Northwest announces 2009 schedule

ASCS Northwest Sets 2009 Slate TULSA, Okla. (February 17, 2009) -- The expansion of the Northwest Territory continues as evidenced by the official release of the American Sprint Car Series Northwest Region's 2009 schedule. The series'...

ASCS Northwest Sets 2009 Slate

TULSA, Okla. (February 17, 2009) -- The expansion of the Northwest Territory continues as evidenced by the official release of the American Sprint Car Series Northwest Region's 2009 schedule.

The series' schedule expands from 15 events in 2008 to 18 this year, with the ASCS Northwest troops adding a pair of events in Montana to a full slate of action throughout Washington and Oregon.

The ASCS Northwest Region opens the 2009 season on May 8-9 with a two-night stand at Medford's Southern Oregon Speedway. The series makes a return to the Medford oval on July 13 for the opening round of the annual ASCS Northwest Speedweek.

Three other tracks in Oregon will host the ASCS Northwest Region in 2009, including Cottage Grove Speedway, Lebanon's Willamette Speedway and Coos Bay Speedway. Cottage Grove will host a combined Lucas Oil ASCS National vs. Northwest double on July 24-25 along with a Speedweek card on July 14 and a return engagement on August 14. Willamette is the site of ASCS Northwest Speedweek Round Two on July 15, while Coos Bay hosts the series for the first time on August 15.

The series initial events in Washington take place at Elma's Grays Harbor Raceway Park over Memorial Day Weekend (May 23-24), with ensuing Elma events including the Speedweek finale pitting the Lucas Oil ASCS National forces against the aces of the Northwest on July 24-25 and then a September 6 outing.

The ASCS Northwest Region ventures to Electric City Speedway in Great Falls, MT, on June 26-27 to take on the ASCS Rocky Mountain Region.

The season ultimately wraps up with the traditional two-night event at Washington's Yakima Dirt Track.

Jayme Barnes reigns as the defending ASCS Northwest Region champion after edging Jared Ridge by just 30 points in a hotly contested battle for the top position in 2008.

The American Sprint Car Series, in its 18th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing events, brings the best of Sprint Car racing to approximately 100 different tracks throughout 30 states and Canada. Anchored by the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series presented by K&N Filters, ASCS also consists of a dozen different Regions throughout the nation.

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

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2009 ASCS Northwest Region Schedule:

May 8 -- Southern Oregon Speedway (Medford, OR)

May 9 -- Southern Oregon Speedway (Medford, OR)

May 23 -- Grays Harbor Raceway Park (Elma, WA)

May 24 -- Grays Harbor Raceway Park (Elma, WA)

June 26 -- Electric City Speedway (Great Falls, MT) vs. Rocky Mountain Region

June 27 -- Electric City Speedway (Great Falls, MT) vs. Rocky Mountain Region

July 13 -- Southern Oregon Speedway (Medford, OR)

July 14 -- Cottage Grove Speedway (Cottage Grove, OR)

July 15 -- Willamette Speedway (Lebanon, OR)

July 17 -- Grays Harbor Raceway Park (Elma, WA) vs. Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Series

July 18 -- Grays Harbor Raceway Park (Elma, WA) vs. Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Series

July 24 -- Cottage Grove Speedway (Cottage Grove, OR) vs. Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Series

July 25 -- Cottage Grove Speedway (Cottage Grove, OR) vs. Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Series

August 14 -- Cottage Grove Speedway (Cottage Grove, OR)

August 15 -- Coos Bay Speedway (Coos Bay, OR)

September 6 -- Grays Harbor Raceway Park (Elma, WA)

September 25 -- Yakima Dirt Track (Yakima, WA)

September 26 -- Yakima Dirt Track (Yakima, WA)

-credit: ascs

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