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Brainerd's Mighty Axe Nationals on Tap for ASCS Northern Plains Region TULSA, Okla. (August 29, 2006) -- An action-packed inaugural slate of racing action for the American Sprint Car Series Northern Plains continues with this weekend's...

Brainerd's Mighty Axe Nationals on Tap for ASCS Northern Plains Region

TULSA, Okla. (August 29, 2006) -- An action-packed inaugural slate of racing action for the American Sprint Car Series Northern Plains continues with this weekend's Mighty Axe Nationals at North Central Speedway in Brainerd, MN, with complete programs on both Saturday and Sunday.

With 16 of 22 events in the books, Chuck Swenson of Watertown, SD, leads the series championship points race into the weekend with a 333-point advantage. Swenson has racked up four ASCS Northern Plains feature wins, including a triumph at in the Kouba Memorial at North Central Speedway on July 1.

Behind Swenson, the battle for second is a tight one with just 38 points separating 18-year-old Lee Grosz of Harwood, ND, and Eric Lutz of Sioux Falls, SD. Another 46 points back in fourth is Redwood Falls, MN, racer Curt Lund, who has one series triumph to his credit this season.

Jake Peters of Sioux Falls rounds out the current top five, with the balance of the current top ten including Dusty Ballenger (Harrisburg, SD), Dustin Lindquist (Floodwood, MN), Brett Geldner (St. Peter, MN), Gregg Bakker (Sioux Falls, SD) and Scott Winters (Butterfield, MN).

A total of 149 different drivers have competed in at least one ASCS Northern Plains Region event in 2006, with nine different drivers scoring at least one "A" Feature win.

Both Saturday and Sunday night portions of North Central Speedway's Mighty Axe Nationals get under way at 4:30 p.m. Pit gates open at 2:00 p.m., with main gates opening at 3:00 p.m.

The semi-banked, 3/8-mile North Central Speedway is located six miles south of Brainerd, MN, on SR 371, then a half-mile north on BR 371. For more information, contact the track at 218-825-1545.

In its first year of action, the all-new ASCS Northern Plains Region has a full slate of 22 events at eleven different tracks throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, South 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 at nearly 100 tracks throughout 27 different states and Canada 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).

-credit: ascs

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