Patriot Region Ohsweken preview

ASCS PATRIOT POINT BATTLES INTENSIFY AT OHSWEKEN FRIDAY TULSA, Okla. (August 10, 2009)- In the ASCS point format, two points is just one spot difference in the point fund. In both the 2009 Championship Standings, as well as the King of the...

ASCS PATRIOT POINT BATTLES INTENSIFY AT OHSWEKEN FRIDAY

TULSA, Okla. (August 10, 2009)- In the ASCS point format, two points is just one spot difference in the point fund. In both the 2009 Championship Standings, as well as the King of the Golden Horseshoe Series, two points is all that separates the top two going drivers going for the title.

The action of the Lucas Oil ASCS Patriot Region continues to intensify with another highly anticipated event at the always-unpredictable Ohsweken Speedway. "The Big O" is one of the few tracks the Patriots visit which is designed with sprint cars in mind and the result of that is some of the best action from hot laps to the final lap of the A-main.

Back in July at Ohsweken, when the Patriots were part of the Northern Summer Nationals, things were incredibly unpredictable, as defending Patriot Champion Bryan Howland had to drop out with just four laps remaining when his nose wing folded up and blocked his vision. Howland's bad luck would the be the fortune of Tom Huppunen's, who would take the lead and hang on for the $3,000 top prize. Huppunen has five wins this year in Fred Cade's No. 12c and should be a factor once again this Friday.

Howland enters this Friday just two points back in the 2009 Championship point battle. Jared Zimbardi took the top spot in the standings back on Saturday at Fulton but the No. 35 team has been struggling of late to find the groove he had earlier this season. The good news for the Little Valley, NY driver is that he has plenty of laps around the 3/8-mile oval, as he was second in their weekly Corr/Pak Standings in 2008 and also scored a win.

While Howland and Zimbardi has been the top two in the first 16 Patriot events this season, in the two races in Southern Ontario, four others have been even stronger than they have been. Half way through the King of the Golden Horseshoe Series, a logjam has occurred in those standings.

The Breen Brothers, Bobby and Blake, command the top two spots with two races remaining in Southern Ontario's Five Crown Region. Bobby leads Blake by just two points entering Ohsweken. The Savannah, NY drivers have both won on tour this season and each had a second this past weekend in Central New York. Bobby has already captured the A-Verdi King of Central New York Series.

Ohsweken Speedway Owner Glenn Styres is tied with Blake for second in the standings. "The Ohsweken Flyer", along with his team cars of Keith Dempster and Ryan Hunsinger, were involved in heavy wrecks Friday at Ohsweken and will have plenty of work to be ready for Friday.

Dave Dykstra, from Port Colborne, Ontario, has a pair of sevenths in his only Patriot starts of 2009. The sophomore sprint competitor is just six points back of Breen.

Jared Zimbardi is fifth in the Golden Horseshoe Series, with Scott Kreutter, who won at Merrittville to begin August sixth.

Among some of the other Patriot drivers heading to the incrementally banked oval are Don Adamczyk, Bubba Broderick, Gordy Button, Brandan Warner, Derek Jonathan and Insinger Race Fuels Rookie Competitor Devin Caron. Trevor Lewis, who won the Insinger NY Nationals Friday at Black Rock has also stated that he and the McClaren Motorsports No. 21L will be making their maiden voyage to Ohsweken.

The Canadian contingent will be plentiful with Stan Zanchin, Doug Bowman, Tim Zack, Jay Pietz, Kevin Job and Travis Cunnigham getting to run with their Patriot pals. Mikey Kruchka flipped hard Friday but will hopefully join his teammate Kevin Loveys this weekend. Jamie Collard, Jim Huppunen, James Evans and John Burbridge are also likely to attend with Dain Naida invading from Michigan.

On Saturday, the Lucas Oil ASCS Patriot will support the 1st Annual Quebec Sprint Nationals at Autodrome Drummond. This is the first ASCS-sanctioned event to ever be held in the province of Quebec. The winner will walk away with a cool $6,000 Canadian Saturday in this non-points race for the Patriots. The Empire Super Sprints and Southern Ontario Sprints are also supporting this event.

For more information, visit www.ASCSracing.com.

-credit: ascs

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