ASCS Patriot Pursuit of $25,000 Begins This Weekend at Sharon and Eriez TULSA, Okla. (May 18, 2009) - Things seem to always be more exciting around the holidays. With the Lucas Oil ASCS Patriot Competitors, success over the holiday weekend could...
ASCS Patriot Pursuit of $25,000 Begins This Weekend at Sharon and Eriez
TULSA, Okla. (May 18, 2009) - Things seem to always be more exciting around the holidays. With the Lucas Oil ASCS Patriot Competitors, success over the holiday weekend could lead to a $25,000 summer.
The first half of the Sharon/Eriez King of OH/PA $heriez will take place this Memorial Day Weekend. Not only will each event pay $2,000-to-win, each winner will also be one step closer to picking up some major bonus money.
If a driver can go 4-for-4 between this weekend's events and the Labor Day Weekend Doubleheader, they will earn a $25,000 pay day.JWinning 3 of 4 will earn them $10,000, with a driver winning a pair of races picking up a cool $5,000.
Sharon Speedway, located in Hartford, OH, is a state-of-the-art 3/8-mile oval owned by a group including Dave Blaney. After three events there last season, the Patriots are ready to return for a pair this year.
Eriez Speedway, located just outside of Erie, PA in the Hammett. Also at 3/8 miles, this track has gone over a major overhaul and has become a favorite for fans and drivers alike. Eriez has hosted four Patriot events throughout the years.
This major money on the line will bring all of the big names out to the Ohio/Pennsylvania border. Included in the bunch is Bobby Breen, who was the most recent winner on the Lucas Oil ASCS Patriot tour this past Friday at Black Rock Speedway.
Breen, from Savannah, NY, outdueled Trevor Lewis from Upper Black Eddy, PA for the win at Black Rock. Those two drivers were the same two that scored the wins at Sharon last September as part of the Apple Festival Nationals. Both should be major factors this weekend as well, even though neither has ever seen Eriez.
Bryan Howland, from Auburn, NY, comes in to the weekend as the Patriot point leader, a position the 2008 and 2005 Series Champion is familiar with. Howland finished fourth in his first visit to Sharon last season during the Ollie's 360 Challenge. The youngster battled with Donny Schatz early on, leading the opening 9 laps. His success was limited last year at Eriez, despite placing third in May.
Jared Zimbardi, of Little Valley, NY, enters the weekend tied for second in the standings, a spot he has finished the last two years. Zimbardi finished second in his 360 vs. the 410s in his first race ever at Sharon last season. "The Juice" also finished fourth in the Apple Fest Nationals Finale. A three-time winner on the Patriot Trail, Zimbardi scored his first career win at Eriez in 2007.
Zimbardi leads a group of drivers making easier hauls this weekend.JScott Bonnell of Fairview, PA and John Schuyler from Busti, NY each have won at Eriez in Patriot competition. Bonnell has also won on multiple occasions with his 410 at Sharon. Kyle Moffit, of South Dayton, NY, was a regular at Sharon in his 360 in 2007 and placed 4th in points. Chris Shuttleworth, from Wellsville, NY, is used to traveling down I-79 on Saturdays and will look to do it again this weekend. Chris Muhleisen, from Arkport, NY, will look to shake off his bad luck at Sharon and Eriez last year and go after his fourth career win.
Don Adamczyk leads a group of Patriot regulars that seek their first career tour wins this weekend. The Williamsville, NY resident was within two feet of winning on May 25 at Eriez and was up front early on in the June event.Scott Kreutter, of Alden, NY showed off his abilities this past weekend at Black Rock, charging to fifth after motor issues. A pair of 6th place runs at Sharon last year and a 5th place showing at Eriez make this weekend his prime time to strike.
Gary Troutman, Brad Knab and Ray Preston have visited Eriez many times and will have to be a factor at the tricky Sunday Night venue.
Sophomore sprint runners T.J. Newton, Robbie Shuttleworth and Bubba Broderick have made great strides this year and will return to tracks each of them have fared very well at.
The Canadian contingent also figures to be strong this weekend with bonuses for the top-three finishers from North of the Border in each A-Main.
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