By Bryan Hulbert
TULSA, Okla. (May 27, 2014) – The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real returns to competition this weekend with the series third trip to the Salina Speedway in Salina, Kan, on Friday, May 30, followed by the much anticipated return to the Eagle Raceway for the Hinchman Racewear Eagle Nationals presented by TBJ Promotions on Saturday, May 31.
In two starts at the Salina Speedway, two drivers have emerged victorious. In the series inaugural visit in 2012, Kevin Swindell picked up his first Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour victory. The 2013 visit saw Seth Bergman taking the checkered flag for his second career triumph with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour.
Last visited in 2012, the Eagle Nationals looks to out run Mother Nature in 2014, after the track flooded out in 2013.
Brady Bacon in the defending champion of the Eagle Nationals. A two-day event in 2012, Bacon swept the weekend. The Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour first graced the clay of the one-third mile oval on June 11, 2010 with Danny Wood topping the field. Jason Johnson joined the list of winners the following night with Jack Dover adding his name on June 11, 2011.
Jason Johnson carries the field of National Tour drivers into the weekend with an 11 point margin over Brad Loyet. Winless in National Tour competition, Johnson has consistency on his side with six top ten finishes in seven starts. Johnson does have two ASCS 360cid Region victories to his credit in 2014, most recently this past Sunday at the Double X Speedway.
Loyet has been able to make up ground with four top fives to Johnson’s one.
Johnny Herrera sits third, 33 points from the lead with Sam Hafertepe, Jr. fourth. The difference between the pair for the third spot is five makers with the pair each posting one top five, and five top tens’ so far this season.
Herrera and Hafertepe were both in action this past weekend with the Gulf South Region with Herrera picking up a pair of wins. While Hafertepe showed great speed, luck was not on the side of the Texas veteran.
The top five rounds out with Jeff Swindell who has amassed 796 points this season to stay within 40 points of the championship standings.
Aaron Reutzel’s two wins at the I-30 Speedway on April 12, and Outlaw Motorsports Park on May 2 have positioned the Clute, Texas driver sixth with things tied up going into this weekend with Tony Bruce, Jr. who topped the field at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway on March 21.
Seth Bergman enters the weekend on a hot streak after sweeping ASCS Regional competition at the Cottage Grove Speedway this past weekend, and returns to the Salina Speedway as the defending champion of the event.
Matt Covington and ASCS National Tour Rookie, Blake Hahn, complete the top ten with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour.
The Salina Speedway in located in Salina, Kansas. Not to be confused with the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, Okla. which hosts the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour on August 16. Tickets for the Friday, May 30 event are only $15 with kids 15 years and younger admitted into the Grandstands for free. Grandstands open at 5:30 P.M. (CT) with races getting underway at 8:00 P.M. For more information, log onto http://www.racesalinaspeedway.
Eagle Raceway in Eagle, Neb. will host the Eagle Nationals on Saturday, May 31. Tickets are on sale now at http://www.tbjpromotions.com for $18.00. Tickets purchased at the gate will be $20.00. May 31 will see gates opening at 5:30 P.M. (CT) with races getting underway at 7:00 P.M. For more information, log onto http://www.eagleraceway.com or http://www.tbjpromotions.com. Saturday’s Eagle Nationals will be presented live via online PPV at http://www.racinboys.com.
Both nights of racing will be co-sanctioned with the Speedway Motors ASCS Midwest Region with Jack Dover currently leading the series standings.
For continued updates on the American Sprint Car Series, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.
**Past ASCS National Winners: Salina Speedway – Kevin Swindell (8/16/2012). Seth Bergman (5/31/2013)
**Past ASCS National Winners: Eagle Raceway – Danny Wood (6/11/2010), Jason Johnson (6/12/2010), Jack Dover (6/11/11), Brady Bacon (6/8/2013 and 6/9/2013)
Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real
Speedway Motors ASCS Midwest Region
When and Where:
Friday, May 30, 2014
Salina Speedway – Salina, Kan.
2841 South Burma Rd. Salina, KS 67401
I-135 to Exit 92, then 2.5 miles west on Crawford St. then 2.7 miles south on Burma Rd. (ESR)
When and Where:
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Eagle Raceway – Eagle, Neb.
617 South 238th Street Eagle, NE 68347
Located 12 miles east of Lincoln, Nebraska (2 miles east of Eagle, Nebraska) on U.S. Highway 34 (‘O’ Street). Or 11 miles south of Interstate 80, exit 420, at the intersection of Nebraska Highway 63 and U.S. Highway 34 (WSR)
Past Hinchman Racewear Eagle Nationals winners:
June 9, 2012 – Brady Bacon*
June 8, 2012 – Brady Bacon* (Prelim)
June 11, 2011 – Jack Dover*
June 12, 2010 – Jason Johnson*
June 11, 2010 – Danny Wood* (Prelim)
July 4, 2009 – Danny Lasoski
June 14, 2008 – Craig Dollansky
June 9, 2007 – Joey Saldana
June 10, 2006 – Daryn Pittman
June 18, 2005 – Steve Kinser
June 20, 2004 – Danny Lasoski
June 28, 2003 – Steve Kinser
June 22, 2002 – Steve Kinser
June 23, 2001 – Mark Kinser
July 2, 2000 – Mark Kinser
June 26, 1999 – Steve Kinser
June 28, 1998 – Steve Kinser
June 28, 1997 – Mark Kinser
June 19, 1996 – Mark Kinser
July 1, 1995 – Steve Kinser
July 3, 1994 – Steve Kinser
July 3, 1993 – Jeff Swindell
June 27, 1992 – Sammy Swindell
June 29, 1991 – Doug Wolfgang
June 30, 1990 – Steve Kinser
July 1, 1989 – Jac Haudenschild
June 25, 1988 – Steve Kinser
June 27, 1987 – Steve Kinser
June 28, 1986 – Mark Kinser
June 29, 1985 – Bobby Davis, Jr.
June 29, 1984 – Steve Kinser
July 20, 1981 – Sammy Swindell
*Indicates Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real sanctioning
2014 A-Feature Winner(s): Aaron Reutzel -2, Rico Abreu – 2, Tony Bruce, Jr. – 1, Patrick Stasa – 1, Derek Hagar – 1
2014 Lucas Oil ASCS Driver Standings (Top 10): 1. Jason Johnson 838; 2. Brad Loyet 827; 3. Johnny Herrera 805; 4. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 800; 5. Jeff Swindell 798; 6. Aaron Reutzel 781; 7. Tony Bruce, Jr. 781; 8. Seth Bergman 754; 9. Matt Covington 745; 10. Blake Hahn 726;
Online audio will be available Friday, May 30 at http://www.racinboys.com. Live broadcasts are brought to you by Lucas Oil and presented by the McCarthy Auto Group, located in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Saturday, May 31 will offer online PPV.
Live Timing and scoring is available at most Lucas Oil ASCS events via Race Monitor that is available in the App Store of your Smart Phone or Tablet. The American Sprint Car Series app can also be downloaded for free in the Google Play store.
The 2014 season marks the twenty-third 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. 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. 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, iON Camera, Smokey Mountain Moonshine, C&R Radiator, Hawk Performance Products, Geico, E3 Spark Plugs, and General Tire.
Product and Contingency Sponsorship provided by: K&N Filters, KSE Racing Products, SpeedMart, Competition Suspension, Engler Machine and Tool, FSR Radiator and Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Driverwebsites.com, Weld Wheels, Saldana Racing Products, Maxwell Industries, Print Place, Simpson, The Joie of Seating, Wesmar Racing Engines, Hinchman Indy Racewear, 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.