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PATRIOTS THE MAIN ATTRACTION AT MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY THIS SATURDAY Rich Vleck, TULSA, Okla. (May 27, 2008)- The ASCS Patriots are set to cross into Canada to for the first time in 2008 to run at one of the most premier dirt tracks in all the...

PATRIOTS THE MAIN ATTRACTION AT MERRITTVILLE SPEEDWAY THIS SATURDAY

Rich Vleck, TULSA, Okla. (May 27, 2008)- The ASCS Patriots are set to cross into Canada to for the first time in 2008 to run at one of the most premier dirt tracks in all the land.

The Merrittville Speedway will play host to their second even Patriot feature, rounding out a busy month of May with what should be a thrilling event at the D-Shaped 4/10-mile.

The Historic Thorold, Ontario oval, located just west of Niagara Falls, expects to run their only sprint car race of the year this Saturday in front of a massive crowd at the first-class facility.

Two years ago, in the inaugural visit to Merrittville, Bryan Howland hit his stride midway through the 20-lap feature and pulled away from Rick Wilson for his first Patriot win of 2006. Howland returns to the sight of his fifth career Patriot win with a head of steam, as well as a 34-point lead in the standings.

Howland has yet to win so far in 2008, but he has finished both ASCS Patriot races within a car length of the winner. There is no better time than now for the Auburn, NY driver to break through.

John Schuyler, fresh off his first career win Sunday at Eriez, expects to make his first trip to Merrittville driving P.J. Johnsonâ^a^Ùs No. 3T. Don Adamczyk, runner up to Schuyler, will also be on hand, making his 99th career start with the Patriots.

Chuck Hebing is looking to win for the second straight Saturday after a dominating performance this past week at Woodhull. Hebing was fast at Merrittville two years ago but could not keep his No. 45 pointed straight and spun out.

Along with all of the top Patriot competitors like Chris Muhleisen, Jared Zimbardi, Ray Preston and Dave Wickham, Merrittville will also feature all of the local favorites that get their one chance at their hometown track.

Former weekly regulars at Merrittville like Rob Pietz, Tim Zack, Fred Cade, Brad Malloy, Stan Zanchin and Mikey Kruchka hope to have their popular rides ready to race this Saturday at 7:00 p.m., when racing gets underway.

-credit: ascs

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