on Lucas Oil Products at www.lucasoil.com. MavTv is the presenting sponsor of the American Sprint Car Series. For information regarding availability and listings in your area log onto www.mavtv.com.
Associate sponsors for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MavTV include: Hoosier Racing Tire, Brodix, Geico, E3 Spark Plugs, General Tire, K&N Filters, PitstopUSA.com, Schoenfeld Headers, Driverwebsites.com, Weld Wheels, Maxwell Industries, Print Place, Simpson, Wesmar Racing Engines, and Hilborn Injection Systems.
Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com.