Midwest/Northern Plains I-80 Shootout preview

ASCS Midwest vs. Northern Plains Shootout at I-80 This Weekend TULSA, Okla. (April 3, 2006) -- The American Sprint Car Series Midwest and Northern Plains Regions square off for the first time at Nebraska Raceway Park's I-80 Speedway ...

ASCS Midwest vs. Northern Plains Shootout at I-80 This Weekend

TULSA, Okla. (April 3, 2006) -- The American Sprint Car Series Midwest and Northern Plains Regions square off for the first time at Nebraska Raceway Park's I-80 Speedway Spring Sizzler this Friday and Saturday night.

The season opener for both the ASCS Midwest and Northern Plains Region, add the NCRA into the mix for Saturday night's finale and approximately 50 cars are expected for the weekend atop the 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval.

The event marks the inaugural event for the all-new ASCS Northern Plains Region, and kicks off the second season of competition for the ASCS Midwest Region.

The Northern Plains Region is expected to bring a contingent of more than 20 drivers from the North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota area, with the Midwest Region attracting all the top contenders throughout Nebraska, Iowa and portions of Missouri.

Among the Midwest Region representatives will be Lincoln's Toby Chapman, who finished second in '05 ASCS Midwest Region points, and Missouri's Brian Brown, who scored three ASCS Midwest Region feature wins in 2005. Other top Midwest Region contenders include Rick Ideus, Chad Humston, Seth Brahmer and J.D. Johnson.

The ASCS Northern Plains contenders will include Minnesota's Dustin Lindquist, Brett Geldner, Scott Winters and Scott Broty, North Dakotans Natalie Sather, Mike Sitzmann, Jr., and Lee Grosz, and South Dakota racers Chuck Swenson, Gregg Bakker, Brent Vonk, Dusty Ballenger, Ryan Bickett and Casey Abbas.

Several O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National championship contenders will be on hand as well, including Lincoln's Mike Chadd, South Dakota's Jake Peters and Kansas racer Tony Bruce, Jr.

Former ASCS National champion Garry Lee Maier of Cimarron, KS, leads the contingent of NCRA forces into the event.

Both nights of racing action at Nebraska Raceway Park's I-80 Speedway are slated to get under way at 6:30 p.m. The track is located between Lincoln and Omaha off I-80 Exit 420. For more information, contact the track at 402-944-2233 or 402-342-3453.

The 2006 slate for the ASCS Midwest Region consists of thirteen events at eight tracks throughout Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas.

In its inaugural season, the ASCS Northern Plains 2006 schedule is composed of 22 events at ten different tracks throughout Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin.

In its 15th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing in the United States, the American Sprint Car Series will present approximately 180 nights of racing in 2006 including the National Tour and its Regional Tours (Gulf South, Mid-South, Midwest, Northern Plains, Patriot Sprint Group, Rocky Mountain, Sooner, Southern and Sprints on Dirt).

Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com.

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