National series Tri-City pre-event news

Lucas Oil ASCS Debut at Tri-City Speedway Draws Near! TULSA, Okla. (April 21, 2009) -- The Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series presented by K&N Filters will break new ground when action resumes at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon...

Lucas Oil ASCS Debut at Tri-City Speedway Draws Near!

TULSA, Okla. (April 21, 2009) -- The Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series presented by K&N Filters will break new ground when action resumes at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, IL, next Friday night, May 1.

It will mark the series first ever stop atop the semi-banked, 3/8-mile Tri-City Speedway dirt oval located just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis and the first series stop in Illinois since 1997.

Oklahoma native Shane Stewart retains a two-point lead over defending series champion Jason Johnson of Eunice, LA, in the Lucas Oil ASCS $60,000 championship points chase with four-time series king Gary Wright of Hooks, TX, just six points off the lead pace in third.

In operation since the 1960's, the Tri-City Speedway oval should prove to be an equalizer, as only a handful of the thirty or so title contenders have turned a lap at the track since it was reconfigured from a sprawling 0x00bd-mile to its current 3/8-mile layout prior to the 2007 season.

Shane Stewart, Paul McMahan, Brian Brown, Tony Bruce, Jr., and Jesse Hockett have each turned Sprint Car laps around the current rendition of Tri-City Speedway, while Dustin Morgan, Brady Bacon and Gary Taylor have each toured the Tri-City oval in Midget competition.

California native McMahan, out to the early lead in the series Brodix Rookie of the Year chase, ranks as the only series points chaser to have ever recorded a feature win at Tri-City Speedway with a Gumout triumph in 2000 followed by an Outlaw score in 2003. Both of those triumphs came on the old 0x00bd-mile.

With the Lucas Oil ASCS forces joined on Friday night, May 1, by the Winged Outlaw Warriors, either the Hoosier 105x16.0-15 Medium, Hoosier 105X18.0-15 Hard or the Hoosier SC-25 may be used on the right rear. No mufflers are required.

The $6,000-to-win Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series presented by K&N Filters event will headline a twinbill of open wheel racing action that also includes a $2,000-to-win POWRi Midget event.

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

When & Where: Friday night, May 1 at 7:00 p.m. -- Tri-City Speedway

Track Information: Tri-City Speedway (Pontoon Beach, IL) -- 3/8-mile semi-banked dirt oval located off I-270 Exit 4 then 0.5 miles south on SR 203 by Granite City. For more information, contact the track at 800-617-9077.

Lucas Oil ASCS Tri-City Speedway History: The first page in series history at the track will be written on May 1 when Kevin and Tammy Gundaker bring the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Series to Tri-City Speedway for the first time. It marks just the fourth event within the state of Illinois in series history and the first since a Terry Gray triumph at Peoria in August of 1997.

-credit: ascs

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Series Sprint
Drivers Brian Brown , Paul McMahan , Shane Stewart , Dustin Morgan , Gary Taylor , Jason Johnson