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ASCS Showdown at I-80 Speedway This Weekend TULSA, Okla. (April 7, 2008) -- The American Sprint Car Series Midwest and Northern Plains Regions are set to open up the 2008 season in intense fashion by squaring off for two nights of heated action...

ASCS Showdown at I-80 Speedway This Weekend

TULSA, Okla. (April 7, 2008) -- The American Sprint Car Series Midwest and Northern Plains Regions are set to open up the 2008 season in intense fashion by squaring off for two nights of heated action atop Nebraska Raceway Park's I-80 Speedway this weekend.

The Third Annual ASCS Midwest vs. Northern Plains Shootout atop the 4/10-mile I-80 Speedway oval is set to go green at 7:00 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday night.

Missouri's Brian Brown has found I-80 Speedway to his liking over the past several years, winning two of the three ASCS Midwest vs. Northern Plains feature events contested over the past two seasons. Brown topped fields of over 50 entries on both occasions, with one of the 2006 events succumbing to weather.

Overall, Brown has topped four of nine ASCS features contested at I-80 Speedway over the past three years, with other ASCS winners at I-80 including Jack Dover, Chuck Swenson, Billy Alley, Jake Peters and Terry McCarl.

While Brown tries to add a tenth career ASCS Midwest Region win over the course of the weekend, a pair of North Dakota drivers are set to kick off title defenses.

Fargo's Natalie Sather enters the weekend as the reigning ASCS Midwest Region champion, while Harwood's Lee Grosz kicks off his defense of the ASCS Northern Plains Region title.

The 23-year-old Sather became the third different ASCS Midwest Region champion in as many years by outdistancing 2006 Midwest king Toby Chapman by 64 markers to claim last year's title with Hall-of-Famer Kenny Woodruff turning the wrenches.

Driving for his grandfather and legendary car owner Doug Howells, Grosz outlasted Dave Glennon and Eric Lutz for the Northern Plains title in 2007. Now 20 years old, Grosz ranked as the youngest ASCS champion last year by snaring the championship as a 19-year-old.

Nebraska Raceway Park's I-80 Speedway is located in Greenwood, NE, between Lincoln and Omaha off I-80 Exit 420, then 0.4 mile north on SR 63 then west. For more information, contact the track at 402-944-2233.

-credit: ascs

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