Patriot Sprint Group McKean County preview

TULSA, Okla. (May 8, 2006) -- A huge crowd is expected at McKean County Raceway in Smethport, PA, this Saturday night as the Bobcat of Buffalo ASCS Patriot Sprint Group makes its first appearance atop the semi-banked, 1/3-mile clay oval. It also...

TULSA, Okla. (May 8, 2006) -- A huge crowd is expected at McKean County Raceway in Smethport, PA, this Saturday night as the Bobcat of Buffalo ASCS Patriot Sprint Group makes its first appearance atop the semi-banked, 1/3-mile clay oval.

It also marks the return of Sprint Car racing to McKean County Raceway for the first time since August 2002, when Ontario, New York's Mike Stelter raced to victory lane. Stelter finished third in the recent 2006 season opening event for the ASCS Patriot Sprint Group.

Stelter chased the "Cobra", Chuck Hebing, also of Ontario, NY, and Antwerp, NY, racer Jeff Cook to the line in the April 30 opener at Utica-Rome Speedway. While it was Hebing's first career win under the ASCS banner, it also marked his tenth career win in Patriot Sprint Group action.

Hebing sits atop the point charts entering the event in front of Cook, Stelter and defending series champion Bryan Howland of Auburn, NY. Mike Van Dusen enters the event ranked fourth in points, with rookie contender Jason Barney ranked sixth after a strong outing in his Sprint Car debut.

The balance of the current top ten includes Jared Zimbardi, Blake Breen, Rick Wilson and John Smith III.

Saturday's racing action is set to get under way at 7:00 p.m.

McKean County Raceway is located east of Smethport, PA, on US 6 to State Road 46, then 0.3 mile south. For more information, contact the track at 814-887-2600 on race day or 814-362-6909.

The 2006 Bobcat of Buffalo ASCS Patriot Sprint Group schedule consists of 22 nights of racing at fourteen different tracks throughout New York, Pennsylvania and Canada.

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).

Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series and the ASCS Patriot Sprint Group is available at www.ascsracing.com.

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