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Stakes Upped for Thursday's ASCS Northern Plains Opener! TULSA, Okla. (June 16, 2008) -- The American Sprint Car Series Northern Plains Region will take another shot at lifting the lid on the 2008 season with the series' first stop...

Stakes Upped for Thursday's ASCS Northern Plains Opener!

TULSA, Okla. (June 16, 2008) -- The American Sprint Car Series Northern Plains Region will take another shot at lifting the lid on the 2008 season with the series' first stop at Fargo, North Dakota's Red River Valley Speedway this Thursday night.

And there will be plenty of extra incentives on the line, with more than $2,000 in bonus money added to Thursday night's ASCS Northern Plains Region opener in Fargo.

The winner of Thursday night's main event at Red River Valley Speedway will walk away with $1,750, with a minimum of $350 just to make the starting grid for Thursday's "A" feature event. Bonus money for the event has been offered up by Fastlane Car Wash, Truck Licensing Services, Dick Bellerud Trucking and Chuck Thompson.

Harwood, North Dakota's Lee Grosz will kick off his defense of the ASCS Northern Plains Regional championship with Thursday night's event, while reigning ASCS Midwest Region champion Natalie Sather will take advantage of a rare opportunity to race in front of her hometown crowd.

Sather and Grosz will be joined by a stout field of competitors on Thursday night's card at the high-banked, 0x00bd-mile dirt oval.

Thursday's racing action goes green at 7:00 p.m.

Red River Valley Speedway is located in West Fargo, ND, off I-94 Exit 343, then east 0.7 miles on US 10 to the fairgrounds. For more information, contact the track at 701-282-2200 or 1-800-456-6408.

The ASCS Northern Plains Region is set for 13 nights of racing action at nine different tracks throughout South Dakota, Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Iowa in 2008.

The nation's most prominent Sprint Car sanctioning body with a dozen different Regions throughout the United States in addition to the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series, the American Sprint Car Series' (ASCS) 17th year of activity will include approximately 250 nights of racing at more than 100 different race tracks throughout 28 different states and Canada.

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

-credit: ascs

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