Sprints on Dirt championship weekend preview

ASCS Sprints on Dirt Championship Weekend! TULSA, Okla. (September 2, 2008) -- The Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by Victor Reinz season championship hangs in the balance as the series takes to a pair of Michigan ovals this weekend...

ASCS Sprints on Dirt Championship Weekend!

TULSA, Okla. (September 2, 2008) -- The Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by Victor Reinz season championship hangs in the balance as the series takes to a pair of Michigan ovals this weekend to conclude the season's championship points chase.

On Friday night, Hartford Speedway Park hosts the annual King of Michigan of Event. After the "King of Michigan" is crowned at Hartford on Friday night, the series season champion will be crowned during Saturday's season championship event at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, MI.

With a first SOD title within his reach, Goshen, Indiana's Brett Mann can don the series crown with another pair of solid outings over the weekend.

But with only a 30 point lead, one stumble by Mann can open the door for Jerome, Michigan's Ben Rutan, who will try to keep the series crown within the state of Michigan.

Dain Naida enters the weekend ranked third, with Ryan Grubaugh holding the fourth position by just seven markers over three-time series champion Tim Norman. The balance of the top ten in points entering the weekend includes Gregg Dalman, Joe Bares, Louie Carufel, Dustin Daggett (a winner of seven SOD features this season) and Gary Fast.

A winner of 14 career features at Hartford Speedway Park, Dustin Daggett is the reigning "King of Michigan" event winner with other recent victors including Ken Mackey in 2006 and Tim Norman in 2005.

Daggett is also vying for a season sweep of ASCS Sprints on Dirt action after victories atop the 0x00bd-mile in June and August.

Friday's action at Hartford goes green at 8:00 p.m., with Saturday's event at Lake Odessa firing off at 7:30 p.m.

Hartford Speedway Park is located in Hartford, MI, off I-94 Exit 46, then 1.3 miles north on Center Street, then four blocks west on Prospect Street. For more information, contact the track at 269-621-4482.

The high-banked, 0x00bd-mile I-96 Speedway dirt oval is located in Lake Odessa, MI, off I-96 Exit 64, then 0.5 miles south, then 0.7 miles west.JFor more information, contact the track at 616-642-0555.

In its 29th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing, the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints On Dirt presented by Victor Reinz will sanction 26 nights of action at 14 different tracks throughout Michigan, Ohio and Ontario.

The nation's most prominent Sprint Car sanctioning body with a dozen different Regions throughout the United States in addition to the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series, the American Sprint Car Series' (ASCS) 17th year of activity will include approximately 250 nights of racing at more than 100 different race tracks throughout 28 different states and Canada.

-crdit: www.ascsracing.com.

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