With the series $60,000 championship hanging in the balance, theLucas Oil Sprint Cars presented by K&N Filters kick off the stretchdrive to the title by storming into Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland,MO, this Saturday night.
Locking horns with the Missouri-basedWinged Outlaw Warriors, a hearty throng of competitors is expected toconverge upon the "Diamond of Dirt Tracks" for the tenth and finalLucas Oil Sprint Car event of 2009 that will recorded for laterbroadcast on the VERSUS Network.
With the Lucas Oil Sprint Carsaveraging 52.7 entries per race night, the cream has ultimately risento the top with Louisiana's Jason Johnson and Oklahoma's Shane Stewartentrenching themselves as the leading championship contenders.
"TheRagin' Cajun" carries a slim 26-point edge over Stewart into Saturday'scard, an advantage that can be wiped away with one simple miscue. Asmany as 42 points can be gained or lost if both drivers make the mainevent, while a swing of 75 points would be possible if one driver wereunable to make it to the main event for some reason.
Johnson hasbeen on both ends of that spectrum in past Lucas Oil Speedwayappearances, watching a possible title escape his grasp when a failedbleeder valve resulted in a 19th-place finish after leading in 2006 andthen picking off the third of eleven series wins en route to the 2008title.
While Johnson has reeled off four ASCS Regional winssince the Lucas Oil Sprint Cars last saw action at Knoxville in August,Stewart collected the $9,000 winner's share in this past weekend'sCanadian Sprint Car Nationals at Ohsweken, ON.
Stewart will beone of a handful of drivers among the top 15 in Lucas Oil Sprint Carpoints making his first appearance at the "Diamond of Dirt Tracks"along with Tim Crawley, Danny Wood and rookie contenders Chad Corkenand Darren Long.
Sitting third in points and 64 points off thelead pace is four-time series champion Gary Wright, who has collected125 career Lucas Oil Sprint Car feature wins. Needing miscues fromboth Johnson and Stewart down the stretch for a shot at a fifth title,"The Texan" looks to begin a new streak of feature starts after hisrecord stretch of 200 feature starts in a row was snapped at Knoxville.
TravisRilat of Forney, TX, enters the night another 75 points back in fourthand will try to become just the third driver in Lucas Oil Sprint Carhistory to reach the 300 feature-start plateau. Rilat enters Saturdaywith 299 career National feature starts, a level only reached thus farby Gary Wright and Garry Lee Maier.
Three-time series champ TimCrawley of Benton, AR, has climbed to fifth in points after a slowstart, with Nebraska Cup winner Tony Bruce, Jr., leading Brodix Rookieof the Year contender Paul McMahan, three-time series runner-up DannyWood, 19-year-old rookie contender Jack Dover and Missouri's JesseHockett rounding out the current top ten.
Others vying for theirslice of the $250,000 points fund that will be divvied up among the top15 include Sean McClelland, Kenneth Walker, Chad Corken, Darren Longand Gavin Punch. Twelfth-ranked Gary Taylor's Saturday status isuncertain at this time, as his regular Sparks No. 91 has been parkedfor the short-term.
A red-hot Josh Fisher of Smithton, MO, leadsthe Winged Outlaw Warrior forces into the card. Riding a wave of threeconsecutive WOW wins, Fisher holds nearly a 200-point advantage overAustin Alumbaugh and Rusty Potter as he looks to put the finishingtouches on his first series championship on Saturday night.
Asper the norm with Lucas Oil Sprint Car events contested in Missouriwith WOW, either the standard 105x16.0-15 Medium Hoosier or the HoosierSC-25 will be permitted on the right rear.
Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters
When & Where:
Saturday night, September 26 – Lucas Oil Speedway at 7:00 p.m.
LucasOil Speedway (Wheatland, MO) – 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval located0.2 miles south of US 54 of SR 83. Track phone: 417-282-5984.
Lucas Oil ASCS Lucas Oil Speedway History:
TheLucas Oil Sprint Cars first took the "Diamond of Dirt Tracks" inSeptember of 2006 with Brian Brown breaking into victory lane and thenreturned in April of 2008 with Jason Johnson taking top honors. Entries exceeded the 50 mark on both occasions.
Lucas Oil Speedway Lucas Oil ASCS Winners include:
Brian Brown 1, Jason Johnson 1
Lucas Oil Speedway Lucas Oil ASCS Race-by-Race Winners:
Brian Brown (9/30/06), Jason Johnson (4/19/08).
