Patriots 2008 schedule announced

EXCITING 2008 ASCS PATRIOT SCHEDULE RELEASED TULSA, Okla. (February 20, 2008)- In what will arguably be the most exciting year on the ASCS Patriot Tour, out comes a schedule that fits for both racers and fans alike. While still not finished,...

EXCITING 2008 ASCS PATRIOT SCHEDULE RELEASED

TULSA, Okla. (February 20, 2008)- In what will arguably be the most exciting year on the ASCS Patriot Tour, out comes a schedule that fits for both racers and fans alike.

While still not finished, the American Sprint Car Series Patriot Region schedule was released, with new venues, new states, and new big money races sure to bring out teams and fans in droves.

Currently, 18 full-point races are placed on the schedule, with up to four events still to be finalized. This puts the Patriot Schedule right where Regional Director Mike Emhof feels it has to be.

"This schedule minimizes travel and maximizes excitement," noted Emhof. "To be able to shrink our travel radius and add many more bonus-paying races, everyone wins from a schedule like this."

For the second straight year, the Patriot schedule will kick off on the first weekend in May at the Fulton Speedway. This will also again be the start to the A-Verdi Storage Containers King of Central New York Series Within a Series.

The high-banked action continues with a stop at the Woodhull Raceway before a two-race Memorial Weekend Swing in Pennsylvania. While the May 24 race is yet to be released, the Sunday event will be held at the thrilling Eriez Speedway.

The Patriots make a return to the award-winning Merrittville Speedway in 2008 in Southern Ontario the following week, with the "Land of Legends", the Canandaigua Speedway, continuing the stretch of efficient Saturday shows to kick off the season.

A week off sets the stage for another Western Weekend at a speedway to be named and a return to Eriez. The month rounds out with the traditional late-June event at Western New York's Famed Ransomville Speedway.

July kicks off with a bang as the Ohsweken Speedway plays host to the ASCS Northern Summer Nationals with the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt.JThis two night event will pay over $30,000 in purse on the weekend and with it being a holiday on Friday, will allow teams time to travel to "The Big O".

The following Friday, the Brewerton Speedway will host their first ASCS Patriot event, and the first sprint car race at the track in 12 years for an event teams and fans have been dreaming about for years. The month winds out with the 1st Annual Bill Alhart Memorial at Genesee Speedway, followed by a trip down the NYS Thruway for the A-Verdi Sprint Show at Cayuga County the following night.

After select teams travel out to Knoxville to kick off August, the 10th Annual NY Nationals, this year presented by Insinger Race Fuels and S.P. Wilson Gas, will take place at Black Rock Speedway for a $5,000 top prize.

Humberstone Speedway hosts their final sprint event of the season with the Patriots on August 24, while the Fulton Speedway tentatively will once again host the early September event that last year had the season-high car count.

After a weekend for the $8,000-to-win Arrow Express Canadian Sprint Car Nationals at Ohsweken, the Patriots travel to a new track and a new state, as they run two dates at the Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio.JThe Saturday night portion of the Apple Festival Nationals will be in conjunction with the World of Outlaws while the Sunday event will be run in the afternoon and pay $2,000-to-win.

The 2008 point season concludes with the new and exciting event at the Cayuga County Fair Speedway on Friday, October 10, as part of Super DIRT Week. This is sure to have plenty of energy, as well as top teams, surrounding this event. On Saturday Night, the checkered flag on the season will win with the annual $3,000-to-win Super DIRT Week Sprint Car Challenge at the Rolling Wheels Raceway.

Many races could still be added before the first race.2008 ASCS PATRIOTS SCHEDULE

May 3 Fulton Speedway (Fulton, NY) -- King of CNY Event

May 17 Woodhull Raceway (Woodhull, NY)

May 24 TBA

May 25 Eriez Speedway (Erie, PA)

May 31 Merrittville Speedway (Thorold, ONT)

June 7 Canandaigua Speedway (Canandaigua, NY) -- King of CNY Event

June 21 TBA

June 22 Eriez Speedway (Erie, PA)

June 27 Ransomville Speedway (Ransomville, NY)

July 4 Ohsweken Speedway (Ohsweken, ONT) -- ASCS Northern Nationals vs. ASCS SOD

July 5 Ohsweken Speedway (Ohsweken, ONT) - $3,000 to win ASCS Northern Nationals vs. ASCS SOD

July 11 Brewerton Speedway (Brewerton, NY) -- King of CNY Event

July 26 Genesee Speedway (Batavia, NY) -- Bill Alhart Memorial

July 27 Cayuga County Fair Speedway (Weedsport, NY) -- King of CNY Event

Aug. 3 Brodix Tournament of Champions (Knoxville, IA) -- No points

Aug. 8 Black Rock Speedway (Dundee, NY) - $5,000 to win Insinger New York Nationals

Aug. 24 Humberstone Speedway (Port Colborne, ONT)

Sept. 6 Fulton Speedway (Fulton, NY) -- King of CNY Event (Tentative)

Sept. 12 Ohsweken Speedway (Ohsweken, ONT) -- Canadian Sprint Car Nationals (no points)

Sept. 13 Ohsweken Speedway (Ohsweken, ONT) - $8,000 to win Canadian Sprint Car Nationals (Show Up points)

Sept. 20 Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH) -- Apple Festival Nationals

Sept. 21 Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH) - $2,000 to win

Oct. 10 Cayuga County Fair Speedway (Weedsport, NY) -- King of CNY Event

Oct. 11 Rolling Wheels Raceway (Elbridge, NY) - $3,000 to win Super DIRT Week Challenge (no points)

The American Sprint Car Series is the nation's most prominent Sprint Car sanctioning body, with the series sanctioning 189 nights of racing at 90 different tracks throughout 25 different states and Canada in 2007. A total of 866 different drivers competed in at least one ASCS event in 2007.

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

-credit: ascs

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