Patriots vs Mid-Atlantic Black Rock preview

ASCS SPRINTS RETURN TO BLACK ROCK AS PART OF SPECIAL SATURDAY NIGHT TULSA, Okla. (August 6, 2007)- With the 2007 Bully Hill NY Nationals already in the books, this year's mid-August sprint classic is the final sprint car race of the year at the...

ASCS SPRINTS RETURN TO BLACK ROCK AS PART OF SPECIAL SATURDAY NIGHT

TULSA, Okla. (August 6, 2007)- With the 2007 Bully Hill NY Nationals already in the books, this year's mid-August sprint classic is the final sprint car race of the year at the Black Rock Speedway.

ASCS Sprint cars return to Black Rock as the speedway runs a special program on Saturday Night, the same night of the week the sprints used to run back when it was a weekly division in Dundee in 2004.

Back in 2004, George Suprick was the dominator of that weekly division, claiming the track championship, as well as the ASCS Patriot Crown.JThree years later, Suprick returns to his favorite track fresh off his first win of the year at Ransomville as well as the current point leader of the ASCS Mid-Atlantic Region.

After rain postponed the first attempt at an ASCS Patriot and Mid-Atlantic North/South Shootout at Penn Can back in June, this Saturday's event, presented by the Bath RV/ Camping World, will be the first of three $1,500-to-win, $250-to-start 25-lap feature events.

For the last two years, the second Saturday in August has been the first sprint race of the year at the 4/10-mile Dundee, NY oval, this year it is the third. The first two were held back in May when the ASCS National Tour invaded for two nights of thrilling action.

While Travis Rilat claimed the Saturday Night Finale in thrilling fashion over Wayne Johnson, it was ASCS Patriot Point Leader and defending champion Chuck Hebing who took the preliminary feature win. Hebing leads the brigade back to Black Rock as he looks to win this event for the second year in a row. The Ontario, NY driver has scored a total of four feature wins in his career at Black Rock.

"Cobra" has just completed his first trip to Iowa for the ASCS Knoxville Natonals and Brodix Tournament of Champions. The six-time winner this year started all three feature events he attempted to qualify for, as well as picked up a quick time in his Friday Night Qualifier.

After puncturing a right rear tire at Cayuga County two weeks ago, Hebing is only 16 points up on Jared Zimbardi, who will continue his relentless pursuit of the title during the final month of competition.

Justin Barger also was impressive in Knoxville, qualifying for all three of his A-Mains as well. Barger was sixth in this event last year, and charged up from a B-Main to score a top-five in the Bully Hill NY Nationals Finale back in May. Expect the AEM No. 32 to be a factor as he looks to be the 8th different winner in ASCS Patriot competition this year.

As mentioned early, George Suprick should be right up near the front, as he was back in May, when he scored a seventh on the Friday Night program. Suprick is a five-time winner at Black Rock in ASCS Patriot Competition, with another three wins at the speedway before the Patriots were formed.

While the Clarks Summit, PA driver will vie for the victory, he will also be point racing. Suprick holds a slim six-point advantage in the Mid-Atlantic Standings over Medford, NJ driver Tim Hogue, who will return to the site of his violent crash back in May. With just a handful of races left in this inaugural season, this race will have added importance.

Coleman Gulick is also definitely in the mix for this title. Just 22 points back of his teammate Suprick, "Iceman" returns to Black Rock for the second time, seeking better results than back in May when he destroyed his J&J Chassis. Gulick was fourth with the ASCS Patriots at Ransomville last Friday.

It will be a star-studded field across the board with other locals such as Chris Muhleisen, Tim Kelly and Ray Preston expected to be in competition.

-credit: ascs

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Series Sprint
Drivers Travis Rilat , Justin Barger , Wayne Johnson