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Lucas Oil Sprint Cars Move On to I-30 Speedway! TULSA, Okla. (June 2, 2010) -- Following on the heels of this past weekend's hotly-contested Steve King Memorial at the Jetmore Motorplex, the Lucas Oil ASCS National Series...

Lucas Oil Sprint Cars Move On to I-30 Speedway!

TULSA, Okla. (June 2, 2010) -- Following on the heels of this past weekend's hotly-contested Steve King Memorial at the Jetmore Motorplex, the Lucas Oil ASCS National Series presented by K&N Filters picks right back up with action this Saturday night at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, AR.

Leading the way into the second of three-one night Lucas Oil ASCS stands atop the high-banked, 0x00bc-mile I-30 Speedway is Oklahoma's Brady Bacon after sweeping through Jetmore for his initial pair of ASCS National wins.

After checking out for a convincing win in Saturday's prelim, the 20-year-old from Broken Arrow fought off past National champs Tim Crawley and Jason Johnson to top Sunday's Jetmore finale and moved atop the series $60,000 championship chase by a 31-point margin over reigning series champion Shane Stewart.

While Bacon, a runner-up to Zach Chappell in April's non-stop Lucas Oil ASCS 35-lapper at I-30 Speedway, guns for a rare three-peat in series competition on Saturday night, his top rivals from this past weekend both try to break into National victory lane for the first time in 2010.

Louisiana's Johnson, "The Ragin' Cajun", has climbed to third in points behind Bacon and Stewart, while I-30 ace Crawley jumped from 11th to fifth in points after posting a pair of podium finishes in Jetmore. Crawley is two-for-two in I-30 Speedway Sprint Car competition since the last Lucas Oil Sprint Car visit in April, besting the wingless Sprint Bandits TNT ranks in May and then winning the only weekly card completed thus far in 2010.

Liberal, KS, shoe Tony Bruce, Jr., escaped his TBJ promoted Jetmore double ranked fourth in points after using a provisional in the prelim, with Nebraska shoe Jack Dover up to sixth in points.

Leading Brodix Rookie of the Year contenders Kyle Hirst of Loomis, CA, and Matt Covington of Glenpool, OK, are ranked seventh and eighth, respectively, with Oklahoma's Danny Wood and the resurgent "Texan" Gary Wright rounding out the current top ten.

Other series title contenders expected to be on hand Saturday night include April 10 winner at I-30 Speedway, Zach Chappell, Little Rock native Ricky Logan, 2003 National champion Travis Rilat, Ohio's Darren Long and the balance of the Rookie crop that includes Oklahoma's Dustin Morgan, Texas' Channin Tankersley, Washington's Austen Wheatley, California's Justyn Cox, New Mexico's Joshua Hodges and Tennessee's Don Young.

Saturday's card at I-30 Speedway, which fires off at 7:30 p.m. is the second in three consecutive weekends of competition for the Lucas Oil National Sprint Cars, with Nebraska's Eagle Nationals to follow on June 11-12. The event originally scheduled for Friday night at Outlaw Motor Speedway near Muskogee, OK, has been postponed.

The Series: Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters

When & Where: Saturday night, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. -- I-30 Speedway

Track Information: I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR) -- 0x00bc-mile high-banked clay oval located seven miles southwest of Little Rock off I-30 Exit 126 (Alexander Rd.), then south to frontage road, then east. For more information, contact the track at 501-455-4567.

-source: ascs

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Series Sprint
Drivers Shane Stewart , Travis Rilat , Dustin Morgan , Tim Crawley , Kyle Hirst , Justyn Cox , Matt Covington , Jason Johnson