Patriots return to Woodhull before Eriez event

Woodhull Now Paired With Eriez to Make For Big ASCS Patriots Memorial Weekend TULSA, Okla. (May 19, 2008)- Rain washed out the initially-scheduled race for the ASCS Patriots this past Saturday, but they will turn around and head back to the ...

Woodhull Now Paired With Eriez to Make For Big ASCS Patriots Memorial Weekend

TULSA, Okla. (May 19, 2008)- Rain washed out the initially-scheduled race for the ASCS Patriots this past Saturday, but they will turn around and head back to the highbanks this weekend before continuing on to Erie, PA.

All competitors are eligible to compete in both event, with the failure to run any laps this past week forcing a complete restart of the racing program, including having all competitors drawing again for their starting spots in their heats.

Even though it will be a lengthy night of racing at Woodhull, the Patriots will run the first feature of the night, helping teams that have plenty of travel. For most teams though, they will stay over and run Eriez the next day.

Woodhull Raceway will look to play host to the first complete card of racing in the 2008 season for the ASCS Patriot Region. The season is already underway, but it won't have officially begun until the checkered flag falls on the 25-lap feature this Saturday.

Woodhull is a high-banked, tightly cornered, 1/3-mile, which is unique to Patriot tour. After an exciting event last season, fans and drivers alike began to salivate at the thought of a return.

Racing will begin at 6:30 p.m., with gates opening at 4:30 p.m.ASCS Patriot History at Woodhull

Last year, the return of sprints to Eriez Speedway saw one of the top-5 features in ASCS Patriot History. Jared Zimbardi holding off Chuck Hebing to score his first career win had everyone begging for an encore; that day has come.

The ASCS Patriots return to the 3/8-mile facility, located just outside of Erie, PA, for the first of two stops there on the 2008 schedule. Many of the familiar faces will return as well, with plenty of newcomers planning to attend as well.

For many of the teams, Eriez is foreign territory, but for Scott Bonnell, the winner of the first trip for the Patriots in 2003, it is as close to home as he can get. He will look to pick up this win this Sunday on the five-year anniversary of that win.

Bonnell scored a top-five there last year, but watched as Jared Zimbardi and Chuck Hebing swapped lanes lap after lap putting the packed house on their feet as the race came down to the final corner.

This will be the final week that Eriez runs at their early starting time of 5:00 p.m., with the gates opening at 3:30 p.m. With the Patriots running early in the racing card, it will help teams to get home at a reasonable hour.

-credit: ascs

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