Patriots Stateline, Eriez preview

ASCS PATRIOTS RETURN TO INAUGURAL TRACKS THIS WEEKEND AT STATELINE AND ERIEZ TULSA, Okla. (June 11, 2007) - The first two tracks to ever hold ASCS Patriot stand-alone events will host the 65th and 66th Patriot-only races more than four years ...

ASCS PATRIOTS RETURN TO INAUGURAL TRACKS THIS WEEKEND AT STATELINE AND ERIEZ

TULSA, Okla. (June 11, 2007) - The first two tracks to ever hold ASCS Patriot stand-alone events will host the 65th and 66th Patriot-only races more than four years later.

The ASCS Patriots travel down to the Southwest quadrant of New York to the Stateline Speedway, just south of Jamestown, on Saturday, followed by a trip to the Eriez Speedway in Northwest Pennsylvania on Father's Day.

Back in 2003, Tom Taber won the inaugural ASCS Patriot (then known as Patriot Sprint Group) event at Stateline Speedway on May 3. Three weeks later Taber flipped at Eriez and would soon be the leader of the series that is now in it's fifth season. Taber has retired, but the winner of that race at Eriez, Scott Bonnell, and a slew of other's will get ready for the only swing to the west this season.

For the third straight year, the Patriot Region returns to the paper clip shaped 1/3-mile of the Stateline Speedway on Saturday. This track, located on the New York/ Pennsylvania Border is likely to see a first-time winner at the track on the sixth feature of the season.

As mentioned earlier, Tom Taber won the first event there in 2003. In 2005, George Suprick won arguably the most exciting race in ASCS Patriot History, out dueling Bryan Howland for the victory. Last season, Rich Swarthout won his second career feature by pulling away from Brad Knab for a trip to Victory Lane.

Chuck Hebing has clearly been on top of his game early in 2007, with four wins already this season. Hebing has spun the last two years at Stateline and will look for needed redemption this Saturday.

Jared Zimbardi is set to thrill fans at one of his most local tracks as he continues to seek his first career ASCS Patriot win. Geoff Quackenbush is also one to watch out for as he scored a career-best third at Stateline last season. "Duck Shrub" was on top of his game Friday at Penn Can and is officially still the leader of the event postponed to rain after four laps.

Even though Stateline is as close as they come for Zimbardi, John Schuyler actually calls Stateline his hometown track as the driver of the P.J. Johnson-owned No. 3T will duke it out in one of his rare visits with the ASCS Patriots.

Scott Bonnell will easily be the fan favorite and quite possibly the overall favorite to repeat as he runs at his hometown track. Expect a crowd filled with fans of the No. 3b, who not only won at Eriez in 2003, but the Fairview, PA driver also captured the Bully Hill Nationals title that same year.

Gary Troutman and Chris Muhleisen were third and fourth, respectively, at the last sprint car race at the 1/3-mile in 2003 and would love to equal or better those results this time around. Historically, Muhleisen has always done extremely well at tracks that he is familiar with.Look for another full-field of sprints to battle it out this weekend with other locals such as Chris Shuttleworth and Pup Nystrom joining all the regulars like Don Adamczyk and Ray Preston, along with upwards of a half-dozen Canadians from Southern Onatrio.

Racing at Stateline will begin at 7:00 p.m. this Saturday, with racing action once again presented by Bear Lake Inn. Racing at Eriez will start at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday to allow fans, fathers and racers to get home at a decent hour. For more information, visit www.ASCSPatriotSprints.com on www.ASCSracing.com.

-credit: ascs

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