Current Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters Points:
TopTwenty: 1. Jason Johnson (Eunice, LA) 1,864, 2. Shane Stewart (Bixby,OK) 1,838, 3. Gary Wright (Hooks, TX) 1,800, 4. Travis Rilat (Forney,TX) 1,725, 5. Tim Crawley (Benton, AR) 1,699, 6. Tony Bruce, Jr.(Liberal, KS) 1,697, 7. Paul McMahan (Hendersonville, TN) 1,678, 8.Danny Wood (Norman, OK) 1,618, 9. Jack Dover (Springfield, NE) 1,617,10. Jesse Hockett (Warsaw, MO) 1,561, 11. Sean McClelland (Tulsa, OK)1,424, 12. Gary Taylor (Snohomish, WA) 1,321, 13. Kenneth Walker(Sapulpa, OK) 1,280, 14. Chad Corken (Highlands Ranch, CO) 1,205, 15.Darren Long (Elida, OH) 1,193, 16. Seth Bergman (Snohomish, WA) 1,172,17. Gavin Punch (Collinsville, OK) 1,119, 18. Wayne Johnson (Oklahoma City, OK) 907, 19. Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK) 882, 20. Nick Smith(Broken Arrow, OK) 870.
Brodix Rookie of the Year Points (TopFive): 1. Paul McMahan (Hendersonville, TN) 1,678, 2. Jack Dover(Springfield, NE) 1,617, 3. Chad Corken (Highlands Ranch, CO) 1,205, 4.Darren Long (Elida, OH) 1,193, 5. Seth Bergman (Snohomish, WA) 1,172.
2009 Lucas Oil Sprint Car Feature Winners:
JasonJohnson 3, Tim Crawley 2, Terry McCarl 2, Travis Rilat 2, Shane Stewart2, Roger Crockett 1, Jack Dover 1, Wayne Johnson 1, Gary Wright 1.Speedweek winners; Tony Bruce, Jr., Zach Chappell, Tim Crawley, NickSmith and Gary Wright.
Lucas Oil Sprint Cars presented by K&N Filters – A Look Ahead:
October 16-17 – 36th Annual Devil's Bowl Speedway Winter Nationals (Mesquite, TX)
October 29-31 – 22nd Annual Short Track Nationals – I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR)
November 19-21 – 42nd Annual Western World Championships – USA Raceway (Tucson, AZ)
November 22 18th Annual ASCS Awards Banquet presented by Brodix – Old Tucson Studios
Lucas Oil Sprint Cars on the Web:
Thoseunable to catch all the action in person can listen to every Lucas OilSprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters live atwww.racinboys.com.
Also, the Lucas Oil ASCS Show airs onwww.racinboys.com each Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. ET, recapping theprevious 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:
TheLucas Oil Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters will befeatured in ten one-hour shows broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on theVERSUS Network
Events to be aired on VERSUS include the following:
Event Date – Track (Location) – Air Date & Re-Air Date (All Times Eastern)
Mar. 20 – Devil's Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX) – 5/2/09 @ 5:00 p.m. & 5/7/09 @ 5:00 p.m.
Mar. 21 – Devil's Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX) – 5/23/09 @ 4:00 p.m. & 5/27/09 @ 5:00 p.m.
May 23 – Jetmore Motorplex (Jetmore, KS) – 8/8/09 @ 5:00 p.m. & 8/13/09 @ 5:00 p.m.
May 24 – Jetmore Motorplex (Jetmore, KS) – 8/15/09 @ 5:00 p.m. & 8/20/09 @ 5:00 p.m.
July 3 – Riverside Speedway (W. Memphis, AR) – 9/13/09 @ 4:00 p.m. & 9/17/09 @ 5:00 p.m.
July 4 – Riverside Speedway (W. Memphis, AR) – 9/20/09 @ 4:00 p.m. & 9/24/09 @ 5:00 p.m.
Aug. 6 – Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA) – 10/18/09 @ 6:00 p.m. & 10/22/09 @ 5:00 p.m.
Aug. 7 – Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA) – 11/1/09 @ 5:00 p.m. & 11/5/09 @ 6:00 p.m.
Aug. 8 – Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA) – 11/22/09 @ 6:00 p.m. & 11/25/09 @ 6:00 p.m.
Sept. 26 – Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, MO) – 11/29/09 @ 6:00 p.m. & 12/3/09 @ 5:00 p.m.
TheLucas Oil Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters is currentlyslated for approximately 30 nights of racing action at 16 differenttracks throughout the nation, with the country's top Sprint Car driversset to battle it out for their share of the $250,000 points fund.
TheAmerican Sprint Car Series, in its 18th year of sanctioning Sprint Carracing events, brings the best of Sprint Car racing to nearly 100different tracks throughout 25 states and Canada in 2009. Anchored bythe Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series presented by K&N Filters,ASCS also consists of a dozen different Regions throughout the nation.
Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com.