ALLSTAR: Ohio Speedweek Preview

Ohio All Star Sprint Speedweek Set June 28 - July 4 PONCE INLET, FL - As the fourth of July is just around the corner, so is the 16th annual Ohio Outlaw All Star Sprint Speedweek. The traditional holiday seven day series visits seven...

Ohio All Star Sprint Speedweek Set June 28 - July 4

PONCE INLET, FL - As the fourth of July is just around the corner, so is the 16th annual Ohio Outlaw All Star Sprint Speedweek. The traditional holiday seven day series visits seven different Buckeye State speedways for seven straight nights of All Star sprint action.

This year, the series is vital to two points contenders, Kenny Jacobs, the current points leader, and Joey Saldana, the points chaser. These two have been trading the points lead almost every week, so seven straight races can go a long way towards the season long points title.

This year, Ohio Speedweek opens on the 3/8 mile of Flag City Motorsports Park in Findlay, on Sunday June 28. Dean Jacobs won the All Star event at Flag City earlier this season. Monday the action moves to Wayne Co. Speedway in Orrville, where Joey Saldana won the earlier race this season on the 3/8 mile oval. Tuesday June 30, the series heads south to Skyline Speedway in Stewart, where Sammy Swindell holds the distinction of capturing the only other All Star event ever held there. Wednesday, July 1, the series returns to the high banked 3/8-mile of K-C Raceway near Chillicothe, a track which Frankie Kerr won at over Memorial Day weekend this season.

The half-mile Sharon Speedway in Hartford holds its traditional Thursday Speedweek round on July 2. Saldana banked a victory there earlier this year. Friday, Limaland Motorsports Park in Lima holds its only All Star sprint event of the season on July 3, paying $5,000 to win on the neat quarter mile. The big finale again returns to Attica Raceway Park in Attica, paying $10,000 to win plus the crowning of the Ohio Speedweek series points champion on Saturday July 4. Attica winners this season include Jeff Shepard, Kerr and Keith Kauffman.

Last season, the six Speedweek shows were won by K. Jacobs (Eldora and Sharon), Kauffman (Buckeye), Kerr (Fremont), Tyler Walker (Lima) and Saldana (Attica). Saldana was also crowned the 1997 Ohio Speedweek champion. If past history is any indication, look for no dominant driver during the week, with a points battle that goes down to the final lap of the final event at Attica.

Drivers must be pre-entered to compete for the series points fund. For an entry blank or more info, call the All Stars at 904-756-9225.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Sammy Swindell , Kenny Jacobs , Tyler Walker , Dean Jacobs , Joey Saldana