Rocky Mountain Region Sweetwater double preview

ASCS Rocky Mountain Opens With Sweetwater Double TULSA, Okla. (June 8, 2009) -- The American Sprint Car Series Rocky Mountain Region is set to finally kick off the 2009 campaign with a two-night stand atop the high-banked,...

ASCS Rocky Mountain Opens With Sweetwater Double

TULSA, Okla. (June 8, 2009) -- The American Sprint Car Series Rocky Mountain Region is set to finally kick off the 2009 campaign with a two-night stand atop the high-banked, 3/8-mile Sweetwater Speedway clay oval in Rock Springs, WY, this weekend.

After last weekend's scheduled openers at South Dakota's Black Hills Speedway and Wyoming's Gillette Thunder Speedway was reset for August due to inclement weather, the action this Friday and Saturday launches the ninth season of ASCS Rocky Mountain Region competition.

The ASCS Rocky Mountain Region has crowned eight different champions over the past eight seasons, with Albuquerque's Derrik Ortega becoming the youngest champion in ASCS history by capturing the Rocky Mountain title last year at the age of 17.

Two of Ortega's three wins last season came atop the Sweetwater Speedway clay, with 2006 series champion Patrick Bourke of Edwards, CO, also posting a win at Rock Springs last year.

South Dakota's Randi Miller, the 2003 Rocky Mountain champion and winningest driver in Rocky Mountain history with 38 triumphs, has joined forces with Colorado car owner Scott Milan for the 2009 season. Three of Miller's wins have taken place at Sweetwater.

Racing action is set to green at 7:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday nights.

Sweetwater Speedway is located in Rock Springs, WY, off I-80 Exit 104, then 0.9 miles north on US 191 (Elk St.), then 1.1 mile west on Yellowstone Road. For more information, contact the track at 307-352-6789.

The ninth year of action for the American Sprint Car Series Rocky Mountain Region is slated to consist of 14 events at seven tracks throughout Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, New Mexico and South Dakota.

The American Sprint Car Series, in its 18th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing events, brings the best of Sprint Car racing to nearly 100 different tracks throughout 25 states and Canada in 2009. Anchored by the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series presented by K&N Filters, ASCS also consists of a dozen different Regions throughout the nation.

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

-credit: ascs

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