Mid-Atlantic vs Patriots Susquehanna preview

ASCS PATRIOT AND MID-ATLANTIC REGIONS PAIR UP FOR PAIR OF FEATURES AT PENN CAN TULSA, Okla. (August 14, 2007)- The first ASCS North/South Shootout between the Patriot and Mid-Atlantic Regions was supposed to be held at Penn Can back in June, but...

ASCS PATRIOT AND MID-ATLANTIC REGIONS PAIR UP FOR PAIR OF FEATURES AT PENN CAN

TULSA, Okla. (August 14, 2007)- The first ASCS North/South Shootout between the Patriot and Mid-Atlantic Regions was supposed to be held at Penn Can back in June, but with rain postponing that feature, the Susquehanna, PA speedway now holds the second and third events in that series.

A pair of features are on tap this Friday as ASCS competitors clash at the New York/ Pennsylvania Border for 46 laps of feature racing. The first race pays $2,000-to-win, but for one competitor, it's even larger than that.

Chuck Hebing accepted the challenge back in June to drop to the back of the 25-lap feature for an opportunity to pick up an extra $1,000 dollars if he can get the victory. Just four laps into the feature, "Cobra" had moved from 22nd to eighth before the rains came in.JThe current point leader and only winner of an ASCS event at Penn Can, will likely restart in 7th, still with 21 laps to get to the front and capture a $3,000 prize.

Even though Hebing goes for the win, he has to keep in mind that he is in the midst of a tight point battle. Jared Zimbardi is just 12 points back, seeking his first championship, but finds himself restarting in 11th, already behind hebing. The three-time winner in 2007 has never finished an A-Main outside of the top-10 at Penn Can, but if you ask him he would still say he struggles at the tricky 3/8-mile oval.

Geoff Quackenbush was the leader at the time of the postponement, the first race the Warwick, NY driver had led. Since that point on June 8, the season has been a disaster for "Duckshrub" as he has destroyed two race cars. Quackenbush will return Friday seeking his first career win.

Three rookies that are thrilled that the race was postponed for two months are Scott Kreutter, Coleman Gulick and Jared Fink.Kreutter was in only his third ASCS start and was running fourth at the time of rain, since that point he has not finished an A-Main worse than seventh. This experience should be big for the leading contender for ASCS Patriot Rookie of the Year.

Coleman Gulick is technically not a rookie, but in his first start at Penn Can, the local favorite was stuck back in 14th four laps in. Fresh off three-straight top-10s in ASCS competition, "The Iceman" will likely be moving forward when the green flag returns.

Jared Fink was in his first race, running an impressive seventh when the race was halted. Fink now has a half-dozen races under his belt and looks to score his first career top-10.

The remaining 21 laps of that event will be run at the beginning of the night of racing. Once that race is over, all of the competitors, as well as a number of newcomers, will restack and start all over again for a complete program.

The second event will be a second opportunity for local George Suprick to win at Penn can. The Clarks Summit, PA driver ran a sportsman-modified at the track last Friday to prepare for this week. The fan favorite has never won in a sprint car at Penn Can.

While Chuck Hebing has won all three ASCS Patriot events at Penn Can, a number of competitors this Friday, such as Justin Barger, Billy Bailey and Tim Hogue have put themselves in Victory Lane. All three figure to be a factor.

Speaking of Tim Hogue and George Suprick, those two, along with Coleman Gulick, find themselves engaged in a super-tight battle for the inaugural ASCS Mid-Atlantic Point Standings. Hogue leads by just six points over Gulick, with Suprick only 10 back of Hogue. After Friday, only one race will remain so it will be paramount for two solid finishes for each of the three competitors, something George Suprick already will have trouble doing, as he is two laps down in the first feature.

Fans will be the real winners of this event on Friday, with a full racing card of stanard action on tap, as well as two sprint features for the price of one. For more information, visit www.penncan.com, www.ASCSracing.com or www.ASCSpatriotsprints.com.

-credit: ascs

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