From Bryan Hulbert
Tulsa, OK — (April 22, 2013) — Hailed as the longest, continuously promoted, dirt track in the United States, the Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark. welcomes the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real on Saturday, April 27 for the fifth running of the Eagle Motorsports Rock ‘N Roll 50 presented by Sprintsource.com.
Serving as the eighth round of competition for the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real in 2013, the Rock N’ Roll 50 is the creation of ASCS National Tour driver Tony Bruce, Jr. and the first event of the season for TBJ Promotions.
Talking with Tony Bruce, Jr. about the Rock ‘N Roll 50 and the inspiration for the event, Bruce explained simply that the event was inspired by the surrounding community, “Pretty much, Memphis is the birth place of Rock ‘n Roll. Simply put, the name was inspired by the city of Memphis.”
As the longest race of the season with the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real, it was revealed that the idea for the 50 lap A-Feature came about because of the uniqueness of the track known as “The Ditch”. “We wanted to do a 50 lap race and fortunately, Riverside is a short enough track to be able to host a 50 lap race without worrying to much about fuel.”
Much like the Ridgeway Clock awarded to NASCAR Sprint Cup winners at the Martinsville Speedway, the Rock ‘N Roll 50 carries the unique prize of a custom painted Gibson Electric Guitar.
Asked what inspired the unique prize, Bruce replied, “We just kind of thought about doing something with the trophy. You know something cool that people would want. What’s funny is a lot of times people tell me they would rather have the trophy than the winners payout. It’s one of those deals where we came up with an idea and it just took off.”
Entering the Saturday affair, defending Rock ‘ Roll 50 champion Seth Bergman has spent his time competing amongst the ASCS Nation in regional competition, earning a $2,000 bounty at the Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla. with the American Bank of Oklahoma Sooner Region this past Friday. Much like Riverside, the Oklahoma oval is a very tight, very technical quarter-mile; a track type of track that Seth seems to shine on.
The only other driver besides Arkansas native Tim Crawly to claim the coveted guitar, Bergman, in an interview with Inside Line Promotions, described his Rock ‘N Roll 50 triumph as gratifying and went on to say, “I had been working the last few years on the tour trying to get that win. A lot of hard work and time and energy by a lot of people finally paid off. It was just perfect for us to get our first win there. I don’t know if I’d take any other situation to get my first Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour win.”
The Rock ‘N Roll 50 is slated from Saturday, April 20 with a start time of 7:30 P.M (CT). Tickets can be purchased the day of the event or online at http://www.tbjpromotions.com.
Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Times: Gates open at 5:30 P.M. / Racing begins at 7:30 P.M.
Day of the race or in advance at http://www.tbjpromotions.com
Track Information: Riverside International Speedway (The Ditch)
Address: 151 Legion Road, West Memphis, Ark. 72301
Phone #: 870 735-8071
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 @LucasOilASCS.
2013 “A” Feature Winners: Jason Johnson-3, Brian Brown-1, Roger Crockett-1, Kyle Bellm-1, Brad Loyet-1
Lucas Oil ASCS Driver Points (Top 10): 1. Jason Johnson 914; 2. Johnny Herrera 871; 3. Brad Loyet 809; 4. Seth Bergman 759; 5. Tony Bruce,Jr. 759; 6. Logan Forler 752; 7. Jeff Swindell 749; 8. Dustin Morgan 713; 9. Cole Wood 636; 10. Shawn Petersen 630;
The 2013 season marks the twenty-second 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 eight 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. Log onto www.mavtv.com for information regarding availability and listings in your area.
Associate sponsors for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV include: Hoosier Racing Tire and Brodix
Team Lucas Sponsors for the American Sprint Car Series consist of Protect the Harvest, Geico, Hawk Racing Products, E3 Spark Plugs, and General Tire.
Product and Contingency Sponsorship provided by: K&N Filters, PitstopUSA.com, Engler Machine and Tool, Roush Yates Racing Engines, FSR Radiator and Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Driverwebsites.com, Weld Wheels, Fuel Safe, Saldana Racing Products, SBI Fuel Bladders, Maxwell Industries, Print Place, Xtreme Accu-Tach, Simpson, LeJoie Seating, Ti 22 Performance, Wesmar Racing Engines, Hinchman Indy Racewear, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, DMI Rear Ends, Rod End Supply, Smiley’s Racing Products, Speedway Motors, and Hilborn Injection Systems.
Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com as well as Twitter (@LucasOilASCS) and Facebook. News and information can also be sent to you with the ASCS E-News by texting ASCS to 22828 with any mobile device.