Sprints on Dirt Michigan double preview

Norman Leads ASCS Sprints on Dirt into Weekend Double TULSA, Okla. (June 4, 2007) -- Fresh off his first feature win of the season, two-time series champion Tim Norman of Warsaw, IN, leads the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt...

Norman Leads ASCS Sprints on Dirt into Weekend Double

TULSA, Okla. (June 4, 2007) -- Fresh off his first feature win of the season, two-time series champion Tim Norman of Warsaw, IN, leads the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by Victor Reinz into this weekend's pair of events in Michigan.

On Friday night, the series takes to Cherry Speedway in Fife Lake before moving on to Merritt Speedway on Saturday night.

Norman, the series champion in 1985 and then again in 2005, moved atop the series 2007 championship point charts following his 27th career series win this past weekend.

Norman's lead is a slim one though, with Brett Mann of Goshen, IN, just eight points back in second. Bill Johnson of Linden, MI, enters the weekend ranked third, with Joe Bares of Traverse City, MI, and Ben Rutan of Jerome, MI, rounding out the current top five.

The balance of the current top ten includes J.R. Stewart (Bellefontaine, OH), Gary Fast (Kalkaska, MI), ASCS Sprints on Dirt rookie contender Ryan Ruhl (Angola, IN), Ryan Grubaugh (St. Johns, MI) and Kirk Cheney (Hastings, MI).

Friday's card at Cherry Speedway marks the fifth annual visit to the semi-banked, 3/8-mile clay oval for the ASCS Sprints on Dirt, with past winners including Gregg Dalman (2003), Dustin Daggett (2004 and 2005) and Kevin Atkins (2006).

Already a winner of two ASCS Sprints on Dirt features this year, two-time series champion Dustin Daggett has collected six of his 39 career series wins at Merritt Speedway, including one win last year. Ryan Grubaugh scored a pair of wins at Merritt last year, with Bill Johnson's single career win coming at Merritt in 2005.

Friday's action at Cherry Speedway fires off at 7:15 p.m., with Saturday's card at Merritt Speedway going green at 7:30 p.m.

Cherry Speedway is located in Fife Lake, MI, 3.1 miles northwest of US 131 on SR 113. For more information, contact the track at 231-218-0558.

The semi-banked, 3/8-mile Merrit Speedway clay oval is located in Merritt, MI, ten miles west of US 27 on SR 55. For more information, contact the track at 231-328-4351.

The 28th year of action for the ASCS Sprints on Dirt consists of 20 championship events at ten different tracks throughout Michigan as well as Ontario.

The 2007 season marks the 16th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing for the American Sprint Car Series. With a dozen different Regions in addition to the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series, ASCS will sanction approximately 240 nights of racing at more than 100 different race tracks throughout at least 30 different states and Canada.

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

-credit: ascs

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Series Sprint
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